Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 25th March 2018, 6:50am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday ended up with more cloud than expected, and this morning we are starting the day with some cloud too - but sun is expected along with a high of around +12C later on this afternoon. And still more fine weather conditions into the coming week.

The planned closing dates for ski resorts have been added below. As you can see, there is now just one week left for a handful of places. Of course, actual closing dates may be affected by snow conditions at the time.

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Updated: Sunday 25th 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
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May

Iwappara
- 110cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April

Kagura
- Kagura area: 290cm
- Mitsumata area: 190cm
- Tashiro area: 240cm
- Tashiro Ropeway plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May
- Mitsumata Ropeway and Kagura area plans to be at least part open until Sunday 27th May

Kandatsu Kogen
- 185cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 22nd April

Naeba
- 190cm (base)
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May (weekdays only from 9th-27th April)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 130cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 160cm
- Base: 80cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April

Yuzawa Park
- 100cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 110cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April

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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 140cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April

Joetsu Kokusai
- 150cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April

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

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed for the season   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 25th March 2018, 7:02am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

And it is going to be another fine day here. That's about it.

I hope some of you can be here to enjoy it. I'm off up top for first lifts...

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Sunday 25th March 2018

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

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

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 260cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 175cm
- Hikage (660m): 105cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 100cm
- Karasawa (563m): 40cm

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 ...
 

Madarao Now!

Sunday 25th March 2018, 7:02am
Weather conditions: Fine and clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's going to be another fine spring day here in Madarao. It is looking increasingly likely that that is how the season is going to end as well - lots of clearer weather and milder conditions.

There are just 8 days to go now, including today.

Nighta operations have now finished for the season.

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Official snow depth:

160cm

Operating lifts:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 3A lift
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift

Powder Wave I
Powder Wave II
River Line
Free Ride Park
Powder Theater
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl
Ninja
Sawa
Rabbit
Bear

Kids Park   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 25th March 2018, 7:13am
Weather conditions: Beautiful
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It's a beauty of an early morning and we are going to be enjoying more fine sunny weather today along with mild conditions - perhaps temperatures of around 12C or even a little more in the valley.

Lots more of the same is still forecast over the coming week, getting a bit warmer still mid week.

Are those folks at Hakuba Iwatake posing for the webcam today?! Hi!

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Ski resort information on Sunday 25th 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: 345cm
- Usagidaira: 225cm
- Lower: 55cm

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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: 320cm
- Toomi: 105cm
- 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: 315cm
- 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: 250cm
- Base: 130cm

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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operatings:
- Resort remains part open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 170cm
- Base: 50cm

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen

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

Official snow depth:
- 115cm

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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 today!

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

Niseko Now!

Sunday 25th March 2018, 7:22am
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

The sun is out and it is going to be a fine day weather wise. Perhaps some wind later on and at higher elevations, but let's hope that isn't anything that will affect lifts. I'm posting early this morning so there's no update on that from official sources yet.

It still seems a bit mad that Niseko Grand Hirafu is reporting a snow depth of 475cm on the upper slopes. (Well, as of yesterday - no update yet this morning). That's a lot of snow and it will take a fair while for it to disappear. We will surely have lots to keep on playing in right through until planned closings on 6th May.

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Sunday 25th March 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 6th May
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 8th April

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 475cm
- Base: 190cm

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

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

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

Niseko Village
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 8th April

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 410cm
- Base: 190cm   Read more ...
 

Geto Kogen Now!

Sunday 25th March 2018, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Cloudy > fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Fine weather yesterday!

It is a mostly cloudy morning at the moment but clearer skies are once again forecast for today.

The Number 1 Gondola and Number 1 pair lift remain operating.

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Official snow depths:

Top: 385cm
Base: 265cm

   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 25th March 2018, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a lucky Sunday morning with 3cm of fresh snowfall to report by base and there will likely be more than that higher up on the mountains.

Temperatures are keeping cold for the moment so conditions should be pretty good this morning.

If you haven't packed away your ski get just yet, it is probably a good day to get out there.

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Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 240cm

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

Naeba Now!

Sunday 25th March 2018, 11:25am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! It's another bright, sunny and warm day here today. We had a strange flurry of wet snow last night, with 2-3cm accumilating at the base, however this melted off overnight. With clear skies, the air temperature is likely to push up to as high as 8°C at the base, meaning that the pistes will be slushy and wet. There was a moderate wind first thing, however this has also tapered off now. Today is also the last day the Dragondola's winter season.

Looking forwards, we are forecast clear skies for at least a week, with warm air temperatures. The most notable feature in the weather forecast is the temperature forecast on Wednesday and Thursday, with high spredicted of around 17°C at the base.   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Sunday 25th March 2018, 14:01pm
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It was a foggy start to the day today with lots of cloud around but now the sun is out and blue skies above.

A warm up is on the cards for the next few days with more sun and more blue sky. Lovely spring weather basically.

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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: 90cm
- Oomori area: 90cm

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Zao Onsen forecast:

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

Myoko Now!

Sunday 25th March 2018, 14:29pm
Weather conditions: Sun, sun, sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
This is perhaps the latest snow report I have ever written; as I mentioned yesterday, there was a big race at Akakan and I got called in (my civic duty, right?). And, to be honest, it’s what we predicted: spring snow; warm; the snow is melting. And it’s pretty nice out there. Heard a lot of happy voices across the hill as I was watching the gates at the race.

These are the official figures for today, but note that the temperatures through the day are way above this (my outside thermometer is saying 20+°, which could be a little high). But it was cold enough overnight to really firm up the snow. It was pretty hard for the first turns very early this morning, but it softened up pretty quickly. Looks like this is going to keep on through the week, with the freezing level at or above 2500 meters right through Friday.

One lift notice: today is the last day for the No. 3 lift at Suginohara, which is often used for backcountry access.

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

Akakura Onsen:
220cm, -1°; closing April 8

Ikenotaira Onsen:
185cm, 1.5°

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

Seki Onsen:
330 cm, 0°; closing May 6

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

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

Lotte Arai Resort:
405cm, 12.7°; Exciter and Discovery courses permanently closed; Be Free, Mamushigaeshi, Legendary and Rindou Lower closed; 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:
130 cm, 2°; closing April 1

Madarao Kogen:
150 cm, 1°; closing April 1

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 25th March 2018, 15:04pm
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good afternoon!

While there was even a bit of snow falling early morning and it was cold, the sun us out now and it's a beautiful spring day. The snow has softened up as well after an icy start.

More of the same clear and sunny skies this coming week --- minus to cold as it is going to get warmer.

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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 ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 25th March 2018, 15:04pm
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A dusting of snow overnight but by now (afternoon) we are enjoying clearer skies and sunshine on this lovely spring day.

It would seem that we will be having similar weather in the coming week as temperatures start to rise further. It will be getting rather warm mid week especially.

The official 'spring ski season', meaning lower ticket prices starts from tomorrow (Monday 26th March).

Appi is hoping to be able to remain open until 6th May.

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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
   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Myoko Now
06th Oct, 15:27am
Yuzawa Now
10th Sep, 17:36am
Niseko Now
27th Aug, 14:26am
Grandeco Now
24th Aug, 11:16am
Madarao Now
12th Aug, 0:17pm
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:02
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:41
Shiga Kogen Now
06th May, 8:35
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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