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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.

Ski areas that do not plan to be open for 2020-2021 are reported here.


  • 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

There will be no night skiing at Fujiwara during the 2020-2021 season.



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.

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

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.

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

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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Aizu Kogen Takatsue, Fukushima Prefecture
Aizu Kogen Takahata, Fukushima Prefecture
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