Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Geto Kogen Now!

Thursday 11th April 2019, 7:36am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Well, it was cloudy for the day yesterday.

This morning it is snowing and there's 16cm to report. Doesn't look like it should last much longer and clearer skies are forecast for tomorrow.

Great to see official snow depth numbers actually increasing here on the 11th April!

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Official snow depths:

* Top: 380cm
* Base: 240cm

Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 1 pair lift

- Other lifts now closed for the season

Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change due to weather:

* All of the main official courses are available
* All tree runs open   Read more ...
 

Aizu Bandai Now!

Thursday 11th April 2019, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Urabandai.

Some quite heavy snowfall yesterday evening through the night and all ski hills and roads are covered by snow this morning once again. 14cm of new snow has been measured at the base of Grandeco and maybe (surely?) more on the upper course.

It is cloudy right now and the snow on the slopes is not top season dry snow, but it is certainly good condition for approaching the middle of April!

It will be a cloudy day today and turn into a starry night and tomorrow a sunny day with warm winds is expected.

For the skiers who want to catch the early morning snow, Grandeco opens from 8:30, Nekoma opens from 7:30 on weekdays and 5:55 on the weekend and national holidays!

The photos for today are from Nekoma (the first two) and Grandeco.

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Nekoma - Alts 'walking link'

The Alts Bandai resort has already closed for the season but in what seems to be an experimental kind of special opening, there is now an official 'walking link' available between the Nekoma and Alts Bandai resorts, with Alts opening up their top Muhyo ski lift.

This is how it works.

Basically you get up to the top of the Nekoma resort via the Excite Cat Chair lift. You can walk about 800m (15 minutes) over to the top of the Alts Bandai resort - there is a rope along the way to keep you going in the right direction - where the Muhyo lift is operating. You can then enjoy the top area of Alts Bandai using the Muhyo lift.

It is important to note that you cannot ski back down to the base of Alts Bandai and it is prohibited to go outside of the official walking course.

Once you have had your fill of the top of Alts Bandai you need to then walk back over to the top of Nekoma, and then ski/board back down to the base of that resort.

The Mukyo lift is open between 9am and 1pm; the walking link is open between 9am and 1:30pm; the gate on the Nekoma side closes at noon.

This link will be open until the middle of this month so if you want to try it out, you'll need to get there soon!

It will be interesting to see if this idea is deemed a success and what kind of feedback the resorts get. It is unknown right now if they have kind of plans to do this again next year in any form.

Perhaps we can look forward to more news on this next season. We'll keep an eye on it.

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Nekoma - lift 4/5, course 11/11 open (open until there is enough snow)
Grandeco - lift 2/5 include one gondola, course 8/11 open (open until there is enough snow)

Minowa, Alts Bandai, Urabandai, Inawashiro, Inawashiro resort, Numajiri, Listel, Family Bandai Bandai - already closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 11th April 2019, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

There is a bit more snow in higher elevations this morning - 5cm being reported by Kagura and snow to be seen on the webcam on the part of Route 17 near Tashiro - but it has been raining down at town level with wet roads.

A high of about 6C is forecast for today, slightly higher tomorrow along with a return to sunnier skies.

GALA closed at 1pm yesterday I believe due to winds and this morning wind is affecting Kagura which is open up until the Number 1 romance lift and the Tashiro Area is closed. More of Kagura may open depending on the wind conditions.

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Updated: Thursday 11th April 2019

GALA Yuzawa
- Official snow depth: 240cm
- The Central Area and part of the Northern Area of GALA Yuzawa remain open
- The downhill Falcon course is now closed for the season - take the Gondola down
- GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until Monday 6th May

Kagura
- Official snow depth: 260cm (Kagura); 230cm (Tashiro); 200cm (Mitsumata)
- Kagura remains almost fully open - but limited this morning due to wind
- Tashiro Ropeway plans to be open until Monday 6th May - but closed today due to wind
- Kagura via Mitsumata Ropeway plans to be open until Sunday 26th May

Kandatsu Kogen
- Official snow depth: 180cm
- Kandatsu remains part open
- Kandatsu Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 21st April

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All other ski resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region are now closed for the season   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 11th April 2019, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning my friends.

Yes, more snow this morning. It's the third morning in a row.

Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 5cm of snow by the top of the Riesen lift.

Hakuba 47 are reporting 3-5cm on upper slopes.

And I have a few cm from down below, 2-4cm or so in places.

Limited visibility in places but that is likely to improve and there may be some sunshine appearing later on in the day today.

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Ski resort information on Thursday 11th April 2019:
The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.

Hakuba Happo-one

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 315cm
- Usagidaira: 210cm
- Nakiyama: 30cm

Notes:
- Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline, Riesen Slalom and Nakiyama South Side areas remain open
- Base areas are closed apart from Nakiyama South Side and Shirakaba South Side (part)
- Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Toomi: -cm
- Iimori: -cm

Notes:
- Iimori and Toomi base area are now closed
- Top areas remain open
- Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 255cm
- Base: 85cm

Notes:
- All courses are open
- Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 270cm
- Han-no-ki: 210cm
- Oya-no-hara: 45cm

Notes:
- Tsugaike Ropeway is now generally open for spring operations (check for daily operation plans)
- Tsuga-no-mori, Han-kou, Han-no-ki and Karamatsu course areas remain open
- Other course areas are now closed
- Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Monday 6th May   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 11th April 2019, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Nozawa.

Just a dusting down below but another 5cm of fresh snowfall is being reported by the resort up on the top Yamabiko and Uenotaira areas - the areas that matter being the main place you can still ski or board (though you can still get back down to base without riding a lift).

Very limited visibility at the start of the day up there...

It does look like things will start warming up again from the weekend. Perhaps the start of proper spring?

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Thursday 11th April 2019

Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday morning):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 5cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 5cm
- Hikage (660m): no longer reporting
- Nagasaka (615m): no longer reporting
- Karasawa (563m): no longer reporting

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 305cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 220cm
- Hikage (660m): no longer reporting
- Nagasaka (615m): no longer reporting
- Karasawa (563m): no longer reporting

The following lifts are normally operating:

- Nagasaka Gondola (8:10am - 3:30pm; last one down 3:30pm)
- Yamabiko Four (8:30am - 3:20pm)
- Yamabiko Number 2 Four (8:25am - 3:30pm)

The following courses are open:

- Yamabiko B
- Yamabiko C
- Yamabiko D
- Yamabiko E
- Kokenashi
- Uenotaira
- Paradise

The following courses remain available to ski back down:

- Utopia C
- Mizunashi
- Ushikubi
- Rinkan
- Bunabayashi
- Challenge
- Kumataka

All subject to change of course due to conditions

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Nozawa Onsen plans to be open until Monday 6th May   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Thursday 11th April 2019, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny, just a few small clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

And more of the same this morning. It is a very nice 'same' but it doesn't give me much to report really. But I do have a few things I would like to mention this morning...

We are now into the 'Final Season' period and that means cheaper lift tickets again. Hurray! That means that you can get a Hirafu 5 hour ticket for 3,000 yen or a one day ticket for 3,400 yen (2,200 yen and 2,500 yen for junior high students and seniors; 1,600 yen and 2,000 yen for elementary school students).

Note that the Hirafu Gondola will only be operating on Saturdays, Sundays and from 27th April through 6th May.

Over at Annupuri, one day lift tickets are 3,400 yen for adults, 3000 yen for junior high students and 2,600 yen for elementary school students. And I believe that includes 1,000 yen for some lunch and an onsen hot spring entry discount ticket.

All areas that plan to be open should be open this morning.

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 11th April 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open until Monday 6th May 2019

- All courses apart from Miharashi remain open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 320cm
- Base: 80cm

Planned ski lift operations:
- Hirafu quad (weekends only) [8:30am - 4:30pm]
- Ace Family quad [8:30am - 4:30pm] * until 14th April
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad [8:30am - 4:30pm]
- King Number 3 quad [8:40am - 4:30pm]
- King Number 4 [8:50am - 4:30pm]

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Niseko Annupuri
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open until Monday 6th May 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 250cm
- Base: 60cm

Planned ski lift operations:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Dream Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 4 pair

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Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO areas are now closed for the 2018-2019 season   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Thursday 11th April 2019, 9:32am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Rubbing my eyes this morning - it's still dumping and that's been the case for over 48 hours here!

Not much of a buildup at my place (700m) and somewhat heavy as yesterday's snow was wet. That said, I heard the whole top half of Tenjindaira was game on, proper pow, plenty of it, and nobody there.

Today's snow is better quality even down here and it's properly cold. The mountain is currently shut due to wind but my feeling is it opens up pretty soon.
   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Thursday 11th April 2019, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

Well, we have been enjoying a real April revival here. Snow reported on 9th and now another 20+cm to report this morning. It's on the heavier side, but it's fresh snow and what's not to love about that.

We may be seeing the last of the fresh snow for the season though with not much due on the forecast in the coming week with warmer temperatures on the horizon.

Next report early in the week. Have a good weekend.

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Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 120cm
- Paradise area: 170cm
- Chuo area: 170cm
- Utopia area: 195cm
- Uwanodai area: 80cm
- Oomori area: 60cm

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These are the planned lift closing dates as stated by the resort. There may be slight variations and they are also of course subject to change depending on snow conditions. Please check with the resort before going.

Operating until 14th April:
- Katakai triple: operating on 13th and 14th April
- Paradise pair AB: operating on 13th and 14th April

Operating until 6th May:
- Chuo Number 1 pair
- Chuo Number 2 pair: operating on 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th, 29th April, 3rd-6th May

Operating as long as snow allows:
- Yokokura Number 1 pair AB
- Kurohime quad
- Utopia Number 2 pair

Operating through the year (for sightseeing):
- Sky Cable
- Chuo Ropeway
- Zao Ropeway

* Other ski lifts already closed
* All dates subject to change depending on snow conditions   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 11th April 2019, 10:07am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

Well, winter really isn't going quietly this season. More snow and cold. It sure doesn't feel like we are getting close to the middle of April.

This morning Kumanoyu are reporting 5cm of snow. Adding that to what we say yesterday and I am able to add 9cm to the report (since last report).

It is still snowing with less wind it seems than earlier on.

The roads have a cover of snow but it's not thick - still, I think lots of people will be glad if they kept their winter tyres on (and regretting it if they had swapped them over!)

More lifts to open for the weekend; plans are as below.

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Shiga Kogen resort info: Thursday 11th April 2019

The below information is manually checked for each report.
Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 190cm

Kumanoyu
- Official snow depth: 200cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 195cm

Yakebitaiyama
- Official snow depth: 220cm

Yokoteyama
- Official snow depth: 205cm

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** Planned closing dates - all subject to change, depending on conditions **

Takamagahara Mammoth
Quad lift - 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May

Tannenomori Okojo
13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May

Ichinose Family
Quad and Number 2 pair B - until 6th May

Terakoya
13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May

Ichinose Diamond
Diamond pair and quad - 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May

Kumanoyu
Number 1 pair - until 14th April
Number 3 quad - 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May
Number 2 pair A line - until 12th May

Yokoteyama / Shibutoge
Number 4 pair lift - every Saturday from 1st April
Number 1 Sky A and B - until 6th May
Number 2 Sky - beyond 6th May
Number 3 Sky - beyond 6th May
Shibutoge - beyond 6th May

Okushiga Kogen
Number 6 pair lift - 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May
Number 4 pair lift - 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May
Number 2 high speed pair - until 6th May
Number 3 high speed pair - until 6th May
Gondola - until 6th May

Yakebitaiyama
Number 4 romance lift - operating when the Number 2 gondola is not operating
Number 1 Gondola - until 6th May
Number 2 high speed lift - until 6th May   Read more ...
 

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06th May, 9:33am
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06th May, 9:09
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06th May, 8:46
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06th May, 8:35
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06th May, 8:13am
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