Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 18th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 1st April 2019, 6:44am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

You can probably call this the last part of the season with a number of ski resorts now closed. Details on that below.

And after the clearer weather later in the day yesterday and some more rain again last night, the roads around town are a bit wet this morning but there is a light dusting of snow in places - though not enough to settle on the roads.

There has actually been some fresh cm snow overnight in areas above town level though. Last night they were saying to expect up to 20cm --- and they ended up reporting 15cm up there.

And... we have snow due tomorrow too!

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Updated: Monday 1st April 2019

* Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information.
* Information checked manually each morning at time of report.

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 240cm (official snow depth)
- The Central Area and part of the Northern Area remain open
- The lift connections between GALA Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen and Ishiuchi Maruyama are now closed

Iwappara
- 100cm (official snow depth)
- All areas remain open

Kagura
- Kagura: 260cm (official snow depth)
- Mitsumata Area: 200cm (official snow depth)
- Tashiro Area: 230cm (official snow depth)

Kandatsu Kogen
- 180cm (official snow depth)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 130cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 130cm (official snow depth)

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Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma - just to the north of Yuzawa:

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Top: 150cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 90cm (official snow depth)
- The lift connection between the top area and the North Area of GALA Yuzawa resort is now closed

Joetsu Kokusai
- 160cm (official snow depth)

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Planned closing dates for each ski resort in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma (subject to change)

Until Monday 1st April
- NASPA Ski Garden

Until Tuesday 2nd April
- Ipponsugi

Until Wednesday 3rd April
- Yuzawa Nakazato

Until Sunday 7th April
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Maiko Snow Resort (* note: closed from 1st through 5th April)
- Nakazato Snow Wood

Until Sunday 21st April
- Kandatsu Kogen

Until Monday 6th May
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro Ropeway)

Until Sunday 26th May
- Kagura (via Mitsumata Ropeway)

Already closed
- Chateau Shiozawa
- Hakkai Sanroku
- Ishiuchi Hanaoka
- Itsukamachi
- Muica Snow Resort
- Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Naeba
- Yuzawa Park
- Yuzawa Kogen   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Monday 1st April 2019, 6:55am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko. It is a very early report this morning as I need to get myself over to Sapporo city.

Luckily. it is a fairly easy report with generally fine blue skies and sunshine and just some cloud in places with not much of a wind. The forecast seems to be telling us to expect more cloudy conditions by the end of the day and then a chance of some light snow during the day tomorrow.

I will be back tonight to let you know that goes come tomorrow morning.

One more week left for operations at the Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO areas.

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Ski resort operation information: Monday 1st April 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 325cm
- Base: 95cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- Ace Number 1 pair, King Number 2 and Ace Number 4 pair lift closed
- Plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 228cm
- Base: 143cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- All lifts open
- Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April

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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 250cm
- Base: 90cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- Jumbo Number 2 and 3 pair lifts closed
- Plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Niseko Village
Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 250cm
- Base: 90cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- Community Chair and Morino Chair closed
- Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 1st April 2019, 7:25am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog up top
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

We move into April and into the final part of the ski season (though this last section of the season is due to last for 5 more weeks).

Fresh snow as well. This morning the resort is reporting 15-20cm of snow on the upper slopes. Talk about starting April in style, and with more snow due tomorrow. The clouds are due to clear later on and we may see some sunshine before we click back into snow.

The resort is scaling back operations from today. See below for notes on the planned available lifts and open courses at Nozawa. There is still a large amount of terrain available and conditions should be very unlike April up there this morning.

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Monday 1st April 2019

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 20cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 15cm
- Hikage (660m): ?cm
- Nagasaka (615m): ?cm
- Karasawa (563m): ?cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 290cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 215cm
- Hikage (660m): 60cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 50cm
- Karasawa (563m): 20cm

The following lifts are 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)
- Uenotaira Four (8:30am - 3:30pm)
- Paradise Four (8:00am - 3:40pm
- Hikage Triple (8:00am - 4:30pm)
- Yu Road (8:30am - 4:30pm)

The following courses are open:

- Yamabiko A
- Yamabiko B
- Yamabiko C
- Yamabiko D
- Yamabiko E
- Kokenoashi
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Mizunashi
- Bunabayashi
- Paraside

The following courses remain available to ski back down:

- Challenge
- Utopia
- Ushikubi
- Rinkan
- Kumataka

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

Geto Kogen Now!

Monday 1st April 2019, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
20cm of fresh snow on the ground this morning. And that's no April Fool joke!

Yes, winter is hanging on and wanting to apparently go out in style. There was a break in the snow during the day yesterday but back to it by night. And it doesn't look like it has finished just yet with snow due on and off into tomorrow.

Nice!

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Official snow depths:

* Top: 365cm
* Base: 230cm

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!

Monday 1st April 2019, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Wonderful news from Urabandai and I am so excited to report this morning - 14cm of fresh snow has measured at Grandeco base, and it is still falling.

And the special news for this snowfall is the snow condition which is very fine and light - not wet and heavy. Just like winter conditions. Due to this snowfall, the snow depth at Grandeco is 230cm this morning.

The wind is gentler than yesterday and it is quite cold.

Snowplough trucks are working hard this morning on the road and snow tires are necessary.

This snowfall is due to ease off soon with generally cloudy conditions due this afternoon but more snow is due early morning and tomorrow will be snowy through the day.

Note: this is not an April fools joke. ;)

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

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Nekoma - lift 5/5, course 8/11 open (open until there is enough snow)
Grandeco - lift 4/5 include one gondola, course 11/11 open (open until there is enough snow)
Minowa - lift 2/3, course 7/11 open (open until April 7th)

Inawashiro - already closed for the season
Numajiri - already closed for the season
Family Bandai Bandai - already closed for the season
Alts Bandai - already closed for the season
Urabandai - already closed for the season
Inawashiro resort - already closed for the season
Listel - already closed for the season

   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Monday 1st April 2019, 9:17am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It feels more like the middle of winter than April for the moment. Not complaining. (Well, apart from the fact that I was not able to get my skis on yesterday and I am not able to today either).

But I am hearing good things about this fresh snow we have received.

Just 3cm to report from base areas but resorts are again reporting more... Hakuba 47 reporting 20cm further snowfall on upper areas. (Happo-one just going with 5cm this morning).

Whatever, it's perhaps not the time to get bogged down with numbers. It is just amazing to see this much fresh snow falling as we enter April. Bit mad.

There is some blue sky around now but believe it or not we are expecting more snow later this afternoon and perhaps at times tomorrow too.

!!

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The Hakube Norikura, Hakube Cortina and Hakube Iwatake resorts are now closed for the season after their last day of the season yesterday.

Kashimayari plans to continue until Sunday.

And Hakuba Happo-one, Tsugaike Kogen, Hakuba 47 and Hakuba Goryu plan to be open until 6th May.

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Ski resort information on Monday 1st 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: 225cm
- Nakiyama: 40cm

Notes:
- Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline, Riesen Slalom and Nakiyama South Side areas remain open
- Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 265cm
- Toomi: 130cm
- Iimori: 60cm

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

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Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 255cm
- Base: 90cm

Notes:
- All courses are open
- Note: Generally the Line D lift usually operates if and when the gondola is not operating
- Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 290cm
- Han-no-ki: 230cm
- Maruyama: 75cm
- Shirakaba: 190cm
- Champion: 80cm
- Oya-no-hara: 35cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 60cm

Notes:
- Tsugaike Ropeway is now generally open for spring operations (check for daily operation plans)
- Most courses apart from Uma-no-se, Sawa-one and part of Lower course through the forest are open
- Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 125cm

Notes:
- Lifts 2 and 5 are operating
- The West Mt area remain part open
- Plans to open until 7th April   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Monday 1st April 2019, 10:06am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 28cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

And do I have news for you.

OK so yesterday there was 12cm of snow that I measured and this morning there's another 16cm. So that's 28cm that I am adding to the report today. Mindful of the day, can I just say that this really isn't a joke! The fresh snow has given the dirty looking snow a nice clean new layer which is very pleasing and the folks here to ski and board should be very pleased with their lucky timing.

The snow will probably ease off later but there is still snow on the forecast over the next few days. So there might well be more cm to report.

:)

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Parts of the mountain now closed but still quite a big area available with the lifts below still operating.

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Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 115cm
- Paradise area: 150cm
- Chuo area: 150cm
- Utopia area: 180cm
- Uwanodai area: 90cm
- Oomori area: 70cm

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These are the planned lift closing dates - subject to change depending on snow conditions.

Operating until 7th April:
- Mikaeri pair
- Onsen Number 1 pair
- Onsen Number 2 quad
- Shobunuma Number 2 pair

Operating until 14th April:
- Katakai triple: daily until 7th April and then 13th, 14th April
- Paradise pair AB: daily until 7th April and then 13th, 14th April

Operating until 6th May:
- Chuo Number 1 pair
- Chuo Number 2 pair: daily until 7th April and then 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th, 29th April, 3rd-6th May

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

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 ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 1st April 2019, 10:07am
Weather conditions: -
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
We were unfortunately unable to post reports in the first part of April.

This report is being posted to just make a record of snowfall during that period.

Please see the report for 18th April for latest full report.   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Monday 1st April 2019, 10:39am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season but there is certainly no shortage of snow and it remains well covered from top to base. The Furano Zone will continue operations through until the first week of May. Furano Zone still offers skiing from the peak right down to the bottom of the Ropeway. The snow is now spring conditions over all open runs with excellent coverage.

Today it is a cool -2c, and the high will head up to +1c. However the sun is out and it does actually feel warmer than it is. There is a light breeze blowing. Some snow is forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.



Open lifts:
Downhill Romance #2 chair
Downhill Romance #3 chair
Furano Ropeway   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Monday 1st April 2019, 12:10pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy now, but variable
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Back in the office for the post-season. We got more snow after a day of rain, snow, blustery winds, blue skies. A very moody weather day to end the main season, and March.

Four resorts remain open, with somewhat limited lifts and runs. But there's still a lot of snow out there, something I really realized out there on the cross-country course between Ikenotaira and Akakan. Last year we had to gather up snow for some of the runs at the national tournament; this year for a more regional race we had plenty of snow. Tons, actually.

Still snow to enjoy, even if the cherry blossoms are already in full bloom in nearby Takeda.

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Akakura Kanko:
280cm, 1°; open until May 6 (snow permitting)

Akakura Onsen:
170cm, -1°; open until April 7

Ikenotaira Onsen:
Closed

Myoko Suginohara:
Closed

Seki Onsen:
400cm, 0°; open until May 6 (snow permitting)

Myoko Ski Park:
Closed

Kyukamura RunRun:
Closed

Tangram Ski Circus:
Closed

Madarao Kogen:
Closed

Lotte Arai Resort
450cm, 5.5°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
Closed

   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
18th May, 17:35pm
Shiga Kogen Now
17th May, 8:05
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:19pm
Myoko Now
06th May, 9:33am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:09
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:46
Aizu Bandai Now
06th May, 8:35
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:14am
Madarao Now
06th May, 8:13am
Zao Now
06th May, 7:59
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 7:59am
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 7:12
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am

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