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Ski areas 2021-2022: news of ski areas around Japan not opening

[UPDATED 10th OCTOBER 2021: Ski Resort Tenei (Fukushima)] On this page we will report on news of ski areas around Japan that will not be opening for the 2021-2022 winter season.   *** 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

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SHIGA KOGEN: Bunadaira quad lift replaced by gondola cabins

Until now the Bunadaira ブナ平 part of Shiga Kogen 志賀高原 in Yamanouchi Town (Nagano Prefecture) has featured a quad lift, connecting the Giant and Higashiyama areas. From this month, the Bunadaira quad lift has been replaced by small gondola cabins and renamed as Shiga Kogen Bundaira Gondola 志賀高原ブナ平ゴンドラ. With the new Shiga Kogen Resort Gondola opening last winter, there are now three gondola lifts connecting the Hasuike area with the top of Higashitateyama (Shiga Kogen Resort Gondola, Shig

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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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