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Monday 11th April 2016, 7:53am
Cloudy and foggy at base level
We're down to one running area (I think; can't tell from Seki's website or blog), so not only are we at the end of one phase, but one big change today.
Unbelievable, but it's snowing (glad I didn't change the tires yet).
It's actually coming down pretty good at this moment (8am). Doubt if it will last long, but it would be interesting to see how much falls higher up. Could make for some pretty miserable skiing for anyone who is hiking up, as this kind of snow tends to be pretty sticky (or results in wet slides if there's enough). Another day in this weird, weird snow year!
Good morning from Yuzawa and guess what... there's a dusting of snow on the mountains this morning!
Temperatures have dropped, it's good and cold out there and wet snow is falling in places. There's no new cm on the ground in town but as I said there's snow to be seen on the mountainside trees so hopefully the open GALA Yuzawa and Kagura will have been on the receiving end of a fresh layer.
There's a chance that wind might also be a factor and so best to check in advance if you plan to go.
Tomorrow the sun is forecast to be back along with warming up temperatures again.
For today though things feel much wintery. There's a very good chance that this will be the last blast of that kind of thing this season... best to enjoy it!
Resorts that remain open in Yuzawa on Monday 11th April 2016):
GALA Yuzawa GALA Yuzawa resort plans to be open until Sunday 8th May. Three of the six courses in the Central Area (as well as the 'playing in the snow area') and one course in the Northern Area currently remain open. The downhill Falcon course back to the Cowabunga base is now closed. Official snow depth: 80cm
Kagura The Tashiro Ropeway plans to be open until 8th May. The Kagura area via Mitsumata Ropeway plans to be open until 29th May. All areas currently remain (open apart from the Gondola east course and the downhill course back to Mitsumata car park which is now closed). Official snow depth: Kagura area - 200cm Tashiro area - 170cm Mitsumata area - 140cm
Resorts that are not listed below are now closed for the season.
Good morning from Niseko and I have 2cm of fresh snow on the ground to report to you. It is still snowing lightly at the moment - bit wet - and I wouldn't expect it to last much beyond this morning... and we probably won't be getting much more in terms of additional cm.
Tomorrow should be warmer as well with the sun due to make an appearance.
At the moment both Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Annupuri seem to be opening as planned but stronger winds later on in the morning may well affect that situation, so best to keep an eye on that.
It's great to see some fresh snow again and good to get some numbers in for April, albeit small ones!
I feel duty bound to strap on the skis and go check it out. Hope to see some of you out there.
One small bit of news to report - the Ace Family pair lift was due to be open until yesterday but seems to be continuing for one more week.
Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting:
Resort operations - subject to change due to snow and weather conditions
Niseko Grand Hirafu resort area lift operations: Ace Family Pair - until 17th April Ace Number 2 Center Four Quad Ace Number 3 Pair Ace Number 4 Pair Holiday Number 1 Pair - until 10th April
The resort is going to be 'upgrading' the King Number 3 triple lift in time for next season - as part of this work the Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 and 4 lifts have all now closed for the season. Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to remain open until Thursday 5th May.
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open until Thursday 5th May with the Gondola, Jumbo 1 and Jumbo 4 lifts operating.
Niseko Village is currently closed but plans to be open again for Golden Week from Friday 29th April until Thursday 5th May.
And yes, fresh snow has actually been falling down to village level overnight and there is a couple of cm of it on my car as well. A very nice sight to see, though I would get out early as it will no doubt not last long.
Goryu is reporting 2cm of fresh on the upper slopes with Hakuba 47 reporting 1-3cm.
It is cold this morning and still snowing as I write this and while it is probably going to keep cold for the day, clearer skies are forecast for this afternoon. Tomorrow we expect warmer conditions once again and more sunshine.
For now though, it's snowing! I need to get up there to see what that fresh snow feeling is like again!
Resort news as of 8:35am on Monday 11th April 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)
Hakuba 47: Most courses at Hakuba 47 remain open. The lower part of R1 course is closed - but all courses are still available top to bottom. Beginners are recommended to use the Gondola to get back to base. The Tree Riding Zone is now closed for the season. Official snow depth: Upper: 100cm Base: 30cm
Hakuba Goryu: The top area of Goryu - Panorama, Grand Prix and Super courses - remain open. The lower main Toomi and Iimori areas are now closed. Get the Gondola back down to base. Official snow depth Alps: 178cm Toomi: -cm Iimori: -cm
Hakuba Happo-one: The lower areas of the resort - apart from part of Nakiyama South - are now closed. Riesen Slalom Course and the lower Nakiyama South courses are now closed, there is no longer any courses open back down to base. Upper Riesen Grat Course, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Skyline and Panorama course areas remain open. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 100cm Nakiyama: -cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The top Tsuga-no-mori and Upper Han-no-ki areas remain open. All other courses are now closed. The top Tsugaike Ropeway is open for spring season (note: extra charge required). Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 160cm Maruyama: -cm Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm
Here is a list of the resorts that remain open in the region:
Grandeco and Nekoma remain open. Nekoma will be closed between the 19th-21st and 26th-28 April, but both Grandeco and Nekoma plan to remain open until 5th May. All dependent on the snow levels of course! All other resorts now closed. Read more ...
Monday 11th April 2016, 10:07am
Good morning from Furano.
We had minus temperatures overnight and the base is still only 2 degrees. Wind is light to moderate and presently the sky is partly sunny. The temperature is forecasted to stay below 5 degrees at the base, so expect conditions to be firm today, with some softening on-piste at lower elevations later on. Perhaps a bit of snow later on according to the forecast.
Sun is expected tomorrow along with slightly warmer temperatures.
Kitanomine Zone is closed for the season, with the Furano Zone still operating.