Another good example is Shizukuishi. They used to have 1 ropeway, 2 gondolas and 15 lifts, but now only 1 ropeway and 5 lifts. The 2 gondolas Shizukuishi used to have are the longest gondolas in Japan. Please look at this trail map. You see the pink slopes on the right side. Now they are only for CAT tours, and you need to pay additional fee to ski there. There used to be a gondola there. And the bottom gondola station was at 420m above sea level and the top gondola station was 1220m, so one gondola = 800m vertical. One gondola has 800m vertical rise, I can't see that long gondola in Japan. The other gondola was also very long. As I wrote above, they used to have the 2 longest gondolas in Japan, but both of them were removed because Shizukuishi ski resort couldn't attract enough guests to renew the gondolas unfortunately. Plus, Shizukuishi ski resort is located between Tazawako ski resort and Appi. Shizukuishi to Tazawako is roughly 50mins and Shizukuishi to Appi is roughly an hour. So if they had the 2 long gondolas and 15 lifts just like back in 90's, nothern Tohoku = Tazawako - Shizukuishi - Appi would be a great 2 week ski trip destination.
yes, I find Shizukuishi in it's current format somewhat underwhelming. Admittedly the snow conditions weren't great the days I went. Also I think it is closer to Morioka than Appi, but Appi you can get to mostly on the expressway, so is quicker to access. And in 2016 they only ran busses to Shizukuishi on Saturdays.