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Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 22nd April 2013, 8:05am
It might well be warming up soon... but not quite yet.
This morning it's another cold and wintery-like start to the day and there's more snow to report.... up to 7cm on Yamabiko according to the resort themselves, and 5cm on Uenotaira. A cold -5C up there too as of 7:30am and conditions described as 'powder'. Not bad at all.
Similarly poor visibility up on the top runs this morning and the forecast for the day is decent weather and so perhaps we will see it clear up as the day moves on.
Warmer conditions are expected tomorrow.
Official snow depths Yamabiko 220cm
Nozawa Onsen planned opening dates to the end of season:
Daily until 6th May: Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift Yamabiko Four lift
27th April until 6th May Uenotaira Four lift Snow Park
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 ...
Monday 22nd April 2013, 8:10am
Yesterday was fun!
There's not that much to report this morning from Niseko. It's not quite as cold this morning and a bright start to the day with some nice blue skies over the mountain and more cloud over in the direction of Mt Yotei.
Just to remind you of the lifts operating at the Niseko Grand Hirafu resort area. They are the Ace Number 2 Quad center four, the King Number 3 Triple and the King Number 4 lifts. The Hirafu Gondola is operating on Saturdays, Sundahys and national holidays.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 440cm Bottom - 120cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 310cm Bottom - 150cm
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 ...
Monday 22nd April 2013, 12:35pm
It's keeping fairly cold out and there's still some of that snow that fell in places around town today.
I am hearing some very positive reports from people who went up to Kagura over the weekend. Apparently there was quite a bit more than the original 10cm that was reported. Some people saying as much as 30cm of fresh in places, though I'm not sure if they were just getting a bit carried away there! The resort came back and said 20cm. They were delighted to have timed it right to get some fresh snow conditions and by all accounts it was really good up there --- certainly considering it's the second half of April. That's what we like to hear!
Some rain earlier on this morning, but it at lunchtime now the sun is out and there is more blue sky on show as well as a fair bit of cloud hanging on. It is about 9 degrees now in Yuzawa.
Tomorrow is going to warm up a fair bit with a high temperature of around 17 degrees forecast for the town areas, so that should get rid of the remaining snow on the lower slopes.
Official resort snow depths @ Monday 22nd April 2013, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro): 280cm Kagura (Kagura-Mitsumata): 330cm Gala Yuzawa: 170cm
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 ...
Monday 22nd April 2013, 12:40pm
Cloud, some breaks
More snow this morning up on the mountain as spring holds off once again. -3 degrees up there and 210cm of snow. Some parting of the clouds and blue sky on show this lunchtime and perhaps it will clear up more. But it's keeping cold.
Tomorrow the forecast is for sunnier skies and warmer temperatures... Read more ...
Monday 22nd April 2013, 13:10pm
Cloud, fine, blue sky
That snowfall was all gone from the ground by mid afternoon, though it did try to snow on and off again later in the day yesterday before clearing up somewhat to leave us with a dramatic mix of cloud and clearings of sky as it got dark.
Today so far has seen a lot of white cloud hanging around the mountains and here and there with a blue sky as a background. This afternoon the sun has been out and fine conditions. Currently about 8 degrees in the village. More sun is expected tomorrow along with warmer temperatures.
Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 22nd 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 - 155cm; Toomi - 0cm
Hakuba 47: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Line AB, C and E. Official snow depth: Upper - 120cm Lower - 30cm
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 - 135cm 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 - 185cm Lower slopes - 0cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Cortina and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Monday 22nd April 2013, 14:00pm
It is a nice sunny morning in Furano. There is a light wind whipping around the base areas which is making the morning feel a bit more chilly than the last few mornings that we have had. There are great spring snow conditions on trail this morning, softening as the day progresses. Read more ...