Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 18th January 2018
Wednesday 29th March 2017, 8:25am
Fine, hazy, some cloud
Good morning to you all.
A very spring-like feel to this early morning. Mild and kind of a 'hazy fine'. Plus some cloud. The words aren't flowing this morning, sorry!
It's forecast to me very mild (for us) here today, perhaps as high as around 6 or 7C this afternoon. Also looks like there might be some rain later tomorrow, but hopefully a bit of snow at higher elevations.
I'll try to be better with my English tomorrow, honest!
Until Thursday, Shirakaba at Niseko Grand Hirafu will apparently be closed as they are busy setting up the Spring Park there.
The Dai-no no kabe course will be closed today due to an event being held there (35th Hokkaido Junior Ski Technique Championships).
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
Planned closing dates Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May. Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April. Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April (and then from 28th April until 7th May). Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Night time floodlit operations have now finished for the season. Read more ...
Wednesday 29th March 2017, 8:35am
Mostly cloudy, some blue sky
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Maiko Snow Resort reporting 5cm of fresh up top and Kagura also reporting 2-5cm and so it sounds like there's a bit of fresh snow again higher up this morning, though none down in town (it was raining when I went out last night).
Right now there's quite a lot of cloud around but it's bright and there's also some blue sky on show too. It's going to be mild today - approaching double digit temperatures - and probably warm up further still and bust through into double digits tomorrow.
A bunch of ski resorts in the area will be having their last day of the season this coming Sunday - info on planned closing dates below.
Official snow depth information as of Wednesday 29th March 2017
GALA Yuzawa Central, North, downhill course and sledding area are all open Official snow depth: 380cm
Planned 'Nighta' operations (floodlit night skiing)
** Subject to change due to snow and weather conditions
Kandatsu Kogen 'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night' from 6pm-4am) is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nighta before holidays from 7th April until 22nd April
Bit of light snow falling on mountain yesterday and this morning some resorts are reporting a few cm of snow on upper areas. None at base though.
There is quite a bit of of cloud around this morning but some breaks in it and blue sky too especially as a backdrop to our beautiful mountains. Clouds will probably get less and sun should win the day. It's expected to warm up as well and further still tomorrow, perhaps rising to above ten degrees down in the village.
There's no snow on the forecasts now over the coming week, so we will have to make do with what we have - for now at least.
Early turns will be best!
Resort news as of 8:35am on Wednesday 29th March 2017:
All information as available and subject to change.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. Official snow depth: Upper: 320cm Base: 145cm --- Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 1-3cm of fresh snowfall. Official snow depth: Alps: 290cm Toomi: 135cm Iimori: 80cm --- Last nighta on 31st March. Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 230cm Kurobishi: 310cm Lower: 90cm --- Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Sunday 7th May. Planned closing dates for lifts are as follows: Open until Sunday 2nd April Kokusai Number 1 pair lift Kitaone Number 3 pair lift --- Open until Sunday 9th April Nakiyama Number 3 triple lift Happo Riesen quad --- Open until Sunday 7th May Gondola Alpen quad lift Grat quad lift Usagidaira pair lift Panorama pair lift Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair lift Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift Kurobishi Number 3 pair lift Skyline Number 2 pair lift
Tsugaike Kogen: Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 355m Han-no-ki: 350cm Maruyama: 120cm Oya-no-hara: 125cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 115cm --- Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May. Planned closing dates for lifts are as follows: Open until 1pm on Friday 31st March Maruyama Number 1 quad lift Champion quad lift Tsugaike Number 1 pair lift Karamatsu High Speed pair lift Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner III Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner IV Kane-no-naru-oka Number 11 Romance lift --- Open until Sunday 2nd April Han-no-ki Number 3 quad lift Tsugaike Chuo triple chair lift Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner II Kane-no-naru-oka Romance lift --- Open until Sunday 9th April Shirakaba quad --- Open until Sunday 7th May Tsugaike Ropeway Gondola Tsuga Number 2 pair lift Han-no-ki high speed pair lift
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 1cm of fresh snowfall. Part open until Sunday 2nd April. Official snow depth: Top: 355cm Base: 212cm
Courses not open today are: - Grand Prix - Hachiman - Kandahar East - Kandahar West - Kamoshika
Floodlit evening 'nighta' has now finished for the season. Read more ...
Wednesday 29th March 2017, 8:41am
Morning from here in Zao.
Looks like visibility is very poor on mountain this morning (from what I can see on the webcam), but here at base it's just... cloudy.
There might be a few spots of rain at times tomorrow but other than that the forecast is for generally dry conditions over the coming week.
Planned closing dates for lifts at Zao Onsen - subject to change due to snow conditions:
Operating daily until Friday 31st March: - Oomori quad - Yokokura Number 2 pair - Astraea Number 1 pair - Astraea Number 2 pair - Astraea Number 3 pair
Operating daily until Sunday 2nd April: - Nakamori Number 1 triple - Onsen Number 1 pair - Onsen Number 2 quad
Operating until Sunday 9th April: - Mikaeri pair - Shobunuma Number 2 pair (holidays only after 2nd April)
Operating until Sunday 16th April: - Katakai triple (holidays only after 2nd April) - Paradise pair AB (holidays only after 2nd April)
Operating until Sunday 7th May: - Chuo Number 1 pair AB - Chuo Number 2 pair AB (holidays only after 16th April) - Utopia Number 2 pair
No fixed closing date: - Yokokura Number 1 pair AB - Kurohime Number 1 quad
Open all year (* for sightseeing): - Sky Cable - Chuo Ropeway - Zao Ropeway
Official snow depths (as published by the resort): Summit - 155cm Paradise - 240cm Chuo - 240cm Utopia - 200cm Uwanodai - 130cm Yokokura - 135cm
Lifts that are already closed for the season: - Paradise Number 3 pair - Diamond Number 1 pair - Zao Kokutai pair - Ryuzan pair - Karamatsu pair - Onsen Number 3 Parallel AB - Onsen Number 4 quad - Sunrise pair AB - Nakamori Number 2 pair - Diamond Number 2 pair Read more ...
Wednesday 29th March 2017, 8:55am
Cloud, blue sky, sun
Hello and good morning from Madarao.
The sun is out and there's both blue sky and cloud above us on this spring-like morning; some big cloud shadows being cast over the slopes just now...
Snow doesn't seem likely now through until Sunday - there may be a chance of rain tomorrow, hopefully not - so it would be nice if we could have generally fine and sunny weather for the last days of the season here.
I'll keep on posting until that final day!
Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April. 5 days to go.
Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):
- Number 1 lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3A lift - Super quad lift - Number 11 lift - Number 12 lift - Number 13 lift - Number 15 lift - Moving walkway - Kids Park - Free Ride Park
- Powder Wave I - Powder Wave II - River Line - Powder Theater - Adventure Aisle - Crystal Bowl - Ninja - Sawa - Rabbit - Bear - Kamoshika
Lift and resort closing dates - it's complicated! Please note that from 8th May, joint Shiga Kogen lift tickets are not valid - individual tickets from the individual areas will be required.
Sun Valley Both Sun Valley lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Maruike The Number 1 triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April The Number 2 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 26th March
Hasuike The triple lift and ropetow plan to be operating until Sunday 26th March (ropetow weekends only)
Giant The pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Higashitateyama The Gondola plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Bunadaira The Hoppo quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Takamagahara Mammoth The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April). The triple lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March. The pair lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March (* Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only)
Nishitateyama The Nishitateyama lifts plan to be operating until Friday 31st March
Tannenomori Okojo The quad lift plans to be operating daily until Sunday 2nd April and then on 8th/9th April and from 29th April until 7th May
Ichinose Family The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Ichinose Number 2 pair A lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May
Terakoya The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 3rd April until 28th April).
Ichinose Diamond The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April)
Ichinose Yamanokami Plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April
Yakebitaiyama The Gondolas and Number 2 lift plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Okushiga Kogen The Okushiga Kogen Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating on 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and between 29th April and 7th May The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3, and 6 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May
Kumanoyu The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 14th May The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April; and then on 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and from 29th April until 7th May
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until late May The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (may be closed on certain days) The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until late May Read more ...
Wednesday 29th March 2017, 10:02am
Bluebird with one or two clouds
Good morning from Naeba everybody.
Today is going to be a hot one with absolutely spectacular weather. Things will most likely get a little slushy later on but right now the snow is in pretty good condition thanks in part to the 5 cm of fresh snow we have received overnight.
Looking on we currently have a little rain and then snow predicted for tomorrow night then a little rain predicted again for Saturday. Sunday the 2nd April will be the last day of normal operation in Naeba this season and that day is currently looking like it could be spectacularly good weather.
After having been for a ski myself this morning I am pleased to be able to report that the snow conditions continue to be excellent for this time of year. The snow is firm spring snow top to bottom, with the lower half softening from mid morning onwards in the sunlight, but the upper mountain remaining firm. So whether you like soft spring snow or wintery snow, the mountain is offering both options at the moment. The morning was 50/50 cloud and blue sky, but has now become mostly cloudy. There is a light wind in the village and that can be stronger near the top of the resort. Read more ...