Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 18th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 4th April 2019, 6:23am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Yuzawa.

After the cold and snow (and wind in places) that everyone was surprised and talking about... there are blue skies this morning with just a little cloud around in places.

It is going to be a fine day with much milder temperatures, perhaps up to around 10C or even a little more - and more sunshine with the temps rising further tomorrow. So back to spring, it would seem.

It should be a great day to be out on the slopes.

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Updated: Thursday 4th April 2019

* Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information.
* Information checked manually each morning at time of report.

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 300cm (official snow depth)
- The Central Area and part of the Northern Area remain open
- The lift connections between GALA Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen and Ishiuchi Maruyama are now closed

Iwappara
- 110cm (official snow depth)
- All areas remain open

Kagura
- Kagura: 270cm (official snow depth)
- Mitsumata Area: 210cm (official snow depth)
- Tashiro Area: 240cm (official snow depth)

Kandatsu Kogen
- 215cm (official snow depth)

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Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma - just to the north of Yuzawa:

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Top: 150cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 90cm (official snow depth)
- Access via the Chuo base area
- The lift connection between the top area and the North Area of GALA Yuzawa resort is now closed

Joetsu Kokusai
- 170cm (official snow depth)

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Planned closing dates for each ski resort in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma (subject to change)

Until Sunday 7th April
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Maiko Snow Resort (* note: closed from 1st through 5th April)
- Nakazato Snow Wood

Until Sunday 21st April
- Kandatsu Kogen

Until Monday 6th May
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro Ropeway)

Until Sunday 26th May
- Kagura (via Mitsumata Ropeway)

Already closed
- Chateau Shiozawa
- Hakkai Sanroku
- Ipponsugi
- Ishiuchi Hanaoka
- Itsukamachi
- Muica Snow Resort
- Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Naeba
- NASPA Ski Garden
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Yuzawa Nakazato
- Yuzawa Park   Read more ...
 

Geto Kogen Now!

Thursday 4th April 2019, 7:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Geto Kogen.

2cm more fresh snowfall to report from base after a generally fine day yesterday. Today we are expecting a mix of light snow at times and clearer periods, with fine weather forecast for tomorrow.

A bit more spring like!

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Official snow depths:

* Top: 390cm
* Base: 260cm

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 open
   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Thursday 4th April 2019, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
It is a perfect spring day with full sunshine bathing the resort. The sun is forecast to stay throughout the day, as are the blue skies. The view up the valley to the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range is at its best. Snow conditions will be firm at first but soften quickly on the lower slopes once the sun warms the surface up. Some light snow is forecast for tomorrow and the weekend.   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Thursday 4th April 2019, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

I'm back in Niseko and it is a fine start to the day with blue skies and sunshine with a mild day expected with cloudier conditions later in the day. There is a chance of some light snow (or rain) tomorrow morning.

It's getting rather quiet round these parts now and that will only continue in these last few weeks of the season. As I think I mentioned before, it makes for a distinctively different feeling compared with the rush and bata-bata of peak season Niseko.

Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO plan to be open until the end of Sunday, so just a few days left now. Niseko Annupuri and Niseko Grand Hirafu are planning on continuing on until Monday 6th May.

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 4th April 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 330cm
- Base: 100cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- Ace Number 1, 2, 3 pairs, King Number 1 pair, King Number 2 quad and Swinging Monkey lifts closed
- Plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 230cm
- Base: 145cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- All lifts open
- Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April

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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 250cm
- Base: 80cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- Jumbo Number 2 and 3 pair lifts closed
- Plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Niseko Village
Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 250cm
- Base: 80cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Morino Chair and Country Road closed
- Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 4th April 2019, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Some more snow yesterday including 22cm being reported by the resort from the top Yamabiko area. Just a little down below and no more overnight.

Today sunshine is due along with blue skies though there has been a fair bit of cloud around early on. It should be a really great morning out there. Early morning is recommended as we are clicking back into 'spring' with quickly rising temperatures, and more so tomorrow.

We might not be over with the snow just yet though with a chance of more early next week. (!)


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Thursday 4th April 2019

Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday morning):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 22cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 9cm
- Hikage (660m): no longer reporting
- Nagasaka (615m): no longer reporting
- Karasawa (563m): no longer reporting

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 325cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 250cm
- Hikage (660m): no longer reporting
- Nagasaka (615m): no longer reporting
- Karasawa (563m): no longer reporting

The following lifts are operating:

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

The following courses are open:

- Yamabiko A
- Yamabiko B
- Yamabiko C
- Yamabiko D
- Yamabiko E
- Kokenoashi
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Mizunashi
- Bunabayashi
- Paradise

The following courses remain available to ski back down:

- Challenge
- Utopia
- Ushikubi
- Rinkan
- Kumataka

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

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 4th April 2019, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, bank of cloud around mountains
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Great day yesterday and such a 'massive bonus' feeling with that fresh snow. Bit windy.

This morning it feels like we are heading back into spring weather. Blue skies with a bank of cloud around higher mountain areas. It is likely going to be a fine day with lots of sunshine and much warmer conditions - temps down in the village are due to rise to 10C and perhaps even slightly higher this afternoon. And warmer than that tomorrow too.

It should be a great day. Watch out for wind possibly affecting some upper lifts though.

I am keeping an eye on resort operations each morning and adjusting info below to try and keep it as correct and up to date as possible.

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Ski resort information on Thursday 4th April 2019:
The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.

Hakuba Happo-one

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 335cm
- Usagidaira: 225cm
- Nakiyama: 50cm

Notes:
- Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline, Riesen Slalom, Nakiyama South Side and Kitaone 3 areas remain open
- Base areas are closed apart from Nakiyama South Side and Shirakaba South Side (part)
- Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Toomi: 135cm
- Iimori: 60cm

Notes:
- Iimori base area now closed
- Toomi open until 7th April
- Top areas open
- Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 275cm
- Base: 90cm

Notes:
- All courses are open
- Note: Generally the Line D lift usually operates if and when the gondola is not operating
- Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 295cm
- Han-no-ki: 235cm
- Shirakaba: 185cm

Notes:
- Tsugaike Ropeway is now generally open for spring operations (check for daily operation plans)
- Tsuga-no-mori, Han-ko, Han-no-ki and Karamatsu course areas remain open
- Other areas are now closed
- Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 125cm

Notes:
- Lifts 2 and 5 are operating
- The West Mt area remains part open
- Plans to open until 7th April   Read more ...
 

Aizu Bandai Now!

Thursday 4th April 2019, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 17cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from a (still!) snowy Urabandai.

It is snowing rather heavily this morning. The forecast told us to expect more spring like conditions but it is still mid winter weather. This snow started falling in the early morning and 14m of new snow on the base area of Grandeco. All of the roads in the village have turned white again and the snowplough trucks are working hard this morning.

It will be cloudy in the afternoon and sunshine might appear by the evening.

Tomorrow will be sunny in the daytime but some rain forecast in the night.

I am sure that it will be a good day for skiing today and tomorrow due to this snowfall.

The official snow depth at Grandeco is 260cm, Nekoma 177cm this morning. Nekoma staff told me the snowfall over the past 24hours was 24cm.

The snowfall data of Aizu Bandai Now is measured at Grandeco which is 17cm this morning.

Whatever, a lot of snow here!

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The photos for today are all from Nekoma.

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Nekoma - lift 5/5, course 8/11 open (open until there is enough snow)
Grandeco - lift 4/5 include one gondola, course 8/11 open (open until there is enough snow)
Minowa - lift 2/3, course 7/11 open (open until April 7th)

Alts Bandai, Urabandai, Inawashiro, Inawashiro resort, Numajiri, Listel, Family Bandai Bandai - already closed for the season   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Thursday 4th April 2019, 10:07am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
It is sunny; spring has returned.

It's also bright out there, with blue skies and that sun bouncing off the now perfectly white snow. Pretty nice day to get out and do something in the hills!

I thought this might have been our last cycle of snow, but our trusty SnowJapan weather forecast is showing that the freezing level is likely to go down around Monday, and that we might in fact get some more snow that day all the way down to base, maybe heavy high up! Always something to surprise....

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Akakura Kanko:
310cm, -1°; open until May 6 (snow permitting)

Akakura Onsen:
195cm, -2°; open until April 7

Ikenotaira Onsen:
Closed

Myoko Suginohara:
Closed

Seki Onsen:
400cm, 0° (no new reports); open until May 6 (snow permitting)

Myoko Ski Park:
Closed

Kyukamura RunRun:
Closed

Tangram Ski Circus:
Closed

Madarao Kogen:
Closed

Lotte Arai Resort
493cm, 5.8°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
Closed
   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Thursday 4th April 2019, 10:23am
Weather conditions: Clear, scattered clouds
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: --
Big dump yesterday, 40cm on my car park as a welcome back from vacation but Tenjin is seriously on this morning and there's nobody here.

All time but warming up quickly.

After Sunday just Tenjindaira will remain open in Minakami.

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Ski resort planned closing dates - subject to change depending on conditions:

Sunday 7th April

- Hodaigi (currently part open)
- Minakami Kogen (currently part open)
- Okutone Snow Park (currently part open)

Early May

- Tenjindaira

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Now closed

- Akasawa
- Fujiwara
- Norn Minakami
- Oana
- White Valley   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 4th April 2019, 10:25am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

And now after that surprising blast of winter (and some additional cm since my report yesterday), we are going to be back to spring.

Sunshine and warming up is on the cards for the next few days.

The section of Route 292 connecting the Yokoteyama area of Shiga Kogen with Gunma Prefecture plans to re-open from 10am on Friday 19th April. They are busy working on cutting out the road from the snow now. Always fun to see those snow walls. I wonder how big they will be this season.

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Shiga Kogen resort info: Thursday 4th April 2019

The below information is manually checked for each report.
Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 190cm

Kumanoyu
- Official snow depth: 200cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 200cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 190cm

Terakoya
- Official snow depth: 200cm

Yakebitaiyama
- Official snow depth: 220cm

Yokoteyama
- Official snow depth: 205cm

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** Planned closing dates - all subject to change, depending on conditions **


Takamagahara Mammoth
Quad lift - until 7th April; 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May

Tannenomori Okojo
6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May

Ichinose Family
Quad and Number 2 pair B - until 6th May

Terakoya
6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May

Ichinose Diamond
Yamanokami Number 2 pair - until 7th April
Diamond pair and quad - until 7th April; 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May

Kumanoyu
Number 1 pair - until 14th April
Number 3 quad - 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May
Number 2 pair A line - until 12th May

Yokoteyama / Shibutoge
Number 4 pair lift - every Saturday from 1st April
Number 1 Sky A and B - until 6th May
Number 2 Sky - beyond 6th May
Number 3 Sky - beyond 6th May
Shibutoge - beyond 6th May

Okushiga Kogen
Number 6 pair lift - 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May
Number 1 pair lift - until 7th April
Number 4 pair lift - until 7th April and then 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May
Number 2 high speed pair - until 6th May
Number 3 high speed pair - until 6th May
Gondola - until 6th May

Yakebitaiyama
Number 2 Gondola - until 7th April
Number 4 romance lift - operating when the Number 2 gondola is not operating
Number 1 Gondola - until 6th May
Number 2 high speed lift - until 6th May   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
18th May, 17:35pm
Shiga Kogen Now
17th May, 8:05
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:19pm
Myoko Now
06th May, 9:33am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:09
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:46
Aizu Bandai Now
06th May, 8:35
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:14am
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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