For the 20th year in a row, Fujiyama Snow Resort Yeti has opened to the public before any other ski resort in Japan. The October 19 opening day attracted more than 500 skiers and snowboarders – most of whom celebrated the occasion dressed in colourful costumes.

Powder hunters need not have shown up. The slope prepared for the occasion – roughly 1km in length – was the product of machines that had pumped out more than 550 metric tons of snow in the week leading up.

The resort operator had planned an even earlier start, but postponed due to unseasonably warm, rainy weather.

Fujiyama Snow Resort Yeti sits to the south of Mt. Fuji and caters to beginners, with just four short runs and three dedicated learning areas (including a kids’ area). It is scheduled to remain open until April 7, 2019.

Fujiyama Snow Resort Yeti

Fujiyama Snow Resort Yeti trail map