Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 4th May 2019, 7:33am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Geto on this last weekend of the ski season.

The sun is out. Blue skies. Full on warm spring feeling and similar conditions forecast for tomorrow too.

The forecasts show some rain on Monday which would be a shame for the last day of the season. If you want some clear weather, I suggest today or tomorrow.

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Geto Kogen plans to be open until Monday 6th May.

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Official snow depths:

* Top: 260cm
* Base: 50cm

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 closed   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 4th May 2019, 7:48am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It ended up being more hazy than clear yesterday - hopefully today is the day we'll get to enjoy more properly clearer skies. The sun is out from early on and it's going to warm up to 20C and probably beyond. It's a lovely morning.

Same is forecast for tomorrow too, with tomorrow set to be a bit warmer than today.

There might be some rain on Monday, so if you are planning one last slide at GALA Yuzawa or Tashiro, perhaps today or tomorrow is the better choice.

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Photos today are from GALA Yuzawa and the Mitsumata Area of Kagura.

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Updated: Saturday 4th May 2019

Planned ski resort operations (weather permitting):

GALA Yuzawa
- Official snow depth: 80cm
- All courses in the Central Area remain open
- Broadway, Swan and Super Broadway in the Northern Area remain open
- Gondola, Barouche quad, Phaeton pair, Coach pair and Victoria quad lifts are operating
- The downhill Falcon course is closed for the season - take the Gondola back down to base
- GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until Monday 6th May

Kagura
- Official snow depth: 200cm (Kagura); 170cm (Tashiro); 140cm (Mitsumata)
- Kagura remains almost fully open
- The downhill course to base at Mitsumata is closed
- Tashiro Ropeway plans to be open until Monday 6th May
- Kagura (via Mitsumata Ropeway) plans to be open until Sunday 26th May

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All other ski resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region are now closed for the season   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Saturday 4th May 2019, 7:49am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Zao Onsen.

Nice spring weather to enjoy this weekend.

Lots of fresh looking green now down at base with no snow to be seen but there's still a bit of snow up there on the upper areas. It is looking a bit --- dirty --- and won't be lasting much longer though, but we'll manage through until Monday if you want one last slide of the season. (Forecasts are showing the chance of some rain on Monday).

Last report of the season with a general message due on Monday.

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Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 40cm
- Paradise area: 40cm
- Chuo area: 40cm
- Utopia area: 60cm
- Uwanodai area: 35cm
- Oomori area: 0cm

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Course areas currently remaining open:

- Summit/Juhyo area (part)
- Chuo (part)
- Utopia (part)

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These are the planned lift closing dates as stated by the resort. There may be slight variations and they are also of course subject to change depending on snow conditions. Please check with the resort before going.

Operating:
- Chuo Number 1 pair
- Chuo Number 2 pair
- Utopia Number 2 pair

Operating through the year (for sightseeing):
- Sky Cable
- Chuo Ropeway
- Zao Ropeway

* Other ski lifts already closed
* All dates subject to change depending on snow conditions   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 4th May 2019, 7:56am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

Not much to say now other than - it's going to be a lovely last weekend of the ski season, with sunshine and comfortable warm conditions forecast for today and tomorrow.

Excellent snow cover can still be enjoyed on the upper areas of the resort that remain open.

Monday is the last day of the ski season; right now the forecast still shows the chance of some rain on that day.

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Saturday 4th May 2019

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 150cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 80cm
- Hikage (660m): no longer reporting
- Nagasaka (615m): no longer reporting
- Karasawa (563m): no longer reporting

Lift operating information:

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

Course opening information:

- Yamabiko A
- Yamabiko B
- Yamabiko C
- Yamabiko D
- Yamabiko E
- Kokenashi
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Bunabayashi (to mid-point)

Notes:

The Yunomine pair and Mizunashi triple lifts and those courses are also open but for pole practice - they are not open to general public.

All other courses are now closed.

Ride the Gondola back down to base.

The village shuttle bus is operating until 6th May for Golden Week.

Parking is free every day.

All subject to change due to conditions.

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

Aizu Bandai Now!

Saturday 4th May 2019, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Sunny blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Urabandai.

Clear blue skies above us this morning with just a gentle wind.

It is going to be a sunny day throughout the day today - eye and skin protection required!

Both Nekoma and Grandeco will both be open until Monday as long as there is enough snow to keep the slopes open.

The official snow depth at Grandeco is 100cm and 80cm at Nekoma this morning though much less than that in places of course. Still it's not about powder now, it's about the last chance to ski or board.

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The photos for today are from Nekoma (the first two) and Grandeco.

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Nekoma
Lifts:
Devil cat chair and Forest cat chair
Courses:
Forest 3, Devil 1, 2 and 3

The Snow Park is open

Grandeco
Lifts:
Gondola and No.3
Courses:
Melissa, Mint A, C, Lavender B, Center, upper part of Rainbow 3500 and Hotel connecting

Small size snow park and a sled area for kids are open   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Saturday 4th May 2019, 8:16am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

Fine weather for the day yesterday with mostly blue skies, some white clouds at times. More of the same is due today and indeed tomorrow as well, and temperatures at base may reach 20C.

Not much wind is forecast so lifts should be moving as planned.

Niseko Annupuri couldn't quite keep that lower course open until the end of Golden Week. There's not enough snow left now and so that base course is now closed. Just the Utopia course now remains open and you need to get the Gondola back down to base.

Operations at Hirafu appear to be unchanged.

Have a good Saturday.

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It is currently 'Golden Week' in Japan. This year GW is a 10 day period until the last day of the ski season on Monday 6th May.

What's today?

>> Today is Greenery Day (midori no hi) - it is a day to 'commune with nature and to be thankful for blessings'.

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 4th May 2019
Planned resort operations - subject to change due to weather conditions

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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 185cm
- Base: 0cm

Planned ski lift operations:
- Hirafu quad [8:30am - 4:30pm]
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad [8:30am - 4:30pm]
- King Number 3 quad [8:40am - 4:30pm]
- King Number 4 [8:50am - 4:30pm]

Courses that remain open:
- Detour for Beginners
- Shirakaba
- Center
- Large
- Rinkan
- Jumbo
- Dynamic

* All other courses are closed
* You can no longer ride back down to base, take the lift

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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 120cm
- Base: 20cm

Planned ski lift operations:
- Annupuri Gondola [8:30am - 4:30pm]
- Jumbo Number 3 pair [8:45am - 4:15pm]

Courses that remain open:
- Utopia

* You can no longer ride back down to base, take the Gondola
* The Gondola is also open for 'sightseeing' (ie. without skis or boards)

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Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO areas are now closed for the 2018-2019 season   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 4th May 2019, 8:18am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Quick update as we start the last weekend of the ski season.

Fine and warming weather for the weekend and the 4 lifts remain operating.

Watch out for the chance of rain on Monday - the last day of the season.

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Planned lift operations & course areas (subject to change due to weather conditions):

Lifts:

- Appi Gondola
- Central Quad lift
- Central Number 3A
- Central Number 4

Courses:

- Hayabusa upper area
- Hayabusa lower
- Ootaka lower
- Kakesu
- Yamabato
- Shirakaba
- Sailer Long upper   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 4th May 2019, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

The sun is out and we have blue skies all round with more of that forecast for tomorrow too.

It is now the last three days of the ski season for the remaining four resorts that remain open.

Last chansu!

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

Hakuba Happo-one

Official snow depth (as reported by resort):
- Kurobishi: 130cm
- Usagidaira: 50cm
- Nakiyama: -cm

Notes:
- The upper Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama and Skyline areas remain open
- All base areas are now closed
- Take the Gondola or Kokusai Number 1 pair lift back down to base
- Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Monday 6th May

Operating lifts (planned):
- Grat quad
- Alpen quad
- Usagidaira pair
- ADAM Gondola
- Panorama pair
- Kokusai Number 1 pair
- Kokusai Number 3 pair
- Kurobishi Number 2 quad
- Kurobishi Number 3 pair
- Skyline Number 2 pair

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Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth (as reported by resort):
- Top: 165cm
- Toomi: -cm
- Iimori: -cm

Notes:
- The upper Panorama, Grand Prix, Technical and Super areas remain open
- All other areas are now closed
- Take the Gondola back down to base
- Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Monday 6th May

Operating lifts (planned):
- Goryu Telecabin (Gondola)
- Alps Number 1 pair lift
- Alps Number 3 pair lift
- Alps Number 2/4 pair lift

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Hakuba 47

Official snow depth (as reported by resort):
- Top: 140cm
- Base: 30cm

Notes:
- You can still just about ride down to base via Route 1
- Central section of Route 1 closed
- Beginners are recommended to use the Gondola back down to base
- Some areas narrow now but otherwise generally all courses open
- Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Monday 6th May

Operating lifts (planned):
- Gondola
- Line AB pair lift
- Line C quad lift
- Line E high speed pair lift

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Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth (as reported by resort):
- Tsuga-no-mori: 155cm
- Han-no-ki: 145cm
- Others: -cm

Notes:
- The upper Tsuga-no-mori and Han-kou course areas remain open
- All other course areas are now closed
- Take the Gondola back down to base
- Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Monday 6th May

Operating lifts (planned):
- EVE Gondola
- Tsuga Number 2 pair lift
- Han-no-ki high speed pair lift
- Tsugaike Ropeway (* a separate ticket is required)
   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 4th May 2019, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Blue skies, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

The sun is out and it's mostly blue skies this morning and we are due for a weekend of fine weather conditions.

Monday brings with it the chance of some rain - chance of snow on Monday night in some higher elevations!?

More of the ski hills that are open for the holidays will be closing at the end of the day on Monday.

Beyond Monday we will be left with Kumanoyu and Yokoteyama remaining open. I'll be posting a report on Tuesday with the latest information I can find.

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Shiga Kogen resort info: Saturday 4th May 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: 100cm

Kumanoyu
- Official snow depth: 140cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 140cm

Yakebitaiyama
- Official snow depth: 130cm

Yokoteyama
- Official snow depth: 165cm

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

Takamagahara Mammoth
Quad lift - until 6th May

Tannenomori Okojo
Open until 6th May

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

Terakoya
Open until 6th May

Ichinose Diamond
Diamond pair and quad - until 6th May

Kumanoyu
Number 3 quad - 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 - until 6th May
Number 4 pair lift - 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 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 ...
 

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06th May, 8:16
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06th May, 8:13am
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06th May, 7:59am
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06th May, 7:12
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