Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 30th March 2016, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 25cm
Good morning from Nozawa.

After fine weather yesterday, we are on for more of the same today... but perhaps with a bit of rain later on tonight.

It's going to be warm again today with temperatures down here in the village forecast to rise up to around 14 degrees.

Clear skies and generally warm spring weather is lined up for Thursday through Saturday as well.

As you can see from the photo below, the snow is retreating from the lower Hikage area now and noticeable over the last few days.

Up top is looking inviting still!

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Official info at time of writing on Wednesday 30th March 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 140cm
Uenotaira: 65cm
Hikage: 25cm
Nagasaka: -cm
Karasawa: -

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 0cm
Uenotaira: 0cm
Hikage: 0cm

The following courses plan to be open today:

Yamabiko A
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E
Kogenashi
Uenotaira
Paradise
Rinkan
Utopia
Challenge
Hikage
Isemiya
Nagasaka connecting

The following lifts plan to be operating today:

Nagasaka Gondola
Hikage Gondola
Yamabiko Four
Yamabiko Number 2 Four
Skyline Connecting
Uenotaira Four
Paradise Four
Shinyu Pair
Hikage Number 2 Pair B
Yu Road
Hikage Triple
Nagasaka Triple

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Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...
 

Kiroro Now!

Wednesday 30th March 2016, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Broken cloud becoming overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 202cm
Good morning for a windy and unsettled Kiroro.

Strong southerly winds have brought warmer weather and put the upper lifts on hold. It is presently gusting to 90km/h at the summit. The Gondola, Nagamine #2 and Asari #2 will be on hold until the wind drops.

Base temperatures have risen to +4°C, while it is -2°C at the peak. The weather is unsettled with a mix of cloud and sunshine this morning. Cloud is expected to take over, with precipitation forecast, probably falling as rain at lower elevations.   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 30th March 2016, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 65cm
Just two days left in the season for Madarao Kogen - yes, tomorrow really is the last day of the season (though Tangram plans to be open until April 3rd).

We might have some rain falling on us later on today, but other than that it's clear blue skies to start the day today and more sun predicted for tomorrow indeed through into the weekend as well.

Warmer temperatures are going to dominate as well through until the weekend as spring takes a firm grip on things.

Time to get out while we still can... got to be said that snow cover is good as well, so we're not struggling over the finishing line.

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Tree runs open at Madarao: Kamoshika, Ninja, Powder Wave 2, Sawa

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Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Madarao Kogen

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Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Thursday 31st March.
Tangram Ski Circus plans to be open until Sunday 3rd April.   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 30th March 2016, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Good morning from Niseko.

There's more cloud around this morning and there's a good chance that rain will be falling by lunchtime today. Let's hope that it doesn't linger too long and moves on quickly. We are expecting a high of around 8 degrees here at base later on.

It's a bit windy this morning and that wind is set to disrupt planned lift operations at the start of the day at least - info as of 8:30am below.

Tomorrow and Friday at least we should be back to sunny skies. Is that some snow on the forecast for the mountain on Sunday (though rain at base)?

Here's some information from Niseko Grand Hirafu resort area and what they plan to have open from Monday 4th April:

Ace Family Pair (8:30am-4:30pm) - until 10th April
Ace Number 2 Center Four Quad (8:30am-4:30pm)
Ace Number 3 Pair (8:40am-4:30pm)
Ace Number 4 Pair (8:50am-4:30pm)
Holiday Number 1 Pair (8:30am-4:30pm) - until 10th April

As I previously mentioned they are also going to be 'upgrading' the King Number 3 triple lift in time for next season. The Hirafu Gondola as well as the King Number 3 and 4 lifts will all finish for the season this coming Sunday, as well as the Hanazono area. All being well though, the Hirafu area should be open until 5th May.

Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 3rd April, and then from 29th April until 5th May. Morino Chair currently rested.
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open until Thursday 5th May.

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Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts along with the Ace Number 3, King Number 3 and Swinging Monkey lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds up there.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
The top Hanazono Number 3 quad lift is on hold at the start of the day due to wind conditions.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland Chair lift is on hold at the start of the day due to wind conditions. Gondola operating at reduced speed.

Niseko Annupuri
The top Jumbo Number 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to wind conditions. Gondola operating at reduced speed.

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 30th March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 340cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Village
Top - 340cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 350cm
Base - 120cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open until Thursday 5th May. King Number 1 lift currently rested.
Niseko Hanazono plans to be open until Sunday 3rd April.
Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 3rd April, and then from 29th April until 5th May. Morino Chair currently rested.
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open until Thursday 5th May.

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Night time floodlit skiing ('nighta') has now finished for the season.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Wednesday 30th March 2016, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Good morning from Appi.

We're starting with sunny skies again with a rather balmy 8 degrees expected later this afternoon. The blue skies will give way to clouds and what is forecast to be heavy rain.

Cloudy skies are in store for the rest if the week with temperatures getting as high as 11 degrees. Obviously the higher temperatures will assist in melting what little snow we have left.

Expect all runs to be sloppy today with a few big puddles at the base of the mountain.

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Currently planned operating lifts:

- Appi Gondola
- Central Number 1 quad
- Number 2 lift A
- Number 3 lift B
- Number 4 lift

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6 day forecast for Appi Kogen:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Appi Kogen
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Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 30th March 2016, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 185cm
Three days in a row the sun is shining at Grandeco.

The temperatures are rising and sunscreen and sunglasses are in order for the slopes today for sure. Be careful not to end up with a sunburn.

There are clouds in the forecast for late today, which may turn to some rain tomorrow.

All the courses are groomed packed snow warming up to spring conditions in the afternoon. The snow is melting little by little, but you can still ski from top to bottom on over 4km of vertical terrain.

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Lifts operating:

Lift 4 has closed for the season, all other lifts operating

Courses open except

[B-b] Mint
[D-a] Lavender
[H] Center 33

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Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco

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Resorts that remain open in the region are Grandeco, Nekoma and Minowa.

Nekoma will be closed between 19th-21st and 26th-28 April but these resorts all plan to be open until 5th May ---- whether they can do that or not will totally depend on the snow levels of course, which are less than usual and less than expected.    Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 30th March 2016, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Overcast, bright
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Morning to you all from Hakuba.

This morning it's a bit overcast, some blue sky on show in places and a generally hazy feel early on - currently 6 degrees here in the village and temperatures likely to rise up to around 13-14C later on. The warmth later may also be accompanied by some rain this evening.

We are probably going to be back to sunny skies by tomorrow morning though and more sun on Friday as well.

Sunday may bring some rain - or even snow higher up on the mountains - so it's probably a good idea to keep an eye on how that forecast develops over the next few days if you are planning to be here one day over the coming weekend.

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6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one

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Resort news as of 8:40am on Wednesday 30th March 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
All courses at Hakuba 47 remain open.
The Tree Riding Zone is now closed for the season.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 175cm
Base: 60cm

Hakuba Goryu:
All courses open apart from Powder Snow, Snow Diving, Adventure, Cosmo River, Sunny Way and Straight Whisky at Iimori.
The Toomi area will be open until 9:30pm tonight for 'nighta' - will continue until tomorrow night.
Official snow depth
Alps: 223cm
Toomi: 80cm
Iimori: 35cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
The lower Nakiyama, Shirakaba North, Central Course, Kokusai, Sakka, Olympic Course II and Kita One areas are closed.
The Nakiyama South and Shirakaba South lower courses remain open (very limited).
All of upper mountain courses remain all open.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 145cm
Nakiyama: 35cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Courses open - Ikenota, Mt Hieda Forest, Mt Hieda 1 and Itadaira.
Official snow depth:
Top: 130cm
Base: 47cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Areas now closed: Uma-no-se, Kano-no-naru-oka. Champion and Rinkan just part open due to insufficient snow.
The top Tsugaike Ropeway is now open for spring season (extra charge required).
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 197cm
Maruyama: 35cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Open courses: Hakunori Family and Wakaguri Central.
Official snow depth:
35cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Hakuba Iwatake has now closed for the season.

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Sanosaka has now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 30th March 2016, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Bright and spring haze
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 40cm
Morning from Yuzawa.

I'm writing the report this morning at 9am and it's 12 degrees out there, destined to rise to around 16C later on in the day. It's sunny to start the day off - with hazy overcast like skies rather than blue skies - though there may be some rain coming later on this afternoon or this evening. The sun will be back tomorrow morning though and we're expecting clear and sunny skies through until Saturday. Rain is forecast for Sunday, so if you are planning on a weekend visit Saturday would seem to be the best bet. Keep an eye on the forecasts.

You can almost see that snow line move up the mountainsides. NASPA Ski Garden were originally planning on being open until 10th April but brought that forward to 3rd April a few days ago. The warmth and snow melt is beating everyone though and yesterday they brought it forward to 31st March (tomorrow) with just one run open. There may even be a question mark on whether they can keep open that long. Full marks to perseverance!

I'm keeping a watch on those closing dates in the information area below. There may be changes in the coming few days.

Come next Monday, we'll be left with Kandatsu Kogen, GALA Yuzawa and Naeba (and possibly Maiko the following weekend) being the only areas remaining open.

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Resort official snow depths (Wednesday 30th March 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:

Lower slopes now have little to no snow on them, though higher areas still enjoy good snow cover. Best to head high!

Resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:

GALA Yuzawa
Central Area and part of North Area remain open.
Plans to be part open until Sunday 8th May
110cm

Iwappara
Middle area only remains open
Plans to be part open (upper areas only) daily until Sunday 3rd April
40cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Plans to be part open daily until Sunday 3rd April
70cm

Kagura
Plans to be open until 29th May (via Mitsumata; until 8th May via Tashiro)
160cm (Mitsumata)
190cm (Tashiro)
220cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen
Plans to be part open until Sunday 24th April
80-100cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Just the upper Okusoeji area remains open now
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 3rd April and then 9th/10th April
105cm (Okusoeji)

Naeba
Plans to be part open until Sunday 3rd April
80cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Plans to be part open until Thursday 31st March (one lift and one course currently open)
35cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Plans to be part open until Sunday 3rd April
90cm

Yuzawa Park
30cm

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List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City

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Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Wednesday 30th March 2016, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Morning from Zao.

The sun is out and it's a warm morning.

Tomorrow is the last day of the season for another handful of lifts at Zao, followed by more lifts closing at the end of Sunday. Once we get to Monday it really will feel like we are into the last stretch of the season, even if some of the lifts hope to be open into May. That still seems a long way off, and there really does not seem to be enough snow for that to happen. I would guess that there is a fair chance that skiing and snowboarding will have to finish up before then. Anyway, we'll just have to see the cards that nature deals to see how that goes.

Actually I just noticed that the resort calls it 'Final Season' and reduces the lift ticket price to 3000 yen for adults and 1500 yen for children (from Monday 4th).

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I will continue posting reports from Zao. I'll be trying to post about 2-3 reports a week to keep you up to date on the latest weather and any news coming from the resort.

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Information as of Wednesday 30th March 2016 (subject to change)

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 70cm
Chuo: 80cm
Paradise: 85cm
Uwanodai: 35cm

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast

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Planned closing dates of lifts at Zao Onsen (subject to change due to snow conditions)

Open until Thursday 31st March:
Nakamori Number 1 triple lift
Omori quad lift
Yokokura Number 2 pair lift
Astraea Number 1 pair lift
Astraea Number 2 pair lift
Astraea Number 3 pair lift

Open until Sunday 3rd April:
Onsen Number 1 pair lift
Onsen Number 2 quad lift
Shobunuma Number 2 pair lift

Open until Sunday 10th April:
Mikaeri pair lift
Yokokura Number 1 pair AB lift

Open until Sunday 17th April:
Kurohime Number 1 quad lift

Open until Thursday 5th May:
Chuo Number 1 pair lift AB
Chuo Number 2 pair lift AB (daily until 3rd April and then Sat/Sun and holidays only)
Katakai triple lift (daily until 3rd April and then Sat/Sun and holidays only)
Paradise pair AB lift (daily until 3rd April and then Sat/Sun and holidays only)
Utopia Number 2 pair lift

The Zao Ropeway, Sky Cable gondola and Chuo Ropeway are all open throughout the year (apart from specific maintenance periods)

Lifts not mentioned in the above list have already closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 30th March 2016, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Morning from Shiga Kogen where the clear skies and sunshine continue.

Cloud is forecast for later though and even the chance of some snow tonight! It's fairly warm this morning so it's going to have to get colder, but anyway I'll let you know how that goes tomorrow.

More sun on the forecast from tomorrow through until around Saturday.

Just 1 more day to go now until the end of the month and the end of the season for a number of lifts/areas of Shiga Kogen with more closing at the end of Sunday.

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Spring season dates for Shiga Kogen resort areas (subject to change):

Sun Valley
Both Sun Valley lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Maruike
The Number 1 triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Number 2 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March.

Hasuike
The triple lift and ropetow plan to be operating until Sunday 27th March.

Giant
The pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Higashitateyama
The Gondola plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Bunadaira
The Hoppo quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Takamagahara Mammoth
The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 11th April until 28th April).
The triple lift plans to be operating until Thursday 31st March.
The pair lift plans to be operating until Thursday 31st March (* Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only in March).

Nishitateyama
The Nishitateyama lifts plan to be operating until Thursday 31st March.

Tannenomori Okojo
The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.

Ichinose Family
The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Ichinose Number 2 pair A lift plans to be operating until Thursday 31st March.
The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Ichinose Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March (* closed Tuesdays).

Terakoya
The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 4th April until 28th April).

Ichinose Diamond
The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 4th April until 28th April).
The Ichinose Diamond triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March (* Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).

Ichinose Yamanokami
The Ichinose Yamanokami plans to be open until Sunday 3rd April.

Yakebitaiyama
Currently details are unconfirmed.

Okushiga Kogen
The Okushiga Kogen Number 1 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3 and 4 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Okushiga Kogen Number 6 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 24th April.
The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.

Kumanoyu
The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April; and then on 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th April and from 29th April until 8th May.

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge
The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May (and perhaps beyond depending on snow conditions).
The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Thursday 5th May.
The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (and perhaps beyond depending on snow conditions).

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6 day snow and weather forecasts:

Ichinose Family 6-day snow and weather forecast
Okushiga Kogen 6-day snow and weather forecast
Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Wednesday 30th March 2016, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Bluebird/clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Good morning from Furano.

The day has started out sunny with clear skies. Temperatures are really warm this morning so the snow conditions will be soft from the start. The clear skies are expected to give way to clouds which will bring some moderate rain in the afternoon, and then in the evening as the temperatures fall, light snow is forecast.

Lets hope that the rain event doesn't really get going as it is a truely pleasant spring morning at the moment. A little snow is forecast for tomorrow, and then on Friday things are looking great with lots of sunshine predicted.

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Minakami Now!

Wednesday 30th March 2016, 10:07am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 125cm
Great weather, warm, clear, sunny and hardly a breath of wind.

Forecast is still calling for some snow tonight at 1500m though rain at the base.

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Just Tenjindaira, Minakami Kogen Ski Resort and Minakami Hodaigi remain (at least part) open for now.
All other resorts in Minakami are now closed.

Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Oana
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
White Valley

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Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast
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Myoko Now!

Wednesday 30th March 2016, 10:58am
Weather conditions: Clear, but a bit hazy again today
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Another day of spring skiing out there; another warm day. I'm at the desk today, but we're suddenly getting all the stinkbugs who were hibernating in cracks in the walls coming out in force. Which means it's warm.

Nothing much else to add, except wax your skis before you come out - that snow can get sticky in the afternoon! And the snow levels are coming down fast, and tomorrow will be the last day for Kyukamura and Madarao Kogen.

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Akakura Kanko:
6° / 160cm; Sky Cable, No. 2 and 3 lifts; Champion side closed

Akakura Onsen:
5° / 130cm; running until April 3, with all the main lifts running; Ginrei section closed

Ikenotaira Onsen:
Closed

Myoko Suginohara:
Closed

Seki Onsen:
3° / 230cm

Myoko Ski Park:
7° / 95cm; open until April 3

Kyukamura RunRun:
7° / 130cm; open until March 31

Tangram Ski Circus:
3° / 75cm; open until April 3; Nos. 1, 3 and 5 lifts

Madarao Kogen:
5° / 65cm; open until March 31
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