Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Geto Kogen Now!

Thursday 9th April 2020, 7:47am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Fine weather this morning with blue sky and cloud.

The sun us out.

No fresh snow to report.

All of the main courses at the resort remain open.

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Official snow depths:

* Top: 305cm
* Base: 140cm

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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Furano Now!

Thursday 9th April 2020, 8:09am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
There has been 2cm of new snow at base and 5cm at the top of the mountain. It is currently snowing and will continue through until late afternoon. It is a chilly morning with a moderate wind and a temperature of -1c that will only rise up to +2c. Visibility is limited with the snow and low cloud conditions. Further snow is forecast for tomorrow.


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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Hakuba Now!

Thursday 9th April 2020, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

So after that big news yesterday, Tsugaike Kogen is also now closed and we are left with just Hakuba 47 and Hakuba Goryu remaining open in the area. Please check out yesterdays report if you missed it.

Hakuba 47 and Hakuba Goryu seem intent to continue as planned, for the moment anyway. I will let you know of any changes.

Hakuba 47 appears to be reporting a slight dusting of snow on the upper levels.

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (lower)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 470cm1cm556cm
Hakuba Cortina [CLOSED]--573cm [at closing]
Hakuba Goryu0cm0cm620cm
Hakuba Happo-one [CLOSED]0cm0cm827cm [at closing]

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data



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

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: 165cm
- 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 (just about)
- The lower Iimori area is now closed

Official snow depth:
- Alps: 170cm
- Toomi: 40cm
- Iimori: -cm

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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

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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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Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 9th April 2020, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Spots of rain this morning - and Kagura also reporting that.

The good news is that it is due to clear up and we should have more sunshine today. Though perhaps some rain again tomorrow.

Four more days for GALA Yuzawa!

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Individual ski resort information: Thursday 9th 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: 12th April

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 Thursday 9th April 2020:

- Kagura
- Yuzawa Kogen [closed]
- Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit

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Niseko Now!

Thursday 9th April 2020, 8:26am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

And yes we have some fresh snowfall. I have measured 4cm and I note that Niseko Grand Hirafu seem to be talking about 13cm of snowfall on the upper areas of the mountain.

Yey!

The fields lower down in town areas aren't covered (or just dusted depending), so typically late season when there is more of a contrast than usual between base and top.

Last of the season?

Limited visibility out there early morning. Cloudy. Chance of some drizzle later this afternoon, and then perhaps a bit of sunshine tomorrow.

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Planned ski resort operation information: Thursday 9th April 2020
Subject to change and weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 295cm
- Base: 45cm

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

- The King-Ace connecting course, Onsenzawa and Miharashi courses are now closed
- Other courses remain open

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 155cm
- Base: 40cm

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

- 9 courses open

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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

- The top area is open, take the gondola back down to base

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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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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 9th April 2020, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, likely to clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning.

It looks like trees at the top of the mountain have been dusted overnight, though no new cm being reported by the resort.

There is a lot of cloud around this morning but we should be seeing some sun today - looks like it is already starting to clear up.

There seems to be some snow on the forecast for tomorrow. Wonder how that will turn out...

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Thursday 9th April 2020

Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday:

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

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1615m): 170cm
- Uenotaira (1406m): 85cm
- 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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