No Business In Snow Business! Warm Weather Shutters Japan Ski Resorts
Muhammad Rameez 5 days ago Thu 16th January 2020 | 12:20 PM
Record low snowfall in Japan has forced many ski resorts to shut their doors and is threatening a World Cup ski jumping competition, with organisers forced to truck in extra powder
Tokyo, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Jan, 2020 ) :Record low snowfall in Japan has forced many ski resorts to shut their doors and is threatening a World Cup ski jumping competition, with organisers forced to truck in extra powder.
The snowfall figures for December are the lowest since the organisation started collecting records in 1961, an agency official said Thursday.
Daisen White Resort in Tottori, western Japan, has been shut since early January after opening over the year-end holiday thanks to a sprinkle of snow and 10 machines that pumped out artificial powder.
"The shortage has battered not only our resort but snow-related businesses here such as hotels and rental ski shops," said Masahiro Ozeki, an official at the resort.
The unseasonably warm weather has already caused headaches in northern Japan's Sapporo, where organisers of the city's famed snow festival have had to lay on a record number of trucks to bring in snow from the suburbs and surrounding towns to build their signature sculptures.
The weather agency's Takekawa warned little relief is expected for ski resort operators.
"The warm winter is forecast to continue for now," he said.