Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Geto Kogen Now!

Thursday 2nd May 2019, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Geto.

A mix of cloud and fine weather conditions yesterday and while there is cloud around this morning we are expecting generally fine weather today... maybe somewhat windy.

Just a handful of days left in the season now - the Gondola and Number 1 pair lift are operating and all the main courses remain open. It might be far from fluffy powder conditions but come Tuesday next week the lifts will be taking a rest and that is it. So time to get in a last ride or two...

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Geto Kogen plans to be open until Monday 6th May.

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Official snow depths:

* Top: 260cm
* Base: 50cm

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 closed   Read more ...
 

Aizu Bandai Now!

Thursday 2nd May 2019, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Fair, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Urabandai.

The rain has stopped falling and we have some blue skies appearing.

It is getting close the end of the season but these two ski resorts are it seems competing to see which can open the latest!

The gondola at Grandeco is not only for skiers and snowboarders now, but also for sightseeing tourists.

According to the forecast, it will be sunny weather now through the end of Golden Week on Monday 6th.

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

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Nekoma
Lifts:
Devil cat chair and Forest cat chair
Courses:
Forest 3, devil 1 and 3

Grandeco
Lifts:
Gondola and No.3
Courses:
Melissa, Mint A, C, Lavender B, Center, upper part of Rainbow 3500 and Hotel connecting   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 2nd May 2019, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

We may be in the middle of the Golden Week holodays, but the weather sure isn't acting like it.

We continue to have damp/wet conditions as we wait for some clearer and sunnier skies and some early May warmth too. Perhaps today things will begin to clear up - seems like it now with rain apparently easing off - and the forecasts do tell us that we should be enjoying clearer skies from today through Monday.

For now though there is a lot of cloud of varying shades of grey around.

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Photos today are from GALA Yuzawa and Kagura.

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Updated: Thursday 2nd May 2019

Planned ski resort operations (weather permitting):

GALA Yuzawa
- Official snow depth: 90cm
- All courses in the Central Area remain open
- Broadway, Swan and Super Broadway in the Northern Area remain open
- Gondola, Barouche quad, Phaeton pair, Coach pair and Victoria quad lifts are operating
- The downhill Falcon course is closed for the season - take the Gondola back down to base
- GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until Monday 6th May

Kagura
- Official snow depth: 220cm (Kagura); 190cm (Tashiro); 160cm (Mitsumata)
- Kagura remains almost fully open
- The downhill course to base at Mitsumata is now closed
- Tashiro Ropeway plans to be open until Monday 6th May
- Kagura (via Mitsumata Ropeway) plans to be open until Sunday 26th May

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All other ski resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region are now closed for the season   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Thursday 2nd May 2019, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Mix of cloud, blue sky and sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning all.

There was lots of cloud hanging around yesterday through the day but this morning we have some blue sky as well as cloud and the sun is showing through in places. But it looks like the forecasts tell us that we might get some light rain later (perhaps even some snow higher up on the mountain?!)

Personally, I think it would be nice if we could have some clear, sunny and warm weather to finish the season off. Perhaps from tomorrow...

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The top Jumbo lift at Annupuri is no longer operating. Interesting that they have closed the top lift rather than the lower one but they you go. Information below has been adjusted to reflect what remains open.

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It is currently 'Golden Week' in Japan. This year it is a 10 day period until the last day of the ski season on Monday 6th May.

What's today?

>> Tomorrow is Constitution Day (Kenpo kinenbi) which means that today is a day sandwiched between two holidays - and so a holiday! Hurray!

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 2nd May 2019
Planned resort operations - subject to change due to weather conditions

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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 200cm
- Base: 0cm

Planned ski lift operations:
- Hirafu quad [8:30am - 4:30pm]
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad [8:30am - 4:30pm]
- King Number 3 quad [8:40am - 4:30pm]
- King Number 4 [8:50am - 4:30pm]

Courses that remain open:
- Detour for Beginners
- Shirakaba
- Center
- Large
- Rinkan
- Jumbo
- Dynamic

* All other courses are closed
* You can no longer ride back down to base, take the lift

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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 180cm
- Base: 30cm

Planned ski lift operations:
- Annupuri Gondola [8:30am - 4:30pm]
- Jumbo Number 1 quad [8:30am - 4:30pm]

Courses that remain open:
- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- S-ji
- Family
- Junior

* You can still just about ride back down to base
* The Gondola is also open for 'sightseeing' (ie. without skis or boards)

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Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO areas are now closed for the 2018-2019 season   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 2nd May 2019, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Some very light spots of rain earlier and rather cloudy. That has stopped now and there is now more and more blue sky opening up and sunshine.

It looks like there should be clearer skies and hopefully lots of sunshine now through until the end of Golden Week on Monday... though it's still not particularly warm!

[Update] Top lifts at Happo-one on hold

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

Hakuba Happo-one

Official snow depth (as reported by resort):
- Kurobishi: 150cm
- Usagidaira: 65cm
- Nakiyama: -cm

Notes:
- The upper Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama and Skyline areas remain open
- All base areas are now closed
- Take the Gondola or Kokusai Number 1 pair lift back down to base
- Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Monday 6th May

Operating lifts (planned):
- Grat quad
- Alpen quad
- Usagidaira pair
- ADAM Gondola
- Panorama pair
- Kokusai Number 1 pair
- Kokusai Number 3 pair
- Kurobishi Number 2 quad
- Kurobishi Number 3 pair
- Skyline Number 2 pair

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Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth (as reported by resort):
- Top: 180cm
- Toomi: -cm
- Iimori: -cm

Notes:
- The upper Panorama, Grand Prix, Technical and Super areas remain open
- All other areas are now closed
- Take the Gondola back down to base
- Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Monday 6th May

Operating lifts (planned):
- Goryu Telecabin (Gondola)
- Alps Number 1 pair lift
- Alps Number 2 pair lift
- Alps Number 2/4 pair lift

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Hakuba 47

Official snow depth (as reported by resort):
- Top: 155cm
- Base: 35cm

Notes:
- The resort is reporting 90% area still open
- Almost all of Route 7 is closed
- You can still ride down to base via Route 1
- Beginners are recommended to use the Gondola back down to base
- The Tree Riding Zones are now closed
- Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Monday 6th May

Operating lifts (planned):
- Gondola
- Line AB pair lift
- Line C quad lift
- Line E high speed pair lift

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Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth (as reported by resort):
- Tsuga-no-mori: 175cm
- Han-no-ki: 150cm
- Others: -cm

Notes:
- The upper Tsuga-no-mori and Han-kou course areas remain open
- All other course areas are now closed
- Take the Gondola back down to base
- Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Monday 6th May

Operating lifts (planned):
- EVE Gondola
- Tsuga Number 2 pair lift
- Han-no-ki high speed pair lift
- Tsugaike Ropeway (* a separate ticket is required)
   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 2nd May 2019, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud but increasing blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Nozawa.

Lots of cloud still this morning but there is more blue sky appearing and if the forecast is right we should be getting clearer skies today and generally fair conditions through until the end of the season on Monday. It's usually getting rather warm by now, sometimes even borderline hot in the valley, but we aren't feeling that usual warmth just yet.

Just 5 days left now!

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Thursday 2nd May 2019

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 165cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 90cm
- Hikage (660m): no longer reporting
- Nagasaka (615m): no longer reporting
- Karasawa (563m): no longer reporting

Lift operating information:

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

Course opening information:

- Yamabiko A
- Yamabiko B
- Yamabiko C
- Yamabiko D
- Yamabiko E
- Kokenashi
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Bunabayashi (to mid-point)

The Yunomine pair and Mizunashi triple lifts and those courses are also open but for pole practice - not open to general public.

All other courses are now closed.

Ride the Gondola back down to base.

The village shuttle bus is operating until 6th May for Golden Week.

Parking is free every day.

All subject to change due to conditions.

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

Aizu Bandai Now!

Thursday 2nd May 2019, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Fair, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Urabandai.

The rain has stopped falling and we have some blue skies appearing.

It is getting close the end of the season but these two ski resorts are it seems competing to see which can open the latest!

The gondola at Grandeco is not only for skiers and snowboarders now, but also for sightseeing tourists.

According to the forecast, it will be sunny weather now through the end of Golden Week on Monday 6th.

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

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Nekoma
Lifts:
Devil cat chair and Forest cat chair
Courses:
Forest 3, devil 1 and 3

Grandeco
Lifts:
Gondola and No.3
Courses:
Melissa, Mint A, C, Lavender B, Center, upper part of Rainbow 3500 and Hotel connecting   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Nozawa Onsen Now
12th Oct, 11:47
Yuzawa Now
07th Oct, 16:14am
Aizu Bandai Now
03rd Oct, 9:26
Hakuba Now
30th Sep, 16:20
Niseko Now
30th Sep, 14:01pm
Shiga Kogen Now
30th Sep, 13:56am
Myoko Now
30th Sep, 8:24am
Naeba Now
07th Jun, 10:08am
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
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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