Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017
Sunday 26th April 2015, 8:25am
The skies may not be quite so blue this morning, but the sun is out again and it is going to be another fine, clear and sunny day here in Niseko.
And that's about it really. What more can I say... oh yes, more of the same coming up tomorrow too. And the day after that. And probably the day after that too. Maybe even the day after that as well.
There's a moderate wind higher up, but lifts are the two open resorts seem to be opening as planned.
Perhaps we can get right up to the end of the season with these conditions.
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
Good morning from Yuzawa and today is going to be very similar to yesterday with more sunny skies and temperatures rising to around 20 degrees.
And that is about all there is to report really.
This stretch of fine, warm and sunny weather is set to continue.
Official snow depths: ** General opening plans - any unplanned closures will be mentioned in the above report **
GALA Yuzawa: Official snow depth of 160cm. 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)
The sun is out, we have blue skies above, not much of a wind and it's another fine spring morning. And these fine conditions will continue into the week with temperatures getting that little bit warmer as well... we'll probably see highs in the low 20's in the coming week.
Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 210cm Uenotaira - 110cm
Lifts that remain open and plans for the rest of the season (planned)
Operating daily until Wednesday 6th May:
- Nagasaka Gondola - Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift - Yamabiko Four Lift - Uenotaira Four lift - 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 until May 6th (planned)
Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Kokenashi Bunabayashi (down to mid-way Gondola Station) Uenotaira Paradise Rinkan (down to base)
The Nagasaka link connecting course is now not open, so if you are using the lower Rinkan course down to base you will need to get a shuttle bus back from that area to the Nagasaka Gondola and car parks.
Actually quite chilly when I got up earlier on, but it's quickly warming now with the sun out and clear blue skies all around.
These conditions are forecast to go on into the coming week too so expect lots of sun and warmth.
Sakura cherry blossoms sighted as well! Ah, spring time indeed...
Official snow depth numbers and planned operations. Subject to change:
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 - 150cm 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 - Usagidaira pair - Kurobishi Number 2 quad - Kurobishi Number 3 pair (* weekend and from 29th April until 6th May) - Skyline Number 2 pair - Grat quad - Panorama pair - Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair
The Kokusai Number 1 pair and Saka Kita One quad lifts are also operating this weekend and then again from Wednesday 29th until Wednesday 6th May. They are effectively acting as 'get you there' lifts to relieve some of the pressure from the Gondola.
Happo has started it's 'yuki asobi' (play in the snow) event and that will go on until 10th May when the ski resort closes. Sakka Kitaone Quad is open for that; snowshoeing, snowrafting, snowsleding and Kitaone Onsen also open. The onsen is located in between Indian Summer Café & Happo Banks. The Onsen, Indian Summer Cafe & Sakka Kitaone Quad lift only will be operating until 31st May 2015 (with the snow activities finishing on 10th May).
** Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 135cm
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 - 240cm
Other resorts in the area are now closed for the season. Read more ...