Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Furano Now!

Friday 3rd April 2020, 7:47am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
As we head into the final phase of the ski season the resort has closed down some more of the lifts due to fewer skiers on the mountain. The Furano Zone has courses open from the top to the bottom and the main lift is Furano Ropeway, with Downhill Chair #2 & #3 still operating. The Snow Escalator for kids is now closed.

It was -4c earlier this morning with frost covering grass areas in town. It is now +2c and will rise to +8c later in the afternoon. It is a bluebird day with no clouds to be seen and little if any breeze. Some rain is on the forecast tomorrow with a high of +11c.

Operating lifts:

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

Kitanomine Zone: CLOSED FOR SEASON
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Geto Kogen Now!

Friday 3rd April 2020, 7:47am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto Kogen.

Yesterday it was rain in the morning easing off and just cloudy by lunchtime and then a bit more rain later on. And clearer overnight.

This morning we have clear blue skies and sunshine with just a light breeze. Just a few clouds here and there.

There might be a chance of some rain tomorrow, hopefully it might hold off.

The A3 course is closed for an event from today through Sunday.

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Official snow depths:

* Top: 290m
* Base: 125cm

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
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Minakami Now!

Friday 3rd April 2020, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Turning into a fine day
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The sun is out and the birds are singing, but note that Tenjin are actually reporting 10cm of snow up there!

It is a fine spring day, with more of that expected tomorrow too.

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Information:

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Open
Official snow depth: 200cm

Minakami Hodaigi
Number 6 and 8 lifts are running
Official snow depth: 80cm

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Minakami quad and 3 courses open
Official snow depth: 60cm
Open until Sunday 5th April

Okutone Snow Park
2 upper course areas are open
Official snow depth: 60cm
Open until Sunday 5th April

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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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Yuzawa Now!

Friday 3rd April 2020, 8:04am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

The Kagura Number 1 lift did get going yesterday morning.

It's blue skies all around this morning - Naeba, GALA Yuzawa and Kagura should all be opening as planned.

Both today and tomorrow should be warm and sunny with temperatures rising up to close on 15C in town.

Colder conditions expected on Sunday.

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Individual ski resort information: Friday 3rd 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

- Probably opening as planned this morning
- Official snow depth: 170cm
- Planned closing dates: 4th May (Tashiro); 24th May (Mitsumata)

Naeba

- 5 of 22 courses open
- Prince Number 2 Gondola and Takenokodaira pair lift operating
- 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 8:00am on Friday 3rd April 2020:

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

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 3rd April 2020, 8:04am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Clear blue skies and sunshine. A mild day is forecast and we have more of the same due tomorrow.

Nasuki will be pleased!

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Friday 3rd 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): 180cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 100cm
- 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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Appi Kogen Now!

Friday 3rd April 2020, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi.

Apparently, there was a bit of snow up top yesterday.

Fine weather this morning and we can expect that for today and tomorrow too. There's some snow on the forecast later on Sunday as it gets colder again. So perhaps we haven't seen the last of it just yet!

All of the tree run courses are now closed. 8 courses open and 5 lifts operating. You can still slide down from top to base.

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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 4 lift

- 8 courses remain open
- Tree run courses are now closed
- 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:
150cm

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Niseko Now!

Friday 3rd April 2020, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

After that murky kind of day yesterday which also featured some rain, it is a much nicer morning.

Mostly clear blue skies and the sunshine starting to warm things up from the start of the day.

Warmer still tomorrow before temperatures drop again and perhaps we might even get some snow come Sunday.

The Ace Number 2 quad lift at Hirafu is going to be opening an hour later than usual this morning due to some kind of maintenance.

That's about it for today I think.

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Planned ski resort operation information: Friday 3rd April 2020
Subject to change and weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu

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

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: 155cm
- Base: 55cm

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: 50cm

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!

Friday 3rd April 2020, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Clear skies
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Some snow from yesterday morning post-report but this morning there's clear blue skies above us.

We have sunshine on the forecast for both today and tomorrow; we might even be treated to some more snow as we click into Sunday, when temps are due to drop once again.

Should be warm again come mid week... typical spring weather ups and downs.

See you early next week.

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Photos: Mammoth and Hasuike Junction

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Shiga Kogen resort info: Friday 3rd 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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Hakuba Now!

Friday 3rd April 2020, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Clear skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Clear blue skies this morning with warm temperatures forecast - and more of that tomorrow too, perhaps a bit of cloud.

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (lower)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 470cm0cm551cm
Hakuba Cortina [CLOSED]--573cm [at closing]
Hakuba Goryu0cm0cm610cm
Hakuba Happo-one0cm0cm822cm

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

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: 45cm
- Iimori: -cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori (upper): 195cm
- Han-no-ki: 170cm
- The top Tsuga-no-mori and Han-kou areas remain open

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 80cm

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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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Naeba Now!

Friday 3rd April 2020, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Just three days to go now for Naeba and the sun is out.

The Gondola is back up and running this morning with the top Takenokodaira romance lift also running.

More fine weather due tomorrow; colder with rain or perhaps snow in the area on Sunday.

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Official snow depth:

- 70cm

Planned operating lifts:

- Prince Number 2 Gondola
- Takenokodaira romance pair lift

Courses planned to be open:

- Naeba plans to be open until Sunday 5th April

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Zao Now!

Friday 3rd April 2020, 9:51am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

After some strong winds and limited visibility yesterday, we have clear skies this morning. It was cold early on (temperatures from 7am) but warming up nicely.

The snow continues to quickly disappear from lower areas of the resort as you can clearly see on the image below.

As the forecast stands right now, tomorrow will be cloudier with the chance of some rain and then there might be some snowfall later on Sunday.

Next report early week. Take care over the weekend.

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Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 55cm
- Paradise area: 70cm
- Chuo area: 80cm
- Utopia area: 65cm
- Uwanodai area: 20cm
- Oomori area: 0cm

- Generally upper areas remain part open; lower areas are closed

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
- Sky Cable

- Other lifts are now closed for the season

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Aizu Bandai Now!

Friday 3rd April 2020, 10:57am
Weather conditions: Earlier cloud clearing
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Morning.

A sprinkling of snow but clearer weather now as the morning progresses.

More sunshine is forecast for the weekend.

The Park is re-opening at Nekoma from this morning, as is the walk course over to the top of Alts.

Last day of the season at Minowa on Sunday.

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Grandeco Snow Resort:
- 4 (of 5) lifts operating
- 10 (of 13) courses open
- Official snow depth: 155cm

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: 125cm (top)

MinowaMinowa:
- C lift operating
- Official snow depth: 80cm

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Photos today:

- Grandeco
- Minowa

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Myoko Now!

Friday 3rd April 2020, 11:11am
Weather conditions: Clear and hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Sunny and warmish today, after a strange afternoon of snow flurries and strong winds at times. It got down to about -2°C last night. The snow that was predicted for tomorrow is moving back to Sunday, it seems. One last chance to see some fresh white stuff on the ground? I know a lot of people won't be too happy if there's any appreciable accumulation, since they've already changed from snow to normal tires...

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Akakura Kanko:
120cm, 2°
Sky Cable gondola and Hotel No. 3 lift.

Akakura Onsen:
140cm, 6°
Ginrei area closed; Yodel 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 lifts; Kumado No. 4

Ikenotaira Onsen:
Closed

Myoko Suginohara:
Closed

Seki Onsen:
250cm, 0°

Myoko Ski Park:
No info
Open weekends only

Kyukamura RunRun:
No new information for days; city site doesn't say if closed or not

Tangram Ski Circus:
Closed

Madarao Kogen:
Closed

Lotte Arai Resort
265cm, 9.9°
Sanroku No. 1 and 2 closed

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Shiga Kogen Now
30th May, 10:10
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 15:13pm
Appi Kogen Now
23rd Apr, 17:30
Furano Now
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
Grandeco Now
06th Dec, 14:16am

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