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    Ski lifts 2020-2021: ski lift operation news

    By SnowJapan

    [UPDATED 14th DECEMBER 2020 - Ibukinosato] 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 Ibukinosato
    There will be no night skiing at Ibukinosato this season, including the 'All Night' operations. 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.          
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    2020-2021 SEASON IN! A general message from SnowJapan

    By SnowJapan

    A message from SnowJapan
    14th December 2020 Note: This message is also being published on all daily ‘Now’ reports on SnowJapan We hope this message finds you and yours well. As the 2020-2021 season here in Japan gets started, we wanted to post a few general thoughts as well as answer a few common questions. Coronavirus in Japan Compared to many countries, Japan appears to have managed to keep its number of (official confirmed) cases relatively low and without any major ‘lockdowns’. Still, coronavirus has overwhelmingly been the major issue of the year and has had a profound impact on many people and businesses. Hospitality and tourism are two of the areas that have been hit particularly hard hit, with the Go To campaign providing a certain amount of relief for some. In recent weeks, the number of confirmed cases announced in the country every day has increased to around 2500-3000, in what is being labelled the third wave. Let us all hope that we might soon see a decrease in the numbers again and do what we can to help that happen.   How ski areas in Japan are dealing and measures being taken Correct information on coronavirus is of course important and we encourage everyone to keep up to date with information from trusted sources. We also encourage people intending to visit a ski area in Japan to take on all relevant advice and requests being asked of visitors. While there is understandably a sense of unease along with a bunch of unknowns as we start the winter season, most ski areas in Japan plan to be opening and are implementing various measures to try and minimise the potential for infections. Actual measures and requests vary but generally include limiting the number of people riding gondola cabins, ropeways and multiple-person ski lifts; wearing masks and face coverings; using hand sanitisers; practising social distancing and avoiding queues. Some ski areas are resting various ski lifts for the season, though in many such cases that will not affect the amount of terrain that is available to skiers and snowboarders. There are a small number of ski areas that have decided to not open at all this winter – some citing coronavirus, some citing a lack of snowfall in recent years… some mentioning both. Over the last few months, SnowJapan has been trying to keep an ongoing record of various news and information regarding ski area operations for the season in this blog section.   Our ‘Now’ daily reports While keeping up to date on coronavirus is important, we are also keenly aware that people are not reading our daily snow reports to read about it. And while it might get mentioned at times within our reports when it is relevant, we do not want our reports to dwell on the subject. We have asked our reporters to try to keep mention of it to a minimum. For various reasons, this season we are not going to be able to update a few of our usual Now report sections. The Aizu Bandai Now, Minakami Now and the Naeba Now reports will be rested for the 2020-2021 season. Naeba is located within Yuzawa town and so information from Naeba will be mentioned within our ongoing daily Yuzawa Now reports. We are sorry about this and hope they will be back. At the same time, we are pleased to be able to bring you a brand new Kiroro Now daily report section for the 2020-2021 season, from the Kiroro resort in Hokkaido.   Timing of reports Some of our daily Now reports may appear later in the day than they have in the past. When that is the case, we plan to ‘time stamp’ a report when it was written, rather than the time when it was posted. That is to avoid possible confusion about conditions at the time of writing and the time of posting (changing weather conditions within a day etc). We will, of course, try to be as timely as possible. Without going into the details regarding the efforts behind bringing these reports to you, let’s just say that we would prefer to be able to continue a report section - even if that means some reports potentially appear later in the day - than have no reports at all. We’re guessing that most of you would agree with that.   SnowJapan site updates We have been working on updating our all-Japan ski area database since late summer when information started to be available. It is hard to believe, but even as we approach the middle of December, about 100 ski areas around Japan have not yet updated their official information for the 2020-2021 season. Seems a bit mad, right? But that is the reality. It is important to us that information on our website is correct, so we are unable to update our information without official information being available. That is why some ski area listings on SnowJapan remain unchanged since last year. We will get them updated as quickly as we can.   We feel for you if you are unable to visit... Many of you reading this were hoping to visit Japan this winter season but unfortunately are not able to, due to travel restrictions. We really feel for you. But looking at site traffic numbers over the last few weeks, it seems that there is still going to be a lot of people tuning in and following the Japanese winter season from afar. And of course, there are people already in Japan who will be able to ski or snowboard on the Japanese mountains. If you are here in Japan, let's all do our very best to keep ourselves and the people around us safe and healthy. We will once again do our best to bring you interesting, honest, up-to-date, and hype-free independent reports and correct information. With all the stuff going on in the world right now, we are thankful that we are able to be doing something we love doing… about a place we love. That makes it a real pleasure to keep on updating and moving forward. And hopefully in the near future everyone who wants to be here will be able to visit. Wherever you are in the world, stay safe and take care. Thanks for reading.    
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    Lift tickets 2020-2021: ski lift ticket prices news

    By SnowJapan

    [UPDATED 21st DECEMBER 2020 - Kuzuryu] 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   Fukui Prefecture Kuzuryu
    Lift tickets are up by 100-200 yen this season.   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 Okunakayama Kogen
    Price increases including:
    1 day adult weekend ticket: 3,100 yen >>> 3,300 yen
    1 day adult weekday ticket: 2,900 yen >>> 3,000 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          
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    Ski areas 2020-2021: news of ski areas around Japan not opening

    By SnowJapan

    [UPDATED 27th DECEMBER 2020: Hiroshima Kenmin-no-mori / Mount Racey] 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   Fukushima Prefecture Family Snow Park Bandai X2
    Family Snow Park Bandai X2 will not be opening during the 2020-2021 season.
    Stated reason: coronavirus related.   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.   Hiroshima Prefecture Geihoku Kokusai
    It was looking unlikely that it would be able to open, but it is still sad to hear that Geihoku Kokusai will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season.
    Geihoku Kokusai is one of the larger ski areas in western Japan.
    Not much snow in recent years is being given as a reason... with opening the facilities being seen as  too much of a business risk... Hiroshima Kenmin-no-mori
    This ski area will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season.   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. Mount Racey
    Mount Racey was planning to open for 2020-2021, but it will not be opening for the season.
    Stated reason: coronavirus related issues and the suspension of the Go To travel campaign.
    Since the announcement of not opening for this season, they have filed for bankruptcy.   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.
    Hakuba Sanosaka will be opening after all..... 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.          
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  • 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.      
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  1. Sarugedake was a ski area located on the north western slopes of the mountain of the same name, in the Saruge neighbourhood of Kamo City in Niigata Prefecture. Sarugedake opened in the mid 1960s and closed in the late 1970s. This region of Niigata Prefecture used to receive more snow than it does now, but even back in the 1970s Sarugedake apparently struggled with limited snowfall. A hiking course on the mountain comes down through what used to be the ski slopes. The old ski lift and other facilities remain in place. They are now surrounded by forest and undergrowth, making for some very striking and unique scenery.

    More details here:

    Sarugedake Ski Area, Kamo City, Niigata Prefecture

     

     

     

     

  2. 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)

    Appi Kogen Now
    Furano Now
    Geto Kogen Now
    Hakuba Now
    Kiroro Now NEW
    Madarao Now
    Myoko Now
    Niseko Now
    Nozawa Onsen Now
    Shiga Kogen Now
    Yuzawa Now
    Zao Now

     

    The following reports will be taking a rest during the 2020-2021 season:

    Aizu Bandai Now
    Minakami Now
    Naeba Now (but Naeba will be covered within the Yuzawa Now daily report)

     

     

    A new Now report

    Kiroro Now started from early December 2020
     

    About snow depth data

    The official snow depth data for ski areas around Japan is now updating

     

    Updated January 2021

     

  3. [UPDATED 27th DECEMBER 2020: Hiroshima Kenmin-no-mori / Mount Racey]

    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

     

    Fukushima Prefecture

    Family Snow Park Bandai X2
    Family Snow Park Bandai X2 will not be opening during the 2020-2021 season.
    Stated reason: coronavirus related.

     

    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.

     

    Hiroshima Prefecture

    Geihoku Kokusai
    It was looking unlikely that it would be able to open, but it is still sad to hear that Geihoku Kokusai will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season.
    Geihoku Kokusai is one of the larger ski areas in western Japan.
    Not much snow in recent years is being given as a reason... with opening the facilities being seen as  too much of a business risk...

    Hiroshima Kenmin-no-mori
    This ski area will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season.

     

    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.

    Mount Racey
    Mount Racey was planning to open for 2020-2021, but it will not be opening for the season.
    Stated reason: coronavirus related issues and the suspension of the Go To travel campaign.
    Since the announcement of not opening for this season, they have filed for bankruptcy.

     

    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.

    Hakuba Sanosaka will be opening after all.....

    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.

     

     

     

     

     

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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.

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