Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Myoko Now!

Friday 30th March 2018, 5:35am
Weather conditions: Clear again
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Another early-morning report, but things seem to be continuing as for many days now, although just a wee bit cooler (there’s frost on the car windows, maybe as a result of the fog/misty rain last night). Fog is flowing along the base of the mountain now - very nice, but will be gone by opening time.

All the reports are from yesterday; I looked at Lotte Arai’s report, which is more automated than most, and they do have less of the avalanche-controlled areas open than listed below. Check their website before you 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 ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 30th March 2018, 6:43am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, white and grey cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

We did get rained on later in the day yesterday, but it is dry this morning with an early mix of blue sky and cloud - both white and grey.

Sunny skies are what the forecasts tell us to expect today and without wanting to sound repetitive, that is what we should be having until at least the middle of next week too. And while it is going to be a little colder today (a high of about 8C expected in town), it will be warming up again from tomorrow with temperatures reaching 20C on Sunday and early in the week.

People who suffer from hay fever come prepared - a high pollen count is also likely, especially from Sunday.

There are now just three days left in the season for a few ski resorts in the area. From Monday I will be re-arranging the resort specific data posted below.

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Updated: Friday 30th 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
- The Central Area and North Area remain open (South Area is now closed for the season)

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
- The Dragondola connecting Tashiro with Naeba is now closed for the season

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)
- The Dragondola connecting Naeba with Tashiro is now closed for the season

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
- 80cm
- 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 ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 30th March 2018, 6:51am
Weather conditions: Clear above the mountain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from... Tokyo.

Yes, I am currently down here in Tokyo - where, by the way, the cherry blossoms are looking lovely. But that means that today is one of those rare days when I am relying on information from the ski resort along with one of my secret agents, codenamed Number 2, living undercover back in The Village. (Happily, they are quite happy to be there and are not looking to escape!)

I don't have any first hand info on rain last night, but I am presuming that we did not get snowed on. (I will correct that later on if I get any more info telling me different).

It is going to be somewhat cooler today than it has been (highs of about 6C), but temps are going to be rising once again from tomorrow.

Lots of sun and clearer skies again well into the first few days of April.

Fine weather for the weekend and the resort is still reporting close on 2.5m of snow up on Yamabiko courses.

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Friday 30th 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): 240cm
- 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 ...
 

Madarao Now!

Friday 30th March 2018, 7:00am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

The sun us out and we have mostly blue skies above Madarao again - just a few clouds near the top of the mountain at the time of writing; they will probably disappear pretty soon.

Today will be perhaps less warm than recent days and a little less hazy too. Looks like it is going to be yet another fine day.

Just three days of the season to go, and all three are set to be fine and sunny. Warmer too over the weekend. Let's Madarao! And don't forget the sunscreen.

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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 ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 30th March 2018, 7:15am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Shiga Kogen.

And guess what. Yes, once again, the sun is out. We did actually get a few spots of rain last night but the clouds have cleared up. It seems a little clearer this morning (ie. not as hazy) with some nice blue skies.

It is noticeably colder this morning and should be for the day today though the warmer conditions will be back from tomorrow.

So it should be a fine weekend in the region.

As far as I can tell all areas remain mostly open - just a few restrictions at the Yakebitaiyama, Yamanokami, Maruike, Sun Valley, Hasuike and Yokoteyama areas.

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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
   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Friday 30th March 2018, 7:31am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning!

It's Friday. And it a mild morning. Beautiful too with lots of blue sky and sunshine, with quite a few pretty white clouds dotted around the skies too.

It is going to be a fine day.

I noticed on the news last night that Hokkaido (in general) was experiencing 'summer like' temperatures yesterday - one town (apologies, I did not catch the name) was apparently up to 20 degrees C, something that is more usual for July.

I will post my recap of March and the season so far early next week. It looks like we are going to be ending the month with 49cm of observed snowfall here at base for the month. That is easily the lowest number that I have recorded in the month of March over the last six seasons. Anyway, more comment on all that early next week.

There is just over 5 more weeks to go in the 2017-2018 season here in Niseko. March may not have delivered us lots of fresh snowfall, but we still have loads of snow on the mountain - Hirafu are still reporting almost 4.5m of the stuff on upper slopes!

with some of the ski lifts planning to be operating daily until Sunday 6th May.

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Friday 30th 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.
- Other lifts should be operating.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 445cm
- Base: 150cm

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

Lifts info:
- Jumbo Number 2 and 3 lifts rested.
- Other lifts should be operating.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 400cm
- 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.
- Other lifts should be operating.

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

Geto Kogen Now!

Friday 30th March 2018, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Blue sky and cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto.

Some cloud and somewhat hazy conditions yesterday with clearer skies (with some cloud) forecast for the day today, though it isn't going to be quite as warm. It is going to be a fine day today with some excellent views over to Kitakami city to the east.

There's still 370cm being reported by the resort on the upper slopes, so a lot of snow still left as we fast approach the end of March.

More sun is expected tomorrow though look out for some rain on Sunday.

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Official snow depths:

Top: 370cm
Base: 245cm

Number 1 Gondola and Number 1 pair lift are operating




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Grandeco Now!

Friday 30th March 2018, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a little cold this morning which is a nice change and feels good. A little windy too but hopefully it won't make the lifts slow down.

The slopes are perfectly groomed and all of the courses remain open in Grandeco.

The ski resorts which remain open today in this area are Alts Bandai, Nekoma, Inawashiro resort, Minowa and Grandeco.

Some ski hills will close around this weekend - info coming soon.

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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 ...
 

Furano Now!

Friday 30th March 2018, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Temperatures dipped below freezing, only just, overnight. Already it is +3c and feeling like a real spring morning with the warmth of the full sun and a warmish breeze. Above us are clear skies with a few clouds scattered around. Snow conditions will be reasonably nice and firm early morning, but will slush up towards midday.   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Friday 30th March 2018, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Beautiful morning
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It is a beautiful morning here. Blue skies all around and the sun is out from the start of the day. It looks a lot less hazy and clearer too. Nice.

Today won't be quite as warm as it has been, but it's forecast to get warmer once again from tomorrow and into next week.

Expect a lot of sunshine along with calm and settled conditions.

More patches of ground are getting noticeable now on lower areas, but still very good snow cover I would say (and excellent higher up) as we approach the end of the month.

Many lower parts of Hakuba Happo-one are now not skiable - though there is a lot of snow and still a large area of that resort open. See below for more info.

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Ski resort information on Friday 30th March 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as planned

Courses open:
- Base areas apart from Nakiyama are now closed
- For access to the base areas, ski down to Nakiyama or the Gondola areas via the Risen Slalom course (or take the Gondola lift or Kitaone Sakka quad lift)
- Large area of upper mountain remains open

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: 290cm
- 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: 285cm
- 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 and part of the Lower Course through forest should be open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 280cm
- Han-no-ki: 260cm
- Maruyama: 60cm
- Shirakaba: 185cm
- Champion: 50cm
- Oya-no-hara: 75cm
- 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:
- Ikenota, Ikenota Forest, Hieda Forest, Mt Hieda 1, Mt Hieda 2, Itadaira and Ipponmatsu remain open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 218cm
- Base: 102cm

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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:
- 110cm

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Hakuba Sanosaka

Now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Friday 30th March 2018, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Blue sky + cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

The sun is out again and it's a mix of blue skies and cloud this morning.

Check out the temperatures being reported by the resort - minus seven up top and plus five at base at base. And ten degrees at by Uwanodai. That's some range!

Continued fine weather is forecast over the weekend as well as gradually increasing temperatures into 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
   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Friday 30th March 2018, 9:51am
Weather conditions: Blue sky and cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi.

It is a pleasing mix of blue sky, sunshine and white cloud this morning with temperatures starting the day above zero. They're going to be getting higher into early next week and we should be enjoying a lot of sun - though perhaps some rain on Sunday.

Five lifts are operating and the central area from the top of APPI Gondola down to base remains open.

The resort plans to keep the current five lifts operating right through until Golden Week in early May.

Next update next week.

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Official snow depth:

260cm

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Planned lift operations (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3A lift
- Central number 4 lift   Read more ...
 

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16th Jul, 11:27am
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16th Jul, 11:26am
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29th Jun, 17:50am
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06th May, 9:04am
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06th May, 9:02
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06th May, 8:41
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06th May, 8:35
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06th May, 8:35am
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06th May, 8:30am
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06th May, 8:28am
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06th May, 8:27am
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06th May, 8:04
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