Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 21st April 2018

Furano Now!

Sunday 1st April 2018, 7:33am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
There has been some great spring weather recently with temperatures warm enough to get around in the village with only a shirt. Today is not so glorious with a high cloud cover meaning the sun is blocked and right now there is light drizzle in the air. Rain is on the forecast for around noon, so that would seem likely given the light stuff in the air now. The high for today will be +6c.   Read more ...
 

Geto Kogen Now!

Sunday 1st April 2018, 7:59am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto.

There's lots of cloud around this morning which makes for a change and it looks like there is a chance of some rain later on too.

It is going to be quite warm over the next few days, perhaps getting colder around Wednesday.

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Official snow depths:

Top: 360cm
Base: 230cm

Number 1 Gondola and Number 1 pair lift are operating




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Grandeco Now!

Sunday 1st April 2018, 8:08am
Weather conditions: Cloudy some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a full on spring morning - very warm.

There is still enough snow to ride in the ski resorts located to the north of Mt. Bandai.

The last ski resort in the southern region of Mt. Bandai, Alts Bandai will close from tomorrow.

The remaining ski hills in this area will be Nekoma, Minowa and Grandeco.

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Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 220cm

Forecast:
- Grandeco snow and weather forecast
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Niseko Now!

Sunday 1st April 2018, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

Ahh, April. The mind is currently being boggled when I try to grasp that we are already in April.

Unfortunately, it is raining this morning. Resorts appear to be reporting snow higher up, but I can't confirm it with my own eyes so we will have to take their word for it. I'm personally not particularly keen to get up there and find out - perhaps I'll check out that Creme Egg a British friend gave me yesterday.

I'll post my 'March and season recap' report in a report over the next few days.

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Sunday 1st April 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 6th May
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 8th April

Lifts info:
- King Number 1 and 2 and Ace Number 4 lifts rested.
- Other lifts should be operating.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 435cm
- Base: 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 6th May

Lifts info:
- Jumbo Number 2 and 3 lifts rested.
- Other lifts should be operating.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 400cm
- Base: 130cm

Niseko Village
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 8th April

Lifts info:
- Community Chair, Morino Chair and Country Road Chair lifts rested.
- Other lifts should be operating.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 380cm
- Base: 130cm   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 1st April 2018, 9:21am
Weather conditions: Fine, high thin cloud, hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

More fine warm spring weather this morning and the warmth looks set to continue, with some forecasts calling for a bit of rain tomorrow.

Today is the last day of the season for Cortina, Iwatake, Norikura and Kashimayari.

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Ski resort information on Sunday 1st April 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as planned

Courses open:
- Base areas apart from Nakiyama are now closed
- For access to the base areas, ski down to Nakiyama or the Gondola areas via the Risen Slalom course (or take the Gondola lift or Kitaone Sakka quad lift)
- Large area of upper mountain remains open

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 305cm
- Usagidaira: 190cm
- Lower: 45cm

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Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as planned today

Courses open:
- All courses apart from Cosmo River, Snow Diving, Adventure and Straight Whiskey remain open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 285cm
- Toomi: 85cm
- Iimori: 50cm

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Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as planned today
- Line D usually operates only when the Gondola is not operating

Courses open:
- Most main courses should be available
- Lower part of R-7 closed

Official snow depth:
- Top: 280cm
- Base: 95cm

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Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as planned

Courses open:
- All course areas apart form Uma-no-se, Kane-no-naru-oka Number 2 and part of the Lower Course through forest should be open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 280cm
- Han-no-ki: 260cm
- Maruyama: 60cm
- Shirakaba: 185cm
- Champion: 50cm
- Oya-no-hara: 70cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 30cm

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Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- Lifts 1, 2, 4 still operating
- Plans to be open until Sunday 1st April

Courses open:
- Ikenota, Ikenota Forest, Hieda Forest, Mt Hieda 1, Mt Hieda 2, Itadaira and Ipponmatsu remain open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 208cm
- Base: 90cm

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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operations:
- Resort remains part open, mostly Mountain Side
- Plans to be open until Sunday 1st April

Official snow depth:
- Top: 160cm
- Base: 50cm

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- Lifts 3, 4, 5, 6 still operating
- Plans to be open until Sunday 1st April

Official snow depth:
- 60cm

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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- Lifts 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 still operating
- Plans to be open until Sunday 1st April

Official snow depth:
- 100cm

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Hakuba Sanosaka

Now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 1st April 2018, 9:32am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Nozawa and welcome to April.

It's another fine spring morning with some very thin cloud and haze.

The next few days are going to be pretty warm, some forecasts saying there is a chance of a few spots of rain tomorrow (and some not).

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I was just taking a look at the observed snowfall data (below). Here's how much snowfall I have observed at base in the month of March over the last handful of seasons:

March 2018 - 5cm
March 2017 - 97cm
March 2016 - 75cm
March 2015 - 78cm
March 2014 - 178cm
March 2013 - 29cm

Pretty shocking numbers there for March. The good thing though is that for the season as a whole we have had more this season than we did in the 2015/2016 season and a similar amount to the 2013/2014 season, so it is always best to step back and look at the picture as whole.

And of course you can check out that whole picture at any time by consulting all of our reporting archives.

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Sunday 1st April 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 235cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 140cm
- Hikage (660m): 60cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 55cm
- Karasawa (563m): 20cm

Lifts operations:

- All lifts should be open as planned this morning
- The Yunomine pair, Mizunashi triple, Challenge pair and Utopia pair lifts usually rested on weekdays.

The following courses either closed (or not fully available):

- Schneider
- Grand Prix
- Hachiman
- Skyline (part)
- Jumping
- Mukoubayashi
- Kandahar
- Usagi

General resort operations information from 2nd April until 6th May:

The Gondola will be open from 8:10am daily;
The Number 1 car park will be free daily;
There will be no village shuttle bus between 2nd April and 27th April;
A resort shuttle bus may operate between Hikage and Nagasaka (Number 1 car park) depending on snow conditions.   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 1st April 2018, 9:37am
Weather conditions: Fine, hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It is the 1st April and so that means the last day of the season for a handful of ski resorts.

The sun is out again though there's a kind of hazy feel to things this morning. Temperatures are set to rise to almost 20 degrees in town today.

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Updated: Sunday 1st April 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.

GALA Yuzawa
- 190cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May
- The Central Area and North Area remain open (South Area is now closed for the season)

Iwappara
- 75m
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April

Kagura
- Kagura area: 260cm
- Mitsumata area: 160cm
- Tashiro area: 210cm
- Tashiro Ropeway plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May
- Mitsumata Ropeway and Kagura area plans to be at least part open until Sunday 27th May
- The Dragondola connecting Tashiro with Naeba is now closed for the season

Kandatsu Kogen
- 160cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 22nd April

Naeba
- 160cm (base)
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May (weekdays only from 9th-27th April)
- The Dragondola connecting Naeba with Tashiro is now closed for the season

NASPA Ski Garden
- 65cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 100cm
- Base: 40cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April

Yuzawa Park
- 60cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 70cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April

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Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma (just to the north of Yuzawa):

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 120cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April

Joetsu Kokusai
- 120cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 120cm
- Base: 30cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April
- From Monday 2nd April, just the Gondola, Nagamine Number 2 quad and Okusoeji quad lift will be operating

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed for the season
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Myoko Now!

Sunday 1st April 2018, 9:47am
Weather conditions: Hazy blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's here: the last day for the season at most of the resorts. The snowpack has really come down, too, so I doubt there's going to be a whole lot more season even at the three that are soldiering on. Kind of a fitting end for a strange season, with rain in January, but enough snow on a regular schedule to make it pretty fun in the backcountry. Oh, yeah, and basically no snow at all in the whole month of March...

The one big development was the opening (well, re-opening in a sense) of Lotte Arai Resort. Sounds like the facilities were pretty quiet (like not lots of people wandering the halls), and lots of space on the slopes as well. It sounds like the resort is thinking long-term, though, and it's probably smarter to build a clientele than get bombed from the first year. It's quite a different resort form all the others in the Myoko area, and choice is good, right?

It's a nice day out there, though, and a good way to end the season, and it was a good season if not our best ever for snow. We'll just have to see how long Akakan, Seki Onsen and Lotte Arai can keep running, and Akakura Onsen until next week.

I'll report again once we hear from the remaining resorts about any changes.

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Akakura Kanko:
220 cm, 8°; closing May 6

Akakura Onsen:
170cm, 3°; closing April 8

Ikenotaira Onsen:
150cm, 5°

Myoko Suginohara:
110cm, 1°; Gondola only; closing today

Seki Onsen:
290 cm, 4°; closing May 6

Myoko Ski Park:
110 cm, 9°; closing today

Kyukamura RunRun:
170 cm, 9°; closing today

Lotte Arai Resort:
370cm, 10.1°; Mamushigaeshi, Exciter and Discovery closed (weren't some of these permanently closed?); Myoko Long Run Upper partially open; Okenashi Bowl, North Bowl, Funaishi-zawa, Happy Place and Benzaku-zawa open (FK maybe?)in the avalanche-controlled areas; closing May 6

Tangram Ski Circus:
91 cm, 4°; closing today

Madarao Kogen:
120 cm, 6°; closing today

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park:
15cm (really?), 2°; closing today   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Sunday 1st April 2018, 10:32am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
That's it folks.

It is Sunday 1st April and today is the last day of the ski season here at Madarao. And as with much of March, we are ending the season with fine spring-like weather. Some thin cloud around and hazy in some directions but another sunny day is on the cards.

Nearby Nozawa Onsen remains open until 6th May and a few of the resorts in Myoko are also going to be open beyond tomorrow. There's also the ski resorts in Shiga Kogen that are planning to be open into May.

Remember, you can re-live the season (and indeed other seasons) by checking out the archive reports - you can get to those from the links towards the bottom of this page.

Once all of the 'Now' reports from around the regions have finished in early May, we'll be posting a season recap message.

The Madarao Now reports will be back next - in the meantime enjoy exploring SnowJapan!

Thank you for reading.   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Hakuba Now
21st Apr, 8:26
Grandeco Now
21st Apr, 8:18
Nozawa Onsen Now
21st Apr, 8:14am
Niseko Now
21st Apr, 8:12
Yuzawa Now
21st Apr, 7:54
Furano Now
20th Apr, 11:47
Naeba Now
20th Apr, 8:27
Zao Now
20th Apr, 8:11
Geto Kogen Now
20th Apr, 7:31
Shiga Kogen Now
19th Apr, 8:57
Appi Kogen Now
19th Apr, 7:30
Myoko Now
14th Apr, 10:01am
Minakami Now
13th Apr, 11:03am
Madarao Now
01st Apr, 10:32

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