Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 11th December 2018

Zao Now!

Friday 13th April 2018, 7:17am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

The snow retreat has been continuing and there's now lots of ground on show around base in particular, though still decent amounts of snow higher up - on the areas that remain open.

It is fairly cold this morning. It should be a little warmer over the coming weekend but there's a good chance of rain especially tomorrow night (as the forecast stands now).

Quite unsettled conditions at the moment.

The last weekend of the season for a few lifts, so come Monday we will be down to only a limited upper area of the resort remaining open.

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Lift info

Plan to be operating as long as there is enough snow:

- Kurohime quad
- Utopia Number 2 pair

Planning to be operating until 15th April:

- Paradise pair
- Katakai triple

Planning to be operating until 6th May:

- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Chuo Number 2 pair AB

Operating (for sightseeing) throughout the year:

- Zao Ropeway
- Zao Chuo Ropeway
- Sky Cable

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 90cm
- Paradise area: 110cm
- Chuo area: 100cm
- Utopia area: 140cm
- Uwanodai area: 30cm
- Oomori area: 15cm

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Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Friday 13th April 2018, 7:26am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi.

We have windy conditions this this morning and currently the Gondola and top Central Number 4 lifts are not operating so there's just the three lifts.

There are not many people around at all at the moment, but perhaps there will be more coming here over the weekend.

Unfortunately it seems we might get rained on, the rain is due from later in the day tomorrow and into Sunday.

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Official snow depth:

200cm

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Planned lift operations (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola ** ON HOLD THIS MORNING DUE TO WIND
- Central number 1 lift
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3A lift
- Central number 4 lift ** ON HOLD THIS MORNING DUE TO WIND

Appi plans to be open until Golden Week in early May   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 13th April 2018, 7:29am
Weather conditions: Fine, sun, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

A mix of blue sky and cloud this morning and the sun is out. It is going to be somewhat colder today - not rising to double digits - but tomorrow should be a little warmer. Some forecasts say there is a chance of rain over the weekend so we'll need to look out for that.

From today until Sunday you can try riding some new 18-19 season gear. Head up to the top Yamabiko area if you are interested.

I'm a bit confused about the status of the Skyline connecting pair lift this morning. The resort seems to be saying it that will be open today, but it's not showing that on the lift status page. So I'm not sure what is going on there. Perhaps something to do with the new gear event that I mentioned above? I will try to find out.

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Friday 13th April 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday as reported by the resort:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Hikage (660m): -cm
- Nagasaka (615m): -cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 170cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 70cm
- Hikage (660m): -cm
- Nagasaka (615m): -cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Lifts operations:

CLOSED TODAY DUE TO WINDS

- Nagasaka Gondola
- Yamabiko Four
- Yamabiko Number 2 Four
- Skyline pair (?)

The following courses should be open today:

- Yamabiko
- Kokenashi
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Bunabayashi (to mid station)
- Rinkan (to Isemiya)
- Get back to base via the Rinkan course or using the Gondola
- Shuttle bus available from the bottom of Rinkan to Nagasaka car park

General resort operations information until Sunday 6th May:

The Gondola will be open from 8:10am daily;
The Number 1 car park will be free daily;
There will be no village shuttle bus between 2nd April and 27th April;
Nozawa Onsen plans to remain open until Sunday 6th May.   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 13th April 2018, 7:45am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

The big news this morning is that the GALA Yuzawa resort has announced that they will be open until Sunday 22nd April - rather than the initially planned 6th May. As you might expect, the reason being given is that since March we have had little fresh snow and warmer conditions are affecting snow conditions. So just over one week left at GALA and from Monday 23rd April we will be down to only the Kagura resort being open. It will be interesting to see if Kagura can open as long as initially planned.

Anyway, on to the weather and as I write that I can hear some wind making some howling sounds. At the time of writing that does not seem to be an issue with the resorts opening...

It is a mostly cloudy start to the day and it definitely feels colder than it has been. Tomorrow should be warmer and we might get to see more sunshine, but rain later on and perhaps into Sunday.

Naeba plans to re-open for the weekend.

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* Kandatsu Kogen, GALA Yuzawa and Kagura remain open every day.
* Naeba is will re-open on weekends and over Golden Week.
* Further details below.
* Yuzawa Now reports will continue to be posted daily until 6th May.

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Updated: Friday 13th April 2018, 7:45am

Planned resort operations - subject to change

GALA Yuzawa
- At least part open until Sunday 22nd April (* changed from the initial plan of 6th May)
- Official snow depth: 130cm
- Central Area: The Gondola, Coach, Barouche, Phaeton lifts operating; all courses remain open
- North Area: The Victoria lift operating; Broadway, Swan (part), Super Swan and Super Broadway courses remain open
- The South Area and Falcon course back to base are now closed for the season

Kandatsu Kogen
- At least part open until Sunday 22nd April
- Official snow depth: 70cm
- Kandatsu Kogen remains part open
- The Tozawa pair and Onaka and Ikenodaira quad lifts remain operating

Kagura
- Tashiro Ropeway plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May
- Mitsumata Ropeway and the main Kagura area plan to be at least part open until Sunday 27th May
- Official snow depth: Kagura area - 250cm; Mitsumata area - 150cm; Tashiro area - 200cm
- All areas of Kagura remain generally open and almost all course areas still available
- The downhill course back to Mitsumata Ropeway is closed
- The Dragondola connecting Tashiro with Naeba is now closed for the season

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Naeba
- Naeba is currently closed on weekdays until 27th April
- It plans to re-open on Saturdays and Sundays
- The resort plans then plans to be (part open) daily from 28th April until 6th May    Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Friday 13th April 2018, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

It's Friday and it's the 13th. Oooh, scary!

Putting aside my absolutely not unfounded fears for the day, and after a day of changeable conditions yesterday there's a dusting of snow on the ground here this morning. Just a dusting. Well, there was - it's gone now. But I wonder if there might be a little more higher up.

And it does indeed feel fairly cold at the start of the day.

For the moment it is generally cloudy but we might get to enjoy some sunshine during the day.

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Hey, that large mound of snow on the third webcam has suddenly disappeared. Interesting. I think the big diggers got to it.

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Friday 13th April 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 6th May

Planned lift operations:

- Ace Family quad (* operating daily until 15th April)
- Ace Number 2 Center Four (* operating daily until 6th May)
- King Number 3 (* operating daily until 6th May)
- King Number 4 (* operating daily until 6th May)
- Hirafu Gondola CLOSED TODAY (* operating only on 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd April & 28th April - 6th May)

Course info:

- Most of Hirafu remains open
- Lower part of Super closed
- All of the Hanazono area is closed

Official snow depth:

- Top: 430cm
- Base: 130cm

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Niseko Annupuri
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 6th May

Planned lift operations:

- Annupuri Gondola
- Dream Number 1 (* operating daily until 15th April)
- Jumbo Number 1
- Jumbo Number 4

Official snow depth:

- Top: 410cm
- Base: 120cm

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Now closed

Niseko Village
Now closed   Read more ...
 

Geto Kogen Now!

Friday 13th April 2018, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Geto.

Yesterday it was fine and cloudy for the day.

There is a lot of cloud around this morning, but some blue sky too with just a light wind. And that is pretty much what the forecast is for the day too. It's keeping pretty cold as well, so morning conditions should be fun.

Still a chance of some (possibly) heavy rain later tomorrow and into Sunday. Hopefully not too much.

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Official snow depths:

Top: 330cm
Base: 190cm

Number 1 Gondola and Number 1 pair lift are operating   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Friday 13th April 2018, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue skies and sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

I was actually in Nagano for most of the day yesterday so didn't make it out on the mountain. I don't think they were kidding me, but a friend said they got 'hail'-ed on yesterday! It did seem to be rather mixed weather conditions during the day, for sure.

This morning there is some cloud hanging around the mountain peaks but it is mostly clear blue skies and sunshine. A lovely morning and feels relatively chilly and the temp at village level only due to rise to around 10C.

Tomorrow should be a bit warmer but later in the day there's some rain there on the forecast. Some showing 'heavy' rain.

I'll update you again tomorrow, of course.

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The four ski resorts that remain open all plan to remain at least part open until Sunday 6th May.

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Planned ski resort operations on Friday 13th April 2018:

We are checking the below information every morning, but please note that resort operations are beyond our control (obviously!) and are totally subject to change!

Hakuba Happo-one

Lift info:

- Grat quad
- Alpen quad
- Riesen quad
- Usagidaira pair (* open only on weekends/holidays)
- Nakiyama Number 3 triple
- Gondola
- Panorama pair
- Kokusai Number 3 pair (* open only on weekends/holidays)
- Kurobishi Number 2 quad
- Kurobishi Number 3 pair

Course info:

- Risen Grat
- Usagidaira
- Kurobishi
- Panorama
- Riesen Slalom
- Nakiyama South

- You can still ride back down to Nakiyama South base, but snow there is (very) thin on the ground
- All other base areas are now closed
- You can take the Gondola back down to base

Official snow depth:

- Kurobishi: 245cm
- Usagidaira: 155cm
- Lower: 15cm

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Hakuba Goryu

Lift info:

- Gondola
- Alps Number 1 pair
- Alps Number 3 pair
- Alps Number 2/4 pair (* open only from 28th April until 6th May)

Course info:

- The top area (except Champion Expert) remains open
- You can still ride back down to Gondola base on the Toomi course
- The Toomi lift is now closed
- The Iimori lifts and area is now closed

Official snow depth:

- Top: 250cm
- Toomi: 70cm
- Iimori: -cm

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Hakuba 47

Lift info:

- Gondola
- Pair Line A-B
- Quad Line C
- Pair Line E

Course info:

- All main courses remain open
- You can still ride back down to base
- The Tree Riding Zones are now closed for the season

Official snow depth:

- Top: 260cm
- Base: 75cm

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Tsugaike Kogen

Lift info:

- Gondola
- Han-no-ki high speed pair
- Tsuga Number 1 & 2 pair
- Tsugaike Ropeway

Courses info:

- Top Tsuga-no-mori, Han-kou, Han-no-ki areas and Karamatsu remain open
- You can still ride back down to Gondola base via Karamatsu
- The Tsugaike Ropeway plans to be open daily until 6th May
- The Ropeway is open only for hiking and climbing; a special form must be submitted

Official snow depth:

- Tsuga-no-mori: 240cm
- Han-no-ki: 225cm
- Maruyama: -cm
- Shirakaba: -cm
- Champion: -cm
- Oya-no-hara: -cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 13th April 2018, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

Since my last report we have had some rain but yesterday was fine weather.

It's actually quite cold this morning but generally fine weather again, so it should be a nice day to be out.

Over the weekend (later tomorrow?) it looks like there is a chance of some rain, perhaps even some snow higher up if we are lucky.

A number of ski lifts will be opening up again for the weekend - for planned lift operation details please see below.

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The section of Route 292 between Shiga Kogen and Kusatsu is still closed with a planned re-opening at 10am on Friday 20th April.

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Planned closing date information for the ski areas around Shiga Kogen. Note that all are subject to change - please check with resorts

Takamagahara Mammoth
Quad lift open on 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd April; 28th April until 6th May
Triple lift open on 12th-15th April

Tannenomori
Quad lift open on 14th, 15th April; 28th April until 6th May

Ichinose Family
Quad lift open daily until 6th May
Number 2 pair A lift open on 14th, 15th April
Number 2 pair B lift open until 6th May

Terakoya
Quad lift open on 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd April; 28th April until 6th May
Pair lift open on 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd April; 28th April until 6th May

Ichinose Diamond
Quad lift open on 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd April; 28th April until 6th May
Ichinose Diamond pair lift open on 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd April; 28th April until 6th May
Ichinose Yamanokami pair lift open on 14th, 15th April (and possibly beyond depending on snow conditions)

Yakebitaiyama
Number 1 Gondola open on 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd April; 28th April until 6th May
Number 2 high speed lift open on 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd April; 28th April until 6th May
Number 4 romance lift operating when Number 2 Gondola not operating

Okushiga Kogen
Number 2 pair lift open daily until 6th May; 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th May
Number 3 pair lift open daily until 6th May; 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th May
Number 4 pair lift open daily on 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd April; 28th April until 6th May; 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th May
Number 6 pair lift open daily until 6th May
Gondola open until 6th May

Kumanoyu
Number 1 pair lift open daily until 6th May
Number 2 pair B lift open daily until 13th May
Quad lift open on 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd April; 28th April until 6th May

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge
Number 1 Sky A lift open daily until 6th May - possibly beyond that depending on snow conditions
Number 1 Sky B lift open daily until 6th May - possibly beyond that depending on snow conditions
Number 2 Sky lift open daily until 6th May - possibly beyond that depending on snow conditions
Number 3 Sky lift open daily until 6th May - possibly beyond that depending on snow conditions
Shibutoge lift open daily until 6th May - possibly beyond that depending on snow conditions   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Friday 13th April 2018, 9:31am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

It is cloudy this morning. Looks like we won't be able to avoid rain here later tomorrow and perhaps Sunday morning. So if the forecasts are right, early tomorrow morning would be the best choice over the weekend.

Naeba is of course still closed today (Friday), but plans to re-open tomorrow and Sunday.

The latest info seems to be this:

The Prince Number 2 Gondola, Takenokodaira romance lift and Daishamen romance lifts should be operating as planned.

With the snow drying up from lower slopes, we won't be able to ski or board back down to base and will need to take the Gondola back down from the courses that will be open - Takenokodaira and Daishamen.

See below for image provided by the resort.

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Next 'Naeba Now' update planned next week.

Please see the Yuzawa Now reports for daily updates from Yuzawa town.

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Planned operating dates through until the end of the season:

SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Saturday 14th April
Sunday 15th April
Closed weekdays
Saturday 21st April
Sunday 22nd April
Closed weekdays
Saturday 28th April
Sunday 29th April
Monday 30th April
Tuesday 1st May
Wednesday 2nd May
Thursday 3rd May
Friday 4th May
Saturday 5th May
Sunday 6th May << last day of the season!

Planned operating lifts on the days when Naeba will be open:

SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Prince Number 2 Gondola
Takenokodaira romance lift
Daishamen romance lift   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Friday 13th April 2018, 10:57am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Weather has been up and down all week in the mountains, some rain, some warm days and some cool ones too.

It's simply horrible here this morning. Wind roaring down the valley and knocking over pot plants. There has been the odd sprinkle of rain, graupel and even a little of what feels like snow and its freezing outside!

Looks like it is actually snowing up on the mountain with 1cm reported. Pity the diggers who are 700m up the mountain putting the finishing touches on the Minakami Vibes bowl at Tenjin this morning. There is drone footage of what they've constructed and it looks unbelievable and it can be seen on a temporary facebook account here.

Can't seem to get a recent photo yet unfortunately but Minakami Vibes is tomorrow and Sunday at Tenjindaira, the last resort open in the area. Weather looks overcast tomorrow but some rain is forecast for Sunday so tomorrow is really the day. Elementary school kids have been free on the mountain all month but they will be Y2000 tomorrow and Sunday due to the event.

Tenjin are still planning to run through May 6th and they probably have the snow to do it.

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Ski resorts in Minakami:

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Plans to be open until early May

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Closed for the season:

Akasawa
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Oana
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley

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Resort Spotlights with more detail:

Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park

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Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami.    Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Appi Kogen Now
11th Dec, 10:12
Aizu Bandai Now
11th Dec, 10:08
Naeba Now
11th Dec, 9:31am
Madarao Now
11th Dec, 9:16am
Zao Now
11th Dec, 8:59
Hakuba Now
11th Dec, 8:42
Shiga Kogen Now
11th Dec, 8:31
Niseko Now
11th Dec, 8:27
Furano Now
11th Dec, 8:20
Nozawa Onsen Now
11th Dec, 7:47
Yuzawa Now
11th Dec, 7:40
Myoko Now
10th Dec, 11:30am
Geto Kogen Now
10th Dec, 8:28am
Minakami Now
10th Dec, 8:12
Grandeco Now
23rd Nov, 11:11am

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