The wait is almost over for the new deluxe 6 pack and new gondola at Hanazono, Niseko
After a COVID delay last year (when engineers couldn’t travel for the installation over summer) it’s game on for the 2021-2022 season starting soon for Japan’s most luxurious lifts.
The long awaited new Hanazono Lift 1 6-seat hooded detachable chairlift and the all-new 10-person Hanazono Symphony Gondola showcase the latest in style, luxury and technology from POMA (France).
These new ski lifts represent a huge leap forward in terms of comfort, speed and convenience for Hanazono guests, who already flock to Hanazono because of its quality powder snow, interesting terrain and superior quality facilities.
The new ski lifts have been specifically designed to complement the glamorous look of the new “Hanazono EDGE” restaurant, with its soaring glass walls and cutting-edge roof design. The lifts have been positioned to maximise the breath-taking Hanazono mountain views and provide guests with an unrivalled view of the slopes. The POMA direct drive system, the first of its kind in Japan, will bring a new era of environmental responsibility to snow resort opera- tions, with reduced levels of noise and improved energy efficiency.
New Hanazono Lift 1
What’s in a name? Not much in this case, but boring as it sounds the new Hanazono Lift 1 can only be described as the smoothest, most luxurious chairlift in Japan.
The new 6-seat detachable hooded chairlift boasts individually embroidered, leather trimmed and heated seats, and an individ- ual suspension system for each chair. Moving an industry-leading 3085 persons per hour, the journey of 1589 meters will provide a welcome and cosy respite between runs. Guests will arrive refreshed at the top station and ready to plunge into Hanazono’s renowned powder stashes and variety of courses.
Hanazono Symphony Gondola
Designed by Italy’s Pininfarina, the brand new 10-person Hanazono Symphony Gondola represents the pinnacle of modern gondola design and comfort, and will be the first POMA 10-person Gondola installed in Japan. Each cabin boasts individually embroidered, leather trimmed seats, and an individual suspension system for each cabin. Expansive windows will provide guests with magnificent mountain views as they travel at an industry-leading 5 meters per second. The 1362 meter long Gondola will service Hanazono’s class-leading beginner terrain “Juicy Fruit” via a new intermediate “mid-station”, with intermediate and ad- vanced skiers able to enjoy the new “Colly’s Folly” run commencing from the top station.
As its name suggests, the Hanazono “Symphony” Gondola is indeed a
masterpiece of design, innovation and excellence. Located adjacent to the elegant Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono, the Hanazono Symphony Gondola is set to provide guests with unrivalled comfort, convenience and luxury. Powered by direct drive technology, riding the Hanazono Symphony Gondola will provide a sonata of sensory experiences for Hanazono’s esteemed customers.
New Experiences – Night Skiing at Hanazono
The new Hanazono ski lifts open new ski terrain and ski courses on the eastern side of the mountain. The arrival of the Hanazono Symphony Gondola also heralds the commencement of night-skiing at Hanazono, with each gondola cabin boasting its own unique coloured LED lighting system to light the night sky.
New Intermediate Ski course – “Colly’s Folly”
Located on the east side of the famous “Legend of Shinya” ski course and commencing at the top of the new Hanazono Symphony Gondola, you will find the new red (intermediate) course, “Colly’s Folly”.
The 550 metre course will suit intermediate skiers. Wide, groomed side-to-side, it will make life easier for non pow-hounds.
Beginner Ski Course – “Juicy Fruit”
The mid-station of the new Hanazono Symphony Gondola is the entrance to “Juicy Fruit”, a newly fashioned 800-meter green (beginner) ski course with an average slope of just 7 degrees, making it the perfect slope for first-timers and beginners, as well as ski and snowboard students enrolled with Hanazono’s famed in-resort snowsports school “Niseko International Snowsports School” (NISS).
“Colly’s Folly” from the east, “Legend of Shinya” from the center, and “Stairway to Heaven” from the west all converge to meet at “Juicy Fruit”.
The new ski lifts at Hanazono will serve not only winter guests, but also those who visit Hanazono in the green sea- son. Summer gondola operations will service Hanazono’s new zipline network (set for completion June 2022), as well as Hanazono’s forthcoming light exhibition designed by world renowned artist Bruce Munro (details coming soon).