Japan first flaunted its skiing potential during the 1972 Winter Games. However, the popularity of the sport in the country declined during the 1980s (thanks largely to an aging population coupled with a downturn in disposable wealth). Since then, Japanese and foreign investors looking to capitalize on the country’s powdery resource have been peering across the country’s borders to grow the sport. It seems to be working. In addition to massive freshies, of course, there’s the lure of Japan, itself. According to Anthony Mellowes, a property developer from Sydney, “It’s fantastic because you’ve got great skiing plus the different culture.”
Today, Japan boast 620 ski resorts, an average of 45 feet of snow per year, lengthy ski seasons, and reasonable prices. Yes, reasonable prices! In Hirafu, for example, a one-day ski pass allowing you access to 61 runs, 38 lifts, and 29 miles of groomed slopes, costs only $42. So much for China’s indoor ski park.
Never thought of Japan as a killer destination for shredders? Check out this footage captured in western Japan from a helmet-mounted cam. Awesome.
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