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For Japan's ski resorts, it's no longer all downhill from here

Overseas tourists and the 2018 Winter Olympics thaw a frozen industry

Lotte's newly reopened ski resort in Japan's Niigata Prefecture has 11 runs.

TOKYO -- It was a movie that defined a Japanese generation's idea of wintertime fun: "Watashi wo Ski ni Tsuretette" (literally, "Take me skiing"). The 1987 romance inspired legions of bubble-era youths to hit the slopes, helping to fuel a ski boom that lasted into the 1990s before fizzling out.

Those heady bubble days are long gone, but some of the winter magic may be back.

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