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You’ll definitely be able to ski. Plan on spring skiing conditions by then. Look at any place that’s typically open until April or May. Lots of options, most obvious being the higher-altitude places like Kagura or Shiga Kogen.

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Let us hope that the season has just been delayed - late start / late finish!

 

 

 

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Thank you for the above advice.  I have looked at Kagura and Shiga Kogen and they both look great. I am coming with my family from Australia and will have no snow gear at all.  Are we able to hire everything we need at the resorts? Are there packages with everything included, ie ski clothes, skis and lift ticket?  Any idea of the cost?  Thankyou. Lise

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If things don't change drastically, there's not going to much come late March. 

I wonder how long places like Kagura would be able to continue....

 

 

 

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I would recommend going further north as you might have better luck with temperatures and conditions, so Hokkaido might be good and look at going further inland to Furano.

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Hokkaido ski areas are pretty low altitude though, aren’t they? So despite being north, they don’t usually have very late seasons, do they?

 

Kagura Is usually open until late May, so I have to imagine they will still be going in late March, even in a disastrous year like this one.

As for rentals, looks like from their web site that they have skis/boards/boots/poles and outerwear (jackets, snowpants), but NOT gloves/goggles/hats. So try to bring at least that much.

 

Ski/board + wear sets seem to be 6,500 yen/day for adults, or 9,750 yen for two days. Cheaper for kids, depending on age. Don’t immediately see lift ticket + rental sets, but have only glanced at it quickly.

 

For more details, see their web site. English version here:

https://www.princehotels.com/en/ski/kagura/index.html#rentals

 

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Resorts are open through Golden Week up here :) which is about as late as most other places. Regardless, I doubt many will be open late this year with the lack of snow and warmer temps.

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The big ones up there usually go to Golden Week.

This year?  Hmmmmm.....

Can't quite believe what's going on this year.  Even though I am not there any more, me sad.

 

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