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SnowJapan site updates: September through December [updated 28th November 2021]

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Temperatures have started to drop - at last! - and the first snow has been reported on the top of Mt Fuji. Apparently that has been spotted 3 weeks earlier than last year. That sounds good.

We plan to be here and updating SnowJapan as normal for the 2021-2022 winter season.

There's a huge amount of work to be done before winter though, so here's a quick recap for the moment:


Updating our ski area information   [September-December]

The process of updating our all-Japan ski area information on SnowJapan is starting this month.

In a normal year:

Our updating work usually takes us 3+ months, from September through until December.

This year:

We have only just started working on updates for the upcoming season, so we have not yet delved deep. However, once again it feels like information gathering is going to be... complicated!  Perhaps generally later than usual, as ski areas wait on updates to general/travel circumstances. There is also again probably going to be lots of ‘News’. In addition to updating information on all the ski area pages within SnowJapan, we also plan to separately post various news items on the site. That should start around early October.

Every year:

  • As we check and update information, we are as careful and thorough as possible. Our intention is to bring you correct, reliable, and up-to-date information.
  • We are not here to bring you shiny marketing messages or promotional press releases.
  • The process of carefully checking and updating information on about 500 ski areas in multiple stages takes a lot of time.
  • The work is all manual and we only use original Japanese sources.
  • Updates on our site may seem to be somewhat random…
  •  …and in some ways, they are!  That is because we keep checking, re-checking and updating as we find relevant information.
  • Updates for each ski area will probably be done in stages, as more information becomes available.
  • This work is ongoing and information is updated gradually (it doesn't all appear at once).
  • We try to update information for larger, more well-known ski areas as early in the process as possible.
  • We cannot update the information on SnowJapan if we do not have confirmation of information from original sources.
  • In our experience over the years, many ski areas around Japan do not update their own websites until November (or in some cases even December!)
  • Expect most visible updates to appear on SnowJapan around the period late-October through late-November.
  • Just so it's clear... no-one is telling us what to do. It's all us - checking, updating, checking and updating manually.
  • Gambarimasu!


Other big news

We are going to have some big news to share with you later in the year... not sure when just yet, but we will let you know...  :)





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Quick update:

As usual, Snow Park Yeti in Shizuoka manages to be the first open air ski area to open for the season (with artificial snow).  This season, today is the day. 

We are still about two months from the majority of ski areas opening for 2021-2022 season, but even so it is always fun to hear that somewhere is open.


The updating of ski area information within our site continues.

As we have noted before, it is a gradual and manual progress and reliant on the information from official resources being available (and us being aware of that!)

Some pages on the site currently have a mix of 20-21 and 21-22 season data, but that is temporary. The updating process usually takes until the middle of December to complete, but we hope that most of the major information will be done by the end of November.

We were planning on keeping a blog updating information about lift ticket prices and ski area operation changes for this season. We have decided not to do that this year as we really need to spend all our time concentrating on the above individual page updates (which includes lift ticket prices and operations info) as well as something that is much more significant. This does not mean that updates are not being made --- they are, just as usual.  They can be found on the individual ski area pages of the site.

All will be clearer by the end of the year.    🙂





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3rd November update

The pages on SnowJapan for about half of the ski areas in Japan have been updated with 21-22 season information.

As we enter November (and Karuizawa Prince Hotel ski areas opens, with artificial snow), close to half of the ski areas in Japan have yet to update their own official information for the upcoming season - including some major ski areas.

This situation might sound surprising but it happens every year, so it is not unusual.

It is usually the second half of November when most seem to get round to making their updates, and the middle of December before all are done.

Just to let you know that we are busy in the process of checking and making our own updates, and trying to get them done as quickly as is possible.





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12th November update

Information has now been checked and updated on SnowJapan for 300+ ski areas around Japan.

There are about 180 left to do. 

As of today (12th November 2021), at least 150 of those have yet to update their own official information for the upcoming season.

Most of the larger ski areas have already been updated. 

While we expect more updates in November, it is our experience that quite a few smaller local ski areas only update their information in December.

Anyway, we will continue checking information every day, and subsequently updating the relevant information on our site as quickly as is possible.




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28th November update

As some major ski areas open up due to some exciting late November snow, around 75 ski areas around Japan are still yet to update their information for the 2021-2022 winter season.

Not to mention names, but one ski area actually opened in recent days (today claiming 'best conditions'), but even so most of the information they have on their official website is still from last season! Quite why so many ski areas leave it so very late to update their own basic information remains an annual frustration for us....

We are keeping an eye on them, and will have the information on our website updated as quickly as possible.

Our daily reporting is now getting into gear:







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