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Coincidentally, was watching Al Jazeera weather report earlier.

Noticed it looked unusually warm over Sapporo area.

Bad news for their annual Snow Festival (ice sculptures), which kicked off today.
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@Whitegold, Yeah, but the warmth up there was not particularly warm and was short-lived. Maxed out around 2C for a few hours yesterday. Don't think it would have made much of a difference!

Dust on crust (0-2cm fresh) at Shiga Kogen today. Off piste unpleasant. Pistes quite hard and scratchy due to the rain yesterday. Beautiful sunny and calm day though.

Cloudy and mild Wednesday and Thursday.

Looks like Thursday evening into Friday will bring some fresh, so will probably be the only day to experience powder this week in the Nagano/Niigata area! Last day of skiing for us so hopefully it will be a good one.
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Hi, quick question, should i consider Japan for early April skiing? I know its not snorkel skiing season but is there decent late season snow and if so where are the best resorts to consider for a first timer to Japan with intermediate skiing family in tow?
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Dust on Crust up at the Cat today. But hidden in the trees at lower angles there was 50cm of the dust.



Or pick the real wind affected zones and ride the drifts and straight line the crust between.
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A top Yokoteyama, Shiga Kogen - at 2,305m, the highest ski lift in Japan.



Pistes were either hard and grippy if well maintained or glazed concrete with a dusting of lube if not. Great views from the top. Recommend the cafe on top of the top lift.
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@Idris, I was also at Shiga Kogen yesterday. Some pretty nasty pistes at times!! My skis were definitely not sharp enough, or perhaps I never had the ability to ski polished hardpack properly...

Found some reasonable grippy pistes at Yakebitaiyama though.

Last night and today there was a fairly unexpected massive dump at Lotte Arai (and Myoko + nearby areas to a slightly lesser extent). A good 50-60cm fresh snow at higher levels. Great to ski deep powder again after 5 days of crud/crust/ice/hardpack. Last day of skiing in Japan this winter, it was a good one. Smile
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Yakebi has better piste maintenance than most of the others in Shiga; Seibu owned area.....big Prince hotel at the base.
Nozawa was fun today with between 20-30cm fresh up top and like you great to ski powder rather than ice. Will probably be in
Myoko Sun or Mon with Niigata friends who refuse to pay Arai prices......they buy Myoko pre-season tickets in Aug/Sept.
Glad you had a good last day! snowHead
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Not sure what to make of the official snow reports from Arai. Yesterday they reported 13cm of fresh snow at base, and today 2cm (total = 15cm)

That doesn't square at all with our experience on the ground - we arrived 9am yesterday morning to around 20cm level new snow in the carpark, and cleared 25cm off the car around 4pm. It carried on snowing moderately after that until the evening (total = 45cm+)

Nearby Sekiyama weather station at a similar altitude recorded a snow depth increase of 33cm from 00:00 to 24:00 yesterday.
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Up at the cat, More than a dusting today, started out ankle deep, by days end it was more mid calf. And a lot deeper if you found a lee slope that had wind deposit on it.

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Sunday 10, Nozawa again....mogul fields were great as the powder had blown in. Up top, Yamabiko, still excellent snow and lots of fun through the trees. Today Akakura Kanko/Onsen (Myoko); everyone telling us we should have come yesterday.....yeah, yeah, yeah. Snow was like velvet until about 2p.m. when temps started to rise. Saw several foreigners being interviewed by ski patrol after skiing down a cliff!.....ok it was not a big one but those rocks can do a lot of damage. More snow on the way.
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Yesterday skied Tenjin yesterday



Ankle to over the head face shots, BUT on a frozen/crusty base. Once off anything exposed it got deep quickly. By afternoon all the lower stuff got heavy.

Snowed again last night, more snow on the way.
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