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News from ski areas around Japan. Totally independent. No press releases or marketing blurb allowed. Introduction to this blog here.

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MIZUHO HIGHLAND: New company takes over operation with a view to re-opening

The operators of Mizuho Highland 瑞穂ハイランドスキー場 in Shimane Prefecture went bankrupt in the spring of 2020 and it was not able to open during the 2020-2021 winter season. There was a crowdfunding campaign in spring 2021 to try and help save the ski area. That seems to have raised over 6 million yen. In some good news this week, a civil engineering company based in Hiroshima City has agreed to take over the ski area operation. There are no details about re-opening yet, but hopefully Mi

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MT NORIKURA SNOW RESORT: Kyukamura area closed for 21-22 season

The Kyukamura 休暇村ゲレンデ section of Mt Norikura Snow Resort Mt.乗鞍スノーリゾート in Matsumoto (Nagano) will not be opening for the 2021-2022 winter season. The Kyukamura area comprises of two pair lifts on one side of the resort.  Uncertainty remains about whether the rest of Mt Norikura Snow Resort will be able to open for the 2021-2022 season. A lack of snow and then covid-19 has meant that the last few seasons have been particularly difficult. The resort is currently looking for ways to r

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KITA NIKKO TAKAHATA: The new name for Aizu Kogen Takahata ski area

The ski area known as Aizu Kogen Takahata 会津高原高畑  has changed name. As of spring 2021, the ski area is now known as 北日光・高畑スキー場. In English that is Kita Nikko Takahata, with Kita Nikko translating as 'northern Nikko'. It's interesting that they have gone from having Aizu in the name to associating with Nikko (city). (The official business name remains Aizu Kogen Takahata). More information on Kita Nikko Takahata here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/fukus

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ZAO ONSEN: New replacement ski lift for 2021-2022

The oldest ski lift at Zao Onsen(蔵王温泉スキー場)in Yamagata is going to get a refresh this year. There has been three versions of the ski lift known as Onsen Number 1 lift, located in the lower Uwanodai area of the resort. The first one opened in 1951. The current 486m lift opened in 1976. The cables and chairs will be all-new, complete with safety bars. The towers will be relocated from the Karamatsu lift, which is being decommissioned. New LED lighting will also be installed in the sa

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MUTSU-SHI KAMAFUSEYAMA: New replacement ski lift for 2021-2022

Mutsu-shi Kamafuseyama (むつ市釜臥山スキー場) is the most northerly ski area on the main island of Honshu, located by the coast line in Mutsu City, Aomori Prefecture. The ski area opened in 1972 and has one pair lift and one single lift, but that will change in time for next winter as the top single lift is being replaced by a new pair lift. The new lift is going to be a bit longer than the current 602m lift. It will start slightly lower and go further up the mountain, opening up some new terrai

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NISEKO HANAZONO: Two new ski lifts for 2021-2022 season

Niseko HANAZONO (Kutchan, Hokkaido) have announced two new lifts that should be ready for the 2021-2022 winter season. They are replacing their base quad lift with a shiny new 6-person ski lift - complete with 'leather seats and footrests'. That lift will be 1589m in length. In addition to that lift replacement, there is going to be a brand new 10 person gondola lift, called Hanazono Symphony Gondola. Also apparently featuring leather seats. That lift will be 1362m in length and have a

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

[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 pres

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Lift tickets 2020-2021: ski lift ticket prices news

[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

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Ski lifts 2020-2021: ski lift operation news

[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.

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KAMOIDAKE: Re-opening for 2020-2021

Good news alert! Kamoidake in Utashinai City in Hokkaido will be re-opening for the 2020-2021 season. Opening date is planned for 12th December 19th December. Details will be updated to the below page when we have them. https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/hokkaido/utashinai/kamoidake Lift ticket prices updated on above page. Other details are still (!) unclear. [updated 12th December]      

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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

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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  

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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 to

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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.        

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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/n

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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

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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 Yam

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