Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 3rd April 2017, 7:41am
Weather conditions: Clear blue sunny skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everyone.

Yesterday was fine weather and this morning more so - lovely blue skies all around.

I'd love to go skiing this morning, but my eyes are all crunched up due to a bad case of hayfever so it'll be a day indoors for me. :(

From today just six and snowboard resorts remain open every day, with a few opening up once again just for the weekend. Anyway, full details on which resorts remain open can be found below. We'll keep an eye on course closings as much as possible to give you a good idea of what remains open at each resort.

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The Naeba Now report has finished up for the season with the main season at the Naeba resort finishing yesterday. Naeba plans to be be opening again on weekends and for Golden Week, so from now until the end of the season we will be keeping an eye on Naeba in this Yuzawa Now report.

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This Yuzawa Now report will continue to be updated daily until the end of Golden Week on Sunday 7th May.

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Official snow depth information (and available info) as of Monday 3rd April 2017

GALA Yuzawa
The Central, North, downhill course and sledding area are all open as normal.
Official snow depth: 350cm

Iwappara
3 courses are Iwappara remain open.
Official snow depth: 110cm

Joetsu Kokusai
10 courses at Joetsu Kokusai remain open - the area in front of the main hotel and the Panorama Zone.
Official snow depth: 200cm

Kagura
Almost all of Kagura courses remain open.
Closed courses according to official website - Gondola East Course at Tashiro and the downhill course back to Mitsumata car park.
Official snow depth: Kagura - 380cm; Mitsumata - 330cm; Tashiro - 350cm

Kandatsu Kogen
All courses at Kandatsu Kogen remain open.
Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nights before holidays from 7th April until 22nd April.
Official snow depth: 280cm

NASPA Ski Garden
All courses are NASPA Ski Garden remain open.
Official snow depth: 185cm

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Planned season closing dates

** This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions.

Sunday 9th April:
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Maiko Snow Resort (** note: only open on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th - closed Monday through Friday)
- NASPA Ski Garden

Sunday 7th May:
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro)
- Kandatsu Kogen
- Naeba (** note: weekends only 3rd-28th April; daily from 29th April)

Sunday 28th May:
- Kagura area (via Mitsumata)

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Other ski and snowboard resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma area are now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Monday 3rd April 2017, 8:10am
Weather conditions: High thin cloud and hazy but bright. Not sure which icon to use this morning!
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

There's some thing high cloud giving proceedings a hazy feel early on this morning, but it's fairly bright and (kind-of) sunny.

Going to be mild too.

Sun and warmth is what is expected tomorrow as well.

Full on spring now, folks, if there was any lingering doubts remaining!

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I have done some re-arranging of the resort-specific information below and will do my best to keep up to date on any changes. Gambarimasu!

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Check out one of the webcam images below and you'll see some 'let's get rid of this pesky snow' operations in progress. Once we get to this stage of the season you see a lot of that. Farmers in particular are keen to get going with their thing so the sooner the snow disappears the better.

Of course we'd prefer that lots remains on the slopes.

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Individual resort information: Monday 3rd April 2017:

Below info subject to change during the day due to snow and weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
All course areas remain open.

Official snow depth:
Top - 325cm
Base - 125cm

Operating lifts:
Ace Family (8:30am until 4:30pm) - until 16th April
Ace Number 2 Center Four (8:30am until 4:30pm)
Holiday Number 1 pair (8:30am until 3:00pm) - until 9th April
King Number 3 (8:40am until 4:30pm)
King Number 4 (8:50am until 4:30pm)
Gondola (8:30am until 4:30pm - on weekends and national holidays only)

The Spring Park should be open from 10am until 3:30pm

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Niseko Annupuri
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.

Official snow depth:
Top - 220cm
Base - 110cm

Operating lifts:
Annupuri Gondola
Jumbo Number 1
Jumbo Number 4

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort has closed for the season.
Niseko Village is currently closed but plans to part re-open from 28th April until 7th May.
Night time floodlit operations have finished for the season.   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Monday 3rd April 2017, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny. Nice.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

And it's a beautiful morning too. The sun is out and there's clear blue skies in every direction.

Cloud is due later on and might bring with it a bit of rain (some snow higher up maybe even?), though by tomorrow things should be back to sunny mode.

It's Monday 3rd April and we are now down to four ski resorts remaining open.

There's still a good choice to be had if you are still interested. All of 47 remains open and the Toomi and top part of Goryu are all open. Hakuba Happo-one is closing some base slopes from this morning but mid to upper slopes have excellent cover still and it's mostly open.

Anyway, I'll be checking and updating the below information each morning as we adventure into April.

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I plan to keep my reports going every day through until the end of the season on Sunday 7th May.

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Resort news as of 8:30am on Monday 3rd April 2017:

All information as available and subject to change.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
All of Hakuba 47 remains open.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 295cm
Base: 115cm
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Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall on upper areas.
The Iimori area of the resort is now closed. The Toomi and the upper areas remain open.
Official snow depth:
Alps: 280cm
Toomi: 110cm
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Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
Some base course areas are now closed but the resort remains mostly open.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 200cm
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Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
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Planned closing dates for lifts are as follows:
Open until Sunday 9th April
Nakiyama Number 3 triple lift
Happo Riesen quad
Open until Sunday 7th May
Gondola
Alpen quad lift
Grat quad lift
Usagidaira pair lift
Panorama pair lift
Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair lift
Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
Kurobishi Number 3 pair lift
Skyline Number 2 pair lift

Tsugaike Kogen:
Uma-no-se, Champion and Kane-no-naru-oka Number 2 areas are closed; Maruyama area is partially closed.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 340m
Han-no-ki: 335cm
Oya-no-hara: 115cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 115cm
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Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
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Planned closing dates for lifts are as follows:
Open until Sunday 9th April
Shirakaba quad
Open until Sunday 7th May
Tsugaike Ropeway
Gondola
Tsuga Number 2 pair lift
Han-no-ki high speed pair lift

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All other ski and snowboard resorts in the area are now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 3rd April 2017, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen as we enter the last section of the season.

Yesterday was of course the last day of the season for a bunch of resorts, leaving us with about 2/3 of the terrain left open. That's my estimate by the way, I think it's a fair number!

Feels strange with ski resorts closing when that have close to 3m of snow left. But there you go, that's the way it is...

It's a beautiful morning here - not a cloud in the sky, though clouds are actually forecast to move in later on and perhaps even drop some fresh snow on us. Wouldn't that be nice.

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Oh! It looks like Yakebitaiyama are now planning to re-open (Number 2 Gondola and Number 2 high speed lift) from Friday 7th until Sunday 9th April.

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I will continue to update this Shiga Kogen Now report and I aim to make a few updates each week from now until the end of the season.

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Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.

Ichinose Family
260cm

Ichinose Diamond
260cm

Kumanoyu
340cm

Okushiga Kogen
290cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
260cm

Terakoya
260cm

Yokoteyama
310cm

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Spring season dates for Shiga Kogen resort areas:

Lift and resort closing dates - it's complicated!
Please note that from 8th May, joint Shiga Kogen lift tickets are not valid - individual tickets from the individual areas will be required.

Takamagahara Mammoth
The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April)

Tannenomori Okojo
The quad lift plans to be operating on 8th/9th April and from 29th April until 7th May

Ichinose Family
The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May

Terakoya
The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 3rd April until 28th April)

Ichinose Diamond
The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April)

Okushiga Kogen
The Okushiga Kogen Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating on 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and between 29th April and 7th May
The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3, and 6 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May

Kumanoyu
The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 14th May
The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating on 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and from 29th April until 7th May

Yakebitaiyama
The Number 2 Gondola and Number 2 lift at Yakebitaiyama will be opening Friday 7th April until Sunday 9th April

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge
The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until late May
The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (may be closed on certain days)
The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until late May   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Monday 3rd April 2017, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

It was fine earlier on this morning but more cloud appearing as we approach 9am.

More lifts closing as of yesterday but there's still a large amount of terrain available out there.

For those of you wanting to enjoy Zao, from today a one day lift ticket now costs just 3000 yen.

Things seems very quiet this morning - certainly no crowds to deal with!

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Zao Onsen plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.

From April I can't be in Zao every day, and so from now until the end of the season I plan to post update reports a few times a week to keep things updated.

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Official snow depths (as published by the resort):
Summit - 155cm
Paradise - 240cm
Chuo - 240cm
Utopia - 200cm
Uwanodai - 130cm
Yokokura - 120cm

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Planned closing dates for lifts at Zao Onsen - subject to change due to snow conditions:

Operating until Sunday 9th April:
- Mikaeri pair
- Shobunuma Number 2 pair (**holidays only after 2nd April)

Operating until Sunday 16th April:
- Katakai triple (**holidays only after 2nd April)
- Paradise pair AB (**holidays only after 2nd April)

Operating until Sunday 7th May:
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Chuo Number 2 pair AB (holidays only after 16th April)
- Utopia Number 2 pair

No fixed closing date:
- Yokokura Number 1 pair AB
- Kurohime Number 1 quad

Open all year (* for sightseeing):
- Sky Cable
- Chuo Ropeway
- Zao Ropeway

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All other ski lifts are now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 3rd April 2017, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning to you all from Nozawa Onsen.

Fine, sunny skies this spring morning in Nozawa.

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I must admit to being a bit confused by some of the resort official data this morning. I thought the Skyline pair was going to be open but it is currently showing it is closed. Anyway, below is the information as they are putting out at the time of this report going up... Best to check with them before starting out to avoid any mis-understanding!

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Monday 3rd April 2017

Below is official info that the resort is publishing at the time of the report.

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 0cm
- Uenotaira: 0cm
- Hikage: 0cm
- Nagasaka: 0cm
- Karasawa: 0cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 390cm
- Uenotaira: 290cm
- Hikage: 135cm
- Nagasaka: 125cm
- Karasawa: 75cm

Lifts that are operating today:
- Nagasaka Gondola
- Yamabiko Four
- Yamabiko Number 2 Four
- Uenotaira Four
- Paradise Four
- Yu Road
- Hikage triple

Courses that are open today:
- Yamabiko courses
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Mizunashi A
- Muzunashi B
- Bunabayashi
- Yunomine A
- Yunomine B
- Rinkan
- Utopia Course
- Utopia Course 2
- Challenge
- Hikage
- Hikage-no-kabe

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Spring lift ticket prices:

1 day lift ticket - 3700 yen (adult), 1700 yen (child), 2900 yen (senior)
Half day lift ticket - 2700 yen (adult), 1200 yen (child), 2400 yen (senior)

Planned lift operations for the rest of the season:

Nagasaka Gondola - 8:10am until 3:30pm
Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift - 8:25am until 3:15pm
Yamabiko Four lift - 8:30am until 3:40pm
Uenotaira Four lift - 8:30am until 3:40pm (* only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week from 10th April)
Paradise Four lift - 8:25am until 3:50pm (* only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week from 10th April)
Skyline Pair lift - 8:25am until 4:00pm (* only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week from 10th April)   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Monday 3rd April 2017, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Fair, partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Blue skies this morning with a few clouds.

Temperatures are keeping fairly cold this morning and the snow condition is a little hard, before the sun gets to the slopes during the morning when things should soften up.

According to weather forecast, there may be a chance of wet snow falling this evening.

The Number 4 quad lift here at Grandeco is now being rested. Otsukaresama!

Here's what remains at least part open in the region:

Grandeco - open until 7th May
Nekoma - open until 7th May
Minowa - open until 5th May

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Snow Park Information:

[Dekodaira E park]
9m kicker, 5m table top 2 way and 10m kicker.

[Deokoboko park]
6m wide box, 6m down box, wave, 5m table top/hip/drum can, 6m straight box, 6m straight rail, mini ramp, volcano, volcano, 3m kicker, 5m kicker, 6m down big can.

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Lifts operating:

Lifts Operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 4 quad lift --- now closed

Courses open:

90% courses remain open

Official snow depth:
320cm

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: dry or wet
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: dry or wet   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Monday 3rd April 2017, 9:46am
Weather conditions: Clear skies today
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The end of the main season is here, although we still have three hearty ski areas providing for your sliding and laughing pleasure.

And, as white as the hills are, there really should be more open if there were also guests here to enjoy the still-considerable base.

I'll give a rundown on the season that was in Golden Week, and try and add the changing snowpack here daily or as close as possible.

We might see one last dab of snow up high tonight, but after that the freezing line is heading up the hill, and real spring weather is on the way!

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Akakura Kanko:
Planned closing date: Sunday 7 May
360cm, -1°

Akakura Onsen:
Planned closing date: Sunday 9 April
335cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
Closed

Myoko Suginohara:
Closed

Seki Onsen:
Planned closing date: Sunday 7 May
500cm, 0°

Myoko Ski Park:
Closed

Kyukamura RunRun:
Closed

Tangram Ski Circus:
Closed

Madarao Kogen:
Closed   Read more ...
 

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22nd Jul, 13:05pm
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14th Jul, 14:12pm
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01st Jul, 11:49pm
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29th May, 14:13pm
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29th May, 7:35
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25th May, 9:01
Appi Kogen Now
18th May, 8:33
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07th May, 19:56pm
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07th May, 19:55pm
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07th May, 19:55pm
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07th May, 19:53pm
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:51pm
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01st May, 9:18am

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