Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 7:33am
Weather conditions: Mostly overcast, cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Definitely feels more 'overcast' than it has been and maybe not quite as warm. Rain is due from sometime this afternoon, perhaps continuing (at least on/off) into tomorrow morning. Lower temps due tomorrow too, maybe not getting up to 20.

Kagura remains open as it has been...

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Photos below from Kagura, Mitsumata and Tashiro.

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Updated: Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 8:15am

Planned resort operations - subject to change

Kagura
Tashiro Ropeway plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May
Mitsumata Ropeway and the main Kagura area plan to be at least part open until Sunday 27th May

All courses remain open except

- Tashiro Number 1 (upper part closed)
- Challenge
- Gondola East Course (Tashiro)
- Gezan course (back to Mitsumata car park)
- Family Course now can only be used as a connecting course back to Ropeway
- * You can also ride the Mitsumata Number 1 lift back down to the Ropeway

Official snow depths<

- Kagura area - 160cm
- Mitsumata area - 50cm
- Tashiro area - 90cm

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Golden Week

Golden Week is a period from the end of April through early May containing a number of national holidays. Those holidays are as follows:

- 29th April is 'Showa Day' (Showa-no-hi), the birthday of former Emperor Showa
- 3rd May is 'Constitution Day' (Kenpo-kinenbi)
- 4th May is 'Greenery Day' (Midori-no-hi)
- 5th May is 'Children's Day' (Kodomo-no-hi)

What this means for 2018 is that most people will enjoy two long weekends...

Long Weekend #1: Saturday 28th April - Monday 30th April
Long Weekend #2: Thursday 3rd - Sunday 6th May   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 7:41am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

The sun isn't out yet this morning and while it might make an appearance, rain is due later this afternoon and overnight.

Friday should see a dip in temps - is that even snow on some forecasts for the top of the mountain?! Interesting - but fairer skies should be back by Saturday.

5 days to go!

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Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 50cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 30cm
- Base areas: 0cm

Planned lifts operations today:

- Nagasaka Gondola
- Yamabiko Four
- Yamabiko Number 2 Four
- Skyline connecting pair
- Uenotaira Four

Planned open courses today:

- Yamabiko courses (A-E)
- Kokenashi A
- Uenotaira
- Get the Gondola back down to base

General resort operations information until Sunday 6th May:

The Gondola will be open from 8:10am daily;
The Number 1 car park will be free daily;
There will be no village shuttle bus between until 27th April;
Nozawa Onsen plans to remain open until Sunday 6th May.

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Golden Week

Golden Week is a period from the end of April through early May containing a number of national holidays. Those holidays are as follows:

- 29th April is 'Showa Day' (Showa-no-hi), the birthday of former Emperor Showa
- 3rd May is 'Constitution Day' (Kenpo-kinenbi)
- 4th May is 'Greenery Day' (Midori-no-hi)
- 5th May is 'Children's Day' (Kodomo-no-hi)

What this means for 2018 is that most people will enjoy two long weekends - 3 days this upcoming weekend and then 4 days off the weekend after:

Long Weekend #1: Saturday 28th April - Monday 30th April
Long Weekend #2: Thursday 3rd - Sunday 6th May   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 7:53am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hirafu.

A cloudy morning with some foggy conditions again being reported by Hirafu on the upper slopes.

And it seems that there is a good chance of some rain later today and into tomorrow.

Tomorrow is of course a national holiday and the first of a cho-long weekend.

There's not much else to report really.

Today I will be working on my monthly round-up report. I haven't decided yet if that will appear in my last report in one of the reports before then. The suspense!!

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5 days left of ski lift operations, including today.

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Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 6th May

Planned lift operations:

- Ace Number 2 Center Four
- King Number 3
- King Number 4
- Hirafu Gondola

Courses that remain at least part open:

- Detour for Beginners
- Shirakaba
- Center
- Large
- Rinkan
- Jumbo
- Dynamic

Official snow depth:

- Top: 270cm
- Base: 0cm

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

Planned lift operations:

- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1
- Jumbo Number 4

Official snow depth:

- Top: 280cm
- Base: 25cm

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

Planned lift operations:

- Niseko Gondola
- Wonderland Chair

Official snow depth:

- Top: 280cm
- Base: 10cm

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About Golden Week

Golden Week is a period from the end of April through early May containing a number of national holidays. Those holidays are as follows:

- 29th April is 'Showa Day' (Showa-no-hi), the birthday of former Emperor Showa
- 3rd May is 'Constitution Day' (Kenpo-kinenbi)
- 4th May is 'Greenery Day' (Midori-no-hi)
- 5th May is 'Children's Day' (Kodomo-no-hi)

What this means for 2018 is that most people will enjoy two long weekends - 3 days this upcoming weekend and then 4 days off the weekend after:

Long Weekend #1: Saturday 28th April - Monday 30th April
Long Weekend #2: Thursday 3rd - Sunday 6th May   Read more ...
 

Geto Kogen Now!

Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning.

Yes, fine yesterday and this morning has started off pretty nice too... though we are expecting some rain today.

Just 5 days left now and still pretty good snow cover considering it is May! Enough to have fun for sure.

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Official snow depths:

Top: 190cm
Base: 75cm

The Number 1 Gondola and Number 1 pair lift operating   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Fair
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

The course to the base area has now closed. Take the Gondola and you can ride on the courses beside the Number 2 lift. Both sides of the course are not covered with snow, so be careful. New gear not recommended!

The Nekoma resort has one course open along with one lift and a snow park beside the course.

Both Nekoma and Grandeco will be open until 6th Sunday - this will be your last chance to ski in this region this season!

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Lifts operating:

- Gondola
- Number 2

Courses open:

- Lavender B
- Part of Rainbow 3500 (by Number 2 lift)

Official snow depth:
- 70cm

Forecast:
- Grandeco snow and weather forecast

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About Golden Week

Golden Week is a period from the end of April through early May containing a number of national holidays. Those holidays are as follows:

- 29th April is 'Showa Day' (Showa-no-hi), the birthday of former Emperor Showa
- 3rd May is 'Constitution Day' (Kenpo-kinenbi)
- 4th May is 'Greenery Day' (Midori-no-hi)
- 5th May is 'Children's Day' (Kodomo-no-hi)

What this means for 2018 is that most people will enjoy two long weekends - 3 days this upcoming weekend and then 4 days off the weekend after:

Long Weekend #1: Saturday 28th April - Monday 30th April
Long Weekend #2: Thursday 3rd - Sunday 6th May   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Hakuba.

A warm fine day yesterday with snow melting before our eyes.

The bottom course at Hakuba 47 is a casualty and is now closed. They did well to keep it open until now!

So you now need to get the Gondola back down at all four of the ski resorts that remain part open.

Things are getting rather limited now and personally I'd take my 'old gear' up and leave my most precious new stuff in storage.

The season officially ends on Sunday, so just 5 days left now.

Sad, but it has been a long one (spring feels like it has been going on forever). And I am personally looking forward to being able to lie-in and laze about for a bit. Need to re-charge in time for next season!

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Planned ski resort operations on Wednesday 2nd May 2018:

We are checking the below information every morning, but please note that resort operations are beyond our control and subject to change.

Hakuba Happo-one

Lift info:

- Gondola
- Alpen quad
- Usagidaira pair (* open only on weekends/holidays)
- Panorama pair
- Grat quad
- Kurobishi Number 3 pair
- Kurobishi Number 2 quad
- Kokusai Number 1 pair (* open only on weekends/holidays)
- Kokusai Number 3 pair

Course info:

- Usagidaira (part)
- Kurobishi
- Panorama (part)

- You can no longer ride back down to base areas - all base areas now closed
- Take the Gondola back down to base

Official snow depth:

- Kurobishi: 95cm
- Usagidaira: 25cm
- Lower: -cm

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Hakuba Goryu

Lift info:

- Gondola
- Alps Number 1 pair
- Alps Number 3 pair
- Alps Number 2/4 pair

Courses that remain open:

- Panorama
- Grand Prix
- Technical
- Super

- Take the Gondola back down to base

Official snow depth:

- Top: 125cm
- Toomi: -cm
- Iimori: -cm

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Hakuba 47

Lift info:

- Gondola
- Pair Line A-B
- Quad Line C
- Pair Line E

Course info:

- R-1, R-3, R-6 and R-7 are closed
- Take the Gondola back down to base

Official snow depth:

- Top: 80cm
- Base: -cm

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Tsugaike Kogen

Lift info:

- Gondola
- Tsugaike Ropeway
- Tsuga Number 1 pair
- Tsuga Number 2 pair
- Han-no-ki high speed

Courses info:

- Only the top Tsuga-no-mori and Han-kou courses remain open
- You can no longer ride back down to base areas - all base areas now closed
- Take the Gondola back down to base

Official snow depth:

- Tsuga-no-mori: 125cm
- Han-no-ki: 120cm
- Lower areas: -cm

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Golden Week

Golden Week is a period from the end of April through early May containing a number of national holidays. Those holidays are as follows:

- 29th April is 'Showa Day' (Showa-no-hi), the birthday of former Emperor Showa
- 3rd May is 'Constitution Day' (Kenpo-kinenbi)
- 4th May is 'Greenery Day' (Midori-no-hi)
- 5th May is 'Children's Day' (Kodomo-no-hi)

What this means for 2018 is that most people will enjoy two long weekends - 3 days this upcoming weekend and then 4 days off the weekend after:

Long Weekend #1: Saturday 28th April - Monday 30th April
Long Weekend #2: Thursday 3rd - Sunday 6th May   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
22nd May, 7:59
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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