Japan ski resort news: Oana (Minakami, Gunma)

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8th June 2019

Minakami, Gunma

Oana in Minakami closes

The 2018-2019 winter season ended up being the last season for the small Oana (or Ooana or Oh-ana) in Minakami town in Gunma Prefecture.

The slopes of Oana are located just by the side of Route 291 to the north-east of the central area of Minakami town - you go past it on the way up to Tanigawa Tenjindaira or over to the Okutone Snow Park and Hodaigi areas.

Oana was a small ski hill but it was used for various local town events and did have local fans.

This ski hill first opened back in the last 20's and it has a long history of changes in ownership as well as differently ski lift setups. For example in the 1977-1978 season there were three single lifts, three rope tows and a ski jump facility (which since 1986 had been operated by the town). A 231m pair lift was installed for the 1996-1997 season. It also had a special winter-only train stop on the Joetsu line between 1949 and 1963 just for skiers to alight!

From the 2017-2018 season only the pair lift and one single lift remained operating at Oana.

Snowfall isn't the deepest or most consistent at town level in this particular area and while Oana planned to be open until 21st March this year, it had to close on Sunday 10th March due to snow conditions. That day ended up being the last day of operations at Oana.

Apparently the area may soon be home to some kind of solar panel installation.

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