Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Geto Kogen Now!

Monday 11th February 2019, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Morning.

Last day of the long weekend. There will be less people around today but it should still be busier than a normal Monday.

Lovely morning yesterday with snow turning up in the afternoon and everything working like clockwork.

This morning there's 14cm of fresh snow on the ground and it is snowing now; just a bit of light wind.

Should be a fun day.

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Official snow depths:

* Top: 370cm
* Base: 250cm

Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 2 Gondola
* Number 1 pair lift
* Number 2 pair lift
* Quad

* The Number 2 Gondola is usually rested on normal weekdays

Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change due to weather:

* All of the main official courses are available
* All tree runs open

Nighta skiing operations

* Every Saturday until 24th February 2019   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Monday 11th February 2019, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Cloud, clearing up
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

Cloudy and some light snow on the mountain early on (bit of fresh up there?) but it looks like some clearer conditions are on the cards for later on.

There's a bit more light snow currently on the forecast over the next few days, but I wouldn't expect much at all. It is keeping cold though which is good for the snow conditions. (Obviously we always want a bit more snow).

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Operation info from official sources:

- All lifts operating apart from Yokokura Number 2.
- All main courses open

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 120cm
- Paradise area: 160cm
- Chuo area: 160cm
- Utopia area: 150cm
- Uwanodai area: 120cm
- Oomori area: 120cm

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Floodlit night skiing is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Daily until 3rd March 2019
Friday 8th March until Sunday 10th March 2019
Saturday 16th March 2019

In the Yokokura area:
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between until 10th March 2019

Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the upcoming dates:

February 2019: every day apart from every Tuesday
March 2019: 1st-3rd   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Monday 11th February 2019, 8:08am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
It is a very nice morning and we have received a respectable 7cm of new snow in the village which will equate to 10-15cm on the resort I think. There is little in the way of breeze and the temperature is milder than the last few days, which is good. Should be a good powder morning, but with today being a public holiday expect a bit of a queue for the lifts like there was yesterday. It is still snowing very lightly but this is not compromising the visibility.


Open lifts:
Prince Romance chair
Downhill Romance #2 chair
Downhill Romance #3 chair
Furano Ropeway

Kitanomine quad chair
Kitanomine #2 chair
Kitanomine Gondola
Link chair   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Monday 11th February 2019, 8:13am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, and getting more so
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Just a little extra snow through the day. It looked like sun earlier, but snow is definitely coming in over the top of the mountain now.

The snow has settled a lot, which is good; it was really heavy if you happened to head out into the untracked yesterday.

Super crowded at the ski resorts, which is nice to see for them.... today seems a little more restrained, but this is the last day of perhaps the best long weekend of the year.

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Akakura Kanko:
340cm, -7°

Akakura Onsen:
435cm, -4°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
270cm, -7.5°

Myoko Suginohara:
195cm, -11° (top)

Seki Onsen:
450cm, -6°

Myoko Ski Park:
350cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
400cm, -5°

Tangram Ski Circus:
260cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
300cm, -5°

Lotte Arai Resort
522cm, -4°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
200cm, -9°

   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 11th February 2019, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Overcast cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Morning!

No fresh snow overnight - just a dusting - but there was 6cm by the evening yesterday.

Popular ski resorts around Yuzawa were looking very busy yesterday! It's not often these days that you see long lines for ski lifts. Not ideal for people waiting in them perhaps, but it is good to resorts enjoying popularity. We can surely expect a busier-than-normal Monday today, but things should be getting quieter in the afternoon as lots of folk start to make their way back home.

It is a cold and icy morning, currently -4C just after 8am.

We are due more snowfall once again tomorrow. Regular... nice.

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Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Maiko Snow Resort.

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Updated: 8:30am, Monday 11th February 2019

** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information.
Information is checked manually each morning but sometimes official information is updated later than the time of these reports.

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 330cm (official snow depth)

Iwappara
- 225cm (official snow depth)

Kagura
- Unconfirmed!

Kandatsu Kogen
- 255cm (official snow depth)

Naeba
- 200cm (official snow depth)
- Please see our Naeba Now report for daily updates from Naeba

NASPA Ski Garden
- 275cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 300cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 200cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Park
- 230cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 200cm (official snow depth)

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Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma - just to the north of Yuzawa:

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Top: 280cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 220cm (official snow depth)

Joetsu Kokusai
- 310cm (official snow depth)

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 330cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 150cm (official snow depth)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- 320cm (official snow depth)

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Night time 'nighta' operations (listed in alphabetical order)

Below is information on night time floodlit skiing operations at ski resorts in the area. Subject to change due to weather and snow conditions.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Open daily until Saturday 16th March 2019
The Chuo Area is open daily for nighta
The Hatsukaishi and Kanko Areas only open for nighta over New Year and nights before holidays
4:00pm until 8:30pm

Iwappara
Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
Part of the mid and lower area of the resort
5:00pm until 8:00pm on weekdays; until 9:00pm on Saturdays

Joetsu Kokusai
Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
Area in front of the base hotel, Osawa and lower Atema
5:00pm until 9:00pm

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo (Almost) All Night' every Friday, Saturday and night before holidays until 30th March 2019
6:00pm until 4:0am the next morning

Maiko Snow Resort
Open daily 'one-coin nighta' (500 yen) until Saturday 16th March 2019
Maiko Center Quad lift in the Maiko Area
4:00pm until 8:00pm

Naeba
Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
Number 3 and 4 high speed and Number 4 romance pair lifts
4:00pm until 8:30pm

NASPA Ski Garden
NASPA extends opening for the Number 1 lift on the following dates:
19th, 26th January 2019
2nd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 23rd February 2019
Extended until 6:00pm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday until 9th March 2019
Sunday 10th February 2019
Number 2 romance pair lift
5:00pm until 8:30pm   Read more ...
 

Aizu Bandai Now!

Monday 11th February 2019, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

No fresh snowfall last night but it is keeping cold and so conditions should generally very good this morning.

It is cloudy at this moment and some sunshine will appear in the afternoon. According to the forecast, we should be getting some snow overnight tonight.

To enjoy the tree run course in Grandeco, take No. 4 lift and turn to the right when you get off the lift.

It's the last day of the three day holiday. After a busy morning things should be getting quieter from the afternoon.

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The photos for today are from Nekoma (first two) and Grandeco.

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Nekoma - lift 5/5, course 11/11 open *Closed on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28
Grandeco - lift 5/5 include one gondola, course 13/13 open
Urabandai - lift 3/3, course 3/3 open *Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Minowa - lift 3/3, course 10/11 open
Numajiri - lift 4/4, course 10/11 open
Alts Bandai - lift 8/8 include one gondola, course 25/25 open
Inawashiro - lift 8/8, course 18/18 open
Inawashiro resort - lift 4/4 include one gondola, course 9/9 open
Listel - lift 2/2, course 5/7 open
Family Bandai Bandai - lift 2/2, course 7/7 open *Only open on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays.   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Monday 11th February 2019, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

It was busy yesterday. Actually I had to go over to Myoko in the afternoon and there were a lot of people over there too. Yappari, one of the busiest mid-winter weekends of the season.

This morning there is a lot of cloud around. No snow overnight but some from during the day yesterday (which is what I am recording this morning). It is cold too so I expect some nice conditions this morning.

By this afternoon there will be less people around and then tomorrow it's back to a normal weekday.

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Planned operations for Monday 11th February 2019

Official snow depth at Madarao:

300cm

Madarao info:

All lifts plan to be open
All 31 courses should be open including tree run courses

Nighta operations at Madarao:
- Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019

Tangram Ski Circus info:

All lifts operating
All course areas open

Nighta operations at Tangram:
- Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Monday 11th February 2019, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Another 16cm of snow since my measurement yesterday morning as the snow keeps on steadily coming in.

Some very fine conditions to be enjoyed - and lots of people around to enjoy them. All should be open as normal this morning.

I don't seem to have many words in my bag this morning, so I think I'll just get myself out onto the mountain.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -10°, 13cm snowfall in the last 24hrs, calm. Moiwa 800m: -12.2°, W7.8m/s, minor cornice and snowdrift development, 10cm snowfall in last 12hrs. Mikaeri Weather Station: minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 240cm, 1150m: -12°, W15m/s, snowfall 10-20cm. Hirafu Peak: -12°, W15/ms, snowfall 20cm. Mizuno no Sawa: -13.47°, NW8.4m/s, 13cm snowfall in last 24hrs, mountain base: snow depth 174cm. Kutchan Weather Station:- 8.3°, S2.3m/s, snow depth 194cm. Suttsu Weather Station:- 5.3°, NW4.3m/s, snow depth 58cm.Cape Benkei: N10m/s, Cape Kamui: WNW8m/s, pressure 1025hPa, wave 1.7m.

There is inconsistency in the upper 15-20cm of snow pack, however the general avalanche risk is low. All peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice before going through the gates. Proceed 1 by 1 on steep slopes. Do not wait in the valley bottoms, these are the avalanche paths.

Most avalanches are caused by peoples actions, but they also occur naturally often by cornice collapse. Dont jump up and down on the top of cornices, it might break off a lot further back than you expected. Cracks are starting to appear and are difficult to see from above. Be careful falling into them.

The mountains are reset and conditions are good. Beacons and helmets are recommended but not compulsory. The skier/boarder downhill in front has right of way, be aware of your blind spots. Beware of a sudden change in weather. This information is issued to prevent accidents outside the ski areas. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Monday 11th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 370cm
- Base: 170cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts are planning operating as normal at the start of the day
- The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 270cm
- Base: 220cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts are planning operating as normal at the start of the day
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:50pm (Number 3 until 3:30pm)

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 320cm
- Base: 170cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts are planning operating as normal at the start of the day
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 320cm
- Base: 170cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts are planning operating as normal at the start of the day
- The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening

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Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Monday 11th February 2019, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Overcast cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

Well, I was most definitely getting snowed on up at Happo-one - even though I'm not finding any fresh snowfall numbers being reported by the ski resorts this morning - even for higher up. Presumably, they mean 'since last night'. I don't know. I fish that kind of information was clearer. ('Wish', even!)

Hold on, 47 seem to have been reporting 5cm by late afternoon.

OK, so back to this morning. Cloudy skies and as I said no fresh snow being reported. It is very cold which is good and visibility is fairly decent.

We're still on for some snowfall overnight tonight so I hope to bring you news of fresh numbers tomorrow.

Today is the last day of the 'long weekend'. Places were busy yesterday and lots of people will still be around this morning. We'll be back to a normal weekday tomorrow.

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Ski resort information on Monday 11th February 2019:
The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
All ski resorts in the area are currently open. Any further resort specific notes made below.

Hakuba Happo-one

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 270cm
- Usagidaira: 190cm
- Nakiyama: 130cm

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Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Toomi: 155cm
- Iimori: 110cm

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Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 275cm
- Base: 130cm

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Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 340cm
- Han-no-ki: 310cm
- Maruyama: 140cm
- Shirakaba: 255cm
- Champion: 150cm
- Oya-no-hara: 175cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 160cm

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Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 285cm
- Base: 185cm

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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Mountain Side: 200cm
- Village Side: 120cm

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 250cm

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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 215cm

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Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth:
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 120cm

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Night time skiing (nighta) at resorts in the region - weather & conditions permitting
The below 'nighta' information will not be updated every day - please check with resorts if you plan to go!

Hakuba Happo-one
Daily from 5:00pm until 9:00pm in the Nakiyama base area (Nakiyama Number 2 pair lift)
Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen

Hakuba Goryu
Daily from 6:00pm until 9:30pm in the Toomi area until 31st March
The Sky Four quad operates daily; the Number 2 pair mostly on Saturdays and holidays
Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Hakuba Cortina
Daily from 5:00pm until 8:00pm (until 9:00pm on Saturdays and certain holidays)
Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Tsugaike Kogen
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on 9th, 10th, 16th February; 2nd March
Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 11th February 2019, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Morning.

No fresh snow being reported overnight apart from 2cm from the Uenotaira area. I wasn't able to check the official numbers late afternoon so I apologise for missing those. I measured slightly over 5cm since the morning.

It is a cold and cloudy morning. Not much sign of sun, not at the moment anyway.

As expected, it was a busy day yesterday. This being the last day of the long weekend, today will be less so, especially as the day goes on.

Tomorrow we should be seeing more fresh snow falling with regular snowfall over the coming week. That sounds good to me.

If you want to check out the mostly unavailable Kandahar lift, tomorrow is your chance! That was the plan anyway, hopefully it is still going ahead. It will be open to the general public tomorrow and then only on 1st March after that.

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Monday 11th February 2019

Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday 3pm):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 2cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 320cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 280cm
- Hikage (660m): 210cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 185cm
- Karasawa (563m): 150cm

All lifts apart from the following planned to be operating:

- Kandahar pair (open for general public on 12th Feb and 1st Mar 2019)

All courses open apart from the following planned to be open:

- Grand Prix
- Kamoshika (part)
- Kandahar (open for general public on 12th Feb and 1st Mar 2019)

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Lift operation times until end of March:

Nagasaka Gondola - until 4:00pm (time of last one down)
Hikage Gondola - until 4:20pm (time of last one down)
Yamabiko Number 2 Four - until 4:10pm
Skyline connecting pair - until 4:30pm
Base lifts - until 5:00pm
Yu Road - until 5:10pm   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Monday 11th February 2019, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

A cold morning with a somewhat overcast morning. 4cm of snow from the day yesterday.

It's still busy this morning with today being a national holiday. Many will start making their way back home during the day today so it will be less busy as the day progresses.

And then there's more snow forecast for tomorrow for those staying on, or indeed arriving to start their time here.

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Official snow depth:

- 200cm

All lifts plan to be operating apart from the following (some lifts rested on weekdays):

- Daishamen romance pair lift

All courses now open apart from the following:

- Splash Bowl

Planned night-time operations:

- Daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
- 4:00pm until 8:30pm
- Courses open: Number 5
- Lifts operating: Number 5 high speed lift   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 11th February 2019, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

Brrrr, it's very cold again this morning. Right down there. The snow didn't last the whole day but there's some cm to add to the report this morning. This morning it's just cloudy, though quite bright at times. We're expecting more snow by tomorrow and over the next few days.

Last day of the 3 day weekend today. National Foundation Day, I believe it is called.

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Shiga Kogen resort info: Monday 11th February 2019

The below information is manually checked for each report.
Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.

Giant
- Official snow depth: 180cm

Hasuike
- Official snow depth: 140cm

Hoppo Bunadaira
- Official snow depth: 180cm

Higashitateyama
- Official snow depth: 200cm

Ichinose Diamond
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Ichinose Yamanokami
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Kumanoyu
- Official snow depth: 190cm

Maruike
- Official snow depth: 140cm

Nishitateyama
- Official snow depth: 190cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 240cm

Sun Valley
- Official snow depth: 150cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Tannenomori Okojo
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Terakoya
- Official snow depth: 220cm

Yakebitaiyama
- Official snow depth: 240cm

Yokoteyama
- Official snow depth: 185cm

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Planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows. Please note that separate lift tickets are required.

Ichinose Diamond
Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019
10th February 2019
Quad lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Ichinose Family
Daily until 23rd March 2019 (except Mondays and Tuesdays)
Number 2 pair B lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Kumanoyu
Every Saturday until 30th March 2019
10th February 2019
20th March 2019
Number 1 pair lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Sun Valley
Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019
10th February 2019
Number 1 quad lift
7:00pm until 9:00pm

Yakebitaiyama
Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019
10th February 2019
Number 3 high speed lift
6:00pm until 8:00pm   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Monday 11th February 2019, 10:33am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Settled, plentiful snow in the back bowls of Tenjin today. 1st rate conditions.

Snow fell all day yesterday and with the cat track closed there is a lot of very good snow to be found.

Weather is forecast to be snow showers this evening. Fingers crossed for a full reset.
   Read more ...
 

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22nd May, 9:20am
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20th May, 9:30
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08th May, 8:47am
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:19pm
Myoko Now
06th May, 9:33am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:09
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:46
Aizu Bandai Now
06th May, 8:35
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:14am
Madarao Now
06th May, 8:13am
Zao Now
06th May, 7:59
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 7:59am
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 7:12
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am

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