Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 2nd April 2017

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 9th April 2017, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

And unfortunately, it's raining... even up at Kagura. :(

Not the best way to sign off the for the season at Iwappara, Joetsu Kokusai, Maiko Snow Resort and NASPA Ski Garden - all open for the last day of their season today. Hopefully, it will ease off before the lifts start though rain is currently forecast until late afternoon.

Oh well, there's nothing we can do about the weather is there.

Yesterday temperatures hit 20C in the area though today it is not as warm, as you might expect.

Tomorrow we should be seeing a return to sunshine and a bit warmer than today.

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Naeba and Maiko Snow Resort ski resorts have re-opened for the weekend.

Maiko Snow Resort has got the Gondola, Okusoeji quad and Nagamine Number 2 quad operating (the Maiko Area is not open).
Naeba have their Number 2 Gondola, Number 5 high speed lift and Takenokodaira romance lifts operating.

Tomorrow is the last day of the season for the following ski resorts:

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

From tomorrow, only GALA Yuzawa, Kagura, Kandatsu Kogen - and Naeba at the weekends - will remain open.

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Official snow depth information (and available info) as of Sunday 9th April 2017

GALA Yuzawa
The Central Area, North Area, downhill course and sledding area are all open today.
Official snow depth: 300cm

Iwappara
3 courses are Iwappara remain open.
Official snow depth: 60cm

Joetsu Kokusai
9 courses at Joetsu Kokusai remain open - the area in front of the main hotel and the Panorama Zone.
Official snow depth: 150cm

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.
Kagura Park is open this weekend and then daily from Wednesday 12th April.
Official snow depth: Kagura - 350cm; Mitsumata - 300cm; Tashiro - 320cm

Kandatsu Kogen
All courses at Kandatsu Kogen remain open.
Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nights before holidays until 22nd April.
Official snow depth: 240cm

Maiko Snow Resort
The Okusoeji and Nagamine areas are open for this weekend.
Official snow depth: 230cm (top); 40cm (base)

Naeba
The Number 2 Gondola, Number 5 high speed lift and Takenokodaira romance lifts operating for the weekend - top to bottom skiing possible.
Official snow depth: 200cm

NASPA Ski Garden
All courses apart from C course remain open.
Official snow depth: 160cm

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Planned season closing dates

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

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

Sunday 7th May:
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro)
- Kandatsu Kogen
- Naeba (** note: open on weekends only until 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 ...
 

Niseko Now!

Sunday 9th April 2017, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Blue sky and some thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning all.

We are back to fine weather today, and probably tomorrow too.

Is that a bit of snowfall on the forecast for around late Wednesday into Thursday? That would be a nice bonus.

There are four weeks left to go and for the moment it's still top to bottom courses and not at all busy.

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Individual resort information: Sunday 9th 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.
The following course is now closed: Onsenzawa.

Official snow depth:
Top - 275cm
Base - 70cm

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 - 60cm

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!

Sunday 9th April 2017, 8:16am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning everyone.

It's raining, I'm sorry to have to report. And you can see the spots of rain up on top as well as base on the images below. Not the nicest of mornings, for sure! Fingers crossed it might get less and/or stop this afternoon (or sooner, of course).

It's not as warm as it has been but I think I would prefer the sun and warmth myself.

Sun is forecast to be back with us tomorrow.

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Sunday 9th 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: 320cm
- Uenotaira: 235cm
- Hikage: 135cm
- Nagasaka: 125cm
- Karasawa: 75cm

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

Courses that are open today:
- Yamabiko A
- 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 ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 9th April 2017, 8:17am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello everyone and good morning.

It was light drizzle yesterday when I made my report and alas, it's still raining this morning. So it hasn't been a particularly nice weekend weather-wise.

The good here is that the rain should be wrapping up this morning and skies should be clearer later on with maybe even some sunshine. And tomorrow should be fine from the start of the day.

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Today is the last day of the season for a few more lifts - noted below for Happo-one and Tsugaike - and so from tomorrow we enter the last stage of the season.

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Resort news as of 8:25am on Sunday 9th 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: 255cm
Base: 90cm
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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: 250cm
Toomi: 105cm
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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: 160cm
Kurobishi: 250cm
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 today
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: 300m
Han-no-ki: 295cm
Oya-no-hara: 80cm
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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 ...
 

Furano Now!

Sunday 9th April 2017, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is another cold start to the day and we are currently just 3c in the village. The temperature will rise to a maximum of around 8c in the afternoon, and it will not feel as cold as yesterday as there is little in the way of wind today. Conditions are overcast and will remain that way throughout the day. A light dusting of snow is forecast overnight.   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 9th April 2017, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Rain, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from a rainy Grandeco.

Unfortunately, it is a wet and rainy morning here.

There has been some fog around base areas this morning, visibility is not good.

The two snow parks at Grandeco will be open for their last day of the season today and the Number 2 quad lift parallel to the gondola will also be closed from tomorrow. Important to note though that the courses remaining open will not be affected by the Number 2 lift closing.

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 information:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift: Last day!
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 4 quad lift: Now closed

Courses open:

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

Official snow depth:
270cm

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

Myoko Now!

Sunday 9th April 2017, 10:10am
Weather conditions: Very foggy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Not a great way to start the last day at Akakura Onsen... rain and fog.

Really foggy at the moment, in fact, with visibility around 50m at base level.

It's great that they added an extra week, though, and we send out thanks and respect.

And the two Akakura resorts are only now showing levels under three meters. So, the day is bad but the season remains good.

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Akakura Kanko:
Planned closing date: Sunday 7 May
290cm, 5°

Akakura Onsen:
Planned closing date: Sunday 9 April
285cm, 9°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
Closed

Myoko Suginohara:
Closed

Seki Onsen:
Planned closing date: Sunday 7 May
450cm, 2°

Myoko Ski Park:
Closed

Kyukamura RunRun:
Closed

Tangram Ski Circus:
Closed

Madarao Kogen:
Closed   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Madarao Now
22nd Jul, 13:05pm
Hakuba Now
14th Jul, 14:12pm
Myoko Now
01st Jul, 11:49pm
Yuzawa Now
29th May, 14:13pm
Shiga Kogen Now
29th May, 7:35
Furano Now
25th May, 9:01
Appi Kogen Now
18th May, 8:33
Grandeco Now
07th May, 19:56pm
Zao Now
07th May, 19:55pm
Naeba Now
07th May, 19:55pm
Nozawa Onsen Now
07th May, 19:53pm
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:51pm
Minakami Now
01st May, 15:08
Kiroro Now
01st May, 9:18am

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