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Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 29th April 2013, 8:02am
Quick report this morning - a somewhat cloudy start to the day early this morning but the local weather forecast is for clearer conditions and warm temperatures. There's a chance of rain tomorrow as it cools down from todays highs.
Official snow depths:
Courses open today at Nozawa Onsen (planned):
Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Uenotaira Paradise Bunabayashi Kokenashi
Nozawa Onsen planned opening dates to the end of season:
Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift Yamabiko Four lift Uenotaira Four lift Snow Park Paradise Four lift Skyline Connecting lift Yunomine pair Read more ...
Monday 29th April 2013, 9:00am
Akakura Kanko is still reporting 120cm as snow depth and promised to be open until a week day, 6th May. For this first part of Golden Week they have the Hotel No. 5 lift moving as well as the gondola and No. 3 lifts... and plan to do the same for the second part of the Golden Week holidays which is this coming Friday until Monday.
Seki Onsen is still boasting 170cm of snow depth.
Not quite over yet!
Operations and official snow depths
Akakura Kanko (Akakan) 120cm, 9C
Seki Onsen 170cm
Akakura Kanko: Open until 6th May - Sky Cable gondola and No. 3 lift (Hotel No. 5 lift from Friday to Monday). Seki Onsen: Plan to be open until 6th May. Read more ...
Monday 29th April 2013, 9:10am
Fine, clouding over
Very busy up at Kagura today. I did not go myself but hearing stories of some long waits for lifts, especially the Tashiro Ropeway which was running slower than normal due to strong winds. The resort themselves are saying that there was at times a 2 hour wait for the Ropeway! And Kagura resort is also saying that yesterday saw the biggest crowds of the season. That's Golden Week at Kagura for you.
No doubt today will be busy too and next weekend as well.
This morning started off fine with blue skies and the sun out but seems to have started to cloud over. It's going to be warm today and as high as 21 degrees in town. Even Kagura are expecting a high of up to 18 degrees.
Cloud is expected tomorrow and perhaps some rain as well.
Official resort snow depths @ Monday 29th April 2013, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro): 260cm Kagura (Kagura-Mitsumata): 310cm Gala Yuzawa: 130cm
Planned closing dates for the resorts in Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen - weekends only until 6th May GALA Yuzawa - part open until 6th May - Central and North Areas 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 29th April 2013, 9:35am
There's not too much to report this morning. It is a cloudy morning in the Niseko area, foggy conditions higher up and so reduced visibility. There is a moderate wind but lifts at the resorts seem to be open as planned.
Tomorrow through Thursday are a 'normal' weekdays - even though some lucky folk will have them off as a holiday to fill in between the two weekends - and then it's the last four days of the season from Friday with a long weekend signing off Golden Week.
Official Resort Snow Depths:
Niseko Grand Hirafu Top - 425cm Bottom - 80cm
Niseko Village Top - 300cm Bottom - 90cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 300cm Bottom - 100cm
Planned resort operations until the end of Golden Week (subject to change):
Niseko Hanazono (closed for the season)
Niseko Village (part open until Monday 6th May): - Niseko Gondola, Wonderland chair
Niseko Annupuri (part open until Monday 6th May): - Jumbo Number 1, Annupuri Gondola, Jumbo Number 4
Niseko Grand Hirafu (part open until Monday 6th May): - Ace Number 2 Center four, Hirafu Gondola (holidays only), King Number 3, King Number 4 Read more ...
Monday 29th April 2013, 10:00am
While we would be hoping for nice sunshine and warm weather at this time of year, the situation today is the opposite. Temperatures have plunged more towards winter than spring and with moderate winds, cloudly conditions and some rain thrown in as well it does not look like the most inviting day outside. The good news is that there is still plenty of snow around for the last week of the season and moreover there has actually been a decent snowfall overnight on the ski area! Read more ...
Monday 29th April 2013, 10:21am
Yesterday was a very fine day weather wise, lots of blue sky and a feel good spring day. Temperatures dipped to around freezing level overnight but it has quickly warmed up this morning and it's close to 15 degrees now as of 10am. The forecast predicts a high of over 20 degrees today down in the village, so it's going to be a warm day.
Mostly cloudy over the mountains but clearer and with blue skies over the village and to the east. Perhaps the clouds will disperse as yesterday.
Tomorrow there's a chance of rain and it likely won't be quite as warm.
Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 29th April 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, upper Number 1-4 pair lifts. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 130cm; Toomi - 0cm
Hakuba 47: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Line AB, C and E. Official snow depth: Upper - 125cm Lower - 10cm
Happo-one: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi Number 2 quad, Kurobishi Number 3 pair, Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair, Kokusai Number 1 pair, Panorama pair, Skyline Number 2 pair, Grat quad, Usagidaira pair (Golden Week only) Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 120cm Lower - 0cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Ropeway, Tsuga Number 2 pair, Hannoki pair. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 160cm Lower slopes - 0cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Cortina and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season. Read more ...