Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 26th April 2017

Furano Now!

Friday 7th April 2017, 7:58am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
With very warm temperatures the last few days we have moved into the final phase of the season and can expect only spring conditions from now on. Yesterday hit 18c and stayed there for a large part of the day. Overnight there has been heavy rain. This has tapered off and there is only light drizzle falling now. The rain is expected to stop this morning and the high for the day will be around 11c, meaning we are almost there already with the current temperature being 9c. With warm temperatures and dampness in the air it will be a case of reducing the warming layers and making sure you have a waterproof shell with good ventilation.   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Friday 7th April 2017, 8:16am
Weather conditions: Gray and rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A quick note, as I'm off for an event (yes, on skis!) and I'll be out.

But I can report the weather.

Rain.

Hey, it's OK; we've had it pretty good for rain and wind, both of which we finally did have the last few days. The snow really melted fast around the base, but the open areas still are reporting more than three meters (and I trust them, too). That freezing line has really moved up, but, again, it's April 7-8!

Watch the lifts over the weekend, as more open up. Sadly, it is the last weekend for Akakura Onsen.

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Akakura Kanko:
Planned closing date: Sunday 7 May
320cm, 8°

Akakura Onsen:
Planned closing date: Sunday 9 April
310cm, 6°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
Closed

Myoko Suginohara:
Closed

Seki Onsen:
Planned closing date: Sunday 7 May
450cm, 0°

Myoko Ski Park:
Closed

Kyukamura RunRun:
Closed

Tangram Ski Circus:
Closed

Madarao Kogen:
Closed


   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Friday 7th April 2017, 8:23am
Weather conditions: FOGGY
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning to you all.

Unfortunately, it did rain yesterday evening and I believe through the night but it is not raining just now.

So what's up this morning...

Fog is the main thing. Not much to see at all this morning with thick fog swirling around (does fog swirl?), but the forecast does actually have some sun coming out this afternoon.

The fog (and wind, apparently) is going to stop the top King Number 4 lift from opening at the start of the day today at Niseko Grand Hirafu.

Sunday onwards it looks like we can expect lots of sunshine and mild conditions, warming up towards mid-week.

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Individual resort information: Friday 7th April 2017:

Below info subject to change during the day due to snow and weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
All course areas remain open.

Official snow depth:
Top - 285cm
Base - 80cm

Operating lifts:
Ace Family (8:30am until 4:30pm) - until 16th April
Ace Number 2 Center Four (8:30am until 4:30pm)
Holiday Number 1 pair (8:30am until 3:00pm) - until 9th April
King Number 3 (8:40am until 4:30pm)
King Number 4 (8:50am until 4:30pm) *** affected by wind this morning ***
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 - 70cm

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 ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 7th April 2017, 8:26am
Weather conditions: Rain, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

Unfortunately, it's not a particularly nice one. Rain has been falling since yesterday evening and it has been a bit foggy in places too early on.

It looks like it is even raining up at Kagura, so there's no escape from it at the start of the day.

The rain should ease up this afternoon.

Hopefully tomorrow things might be nice - forecasts seem to say there's a chance of some sunshine, but there's also the chance of rain too. Let's see how the forecast develops by the end of the day.

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Naeba and Maiko Snow Resort ski resorts will be re-opening again tomorrow and Sunday.

At Maiko Snow Resort, the Nagamine and Okusoeji areas (Gondola side) will be open.

At Naeba, the Number 2 Gondola, Number 5 high speed lift and Takenokodaira romance lift will be operating.

Sunday will be the last day of the season for the following ski resorts:

- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Maiko Snow Resort
- NASPA Ski Garden

From Monday, we'll be down to GALA Yuzawa and Kagura (and Naeba at the weekends).

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Official snow depth information (and available info) as of Friday 7th April 2017

GALA Yuzawa
The Central Area, North Area, downhill course and sledding area are all open today.
Official snow depth: 330cm

Iwappara
3 courses are Iwappara remain open.
Official snow depth: 80cm

Joetsu Kokusai
9 courses at Joetsu Kokusai remain open - the area in front of the main hotel and the Panorama Zone.
Official snow depth: 170cm

Kagura
Almost all of Kagura courses remain open.
Closed courses according to official website - Gondola East Course at Tashiro and the downhill course back to Mitsumata car park.
Official snow depth: Kagura - 360cm; Mitsumata - 310cm; Tashiro - 330cm

Kandatsu Kogen
All courses at Kandatsu Kogen remain open.
Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nights before holidays from 7th April until 22nd April.
Official snow depth: 260cm

NASPA Ski Garden
All courses apart from C course remain open.
Official snow depth: 165cm

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Planned season closing dates

** This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions.

Sunday 9th April:
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Maiko Snow Resort (** note: only open on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th - closed Monday through Friday)
- NASPA Ski Garden

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

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

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Other ski and snowboard resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma area are now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Friday 7th April 2017, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Sadly, rain is falling this morning.

It is also forecast to be raining until tomorrow, and we cannot expect snow with the mild temperatures. Trying to be positive, with the rain the snow will be easy to slide on!

90% of the courses are still open in Grandeco and there is still a lot of snow around.

Wear some water proof jacket and pants today.

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Snow Park Information:

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

[Deokoboko park] until 10 APRIL
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 is now closed

Courses open:

90% courses remain open
Lavender A and Mint B are closed

Official snow depth:
280cm

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

Hakuba Now!

Friday 7th April 2017, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Not very appealing conditions this morning, I'm afraid.

I'll get straight to it... it's raining. High up, too.

We are hoping that it will ease off this morning and there is some sunshine appearing on forecasts too, so fingers crossed.

Tomorrow should be sunny with it warming up to nearly 20C. Yikes! Still, it should be a lovely day to get out on the mountain without all that chunky winter gear.

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Sunday is the last day of the season for a few more lifts - noted below for Happo-one and Tsugaike - and so from Monday we kind of enter 'the last chunk' of the season.

It lasts a while though - there's still a full 4 weeks to go!

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Resort news as of 8:30am on Friday 7th April 2017:

All information as available and subject to change.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall in places.
All of Hakuba 47 remains open.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 280cm
Base: 100cm
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Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The Iimori area of the resort is now closed. The Toomi and the upper areas remain open.
Official snow depth:
Alps: 260cm
Toomi: 110cm
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Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
Some base course areas are now closed but the resort remains mostly open.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 175cm
Kurobishi: 265cm
Nakiyama: 50cm
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Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
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Planned closing dates for lifts are as follows:
Open until Sunday 9th April
Nakiyama Number 3 triple lift
Happo Riesen quad
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:
Uma-no-se, Champion and Kane-no-naru-oka areas are closed; Uma-no-se area is partially closed.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 325m
Han-no-ki: 315cm
Oya-no-hara: 90cm
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Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
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Planned closing dates for lifts are as follows:
Open until Sunday 9th April
Shirakaba quad
Open until Sunday 7th May
Tsugaike Ropeway
Gondola
Tsuga Number 2 pair lift
Han-no-ki high speed pair lift

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 7th April 2017, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

And even up here, it's mild and raining this morning. Since last night; and just lightly at the moment.

Forecasts for the weekend vary from rain continuing into the morning with a bit of snow tomorrow night to drier conditions.

There's still a large amount of snow around here of course, though snow conditions on the slopes is definitely 'spring'.

Come with that in mind and for varied weather conditions and there's fun to be had.

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The next Shiga Kogen report should appear on Monday morning.

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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.

Ichinose Family
240cm

Ichinose Diamond
240cm

Kumanoyu
320cm

Okushiga Kogen
280cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
240cm

Terakoya
250cm

Yokoteyama
300cm

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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.

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 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)

Okushiga Kogen
The Okushiga Kogen Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating on 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 on 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and from 29th April until 7th May

Yakebitaiyama
The Number 2 Gondola and Number 2 lift at Yakebitaiyama is re-opening Friday 7th April until Sunday 9th April

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 ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 7th April 2017, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Rain, cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

It's raining this morning folks.

Not the nicest of mornings and after rain overnight there's a real 'wet' feel. We are all hoping that it will stop by the middle of the day and might even clear up later on.

Tomorrow should be clearer but warmer still with temperatures rising to close on 20 degrees in the village.

Snow conditions are very much spring-mode and starting to look a bit dirty on lower areas - is that the yellow sand thing going on? Still, it's up top that people are heading and there's still a whopping 3.5m of official snow depth up there. It's going to take a while for that lot to melt.

Looks like the Skyline course is back open.

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Friday 7th 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: 350cm
- Uenotaira: 280cm
- Hikage: 135cm
- Nagasaka: 125cm
- Karasawa: 75cm

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

Courses that are open today:
- Yamabiko B
- Yamabiko C
- Yamabiko D
- Yamabiko E
- Kokenashi
- Skyline
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Bunabayashi
- Yunomine B
- Rinkan
- Utopia Course
- Utopia Course 2
- Challenge
- Kitsune

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Spring lift ticket prices:

1 day lift ticket - 3700 yen (adult), 1700 yen (child), 2900 yen (senior)
Half day lift ticket - 2700 yen (adult), 1200 yen (child), 2400 yen (senior)

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 from 10th April)
Paradise Four lift - 8:25am until 3:50pm (* only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week from 10th April)
Skyline Pair lift - 8:25am until 4:00pm (* only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week from 10th April)   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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