Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Madarao Now!

Saturday 29th March 2014, 7:48am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
3 days to go! Yes, it's Saturday morning and Madarao's last day of the season is Monday, March 31st.

After a bit of cool, it warmed up again yesterday and it should be warm as well today. Unfortunately rain is likely tomorrow but fingers crossed the sun will be back for the last day of the season on Monday.

Lots of snow left, all runs open!


Operating lifts (planned):

Number 1
Number 2
Number 3A
Number 2 quad
Number 5
Super quad
Number 11
Number 12
Number 13
Number 15
Moving walkway
Kids Park


All tree run courses should be open.

Nighta has finished for the season.
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Furano Now!

Saturday 29th March 2014, 7:53am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Nice spring day but that rain we had last night won't help our conditions today with it melting the snow and thawing.
Best to stay up top and avoid the bottom slush.
We are expecting more rain tomorrow so today might be the best day of the two.


Operating lifts:

Furano Ropeway 9:00am-4:00pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 CLOSED
Downhill Romance #2 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Prince Romance 9:00am- 4:00pm

Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course.
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Niseko Now!

Saturday 29th March 2014, 7:58am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 140cm
As yesterday, there's quite a lot of fog around this morning. Here's hoping we don't get the wind and eventually the rain that we got last night again today!

We shouldn't as the forecast is actually for a day of sun, so perhaps it will clear up. Later on tomorrow there's still some rain/possibly snow higher up on the forecast and it still looks set to be colder than it has been.

Some lifts are resting for the season now including the following:

Grand Hirafu - Ace Number 1, Ace Number 4, King Number 1, King Number 2 Quad
Niseko Village - Morino Chair
Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 3, Family Pair


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: +3C, no snowfall, overcast. Moiwa peak: no data. Annpuri peak 1308m: NW12.1m/s, 0.7C. Coastal data: cape Benkei W 4m/s, cape Kamui: SSW 10m/s, 2.2m waves, 1010hPa. Annpuri resort 1000m snowpack 370cm. Hirafu resort 1000m 6C, no snowfall, light rain at night.

Spring slide hazard is rising due to continuing high temperature. A mid-scale slide has occurred at 900m Backbowl and reached the bottom of the valley. Day before yesterday, a slide occurred under Hirafu center 4 lift’s post no 5 & 6, 80m width, 150m long and 200cm thick. Caution is required at cliff areas, under lift lines and side banks. Avalanches are natural phenomenon and won’t become an accident as long as nobody is involved. Large-scale spring avalanches are to be expected in Backbowl and Osawa’s1100m slopes with large snowdrifts deposit. These slides have occurred in the past, they run for a long distance in high-speed. Riding the bottom of the valleys is dangerous. Lower Higashi-one and Mikaeri sawa are equally hazardous. The mountain is shifting to Spring, however the weather is variable and wind remains strong up high. Peak gates will open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of the gates. Have a nice weekend.


Official snow depth numbers at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 350cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 360cm
Base - 160cm

Top - 350cm
Base - 170cm
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Minakami Now!

Saturday 29th March 2014, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 380cm
Another sunny start to the day with blue skies above and heading for a high of 15 deg C. Tomorrow looks like rain for most of the day so make the most of the weather today.

The remainder of the week looking warm until next weekend when temps drop and we may get some fresh snow.


380cm @ Tenjin
30m @ valley
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Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 29th March 2014, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 175cm
As totally expected, it was a very warm day yesterday in the region with the sun shining down and doing a lot of melting. A fine day to be out sliding down the spring snow though. This morning the sun is out again and we're headed for a high of about 15 degrees in town.

Not quite as warm tomorrow but rain is very probable --- and we're still excited about the prospect of some fresh snow in the higher mountains (don't expect anything more than wet rain in town!)

It's the last few days for a few skijo in the area - as noted in the lists below. After that a few places open for another week or so and then we have the higher resorts that remain open into May.


Here's the latest on when Yuzawa skijo intend to be open until:

Until 31st March:
Yuzawa Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa

Until 1st April:
Yuzawa Park

Until 6th April:
Yuzawa Nakazato
Nakazato Snow Wood
NASPA Ski Garden

Until 6th May:
Naeba (weekends only from 7th April)
GALA Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro)

Until 25th May:
Kagura (Mitsumata)


Here's the latest on when Minamiuonuma skijo intend to be open until:

until 30th March:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Mt Granview (weekends only)
Muikamachi Ski Resort

Until 31st March:
Chateaux Shiozawa

Until 6th April:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Maiko Snow Resort - but open again on 12th/13th April
Joetsu Kokusai

(Muikamachi Hakkaisan closed on 23rd March)


Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 29th March 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
190cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 29th March 2014, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Sunny, blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 90cm
The sun is out and it's going to be another warm day in Hakuba.

A bit less warm tomorrow and rain on the forecast, though still I see snow mentioned for high elevations with the freezing point set to drop below 1500m. It's going to be interesting to see if we get anything out of that.

For now though, a very fine sunny day for spring skiing and boarding.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 29th March 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 230cm
Toomi - 90cm
Iimori - 50cm

Hakuba 47:
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 180cm
Lower - 40cm

Plans to be open until early May.
Usagidaira - 195cm
Nakiyama - 35cm
Sakka - 35cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until early May.
Tsuganomori - 280cm
Maruyama - 70cm
Kanenonaruoka - 120cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Plans to be open until 6th April.
Upper - 275cm
Lower - 155cm

Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuba Norikura plan to be open until 31st March.


Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Minekata are already closed.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 29th March 2014, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Sunny, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 135cm
Welcome to the weekend and it's going to be another warm spring ski day here in Nozawa.

Today is going to be the better of the two weekend days as the forecast remains for rain tomorrow. Can it snow on the upper slopes later on in the day?

From Monday, lift ticket prices get a bit cheaper - for example a one day adult ticket is reduced from 4600 yen to 3500 yen; a one day child ticket is reduced from 2100 yen to 1500 yen. No word yet on any particular lift/course plans, so for now I am presuming that they'll stay open as they have been. There's still good snow cover, so no need to be shutting off areas just yet... I'll let you know when there's more info there.


Saturday 29th March 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 320cm
Uenotaira - 250cm
Hikage - 135cm
Nagasaka - 130cm
Karasawa - 80cm

All lifts operating except:
Hikage Number 2 pair A

All courses open except:
Grand Prix
Kandahar West   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 29th March 2014, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Morning from Shiga Kogen and it's a sunny start to the day and following on from yesterday another day of sun and warmth is forecast.

It should be cooler tomorrow but unfortunately we'll pay for that with rain even up here; though the forecasts on the site here do say that overnight Sunday into Monday we might get some snowfall! Probably best to not expect it and just be happy with the bonus if it happens.

Quite a few people about this morning - I suspect that this weekend and next weekend will be the last for a few people and once the spring holidays are over it will be very quiet for the last few weeks.

Of course quite a few areas will be closing for the season anyway come the end of tomorrow...


Until 31st March

Until 31st March

Until 31st March

Until 31st March

Sun Valley:
Number 2 lift - closed
Number 3 lift - until 31st March
Number 1 lift - until 6th April

Number 8 quad lift - until 3rd April and then 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th April; 26th April until 6th May

Until 6th April

Happo Bunadaira:
Bunadaira quad - until 31st March
Happo quad - until 6th April

Ichinose Diamond:
Diamond triple lift - until 4th April
Diamond quad lift - until 6th April; then on weekends and 26th April until 6th May.
Connecting - until 31st March

Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Number 2 Pair A - until 31st March
Ichinose Number 3 quad - until 31st March
Ichinose Number 2 Pair B - until 6th May
Ichinose quad - until 6th May

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Until 6th April and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May

Quad lift - until 31st March and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Pair lift - until 31st March and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May

Number 3 pair lift - until 31st March
Quad lift - until 6th April and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Triple lift - until 6th April and then weekdays until 25th April; and then 3rd-6th May

Until 31st March

Okushiga Kogen:
Number 6 pair lift - until 30th March
Number 1 pair lift - until 6th April
Number 4 pair lift - until 6th April and then 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May
Number 2 and 3 pair lifts - until 6th May
Gondola - until 6th May

Yakebitaiyama, Yokoteyama and Kumanoyu are yet to announce details.
Yokoteyama is usually able to remain open until late May.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 29th March 2014, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Sun, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
It's a fine morning in Zao as the fine spring weather continues. Maybe not for much longer th backough as we have something of a storm on the way for tomorrow though rain is looking more likely than snow, but we can always hope for some fresh up top.

Early week though it should clear up again and we'll be back to clearer skies and warming up again by the middle of the week.

Zao is expected to be quite busy this weekend.


Operating ski lifts at Zao (* subject to change):

Until 6th April:
Onsen Number 1 Pair
Onsen Number 1 Quad
Nakamoro Number 1 Triple
Mikaeri Pair

Sometime in April:
Yokokura Number 1 Pair
Kurohime Number 1 Quad

Until 6th May:
Ropeways and Gondolas (open through the year)
Chuo Number 1 Pair AB
Chuo Number 2 Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then holidays)
Katakai Triple (every day until 14th April, then holidays)
Paradise Pair AB
Utopia Number 2 Pair


Official snow depths (29th March 14):
Utopia: 260cm
Chuo: 250cm
Paradise: 250cm
Uwanodai: 150cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 29th March 2014, 11:28am
Weather conditions: Sunny (some high, thin clouds gathering at the moment)
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
Starting the last weekend with all the ski areas open; spring has really hit, and we're just watching the snow slowly retreat.

Lots of good snow out there, though, and nice weather to enjoy it today. Sunny, pleasant temperatures and just some very light breezes.

Tomorrow doesn't look so good, though, with rain, and maybe even a little snow late in the day, possible. I think you know when to go out....


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:
Spring operations: Currently all lifts except Champion No. 1 are operating. From this weekend the Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out. Spring rates from March 24 are adults ¥2,500, junior high students and seniors ¥2,000, kids ¥1,500.

Akakura Onsen:
Open until Sunday 30th March; no night skiing.

Planning to stay open until Sunday 6th April.

Myoko Suginohara:
Back in the game until the 30th; gondola and No. 2 lifts operating.

Seki Onsen:
Says it hopes to stay open until mid-May—at least for Golden Week, snow allowing.

Myoko Ski Park:
Open until Sunday 6th April.

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun
Closing Monday, March 31.


Tangram Ski Circus
Running the No. 3 lift only from March 31 until April 6.   Read more ...

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08th May, 8:47am
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07th May, 19:19pm
Myoko Now
06th May, 9:33am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:09
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06th May, 8:46
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06th May, 8:16
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06th May, 8:13am
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06th May, 7:59
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