It was glorious out there in the Snow Country Ski Resorts today. Blue skies, great views, good snow - everything that we love about skiing in the spring in Japan. Cherry blossom viewing season is just starting in Tokyo and this often means a mental shift from winter to spring. Don't write the snow season off yet though. The higher resorts still have over a month to go of their white season.
GALA Yuzawa is planning to be open until Sunday May 7th 2017. Tashiro also has the same closing date as GALA Yuzawa.
Kagura Ski Area is looking to remain open until Sunday 28th May 2017.
All of the above three resorts will be open during the Golden Week Holidays if you are looking for ideas for something to do with all those days off. You might get lucky and be able to ski and do some Snow Country Cherry Blossom Viewing too.
It has been a good winter for snowfall this year so there is plenty of snow base at most resorts. If you are unsure about the conditions, drop us a line and we can tell you how things are up here.
Remember Echigo-Yuzawa Station is about 80 minutes from Tokyo so is really easy to access. Jump on the bullet train at Tokyo Station, Ueno Station, or Omiya Station and you will be here in no time. The great value Tokyo Wide Pass is still valid for Echigo-Yuzawa and Gala Yuzawa until May 7th too.
Spring skiing is great fun. Sun, fresh air, mountain scenery, soft snow, long lunches, cruising runs. It is a great time to learn as well, so if you are looking for ski or snowboard lessons in the Yuzawa area, we will have instructors available until the last resort in the region closes. Hopefully see you soon!