Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 30th May 2021

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 3rd May 2021, 7:20am
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

We were on the receiving end of more rain yesterday in the afternoon. It has been very strange weather for Golden Week so far, but hopefully we might get to enjoy a few days of more settled and clearer skies today and tomorrow. Though it won't be as warm as we usually expect. A high of around just 14C is forecast for down here in the village today.

I almost forgot to mention: the ski area is actually reporting 3cm of fresh snow at Yamabiko and 2cm at Uenotaira. (I have added those to the total numbers below). The snow is looking freshly white and the trees at Yamabiko are looking nice and frosted too on the webcam image, as you can see below).

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All base areas are now closed, so you need to get the gondola back down from the runs that remain open.

Lifts open today (planned):
Nagasaka Gondola, two Yamabiko quad lifts, Uenotaira quad

Courses open today (planned):
Yamabiko A, B, C, D, E; Kokenashi, Uenotaira
Some restrictions on Kokenashi B course

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Monday 3rd May 2021

Official snow depth numbers (reported by the ski area):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 80cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 50cm
- Hikage (660m): -cm
- Nagasaka (615m): -cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Planned closing date:

- Nozawa Onsen plans to be open until Sunday 9th May


TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION SO FAR (UPPER AREAS)

Yamabiko (1407m)1186cm
Uenotaira (1230m)1173cm
[Original daily numbers published by Nozawa Onsen and compiled by Nozawa Now reporter for SnowJapan]


The ‘total snowfall accumulation so far’ table above shows the amount of snowfall that has been reported on the upper areas of Nozawa Onsen. The numbers used are reported each day by Nozawa Onsen. They are manually updated for this report with any new snowfall reported by the resort. This table was first introduced in this report, including a longer explanation

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Yuzawa Now!

Monday 3rd May 2021, 7:45am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

After a fairly decent start to the day, it felt more like winter than Golden Week yesterday afternoon and evening. We've had some pretty nasty weather over the last few days.

The good we can take from yesterday is that it was actually snowing up at Kagura in the afternoon, and this morning they are reporting 3cm of fresh snow.

There's some rain lingering in the wider region early today but the roads are dry in Yuzawa. It's mostly cloudy but we might get more sun during the day and tomorrow looks likely to be sunny from the start. It might even get quite warm again...

Kagura is saying that their Number 1 quad is on hold due to quite strong winds and there might be disruption to the Tashiro Area also. GALA Yuzawa appears to be opening as planned.

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Individual ski area information: Monday 3rd May 2021
The below information is checked with official sources and updated manually every day. Subject to change.

GALA Yuzawa
GALA Yuzawa is part open
The Gondola, Barouche and Victoria lifts are operating
The Entertainment, Edelweiss, Gigi, Broadway and Swan courses remain open
The 'Yuki Asobi Park' and Snow Park are both open
All other courses are now closed
GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until Wednesday 5th May
Official snow depth:
60cm

Kagura
Kagura is part open
12 of 23 courses are available
10 lifts are operating
The Kagura Area (via Mitsumata) plans to be open until Sunday 23rd May
The Tashiro Area plans to be open until Wednesday 5th May

Official snow depth:
Top: 170cm
Base: 30cm

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All other ski areas in the region are now closed for the season.

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Photos:

Kagura
GALA Yuzawa (3)
Yuzawa Kogen (2)
NASPA Ski Garden
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Route 17 (Yuzawa IC exit)

Note about photos:
Kagura and GALA Yuzawa remain open, but the other ski areas shown in the daily photos are now closed for the season

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Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 3rd May 2021, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Quick report this morning: it's not looking like the planned lifts (Gondola and Central Number 4 lift) are going to be moving this morning due to strong winds on the mountain.

Tomorrow should be clearer with the sun forecast.

Last report of the season on Wednesday, the last day of the season.   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Monday 3rd May 2021, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

The good news! 3cm of snow being reported this morning by Hirafu and I can believe that. It's pretty cold and it looks like it might be snowing looking up there.

Down here at base it's raining, kind of sleet in places as you gradually go higher. Hopefully wind won't be an issue and lifts can be opening as planned.

I think tomorrow I might be able to tell you that things are brighter and a little warmer.

Two more days to go after today. Heads up - the report tomorrow will be earlier than usual and my last report of the season on Wednesday will be later than usual!

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Planned ski area operations: Monday 3rd May 2021

The below information is manually checked each morning from official sources.
The numbers in brackets show the change in the official snow depth numbers since the previous report.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 3cm
- Base: 0cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 320cm (-10cm)
- Base: 0cm (-0cm)

Ski lifts & courses (planned):
- Ace Number 2 Center 4
- King Number 3 quad
- King Number 4 single
- Detour for beginners, Shirakaba, Center, Large, Rinkan, Jumbo and Dynamic courses remain open
- All other courses are now closed including base areas
- You need to get the lift back down to base

Open until (planned):
- Wednesday 5th May

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Niseko Annupuri

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 0cm
- Base: 0cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 180cm (-10cm)
- Base: 20cm (-10cm)

Ski lifts & courses (planned):
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 4 pair
- 8 courses remain open (Champion, Utopia, Silver, S-ji, Shirakaba, Paradise, Family, Junior)

Open until (planned):
- Wednesday 5th May

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The Niseko HANAZONO and Niseko Village ski areas are now closed for the season

Night skiing has now finished for the season
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Geto Kogen Now!

Monday 3rd May 2021, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud and...
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning.

Not great weather to end the season. While it's unseasonably chilly, it's also unseasonably wet.

Hopefully tomorrow will be clearer - looks like it should be.

Last few days of the season. Just the Gondola operating now.

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Official snow depth ('groomed depth', as reported by the ski area):

Top: 178cm
Base: 30cm

Planned operating lifts:

Number 1 Gondola

Planned open courses (subject to change):

Main courses:

- A1-A6, B1, B3, C1-C3 open

Tree Run courses:

- All tree run courses now closed

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Hakuba Now!

Monday 3rd May 2021, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Yesterday afternoon there was rain at base but some snow falling higher up. And this morning fresh snow is being reported on upper areas (none in lower areas):

Tsugaike Kogen: 10cm
Happo-one: 2-3cm
Hakuba Goryu: 1cm

Nice to see that. It might not mean too much in the big picture, but better than 0cm!

This morning there's lots of cloud and some blue sky. Hopefully we'll get more of that sun during the day.

Early morning the lifts at Happo-one are not opening as planned due to wind. They seem to be making a decision by 9am. Many times this happens and they get going a little later but they are saying there's a possibility that they might not be able to open; fingers crossed they can.

Tomorrow looks like it will be a clear day. Perhaps almost Golden Week-y!

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Individual ski area data: Monday 3rd May 2021
The below information is checked from official sources and manually adjusted each morning.

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts (planned):
- Grat quad
- Alpen quad
- Adam Gondola
- Panorama pair
- Kurobishi Number 2 quad
- Kurobishi Number 3 pair

Open courses (planned):
- Riesen Grat
- Kurobishi
- Usagidaira
- Panorama (some restrictions)
- Base runs all closed - you need to get the Gondola back down to base

Reported snowfall:
- Kurobishi: 3cm
- Usagidaira: 2cm
- Nakiyama: 0cm

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 110cm
- Usagidaira: 43cm
- Nakiyama: 0cm

Planned closing date:
- Sunday 9th May

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Hakuba 47

Operating lifts (planned):
- Gondola
- Line AB pair
- Line C quad
- Line E pair

Open courses (planned):
- All main courses apart from R-1 and R-7 remain open
- Base runs all closed - you need to get the Gondola back down to base

Reported snowfall:
- Summit: 0cm
- Base: 0cm

Official snow depth:
- Top: 65cm
- Base: 0cm

Planned closing date:
- Wednesday 5th May

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Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts (planned):
- Planned operating lifts:
- Goryu Telecabin (gondola)
- Alps Number 1 pair
- Alps Number 3 pair
- Alps Number 2/4 pair

Open courses (planned):
- Panorama
- Grand Prix
- Technical
- Super
- Base runs all closed - you need to get the Gondola back down to base

Reported snowfall:
- Upper: 1cm
- Iimori: 0cm

Official snow depth:
- Upper: 95cm
- Iimori: 0cm

Planned closing date:
- Wednesday 5th May

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Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts (planned):
- Gondola
- Han-no-ki pair
- Tsuga Number 2 pair

Open courses (planned):
- Tsuga-no-mori
- Han-no-ki
- Base runs all closed - you need to get the Gondola back down to base

Reported snowfall:
- Summit: 10cm

Official snow depth:
- Top: 95cm
- Base: 0cm

Planned closing date:
- Wednesday 5th May


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Other ski areas in the region are now closed


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Total snowfall accumulation on upper areas:

TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION SO FAR (UPPER AREAS)
* Numbers reported by ski areas

Hakuba 47832cm
Hakuba Cortina915cm
Hakuba Goryu1083cm
Hakuba Happo-one867cm
Tsugaike Kogen985cm


The 'total snowfall accumulation' data shown in the table is the total amount of snowfall that the ski areas have themselves reported from the upper areas of their resort since the beginning of the season. We manually check and update this official data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report. Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We have no control over the data. Just to be extra clear, unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data from base that we show at the top of each report, the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan.


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Photos (below):

- Hakuba 47
- Hakuba Happo-one
- Hakuba Goryu
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 3rd May 2021, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Shiga Kogen.

Fresh snow in Golden Week! It has been really odd weather these last few days but the most important thing to say is that I can see fresh snow. And it's actually pretty cold.

Kumanoyu and Yakebitaiyama don't seem to be reporting the fresh stuff, but I have just measured 3cm and there is more than that in places. Though the main roads are clear. I imagine this will be the last snow of the season but it has given us a brief 'fresh' look which is always great to see.

The following ski areas are part open:

- Kumanoyu
- Yokoteyama / Shibutoge
- Terakoya
- Okushiga Kogen
- Ichinose Family
- Takamagahara Mammoth
- Yakebitaiyama

They plan to keep going until Wednesday.

Fine weather is forecast for tomorrow.

Kumanoyu and Yokoteyama plan to remain open beyond that date. I'll update you on the situation later in the week.

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Official reported snow depths:

Note: there are some temporary changes to operations at some ski areas at the moment. If you are visiting be sure to check at the start of the day to get the most up to date information

Ichinose Family:
90cm

Kumanoyu:
100cm

Okushiga Kogen:
95cm

Yakebitaiyama:
90cm

Yokoteyama:
130cm

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The ski areas of Shiga Kogen not mentioned in the above list are now closed for the season.

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The section of road (Route 292) connecting the southern area of Shiga Kogen - from Yokoteyama onwards - with Gunma Prefecture has re-opened.

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Photos today:

- Okushiga Kogen
- Takamagahara
- Hasuike Junction
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Kiroro Now!

Monday 3rd May 2021, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Heavy cloud and...
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
May 3rd feels like the middle of February here in Kiroro this morning with 15cm of fresh snow falling over the last 24 hours at base level. It is quite heavy and wet snow but should be drier and fluffier at higher elevations. A treat for Golden Week guests and those season pass holders making the most of the final few days of the winter season.

Sleet is currently falling at base level. I imagine that is snow higher up.

It is scheduled to continue lightly snowing/drizzling today before clearing up for tomorrow and Wednesday, the final two days of the season.

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Official snow depths:

Peak: 190cm
Base: 10cm

Planned closing date:

Kiroro plans to be open until Wednesday 5th May

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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Shiga Kogen Now
30th May, 8:56am
Niseko Now
25th May, 14:32pm
Yuzawa Now
23rd May, 8:47am
Furano Now
09th May, 16:56pm
Hakuba Now
09th May, 10:50am
Nozawa Onsen Now
09th May, 8:12am
Kiroro Now
06th May, 13:52pm
Myoko Now
05th May, 13:16pm
Madarao Now
05th May, 9:26am
Geto Kogen Now
05th May, 7:45
Zao Now
05th May, 7:41
Appi Kogen Now
05th May, 7:40
Aizu Bandai Now
19th Feb, 12:28
Minakami Now
13th Jan, 10:10am
Naeba Now
27th Nov, 11:21am

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