Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017

Zao Now!

Monday 24th April 2017, 8:08am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

Fine weather this morning and perhaps the sun today will warm things up more than they have been.

The snow melt continues quickly and now we're down to just 75cm as the official snow depth though the upper areas still remain open.

Golden Week is now fast approaching. I'll update the report again before the weekend with any news.


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

The Zao Echo Line road is now opens.

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Official snow depths (as published by the resort):
Summit - 75cm
Paradise - 70cm
Chuo - 70cm
Utopia - 90cm
Uwanodai - 35cm
Yokokura - 5cm

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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 ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 24th April 2017, 8:13am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A decent day of weather yesterday with temperatures still keeping relatively low.

This morning has started with beautiful clear blue skies and sunshine. It's going to be a lovely spring day, and it should be getting a little warmer again - perhaps to around 20 degrees in town. There's lots of cherry blossom trees looking very pretty at the moment.

Naeba has closed once again this week - it plans to re-open from Saturday - so we are back to Kagura, GALA Yuzawa and Kandatsu Kogen as the ski resort choice in the area for the next five days.

The forecast for tomorrow is clear and sunny weather with perhaps some rain on Wednesday.

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Resort information as of Monday 24th 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.
(Note that the Jiji Course will be closed to the public in the morning).
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 is closed today but plans to re-open 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!

Monday 24th April 2017, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Sunny, blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

And what a beautiful morning it is.

There's clear blue skies all around, lots of sunshine. A cracker!

It should be a warming up a little today as well with temperatures around 12C this afternoon at base.

Looks like there might be some rain due late tomorrow and perhaps into Wednesday.

Anyway, a beautiful day today. And things are so quiet. Those of you who visited peak season would be shocked!

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News about Niseko Village and the upcoming Golden Week:

The Niseko Village part of the mountain was planning on opening for Golden Week, but it sounds like there won't actually be any of their ski courses open - not enough snow left. They do plan however to operate their Niseko Gondola. From the top of the Gondola, after a couple of hundred metres walk (or shuffle) you can be skiing at the courses that remain open at the Niseko Grand Hirafu area. (Of course you will also be able to just start and finish at Niseko Grand Hirafu if that fits your plans).

A lift ticket that is valid at all of the open resorts and ski lifts that are open over Golden Week - Saturday 29th April until Sunday 7th May - costs as follows:

Adults (over 12): 3,800 yen
Children: 3,100 yen

Opening times: 8:30am until 4:30pm

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Individual resort information: Monday 24th 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 - 235cm
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) ** open only from 29th April until 7th May **

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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... just about!

Official snow depth:
Top - 180cm
Base - 10cm

Courses that remain open (checked daily with each report):
Champion
Shirakaba
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.   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Monday 24th April 2017, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Fair blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Very sunny, blue skies, beautiful mountains, warm weather and a gentle wind.

It is a good day to enjoy skiing wearing t-shirt, but perhaps better to protect your elbows with long sleeves.

Most of Japan should be enjoying nice weather today.

Snow conditions will change in the afternoon as it warms up, recommended to ski in the morning.

The ice is still floating on the lakes in this area, but there's no ice on the roads.

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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 ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Monday 24th April 2017, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Clear, blue, sunny skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

The clouds yesterday morning gradually disappeared leaving us with clear blue skies in the afternoon.

And this morning we start off with similarly clear blue skies and lots of sunshine.

Beautiful.

It's going to be getting a little warmer as well in the day time today and tomorrow, probably approaching 20C in the village. Sun is forecast for tomorrow as well, with maybe some rain on Wednesday.

For now though a fantastic morning to be outside. It feels wrong to be sat in front of a computer display...!

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Resort information as of 8:50am on Monday 24th 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 at Hakuba 47 remain open.
Tree Riding Zone gates are now closed for the season.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 170cm
Base: 70cm
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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.
Champion Expert Course now closed.
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: 200cm
Toomi: 70cm
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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: 95cm
Kurobishi: 155cm
Nakiyama: -cm
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Planned operating lifts:
Gondola
Alpen quad lift
Grat quad lift
Panorama pair lift
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: 230cm
Han-no-ki: 225cm
Oya-no-hara: 15cm
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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 ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 24th April 2017, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

After some colder temperatures and even a bit of light snow falling yesterday morning again (!), it does look like it should be warmer today and tomorrow.

The day has started with clear blue skies and bright sunshine and more of the same is expected tomorrow.

Fewer ski lifts are available weekdays now, with more opening up once again for the Golden Week holidays starting on Saturday. There will still be a lot of snow around for the Golden Week period if you are still up for it!

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During the winter season, the section of the Route 292 main road that connects Shiga Kogen (from Yokoteyama) with Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma Prefecture is closed due to all the snow.

From Friday last week, that section of road was officially re-opened. The opening of the road means that you can now get to Shiga Kogen via Gunma Prefecture - either for spring skiing and snowboarding or just for sightseeing. The road has been 'cut out' meaning there are snow walls on either side.

That road is actually recommended at any time of the year - a very fine drive.

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Next report due before the weekend.

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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.

Ichinose Family
200cm

Kumanoyu
220cm

Okushiga Kogen
170cm

Yokoteyama
230cm

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Late season planned opening dates for Shiga Kogen resort areas:

Subject to change!

Takamagahara Mammoth
The quad lift plans to be operating until from 29th April until 7th May

Tannenomori Okojo
The quad lift plans to be operating from 29th April until 7th May

Ichinose Family
The Ichinose quad lift and Ichinose Number 2 pair B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May

Terakoya
The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating from 29th April until Sunday 7th May

Ichinose Diamond
The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating from 29th April until Sunday 7th May

Okushiga Kogen
The Okushiga Kogen Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating from 29th April and 7th May
The Okushiga Kogen Gondola, Number 2, 3, and 6 pair lifts plan 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 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

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Please note that from 8th May, joint Shiga Kogen lift tickets are not valid - individual tickets from the individual areas will be required.   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 24th April 2017, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa Onsen.

There are beautiful clear blue skies above us this morning and the sun is shining down.

It should be a little warmer as well today and tomorrow. Very fine spring days.

Look out for some rain around Wednesday and a return to fine weather after that.

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Nozawa Onsen will be open until Sunday 7th May.

14 days to go!

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Monday 24th April 2017

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 235cm
- Uenotaira: 150cm
- Base areas: 0cm

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

Planned lift operations:
- Nagasaka Gondola
- Yamabiko Four
- Yamabiko Number 2 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 29th April until 7th May)
Paradise Four lift - 8:25am until 3:50pm (*** only 29th April until 7th May)   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Monday 24th April 2017, 10:41am
Weather conditions: Pure blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
I was going to give an update yesterday, after a really nasty Saturday (pea soup visibility and cold), and a pretty cold Sunday, but then remembered I had to get out for the neighborhood removal of the supports on trees, monuments, stone lanterns, etc. that keep things from getting damaged by the heavy snow. (And even then, things do get crunched).

Today, though, is a day to get out spring skiing. It's a beautiful, sunny, bluebird day, and the snow looks really good up there.

There's still a lot of snow at both Akakan and Seki Onsen, and finally some of the suntan weather that, really, spring skiing should be all about... looking really good for the Golden Week holidays.

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Akakura Kanko:
Planned closing date: Sunday 7 May
210cm, 9°

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° (another day of double-digit temps.... And it's more than 0°, even in Seki)

Myoko Ski Park:
Closed

Kyukamura RunRun:
Closed

Tangram Ski Circus:
Closed

Madarao Kogen:
Closed




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20th Sep, 17:14pm
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17th Sep, 10:23
Madarao Now
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
Kiroro Now
01st May, 9:18am

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