Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017
Thursday 18th April 2013, 7:29am
A bright morning in Yuzawa, but a sea of low cloud over Minamiuonuma to the north this morning. Cloud is actually forecast for the day today though with a high temperature of around 20 degrees later on.
Colder conditions forecast for tomorrow with perhaps some rain.
Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 18th April 2013, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro): 280cm Kagura (Kagura-Mitsumata): 330cm Gala Yuzawa: 190cm
Planned closing dates for the resorts in Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen - weekends only until Golden Week in early May) GALA Yuzawa - until 6th May Kagura (Tashiro) - until 6th May Kagura (Mitsumata) - until 26th May
All are subject to snow conditions and may change. All other resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 18th April 2013, 7:34am
Cloudy in valley, fine up above
An impressive looking sea of low lying early morning cloud in the valleys this morning, and the top of the mountain rising above that. With clear conditions forecast for the day in Nozawa today, that will fairly quickly probably move on but it's a sight to behold when you get the chance to see it.
So yes a sunny day is forecast with a high temp. of 18 degrees in the village.
Tomorrow should see a chance in conditions somewhat. It will be colder and we might get rain or even something a bit whiter falling from the skies. All depends on how far it cools down I suppose.
Official snow depths Yamabiko 205cm
Nozawa Onsen planned opening dates to the end of season:
Daily until 6th May: Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift Yamabiko Four lift
20th-21st April 27th April until 6th May Uenotaira Four lift Snow Park
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 Rinkan (until the Hikage area) Challenge Read more ...
Thursday 18th April 2013, 7:38am
Clear, bit hazy
Got to post an early report this morning before the info is in from the resorts, so the below info isn't updated today.
After that warm day yesterday and temps dipping to around 6 degrees overnight in the village, it's already over 10 degrees now and we're going to see things warm up once again to over twenty in the afternoon. It's another bright start to the day and likely to stay sunny for the duration.
We're going to see things get colder tomorrow with rain likely overnight and temps dropping as the day goes on, might even get to be cold by tomorrow night...
Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 17th April 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: The following lifts planned to be operating until May 6th - Gondola, upper Number 1 and Number 3 pair lifts. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 170cm; Toomi - 0cm
Hakuba 47: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Line AB, C and E. Official snow depth: Upper - 112cm Lower - 35cm
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 - 140cm 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 - 190cm Lower slopes - 0cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Cortina and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Thursday 18th April 2013, 9:24am
It is a cloudy start to the day here in Niseko. Keeping fairly cold. It's another almost calm morning with not much wind at the moment so the lifts at Niseko Annupuri and Niseko Grand Hirafu should be open as planned this morning.
At Niseko Grand Hirafu it seems that the Spring Park is closed for a bit of maintenance at the moment. As an alternative near the King Number 1 lift the Free Ride park has 5, 6 and 8m table top and 11, 13m Step down items up and open. The Spring Park should be open by the end of the weekend or early next week.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 445cm Bottom - 130cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 310cm Bottom - 160cm
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 - part open until Monday 6th May Niseko Grand Hirafu - part open until Monday 6th May Read more ...
Thursday 18th April 2013, 9:49am
Sunny and cloudy
It is another pleasant morning in Furano with strong sunshine breaking through the random cloud cover. It may seem hard to believe but snow is forecast throughout today and tomorrow which will once again return the resort to a true wintery feel. This has been a great snow season to date and the good conditions just keep coming.
Just a reminder that the ski area will close for the season on May 6. Read more ...