Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 20th May 2019

Niseko Now!

Sunday 7th April 2019, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud but due to be fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
[Apologies for the late appearance of the report today]

Good morning from Niseko on this last day of the season at Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO... even with over 2m of snow out there still.

Cloudy (but bright as I write the report) this morning, but it is probably going to clear up nicely and we will see a mix of blue sky and sunshine for most of the day today. And more of that tomorrow too with temperatures rising to around 5C or perhaps a little more.

In fact there is quite a lot of sunshine linked up on the forecast for the coming week now and the weather should remain generally calm.

Nice spring weather.

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Ski resort operation information: Sunday 7th 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 pair, Ace Number 3 and 4 pair, Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair, King Number 3 quad and King Number 4 lifts operating
- 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: 235cm
- Base: 135cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- All lifts operating
- 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:
- Gondola, Dream quad, Jumbo Number 1 quad and Jumbo Number 4 pair lifts operating
- 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:
- Gondola, Village Express, Banzai Chair and Wonderland Chair lifts operating
- Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 7th April 2019, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Fine weather through the day yesterday; this morning we are starting the day with cloudy skies. A high of around 14C is forecast for early afternoon.

Today is the last day of the ski season for a handful of ski resorts in the area. From tomorrow, we will be left with just Kandatsu Kogen, GALA Yuzawa and Kagura remaining open.

Sun is expected from early tomorrow... but is that the chance of a bit more snowfall tomorrow night?!

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Updated: Sunday 7th 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
- 260cm (official snow depth)
- The Central Area and part of the Northern Area remain open
- The downhill Falcon course will be closed for the season from tomorrow
- The lift connections between GALA Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen and Ishiuchi Maruyama are now closed

Iwappara
- 75cm (official snow depth)
- The Central area remain open with two lifts (Number 2 and 3) operating and three courses open

Kagura
- Kagura: 260cm (official snow depth)
- Mitsumata Area: 200cm (official snow depth)
- Tashiro Area: 230cm (official snow depth)

Kandatsu Kogen
- 180cm (official snow depth)
- Mostly open

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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Top: 130cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 80cm (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

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 200cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 30cm (official snow depth)
- The Gondola, Nagamine Number 2 quad and Okusoeji quad lifts are operating (Maiko area closed)

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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 ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 7th April 2019, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

It's a mild and cloudy start morning with some sunshine. Tomorrow will likely be more sunshine with a bit of cloud. Calm conditions.

As yesterday, the Yamabiko A course will be unavailable today due to a competition being held up there. That course should be back open as normal tomorrow.

One more month to go with the top areas of Nozawa Onsen planning to be open until Monday 6th May.

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Sunday 7th 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): 285cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 210cm
- 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 (closed today due to event)
- Yamabiko B
- Yamabiko C
- Yamabiko D
- Yamabiko E
- Kokenashi
- 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!

Sunday 7th April 2019, 9:42am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Cloudy this morning - some rather dark and moody clouds in places - and there is a chance of a few spots of rain during the day.

Today is the last day of the season for Kashimayari and they will even open up their Number 1 lift to celebrate the end of the season.

Today is also the last day for the lower Toomi area of Hakuba Goryu.

From tomorrow, we will be left with just the Hakuba Happo-one, Hakuba 47, Hakuba Goryu and Tsugaike Kogen resorts remaining open; all of those plan to be open until Monday 6th May.

The snow has pretty much disappeared from village level and most of the lower slope areas once again. Keep an eye on that third webcam image to see how the snow line is gradually getting higher. There's still 2.5 - 3m of snow being reported as snow depths by the resorts though so hopefully that will last through until the planned closing dates in early May.

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Ski resort information on Sunday 7th April 2019:
The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
Some not updated this morning - too early!

Hakuba Happo-one

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 305cm
- Usagidaira: 195cm
- Nakiyama: 30cm

Notes:
- Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline, Riesen Slalom and Nakiyama South Side 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: 275cm
- Toomi: 120cm
- Iimori: 60cm

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

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Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 250cm
- Base: 75cm

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: 270cm
- Han-no-ki: 220cm
- Shirakaba: 180cm
- Oya-no-hara: 40cm

Notes:
- Tsugaike Ropeway is now generally open for spring operations (check for daily operation plans)
- Tsuga-no-mori, Han-kou, 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:
- 125cm

Notes:
- Lifts 1, 2 and 5 are operating
- The West Mt area remains part open
- Plans to be open until 7th April   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Sunday 7th April 2019, 10:44am
Weather conditions: Clear and hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Last day for Akakura Onsen; one of our last regular days, I think, too, unless we get some snow/major changes/other exciting news.

Still lots of snow out there, so it's a good year for checking out some cherry blossoms and getting a few turns in on the same day.

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Akakura Kanko:
280cm, 5°; open until May 6 (snow permitting)

Akakura Onsen:
170cm, 2°; today is the last day

Ikenotaira Onsen:
Closed

Myoko Suginohara:
Closed

Seki Onsen:
400cm, 0° (no new reports, and there's not that much snow out there....); open until May 6 (snow permitting)

Myoko Ski Park:
Closed

Kyukamura RunRun:
Closed

Tangram Ski Circus:
Closed

Madarao Kogen:
Closed

Lotte Arai Resort
453cm, 12.1°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
Closed


   Read more ...
 

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