Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Tuesday 1st April 2014, 8:40am
Blue sky and sunny
It is a fine morning here in Niseko with blue skies and just a few fast moving white cloud here and there.... just windy. Yes the flags are blowing about here in the village area as well and top lifts (as well as the gondola over at Annupuri) are not opening as planned this morning.
Sun is forecast for the next few days, warmer tomorrow than today, to be followed by rain later in the week - and then possibly snow over the weekend.
As we are now into new month, lets look at those snow depth numbers for March and the season as a whole:
Observed snowfall in Hirafu for March 2014: 113cm Observed snowfall in Hirafu for the 13/14 season so far: 1150cm
Compare that with the numbers from last season (observations made by the same person in the same place):
Observed snowfall in Hirafu for March 2014: 164cm Observed snowfall in Hirafu for the 12/13 season at end of March 2013: 1549cm
Still lots of snow of course, but there was a fair chunk more of it last year - 5m more in fact.
Last year in April we observed 32cm by the way.
(All of these numbers can be found at the lower part of the Niseko Now reports).
Let's also take a look at the Japan Meteorological Agency statistics for snowfall recorded in Kutchan town as well:
March 2014: 118cm March 2013: 124cm March 2012: 79cm March 2011: 210cm
The JMA Kutchan number for April ranges from nothing to around 30cm.
Official snow depth numbers at time of writing:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 340cm Base - 125cm
Niseko Village: Top - 340cm Base - 130cm
Annupuri: Top - 330cm Base - 140cm
Niseko Village plans to be open until Sunday 6th April Niseko Hanazono Resort plans to be open until Sunday 6th April 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 Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 1st April 2014, 8:59am
The resort is reporting a temperature down to -4 degrees up on the top Yamabiko area this morning and it was quite cold earlier on, but it should warm up to close on 10 degrees at base today.
The sun is out and it's calm at the moment.
The forecast says more sun tomorrow, followed by the chance of rain mid to late week and still that snow forecast for early weekend for higher elevations.
Lifts Planned operating lifts for today (weekday operations): Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Four Yamabiko Number 2 Four Uenotaira Four Yu Road Hikage Triple
Courses Planned courses to be open: Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Uenotaira Paradise Bunabayashi Schneider Utopia Utopia 2 Challenge
Note that the following lifts have closed for the season: - Hikage Gondola - Challenge pair lift - Utopia pair lift - Kandahar pair lift - Nagasaka quad - Nagasaka triple - Nagasaka gondola connecting - Karasawa pair Read more ...
Tuesday 1st April 2014, 9:01am
A sunny morning here in Hakuba and just a light breeze.
The forecast for later in the week is still looking interesting. Well the bit after the rain we are expecting around Thursday anyway! Will it really be snowing once again Friday/Saturday? We'll just have to wait and see.
The snow has been melting away quickly around the village of late with rice and farming fields now exposed and only mounds of snow here and there left. There's still very good cover on the mountains higher up; though more - and bigger - patches of ground starting to show through in areas close to base now. With temperatures due to rise to around +12 degrees today, there'll be more of that going on. Inevitable of course, but sad all the same. Still get on the lifts higher up for that spring time slicing. It's all very quiet as well now. I think the next of sakura blossiming in Tokyo signals a real turn in the season with lots of people finishing up for the season.
Happo-one has closed off parts of the mountain due to the dwindling amount of snow on lower slopes. The following course areas are now closed: Central course; Champion course; Kita one course; Sakka; Forest run by Skyline; Kita one number 3 return course.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at resorts remaining open (as of 1st April 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Plans to be open until early May. Upper - 220cm Toomi - 80cm Iimori - 50cm
Hakuba 47: Plans to be open until early May. Upper - 165cm Lower - 30cm
Happo-one: Plans to be open until early May. Usagidaira - 160cm Nakiyama - 20cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Plans to be open until early May. Tsuganomori - 300cm Maruyama - 50cm Kanenonaruoka - 80cm
Hakuba Cortina: Plans to be open until 6th April. Upper - 250cm Lower - 130cm Read more ...
Tuesday 1st April 2014, 9:11am
No jokes about huge amounts of fresh powder*, though there are definitely huge amounts of pollen flying around at the moment with a lot of people suffering from hayfever - including myself. Seems really bad this year. If you do suffer from the Japanaese brand of hayfever - be aware that it's full on here at the moment.
Anyway enough about that, it's a fine and sunny morning in Yuzawa. A light northerly wind, and about 6 degrees now; high of 12 degrees expected in town. Similar conditions are forecast for tomorrow as well.
Today is the last day for the Yuzawa Park skijo area.
(* Kagura officially still on 350cm!)
Here's the latest on when Yuzawa skijo intend to be open until:
Fine weather the past few days and today is the same with sunny blue skies.
As we get into April, things are now becoming much more limited with only a few ski areas remaining open, details below. Tenjindaira usually remains open until Golden Week in early May though so still a while to go.
We will update the Minakami Now page occasionally until the end of the season. In the meantime please do check the resort pages on the site (links to the right of this page) for weather forecasts that are updated multiple times each day - and actually right through the year as well!
The following skijo remain open:
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort - until 6th April Minakami Houdaigi - plans to be open until 6th April Tanigawa Tenjindaira - plans to be open until 6th May
The following skijo are now closed for the season:
Minakami Fujiwara Okutone Snow Park Oana White Valley Norn Minakami Akazawa Read more ...
Tuesday 1st April 2014, 9:54am
There is high cloud over the resort but blue skies to the east.
Temperatures have warmed again and today will be great spring skiing on well groomed slopes. The best time to put some turns in will be in the morning when conditions are firmer and expect things to get fairly soft as the day rolls on.
It looks like Wednesday and Thursday will be fairly well into positive temperatures with heavy rain forecast for Friday.
More sun and blue skies this morning in Shiga Kogen.
We're expecting more tomorrow too, though then after that rain and maybe even some snow for the weekend. I'll post another update just before the weekend.
Lifts and courses that are open has become more limited from today, with some places open until the coming weekend and after that it's mostly weekends only apart from the few places that are open through until early May. Updated lift/ski area open information below.
Sun Valley: Number 1 lift - until 6th April
Maruike: Number 1 triple lift - until 6th April
Tannenomori: Number 8 quad lift - until 3rd April and then 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th April; 26th April until 6th May
Giant: Until 6th April
Happo Bunadaira: Happo quad - until 6th April
Ichinose Diamond: Diamond triple lift - until 4th April Diamond quad lift - until 6th April; then on weekends and 26th April until 6th May.
Ichinose Family: Ichinose Number 2 Pair B - until 6th May Ichinose quad - until 6th May
Ichinose Yamanokami: Until 6th April and then weekends 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 - until 6th April and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May Triple lift - until 6th April and then weekdays until 25th April; and then 3rd-6th May
Yakebitaiyama: Number 1 Gondola - until 6th April Number 2 Gondola - until 6th April and then 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May Number 2 high speed - until 6th April and then 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May Number 4 romance - when number 2 gondola is resting
Okushiga Kogen: Number 1 pair lift - until 6th April Number 4 pair lift - until 6th April and then 12th, 13th, 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 - 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May Number 2 pair - 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 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
The following areas are already closed for the season: Hasuike Nishitateyama Higashitateyama Kidoike Read more ...