Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 18th May 2019

Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 9th February 2019, 7:42am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 27cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning on this first day of the long weekend.

And another good one with 27cm of snow to report to you after snow yesterday. Unfortunately the gondola was stopped due to the wind and we might have to look out for a similar story today with snow and windy conditions likely.

Just cloud and maybe some clearer skies currently on the forecast for tomorrow.

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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 normally rested on 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 ...
 

Furano Now!

Saturday 9th February 2019, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was a very cold day and today the chilly weather continues. It was -24c in Furano a short time ago and will head up to a high of around -10c by lunch time. It is a partly cloudy day. The sun has just come out and is hitting the village and warming things up a little. I am reporting 5cm of new snow, none from today, this amount fell yesterday but I wasn't able to post a report. The day ahead looks calm in terms of wind.


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 ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 9th February 2019, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

Temperatures remain low this morning, it is a cold start to the day. There was some light snow falling earlier on but that has eased off now and it's a generally cloudy and fairly calm morning.

Hoping for some fresh snow tonight.

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Shiga Kogen resort info: Saturday 9th 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: 185cm

Maruike
- Official snow depth: 140cm

Nishitateyama
- Official snow depth: 190cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 250cm

Sun Valley
- Official snow depth: 150cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Tannenomori Okojo
- Official snow depth: 180cm

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 ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 9th February 2019, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Snow most of the day yesterday which was good to see and I cleared away 15cm of snow last night and there's 1cm more there this morning.

Kagura this morning are reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall and Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 5-10cm.

This morning it is generally cloudy over the region.

Sounds like it is going to be snowing in Tokyo this morning. Heavy snow alert! 5cm! Here in Snow Country we can have a bit of a laugh at such a small amount, but if you're not prepared for it or used to it, just a bit of snow can cause big problems. This weekend is one of the most popular of the season because Monday is a national holiday. The weather conditions in the capital region may well put some people off being away for the weekend... Take care everyone.

Hopefully more fresh snow tonight and snow falling tomorrow too.


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Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, Yuzawa Kogen and Maiko Snow Resort.

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Updated: 8:00am, Saturday 9th 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
- 300cm (official snow depth)

Iwappara
- 215cm (official snow depth)

Kagura
- Unconfirmed!

Kandatsu Kogen
- 245cm (official snow depth)

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

NASPA Ski Garden
- 240cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 280cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 180cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Park
- 195cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 180cm (official snow depth)

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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Top: 270cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 210cm (official snow depth)

Joetsu Kokusai
- 300cm (official snow depth)

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 310cm (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 ...
 

Niseko Now!

Saturday 9th February 2019, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds seem to like it over Niseko
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

It's another extremely cold morning up here in Hokkaido and snow continues to fall. And I have another 18cm of fresh to add to my report. That number doesn't convey the quality of the snow, which is really nice dry powder. Good quality consistent snowfall. Lovely. And wind does not feel like it is going to be naughty and causing issues with lift operations today.

The lines are long for the first lifts this morning.

Monday is National Foundation Day in Japan. Here's a bit of background

"National Foundation Day was first held in 1967 as a day to reflect on the establishment of the nation and to nurture a love for the country. From 1872 to 1948, February 11 was known as Kigen-setsu, a holiday commemorating the day on which—according to the Nihon Shoki—Emperor Jimmu is said to have acceded the throne in 660 BCE".

So now you know. It means that it's a 3-day long weekend for many in Japan and traditionally one of the more popular weekends for a ski trip in peak season.

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Also this weekend, the last chance to check out the famous Sapporo Snow Festival which runs through until Monday. This year it has been the 70th year of the festival, held over three areas in the city - the Odori Site, Susukino Site and Tsudome Site.

I hear that some people visiting yesterday were themselves turning into ice sculptures, it was so cold.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -15℃, 10cm snowfall in 12h, calm. Moiwa800m: -15.1℃, WSW1.7m/s, light development of snowdrifts. Mikaeri junction: -15℃, light snowdrift. Annupuri 1120m snow depth 230cm. Hirafu peak: -16℃, some gusts blowing at 800m elevation. Mizuno no sawa: no data. Suttsu weather station: -7.2℃, WNW3.1m/s, 59cm snow depth. Kutchan: -15.7℃, ENE2.0m/s, 181cm snow depth. Benkei cape: NW15m/s, Kamui cape: WSW9m/s, 1018hPa, 1.8m waves.

15+m/s storm have passed and the snowdrifts are stabilizing. The overall avalanche risk is lowering, however slides caused by falling cornices are still to be considered. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions and be prepared for the backcountry before stepping out of the gates. The snow much faster than yesterday. Beware of hitting trees. Many cracks are starting to form in various places, but are difficult to see from above. Be careful in steep open faces and knoll terrains.

Is your beacon switched on? Do you have a shovel and a probe?

Wearing a helmet is highly recommended. There is no 100% safety in the mountains. Be always prudent. Cold temps continues. Have a great day.

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 9th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 360cm
- Base: 155cm

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: 260cm
- 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: 300cm
- Base: 150cm

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: 305cm
- Base: 165cm

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 ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 9th February 2019, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 21cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

Happy to report some decent snowfall during the day yesterday. The resort was reporting up to 20cm on the top Yamabiko area by late afternoon with an additional 10cm since then, so a nice round 30cm of fresh snow on the upper mountain and 20+cm down below.

It is a cloudy Saturday morning and keeping good and cold. Down at around -4C now and won't be budging much above that during the day.

Snow forecast for this morning in the Tokyo region - I wonder if that might affect people planning to come up to the mountains for the weekend. Monday is a national holiday in Japan, so it's a long weekend and usually a very busy one.

More snow due tonight which should be make for a very good early morning tomorrow too.

Have a fun weekend wherever you are.

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Saturday 9th February 2019

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 30cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 30cm
- Hikage (660m): 19cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 27cm
- Karasawa (563m): 17cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 295cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 265cm
- Hikage (660m): 185cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 170cm
- Karasawa (563m): 135cm

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
- 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 ...
 

Madarao Now!

Saturday 9th February 2019, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 17cm
Snow depth: --
The colder conditions continue I am happy to report and more snowfall too. The resort is reporting 10cm, I have measured another 17cm since my measurement early yesterday morning so there should be some fine conditions to be found this morning.

It is a cloudy morning. Early on the top area of the mountain is covered in a bank of cloud but it's clearer lower down.

Lots of people are due to be around this (long) weekend, though I wonder if the weather down in Tokyo might affect things. They are warning of 'heavy snow' down there this morning. Of course, for us heavy snow means something like 50cm over a day, not 5cm. Talking of which, let's have some of that! (The 50, not the 5).

Snowfall due tonight and then again around Tuesday is looking promising.

Have a good weekend. See you tomorrow.

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Planned operations for Saturday 9th February 2019

Official snow depth at Madarao:

280cm

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
- 10th February 2019

Tangram Ski Circus info:

All lifts operating
All course areas open

Nighta operations at Tangram:
- Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019
- 10th February 2019   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 9th February 2019, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba and welcome to the start of the long - and likely rather busy - weekend. (Monday is a 'National Foundation Day', kenkoku-kinen-no-hi).

It's a cloudy start to the day and it is keeping cold. Hardly any wind and visibility is generally fine.

Here's the snowfall that a few resorts are reporting:

Hakuba Cortina: 3cm
Hakuba Goryu: 2-5cm
Hakuba 47: 0cm
Hakuba Happo-one: 5cm (top of Riesen lift)

Some fresh snow is due overnight tonight and then in the first part of the week.

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Webcam image this morning from Happo-one, Hakuba 47 and Hakuba Iwatake.

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Ski resort information on Saturday 9th 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: 260cm
- Usagidaira: 175cm
- Nakiyama: 125cm

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Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 285cm
- Toomi: 155cm
- Iimori: 110cm

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Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 265cm
- Base: 125cm

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Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 330cm
- Han-no-ki: 300cm
- Maruyama: 145cm
- Shirakaba: 245cm
- Champion: 145cm
- Oya-no-hara: 170cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 155cm

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Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 160cm

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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:
- 235cm

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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 205cm

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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 ...
 

Aizu Bandai Now!

Saturday 9th February 2019, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from the Urabandai area.

4cm of fresh snowfall to report since last night so we have some light powder covering the slopes this morning.

It is cloudy this morning and it is keeping very cold. Some good layers, thick gloves and a face mask are a good idea today.

And the ski hills will likely be busy from today because of the three day long weekend.

It should be snowing again tonight, and it looks like there's some snow due in Tokyo region today too. If you are coming to the mountains tonight, pay attention to the traffic information in the city too.

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The photos for today are all from Nekoma.

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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 ...
 

Naeba Now!

Saturday 9th February 2019, 9:53am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Naeba.

About 7cm to report this morning and a cloudy start to the day. More snow falling in Tokyo than here this morning.

Today is of course the start of the long weekend as Monday is a holiday in Japan. It will be a busy one! Fireworks after nighta this evening, and three lifts should be running tonight for that night (the Number 3 and 5 high speed lifts and Number 4 pair lift).

All lifts apart from Daishamen pair are in operation during the day today; all courses open apart from Splash Bowl.

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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 3 and 5 high speed lifts, Number 4 pair lift   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Saturday 9th February 2019, 10:05am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 26cm
Snow depth: --
The snow has stopped, for the moment at least. A pretty dark sky out there, though, reminds us that possibly heavy snow is forecast for tonight. Snow pretty much throughout the day yesterday, and it was nice, snowflakey crystals that make for nice skiing.

And it's a three-day weekend, so there are a few more cars in the parking lots, and some short lines for gondolas and main lifts (nothing like the days of the Japan ski boom, for those who can remember amusement park-like waits just to get on lifts....)

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Akakura Kanko:
290cm, -7°

Akakura Onsen:
420cm, -3°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
240cm, -7°

Myoko Suginohara:
170cm, -13° (top)

Seki Onsen:
420cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
330cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
390cm, -4°

Tangram Ski Circus:
240cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
280cm, -7°

Lotte Arai Resort
509cm, -2.7°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
180cm, -7°

   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 9th February 2019, 12:33pm
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

A relatively sunny day with fairly cold temperatures. After a decent dusting of snow it should be a great weekend up here with fairly light winds and sporadic sunshine. Temperatures firmly in the minus double digits through till Thursday at least.

Not much snow in the forecast to speak of but perhaps a few cm on Tuesday to help out.

The slopes are in relatively good condition but you can certainly expect some ice underneath the snow we’ve had.

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Planned lift operations & course areas (subject to change due to weather conditions):

- Appi Gondola
- Central Quad lift
- Central Number 1
- Central Number 2
- Central Number 3A
- Central Number 4
- Central Number 5
- Central Number 6
- Sailer quad
- Sailer Number 2
- Vista quad
- Nishimori

* Bravo, Cruise 1, Cruise 2 and Dragon Tail tree runs should be open as normal when the lift operations allow - register to use them at Plaza 1st Floor

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Official groomed snow depth (as reported by resort):

- 120cm   Read more ...
 

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18th May, 17:35pm
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17th May, 8:05
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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
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06th May, 7:59
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06th May, 7:59am
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06th May, 7:12
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