Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 31st March 2020, 7:25am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Fine weather expected today with bright sunny skies and another warm up.

Today is the last day of the season for Norn Minakami.... Okutone and Minakami Kogen plan to continue until Sunday.

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Information:

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Open
Official snow depth: 200cm

Minakami Hodaigi
Number 6 and 9 lifts are running
Official snow depth: 90cm

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Minakami quad and 3 courses open
Official snow depth: 60cm

Norn Minakami
Number 3 lift operating; D course open
Official snow depth: 50cm
Open until Tuesday 31st March

Okutone Snow Park
Number 1 pair A, Number 2 pair B, Number 3 pair B and Number 4 lifts are running
2 upper course areas are open
Official snow depth: 60cm

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Important note:

The snowfall recorded in this report is measured from the base area of Tenjindaira (which is higher than the town area of Minakami).
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Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 31st March 2020, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning on this last day of March.

It's a calm morning with more blue skies as spring takes hold. Temperatures starting off at around zero, but temps will rise during the day.

So sunny today and perhaps more cloudy skies tomorrow.

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Official snow depths:

* Top: 300m
* 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!

Tuesday 31st March 2020, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Clear on the upper areas (low cloud early on)
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

It is one of those mornings where there's mostly clear and sunny skies from Paradise upwards, but low cloudy conditions around base areas. That low cloud will surely clear up fairly quickly and we do have a clear and sunny day on the forecast along with mild temperatures. Perhaps reaching mid-teens centigrade in the village this afternoon.

The Rinkan course down the side is still open down to base. Otherwise take the Gondola back down. Other base areas are closed.

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Tuesday 31st 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): 185cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 105cm
- 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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Zao Now!

Tuesday 31st March 2020, 7:58am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

From early on this morning we have sunshine and blue skies over our mountain.

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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: 30cm
- 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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Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 31st March 2020, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Fine with thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

We start this last day of March with the sun out. Blue skies with some thin cloud around. It is going to be a fine warm day with temperatures probably set to rise to around 15C in town this afternoon.

Today is the last day of the season for Yuzawa Kogen and Kandatsu Snow Resort.

From tomorrow --- we are down to just Naeba, GALA Yuzawa and Kagura.

Reports will continue...

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Individual ski resort information: Tuesday 31st 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: 150cm
- 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: 90cm
- Planned closing date: TODAY

Naeba

- 5 of 22 courses open
- Official snow depth: 80cm
- Planned closing date: 5th April
- Details on Naeba Now report here

Yuzawa Kogen

- The top Kogen area is open
- The base area is now closed
- Official snow depth: 100cm (upper)
- Planned closing date: TODAY

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- Other ski resorts in the area are now closed

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Photos (below) from around 8:00am on Tuesday 31st March 2020:

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

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Niseko Now!

Tuesday 31st March 2020, 8:16am
Weather conditions: Clear blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

What a beautiful morning it is. I couldn't see a cloudy in the sky on my early morning walk just before. Even Mt Yotei isn't wearing a funny little cloud-hat thingy this morning.

Clear blue skies and sunshine.

I'll post one of my season recap updates either in my report tomorrow or the day after.

A very big thank you and otsukaresama deshita to the good people involved in providing the Avalanche Reports. Thank you very much.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base: -4°, no new snow, sunny. Moiwa 800m: NNW 3.9m/s, -0.4°. Annupuri 1100m: WNW 7.8m/s, -1.0°. Yu no Sawa 1000m: WNW 5.1m/s, -1.0°. Niseko Village 900m: WNW 3.5m/s, -0.6°. Hirafu 1000m : -0.3°. Hanazono 720m:NNW 5.9m/s, -2.9°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: SSE 3m/s. Kamui Cape: S 10m/s, 1022hPa, wave 1.1m.

The mountain base is frozen due to radiative cooling overnight, above 900m temperatures are warmer. From observation the risk of full depth avalanche around 900m is high in the Kozan no Sawa area and on west ridge sidewall cracked slopes. Do not enter creek areas below 800m. If you get caught in one of these avalanches you will loose your life. Warm air is flowing in from the Japan Sea, there are no snow clouds, and the weather is good. However above 1000m a strong westerly is blowing. The temperatures will rise through the day causing even more snow melt. Peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice before going through the gates to leave ski area.

This is the last Avalanche Report for this season. Thank you to all ski resort patrol, groomer operators, Climatec and The Institute of Disaster Prevention Science who contributed to the daily reports.

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Planned ski resort operation information: Tuesday 31st 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: 170cm
- 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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Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 31st March 2020, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Blue skies, sun, some wispy cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from a sunny Shiga Kogen.

This morning the sun is out. It's going to be proper spring mode today. (Though there is actually some snow on the forecast for around the weekend - we might not have seen the last of it just yet).

Today is the last day of the season for various lifts around the area. But Shiga Kogen continues on... right through into May. (The plan).

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Photos: Kumanoyu and Hasuike Junction

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Shiga Kogen resort info: Tuesday 31st 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: 160cm

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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Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 31st March 2020, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and it's more sunshine and blue skies this morning.

A fine morning.

Today is the last day for the Sailer and Vista quad lifts.

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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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Naeba Now!

Tuesday 31st March 2020, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny, thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

Thin high cloud but mostly sunshine and blue this morning.

Naeba plans to be open for just one more week with three lifts operating.

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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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Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 31st March 2020, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

The sun is out and there are blue skies all around (with a little thin cloud, but mostly blue sky). The forecast seems to be showing some cloud moving in later on along with warm conditions.

Rain is likely tomorrow.

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



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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 pair
- Kokusai 3 pair
- Kurobishi 2 quad
- Skyline Number 2 pair

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

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 160cm
- Usagidaira: 140cm
- Nakiyama: 45cm

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: 185cm
- Base: 50cm

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: 190cm
- Toomi: 60cm
- Iimori: -cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori (upper): 200cm
- Han-no-ki: 170cm
- The top Tsuga-no-mori and Han-kou areas remain 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
* A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this report


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Aizu Bandai Now!

Tuesday 31st March 2020, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Fine, sunshine, thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello.

Tomorrow is April. Can hardly believe that!

It is a fine day and the sun is out. It is going to be a mild day today.

For tomorrow there is a chance of rain according to the forecast and is that a chance of snow beyond that (?!)

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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:
- 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)
- 7 (of 12) courses open
- Official snow depth: 90cm

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Photos today:

- Grandeco
- Minowa (2)

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Madarao Now!

Tuesday 31st March 2020, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
General message from SnowJapan (added 20th April 2020):

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Original report:

Good morning from Madarao.

It is 31st March and that means that it is the last day of the 2019-2020 season at both Madarao and the connecting Tangram Ski Circus.

The sun is out and it should be a good way to finish up.

Given the rather odd nature of this winter season - not just here, but in Japan generally - I think that Madarao and Tangram have done really well. We are actually finishing the season with decent snow cover. That is something that at times seemed... rather unlikely. So well done, and thank you for the good times.

This is my last report of the 2019-2020 season.

If you don't mind, let me just make comment on my two wishes:

- that the world can get sorted out quickly (meaning as quickly as possible) and we all stay safe
- that we can enjoy a 'normal' season from December 2020

Right now, 'normal' sounds amazing.

And it is.

Perhaps we will appreciate 'normal' all the more.

More snow than usual that gets us all super excited is always welcome, but so is 'normal'.

In the meantime, I want to thank you for reading. Please take care. And let's meet again refreshed, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed later in the year.

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Myoko Now!

Tuesday 31st March 2020, 10:06am
Weather conditions: Clear and hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's a real spring day, with a hazy blue sky and a light west wind coming around. Not so strong that it will eat up a lot of the snow (I hope).

The ski areas that are open keep going, but it seems like the warm weather is making some of the reporters sleepy. Haven't heard from Ikenotaira for a couple of days, so I can't guarantee what's going on there.

And as I mentioned, those guys still reporting way over 2 meters aren't really doing you any service. If your bottom lifts aren't even running, how can you claim almost 3 meters to ski on? My gripe for the end-season.

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Akakura Kanko:
140cm, 4°
Sky Cable gondola and Hotel No. 3 lift.

Akakura Onsen:
150cm, 1°
Ginrei area closed; all other main lifts running

Ikenotaira Onsen:
60cm, -1° (seem to not be reporting; nothing on the Myoko City site, either)
Capsule Pair and Ikenotaira Quad lifts only

Myoko Suginohara:
Closed

Seki Onsen:
280cm, -1° (wonder when those numbers will change?)

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

Kyukamura RunRun:
140cm, 3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
30cm, 2°
Lifts No. 1 pair, 3 quad, 5 quad open

Madarao Kogen:
85cm, 3.3°
Main lifts running

Lotte Arai Resort
285cm, 6.4°
Sanroku No. 1 and 2 closed

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
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30th May, 10:10
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06th May, 15:13pm
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23rd Apr, 17:30
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22nd Apr, 10:12am
Madarao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Zao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Nozawa Onsen Now
20th Apr, 9:51am
Niseko Now
20th Apr, 9:50am
Naeba Now
20th Apr, 9:49am
Myoko Now
20th Apr, 9:48am
Minakami Now
20th Apr, 9:47am
Hakuba Now
20th Apr, 9:40am
Aizu Bandai Now
20th Apr, 9:38am
Yuzawa Now
20th Apr, 9:37am
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06th Dec, 14:16am

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