Skiers determined not to be beaten by the Coronavirus head for the slopes for the first time this season as Mt. Kurodake opens
The Mt. Kurodake ski slopes in Sounkyo in the town of Kamikawa in northern Hokkaido opened on November 19, making them the first to open in Hokkaido this season. Thorough anti-infection measures are in place at the resort amid the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. Skiers and snowboarders enjoyed the long-awaited first run of the season despite the rainy weather.
A lack of snow made this season’s opening 14 days later than first scheduled, but in line with normal years and 3 days earlier than last year. According to a representative from the slopes, the snow was approximately 100 cm deep on the morning of the 19th.
This season, in a bid to avoid the 3 Cs – Closed spaces, crowded places and close contact – the capacity of the gondola of the Kurodake Ropeway up to the slopes is limited to 50 people, half that of normal, and disinfection is carried out between each service. Staff members perform their duties wearing masks and gloves.
Mt. Kurodake slopes
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