Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 25th November 2017

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 1st April 2015, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 395cm
Ah... April 1st.

I'll refrain from getting your hopes up with an endlessly funny April Fool tale of deep epic bottomless (insert other marketing-style adjective here) snow in Niseko!

Instead, I'll tell you about the rain last night we got here... but did those upper areas get a (very) thin dusting? We'll have to get up there to find out!

Today we should see lots of sun and blue sky, with a certain amount of white clouds hanging on.

Easter isn't a thing in Japan of course, but this coming Friday may well be 'good' if the snow that some forecasts tell us about comes off. Might well just end up rain top to bottom but sounds like there's a chance it might be snow up there. We shall see.

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Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
All set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Hanazono:
All set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
All set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Annupuri:
All set to be open as planned this morning.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 395cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 320cm
Base - 140cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

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Niseko Hanazono - open daily until Monday April 6th
Niseko Village - open daily until Tuesday April 7th and then April 29th until May 6th
Niseko Annupuri - open daily until Wednesday May 6th
Niseko Grand Hirafu - open daily until Wednesday May 6th   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 1st April 2015, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and rainy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Morning from Hakuba.

Another feel-good day yesterday out on the mountains though it's a bit different today. Mild overnight and while it was expected it's still sad to report that it is raining this morning.

Some forecasts say snow might be possible high up before tomorrow, but it'll very likely be raining here until tonight. Sunshine is forecast for tomorrow so it's limited. However, rainy conditions are forecast from Friday and over the weekend... going to be warm too.

Now that we are into April things are becoming more limited - with a few areas now closing, like the Iimori area of Hakuba Goryu. The better snow conditions can be found higher up so that's where you'd probably be heading anyway but more and more we'll see lower areas closing now. Best to check with the resorts to see what exactly is open if you plan to go in the coming weeks. I'll try to outline the main points in my reports here, which will continue through until the last lift stops for the season at Happo-one on May 10th.

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Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Wednesday 1st April 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu plans to be at least part open until Wednesday 6th May.
The lower Iimori area is now closed for the season.

- Alps Daira - 285cm
- Toomi - 110cm

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Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 plans to be at least part open until Wednesday 6th May.
Currently all open (top to bottom) apart from a small lower part of R7.

- Upper - 270cm
- Lower - 110cm

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Happo-one:
Happo-one plans to be at least part open until Sunday 10th May.

- Usagidaira - 225cm
- Nakiyama - 60cm
- Sakka - 90cm

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Hakuba Cortina:
Number 2 and 4 lifts plan to be open until Sunday 5th April.

- Upper - 340cm
- Lower - 195cm

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Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsugaike Kogen plans to be at least part open until Wednesday 6th May.
Tsugaike Ropeway now open for spring.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 350cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 175cm

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Kashimayari:
Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 5th April.

- 110cm   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Wednesday 1st April 2015, 9:29am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
It is a mix of cloud and sun today with temperatures a little cooler than they have been over the last couple of days. Last evening a rain front came through so the snow pack will be quite wet today. The outlook for Thursday is for sun and calm conditions, while Friday will see a heavy rain system arrive.   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 1st April 2015, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
It’s the first day of April and we still have an abundance of snow, even if it isn't fresh!

It is overcast with low winds and the temperature is around 3 degrees this morning.... rain expected later in the day, probably even up at Kagura.

The Takenokoyama Romance lift and the number one gondola are both closed.

Otherwise Naeba and Kagura are open as planned this morning.

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Official snow depths:

Naeba: 260cm
Kagura: 370cm

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New snowfall:

0cm Naeba
0cm Kagura

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Planned end of season

Naeba:
Naeba will be open daily until April 5th and then Saturdays and holidays only until May 6th (not including April 29th)

Kagura:
The main Kagura area, via Mitsumata Ropeaway, will be open daily until May 31st
The Tashiro area will be open until May 6th.

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PLEASE NOTE:

This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region.   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 1st April 2015, 10:07am
Weather conditions: Momentary sun, but overcast again
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 400cm
Heavy snow today (nearly 70cm) means that all the resorts have decided to keep going with all lifts operating. Golden Week? We're looking to June skiing here in Myoko.

Sorry, I had to do it (you know what today is). I've been good over the many years I've had the pleasure of reporting on my town, I've always been tempted to do at least a small April Fool. Now I'm happy.

Especially as the weather is not that great today. Light rain to start the day, with a bit of sun peeking through a few minutes ago. But it looks like heavier rain later in the day. Rain, in fact, could be pretty common over the coming week, although it should be pretty nice tomorrow.

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Akakura Kanko:
400cm, 7°
Open through May 5. Myokokogen Sky Cable gondola and No. 3 lift

Akakura Onsen:
185cm, 5°
Open until April 5. Lifts: Yodel Nos. 1, 2 and 5, Kumado Nos. 1 and 4

Ikenotaira Onsen:
200cm, 5°
Planning to stay open until April 5. Lifts: Shirakaba Capsule, Ikenotaira Quad, AB No. 1

Myoko Suginohara:
Closed

Seki Onsen:
410cm, 5°
Planning to stay open until mid-May

Myoko Ski Park:
280cm, 9°
Planning to stay open until April 5.

Kyukamura RunRun:
Closed

Tangram Ski Circus:
Closed

Madarao Kogen:
Closed

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Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 1st April 2015, 11:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog, rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
A much greyer palette this morning and unfortunately - as forecast - it's raining.

Definitely not as warm today, as you might expect, but not cold enough for snow. Certainly not here in town anyway... let's see if Kagura can surprise us with some fluffy news tomorrow morning (though best not to expect anything there!)

The sun is due to be back tomorrow with clear skies and warmer conditions once again. After that and into the weekend I'm afraid rain is what is on the forecasts currently.

The coming weekend is the last weekend for a number of resorts in the area, would be good if they could enjoy some fine weather for it.

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Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
370cm
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
245cm
Iwappara:
150cm
Joetsu Kokusai:
240cm
Kagura:
350cm
Kandatsu Kogen:
300cm
Maiko Snow Resort:
290cm (upper)
175cm (lower)
Naeba:
240cm
NASPA Ski Garden:
233cm
Yuzawa Nakazato:
165cm

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Planned closing dates for resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region
Information as currently available and of course subject to change depending on conditions.
Resorts not mentioned below are now closed.

Open until Sunday April 5th:

- Ipponsugi
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Yuzawa Nakazato
- Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Wood

Open until Sunday April 12th:

- Maiko Snow Resort (*daily until April 5th, then open on April 11th and 12th)

Open until Sunday April 19th:

- NASPA Ski Garden (*weekends only from April 5th, closed weekdays)

Open until Wednesday May 6th:

- Naeba (*weekends and holidays from April 5th [except April 29th], closed weekdays)
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro)

Open until Sunday May 31st:

- Kagura (Mitsumata)   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 1st April 2015, 14:00pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
A grey and wet day today, but might there be a chance of some snow up on the top of the mountain? We can but hope but I wouldn't get too expectant.

The good news is that this rain should clear by early morning tomorrow, and we'll be getting sunshine once again along with warmer temperatures thanks to the sun.

Unfortunately the weekend will probably see lots of rainfall according to the forecasts as they stand now...

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Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 390cm
Uenotaira - 310cm

(Other areas no longer updating though still a fair amount of snow around!)

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Lifts that remain open and plans for the rest of the season

Daily until Wednesday 6th May:

- Nagasaka Gondola
- Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift
- Yamabiko Four Lift

Daily until Sunday 5th April;
Friday 10th April until Sunday 12th April;
Saturday 18th April until Sunday 19th April;
Saturday 25th April until Wednesday 6th May


- Uenotaira Four lift

Saturday 4th April until Sunday 5th April;
Friday 10th April until Sunday 12th April;
Saturday 18th April until Sunday 19th April;
Saturday 25th April until Wednesday 6th May


- Paradise Four lift

Friday 10th April until Sunday 12th April;
Saturday 18th April until Sunday 19th April;
Saturday 25th April until Sunday 26th April;
Saturday 2nd May until Wednesday 6th May


- Skyline connecting pair lift

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Courses that remain open

Yamabiko A
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E
Kokenashi
Uenotaira
Paradise
Bunabayashi
Rinkan

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Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Wednesday 1st April 2015, 15:00pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy and foggy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 195cm
Unfortunately April is starting with some rain in Zao and pretty cloudy/foggy conditions as well - limited visibility out there. I won't mention the chance of some snow before tomorrow higher up...

Forecast sun tomorrow but back to rain around the weekend as conditions go back to warming.

Now that we are into April, I will continue to post updates here to this Zao Now page - maybe a few times a week to keep you up with the latest.

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Official snow depths (Wednesday 1st April 15):

Utopia: 215cm
Chuo: 195cm
Paradise: 200cm
Uwanodai: 135cm

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Planned lift operating dates and closing dates

Subject to change. This is what the plans are for the lifts that remain operating at Zao Onsen:

Until Sunday 5th April
Onsen Number 1 Pair
Onsen Number 2 Quad
Sunrise Pair AB
Nakamori Number 1 Triple
Mikaeri Pair

Until Sunday 12th April
Yokokura Number 1 Pair AB

Until Sunday 19th April
Kurohime Number 1 Quad

Until Wednesday 6th May
Chuo Number 1 Pair AB
Chuo Number 2 Pair AB
Katakai Triple (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week)
Paradise Pair AB (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week)
Utopia Number 2 Pair

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Operating through the year (for general tourism outside of snow season)
Sky Cable
Chuo Ropeway
Zao Ropeway

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Last day of the snow season currently planned for Wednesday 6th May.
   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 1st April 2015, 16:56pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 370cm
Ended up not being able to avoid the rain today after a cloudy start. It hasn't been as warm today either. Tomorrow we will probably see the sun again and it will be warmer, but more rain is forecast for the weekend.

The coming weekend is the last for the Minakami Kogen Ski Resort and Minakami Hodaigi resorts.

After that it'll just be Tenjindaira which plans to be open through until early May.

Note that the Tenjin Toge pair lift at Tenjindaira will be closed now on weekdays through until Friday 24th April. The reason being that the lift is used for tourism in the 'green season' and they need to prepare it for those operations. It does seem a long time to be closed for that, but that's what it says here! That lift being closed does limit things on weekdays, so do keep in mind if you are planning on visiting.

We'll keep the Minakami Now page updated occasionally through April, ideally with a pre-weekend update.

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Planned closing dates of ski resorts in Minakami (subject to change):

Until 5th April
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Minakami Hodaigi

Until early May
Tanigawa Tenjindaira

Now closed for the season
Oana
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
White Valley
Minakami Kogen

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Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 370cm
Hodaigi: 170cm

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New snowfall:

Base: 0cm
Tenjindaira: 0cm   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

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25th Nov, 9:06am
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25th Nov, 8:47
Niseko Now
25th Nov, 8:16
Yuzawa Now
25th Nov, 8:14
Furano Now
25th Nov, 8:01
Nozawa Onsen Now
25th Nov, 7:58
Shiga Kogen Now
24th Nov, 8:41
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21st Nov, 9:52am
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21st Nov, 9:22am
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