Japan’s Fujiyama Snow Resort YETI has become the first in the country to open for the ski season, as it has been most years in recent times.

The resort, which also markets itself as the nearest ski area to Mount Fuji uses an all-weather snowmaking machine to create a short stretch of snow.

Opening day always brings skiers and boarders in fancy dress to celebrate to the centre near  Hadano City in Shizuoka Prefecture.

Most of Japan’s well-known resorts open in the latter half of November.  There have been some light to moderate snowfalls reported in recent weeks.

Niseko on 17th October

The country’s borders are currently closed to international leisure travel arrivals due to the pandemic but travel companies hope this may be eased before the main ski season with cases in the country reported to be dropping.