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Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 12th April 2013, 3:18am
More snowfall this morning to report up top with 5cm on the upper slopes of Nozawa and continuing to snow this afternoon. Nice!
Just cloudy down in the village with a high of around +6 degrees today.
Poor visibility up there though but for those wanting perhaps a last taste of fresh snow...
Tomorrow should be much clearer and perhaps a sunny day, warming up into double digit temperatures at base.
Official snow depths Yamabiko 240cm
Nozawa Onsen opening dates from 1st April to the end of season:
From 1st April until 6th May: Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift Yamabiko Four lift
From 1st April until 7th April 12th April until 14th April 20th-21st April 27th April until 6th May Uenotaira Four lift Snow Park
6th-7th April 13th-14th April 20th-21st April 27th April until 6th May Paradise Four lift
Courses scheduled to be open at Nozawa Onsen (subject to change due to weather conditions):
Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Uenotaira Bunabayashi (to the Nagasaka Gondola mid station) Paradise Utopia A Utopia B Rinkan (until the Hikage area)
To get back to the Nagasaka Gondola from Rinkan use the shuttle bus from Isemiya course.
Lift prices from 1st April are 3500 yen (adults), 1500 yen (children), 2500 yen (seniors) for a day ticket and 2500 yen (adults), 1000 yen (children), 2000 yen (seniors) for a half day. Read more ...
Friday 12th April 2013, 3:20am
It's almost like winter has returned! More new snow to report overnight and light snow falling this morning... looks like we may have a snowy day in front of us. Alas, windy too and it's going to be affecting lift operations today it seems.
Personal comment - I'm not quite sure how the resort got from 415cm to 460cm over the last few days... really that much new snow? I haven't actually been out there myself in the last few days, but that is what the resort is reporting anyway...
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 460cm Bottom - 150cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 340cm Bottom - 180cm
Planned resort operations
Niseko Hanazono - closed for the season Niseko Village - currently closed but will re-open between 27th April and 6th May Niseko Annupuri - until Monday 6th May Niseko Grand Hirafu - until Monday 6th May Read more ...
Friday 12th April 2013, 13:11pm
It looks like winter again in Furano village with a fresh snowfall this morning that accumulated throughout the village. Although only very light in the village there will be a decent new layer of snow up on the mountain which will refresh things nicely for the weekend ahead. Read more ...
Friday 12th April 2013, 14:10pm
Some more snow to report from Hakuba this morning. Just a frosting and thin layer in base areas, but more up on the mountains.
Hakuba Goryu reporting an impressive 15cm of snow on upper slopes this morning, with just 1cm at base. Hakuba 47 was reporting 3cm at base and 5cm higher up, with Happo one telling us that they got 3cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes.
We have had mixed conditions today up until this afternoon with some blue skies peeking from behind the clouds at times, and then snow also falling on the mountains this afternoon. It has kept fairly cold during the day.
Tomorrow should be clearer from the get go with clear and sunny skies forecast for Saturday and warmer conditions.
Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 11th April 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: The following lifts planned to be operating until May 6th - Gondola, upper Number 1 and Number 3 pair lifts. Need to take the Gondola back down. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 185cm; Toomi - 30cm
Hakuba 47: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Line AB, C and E. Official snow depth: Upper - 150cm Lower - 40cm
Happo-one: The following lifts planned to be operating until May 6th - Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi Number 2 quad, Kurobishi Number 3 pair, Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair Parallel pair, Skyline Number 2 pair, Grat quad, Kokusai Number 1 pair, Usagidaira pair Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 150cm Lower - 0cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Ropeway, Tsuga Number 2 pair, Hannoki pair. Need to take the Gondola back down. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 210cm Lower slopes - 0cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Cortina and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season. Read more ...