Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 29th May 2017

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 19th April 2017, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning.

Yesterday, as expected, was a rather nasty day with rain and wind. Yuck.

It is not quite as wild this morning, but it's still not particularly nice with more wind and wet expected -- though right at this moment it isn't raining.

Top lifts at both Annupuri and Grand Hirafu are not moving at the start of the day due to the weather conditions. Looks like Hirafu have the Ace Number 2 quad and King Number 3 operating at the moment.

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Individual resort information: Wednesday 19th April 2017:

Planned openings. This info subject to change due to snow and weather conditions - any closings will be mentioned in the main report above.

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
The following courses are now closed: Onsenzawa and Miharashi. (And Family?)

Official snow depth:
Top - 245cm
Base - 20cm

Planned operating lifts:
Ace Number 2 Center Four (8:30am until 4:30pm)
King Number 3 (8:40am until 4:30pm)
King Number 4 (8:50am until 4:30pm)
Gondola (8:30am until 4:30pm) - on weekends and national holidays only

The Spring Park should be open from 10am until 3:30pm

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Niseko Annupuri
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.

Official snow depth:
Top - 200cm
Base - 20cm

Planned operating lifts:
Annupuri Gondola
Jumbo Number 1
Jumbo Number 4

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort has closed for the season.
Niseko Village is currently closed but plans to part re-open from 28th April until 7th May.
Night time floodlit operations have finished for the season.   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 19th April 2017, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, bit of blue sky appearing
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's mostly cloudy this morning with a bit of blue sky starting to appear - and the forecast is for clearer weather.

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You can still ski or snowboard back down close to the Hikage base area - from where you can get on a shuttle bus back over to the base of the Nagasaka Gondola if you want to get back up top.

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Wednesday 19th April 2017

Below is official info that the resort is publishing at the time of the report.

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 0cm
- Uenotaira: 0cm
- Hikage: 0cm
- Nagasaka: 0cm
- Karasawa: 0cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 260cm
- Uenotaira: 180cm
- Hikage: 35cm
- Nagasaka: -cm
- Karasawa: -cm

Lifts that are operating today:
- Nagasaka Gondola
- Yamabiko Four
- Yamabiko Number 2 Four

Courses that are open today:
- Yamabiko A
- Yamabiko B
- Yamabiko C
- Yamabiko D
- Yamabiko E
- Kokenashi
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Bunabayashi
- Rinkan
- Utopia Course
- Challenge

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Planned lift operations for the rest of the season:

Nagasaka Gondola - 8:10am until 3:30pm
Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift - 8:25am until 3:15pm
Yamabiko Four lift - 8:30am until 3:40pm
Uenotaira Four lift - 8:30am until 3:40pm (*** only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week)
Paradise Four lift - 8:25am until 3:50pm (*** only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week)   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 19th April 2017, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

There has been a bit of light rain falling this morning - I have just walked outside and there's none falling at the moment... but it's due during the daytime.

Windy conditions being reported on mountain and the conditions mean that things are a bit limited this morning I'm afraid. Both Happo-one and Tsugaike Kogen are not able to open at the time of writing and some lifts at Hakuba 47 affected. If you want to get out there today best to check with the resort directly to see what is available. It remains to be seen if nature will co-operate and conditions allow planned areas to open up.

Tomorrow should be calmer with a chance of sunshine.

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Resort information as of 8:50am on Wednesday 19th April 2017:

** Below are the planned operations for each of the ski resorts that remain open. Any news for the day will be mentioned in the above report. **

Hakuba 47:
All of the courses are Hakuba 47 remains open.
Tree Riding Zone gates are now closed for the season.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 185cm
Base: 75cm
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Planned operating lifts:
All lifts plan to be operating
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Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Hakuba Goryu:
Upper areas remain open.
The lower Toomi course is now used just to get back down to base.
The Iimori area of the resort is closed.
Official snow depth:
Alps: 215cm
Toomi: 75cm
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Planned operating lifts:
Gondola
Alps Number 1 pair lift
Alps Number 3 pair lift
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Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Hakuba Happo-one:
Upper areas that remain open: Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama and Skyline.
All base areas are now closed - use the Gondola and Sakka Kita-one lifts to get up to the open areas and back down to base.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 110cm
Kurobishi: 165cm
Nakiyama: -cm
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Planned operating lifts:
Gondola
Alpen quad lift
Grat quad lift
Panorama pair lift
Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair lift
Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
Kurobishi Number 3 pair lift
Skyline Number 2 pair lift
Sakka Kitaone quad
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Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuga-no-mori, Han-no-ki, Maruyama and Oya-no-hara areas remain open with top to bottom courses available.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 265cm
Han-no-ki: 260cm
Oya-no-hara: 45cm
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Planned operating lifts:
Tsugaike Ropeway
Gondola
Tsuga Number 2 pair lift
Han-no-ki high speed pair lift
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Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

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All other ski and snowboard resorts in the area are now closed for the season.

   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Wednesday 19th April 2017, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The strong winds have passed and today there is only a light breeze around the village. Temperatures are warm again and it will get up to 11c later in the day, which is still not warm but most certainly more spring like than the last few days. It is partly cloudy with plenty of sun breaking through which will soften up the snow nicely. A classic coolish spring skiing day.    Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 19th April 2017, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from rainy Grandeco.

The Gondola is operating at reduced speed at 8:30 but it might have to stop if the wind blows strong enough. According to the forecast, around noon we will be experiencing strong winds - more than 20m per second.

Course conditions are slippery due to rain but it really isn't a particularly nice day to enjoy skiing because due to the winds. A one day ticket is not recommended with the afternoon conditions in mind... the resort might need to close. :(

According to the forecast, it will be cloudy tomorrow with gentler winds.

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Lifts information:

- Gondola
- Number 3 quad lift

Courses open:

90% courses remain open
Lavender A and Mint B are closed
The Snow Parks are now closed

Official snow depth:
210cm

Road Condition to Grandeco:
No snow or icy in any part between Inawashiro through Grandeco   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 19th April 2017, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

There was a bit of rain this morning and the roads are still wet but it seems to have eased off. Local forecasts even predict some sunshine in the day today, before a return to rain tonight - and even perhaps a bit of wet snow as well. Interesting. Let's see what happens.

Kagura, GALA Yuzawa and Kandatsu Kogen are all still open daily with Naeba planning on opening up again for the weekend.

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Resort information as of Wednesday 19th April 2017

Subject to change depending on snow and weather conditions.

GALA Yuzawa
GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
All of the Central Area courses and part of the North Area currently remain open.
The sledding area is also open.
The Falcon downhill course is now closed - use the Gondola to get back down to base.
Official snow depth: 220cm

Kagura
The Tashiro Area of Kagura plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
The Kagura Area (via Mitsumata Ropeway) plans to be open until Sunday 28th May.

Almost all Kagura courses remain open.
Closed courses according to official website are the Gondola East Course (at Tashiro) and the downhill course (back to Mitsumata car park).
Official snow depth: Kagura - 300cm; Mitsumata - 240cm; Tashiro - 270cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Kandatsu Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Most courses at Kandatsu Kogen remain open.
Last nighta at Kandatsu on Friday and Saturday.
Official snow depth: 170cm

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Naeba
Naeba is closed today but plans to open up again at the weekend (and then from 29th April until 7th May).

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

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