Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 5th April 2019, 6:16am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

I think an early report is safe today!

Clear blue skies looking north with some clouds around over Yuzawa, but fine weather and sunshine is forecast for the day today. It is going to be another fine day and warmer than yesterday, perhaps as warm as 16C in town this afternoon and perhaps even slightly warmer than that. Certainly some contrast with just a few days ago.

There might be some rain tonight but probably more sun tomorrow.

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Maiko Snow Resort will re-open for tomorrow and Sunday for their last weekend of the season.

And when we get to Monday, we will be left with just the Kandatsu Kogen, GALA Yuzawa and Kagura resorts remaining open.

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Updated: Friday 5th 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
- 290cm (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
- 95cm (official snow depth)
- The Central area remain open with two lifts operating and three courses open

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

Kandatsu Kogen
- 210cm (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
- 160cm (official snow depth)
- Part open

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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 ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 5th April 2019, 6:30am
Weather conditions: Sunshine, blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

Quick early morning report. Sunshine and fine weather today with a real warm up (up to around 8C this afternoon?) and a really big contrast with just a few days ago.

We will probably get sunshine tomorrow too.

But hey, winter isn't giving up just yet: chance of more snow in the first half of next week!

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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.

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Shiga Kogen resort info: Friday 5th 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 ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 5th April 2019, 6:30am
Weather conditions: Fine, sun, bit of cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning.

It's going to be warming up today perhaps making the snow of recent days a bit of a distant memory. More sun due tomorrow too, though there might be some rain/snow in the village and on the mountain overnight tonight.

In the meantime, should be a good morning especially before the sun gets to work.

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Friday 5th April 2019

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- 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 ...
 

Furano Now!

Friday 5th April 2019, 7:12am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The sun was out earlier in the morning but clouds have moved in and taken over. From mid morning snow is forecast to fall for the remainder of the day. With the sun blocked out the snow should stay firmer longer providing for snow nice skiing in the spring conditions.   Read more ...
 

Geto Kogen Now!

Friday 5th April 2019, 7:38am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Geto.

Some snow in the morning yesterday with clear patches at times and this morning we are going to enjoy some fine weather conditions. The next few days are forecast to deliver us more spring-like fine weather...

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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 ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Friday 5th April 2019, 9:55am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Well, it might have been quite chilly early on but it is quickly warming up today and if local forecasts are correct a high temperature getting up to over 15C will be reached early afternoon. That is one big contrast from earlier this week.

It is mostly blue skies above us with some thin high cloud.

There is a chance of some light rain or light snow (presumably at higher elevations) overnight tonight as temperatures drop, but sunny clear skies are forecast for the day tomorrow; though it won't be quite as warm as today.

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Ski resort information on Friday 5th 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: 315cm
- Usagidaira: 210cm
- Nakiyama: 45cm

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: 285cm
- Toomi: 130cm
- Iimori: 60cm

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

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Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 85cm

Notes:
- All courses are open
- Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 280cm
- Han-no-ki: 230cm
- Shirakaba: 180cm

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 course areas are now closed
- Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 135cm

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

Niseko Now!

Friday 5th April 2019, 14:01pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Niseko.

Temperatures in low positive numbers this morning and some light snow/sleet falling earlier and also now actually (very light). Still limited visibility and there is a chance of some further light snow tonight and early tomorrow morning but a good chance of some sunshine too.

Top lifts at Hirafu, Village and Annupuri on hold due to wind but the Hanazono lifts are all moving.

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Ski resort operation information: Friday 5th 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 and King Number 4 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, 3 and 4 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, Country Road and Wonderland Chair closed
- Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April
   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Friday 5th April 2019, 14:49pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

There was a few cm of snow yesterday morning at base with more than that at higher elevations (included in this report) but this morning it warmer and feeling much more like spring again.

The sun is out and blue skies. Similar weather is forecast for tomorrow.

There is some ground showing through on some lower slopes that remain open now but still pretty decent cover considering. And top areas are planning on being open until 6th May.

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Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 115cm
- Paradise area: 155cm
- Chuo area: 155cm
- Utopia area: 180cm
- Uwanodai area: 90cm
- Oomori area: 70cm

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These are the planned lift closing dates - subject to change depending on snow conditions.

Operating until 7th April:
- Mikaeri pair
- Onsen Number 1 pair
- Onsen Number 2 quad
- Shobunuma Number 2 pair

Operating until 14th April:
- Katakai triple: daily until 7th April and then 13th, 14th April
- Paradise pair AB: daily until 7th April and then 13th, 14th April

Operating until 6th May:
- Chuo Number 1 pair
- Chuo Number 2 pair: daily until 7th April and then 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th, 29th April, 3rd-6th May

Operating as long as snow allows:
- Yokokura Number 1 pair AB
- Kurohime quad

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 ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

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14th Jun, 10:19am
Naeba Now
07th Jun, 10:08am
Aizu Bandai Now
31st May, 13:35
Shiga Kogen Now
27th May, 9:56am
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
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
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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