Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Wednesday 19th April 2017, 8:37am
Yesterday, as expected, was a rather nasty day with rain and wind. Yuck.
It is not quite as wild this morning, but it's still not particularly nice with more wind and wet expected -- though right at this moment it isn't raining.
Top lifts at both Annupuri and Grand Hirafu are not moving at the start of the day due to the weather conditions. Looks like Hirafu have the Ace Number 2 quad and King Number 3 operating at the moment.
Individual resort information: Wednesday 19th April 2017:
Planned openings. This info subject to change due to snow and weather conditions - any closings will be mentioned in the main report above.
Niseko Grand Hirafu Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May. The following courses are now closed: Onsenzawa and Miharashi. (And Family?)
Official snow depth: Top - 245cm Base - 20cm
Planned operating lifts: Ace Number 2 Center Four (8:30am until 4:30pm) King Number 3 (8:40am until 4:30pm) King Number 4 (8:50am until 4:30pm) Gondola (8:30am until 4:30pm) - on weekends and national holidays only
The Spring Park should be open from 10am until 3:30pm
Niseko Annupuri Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Official snow depth: Top - 200cm Base - 20cm
Planned operating lifts: Annupuri Gondola Jumbo Number 1 Jumbo Number 4
Niseko HANAZONO Resort has closed for the season. Niseko Village is currently closed but plans to part re-open from 28th April until 7th May. Night time floodlit operations have finished for the season. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 19th April 2017, 8:45am
Cloudy, bit of blue sky appearing
It's mostly cloudy this morning with a bit of blue sky starting to appear - and the forecast is for clearer weather.
You can still ski or snowboard back down close to the Hikage base area - from where you can get on a shuttle bus back over to the base of the Nagasaka Gondola if you want to get back up top.
Wednesday 19th April 2017
Below is official info that the resort is publishing at the time of the report.
Lifts that are operating today: - Nagasaka Gondola - Yamabiko Four - Yamabiko Number 2 Four
Courses that are open today: - Yamabiko A - Yamabiko B - Yamabiko C - Yamabiko D - Yamabiko E - Kokenashi - Uenotaira - Paradise - Bunabayashi - Rinkan - Utopia Course - Challenge
Planned lift operations for the rest of the season:
Nagasaka Gondola - 8:10am until 3:30pm Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift - 8:25am until 3:15pm Yamabiko Four lift - 8:30am until 3:40pm Uenotaira Four lift - 8:30am until 3:40pm (*** only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week) Paradise Four lift - 8:25am until 3:50pm (*** only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week) Read more ...
Wednesday 19th April 2017, 8:47am
Morning from Hakuba.
There has been a bit of light rain falling this morning - I have just walked outside and there's none falling at the moment... but it's due during the daytime.
Windy conditions being reported on mountain and the conditions mean that things are a bit limited this morning I'm afraid. Both Happo-one and Tsugaike Kogen are not able to open at the time of writing and some lifts at Hakuba 47 affected. If you want to get out there today best to check with the resort directly to see what is available. It remains to be seen if nature will co-operate and conditions allow planned areas to open up.
Tomorrow should be calmer with a chance of sunshine.
Resort information as of 8:50am on Wednesday 19th April 2017:
** Below are the planned operations for each of the ski resorts that remain open. Any news for the day will be mentioned in the above report. **
Hakuba 47: All of the courses are Hakuba 47 remains open. Tree Riding Zone gates are now closed for the season. Official snow depth: Upper: 185cm Base: 75cm --- Planned operating lifts: All lifts plan to be operating --- Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Hakuba Goryu: Upper areas remain open. The lower Toomi course is now used just to get back down to base. The Iimori area of the resort is closed. Official snow depth: Alps: 215cm Toomi: 75cm --- Planned operating lifts: Gondola Alps Number 1 pair lift Alps Number 3 pair lift --- Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Hakuba Happo-one: Upper areas that remain open: Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama and Skyline. All base areas are now closed - use the Gondola and Sakka Kita-one lifts to get up to the open areas and back down to base. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 110cm Kurobishi: 165cm Nakiyama: -cm --- Planned operating lifts: Gondola Alpen quad lift Grat quad lift Panorama pair lift Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair lift Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift Kurobishi Number 3 pair lift Skyline Number 2 pair lift Sakka Kitaone quad --- Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Tsugaike Kogen: Tsuga-no-mori, Han-no-ki, Maruyama and Oya-no-hara areas remain open with top to bottom courses available. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 265cm Han-no-ki: 260cm Oya-no-hara: 45cm --- Planned operating lifts: Tsugaike Ropeway Gondola Tsuga Number 2 pair lift Han-no-ki high speed pair lift --- Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
All other ski and snowboard resorts in the area are now closed for the season.
The strong winds have passed and today there is only a light breeze around the village. Temperatures are warm again and it will get up to 11c later in the day, which is still not warm but most certainly more spring like than the last few days. It is partly cloudy with plenty of sun breaking through which will soften up the snow nicely. A classic coolish spring skiing day. Read more ...
Wednesday 19th April 2017, 9:09am
Good morning from rainy Grandeco.
The Gondola is operating at reduced speed at 8:30 but it might have to stop if the wind blows strong enough. According to the forecast, around noon we will be experiencing strong winds - more than 20m per second.
Course conditions are slippery due to rain but it really isn't a particularly nice day to enjoy skiing because due to the winds. A one day ticket is not recommended with the afternoon conditions in mind... the resort might need to close. :(
According to the forecast, it will be cloudy tomorrow with gentler winds.
- Gondola - Number 3 quad lift
90% courses remain open Lavender A and Mint B are closed The Snow Parks are now closed
Official snow depth: 210cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: No snow or icy in any part between Inawashiro through Grandeco Read more ...
Wednesday 19th April 2017, 9:15am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
There was a bit of rain this morning and the roads are still wet but it seems to have eased off. Local forecasts even predict some sunshine in the day today, before a return to rain tonight - and even perhaps a bit of wet snow as well. Interesting. Let's see what happens.
Kagura, GALA Yuzawa and Kandatsu Kogen are all still open daily with Naeba planning on opening up again for the weekend.
Resort information as of Wednesday 19th April 2017
Subject to change depending on snow and weather conditions.
GALA Yuzawa GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until Sunday 7th May. All of the Central Area courses and part of the North Area currently remain open. The sledding area is also open. The Falcon downhill course is now closed - use the Gondola to get back down to base. Official snow depth: 220cm
Kagura The Tashiro Area of Kagura plans to be open until Sunday 7th May. The Kagura Area (via Mitsumata Ropeway) plans to be open until Sunday 28th May. Almost all Kagura courses remain open. Closed courses according to official website are the Gondola East Course (at Tashiro) and the downhill course (back to Mitsumata car park). Official snow depth: Kagura - 300cm; Mitsumata - 240cm; Tashiro - 270cm
Kandatsu Kogen Kandatsu Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May. Most courses at Kandatsu Kogen remain open. Last nighta at Kandatsu on Friday and Saturday. Official snow depth: 170cm
Naeba Naeba is closed today but plans to open up again at the weekend (and then from 29th April until 7th May).
All other ski and snowboard resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region are now closed for the season. Read more ...