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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 veteran park builder Hideyuki Hoshino both penned statements online, thanking fans and sponsors of the park for their support and acknowledging the success of the eight-year project.
The banked course, which was launched during the 2012/13 season, was designed to encourage riders to seek fresh, creative lines, and was the product of a snowsurf movement that has placed a greater emphasis on flow and carving. The course was enjoyed by beginners and experts alike.
The 2019/20 was one of Hakuba’s driest winters on record, and for the first time Happo Banks was unable to open at any point. This was the catalyst for the decision to close the park permanently, said Hoshino.
In his post, Moruyama lamented the end of Happo Banks, but promised that it would be a source of inspiration for future projects.
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