Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 20th March 2016, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Good morning from Grandeco, and it's a bit windy at the moment.

No snow is fall at this moment and no new cm to report - just cloudy with this wind blowing around at times. Hopefully the wind will ease this afternoon but some of the lifts may be operating at slower speeds if and when it's particularly windy.

Temperature have got a bit colder this morning, and the course conditions are a little hard but not icy.

According to the forecast, unfortunately no snow until 24th Thursday with mostly just cloudy conditions until then. It should keep quite cold though so hopefully snow conditions should keep ok.

98% of the courses are open, 4km run from the top to base.

Tomorrow is a national holiday in Japan.

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Lifts operating:

All lifts operating

Courses open:

All courses open except [H] Center 33

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Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco

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Ski resorts around Mt. Bandai are announcing their planned closing dates:

Listel Ski Fantasia - already closed (on 12 March).

Numajiri / Inawashiro resort / Inawashiro and Minero ski resorts - until 21st March

Alts Bandai / Urabandai ski resorts - until 27th March.

After 27th, resorts that remain open in the region will be Grandeco, Nekoma and Minowa.

Nekoma will be closed between 19th-21th and 26th-28 Apr but these resorts all plan to be open until 5th May ---- but whether they can do that or not will totally depend on the snow levels of course, which are less than usual and less than expected. We'll just have to see how things develop over the coming weeks.   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Sunday 20th March 2016, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky appearing
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 125cm
Good morning from here in Niseko.

And after the rain, there's a little bit of snow to report... there's just about enough for me to record 1cm of fresh to the report. I think 9mm deserves a 1cm, ne?

That's nowhere near enough of course to cover up the frozen and 'hard and lumpy' (as the Avalanche report puts it) conditions out there this morning. So take care, it's not soft and fluffy.

As I write this report it's snowing a bit but the sun is actually shining through my window as well and I can see some patches of blue sky. Might it actually clear up? Currently the temperature is hovering just above zero here at base.

The forecast is looking quite interesting though with what looks like the chance of regular light snow over the coming week and temperatures should keep fairly low, if not mid-winter low (but we can't really expect that in the second half of March).

So there is a chance that I will be bringing you some fresh snowfall numbers in the coming days.

Night operations plan to finish tomorrow night so just two more changes.

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Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4, King Number 4, Ace Number 3 and King Number 3 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds and poor visibility.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
The top Hanazono Number 3 lift is on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Village
The Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lifts are on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri
The Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lift are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -3°C, trace new snow. Moiwa 838m: -5°C, E6.6m/s, trace new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -6°C, N15m/s, trace new snow, hard icy snow surface below new snow. Hirafu Ridgeline: -6°C, moderate NE winds, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NE13m/s. Kamui Cape ESE3m/s, 1013hPa, wave 2.0m.

The rain has stopped and a moderate atmospheric pressure gradient is causing strong northerly winds at higher elevations. Weather has improved however expect intermittent flurries and cooler temperatures today. Be careful riding this morning, yesterdays warm wet snow has frozen and is hard and lumpy. There are some snow drifts formed though.
From observation, except for small scale slabs, the risk of surface avalanches is low. However the risk of large scale full depth avalanches is increasing. Avoid riding in the valley bottoms.

Peak gate openings are yet to be decided and are subject to lift operations. Today's snow conditions are difficult judge while riding, so take extra care. The surface is very hard and could hurt if you take a fall. If you can't walk to the gates by yourself, we recommend you stay inbounds. Have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 20th March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 345cm
Base - 125cm

Niseko Village
Top - 340cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 360cm
Base - 140cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Nighta will be open every day until Monday 21st March 2016

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 20th March 2016, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 75cm
Morning from Yuzawa.

It's not a very nice morning. Not here down in town anyway - it's raining. :(

In protest at the naughty weather, that's all I'm going to write about it.

Apart from mention the prospect of a bit of snow (higher up at least) around mid week.

Today is the last day for nighta at Ishiuchi Maruyama; tomorrow is the last nighta for the season at Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai.

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Resort official snow depths (Sunday 20th March 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:

There are now lots of patches of ground on view showing on lower slopes around town. Some more than others. The snow situation means that some courses/areas at resorts are now closed. If you are planning on visiting, I recommended that you check with the individual resorts for their up-to-date details. You can find their websites from the links below.

Note that snow cover is not a problem higher up. There's still a lot of skiing and boarding left.

Resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:

GALA Yuzawa
130cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
90cm

Iwappara
75cm

Joetsu Kokusai
100cm

Kagura
160cm (Mitsumata)
190cm (Tashiro)
220cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen
90-115cm

Maiko Snow Resort
100cm (upper)
15cm (lower)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
100cm

Naeba
120cm

NASPA Ski Garden
60cm

Yuzawa Kogen
110cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
60cm

Yuzawa Park
40cm

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Closing date information (as we have it) - all of course subject to change due to snow conditions!

Ishiuchi Maruyama - daily until Sunday 3rd April
Maiko Snow Resort - daily until Sunday 3rd April and then 9th/10th April
Ishiuchi Hanaoka - until Sunday 27th March (Saturday, Sunday only)
Mt Granview - until Sunday 27th March (Saturday, Sunday only)
Joetsu Kokusai - daily until Sunday 3rd April
Chateau Shiozawa - until Thursday 31st March
Muikamachi Ski Resort - daily until Sunday 3rd April
Muikamachi Hakkaisan - daily until Monday 21st March

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List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City

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Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast
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Furano Now!

Sunday 20th March 2016, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Yesterday the rain did eventuate and hung around for a few hours, but didn't detract many from enjoying themselves on the mountain. Today the temperatures have dipped back to more wintery levels. After yesterdays rain the slopes will be a bit firm and frosty, although the sun is out and may help soften things a bit. The winds were fairly strong earlier in the morning but have reduced and now are only light around the village. There is a thin dusting of snow at village level.

Tomorrow should be similar but there may be cloud cover so we may not get to see the sun. Expect some more light snow between now and then.   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 20th March 2016, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog, blue sky above it all
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Hi from Hakuba.

Yesterday wasn't a particularly appealing day of course with rain falling even high up. Lots of higher and lower cloud hanging around making for some very interesting 'cloud scenery' in places. Though we're not hear for the clouds, right!?

I was over at Hakuba 47 yesterday and they are actually doing pretty well re: snow cover. In fact, cover is pretty complete - no doubt the northerly facing base helps. Other resorts are less fortunate on lower slopes with varying levels of restrictions now due to lack of snow. Good job there's lots of higher terrain available.

This morning it is cloudy, with lots of fog (it would seem higher up) making for very limited visibility in places. Take a step back though here at base and you'll see blue skies up above the thick bank of cloud.

It's a bit more chilly than it has been this morning though temperatures remained over freezing at village level and at 9am currently about 3C. After the rain of yesterday I'd expect conditions to be a hard and icy early on at least. Take care out there.

We are forecast a few days of clearer weather followed by the chance of some snow falling, hopefully perhaps even down to village level, around Wednesday. (Having said that some forecasts show no precipitation at all...)

Tomorrow is a national holiday here in Japan so if it's clearer weather I'm sure people will be making the most of it while the snow lasts.

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6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one

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Resort news as of 8:50am on Sunday 20th March 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
All courses at Hakuba 47 remain open.
The Tree Riding Zone is closed.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 180cm
Base: 70cm

Hakuba Goryu:
All courses open apart from Snow Diving and Adventure.
The Toomi area will be open until 9:30pm tonight for 'nighta'.
Official snow depth
Alps: 240cm
Toomi: 110cm
Iimori: 50cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Happo Banks is open this morning.
The lower Kokusai, Shirakaba North and Central Course areas are closed; other sections of the lower areas are only part available due to insufficient snow.
Upper mountain remains all open.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 155cm
Nakiyama: 35cm
Sakka: 5cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Courses closed: Mt Hieda Ridge, Mt Hieda 2, Mt Hieda 3, Itadaira Ridge, Itadaira Forest, Giant, Snake and Kamoshika.
The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 8pm tonight.
Official snow depth:
Top: 133cm
Base: 70cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All courses are generally open, some restrictions on the forest course.
The top Tsugaike Ropeway is now open for spring season (extra charge required).
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 212cm
Maruyama: 50cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 30cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Insufficient snow means that only limited areas of Village Side remain open - by1, Valley and Paradise remain part open.
Parts of the Mountain Side that are closed - View A, View B, Kamo 4, Dangan, Sonezawa, Five Side.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 90cm
Lower: 20cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Closed courses are Kamoshika, Highway, Snake, Expert, Skyview and lower part of Satomi Ridge.
Official snow depth:
65cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Sanosaka is now part open.
Official snow depth:
35cm   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Sunday 20th March 2016, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Lots of cloud and fog around early on this morning but it seems to be clearing up. Keeping relatively cold too (colder than we thought).

It's the Madarao Speed Challenge event this morning as well. Good luck to everyone taking part.

Bad weather - rain - last night meant that the fireworks at Madarao Kogen were cancelled, but they have been re-scheduled to tonight (after nighta).

Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Thursday 31st March so there's only 11 more days left after today.
Tangram Ski Circus plans to be open a little longer, until Sunday 3rd April.
Where has the season gone?

The forecast is curious. Are we going to get snowed on in the second half of the coming week? Would be a good way to end the season for sure...

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Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Madarao Kogen

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Madarao Kogen lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tangram Ski Circus lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tree Run Courses open at Madarao Kogen:

Open   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 20th March 2016, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 30cm
Morning from Nozawa.

Very limited visibility up top early this morning. Some wet conditions yesterday in the end and it looks like a bit of rain (could it be snowing) on the webcam up there as well, though we're ok down here at base... generally cloudy conditions on the local forecast today with a high of around 5 degrees at village level so not overly warm.

The Skyline course has been closed now and along with it Kamoshika and Tanuki.

The forecast is interesting. From Wednesday some forecasts are showing the chance of snowfall at times through the end of the week. Sometimes we do get a "last snowfall" and sometimes it is even quite impressive for the time of the year. Let's hope we get one of them!

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From Monday 21st March until Friday 25th March, the Yamabiko B Course will be closed to the general public as it is going to be used for a competition event.

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Official info at time of writing on Sunday 20th March 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 120cm
Uenotaira: 55cm
Hikage: 30cm
Nagasaka: 15cm
Karasawa: 10cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 0cm
Uenotaira: 0cm
Hikage: 0cm
Nagasaka: 0cm
Karasawa: 0cm

The following courses are closed:

Skyline
Paradise connection
Schneider
Utopia Course 2
Kurokura
Ushikubi
Grand Prix
Jumping
Hachiman
Mukoubayashi
Kandahar West
Kandahar East
Kamoshika
Tanuki
Usagi

Lifts planned to be rested today:

Kandahar pair
Hikage Number 2 pair A line
Karasawa pair

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Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Sunday 20th March 2016, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Still a lot of fog, but some bright moments
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 145cm
Kind of a nasty start to the day today, with pea-soup fog and rain.

It's getting a little colder now, and the rain has at least turned to small hail (should we call that snow?), and the sun is even trying to come out.

One of the area webcams also showed blue skies higher up, so it might be that we have unkai, the sea of clouds, higher up. That happens miserable at base, sunny, clouds stretching out in all directions below and usually great views of the mountains in every direction. Ya just never know.

Looks like it will in fact turn to a little bit of snow as the freezing level comes down, so perhaps even a better Monday to end up this three-day holiday weekend.

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Akakura Kanko:
0° / 145cm

Akakura Onsen:
0° / 135cm

Ikenotaira Onsen:
0° / 90cm

Myoko Suginohara:
-3° (top) / 70cm

Seki Onsen:
-2° / 250cm

Myoko Ski Park:
4° / 100cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
3° / 150cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
2° / 80cm

Madarao Kogen:
1° / 80cm
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Zao Now!

Sunday 20th March 2016, 9:50am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 115cm
Some quite strong winds and white-out conditions yesterday, but it's much calmer this morning with hardly any wind.

Currently +3C and no new snow to report. Cloudy and decent visibility.

Bits of snow here and there on the forecast over the coming week, though it's best to think of any as a complete bonus at this stage of the season.

For those of you coming by car, you might be interested and happy to hear that car parking from Tuesday (22nd) will be free.

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Information as of Sunday 20th March 2016 (subject to change)

All lifts open for the weekend

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 70cm
Chuo: 115cm
Paradise: 90cm
Uwanodai: 40cm

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From 21st March (Monday), 'spring season' lift tickets will be available:

4 hours - 3500 yen (500 yen cheaper than main season)
5 hours - 3700 yen (800 yen cheaper than main season)
1 day adult - 4100 yen (900 yen cheaper than main season)
1 day senior - 3800 yen (600 yen cheaper than main season)

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Sunday 20th March 2016, 9:52am
Weather conditions: Today's pretty overcast at a slightly higher level than the base area.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Good morning from Naeba every one.

Well yesterday the rain came as was predicted, and whilst it did have some derogatory effect, it was no where near as bad as expected or predicted.

At the moment there's a kind of sleety snowy rain falling lightly. Unfortunately temperatures are going to be a little high during the day for this to turn into any meaningful type of snow.

Conditions on the hill are currently definitely still ride-able despite the low snow, however caution should be exercised as there are some grassy patches beginning to appear in places.

Looking on we're supposed to get light snow every day for the next week until Friday with some potential rain also mixed in on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Naeba 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 20th March 2016, 9:58am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

A dusting of light snow this morning (though not enough to award 1cm to the reports!)

Nice and chilly too. And it is snowing as I write this report here in Maruike area. Not building up into new depth but snowing all the same. What's most interesting is the snow that is forecast for around Wednesday - good potential there - and through into Friday. It would make for a really nice weekend next week if it happens.

Let's see!

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Spring season dates for Shiga Kogen resort areas (subject to change):

Sun Valley
Both Sun Valley lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Maruike
The Number 1 triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Number 2 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March.

Hasuike
The triple lift and ropetow plan to be operating until Sunday 27th March.

Giant
The pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Higashitateyama
The Gondola plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Bunadaira
The Hoppo quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Bunadaira quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March (* closed on 22nd and 23rd March).

Takamagahara Mammoth
The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 11th April until 28th April).
The triple lift plans to be operating until Thursday 31st March.
The pair lift plans to be operating until Thursday 31st March (* Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only in March).

Nishitateyama
The Nishitateyama lifts plan to be operating until Thursday 31st March.

Tannenomori Okojo
The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.

Ichinose Family
The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Ichinose Number 2 pair A lift plans to be operating until Thursday 31st March.
The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Ichinose Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March (* closed Tuesdays).

Terakoya
The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 4th April until 28th April).

Ichinose Diamond
The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 4th April until 28th April).
The Ichinose Diamond triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March (* Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).

Ichinose Yamanokami
The Ichinose Yamanokami plans to be open until late March, depending on snow conditions.

Yakebitaiyama
Currently details are unconfirmed.

Okushiga Kogen
The Okushiga Kogen Number 1 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3 and 4 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Okushiga Kogen Number 6 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 24th April.
The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.

Kumanoyu
The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April; and then on 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th April and from 29th April until 8th May.

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge
The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May (and perhaps beyond depending on snow conditions).
The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Thursday 5th May.
The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (and perhaps beyond depending on snow conditions).

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6 day snow and weather forecasts:

Ichinose Family 6-day snow and weather forecast
Okushiga Kogen 6-day snow and weather forecast
Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 20th March 2016, 10:12am
Weather conditions: Sunny, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Good morning from sunny Appi.

Another sunny day here at Appi with the temperatures dipping to the below freezing mark and variable winds. Just a great day to hit the slopes if you can deal with the weekend crowds and fairly sloppy conditions on the mountain today.

The forecast has been changing rapidly and for the better though. We may be looking at a whole week of freezing temperatures coupled with maybe, just maybe, a few centimetres of snow. Partly cloudy skies the next few days with temperatures falling even lower than they are now perhaps to -6. The winds may pick up in the next few days but nothing too remarkable.

As far as the runs go expect Spring like conditions on the runs. Icy at the top turning to slush at the bottom. Not perfect but better than no slush at all right?

Sunscreen check and hit the slopes. Every day that goes by is another day closer to closing. Make good use of what we have.

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Currently planned operating lifts:

- Appi Gondola
- Central Number 1 quad
- Number 2 lift A
- T Bar
- Number 3 lift B
- Number 3 lift C
- Number 4 lift
- Sailer Gondola
- Sailer Quad
- Vista quad

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6 day forecast for Appi Kogen:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Appi Kogen   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Sunday 20th March 2016, 12:10pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy, light snow at the top, light sleet at the base
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Crisp, cool weather up in the mountains this morning.

We have seen a little light rain but not enough to do any harm and the snow pack is holding its depth for now. Also got some snow falling up high but not enough to be significant.

The forecast is for clear, cold weather tomorrow, a little snow Tuesday and then what looks like a dump on Wednesday. Cold weather and a little snow on Thursday and Friday too so potentially some good riding later in the week.

As an aside, was over at Hodaigi this morning and the resort is humming with plenty of people and still enough snow to run most of the lifts.

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Resorts in Minakami:

Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Oana
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
White Valley

The following resorts are now closed for the season:
- Oana
- Akazawa
- White Valley
- Okutone Snow Park

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Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast
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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Furano Now
16th Dec, 8:00
Geto Kogen Now
16th Dec, 7:45
Myoko Now
16th Dec, 6:58
Naeba Now
15th Dec, 11:06am
Shiga Kogen Now
15th Dec, 8:56
Grandeco Now
15th Dec, 8:54
Appi Kogen Now
15th Dec, 8:47
Zao Now
15th Dec, 8:44
Hakuba Now
15th Dec, 8:36
Niseko Now
15th Dec, 8:35am
Nozawa Onsen Now
15th Dec, 7:55
Yuzawa Now
15th Dec, 7:27
Madarao Now
14th Dec, 9:25
Minakami Now
14th Dec, 8:34

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