What is believed to be the world’s longest artificial surface ski slope has opened in Japan.
The 1.1km long slope at Kagura ski resort is reported to have cost 380 million yen ($3.5 million US) to construct. A one-day lift pass to use the slope costs 4,200 yen (€36).
The slope has been built by the large Japanese hotel and ski resort operator Prince Hotels and features a bump run down one side of the slope.
The slope will be open from late spring to the end of October each year, as it will be buried under the snow for the other half of the year.
Kagura is a leading Japanese ski resorts in winter known for its deep powder. It is linked by gondola to the better known Naeba resort.
It’s easy to reach from Tokyo via a 70 to 90 minute bullet train ride followed by a 25 minute bus connection.