Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017
Friday 24th April 2015, 7:35am
Blue sky, bit of cloud
Morning from Yuzawa and it's going to be another fine day here. It felt really warm in the afternoon in particular yesterday with beautiful blue skies and feel-good sunshine. Real t-shirt weather.
Warm overnight too keeping in double digits.
And more of the same looks likely for today.
Sun is forecast over the weekend as well, perhaps not quite as warm tomorrow, but you won't need the thermals!
Official snow depths: ** General opening plans - any unplanned closures will be mentioned in the above report **
GALA Yuzawa: Official snow depth of 180cm. The Central Area and most of the North Area. The South Area is now closed. The downhill course is also now closed - get down back to base using the Gondola.
Kagura: Official snow depth of 310cm. All three main areas of Kagura remain pretty much fully open.
Planned closing dates for resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region Information as currently available and of course subject to change depending on conditions. Resorts not mentioned below are now closed.
Open until Wednesday May 6th:
- Naeba (*closed on weekdays, open ONLY on weekends and holidays [except April 29th]) - GALA Yuzawa - Kagura (Tashiro)
It'a more of the same this morning with blue skies and sun from early morning with warm conditions.
This stretch of weather should continue over the weekend too.
There may be more cloud around tomorrow and it might not be as warm, but we'll be back to temperatures possibly hitting 20 degrees on Sunday.
Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 230cm Uenotaira - 140cm
Lifts that remain open and plans for the rest of the season (planned)
Daily until Wednesday 6th May:
- Nagasaka Gondola - Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift - Yamabiko Four Lift
Saturday 25th April until Wednesday 6th May:
- Uenotaira Four lift
Saturday 25th April until Wednesday 6th May:
- Paradise Four lift
Saturday 25th April until Sunday 26th April; Saturday 2nd May until Wednesday 6th May:
- Skyline connecting pair lift
Courses that remain open
Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Kokenashi Uenotaira Paradise Bunabayashi Rinkan
The Nagasaka link connecting course is now not open, and so if you are using the lower Rinkan, Utopia, Schneider courses on the left side of the mountain you will need to get a shuttle bus back from that base area to the Nagasaka Gondola.
I have to post this report early before there's full information available, but I would expect top lifts to be affected. Niseko Grand Hirafu already actually seem to be saying that the two King lifts will be on hold due to the wind but they plan to get the Ace Number 3 lift moving as a 'replacement'. No word yet from Annupuri.
So yes it's generally cloudy with a spot of rain possible this afternoon.
Hopefully we'll get back to clearer skies and sun for the weekend - and less wind - and the forecasts seem to be giving a good chance of that happening.
Look for a real warm up starting around Monday, when temperatures may start approaching 20 degrees at base.
Planned resort operations for the rest of the season - weather conditions may mean changes on any given day, but these are the plans!
Niseko Grand Hirafu: - Ace Quad Number 2 Center four - until May 6 - King Triple Lift Number 3 - until May 6 - King Number 4 - until May 6 - Hirafu Gondola (** ONLY ON SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS and HOLIDAYS) - until May 6 - Spring Park plans to be open until May 6
Niseko Annupuri: - Annupuri Gondola - until May 6 - Jumbo Number 1 quad - until May 6 - Jumbo Number 4 pair - until May 6
Niseko Village: Niseko Village is currently closed but plans to re-open for the Golden Week holidays - from April 29th until May 6th
Hakuba Goryu: Top area of Hakuba Goryu plans to be at least part open until Sunday 10th May. You can still (just about) ski down to gondola base using the Toomi area on a thin strip of snow. The 'Expert Course' is now closed. The following lifts remain open: - Hakuba Goryu Telecabin Gondola - Alps Number 1 pair lift - Alps Number 3 pair lifts
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 plans to be at least part open until Wednesday 6th May. Currently all open (top to bottom) apart from a small lower part of R7. Tree Riding Zone now closed for the season. The following lifts remain open: - Gondola - Pair lift Line AB - Quad lift Line C - High speed pair Line E
** Official snow depth: Upper - 160cm Lower - 40cm
Happo-one: Happo-one plans to be at least part open until Sunday 10th May. The top area of the resort remains open - all lower areas now closed, so you need to take the Gondola back down. The following lifts remain open: - Adam Gondola - Alpen quad - Kurobishi Number 2 quad - Skyline Number 2 pair - Grat quad - Panorama pair - Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair The Kurobishi Number 3 pair, Kokusai Number 1 pair and Saka Kita One quad lifts plan to be operating again from 25th April.
Happo will be having a 'yuki asobi' (play in the snow) event from 25th April until 10th May when the ski resort closes. Sakka Kitaone Quad will be open. Snowshoeing, snowrafting, snowsleding and Kitaone Onsen will be operating. The onsen is located in between Indian Summer Café & Happo Banks. The Onsen, Indian Summer Kafe & Sakka Kitaone Quad lift only will be operating until 31st May 2015. Snow activities will finish on 10th May.
** Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 140cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Tsugaike Kogen plans to be at least part open until Wednesday 6th May. Top areas and part of Maruyama and Oya-no-hara courses remain open. The following lifts remain open: - Eve Gondola - Han-no-ki high speed pair - Tsuga Number 2 pair - Tsugaike Ropeway
** Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori - 250cm
Other resorts in the area are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Friday 24th April 2015, 17:18pm
Partly cloudy today; looks like sunny days ahead
Just a quick note before we enter another weekend - just a few more ahead!
And things have changed a lot in the few days since the last Now! report.
We've got cherry blossoms blooming on the roads leading up to the resort, blue skies for the weekend and a lot less snow.
There is still plenty out there, but spring is definitely here at last. What could be better: warm winds, blue skies, and white snow. Nice to see the big crowds the last weekends, and hopefully a lot of people will be out for the party in the coming days.
Akakura Kanko: 150cm, 12° Open through May 5. Myokokogen Sky Cable gondola and No. 3 lift