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Regular updates and news on skiing in Asia.

Hokkaido ski resorts record 40cm+ as winter arrives early
3 weeks ago

Hokkaido ski resorts record 40cm+ as winter arrives early

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In what we hope is a sign of things to come, several Hokkaido ski resorts have woken to a thick layer of fresh snow this morning, with a report of …
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Japan plans to open to tourists from April, quarantine to be scrapped
2 months ago

Japan plans to open to tourists from April, quarantine to be scrapped

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Japan’s borders will be open to foreign tourists by April if the government’s plan to open the country ahead of the postponed 2020 Olympics – now scheduled for summer 2021 …
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Japan’s 2020/21 winter forecast is a boost for some and a concern for others
2 months ago

Japan’s 2020/21 winter forecast is a boost for some and a concern for others

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The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has released its forecast for the 2020/21 winter season, indicating that above average snowfall and colder than average temperatures are a likely outcome for resorts …
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Skiing in Niseko will be different this winter: here’s what’s changing
2 months ago

Skiing in Niseko will be different this winter: here’s what’s changing

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Niseko Grand Hirafu has revealed a number of operational changes to be implemented for the 2020/21 season. In a letter addressed to the local community, resort General Manager Fumio Sato …
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Rusutsu to close gondola and lifts in limited operations plan for 2020/21
2 months ago

Rusutsu to close gondola and lifts in limited operations plan for 2020/21

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Rusutsu Resort has made the decision to run lifts on a limited schedule for the 2020/21 season, announcing that six lifts would be closed permanently and others operated on a …
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Climate change to blame for Hakuba’s Happo Banks closure
3 months ago

Climate change to blame for Hakuba’s Happo Banks closure

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Happo One’s Happo Banks snowpark has become a casualty of climate change and will close permanently, according to a statement published on its website. Park designer Hayato “Bubbles” Maruyama and …
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Ritz-Carlton confirms Niseko opening date
3 months ago

Ritz-Carlton confirms Niseko opening date

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Ritz-Carlton will forge ahead with plans for a 2020 opening date in Niseko, confirming in a press release that the luxury hotel will open its doors to visitors on December …
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Winners of the 2020 Ski Asia Awards
5 months ago

Winners of the 2020 Ski Asia Awards

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The best ski resorts, hotels and ski schools of 2020

It has been a difficult start to the year for the entire world, and the ski industry has not eluded …
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COVID-19 “travel bubble” could open up travel between Australia, NZ and Asia
7 months ago

COVID-19 “travel bubble” could open up travel between Australia, NZ and Asia

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In a positive sign for the Asian ski industry, Australia’s National COVID-19 Co-ordination Commission Nev Power has revealed that a “travel bubble” that includes Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, China …
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Japanese mountain associations urge skiers to stay out of the backcountry
7 months ago

Japanese mountain associations urge skiers to stay out of the backcountry

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Japan’s four predominant mountaineering associations have urged residents to stop all mountain-based activities immediately, including ski touring and split boarding. The announcement was prompted by the Japanese government’s declaration of …
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