Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 11th April 2020, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Fine blue skies
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Quick report to record more snow...

And the sun is out now with blue skies and just a few wispy clouds.

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APPI is open with the following lifts normally operating (subject to change):

- Appi Gondola (OPEN WEEKENDS)
- Central quad lift
- Central Number 2 lift
- Central Number 3A lift
- Central Number 4 lift

- 8 courses remain open
- Tree run courses are now closed
- Subject to lift operations & weather conditions

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Snowfall numbers
The below numbers are reported by the resort

Cumulative snowfall:
635cm

Natural snow depth:
130cm

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Niseko Now!

Saturday 11th April 2020, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Kind of fine, finding it difficult to describe. See images!
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

It is a kind of hazy looking morning. A bit overcast but some blue sky to just about see and it is quite bright. As I write this anyway.

The Hirafu Gondola is operating for the weekend (it will be closed again from Monday).

Tomorrow might be a clearer type of fine weather with quite a lot of sun on the forecast in the coming week.


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Planned ski resort operation information: Saturday 11th April 2020
Subject to change and weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 300cm
- Base: 50cm

The following lifts are scheduled to be operating:
- Ace Number 2 quad center four
- Hirafu Gondola
- King Number 3 quad
- King Number 4

- The following courses are now closed:
- Family
- King-Ace connecting
- Onsenzawa
- Miharashi

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 150cm
- Base: 40cm

The following lifts are scheduled to be operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 4 pair

- 9 courses open

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 170cm
- Base: 40cm

The following lifts are scheduled to be operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Wonderland Chair

- The top area is open, take the gondola back down to base

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- The Niseko HANAZONO area is now closed for the season.
- Night time floodlit operations have closed for the season.

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Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 11th April 2020, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

We didn't get much of a clear up yesterday. In fact, there were still spots of rain around in the evening... it was quite cold too.

Kagura are even reporting 5cm of snow up there.

It is supposed to be clearer today too but we are starting the day with quite a lot of cloud.

Yesterday evening the local news was talking about the weather at the moment. They mentioned that temperatures are/will be 'lower than usual'. After a winter season of what seemed like constantly hearing the annoying 'higher than usual', I shouted very loudly at the TV on behalf of us all. That surely told them!

Kagura are officially asking people from the regions of Japan that are under the current 'state of emergency' (Tokyo, Kanagawa, etc) --- to not come. That's a fair chunk of the normal guest list for Kagura, so it will be interesting to see how that turns out. If these potential visitors are good boys and girls, Kagura may be quieter than you would expect.

Tomorrow is the last day of the winter season for GALA Yuzawa.

Cloudy skies are forecast for tomorrow.

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Individual ski resort information: Saturday 11th April 2020
The below ski areas remain open. All information is checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.

GALA Yuzawa

- The Gondola, Barouche, Phaeton, Coach and Victoria lifts are operating
- All courses in the Central Area are open
- The Broadway, Super Broadway and Swan courses and Snow Park are open in the Northern Area
- The Southern Area and downhill course are closed
- Official snow depth: 90cm
- Planned closing date: 12th April
Kagura

- All main areas are open, via Mitsumata and Tashiro Ropeways bases
- 19 of 23 courses open
- 13 of 21 lifts operating
- Official snow depth: 170cm
- Planned closing dates: 6th May (Tashiro); 24th May (Mitsumata)

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- All other ski resorts in the area are now closed for the season

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Photos (below) from around 8:30am on Saturday 11th April 2020:

- Kagura
- Yuzawa Kogen [closed]
- Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit

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Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 11th April 2020, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto Kogen.

Reporting remotely this morning so I am going on what the resort is reporting --- I usually find their numbers to be very reasonable.

They are this morning 24cm of fresh snow, with 10cm of that overnight.

Adding to the snow depth and it being over 3m on this date. That really is good going.

It is clearer now though but there is a chance of some light snow later tonight again... probably not much this time.

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Official snow depths:

* Top: 320cm
* Base: 150cm

Planned operating lift information - subject to change:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 1 pair lift

Courses & Tree Runs:

* All of the main official courses are available
* Check with the resort for tree run course status which varies
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