Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 24th April 2017

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 21st April 2017, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It's a mix of cloud and blue sky this morning and feels fairly calm. I would expect all of the ski resorts that are planning on being open to be opening up as per plans.

Tomorrow the forecast is for similar conditions.

Interestingly it isn't getting as warm as it was last week. Nice comfortable fresh spring weather.

Tomorrow is of course Saturday and that means that the Naeba resort is planning to be open once again - for tomorrow and Sunday. The snow still seems to be holding out pretty good down there...

Meanwhile down around town areas flowers are starting to appear and some trees getting into the action as well. It's going to be 'hanami' soon! (Hopefully hayfever will be gone too).

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Resort information as of Friday 21st April 2017

Subject to change depending on snow and weather conditions.

GALA Yuzawa
GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
All of the Central Area courses and part of the North Area currently remain open.
The sledding area is also open.
The Falcon downhill course is now closed - use the Gondola to get back down to base.
Official snow depth: 210cm

Kagura
The Tashiro Area of Kagura plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
The Kagura Area (via Mitsumata Ropeway) plans to be open until Sunday 28th May.

Almost all Kagura courses remain open.
Closed courses according to official website are the Gondola East Course (at Tashiro) and the downhill course (back to Mitsumata car park).
Official snow depth: Kagura - 300cm; Mitsumata - 240cm; Tashiro - 270cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Kandatsu Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Most courses at Kandatsu Kogen remain open.
Last nighta at Kandatsu tonight and tomorrow.
Official snow depth: 160cm

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Naeba
Naeba is closed today but plans to open up again at the weekend (and then from 29th April until 7th May).

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All other ski and snowboard resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region are now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Friday 21st April 2017, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning to you all and it is a fine morning here.

The sun is out, there are blue skies as well as some cloud. A nice spring morning and keeping on the cold side for the moment - which is good for the remaining snow.

I imagine all of the scheduled lifts should be moving this morning.

There's just over two weeks to go now.

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Individual resort information: Friday 21st April 2017:
Planned openings. This info subject to change due to snow and weather conditions - any closings due to weather will be mentioned in the main report above.

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
You need to get the Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift back down to base.

Official snow depth:
Top - 245cm
Base - 20cm

Courses that remain open (checked daily with each report):
Detour for beginners
Shirakaba
Center
Large
Rinkan
Jumbo
Dynamic

Planned operating lifts:
Ace Number 2 Center Four (8:30am until 4:30pm)
King Number 3 (8:40am until 4:30pm)
King Number 4 (8:50am until 4:30pm)
Gondola (8:30am until 4:30pm) - on weekends and national holidays only

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Niseko Annupuri
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.

Official snow depth:
Top - 190cm
Base - 15cm

Planned operating lifts:
Annupuri Gondola
Jumbo Number 1
Jumbo Number 4

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort has closed for the season.
Niseko Village is currently closed but plans to part re-open from 28th April until 7th May.
Night time floodlit operations have finished for the season.   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 21st April 2017, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning everyone.

It feels similar to yesterday this morning... cloud and blue sky mix.

Today and tomorrow don't look like they are going to warm up too much either.

Not much more to say really this morning. Lifts appear to be starting up as planned.

I think I'm going to get up to Yamabiko this morning for some turns. Maybe see some of you.

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Friday 21st April 2017

Below is official info that the resort is publishing at the time of the report.

Fresh snow reported by resort:
- Yamabiko: 0cm
- Uenotaira: 0cm
- Hikage: 0cm
- Nagasaka: 0cm
- Karasawa: 0cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 250cm
- Uenotaira: 170cm
- Hikage: 35cm
- Nagasaka: -cm
- Karasawa: -cm

Lifts that are operating today:
- Nagasaka Gondola
- Yamabiko Four
- Yamabiko Number 2 Four

Courses that are open today:
- Yamabiko A
- Yamabiko B
- Yamabiko C
- Yamabiko D
- Yamabiko E
- Kokenashi
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Bunabayashi
- Rinkan
- Challenge

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Planned lift operations for the rest of the season:

Nagasaka Gondola - 8:10am until 3:30pm
Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift - 8:25am until 3:15pm
Yamabiko Four lift - 8:30am until 3:40pm
Uenotaira Four lift - 8:30am until 3:40pm (*** only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week)
Paradise Four lift - 8:25am until 3:50pm (*** only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week)   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Friday 21st April 2017, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, dull
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Cloudy for most of the day yesterday with a few spots of rain, but how about that fresh snow yesterday?!

This morning there's lots of cloud around - mix of white and grey cloud so something of a dull feel to the early morning. Perhaps there will be some sunshine today though.

Snow is melting away from lower areas rather quickly now though snow cover higher up is still excellent.

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Resort information as of 8:30am on Friday 21st April 2017:

** Below are the planned operations for each of the ski resorts that remain open. Any news for the day will be mentioned in the above report. **

Hakuba 47:
All of the courses are Hakuba 47 remains open.
Tree Riding Zone gates are now closed for the season.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 190cm
Base: 75cm
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Planned operating lifts:
All lifts plan to be operating
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Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Hakuba Goryu:
Upper areas remain open.
The lower Toomi course is now used just to get back down to base.
The Iimori area of the resort is closed.
Official snow depth:
Alps: 215cm
Toomi: 75cm
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Planned operating lifts:
Gondola
Alps Number 1 pair lift
Alps Number 3 pair lift
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Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Hakuba Happo-one:
Upper areas that remain open: Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama and Skyline.
All base areas are now closed - use the Gondola and Sakka Kita-one lifts to get up to the open areas and back down to base.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 105cm
Kurobishi: 165cm
Nakiyama: -cm
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Planned operating lifts:
Gondola
Alpen quad lift
Grat quad lift
Panorama pair lift
Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair lift
Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
Kurobishi Number 3 pair lift
Skyline Number 2 pair lift
Sakka Kitaone quad
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Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuga-no-mori, Han-no-ki, Maruyama and Oya-no-hara areas remain open with top to bottom courses available.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 255cm
Han-no-ki: 250cm
Oya-no-hara: 30cm
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Planned operating lifts:
Tsugaike Ropeway
Gondola
Tsuga Number 2 pair lift
Han-no-ki high speed pair lift
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Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

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All other ski and snowboard resorts in the area are now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Friday 21st April 2017, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

There was no snowfall last night like the day before yesterday. Still, the snow on the course is very bright white fresh snow.
We were very lucky to get new snow in spring and it seems Grandeco can continue the ski season until 7 May without any problems.

The golden week holiday period - 29th April until 7th May - will be crowded with many skiers.

Minowa decided to end their winter season on 23 April.

After 24th April, Nekoma and Grandeco will be the only remaining open ski resort in the region.

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The third photo today is of some monkeys spotted from the upper courses of the resort yesterday.

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Lifts information:

- Gondola
- Number 3 quad lift

Courses open:

90% courses remain open
Lavender A and Mint B are closed
The Snow Parks are now closed

Official snow depth:
210cm

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Dry   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Friday 21st April 2017, 10:40am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, but the sun is peeking out
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A nicer day ahead as we're getting ready for the weekend.

Warm and pretty much sunny, although we still have a lot of clouds out there. Probably no rain today, although the wet stuff is likely tomorrow.

A lot nicer Sunday and into next week. Still lots of snow out there; everything looks OK for things to stay open (and be pretty fun) through Golden Week.

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Akakura Kanko:
Planned closing date: Sunday 7 May
210cm, 8°

Akakura Onsen:
Planned closing date: Sunday 9 April
285cm, 9°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
Closed

Myoko Suginohara:
Closed

Seki Onsen:
Planned closing date: Sunday 7 May
400cm, 00° (it says, but that's not true....)

Myoko Ski Park:
Closed

Kyukamura RunRun:
Closed

Tangram Ski Circus:
Closed

Madarao Kogen:
Closed



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Zao Now!

Friday 21st April 2017, 11:04am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

A cloudy morning here and mild conditions.

Snow melt continues here with things getting thinner on the ground and officially less than 1m at all points on the mountain. With just over 2 weeks to go until the end of Golden Week, will the ski runs be able to remain open? They're still planning on it, even if things will be rather limited. Let's see how the weather goes over the next week or so...

The Zao Echo Line road opens today, connecting us here in Yamagata with our friends over in Miyagi Prefecture and allowing folk to visit Zao from the east.

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Zao Onsen plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.

Next report due after the weekend.

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Official snow depths (as published by the resort):
Summit - 80cm
Paradise - 90cm
Chuo - 90cm
Utopia - 90cm
Uwanodai - 50cm
Yokokura - 30cm

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Planned closing dates for lifts at Zao Onsen - subject to change due to snow conditions:

Operating until Sunday 7th May:
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Chuo Number 2 pair AB (** only on holidays **)
- Utopia Number 2 pair

Open all year (* for sightseeing):
- Sky Cable
- Chuo Ropeway
- Zao Ropeway

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All other ski lifts at Zao Onsen are now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Myoko Now
24th Apr, 12:39pm
Nozawa Onsen Now
24th Apr, 9:05
Shiga Kogen Now
24th Apr, 9:04
Hakuba Now
24th Apr, 8:55
Grandeco Now
24th Apr, 8:42
Niseko Now
24th Apr, 8:31
Yuzawa Now
24th Apr, 8:13
Zao Now
24th Apr, 8:08
Furano Now
23rd Apr, 8:53
Kiroro Now
23rd Apr, 8:44am
Appi Kogen Now
22nd Apr, 9:35
Minakami Now
15th Apr, 9:15
Naeba Now
09th Apr, 9:58am
Madarao Now
02nd Apr, 8:01

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