Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017
Tuesday 29th April 2014, 9:02am
Clear and sunny
Good morning from Niseko on this national holiday in Japan.
(Today is 'Showa Day' by the way. Wiki says: "Showa Day is a Japanese annual holiday held on April 29. It honors the birthday of the Shōwa Emperor (Hirohito), the reigning emperor from 1926 to 1989. The purpose of the holiday is to encourage public reflection on the turbulent 63 years of Hirohito's reign.")
Anyway back to Niseko stuff. Lovely blue skies over the region this morning... it's another lovely spring morning. It got colder overnight and not expected to be quite as warm today, but sunny through the day. Similar forecast for tomorrow at the moment too; maybe a bit warmer than today.
The Hirafu Gondola is moving again today of course.
Someone asked again about official snow depth numbers. As I have explained before, these are the official numbers published by the resorts so they are the people to talk with! Currently Niseko Grand Hirafu says 20cm. In some places it's actually 0cm (as you can see from the webcam image below), and in some places it's more. Please remember to bring along that pinch of salt of course when reading these numbers and don't read into them too much!
Official snow depth numbers and planned operating lifts at time of writing:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 230cm Base - 20cm
Ace Number 2 Center Four lift King Number 3 Triple King Number 4 (* Hirafu Gondola will open only on 29th April and 3-6th May)
Annupuri: Top - 280cm Base - 40cm
Annupuri Gondola Jumbo No1 quad Jumbo No4 pair
Niseko Village: Top - 250cm Base - 50cm
Niseko Gondola Wonderland Chair
Niseko Annupuri plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May. Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May. Niseko Village plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May.
Niseko Hanazono Resort is now closed for the season. Read more ...
Tuesday 29th April 2014, 9:09am
First of all, here's some news for you. Hakuba Goryu are extending their season and now plan to remain open until Sunday 11th May. From Wednesday 7th May until Sunday 11th, the Gondola and top Alps No1 lift will be operating, and tickets will cost 2400 yen for adults and 2000 yen for elementary school age children.
From what I can tell, Goryu is the only resort extending beyond next Tuesday. I will keep an eye open and report any other changes if there are any.
OK on to today. Very similar start to the day here as yesterday really - grey, and cloudy. There's a good chance of rain sometime during the day today and tomorrow too; maybe even into Thursday. The skies should be clearer from Friday though to be followed by the sun making Golden Week appearance over the weekend.
Remember, it's a 4 day weekend next week with Monday and Tuesday national holidays.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at resorts remaining open (as of 29th April 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Plans to be open until 11th May. Top area open, need to get gondola back down to base. Upper - 140cm Toomi - 0cm
Hakuba 47: Plans to be open until 6th May. Almost all of Hakuba 47 remains open. Upper - 100cm Lower - 30cm
Happo-one: Plans to be open until 6th May. Top areas (Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline) open. Need to get lift back down to base. Usagidaira - 90cm Lower - 0cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Plans to be open until 6th May. Top area remains open. Tsuganomori - 166cm Lower - 0cm
It is another bright but largely overcast morning here. Warm too from very early. It seems temps didn't drop below 10 degrees overnight last night and it is already almost 20C now. There's a moderate wind blowing here in town at the moment, but I can't see any news of any lifts being affected.
We're still not sure when to expect this rain - later today or early tomorrow morning with rain showers forecast for tomorrow and Thursday.
Hopefully the weather will co-operate for the weekend.
Kagura is expecting the car parks to be very busy next weekend. So much so that they are asking people to try and come with friends and family together to reduce the number of vehicles! Personally I'd go for Kagura just after Golden Week (ie. next Wednesday onwards) to avoid the large crowds that are expected.
Current planned resort operations:
29th April and 3rd-6th May only: Naeba (Takenokodaira and Daishamen slopes - may change depending on snow conditions)
Daily until 6th May: GALA Yuzawa (Central and part of North Area) Kagura (Tashiro area)
Daily until 25th May: Kagura (Mitsumata and main Kagura area)
All other resorts in the region are now closed for the season.
Official resort snow depths @ Tuesday 29th April 2014, AM: Naeba: 90cm Kagura (Tashiro): 240cm Kagura (Mitsumata): 290cm Gala Yuzawa: 130cm Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 29th April 2014, 9:36am
It is a cloudy and overcast start to the day here in Nozawa on this Showa Day national holiday.
Rain is expected later on today - hopefully it will hold off until the lifts have closed for the day. There's a chance of rain showers over the next few days but fingers crossed that Friday onwards we will have fine clearer conditions for the last few days of the season.
After today, 7 days to go!
Lifts will be opening 30 minutes earlier than normal from Saturday 3rd May until Tuesday 6th May --> Nagasaka Gondola will open from 8:10am.
Tuesday 29th April 2014:
Official snow depths: Yamabiko - 220cm Uenotaira - 110cm
Lifts Planned operating lifts for today: Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Four Yamabiko Number 2 Four Skyline connecting Uenotaira Four Paradise Four Yunomine Pair
Courses Planned courses to be open: Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Kogenashi Paradise Uenotaira Bunabayashi Rinkan Read more ...