It's not often you get to see the world's best skiers bombing down your local slopes in Japan. 13 & 14 February 2016, with an opening ceremony on 12th at Naeba Ski Resort.
Couple of interesting facts from the Yuzawa Naeba Alpine Ski World Cup website:
- The first Alpine World Cup held in Japan was at Naeba (1973)
- 41 years since the last time the FIS Alpine World Cup was held at Naeba
- 10 years since one has been held in Japan (Shiga Kogen 2006)
Could this be the start of something? A Yuzawa Winter Olympics bid on the cards....? Probably a few Winter Olympics too many in Asia for 2026 to be a possibility but worth a flutter for 2030...?
We did hear talk in town that when the Winter Olympic bid for the 1972 event was initially being put together by Japan it was between Sapporo and Yuzawa. The first prize was the Winter Olympics and the place that lost out would get a World Cup event.
If you make it across for the race in February please don't be misled by the picture above. You are probably likely to see more racers, not quite so many kiddie ninjas armed with skis, and I haven't had the best of luck with fine days at the top of Naeba, but I'm pretty sure the view of Mt. Fuji isn't as good as that!