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I went to Hakuba Ski Resort with British, Korean, and Japanese friends two days after the 3.11 earthquake.
We planned it more than one month before. I considered whether we should cancel it, but I read all the courses and lifts in Hakuba 47 ski resorts would operate safely and a blog of one ryokan said “Many guests canceled. This year snow condition is good and I am very sad”. I thought if all people stayed home and just watched the disaster on TV, it would make the economy and tourist industry worse, so we decided to go.
The resort was less busy than a normal weekend, but many people including foreigners were enjoying skiing and snowboarding.
Most of the ski resorts in Nagano operate without problems and risks and the snow condition is good this season, however many events such as ski festivals have been cancelled, and some will close earlier than in normal years.
I hope the foreign media like CNN don’t exaggerate the situation about the destroyed reactor buildings, so people don`t panic and continue to visit Nagano if it is not risky. I want to report precise and scientifically correct information, which is very important.