Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Myoko Now!

Saturday 31st March 2018, 5:22am
Weather conditions: Clear again
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Early report again for the second-to-the-last-day for most of the Myoko area resorts. Big cross-country race, and your truly is sitting about 1.5 kilometers out there on the course to check that the kids are all passing through properly. A mea culpa: it was calm early in the morning, but we had a pretty steady north wind through the day (as we found out, again, sitting out there in the open). That wind also released huge green clouds of pollen from the sugi trees. Lots of runny knots and itchy eyes out there.

Warmer today and the prediction on wind is in fact calm. All the reports below are from yesterday, except for Lotte Arai which updates regularly (although not on the lifts). Add a couple of degrees, maybe; keep the snow about where these are, and you’ll be good. T

Tomorrow I’ll report at a more normal time, and try to sum up this unusual season.

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Akakura Kanko:
220 cm, 1°; closing May 6

Akakura Onsen:
180cm, -1°; closing April 8

Ikenotaira Onsen:
160cm, 2.5°

Myoko Suginohara:
115cm, -3°; No. 3 and Romance lifts closed; closing April 1

Seki Onsen:
310 cm, 1°; closing May 6

Myoko Ski Park:
130 cm, 5°; closing April 1

Kyukamura RunRun:
170 cm, 9°; closing April 1

Lotte Arai Resort:
370cm, 1.2°; Mamushigaeshi, Exciter and Discovery closed (weren’t some of these permanently closed?); Myoko Long Run Upper partially open; Funaishi-zawa, Happy Place and Benzaku-zawa open in the avalanche-controlled areas; closing May 6

Tangram Ski Circus:
110 cm, 3°; closing April 1

Madarao Kogen:
130 cm, -1°; closing April 1

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park:
60cm, 1°; closing April 1   Read more ...
 

Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 31st March 2018, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
This might be getting somewhat repetitive but... more fine weather here in Geto Kogen.

There is still some rain there on the forecast for tomorrow.

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Official snow depths:

Top: 365cm
Base: 235cm

Number 1 Gondola and Number 1 pair lift are operating




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Grandeco Now!

Saturday 31st March 2018, 8:13am
Weather conditions: Fair
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a sunny Saturday morning. It was a little cold yesterday so the snow condition is not wet today.

There are many people hiking up to Mt. Nishidaiten today using snowshoes. Don’t forget to bring GPS or maps and apply for the mountain climbing sheet at the information counter when you climb.

Bandai area ski hills information:

Inawashiro Resort - today is the last day of the ski season
Alts Bandai - until tomorrow
Nekoma, Minowa and Grandeco - will keep going!

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From now reports will not be daily but we will update each week until the end of the season.

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Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 220cm

Forecast:
- Grandeco snow and weather forecast
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Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 31st March 2018, 8:19am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It is the last day of March and the last weekend of the ski season for a number of ski resorts.

Yesterday was fine weather though a fair few clouds gathering in the afternoon. This morning the sun remains out and there are clear skies above. It's going to be a little warmer than yesterday, and warmer still tomorrow.

Snow around town base areas continues to disappear with more and more patches of ground now appearing on lower slopes. It depends on the resort, but generally snow cover in higher areas remains very good.

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Updated: Saturday 31st March 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.

GALA Yuzawa
- 200cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May
- The Central Area and North Area remain open (South Area is now closed for the season)

Iwappara
- 80m
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April

Kagura
- Kagura area: 260cm
- Mitsumata area: 160cm
- Tashiro area: 210cm
- Tashiro Ropeway plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May
- Mitsumata Ropeway and Kagura area plans to be at least part open until Sunday 27th May
- The Dragondola connecting Tashiro with Naeba is now closed for the season

Kandatsu Kogen
- 160cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 22nd April

Naeba
- 160cm (base)
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May (weekdays only from 9th-27th April)
- The Dragondola connecting Naeba with Tashiro is now closed for the season

NASPA Ski Garden
- 70cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 120cm
- Base: 60cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April

Yuzawa Park
- 70cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 75cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April

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Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma (just to the north of Yuzawa):

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 120cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April

Joetsu Kokusai
- 120cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 120cm
- Base: 30cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April
- From Monday 2nd April, just the Gondola, Nagamine Number 2 quad and Okusoeji quad lift will be operating

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed for the season   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Saturday 31st March 2018, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Clear. Again.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

Just two more days to go this season here in Madarao with the ski lifts resting from the end of tomorrow.

And it's clear blue skies once again this morning with more of that forecast for tomorrow. It has been quite the run of sun this month...

Still, good snow cover on the mountain as you can see in the webcam image below.

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Official snow depth:

120cm

Operating lifts:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Saturday 31st March 2018, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

More fine weather conditions this Saturday morning. A bit chilly overnight but it will be warming up again during the day and the next few. Though I see on forecasts we might expect some precipitation overnight. Local Yahoo says snow even which is interesting. I'm thinking that might be optimistic. But hey, 'March Madness' indeed! ;)

Hirafu is reporting some wind but it feels pretty calm down here.

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Saturday 31st March 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 6th May
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 8th April

Lifts info:
- King Number 1 and 2 and Ace Number 4 lifts rested.
- Other lifts should be operating.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 440cm
- Base: 145cm

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

Lifts info:
- Jumbo Number 2 and 3 lifts rested.
- Other lifts should be operating.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 400cm
- Base: 130cm

Niseko Village
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 8th April

Lifts info:
- Community Chair, Morino Chair and Country Road Chair lifts rested.
- Other lifts should be operating.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 380cm
- Base: 150cm   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 31st March 2018, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Can you believe it is already the last day of March?

Once again, it's clear skies and sun. It feels cooler this morning but we should expect high temps rising to just over 10C later on in the day.

One thing worth mentioning. I am lucky but some of my friends are starting to have a hard time with hay fever. If you are a sufferer, come prepared. Those masks are worth investing in!

General resort operations information from 2nd April until 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 2nd April and 27th April;
A resort shuttle bus may operate between Hikage and Nagasaka (Number 1 car park) depending on snow conditions.

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Saturday 31st March 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 235cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 140cm
- Hikage (660m): 60cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 55cm
- Karasawa (563m): 20cm

Lifts operations:

- All lifts should be open as planned this morning
- The Yunomine pair, Mizunashi triple, Challenge pair and Utopia pair lifts usually rested on weekdays.

The following courses either closed (or not fully available):

- Schneider
- Grand Prix
- Hachiman
- Mukoubayashi
- Kandahar   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 31st March 2018, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
And.... more blue skies and sunshine on this last morning of March. What a month it has been!

Fairly low temps overnight and so perhaps some icy conditions at the start of the day but it should soften up pretty sharpish.

The sunny conditions will continue into early next week. From Monday, we will be left with just Happo-one, Goryu, 47 and Tsugaike Kogen open and they will all battle on intending to remain open until early May.

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Ski resort information on Saturday 31st March 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as planned

Courses open:
- Base areas apart from Nakiyama are now closed
- For access to the base areas, ski down to Nakiyama or the Gondola areas via the Risen Slalom course (or take the Gondola lift or Kitaone Sakka quad lift)
- Large area of upper mountain remains open

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 310cm
- Usagidaira: 200cm
- Lower: 45cm

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Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as planned today

Courses open:
- All courses apart from Cosmo River, Snow Diving, Adventure and Straight Whiskey remain open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Toomi: 90cm
- Iimori: 55cm

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Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as planned today
- Line D usually operates only when the Gondola is not operating

Courses open:
- Most main courses should be available
- Lower part of R-7 closed

Official snow depth:
- Top: 280cm
- Base: 95cm

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Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as planned

Courses open:
- All course areas apart form Uma-no-se and part of the Lower Course through forest should be open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 280cm
- Han-no-ki: 260cm
- Maruyama: 60cm
- Shirakaba: 185cm
- Champion: 50cm
- Oya-no-hara: 70cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 40cm

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Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- Lifts 1, 2, 4 still operating
- Plans to be open until Sunday 1st April

Courses open:
- Ikenota, Ikenota Forest, Hieda Forest, Mt Hieda 1, Mt Hieda 2, Itadaira and Ipponmatsu remain open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 214cm
- Base: 95cm

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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operations:
- Resort remains part open, mostly Mountain Side
- Plans to be open until Sunday 1st April

Official snow depth:
- Top: 160cm
- Base: 50cm

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- Lifts 3, 4, 5, 6 still operating
- Plans to be open until Sunday 1st April

Official snow depth:
- 60cm

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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- Lifts 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 still operating
- Plans to be open until Sunday 1st April

Official snow depth:
- 110cm

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Hakuba Sanosaka

Now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Saturday 31st March 2018, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Fine weather
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It was actually rather cold overnight and early this morning.

The sun is out though with no wind and so it will be warming up today and further still tomorrow and early in the week.

Zao Onsen hopes to remain part open until Sunday 6th May. From Monday until the end of the season, I plan to post a few update reports each week until the ski lifts stop for the season.

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Lifts and course info:

The following course areas have now closed for the season:

- Kotan
- Diamond Valley
- Ryuzan
- Karamatsu
- Sunrise (remains part open)

The following lifts have now closed for the season:

- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Diamond Number 2 pair
- Onsen Number 3 Parallel AB
- Onsen Number 4 quad
- Zao Kokutai pair
- Ryuzan pair
- Karamatsu pair
- Sunrise pair AB

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 150cm
- Paradise area: 150cm
- Chuo area: 150cm
- Utopia area: 165cm
- Uwanodai area: 75cm
- Oomori area: 55cm

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Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 31st March 2018, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Clear & sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Shiga Kogen.

I know this is getting really repetitive, but once again it is clear and sunny. It was definitely colder overnight but the sun will warm things up as the day goes on. It will be getting warmer over the next few days.

Tomorrow is the last day of the season for a number of ski resorts around Shiga Kogen so from Monday things will be scaled down.

The next Shiga Kogen Now report will be on Monday and after that I will do my best to post new reports a few times week until the end of the season.

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Planned closing date information for the ski areas around Shiga Kogen. Note that all are subject to change.

At least part open daily until Sunday 1st April:

Sun Valley
Maruike
Hasuike
Giant
Higashitateyama
Hoppo Bunadaira
Nishitateyama

At least part open daily until Sunday 1st April; then open on some days (mostly weekends and Golden Week) until Sunday 6th May:

Takamagahara Mammoth
Tannenomori
Ichinose Family
Terakoya
Ichinose Diamond
Yakebitaiyama

As least part open daily until 6th May; then part open from 7th May:

Okushiga Kogen
Kumanoyu
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge

Details of ski lift operations during the months of April and May will be posted by the end of March
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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
28th May, 8:40am
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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