Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 30th March 2020, 7:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It continued snowing during the morning yesterday and eased off for the afternoon.

We start this morning with lots of cloud around including low lying cloud. Visibility looks rather limited at the start of the day.

We are expecting a return to sunshine and warmth tomorrow.

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Maiko Snow Resort and Muikamachi Hakkaisan finished up their winter season yesterday. I hope everyone there can take a bit of a well earned rest after a long season.

Yuzawa Kogen and Kandatsu Snow Resort both plan to be open until the end of tomorrow.

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Individual ski resort information: Monday 30th March 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: 140cm
- 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

- A, C and E lifts are operating
- Official snow depth: 115cm
- Planned closing date: 31st March

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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Photos (below) from around 7:30am on Monday 30th March 2020:

- Yuzawa Kogen
- Ishiuchi Maruyama [now closed]
- Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit

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Geto Kogen Now!

Monday 30th March 2020, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

It is a beautiful morning. Blue skies all around with just a little wispy cloud here and there. More fine weather due tomorrow.

From today we are officially into 'spring ski season' with the Number 1 Gondola and Number 1 pair set to operate.

Also note that the tree run courses are now closed.

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Official snow depths:

* Top: 305m
* Base: 140cm

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
* Tree Run courses are now closed

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 30th March 2020, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

After that blast of winter yesterday (resort reporting another 8-9am on mountain by mid afternoon), it is cloudy this morning with some limited visibility down low - better higher up - at the start of the day.

The forecast is for sunny spring like warmth once again tomorrow.

There are a few changes from today:

There are now 5 lifts operating.

Lifts now operating 30 minutes early - both the opening and closing times.

Spring season ticket prices.

Details below!

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Monday 30th March 2020

Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 8cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 9cm
- Lower areas are not reporting any more

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 195cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 110cm
- 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 3:40pm]

The following courses remain open:

- Yamabiko A
- Yamabiko B
- Yamabiko C
- Yamabiko D
- Yamabiko E
- Kogenashi A
- Kogenashi B
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Bunabayashi
- Schneider (to mid point)
- Rinkan

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Niseko Now!

Monday 30th March 2020, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Lots of blue sky and sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

It's blue skies and bright sunshine again this morning with just a bit of cloud in places. More of the same expected tomorrow as temperatures rise further, threatening to break into double digits down in town.

A big otsukaresama deshita to everyone over at the Niseko HANAZONO area which closed up for the season at the end of the day yesterday. Thank you and good luck with this years developments. I hope you can have take a bit of a rest.

There are a few adjustments to lift operations and I have swapped around the 'operating lift' info below to now show which lifts remain open, rather than listing which lifts are rested.

Niseko Grand Hirafu are saying that the lower and middle areas are for 'experts only' now due to snow condition. You can take the Ace Number 2 Center four lift and Hirafu gondola back down to base if you so wish. Of course, everyone reading this report is expert - and above! - as well as being particularly gnarly in nature, so that obviously doesn't apply to any of us. (But do tell any less gnarly friends you may have).

Annupuri is still open top to base, just a few courses closed in the lower area.

There really isn't much information coming from Niseko Village, other than the Gondola and top Wonderland lift remaining open.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base: -5°, no new snow, sunny. Moiwa 800m:NW 5.5m/s, -3.2°. Annupuri 1100m: W 7.4m/s, -6.5°. Yu no Sawa 1000m: WNW 4.0m/s, -6.2°. Niseko Village 900m: NWN 4.7m/s, -5.2°. Hirafu 1000m : -6.0°. Hanazono 720m:NW 5.9m/s, -2.0°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: SW 2m/s. Kamui Cape: S 13m/s, 1012hPa, wave 1.1m.

We are in the middle of high pressure system, cold air flowing into the area, sunny and stronger winds at higher levels. As daytime temperatures increase snow melt will continue. Gate No7 is closed from now. Peak gates are expected to be open.

This information is published to help prevent accidents for all resort users. The mountain community was forced into created the Niseko Rules and Avalanche Report following the increasing numbers of powder hounds coming to Niseko 40 years ago. Most winter avalanche accidents occur during bad weather. Blizzard snowdrifts are highly prone to avalanching, if this is taken common sense, no accidents will happen. The risk of full depth avalanches increases in spring. Cornices and snow bridges also collapse, and holes and cracks are everywhere. There is always danger in the mountains. Although Niseko Rules seem onerous, your safety is the No1 concern and we are tackling issues from a scientific viewpoint to achieve this.

It is strongly recommended that a helmet and beacon be worn to reduce risks during falls, collisions and burial. The mountains are moving into springtime. In the morning the snow is hard but will soften after 9pm. Have a good day.

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Planned ski resort operation information: Monday 30th March 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 300cm
- Base: 65cm

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: 180cm
- Base: 80cm

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: 180cm
- Base: 80cm

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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Furano Now!

Monday 30th March 2020, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
We are now well into spring but there was an overnight fall of snow yesterday amounting to 2cm on the ground in the village. Today was a cold start with -5c around 7am and frost on the grass and gardens. It has now started to warm up and we have a bluebird day will full sun. The high will be +6c.

The Furano Zone still has good skiing from top to bottom. Furano Ropeway has reopened providing high speed access to the upper part of the mountain.

Operating lifts:

Furano Ropeway
Furano Downhill chair #1 CLOSED
Furano Downhill chair #2
Furano Downhill chair #3
Prince Romance chair
Furano Snow Escalator

Kitanomine Zone: CLOSED FOR SEASON
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 30th March 2020, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Shiga Kogen.

The snow continued yesterday for a while, easing off later on.

And this morning it is a cloudy morning.

Clearer skies are due, perhaps some of that later on today and more tomorrow.

Tomorrow is of course the last day of the season for a bunch of areas/lifts. For info on what is planned to remain open beyond tomorrow, see the list below.

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Photos: Mammoth and Hasuike Junction

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Shiga Kogen resort info: Monday 30th 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: 200cm

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: 210cm

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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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Madarao Now!

Monday 30th March 2020, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud and fog
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

Today sees the remains of that last blast of winter hand over to more spring like conditions once again.

Clouds and foggy conditions this morning with limited visibility.

Tomorrow is the last day of the winter season for both Madarao and Tangram - any the last of my reports too (will appear later than usual).

The forecast for tomorrow is for sunny skies and spring-like warmth, which is probably a fitting way to end.

I'll see you one more time tomorrow.

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Madarao and Tangram Ski Circus will both be open until... tomorrow.

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Current operations: Monday 30th March 2020

Madarao:

- All lifts apart from Number 3A, 5 and 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: 50cm

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Hakuba Now!

Monday 30th March 2020, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and grey
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

What a nice surprise that snow was yesterday. A bank of cloud and fog remained over the mountains during the day yesterday with limited visibility out there, variable depending on location.

It is a grey and overcast morning. We might get to see some breaks in the cloud with more of a chance of that tomorrow along with temperatures warming up once again.

Here's the latest data:

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (lower)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 470cm0cm549cm
Hakuba Cortina [CLOSED]--573cm [at closing]
Hakuba Goryu0cm0cm607cm
Hakuba Happo-one0cm0cm817cm

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data



It looks like Hakuba Iwatake is now closed.

Kashimayari plans to be open until Sunday 5th April with two lifts now operating.

The original planned closing date for the remaining 'big 4' is 6th May...

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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: 190cm
- Usagidaira: 145cm
- 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: 200cm
- Base: 65cm

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

Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori (upper): 210cm
- Han-no-ki: 175cm
- 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

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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!

Monday 30th March 2020, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Nekoma seems to be reporting 15cm on their website this morning. I have a little less than that to report, leftovers from the morning yesterday.

Talking of Nekoma they are now open from 7:30am on weekdays and from 5:55am (exactly!!) on weekends and holidays.

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Grandeco Snow Resort:
- 4 (of 5) lifts operating
- 10 (of 13) courses open
- Official snow depth: 180cm

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma:
- 5 (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: 140cm (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
- Minowa (2)

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Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 30th March 2020, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Blue skies, wispy cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

Quite cold overnight and early on but we have blue skies and some lovely looking cloud formations - check out the image below.

It should be a fine day and no doubt the sun will warm things up somewhat.

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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 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:
160cm

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Zao Now!

Monday 30th March 2020, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Kind of overcast but bright
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

Some snow yesterday morning (which I am reporting today).

Kind of overcast but quite bright as I write this report and we can probably expect some warmth tomorrow and Wednesday, along with sunshine particularly tomorrow.

I have adjusted the list below again - now showing the lifts that remain operating. Basically, lower lifts now closed

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Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 70cm
- Paradise area: 80cm
- Chuo area: 90cm
- Utopia area: 90cm
- Uwanodai area: 35cm
- Oomori area: 5cm

- Generally upper areas remain part open

The following lifts continue to operate (subject to change):

- Zao Ropeway
- Zao Chuo Ropeway
- Mikaeri pair
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Chuo Number 2 pair AB
- Diamond Number 2 pair
- Utopia Number 2 pair
- Astraea Number 3 pair
- Kurohime quad
- Sky Cable

- Other lifts are now closed for the season

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Naeba Now!

Monday 30th March 2020, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

Just look at that photo below and feel at peace with the world, even if just for a moment.

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As we enter the last week of the season at Naeba, just three lifts operating. That snow over the last few days really helped take us through to that point.

It is very quiet.

Sunshine forecast for tomorrow with warmer conditions.

What a lovely photo.

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Official snow depth:

- 80cm

Planned operating lifts:

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

Courses planned to be open:

- Naeba plans to be open until Sunday 5th April

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Myoko Now!

Monday 30th March 2020, 10:30am
Weather conditions: Sun is starting to shine through
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The snow has stopped, but it's still nice and soft out in the woods. Should be a fun day on the slopes. Could even get sunny later on. Yesterday's snowfall is now falling from the trees as it gets warmer, and the birds are singing. It's spring again.

We're in the winding-down days now; the number of lifts running are going down, and we now have two closed resorts at the south end of the region (Kurohime and Suginohara), Myoko Ski Park only open on weekends.

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Akakura Kanko:
150cm, 0°
Sky Cable gondola and Hotel No. 3 lift.

Akakura Onsen:
155cm, -1°
Ginrei area closed; all other main lifts running

Ikenotaira Onsen:
60cm, -1° (no new reporting today)
Capsule Pair and Ikenotaira Quad lifts only

Myoko Suginohara:
Closed

Seki Onsen:
280cm, -1°

Myoko Ski Park:
80cm, 6°
Open weekends only

Kyukamura RunRun:
160cm, 2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
50cm, -3°
Lifts No. 1 pair, 3 quad, 5 quad open

Madarao Kogen:
90cm, 2°
Main lifts running

Lotte Arai Resort
295cm, 3.7°
Sanroku No. 1 and 2 closed

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
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