Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 1st April 2014, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Blue sky and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 125cm
It is a fine morning here in Niseko with blue skies and just a few fast moving white cloud here and there.... just windy. Yes the flags are blowing about here in the village area as well and top lifts (as well as the gondola over at Annupuri) are not opening as planned this morning.

Sun is forecast for the next few days, warmer tomorrow than today, to be followed by rain later in the week - and then possibly snow over the weekend.

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As we are now into new month, lets look at those snow depth numbers for March and the season as a whole:

Observed snowfall in Hirafu for March 2014: 113cm
Observed snowfall in Hirafu for the 13/14 season so far: 1150cm

Compare that with the numbers from last season (observations made by the same person in the same place):

Observed snowfall in Hirafu for March 2014: 164cm
Observed snowfall in Hirafu for the 12/13 season at end of March 2013: 1549cm

Still lots of snow of course, but there was a fair chunk more of it last year - 5m more in fact.

Last year in April we observed 32cm by the way.

(All of these numbers can be found at the lower part of the Niseko Now reports).

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Let's also take a look at the Japan Meteorological Agency statistics for snowfall recorded in Kutchan town as well:

March 2014: 118cm
March 2013: 124cm
March 2012: 79cm
March 2011: 210cm

The JMA Kutchan number for April ranges from nothing to around 30cm.

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Official snow depth numbers at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 340cm
Base - 125cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 340cm
Base - 130cm

Annupuri:
Top - 330cm
Base - 140cm

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Niseko Village plans to be open until Sunday 6th April
Niseko Hanazono Resort plans to be open until Sunday 6th April
Niseko Annupuri plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 1st April 2014, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
The resort is reporting a temperature down to -4 degrees up on the top Yamabiko area this morning and it was quite cold earlier on, but it should warm up to close on 10 degrees at base today.

The sun is out and it's calm at the moment.

The forecast says more sun tomorrow, followed by the chance of rain mid to late week and still that snow forecast for early weekend for higher elevations.

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Tuesday 1st April 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 305cm
Uenotaira - 225cm
Hikage - 120cm
Nagasaka - 120cm

Lifts
Planned operating lifts for today (weekday operations):
Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four
Yamabiko Number 2 Four
Uenotaira Four
Yu Road
Hikage Triple

Courses
Planned courses to be open:
Yamabiko A
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E
Uenotaira
Paradise
Bunabayashi
Schneider
Utopia
Utopia 2
Challenge

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Note that the following lifts have closed for the season:
- Hikage Gondola
- Challenge pair lift
- Utopia pair lift
- Kandahar pair lift
- Nagasaka quad
- Nagasaka triple
- Nagasaka gondola connecting
- Karasawa pair   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 1st April 2014, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 80cm
A sunny morning here in Hakuba and just a light breeze.

The forecast for later in the week is still looking interesting. Well the bit after the rain we are expecting around Thursday anyway! Will it really be snowing once again Friday/Saturday? We'll just have to wait and see.

The snow has been melting away quickly around the village of late with rice and farming fields now exposed and only mounds of snow here and there left. There's still very good cover on the mountains higher up; though more - and bigger - patches of ground starting to show through in areas close to base now. With temperatures due to rise to around +12 degrees today, there'll be more of that going on. Inevitable of course, but sad all the same. Still get on the lifts higher up for that spring time slicing. It's all very quiet as well now. I think the next of sakura blossiming in Tokyo signals a real turn in the season with lots of people finishing up for the season.

Happo-one has closed off parts of the mountain due to the dwindling amount of snow on lower slopes. The following course areas are now closed: Central course; Champion course; Kita one course; Sakka; Forest run by Skyline; Kita one number 3 return course.

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Official snow depth numbers and operations at resorts remaining open (as of 1st April 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 220cm
Toomi - 80cm
Iimori - 50cm

Hakuba 47:
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 165cm
Lower - 30cm

Happo-one:
Plans to be open until early May.
Usagidaira - 160cm
Nakiyama - 20cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until early May.
Tsuganomori - 300cm
Maruyama - 50cm
Kanenonaruoka - 80cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Plans to be open until 6th April.
Upper - 250cm
Lower - 130cm   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 1st April 2014, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
April 1st!

No jokes about huge amounts of fresh powder*, though there are definitely huge amounts of pollen flying around at the moment with a lot of people suffering from hayfever - including myself. Seems really bad this year. If you do suffer from the Japanaese brand of hayfever - be aware that it's full on here at the moment.

Anyway enough about that, it's a fine and sunny morning in Yuzawa. A light northerly wind, and about 6 degrees now; high of 12 degrees expected in town. Similar conditions are forecast for tomorrow as well.

Today is the last day for the Yuzawa Park skijo area.

(* Kagura officially still on 350cm!)

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Here's the latest on when Yuzawa skijo intend to be open until:

Until 1st April:
Yuzawa Park

Until 6th April:
Yuzawa Nakazato
Nakazato Snow Wood
Iwappara
NASPA Ski Garden
Ipponsugi

Until 6th May:
Naeba (weekends only from 7th April)
GALA Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro)

Until 25th May:
Kagura (Mitsumata)

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Here's the latest on when Minamiuonuma skijo intend to be open until:

Until 6th April:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Maiko Snow Resort - but open again on 12th/13th April
Joetsu Kokusai

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Already closed:

Chateux Shiozawa
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Itsukamachi
Ludens Yuzawa
Mt Granview
Muikamachi Hakkai-san
Muikamachi Ski Resort
Yuzawa Kogen

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Official resort snow depths @ Tuesday 1st April 2014, AM:
Naeba:
160cm
Kagura (Tashiro):
300cm
Kagura (Mitsumata):
350cm
NASPA Ski Garden:
19cm
Gala Yuzawa:
310cm
Iwappara:
130cm
Yuzawa Kogen:
200cm
Yuzawa Nakazato:
120cm
Yuzawa Park:
155cm
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Maiko Snow Resort:
200cm
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
200cm
Joetsu Kokusai:
160cm   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 1st April 2014, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 370cm
Fine weather the past few days and today is the same with sunny blue skies.

As we get into April, things are now becoming much more limited with only a few ski areas remaining open, details below. Tenjindaira usually remains open until Golden Week in early May though so still a while to go.

We will update the Minakami Now page occasionally until the end of the season. In the meantime please do check the resort pages on the site (links to the right of this page) for weather forecasts that are updated multiple times each day - and actually right through the year as well!

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The following skijo remain open:

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort - until 6th April
Minakami Houdaigi - plans to be open until 6th April
Tanigawa Tenjindaira - plans to be open until 6th May

The following skijo are now closed for the season:

Minakami Fujiwara
Okutone Snow Park
Oana
White Valley
Norn Minakami
Akazawa   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Tuesday 1st April 2014, 9:54am
Weather conditions: High cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
There is high cloud over the resort but blue skies to the east.

Temperatures have warmed again and today will be great spring skiing on well groomed slopes. The best time to put some turns in will be in the morning when conditions are firmer and expect things to get fairly soft as the day rolls on.

It looks like Wednesday and Thursday will be fairly well into positive temperatures with heavy rain forecast for Friday.

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Operating lifts:

Furano Ropeway 9:00am-4:00pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 CLOSED
Downhill Romance #2 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Prince Romance 9:00am- 4:00pm

Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course.   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 1st April 2014, 9:58am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Another beautiful morning in Myoko with clear blue skies and just a quick update on where we stand with the resorts around Myoko...

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Official info:

Akakura Kanko:
Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out.

Ikenotaira:
Planning to stay open until April 6; three lifts running.

Seki Onsen:
Planning to stay open until May 6th.

Myoko Ski Park:
Open until April 6.

Tangram Ski Circus
Running the No. 3 lift only until April 6.

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Other skijo now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 1st April 2014, 11:00am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
More sun and blue skies this morning in Shiga Kogen.

We're expecting more tomorrow too, though then after that rain and maybe even some snow for the weekend. I'll post another update just before the weekend.

Lifts and courses that are open has become more limited from today, with some places open until the coming weekend and after that it's mostly weekends only apart from the few places that are open through until early May. Updated lift/ski area open information below.

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Sun Valley:
Number 1 lift - until 6th April

Maruike:
Number 1 triple lift - until 6th April

Tannenomori:
Number 8 quad lift - until 3rd April and then 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th April; 26th April until 6th May

Giant:
Until 6th April

Happo Bunadaira:
Happo quad - until 6th April

Ichinose Diamond:
Diamond triple lift - until 4th April
Diamond quad lift - until 6th April; then on weekends and 26th April until 6th May.

Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Number 2 Pair B - until 6th May
Ichinose quad - until 6th May

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Until 6th April and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May

Terakoya:
Quad lift - weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Pair lift - weekends and 26th April until 6th May

Mammoth:
Quad lift - until 6th April and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Triple lift - until 6th April and then weekdays until 25th April; and then 3rd-6th May

Yakebitaiyama:
Number 1 Gondola - until 6th April
Number 2 Gondola - until 6th April and then 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May
Number 2 high speed - until 6th April and then 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May
Number 4 romance - when number 2 gondola is resting

Okushiga Kogen:
Number 1 pair lift - until 6th April
Number 4 pair lift - until 6th April and then 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May
Number 2 and 3 pair lifts - until 6th May
Gondola - until 6th May

Kumanoyu:
Number 3 quad - 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May
Number 2 pair - 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May
Number 1 pair - until 6th May

Yokoteyama:
As long as there's snow - probably beyond Golden Week

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The following areas are already closed for the season:
Hasuike
Nishitateyama
Higashitateyama
Kidoike   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Niseko Now
22nd Nov, 9:53am
Hakuba Now
22nd Nov, 9:01
Grandeco Now
22nd Nov, 9:00
Shiga Kogen Now
22nd Nov, 8:44
Furano Now
22nd Nov, 8:26
Nozawa Onsen Now
22nd Nov, 8:19
Yuzawa Now
22nd Nov, 8:01
Myoko Now
21st Nov, 9:52am
Madarao Now
21st Nov, 9:52am
Zao Now
21st Nov, 9:34
Naeba Now
21st Nov, 9:22am
Appi Kogen Now
21st Nov, 8:53
Minakami Now
17th Sep, 10:23

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