Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 24th November 2017

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 4th April 2014, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Good morning from Shiga Kogen. Well, actually, not so great really. Because it's raining. Lots of mist as well so visibility is generally really poor.

But. We are still hopeful for snow before tomorrow. Apologies that I am not going to be able to post a report until Monday, but do take a look at the webcams in the Daily Reports section of the site to see what is happening.

It's the last few days of the season for a few areas, as noted below.

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Sun Valley:
Number 1 lift - until 6th April

Maruike:
Number 1 triple lift - until 6th April

Tannenomori:
Number 8 quad lift - until 3rd April and then 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th April; 26th April until 6th May

Giant:
Until 6th April

Happo Bunadaira:
Happo quad - until 6th April

Ichinose Diamond:
Diamond triple lift - until 4th April
Diamond quad lift - until 6th April; then on weekends and 26th April until 6th May.

Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Number 2 Pair B - until 6th May
Ichinose quad - until 6th May

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Until 6th April and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May

Terakoya:
Quad lift - weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Pair lift - weekends and 26th April until 6th May

Mammoth:
Quad lift - until 6th April and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Triple lift - until 6th April and then weekdays until 25th April; and then 3rd-6th May

Yakebitaiyama:
Number 1 Gondola - until 6th April
Number 2 Gondola - until 6th April and then 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May
Number 2 high speed - until 6th April and then 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May
Number 4 romance - when number 2 gondola is resting

Okushiga Kogen:
Number 1 pair lift - until 6th April
Number 4 pair lift - until 6th April and then 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May
Number 2 and 3 pair lifts - until 6th May
Gondola - until 6th May

Kumanoyu:
Number 3 quad - 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May
Number 2 pair - 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May
Number 1 pair - until 6th May

Yokoteyama:
As long as there's snow - probably beyond Golden Week

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The following areas are already closed for the season:
Hasuike
Nishitateyama
Higashitateyama
Kidoike   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Friday 4th April 2014, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 110cm
After all that sun, there's a chance this morning. Cloud and poorer visibility on the mountain - and rain/sleet/snow (higher up) is falling now. Temperatures are just about in the positive and probably going to remain around there for the day. There's a moderate wind as well but it's a bit early for lift information this morning, though I suspect there will be distuption there.

Hopefully there might be a bit of snow to report tomorrow morning!

Sorry, in the information below about opening/closing dates, I forgot to add that Niseko Village plans be re-opening for the Golden Week period - I have added that in there now.

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Official snow depth numbers at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 330cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 330cm
Base - 100cm

Annupuri:
Top - 330cm
Base - 130cm

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Niseko Hanazono Resort plans to be open until Sunday 6th April
Niseko Village plans to be open until Sunday 6th April (and then from 26th April until 6th May)
Niseko Annupuri plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 4th April 2014, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Well, the day starts off wet and rainy after a fairly mild evening. It is about 5 degrees here in the village now and the resort is reporting a temperature of +3 degrees up top as of 7:30am. No new snow, and you can see from the webcam images (see below) that it's raining up there. Rain rain go away. Or, turn into snow! Hopefully it might happen. Let's see what my next report brings tomorrow morning....

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Friday 4th April 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 290cm
Uenotaira - 210cm

Lifts
Planned operating lifts for today (weekday operations):
Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four
Yamabiko Number 2 Four
Uenotaira Four
Yu Road

Courses
Planned courses to be open:
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E
Uenotaira
Paradise
Bunabayashi
Schneider
Utopia
Utopia 2
Challenge

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Note that the following lifts have closed for the season:

- Hikage Gondola
- Challenge pair lift
- Utopia pair lift
- Kandahar pair lift
- Nagasaka quad
- Nagasaka triple
- Nagasaka gondola connecting
- Karasawa pair

** Please note that from today until the end of the season the 'snow depth number' in the report is for Uenotaira -- official Hikage numbers are no longer available.    Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Friday 4th April 2014, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 65cm
Continuing on from yesterday afternoon... it's raining this morning. The mountains are mostly covered in cloud meaning poor visibility on many of the open resorts. Not the nicest of conditions, that's for sure.

Will it snow later, as the forecasts tell us?

I'll let you know how that goes tomorrow morning.

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Official snow depth numbers and operations at resorts remaining open (as of 4th April 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 210cm
Toomi - 65cm
Iimori - 0cm

Hakuba 47:
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 160cm
Lower - 30cm

Happo-one:
Plans to be open until early May.
Usagidaira - 145cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until early May.
Tsuganomori - 256cm
Kanenonaruoka - 30cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Plans to be open until 6th April.
Upper - 230cm
Lower - 110cm

   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 4th April 2014, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
The rain held off last night but started overnight, easing off a bit earlier but it's raining again now and seems set in for the day. It's raining up at Kagura as well.

Currently it is around 7 degrees here in town, but hopefully if (when) it gets colder later on today and tonight there is still that chance of snow - maybe even down to town though it will probably be borderline sleet/rain.

We'll just have to see what car nature deals and I'll let you know in the morning.

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Planned resort closing dates in the region:

Until 6th April:
Ipponsugi
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Iwappara
Joetsu Kokusai
Maiko Snow Resort - but open again on 12th/13th April
Nakazato Snow Wood
Yuzawa Nakazato
NASPA Ski Garden

Until 6th May:
Naeba (weekends only from 7th April)
GALA Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro)

Until 25th May:
Kagura (Mitsumata)

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These resorts are already closed:

Chateux Shiozawa
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Itsukamachi
Ludens Yuzawa
Mt Granview
Muikamachi Hakkai-san
Muikamachi Ski Resort
Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Park

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Official resort snow depths @ Friday 4th April 2014, AM:
Naeba:
150cm
Kagura (Tashiro):
300cm
Kagura (Mitsumata):
350cm
NASPA Ski Garden:
148cm
Gala Yuzawa:
270cm
Iwappara:
100cm
Yuzawa Nakazato:
110cm
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Maiko Snow Resort:
185cm
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
170cm
Joetsu Kokusai:
150cm
   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Friday 4th April 2014, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Rain arrived yesterday afternoon and has continued through until this morning. The rain has been particularly heavy in the early hours of the morning and has assisted helping clear away snow from around the village.

As of now the rain has transformed to snow at the base level of the resort so lets hope that continues. Snow is on the forecast oficially from tonight through tomorrow afternoon.

Low cloud and fog are enveloping the resort and the town so visibility will be limited on the mountain and the snow particularly wet.

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Operating lifts:

Furano Ropeway 9:00am-4:00pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 CLOSED
Downhill Romance #2 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Prince Romance 9:00am- 4:00pm

Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course   Read more ...
 

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