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  1. Just a quick but very important update as we approach the end of September.

    We are currently working on updating the information on SnowJapan.com.

    There's a huge amount of work to do and most ski resorts will only begin releasing information as we enter October.

    A few points to please keep in mind regarding our site updates:

    * There are over 500 ski hills in Japan
    * Our information is not updated automatically
    * Our information is all updated manually
    * We are (generally) not provided information from ski resorts - we gather and check information ourselves
    * We are not some large team of people clocking in working like robots - rather, a few trusted people working with real care
    * It is not possible for us to start these updates earlier, due to the fact that most ski resorts only release their information in the autumn months
    * Our updated information appears gradually throughout October and November (ie. not all at once)

    So, the process takes a lot of time. Realistically it will take us right through until December. However, you can expect most of the larger/major ski resort information to be updated by the end of October.

    About ski resort opening dates:
    I have mentioned this before, but ski resort opening dates every year are usually very similar. So if a particular ski resort planned to open on (for example) 20th December last year, they probably will be planning to open on a similar date this year. And then it's up to snowfall, of course.

    About ski resort lift ticket prices:
    As for lift ticket prices - with the increase in consumption tax from 8% to 10% from 1st October, expect many (most?) ski resorts to increase their lift tickets by a bit...

    We're checking it all!


    Winter is coming.  :)




About SnowJapan

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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