Already this season, 94% of the 450 ski resorts across Japan are open. Not only is this higher than the percentage of open resorts at the same time last year, but 67% of slopes are open compared to last year's 11%.
The last two years have seen record low levels of snowfall. However, places like Niigata Prefecture's Joetsu City Takada Resort and Toyama City have already had as much snow as they had all last season (The 3 months from December to February). Additionally, the cold winter winds have led to increased snowfall and accumulation on the mountains along the Japan Sea.