Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 18th April 2014, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Fog, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
We actually have something different this morning. Well yesterday was hazier than it has been but still sunny. This morning I can't see the mountains - is that fog? Whatever it is, it's raining as well early on this morning - even up at GALA Yuzawa and Kagura according to the resorts. It is forecast to clear up fairly quickly though and by lunchtime it should just be cloudy. Not as high temperatures expected today, but maybe up to around 14 degrees.

Tomorrow Naeba will be part open again for the weekend and of course GALA Yuzawa (North and Central areas) and all the Kagura areas will be open.

Cloud/sun is the forecast for tomorrow as it stands now.

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Current planned resort operations:

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

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

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

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

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Official resort snow depths @ Friday 18th April 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
280cm
Kagura (Mitsumata):
330cm
Gala Yuzawa:
220cm   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Friday 18th April 2014, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 75cm
Some thin cloud up there this morning but generally another fine start to the day here. It was rather chilly overnight actually - I'm seeing it was down to around -5 degrees - though a high of around 7 is expected.

We have had one or two people ask about the snow depth numbers posted below. I have explained this in a previous report before in that they are the 'official' snow depth numbers that the resort publish each day. Is there a uniform 75cm at the base of the resort? Well, no. There's still very good cover of snow on the slopes, but as you can see from the images we post each day, there's places here and there where the snow has dried up and there's ground showing through. So just take the numbers with a pinch of finest salt, but we think it is interesting to have a record of the numbers throughout the season.

Oh yes, someone else asked why we continue to post reports at this late stage of the season. The easy answer to that one is that we simply want to cover the entire Niseko season. Just because it's not peak season and it isn't snowing regularly now doesn't mean that Niseko is closed. There might not be much to report these days, but we'll be updating Niseko Now right through until the last day of the season.

(I'll very much enjoy those first few lie-ins once the reports finish though!)

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

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 300cm
Base - 75cm

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)

Annupuri:
Top - 310cm
Base - 100cm

Annupuri Gondola
Jumbo No1 quad
Jumbo No4 pair

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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.

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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!

Friday 18th April 2014, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 30cm
We were expecting it today, and it is raining early on this morning. About 10 degrees here now though doesn't seem to feel as warm as that outside.

Fingers crossed the rain will ease off during the morning, probably leaving us with just cloudy conditions.

Sun is expected tomorrow.

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Official snow depth numbers and operations at resorts remaining open (as of 18th April 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Plans to be open until early May. Top area open, Champion Expert closed, Toomi used to get back to base though very narrow! Iimori area closed.
Upper - 170cm
Toomi - 30cm

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

Happo-one:
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 - 215cm

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 18th April 2014, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Morning from Shiga Kogen, and after that prolonged period of mostly fine weather conditions, it's raining this morning.

Cloudy and wet, but quite bright with it. Forecast is saying that the rain should not last too long.

Tomorrow should be a return to the sunny conditions though it should be keeping relatively cold, with a chance of rain again later on Sunday and into Monday.

Some lifts and areas will be open again for the weekend.

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Tannenomori:
Number 8 quad lift - 26th April until 6th May

Ichinose Diamond:
Diamond quad lift - weekends only and 26th April until 6th May.

Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Number 2 Pair B - until 6th May
Ichinose quad - until 6th May

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Weekends only and 26th April until 6th May

Terakoya:
Quad lift - weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Pair lift - weekends and 26th April until 6th May

Mammoth:
Quad lift - weekends only and 26th April until 6th May
Triple lift - weekdays until 25th April; and then 3rd-6th May

Yakebitaiyama:
Number 2 Gondola - 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May
Number 2 high speed - 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May
Number 4 romance - when number 2 gondola is resting

Okushiga Kogen:
Number 4 pair lift - 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May
Number 2 and 3 pair lifts - until 6th May
Gondola - until 6th May

Kumanoyu:
Number 3 quad - 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May
Number 2 pair - 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May
Number 1 pair - until 6th May

Yokoteyama:
As long as there's snow - probably beyond Golden Week

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All other areas are now closed for the season.
   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 18th April 2014, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Cloud/fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Rain this morning I'm afraid and while the resort isn't reporting in yet this morning I doubt it is going to be snowing up top. Looks like there's close to zero visibility up there on the webcams at the moment too. Whatever, the rain clouds are due to not be with us for long.

Tomorrow the sun will be back out though curiously not forecast to be as warm today.

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Friday 18th April 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 270cm
Uenotaira - 180cm

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

Courses
Planned courses to be open:
Yamabiko A
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E
Kogenashi
Paradise
Uenotaira
Bunabayashi
Rinkan
Schneider
Utopia
Utopia 2
Challenge   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Friday 18th April 2014, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
The good weather has mostly continued since the last update but we are getting rained on this morning in Myoko. It should hopefully be passing on quite quickly though with just cloud forecast late morning onwards. Still, we're expecting high temperatures of around 15C in town this afternoon.

Tomorrow sun is forecast though maybe not quite as warm as today. Rain expected to be back by the end of Sunday and through Monday.

Akakan and Seki still open as below.

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Official info:

Akakura Kanko:
Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out.

Seki Onsen:
Planning to stay open until May 6th.   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Friday 18th April 2014, 9:21am
Weather conditions: Overcast but bright
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
No sun this morning! That makes for a change. Still it's quite bright and just thin cloud so perhaps it might clear up during the day.

It's just cloudy to start the day off, temperature around 6 degrees here in the village as of 9am.

Snow has been quickly melting away from lower areas. Still, for the time of year a lot remains.

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Operating ski lifts at Zao (* subject to change):

Sometime in April, depending on snow conditions:
Yokokura Number 1 Pair
Kurohime Number 1 Quad

Until 6th May:
Ropeways and Gondolas (open through the year)
Chuo Number 1 Pair
Utopia Number 2 Pair
Chuo Number 2 Pair (holidays only)
Katakai Triple (holidays only)
Paradise Pair (holidays only)

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Official snow depths (18th April 14):
Utopia: 180cm
Chuo: 150cm
Paradise: 170cm
Uwanodai: 40cm   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Niseko Now
20th Sep, 17:14pm
Minakami Now
17th Sep, 10:23
Madarao Now
22nd Jul, 13:05pm
Hakuba Now
14th Jul, 14:12pm
Myoko Now
01st Jul, 11:49pm
Yuzawa Now
29th May, 14:13pm
Shiga Kogen Now
29th May, 7:35
Furano Now
25th May, 9:01
Appi Kogen Now
18th May, 8:33
Grandeco Now
07th May, 19:56pm
Zao Now
07th May, 19:55pm
Naeba Now
07th May, 19:55pm
Nozawa Onsen Now
07th May, 19:53pm
Kiroro Now
01st May, 9:18am

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