Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017

Kiroro Now!

Monday 27th March 2017, 7:29am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is a stunning morning at Kiroro. The sky is clear, the wind is calm and the temperature is hovering around -6c. Sunshine is forcast for the majority of the day, with temperatures expected to rise to 4c at the base and -1c at the peak.

It clouded over yesterday afternoon, which kept the temperature lower than expected. While solar aspects will be crusty again, the snow in north facing areas was still soft and light yesterday afternoon.

The weather is forecast to become less settled tomorrow, with the chance of more snowfall.   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 27th March 2017, 8:11am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

A bit wet this morning with light rain falling at base, though the resort is reporting 7-8cm of fresh snow up on the top areas... so you know where to hear this morning! Can it change into snow down here too today. Doesn't look like it should be warming up much during the day so fingers crossed. Snow is there on the forecast through until tomorrow so let's see what I can get to report tomorrow morning.

The official snow depth at Yamabiko keeps on rising! Can we head into April with an official 4cm of snow base up there?! That would be impressive.

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

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Monday 27th March 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 8cm
- Uenotaira: 7cm
- Hikage: 0cm
- Nagasaka: 0cm
- Karasawa: 0cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 415cm
- Uenotaira: 315cm
- Hikage: 155cm
- Nagasaka: 140cm
- Karasawa: 90cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating except:
- Yunomine pair
- Mizunashi triple
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair

Courses not open today are:
- Grand Prix
- Hachiman
- Kandahar East
- Kandahar West
- Kamoshika

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Floodlit evening 'nighta' has now finished for the season.   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Monday 27th March 2017, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Overcast and snowing
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Today we have a lot of fresh powder on the ground. 15cm to be precise with even more higher up. The snow also looks as though it is going to carry on for the rest of the day so conditions should be pretty soft all day.

As the end of the season is rapidly approaching lift operation is dramatically reduced in Naeba. Night skiing will no longer run and neither will the Dragondola so if you want to head over to Kagura you will have to catch the bus!

This snow is meant to continue until Tuesday afternoon with Wednesday expected to be clear weather. We are then expecting a little rain on Thursday before it turns back into snow all the way through until Saturday.

Yay!   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Monday 27th March 2017, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

The sun is out and it's clear skies all around this morning.

A mild spring day on the cards.

More snow to come? Perhaps around Thursday.

Today is the last Avalanche report of the season. May I take a moment to thank the good folk for their efforts throughout the season and for keeping us all informed.

Taihen otsukaresama deshita.

My reports will of course continue.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base: -3℃, no snowfall, bluebird. Moiwa 800m: no data available. Annupuri1000m: 230cm snowpack. Hirafu 1250m: -7℃, mild breeze, no snowfall, clear sky. Sea of Japan Kamui cape lighthouse: S2m/s, 1017hPa, 0.5m waves. Benkei cape SSE2m/s.

The isobars are spread out and the ocean and mountain weather is calm. No new snow, the mountain is frozen in the morning. Thawing will start around 9am and the surface will soften up. Creeks will swell and full depth avalanche risk will rise in steep slopes under 800m elevation. Looking at the weather transition and coast guard data, the general avalanche risk is low and the peak gates 2 & 3 will open from the morning. Gates 6 & 10 will be removed as the Moiwa quad operation finished yesterday.

The Mikaeri Rindo cat-track between Moiwa and Annupuri has been maintained under the cooperation of Regional Forest Bureau, Niseko Town office and Moiwa Resort and managed by the Avalanche Institute for the purpose of research as well as emergency rescue path, however will not be groomed any longer. Big thanks to all related parties as well as ski patrols and cat operators.

The safety measures of Niseko area have been operated by both Niseko and Kutchan town as well as all 5 ski resorts. The freedom to ride out of bounds must be protected, however safety should not be compromised. The cause of the Niseko Rules lies in this statement. We’re always hoping that more people resonate with this idea.

Self-responsibility theory can only be applied in a limited situation. You don’t claim a kid being responsible of his own acts. This term should not be easily used just to avoid own responsibility or self-legitimization.

That’s a wrap for this season’s Niseko Avalanche Information.

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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
Resorts are opening as planned this morning.
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Official resort snow depths as of Monday 27th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 320cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 280cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 230cm
Base - 125cm

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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.

Night time floodlit operations have now finished for the season.   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 27th March 2017, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

And it's snowing again!

Wet snow here in town and just a bit on the ground though Kagura is reporting 5cm at Mitsumata and 15cm at Tashiro. Maiko Snow Resort is also reporting 5cm this morning.

Snow forecast for the day with sun expected tomorrow. Can we get some more cm?

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Official snow depth information as of Monday 27th March 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Central, North, downhill course and sledding area are all open
Official snow depth: 360cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 240cm

Iwappara
Official snow depth: 145cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 210cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 295cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth: Upper - 290cm; Base - 120cm

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: 130cm

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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.

Monday 27th March:
- Hakkai Sanroku

Friday 31st March:
- Chateau Shiozawa

Sunday 2nd April:
- Ipponsugi
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Itsukamachi
- Maiko Snow Resort (but open again on 8th, 9th April)
- Muica Snow Resort
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Yuzawa Nakazato
- Yuzawa Park

Sunday 9th April:
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- 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)

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Now closed for the season:

- Ishiuchi Hanaoka
- Mt Granview
- Muikamachi Hakkaisan    Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Monday 27th March 2017, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from a snowy Grandeco.

Snow started falling from yesterday evening, it was a little wet but it keep falling all night - 20cm of new snow has been recorded here at base this morning and it is still a fair bit.

It is great to see all the fresh snow again. A little sticky due to the moisture.

Here's some info on resorts in the region:

Grandeco: Open until 7 MAY
Nekoma: Open until 7 MAY
Minowa: Open until 5 MAY

Inawashiro central: Open until 2 APR.
Inawashiro resort: Open until 2 APR.
Listel Ski Fantasia: Open until 2 APR.

Numajiri: Now closed
Inawashiro Minero: Now closed
Urabandai: Now closed
Alts Bandai: Now closed

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Snow Park Information:

[Dekodaira E park]
9m kicker, 7m table top 2 way and 10m kicker.

[Deokoboko park]
6m wide box, 6m down box, 5m table top, 6m straight rail, 6m straight 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:
320cm

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: snow
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 27th March 2017, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

It's snowing still, the roads are covered and there's 10cm of snow on the top of my car.

It's pretty cold and limited visibility in places.

What more can I say, it should be great out there.

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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.

Giant
220cm

Higashitateyama
260cm

Ichinose Family
260cm

Ichinose Diamond
260cm

Kumanoyu
340cm

Maruike
200cm

Nishitateyama
260cm

Okushiga Kogen
310cm

Sun Valley
200cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
260cm

Terakoya
260cm

Yakebitaiyama
280cm

Yokoteyama
330cm

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Spring season dates for Shiga Kogen resort areas:

Lift and resort closing dates - it's complicated!
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

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)

Ichinose Yamanokami
Plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April

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 ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Monday 27th March 2017, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Fog, cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba, where there's more snow to report.

A bit of snow falling higher up yesterday afternoon and resorts reporting up to 10cm at higher elevations this morning...

Hakuba 47: 10cm
Hakuba Goryu: 0cm (Iimoro) - 10cm (top)
Hakuba Happo-one: 5cm
Hakuba Cortina: 2-5cm

Snow is falling now here in the village and it looks like it's pretty limited visibility in places on the mountains.

Tomorrow sun is expected and it should be warming things up a little.

As we head towards the end of March, some lifts and courses are now starting to close for the season at some of the resorts that remain operating.

I will try to keep any news for each resort updated below, and when things start to get more restricted next month I will go into more details so you can keep a track on exactly what is open.

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Resort news as of 9:15am on Monday 27th 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 10cm of fresh snowfall.
All lifts are operating and courses are open as normal.
Official snow depth
Upper: 325cm
Base: 150cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0-10cm of fresh snowfall.
All lifts are operating and courses are open as normal.
Official snow depth
Alps: 300cm
Toomi: 140cm
Iimori: 80cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
Some lifts are now closed for the season but all areas of the mountain are still available.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 245cm
Kurobishi: 320cm
Lower: 90cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Uma-no-se course appears to be closed.
The Tsugaike Ropeway is now operating for the spring season.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 355m
Han-no-ki: 350cm
Maruyama: 130cm
Oya-no-hara: 120cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 115cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 2-5cm of fresh snowfall.
The Number 2 quad lift and Number 4 pair lifts remain operating.
Ikenota, Hieda Forest, Mt Hieda 1, Mt Hieda 3, Itadaira and Ipponmatsu courses remain open.
Official snow depth:
Top: 355cm
Base: 210cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Open until Sunday 2nd April.
Official snow depth:
Top: 135cm

Kashimayari:
Open until Sunday 2nd April.
Official snow depth:
Top: 130cm

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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)   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 27th March 2017, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Well it’s a cloudy Monday morning and we’re forecast to get more snow this afternoon and tonight. Not that it really matters as the Second and Sailer runs are now closed for the rest of the season. I really don’t understand why because all of the runs are covered in snow and are in great shape. I guess the arbitrary date they chose to close them this season makes sense to someone who’s running the operation up there. To the average layman and skier it makes not sense whatsoever. Oh well.

We are expecting cloudy skies throughout the week as well as some more snowfall too. If you need an end of the season fix then come and join us.

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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 3a
Central number 4

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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 ...
 

Madarao Now!

Monday 27th March 2017, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Cloud + fog...
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
As we enter the last week of the season, snow is falling in Madarao.

We should be able to enjoy some clearer skies and sunshine tomorrow and Wednesday. Right now the forecast seems to point to some snow falling at the weekend.

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Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April.
7 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
- 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
- Bear (unconfirmed)
- Kamoshika (unconfirmed)

Official snow depth:

- 260cm   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Monday 27th March 2017, 10:33am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was the last day of operation for the Kitanomine Zone and night skiing for the resort as a whole. This year has been fantastic for spring skiing with cold overnight temperatures protecting the slopes and preventing them from going slushy. From today it is just the Furano Zone operating, but that still leaves an extensive amount of terrain to be skied and plenty of fun still to be had. It is a classic spring day with pure blue sky and full sunshine. The sun means that it sure feels warm which is a contrast to the last few days where cloud cover has prevented the full rays of the sun hitting the slopes.   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Monday 27th March 2017, 11:09am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning form Zao.

More lifts closed from today, but there's more fresh snow... which kind of feels odd!

Snow is still falling though from tomorrow we are expected to have calmed weather and sunshine.

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Planned closing dates for lifts at Zao Onsen - subject to change due to snow conditions:

Operating daily until Friday 31st March:
- Oomori quad
- Yokokura Number 2 pair
- Astraea Number 1 pair
- Astraea Number 2 pair
- Astraea Number 3 pair

Operating daily until Sunday 2nd April:
- Nakamori Number 1 triple
- Onsen Number 1 pair
- Onsen Number 2 quad

Operating until Sunday 9th April:
- Mikaeri pair
- Shobunuma Number 2 pair (holidays only after 2nd April)

Operating until Sunday 16th April:
- Katakai triple (holidays only after 2nd April)
- Paradise pair AB (holidays only after 2nd April)

Operating until Sunday 7th May:
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Chuo Number 2 pair AB (holidays only after 16th April)
- Utopia Number 2 pair

No fixed closing date:
- Yokokura Number 1 pair AB
- Kurohime Number 1 quad

Open all year (* for sightseeing):
- Sky Cable
- Chuo Ropeway
- Zao Ropeway

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Official snow depths (as published by the resort):
Summit - 150cm
Paradise - 240cm
Chuo - 240cm
Utopia - 195cm
Uwanodai - 130cm
Yokokura - 135cm

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Lifts that are already closed for the season:
- Paradise Number 3 pair
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Zao Kokutai pair
- Ryuzan pair
- Karamatsu pair
- Onsen Number 3 Parallel AB
- Onsen Number 4 quad
- Sunrise pair AB
- Nakamori Number 2 pair
- Diamond Number 2 pair   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Monday 27th March 2017, 11:34am
Weather conditions: The sun is trying to come out
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Snow is still falling in Myoko, even as some of the areas are closing.

We haven't had a lot of wind or rain, so the snowpack is really hanging on.

It really looks more like winter than spring...

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Akakura Kanko:
380cm, -1°

Akakura Onsen:
370cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
210cm, -1°

Myoko Suginohara:
Closed

Seki Onsen:
500cm, -2°

Myoko Ski Park:
280cm, 4°

Kyukamura RunRun:
280cm, 2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
200cm, -3°

Madarao Kogen:
260cm, -1°


   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Furano Now
06th Oct, 13:31
Niseko Now
20th Sep, 17:14pm
Minakami Now
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
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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