We had our first snow flurries of Winter 2017/18 in Yuzawa town yesterday, and even though it is mid-November the region is starting to get that winter feeling. Later in the day we were driving back from Minakami and as we came out of long tunnel under the mountain to the Yuzawa side there were signs warning of snow. Sure enough as we emerged, there were large flakes falling and what could be seen of the mountain sides under the clouds was dusted in white. We managed to grab a quick shot to put on our Instagram page.
Our team of experienced international ski and snowboard coaches are drifting into town, ready to give lessons in all resorts in the Yuzawa area and Minami Uonuma area. Kagura have announced that they are definitely opening on November 23rd on schedule, and checking their webcams is become a bit of an obsession. We are ready and waiting to give lessons as soon as that first lift opens. The water pipes that keep the snow off the roads are being tested, and the snow clearing machines are getting a cleaning and a spin round town. The last few years we have had very mild Novembers so it is good to have some cold weather this year, and fingers crossed for all resorts opening on schedule. You can find the list of opening dates on this post.
As always Christmas & New Year, and Chinese New Year are looking busy so if you are planning on being in any of the areas we cover, and are looking for English-speaking ski or snowboard lessons (or Chinese-speaking ski or snowboard lessons) please get in touch sooner rather than later. If you need further information on any aspect of your Japan snow trip, or have any questions about ski lessons or snowboard lessons in Yuzawa, please feel free to contact us.