The world-famous powder haven that is Niseko, Japan has just opened two insane new lifts. Four resorts make up Niseko United: Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village and An’nupuri. Hanazono Niseko Resort. Gear Junkie reports that Hanazono Niseko Resort opened for the season on December 4th with a brand new gondola and heated bubble chair, both distributed by Poma and an Italian luxury automaker Pininfarina. The Symphony Gondola is a ten-person gondola that has luxury leather seats, rotating lights, and moves 16.4 feet a second. Lift One was replaced with a “six-seated lift features a detachable French hood system, heated leather seats with detailed embroidery, and personal suspension gurneys.”
Other changes over the offseason include two new runs(a red and green ski trail), and the adding of night lights on the new gondola, allowing for night skiing. Next summer, their gondola will be available for sightseeing tours, a zip line network will be completed in June, and a light exhibition will also be added. To sweeten the deal, the Niseko resorts are on the Ikon Pass. Just don’t forget to bring your snorkel.
Image Credits: Hanazono Niseko Japan