Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017
Tuesday 2nd April 2013, 6:45am
An early report from Yuzawa this morning... before any of the lifts move.
The day has started off cloudy and some spots of rain falling, light at the moment but the forecast for the day seems to be cloud and temps to rise to around 12 degrees. There's a moderate wind blowing around early on - whether that will be enough to impact on some lifts, not sure.
Rain is forecast for the day tomorrow.
Planned closing dates for resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma
Resorts in Yuzawa:
Ipponsugi - until 3rd April Iwappara - until 7th April Naeba - until 7th April NASPA Ski Garden - until 7th April Yuzawa Nakazato - until 7th April Yuzawa Park - until 7th April Kandatsu Kogen - until 14th April (and then weekends until Golden Week in early May) GALA Yuzawa - until 6th May Kagura (Tashiro) - until 6th May Kagura (Mitsumata) - until 26th May
Resorts in Minamiuonuma:
Maiko Snow Resort - open on 6/7th April and then on 13/14th April Ishiuchi Maruyama - until 7th April Joetsu Kokusai - until 7th April
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Tuesday 2nd April 2013, 8:01am
Unfortunately this morning it is raining in Naeba and also it looks like up at Kagura too. Not heavy rain just light at the moment and fingers crossed it might ease off as well.
It's pretty windy as well but all resort areas look to be open as planned this morning.
Looking like tomorrow might well be rainy as well, with the hope that higher up it might be snow.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 160cm Kagura - 370cm
Planned closing dates: Naeba - April 7th Kagura (Tashiro Ropeway) - May 6th Kagura (Mitsumata Ropeway) - May 26th Read more ...
Tuesday 2nd April 2013, 8:08am
Yesterday winds ended up affecting some lift operations on the mountain again but it seems today the resorts are getting ready to be open as normal.
Just a sprinkling of new snow, perhaps up to a few cm in places, but it's fairly wet. It's all a bit dull out there this morning actually with a fog on the mountain making visibility in places really poor. Just a slight wind at the moment at base.
Perhaps a bit brighter tomorrow but along with it the chance of rainfall.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 495cm Bottom - 215cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 400cm Bottom - 230cm
Niseko Village Top - 430cm Bottom - 200cm
Planned resort operations
Niseko Hanazono - until Sunday 7th April Niseko Village - until Sunday 7th April Niseko Annupuri - until Monday 6th May Niseko Grand Hirafu - until Monday 6th May Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 2nd April 2013, 8:23am
A cloudy start to proceedings in Nozawa this morning and already around 5 degrees in village with it due to rise to around 11 degrees during the day today.
We're likely not going to avoid rain today unfortunately and that may well last into tomorrow. We'll have to see if it falls as snow on the upper slopes of the mountain. I will of course let you know!
Official snow depths Yamabiko 260cm
Lower slopes of the resort are now closed for the season.
Nozawa Onsen opening dates from 1st April to the end of season:
From 1st April until 6th May: Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift Yamabiko Four lift
From 1st April until 7th April 12th April until 14th April 20th-21st April 27th April until 6th May Uenotaira Four lift Snow Park
6th-7th April 13th-14th April 20th-21st April 27th April until 6th May Paradise Four lift
Courses open at Nozawa Onsen:
Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Uenotaira Bunabayashi (to the Nagasaka Gondola mid station) Paradise Utopia A Utopia B Rinkan (until the Hikage area)
From tomorrow the resort will be 'working with snow' between the Nagasaka area and Hikage areas. Here's how you'll be able to get back to the Nagasaka Gondola from Rinkan:
On 2nd April - shuttle bus from Hikage From 3rd April onwards - use shuttle bus from Isemiya course
Lift prices from 1st April are 3500 yen (adults), 1500 yen (children), 2500 yen (seniors) for a day ticket and 2500 yen (adults), 1000 yen (children), 2000 yen (seniors) for a half day. Read more ...
Tuesday 2nd April 2013, 9:05am
Clouds hang over the mointain at the moment but as the morning progresses it looks like they may partially lift to expose some sunshine. Temperatures are pretty warm this morning and the feeling of spring is in the air. Day time temperatures will rise to +7c tomorrow in the village and light rain is forecast. Read more ...
Tuesday 2nd April 2013, 10:38am
Clear, but increasing high clouds
Sunny again today, but the wind is coming up from the west/southwest.
Rain on the scheudle for later today and tomorrow.
Operations and official snow depths
Akakura Kanko (Akakan) 210cm, 6C
Ikenotaira 150cm, 0C
Suginohara no report; will reopen April 6 & 7
Seki Onsen 390cm, 2C
Kyukamura 250cm, 1C (yesterday's report)
Myoko Ski Park 235cm, 9C
Tangram 135cm, 3C
Akakura Kanko: Open (for as long as there's snow); Sky Cable gondola and No. 3 lift Suginohara: Closed; will re-open on April 6 & 7 Ikenotaira: Last day 4/7 Tangram: Last day 4/7; No. 3 lift only Kyukamura: Last day 4/7 Myoko Ski Park: Last day 4/4