Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 18th May 2018

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 26th March 2018, 6:38am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
And..... more of the same today! just perhaps slightly warmer still, with a high of around 15C forecast for the village.

It is full on spring now of course but we are doing really well for snow cover even down on lower areas still - check out the webcam images every day from now to keep an eye out for any patches starting to show through.

School holidays now and so expect to see more families and young children around.

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Monday 26th March 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 260cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 170cm
- Hikage (660m): 105cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 100cm
- Karasawa (563m): 35cm

Lifts operations:

- All lifts should be open as planned this morning
- The Yunomine pair, Mizunashi triple, Challenge pair and Utopia pair lifts usually rested on weekdays.

The following courses either closed (or not fully available):

- Grand Prix
- Hachiman
- Kandahar   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 26th March 2018, 6:44am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
I think it is safe to post an early report today as we are in the middle of this run of fine and sunny and mild spring weather.

This spell of clear and calm conditions looks set to continue into the next weekend.

We are now entering the last week of the season for a number of the ski resorts in Shiga Kogen - as noted below. But there's still a long way to go in the season for some others.

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Planned closing date information for the ski areas around Shiga Kogen. Note that all are subject to change.

At least part open daily until Sunday 1st April:

Sun Valley
Maruike
Hasuike
Giant
Higashitateyama
Hoppo Bunadaira
Nishitateyama

At least part open daily until Sunday 1st April; then open on some days (mostly weekends and Golden Week) until Sunday 6th May:

Takamagahara Mammoth
Tannenomori
Ichinose Family
Terakoya
Ichinose Diamond
Yakebitaiyama

As least part open daily until 6th May; then part open from 7th May:

Okushiga Kogen
Kumanoyu
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge

Details of ski lift operations during the months of April and May will be posted by the end of March   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Monday 26th March 2018, 7:04am
Weather conditions: Sunny and clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Guess what? It's another beautiful morning here. As expected of course with more of the same through until the weekend. The next three days or so in particular are going to be nice and warm - over 15C at base.

The Sanosaka ski hill is now closed for the season and a few ski resorts are now entering their last week of the season. That means that from next week Happo-one, Goryu, 47 and Tsugaike Kogen will remain open. And they hope to be open through until Golden Week in early May.

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Ski resort information on Monday 26th March 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as planned

Courses open:
- All areas open as planned

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 340cm
- Usagidaira: 225cm
- Lower: 50cm

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Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operation as planned today

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal (apart from Snow Diving and Adventure)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 315cm
- Toomi: 100cm
- Iimori: 80cm

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Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as planned today
- Line D usually operates only when the Gondola is not operating

Courses open:
- All main courses should be available
- Tree Riding Zones / Freedom closed
- Lowe part of R-7 closed

Official snow depth:
- Top: 315cm
- Base: 105cm

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Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as planned

Courses open:
- All course areas apart form Uma-no-se should be open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 315cm
- Han-no-ki: 290cm
- Maruyama: 75cm
- Shirakaba: 230cm
- Champion: 90cm
- Oya-no-hara: 105cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 65cm

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Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 5 appear to be operating
- Plans to be open until Sunday 1st April

Courses open:
- A few courses closed - check with resort

Official snow depth:
- Top: 250cm
- Base: 130cm

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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operations:
- Resort remains part open
- Plans to be open until Sunday 1st April

Official snow depth:
- Top: 170cm
- Base: 50cm

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 7 should be operating
- Plans to be open until Sunday 1st April

Official snow depth:
- 110cm

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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 8 and 10 should be operating
- Plans to be open until Sunday 1st April

Official snow depth:
- 120cm

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Hakuba Sanosaka

Now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Monday 26th March 2018, 7:14am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

Clear blue skies above us this morning.

Oh yes, and more due all this week into the weekend. Warmest days due around Wednesday/Thursday when it might get as warm as 16C. Remember the t-shirts!

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Official snow depth:

150cm

Operating lifts:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 3A lift
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift

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

Kids Park   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 26th March 2018, 7:15am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning on this lovely Monday morning.

Clear skies again along with a mild start to the day. If the forecasts are correct, we can expect warmth of around 16C in town later on. We might even get to see temps rising to about 20C come Thursday. Not much chance of fresh snow then!

Still, very good snow cover and lots of snow around the slopes. You might notice on the Ishiuchi Maruyama webcam below how the Minamiuonuma valley is still looking white which is good to see.

These clear and warm conditions will most likely be continuing right through until at least the weekend.

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Updated: Monday 26th March 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.

GALA Yuzawa
- 230cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May

Iwappara
- 100cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April

Kagura
- Kagura area: 280cm
- Mitsumata area: 180cm
- Tashiro area: 230cm
- Tashiro Ropeway plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May
- Mitsumata Ropeway and Kagura area plans to be at least part open until Sunday 27th May

Kandatsu Kogen
- 185cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 22nd April

Naeba
- 190cm (base)
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May (weekdays only from 9th-27th April)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 115cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 160cm
- Base: 80cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April

Yuzawa Park
- 100cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 100cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April

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Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma (just to the north of Yuzawa):

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 140cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April

Joetsu Kokusai
- 140cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 155cm
- Base: 50cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed for the season   Read more ...
 

Geto Kogen Now!

Monday 26th March 2018, 7:43am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto.

Fine weather yesterday. Fine weather this morning! It's a pattern. Today the temperature may rise to about 16C so it's getting pretty warm.

Good feeling spring skiing right now as the season winds down.

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Official snow depths:

Top: 385cm
Base: 265cm


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Niseko Now!

Monday 26th March 2018, 7:53am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Feeling very mild (warm) this morning with the sun shining and blue skies.

I really don't have much else to report at the moment. Similar weather conditions are forecast through the week, with the warmest day expected on Wednesday - temps might be rising then up to 14C at base!

Anyway, lovely spring weather.

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Monday 26th March 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 6th May
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 8th April

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned (King Number 2 lift not operating)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 475cm
- Base: 185cm

Niseko Annupuri
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 6th May

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- Top: 430cm
- Base: 170cm

Niseko Village
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 8th April

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned (Country Road Chair lift not operating)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 400cm
- Base: 180cm   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 26th March 2018, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi.

It is a fine spring morning (maybe some windy conditions) with similarly fine spring weather forecast for most of the week (perhaps some rain around Thursday).

5 lifts now remain operating for the 'spring season', with about half of courses on the mountain remaining open. Check with the official site for all the latest.

We will try to keep this report updated a few times a week now until the end of the season here in Appi.

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Official snow depth:

270cm

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Planned lift operations, Monday 26th (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift
- Central number 4 lift   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Monday 26th March 2018, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a beautiful morning with blue skies and the great view of Mt. Bandai - and it shoud be a sunny day for the week until Friday. There is still enough snow on the slopes meaning it will be possibly to keep all of the courses open until early April.

Inawashiro and Urabandai ski hills closed.

Alts Bandai Hoshino resort will open until 1st April.

Three ski hills - Minowa, Nekoma and Grandeco - will try to remain at least part open until 6th May!

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Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 240cm

Forecast:
- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Monday 26th March 2018, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Perfect weather this morning.

The sky is a deep blue, quite brisk but forecast to warm to 19C in the village and 8C at 1500m.

This week the weather is forecast to continue in the same vein through Friday.

Reports will be suspended through March 31st, holiday time.

Planned closing dates added below.

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Ski resorts in Minakami:

Minakami Hodaigi
Plans to be open until 8th April

Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Plans to be open until 8th April

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Plans to be open until 8th April

Norn Minakami
Plans to be open until 31st March

Okutone Snow Park
Plans to be open until 8th April

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Plans to be open until early May

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Closed for the season:

Akasawa
Oana
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley

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Resort Spotlights with more detail:

Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park

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Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami.    Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Monday 26th March 2018, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! It's another bright start today, with the sun beating down into Mikuni valley. The air temperature is already 5°C, suggesting its going to be a warm day. There are highs of 14°C predicted today. THere will be a light wind, however, keeping us a little bit cooler when higher up the mountain. Overnight tonight we can expect the warm temperatures to persist, with lows predicted to be well above freezing. The snow will be wet and slushy today.

Looking forwards, we have a stable forecast ahead. The sun is expected to continue all week, with only a brief break on Thursday evening where there may be a little rain. Most noteably, highs of 18°C are predicted for Thursday morning. There will also be little wind this week.   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Monday 26th March 2018, 10:09am
Weather conditions: Cerulean
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Sunny again, and I have the (red) forehead to prove how sunny it was over the past two days.

There’s a real sense of things winding down as the snow is really disappearing all around at base level. It’s pretty dry, too, if my outdoor sensor unit is correct.

It should be a week of pretty steady temperatures and not much chance of any precipitation. A few lift closings already as we enter the last week for most of the resorts...

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Akakura Kanko:
240 cm, 6°; closing May 6

Akakura Onsen:
210cm, -1°; closing April 8

Ikenotaira Onsen:
185cm, 3°

Myoko Suginohara:
140cm, -3°; No. 3 and Romance lifts closed; closing April 1

Seki Onsen:
330 cm, 0°; closing May 6

Myoko Ski Park:
160 cm, 7°; closing April 1

Kyukamura RunRun:
170 cm, 9°; closing April 1

Lotte Arai Resort:
401cm, 6.5°; Exciter and Discovery courses permanently closed; in the avalanche-controlled areas, East Bowl, Zendana-sawa, Wase-zawa and KG permanently closed; Mamushi and Small Mamushi closed (see website for updates); closing May 6

Tangram Ski Circus:
130 cm, -1°; closing April 1

Madarao Kogen:
150 cm, 4°; closing April 1

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park:
130cm, -1° (no report for today); closing April 1    Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Monday 26th March 2018, 12:09pm
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's fine and sunny here in Zao. Lovely weather and warming up too.

A few course areas and a few more lifts have now closed for the season - that information has been added below. A large part of Zao Onsen does remain open though and they hope to be running lifts until Golden Week in early May.

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Lifts and course info:

The following course areas have now closed for the season:

- Kotan
- Diamond Valley
- Ryuzan
- Karamatsu

The following lifts have now closed for the season:

- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Diamond Number 2 pair
- Onsen Number 4 quad
- Zao Kokutai pair
- Ryuzan pair
- Karamatsu pair

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 175cm
- Paradise area: 180cm
- Chuo area: 180cm
- Utopia area: 175cm
- Uwanodai area: 90cm
- Oomori area: 85cm

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Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
20th May, 18:25pm
Niseko Now
06th May, 9:21am
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:02
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:41
Shiga Kogen Now
06th May, 8:35
Myoko Now
06th May, 8:35am
Zao Now
06th May, 8:30am
Grandeco Now
06th May, 8:29am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:27am
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 8:04
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 8:01
Madarao Now
05th May, 19:10pm

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