Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017
Sunday 3rd May 2015, 7:29am
Clear with clouds due later
The summery weather continues with clear skies and 9°C to 10°C temperatures. The runs are finally starting to show some signs of melting, with a few bare patches in wind scoured areas. These area's are roped of and the rest of the courses are skiing well.
The weather is set to change later this evening, with clouds rolling in and rain forecast tomorrow before returning to business as usual on the 5th or 6th.
Kiroro Resort plans to remain on spring operations until the end of Golden Week (May 6th). If the snow holds out the resort will open for weekend operations after then, watch this space for more updates. Read more ...
Sunday 3rd May 2015, 8:31am
Clear and sunny once again
Yes, it got pretty hot yesterday. And once again today we're expecting a similarly clear, sunny and hot day with temperatures reaching around 28C in town. Expect around 20 degrees even around Mitsumata base and double digits up top too.
Could tomorrow be the day when this long period of sun and hot breaks? Maybe, but later in the day as currently sun is once again due during the daytime. Rain forecast to continue into Tuesday morning with clearer conditions again on Wednesday.
Official snow depths: ** General opening plans - any unplanned closures will be mentioned in the above report **
GALA Yuzawa: Official snow depth of 120cm. Most of the Central Area and part of the North Area remain open. The South Area is now closed. The downhill course is also now closed - get down back to base using the Gondola.
Kagura: Official snow depth of 270cm. All three main areas of Kagura remain pretty much fully open.
Naeba: Official snow depth of 100cm. Part of the upper area of Naeba will open from until 6th May. All lower areas now closed.
Planned closing dates for resorts in the Yuzawa region Information as currently available and of course subject to change depending on conditions. Resorts not mentioned below are now closed.
Good morning and the sun is out again this and it's another fine and warm start to the day with a forecast high of around 20C.
Tomorrow is probably not going be quite as warm and there's cloud forecast along with some rain later on in the day and possibly into Tuesday.
Nice clear conditions are due for the last day of the season on Wednesday.
There's generally only a few patches of snow left now on the lower slopes of the resorts. It always feels kind of sad to see, but got to remember all the fun that was had and then we can start to look forward to next season. Interestingly, Niseko Grand Hirafu still have 2.5m of snow as their snow depth for the upper areas. Going to take a while longer for that lot to melt away!
4 more days left including today.
Todays question asks what I like most about Niseko.
I have lots of good memories of Niseko going back a long time... at first it was just visiting and then living in the area. The quality of snow might well be the obvious answer, but it's probably the best one. When Niseko is on form, it really is hard to beat.
And after all, snow is the main reason we are here isn't it.
Planned resort operations for the rest of the season - weather conditions may mean changes on any given day, but these are the plans!
Niseko Grand Hirafu: - Ace Quad Number 2 Center four - until May 6 - King Triple Lift Number 3 - until May 6 - King Number 4 - until May 6 - Hirafu Gondola - from May 2 until May 6 - Spring Park plans to be open until May 6
Lower areas closed - get back down using the Ace Number 2 Center four lift or the Hirafu Gondola on the days it is operation. The Holiday Course is open when the Gondola is operating.
Niseko Annupuri: - Annupuri Gondola - until May 6 - Jumbo Number 1 quad - until May 6 - Jumbo Number 4 pair - until May 6
The beautiful weather conditions continue in the region this morning.
It heated up to around 28 degrees in the village yesterday! As you might expect, the remaining snow is quickly retreating though you can still even at this stage pretty much get from top to bottom at Hakuba 47. The upper areas of Goryu, Happo-one and Tsugaike also remain open but you need to get the Gondolas back down there.
There's a bit more thin cloud around this morning but still the sun is shining bright and it's going to be another very warm (hot) day.
Cloud is expected to move in later today and cloudy conditions forecast tomorrow with a bit of a drop in temperature as well. Rain might wait until the end of the day tomorrow to start and hopefully clear up quickly on Tuesday morning leaving us with sun on Wednesday.
Official snow depth numbers and planned operations. Subject to change:
Hakuba Goryu: Top of Hakuba Goryu plans to be at least part open until Sunday 10th May. All lower areas arew now closed. Top Panorama, Grand Prix and Super courses remain open. Ride the Gondola back down. The following lifts remain open: - Hakuba Goryu Telecabin Gondola (until 10th May) - Alps Number 1 pair lift (until 10th May) - Alps Number 3 pair lift - Alps Number 2/4 pair lift
** Official snow depth: Alps Daira - 130cm
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 plans to be at least part open until Wednesday 6th May. Almost all areas remain open, though lower northern facing areas are thin on snow. The following lifts remain open: - Gondola - Pair lift Line AB - Quad lift Line C - High speed pair Line E
** Official snow depth: Upper - 95cm Lower - 20cm
Happo-one: Happo-one plans to be at least part open until Sunday 10th May. The top area of the resort remains open - all lower areas now closed, so you need to take the Gondola back down. The following lifts remain open: - Adam Gondola - Alpen quad - Usagidaira pair - Kurobishi Number 2 quad - Kurobishi Number 3 pair - Skyline Number 2 pair - Grat quad - Panorama pair - Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair
The Kokusai Number 1 pair and Saka Kita One quad lifts are also scheduled to be operating from today until Wednesday 6th May. They are effectively acting as 'get you there' lifts to relieve some of the pressure from the Gondola.
** Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 100cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Tsugaike Kogen plans to be at least part open until Wednesday 6th May. Top area open. Lower areas all closed. The following lifts remain open: - Eve Gondola - Han-no-ki high speed pair - Tsuga Number 2 pair - Tsugaike Ropeway
** Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori - 185cm
Other resorts in the area are now closed for the season. Read more ...