Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 21st March 2018

Niseko Now!

Thursday 17th April 2014, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Blue skies, sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Sunny and mild conditions continue today with just a few clouds here and there, but mostly blue sky.

Looks like we are due for a moderate westerly wind today, but hopefully the lifts that remain open will do just that.

More cloud expected tomorrow.


Niseko Grand Hirafu is hosting the FIS Official Niseko Grand Hirafu Cup GS event at the moment, last day today. Because of this there are some courses with restrictions - Furiko Course, Green Course (partial), Alpen Course. Onsenzawa Course and the King Area connecting are completely closed to the public.


Official snow depth numbers and planned operating lifts at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 305cm
Base - 80cm

Ace Number 2 Center Four lift
King Number 3 Triple
King Number 4
(* Hirafu Gondola will open only on 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th, 29th April and 3-6th May)

Top - 310cm
Base - 100cm

Annupuri Gondola
Jumbo No1 quad
Jumbo No4 pair


Niseko Annupuri plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May.
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May.


Niseko Hanazono Resort is now closed for the season.
Niseko Village is closed at the moment but plans to re-open between 26th April and 6th May (Golden Week).   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 17th April 2014, 8:08am
Weather conditions: Hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 30cm
After a warm day yesterday, it's going to be another warm day today... warmer even. It was mild overnight with temperatures not dropping down to lower than 5 degrees in the village and today we expect highs approaching 20 degrees.

It's clear and bright, but hazy.

Tomorrow there will be more cloud around and a good chance of rain. With the freezing point forecast to be around 2500m, it might be rain up on the higher areas of resorts too, bit of snow if we are lucky perhaps.

(You know when we are approaching the end of the season when one of the webcams on the official page changes from a skijo to a sakura tree! I'll try to remember to bring you any sakura news as well if there is any!)


Official snow depth numbers and operations at resorts remaining open (as of 17th April 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Plans to be open until early May. Top areas open, Champion Expert closed, Toomi used to get back to base though very patchy. Iimori area closed.
Upper - 175cm
Toomi - 30cm

Hakuba 47:
Plans to be open until early May. Almost all of Hakuba 47 remains open.
Upper - 145cm
Lower - 30cm

Plans to be open until early May. Top areas (Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline) open. Need to get lift back down to base.
Usagidaira - 115cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until early May. Upper areas remain open.
Tsuganomori - 219cm

All other resorts now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 17th April 2014, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Overcast, hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 185cm
Another bright but hazy morning in Nozawa... looks like there's not much in terms of long distance views from the top areas of the mountain this morning.

It remained mild overnight - no heaters on at the moment at all - and it will warm up once again today. Top temperatures heading towards 20 degrees.

Tomorrow is forecast to be not as warm and there might be some rain, even up top.

Yamabiko B course is scheduled to be back open to the public today.


Thursday 17th April 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 275cm
Uenotaira - 185cm

Planned operating lifts for today:
Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four
Yamabiko Number 2 Four

Planned courses to be open:
Yamabiko A
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E
Utopia 2
Challenge   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 17th April 2014, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Bright, sunny, but hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
It wasn't cold last night and this morning at 8:30am it's already at 10C here in town. Going to be another warm day here.

Some forecasts tell us about the chance of rain later today while others don't mention that.

For now though it's a bright but hazy morning here.


Current planned resort operations:

Weekends only; then 26th-29th April and 3rd-6th May:

Daily until 6th May:
GALA Yuzawa (Central and North Areas)
Kagura (Tashiro area)

Daily until 25th May:
Kagura (Mitsumata and main Kagura area)


All other resorts in the region are now closed for the season.


Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 17th April 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
Gala Yuzawa:
220cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 17th April 2014, 13:09pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Today has turned out fine with blue skies sitting over the resort. There is cloud in all directions which may move in later in the day but for now it is all sun.

With another cold start and temperatures well below freezing the courses will be fast in the morning and moving to soft spring snow as the day warms up.

All up it looks like another fine spring day.


Operating lifts:

Furano Ropeway 9:00am-4:00pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 CLOSED
Downhill Romance #2 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Prince Romance CLOSED

Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course.   Read more ...

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