Advice needed Yuzawa ski option late March/early April

Melskius

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Hi all,
Planning our 3rd Japan trip. First trip March 2016 we went to Shiga Kogen. This trip we are travelling in the Chubu region by public transport. Our travel dates are 28th March to 8th April. We wanted to ski 3-4days somewhere in there, preferably at the end of the trip. We prefer blue groomers, and will have our competant 8yr old with us as well as our 4yr old (we had him on skis at 2yrs, but he is essentially a first timer). So our needs are - public transport accessible, ski hire, some food variety preferrably or access to convience store, maybe a sku school for the little guy...oh and for it to be open late season. Thinking Naeba/kagura may be the go. Prince hotel or are their other options? Airbnb? Thanks for your help. Born2ski i remember reading your trip report a few years back.
 

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Oh and Sandy might give you his opinion on skiing that late at this resort, might be a risk not sure as I was there in Jan, the heart of winter but end of March is late
 

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Naeba closes in May. The base elevation is high and it's linked to Kagura.

View Plaza travel office (JR Ski Ski) have special Shinkansen/lift/accom/meals deals at Prince Naeba.
 

Born2ski

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Naeba closes in May. The base elevation is high and it's linked to Kagura.

View Plaza travel office (JR Ski Ski) have special Shinkansen/lift/accom/meals deals at Prince Naeba.
I'm sure I read Naeba only opens weekends for most of April.
 

Born2ski

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Unless it's an exceptionally cold year even Naeba will be pretty heavy at the base by April. Kagura would be your best bet for the Yuzawa region.
 

Melskius

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Is it worth looking elsewhere (still in Chubu region) for late season ?? Myoko, hakuba and Shiga are all in the region? Do most finish in April or like Born2ski mentioned only operate weekends??
 

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Goryu/47, Happo and Tsugaike stay open until the first week of May so plenty of options in the Hakuba Valley. Will still be top to bottom skiing for your dates. Iwatake and Cortina/Norikura shut at the end of March so try those out for the first couple of days.
 

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Is it worth looking elsewhere (still in Chubu region) for late season ?? Myoko, hakuba and Shiga are all in the region? Do most finish in April or like Born2ski mentioned only operate weekends??
Akakura Kanko is open till Golden Week - first weekend in May. Ikenotaira can stay open a little beyond the scheduled closing date, usually beginning of April, if they snow is good and they have staff and guests.

Kagura is open. You catch a cable car up and would only ever ski the bottom bit to get back to the car park. At one time they were doing heli skiing where they drop you high up the mountain once with a guide and lunch. Not sure if this still happens though.

You could go further north. For example Grandecco have some really good late season deals. We got accommodation, lift tickets, dinner and breakfast for about 11,000 yen per person in April. For 4 days with kids it would be really nice. Just no lessons in English for kids. Food was fine as it is a buffet breakfast and a 5 course set menu at French restaurant for dinner. At worst the kids can fill up on bread rolls for dinner. If you do go there don't bother with the set menu in the Japanese restaurant. We did that for 1 meal and regretted it. We had been advised by the Japanese person who organised things not to. They were right.
 

Melskius

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Investigating options. thanks for all of the suggestions. Was leaning towards Happo (as have never skied Hakuba) but then the free shuttle that takes you places stops the day before we would arrive. Are their ski lockers near the lifts, or do people carry them back to their accomodation (most of which seem to not be ski-in/out?)
 

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Investigating options. thanks for all of the suggestions. Was leaning towards Happo (as have never skied Hakuba) but then the free shuttle that takes you places stops the day before we would arrive. Are their ski lockers near the lifts, or do people carry them back to their accomodation (most of which seem to not be ski-in/out?)
Just hire a car. You shouldn't go to Hakuba and just ski at Happo!!!!
 

Melskius

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Have move the ski part to the start of the trip - hopefully noone injures themselves.
Settle on Yuzawa (booked cancelable accommodation at yuzawa ski house). Staying in Yuzawa (wed 28th march to sat 31st march) and plan on using their shuttle to try naeba, kagura and maybe gala yuzawa over the 3 days we are there. Hoping Yuzawa township is large enough to find a few places to eat and convience stores for food. (Anyone know if there is likely to be snow on the ground in yuzawa or just up the mountain?
 

Sandy

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Have move the ski part to the start of the trip - hopefully noone injures themselves.
Settle on Yuzawa (booked cancelable accommodation at yuzawa ski house). Staying in Yuzawa (wed 28th march to sat 31st march) and plan on using their shuttle to try naeba, kagura and maybe gala yuzawa over the 3 days we are there. Hoping Yuzawa township is large enough to find a few places to eat and convience stores for food. (Anyone know if there is likely to be snow on the ground in yuzawa or just up the mountain?
There will be residual snow pack in Yuzawa town, but unlikely to be any on the ground, walking.
 

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Downtown Yuzawa near shink station...mind you, it was dumping something epic at the time. I assume it's not always like this.
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Kandatsu Kogen on April 8th. Despite low altitude, Kandatsu Kogen has plenty of snow in mid & late March. Kandatsu is an interesting small resort. It's in Yuzawa and very accessible from Tokyo. Hokkaido is better if you ski in late March to April, though.

This is also on April 8th.

About Kandatsu Kogen
http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/kandatsu-kogen
http://www.powderhounds.com/Japan/Honshu/Kandatsu-Kogen.aspx


Filmed on March 26th 2016. 2015-16 season was the worst season but it had enough snow at the end of March.
 
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