Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 25th May 2018

Geto Kogen Now!

Monday 30th April 2018, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning.

It's more of the same this morning.

Clear blue skies, spring warmth and hardly any wind at all.

A beautiful morning.

Less than a week left now...

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Official snow depths:

Top: 210cm
Base: 85cm

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

Niseko Now!

Monday 30th April 2018, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Sunny, bit overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

It's a warm spring morning.

Wind affected top lifts yesterday afternoon and wind is affecting them again this morning - the top lifts at each of the three open resorts are on hold

Today is of course a national holiday. Tomorrow and Wednesday are 'normal days' though no doubt some folk will take holidays giving them a very long week+ off. Oh the joy!

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7 days left of ski lift operations, including today.

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Monday 30th April 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

Course info:

- Onsenzawa and Path to King Area closed
- Lower part of Super closed
- All of the Hanazono area is closed

Official snow depth:

- Top: 300cm
- Base: 15cm

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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
- 10 courses remain open as of 27th April

Official snow depth:

- Top: 300cm
- 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: 300cm
- Base: 25cm

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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

Some people may even be lucky enough to have/take Tuesday and Thursday off next week, giving them a long 9 day holiday!

The weather is often really good over the Golden Week period and of course the end of Golden Week is also the end of ski lift operations here in Niseko.    Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 30th April 2018, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Fine, sunny, thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

After a warm/hot day yesterday - a bit windy as well later on - it's going to be another fine day today. It won't be quite as hot and there's a bit more thin cloud around, but the sun is out and it feels warm.

Today is a national holiday and is the last day of the season for Naeba.

From tomorrow, it's just Kagura that will remain open.

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Photos below from Kagura, Mitsumata and NASPA.

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Updated: Monday 30th April 2018, 9:00am

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
- The Gezan downhill course to Mitsumata base is closed - take the Ropeway back to base
- The Gondola East Course at Tashiro is also closed
- The Mitsumata Family Course and Gondola Line are now only available as 'connecting courses'...
- ...use them to get back to the top Mitsumata Ropeway to get back to the car park
- 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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Naeba

- Today is the last day of the season at Naeba
- Just the upper Takenokodaira course area of Naeba is skiable

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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

Some people may even be lucky enough to have/take Tuesday and Thursday off next week, giving them a long 9 day holiday!

The weather is often really good over the Golden Week period and of course the end of Golden Week is also the end of ski lift operations at Tashiro, but Kagura plans to remain open beyond that date through until later in May.   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 30th April 2018, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

The sun is out and it's a mix of blue sky and thin cloud. It likely will not be as warm as yesterday, but it will be once again a warm day. The remaining snow is melting before our eyes... check out the images below to see how we are this morning.

More sun is forecast for tomorrow with a bit of rain coming the few days after that. Hopefully we'll see more sun back by the second half of the Golden Week holidays.

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Monday 30th April 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
- Paradise Four

Planned open courses today:

- Yamabiko courses
- Kokenashi A
- Uenotaira
- Bunabayashi (to mid-station)
- 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

Some people may even be lucky enough to have/take Tuesday and Thursday off next week, giving them a long 9 day holiday!

The weather is often really good over the Golden Week period and of course the end of Golden Week is also the end of ski lift operations in Nozawa.   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Monday 30th April 2018, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud, sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

The fine and warm spring weather continues for this first part of Golden Week; as does the snow melt.

There's blue sky, sunshine and some cloud.

And more similar conditions forecast for tomorrow too with temperatures again rising to almost mid-20s.

Nice.

Not long left now. That snow is going quickly and some of the open courses are getting narrow now. But another week and the lifts will be closed, so we don't have much chance left now to enjoy it.

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Planned ski resort operations on Monday 30th April 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
- 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: 100cm
- Usagidaira: 30cm
- 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: 135cm
- 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:

- Part of R-1 and R-6 closed, most of R-7 closed

Official snow depth:

- Top: 100cm
- Base: 30cm

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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
- The Tsugaike Ropeway plans to be open daily until 6th May
- The Ropeway is open only for hiking and climbing; a special form must be submitted

Official snow depth:

- Tsuga-no-mori: 140cm
- Han-no-ki: 135cm
- 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 ...
 

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