Jump to content
SnowJapan Community
  • Sign Up

Blogs

Featured Entries

  • SnowJapan

    Ski lifts 2020-2021: ski lift operation news

    By SnowJapan

    [UPDATED 23rd NOVEMBER 2020 - Yomase Onsen] For various reasons it looks like there is going to be a lot of 'news' in the run up to the 2020-2021 winter season, ranging from some ski areas not opening to lifts being rested and changes to normal operations. On this page we will report on ski lifts and changes in normal operations at ski areas around Japan during the 2020-2021 winter season --- ones that we are aware of. The ski areas that are mentioned within this post will be open. Ski areas that do not plan to be open for 2020-2021 are reported here.
      *** IMPORTANT *** This list is a work in progress. It is not complete or final, and it will be updated if and when we discover further details It is important that information presented on our site is correct We will provide as much information as we can find from local and/or official sources Rumours will not be reported All information is believed to be correct at the time of writing Information may well change, in which case any necessary updates will be made Updates and edits to this page (and the ski area pages within the main site) will be made through December 2020 Please note that SnowJapan is not a news organisation. We are just trying to bring you as much information as possible There may well be other information out there that we are not aware of Know any relevant information? Please let us know at editor@snowjapan.com   Fukui Prefecture Ski Jam Katsuyama
    The Family Pair and Illusion Quad A (1010m) lifts will be rested for the 2020-2021 season.
    Their closing does not reduce the amount of reachable terrain.   Fukushima Prefecture Aizu Kogen Takahata
    Aizu Kogen Takahara will be closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays in January and February 2021 and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in March 2021.
    There are some exceptions - see ski area page for details. Aizu Kogen Takatsue
    All lifts appear to be scheduled to be operating, but the Half pipe and Slopestyle course at Aizu Kogen Takatsue will not be open for 2020-2021. Grandeco Snow Resort
    The Gondola and Number 4 quad lifts will be rested on weekdays for the 2020-2021 season - they will operate on weekends and holidays. Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
    The Alts Gondola will not be operating for the 2020-2021 season.
    Alts Gondola   Gunma Prefecture Fujiwara
    There will be no night skiing at Fujiwara during the 2020-2021 season.   Hokkaido Niseko Grand Hirafu
    The following lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu will not be operating this season:
    Ace Pair Number 1 lift
    Ace Pair Number 3 lift
    Ace Pair Number 4 lift
    King Pair Number 1 lift
    King Quad Number 2 lift
    The other lifts should be operating as normal and these lifts not moving should not really affect skiable area.
    They have also changed their planned opening date from 21st November until 5th December, and night skiing will be until 8:00pm.
    The Ace Family quad and Ace Number 2 quad lifts plan to be operating for night skiing.
    All details subject to change. Kamoidake
    Some good news!
    Kamoidake will be re-opening for the 2020-2021 season - on 12th December, all being well.
    The ski area page on SnowJapan will be updated soon. Otaru Tenguyama
    There will be no night skiing at Otaru Tenguyama this season. Rusutsu Resort
    The following lifts at Rusutsu will not be operating this season:
    West Mountain - Yotei Gondola, West Tiger Pair Lift (* open for competitions)
    East Mountain - East Quad Lift, East Number 2 Pair Lift, Across Number 1 Pair Lift
    Mt Izola - Izola Number 4 Quad Lift, Izola Number 2 Pair Lift
    The Side Country Park (West Mountain) and Freedom Park (East Mountain) will also be closed this season.
    All details subject to change. Sapporo Moiwayama
    There will be night skiing at Sapporo Moiwayama this season, but it looks like the Number 2 lift will not be operating during the evening.   Hyogo Prefecture Oku Kannabe
    It appears that there will not be any night skiing operations during the 2020-2021 season. Rokkosan Snow Park
    A new 'Mini Park' is planned for Rokkosan Snow Park and it will be supported by snow making machines.   Iwate Prefecture APPI
    The Central Number 6 lift will be rested for the 2020-2021 season.
    This season there will be 1 Gondola, 3 quad lifts and 5 pair lifts operating at the resort; 9 in total.   Nagano Prefecture Kitashinshu Kijimadaira
    The famous steep Pioneer course will not be opening during the 2020-2021 season.
    However, all lift tickets are about 50% off normal prices this season. Komagane Kogen
    There will be no night skiing at Komagane Kogen during the 2020-2021 season. Hakuba Happo-one
    The Central pair and Sakka Number 3 triple lifts have been taken off the official course map for 2020-2021 (downloaded Japanese language pamphlet).
    Skiable terrain is not reduced by those lifts not operating.
    The pamphlet also says 'more artificial snow making machines'. (Here's to not needing them!)
    There will be no night skiing at Happo-one this season. Mt Norikura Snow Resort
    The Torii One quad lift, Wasabisawa Lift will not be operating this season.
    The Yamaboushi lift may also be rested on weekdays. Nozawa Onsen
    The New Nagasaka Gondola will open at Nozawa Onsen this season. More on that here.
    New artificial snow-making machines are also being installed by the Yamabiko D course and Uenotaira courses on the upper area of Nozawa Onsen. Shiga Kogen
    A new pulse Gondola will open at Nozawa Onsen this season. More on that here.
    New artificial snow-making machines are also being installed by the Yamabiko D course and Uenotaira courses on the upper area of Nozawa Onsen. Togari Onsen
    There will be no general night skiing at Togari Onsen during the 2020-2021 season. You can however take private reservation (60,000 yen) to have it for yourself! Yamaboko Wild Snow Park
    The Number 2 pair lift will be rested on weekdays. Yomase Onsen
    The Number 5 pair lift will be rested for the 2020-2021 season.   Niigata Prefecture Cupid Valley
    The Gondola at Cupid Valley will not be operating this season. 
    The gondola being rested means that about 600m of course under the lift at top will not be available. Joetsu Kokusai
    The Number 2 and 3 pair lifts in the Osawa area of Joetsu Kokusai are not shown on the updated official course map at Joetsu Kokusai for this year.
    Those lifts went from the Osawa base up to the Atema area of the resort.
    With those lifts not operating it would seem that the course coming down between those two areas will be closed.
    Note: the triple lift at Osawa remains on the course map.
    Night skiing will be in the area in front of the hotel. No night skiing in the Osawa or Atema areas this season. Maiko Snow Resort
    The single Family Lift and sledding course at Maiko Snow Resort will not be operating this season. It will not affect the available terrain.
    Night skiing will be only on Saturdays and Sundays in the main season as well as over the New Year period. Naeba
    The Number 2 high speed quad lift in front of the base hotel at Naeba is not on the updated map for the 2020-2021 season.
    It doesn't cut off any terrain but means that you'll need to get the Number 2 Gondola to access some.
    Unclear if this is just for this season or something more permanent.
    Also, night skiing is mainly only on Saturdays this season (also over New Year and 10th, 11th January 2021).
      Ninox Snow Park
    The upper Number 2 quad lift at Ninox Snow Park will not be operating this season. Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort
    All of the lifts plan to be operating during the daytime, but there will be no night skiing at Yuzawa Nakazato this season.    Okayama Prefecture Onbara Kogen
    The Lakeside course and two lifts in that area of Onbara Kogen will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season.
    The Panorama Area will be open.   Tochigi Prefecture Mt Jeans Nasu
    The Number 2 and Number 4 pair lifts will be rested during the 2020-2021 season.
    With those lifts closed that right side area (courses 6 and 7) will not be available.   Tottori Prefecture Daisen White Resort
    A number of lifts will be rested at Daisen White Resort during the 2020-2021 season.
    It looks like only 7 of the 14 lifts will be opening, with a fair section of courses/terrain also closed.
    A lack of snowfall last season and covid-19 issues making things difficult being given as the reason.
    (The ski area page on SnowJapan will be updated soon).   Yamagata Prefecture Zao Sarukura
    An additional snow making machine is being installed at Zao Sarukura for the 2020-2021 season.          
    • 23 comments
    • 2050 views
  • SnowJapan

    Ski areas 2020-2021: news of ski areas around Japan not opening

    By SnowJapan

    [UPDATED 20th NOVEMBER 2020: Echo Valley & Hakuba Sanosaka (opening after all?)] On this page we will report on news of ski areas around Japan that will not be opening for the 2020-2021 winter season. News of specific ski lifts that will be rested at ski areas that will be open are reported here.
      *** IMPORTANT *** This list is a work in progress. It is not complete or final, and it will be updated if and when we discover further details It is important that information presented on our site is correct We will provide as much information as we can find from local and/or official sources Rumours will not be reported All information is believed to be correct at the time of writing Information may well change, in which case any necessary updates will be made Updates and edits to this page (and the ski area pages within the main site) will be made through December 2020 Please note that SnowJapan is not a news organisation. We are just trying to bring you as much information as possible There may well be other information out there that we are not aware of Know any relevant information? Please let us know at editor@snowjapan.com   Fukui Prefecture Imajo 365
    Imajo 365 will not be open for the 2020-2021 season.
    Stated reason: coronavirus related. Karigahara
    Karigahara was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall.
    It was since announced that it would be permanently closed. Shinbo Family
    Shinbo Family was not able to open for one day during the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons due to a lack of snowfall.
    It will not be open for the 2020-2021 season.   Gifu Prefecture Ciao Ontake Mount Resort
    Ciao has been closed since 2018.
    During 2020 there was an unsuccessful attempt to try and get it back operating for the 2020-2021 season by crowdfunding.
    More information on Ciao Ontake Mount Resort can be found on www.snowjapanhistory.com Hida Takayama
    Hida Takayama will not open for the 2020-2021 season due to damage from the heavy rainfalls in July 2020. Ibi Kogen
    Ibi Kogen was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall.
    It has now permanently closed.   Hokkaido Classe Snow Park
    Classe Snow Park will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season.
    Stated reason: coronavirus related issues. Kokusetsu Ashibetsu
    It appears that Kokusetsu Ashibetsu has permanently closed.
    The last day of operation was 4th March 2020.   Kagawa Prefecture Snow Park Unpenji
    This ski area permanently closed in March 2020.   Nagano Prefecture Echo Valley
    Echo Valley will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season.
    At the time of writing their official site still shows an intention to open on 28th November, but a press release on the Blue Resort group website says that Echo Valledy and Hakuba Sanosaka will not be opening for the season...
    Echo Valley has confirmed that it will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season. Hakuba Sanosaka
    Hakuba Sanosaka has announced that it will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season.
    Stated reason: coronavirus related issues.
    Looks like there has been a change of mind and Hakuba Sanosaka will be opening after all.....
    Good to hear and details to follow... for now, just confusing. Iizuna Kogen
    2019-2020 was officially the last season for Iizuna Kogen.
    It has now permanently closed.
    More information on Iizuna Kogen can be found on www.snowjapanhistory.com   Niigata Prefecture Budoh
    Budoh was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall.
    It will not be open for the 2020-2021 season.
    Stated reason: coronavirus related. Ishiuchi Hanaoka
    Ishiuchi Hanaoka has announced that it will not be opening during the 2020-2021 season.
    Stated reason: coronavirus related. Myoko Ski Park
    Myoko Ski Park has announced that it will not be opening during the 2020-2021 season.
    No specific reason has been given. Tainai
    Tainai was not able to open properly for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall - only a kids playing area was able to open.
    It was thought that it would not open for 2020-2021, but a crowdfunding effort was held to try and keep the ski area open with a target of 30 million yen.
    Apparently they had raised about 23 million yen as of 1st October.
    [2nd OCTOBER UPDATE] Good news! It looks like a decision has been made to open for the 2020-2021 season... if it snows enough!
    Hopefully snow issues will not be a problem in 20-21. Wakabuna Kogen
    Wakabuna Kogen was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall.
    It will not be open for the 2020-2021 season.   Saga Prefecture Tenzan Resort
    The most westerly ski area in Japan - Tenzan Resort in Saga Prefecture - will not be opening for the 2020-2021 winter season.
    Stated reason: low snowfall in recent seasons + coronavirus related issues.   Shimane Prefecture Asahi Tenguston Snow Park
    2019-2020 was the last season for Asahi Tenguston.
    It has now permanently closed.
    More information on Asahi Tenguston Snow Park can be found on www.snowjapanhistory.com Mizuho Highland
    The company that was operating Mizuho Highland went bankrupt in the spring of 2020.
    It is currently unclear if it will be able to open for 2020-2021, but it looks very unlikely.   Tottori Prefecture Daisen Masumizu Kogen SNOW PARK
    Daisen Masumizu Kogen will not be open for the 2020-2021 season.
    Stated reason: coronavirus related.          
    • 4 comments
    • 1872 views
  • SnowJapan

    Updates & Reports: Our plans for the 2020-2021 winter season

    By SnowJapan

    Greetings to you all from a (still-hot) Niigata Prefecture. Wherever you are in the world, we hope this message finds you well. 2020 has been such a difficult year for so many - both individuals and businesses - and many unanswered questions remain regarding the upcoming winter season. Back at the end of last season we were all hoping that the covid-19 situation would have cleared up more than it has done by now, but the subject of course still looms large. We wish we had answers to the big questions. All we can really do for now is remain patient and hopeful for brighter news… sooner than later, please. I think we have all probably read more than enough on that particular subject, so we do not wish to dwell on it any further for the moment. Rather, we want to be positive and look forward, and take this opportunity to tell you what we have planned for the coming months and during the 2020-2021 Japan winter season. Basically, we are preparing SnowJapan.com to be running as close to normal as is possible.  It's what we do. Here's more details:
      Updating our ski area information   [September-December] The process of updating our all-Japan ski area information on SnowJapan has started. In a normal year... Our updating work usually takes us 3+ months, from September through until December. This year... We have only just started working on updates for the upcoming season, so we have not yet delved deep. However, we get the feeling that this year information gathering is going to be more complicated than usual. And perhaps generally later than usual, as ski areas wait on updates to general/travel circumstances. There is also probably going to be lots of ‘News’. In addition to updating information on all the ski area pages within SnowJapan, we also plan to separately post various news items on the site. That should start around early October. Every year... As we check and update information, we are as careful and thorough as possible. Our intention is to bring you correct, reliable, and up-to-date information. We are not here to bring you shiny marketing messages or promotional press releases. The process of carefully checking and updating information on about 500 ski areas in multiple stages takes a lot of time. The work is all manual and we only use original Japanese sources. Updates on our site may seem to be somewhat random…  …and in some ways, they are!  That is because we keep checking, re-checking and updating as we find relevant information. Updates for each ski area will probably be done in stages, as more information becomes available. This work is ongoing and information is updated gradually (it doesn't all appear at once). We try to update information for larger, more well-known ski areas as early in the process as possible. We cannot update the information on SnowJapan if we do not have confirmation of information from original sources. In our experience over the years, many ski areas around Japan do not update their own websites until November (or even December!) Expect most visible updates to appear on SnowJapan around the period late-October through late-November. Just so it's clear... no-one is telling us what to do. It's all us - checking, updating, checking and updating manually. Gambarimasu!
    'Now' daily reports   [during the winter season] We intend to publish as many of our popular ‘Now’ daily reports as possible through the 2020-2021 winter season. However we cannot yet confirm full details… because we do not know ourselves what is going to be possible. For a ‘Now’ daily report section to be possible, we need our trusted reporters to be available, on location, and committed to posting reports every day of the season. There is no 'mid' setting - it's either a full proper report every day or no report. Due to various circumstances beyond our control, that may well not be possible for some of our usual reports this year. But we will certainly do what we can!
      Daily snow depth data   [during the winter season] The official daily snow depth data for ski areas throughout Japan should be updating as normal throughout the winter season. ---------------------------------   So keep an eye on the site for updates over the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, if the subject of ski areas from the past sounds interesting to you, be sure to check out the new SnowJapanHistory website here: www.snowjapanhistory.com. SnowJapanHistory is a personal project of the creator of SnowJapan. Currently the website introduces 114 historic ski areas around Japan and more are being added each week. That’s all for now. Stay safe and take care.      
    • 6 comments
    • 2934 views
  • SnowJapan

    Lift tickets 2020-2021: ski lift ticket prices news

    By SnowJapan

    [UPDATED 3rd DECEMBER 2020 - Owani Onsen / Asahi Prime] On this page we will be keeping an eye on the price of lift tickets for the 2020-2021 winter season. So far, the majority of ski areas appear to be keeping their lift tickets at the same price as last season... we won't be mentioning those on this page. Some ski areas offer cheaper tickets online (their official websites). The below is for the 'normal'/on-the-day charges. Details will be updated on each of the relevant ski area pages on the main website.   *** IMPORTANT *** This list is a work in progress. It is not complete or final, and it will be updated if and when we discover further details It is important that information presented on our site is correct We will provide as much information as we can find from local and/or official sources Rumours will not be reported All information is believed to be correct at the time of writing Information may well change, in which case any necessary updates will be made Updates and edits to this page (and the ski area pages within the main site) will be made through December 2020 Please note that SnowJapan is not a news organisation. We are just trying to bring you as much information as possible There may well be other information out there that we are not aware of Know any relevant information? Please let us know at editor@snowjapan.com   Aomori Prefecture Aomori Spring Ski Resort
    A 1 day ticket was 5,200 yen.
    That will be 5,500 yen for the 2020-2021 season.
    The season ticket, however, is cheaper this year. Owani Onsen
    A 1 day ticket has increased by 200 yen and a 5 hour ticket by 100 yen.
    1 day ticket: 2,900 yen (last year) >>> 3,100 yen
    5 hour ticket: 2,600 yen (last year) >>> 2,700 yen   Fukushima Prefecture Grandeco Snow Resort
    Some complicated lift ticket charges for 2020-2021 at Grandeco with 4 different sets of prices.
    A one day lift ticket on some weekend/holiday dates goes from 4,800 yen to 5,400 yen.
    The Gondola and Number 4 lift will also be rested on weekdays.   Gunma Prefecture Katashina Kogen
    One day lift tickets on weekends and holidays are up 200 yen, along with other similar price increases.   Hokkaido Hidaka Kokusai
    All adult tickets (1 day, 2 hours, 5 hours, night ticket) have increased by 200 yen.
    A 1 day lift ticket is now 3,200 yen. Nayoro Piyashiri
    The 1 day and 4 hour tickets have increased by 350 yen.
    However, the season tickets are quite a bit cheaper.... especially for city residents
    1 day ticket: 2,650 (last year) >>> 3,000 yen
    4 hour ticket: 2,050 (last year) >>> 2,400 yen
    Season ticket (city residents): 32,800 (last year) >>> 19,800 yen
    Season ticket (other): 32,800 (last year) >>> 24,800 yen Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort
    The price of the Niseko Moiwa adult tickets has increased for the 2020-2021 season.
    Examples (adult):
    1 day ticket: 4,500 yen (last year) >>> 4,800 yen
    2 day ticket: 8,000 yen (last year) >>> 8,400 yen
    3 day ticket: 11,700 yen (last year) >>> 12,500 yen Niseko United
    The price of the joint 'Niseko United' lift tickets have increased for the 2020-2021 season.
    A 1 day lift ticket has increased by 100 yen.
    Examples:
    1 day ticket: 8,000 yen (last year) >>> 8,100 yen   Iwate Prefecture Geto Kogen
    A 1 day lift ticket goes from 4,900 yen to 5,200 yen   Miyagi Prefecture Spring Valley Izumi Kogen
    Lift tickets on the day are more expensive this season.... but the same or cheaper if bought online
    8 hour ticket: 3,900 yen (last year) >>> 4,200 yen [3,800 yen online in advance]
    6 hour ticket: 3,700 yen (last year) >>> 3,900 yen [same as last season online]
    4 hour ticket: 3,400 yen (last year) >>> 3,600 yen [same as last season online]   Nagano Prefecture Asahi Prime
    New ownership at Asahi Prime and news that they will be opening (after a period when it was in doubt)
    1 day weekend ticket: 3,600 yen >>> 3,300 yen (same price as weekdays) Asama 2000 Park
    One day lift tickets at weekends remain at 4,000 yen, but increase on weekdays
    1 day weekday ticket: 2,500 yen >>> 3,000 yen Banshogahara
    To celebrate the return of Banshogahara after a year off due to typhoon damage, all 1 day lift tickets are 1,000 yen less than normal:
    Adult >>> 2,550 yen
    Child >>> 520 yen Blanche Takayama Ski Resort
    The prices of lift tickets have all increased.
    A 1 day lift ticket has increased by 400 yen.
    1 day ticket: 4,400 yen (last year) >>> 6,800 yen Hakuba Valley
    The price of the joint 'Hakuba Valley' lift tickets have increased for the 2020-2021 season.
    A 1 day lift ticket has increased by 500 yen.
    Examples:
    1 day ticket: 6,100 yen (last year) >>> 6,600 yen
    2 day ticket: 11,000 yen (last year) >>> 12,500 yen
    3 day ticket: 16,300 yen (last year) >>> 18,700 yen Hakuba Happo-one, Hakuba 47, Hakuba Goryu
    Prices of individual ski area tickets are unchanged. Kaida Kogen Mia
    All one day and half day tickets have increased by 100 yen this season.
    1 day ticket: 3,900 yen (last year) >>> 4,000 yen
    Afternoon ticket: 3,000 yen (last year) >>> 3,100 yen Kitashinshu Kijimadaira
    All lift tickets this season are 50% (or thereabouts) off the normal prices!
    Note: the famous steep Pioneer Course will not be open this season. Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
    The adult lift tickets have increased:
    1 day ticket: 4,000 yen (last year) >>> 4,200 yen Ryuoo Ski Park
    The adult and senior lift tickets have increased, mostly by 200 yen.
    1 day ticket: 4,800 yen (last year) >>> 5,000 yen
    Half ticket: 3,900 yen (last year) >>> 4,100 yen
    PM/Nighta ticket: 4,800 yen (last year) >>> 5,000 yen Shiga Kogen
    The price of a 1 day joint Shiga Kogen lift ticket has increased for the 2020-2021 season.
    1 day ticket: 5,500 yen (last year) >>> 5,600 yen
    2+ day  tickets: unchanged Shirakaba Resort Ikenotaira Snow Park
    The price of a 1 day adult lift ticket has increased for the 2020-2021 season.
    1 day ticket: 3,000 yen (last year) >>> 3,500 yen Sun Meadows Kiyosato
    The price of a weekend/holiday 1 day ticket is up 200 yen this season. Weekday tickets remain unchanged.
    1 day ticket: 4,800 yen (last year) >>> 5,000 yen Tsugaike Kogen
    The price of a Tsugaike Kogen only one day lift ticket has gone up by 100 yen this season; two day ticket by 200 yen
    1 day ticket: 5,400 yen (last year) >>> 5,500 yen
    2 day ticket: 9,500 yen (last year) >>> 9,700 yen   Niigata Prefecture Cupid Valley
    A price reduction!
    All lift tickets are less expensive this year than last, with the one day ticket going from 4,300 yen to 4,200 yen.
    It needs to be noted that the gondola will not be operating this season and that means you need to get two lifts to the top area.
    The rested gondola means that about 600m of course under the top part of the gondola lift will not be available this season. GALA Yuzawa
    Lift tickets for adults bought on the day (1 day, half day, PM3 tickets) are all +200 yen this season.
    1 day ticket: 5,000 yen >>> 5,200 yen
    Lift tickets bought online on the official site are the same as normal prices last season (ie. 1 day: 5,000 yen).  Kandatsu Kogen
    100 yen has been added to the cost of all one day lift tickets. Yuzawa Kogen
    300 yen has been added to the cost of one day lift tickets. However, cheaper tickets are available online in advance.
    1 day ticket: 4,400 yen (last year) >>> 4,700 yen (but 4,200 yen online)   Okayama Prefecture Onbara Kogen
    A price reduction!
    A 1 day ticket has gone from 4,300 yen to 4,000 yen.
    The Lakeside section of the ski area (two lifts) will not be operating this season, perhaps accounting for the price reduction.   Shiga Prefecture GRANSNOW Okuibuki
    1 day and afternoon tickets for adults on weekends and holidays are 100 yen more expensive this season. Weekday charges remain the same.
    1 day ticket: 4,800 yen (last year) >>> 4,900 yen
    Afternoon ticket: 2,900 yen (last year) >>> 3,000 yen
    * Not to be mistaken as the legendary Mt Granview in Minamiuonuma. (Some of you might get that  ;))
    Yamagata Prefecture St.MARY
    The lift tickets for adults have increased by 400 yen (though tickets for children are cheaper this year).
    Examples:
    7 hours ticket: 3,100 yen (last year) >>> 3,500 yen
    5 hours ticket: 2,900 yen (last year) >>> 3,300 yen
    3 hours ticket: 2,600 yen (last year) >>> 3,000 yen Zao Onsen
    The price a 1 day ticket remains unchanged, but multiple day tickets are slightly more expensive.   Yamanashi Prefecture Fujiten Snow Resort
    1 day and 4 hour lift tickets on weekends and holidays have increased by 300 yen. Weekday tickets remain unchanged.
    Weekend 1 day: 4,500 yen (last year) >>> 4,800 yen
    Weekday 4 hours: 3,500 yen (last year) >>> 3,800 yen          
    • 7 comments
    • 1088 views

DAILY REPORTS: New 'Kiroro Now' reporting section

We are happy to share with you a new 'Now' report on SnowJapan this season. This new report comes to you from Kiroro, a location known to be particularly snowy, on the northern island of Hokkaido. We have cunningly named the new report... Kiroro Now. And you can find it here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/Kiroro-Now The same concept, ideals and independence apply to this report - like all of the others. As this is a new section there may be a few things that need ironing out over the coming days. Please bear with us as we all get used to the new systems! ---- The first welcome message can be found on the report from 2nd December: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/Kiroro-Now/02nd-December-2020      

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

Lift tickets 2020-2021: ski lift ticket prices news

[UPDATED 3rd DECEMBER 2020 - Owani Onsen / Asahi Prime] On this page we will be keeping an eye on the price of lift tickets for the 2020-2021 winter season. So far, the majority of ski areas appear to be keeping their lift tickets at the same price as last season... we won't be mentioning those on this page. Some ski areas offer cheaper tickets online (their official websites). The below is for the 'normal'/on-the-day charges. Details will be updated on each of the relevant ski area pages on the main website.   *** IMPORTANT *** This list is a work in progress. It is not complete or final, and it will be updated if and when we discover further details It is important that information presented on our site is correct We will provide as much information as we can find from local and/or official sources Rumours will not be reported All information is believed to be correct at the time of writing Information may well change, in which case any necessary updates will be made Updates and edits to this page (and the ski area pages within the main site) will be made through December 2020 Please note that SnowJapan is not a news organisation. We are just trying to bring you as much information as possible There may well be other information out there that we are not aware of Know any relevant information? Please let us know at editor@snowjapan.com   Aomori Prefecture Aomori Spring Ski Resort
A 1 day ticket was 5,200 yen.
That will be 5,500 yen for the 2020-2021 season.
The season ticket, however, is cheaper this year. Owani Onsen
A 1 day ticket has increased by 200 yen and a 5 hour ticket by 100 yen.
1 day ticket: 2,900 yen (last year) >>> 3,100 yen
5 hour ticket: 2,600 yen (last year) >>> 2,700 yen   Fukushima Prefecture Grandeco Snow Resort
Some complicated lift ticket charges for 2020-2021 at Grandeco with 4 different sets of prices.
A one day lift ticket on some weekend/holiday dates goes from 4,800 yen to 5,400 yen.
The Gondola and Number 4 lift will also be rested on weekdays.   Gunma Prefecture Katashina Kogen
One day lift tickets on weekends and holidays are up 200 yen, along with other similar price increases.   Hokkaido Hidaka Kokusai
All adult tickets (1 day, 2 hours, 5 hours, night ticket) have increased by 200 yen.
A 1 day lift ticket is now 3,200 yen. Nayoro Piyashiri
The 1 day and 4 hour tickets have increased by 350 yen.
However, the season tickets are quite a bit cheaper.... especially for city residents
1 day ticket: 2,650 (last year) >>> 3,000 yen
4 hour ticket: 2,050 (last year) >>> 2,400 yen
Season ticket (city residents): 32,800 (last year) >>> 19,800 yen
Season ticket (other): 32,800 (last year) >>> 24,800 yen Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort
The price of the Niseko Moiwa adult tickets has increased for the 2020-2021 season.
Examples (adult):
1 day ticket: 4,500 yen (last year) >>> 4,800 yen
2 day ticket: 8,000 yen (last year) >>> 8,400 yen
3 day ticket: 11,700 yen (last year) >>> 12,500 yen Niseko United
The price of the joint 'Niseko United' lift tickets have increased for the 2020-2021 season.
A 1 day lift ticket has increased by 100 yen.
Examples:
1 day ticket: 8,000 yen (last year) >>> 8,100 yen   Iwate Prefecture Geto Kogen
A 1 day lift ticket goes from 4,900 yen to 5,200 yen   Miyagi Prefecture Spring Valley Izumi Kogen
Lift tickets on the day are more expensive this season.... but the same or cheaper if bought online
8 hour ticket: 3,900 yen (last year) >>> 4,200 yen [3,800 yen online in advance]
6 hour ticket: 3,700 yen (last year) >>> 3,900 yen [same as last season online]
4 hour ticket: 3,400 yen (last year) >>> 3,600 yen [same as last season online]   Nagano Prefecture Asahi Prime
New ownership at Asahi Prime and news that they will be opening (after a period when it was in doubt)
1 day weekend ticket: 3,600 yen >>> 3,300 yen (same price as weekdays) Asama 2000 Park
One day lift tickets at weekends remain at 4,000 yen, but increase on weekdays
1 day weekday ticket: 2,500 yen >>> 3,000 yen Banshogahara
To celebrate the return of Banshogahara after a year off due to typhoon damage, all 1 day lift tickets are 1,000 yen less than normal:
Adult >>> 2,550 yen
Child >>> 520 yen Blanche Takayama Ski Resort
The prices of lift tickets have all increased.
A 1 day lift ticket has increased by 400 yen.
1 day ticket: 4,400 yen (last year) >>> 6,800 yen Hakuba Valley
The price of the joint 'Hakuba Valley' lift tickets have increased for the 2020-2021 season.
A 1 day lift ticket has increased by 500 yen.
Examples:
1 day ticket: 6,100 yen (last year) >>> 6,600 yen
2 day ticket: 11,000 yen (last year) >>> 12,500 yen
3 day ticket: 16,300 yen (last year) >>> 18,700 yen Hakuba Happo-one, Hakuba 47, Hakuba Goryu
Prices of individual ski area tickets are unchanged. Kaida Kogen Mia
All one day and half day tickets have increased by 100 yen this season.
1 day ticket: 3,900 yen (last year) >>> 4,000 yen
Afternoon ticket: 3,000 yen (last year) >>> 3,100 yen Kitashinshu Kijimadaira
All lift tickets this season are 50% (or thereabouts) off the normal prices!
Note: the famous steep Pioneer Course will not be open this season. Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
The adult lift tickets have increased:
1 day ticket: 4,000 yen (last year) >>> 4,200 yen Ryuoo Ski Park
The adult and senior lift tickets have increased, mostly by 200 yen.
1 day ticket: 4,800 yen (last year) >>> 5,000 yen
Half ticket: 3,900 yen (last year) >>> 4,100 yen
PM/Nighta ticket: 4,800 yen (last year) >>> 5,000 yen Shiga Kogen
The price of a 1 day joint Shiga Kogen lift ticket has increased for the 2020-2021 season.
1 day ticket: 5,500 yen (last year) >>> 5,600 yen
2+ day  tickets: unchanged Shirakaba Resort Ikenotaira Snow Park
The price of a 1 day adult lift ticket has increased for the 2020-2021 season.
1 day ticket: 3,000 yen (last year) >>> 3,500 yen Sun Meadows Kiyosato
The price of a weekend/holiday 1 day ticket is up 200 yen this season. Weekday tickets remain unchanged.
1 day ticket: 4,800 yen (last year) >>> 5,000 yen Tsugaike Kogen
The price of a Tsugaike Kogen only one day lift ticket has gone up by 100 yen this season; two day ticket by 200 yen
1 day ticket: 5,400 yen (last year) >>> 5,500 yen
2 day ticket: 9,500 yen (last year) >>> 9,700 yen   Niigata Prefecture Cupid Valley
A price reduction!
All lift tickets are less expensive this year than last, with the one day ticket going from 4,300 yen to 4,200 yen.
It needs to be noted that the gondola will not be operating this season and that means you need to get two lifts to the top area.
The rested gondola means that about 600m of course under the top part of the gondola lift will not be available this season. GALA Yuzawa
Lift tickets for adults bought on the day (1 day, half day, PM3 tickets) are all +200 yen this season.
1 day ticket: 5,000 yen >>> 5,200 yen
Lift tickets bought online on the official site are the same as normal prices last season (ie. 1 day: 5,000 yen).  Kandatsu Kogen
100 yen has been added to the cost of all one day lift tickets. Yuzawa Kogen
300 yen has been added to the cost of one day lift tickets. However, cheaper tickets are available online in advance.
1 day ticket: 4,400 yen (last year) >>> 4,700 yen (but 4,200 yen online)   Okayama Prefecture Onbara Kogen
A price reduction!
A 1 day ticket has gone from 4,300 yen to 4,000 yen.
The Lakeside section of the ski area (two lifts) will not be operating this season, perhaps accounting for the price reduction.   Shiga Prefecture GRANSNOW Okuibuki
1 day and afternoon tickets for adults on weekends and holidays are 100 yen more expensive this season. Weekday charges remain the same.
1 day ticket: 4,800 yen (last year) >>> 4,900 yen
Afternoon ticket: 2,900 yen (last year) >>> 3,000 yen
* Not to be mistaken as the legendary Mt Granview in Minamiuonuma. (Some of you might get that  ;))
Yamagata Prefecture St.MARY
The lift tickets for adults have increased by 400 yen (though tickets for children are cheaper this year).
Examples:
7 hours ticket: 3,100 yen (last year) >>> 3,500 yen
5 hours ticket: 2,900 yen (last year) >>> 3,300 yen
3 hours ticket: 2,600 yen (last year) >>> 3,000 yen Zao Onsen
The price a 1 day ticket remains unchanged, but multiple day tickets are slightly more expensive.   Yamanashi Prefecture Fujiten Snow Resort
1 day and 4 hour lift tickets on weekends and holidays have increased by 300 yen. Weekday tickets remain unchanged.
Weekend 1 day: 4,500 yen (last year) >>> 4,800 yen
Weekday 4 hours: 3,500 yen (last year) >>> 3,800 yen          

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

Updates & Reports: Our plans for the 2020-2021 winter season

Greetings to you all from a (still-hot) Niigata Prefecture. Wherever you are in the world, we hope this message finds you well. 2020 has been such a difficult year for so many - both individuals and businesses - and many unanswered questions remain regarding the upcoming winter season. Back at the end of last season we were all hoping that the covid-19 situation would have cleared up more than it has done by now, but the subject of course still looms large. We wish we had answers to the big questions. All we can really do for now is remain patient and hopeful for brighter news… sooner than later, please. I think we have all probably read more than enough on that particular subject, so we do not wish to dwell on it any further for the moment. Rather, we want to be positive and look forward, and take this opportunity to tell you what we have planned for the coming months and during the 2020-2021 Japan winter season. Basically, we are preparing SnowJapan.com to be running as close to normal as is possible.  It's what we do. Here's more details:
  Updating our ski area information   [September-December] The process of updating our all-Japan ski area information on SnowJapan has started. In a normal year... Our updating work usually takes us 3+ months, from September through until December. This year... We have only just started working on updates for the upcoming season, so we have not yet delved deep. However, we get the feeling that this year information gathering is going to be more complicated than usual. And perhaps generally later than usual, as ski areas wait on updates to general/travel circumstances. There is also probably going to be lots of ‘News’. In addition to updating information on all the ski area pages within SnowJapan, we also plan to separately post various news items on the site. That should start around early October. Every year... As we check and update information, we are as careful and thorough as possible. Our intention is to bring you correct, reliable, and up-to-date information. We are not here to bring you shiny marketing messages or promotional press releases. The process of carefully checking and updating information on about 500 ski areas in multiple stages takes a lot of time. The work is all manual and we only use original Japanese sources. Updates on our site may seem to be somewhat random…  …and in some ways, they are!  That is because we keep checking, re-checking and updating as we find relevant information. Updates for each ski area will probably be done in stages, as more information becomes available. This work is ongoing and information is updated gradually (it doesn't all appear at once). We try to update information for larger, more well-known ski areas as early in the process as possible. We cannot update the information on SnowJapan if we do not have confirmation of information from original sources. In our experience over the years, many ski areas around Japan do not update their own websites until November (or even December!) Expect most visible updates to appear on SnowJapan around the period late-October through late-November. Just so it's clear... no-one is telling us what to do. It's all us - checking, updating, checking and updating manually. Gambarimasu!
'Now' daily reports   [during the winter season] We intend to publish as many of our popular ‘Now’ daily reports as possible through the 2020-2021 winter season. However we cannot yet confirm full details… because we do not know ourselves what is going to be possible. For a ‘Now’ daily report section to be possible, we need our trusted reporters to be available, on location, and committed to posting reports every day of the season. There is no 'mid' setting - it's either a full proper report every day or no report. Due to various circumstances beyond our control, that may well not be possible for some of our usual reports this year. But we will certainly do what we can!
  Daily snow depth data   [during the winter season] The official daily snow depth data for ski areas throughout Japan should be updating as normal throughout the winter season. ---------------------------------   So keep an eye on the site for updates over the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, if the subject of ski areas from the past sounds interesting to you, be sure to check out the new SnowJapanHistory website here: www.snowjapanhistory.com. SnowJapanHistory is a personal project of the creator of SnowJapan. Currently the website introduces 114 historic ski areas around Japan and more are being added each week. That’s all for now. Stay safe and take care.      

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

The story behind the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics downhill courses on Mt Eniwa

The downhill events of the  1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics were held on custom-made ski runs on the south west slopes of Mt Eniwa in Chitose City, Hokkaido. The location was chosen after no suitable venue could be found within the borders of Sapporo City, the official host city of the Olympics. A brand new 31 person ropeway, ski lift, heliport and other related facilities were all constructed - on the condition that they would be completely dismantled after the Olympics, and that the mountain would be restored to its original state. More on this fascinating story over on the SnowJapanHistory site here: https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/hokkaido-chitose-1972-sapporo-winter-olympics-mt-eniwa-downhill-courses    

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

2020-2021 Season: About our daily 'Now' reports & snow depth data

About our daily 'Now' reports As the snow season fast approaches, we thought we would let you know where we stand with regards to our daily reporting. Even with this year being as it is, we very much wanted SnowJapan to be updated as 'normal' as possible this winter. And we are largely happy for that to be happening, but unfortunately there are going to be a few daily reports that we are unable to update this season - for various '2020' reasons, including the old classic 'can't post a report without a reporter!' The following daily report sections will be updated (and for the most part will be updated as usual) Furano Now
Geto Kogen Now
Hakuba Now
Madarao Now
Myoko Now
Niseko Now
Nozawa Onsen Now
Shiga Kogen Now
Yuzawa Now   The following reports will be taking a rest during the 2020-2021 season: Aizu Bandai Now
Naeba Now (but Naeba will be covered within the Yuzawa Now daily report)
** This post will be updated as the remaining report situation is finalised **   A new Now report Ssshh, don't tell anyone... but a completely new Now report might be appearing soon....
  About snow depth data The official snow depth data for ski areas around Japan will begin being updated around the middle of December (as normal).      

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

Ski areas 2020-2021: news of ski areas around Japan not opening

[UPDATED 20th NOVEMBER 2020: Echo Valley & Hakuba Sanosaka (opening after all?)] On this page we will report on news of ski areas around Japan that will not be opening for the 2020-2021 winter season. News of specific ski lifts that will be rested at ski areas that will be open are reported here.
  *** IMPORTANT *** This list is a work in progress. It is not complete or final, and it will be updated if and when we discover further details It is important that information presented on our site is correct We will provide as much information as we can find from local and/or official sources Rumours will not be reported All information is believed to be correct at the time of writing Information may well change, in which case any necessary updates will be made Updates and edits to this page (and the ski area pages within the main site) will be made through December 2020 Please note that SnowJapan is not a news organisation. We are just trying to bring you as much information as possible There may well be other information out there that we are not aware of Know any relevant information? Please let us know at editor@snowjapan.com   Fukui Prefecture Imajo 365
Imajo 365 will not be open for the 2020-2021 season.
Stated reason: coronavirus related. Karigahara
Karigahara was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall.
It was since announced that it would be permanently closed. Shinbo Family
Shinbo Family was not able to open for one day during the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons due to a lack of snowfall.
It will not be open for the 2020-2021 season.   Gifu Prefecture Ciao Ontake Mount Resort
Ciao has been closed since 2018.
During 2020 there was an unsuccessful attempt to try and get it back operating for the 2020-2021 season by crowdfunding.
More information on Ciao Ontake Mount Resort can be found on www.snowjapanhistory.com Hida Takayama
Hida Takayama will not open for the 2020-2021 season due to damage from the heavy rainfalls in July 2020. Ibi Kogen
Ibi Kogen was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall.
It has now permanently closed.   Hokkaido Classe Snow Park
Classe Snow Park will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season.
Stated reason: coronavirus related issues. Kokusetsu Ashibetsu
It appears that Kokusetsu Ashibetsu has permanently closed.
The last day of operation was 4th March 2020.   Kagawa Prefecture Snow Park Unpenji
This ski area permanently closed in March 2020.   Nagano Prefecture Echo Valley
Echo Valley will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season.
At the time of writing their official site still shows an intention to open on 28th November, but a press release on the Blue Resort group website says that Echo Valledy and Hakuba Sanosaka will not be opening for the season...
Echo Valley has confirmed that it will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season. Hakuba Sanosaka
Hakuba Sanosaka has announced that it will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season.
Stated reason: coronavirus related issues.
Looks like there has been a change of mind and Hakuba Sanosaka will be opening after all.....
Good to hear and details to follow... for now, just confusing. Iizuna Kogen
2019-2020 was officially the last season for Iizuna Kogen.
It has now permanently closed.
More information on Iizuna Kogen can be found on www.snowjapanhistory.com   Niigata Prefecture Budoh
Budoh was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall.
It will not be open for the 2020-2021 season.
Stated reason: coronavirus related. Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Ishiuchi Hanaoka has announced that it will not be opening during the 2020-2021 season.
Stated reason: coronavirus related. Myoko Ski Park
Myoko Ski Park has announced that it will not be opening during the 2020-2021 season.
No specific reason has been given. Tainai
Tainai was not able to open properly for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall - only a kids playing area was able to open.
It was thought that it would not open for 2020-2021, but a crowdfunding effort was held to try and keep the ski area open with a target of 30 million yen.
Apparently they had raised about 23 million yen as of 1st October.
[2nd OCTOBER UPDATE] Good news! It looks like a decision has been made to open for the 2020-2021 season... if it snows enough!
Hopefully snow issues will not be a problem in 20-21. Wakabuna Kogen
Wakabuna Kogen was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall.
It will not be open for the 2020-2021 season.   Saga Prefecture Tenzan Resort
The most westerly ski area in Japan - Tenzan Resort in Saga Prefecture - will not be opening for the 2020-2021 winter season.
Stated reason: low snowfall in recent seasons + coronavirus related issues.   Shimane Prefecture Asahi Tenguston Snow Park
2019-2020 was the last season for Asahi Tenguston.
It has now permanently closed.
More information on Asahi Tenguston Snow Park can be found on www.snowjapanhistory.com Mizuho Highland
The company that was operating Mizuho Highland went bankrupt in the spring of 2020.
It is currently unclear if it will be able to open for 2020-2021, but it looks very unlikely.   Tottori Prefecture Daisen Masumizu Kogen SNOW PARK
Daisen Masumizu Kogen will not be open for the 2020-2021 season.
Stated reason: coronavirus related.          

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

Ski lifts 2020-2021: ski lift operation news

[UPDATED 23rd NOVEMBER 2020 - Yomase Onsen] For various reasons it looks like there is going to be a lot of 'news' in the run up to the 2020-2021 winter season, ranging from some ski areas not opening to lifts being rested and changes to normal operations. On this page we will report on ski lifts and changes in normal operations at ski areas around Japan during the 2020-2021 winter season --- ones that we are aware of. The ski areas that are mentioned within this post will be open. Ski areas that do not plan to be open for 2020-2021 are reported here.
  *** IMPORTANT *** This list is a work in progress. It is not complete or final, and it will be updated if and when we discover further details It is important that information presented on our site is correct We will provide as much information as we can find from local and/or official sources Rumours will not be reported All information is believed to be correct at the time of writing Information may well change, in which case any necessary updates will be made Updates and edits to this page (and the ski area pages within the main site) will be made through December 2020 Please note that SnowJapan is not a news organisation. We are just trying to bring you as much information as possible There may well be other information out there that we are not aware of Know any relevant information? Please let us know at editor@snowjapan.com   Fukui Prefecture Ski Jam Katsuyama
The Family Pair and Illusion Quad A (1010m) lifts will be rested for the 2020-2021 season.
Their closing does not reduce the amount of reachable terrain.   Fukushima Prefecture Aizu Kogen Takahata
Aizu Kogen Takahara will be closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays in January and February 2021 and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in March 2021.
There are some exceptions - see ski area page for details. Aizu Kogen Takatsue
All lifts appear to be scheduled to be operating, but the Half pipe and Slopestyle course at Aizu Kogen Takatsue will not be open for 2020-2021. Grandeco Snow Resort
The Gondola and Number 4 quad lifts will be rested on weekdays for the 2020-2021 season - they will operate on weekends and holidays. Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
The Alts Gondola will not be operating for the 2020-2021 season.
Alts Gondola   Gunma Prefecture Fujiwara
There will be no night skiing at Fujiwara during the 2020-2021 season.   Hokkaido Niseko Grand Hirafu
The following lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu will not be operating this season:
Ace Pair Number 1 lift
Ace Pair Number 3 lift
Ace Pair Number 4 lift
King Pair Number 1 lift
King Quad Number 2 lift
The other lifts should be operating as normal and these lifts not moving should not really affect skiable area.
They have also changed their planned opening date from 21st November until 5th December, and night skiing will be until 8:00pm.
The Ace Family quad and Ace Number 2 quad lifts plan to be operating for night skiing.
All details subject to change. Kamoidake
Some good news!
Kamoidake will be re-opening for the 2020-2021 season - on 12th December, all being well.
The ski area page on SnowJapan will be updated soon. Otaru Tenguyama
There will be no night skiing at Otaru Tenguyama this season. Rusutsu Resort
The following lifts at Rusutsu will not be operating this season:
West Mountain - Yotei Gondola, West Tiger Pair Lift (* open for competitions)
East Mountain - East Quad Lift, East Number 2 Pair Lift, Across Number 1 Pair Lift
Mt Izola - Izola Number 4 Quad Lift, Izola Number 2 Pair Lift
The Side Country Park (West Mountain) and Freedom Park (East Mountain) will also be closed this season.
All details subject to change. Sapporo Moiwayama
There will be night skiing at Sapporo Moiwayama this season, but it looks like the Number 2 lift will not be operating during the evening.   Hyogo Prefecture Oku Kannabe
It appears that there will not be any night skiing operations during the 2020-2021 season. Rokkosan Snow Park
A new 'Mini Park' is planned for Rokkosan Snow Park and it will be supported by snow making machines.   Iwate Prefecture APPI
The Central Number 6 lift will be rested for the 2020-2021 season.
This season there will be 1 Gondola, 3 quad lifts and 5 pair lifts operating at the resort; 9 in total.   Nagano Prefecture Kitashinshu Kijimadaira
The famous steep Pioneer course will not be opening during the 2020-2021 season.
However, all lift tickets are about 50% off normal prices this season. Komagane Kogen
There will be no night skiing at Komagane Kogen during the 2020-2021 season. Hakuba Happo-one
The Central pair and Sakka Number 3 triple lifts have been taken off the official course map for 2020-2021 (downloaded Japanese language pamphlet).
Skiable terrain is not reduced by those lifts not operating.
The pamphlet also says 'more artificial snow making machines'. (Here's to not needing them!)
There will be no night skiing at Happo-one this season. Mt Norikura Snow Resort
The Torii One quad lift, Wasabisawa Lift will not be operating this season.
The Yamaboushi lift may also be rested on weekdays. Nozawa Onsen
The New Nagasaka Gondola will open at Nozawa Onsen this season. More on that here.
New artificial snow-making machines are also being installed by the Yamabiko D course and Uenotaira courses on the upper area of Nozawa Onsen. Shiga Kogen
A new pulse Gondola will open at Nozawa Onsen this season. More on that here.
New artificial snow-making machines are also being installed by the Yamabiko D course and Uenotaira courses on the upper area of Nozawa Onsen. Togari Onsen
There will be no general night skiing at Togari Onsen during the 2020-2021 season. You can however take private reservation (60,000 yen) to have it for yourself! Yamaboko Wild Snow Park
The Number 2 pair lift will be rested on weekdays. Yomase Onsen
The Number 5 pair lift will be rested for the 2020-2021 season.   Niigata Prefecture Cupid Valley
The Gondola at Cupid Valley will not be operating this season. 
The gondola being rested means that about 600m of course under the lift at top will not be available. Joetsu Kokusai
The Number 2 and 3 pair lifts in the Osawa area of Joetsu Kokusai are not shown on the updated official course map at Joetsu Kokusai for this year.
Those lifts went from the Osawa base up to the Atema area of the resort.
With those lifts not operating it would seem that the course coming down between those two areas will be closed.
Note: the triple lift at Osawa remains on the course map.
Night skiing will be in the area in front of the hotel. No night skiing in the Osawa or Atema areas this season. Maiko Snow Resort
The single Family Lift and sledding course at Maiko Snow Resort will not be operating this season. It will not affect the available terrain.
Night skiing will be only on Saturdays and Sundays in the main season as well as over the New Year period. Naeba
The Number 2 high speed quad lift in front of the base hotel at Naeba is not on the updated map for the 2020-2021 season.
It doesn't cut off any terrain but means that you'll need to get the Number 2 Gondola to access some.
Unclear if this is just for this season or something more permanent.
Also, night skiing is mainly only on Saturdays this season (also over New Year and 10th, 11th January 2021).
  Ninox Snow Park
The upper Number 2 quad lift at Ninox Snow Park will not be operating this season. Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort
All of the lifts plan to be operating during the daytime, but there will be no night skiing at Yuzawa Nakazato this season.    Okayama Prefecture Onbara Kogen
The Lakeside course and two lifts in that area of Onbara Kogen will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season.
The Panorama Area will be open.   Tochigi Prefecture Mt Jeans Nasu
The Number 2 and Number 4 pair lifts will be rested during the 2020-2021 season.
With those lifts closed that right side area (courses 6 and 7) will not be available.   Tottori Prefecture Daisen White Resort
A number of lifts will be rested at Daisen White Resort during the 2020-2021 season.
It looks like only 7 of the 14 lifts will be opening, with a fair section of courses/terrain also closed.
A lack of snowfall last season and covid-19 issues making things difficult being given as the reason.
(The ski area page on SnowJapan will be updated soon).   Yamagata Prefecture Zao Sarukura
An additional snow making machine is being installed at Zao Sarukura for the 2020-2021 season.          

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

SAYAMA: Re-opening for 2020-2021 after a year off

Sayama - an artificial ski slope in Saitama Prefecture - has announced that it will (re)open on Thursday 12th November 2020. Sayama was closed for the whole of last season to undergo various changes. It looks like there will be a new 'Kids Area' as well as a 'Snow Escalator'. This post will be updated with more details as we have them.... >>>>> Update Now open! The escalator is in two sections so people can get off mid-point. The Kids Area is on the left side.        

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

BANSHOGAHARA: Re-opening for 2020-2021

A strong typhoon on 12th-13th October 2019 caused considerable damage at Banshogahara in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture. As a result, the ski area did not open for the 2019-2020 winter season. The good news is that they are back and re-opening for the 2020-2021 season! And it looks like there will be some cheaper lift tickets available to celebrate too. Updates coming to the page on SnowJapan soon... https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nagano/ueda/banshogahara    

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

KITASHINSHU KIJIMADAIRA: 50% off all tickets / Pioneer Course closed

There are a few bits of interesting news from Kitashinshu Kijimadaira in northern Nagano Prefecture. This season all tickets are (about) 50% off the normal prices. That makes a 1 day ticket just 2,000 yen for adults and 700 yen for children. In disappointing news though, the famous 45 degree Pioneer Course is not going to be opening for the 2020-2021 season. In recent years it was open on Wednesdays, weekends and holidays - this year it will remain closed for the full season and the top Number 3 pair lift will be rested. https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nagano/kijimadaira/kita-shinshu-kijimadaira        

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

SNOW PARK YETI: Opening date... and another name change

Snow Park Yeti - known as Fujiyama Snow Resort Yeti last year and other names before that - will open this year on Friday 30th October. Always the first ski area to open, albeit with artificial snow, expect to see it on the evening news on that date! https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/shizuoka/susono/snow-town-yeti The main lift ticket prices remain unchanged this season.        

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

REWILD NINJA SNOW HIGHLAND: Minenohara re-opening for 2020-2021 with a new name

Minenohara Kogen in Suzaka (Nagano Prefecture) has had an eventful few years with change of ownership and then damage caused by a typhoon last autumn. It was closed last season, but it will re-open for 2020-2021 with an interesting new name: WILD NINJA SNOW HIGHLAND   リワイルド・忍者・スノーハイランド (It's not clear if the capitals are necessary!) More info should be coming soon, but the page has already been updated with some details here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nagano/suzaka/minenohara-kogen        

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

NOZAWA ONSEN: New Nagasaka Gondola lift

Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano Prefecture New Nagasaka Gondola lift During the off season the old Nakasaka Gondola at Nozawa Onsen was totally dismantled, and a brand new gondola has been installed. The old gondola had a mid-station with a change in direction but the new one goes straight up from the same base point to the top Yamabiko area of the ski area. The new gondola is scheduled to be open in December. Nozawa Onsen also said earlier in the summer that they had plans to have some snow making machines available this season. Obviously, we hope that such machines will not be needed!
     

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

SHIGA KOGEN: New 'pulse' gondola lift

Shiga Kogen
Yamanouchi Town, Nagano Prefecture New pulse gondola lift for 2020-2021 A new ‘pulse gondola’ lift at Shiga Kogen should be ready for the 2020-2021 season. Pulse gondolas feature cabins that are grouped together in “pulses” rather than being spaced evenly along the cable. The new lift will feature two ‘pulses’ of 3 cabins, each holding 8 people, and the short 400m journey will take just 90 seconds. The location of the new gondola is by the side of the Shiga Kogen Yama-no-Eki building (opposite the Sougo Kaikan 98 Building that houses the Tourist Information Centre). That is close to the Hasuike area of Shiga Kogen. The new gondola goes down from there to the base of the pair lift at the Giant ski area. Until 2012 the 1,500m Shiga Kogen Ropeway used go from the same area over to Hoppo Onsen. That lift operated from 1960 and was removed after closing. There will be parking for 500 vehicles close by the new gondola and with the main bus stop within walking distance, Shiga Kogen is proclaiming it as a new convenient way to get over to the Takamagahara, Terakoya, Ichinose, Yakebitaiyama and Okushiga areas of the resort.
   

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

SnowJapanHistory.com - A look back at ski areas from Japan’s past

Since January I have been working on a new personal project and today, at last, I am happy to be able to share it: www.snowjapanhistory.com SnowJapanHistory.com is an affectionate look back at ski areas from Japan’s past. The site is starting off introducing 101 ski areas across 14 prefectures and there will be regular updates. Weekly updates to SnowJapanHistory will be noted on a new FB page here: www.facebook.com/snowjapanhistory If you are interested and check it out, please be sure to read the About page for the story behind this project and why it exists. Thank you. AL    

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

2020-2021 Season: About information updates

The 2019-2020 season is over, so now thoughts turn to 2020-2021. I just wanted to update you all on when to expect ski area information updates on SnowJapan: As always, we will be manually updating our information for every ski area throughout Japan before the 2020-2021 season The process of updating that information on SnowJapan usually takes around 3-5 months The people at many ski areas are currently taking a bit of time to re-charge and/or making their plans for the winter season For the vast majority of ski areas, details for the upcoming winter season only start to emerge in the late summer or autumn months We can only do our updates when information is available So most of our (visible) updates will be made during the period September-November In the meantime, the information on the ski area pages remains as it was for the 2019-2020 season There's something else coming before then; more on that later... Stay safe, see you soon! David      

2019-2020: End of season message

I would like to add a few words to what our reporters have already said on our Now daily reports, which you can see here:
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports Please do have a look at their final comments from the season as each region is different.  
The good people posting our daily reports really have done a wonderful job covering the season. It has not always been easy this year, but they kept going. Frustrated at times. Confused at times. Excited at times. But always with humour and the honesty and the balance that I want this website to stand for. On behalf of myself and the many thousands of people reading the reports every day - thank you so much.  
I have lived in Niigata Prefecture for nearly 30 years now and this winter was a first for me. It was even a first for local pensioners too! Like everyone else, I am very much hoping that 2019-2020 will end up being a curious one-off and that we can all get back to seeing heavy snow next winter. But this season has given me time to think and to re-evaluate some things. It has even prompted me to go ahead with an idea that I had been thinking about for a long while. I started SnowJapan a while after coming to Yuzawa in 1992, loving the snow, and getting into skiing. I remember that first winter and being totally blown away with the snow. It was incredible. I remember waking up in a morning, looking out of the window and actually laughing at how much snow had fallen overnight. It sometimes seemed a bit ridiculous! I skied on over 80 days that first season, mostly in the evenings. This last season has made me realise that I have perhaps grown to take the heavy snowfall for granted a bit too much. Until now we have just expected it… probably because we almost always get it. Perhaps we shouldn't 'just expect it'. Perhaps we should be adjusting expectations. Whatever, I know that I am going to try to always remember to appreciate our precious beautiful snowfall.... however much we get. And you never know, we might well go to the other extreme and get overloaded with snow next winter*..     (* Complaints of 'too much snow' and the need for shovelling absolutely not allowed)  
Thank you to our reporters and my colleagues involved in running the site. Thank you for reading the reports/website. Thank you to the people who have sent in comments, words of encouragement and helped spread the word about SnowJapan. Our reporting will be back later in the year. Hopefully the world will be in much better shape by then. Wherever you are in the world, take care and stay safe, Andrew        

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

Another message from SnowJapan

Another message from SnowJapan This general message is being posted on all our daily reports.
It is not specific to one report or region. Thank you to everyone who contacted us after the general message we posted in these reports a few days ago. It’s great to hear from people, and of course it makes us happy to hear so many messages of support. In the feedback, some questions and comments were brought up—and we would like to answer them in public. Here goes: About 'official snow depth' The “official snow depth” numbers displayed on our site come from the ski resorts themselves. The resorts provide their figure to a service, and SnowJapan has an agreement with that service so that we can display these figures. The numbers come as is - without details or explanations - and we have no control over them. As far as we know, there are no rules or guidelines dictating where the ski resorts take their number from. The top? Middle? Base? Some spot where the wind piles up snow? We just don’t know, so, basically, we all must rely on their honesty. Over the years, we have learned that many ski resorts are honest in their reporting, with realistic numbers and good information on other conditions. We like and respect that. Other are…let’s be positive and say, “too optimistic”. There is a lot of exaggeration, if not outright falsehoods. We don’t like that. A reader recently reported that, while our official number from a resort said 70cm, they discovered on arrival that there was just one run open with artificial snow. Of course, we are very sorry to hear that, and we know how upsetting that is. As we have previously noted, we’re skiers/boarders, too. Our policy is to always be honest in what we do. With the official figures we’re reporting what you’ll see on each resort’s website and the figures posted by local tourist office and other organizations. That’s why we always tag them as “official snow depth”. So, what is SnowJapan doing about this? You’ll note that our reporters filing the Now daily reports do sometimes comment when the official figures are a bit questionable. We think that the official figures do have meaning and value and we can’t be selective in which resorts we post. It’s all or none. We take them all in and provide them to you. Perhaps think of them as a suggestion, to be taken with a healthy dose of salt. Take a look at other areas in the region and compare - knowing, though, that the terrain and location can make for very different snow conditions in relatively small areas. Furthermore, it is often quite interesting to compare the official snow depth numbers with other seasons. Observed snowfall The ‘observed snowfall’ figure is 100-percent SnowJapan. Our reporters get out there and measure the snowfall they are seeing at base level. Not at the top of the hill or in a secret stash. People in slightly different areas (in the same region) are sometimes going to see differences. That’s natural and unavoidable; and we’re not claiming that our reports are definitive or perfect. But we stand by all our numbers. Requests for specific recommendations People often write to ask questions such as, “Should I cancel my planned trip to A and change to B?” Because we wish to remain unbiased and fair, we strongly feel that it is not our place to make this kind of recommendation of one resort over another. Our independence is what lets us give you solid, unbiased information. We keep that kind of opinion to ourselves. There is limited advertising on SnowJapan. Our website is an extremely effective place to reach large numbers of skiers and snowboarders who are interested in good information about Japan. But any company or organisation who joins us in that respect is told very clearly upfront that doing so gives them no editorial influence. There’s no exceptions to that and it is a fundamental part of our concept. Requests for detailed information People write in often - sometimes more than 50 mails a day - to ask about specific ski resorts, transportation, ski schools, accommodations, etc. Sometimes they are detailed requests to assist with bookings of hotels or ski lessons, or requests for detailed bus and train timetables. (And sometimes, I might add, without even a please or a thank you!) We simply can’t provide this kind of information. Local tourist associations, booking firms, etc. are all geared to providing information and helping match your needs with services and organizations. We simply aren’t. Just running our website and collecting information from across the Japan ski world and posting it for you is more than a full-time job. (It feels like even more so than usual in this low-snow year!) As we note on our Contact form we can’t answer specific questions. We certainly don’t mean to be rude when we don’t answer to questions sent to us, but we aren’t able to respond and still be unbiased…. or get our work done! Anyway, that’s it for now. Thanks again and we hope you will keep reading SnowJapan and letting others know about us. Comments welcome - we’re always trying to improve and it’s just good to hear from you, even if it’s just a quick ‘hi’. https://www.snowjapan.com/contact https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports    

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

Late January 2020: What's going on?

This general message was posted on all our daily reports today (28th January 2019)
It is not specific to one report or region. Here we are, closing in on the end of January. Normally we would be out playing in deep, fresh snow, watching the incredible snowfall, taking pictures of the huge snow walls along the roads (while the locals moan about having to shovel snow). It is peak season, and lots of visitors are here enjoying themselves. But we can't say it's a normal year almost anywhere in Japan. Even where the snow is falling, it’s way below what people have come to expect in Japan - even those who have been here all their lives. Take a look at our reports on the daily snowfalls and total depths and look at the links to individual ski areas. Covering the winter season in our daily reports is normally a real joy. It’s a lot of fun to share all the amazingly deep snowfalls. And then, of course, going out to sample it ourselves! So for us, too, many mornings this season have been something of a shock. We don't want to use words like "rain," "unseasonably warm," or "really shallow snowpack," but we're here to give you honest information. And those words, unfortunately, describe what we're seeing too often. SnowJapan is not here to sell Japan as a destination, or to promote any one area over another. We are not a ski resort or a tourism association – we are 100-percent independent. Our commitment is to provide you with the most honest and accurate information we can, with the voices of our local reporters. We gather official information from the ski areas but also provide commentary and an inside view of what is really out there for you. In this year of low (and still, sadly, no snow in some places), reporting is tougher than usual. We do not want to be negative or take away from the fun, because we know you are out on the slopes and there still is good skiing. We just try to keep a sense of balance, and sometimes that means commenting on the weather, or on overly enthusiastic snow depths being reported by resorts, or on developments in their local areas. Our reporters are human, of course. We know that they bring good data to our pages but also interesting, even opinionated comments, and usually with a good sense of humour. They are all people who want to be with you out on the slopes, after all! Many of you have written in to tell us that you appreciate our reports, and the honesty we bring - and we thank you for this. In fact, SnowJapan has seen a significant increase in traffic to our site this year. We believe a main reason is because people are looking for good information they can trust, and here is where they can find it. While that is positive news for the website itself, we would happily trade in some of it for heavy snow if we possibly could... We do care very much about the Japan snow world, about the resorts and towns, and of course our readers, the most important reason why we do this work. SnowJapan has been here for over 20 years. This site has been developed with a lot of love, care and effort. I believe we can honestly say that we have played a major part in introducing the world to winter sports in Japan, and we are proud to have been recognized for this by the Japanese ski industry. As we enter February, our hope is that the rest of the season will see more of what should be normal - heavy snow across the country - and that this year will go down as the exception to be looked back on and remembered. Whatever happens, though, you can trust SnowJapan to report the real conditions to you. Not negative, but not sugar-coated. The truth, with a touch of original and hopefully interesting commentary. Thanks, as always, for joining us on the site and reading our content. If you do enjoy using our site, please do let others know about us. That does help us keep on doing what we are doing. And if you wish to contact us, you can do so using our Contact form. Now, let’s get out in the snow! https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports    

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

We're nearly there... this is where we are!

There is lots happening right now and just to give you a "latest" kind of update... * We are continuing to check and update ski resort information on a daily basis (over 200 still have not updated their own information!) * Our 'Now' snow and weather reports are starting to appear and will be daily once seasons get started: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports * Webcams will be checked and updated over the next few weeks: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcams * We will be adding a bunch of 'News' items over the coming weeks: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/news * Snow depth data from ski resorts around will begin updating for the new season from mid-December * There's something else that we hope to be able to announce within the next couple of weeks. ------ Some things are beyond our control (and there's mega-multi-tasting too) --- so please bear with us as we get everything into gear!      

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

Early November pre-season message

A pre-season message from SnowJapan * This message is appearing on all our Now daily report pages * Greetings! Here we are in November and from this month some of our daily Now reporting will gradually start appearing as we eagerly wait for the snow and winter to arrive. We have so much work to get sorted before it all starts, but at the same time we are very excited at the prospect of getting out onto that lovely snow once again. Can’t wait! Before it all begins though, we would like to make a few important points. Some of you will have heard variations of all this before (sorry!), but many probably haven’t. So please indulge us for just a few moments. The first version of SnowJapan.com went online 20 years ago. It was created because there was little to no information out there in English and with the desire to share a passion. It was not born out of some strategic marketing plan to sell accommodation and package holidays, a ski resort, a specific region – or anything else for that matter. Fast forward 20 years. SnowJapan.com is now a very large website. Tens of thousands of people visit the site each day in the winter season. Even so, our values and the way we try to go about doing things pretty much remain unchanged. We are still not selling you anything and we’ll very happily leave marketing and promotional style messages to other people. Japan continues to become more popular each year. ‘Inbound’ is becoming big business and competition to attract visitors from overseas intensifies every year - more ski resorts / regions / businesses are starting to make efforts to get people to visit. While we clearly see this as interested observers and through the way our website is used, we very much like to keep out of that side of things. Regarding our daily reporting. A huge amount of collective effort is put into our reports and from the feedback we get every year we can clearly see how valuable they are for many of you. Thank you. We certainly do not claim that our reports are perfect. There are always things that can be improved, and we intend to do what we can to do that. Gambarimasu! It is very important to understand that they absolutely do not exist as promotional reports. We feel a real responsibility to provide good information; information that is not tainted by any kind of marketing viewpoints. While we will refrain from sharing specific details, pressures to change and give preferential/different treatment to certain areas exist - along with some at times rather insulting accusations. Over the last 20 years, SnowJapan.com has played a very significant role in bringing Japan winter sports information in English to the world. And this is our promise to our readers: every year as we strive to improve, our core concept won’t be changing. ---- Ski resort information on SnowJapan.com is currently being updated every day and that process will continue through into December. We hope you like the 800+ new original maps that went online last month. And there’s another site update coming soon… and of course, there’s the daily reporting to look forward to… Here’s to an excellent season with load of snow!    

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

800+ new original map images on SnowJapan

Around this time last year, we decided that we wanted to have own original maps on SnowJapan. Since the beginning of 2019 we have been working on making it happen and at last we have been able to get them all online. When we first started thinking about doing this, it was obvious that we needed to make various decisions. What to include. What to not include. What information was important. What important was less so. (Not to mention, what was possible to create!) We won’t bore you with the details, but there is logic behind each of the decisions that we made and we feel that what we have created will be of real help to people wanting to learn about ski resorts in Japan. In total we have created 818 maps and they are all to be found within the Snow Resorts section of the site:
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts
There are 4 different kinds of map images: Ski Resort location maps
502 maps
These small maps appear on each of the ski resort information pages within SnowJapan. Examples:
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/niigata/yuzawa/gala-yuzawa
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/hokkaido/kutchan/niseko-hanazono-resort They show the following information:
- Location of the ski resort within the highlighted Prefecture
- The surrounding Prefectures
- The wider region of Japan
Prefecture Maps
32 maps
These maps are displayed on each of the prefecture listing pages within the site. Examples:
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/prefecture/gunma
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/prefecture/nagano They show the following information:
- Location of the Prefecture within Japan
- Location of each of the ski resorts within that prefecture
- Some major city names
- The surrounding Prefectures
Town Maps
270 maps
These maps are displayed on each of the town listing pages within the site. Examples:
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/town/yuzawa
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/town/hakuba They show the following information:
- Location of the Prefecture within Japan
- The location of the town, highlighted in yellow
- All towns in the Prefecture that have one or more ski resorts
- The surrounding Prefectures
Popular area maps
14 maps
These maps are displayed on popular area/region listings within the site. Examples:
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/area/shiga-kogen-nagano
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/area/yuzawa-niigata They show the following information:
- Location of the region
- Location of ski resorts in the region
- Major train lines, stations, expressways, roads and road exits
- Surrounding towns and Prefectures These ‘popular areas’ are not strictly defined regions, tourism associations or anything like that. They are simply defined by us and we may add/change/adjust them at any time.
  General Notes: Over the many months of work we have put into this project, we have always tried to be as careful as possible. We want everything to be correct. However, there is of course always the chance of some small mistakes sneaking through. We will try to fix up any ourselves, but if you do find anything that you believe to be a mistake ---- please do get in touch and let us know! They are our original maps and we can easily edit and update them.
  If you so wish, you are very welcome to link directly to any of our pages and do not need to ask for permission. (Please do that rather than try to copy our work!)
  Googlemaps may not always appear on some of the listing pages, but they will always remain on the individual ‘Location’ and ‘Route Finder’ pages for each of the ski resorts.
Hope you like them! We feel these images are a good addition to the site. We hope you like them and find them to be useful.      

SnowJapan

SnowJapan

sjf2019l.png

About SnowJapan

SnowJapan.com is the independent guide to skiing and snowboarding in Japan and has been online since 1999.

SnowJapan.com covers the whole of Japan. We are here to introduce the world to unbiased, honest and detailed information about winter sports in Japan. We publish exclusive and in-depth and daily content throughout the winter season and we add new functionality and content to the site every year.

We are not here to promote any specific destinations or resorts, or to sell our readers any kind of products or services. We are not a travel agency and we do not own any ski resorts, ski schools, accommodations or other related businesses.

×