Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Saturday 5th April 2014, 8:09am
What a change around. We knew the rain would change to snow yesterday but it dumped a good part of the day to give us up to 25cm. We have had another couple of cm overnight but is becoming wetter.
The wetness does mean the snow is heavy and a bit sticky but the village is bathed in a beautiful white coat again and shovels are back out for snow clearing. More snow is forecasted for the weekend so conditions can only improve over the day and temps are a little colder then what it has been.
Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course. Read more ...
Saturday 5th April 2014, 8:29am
Yes, don't get over excited - just a few few cm - but new snow all the same. And it is colder as well this morning.
We had some particularly strong winds yesterday and it is still very windy this morning. Unfortunately, it's limited lifts this morning and it's actually easier to tell you what is moving as the resorts open:
Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family, Ace No2 Center Quad, Holiday No1, King No2, Swinging Monkey Niseko Village - Banzai chair only Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo No1 and No2 lifts only
All top lifts on hold as we hope for the wind to decrease. Not sure if we can realistically expect much there I'm afraid. It's windy.
Official snow depth numbers at time of writing:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 330cm Base - 110cm
Niseko Village: Top - 320cm Base - 100cm
Annupuri: Top - 320cm Base - 120cm
Niseko Hanazono Resort plans to be open until Sunday 6th April Niseko Village plans to be open until Sunday 6th April (and then from 26th April until 6th May) Niseko Annupuri plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 5th April 2014, 8:45am
Cloud, blue sky at the moment
Trust me to be away for this weekend. I am in Nagano city at the moment and providing this report to you from here and so going on the official word from the resort as well as a phone call to a friend in Nozawa. Usually in early April there's not going to be much action but...
...the resort is reporting 25cm of fresh snow this morning!
Yes, I had to look twice there, but that's what they have. Uenotaira and Yamabiko both with 25cm of fresh, and some snow down to the village as well... though actually the sun is out now as we approach 9am. Sounds like a good start to the day to me!
There doesn't actually seem to be big changes to what is open this morning, but the Paradise quad seems to be moving.
The forecast for today and tomorrow is a mix of sun, cloud and sometimes snow.
Anyway, today should be a real bonus for people heading up top. I just wish I was! Wrap up well if you are, it's cold up there.
Saturday 5th April 2014:
Official snow depths: Yamabiko - 320cm Uenotaira - 225cm
Lifts Planned operating lifts for today (weekday operations): Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Four Yamabiko Number 2 Four Uenotaira Four Paradise Four
Courses Planned courses to be open: Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Uenotaira Paradise Bunabayashi Schneider Utopia Utopia 2 Challenge
Note that the following lifts have closed for the season:
How about that snow? Yes, we have had a sprinkling of snow down here in town overnight with Kagura reporting up to 10cm and Maiko Snow Resort reporting 5-10cm on the slopes. So there's a fairly thin layer on top of the spring conditions this morning for those getting out early.
As I write this report, sun is shining through the clouds and it is snowing lightly. The sun bit is new over the last 10 minutes or so, and it feels like conditions might be about to clear up.
Weather is forecast to be unsettled today and tomorrow, so we might get a bit more snowfall through tomorrow.
From Monday onwards, spring warmth is due to return along with sunny conditions.
It's the last weekend for a bunch of skijo in the region as noted below.
Planned resort closing dates in the region:
Until 6th April: Ipponsugi Ishiuchi Maruyama Iwappara Joetsu Kokusai Maiko Snow Resort - but open again on 12th/13th April Nakazato Snow Wood Yuzawa Nakazato NASPA Ski Garden
Until 6th May: Naeba (weekends only from 7th April) GALA Yuzawa Kagura (Tashiro)