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New investments promote skiing in Japan

Since the advent of winter sports at the start of the 20th century, Japan saw a rush of investment in ski resort planning with the aim of increasing the popularity of skiing beyond the Olympic Games.

After the Olympic Games in Sapporo (1972) and Nagano (1998) caused a veritable boom in winter sports in the country, many destinations are now responding to the resurgence of skiing and investing mainly in new, as yet undeveloped areas. One of these investments focuses on the creation of a completely new ski resort in Kamikawa Cho. The area is part of Hyogo prefecture and is located in the south-western part of Honshu island.

For Demaclenko, the project involves the delivery of a complete snowmaking system, with the whole pumping station pre-assembled at headquarters and shipped to Japan in a container. The main reason for this approach is faster and more efficient performance of the construction works on site. The order also includes 3.5 km of pipeline systems and more than 50 hydrants, which supply the snow guns with the water they need. A Cooling System with a total water flow rate of 30 l/s ensures the ideal water temperature. Demaclenko was awarded the contract mainly due to its long-standing expertise in snowmaking at unusually high or low temperatures and, in consultation with the customer, delivered a mixed system of propeller machines and lances. While the decision on the lances was made relatively quickly, for the propeller machines the Evo 3.0 was chosen. With relatively low energy consumption while still having a very good throwing range, this model will best meet the customer’s requirements for grooming with full coverage at different locations throughout the ski resort, keeping effort and outlay to a minimum. 

With the creation of this new urban recreation zone, the public investors are aiming to interest children and teenagers in particular in winter sports, and offer families an escape from the day-to-day realities of big-city life. 

Slated for completion in the next few months, the ski area includes a total of 2 ultra modern chairlifts and 3 newly created slopes with 100% access to technical snowmaking