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Shiga Kogen Now!
Friday 23rd May 2014, 14:37pm
Some cloud, blue sky
I haven't been up there today - I'm actually in Nagano at the moment - but the Shibutoge lift still plans to be open through until Sunday... which will most definitely see the end of the 2013/2014 season. Generally fine conditions are forecast for the weekend if you so inclined!
This is my last Shiga Kogen Now report for the season.
The season started on Saturday 16th November 2013 with just the one lift moving at the Kumanoyu area. I make that 191 days of lift movement... over 6 months! That's some going. Of course it was a while before things got going and lots of the lifts in Shiga Kogen have long since stopped moving, but still - that's one long season.
I have been reading the other Now report wrap ups for 13/14 and a fair few of them - at least the ones in this region of Honshu - ring a bell. It has been up and down and not much of the full on long-lasting blizzard conditions. Still, get the timing right and there were some excellent conditions to enjoy (or, get timing wrong and be disappointed!)
Please do take a look through the archives of the reports... not only for 13/14 but for other seasons too.
We already have a tentative opening date for 2014/2015 ----> Saturday 15th November. We need the snow to co-operate of course. Here's hoping for a classic kind of season next time round.
Shiga Kogen is of course relatively cool during the hot summer months and a fine place to visit.
At last things not as wet today though it's keeping cool, chilly almost.
Last two days coming up at Kagura.
And the really good news is that they are not going to have to bring out the shuttle bus connecting the top of the Mitsumata Ropeway with the Kagura Gondola... yes, no need for a bus and you can still get over to Kagura and ski down the Mitsumata slope to get back to the Ropeway at the end of the day.
They have done well! Especially considering all the talk of less snow than usual this season. Interesting for sure.
Anyway, hopefully the sun will be out tomorrow and Sunday - maybe some cloud - but for the moment the forecast does not seem to be warning of any rainfall. Fingers crossed for good weather.
It is going to be crowded over the weekend!
Last report to round things off early in the week.
Here's the lifts that are operating at Kagura:
-Mitsumata Ropeway (7:30am) -Mitsumata Number 1 quad lift -Mitsumata Number 3 romance lift -Mitsumata Number 2 romance lift (open when very busy)
-Kagura Gondola -Kagura Number 1 quad lift -Kagura Number 1 romance lift
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