Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018

Grandeco Now!

Thursday 29th March 2018, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Fair
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

The full on spring weather conditions continue with blue skies.

The snow depth is now start decreasing because of the warm air and we can not expect any further snowfall.

It is getting easier to climb to Mt. Nishidaiten due to the snow depth decreasing.

Please apply for the mountain climbing report sheet before you hike up if you are going to be doing that.

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Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 220cm

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 29th March 2018, 10:04am
Weather conditions: Excellent
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Well, folks, I think it is fair to say that Japan clicked into 'spring' early this year and this last week we have been enjoying lots of blue skies and sunshine over the region. It has been getting rather warm too. Warmer than we would like as the snow has been melting - getting to almost 20 degrees in some not too distant areas.

It's kind of hard to believe but some forecasts are saying we might get some snow tonight! Hmmmm.

Whatever happens on that score, more sun is forecast tomorrow and over the weekend.

Still. There's still a fair amount of snow around on the courses.

A number of the resort areas of Shiga Kogen close for the season at the end of Sunday.

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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
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Zao Now!

Thursday 29th March 2018, 10:10am
Weather conditions: Fine, thin cloud, hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

As with many other regions, the fine clearer skies and warm conditions continue here in Zao. There's some thin cloud around and it is looking hazy but the sun is out - though there's a chance of some rain before my next report tomorrow morning.

Some more lifts will be open until Sunday and once we get to next week there'll be less open. It's proving hard to find exact details but I'll try and get them to you by early next week.

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Lifts and course info:

The following course areas have now closed for the season:

- Kotan
- Diamond Valley
- Ryuzan
- Karamatsu
- Sunrise (remains part open)

The following lifts have now closed for the season:

- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Diamond Number 2 pair
- Onsen Number 3 Parallel AB
- Onsen Number 4 quad
- Zao Kokutai pair
- Ryuzan pair
- Karamatsu pair
- Sunrise pair AB

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 160cm
- Paradise area: 170cm
- Chuo area: 170cm
- Utopia area: 165cm
- Uwanodai area: 80cm
- Oomori area: 65cm

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Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast
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Myoko Now!

Thursday 29th March 2018, 10:10am
Weather conditions: Hazy blue
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Nothing much is changing out there (I did move my office, so things are changing personally, but I got the machines all set for an early report….then got uninspired by the warm weather before I suddenly realized I need to get this to you!). It’s warm, sunny, hazy, calm. Same as for several days. One of the mountain wetather sites shows the freezing level (that 0°C line) coming down today, with a chance of snow, but one really wonders. There’s still good snow out there to play on, and there are only a few days left at most of the resorts, so the season is still a go.

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Akakura Kanko:
220 cm, 9°; closing May 6

Akakura Onsen:
190cm, 4°; closing April 8

Ikenotaira Onsen:
165cm, 6°

Myoko Suginohara:
125cm, 6°; No. 3 and Romance lifts closed; closing April 1

Seki Onsen:
310 cm, 3°; closing May 6

Myoko Ski Park:
130 cm, 10°; closing April 1

Kyukamura RunRun:
170 cm, 11° (yesterday’s report); closing April 1

Lotte Arai Resort:
390cm, 14.3°; Exciter and Discovery courses permanently closed; Mamushigaeshi and Rindou Lower closed today; Myoko Long Run Upper partially open; Ohkenashi Bowl, FK, North Bowl, Funaishi-zawa, Happy Place and Benzaku-zawa open in the avalanche-controlled areas; closing May 6

Tangram Ski Circus:
110 cm, 5°; closing April 1

Madarao Kogen:
130 cm, 10°; closing April 1

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park:
90cm, 3°; closing April 1    Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Thursday 29th March 2018, 10:59am
Weather conditions: Sunny, hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

With just 4 days to go, we are still enjoying the sunny conditions but things seem to be getting a bit hazier as we approach the middle of the day today.

We may get some spots of rain overnight tonight according to the forecasts (is that even snow possible at higher elevations, probably above Madarao?!). The chances are that we are going to see the season out here in Madarao with more of these sunny skies.

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Official snow depth:

130cm

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

Kids Park   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 29th March 2018, 11:45am
Weather conditions: Sunny and hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's sort of more of the same but at the same time a bit different. Things are hazier today and the snow has noticeably got a bit... dirtier. It's that yellow sand coming in from the direction of China, apparently. Unfortunately, it's not a particularly good look.

But I suppose we can be thankful that we still have good snow cover... which we generally do with most of the resort remaining open.

Forecast shows some rain - perhaps even some snow up top?! - tonight and colder temperatures tomorrow, but a quick return to the clearer skies.

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Thursday 29th 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): 245cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 150cm
- Hikage (660m): 80cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 70cm
- Karasawa (563m): 20cm

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):

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

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 29th March 2018, 12:03pm
Weather conditions: Hazy, sun, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

I'm posting this at 12 noon and the thermometer is saying... 19C!

Yikes.

It is more cloudy today with a hazy feel to proceedings.

But what's that... snow at high elevations tonight (hard to imagine), with rain lower down? Who knows, with the somewhat unpredictable nature of parts of this season!

It has been fabulous weather to be out and about but this March must be the quickest that it has ever turned into proper spring for a while. Not the huge March Madness snowfall we were hoping for. We can't do anything about it of course but when we sit down and look at the numbers it will be interesting to see how they shape up.

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Ski resort information on Thursday 29th 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: 315cm
- Usagidaira: 205cm
- Lower: 45cm

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Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operation as planned today

Courses open:
- All courses apart from Cosmo River, Snow Diving, Adventure and Straight Whiskey remain open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 295cm
- Toomi: 90cm
- Iimori: 60cm

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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
- Lower part of R-7 closed

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Base: 95cm

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Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as planned

Courses open:
- All course areas apart form Uma-no-se should be open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 290cm
- Han-no-ki: 270cm
- Maruyama: 60cm
- Shirakaba: 190cm
- Champion: 50cm
- Oya-no-hara: 80cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 50cm

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Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- Lifts 1, 2, 4 still operating
- Plans to be open until Sunday 1st April

Courses open:
- Some courses closed - check with resort

Official snow depth:
- Top: 223cm
- Base: 107cm

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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operations:
- Resort remains part open, mostly Mountain Side
- Plans to be open until Sunday 1st April

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

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- Lifts 3, 4, 5, 6 still operating
- Plans to be open until Sunday 1st April

Official snow depth:
- 80cm

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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- Lifts 1, 2, 3, 5 still operating
- Plans to be open until Sunday 1st April

Official snow depth:
- 115cm

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Hakuba Sanosaka

Now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 29th March 2018, 12:50pm
Weather conditions: Fine but hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and it is another warm and sunny day here - we seem to be getting a little hazy the last few days (sand coming from the west?) and that real full on spring feel in the air. People have been unwrapping the trees which have been enjoying getting some air and lots of buds appearing. I have a bunch of tulips appearing now that the snow has almost all gone from my garden area.

There might be a bit of rain before tomorrow morning but beyond that it's more sunshine and clearer conditions.

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Updated: Thursday 29th 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
- 210cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May

Iwappara
- 85m
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April

Kagura
- Kagura area: 270cm
- Mitsumata area: 170cm
- Tashiro area: 220cm
- 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
- 165cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 22nd April

Naeba
- 160cm (base)
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May (weekdays only from 9th-27th April)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 85cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 120cm
- Base: 60cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April

Yuzawa Park
- 80cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 85cm
- 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
- 130cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April

Joetsu Kokusai
- 130cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 135cm
- Base: 40cm
- Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April

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

Niseko Now!

Thursday 29th March 2018, 13:06pm
Weather conditions: Blue sky just a bit of cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko. Actually, good afternoon.

I am naughty, but a few things prevented an early report today (and it's not as if there is much to tell you really at the moment - though I will of course endeavour to be with you every single day through until the lifts stop moving).

Blue skies again and sunshine. I feel it was hazier earlier on today, seems nice and a bit clearer now.

Highs of around 8C forecast today and a little cooler tomorrow, though still more sunshine.

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Thursday 29th 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 info:
- King Number 1 and 2 and Ace Number 4 lifts rested

Official snow depth:
- Top: 460cm
- Base: 160cm

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

Lifts info:
- Jumbo Number 2 and 3 lifts rested

Official snow depth:
- Top: 420cm
- Base: 150cm

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

Lifts info:
- Community Chair, Morino Chair and Country Road Chair lifts rested

Official snow depth:
- Top: 380cm
- Base: 170cm   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

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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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