Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 6th April 2020, 7:29am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine - changeable early on
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi.

The resort has reported 15cm of snowfall since my last report, with 10cm of that this morning.

Unfortunately it is windy this morning and as I write this just the Central quad and Central Number 2 lifts are operating. Normally there are 5 lifts moving as noted below. Let us hope that it calms down soon.

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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:
620cm

Natural snow depth:
140cm

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Furano Now!

Monday 6th April 2020, 7:42am
Weather conditions: Fog
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
There has been an overnight dump of 6cm of spring snow in Furano town and the views are looking very picturesque. There is early morning fog sitting right over the mountain at the moment, but off the mountain there are large areas of blue sky and sunshine. It looks like the fog will lift, but the forecast is for further snow mid morning. Still plenty of good skiing on the Furano Zone with the mountain open from top to bottom.

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!

Monday 6th April 2020, 7:46am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto Kogen.

Another Monday morning.

And guess what, we have about 20cm of snow on the ground. Really!! That is a nice surprise.

Quite windy too early on.

Yesterday we did get rain bit it turned into snow and it was snowing properly by night.

Clearer skies due tomorrow after the snow easing off sometime during the day.

A3 course should be available again from today.

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Official snow depths:

* Top: 285cm
* Base: 120cm

Planned operating lift information - subject to change:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 1 pair lift

Courses & Tree Runs:

* All of the main official courses are available
* Check with the resort for tree run course status which varies
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 6th April 2020, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

I have some snow to report again. Interestingly the top is reporting just 1cm, but I can see a thin layer down by Hikage base area too - more than yesterday - and it is actually still snowing.

The Uenotaira and Paradise lifts and courses are not going to be open, so we are down to just three lifts operating this morning.

Sun is forecast for later in the day and for tomorrow too. Should be warmer too tomorrow.

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Monday 6th April 2020

Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday:

- Yamabiko (1615m): 1cm
- Uenotaira (1406m): 0cm
- Lower areas are not reporting any more

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1615m): 180cm
- Uenotaira (1406m): 90cm
- 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]

The following courses remain open:

- Yamabiko A
- Yamabiko B
- Yamabiko C
- Yamabiko D
- Yamabiko E
- Kogenashi A
- Kogenashi B
- Bunabayashi (to mid point)

- Ride the Gondola back down to base

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Minakami Now!

Monday 6th April 2020, 8:16am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Minakami.

All of the ski areas in Minakami other than Tenjindaira are now closed for the season.

And Tenjin report 2cm of snow this morning (as well as some blowy winds). Looks like it's pretty cold up there too.

Staying at Tenjin, the Toge lift will be closed from 13th April until 24th April as they prepare it for summer operations.

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Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
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Niseko Now!

Monday 6th April 2020, 8:26am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

Well, we got some rain yesterday down at base yesterday with some snow higher up, and this morning... I have some snow to report down to base. I have just measured ever so slightly over 5cm of it. Hurray!

I wonder how much more there might be up on them there hills. Post-wondering, I think I am going to go check it out.

A few lifts are now being rested - today there will be 8 lifts operating across the mountain, as I have noted below.

After saying how good Hirafu are at detailed updates in my report yesterday, this morning they haven't updated yet. Doh! I'll come back and update that below information if there are any changes a little later.

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Planned ski resort operation information: Monday 6th April 2020
Subject to change and weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu

- The King-Ace connecting course, Onsenzawa and Miharashi courses are now closed
- Other courses remain open (not updated today)

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 280cm
- Base: 40cm

The following lifts are scheduled to be operating:
- Ace Number 2 quad center four
- King Number 3 quad
- King Number 4

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 160cm
- Base: 40cm

The following lifts are scheduled to be operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 4 pair

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 170cm
- Base: 40cm

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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Yuzawa Now!

Monday 6th April 2020, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Yuzawa.

It was quite chilly yesterday and while there was some sun at times there was also some very light snow falling in places.

On to today and there was a slight dusting of snow down to town areas this morning (gone in some places now, some rain has seen to that), but higher up Kagura are actually reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall this morning.

Winds are forecast today though and the Tashiro Area of Kagura is closed and the Kagura Number 1 high speed lift is on hold. But Kagura is open via Mitsumata Ropeway.

So Naeba is now closed and the choice is now GALA Yuzawa and Kagura.

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Individual ski resort information: Monday 6th 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 and Victoria lifts are operating
- All courses in the Central Area are open
- The Broadway, Super Broadway and Swan courses and Snow Park are open in the Northern Area
- The Southern Area and downhill course are closed
- Official snow depth: 90cm
- Planned closing date: 6th May

Kagura

- Tashiro Area closed today due to wind; Kagura Number 1 high speed lift also on hold
- Official snow depth: 170cm
- Planned closing dates: 6th May (Tashiro); 24th May (Mitsumata)

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- All other ski resorts in the area are now closed for the season

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Photos (below) from around 8:30am on Monday 6th April 2020:

- Kagura
- NASPA Ski Garden [closed]
- Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 6th April 2020, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

It's snowing and there is a thin layer of snow on the ground.

Yakebitaiyama are reporting 2-3cm. It is cold too. Feels like winter.

Some more lifts are closed again for weekday operations and I have updated the info below.

Note that it is quite windy as well and some lifts that are planned to be moving may be affected.

Tomorrow should be clearer and calmer.

Unless I have something significant to report, next update before the weekend.

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Photos: Mammoth and Hasuike Junction

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Shiga Kogen resort info: Monday 6th 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.

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 150cm

Kumanoyu
- Official snow depth: 190cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 170cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 145cm

Terakoya
- Official snow depth: 140cm

Yakebitaiyama
- Official snow depth: 150cm

Yokoteyama
- Official snow depth: 185cm

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Planned resort operations:

** IMPORTANT: SUBJECT TO CHANGE! **

Takamagahara Mammoth:
Quad lift open on 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May

Tannenomori Okojo:
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:
11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May

Ichinose Diamond:
11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May

Yakebitaiyama:
Number 1 Gondola until 6th May
Number 2 high speed on 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May

Okushiga Kogen:
Number 2 and 3 high speed pairs until 6th May
Number 4 and 6 pairs on 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th April and 25th April until 6th May

Kumanoyu:
Number 3 quad on 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!

Monday 6th April 2020, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky starting to appear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

More snow on the mountains with 5-10cm being reported by the resorts:

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (lower)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 470cm5cm551cm
Hakuba Cortina [CLOSED]--573cm [at closing]
Hakuba Goryu0cm10cm610cm
Hakuba Happo-one-cm5cm (Kurobishi)
10cm (Usagidaira)
822cm

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data



Even a bit of a dusting in some close to base areas too.

You need to get the lifts back down to base at Happo-one now. They now have their Riesen Grat, Kurobishi, Usagidaira and Panorama courses scheduled to be open. You need to get the Gondola back down to base.

Unfortunately wind seems to be affecting lifts at the start of the day - at all of the resorts. Best check with them before making a move.

The sun is forecast to make an appearance later in the day today and for the day tomorrow, when it will also be calmer and warmer.

PS The Toomi base run at Goryu is going to be open today - probably due to the upper areas being closed at the start of the day due to wind

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Individual ski resort information
The below information is checked from official sources and manually adjusted each morning.

Hakuba Happo-one

Pperating lifts (planned):
- Grat quad
- Alpen quad
- ADAM Gondola
- Panorama pair
- Kurobishi 2 quad

Courses open (planned):
- Riesen Grat
- Kurobishi
- Usagidaira
- Panorama

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 165cm
- Usagidaira: 130cm
- Nakiyama: -cm

Hakuba 47

All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are operating (planned):
- Pair Line D (usually only operates when Gondola not operating)

Courses open (planned):
- All main courses now open
- Restrictions on the winding lower course: beginners should take the gondola down

Official snow depth:
- Top: 175cm
- Base: 40cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts (planned):
- Gondola, top Alps Number 1 and 3 pair lifts and Toomi quad lift operating
- Other lifts are now closed

Courses open (planned):
- 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: 50cm
- Iimori: -cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts (planned):
- Gondola
- Han-no-ki pair
- Tsuga Number 2 pair
- Tsugaike Ropeway
- Other lifts now closed
- The top Tsuga-no-mori and Han-kou areas remain open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori (upper): 190cm
- Han-no-ki: 170cm

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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
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Aizu Bandai Now!

Monday 6th April 2020, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

From today, just Nekoma remains open as Grandeco goes into 'weekend only' mode for up to two more weeks.

To celebrate they are reporting 5-10cm of fresh snowfall! Good to see some fresh snow and it definitely feels colder too. A last blast of winter-like conditions?

Tomorrow, cloud is forecast with some sun the day after and perhaps some milder conditions once again.

Next update due before the weekend.

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Grandeco Snow Resort:
- Official snow depth: 150cm
- CLOSED TODAY
- Plans to be open on 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th April (depending on snow conditions)

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma:
- 2 (of 5) lifts operating
- 7 (of 11) courses open
- The walk course connecting Nekoma with the top of Alts Bandai is closed today
- Official snow depth: 130cm (top)
- Plans to be open until 6th May

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Photos today:

- Grandeco

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15th Sep, 13:18am
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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
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20th Apr, 9:52am
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20th Apr, 9:51am
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20th Apr, 9:50am
Naeba Now
20th Apr, 9:49am
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20th Apr, 9:48am
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20th Apr, 9:47am
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20th Apr, 9:40am
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20th Apr, 9:38am
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20th Apr, 9:37am
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