Niseko has welcomed a brand new lift today with the opening of the hotly-anticipated, high-speed Ace Family Quad Lift.

The new lift more than doubles lift capacity and takes guests further up the slope than before, some 300 metres above the base of the Ace Quad Chair. It's great news for skiers and snowboarders with less wait times and more time to enjoy the mountain.

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New lift excitement: Some of the first riders on the lift today.

The new lift has replaced the previous Family Pair Lift. The base of the lift has been positioned upslope from the original base location, approximately 40 metres to provide greater space for GoSnow's magic carpet and beginner area.

The opening of the lift was celebrated with an official Opening Ceremony in Niseko-Hirafu.

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Today's Opening Ceremony while the snow fell.

See more from the Winter 2017/18 with our Opening Day Video.