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Grand Hirafu Bids Farewell to 38-Year Legacy: Japan's Historic Ace Quad Lift #2 Takes Final Ride

With only a week left, Japan's venerable Ace Quad #2 Center Four lift at Grand Hirafu Ski Resort will bid farewell on March 31, 2024. Fondly known as 'Center Four' since 1985, it has been a cherished icon offering scenic ascents beside .Dot Base. Over its lifetime, this beloved lift has treated over 25 million passengers to breathtaking views of Skye Niseko and the serene forests of the region, boasting the highest track record in Niseko United.

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New Gondola for the Winter 2024/25 Season

In the forthcoming season, the beloved 'Center Four' lift is set to undergo a remarkable transformation into a state-of-the-art 10-passenger gondola, representing a significant leap in transportation capacity from its current 1,800 to an impressive 2,800 individuals per hour. Passengers can anticipate a blend of modern amenities and breathtaking vistas, as plush, heated seats cradle them in comfort while panoramic windows frame sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. The introduction of Wi-Fi connectivity ensures guests can stay connected throughout their ascent, enhancing the overall experience.

Furthermore, this upgrade extends beyond mere functionality. With the addition of a convenient bike rack, the gondola embraces the vibrant outdoor culture of Niseko, catering to mountain biking enthusiasts eager to explore the region's exhilarating downhill and flow trails during the summer months. This transformation not only signifies a leap forward in infrastructure but also marks a significant milestone in Niseko's evolution as a year-round destination.


A Farewell Celebration honoring the Center Four Lift

Niseko Tokyu Grand Hirafu presents a week-long farewell celebration for the Center Four Lift, running from Monday, March 25 to Sunday, March 31. Enjoy daily DJ sets, with the festivities culminating in mesmerizing Yotei drum performances and fireworks. For further information, visit their website.

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