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  1. [UPDATED 20th NOVEMBER 2020: Echo Valley & Hakuba Sanosaka (opening after all?)] 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 issues. Kokusetsu Ashibetsu It appears that Kokusetsu Ashibetsu has permanently closed. The last day of operation was 4th March 2020. Kagawa Prefecture Snow Park Unpenji This ski area permanently closed in March 2020. Nagano Prefecture Echo Valley Echo Valley will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season. At the time of writing their official site still shows an intention to open on 28th November, but a press release on the Blue Resort group website says that Echo Valledy and Hakuba Sanosaka will not be opening for the season... Echo Valley has confirmed that it will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season. Hakuba Sanosaka Hakuba Sanosaka has announced that it will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season. Stated reason: coronavirus related issues. Looks like there has been a change of mind and Hakuba Sanosaka will be opening after all..... Good to hear and details to follow... for now, just confusing. 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 related. Ishiuchi Hanaoka Ishiuchi Hanaoka has announced that it will not be opening during the 2020-2021 season. Stated reason: coronavirus related. 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. Saga Prefecture Tenzan Resort The most westerly ski area in Japan - Tenzan Resort in Saga Prefecture - will not be opening for the 2020-2021 winter season. Stated reason: low snowfall in recent seasons + coronavirus related issues. 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, but it looks very unlikely. Tottori Prefecture Daisen Masumizu Kogen SNOW PARK Daisen Masumizu Kogen will not be open for the 2020-2021 season. Stated reason: coronavirus related.
  2. Greetings! Temperatures have at last dropped to a more comfortable level, the first sprinklings of snow have been spotted on Mt Fuji and here we are in October. We have now been working on various ski area updates for a few weeks. It is becoming increasingly clear that updating information on 500 ski areas around Japan is going to be very time consuming this year and considerably more complicated than usual. But we are a feeling genki, fully charged… and definitely up for the job! As well as gradually updating the individual ski area pages within SnowJapan, here is how we plan to bring various news to your attention. We have split our Blog section into two. Site news: https://www.snowjapan.com/community/index.php?/blogs/blog/45-snowjapan-site-news/ This section will essentially be a continuation of our existing blog. NEW Ski area news from around Japan: https://www.snowjapan.com/community/index.php?/blogs/blog/47-snowjapan-ski-area-news-from-around-japan/ In this cunningly titled new blog section, we will be introducing various ski area news from around Japan over the coming weeks and months. One ongoing post that is already up there will report on ski areas around Japan that will not be opening (or there is a high chance of not opening) for the 2020-2021 winter season. Another post will record news on specific ski lifts that are going to be rested for the upcoming season – currently with information on planned rested lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu and Rusutsu in Hokkaido. Other individual news items of interest will also be posted when we have them. Currently we have posts on the new gondola lifts that are opening this season at Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen in Nagano. Just a few important points to remember: We are not a news organisation and we do not claim that our lists will be complete. Our intention is to share good information with our readers and to that end we will do the best that we can. Also, none of these efforts are sponsored in any way - no-one is telling us what to post and we will not be posting press releases or anything like that. We are not going to post 'only good news' or 'only bad news'. We will post what we consider to be interesting and useful. As always, we will enjoy actively avoiding getting into ‘politics’. Note that there may be a delay between updates appearing on the blog and the individual ski areas pages within SnowJapan being updated. It is an ongoing process. If you know anyone who may be interested in this new 'news' blog, please do let them know about it. The main blog index can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/community/index.php?/blogs/ OK, back to it. Gambarimasu.

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