Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 18th March 2018
Friday 3rd May 2013, 7:59am
...and it's not quite over yet, as they say! A dusting of snow this morning at base areas though it is more like sleet right now as I write this. Niseko Grand Hirafu resort are actually seeing an increase of 5cm for their upper slopes snow depth data this morning and so there might be some more 'deep' to find up there this morning for those heading out early... it has been a really great start to, er, May!
With cloud and snow still falling up there, it's not good visibility today. The precipitation should ease by around lunchtime and leave us with just cloud. Drier conditions are forecast now through Monday.
The Hirafu Gondola is operating today for the rest of Golden Week, ie. until Monday. For those of you interested, today is Constitution Memorial Day (Kenpo kinenbi), tomorrow is Greenery Day (Midori no hi) and Monday is The Last Day of the Season (otherwise known as Childrens's Day, Kodomo no hi!).
Official Resort Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu Top - 425cm Bottom - 70cm
Niseko Village Top - 300cm Bottom - 80cm
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): - Annupuri Gondola - Jumbo Number 4 - Jumbo Number 1
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 ...
Friday 3rd May 2013, 8:00am
Cloud, some blue sky
Lots of cloud but some blue sky over the main Kagura area early on this Friday holiday morning - and more importantly another thin layer of snow.... Kagura saying 3cm. Those who get up early will be rewarded!
Should clear up somewhat today and be a bit warmer.
Have a good Golden Week.
Planned closing dates: Kagura (Tashiro Ropeway) - May 6th Kagura (Mitsumata Ropeway) - May 26th
And another couple of cm up on Yamabiko overnight to report and continued cold temperatures up there. And down here too - it's not even 5 degrees this morning yet, though it should end up warmer than it has been so far this week today rising into double digit temperatures at base.
There's still some cloud hanging over the top areas of the mountain but clearer patches and it feels like it will continue to clear this morning.
For the rest of Golden Week we should get to see more sun. Have a good one!
Official snow depths:
Courses open today at Nozawa Onsen (planned):
Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Kokenashi Uenotaira Paradise Bunabayashi Yunomine A Yumomine B
Nozawa Onsen planned opening plans 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 ...
Friday 3rd May 2013, 8:10am
Lots of cloud again this morning on the mountains, though some blue sky on the other side and it's keeping bright. In the village anyway, the Happo webcam is showing thick cloud and poor visibility at the moment - only the highest points it would seem. Sun is on the forecast as well so perhaps the clouds will move on this morning.
No new snow to report this morning but it was again keeping cold overnight and just over freezing. Today a high of about 12 degrees is forecast in the village. From now until Monday we are told to expect generally cloud and sunny conditions.
Expect lots of people out today and the next few as the lifts do their thing for the last time this season.
All resorts in Hakuba due to close for the season at the end of Monday.
Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 3rd May 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, upper Number 1-4 pair lifts. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 120cm; Toomi - 0cm
Hakuba 47: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Line AB, C and E. Official snow depth: Upper - 110cm 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 - 115cm Lower - 0cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Ropeway, Tsuga Number 2 pair, Hannoki pair. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 140cm Lower slopes - 0cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Cortina and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Friday 3rd May 2013, 8:20am
Rain on and off yesterday but it's still on this morning unfortunately with some wet roads around town. It is forecast to clear up this morning though leaving us with just a cloudy day and a forecast high temp of around 12 degrees - so a bit warmer than it has been the last few.
Kagura resort are telling us about another 3cm of so of fresh snow on their upper slopes this morning.
It will of course be busy today as we are now into the second chunk of the Golden Week holidays.
Clearer and warmer from tomorrow.
Official resort snow depths @ Friday 3rd May 2013, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro): 230cm Kagura (Kagura-Mitsumata): 290cm Gala Yuzawa: 120cm
Planned closing dates for the resorts in Yuzawa:
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 ...
Friday 3rd May 2013, 8:25am
A little bit of sun - finally - as we enter the Golden Week weekend.
Still some clouds/fog over the ski areas, but the mists did open up long enough this morning to show that there is fresh snow and white-covered trees from the top of the ski areas up. It's been pretty cold over the last few days, too, so the remaining snowpack is hanging on just fine.
Still pretty cold today, although hopefully we'll see more sun, and a little more springlike conditions.
It is spring, after all (even if the snow did fall in May!).
Both Akakan's upper runs and Seki are open.
Akakura Kanko: Open until 6th May - Sky Cable gondola and No. 3 lift, Hotel No. 5 lift). Seki Onsen: Plan to be open until 6th May. Read more ...