Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 26th April 2017

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 1st April 2017, 7:18am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog up top
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

I'm on my way to Tokyo this morning and so need to get my report off early.

Not much to report other than cloudy skies at the start of the day. Some forecasts call for a chance of some light snow tonight, but it should be sun through the day tomorrow too.

Oh yes, Yamabiko on official snow depth of 400cm as of 1st April. Excellent!

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Nozawa Onsen plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.

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Saturday 1st April 2017

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

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 400cm
- Uenotaira: 300cm
- Hikage: 145cm
- Nagasaka: 135cm
- Karasawa: 80cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating

Courses not open today are:
- Grand Prix
- Hachiman
- Kandahar East
- Kamoshika
- Tanuki

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Floodlit evening 'nighta' has now finished for the season.   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 1st April 2017, 7:35am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

A few spots of rain in some places later in the day yesterday but generally cloudy... and it's a grey and cloudy start to the day today too. Cloud is what is forecast for the day and sun is likely tomorrow (with the chance of a bit of snow/rain later tonight).

Oh, just noticed Kagura are reporting 0-1cm of snowfall!

Anyway - here we are in April.

Ipponsugi, Ishiuchi Maruyama, Itsukamachi, Maiko Snow Resort, Muica Snow Resort, Yuzawa Kogen, Yuzawa Nakazato and Yuzawa Park will all be done for the season come the end of tomorrow.

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I don’t know how many of you have been following the numbers, but this season just in terms of snowfall we have done rather well. Here’s how much snowfall we have observed at town level in Yuzawa this season:

2016/2017 season until the end of March 2017: 954cm
2015/2016 season until the end of March 2016: 424cm
2014/2015 season until the end of March 2015: 1302cm
2013/2014 season until the end of March 2014: 828cm
2012/2013 season until the end of March 2013: 759cm

Not as good as the extremely impressive 13m that we enjoyed in the 2014/2015 season, but over double the amount that fell last year. (Phew!)

There's more to the story than just raw snowfall numbers though and I’ll take a look back on the season in the last report of the season in May.

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Official snow depth information as of Saturday 1st April 2017

** Note: the report is too early today for many of the below to be updated

GALA Yuzawa
Central, North, downhill course and sledding area are all open
Official snow depth: 360cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 240cm

Iwappara
Official snow depth: 120cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 200cm

Kagura
Official snow depth: Kagura - 380cm; Mitsumata - 330cm; Tashiro - 350cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 280cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth: Upper - 280cm; Base - 90cm

Naeba
Official snow depth: 230cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 195cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth: Top - 230cm; Base - 130cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 160cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 125cm

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Planned 'Nighta' operations (floodlit night skiing)

** Subject to change due to snow and weather conditions

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night' from 6pm-4am) is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nighta before holidays from 7th April until 22nd April

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Planned season closing dates

** This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions. We will be checking and updating these dates as more information becomes available.

Sunday 2nd April:
- Ipponsugi
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Itsukamachi
- Maiko Snow Resort (but open again on 8th, 9th April)
- Muica Snow Resort
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Yuzawa Nakazato
- Yuzawa Park

Sunday 9th April:
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- NASPA Ski Garden

Sunday 7th May:
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro)
- Kandatsu Kogen
- Naeba (daily until 2nd April; weekends only 3rd-28th April; daily from 29th April)

Sunday 28th May:
- Kagura area (via Mitsumata)

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Now closed for the season:

- Chateau Shiozawa
- Ishiuchi Hanaoka
- Mt Granview
- Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Hakkai Sanroku   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Saturday 1st April 2017, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny and lovely
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Beautiful clear blue skies.

I've always wanted to do a four word report! Ah, but I did prepare this yesterday >>>

A look back at March 2017 and the season so far

So, it is that time of the month again; time for me to take a bit of a look back at the month of March and the season so far. I’m going to keep it short this time and leave most of my words for my main season review that will be appearing when the season finishes in early May.

Here’s the observed snowfall measured by me at base during the month of March over the last five seasons:

March 2017: 83cm
March 2016: 109cm
March 2015: 139cm
March 2014: 113cm
March 2013: 164cm

And the total observed snowfall measured by me at base during the season up until the end of March:

2016/2017 season until the end of March 2017: 688cm
2015/2016 season until the end of March 2016: 986cm
2014/2015 season until the end of March 2015: 1141cm
2013/2014 season until the end of March 2014: 1150cm
2012/2013 season until the end of March 2013: 1459cm

Clearly, we are going to end this season with about 3m less than last season and about 4.5m behind the previous two seasons. That’s a fair chunk, but let me again please emphasise that many people coming here will of course not be comparing with previous seasons and have been plenty happy with what they have experienced. Still, I’m hoping that next year we’ll see a change in trend and get to see more.

Looking forward to this month, to get an idea of how much snow we might be able to expect in April, here’s how much there has been observed in recent years:

How much snow fell (AT BASE) in April 2017: ??
How much snow fell (AT BASE) in April 2016: 6cm
How much snow fell (AT BASE) in April 2015: 3cm
How much snow fell (AT BASE) in April 2014: 13cm
How much snow fell (AT BASE) in April 2013: 32cm

Once again ---- important, this is all about snowfall at base! And remember, especially in late season there might be no fresh snowfall here at base, but snow falling higher up on the mountain. I will of course try to report that when it happens in the daily reports, but my observed number each day is from my base measuring point.

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Here are the numbers that the Japan Meteorological Agency have recorded in Kutchan Town for March and the season so far:

March 2017: 90cm
March 2016: 125cm
March 2015: 141cm
March 2014: 118cm
March 2013: 124cm

2016/2017 season until the end of March 2017: 831cm
2015/2016 season until the end of March 2016: 823cm
2014/2015 season until the end of March 2015: 966cm
2013/2014 season until the end of March 2014: 922cm
2012/2013 season until the end of March 2013: 1024cm

Full season analysis coming in early May when I finish up for the season.

I may also reveal to you my fave jam for the all-important morning toast, the energy behind the reports. (I put that in just to get you all to come back and not desert me until late November!)

Have a good weekend. :)

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
Resorts will likely be opening as planned this morning.

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 1st April 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 335cm
Base - 125cm

Niseko Village
Top - 245cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 230cm
Base - 110cm

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Planned closing dates
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until tomorrow.
Niseko Village plans to be open daily until tomorrow (and then from 28th April until 7th May).
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.

Night time floodlit operations have now finished for the season.   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Saturday 1st April 2017, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Ah, the last weekend of the season at Madarao Kogen.

We had a slight dusting of snow overnight but conditions are very spring. But we have done very well this season and the official snow depth for the resort is still up there at 250cm.

There's still skiing and snowboarding available from Monday onwards - nearby Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen are open through until May, and some lifts should be moving in Myoko too.

Anyway in the meantime, this weekend is your last chance to check out Madarao this season, which is still fully open.

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Official snow depth: 250cm

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Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April.

Tomorrow is the last day of the season.   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Saturday 1st April 2017, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It's a little cold this morning but there's a gentle wind and good visibility.

It might be April from today of course, but many skiers and snowboarders are arriving to the ski center.

There was no fresh snowfall last night and it is difficult to see any fresh until around the 4th or 5th.

Snow conditions are not icy and very good for April. All courses are open and tree run course is still available on the Lavender A course.

No snow on the road today from Inawashiro through Grandeco but this area still have some snow in April so please be ready for it.

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Snow Park Information:

[Dekodaira E park]
9m kicker, 5m table top 2 way and 10m kicker.

[Deokoboko park]
6m wide box, 6m down box, wave, 5m table top/hip/drum can, 6m straight box, 6m straight rail, mini ramp, volcano, volcano, 3m kicker, 5m kicker, 6m down big can.

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Lifts operating:

Lifts Operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 4 quad lift

Courses open:

All courses now open - though part of the Lavender 28 Course is not available as the resort prepares for mogul competitions at the weekend

Official snow depth:
320cm

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: dry
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: dry   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 1st April 2017, 8:13am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Poor visibility this morning on mountain by the looks, with a bank of cloud coming down to close to village level - as well as some very slight snowfall in places - though if the forecasts are correct it should be clearing up this morning and we might get sunshine.

Happo-one is reporting 3cm of snowfall up at Riesen, Goryu is reporting 4cm on upper slopes and Cortina also reporting 1cm.

We are expecting the sun tomorrow.

The Iimori area of Hakuba Goryu is closed now and tomorrow is the last day of the season for a few resorts, so some dedicated fans of those particular places will be making the trip today.

Anyway, I'm up for some fun on the slopes this morning, perhaps talk to a few of you out there.

Wherever you are have a good weekend.

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Resort news as of 8:00am on Saturday 1st April 2017:

All information as available and subject to change.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 295cm
Base: 115cm
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Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 4cm of fresh snowfall on upper areas.
The Iimori area of the resort is now closed. Toomi and the upper areas remain open.
Official snow depth:
Alps: 280cm
Toomi: 120cm
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Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 215cm
Kurobishi: 295cm
Lower: 80cm
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Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Planned closing dates for lifts are as follows:
Open until Sunday 2nd April
Kokusai Number 1 pair lift
Kitaone Number 3 pair lift
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Open until Sunday 9th April
Nakiyama Number 3 triple lift
Happo Riesen quad
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Open until Sunday 7th May
Gondola
Alpen quad lift
Grat quad lift
Usagidaira pair 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

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 340m
Han-no-ki: 335cm
Maruyama: 115cm
Oya-no-hara: 120cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 115cm
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Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Planned closing dates for lifts are as follows:
Open until Sunday 2nd April
Han-no-ki Number 3 quad lift
Tsugaike Chuo triple chair lift
Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner II
Kane-no-naru-oka Romance lift
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Open until Sunday 9th April
Shirakaba quad
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Open until Sunday 7th May
Tsugaike Ropeway
Gondola
Tsuga Number 2 pair lift
Han-no-ki high speed pair lift

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 1cm of fresh snowfall.
Part open until Sunday 2nd April.
Official snow depth:
Top: 340cm
Base: 200cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Part open until Sunday 2nd April.
Official snow depth:
Top: 115cm

Kashimayari:
Part open until Sunday 2nd April.
Official snow depth:
Top: 105cm   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 1st April 2017, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
A bit of fresh snowfall is a good way to start April!

Yes, there's some cm on the ground and I see Kumanoyu are reporting 5-10cm of fresh this morning. And it is snowing right now.

Visibility generally poor this morning.

Tomorrow the forecast tells us to expect sunshine and clear skies... should be a good day.

Nishitateyama, Hasuike and Kidoike areas are now closed with a few more closing for the season at the end of tomorrow.

Still, most areas remain open for the weekend and there's definitely no shortage of snow!

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Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.

Giant
220cm

Higashitateyama
260cm

Ichinose Family
260cm

Ichinose Diamond
260cm

Kumanoyu
340cm

Maruike
200cm

Okushiga Kogen
310cm

Sun Valley
200cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
260cm

Terakoya
260cm

Yakebitaiyama
280cm

Yokoteyama
310cm

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Spring season dates for Shiga Kogen resort areas:

Lift and resort closing dates - it's complicated!
Please note that from 8th May, joint Shiga Kogen lift tickets are not valid - individual tickets from the individual areas will be required.

Sun Valley
Both Sun Valley lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Maruike
The Number 1 triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Giant
The pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Higashitateyama
The Gondola plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Bunadaira
The Hoppo quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Takamagahara Mammoth
The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April).

Tannenomori Okojo
The quad lift plans to be operating daily until Sunday 2nd April and then on 8th/9th April and from 29th April until 7th May

Ichinose Family
The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May

Terakoya
The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 3rd April until 28th April).

Ichinose Diamond
The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April)

Ichinose Yamanokami
Plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April

Yakebitaiyama
The Gondolas and Number 2 lift plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Okushiga Kogen
The Okushiga Kogen Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating on 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and between 29th April and 7th May
The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3, and 6 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May

Kumanoyu
The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 14th May
The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April; and then on 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and from 29th April until 7th May

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge
The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until late May
The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (may be closed on certain days)
The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until late May   Read more ...
 

Kiroro Now!

Saturday 1st April 2017, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Clear skies this morning turning to cloud later today. Low winds.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Kiroro!

The sun is shining today and we have magnificent views out to the sea.

No new snow fall today, and a steady snow depth of 400cm at the top and 230cm at the base. Temperature is sitting around 2degrees and winds are blowing Easterlies 14-15km.

Cloud cover should increase later today so the morning looks to be prime for views, before a possible sprinkle of snow later this afternoon and through to tomorrow when the cloud and temperatures increase.

Tomorrow (Sunday) is the last day of high season lift operations, so please check the website for changes if you intend to visit from Monday 3rd April as the resort starts to wind down.

Enjoy the sunshine and Saturday riding!   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Saturday 1st April 2017, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Fairly thick clouds
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

As expected, today we have unseasonably cold weather once again. We have received a small amount of fresh snow overnight so this should mean that conditions are fairly nice on piste today.

For today the forecast is for a little snow during the day with the heaviest snow coming overnight. For tomorrow we still have clear weather predicted so it should be a pretty good day to finish off the season with.

Woop!   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Saturday 1st April 2017, 11:16am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's a bit gray again out there in Myokoland today; we had a very thin layer of new snow this morning, and I mean really thin. Like a few crystals deep, but, hey, it's April 1 and it should be sunny and warm and not snowing. But we might still get some snow in the coming week! Ah, a crazy year.

More on the No. 3 lift closing at Akakan, and the news could actually be pretty good. Normally the area uses the Myokokogen Sky Cable and the No. 3 for spring skiing after April 8; instead, they'll be operating the gondola and Champion No. 3 which actually opens up a lot more skiing. Lucky we have a lot of snow!

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Akakura Kanko:
Planned closing date: Sunday 7 May
370cm, -3°

Akakura Onsen:
Planned closing date: Sunday 9 April
350cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
Planned closing date: Sunday 2 April
190cm, 0°

Myoko Suginohara:
Closed

Seki Onsen:
Planned closing date: Sunday 7 May
500cm, 0°

Myoko Ski Park:
Planned closing date: Sunday 2 April
270cm, 3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
Closed

Tangram Ski Circus:
Planned closing date: Sunday 2 April
190cm, -1°

Madarao Kogen:
Planned closing date: Sunday 2 April
250cm, -2°


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Furano Now!

Saturday 1st April 2017, 12:49pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
it is mostly cloudy today with some large breaks showing blue sky, but the cloud is blocking the sun for about half of the mountain. Technical and Panorama courses are firm and frosty, having missed most of the sun in the morning. From the bottom of the Romance #2 lift snow is spring and getting softer and slushier as the day rolls on. Tomorrow looks like great weather with no wind and full sun forecast for the morning.   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Furano Now
26th Apr, 14:43
Grandeco Now
26th Apr, 8:35
Hakuba Now
26th Apr, 8:15
Niseko Now
26th Apr, 7:57
Nozawa Onsen Now
26th Apr, 7:38
Yuzawa Now
26th Apr, 7:24
Myoko Now
24th Apr, 12:39pm
Shiga Kogen Now
24th Apr, 9:04
Zao Now
24th Apr, 8:08
Kiroro Now
23rd Apr, 8:44am
Appi Kogen Now
22nd Apr, 9:35
Minakami Now
15th Apr, 9:15
Naeba Now
09th Apr, 9:58am
Madarao Now
02nd Apr, 8:01

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