We thought we would update you on a few things as we head into early summer.
SnowJapan introduces information on every ski hill/resort throughout Japan – all 500 or so of them. That’s a lot of information.
Every year we check and update this information, and of course this year will be no different.
Ideally we would like to have information updated sooner than later. But unfortunately, most official ski resort information does not become confirmed/available until the autumn months. Some Japanese ski resorts don’t release their information for the winter until November - or in some cases even December! Others drip-feed information over a period, making our updates complicated.
Please remember that SnowJapan.com is not a ski resort, and we are not official representatives or mouthpieces of ski resorts.
Our information is updated manually... by us.
Right now, the ski resort information currently shown on the pages of SnowJapan is mostly from the 2018-2019 season.
Over the next the next six months we will gradually be checking and updating the information for every ski resort around Japan. We want to do it properly and that takes a lot of time. Lots of this work will be done in the background (ie. offline) while some of it will be updated online.
We will do our best to concentrate on updating information for major ski resorts earlier in this process, though it doesn’t always work like that. So updates may seem rather random – that’s because it basically is; it is a manual process.
But don't worry - everything will be updated online in time for the 2019-2020 winter season.
Regarding planned ski resort opening dates:
Opening dates for ski resorts are often very similar every year, so the dates from the 2018-2019 season can usually be taken as a good idea of what to expect for 2019-2020.
We are also working on some other updates for the site. Things to look forward to include new maps and lots of additional useful information. These things will appear later in the year, before the winter season. And of course our “Now” daily reporting will be back as the 2019-2020 season approaches. Look out for some signs of life in that section come November.
We'll continue to bring you independent and honest information direct from Japan. We’ll be continuing to filter out the increasing ‘noise’ and marketing messages that are out there.
If you would like to help us, one great way to do so is to simply let other people know about our website.