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  1. 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.
  2. Snow Park Yeti opened as planned this morning, 30th October. As usual lots of costumed skiers and snowboarders, and no doubt featured on the evening news. First ski area in Japan to open each year for the past 22 years.
  3. Main post updated (above): Daisen White Resort, Tottori Kamoidake, Hokkaido
  4. [UPDATED 29th OCTOBER 2020 - Kamoidake / Daisen White Resort] 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. *** 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 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 Hokkaido 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. Kamoidake 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. Hyogo Prefecture Rokkosan Snow Park A new 'Mini Park' is planned for Rokkosan Snow Park and it will be supported by snow making machines. Nagano Prefecture 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. 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. 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. 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.
  5. 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. Details will be updated to the below page when we have them. https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/hokkaido/utashinai/kamoidake
  6. Added 28th October: Ojiya Yamamotoyama Kogen, Ojiya, Niigata https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/niigata-ojiya-ojiya-yamamotoyama-kogen
  7. SnowJapanHistory.com takes a look back at ski areas from Japan's past. Ojiya Yamamotoyama Kogen Ojiya City, Niigata Prefecture https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/niigata-ojiya-ojiya-yamamotoyama-kogen
  8. [UPDATED 27th OCTOBER 2020 - Sun Meadows Kiyosato] 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. Some ski areas offer cheaper tickets online (their official websites). The below is for 'normal' charges. Details will be updated on each of the relevant ski area pages on the main website. *** 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 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 Aomori Aomori Spring Ski Resort A 1 day ticket was 5,200 yen. That will be 5,500 yen for the 2020-2021 season. The season ticket, however, is cheaper this year. Fukushima Grandeco Snow Resort Some complicated lift ticket charges for 2020-2021 at Grandeco with 4 different sets of prices. A one day lift ticket on some weekend/holiday dates goes from 4,800 yen to 5,400 yen. The Gondola and Number 4 lift will also be rested on weekdays. Hokkaido Hidaka Kokusai All adult tickets (1 day, 2 hours, 5 hours, night ticket) have increased by 200 yen. A 1 day lift ticket is now 3,200 yen. Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort The price of the Niseko Moiwa adult tickets has increased for the 2020-2021 season. Examples (adult): 1 day ticket: 4,500 yen (last year) >>> 4,800 yen 2 day ticket: 8,000 yen (last year) >>> 8,400 yen 3 day ticket: 11,700 yen (last year) >>> 12,500 yen Niseko United The price of the joint 'Niseko United' lift tickets have increased for the 2020-2021 season. A 1 day lift ticket has increased by 100 yen. Examples: 1 day ticket: 8,000 yen (last year) >>> 8,100 yen Iwate Geto Kogen A 1 day lift ticket goes from 4,900 yen to 5,200 yen Nagano Asama 2000 Park One day lift tickets at weekends remain at 4,000 yen, but increase on weekdays 1 day weekday ticket: 2,500 yen >>> 3,000 yen Blanche Takayama Ski Resort The prices of lift tickets have all increased. A 1 day lift ticket has increased by 400 yen. 1 day ticket: 4,400 yen (last year) >>> 6,800 yen Hakuba Valley The price of the joint 'Hakuba Valley' lift tickets have increased for the 2020-2021 season. A 1 day lift ticket has increased by 500 yen. Examples: 1 day ticket: 6,100 yen (last year) >>> 6,600 yen 2 day ticket: 11,000 yen (last year) >>> 12,500 yen 3 day ticket: 16,300 yen (last year) >>> 18,700 yen Hakuba Happo-one, Hakuba 47, Hakuba Goryu Prices of individual ski area tickets are unchanged Kurohime Kogen Snow Park The adult lift tickets have increased: 1 day ticket: 4,000 yen (last year) >>> 4,200 yen Ryuoo Ski Park The adult and senior lift tickets have increased, mostly by 200 yen. 1 day ticket: 4,800 yen (last year) >>> 5,000 yen Half ticket: 3,900 yen (last year) >>> 4,100 yen PM/Nighta ticket: 4,800 yen (last year) >>> 5,000 yen Shiga Kogen The price of a 1 day joint Shiga Kogen lift ticket has increased for the 2020-2021 season. 1 day ticket: 5,500 yen (last year) >>> 5,600 yen 2+ day tickets: unchanged Shirakaba Resort Ikenotaira Snow Park The price of a 1 day adult lift ticket has increased for the 2020-2021 season. 1 day ticket: 3,000 yen (last year) >>> 3,500 yen Sun Meadows Kiyosato The price of a weekend/holiday 1 day ticket is up 200 yen this season. Weekday tickets remain unchanged. 1 day ticket: 4,800 yen (last year) >>> 5,000 yen Niigata Cupid Valley A price reduction! All lift tickets are less expensive this year than last, with the one day ticket going from 4,300 yen to 4,200 yen. It needs to be noted that the gondola will not be operating this season and that means you need to get two lifts to the top area. The rested gondola means that about 600m of course under the top part of the gondola lift will not be available this season. Kandatsu Kogen 100 yen has been added to the cost of all one day lift tickets. Yamagata St.MARY The lift tickets for adults have increased by 400 yen (though tickets for children are cheaper this year). Examples: 7 hours ticket: 3,100 yen (last year) >>> 3,500 yen 5 hours ticket: 2,900 yen (last year) >>> 3,300 yen 3 hours ticket: 2,600 yen (last year) >>> 3,000 yen Zao Onsen The price a 1 day ticket remains unchanged, but multiple day tickets are slightly more expensive.
  9. Main post updated (above): Otaru Tenguyama, Hokkaido
  10. Added 25th October: Yokotsudake Kokusai, Nanae, Hokkaido https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/hokkaido-nanae-yokotsudake-kokusai
  11. SnowJapanHistory.com takes a look back at ski areas from Japan's past. Yokotsudake Kokusai Nanae, Hokkaido https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/hokkaido-nanae-yokotsudake-kokusai
  12. Added 22nd October: Naruko, Osaki, Miyagi https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/miyagi-osaki-naruko
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    Naruko (Osaki, Miyagi)

    SnowJapanHistory.com takes a look back at ski areas from Japan's past. Naruko Osaki City, Miyagi Prefecture https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/miyagi-osaki-naruko
  14. [UPDATED 26th OCTOBER 2020: Myoko Ski Park] 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 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 Imajo 365 Imajo 365 will not be open for the 2020-2021 season. Stated reason: coronavirus related. Karigahara Karigahara was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall. It was since announced that it would be permanently closed. Shinbo Family Shinbo Family was not able to open for one day during the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons due to a lack of snowfall. It will not be open for the 2020-2021 season. Gifu Prefecture Ciao Ontake Mount Resort Ciao has been closed since 2018. During 2020 there was an unsuccessful attempt to try and get it back operating for the 2020-2021 season by crowdfunding. More information on Ciao Ontake Mount Resort can be found on www.snowjapanhistory.com Hida Takayama Hida Takayama will not open for the 2020-2021 season due to damage from the heavy rainfalls in July 2020. Ibi Kogen Ibi Kogen was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall. It has now permanently closed. Hokkaido Classe Snow Park Classe Snow Park will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season. Stated reason: coronavirus related. Nagano Prefecture Iizuna Kogen 2019-2020 was officially the last season for Iizuna Kogen. It has now permanently closed. More information on Iizuna Kogen can be found on www.snowjapanhistory.com Niigata Prefecture Budoh Budoh was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall. It will not be open for the 2020-2021 season. Stated reason: coronavirus. Myoko Ski Park Myoko Ski Park has announced that it will not be opening during the 2020-2021 season. No specific reason has been given. Tainai Tainai was not able to open properly for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall - only a kids playing area was able to open. It was thought that it would not open for 2020-2021, but a crowdfunding effort was held to try and keep the ski area open with a target of 30 million yen. Apparently they had raised about 23 million yen as of 1st October. [2nd OCTOBER UPDATE] Good news! It looks like a decision has been made to open for the 2020-2021 season... if it snows enough! Hopefully snow issues will not be a problem in 20-21. Wakabuna Kogen Wakabuna Kogen was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall. It will not be open for the 2020-2021 season. Shimane Prefecture Asahi Tenguston Snow Park 2019-2020 was the last season for Asahi Tenguston. It has now permanently closed. More information on Asahi Tenguston Snow Park can be found on www.snowjapanhistory.com Mizuho Highland The company that was operating Mizuho Highland went bankrupt in the spring of 2020. It is currently unclear if it will be able to open for 2020-2021.

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