Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 21st November 2017

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 2nd April 2015, 7:01am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
The sun is out this morning and after a mild overnight we expect the day to warm up to around 14 degrees later on this afternoon.

There are some fantastic 'sea of cloud' views looking north over Minamiuonuma city on the Ishiuchi Maruyama webcam early on (see below), though those clouds will probably very quickly disappear leaving everywhere in the region with clear skies.

Tomorrow might start off sunny but rain is expected before the end of the day and over the weekend.

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Official snow depths:

Too early for updates this morning - all data as of yesterday....

GALA Yuzawa:
370cm
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
245cm
Iwappara:
150cm
Joetsu Kokusai:
240cm
Kagura:
350cm
Kandatsu Kogen:
300cm
Maiko Snow Resort:
290cm (upper)
175cm (lower)
Naeba:
240cm
NASPA Ski Garden:
233cm
Yuzawa Nakazato:
165cm

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Planned closing dates for resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region
Information as currently available and of course subject to change depending on conditions.
Resorts not mentioned below are now closed.

Open until Sunday April 5th:

- Ipponsugi
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Yuzawa Nakazato
- Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Wood

Open until Sunday April 12th:

- Maiko Snow Resort (*daily until April 5th, then open on April 11th and 12th)

Open until Sunday April 19th:

- NASPA Ski Garden (*weekends only from April 5th, closed weekdays)

Open until Wednesday May 6th:

- Naeba (*weekends and holidays from April 5th [except April 29th], closed weekdays)
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro)

Open until Sunday May 31st:

- Kagura (Mitsumata)   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Thursday 2nd April 2015, 7:10am
Weather conditions: Sunny and blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 395cm
I am lucky this morning because it's an easy report. I need to get myself over to Sapporo this morning and so the report is earlier than usual. But the weather is co-operating in that respect with the sun out and blue skies all around.

It's a lovely morning and I expect the resorts will all be open as planned.

It has been cold overnight but it's going to warm up once again during the day today. Tomorrow still forecast to be cooler in the daytime, but rain likely falling (with a possibility of a bit of snow higher up on the mountain... don't get too excited though.)

Clearer skies are likely again over the coming weekend.

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Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
All set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Hanazono:
All set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
All set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Annupuri:
All set to be open as planned this morning.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 395cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 320cm
Base - 140cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

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Niseko Hanazono - open daily until Monday April 6th
Niseko Village - open daily until Tuesday April 7th and then April 29th until May 6th
Niseko Annupuri - open daily until Wednesday May 6th
Niseko Grand Hirafu - open daily until Wednesday May 6th   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 2nd April 2015, 7:13am
Weather conditions: Low lying cloud but clear over mountain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
The clouds have cleared (well apart from some cool looking low lying cloud in the main valley), the sun is out and we are enjoying blue skies above Nozawa Onsen this morning.

Not hearing of any new cm up top though it's a bit early yet and I do need to post this before I rush off to Nagano city for the day today.

For today though it's going to be clear and sunny and warm which is nicer than what we got yesterday of course.

Rainfall unfortunately seems to still be a main feature of the forecasts for the weekend, starting later on in the day tomorrow. Come early next week perhaps a dip in temperatures, but let's deal with that when we get closer...

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Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 375cm
Uenotaira - 305cm

(Other areas no longer updating though still a fair amount of snow around!)

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Lifts that remain open and plans for the rest of the season

Daily until Wednesday 6th May:

- Nagasaka Gondola
- Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift
- Yamabiko Four Lift

Daily until Sunday 5th April;
Friday 10th April until Sunday 12th April;
Saturday 18th April until Sunday 19th April;
Saturday 25th April until Wednesday 6th May


- Uenotaira Four lift

Saturday 4th April until Sunday 5th April;
Friday 10th April until Sunday 12th April;
Saturday 18th April until Sunday 19th April;
Saturday 25th April until Wednesday 6th May


- Paradise Four lift

Friday 10th April until Sunday 12th April;
Saturday 18th April until Sunday 19th April;
Saturday 25th April until Sunday 26th April;
Saturday 2nd May until Wednesday 6th May


- Skyline connecting pair lift

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Courses that remain open

Yamabiko A
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E
Kokenashi
Uenotaira
Paradise
Bunabayashi
Rinkan

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Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Thursday 2nd April 2015, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Clear and blue
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
After the less than nice weather yesterday, today we are back to being glorious, with clear blue skies and not breath of wind in the air. The temperature is currently just over freezing and will warm up again.

Current forecasts tell us that we might get rained on over the weekend, especially around Sunday.

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Here's the plan regarding the rest of the season. As Naeba is open daily until this coming Sunday and then only on the weekends through Golden Week, the Naeba Now report daily updates will finish for the season this weekend with a few possible updates by the end of the season.

Kagura of course remains open until the end of May. The Yuzawa Now report page will be updated on a daily basis through until Golden Week and after that a few more updates through until the last lift stops moving at Kagura. So from next week any Naeba or Kagura related news will be posted on the Yuzawa Now report page.

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Official snow depths:

Naeba: 240cm
Kagura: 350cm

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New snowfall:

0cm Naeba
0cm Kagura

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Planned end of season

Naeba:
Naeba will be open daily until April 5th and then Saturdays and holidays only until May 6th (not including April 29th)

Kagura:
The main Kagura area, via Mitsumata Ropeaway, will be open daily until May 31st
The Tashiro area will be open until May 6th.

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PLEASE NOTE:

This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region.   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Thursday 2nd April 2015, 9:50am
Weather conditions: Bluebird/clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
It is a little cooler this morning and has frozen overnight, so the morning will provide some very nice snow conditions as the the snowpack warms up. The snow will warm up fairly quickly though as there is not a cloud in sight to sheild the sun and the skies are a deep crystal blue. There will be some light snow in the evening and tomorrow morning but it will be washed out by heavy rain that will come after the snow.   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 2nd April 2015, 16:00pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 105cm
More sun and sunshine today.

The morning started off sunny but with some dramatic looking low cloud over village. Those had cleared up fairly soon after the lifts started up for the day leaving us with mostly clear and sunny conditions and another warm day with temperatures in low double digits.

Still expecting rain over the weekend with Sunday looking like it will probably be the wetter of the two - chance that we might be luckier on that front on Saturday...

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Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Thursday 2nd April 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu plans to be at least part open until Wednesday 6th May.
The lower Iimori area is now closed for the season.

- Alps Daira - 280cm
- Toomi - 105cm

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Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 plans to be at least part open until Wednesday 6th May.
Currently all open (top to bottom) apart from a small lower part of R7.

- Upper - 270cm
- Lower - 110cm

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Happo-one:
Happo-one plans to be at least part open until Sunday 10th May.

- Usagidaira - 225cm
- Nakiyama - 50cm
- Sakka - 60cm

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Hakuba Cortina:
Number 2 and 4 lifts plan to be open until Sunday 5th April.

- Upper - 330cm
- Lower - 180cm

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Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsugaike Kogen plans to be at least part open until Wednesday 6th May.
Tsugaike Ropeway now open for spring.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 350cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 175cm

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Kashimayari:
Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 5th April.

- 110cm   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 2nd April 2015, 16:04pm
Weather conditions: Sunny and clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

Snow! Sit back down... just a dusting! But much better than the rain that we got during the day yesterday. That turned into snow and left us with that dusting. The sun is out now and it has been a fine and clear and sunny day, warming up again.

The mild conditions will continue over the next few days and unfortunately there's a high probability of rain over the weekend though Saturday morning we may just escape it.

After that, colder weather is once again forecast early next week and even the chance of snowfall. That would be just the ticket!

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The Shiga Kogen Now reports will continue being updated until the end of the season - we will try to post a few new reports each week.

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RESORT AREAS THAT REMAIN OPEN & PLANNED CLOSING DATES:

At least part open until Sunday April 5th

Bunadaira:
The Bunadaira quad lift will be open until March 29th; the quad open until April 5th

Giant
Higashitateyama

Sun Valley:

The Housaka Number 3 lift will be open until March 31st

At least part open until Sunday April 12th

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Open daily until April 5th and then open on April 11th and 12th

At least part open until Wednesday May 6th

Ichinose Diamond:
The Diamond triple lift will be open until April 3rd.
The Diamond quad lift will be open until March 31st, and then open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th.

Ichinose Family:
The Ichinose Number 3 quad will be open until 29th March.
The Ichinose Quad and Ichinose Number 2B pair lifts will be open daily until May 6th.

Takamagahara Mammoth:
The Takamagahara Number 3 pair lift will be open until March 31st.
The Takamagahara Number 2 triple lift will be open until April 5th.
The Takamagahara Quad will be open daily until April 12th, and then open on April 18th, 19th, and from April 25th until May 6th.

Okushiga Kogen:
The Okushiga Number 6 lift will be open until March 31st.
The Okushiga Number 1 pair lift will be open until April 5th.
The Okushiga Number 4 pair lift will be open until April 5th, and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th.
The Okushiga Number 2 pair lift and Okushiga Number 3 pair lift and Gondola will all be open daily until May 6th.

Tannenomori Okujo:
Open daily until April 5th; and then on April 11th, 12th and April 25th until May 6th

Terakoya:
Both lifts open daily until March 31st.
After that, they will be open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th

Yakebitaiyama:
Open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th
The Yakebitaiyama Gondola will run until April 5th.

Beyond Wednesday 6th May

Kumanoyu:
Kumanoyu Number 3 quad open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and April 25th until May 6th
Kumanoyu Number 1 and 2 pair lifts open until May 6th and beyond

Yokoteyama-Shibutoge:
Probably open until at least the end of May   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Niseko Now
21st Nov, 11:43am
Hakuba Now
21st Nov, 10:39am
Shiga Kogen Now
21st Nov, 10:31am
Nozawa Onsen Now
21st Nov, 10:08
Grandeco Now
21st Nov, 10:05
Yuzawa Now
21st Nov, 9:59am
Myoko Now
21st Nov, 9:52am
Madarao Now
21st Nov, 9:52am
Zao Now
21st Nov, 9:34
Naeba Now
21st Nov, 9:22am
Appi Kogen Now
21st Nov, 8:53
Furano Now
21st Nov, 7:29
Minakami Now
17th Sep, 10:23

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