Japan ski resort news: Kusatsu Onsen (Gunma)

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10th November 2018

Kusatsu Onsen
Kusatsu, GunmaPrefecture

Various changes at Kusatsu (Gunma Prefecture)

Kusatsu Kokusai has long been known as one of those 'classic' Japanese ski resorts with many skiers in this country and has a long history dating back to 1914.

Unfortunately, nature has forced some major changes to the resort for the upcoming 2018-2019 season.

A nearby volcanic eruption on the morning of 23rd January 2018 very sadly cost a life and caused some injuries at the resort. It also caused some damage to the gondola and other facilities. Here are the main changes:

  The gondola and the upper courses that it serviced are no longer part of the ski resort, making the top area considerably smaller than it used to be.
  The previous top area now being closed means that the maximum elevation of the resort is down from 2171m to 1600m; and vertical is down to 355m.
  Courses officially classified as ‘beginner’ courses increase from 30% to 50% (with intermediate courses reduced from 50% to 30%).
  There will now be 2 quad lifts and 6 pair lifts operating.
  More of Route 292 (up to the Gondola) will now be closed during the winter months - a new course has actually appeared with the resort cunningly naming it 'Route 292'.
  In April 2018, the official name of this resort was changed from Kusatsu Kokusai to Kusatsu Onsen.

It should be noted that there have been no further eruptions and the new-look resort should be open as normal.
 

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