Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Geto Kogen Now!

Thursday 2nd April 2020, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Geto Kogen.

This morning I have some more rain to report along with windy conditions, I'm afraid.

We are hoping though that tomorrow will see a return to brighter and clearer skies so we can enjoy some feel-good spring skiing.

I note the tree run courses appear to be scheduled to be closed today.

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Official snow depths:

* Top: 299m
* Base: 130cm

Planned operating lift information - subject to change:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 1 pair lift

Courses & Tree Runs:

* All of the main official course apart from A3 are available
* Check with the resort for tree run course status which varies daily

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Naeba Now!

Thursday 2nd April 2020, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

I'm afraid we are on to just one lift this morning - the base Number 5 high speed lift - as windy conditions are stopping the gondola from getting going.

It is actually snowing this morning, by the way and definitely feels colder.

Tomorrow sunshine is forecast as things warm up again.

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Official snow depth:

- 70cm

Planned operating lifts:

- Number 5 high speed lift

Courses planned to be open:

- Naeba plans to be open until Sunday 5th April

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Aizu Bandai Now!

Thursday 2nd April 2020, 8:26am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

It is windy this morning with some light snow falling in places.

Looks like the Gondola at Grandeco is on hold at the start of the day. Wind is also affecting Nekoma and the walk course over to Alts is closed at the time of writing.

Unfortunately wind is meaning that Minowa is closed, but they might be able to get the C lift moving if the wind condition improves.

It looks like things should calm down and we might even get some sunshine later on with fine weather forecast tomorrow and Saturday too.

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Grandeco Snow Resort:
- 4 (of 5) lifts operating
- 10 (of 13) courses open
- Official snow depth: 165cm

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma:
- 3 (of 6) lifts operating
- 13 (of 15) courses open
- The walk course connecting Nekoma with the top of Alts Bandai is closed today
- Official snow depth: 135cm (top)

MinowaMinowa:
- 0 lifts operating (C Lift might open depending on wind improving)
- Official snow depth: 80cm

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Photos today:

- Grandeco
- Minowa

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 2nd April 2020, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

The resort doesn't appear to be reporting any snow on the mountain this morning but there's definitely at least a dusting up there and can be seen from base too. Check out the images below.

Wet and damp down at actual base.

The Rinkan forest course is now closed, so all lower courses are now unavailable. That means that you need to use the gondola back down at the end of the day.

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Thursday 2nd April 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): 175cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 95cm
- Lower areas are not reporting any more

The following lifts are operating:

- Nagasaka gondola [8:10am until 3:00pm; last one down 3:40pm]
- Yamabiko quad [8:30am until 3:20pm]
- Yamabiko Number 2 quad [8:25am until 3:30pm]
- Uenotaira quad [8:30am until 3:30pm]
- Paradise quad [8:30am until 3:20pm]

The following courses remain open:

- Yamabiko A
- Yamabiko B
- Yamabiko C
- Yamabiko D
- Yamabiko E
- Kogenashi A
- Kogenashi B
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Bunabayashi

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Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 2nd April 2020, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

Some strong winds and heavy rain overnight and it is still raining this morning.

GALA Yuzawa are open again today, though both Kagura and Naeba have some restrictions. Kagura is open up to the Kagura Gondola. They were planning on having the Number 1 pair lift moving but wind is stopping that from happening at the moment.

So it is not a particularly nice morning.

(Having said that as I am about to post this report it seems to be getting a bit brighter and less rain...)

Tomorrow should be calmer and clearer and the sun will be warming us up again.

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Individual ski resort information: Thursday 2nd April 2020
The below ski areas remain open. All information is checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.

GALA Yuzawa

- The Gondola, Barouche, Phaeton, Coach, Victoria and Tilbury lifts 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: 100cm
- Planned closing date: 6th May

Kagura

- See above
- Official snow depth: 170cm
- Planned closing dates: 4th May (Tashiro); 24th May (Mitsumata)

Naeba

- 5 of 22 courses open
- Official snow depth: 70cm
- Planned closing date: 5th April
- Details on Naeba Now report here

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- Other ski resorts in the area are now closed

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Photos (below) from around 8:30am on Thursday 2nd April 2020:

- Kagura
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit

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Niseko Now!

Thursday 2nd April 2020, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

It is a windy morning and windy enough for lift operations to be affected. As of 8:30am, all lifts are Niseko Village are closed and only the following lifts are moving:

- Ace Family quad and Holiday Number 1 pair at Hirafu
- Dream Number 1 quad and Jumbo Number 1 quad at Annupuri

So all rather limited.

Rather grey feel to the morning too.

Hopefully the clouds will clear by tomorrow (later today even) and bring us some sunshine.

Then there is some snow on the forecast for around the weekend.

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Planned ski resort operation information: Thursday 2nd April 2020
Subject to change and weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu

** SEE ABOVE FOR LIFT INFO FOR TODAY **

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 290cm
- Base: 55cm

The following lifts are scheduled to be operating:
- Ace Family quad
- Ace Number 2 quad (Center four)
- Hirafu Gondola
- Holiday Number 1 pair
- King Number 3 quad
- King Number 4

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 170cm
- Base: 60cm

The following lifts are scheduled to be operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Dream Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 4 pair

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 160cm
- Base: 60cm

The following lifts are scheduled to be operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Wonderland Chair

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- The Niseko HANAZONO area is now closed for the season.
- Night time floodlit operations have closed for the season.

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Hakuba Now!

Thursday 2nd April 2020, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

After some rain yesterday, this morning Happo-one is reporting 5cm of fresh snow on the upper Usagidaira and Kurobishi areas, Goryu is reporting 3cm and 47 is reporting 2cm.

And it has actually been snowing down to base areas. I was just over at Hakuba 47 base and snow was falling. Yey.

It's borderline rain though in places once you are off the mountain though.

It is noticeably colder.

Anyway here is the data table for this morning:

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (lower)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 470cm2cm549cm
Hakuba Cortina [CLOSED]--573cm [at closing]
Hakuba Goryu0cm3cm607cm
Hakuba Happo-one0cm5cm817cm

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data



Unfortunately wind is affecting top lifts at all of those three resorts at the beginning of the day. If you are planning on being there please check before heading out...

Tomorrow sunshine is forecast with warmer temperatures once again.

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

Hakuba Happo-one

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

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 170cm
- Usagidaira: 30cm
- Nakiyama: 40cm

Hakuba 47

Courses open:
- All main courses now open
- Restrictions on the winding lower course: beginners should take the gondola down
- Tree Riding Zones: open until 5th April

Official snow depth:
- Top: 180cm
- Base: 45cm

Hakuba Goryu

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: 185cm
- Toomi: 50cm
- Iimori: -cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori (upper): 196cm
- Han-no-ki: 170cm
- The top Tsuga-no-mori and Han-kou areas remain open

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 85cm

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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
* A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this report
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 2nd April 2020, 9:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud and...
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen - I wasn't planning on a report this morning but there is snow to report so here I am.

Kumanoyu are reporting 10cm. Yakebitaiyama are reporting 5-10cm.

It was really coming down when I was just over at Okushiga Kogen. It feels like winter again!

Bit windy too which might affect lifts.

We should be seeing clearer conditions from tomorrow.

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Photos: Mammoth and Hasuike Junction

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Shiga Kogen resort info: Thursday 2nd April 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: 160cm

Yokoteyama
- Official snow depth: 195cm

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Planned resort operations:

** 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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Myoko Now!

Thursday 2nd April 2020, 11:14am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
I'm glad I'm running a bit late, as the wind is shifting around to the north, and the very light rain that is spitting down at base looks to be snow higher up. The forecast says we might get some even down here at 700 meters or so on Saturday. More unexpected stuff in a season full of the unusual.

The closures continue, with Tangram ending its season today

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Akakura Kanko:
120cm, 1°
Sky Cable gondola and Hotel No. 3 lift.

Akakura Onsen:
130cm, 1°
Ginrei area closed; Yodel 1, 2, 4, 5; Kumado 1, 4 lifts

Ikenotaira Onsen:
Closed

Myoko Suginohara:
Closed

Seki Onsen:
No information; open?

Myoko Ski Park:
40cm, 7°
Open weekends only

Kyukamura RunRun:
Not clear; might be closed (no updates on their site, very unclear on town's)

Tangram Ski Circus:
Closed

Madarao Kogen:
Closed

Lotte Arai Resort
265cm, 7.1°
Sanroku No. 1 and 2 closed

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
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20th Apr, 9:52am
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20th Apr, 9:51am
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20th Apr, 9:50am
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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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