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New Gondola For Nozawa Onsen to Help Cope With Demand

05. August 2019
A rare new ski gondola lift has been announced for Japan. The country’s historic Nozawa Onsen ski area is to see a replacement of the existing Nagasaka Gondola which runs up from the resort’s Nagasaka Base to Yamabiko.

The first Nagasaka Gondola opened in 1979, seating four per cabin, but was replaced in little over a decade during the boom years to carry 12 standing passengers per cabin. The new lift will have cabins seating 10 and also designed to carry disabled visitors and mountain bikes in summer.

The lift is being built over two years and is set to open for winter 2020-21.
The existing lift’s mid-station will be removed meaning the new lift will actually be 400 metres shorter than the original at 3.1km instead of 3.5km currently. Despite this capacity on the route will dramatically increase and the journey time be cut in half from sixteen down to eight minutes.

Patrick Thorne, also known as the Snow Hunter, is an industry expert in all technical developments in snow sports. In addition to his work Patrick is also father and knows the importance and fun of kids on snow.
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