Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017
Sunday 6th April 2014, 7:40am
It's another chilly start to the day and it should be keeping quite cold today.
A lot of cloud remained with us yesterday but we did get some blue sky as well and the sun was out for lots of the afternoon.
On to this morning and we had some very light snow slowly falling earlier this morning and resorts have a bit more to report with a slight dusting at base:
Happo-one: 5cm (Riesen) Hakuba Goryu: 3cm Hakuba 47: 1cm around base; 5cm up top Hakuba Cortina: 1cm
Looks like early on the mountains are shrouded in cloud (fog?) and visibility is poor, though I would expect there's a good chance that it might clear up again similarly to yesterday. Light snow showers possible during the today.
We're expecting things to start warming up again from tomorrow and there will very probably be lots of sun in the coming week.
Last day of the season for Hakuba Cortina today.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at resorts remaining open (as of 6th April 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Plans to be open until early May. Upper - 210cm Toomi - 50cm
Hakuba 47: Plans to be open until early May. Upper - 165cm Lower - 30cm
Happo-one: Plans to be open until early May. Usagidaira - 145cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Plans to be open until early May. Tsuganomori - 266cm Kanenonaruoka - 30cm
Hakuba Cortina: Last day of the season today. Upper - 240cm Lower - 120cm Read more ...
Sunday 6th April 2014, 8:19am
Should be a great day after more snow yesterday and the snow, though still a little wet, was more powdery then expected. We haven't had must more then a dusting overnight and wont expect much new snow till this afternoon. Wind will be our enemy but today but hopefully won't effect things too much. Until the light snow falls this afternoon we can expect to see the sun make an odd appearance through the clouds. For a bit of a laugh there is a pond skimming event today on the hill from 13:00 where people will try to ski down and across the created pond. See if anyonw can make it to the end without getting wet!
Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course. Read more ...
Sunday 6th April 2014, 8:26am
Your reporter is out of town on this, the last day for all the resorts except Akakan and Seki Onsen, but we've got the official word: 10cm of fresh snow. What a year...
I have to say, too, it rained Friday but the snow was really fun. Not too sherbet-y, and plenty glide-y. Fun is what you make it, right, and dressed unfashionably but appropriately, it's all good.
The town is no longer giving snow reports - unfortunately the webcams don't seem to be updating now either. From now until the last lifts run, we'll update this Myoko Now page from time to time with any news.
Resorts remaining open from Monday 7th April
Akakura Kanko: Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out.
A fair bit of cloud remained yesterday but there was a lot of blue sky by mid morning and it turned into a generally fine and sunny day. The dramatic clouds just added to the fine views.
With that layer of snow, the runs around town got a slight refresh and for the few people who were making it out to some of the skijo that will be closing today, it was a nice surprise.
No snow overnight as far as I can tell - seems high up at Kagura they are reporting just a dusting - and it is a cloudy morning here. It is quite chilly and should only rise to maybe around 6 degrees today in town.
From tomorrow weather is expected to get back to being spring-y with things starting to warm up again and sun.
Today is the last day of the season for the following ski and board resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:
Cloudier in the afternoon and fog remaining up on the top areas of the mountain.
This morning poor visibility again on Yamabiko with the resort reporting light snow falling as of 8:30am and up to 2cm of fresh up there. And cold a temperature of -7 as well! It's more hovering around zero here in the village but still chilly especially considering the warmth we had previously.
We're expecting warmer again starting from tomorrow with lots of sunshine expected in the coming week.
Sunday 6th April 2014:
Official snow depths: Yamabiko - 310cm Uenotaira - 220cm
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:
Unfortunately those top lifts were closed for the day yesterday with the wind.
Unfortunately again, it's looking a similar picture today. Strong winds over at Annupuri means that area is completely closed as of 8:30am. Just the Banzai Chair running at Niseko Village so far, and the top lifts at Grand Hirafu and Hanazono are on hold as well. Go away winds! So it's all rather limited to start the day off. Some patches of ground have been covered up though with the bit of snowfall which is good to see - though will hardly last long.
From tomorrow we expect that the fine spring weather will return with sunny skies and it should start warming up again during the week.
Official snow depth numbers at time of writing:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 330cm Base - 115cm
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 ...