Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 8th April 2013, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 60cm
There was even a light dusting of snow overnight but today has turned into a fine one and much calmer than it has been of late. It's going to warm up a bit but not too much keeping quite chilly this morning.

Much more limited from today as some resorts close for weekdays or altogether for the season.

Official resort snow depths as of Monday 8th April 2013 AM:

Yokoteyama:
165cm
Shibutoge:
165cm
Kumanoyu:
170cm
Mammoth:
150cm
Ichinose Family:
155cm
Okushiga Kogen:
170cm

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Here are the latest lift operation plans for the resorts around Shiga Kogen, as of Monday 1st April. Please note that they are of course subject to change and in particular snow conditions.

Higashitateyama:
Open on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.

Nishitateyama:
Number 2 triple open on mornings of April 27th until May 6th.

Terakoya:
Open on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.

Mammoth:
Quad open until May 6th.
Number 2 triple lift open April 25th-27th.

Tanne no mori okujo:
Open on April 13th, 14th and April 26th until May 6th.

Ichinose Family:
Quad open until May 6th.
Number 2 Pair A line open April 10th-15th, April 17th-22nd, April 24th-25th.
Number 2 Pair B line open until April 9th and then open April 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd and then April 26t until May 6th.

Ichinose Diamond:
Quad lift open on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Open on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.

Yakebitaiyama:
Number 2 Gondola open April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May.
Number 2 high speed lift open April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May.
Number 4 romance lift open when the Number 2 Gondola is not running.

Okushiga Kogen:
Gondola until May 6th.
Number 2 and 3 pair lifts until 6th May.
Number 4 pair lift open April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.

Kumanoyu:
Number 1 pair lift open until May 6th.
Number 2 pair lift open until May 12th.
Number 3 quad lift open April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge:
Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky lift open until 6th May.
Yokoteyama Number 2, 3 Sky, Shibutoge romance lifts open until late May (basically as long as they can open).

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From 7th May onwards, special individual lift tickets are required at Kumanoyu and Yokoteyama - season tickets and all Shiga Kogen tickets not valid. At Kumanoyu they are 3000 yen (children 1500 yen) for a full day and 2000 yen (children 1000 yen) for half day. At Yokoteyama and Shibutoge they are 3000 yen (children free) for a full day and 2000 yen (children free) for half day.   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Monday 8th April 2013, 10:54am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 450cm
We sure got a lot of rain over the weekend. Really heavy rain falling through into the middle of Sunday and I can't imagine it has done any favours for the snow conditions and hearing of some slides on the mountain as well.

Wet sleet/snow was falling earlier on this morning and now a little later it snowing. Still wet though, but definitely colder than it has been. Strong winds are persisting today with basically most of the ski lifts closed at the resort areas that remain open for the season. Niseko Annupuri has been closed completely while just a few lower lifts at Grand Hirafu. All very limited.

So from today it is just those two areas with Niseko Village taking a break until 27th April, when they will re-open for Golden Week, and Niseko Hanazono who have closed for the season.

Tomorrow should be slightly warmer with a mix of cloud and the chance of light sleet/snow from time to time.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 415cm
Bottom - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 340cm
Bottom - 180cm

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Planned resort operations

Niseko Hanazono - closed for the season
Niseko Village - currently closed but will re-open between 27th April and 6th May
Niseko Annupuri - until Monday 6th May
Niseko Grand Hirafu - until Monday 6th May
   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Monday 8th April 2013, 11:00am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
That was the season at Naeba.

April comes around way too fast each season of course and this year is no different.

Kagura will of course be open for a fair while longer.

From today we'll be posting a report here on Naeba Now perhaps once a week until the end of the season. The Yuzawa Now report pages on SnowJapan will continue to be updated right through until Kagura closes, so please do keep checking that as we will be posting any specific Kagura news.

Yuzawa Now reports.

Planned closing dates:
Kagura (Tashiro Ropeway) - May 6th
Kagura (Mitsumata Ropeway) - May 26th

Naeba is now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 8th April 2013, 11:02am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Top runs open again today with the Gondola and the top Yamabiko lifts doing their thing. The sun has been out this morning but it has been windy - though not enough to stop the lifts, here in Nozawa anyway.

Hopefully tomorrow we will get calmer conditions and there should be quite a bit of sun in the coming week.

The snow continues to dry up and disappear from lower slopes of the resort areas, with only a bit left now on the Karasawa area. Sad!

Still, up top it's great snow cover still.

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Official snow depths
Yamabiko
230cm

Uenotaira
175cm

Hikage
40cm

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Nozawa Onsen opening dates from 1st April to the end of season:

From 1st April until 6th May:
Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift
Yamabiko Four lift

From 1st April until 7th April
12th April until 14th April
20th-21st April
27th April until 6th May

Uenotaira Four lift
Snow Park

6th-7th April
13th-14th April
20th-21st April
27th April until 6th May

Paradise Four lift

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Courses scheduled to be open at Nozawa Onsen (subject to change due to weather conditions):

Yamabiko A
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E
Uenotaira
Bunabayashi (to the Nagasaka Gondola mid station)
Paradise
Utopia A
Utopia B
Rinkan (until the Hikage area)

To get back to the Nagasaka Gondola from Rinkan use the shuttle bus from Isemiya course.

Lift prices from 1st April are 3500 yen (adults), 1500 yen (children), 2500 yen (seniors) for a day ticket and 2500 yen (adults), 1000 yen (children), 2000 yen (seniors) for a half day.   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Monday 8th April 2013, 11:45am
Weather conditions: Fine, just windy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 195cm
The spring storm is still with us. Strong winds have really messed with the opening plans of resorts today and basically the best option available is to take a soak in an onsen I reckon.

We have actually had some nice blue skies above the village with just a few clouds hanging around the top of the resorts... it's just that wind...

So from today Hakuba Cortina has been closed, so we're left with the four resorts below.

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Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 8th April 2013 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 195cm;
Toomi - 35cm

Hakuba 47:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 115cm
Lower - 35cm

Happo-one:
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 145cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 20cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 215cm
Lower slopes - 40cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Cortina and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 8th April 2013, 15:00pm
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
So we are now down to three skijo open in the area - Kandatsu Kogen, GALA Yuzawa and Kagura. With Maiko planning to open this coming weekend, just for the weekend.

It has been a bit calmer today though still quite windy up on the mountains with the Tashiro area of Kagura closed and limited at the main Kagura area too, via Mitsumata.

Been some sun out though so it feels rather brighter than it did over the weekend.

Tomorrow is forecast to start off clear and sunny and it will warm up to perhaps around 12 degrees during the daytime.

Official resort snow depths @ Monday 8th April 2013, AM:

Kagura:
350cm
Kandatsu Kogen:
185cm
Gala Yuzawa:
210cm

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Planned closing dates for resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma

Resorts in Yuzawa:

Kandatsu Kogen - until 14th April (and then weekends until Golden Week in early May)
GALA Yuzawa - until 6th May
Kagura (Tashiro) - until 6th May
Kagura (Mitsumata) - until 26th May

Resorts in Minamiuonuma:

Maiko Snow Resort - open on 13/14th April

All are subject to snow conditions and may change.   Read more ...
 

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Shiga Kogen Now
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Hakuba Now
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Yuzawa Now
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Madarao Now
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Nozawa Onsen Now
16th Dec, 8:42
Myoko Now
16th Dec, 8:17am
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