Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 7th April 2020, 7:36am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto Kogen.

There is more snow to report this morning.

The resort itself is saying 25cm over the last 24 hours with 5cm of that overnight.

It is partly cloudy now with some fine looking blue sky too and we are expecting fine weather conditions today.

Unfortunately we might get rained on tomorrow. Let us hope that we can avoid that...

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Official snow depths:

* Top: 315cm
* Base: 150cm

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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Zao Now!

Tuesday 7th April 2020, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

Well, we have had some fresh snowfall since my last report! Always nice to see.

It is keeping cold this morning and light snow is falling.

I have added the planned closing dates of each of the lifts to the information below. Subject to change, of course. They are still having them run to 6th May, so it will be interesting to see if that will be possible with the snow less than usual.

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Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 50cm
- Paradise area: 40cm
- Chuo area: 75cm
- Utopia area: 65cm
- Uwanodai area: 10cm
- Oomori area: 0cm

- Generally upper areas remain part open; lower areas are closed

The following lifts continue to operate (subject to change):

- Zao Ropeway [open daily]
- Zao Chuo Ropeway [open daily]
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB [open daily until 6th May]
- Chuo Number 2 pair AB [open until 12th April and 18th-19th April]
- Diamond Number 2 pair [open until 10th April and 11th-12th April]
- Utopia Number 2 pair [open daily until 6th May]
- Sky Cable [open daily]

- Other lifts are now closed for the season

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Niseko Now!

Tuesday 7th April 2020, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Grey and cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

Another light sprinkling of snow down at base and hopefully more higher up on the mountain (and I note that Annupuri seem to be saying 5cm and Hirafu are saying 10cm*). That should be nice. I can just about justify the 1cm today at my point, though note that it's nothing more than a dusting in places.

It's feeling kind of mild this morning and we are expecting a cloudy day. And cloudy it is. Cloud with the chance of a bit of sun tomorrow with slightly milder temperatures is what the forecast is currently saying.

There aren't going to be many more chances of snow this season, but perhaps some more snow around Thursday?

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I always find it really curious why many Japanese ski areas appear to report snowfall in units of 5cm (0cm, 5cm, 10cm, 15cm, 20cm, etc).

Of course, if 5cm of snow has fallen then the number should be 5cm.

But if 3cm of snow has fallen, does that somehow get rounded up to become 5cm? Does 2cm get rounded down to 0cm, or even rounded up to 5cm?

Perhaps I am imagining it, though I don't think so.

(Is this just a Japan thing? I only know Japan so can't compare.)

Or, perhaps Japanese snow is just 'unique' and does indeed fall in units of 5cm! ;)

I digress...

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Planned ski resort operation information: Tuesday 7th 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: 300cm
- Base: 50cm

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!

Tuesday 7th April 2020, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

This morning we have cloud and some blue sky. It is a calm morning and it looks like we can probably expect temperatures to rise into low teens this afternoon. Bit warmer still tomorrow.

Last year Kagura published a map each day showing (visually) exactly what was open. Hopefully they will do that again as the weeks progress towards the end - just a list of lifts and courses isn't quite as user-friendly!

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Individual ski resort information: Tuesday 7th 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: 110cm
- Planned closing date: 6th May

Kagura

- 18 of 23 courses open
- 11 of 21 courses available
- 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 Tuesday 7th April 2020:

- Kagura
- Ishiuchi Maruyama [closed]
- Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit

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Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 7th April 2020, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Quick update with snow to report... the resort is reporting 5cm.

Also, note that on weekdays from now until the end of the season, the Gondola will be rested.

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APPI is open with the following lifts normally operating (subject to change):

- Appi Gondola (CLOSED ON WEEKDAYS)
- 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:
625cm

Natural snow depth:
140cm

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 7th April 2020, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Fine, partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Nozawa Onsen.

The sun is out this morning.

Some cloud around but generally fine conditions.

A similar kind of situation is forecast for tomorrow.

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Tuesday 7th 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): 175cm
- Uenotaira (1406m): 95cm
- 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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Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 7th April 2020, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It is a fine morning and we can expect clearer skies over the next few days.

No fresh snow is being reported by the resorts this morning.

Here is the updated table:

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (lower)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 470cm0cm556cm
Hakuba Cortina [CLOSED]--573cm [at closing]
Hakuba Goryu0cm0cm620cm
Hakuba Happo-one0cm0cm827cm

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data



The lower Toomi course at Hakuba Goryu is actually remaining open at the moment, but the Toomi lift is no longer operating. So you can ride back down to base from the upper area. Snow is getting thin on the ground there now though and the course getting narrower.

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

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating 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: 155cm
- Usagidaira: 120cm
- 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: 170cm
- Base: 40cm

Hakuba Goryu

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

Courses open (planned):
- All of the upper area (apart from Champion Expert) is open
- The lower Toomi run is still open
- The lower Iimori area is now closed

Official snow depth:
- Alps: 180cm
- 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
* A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this report
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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Zao Now
15th Sep, 13:18am
Shiga Kogen Now
30th May, 10:10
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 15:13pm
Appi Kogen Now
23rd Apr, 17:30
Furano Now
22nd Apr, 10:12am
Madarao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Nozawa Onsen Now
20th Apr, 9:51am
Niseko Now
20th Apr, 9:50am
Naeba Now
20th Apr, 9:49am
Myoko Now
20th Apr, 9:48am
Minakami Now
20th Apr, 9:47am
Hakuba Now
20th Apr, 9:40am
Aizu Bandai Now
20th Apr, 9:38am
Yuzawa Now
20th Apr, 9:37am
Grandeco Now
06th Dec, 14:16am

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