Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Geto Kogen Now!

Friday 27th March 2020, 7:34am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto Kogen.

Fine yesterday as expected and this morning... kind of more of the same. Blue skies and sunshine.

Lets hope we can avoid that rain later on. Looks like we might...

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Official snow depths:

* Top: 315m
* Base: 150cm

Planned operating lift information - subject to change:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 2 Gondola (operates on weekends and holidays until 29th March)
* Number 1 pair lift
* Quad lift

Courses & Tree Runs:

* All of the main official courses are available
* The resort usually makes a final decision on tree run courses before 9am
* In recent days the Summit, Beech, Stream and Rabbit have been open

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 27th March 2020, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Fine weather yesterday and some spring warmth.

This morning it starting off rather warm (the resort reporting 6C up top) and cloudy and that is what is forecast for the day... perhaps some rain tonight.

More cloud forecast for tomorrow along with lower temperatures.

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Friday 27th March 2020

Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Lower areas are not reporting any more

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 200cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 110cm
- Lower areas are not reporting any more

The following lifts are operating:

- Nagasaka gondola
- Hikage gondola
- Yamabiko quad
- Yamabiko Number 2 quad
- Skyline connecting pair
- Uenotaira quad
- Paradise quad
- Yunomine pair
- Mizunashi triple
- Shinyu pair
- Yu Road

The following courses remain open:

- Yamabiko A
- Yamabiko B
- Yamabiko C
- Yamabiko D
- Yamabiko E
- Kogenashi A
- Kogenashi B
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Yunomine A
- Yunomine B
- Mizunashi A
- Mizunashi B
- Bunabayashi
- Schneider (apart from South)
- Challenge
- Utopia A
- Rinkan (Forest)
- Rinkan shortcut

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Zao Now!

Friday 27th March 2020, 7:51am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

It's fine this morning - no sigh of rain, for sure - and the sun is out.

The warmer temperatures have seen lower slopes get noticeably barer just in the last day.

No word yet from the resort regarding scaling down further or possible changed to planned closing dates. I'll bring you any news when I have it.

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Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 75cm
- Paradise area: 80cm
- Chuo area: 90cm
- Utopia area: 90cm
- Uwanodai area: 35cm
- Oomori area: 10cm

- Generally upper areas remain part open

The following lifts are now closed for the season:

- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
- Onsen Number 3 Parallel A B
- Onsen Number 4 quad
- Zao Kokutai pair
- Karamatsu pair
- Ryuzan pair
- Sunrise pair A B
- Nakamori Number 1 triple
- Nakamori Number 2 pair
- Oomori quad

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Yuzawa Now!

Friday 27th March 2020, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday the sun was out and it was a lovely warm spring day.

This morning there is a lot of cloud around and it is going to be another warm day. Tomorrow less warm but generally cloudy. We might get some rain later on (tonight?).

GALA Yuzawa is closed today due to wind forecast. The Tashiro Area of Kagura is also closed today, with Kagura open from the Mitsumata Ropeway over to the Number 1 Romance lift.

Maiko Snow Resort yesterday announced that they will be open until this coming Sunday, 29th March. That is a week sooner than originally planned.

So just to recap, Sunday will be the last day of the season for Maiko Snow Resort, Muikamachi Hakkaisan. Yuzawa Kogen will continue on until 31st March and then Naeba and Kandatsu planning on opening until 5th April.

Beyond that, we'll be down to Kagura and GALA Yuzawa.

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Individual ski resort information: Friday 27th March 2020
All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.

GALA Yuzawa

- Closed today due to strong forecast winds
- Official snow depth: 160cm
- Planned closing date: 6th May

Kagura

- Tashiro closed today due to forecast wind; 6 of 23 courses open
- Official snow depth: 170cm
- Planned closing dates: 4th May (Tashiro); 24th May (Mitsumata)

Kandatsu Snow Resort

- A, B, C and E lifts are operating; most courses open
- Official snow depth: 95cm
- Planned closing date: 5th April

Maiko Snow Resort

- The Gondola and top two Okusoechi lifts are operating; take the Gondola up and down
- Nagamine and Maiko areas are closed
- Official snow depth: 80cm (top)
- Planned closing date: 29th March

Muikamachi Hakkaisan

- Top area open; 2 lifts operating
- Official snow depth: 120cm
- Planned closing date: 29th March

Naeba

- 6 of 22 courses open
- Official snow depth: 90cm
- Planned closing date: 5th April
- Details on Naeba Now report here

Yuzawa Kogen

- The top Kogen area is all open
- The base area is now closed
- Official snow depth: 100cm (upper)
- Planned closing date: 31st March

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Already closed for the season:

- Ipponsugi
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Nakazato Snow Wood
- NASPA Ski Garden
- Yuzawa Nakazato
- Yuzawa Park

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Photos (below) from around 8:00am on Friday 27th March 2020:

- Yuzawa Kogen
- Maiko Snow Resort
- Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit

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Hakuba Now!

Friday 27th March 2020, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

A fine, warm day yesterday.

It is just cloudy still but we are expecting rain to be falling this morning.

Tomorrow should be just cloudy and not quite as warm as today.

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (lower)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 470cm0cm529cm
Hakuba Cortina [RE-OPENED]0cm0cm573cm
Hakuba Goryu0cm0cm587cm
Hakuba Happo-one0cm0cm787cm

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data



The Hakuba Norikura resort has closed for the season.

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Individual ski resort information
The below information is checked from official sources and manually adjusted each morning.

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Usagidaira pair
- Nakiyama Number 2 pair
- Shirakaba Number 1 pair
- Shirakaba Number 2 pair
- Central pair
- Sakka Number 2 pair
- Sakka Number 3 triple

Courses open:
- Generally the upper areas of the resort remain open

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 185cm
- Usagidaira: 140cm
- Nakiyama: 50cm

Hakuba 47

All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Pair Line D (usually only operates when Gondola not operating)

Courses open:
- All main courses now open
- Tree Riding Zones: upper area part open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 50cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All top lifts operating
- Toomi quad and Number 1 pair lift operating
- Iimori lifts and area now closed

Courses open:
- All of the upper area (apart from Champion Expert) and the main Toomi run are open
- The lower Iimori area is now closed

Official snow depth:
- Alps: 190cm
- Toomi: 55cm
- Iimori: -cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori (upper): 200cm
- Han-no-ki: 170cm
- Upper Tsuga-no-mori and Han-kou runs open
- Some mid areas of the resort (Sawa-one and Han-no-ki) part open

Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 135cm
- Base: 45cm
- Number 2 lift open

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 90cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 80cm

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Photos today (below):

- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Goryu [base area]
- Hakuba 47
- Tsugaike Kogen [upper Tsuganomori area]
- Tsugaike Kogen [lower Kane-no-naru-oka area]
- Hakuba Iwatake
- Looking towards Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Happo-one

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About the data in the above ‘snowfall as reported by ski resorts’ table
* The table within the above report contains data that is published by individual ski resorts
* The data shown is the amount of snowfall that the ski resorts are themselves reporting each 24 hour period on the upper areas of their mountain
* The source ‘new snowfall’ data and ‘total accumulation’ data is not updated at the same time
* The ‘new snowfall’ data is updated in the morning
* The ‘accumulation’ data is apparently updated/refreshed at midnight
* That means that there is a time lag between the two numbers being updated
* We manually check and update the data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report - so the data in each Hakuba Now report table is what is available at that time
* Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We are not responsible for and have no control over the data. We are simply sharing the data with you
* Just to be extra clear, unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data from base that we show at the top of each report, the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan
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Madarao Now!

Friday 27th March 2020, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning.

After that bright and sunny day yesterday, there is a lot of cloud around this morning. And some blue sky too. And it is warm.

There is still some rain on the forecast from this afternoon.

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Madarao and Tangram Ski Circus will both be open until Tuesday 31st March.

5 days to go.

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Current operations: Friday 27th March 2020

Madarao:

- All lifts apart from Number 5 and Number 13 should be operating
- Most areas remain open
- River Line, NINJA, SAWA, SAWA II, Kamoshika and Bear are open
- Official snow depth: 80cm

Tangram Ski Circus:

- 3 of 5 lifts operating (Number 2 and 6 closed)
- Part open
- Official snow depth: 45cm

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Niseko Now!

Friday 27th March 2020, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and grey
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Niseko.

Cloudy this morning and it looks like top lifts are on hold once again presumably due to wind. (Annupuri top lift unconfirmed as of 8:30am).

It's going to be a warm one. Temperatures in Kutchan town to rise to around 10C today.

It seems particularly quiet right now....

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Ski resort news stuff:

The lifts at HANAZONO area will be open until this coming Sunday (29th March).

It will be interesting to see how the remainder of the season shapes up. Remember, the other three parts of Niseko United originally have 6th May as their planned closing date.

I will keep a beady eye on the situation and keep you updated. (Actually, that'll be two beady eyes - they operate as a team).

Oops, I forgot to mention. We are now into 'Spring Season' lift ticket price territory.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base 5am: calm, +3.5℃. Moiwa800m: SW 224°1.3m/s, +2.4℃. Annupuri1100m: W2 265°4.4m/s, -0.1℃. Yu no sawa1000m: WSW 259°4.8m/s, +0.3℃. Village900m: SW 223°2.9m/s, +0.6℃. Hirafu1000m: +0.9℃. Hanazono720m: NNW 338°, +2.3℃. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: S5m/s, Kamui cape: ENE2m/s, 1015hPa, 0.7m waves. Annupuri 1000m snow depth 190cm

Warm air if flowing in as a new low pressure system is approaching from the Sea of Japan. Rain is forecasted to fall in the afternoon. Thaw will speed up and creeks will swell. Small size glide avalanches are expected to occur in gullies sidewalls and under cornices during the day. Large scale glide avalanches will also likely occur in 1000-1500m leeward slopes with heavy snowdrift deposit from this evening to tomorrow morning. There is no new snowfall and fog is present above 800m elevation. The mountain is in pretty bad condition. Gates opening are undecided. Please respect the patrol’s decisions. Cold air will come in as the low pressure system passes. Low light today and it’s difficult to see the surface. Please ride carefully. The mountain is quickly shifting into spring.

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Planned ski resort operation information: Friday 27th March 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 310cm
- Base: 80cm

The following lifts are closed:
- Ace Number 1 pair
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Ace Number 4 pair
- King Number 2 quad

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 195cm
- Base: 95cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 180cm
- Base: 80cm

The following lifts are closed:
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 180cm
- Base: 90cm

The following lifts are closed:
- Upper Village Gondola
- Village Express
- Morino Chair
- Country Road Chair

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 27th March 2020, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

Clear skies yesterday, much cloudier this morning but mild.

Some windy conditions are likely later and perhaps some spots of rain too.

5 more days of all areas being open. Details of what is planned to remain open beyond that coming soon.

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All areas and connections at Shiga Kogen remain open.

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Photos: Kumanoyu, Mammoth and Hasuike Junction

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Shiga Kogen resort info: Friday 27th March 2020

The below information is manually checked - but the report is too early for any changes today
Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.

Higashitateyama
- Official snow depth: 140cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 150cm

Kumanoyu
- Official snow depth: 200cm

Maruike
- Official snow depth: 80cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 170cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 160cm

Terakoya
- Official snow depth: 140cm

Yakebitaiyama
- Official snow depth: 170cm

Yokoteyama
- Official snow depth: 220cm

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The section of road connecting the southern area of Shiga Kogen (from Yokoteyama onwards) with Gunma Prefecture is now closed for the season. It will be closed until 24th April 2020. Approach Shiga Kogen using Route 292 from the west (Nagano/Nakano/Yamanouchi)

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Naeba Now!

Friday 27th March 2020, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Naeba.

Cloudy this morning and continuing to be warm.

Due to winds forecast through the day, the Gondola and upper lift are not going to be open today -- so we are basically down to two lower slopes. It's a bit patchy on the sides, but the courses are there and available.

Hopefully the top area can get open tomorrow.

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Official snow depth:

- 90cm

Planned operating lifts:

- Number 5 high speed lift
- Number 4 romance lift

Courses planned to be open:

- 2 of 22 courses are normally open
- Naeba plans to be open until Sunday 5th April

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Aizu Bandai Now!

Friday 27th March 2020, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning.

There is a lot of sun this morning, some cloud and clouding over forecast for the day today.

Perhaps we should expect a mix of cloud and sun for the next few days - along with generally mild/warm conditions.

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Grandeco Snow Resort:
- 4 (of 5) lifts operating
- 10 (of 13) courses open
- Official snow depth: 180cm

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma:
- 5 (of 6) lifts operating
- 15 (of 15) courses open
- The walk course connecting Nekoma with the top of Alts Bandai is open today
- Official snow depth: 145cm (top)

MinowaMinowa:
- 2 (of 3) lifts operating
- 8 (of 12) courses open
- Official snow depth: 90cm

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Photos today:

- Grandeco
- Minowa (2)

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Myoko Now!

Friday 27th March 2020, 10:22am
Weather conditions: Cloudy; some blue in the distance
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Back to gray, warm, south winds, and almost certain rain later. There is snow on the forecast for tomorrow, which seems unbelievable today. Of course, the freezing level is at 3350 meters today, and will be coming down to maybe 600 meters tomorrow - just what it's been doing all season. Roller coaster changes in the freezing level.

We've got a pretty steady south wind going right now, which is really bringing the snow level down. The big bare patches just below the Kanko Hotel are back; I wonder how long they'll be able to keep Hotel No. 2 lift going? I'm sure there are similar "challenging" spots at the other resorts as well.

And keep an eye on some of the official reports from the resorts. If they aren't showing decreasing snowpack, or temperatures way below the others, assume it's not going to be that great. But do feel free to come and ski, once the rain is over!

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Akakura Kanko:
150cm, 9°
Hotel No. 1 Lift now closed; all others running

Akakura Onsen:
150cm, 4°
Ginrei area closed; all other main lifts running

Ikenotaira Onsen:
70cm, 2° (no new report today)
Capsule Pair and Ikenotaira Quad lifts only

Myoko Suginohara:
90cm, 6°
Gondola, Mitahara No. 2 lifts only

Seki Onsen:
280cm, -5° (no new reports for two days....)

Myoko Ski Park:
80cm, 76° (no new info for today; they must have updated late yesterday)
Open weekends only

Kyukamura RunRun:
130cm, 8°

Tangram Ski Circus:
45cm, 5°
Lifts No. 1, 3, 5 open

Madarao Kogen:
80cm, 11.3°
Main lifts running

Lotte Arai Resort
280cm, 17.7°
Sanroku No. 1 and 2 closed

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
Closed for the season    Read more ...
 

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06th May, 15:13pm
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22nd Apr, 10:12am
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20th Apr, 9:52am
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20th Apr, 9:52am
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20th Apr, 9:51am
Niseko Now
20th Apr, 9:50am
Naeba Now
20th Apr, 9:49am
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20th Apr, 9:48am
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20th Apr, 9:47am
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20th Apr, 9:40am
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20th Apr, 9:38am
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20th Apr, 9:37am
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