Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017

Kiroro Now!

Sunday 23rd April 2017, 6:49am
Weather conditions: Clouds at higher elevations that will clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A cloudy start to the day that will clear through the morning with increased sunshine.

Kiroro had some light rain overnight, with 2cm of new snow reported at the peak.   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 23rd April 2017, 8:09am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Quite a lot of cloud hanging around for the day yesterday with a bit of sunshine for short periods later in the afternoon... but it actually felt rather chilly outside. I had to get my jacket out again and that was just in my own garden not up on the mountains!

This morning there is a lot of cloud again and a bit of blue sky. Looks like there was a bit of rain overnight but it is not raining now, and clearer conditions are still forecast for the day.

It's not going to warm up again today... tomorrow should see a return to more seasonable temperatures.

Kagura, GALA Yuzawa, Kandatsu Kogen and Naeba resorts are all at least part open today. Naeba will be closed from tomorrow again before opening up for Golden Week, starting next Saturday.

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Resort information as of Sunday 23rd 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: 190cm

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 - 290cm; Mitsumata - 220cm; Tashiro - 250cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Kandatsu Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Most courses at Kandatsu Kogen remain open.
Nighta has now finished.
Official snow depth: 150cm

Naeba
Naeba plans to be open today and then from 29th April until 7th May.
The Prince Number 2 Gondola and Takenokodaira Romance lift are open.
There's still a narrow course open back down to base.
Official snow depth: 160cm

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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!

Sunday 23rd April 2017, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky (increasingly?)
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning everyone.

While there's still a lot of cloud around at the time of writing, there is some blue sky and more of that along with sunshine is forecast for the day today. And still keeping relatively cold too.

Tomorrow there's more clear weather on the forecast and it would seem that we can also expect slightly warmer temperatures as well.

There's not much else to report this morning really. Have a fine day, wherever you may be.

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Individual resort information: Sunday 23rd 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 - 240cm
Base - 10cm

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.
You can still ski or board back down to base.

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

Courses that remain open (checked daily with each report):
Champion
Shirakaba
Panorama
Utopia
Paradise
'S' Ji
Silver
Family
Junior

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 29th April until 7th May.
Night time floodlit operations have finished for the season.   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 23rd April 2017, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It was pretty cold outside yesterday!

Visibility improved by mid to late morning over at 47/Goryu, though it was variable on the upper slopes of Happo-one - creating some impressive and mysterious scenery at times. And like I said... cold. It certainly didn't feel like the late part of April.

Lots of cloud this morning but blue sky on show in places too and the sun currently shining through my window. Fine sunny weather is forecast.

Over the next few days we can expect things to get a little warmer too - though it doesn't look like there's a crazy heat up due yet.

Resorts open as planned. Enjoy the day!

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Resort information as of 8:35am on Sunday 23rd 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: 185cm
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 and increasingly narrow Toomi course is now used just to get back down to base.
The Iimori area of the resort is closed.
Official snow depth:
Alps: 205cm
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: 100cm
Kurobishi: 155cm
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 part of Oya-no-hara areas remain open.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 245cm
Han-no-ki: 235cm
Oya-no-hara: 25cm
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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 ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 23rd April 2017, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Nozawa.

The big news at the time of writing (just before 9am) is that there seems to be some kind of safety checks going on at the Nagasaka Gondola and therefore the Gondola is not moving yet. Hopefully they'll get that sorted quickly, but best to check with them if you are on your way out this morning.

Lots of cloudy still around and limited visibility on the top slopes -- they actually seem to be reporting snow falling up there (though no new cm), and there has been a few spots of rain down here too -- but fine weather is actually on the forecast for today. So a fast clear-up, perhaps?

The relatively cold conditions are definitely continuing for the moment though.

Tomorrow should be warmer.

We usually see things heating up for the Golden Week holidays - next week - so it'll be interesting if we see that happen this year too. It felt unseasonably cold yesterday, that's for sure!

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Sunday 23rd April 2017

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 240cm
- Uenotaira: 150cm
- Hikage: 35cm
- Nagasaka: -cm
- Karasawa: -cm

Planned operations - see above report for any disruptions to the plans!

Planned lift operations:
- Nagasaka Gondola
- Yamabiko Four
- Yamabiko Number 2 Four
- Skyline Connecting pair
- Uenotaira Four
- Paradise Four

Planned open courses:
- Yamabiko A
- 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 ...
 

Furano Now!

Sunday 23rd April 2017, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Cool temperatures have once again brought some unexpected snow to the village. There was 2cm accumulation this morning, so there will be significantly more fresh than that further up on the resort. There is still great skiing from the top right down to the base of the resort. It is overcast today and a little light rain is expected during the day. Tomorrow looks to be a return to sunny weather.    Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 23rd April 2017, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Fair blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco. Beautiful blue skies this morning.

The sunshine is very strong this morning - sunscreen and sunglasses are necessary.

The snow is soft sherbet condition and a good wax before going out is definitely recommended.

4km of ski course is available from top to base but the snow depth is decreasing every day as the days count down on the rest of the season now.

The advanced course Melissa is open - take No.3 lift.

Minowa ski hill will end their ski season today leaving just Nekoma and Grandeco as the remaining open ones in the region.

If you are looking for a snow park, choose Nekoma.

Grandeco is the place if you want to enjoy a 4km of long groomed course.

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Lifts information:

- Gondola
- Number 3 quad lift

Courses open:

85% courses now open.
Lavender A, Mint B and Center 33 course are closed.
The Snow Parks are now closed.

Official snow depth:
200cm

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Dry, no snow   Read more ...
 

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