Lift over­hauls con­tinue at Niseko

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NISEKO VIL­LAGE AND NISEKO Grand Hi­rafu will un­veil new lifts this win­ter to tar­get be­gin­ner and in­ter­me­di­ate ski­iers. The YTL Ho­tels-man­aged Niseko Vil­lage will launch two all-sea­son lifts and a new 1.2km be­gin­ner run par­al­lel to the cen­tral vil­lage. The re­sort hopes the ad­di­tions will put it on the radar of be­gin­ner ski­iers and snow­board­ers, and as a knock-on ef­fect, spark growth in the re­sort’s hith­erto qui­eter après ski scene. A high-speed de­tach­able lift com­pris­ing 17 six-per­son chairs and 17 eight-per­son gon­do­las – one with a glass bot­tom – will ser­vice the be­gin­ner course, run­ning from Green Leaf Ho­tel and Kasara Vil­lage Town­house past the cen­tral vil­lage and over the main ac­cess road for Hilton Niseko Vil­lage. The lift will have a mid­sta­tion half way to a llow easy ac­cess to t he cen­tra l vil­lage, where din­ing op­tions are abun­dant. The 816-me­tre long lift is ex­pected to han­dle an hourly ca­pac­ity of 1,866 pas­sen­gers per hour, whisk­ing skiers to the moun­tain­top in three min­utes and 20 sec­onds. Two magic car­pets will also op­er­ate be­tween the bot­tom lift sta­tion and the Niseko Kids be­gin­ner area. Also to come un­der YTL man­age­ment is the 250-me­tre Up­per Vil­lage Gon­dola link­ing guests from The Green Leaf Ho­tel and Kasara Town­house to the re­vamped be­gin­ner area on the moun­tain-side of The Green Leaf Ho­tel. With four fixed-grip cab­ins, it has an hourly ca­pac­ity of 426 pas­sen­gers. Both lifts will be op­er­a­tional un­til 10pm each night, ex­tend­ing night-ski hours. Niseko Grand Hi­rafu’s up­graded King Hooded Triple Lift #3 is also set to de­but this win­ter. The up­grade will of­fer a 30% in­crease in ca­pac­ity and it has also been moved 130m down the hill to be closer to the bot­tom sta­tions of the Hi­rafu Gon­dola and the King Quad Lift #2.

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