Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017

Kiroro Now!

Friday 23rd January 2015, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Thick clouds
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 260cm
We have 10cms of fresh snow to report this morning, which will give us a bit of a refresh after the past two days. The snow is still lightly falling, and is forecast to get heavier as the day goes on.

Temperatures are remaining mild (between -4c and -7c) for this time of year, however the moderate winds (43kmph at the peak) will make it feel cooler up high.

Looking forwards, the snow is predicted to stick around all weekend, and tomorrow will see lighter winds. All in all it's shaping up to be a great weekend at Kiroro, so get out there and enjoy the powder.   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Friday 23rd January 2015, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover, fog
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 145cm
It's another wild ride today.

One of those days when it's going to be a difficult to give a measure on snow - I'm going with a few cm though for now. Luckily (for those purposes) not much yet.

Naughty strong northerly winds on mountain are enjoying blowing things around and disrupting top lifts - along with all of the lifts at Annupuri - at the beginning of the day unfortunately. With strong winds expected to continue for the day and very possibly get worse, we can expect more disruptions I'm afraid. For resort status as of the start of the day, check below - I do updated that every day in case you didn't know.

So it's either take a break from the skiing and boarding and take a dip in an onsen, or brave the conditions and make the most of the very possibly less crowded slopes (I suppose that will depend on how many people decide to take a rest, and how many lifts remain open).

Snow is expected to continue into tomorrow but hopefully wind will ease off at least somewhat. Sunday is currently looking set to be much calmer and we might get some clearer skies as well.

Snow back with us from around Tuesday.

Have a good day, if you do venture out... be safe. Of course.

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Just a note, the winner of the HPG Prize Tour was notified yesterday and has replied to us. We look forward to their report. Once again, many thanks to everyone involved and for the many hundreds of people who sent in sometimes quite detailed comments - they have all been read and comments/suggestions noted. Thank you.

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Resort specific news at time of writing - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top King Number 3, Ace Number 4, King Number 4 and Swinging Monkey lifts on hold early on due to the weather conditions.
'Early Morning' lift available daily until 1st February (for 500 yen, Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).

Niseko Hanazono:
Hanazono Number 3 lift on hold due to weather.

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland chair on hold at the start of the day due to weather conditions.
'Early Morning Gondola' available Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).

Niseko Annupuri:
All lifts on hold at the beginning of the day at Annupuri.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -3C, north-easterly storm for the last 12 hours has made snowdrifts develop in leeward area. Moiwa 800m: NE20m/s, -5C, large development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m NE20m/s with drastic development of snowdrifts. Hirafu peak ridge NE25m/s, -7C. Coastal data: Benkei cape NE13m/s, Kamui cape ESE4m/s, 1007hPa, 1.8m waves.

A strong NE storm is persisting, making snowdrifts drastically develop on top of Jan 22nd layer. The avalanche risk is extremely high today. Highly wind-affected dense snow is also present in the treeruns. All gates above 800m will be closed today. Today is not a day to go out of bounds. Similar hazardous conditions in Nito, Chise, Shiribetsu and other surrounding areas. Carefully plan your tour route. The wind will calm down tomorrow, better not push it too far today. Many accidents occur during a storm. Have a nice day.

Travel insurances may not cover accidents in out of bounds areas, it is strongly suggested to have an insurance that covers mountaineering accidents.

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Official snow depth numbers and any notes at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 350cm
Base - 145cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 270cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 250cm
Base - 180cm

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Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
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
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Furano Now!

Friday 23rd January 2015, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Foggy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Snow started to fall early this morning and it is still snowing lightly with around 5cm of new snow reported in the village. Cloud is rolling down the resort and this combined with the falling snow means there is compromised visibility at the moment. Winds are expected to increased in the afternoon, so morning should be the best time to put in some turns given the fresh snow. Temperatures are pretty warm with the base sitting at -3c. Saturday and Sunday are looking good with the sun forecast to appear on both days.   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Friday 23rd January 2015, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud and fog
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 270cm
Yesterday was... disappointing. Rain. We don't like rain. It's rubbish.

But anyway happily I can report that it is now snowing. Hurray! Madarao reporting 15cm, not quite as much down where I am.

If we can get a decent amount on the ground today to cover up damage done yesterday, it should be good for the weekend. The snow isn't due to continue right through though and may clear up sooner than we hope for. Come on snow, lots please.

Tomorrow the sun should be out. So even if there isn't a thick new layer of fresh powder, the weather conditions should be good.

Just looking at the weekly forecast - you can do that too by clicking on the link at the bottom of my report any time - and we can see some nice snow due later on Tuesday.

Have a great weekend.

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Lifts planned to be open:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 3A
Number 5
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift
Moving Walkway
Kids Park
Freeride Park
Tree Run Courses should be open today.

Night skiing at Madarao is every Saturday until 21st March 2015.

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Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Madarao Kogen main resort data   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 23rd January 2015, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 245cm
Not the happiest of reports this morning.

Yesterday we did manage to avoid rain for lots of the day, and it didn't warm up as much as expected keeping fairly chilly, with a bit of light rain falling at times. But generally quite bright at times.

The rain came once it was dark though and at times it was really raining very heavily and noisily.

Unfortunately, I woke up to the same sound this morning and there's no new snow to report on the ground here - just a real wet feel to things.

So lots of rain and no fresh snow at town level anyway, but there is better news from higher up with Kagura reporting 20cm up there. Though unfortunately some stronger winds mean the Tashiro area is closed for the day and Kagura is open from Mitsumata to the Kagura Number 1 quad... early on anyway.

Naeba are also reporting 5-10cm of snow overnight and a strongish wind but the Gondola seems to be planning to be open as normal.

Current conditions? Wet snow at last here, though rain still falling just to the north in Minamiuonuma. A moderate wind and these conditions should continue for the day. Hopefully we might get some fresh cm of snow out of it in the end. Fingers crossed!

Generally better conditions the higher up you go today.

Tomorrow should be calmer and conditions might clear up by the afternoon.

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Got to say it. It's really quite disappointing to see some places feel the need to say that it's 'best conditions' this morning - when it quite obviously is not. And choosing to just not mention rain. If today is 'best conditions', what is it when we have 50cm of fresh light powder to enjoy? We have plenty of those, so let's tell it like it is.

Complete honesty is surely the best way.

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Kandatsu Kogen open from 10pm tonight for those wanting an "all night"! Open from 10pm until 4am on Friday nights into Saturday morning, and from 6pm until 4am on Saturdays. Naeba also going for the night thing tomorrow night. Interesting! Actually I might just go one time when the weather is decent just for the experience.

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Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
420cm
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
340cm
Iwappara:
245cm
Joetsu Kokusai:
230cm
Kagura:
320cm
Kandatsu Kogen:
330cm
Maiko Snow Resort:
330cm (upper)
240cm (lower)
Naeba:
250cm
NASPA Ski Garden:
310cm
Yuzawa Kogen:
320cm (Kogen)
270cm (Nunoba)
Yuzawa Nakazato:
220cm

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Nighta in the area

Nighta 'night skiing' - where some slopes are floodlit for skiing and snowboarding in the evening - is available at the following resorts in the area.

Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Every day until 21st March (until 8:50pm)
Iwappara:
Every day until 22nd March (until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays, 9pm on Saturdays)
Joetsu Kokusai:
Every day until 22nd March (until 9pm)
Kandatsu Kogen:
From 23rd January, 'all night' on holidays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning)
Maiko Snow Resort:
Every day until 14th March (until 8pm)
Naeba:
Every day until 29th March (until 9pm)
All night on 17th January; 14th February and 14th March (10pm until 6am)
NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only):
Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm)
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)

Chateaux Shiozawa also have nighta but only on certain days - no fixed schedule available.
Resorts not mentioned above do not operate 'nighta' (or do not plan to have more this season).
Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a special lift ticket.

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Ski and snowboard resorts in Yuzawa town
Ski and snowboard resorts in Minamiuonuma City
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 23rd January 2015, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 260cm
It hasn't been the best 24 hours in the season. Rain yesterday put a damper on things somewhat, but it is kind of back to... wet... snow this morning.

For the moment it is coming down and there's a few cm on lower slopes. Temperature hovering around 0 degrees at base.

Better news up top with the resort reporting up to 20cm up there, so you know where to head this morning.

This snowfall is not expected to last that long unfortunately, with cloudy conditions forecast for the afternoon today, and tomorrow the sun is due to be out.

So definitely not best powder conditions just now, but we have to take a few dips in a season to enjoy it when it's the best. (Right? I'm trying to convince myself!)

For the next potentially heavy snowfall, look towards Tuesday into Wednesday.

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Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday:

Yamabiko - 15cm
Uenotaira - 20cm
Hikage - 2cm
Nagasaka - 2cm
Karasawa - 0cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 390cm
Uenotaira - 340cm
Hikage - 260cm
Nagasaka - 245cm
Karasawa - 200cm

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Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Grand Prix course
Jumping Course
Challenge 39

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Lifts open (subject to weather conditions):

All lifts operating except:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 Pair B line

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Night skiing at Nozawa until 8pm on the following dates:

Every Saturday until 28th March

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Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data
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Minakami Now!

Friday 23rd January 2015, 9:29am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 320cm
Very sorry for the disruption to the Minakami Now reports.

We hope to have them back soon.   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Friday 23rd January 2015, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and foggy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Another mild morning here with the temperature into positive numbers here at base... only just though.

Another morning of fairly poor visibility with a dense fog on mountain, and strong winds too.

Snow clouds are with us but on and off this morning and no new cm to report. Even if there were I think the wind would be blowing it around anyway.

Hopefully less wind for the weekend and the chance of some sunshine as well. Possibly snow showers but nothing major is likely.

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Official snow depths (Friday 23rd January 15):

Utopia: 200cm
Chuo: 200cm
Paradise: 200cm
Uwanodai: 135cm

Zao Onsen is fully open (though note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).

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Night skiing operations at Zao this season

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March

Yokokura area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from until 15th March

Open times from 5pm until 9pm.

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Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations

January 2015: 17th-18th, 24th-31st
February 2015: Every day 1st-28th

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Friday 23rd January 2015, 9:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Sorry for the later than planned report this morning - there was a bit of a technical issue that held things up.

It's another relatively mild morning here in Hakuba, with the temperature in village currently just slightly over freezing.

Somewhat wet and heavy conditions yesterday with a mix of snow on mountain and rainy conditions lower down. Some resort areas reporting up to 15cm of snowfall on upper areas this morning, with just a bit nearer village. Limited visibility at times.

This morning, cloud cover and fog once again giving reduced visibility all round. Snow is falling - again it's not the best light powder snow that we all prefer... but snow all the same. There's a moderate northerly wind at the moment too.

Looking towards the weekend and for tomorrow it seems that after a cold night tonight, we have a good chance of clear and sunny conditions over the region during the daytime and decent into Sunday as well.

The next decent snowfall is forecast for around Tuesday or Wednesday.

Anyway clear skies tomorrow would be good for the weekend. Hope you can come and enjoy it.

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Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Friday 23rd January 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 13cm of new snowfall on Alps Daira and 2-5cm on lower areas.
All courses open (except Adventure Course).

- Alps Daira - 305cm
- Toomi - 170cm
- Iimori - 170cm

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Hakuba 47:
Reporting 15cm of snowfall overnight on upper slopes.
Tree Riding Zone is open.

- Upper - 300cm
- Lower - 180cm

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Happo-one:
Reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall at Usagidaira.
Happo Banks The Snow Park opening event planned for 31st January.

- Usagidaira - 290cm
- Nakiyama - 180cm
- Sakka - 180cm

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Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 5cm of new snowfall this morning.
All courses open.

- Upper - 385cm
- Lower - 260cm

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Tsugaike Kogen:
Uma-no-se and Forest Course closed this morning.
Please note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens for spring season.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 350cm
- Maruyama - 205cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 210cm

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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 5-15cm of fresh snowfall.
All seems to be open this morning!

- Upper - 270cm
- Lower - 175cm

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Reporting 10cm of fresh snow this morning.
All courses open.

- 273cm

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Kashimayari:
All areas now open.

- 210cm

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Night skiing at resorts in the Hakuba area:

Hakuba Goryu:
Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm.
Hakuba Happo-one:
Nakiyama area every day until mid March. 5pm until 9pm.
Hakuba Cortina:
Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm.
Tsugaike Kogen:
Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturdays in January (and 11th); February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm.
Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January 10th (and 11th); February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm.
Kashimayari:
Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm.




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Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Friday 23rd January 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 13cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira and 2-5cm on lower areas.
All courses open (except Adventure Course).

- Alps Daira - 305cm
- Toomi - 170cm
- Iimori - 170cm

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Hakuba 47:
Reporting 15cm of snowfall overnight on upper slopes.
Tree Riding Zone is open.

- Upper - 300cm
- Lower - 180cm

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Happo-one:
Reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall at Usagidaira.
Happo Banks The Snow Park opening event planned for 31st January.

- Usagidaira - 290cm
- Nakiyama - 170cm
- Sakka - 180cm

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Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 5cm of new snowfall this morning.
All courses open.

- Upper - 385cm
- Lower - 260cm

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Tsugaike Kogen:
Uma-no-se course and Forest course closed this morning.
Please note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens for spring season.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 350cm
- Maruyama - 205cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 210cm

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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 5-15cm of fresh snowfall.
Looks like all open!

- Upper - 270cm
- Lower - 175cm

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Most courses open (Rabbit course closed this morning).

- 273cm

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Kashimayari:
All areas now open.

- 210cm

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Night skiing at resorts in the Hakuba area:

Hakuba Goryu:
Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm.
Hakuba Happo-one:
Nakiyama area every day until mid March. 5pm until 9pm.
Hakuba Cortina:
Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm.
Tsugaike Kogen:
Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturdays in January (and 11th); February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm.
Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January 10th (and 11th); February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm.
Kashimayari:
Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm.

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 23rd January 2015, 10:27am
Weather conditions: Cloud; fog
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 185cm
Snow and wind this morning up here in Shiga Kogen.

Some lift disruption at a few areas - Yokoteyama, Okushiga Kogen - this morning with a few more lifts moving slower.

Should all change tomorrow though with clear skies and the sun forecast. Things expected to keep cold though so come prepared.

Heavy snow due mid week.

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Resort areas status with official snow depths:

Okushiga Kogen:
180cm
Open (note: skiers only resort area)

Yakebitaiyama:
180cm
Open

Ichinose Family
160cm
Open

Ichinose Yamanokami:
160cm
Open

Ichinose Diamond:
150cm
Open

Takamagahara Mammoth:
160cm
Open

Terakoya:
160cm
Open

Higashitateyama:
150cm
Open

Giant:
150cm
Open

Nishitateyama:
140cm
Most open

Happo Bundaraia:
140cm
Open

Sun Valley:
110cm
Open

Maruike:
110cm
Open

Hasuike:
110cm
Open

Kumanoyu:
185cm
Open (note: skiers only resort area)

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge:
180cm
Open except for Jumbo Course.

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Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:

Sun Valley:
Every Saturday until March 21st

Ichinose Family:
Every day until March 29th

Ichinose Diamond:
Every Saturday until March 28th

Yakebitaiyama:
Every Saturday until February 21st

Kumanoyu:
Every Saturday until March 28th   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Friday 23rd January 2015, 10:44am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and snowy
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 349cm
Another cycle of weather is moving through Myoko today, after a rainy and generally gray Thursday. We've got wind, snow, poor visibility - all the things that seem to happen after a warm day or two.

Actually, this January has been an odd one; usually this is the month where we don't see the sun very often; February has seen some rain and warm spells before going back to nice powder late in the month and into March. This has also meant more unstable conditions in the mountains than we'd normally expect, and with this wind, it will be a good idea to be extra careful if you head off of the resorts.

Personally, I'm just happy that the monster snowthrower has returned from the shop, and the windows have been cleared away—no more living in a dark (although warm) cave.

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Akakura Kanko:
360cm, -1°

Akakura Onsen:
278cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
290cm, -1°

Myoko Suginohara:
280cm, -5° (top)

Seki Onsen:
450cm, -1°

Myoko Ski Park:
325cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
390cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
240cm, -1°

Madarao Kogen:
270m, -1°

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Planned night skiing in the Myoko area:

Akakura Onsen (Kumado): until 10pm every day until 22 March
Tangram Ski Circus: until 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March
Madarao Kogen: until 9pm on Saturdays until 21 March
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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

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22nd Jul, 13:05pm
Hakuba Now
14th Jul, 14:12pm
Myoko Now
01st Jul, 11:49pm
Yuzawa Now
29th May, 14:13pm
Shiga Kogen Now
29th May, 7:35
Furano Now
25th May, 9:01
Appi Kogen Now
18th May, 8:33
Grandeco Now
07th May, 19:56pm
Zao Now
07th May, 19:55pm
Naeba Now
07th May, 19:55pm
Nozawa Onsen Now
07th May, 19:53pm
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:51pm
Kiroro Now
01st May, 9:18am

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