Archives: 2010年8月

§16. Early slope maintenance

 Slope maintenance just after the opening of business would be what kind
of thing. By all-Japan ski championship Alpen tournament held in March,
1962, cooperation of the Self-Defense Forces was indispensable for
course maintenance and the snow removing.


 Because there was not yet slope maintenance car, person carried out
course maintenance of all-Japan ski championship Alpen tournament.
Group of around 20 people who put on ski trod down on wall of the
second lift. Tool to use for competition was carried in horse sleigh
from Hirafu Station to venue. In addition, communication between start
and goals used electric wire not radio.

 Then how would about everyday slope maintenance. “Slope was hardened
naturally by skier”. Shinichiro Satake in charge of vehicle at the time
of to, the opening of business recollects. Because “there were many
good skiers, in Hirafu, lump of similar form was formed naturally”. 」

 It was 1968 seven years after the opening of business that slope
maintenance was mechanized. The domestic first slope maintenance car
which Ohara ironworks of Niigata joined in a technical tie-up with Swiss
maker and developed was deployed in Hirafu.
“Person in charge of slope maintenance got up at 2:00 a.m. or 3:00
before lift worked and maintained by slope maintenance car”. Because
there was not slope maintenance in the 1960s, work increased in
comparison with that time. 」

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 Let’s correct talk at the time of the opening of business. Satake
talks. Because “there was not night service of lift, service of lift
was finished at 5:00 in the evening”. During season, office work
director and most staff stayed overnight at office. Staff played a game
exclusively and spent night. Many people visited office for game. 」

§15. Lift which was cultural shock

“deficit for opening of business around three years”, about business
results in the first year of NISEKO KOGEN KANKO company which installed
real ski lift in NISEKO for the first time, Okawa Shusaku says. “Anyway
there are only some people buying daily ticket”. Because at first
person of then Hokkaido climbed ski by oneself, we learned. There were
few ideas that we paid money and climbed in lift

 In Yamamoto Yukio which was local eighth grader (is HIRAFU now
snowy mountains mountain cottage owner, association of Telemark skiing
honor director in Japan) “the first lift was 60 yen, and, about lift
once ride, the second lift was 40 yen”. Because they were more
expensive than one cup of ramen (approximately 40 yen), all junior high
student and the high school students climbed by oneself. We say only
the last if we glide with another three times of skis when it was
feeling to say to step on lift.


 ”There is lift, and Machihata Morisada which successively held
Director sightseeing section manager and inhabitants of Kucchancho
later (now care old man protective institution “ROKKAEN” office
manager) says when at first we were surprised more that then townsman
is pleased”. Lift was very unusually epoch-making advanced facilities.
It is the next month of the lift opening of business that there was
Rope Tow in ASAHIGAOKA skiing area where local children got close to
ski every day. In other words to climb mountain by power of machine was
novel event.
 It was skier from the town outside to play a key role of the lift
use, but traffic access was inconvenient with undevelopment as having
mentioned this before. The main force of traffic at that time was
railroad. Motorization of Hokkaido advanced later, and car visitors
increased rapidly. However, it is October, 1962 that INAHO Tunneler of
National highway No. 5 was inaugurated. What was paved from Jozankei of
Sapporo of National highway No. 230 to Nakayama Pass had to wait until