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The slalom and giant slalom events will be held in Yamanouchi Town at Shiga Kogen, one of the world's largest ski resorts. More than 2.6 million vacationers stay in Shiga's 50,000 hotel rooms every year, making the resort about twice as large as Vail, Colo., the biggest ski area in the United States.

The men's and women's giant slalom will be held at Mount Higashidate, which is in the central part of Shiga Kogen and reaches an elevation of 6,529 feet. The course cuts through a dense forest and offers steep slopes and varied terrain.

The men's and women's slalom and combined slalom will be held on the southeastern slope of Mount Yakebitai, which rises to 2,763 feet. The high altitude and cool temperature makes for ideal powder conditions.

The giant slalom for snowboarders will take place on Mount Yakebitai, while the halfpipe competition will be held at Kanbayashi Snowboard Park, an existing venue.

Mount Yakebitai

 Altitude: 6,135 ft.
 Average snowfall: 8.2 ft.
 Average temperature: 17 degrees F

Mount Higashidate

 Altitude: 6,529 ft.
 Average snowfall: 7.3 ft.
 Average temperature: 16 degrees F


 Altitude: 2,763 ft.
 Average snowfall: 1.5 ft.
 Average temperature: 31 degrees F

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