Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017
Monday 27th April 2015, 7:28am
The summery weather from the weekend continues today. With warm temperatures and blue skies it is a nice change from cold winters, I have even seen some people skiing in shorts! Despite the warm temperatures our snowpack is holding up well, with 100cm of snow at the base and we still have 340cm of snow at the peak.
Looking at the forecast for this week, there is some cloud forecast tomorrow, with a chance of rain. This clears up on Wednesday and sunshine and warm temperatures we prevail. The strong winds today are forecast to drop by tomorrow, with moderate winds later in the week.
Kiroro Resort plans to remain on spring operations until the end of Golden Week (May 6th). If the snow holds out the resort will open for weekend operations after then, watch this space for more updates. Read more ...
Monday 27th April 2015, 8:01am
Clear, sunny and warm
Today is going to be another very warm and sunny day - much like yesterday. High temperatures in the low 20s. And tomorrow will very probably be the same.
Other than that, I'm struggling for much else to report!
Oh yes, we are back to just Kagura and GALA Yuzawa open now with Naeba once again taking the weekdays off. Wednesday is a national holiday in Japan, but Naeba will not be open on that day. The main chunk of Golden Week this year is Saturday to Wednesday.
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 290cm. 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 [but not on the April 29th holiday]) - GALA Yuzawa - Kagura (Tashiro)
It's a warm morning. And it's going to be an even warmer afternoon. Temperatures to hit 20 degrees today? They may well do.
Mostly clear and sunny weather conditions are forecast for the whole of the coming week.
Some people have been spotted skiing in t-shirts and the like. Haven't noticed any 'naked skiing' yet though! Perhaps still a bit too on the chilly side for that! (PS Such things are not a feature of the skiing in Japan scene).
As we approach Golden Week, let's go over what the holidays actually are this year; I believe this information to be correct:
Wednesday April 29th - 'Showa Day' Thursday April 30th - normal weekday Friday May 1st - normal weekday Saturday May 2nd - normal Saturday Sunday May 3rd - 'Constitution Memorial Day' Monday May 4th - 'Greenery Day' Tuesday May 5th - 'Childrens Day' Wednesday May 6th - 'Constitution Memorial Day' holiday (a proper holiday as it falls on the Sunday)
So a lot of people will effectively get this coming Wednesday off as a holiday and then a run of 5 days from Saturday until Wednesday next week.
This all means that after today we only have 9 days left to go.
Remember, Niseko Village resort will be (part) opening up again from Wednesday and open daily until Wednesday next week.
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 Hakuba as we enter another week which includes the first little bit of Golden Week (which is just the lonely one day national holiday on Wednesday) - the main part of Golden Week for most people will be from Saturday until Wednesday next week.
Weather wise it's going to be more of the same, though warm from the get go and none of the slight chill I mentioned yesterday morning.
Sun and warmth is what to expect this week.
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. Slight walk from the snow at base to the Gondola. All good exercise! The following lifts remain open: - Gondola - Pair lift Line AB - Quad lift Line C - High speed pair Line E
** Official snow depth: Upper - 145cm Lower - 35cm
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 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.
** Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 130cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Tsugaike Kogen plans to be at least part open until Wednesday 6th May. Top area 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 ...
Monday 27th April 2015, 9:40am
Warm and sunny
The snow continues to melt quicky in the heat, and we're now down to a rather limited area to ski/board. The fine, warm weather is set to continue for the week and so the snow melt will be continuing apace.
In fact, just the Chuo and Utopia (seperate) courses areas remaining open now. (The run down from the top Gondola station is now closed for skiing).
It looks like we just have the Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2 and Utopia Number 2 lifts operating now - as well as the Ropeways, but they continue through the year for sightseeing.
If you plan to visit this week, I recommend checking with the resort for the latest. I will try to post a new report with the latest before the weekend.
Subject to change. This is what the plans are for the lifts that remain operating at Zao Onsen:
Until Wednesday 6th May Chuo Number 1 Pair AB Chuo Number 2 Pair AB Utopia Number 2 Pair
Operating through the year (for general tourism outside of snow season) Sky Cable Chuo Ropeway Zao Ropeway
Last day of the snow season currently planned for Wednesday 6th May. Read more ...
Monday 27th April 2015, 9:56am
It is a stunning sunny day with very warm temperatures. The light breeze will be most welcome to provide a bit of airconditioning as it is going to get pretty hot out there. The snow conditions are wet and slushy. As it is late season the trails back to the base of the resort are now closed due to a lack of snow. Furano Ropeway provideds access to the upper mountain and there is one lift operating for skiing...Downhill Romance #2 chair. Read more ...