Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Wednesday 13th April 2016, 8:24am
Morning from Yuzawa.
Strong winds this morning are preventing GALA Yuzawa from opening today. It looks like Kagura is opening as normal though so that is the only choice if you want to be skiing/snowboarding today.
Otherwise it's a warm cloudy morning but we're expecting lots of cloud during the day. Temperatures are due to rise to close on 20 degrees as well, so it's a warm spring day.
Rain is on the forecast for tonight. Hopefully it won't stick around much into tomorrow.
Resorts that remain open in Yuzawa on Wednesday 13th 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. Note: today GALA Yuzawa is closed due to wind conditions. 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. Most courses remain open apart from the Gondola east course The downhill course to Mitsumata car park 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.
It was a fine and fairly warm day yesterday, and remained mild overnight.
The mild conditions start the day off and today temperatures may rise to around 17C down here at village base level. Unfortunately it looks like we're going to get rained on by the end of the day with it forecast to be coming down heavily at times. Fingers crossed it will ease off and the forecast sun will appear in the morning.
Resort news as of 8:40am on Wednesday 13th 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: 95cm 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: 172cm 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: 155cm 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 ...
Wednesday 13th April 2016, 10:30am
Good morning from Niseko.
Lots of cloud around on this mild morning, and I'm afraid right now it is raining. Hopefully that will clear up sooner than later, and tomorrow might bring us some sunshine - and forecast warmer conditions as well. But it looks like there's a mix of cloud and rain dominating the forecast through into the weekend. Let's see how it all turns out.
It's approaching 10:30am as I write this and the top Ace Number 4 lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu is on hold due to strong winds up there; and the top Jumbo Number 4 lift at Niseko Annupuri is also on hold.
There's more patches of ground showing up here and there especially on lower areas, but snow cover is still very good for top to bottom riding... when those tops lifts are operating of course...
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
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.