Nagano-Bound Clients Should Gird for Wintry Weather

By Tyler Davidson

Reed Travel Features

NAGANO, Japan -- If your clients are traveling to Nagano for the XVIII Olympic Winter Games, they should be prepared for cold, but not bone-chilling, "winter in Montana" weather.

According to the Games' official U.S. tour operator and ticket agent, Cartan Tours, the average February temperature and snow accumulation at various venues is as follows:

* Nagano City (opening and closing ceremonies, ice hockey, speed skating and figure skating): 33 degrees and 1.5 inches of snow.

* Hakuba (cross-country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined, downhill skiing and Super G): 20 degrees and 49 inches of snow.

* Iizuna Kogen (freestyle skiing, bobsled and luge): 27 degrees and 41 inches of snow.

* Shiga Kogen (slalom and giant slalom): 16 degrees and 84 inches of snow.

* Karuizawa (curling and the hotel site): 27 degrees and three inches of snow.

* Nozawa Onsen (biathlon): 30 degrees and 57 inches of snow.

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