Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 8th April 2019, 6:36am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

And so we are down to just three ski resorts remaining open - Kandatsu Kogen, GALA Yuzawa and Kagura.

Yesterday in the afternoon there were some spots of rain in places. This morning it is cloudy with some foggy-looking conditions in higher elevations. We can expect clearer conditions as the morning moves on though with a high of around +10C around midday.

Interestingly, we might get some snow overnight tonight and into early tomorrow.

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Updated: Monday 8th April 2019

GALA Yuzawa
- Official snow depth: 250cm
- The Central Area and part of the Northern Area of GALA Yuzawa remain open
- The downhill Falcon course is now closed for the season - take the Gondola down
- GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until Monday 6th May

Kagura
- Official snow depth: 260cm (Kagura); 230cm (Tashiro); 200cm (Mitsumata)
- Kagura remains almost fully open
- Tashiro Ropeway plans to be open until Monday 6th May
- Kagura via Mitsumata Ropeway plans to be open until Sunday 26th May

Kandatsu Kogen
- Official snow depth: 180cm
- Kandatsu remains part open
- Kandatsu Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 21st April

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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 8th April 2019, 6:56am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Nozawa.

As we enter the last four weeks of the ski season here in Nozawa, the resort has just the Nagasaka Gondola and two top Yamabiko quad lifts operating from today on weekdays. (We'll see if they might open up more for the weekend nearer the time).

It is cloudy early on with fog and limited visibility on the top areas but we are forecast some sunshine during the day - and... some snow tonight! It's going to be interesting to see what happens there...

With lower slopes now closing we will be seeing some quick melting away of snow from lower base areas of the resort. That is always kind of sad to see, but we can be happy in the knowledge that there's still close to 3m of snow being reported by the resort on the top areas of the mountain. That lot should see us through until 6th May.

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Yamabiko A course closed through Friday.

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Monday 8th 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)

The following courses are open:

- Yamabiko B
- Yamabiko C
- Yamabiko D
- Yamabiko E
- Kokenashi
- Uenotaira
- Paradise

The following courses remain available to ski back down:

- Utopia C
- Mizunashi
- Ushikubi
- Rinkan
- Bunabayashi
- Challenge
- Kumataka

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

Hakuba Now!

Monday 8th April 2019, 7:26am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Quick early report today:

Cloudy start. There is a thick bank of cloud covering most of the mountains down to near village; poor visibility for now, but clearer skies are expected in the daytime with a short period of snow also forecast for tonight along with colder conditions tomorrow morning.

Full update to individual ski resort info (below) tomorrow.

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Ski resort information on Monday 8th April 2019:
The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
Much info not updated today at time of report due to early time.

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   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Monday 8th April 2019, 7:38am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

We now have four weeks to go in the season. From today, the Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Annupuri resort areas will be open - the Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO resort areas have now closed for the season.

This morning there is some cloud over our mountain but there are clearer blue skies out towards Mt Yotei. It looks like it is going to be a fine day, perhaps cloudy overnight and then some more sun tomorrow. Temperatures are due to rise to around 6C.

And that's about it for this morning. Have a good one!

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Ski resort operation information: Monday 8th April 2019
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: 330cm
- Base: 100cm

Planned ski lift operations:
- Ace Family quad
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad
- King Number 3 quad
- King Number 4

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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 250cm
- Base: 80cm

Planned ski lift operations:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Dream Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 4 pair

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 8th April 2019, 9:54am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

It is a foggy start to the morning but we are expecting things to get clearer during the day; or maybe not, with the chance of some snowfall tonight! Interesting.

Just a handful of areas open now on weekdays with more lifts opening for the weekend. See below for details which I will try to keep up to date each report.

Next report here mid-week.

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Shiga Kogen resort info: Monday 8th 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: 190cm

Yakebitaiyama
- Official snow depth: 210cm

Yokoteyama
- Official snow depth: 200cm

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

Takamagahara Mammoth
Quad lift - 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May

Tannenomori Okojo
13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May

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

Terakoya
13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May

Ichinose Diamond
Diamond pair and quad - 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May

Kumanoyu
Number 1 pair - until 14th April
Number 3 quad - 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 - 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May
Number 4 pair lift - 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 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 ...
 

Zao Now!

Monday 8th April 2019, 10:42am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Zao.

There's four weeks left of the season now. Ground is quickly starting to show through in places on the lower slopes but cover up on higher areas is still good.

There are now just a few lifts operating on weekdays (with a few more on weekends) and the details are shown below. Looking at the latest info on the official source, today the Chuo, Utopia and Kurohime lifts are operating as well as the Ropeways. Katakai and Paradise are resting on weekdays.

We might actually get to see some snowfall overnight tonight though I wouldn't be expecting much.

I'll try to update the report by mid-week.

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Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 115cm
- Paradise area: 150cm
- Chuo area: 150cm
- Utopia area: 165cm
- Uwanodai area: 80cm
- Oomori area: 60cm

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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 until 14th April:
- Katakai triple: operating on 13th and 14th April
- Paradise pair AB: operating on 13th and 14th April

Operating until 6th May:
- Chuo Number 1 pair
- Chuo Number 2 pair: operating on 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th, 29th April, 3rd-6th May

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

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06th May, 9:33am
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06th May, 9:09
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06th May, 8:46
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