Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 20th November 2017

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 29th March 2017, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Fine, hazy, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning to you all.

A very spring-like feel to this early morning. Mild and kind of a 'hazy fine'. Plus some cloud. The words aren't flowing this morning, sorry!

It's forecast to me very mild (for us) here today, perhaps as high as around 6 or 7C this afternoon. Also looks like there might be some rain later tomorrow, but hopefully a bit of snow at higher elevations.

I'll try to be better with my English tomorrow, honest!

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Until Thursday, Shirakaba at Niseko Grand Hirafu will apparently be closed as they are busy setting up the Spring Park there.

The Dai-no no kabe course will be closed today due to an event being held there (35th Hokkaido Junior Ski Technique Championships).

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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 Wednesday 29th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 325cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 260cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 230cm
Base - 110cm

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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!

Wednesday 29th March 2017, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Maiko Snow Resort reporting 5cm of fresh up top and Kagura also reporting 2-5cm and so it sounds like there's a bit of fresh snow again higher up this morning, though none down in town (it was raining when I went out last night).

Right now there's quite a lot of cloud around but it's bright and there's also some blue sky on show too. It's going to be mild today - approaching double digit temperatures - and probably warm up further still and bust through into double digits tomorrow.

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A bunch of ski resorts in the area will be having their last day of the season this coming Sunday - info on planned closing dates below.

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Official snow depth information as of Wednesday 29th March 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Central, North, downhill course and sledding area are all open
Official snow depth: 380cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 240cm

Iwappara
Official snow depth: 140cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 200cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 300cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth: Upper - 310cm; Base - 110cm

Naeba
Official snow depth: 240cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 195cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth: Top - 240cm; Base - 140cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 160cm

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.

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
- Hakkai Sanroku   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 29th March 2017, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

Bit of light snow falling on mountain yesterday and this morning some resorts are reporting a few cm of snow on upper areas. None at base though.

There is quite a bit of of cloud around this morning but some breaks in it and blue sky too especially as a backdrop to our beautiful mountains. Clouds will probably get less and sun should win the day. It's expected to warm up as well and further still tomorrow, perhaps rising to above ten degrees down in the village.

There's no snow on the forecasts now over the coming week, so we will have to make do with what we have - for now at least.

Early turns will be best!

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Resort news as of 8:35am on Wednesday 29th March 2017:

All information as available and subject to change.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 320cm
Base: 145cm
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Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 1-3cm of fresh snowfall.
Official snow depth:
Alps: 290cm
Toomi: 135cm
Iimori: 80cm
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Last nighta on 31st March.
Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 230cm
Kurobishi: 310cm
Lower: 90cm
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Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Planned closing dates for lifts are as follows:
Open until Sunday 2nd April
Kokusai Number 1 pair lift
Kitaone Number 3 pair lift
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Open until Sunday 9th April
Nakiyama Number 3 triple lift
Happo Riesen quad
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Open until Sunday 7th May
Gondola
Alpen quad lift
Grat quad lift
Usagidaira pair 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

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 355m
Han-no-ki: 350cm
Maruyama: 120cm
Oya-no-hara: 125cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 115cm
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Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Planned closing dates for lifts are as follows:
Open until 1pm on Friday 31st March
Maruyama Number 1 quad lift
Champion quad lift
Tsugaike Number 1 pair lift
Karamatsu High Speed pair lift
Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner III
Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner IV
Kane-no-naru-oka Number 11 Romance lift
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Open until Sunday 2nd April
Han-no-ki Number 3 quad lift
Tsugaike Chuo triple chair lift
Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner II
Kane-no-naru-oka Romance lift
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Open until Sunday 9th April
Shirakaba quad
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Open until Sunday 7th May
Tsugaike Ropeway
Gondola
Tsuga Number 2 pair lift
Han-no-ki high speed pair lift

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 1cm of fresh snowfall.
Part open until Sunday 2nd April.
Official snow depth:
Top: 355cm
Base: 212cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Part open until Sunday 2nd April.
Official snow depth:
Top: 120cm

Kashimayari:
Part open until Sunday 2nd April.
Official snow depth:
Top: 115cm   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 29th March 2017, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Morning!

A bit of snow at base with 5-7cm being reported by the resort up top this morning.

And it is a mix of cloud and blue sky at the start of the day and fairly mild conditions.

More sunshine and warmer-still conditions are expected tomorrow, perhaps as warm as around 9C down in the village.

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

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Wednesday 29th March 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 5cm
- Uenotaira: 7cm
- Hikage: 2cm
- Nagasaka: 2cm
- Karasawa: 2cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 430cm
- Uenotaira: 330cm
- Hikage: 160cm
- Nagasaka: 150cm
- 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 ...
 

Zao Now!

Wednesday 29th March 2017, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from here in Zao.

Looks like visibility is very poor on mountain this morning (from what I can see on the webcam), but here at base it's just... cloudy.

There might be a few spots of rain at times tomorrow but other than that the forecast is for generally dry conditions over the coming week.

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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 - 155cm
Paradise - 240cm
Chuo - 240cm
Utopia - 200cm
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 ...
 

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 29th March 2017, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky, sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Madarao.

The sun is out and there's both blue sky and cloud above us on this spring-like morning; some big cloud shadows being cast over the slopes just now...

Snow doesn't seem likely now through until Sunday - there may be a chance of rain tomorrow, hopefully not - so it would be nice if we could have generally fine and sunny weather for the last days of the season here.

I'll keep on posting until that final day!

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Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April.
5 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
- Kamoshika

Official snow depth:

- 260cm   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 29th March 2017, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue skies
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco and we have beautiful blue skies this morning.

6cm of new snow has fallen over night and it is a beautiful morning.

It was overcast earlier this early morning, but now it's fair and increasingly clear blue skies.

According to weather forecast it might cloud over again later this afternoon.

Fine conditions to enjoy at the moment.

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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 - though part of the Lavender 28 Course is not available as the resort prepares for mogul competitions at the weekend

Official snow depth:
330cm

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: wet and icy in some parts early morning
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: still snow and icy   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 29th March 2017, 9:17am
Weather conditions: Fine, blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Just a dusting of snow to report this morning - just about enough to declare 1cm! - and it's a fine spring morning, though it still feels pretty cold.

Certainly colder than we are used to for the end of March.

It doesn't look like we should expect much snow over the next few days and more chance of sunshine. Then again you never know this season, it hasn't seemed to want to stop!

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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
320cm

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 ...
 

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 29th March 2017, 10:02am
Weather conditions: Bluebird with one or two clouds
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Today is going to be a hot one with absolutely spectacular weather. Things will most likely get a little slushy later on but right now the snow is in pretty good condition thanks in part to the 5 cm of fresh snow we have received overnight.

Looking on we currently have a little rain and then snow predicted for tomorrow night then a little rain predicted again for Saturday. Sunday the 2nd April will be the last day of normal operation in Naeba this season and that day is currently looking like it could be spectacularly good weather.

Tidy!   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Wednesday 29th March 2017, 12:43pm
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
After having been for a ski myself this morning I am pleased to be able to report that the snow conditions continue to be excellent for this time of year. The snow is firm spring snow top to bottom, with the lower half softening from mid morning onwards in the sunlight, but the upper mountain remaining firm. So whether you like soft spring snow or wintery snow, the mountain is offering both options at the moment. The morning was 50/50 cloud and blue sky, but has now become mostly cloudy. There is a light wind in the village and that can be stronger near the top of the resort.   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Grandeco Now
20th Nov, 9:00
Hakuba Now
20th Nov, 8:55
Shiga Kogen Now
20th Nov, 8:50
Yuzawa Now
20th Nov, 8:29
Niseko Now
20th Nov, 8:20
Furano Now
20th Nov, 8:05
Myoko Now
19th Nov, 10:57am
Madarao Now
19th Nov, 10:44
Zao Now
19th Nov, 10:33
Nozawa Onsen Now
19th Nov, 9:59
Naeba Now
16th Nov, 8:11
Minakami Now
17th Sep, 10:23
Appi Kogen Now
18th May, 8:33

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