Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Myoko Now!

Saturday 24th March 2018, 6:10am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny at the moment
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
I got the call to help at a ski race yesterday (actually, I was putting off saying yes - it’s a long day out there watching gates!), so an early report today.

No new reports other than Lotte Arai, and they have not indicated closings/opeings for the day yet.

But it is sunnier already; there is a lot of frost everywhere (beautiful patterns on car windows), and there may have been some snow yesterday high up, but nothing at base, so that’s what we’ll report for the new snowfall.

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Akakura Kanko:
240 cm, -1°; closing May 6

Akakura Onsen:
230cm, -1°; closing April 8

Ikenotaira Onsen:
190cm, 0°

Myoko Suginohara:
140cm, -3°; closing April 1

Seki Onsen:
350 cm, -1°; closing May 6

Myoko Ski Park:
180 cm, 5°; closing April 1

Kyukamura RunRun:
190 cm, 3°; closing April 1

Lotte Arai Resort:
413cm, 2°; Kokenashi Lift closed; Exciter and Discovery permanently closed; Be Free, Mamushigaeshi, Legendary, Rindou Upper and Rindou Lower closed; Ohkenashi Bowl, FK, North Bowl, Funaishi-zawa, Happy Place and Benzaku-zawa in the avalanche-controlled areas open; others closed (see website for updates); closing May 6

Tangram Ski Circus:
140 cm, 1°; closing April 1

Madarao Kogen:
160 cm, 0°; closing April 1

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park:
130cm, 1° closing April 1   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 24th March 2018, 6:52am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

And as expected, the sun is out and we are on for a day of fine weather. Maybe even a week of fine weather.

A high temperature of around 10C is forecast for later this afternoon in town and about the same tomorrow.

Enjoy your weekend.

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Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama.

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Updated: Saturday 24th March 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.

GALA Yuzawa
- 240cm

Iwappara
- 110cm

Kagura
- Kagura area: 290cm
- Mitsumata area: 190cm
- Tashiro area: 240cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 185cm

Naeba
- 190cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 130cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 160cm
- Base: 80cm

Yuzawa Park
- 100cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 110cm

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Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma (just to the north of Yuzawa):

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 140cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 150cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 160cm
- Base: 50cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Now closed for the season   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 24th March 2018, 6:56am
Weather conditions: Clear --- above the sea of clouds!
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
I wanted to post an early report this morning - just check out the webcam images below. Stunning views.

There is an impressive low lying sea of clouds over the village, but beautiful clear blue skies above. As we have been expecting, we're surely going to be in for a treat of a beautiful day today and indeed over the coming run of days too with sunny conditions due to continue into late week.

Hope you can be here to enjoy these (very much) spring conditions.

Too early for resort updates this morning but things will surely be open as scheduled.

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Ski resort information on Friday 23rd March 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as planned

Courses open:
- All areas open as planned

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 360cm
- Usagidaira: 245cm
- Lower: 60cm

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Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operation as planned today

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal (apart from Adventure)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 330cm
- Toomi: 110cm
- Iimori: 80cm

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Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as planned today
- Line D usually operates only when the Gondola is not operating

Courses open:
- All main courses should be available

Official snow depth:
- Top: 320cm
- Base: 110cm

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Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as planned

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 320cm
- Han-no-ki: 290cm
- Maruyama: 75cm
- Shirakaba: 230cm
- Champion: 90cm
- Oya-no-hara: 105cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 70cm

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Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 5 appear to be operating

Courses open:
- Some courses closed or on hold - check with resort

Official snow depth:
- Top: 257cm
- Base: 140cm

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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operatings:
- Resort remains part open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 180cm
- Base: 50cm

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 1 and 7 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 120cm

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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 7, 8 and 10 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 120cm

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Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating
- Last day of the season planned as 25th March

Official snow depth:
- 85cm   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 24th March 2018, 7:02am
Weather conditions: Fine, early morning sea of clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

Some fresh snow being reported by the resort on upper slopes again during the day yesterday, and that may well be the last of it for this season as we have a run of clear and sunny days lined up over the coming week. Warmth too particularly mid week.

There's an early morning low 'sea of clouds' hanging over the valley but that should be gone pretty soon and making way for clear skies and a high temperature of around 8C at base later in the day.

Time to fully accept spring, embrace it and have some fun in what we have left. Which is still over 2.5m of snow depth on the upper courses of the resort. How about that then!

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Saturday 24th March 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 3cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 2cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 260cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 175cm
- Hikage (660m): 110cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 105cm
- Karasawa (563m): 50cm

Lifts operations:

- All lifts should be open as planned this morning
- The Yunomine pair, Mizunashi triple, Challenge pair and Utopia pair lifts usually rested on weekdays.

The following courses either closed (or not fully available):

- Grand Prix
- Hachiman
- Kandahar   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 24th March 2018, 7:10am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A beautiful morning.

Not much else to say other than --- clear skies due every day now until at least Thursday.

Enjoy!

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'Planned closing dates' information for resorts in Shiga Kogen. Basically:

- all ski areas in Shiga Kogen plan to be at least part open until the end of March;
- a bunch of resorts will be open on specific dates (usually weekends and Golden Week) once we get into April;
- the remaining resorts will be open daily until 6th May and beyond that (they will close when there's not enough snow left to ski or board!)

Once we get to the end of March, I will add specific lift operation plans for the ski resorts that remain open during the months of April and May.

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Planned closing date information for the ski areas around Shiga Kogen. Note that all are subject to change.

At least part open daily until Sunday 1st April:

Sun Valley
Maruike
Hasuike
Giant
Higashitateyama
Hoppo Bunadaira
Nishitateyama

At least part open daily until Sunday 1st April; then open on some days (mostly weekends and Golden Week) until Sunday 6th May:

Takamagahara Mammoth
Tannenomori
Ichinose Family
Terakoya
Ichinose Diamond
Yakebitaiyama

As least part open daily until 6th May; then part open from 7th May:

Okushiga Kogen
Kumanoyu
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge

Details of ski lift operations during the months of April and May will be posted by the end of March   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Saturday 24th March 2018, 7:10am
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud but due to disappear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Some cloud to start the day off but increasingly sunshine breaking through and it is due to be a fine day of weather in the whole region. With clearer skies due to continue through the coming week.

Just 9 days to go now at Madarao for the season. Not much chance left to get in some late tracks.

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Official snow depth:

160cm

Operating lifts:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift

Powder Wave I
River Line
Free Ride Park
Crystal Bowl
Ninja
Sawa
Rabbit
Kamoshika
Bear

Kids Park

Planned nighta operations this season:

Last time tonight!   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Saturday 24th March 2018, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

What a lovely morning it is.

It's going to be mild and sunny and a generally very fine spring day here. Oh yes it is.

I should imagine the resorts will be open as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Finished for the season - last report yesterday.

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Saturday 24th March 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned (King Number 2 lift not operating)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 480cm
- Base: 190cm

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- Top: 440cm
- Base: 180cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned (Country Road Chair lift not operating)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 410cm
- Base: 180cm   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Saturday 24th March 2018, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

The sun is out. There are blue skies. It's a beautiful morning. If the forecasts are correct, there's a lot more of this in the coming week as well. And those forecasts still show a steady warming up as well into the middle of next week.

If you are in for some spring skiing or snowboarding, now is a good time.

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Lifts and course info:

Most course areas remain open.

The following lifts have now closed for the season:

- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Zao Kokutai
- Ryuzan pair
- Karamatsu pair

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 175cm
- Paradise area: 190cm
- Chuo area: 190cm
- Utopia area: 175cm
- Uwanodai area: 95cm
- Oomori area: 90cm

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Zao Onsen forecast:

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

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 24th March 2018, 7:41am
Weather conditions: Fine clear weather
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Appi.

A cracker of an early morning here with clear blue skies and sunshine. Is that a slight chance of some light snow overnight tonight on the forecasts? I do believe it might be, though there seems to be a chance of some rain lower down. Nothing major though.

A bit of a warm up is expected in the coming week along with quite a but of clear skies and sun.

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Official snow depth:

280cm

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Planned lift operations, Friday 23rd (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 4 lift
- Central number 5 lift
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer Gondola
- Sailer quad
- Vista quad
- Nishimori lift

Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays
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Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 24th March 2018, 7:42am
Weather conditions: Clear skies, just some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Geto Kogen as we enter the last weekend of March.

It was cloudy yesterday for the most part and this morning we have clearer skies but also a bit of wind blowing about. Fine weather is on the forecast though.

The groomers are looking good this morning.

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Official snow depths:

Top: 385cm
Base: 265cm
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Furano Now!

Saturday 24th March 2018, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is an awesome spring morning here in Furano with blue sky all around and not a breath of wind down in the village. Currently the temperature is hovering around 0c, but it is forecast to head up to +6c by mid afternoon. With full sun hitting the slopes and warm temperatures, it is likely to get slushy later in the day.    Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Saturday 24th March 2018, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Fair
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

There was a slight big of snowfall yesterday but it was just a slight covering and it is a beautiful morning with blue skies around the region this morning.

It is warm and the sunshine is going to be very strong today.

The snow conditions are like a sorbet so waxing is recommended today.

The spring school holidays are starting so there will be a lot of families with children around.

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Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 250cm

Forecast:
- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Saturday 24th March 2018, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Back to Spring conditions here today with blue skies, not a breath of wind and warm temps which transformed the snow back to creamy corn.

The forecast is calling snow showers tonight but will believe it when I see it.

After which it's supposed to stay warm and clear throughout the coming week.

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Ski resorts in Minakami:

Akasawa
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Oana
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
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.






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25th Jul, 15:02am
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29th Jun, 17:50am
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06th May, 9:04am
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06th May, 9:02
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06th May, 8:41
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06th May, 8:35
Myoko Now
06th May, 8:35am
Zao Now
06th May, 8:30am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:27am
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 8:04
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 8:01

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