Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 29th March 2020, 7:38am
Weather conditions: It's snowing
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

OK, so just to recap.

It was 22.8C a few days ago here.

Heavy rain last night.

And this morning, there's 10-15cm of fresh snowfall on the ground in town and the Kagura resort is reporting 25cm.

And Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 35cm of fresh snow.

!

Maiko, of course, brought their closing date forward by a week to today. It's interesting to note that they have not mentioned that today is their last day on their update this morning (...might they rethinking again...?)

Hold on. Incoming. Kandatsu Snow Resort have once again changed their planned closing date. No, not to extend it. This time, they are pulling back from 5th April to Tuesday 31st March.

I think I've got that right. I'll update you again if they change their mind again tomorrow. ;)

Phew.

What a season this has been...

It's still snowing by the way. Should ease off sometime this morning. Hardly any wind.

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Individual ski resort information: Sunday 29th March 2020
All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.

GALA Yuzawa

- All lifts apart from Buggy, Wagonette, Chariot and Landau ropeway are operating
- All courses in the Central Area are open
- The Broadway, Super Broadway, Swan and Roman Holiday A courses and Snow Park are open in the Northern Area
- The Southern Area and downhill course are closed
- Official snow depth: 110cm
- Planned closing date: 6th May

Kagura

- All areas of Kagura are open; 20 of 23 courses open
- Official snow depth: 170cm
- Planned closing dates: 4th May (Tashiro); 24th May (Mitsumata)

Kandatsu Snow Resort

- All lifts are operating; most courses open
- Official snow depth: 115cm
- Planned closing date: 31st March

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: 100cm (top)
- Planned closing date: today

Muikamachi Hakkaisan

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

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 7:30am on Sunday 29th March 2020:

- NASPA Ski Garden [now closed]
- Maiko Snow Resort
- Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 29th March 2020, 7:43am
Weather conditions: Cloud and...
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Nozawa.

And back to white.

Yes, there's fresh snow on the ground with the resort reporting 15cm on the upper Yamabiko and Uenotaira course areas.

They aren't reporting from lower slopes anymore but there's a cover down here too which I can report.

By around lunchtime the snow should have stopped leaving us with a cloudy afternoon.

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Sunday 29th March 2020

Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 15cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 15cm
- Lower areas are not reporting any more

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 190cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 100cm
- 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
- Challenge pair
- 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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Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 29th March 2020, 7:53am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
The 'interesting' season continues, with a good turn this morning. Snow on the ground and some moderate snowfall early morning.

Kumanoyu is reporting 20cm of snow and there's 18cm outside my place (and counting).

The snow is due to continue until sometime this morning.

It may not be January style light dry snow but 20cm or so at this stage of the season is an extremely decent haul.

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Photos: Kumanoyu, Mammoth and Hasuike Junction

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Shiga Kogen resort info: Sunday 29th 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: 190cm

Maruike
- Official snow depth: 60cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 170cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 150cm

Terakoya
- Official snow depth: 140cm

Yakebitaiyama
- Official snow depth: 170cm

Yokoteyama
- Official snow depth: 195cm

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Planned resort operations after 1st April:

** IMPORTANT: SUBJECT TO CHANGE! **

Giant:
Open on Saturday 4th April and Sunday 5th April

Takamagahara Mammoth:
Quad lift open until Sunday 5th April and then on 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May

Tannenomori Okojo:
4th, 5th, 11th, 12th April and 29th April until 6th May

Ichinose Family:
Ichinose quad and Ichinose Number 2 pair B line open until 6th May

Terakoya:
4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May

Ichinose Diamond:
Until 5th April and then 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May

Yakebitaiyama:
Number 1 Gondola until 6th May
Number 2 Gondola until 5th April
Number 2 high speed until 5th April and then 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May

Okushiga Kogen:
Number 1 pair lift and Gondola until 5th April
Number 2 and 3 high speed pairs until 6th May
Number 4 and 6 pairs until 5th April and then 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th April and 25th April until 6th May

Kumanoyu:
Number 1 pair until 5th April
Number 3 quad until 5th April and then 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May
Number 2 pair A line until 10th May

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge
Until 6th May and possibly beyond that

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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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Geto Kogen Now!

Sunday 29th March 2020, 7:54am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning.

News of snow to the south of us this morning but here we don't have any fresh and it is just cloudy with a light wind.

And fine weather forecast for tomorrow.

All main courses open and 4 of the tree run courses usually opening up.

Number 2 gondola will be taking a bow for the season at the end of today.

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Official snow depths:

* Top: 305m
* Base: 140cm

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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Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 29th March 2020, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Appi and it is a cloudy start to the day.

The resort yesterday emphasised that they plan to close on 6th May, so if that happens as planned we still have 5 weeks or so left...

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APPI is open with the following lifts normally operating (subject to change):

- Appi Gondola
- Central quad lift
- Central Number 2 lift
- Central Number 3A lift
- Central Number 4 lift
- Central Number 5 lift
- Sailer quad lift
- Vista quad lift

- 19 courses remain open
- The Nishimori area is now closed
- Dragon tail, Cruise 1, Cruise 2 tree run courses are normally open
- Subject to lift operations & weather conditions

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Snowfall numbers
The below numbers are reported by the resort

Cumulative snowfall:
610cm

Natural snow depth:
170cm

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Niseko Now!

Sunday 29th March 2020, 8:09am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning to you all.

And as you can see from the images today (below), it's a clear blue sky kind of morning.

All lifts should be running as planned this morning.

Today is the last day of the season for the HANAZONO area of the mountain.

More lower lifts will remain open for a week beyond that... and then upper areas plan to be open until 6th May. I'll keep you updated.

Good to hear that so many of you are still reading the reports at this stage of the season and in the world we live in. Some of you are just curious as to when I will run out of words, aren't you? ;)

I'll take that as a challenge. Let's challenge!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 5am: -5°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m:NNE 2.9m/s, -5.1°. Annupuri 1100m: NNW 2.6m/s. Yu no Sawa 1000m: N 2.7m/s, -6.2°. Niseko Village 900m: N 2.2m/s, -7.4°. Hirafu 1000m : -8.5°. Hanazono 720m:NW 5.9m/s, -2.9°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: N 6m/s. Kamui Cape: WNW 3m/s, 1022hPa, wave 1.6m.

Sunny weather under a high pressure system, cold air is flowing in from the Okhotsk Sea and the mountain is frozen from the top to the bottom. There is no new snow or cornice/snowdrift development. From observation the general avalanche risk is low. Gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice before heading out of the resort. Small block type avalanches will easily occur on steep south facing slopes and creek sidewalls. The risk of a large scale full depth avalanche is continuing to increase in Kozan no sawa, Osawa and on Higashi One cornice slopes. Do not hang around in the valley bottoms, these types of avalanches bring death and destruction.

Helmets and beacons are strongly recommended. Snow is hard this morning, be careful taking a fall. Enjoy the spring weather.

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Planned ski resort operation information: Sunday 29th March 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 300cm
- Base: 70cm

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: 185cm
- Base: 84cm

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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Madarao Now!

Sunday 29th March 2020, 8:13am
Weather conditions: Cloud and...
New snowfall: 22cm
Snow depth: --
I do have snow to report to you this morning.

Madarao itself is reporting 25cm of it! And the trees are indeed loaded with snow this morning though my number is closer to 20cm. Still, for late March in this season that is some statistic.

The snow will probably stop by/around lunchtime with cloudy skies due tomorrow.

It should be a very pleasing last few days of the season.

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

3 days to go.

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Current operations: Sunday 29th 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: 90cm

Tangram Ski Circus:

- 3 of 5 lifts operating (Number 2 and 6 closed)
- Part open
- Official snow depth: 60cm

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Naeba Now!

Sunday 29th March 2020, 8:19am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Morning.

How about this then?

Around 20cm of fresh snow on the ground. Kagura are reporting 25cm.

Feels almost like mid season again. All this after that warmth just a few short days ago.

This may well be the last snow on the roads and once the skies clear - later this morning and tomorrow - should be really nice conditions.

Can hardly believe that we are a few days away from April.

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Official snow depth:

- 80cm

Planned operating lifts:

- Prince Number 2 Gondola
- Takenokodaira pair lift
- Number 5 high speed lift
- Number 4 romance pair lift

Courses planned to be open:

- Naeba plans to be open until Sunday 5th April

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Hakuba Now!

Sunday 29th March 2020, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Check out the headlines for this morning of the 29th March:

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (lower)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 4720cm20cm529cm
Hakuba Cortina [CLOSED]--573cm [at closing]
Hakuba Goryu20cm20cm587cm
Hakuba Happo-one20cm25cm (Usagidaira)
30cm (Kurobishi)
787cm

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data



Yes, up to 30cm of fresh snowfall being reported by Happo-one and 20cm on lower areas.

I can also record an observed 14cm at base.

Could have done with a few more days like this mid-season!

But, thank you anyway, Nature.

It isn't mad cold and the snow is due to ease sometime this morning.

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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:
- Grad quad
- Alpen quad
- Happo Riesen quad
- Nakiyama 3
- ADAM Gondola
- Panorama
- Kokusai 1
- Kokusai 3
- Kurobishi quad
- Sakka Kitaone quad

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

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 200cm
- Usagidaira: 150cm
- 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: 195cm
- Base: 55cm

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: 200cm
- Toomi: 65cm
- Iimori: -cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori (upper): 215cm
- Han-no-ki: 180cm
- Upper Tsuga-no-mori and Han-kou runs open
- Some mid areas of the resort (Sawa-one and Han-no-ki) part open

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 90cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 90cm

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Photos today (below):

- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- 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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Aizu Bandai Now!

Sunday 29th March 2020, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Morning all.

Fresh snow!

Yep, around 10cm of it too, giving the slopes a welcome refresh.

Clearer skies are due tomorrow and Tuesday but hopefully it should remain on the colder side.

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Grandeco Snow Resort:
- 5 (of 5) lifts operating
- 12 (of 13) courses open
- Official snow depth: 170cm

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma:
- 6 (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 lifts operating (A Lift is now closed for the season)
- 8 (of 12) courses open
- Official snow depth: 90cm

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Photos today:

- Grandeco (2)
- Minowa

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Myoko Now!

Sunday 29th March 2020, 10:39am
Weather conditions: Overcast with snow
New snowfall: 33cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday it was miserable, foggy weather.

Today winter is back, with over 30cm of fresh snow and colder temperatures. Pretty heavy snow, but that's OK. Might stay on the slopes a little longer with that weight and pack-ability.

I was kidding about two of you reading (although I doubt anybody would have wanted to be out on the slopes yesterday); I know there are lots of you reading every day, and we appreciate it. But this is a weird, weird year. Low snow, and I know everybody has had to hunker down or go home.

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Akakura Kanko:
150cm, -2°
Hotel No. 1 Lift now closed; all others running. From tomorrow only the Sky Cable gondola and No. 3 lift.

Akakura Onsen:
155cm, -2°
Ginrei area closed; all other main lifts running

Ikenotaira Onsen:
60cm, -1°
Capsule Pair and Ikenotaira Quad lifts only

Myoko Suginohara:
80cm, -2°
Gondola, Mitahara No. 2 lifts only

Seki Onsen:
280cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
50cm, 8°
Open weekends only

Kyukamura RunRun:
110cm, -2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
60cm, -2°
Lifts No. 1 pair, 3 quad, 5 quad open

Madarao Kogen:
90cm, -2.5°
Main lifts running

Lotte Arai Resort
300cm, 0.1°
Sanroku No. 1 and 2 closed

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
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