Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Tuesday 2nd May 2017, 7:56am
Clear and sunny
Good morning from Yuzawa.
And after the wet and rather chilly conditions of yesterday - I actually put the heating on for a short time - today is back to blue skies and sunshine and it should be warmer - though a high of only around 16C or 17C is forecast for town.
Fine and calm weather conditions are now forecast through until Friday, with things warming up further from tomorrow... should be back into the 20's again.
Lovely day to be out.
And from tomorrow the main part of Golden Week starts.
There is still excellent snow cover at Kagura and GALA Yuzawa. Things are much more patchy at the lower Kandatsu Kogen resort but it remains open, and Naeba is patchy on lower slopes but you can still ski or board back down to base. More info below.
Resort information as of Tuesday 2nd May 2017
Subject to change depending on snow and weather conditions.
GALA Yuzawa GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until Sunday 7th May. All of the Central Area courses and part of the North Area currently remains open. The sledding area is also open. The Falcon downhill course is closed - use the Gondola to get back down to base. Official snow depth: 130cm
Kagura The Tashiro Area of Kagura plans to be open until Sunday 7th May. The Kagura Area (via Mitsumata Ropeway) plans to be open until Sunday 28th May. Almost all Kagura courses remain open. Closed courses according to official website are the Gondola East Course (at Tashiro) and the downhill course (back to Mitsumata car park). Official snow depth: Kagura - 260cm; Mitsumata - 180cm; Tashiro - 220cm
Kandatsu Kogen Kandatsu Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May. Most courses at Kandatsu Kogen remain open though snow is getting thin on the ground and some parts are narrow. Official snow depth: 100cm
Naeba Naeba plans to be open until Sunday 7th May. Naeba has re-opened for Golden Week period. The Number 2 Gondola and Takenokodaira Romance lift are operating. Courses on lower areas in front of the hotel are narrow but you can still ski or board back down to base. Note that the Dragondola is operating from 9am until 1pm but for sightseeing, not skiing and boarding! Official snow depth: 120cm
All other ski and snowboard resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Tuesday 2nd May 2017, 7:58am
We are into the final week of operation for the season. Furano's final day of operation will be this Sunday.
Today is +7c at the moment and we will hit a high of +15c. There is a light breeze which will provide some relief from cooking in ski wear. There is a mixture of cloud and blue in the sky, and the sun is beaming down baking me as I enjoy my morning coffee. The great news is that the Furano Zone is still skiable from top to bottom...so that means you can carve for around 4km in one hit. It is pretty impressive to be able to have terrain open that allows long runs like that at this time of year.
Although temperatures have remained on the whole very cool here over the last week. Today will be warmer and during the week we will have days that should see 20c+ during the day.
Blue skies, sunshine - and a bit warmer than yesterday.
More of the same expected tomorrow along with a further rise in temperatures to over 20 degrees.
We should be enjoying settled weather conditions for the rest of the week, with perhaps some rain on Saturday.
Nozawa Onsen will be open until Sunday 7th May.
6 days to go!
Lower slopes are now almost completely bare but upper slopes still have an official snow depth of just under and excellent snow cover.
Riders need to get the Gondola back down from the upper slopes at the end of the day.
Tuesday 2nd May 2017
Official snow depths: - Yamabiko: 190cm - Uenotaira: 100cm - Base areas: 0cm
Planned operations - see above report for any disruptions to the plans!
Planned lift operations today: - Nagasaka Gondola - Yamabiko Four - Yamabiko Number 2 Four - Uenotaira Four - Paradise Four - Skyline connecting pair
Planned open courses today: - Yamabiko A - Yamabiko B - Yamabiko C - Yamabiko D - Yamabiko E - Kokenashi - Uenotaira - Paradise
Planned lift operations for Golden Week (daily until 7th May):
Nagasaka Gondola - 8:10am until 3:30pm Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift - 8:25am until 3:30pm Yamabiko Four lift - 8:30am until 3:20pm Uenotaira Four lift - 8:30am until 3:30pm Paradise Four lift - 8:30am until 3:40pm Skyline connecting pair - 8:25am until 3:50pm (** this lift not operating on 1st, 2nd May) Read more ...
Tuesday 2nd May 2017, 8:15am
Blue skies and sunshine
Good morning from Hakuba.
After the wet start to the day yesterday, we eventually got some clearer skies in the late afternoon but there was still cloud around and a bit of a wind blowing around too.
Things are much clearer and calmer this morning. There is some high thin cloud around, but it is mostly clear blue skies and sunshine.
You can still ski or board back to base at Hakuba 47 (or 'up and down from the bottom' as the resort is saying - I like that!) using Route 1.
The lower Toomi course at Goryu is still managing to keep open. Make sure you can ski or board in an almost straight line if you use that... it's narrow!
And the upper slopes at Happo-one and Tsugaike Kogen remain open.
Not bad at all for early May!
Tomorrow, Thursday and Friday are national holidays in Japan and fine, warm weather is forecast.
Expect quite a few like minded folk making it out to enjoy the last turns of the season.
Resort information as of 8:10am on Tuesday 2nd May 2017:
** Below are the planned operations for each of the ski resorts that remain open. Any news for the day will be mentioned in the above report. **
Hakuba 47: Almost all of the courses at Hakuba 47 remain open. The lower part of Route 7 is closed, but you can still ride down using Route 1. The Tree Riding Zone gates are closed for the season. Official snow depth: Upper: 110cm Base: 45cm --- Planned operating lifts: All lifts plan to be operating --- Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Hakuba Goryu: The upper areas remain open. The Champion Expert Course is now closed. The lower (and now extremely narrow) Toomi course can be used to get back down to base. Official snow depth: Alps: 160cm Toomi: 40cm --- Planned operating lifts: Gondola Alps Number 1 pair lift Alps Number 3 pair lift Alps Number 2/4 pair lift --- Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Hakuba Happo-one: The upper areas that remain open are Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama and Skyline. All of the base areas are now closed - use the Gondola or Sakka Kita-one lifts to get up to the open areas and back down to base. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 80cm Kurobishi: 110cm Nakiyama: -cm --- Planned operating lifts: Gondola Alpen quad lift Grat quad lift Panorama pair lift Kokusai Number 3 pair lift Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift Kurobishi Number 3 pair lift Skyline Number 2 pair lift Sakka Kitaone quad --- Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Tsugaike Kogen: The upper Tsuga-no-mori and Upper Han-no-ki areas remain open. The Lower Han-no-ki and Maruyama areas are part open. All other areas are now closed. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 200cm Han-no-ki: 185cm Shirakaba: 155cm Base areas: 0cm --- Planned operating lifts: Tsugaike Ropeway Gondola Tsuga Number 2 pair lift Han-no-ki high speed pair lift --- Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
All other ski and snowboard resorts in the area are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Tuesday 2nd May 2017, 8:17am
Blue skies, cherry blossoms....
Back into good weather, at least until Friday, and a few updates on lifts and snow...
The snow is disappearing quickly; it happens, doesn't it, once a little of the stuff under and around it gets warm and that warmth, you know, radiates out. In short, Akakura Kanko sent out a release saying that they may not make it until May 7. But that the gondola will still run, so people can enjoy the hills (good for them!). Only the Myokokogen Sky Cable and Hotel Number 5 lifts are running at the moment, and we'll let you know if there's any change.
But it is going to be nice out there, so enjoy the mountains, snow or no!
More ground has appeared around the base area as the snow continues to melt, but there is still 4km of course open from the top to base. The Gondola and Number 3 lifts are operating and 80% of the courses are open.
Nekoma and Grandeco remain open, both will continue until Sunday 7 May. There are six days more to enjoy skiing in this area.
- Gondola - Number 3 quad lift
85% courses now open. Lavender A, Mint B and Center 33 course are closed. The Snow Parks are now closed.
Official snow depth: Top: 150cm Base: 50cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: No snow. Summer tires ok. Read more ...
Tuesday 2nd May 2017, 8:30am
Mostly clear blue skies and sunshine. Lovely.
Ah yes, the sun is out and it is a lovely morning here.
We have just 6 more days left of ski lift operations and from tomorrow it's the 'main event' part of Golden Week.
There should be settled and fine weather conditions through until Friday. It's not getting too warm at the moment, with temperatures due to rise from tomorrow. Feel good weather.
Currently there is some rain on the forecast for Saturday, so let's see how that develops.
Golden Week holidays:
- Wednesday 3rd May is Constitution Day (Kenpo-kinenbi) - Thursday 4th May is Greenery Day (Midori-no-hi) - Friday 5th May is Children's Day (Kodomo-no-hi)
Individual resort information: Tuesday 2nd May 2017:
Planned resort operations - subject to change. Check with resorts!
Niseko Grand Hirafu Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May. You need to get the Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift or Gondola back down to base.
Official snow depth: Top - 195cm Base - 0cm
Courses that remain open: Detour for beginners Shirakaba Center Large Rinkan Jumbo Dynamic
Planned operating lifts: King Number 3 (8:40am until 4:30pm) King Number 4 (8:50am until 4:30pm) Ace Number 2 Center Four (8:30am until 4:00pm) * to get up to and back down from open courses * Gondola (8:30am until 4:00pm) * to get up to and back down from open courses *
Niseko Annupuri Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May. You need to get the Gondola back down to base.
Official snow depth: Top - 150cm Base - 0cm
Courses that remain open Champion Utopia
Planned operating lifts: Annupuri Gondola (8:30am until 4:30pm) Jumbo Number 3 (8:45am until 4:15pm) Jumbo Number 4 (8:45am until 4:15pm)
Niseko Village are operating their Niseko Gondola over the Golden Week period. The Gondola is operating but the ski courses at Niseko Village are not available - you can take the Gondola up and then walk over to the top area of Niseko Grand Hirafu and ski/board in that area.