Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Wednesday 6th April 2016, 9:03am
Clear and sunny
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Just Kagura and GALA Yuzawa resorts now remain open in the region.
Kagura remains pretty much all open. Over at GALA Yuzawa, there's four of the courses in the main Central Area open and one course on the North still available. We'll keep the info below updated with each new report as we continue through April.
It is going to be another fairly warm day here with clear conditions forecast. It is already 11C at 9am with temps set to rise to perhaps around 16C later in the day.
Unfortunately rain is forecast through the day tomorrow and it might get quite heavy at times. It may linger into Friday as well, but hopefully be less and clear up in good time for the weekend.
Resorts that remain open in Yuzawa on Wednesday 6th April 2016):
GALA Yuzawa GALA Yuzawa resort plans to be open until Sunday 8th May. Four of the six courses in the Central Area and one course in the Northern Area currently remain open. The downhill Falcon course back to the Cowabunga base is now closed. Official snow depth: 90cm
Kagura The Tashiro Ropeway plans to be open until 8th May. The Kagura area via Mitsumata Ropeway plans to be open until 29th May. All areas currently remain open apart from the Gondola east course and the downhill course back to Mitsumata car park which is now closed. Official snow depth: Kagura area - 220cm Tashiro area - 190cm Mitsumata area - 160cm
Resorts that are not listed below are now closed for the season.
Resort news as of 9:00am on Wednesday 6th April 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)
Hakuba 47: Most courses at Hakuba 47 remain open. The lower part of R1 course has now closed - but the resort is still open top to bottom. Beginners are recommended to use the Gondola to get back to base. The Tree Riding Zone is now closed for the season. Official snow depth: Upper: 140cm Base: 40cm
Hakuba Goryu: The top area of Goryu remains open except Champion Expert course. The lower main Toomi run remains open, but just as a way to get back to base; the Iimori area is closed. Official snow depth Alps: 194cm Toomi: 35cm Iimori: -cm
Hakuba Happo-one: The lower areas of the resort - apart from Nakiyama South - are now closed. Upper mountain courses remain open. To get back down from the upper areas either ski down to Nakiyama South (not suitable for beginners) or get the Gondola back to base. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 120cm Nakiyama: 25cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The top Tsuga-no-mori, Upper Han-no-ki and part of Lower Han-no-ki remain open. All lower courses now closed. The top Tsugaike Ropeway is also now open for spring season (note: extra charge required). Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 176cm Maruyama: -cm Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm
There was some moderate rain come through last night but it had cleared up by this morning. The day is again nice and clear with lots of deep blue sky. There is a moderate breeze whipping around the base area at the moment and this is gusting strongly at times. Temperatures have risen a bit from the morning figure of 3c, but the wind sure makes things feel cool.
Tomorrow will be quite a bit warmer and there will be more rain tomorrow evening. The good news is that there is continuous snow forecast from Friday through until Monday! Read more ...
Wednesday 6th April 2016, 10:18am
Sunny blue skies
Good morning from Grandeco.
There was some rain this morning but now it had cleared and currently there are blue skies over the resort. Really spring weather...
A little wind at the top of the mountain, bit it is not affecting lift operations.
Temperature are keeping quite low this morning and the courses should start the day in fairly icy condition.
Grandeco remains 50% open and the resort is still hoping to make it into early May. There's going to try anyway!
According to the forecast it will be raining again tomorrow, which won't be much of a help.
Deco Land is close, but will reopen from Saturday. In the meantime there are free sleds for the kids available at the top of the Gondola.
Lift 4 has closed for the season, but all of the other lifts and Gondola remain operating
Courses that remain open
[A-a] Rainbow 3500 [A-b] Rainbow 3500 [B-a] Mint [B-c] Mint [C] Center [D-b]Lavendar
Resorts that remain open in the region are Grandeco, Nekoma and Minowa. Nekoma will be closed between 19th-21st and 26th-28 April but these resorts all plan to be open until 5th May ---- whether they can do that or not will totally depend on the snow levels of course, which are less than usual and less than expected. Read more ...
Wednesday 6th April 2016, 13:44pm
Fine and sunny
Good afternoon from Niseko.
'Afternoon' (!?) I hear you say. Sorry about that, I had to be in Sapporo first thing. I am of course going to keep on posting reports every day until the last lift stops, though please do note that - like today - sometimes they will be at different times of the day.
Anyway, it is a fine day here. Blue skies and the sun is out and currently about 8C. As the forecasts stand, it looks like we will have more of the same tomorrow as well.
Wind is actually affecting the gondola and top lift at Annupuri unfortunately but Grand Hirafu has been open as planned. Hopefully less wind tomorrow.
Friday and Saturday there's some rain on the forecast. Might it actually snow a bit higher up on the mountain?
Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting:
Resort operations - subject to change due to snow and weather conditions
Niseko Grand Hirafu resort area lift operations: Ace Family Pair - until 10th April Ace Number 2 Center Four Quad Ace Number 3 Pair Ace Number 4 Pair Holiday Number 1 Pair - until 10th April
The resort is going to be 'upgrading' the King Number 3 triple lift in time for next season - as part of this work the Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 and 4 lifts have all now closed for the season. Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to remain open until Thursday 5th May.
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open until Thursday 5th May with the Gondola, Jumbo 1 and Jumbo 4 lifts operating.
Niseko Village is currently closed but plans to be open again for Golden Week from Friday 29th April until Thursday 5th May.