Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017
Wednesday 11th April 2012, 8:21am
Cloud, rain forecast
Yesterday ended up being a sunny bright day but hazy once again - that's spring for you, I suppose. And while it was warmish, perhaps again not quite as warm as we thought it would be, and in the evening there was a definite chill as well.
This morning starts off mild at around 10 degrees right now and a high of 12 later on. It is cloudy but rain is due to be falling this morning and probably for the day and perhaps through tonight as well.
Strong winds - or the likelidhoold of them soon - is preventing Kagura from opening up as normal this morning. The Tashiro area will be closed today. From the Mitsumata Ropeway, just the Mitsumata runs are open early, with the chance of more opening up later though actually I would think unlikely.
Gala Yuzawa is also going to be closed today.
So there's not a whole lot of choice if you want to get out on the snow today... the choice seems to be the Mitsumata area or Kandatsu Kogen.
The weather should be calmer and sunnier from tomorrow again. And just to be clear, there's really no snow really on the forecast unfortunately as it's going to keep warm and spring-like - maybe Kagura might get a sprinkling here and there overnight, but nothing significant.
Official resort snow depths @ Wednesday 11th April 12, AM: Kagura - Mitsumata: 360cm Kagura - Tashiro: 330cm GALA Yuzawa: 350cm Kandatsu Kogen: 290cm
Open only on 14th/15th April: Ludens Yuzawa
Open only on 14th/15th and 21st/22nd April: Naeba
Open until 6th May: Kandatsu Kogen (only opening on weekends and holidays from 16th April until 6th May)
Open until 6th May: GALA Yuzawa Kagura (Tashiro)
Open until 27th May: Kagura (Mitsumata)
All other ski resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Wednesday 11th April 2012, 8:32am
After some nice days in Myoko, the wind really picked up overnight -- and that means the snow will be going down. Luckily, it's not raining yet, but it's sort of a gray day. The forecast is for heavy rain later in the day, so maybe this is one to sit out...
We'll try to put reports up a few times a week from now until Golden Week; only two areas remain open -- but there's some excellent spring skiing out there to be enjoyed. I can't remember when you could ski all the way down to the base at Akakan at this time of year.
Should be really nice weather over the next few days as well, so get out the suntan lotion, do some sliding and have a few cold ones!
Akakan: Sky Cable Gondola and No 3 lift, through to May Seki Onsen: Open through May
Nothing to worry about, it's just strong winds that are preventing the lifts from moving today. Cloudy and rain forecast as well and so not the most appealing of days anyway perhaps - good day for a good soak in an onsen.
Tomorrow the resort should be back open and enjoying some sunshine.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Current Lift operations: Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Four Yamabiko Four No2 Skyline Link
Main courses open: Yamabiko A-E courses Skyline Uenotaira Paradise Schneider Utopia courses Yunomine A, B Challenge Bunabayashi (until the mid-way point of Nagasaka Gondola) Rinkan
Warm again but not the clear blue sky of the last couple of days. Instead low cloud at resort level is making things a little tricky at the moment. Hopefully it will lift later but there is the possibility of rain on the forecast today. Soft spring snow out there and still plenty of it, holding up quite well in the warm temperatures of the last couple of day.
The forecast if for rain later then we should be back to the sunny weather for the rest of the week (though Friday night might bring some rain.) Sun through the weekend and then it could be rain again on Monday. Warm temperatures should be pretty consistent.
It's a cloudy, windy and mild morning here, with the forecast stronger wind affecting some lifts. Okushiga Kogen is closed at the moment as they wait on the conditions, though the other resorts that plan to be open seem to be this morning - but perhaps expect slower lifts.
Conditions should calm down by tomorrow when cloud and sun is on the forecast.
Areas with lifts still operating (weather permitting): Mammoth (one quad) Ichinose Family (one pair and one quad) Okushiga Kogen (two pairs) Kumanoyu (two pairs) Yokoteyama/Shibutoge (one triple and three pairs)
Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 10th April 2012 AM:
Higashitateyama: Open 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. Access to Terakoya still operating even when Higashitateyama closed.
Terakoya: Open April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
Mammoth: Quad open until 6th May.
Tannenomori: Open 21st, 22nd April
Ichinose Family: Quad until 6th May. Pairs on April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
Ichinose Diamond: Quad open April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
Yakebitaiyama: Plan to be part open on weekends and Golden Week.
Okushiga Kogen: Gondola open 14th-16th April, 21st-23rd April, 28th April until 6th May. No2 and No3 pairs until 6th May. No4 pair open 14th-15th April, 21st-22nd April, 28th April until 6th May.
Kumanoyu: Some lifts open beyond 6th May (after that date the Shiga Kogen ticket not valid)
Yokoteyama: Plans to be open until late May. Beyond 6th May, the joint Shiga Kogen ticket not valid. Read more ...
Wednesday 11th April 2012, 9:28am
Stronger winds again this morning but not enough to bother the lifts as far as I can tell and right now cloudy conditions prevail... the rain that we have on the forecast is not falling just yet. Good visibility though and I can see the top of the resort from base, it's just a grey kind of day. There's hardly anyone out on the slopes as well and so the people out there will be having it almost to themselves.
It's going to warm up today, perhaps into double digits, and while tomorrow will be less warm the sun should be back with us. No snowfall on the weeks forecast - perhaps we have seen the last of fresh conditions?
Official snow depths (11th April 12) Utopia - 240cm Chuo - 240cm Paradise - 235cm Uwanodai - 150cm
Operating lifts (9th April 12) Limited lifts now open - see below.
Current planned lift operations at Zao, as of 11th April - subject to change:
Uwanodai Area Sky Cable (open all year, but closed from 7th May for maintenance)
Chuo and Paradise Area Zao Chuo Ropeway (closed for maintenance 9th-25th April except Saturdays and Sundays) Chuo No1 pair lift (until 6th May, but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April) Chuo No2 pair lift (until 6th May) Katakai triple lift (until 6th May, but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April) Paradise No1 pair lift (until 6th May (but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April)
Yokokura and Utopia area Zao Ropeway (open all year, closed for maintenance 7th-18th May) Utopia No2 pair lift (dependent on snow but latest until 6th May)
Omori and Kurohime Area Kurohime No1 quad (no fixed closing date, dependent on snow) Read more ...
Wednesday 11th April 2012, 9:40am
Light rain, cloud
Morning from Hakuba, and not the best of weather to report. Light rain it is along with a mild feeling temperature of around 6C. It doesn't look like it should warm up much more than that later in the day though. Visibility out on the resorts looks fair on the lower slopes and less good up high.
We should see nicer conditions tomorrow with the sun forecast to be out and doing it's thing and warming things up to a high of around 12C in the afternoon... and then more of the same through the weekend really.
It's worth noting that at all 4 resorts that remain part open, you can still ski or board top to bottom. Goryu have announced that the Toomi Sky Four lift will be open again for the coming weekend (14th/15th). More details for each resort are noted below.
Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 11th April 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Gondola and Alps daira No1 and No3 lifts operating. The Toomi lifts are now closed but you can still ski down the courses. Toomi Ski Four lift plans to re-open for Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 265cm; Toomi - 125cm
Hakuba 47: Top to bottom skiable. All lifts apart from Line D operating. Official snow depth: Upper - 233cm Lower - 145m
Happo-one: Top to bottom skiable (via Riesen course to Gondola base station). Lifts normally operating daily for spring are: Gondola Grat quad Alpen quad Panorama pair Skyline No2 pair Kurobishi No2 quad. Other lifts: Nakiyama No3 pair, Riesen quad and Kokusai No3 pair lifts will be open on 14th and 15th April. Usagidaira pair will be open on 14th and 15th April and then from 28th April until 6th May. Kurobishi No3 pair lift will be open on 21st and 22nd April and also from 28th April until 6th May. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 210cm; Sakka - 80cm; Nakiyama - 80cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: Top to bottom skiable. Planned lifts operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 310cm Lower - 130cm
Planned ski resort closings in Hakuba and Otari, all subject to change:
Hakuba Goryu: Upper area hopefully open until 6th May. (Toomi Sky Four lift will re-open 14th/15th April).
Hakuba 47: 47 plants to be open until 6th May.
Happo-one: Upper slopes plan to be open until 6th May.
Tsugaike Kogen: Plans to be open until Golden Week
The Hakuba Cortina, Norikura, Iwatake, Sanosaka and Minekata resorts are all now closed for the season. Read more ...
Wednesday 11th April 2012, 9:49am
Cloud, light rain
We are back to windy conditions with a bit of rain and mild-warm temperatures in Niseko this morning. There is some hope of the chance of snow falling at higher elevations later on, we shall see. It very well be just too warm though so I wouldn't be holding out for it!
The wind has been affecting lifts early on and as far as I can tell right now the status of lifts moving is as below.
Things should clear up for tomorrow though and we should see generally sunny and clearer conditions through into next week. Look out for things to really warm up for the weekend - about 10C?
Current lift operations (at time of writing, 11th April 2012):
Grand Hirafu & Hanazono: Ace Quad Lift No2 King Hooded Triple Lift #3 [NOT OPERATING DUE TO WIND] King Lift #4 [NOT OPERATING DUE TO WIND] The Hirafu Gondola is now closed on weekdays but plans to be operating again on 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th, 30th April and also from 3rd May until 6th May.
Annupuri: Annupuri Gondola Jumbo No1 Jumbo No3 Jumbo No4 [NOT OPERATING DUE TO WIND]
Grand Hirafu and Annupuri both plan to be open until 6th May. The Hanazono and Niseko Village areas are now closed. Niseko Village plans to re-open for the Golden Week holiday period from Sunday 29th April until Sunday 6th May.
Official snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 405cm Bottom - 160cm
It certainly was warm yesterday and the temperatures have cleared the roads of snow in nearly all places. The warm temperatures stayed with us overnight and it is already +9c at base level. We are now in spring and snow conditions will be firm in the morning and softening as morning progresses. There is a bit of a breeze around but nothing to be too concerned about. Read more ...