In Japan, skiing on silvery snow at winter sports runs abounding in the nation's mountainous country is a popular sport for thousands o citizens.
GV Of ski run.
LV Lorry unloading blocks of ice.
CU Men move ice block into ice plant.
SV Ice flakes from machine onto slope.
LV Ice flakes fall on ski slope.
GV Showing a few skiers on slope.
SV Ice flakes fall, skiers pass on slope.
GV Of ski slope, skiers on chair railway.
SV Ditto towards on way to top of slope.
SV Skiers fix on skis.
LV Skiers at top of slope.
SV Small boy gets up after fixing skis.
SHOT FROM TOP OF SLOPE..skiers move down.
SV Skier sits on chair railway and moves off.
LV Skier passes on chair railway.
LV Skiers on slope
LV Ditto skier falls.
LV Of ski run.
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Background: In Japan, skiing on silvery snow at winter sports runs abounding in the nation's mountainous country is a popular sport for thousands o citizens. But for those unable to make the long and crowded trip to the booming mountain ski slopes, many Tokyo citizens learn and practise on a 1000 ft - long slope of ice shavings an hour from the city.
The slope needs 220,000 lb of ice a day to maintain a good surface for the 12000 skiers using it each week.
The slope built by an enterprising Tokyo sports arena operator is on the hills of Sayama, 30 miles north west of the capital.