Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 28th March 2017

Kiroro Now!

Tuesday 21st March 2017, 7:25am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Kiroro.

Today starts warm and cloudy. The base area temperature is 2c, so there will be minmal refreeze at lower elevations. Strong southerly winds today will keep the temperature high, the freezing level is expected to reach 1200m.

The expected weather system is yet to arrive (not a bad thing given the high temperature, the snowfall is now expected from this evening. This snow will initially come in wet and heavy before temperatures cool tomorrow.   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Tuesday 21st March 2017, 7:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

It's cloudy for now, and mild - but is it going to rain here today? And is it going to snow higher up, and later on down here? The forecasts are a bit shy so let's see what happens.

A few more lifts are now closed for the season from this morning, though terrain open remains unchanged. There will very probably be less people from now on as the idea of "spring" sets in and more people go about other spring things.

Cheaper lift tickets as well from today with a one day lift ticket going down from 5,000 yen to 4,100 yen.

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Lift info:

Closed for the season:
- Paradise Number 3 pair
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Zao Kokutai pair
- Ryuzen pair
- Karamatsu pair

Course info:
Closed for the season:
- Kotan

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Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself):
Summit - 150cm
Paradise - 240cm
Chuo - 240cm
Utopia - 190cm
Uwanodai - 130cm
Yokokura - 130cm   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 21st March 2017, 8:04am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning.

Yesterday it really warmed up and it was really hazy too - is hazy the word even?! Bright and sunny but... very hazy. I was driving on Route 17 by Ishiuchi in the afternoon and the temperature readout by the side of the road said 13C.

Cloud cover this morning and there's no sun. It's not going to be as warm today and the forecast for down in town currently is cloud, some rain at times in the day and snow tonight and into tomorrow.

There have been a few spots of rain this morning though it seems the upper parts of Kagura have seeing some snow falling - there's no new cm to report though.

Let's see how the day goes on and hope that it gets cold enough for the snow. It would be great to see a fresh layer on the ground.

Just the Kandatsu Kogen and Naeba resorts are now offering nighta floodlit skiing - info below.

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Official snow depth information as of Tuesday 21st March 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 360cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 220cm

Iwappara
Official snow depth: 155cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 230cm

Kagura
Official snow depth: Kagura - 380cm; Mitsumata - 330cm; Tashiro - 350cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 280cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth: Upper - 275cm; Base - 110cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 280cm

Naeba
Official snow depth: 240cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 200cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth: Top - 240cm; Base - 140cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 170cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 135cm

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Planned 'Nighta' operations (floodlit night skiing)

** Subject to change due to snow and weather conditions

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night' from 6pm-4am) is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nighta before holidays from 7th April until 22nd April

Naeba
Daily until 26th March 2017

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Planned season closing dates

** This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions. We will be checking and updating these dates as more information becomes available.

Sunday 26th March:
- Muikamachi Hakkai-san

Sunday 2nd April:
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Yuzawa Nakazato
- Yuzawa Park

Sunday 9th April:
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Maiko Snow Resort
- NASPA Ski Garden

Sunday 7th May:
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro)
- Kandatsu Kogen
- Naeba (daily until 2nd April; weekends only 3rd-28th April; daily from 29th April)

Sunday 28th May:
- Kagura area (via Mitsumata)   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 21st March 2017, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Overcast skies this morning and according to weather forecast there should be snow falling from this afternoon and overnight tonight.

Snow condition are not icy but a bit wet - spring time!

Come on, fresh snow!

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Snow Park Information:

[Dekodaira E park]
2 way 10m kicker, 7m table top and 10m kicker

[Deokoboko park]
6m wide box, 6m down box, 5m table top, 6m straight rail, 6m straight box, 6m carve box, 6m arch box, volcano, volcano, 3m table top and 5m table top

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Lifts operating:

Lifts Operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 4 quad lift

Courses open:

All courses now open

Official snow depth:
300cm

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: dry
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: wet, no snow   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 21st March 2017, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everyone.

Last night I was out for my traditional 'last nighta'. Didn't last long, but it had to be done. It's going to be kind of lonely not seeing all those floodlights on in an evening now. The last lifts will now be open until 4:30pm.

On to this morning, and... where's the sun!? After a run of fine and sunny weather, the sun has decided to take a well-earned rest this morning - it's overcast skies and mild conditions this morning, and it's going to warm up. The local forecast says it will rise to around +7C in Kutchan this afternoon.

But I know you want the more exciting news, don't you? Me too.

Well, it is going to get colder tonight and there is (light) snow dotted across the forecast over the following few days. Hardly any; or a nice surprise? I'll keep you updated!

Fingers crossed everyone.

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The sun is taking a well-earned rest this morning, and so from today are a few lifts around the mountain as we head into the last section of the season. These rested lifts don't affect the terrain that is open but worth noting. Here are the lifts that I believe are resting from today:

Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Number 1, King Number 1, Ace Number 4
Niseko Village - Morino Chair
Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 3

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
A few lifts are now closed for the season but all resort areas remain open as normal

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Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 21st March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 320cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 300cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 295cm
Base - 140cm

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Planned closing dates
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May
Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April
Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April (and then from 28th April until 7th May)
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 21st March 2017, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It's a mix of rain and sleet at base areas early this morning though snow is falling as you get higher up.

Hopefully temperatures will remain low and we'll get some snow down to base today. Different forecasts seem to be predicting rather different scenarios for the next few days - rain? snow? heavy snow overnight? Not sure what to say other than we'll just have to wait and see what nature delivers.

It would be fantastic if we could get another layer of fresh out there.

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The national holiday is gone and we're back to a normal weekday. We are also into the last chunk of the season now and starting to see a few lifts getting rested here and there as well as some cheaper lift ticket prices. It's good to see that in terms of snow cover, there are no forced early closings. I will be updating details on 'what's open and what's not open' when we get to that stage!

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Resort news as of 8:35am on Tuesday 21st March 2017:

All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Upper: 320cm
Base: 155cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 1cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 290cm
Toomi: 145cm
Iimori: 95cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 1cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 240cm
Kurobishi: 300cm
Lower: 100cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
The Tsugaike Ropeway is now operating for the spring season.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 350cm
Han-no-ki: 345cm
Maruyama: 135cm
Oya-no-hara: 125cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 120cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 345cm
Base: 210cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 230cm
Base: 120cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 145cm

Kashimayari:
Official snow depth:
Top: 140cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
Top: 105cm

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Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:

Hakuba Goryu:
Planned to be open daily until 31st March (6pm until 9:30pm)

Hakuba Happo-one:
Planned to be open daily until 25th March (until 9pm on the Nakiyama area)   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 21st March 2017, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

After a busy long weekend, it's back to a normal weekday and we will likely see the number of people visiting be less from now.

It's a tale of different conditions base to top this morning - light rain here at base, and light snow up top.

There's even 1-5cm of fresh snow being reported by the top parts of the resort this morning.

This time last year a fair few courses were closed by now and the official snow depth at Yamabiko was just 130cm. That it is 385cm as of today just shows how different the situation is this year - and probably just goes to show more than anything how 'not normal' last season really was. I'll look back at numbers in more details to be posted in my last report of the season in early May.

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Nozawa Onsen plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May

Remaining nighta: one more time, on Saturday 25th March

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Tuesday 21st March 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 5cm
- Uenotaira: 1cm
- Hikage: 0cm
- Nagasaka: 0cm
- Karasawa: 0cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 385cm
- Uenotaira: 280cm
- Hikage: 145cm
- Nagasaka: 140cm
- Karasawa: 95cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating except:
- Yunomine pair (usually closed on weekdays)
- Mizunashi triple (usually closed on weekdays)
- Challenge pair (usually closed on weekdays)
- Utopia pair (usually closed on weekdays)

Courses not open today are:
- Grand Prix
- Hachiman
- Kandahar East
- Kamoshika   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 21st March 2017, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud and...
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Naeba.

The resort is reporting 5cm of fresh up top this morning which is great to see.

It's a relatively mild morning but we're hoping for things to get colder over the next few days again and perhaps some new snow down to base too.

Bring it on!

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Here's how the rest of the season is planned for Naeba:

- open daily until Sunday 2nd April;
- open on weekends and holidays between Saturday 8th April until Sunday 23rd April;
- open daily from Saturday 29th April until Sunday 7th May

Nighta will continue daily until Sunday 26th March.
   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 21st March 2017, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with...
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

I'm afraid it's a mild morning and raining lightly, though seems to be snowing at the top of the mountain.

Snow down to base later on and overnight, allowing me to report fresh cm in my report tomorrow? Yes please!

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Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April.
13 days to go!

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Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):

- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3A lift
- Number 5 lift
- Super quad lift
- Number 11 lift
- Number 12 lift
- Number 13 lift
- Number 15 lift
- Moving walkway
- Kids Park
- Free Ride Park

- Powder Wave I
- Powder Wave II
- River Line
- Powder Theater
- Adventure Aisle
- Crystal Bowl
- Ninja
- Sawa
- Rabbit
- Kamoshika
- Bear

- Remaining nighta at Madarao Kogen - today and Saturday 25th March.

Official snow depth:

- 250cm   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 21st March 2017, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Overcast, rain down low, snow up high
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Skies cleared yesterday from mid-morning but at the base this morning we have rain and its forecast to continue all day. Up top they are getting snow but its only accumulated 3cm according to the staff at Tenjin so likely rather moist stuff at this point. Temps up top are currently above zero but that is set to change and looks like a lot of snow coming in this evening through Friday with good weather forecast for Saturday. Will need to give things a thorough testing before the weekend.

Crank up the furnace, fuel up the blower and may the Pow be with you.

Lift passes at Hodaigi are being sold at a discount from today and there is still plenty of snow over there but not sure if they see much of this storm or not.

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Fresh snowfall:

0cm Tenjin
0cm Hodaigi
0cm Okutone

Temps at 9am

Official snow depth:

430cm Tenjin
250cm Hodaigi
210cm Okutone

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Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):

Akasawa
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Norn Minakami
Oh-ana
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawa Tenjindaira
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley

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*** Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available.   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 21st March 2017, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Clouds
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Light wet snow falling at the moment this morning with cloudy skies and decent visibility.

Hoping that it will get colder today and there'll be more snow to report tomorrow morning - it's there on the forecast.

Now that the long weekend is over, things will be getting that bit quieter now with lots of people getting busy with other spring-like things - graduations, changing work, sakura, etc. The less dedicated ones, of course. Lots of the more dedicated will still be coming here come May.

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Later on today I will add "planned closing season dates" to this report and keep that up in each report from now on. (Update: added!)

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Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish (and don't move much!)

Giant
250cm

Higashitateyama
260cm

Ichinose Family
260cm

Ichinose Diamond
260cm

Kumanoyu
340cm

Maruike
220cm

Nishitateyama
260cm

Okushiga Kogen
290cm

Sun Valley
220cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
260cm

Terakoya
260cm

Yakebitaiyama
280cm

Yokoteyama
300cm

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Spring season dates for Shiga Kogen resort areas:

Planned closing dates...it's complicated!
We surely have enough snow this season for resorts to be open as long as planned.
Below are the dates that I have found for each of the resort areas of Shiga Kogen.
Please note that from 8th May, joint Shiga Kogen lift tickets are not valid - individual tickets from the individual areas will be required.

Sun Valley
Both Sun Valley lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Maruike
The Number 1 triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
The Number 2 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 26th March

Hasuike
The triple lift and ropetow plan to be operating until Sunday 26th March (ropetow weekends only)

Giant
The pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Higashitateyama
The Gondola plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Bunadaira
The Hoppo quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Takamagahara Mammoth
The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April).
The triple lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March.
The pair lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March (* Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only)

Nishitateyama
The Nishitateyama lifts plan to be operating until Friday 31st March

Tannenomori Okojo
The quad lift plans to be operating daily until Sunday 2nd April and then on 8th/9th April and from 29th April until 7th May

Ichinose Family
The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Ichinose Number 2 pair A lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March
The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Ichinose Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 26th March (* closed Tuesdays)

Terakoya
The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 3rd April until 28th April).

Ichinose Diamond
The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April)
The Ichinose Diamond triple lift plans to be operating on 25th March

Yakebitaiyama
The Gondolas and Number 2 lift plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Okushiga Kogen
The Okushiga Kogen Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating on 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and between 29th April and 7th May
The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3, and 6 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May

Kumanoyu
The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 14th May
The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April; and then on 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and from 29th April until 7th May

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge
The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until late May
The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (may be closed on certain days)
The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until late May   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 21st March 2017, 9:53am
Weather conditions: Raining and gray
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Rain, rain.... another cycle of warming weather and a freezing line moving up the mountain has moved in; the optimists around here think it's snowing up high, and it looks like there could be a pretty good fall up higher on the hill through the afternoon and into the evening.

Snow is forecast through the week, in fact. As I have said before, every extra bit is nice for the coming spring skiing (although it can be pretty awful, especially out in the backcountry, until that snow settles).

I did see several loose snow avalanches on steep slopes yesterday, so do be careful next time it warms up and the sun comes out. They're snow and heavy and can still hurt you!

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Akakura Kanko:
350cm, 1°

Akakura Onsen:
355cm, 2°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
230cm, 4°

Myoko Suginohara:
240cm, 1°

Seki Onsen:
500cm, 0°

Myoko Ski Park:
280cm, 5°

Kyukamura RunRun:
280cm, 5°

Tangram Ski Circus:
220cm, 3°

Madarao Kogen:
270cm, 2°
   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 21st March 2017, 11:13am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Cloudy skies currently and a rather balmy 3 degrees with very light winds. The dreaded four letter word is in the forecast for this afternoon. Yes it may rain! We’re hoping it doesn’t arrive before the temperatures start dropping this afternoon. If we’re lucky enough the falling temperatures may bring us a fair amount of snow this afternoon and into this evening.

Fortunately the temperatures are supposed to stay in the negative area for the rest of the week and into the weekend with an occasional snow flurry. Things are warming up as April approaches but we’ve still got a great base to make sure everyone heading out can take full advantage of the mountain. All runs remain open and are in good shape. The long holiday weekend is over so you can also expect a relatively quite mountain to play on too. Given the warm temperatures at the base you can probably be assured of some slushy conditions but that's to be anticipated.

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Planned operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):

Appi Gondola
Central quad
Central number 2
Central number 3b
Central number 4
Central number 5
Central number 6
Sailer Gondola
Sailer quad
Vista quad
Nishimori

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Official snow depth:

210cm

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Appi plans to be opening until Sunday 7th May this season   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Tuesday 21st March 2017, 12:51pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is an overcast day with a light wind blowing which is making things feel a bit on the cool side. Slope condition is soft spring snow over the entire mountain. Night skiing on the Furano side is now limited to the Prince Romance lift...so unless you are a beginner it is best to head to the Kitanomine side for some night skiing on the Kitanomine quad chair.

   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Myoko Now
28th Mar, 12:17pm
Zao Now
28th Mar, 9:58
Madarao Now
28th Mar, 9:16
Furano Now
28th Mar, 9:00
Shiga Kogen Now
28th Mar, 9:00
Yuzawa Now
28th Mar, 8:59am
Nozawa Onsen Now
28th Mar, 8:47
Grandeco Now
28th Mar, 8:44
Hakuba Now
28th Mar, 8:43
Niseko Now
28th Mar, 8:29
Naeba Now
28th Mar, 7:47
Kiroro Now
28th Mar, 7:37
Minakami Now
27th Mar, 12:10
Appi Kogen Now
27th Mar, 9:45

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