Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 21st May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 2nd April 2019, 7:20am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It was cold yesterday and is again this morning.

And guess what... there's more snow on the ground in town this morning. 2-3cm of it, with the trees and roofs seeing a new thin layer of snow. No info at time of writing from Kagura but we will update the report later in the day to reflect what they measure.

And there is more snow due today and through into tomorrow as well (though it is not snowing just now as the report is being written).

Very interesting weather at this stage of the season.

The NASPA Ski Garden ski hill is now closed; the small Ipponsugi and Yuzawa Nakazato up next. After that, there's a handful of resorts closing at the end of the day on Sunday. More info below.

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Updated: Tuesday 2nd April 2019

* Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information.
* Information checked manually each morning at time of report.

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 250cm (official snow depth)
- The Central Area and part of the Northern Area remain open
- The lift connections between GALA Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen and Ishiuchi Maruyama are now closed

Iwappara
- 90cm (official snow depth)
- All areas remain open

Kagura
- Kagura: 260cm (official snow depth)
- Mitsumata Area: 200cm (official snow depth)
- Tashiro Area: 230cm (official snow depth)

Kandatsu Kogen
- 185cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 110cm (official snow depth)

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Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma - just to the north of Yuzawa:

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Top: 150cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 90cm (official snow depth)
- The lift connection between the top area and the North Area of GALA Yuzawa resort is now closed

Joetsu Kokusai
- 160cm (official snow depth)

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Planned closing dates for each ski resort in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma (subject to change)

Until Tuesday 2nd April
- Ipponsugi

Until Wednesday 3rd April
- Yuzawa Nakazato

Until Sunday 7th April
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Maiko Snow Resort (* note: closed from 1st through 5th April)
- Nakazato Snow Wood

Until Sunday 21st April
- Kandatsu Kogen

Until Monday 6th May
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro Ropeway)

Until Sunday 26th May
- Kagura (via Mitsumata Ropeway)

Already closed
- Chateau Shiozawa
- Hakkai Sanroku
- Ishiuchi Hanaoka
- Itsukamachi
- Muica Snow Resort
- Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Naeba
- NASPA Ski Garden
- Yuzawa Park
- Yuzawa Kogen   Read more ...
 

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 2nd April 2019, 7:30am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto.

And I have another 11cm of fresh snowfall to report from base. What a fine end of March/beginning of April we have been seeing. Can't recall it being often when the official snow depths have increased in April!

Light snow has been falling this morning and the forecast is for mostly cloud/light snow for the day, perhaps clearer skies tomorrow.

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Official snow depths:

* Top: 375cm
* Base: 240cm

Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 1 pair lift

- Other lifts now closed for the season

Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change due to weather:

* All of the main official courses are available
* All tree runs open   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 2nd April 2019, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue skies but also...
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

Mostly cloudy, some blue skies, some sun now but some light snow falling in places. We might just get a bit more still.

Here's my look back at March and the season so far...

A look back at the season so far: March 2019

My oh my, it is already April. I probably say this too often but... how the seasons fly by!

As much as spring can be a lot of fun though, I think this year the spring season seems to have been with us for longer than most of us would like. And there’s still over a month of it to go!

If you remember I was only able to measure and record 9cm of fresh snowfall over the last 12 days of February so as we entered March, we were all hoping that we would see a return to more winter-like weather.

Unfortunately, I was not able to add any more cm of fresh snowfall to a report until my report on 12th March. From that day there was a run of five mornings when I could report some fresh snowfall, but even with that the total snowfall for the month of March was standing at just 14cm by 22nd March.

Happily, we got a bit more snow in the last week of the month which helped us ‘save face’ a bit! And put some renewed smiles on faces. In the end, the total for March 2019 was 45cm. (Phew!)

So in the end here is the amount of snowfall that I have measured close to my Hirafu base during the month of March in each of the last seven seasons:

March 2019: 45cm
March 2018: 49cm
March 2017: 83cm
March 2016: 109cm
March 2015: 139cm
March 2014: 113cm
March 2013: 164cm

And here are the 'season up to the end of March' totals over the last seven seasons:

2018/2019 season up to end of March 2019: 945cm
2017/2018 season up to end of March 2018: 1247cm
2016/2017 season up to end of March 2017: 688cm
2015/2016 season up to end of March 2016: 986cm
2014/2015 season up to end of March 2015: 1141cm
2013/2014 season up to end of March 2014: 1150cm
2012/2013 season up to end of March 2013: 1459cm

The total numbers look decent, but that period between mid-February and mid-March was very lacking in fresh snow.

OK, so can we expect any/much more from now or is that it for the season?

In recent years this is how much snow I have been able to observe near Hirafu base from 1st April through until the lifts close at the end of the season:

From 1st April through the end of the season 2018: 13cm
From 1st April through the end of the season 2017: 0cm
From 1st April through the end of the season 2016: 6cm
From 1st April through the end of the season 2015: 3cm
From 1st April through the end of the season 2014: 13cm
From 1st April through the end of the season 2013: 34cm

So we might get a little if we are lucky - and as always, more likely higher up than at base - but we really cannot expect much. Think of it as a bonus if it happens.

The last piece of data is the snowfall numbers that the Japan Meteorological Agency report from their observation station in Kutchan town. Here is what they have reported for the month of March over the last seven years:

March 2019: ??cm
March 2018: 59cm
March 2017: 90cm
March 2016: 125cm
March 2015: 141cm
March 2014: 118cm
March 2013: 124cm

I will do a full end-of-season report in my last report on or around Monday 6th May, the planned last day of the season.

I mentioned this previously but it was good to see Niseko HANAZONO extend their season from 31st March to 7th April. It goes to show we got decent snowfall in those first three months of the season.

I will be here with you a new report every day until 6th May.

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Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Plans to be open until Monday 6th May 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 325cm
- Base: 100cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- Ace Number 1, 2, 3 pairs, King Number 1 pair, King Number 2 quad and Swinging Monkey lifts closed
- Plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 226cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- All lifts open
- Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April

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Niseko Annupuri
Plans to be open until Monday 6th May 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 250cm
- Base: 80cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- Jumbo Number 2 and 3 pair lifts closed
- Plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Niseko Village
Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 250cm
- Base: 80cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Morino Chair and Country Road closed
- Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 2nd April 2019, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

OK so there's another 20cm of fresh snow being reported on the upper slopes of the resort and there's some snow down to base as well which is great to see. What an odd last few days it has been... though no complaints!

The sun is actually out right now but the forecast still says more snow during the day, so perhaps it'll cloud over again and we'll get more fresh. Possibly more through tomorrow morning too. Winter just doesn't seem to want to give up.

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Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday morning):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 20cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 20cm
- Hikage (660m): -cm
- Nagasaka (615m): -cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 300cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 230cm
- Hikage (660m): no longer reporting
- Nagasaka (615m): no longer reporting
- Karasawa (563m): no longer reporting

The following lifts are operating:

- Nagasaka Gondola (8:10am - 3:30pm; last one down 3:30pm)
- Yamabiko Four (8:30am - 3:20pm)
- Yamabiko Number 2 Four (8:25am - 3:30pm)
- Uenotaira Four (8:30am - 3:30pm)
- Paradise Four (8:00am - 3:40pm

The following courses are open:

- Yamabiko A
- Yamabiko B
- Yamabiko C
- Yamabiko D
- Yamabiko E
- Kokenoashi
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Mizunashi
- Bunabayashi
- Paraside

The following courses remain available to ski back down:

- Challenge
- Utopia
- Ushikubi
- Rinkan
- Kumataka

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Nozawa Onsen plans to be open until Monday 6th May   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 2nd April 2019, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba and yes, I have more fresh snow to report again.

I have to be quick this morning but Hakuba 47 are reporting around 10cm on upper areas; I am measuring 3cm to add to the reports.

With a mix of cloud and blue skies it should be a fine morning to be out on the slopes, with the chance of even more snow falling later and overnight tonight.

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Ski resort information on Tuesday 2nd April 2019:
The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.

Hakuba Happo-one

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 315cm
- Usagidaira: 230cm
- Nakiyama: 40cm

Notes:
- Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline, Riesen Slalom and Nakiyama South Side areas remain open
- Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Toomi: 130cm
- Iimori: 60cm

Notes:
- Iimori base area now closed
- Top areas all open
- Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 90cm

Notes:
- All courses are open
- Note: Generally the Line D lift usually operates if and when the gondola is not operating
- Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 290cm
- Han-no-ki: 230cm
- Maruyama: -
- Shirakaba: 190cm
- Champion: -
- Oya-no-hara: -
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 60cm

Notes:
- Tsugaike Ropeway is now generally open for spring operations (check for daily operation plans)
- Tsuga-no-mori, Han-ko, Han-no-ki and Karamatsu remain open
- Most base areas now closed
- Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 125cm

Notes:
- Lifts 2 and 5 are operating
- The West Mt area remain part open
- Plans to open until 7th April   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Tuesday 2nd April 2019, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is a sunny morning with a thin layer of cloud above us filtering the sun down. A little chilly at -3c, the temperature will rise up to 0c within a couple of hours and then snow is forecast through the rest of the day. The upper mountain is firm this morning and softens up on the lower part. Still some great skiing on uncrowded slopes.   Read more ...
 

Aizu Bandai Now!

Tuesday 2nd April 2019, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Fog
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Urabandai.

3cm of new snow overnight at the base of Grandeco! It is still falling and it will probably be snowing through the day perhaps even quite heavily at times this afternoon. Please be sure that your car has snow tires.

In addition, it is very cold this morning with some wind and fog.

Good snow conditions though!

According to the forecast, snow will fall on and off through tomorrow morning, so I hope to again be able to report another new snow tomorrow morning.

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The photos for today are from Nekoma (the first two) and Grandeco.

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Nekoma - lift 5/5, course 11/11 open (open until there is enough snow)
Grandeco - lift 4/5 include one gondola, course 8/11 open (open until there is enough snow)
Minowa - lift 2/3, course 7/11 open (open until April 7th)

Alts Bandai, Urabandai, Inawashiro, Inawashiro resort, Numajiri, Listel, Family Bandai Bandai - already closed for the season   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 2nd April 2019, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Fairly fine at the moment
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen and... wow, who'd have thought...

Snow yesterday morning and more snow this morning (up to 20cm in places). And with more due from this afternoon after some clearer skies this morning.

Excellent early April conditions!

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Shiga Kogen resort info: Tuesday 2nd April 2019

The below information is manually checked for each report.
Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 180cm

Kumanoyu
- Official snow depth: 200cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 190cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 180cm

Terakoya
- Official snow depth: 200cm

Yakebitaiyama
- Official snow depth: 200cm

Yokoteyama
- Official snow depth: 205cm

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** Planned closing dates - all subject to change, depending on conditions **


Takamagahara Mammoth
Quad lift - until 7th April; 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May

Tannenomori Okojo
6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May

Ichinose Family
Quad and Number 2 pair B - until 6th May

Terakoya
6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May

Ichinose Diamond
Yamanokami Number 2 pair - until 7th April
Diamond pair and quad - until 7th April; 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May

Kumanoyu
Number 1 pair - until 14th April
Number 3 quad - 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May
Number 2 pair A line - until 12th May

Yokoteyama / Shibutoge
Number 4 pair lift - every Saturday from 1st April
Number 1 Sky A and B - until 6th May
Number 2 Sky - beyond 6th May
Number 3 Sky - beyond 6th May
Shibutoge - beyond 6th May

Okushiga Kogen
Number 6 pair lift - 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May
Number 1 pair lift - until 7th April
Number 4 pair lift - until 7th April and then 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May
Number 2 high speed pair - until 6th May
Number 3 high speed pair - until 6th May
Gondola - until 6th May

Yakebitaiyama
Number 2 Gondola - until 7th April
Number 4 romance lift - operating when the Number 2 gondola is not operating
Number 1 Gondola - until 6th May
Number 2 high speed lift - until 6th May   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 2nd April 2019, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Sun keeps poking through, but increasing cloud cover
New snowfall: 35cm
Snow depth: --
It's been a bit of April Fool weather from yesterday into today: 35 cm of fresh? Not what you'd expect, but it looks like the snow could actually start up again after a sunny start to the morning. The white is nice, after the increasing gray and brown of melting snow walls. The new snow also means that Akakan is back up to 3 meters of snowpack; only two lifts are running, but you can ski all the way down to the base. You should be out skiing today! The season is definitely not over yet....

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Akakura Kanko:
300cm, -2°; open until May 6 (snow permitting)

Akakura Onsen:
180cm, -2°; open until April 7

Ikenotaira Onsen:
Closed

Myoko Suginohara:
Closed

Seki Onsen:
400cm, 0° (no new report today); open until May 6 (snow permitting)

Myoko Ski Park:
Closed

Kyukamura RunRun:
Closed

Tangram Ski Circus:
Closed

Madarao Kogen:
Closed

Lotte Arai Resort
479cm, -0.5°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
Closed


   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 2nd April 2019, 10:08am
Weather conditions: -
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
We were unfortunately unable to post reports in the first part of April.

This report is being posted to just make a record of snowfall during that period.

Please see the report for 18th April for latest full report.   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
21st May, 9:08am
Shiga Kogen Now
20th May, 9:30
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:19pm
Myoko Now
06th May, 9:33am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:09
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:46
Aizu Bandai Now
06th May, 8:35
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:14am
Madarao Now
06th May, 8:13am
Zao Now
06th May, 7:59
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 7:59am
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 7:12
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am

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