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kashimayariTo the south of the valley and serviced by free shuttle buses, Kashmayari is one of the new members to the Hakuba Valley group. Kashimayrai takes its name from the mountain peak directly behind the resort. The area is serviced by eight lifts with a respectable vertical of 720m. Kashimayari has two “base” areas depending on which direction you arrive from. If you are arriving from Hakuba then you will arrive at the Lake Kizakiko base. On the way past the lake make sure you try to catch a look at the ice fishing that happens when the lake freezes over. If you are coming from the south the quickest way is to take the road that cuts through the mountain and ends at the middle station base area, Central Plaza.

The Central-Plaza itself is a great area to base yourself and meet up for lunch. From here you can in every direction. The plaza houses restaurants serving the usual skiers fare including a Sponge Bob Family Space area. The plaza even has its own accommodation, great for getting first tracks in the morning.

A favorite run is to take the 1 Quad lift followed by the 10 Pair lift to the top of the resort. After taking the obligatory photographs, put the camera away and head down the route 1 or route 15 courses. These are fast groomed courses that will make you feel like a ski racer. For beginners, head skiers right for the long cat track down to the mid station.

For powder lovers, turn left outside the mid-station building and jump on the No.5 Pair lift. There are a couple of courses through the ungroomed down to mid-station. Be warned that after a few days without snow, this course becomes a serious mogul field. For the younger kids, the Spounge Bob Snow Camp will keep them happy for hours with a magic carpet, hoops and slides. For the older kids, there is a good intermediate park at the Kizakiko base area serviced by either the No.6 Quad or the No.8 Pair.

Night skiing is available every evening with good vertical from Central-Plaza all the way down to Kizaki Base. Kashimayari is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this season so look out for any events.kashidata

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