Don’t let the weather report fool you, for the 5 to 6 cm that is consistently forecasted is definitely adding up to be much more. Layer after layer, the mountain is now pure soft joy—any piste gives you a chance to create your own art. Any remnants of sun-crusted snow has been buried deep beneath the surface, untouchable by ski or snowboard alike. From beginners getting used to powering through the knee deep snow, to advanced carvers testing their agility through swishy turns, guests are putting themselves to the test. Powder skiing is no easy task after all!
When we continue to cherish what we imagine as the “last” snow day, we just keep getting more, and it’s mid march! Though there are always the usual early birds, one can tell that some usuals on the mountain are getting lazy with later starts. But as the days get longer, Okushiga Kogen is going to work in tandem with the beauty of the Spring solstice—We will be opening lifts on the mountain at 6am for the early birds eager to catch the purest and freshest part of the day.
On this day last year, snow depth was at 85cm and we were still open for skiing; today we are more than 200cm above last year’s snow depth, and of course, we are open as always…but what a difference! Temperatures are staying low and we are expecting more snow over the next week, so if you feel as if it is too late to get that ski trip in, it isn’t too late to come to Okushiga. With our high altitude and a healthy snow base, there should be no fear of booking a spring trip, it will be well worth it—lift operating hours will be longer than ever afterall.