Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 20th April 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Clear blue spring skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Morning from Yuzawa.

I was up at Maiko yesterday morning and while the lower slopes are closing today due to the lack of snow down there, snow cover was ok up there (conditions were very much spring) and it was actually snowing for a short while. It was surprisingly cold as well. Some blue sky and sun appeared though and it ended up being a generally fine day.

This morning there's no clouds and we have blue skies over Yuzawa. Lots of sunshine. And a high temperature of around 10 degrees expected later on.

It should be getting colder from tomorrow though. Will it rain or snow? Looks like it might be borderline in town, with a good chance of snow at higher elevations.

I expect varying resort news over the next few days and week. From this morning with little snow left on the lower areas, only the Okusoeji area of Maiko will remain open and it looks like from Thursday (24th) access to the upper slopes of Ishiuchi Maruyama will be only via the Chuo base lift. I'll post any more significant news when I have it.

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Resort official snow depths (Tuesday 22nd March 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:

There are now lots of patches of ground on view showing on lower slopes around town. Some more than others. The snow situation means that some courses/areas at resorts are now closed. If you are planning on visiting, I recommended that you check with the individual resorts for their up-to-date details. You can find their websites from the links below.

Note that snow cover is not a problem higher up. There's still a lot of skiing and boarding left.

Resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:

GALA Yuzawa
110cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
From Thursday, access only via the Chuo area will be available.
90cm

Iwappara
65cm

Joetsu Kokusai
90cm

Kagura
160cm (Mitsumata)
190cm (Tashiro)
220cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen
90-115cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Just the upper Okusoeji area remains open now.
100cm (Okusoeji)

Naeba
110cm

NASPA Ski Garden
50cm

Yuzawa Kogen
100cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
55cm

Yuzawa Park
40cm

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Closing date information (as we have it) - all of course subject to change due to snow conditions!

Ishiuchi Maruyama - daily until Sunday 3rd April
Maiko Snow Resort - daily until Sunday 3rd April and then 9th/10th April
Ishiuchi Hanaoka - until Sunday 27th March (Saturday, Sunday only)
Mt Granview - until Sunday 27th March (Saturday, Sunday only)
Joetsu Kokusai - daily until Sunday 3rd April
Chateau Shiozawa - until Thursday 31st March
Muikamachi Ski Resort - daily until Sunday 3rd April
Muikamachi Hakkaisan - now closed

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List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City

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Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast
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Niseko Now!

Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky, some sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Good morning from Niseko.

No new snow to report this morning and at the moment up there it's a mix of (mostly) cloud and (some) blue sky. If anything though it feels like it will be clearing up leaving us with a fine day, with the sun starting to shine through my windows here. Forecast highs of around +4C here at base level; currently it's just under zero. It was pretty cold overnight though...

Tomorrow may well get slightly colder with that chance of light snow still on the forecast. As I said before, I wouldn't expect much from it. And then we can be pleasantly surprised if we get much from it. Come on Easter Bunny!

A quick recap:

I have observed 99cm of snowfall here at Hirafu base during the month of March so far.
Last year I observed 139cm for the whole of March 2015.
This seasons observed snowfall total (so far up until today) is standing at 976cm. Would be nice if we could hit the 10m mark!
Last seasons observed snowfall total (for the entire season) was 1144cm.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas appear to be opening as planned at the start of the day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -5℃, no snowfall, icy surface. Moiwa 838m: -5.5℃, NNW0.4m/s. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 310cm. Hirafu ridge line: -9, n snowfall and icy. Benkei cape: WSW4m/s, Kamui cape: SW13m/s, 1009hPa, 0.9m waves.

A moderate westerly wind is blowing however the airmass up high is not quite cold enough to generate snowfall. The mountain is icy but the temperature is forecasted to rise during the day and fast forward thaw below 600m elevation. The snow in the trees would soften up after 10am and will be better riding conditions. All gates are scheduled to open, listen to the patrol’s instruction before stepping out of the gates. The hazards vary depending on the season. Surface slab slides during high season are relatively easy to predict, however full depth slides and cornice falls in Spring are unpredictable. It is recommended to stay away from valley bottoms and cornices to minimize the risks. The Mikaeri cat track, which has been groomed to ease rescue operation, will be ungroomed from today in order to avoid the risk of full depth avalanches. The Niseko Rules only exist to preserve the freedom and safety of out of bounds skiing in Niseko. We demand all to respect it and to stay humble towards the mountain environment.

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Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 22nd March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 350cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 340cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 360cm
Base - 130cm

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Night time floodlit skiing ('nighta') has now finished for the season.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Good morning from Hakuba.

The clouds of early morning yesterday gradually went during the day - some fine cloud scenery going on at times though! - and leaving us with some very fine blue skies and sunshine by mid-afternoon.

It was cold last night and this morning we are enjoying clear blue skies all around - it's a beauty. It may be a chilly start to the day but we're expecting a bit of a warm up in the sunshine with temps perhaps rising to perhaps 10C.

Tomorrow should be colder and we are expecting some snowfall (at least) on the mountains at higher elevations. Just what might happen down to base village level, I'll let you know... forecasts seem to say rain<>wet snow.

There's still some snow forecast at times through until the weekend so let's see if nature will be kind and give us a last taste of fresh this season.

I'll try to keep track on what is open and what is not open each morning. Updates as always for individual resorts below.

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6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one

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Resort news as of 8:30am on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
All courses at Hakuba 47 remain open.
The Tree Riding Zone is closed.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 180cm
Base: 70cm

Hakuba Goryu:
All courses open apart from Snow Diving, Adventure, Cosmo River, Sunny Way and Straight Whisky.
The Toomi area will be open until 9:30pm tonight for 'nighta'.
Official snow depth
Alps: 234cm
Toomi: 100cm
Iimori: 40cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Happo Banks and Kurobishi Off Piste Area closed this morning.
The lower Kokusai, Shirakaba North and Central Course areas are closed; other sections of the lower areas are only part available due to insufficient snow.
Upper mountain remains all open.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 150cm
Nakiyama: 35cm
Sakka: 5cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Courses that remain open: Ikenota, Ikenota Forest, Mt Hieda Forest, Mt Hieda 1, Itadaira, Ipponmatsu.
Nighta has now finished for the season.
Official snow depth:
Top: 140cm
Base: 62cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All courses open except: part of Uma-no-se and Champion area.
The top Tsugaike Ropeway is now open for spring season (extra charge required).
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 208cm
Maruyama: 45cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 30cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Just the 5 line and Gondola lifts remain open.
Open courses: by1, Sunny Valley (part), Paradise (part), View C, View D, North, East, Sawa, Hilltop, South, Gezan
Official snow depth:
Upper: 90cm
Lower: 20cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Closed courses: Kamoshika, Highway, Snake, Expert, Skyview and lower part of Satomi Ridge.
Official snow depth:
55cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Sanosaka has now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Good morning.

Just a very slight dusting of snow this morning, and a cloudy start to the day.

Back to a normal weekday and I see now that the Karamatsu and Zao Paradise lifts are now officially closed for the season.

There looks to be a chance of some snow overnight tonight as things get a bit colder once again. Wouldn't expect much though.

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Information as of Tuesday 22nd March 2016 (subject to change)

Lifts closed for the season:
Karamatsu
Zao Paradise Number 3 pair

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 70cm
Chuo: 100cm
Paradise: 90cm
Uwanodai: 40cm

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From today, 'spring season' lift tickets will be available:

4 hours - 3500 yen (500 yen cheaper than main season)
5 hours - 3700 yen (800 yen cheaper than main season)
1 day adult - 4100 yen (900 yen cheaper than main season)
1 day senior - 3800 yen (600 yen cheaper than main season)

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Clear skies and sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 30cm
Good morning from Nozawa, and what a fine morning it is too.

Yesterday was fun with a bit of fresh snow to play in up top.

Clear blue skies all around and the sun out and looking pretty genki too.

It was actually pretty cold last night (well it felt it to me) and this morning at 7:15am the resort is reporting a temperature of -8C on the top Yamabiko area. Down here at village currently it's around 0C though it should be warming up a bit today in the sun (high of +10C forecast for village).

Tomorrow will be colder than today and we have rain/sleet forecast for base but hopefully it'll be snowing up top - and there's snow on the forecast through Friday. It'll be interesting to see what we can get out of it. There's every chance that this will be the last snowfall of the season.

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Until Friday 25th March, the Yamabiko B Course will be closed to the general public as it is going to be used for a competition event.

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Official info at time of writing on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 130cm
Uenotaira: 60cm
Hikage: 30cm
Nagasaka: 10cm
Karasawa: 0cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 0cm
Uenotaira: 0cm
Hikage: 0cm
Nagasaka: 0cm
Karasawa: 0cm

The following courses are closed:

Skyline
Paradise connection
Schneider
Utopia Course 2
Kurokura
Ushikubi
Grand Prix
Jumping
Hachiman
Mukoubayashi
Kandahar West
Kandahar East
Kamoshika
Tanuki
Usagi
Karasawa

Lifts planned to be rested today:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Kandahar pair
Hikage Number 2 pair A line
Karasawa pair

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Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Bluebird - no clouds! Sunshine!
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Good morning from a sunny Shiga Kogen.

Not a cloudy in the sky this morning.

It was cold last night though and while we are set to see a warmer day today it has been a cold start.

I'm still intrigued by the forecast that we have for tomorrow through Friday. Just how much snow might we get falling up here? It's not often I have wanted the forecasts to be right this season, but I want it this time!

For now though it's a beautiful morning to be outside. And that's where I am heading!

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Spring season dates for Shiga Kogen resort areas (subject to change):

Sun Valley
Both Sun Valley lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Maruike
The Number 1 triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Number 2 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March.

Hasuike
The triple lift and ropetow plan to be operating until Sunday 27th March.

Giant
The pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Higashitateyama
The Gondola plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Bunadaira
The Hoppo quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Bunadaira quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March (* closed on 22nd and 23rd March).

Takamagahara Mammoth
The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 11th April until 28th April).
The triple lift plans to be operating until Thursday 31st March.
The pair lift plans to be operating until Thursday 31st March (* Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only in March).

Nishitateyama
The Nishitateyama lifts plan to be operating until Thursday 31st March.

Tannenomori Okojo
The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.

Ichinose Family
The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Ichinose Number 2 pair A lift plans to be operating until Thursday 31st March.
The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Ichinose Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March (* closed Tuesdays).

Terakoya
The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 4th April until 28th April).

Ichinose Diamond
The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 4th April until 28th April).
The Ichinose Diamond triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March (* Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).

Ichinose Yamanokami
The Ichinose Yamanokami plans to be open until late March, depending on snow conditions.

Yakebitaiyama
Currently details are unconfirmed.

Okushiga Kogen
The Okushiga Kogen Number 1 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3 and 4 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Okushiga Kogen Number 6 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 24th April.
The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.

Kumanoyu
The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April; and then on 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th April and from 29th April until 8th May.

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge
The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May (and perhaps beyond depending on snow conditions).
The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Thursday 5th May.
The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (and perhaps beyond depending on snow conditions).

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6 day snow and weather forecasts:

Ichinose Family 6-day snow and weather forecast
Okushiga Kogen 6-day snow and weather forecast
Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Beautiful blue skies out there this morning.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Good morning from Naeba everyone. Well today looks like it's going to be a hot one with a temperature of +2 being recorded in the base area as of 0900.

Conditions have unfortunately started to become highly end of season like with more and more patches of grass beginning to show through. Conditions are still ride-able however as long as caution is attached.

The weather for the coming week is supposedly snow starting as from tonight and then turning to rain tomorrow morning. After that though we're supposed to get light snow every day until Sunday.

Naeba 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Clear skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 70cm
A bit more of a dusting yesterday but this morning the skies are clear and we have blue skies all around.

The mountain is looking beautiful and the groomers inviting.

While it was cold overnight and a chilly early morning it's going to warm up during today, perhaps as high as around 7C, before dropping again for tomorrow when the forecast shows colder conditions and... snow!

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Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Madarao Kogen

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Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Thursday 31st March.
Tangram Ski Circus plans to be open until Sunday 3rd April.   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 9:27am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 195cm
Good morning from Grandeco.

In it is a cold spring morning here.

The Gondola, Lift 1 and 4 are now in service and all lifts are scheduled to open today, course surfaces are generally hard packed and groomed in the morning.

The snowboard park is re-making some items from today - some new features will be added and it'll be open again from 1st April.

The forecast still shows some snow from tomorrow so hopefully we might get some fresh on the runs this week. Fingers crossed.


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Lifts operating:

All lifts operating

Courses open:

All courses open except [H] Center 33

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Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco

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Ski resorts around Mt. Bandai are announcing their planned closing dates:

Alts Bandai / Urabandai ski resorts - until 27th March.

After 27th, resorts that remain open in the region will be Grandeco, Nekoma and Minowa.

Nekoma will be closed between 19th-21th and 26th-28 Apr but these resorts all plan to be open until 5th May ---- but whether they can do that or not will totally depend on the snow levels of course, which are less than usual and less than expected. We'll just have to see how things develop over the coming weeks.

The following resorts are now closed:

Listel Ski Fantasia
Numajiri
Inawashiro resort
Inawashiro
Minero    Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Bluebird/clear
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 170cm
A pleasant day abounds in Furano with some nice blue sky and sunshine. Temperatures are pretty cold this morning and there is a light breeze which should keep you from overheating on the slopes. There has been 2cm of fresh snow overnight.

Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season and night skiing has also finished. From today onwards it is just the Furano Zone operating.

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Minakami Now!

Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 10:30am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Possibly one of the finest Spring days we'll see here this morning with not a breath of wind or cloud in the sky and still a 120cm base up at Tenjin after a long weekend of volatile weather.

The rain predicted never really eventuated but there were plenty of snow and graupel flurries and it was generally windy and cold.

While the village really warmed up yesterday the mountain was clouded over until late afternoon. The pack is holding up well and just needs to get us through the Minakami vibes event scheduled for April 2nd and 3rd. A photo of the planned bowl has just been released and it looks rad to say the least.

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Resorts in Minakami:

Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Oana
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
White Valley

The following resorts are now closed for the season:
- Oana
- Akazawa
- White Valley
- Okutone Snow Park

Tenjin is open, other resorts are either part of mostly open.

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Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast
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Myoko Now!

Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 10:35am
Weather conditions: Blue skies out there
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Another really sunny day today, and warm as well - not as high as last week, but spring is here.

It was pretty nice yesterday, with that little bit of fresh snow sticking to the trees and making the hills beautifully white. But today the snow is continuing its fast retreat; there's a lot of bare spots out there, if not yet too bad on the mountain.

But, looking at those snow depth figures, things are going to be marginal pretty soon here. We're already seeing some closed courses; Suginohara has only two lifts running, and some runs are out.

I also see at the Japan Meteorological Agency website that there's a dry air advisory for most of Niigata, which is definitely not something we want to see! Just watch that water vapor getting pulled out of the snow....

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Akakura Kanko:
-1° / 150cm

Akakura Onsen:
-3° (earlier) / 140cm

Ikenotaira Onsen:
2° / 70cm

Myoko Suginohara:
2° / 70cm Gondola and No. 2 lifts only

Seki Onsen:
3° / 250cm

Myoko Ski Park:
2° / 100cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
3° / 150cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
-3° / 80cm Main lifts running

Madarao Kogen:
-3° / 70cm Main lifts running

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Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 11:05am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Good morning from Appi.

Well it’s another iffy day here. I woke to gusty winds, rain and snow falling. Not a great combination but it’s here nonetheless. Todays forecast calls for much of the same but hopefully the winds may die down late this evening and provide us with a decent amount of snow. Lets hope it stays around for a few days if it comes at all.

The next few days are all over the map again with the forecast changing on an hourly basis. My guess would be more clouds, wind and maybe a little snow. I know it’s not much to go with but honesty is the best policy. At least we’ll be in the minus zone as far as the temperature goes meaning not too much slush to contend with.

As far as the gondola, lift and open runs go that’s not good news either. Currently the Main Gondola, Sailer and Second Gondola are suspended. I would assume it’s due to the high winds but we did have some rock fall on a few of the runs due to the unstable conditions which hve affected some of the runs too. There’s no real way to get to the summit as of now but at least the T bar is operating on the North side and the Sailer Quad if you were lucky enough to get stuck over there. I really hope conditions improve especially for the kids who are coming to take part in the 10th National School Kids Alpine event which starts tomorrow and goes till Friday.

Bundle up if you’re heading out.

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6 day forecast for Appi Kogen:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Appi Kogen   Read more ...
 

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20th Apr, 9:09am
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20th Apr, 8:38
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20th Apr, 8:05am
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20th Apr, 7:59
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20th Apr, 7:26
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19th Apr, 9:31am
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19th Apr, 9:10
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19th Apr, 7:50
Minakami Now
15th Apr, 10:40
Myoko Now
15th Apr, 8:36am
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31st Mar, 14:24
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31st Mar, 11:45
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am

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