Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 18th March 2018
Monday 7th April 2014, 7:59am
Mostly clear and sunny
It almost felt like mid winter again yesterday at times. It was cold and we had some impressively heavy snow falling from time to time in the afternoon... but it was rather wet and didn't stick much, not around town anyway though I would expect something on the slopes - and I see that Kagura is reporting 10cm of fresh snow since yesterday. I would imagine there's more than that though the way it was falling even down in town...
After that cold weekend snap, we are going to be back to warming up and getting very spring like now. The next few days should be sun, sun, sun and double digit temperatures. There's a few clouds hanging around this morning but mostly clear and sunny.
So now we are just left with Kagura and GALA Yuzawa open every day, along with Naeba doing weekends and Golden Week and Maiko Snow Resort just doing a last weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
Current planned resort operations:
Just next weekend (12th, 13th) only: Maiko Snow Resort
Until 6th May: Naeba (weekends only from 7th April and then Golden Week) GALA Yuzawa Kagura (Tashiro)
Until 25th May: Kagura (Mitsumata)
All other resorts in the region are now closed for the season.
Official resort snow depths @ Monday 7th April 2014, AM: Naeba: 150cm Kagura (Tashiro): 300cm Kagura (Mitsumata): 350cm Gala Yuzawa: 270cm Read more ...
Monday 7th April 2014, 8:16am
Clear and sunny
We're down to four skijo open now as Cortina finished up the season yesterday.
After a bit of snowfall again in the afternoon yesterday, it's another cold morning here after temperatures dropped down to -4 degrees in the village overnight so I am hearing.
After the cold weekend though, from today we are going to get back on the spring wagon. Lovely clear blue skies this morning over Hakuba, and no I don't think I can find one cloud up there. Beautiful.
Almost all of Hakuba 47 remains open and accessible. At Hakuba Goryu the Iimori area is closed and you can still ride back down to the Gondola on the Toomi course area; all of the top area is open.
At Happo-one, all of the bottom courses are now closed off and you can't ride down to the Gondola - got to take it back down to base. Basically it's the upper areas of Happo that remain open - Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Panorama, Kurobishi and Skyline. Still quite a big area.
Over at Tsugaike Kogen, it's the Gondola and top two pair lifts that are operating, as well as the Ropeway.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at resorts remaining open (as of 7th 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 - 285cm Read more ...
Monday 7th April 2014, 8:20am
Some more snowfall to report this morning after this late blast of winter continues (continued?).
Just under 5cm outside my place I'd say, but rather than snow still falling it is a fine morning and the sun is out. And happily it's not as windy just yet but might get more so later.
Yesterday was the last day of the season for Niseko Hanazono Resort and Niseko Village is now closed up until Golden Week when it plans to re-open.
News from Niseko Grand Hirafu and their plans for lifts to be open from now until the end of the season:
Ace Number 2 Center Four lift (every day until 6th May) King Number 3 Triple (every day until 6th May) King Number 4 (every day until 6th May) Hirafu Gondola on 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th, 29th April and 3-6th May
Official snow depth numbers at time of writing:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 335cm Base - 120cm
Annupuri: Top - 320cm Base - 120cm
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
Niseko Hanazono Resort is now closed for the season. Niseko Village is closed at the moment but plans to re-open between 26th April and 6th May (Golden Week) Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 7th April 2014, 8:50am
Clear and sun
Good morning from Nozawa and it looks like we are going to be back to spring this morning after that (very possibly last) blast of winter. Back to blue skies and sun, and after a cold start it will start to warm up again.
Just the Nagasaka Gondola and the Yamabiko quads operating this morning, though courses as below still accessible.
Mostly sunny and fine conditions this week
Monday 7th April 2014:
Official snow depths: Yamabiko - 320cm Uenotaira - 220cm
Lifts Planned operating lifts for today (weekday operations): Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Four Yamabiko Number 2 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:
This last weekend we got another taste of winter like weather and some snowfall as well on the mountains, but this morning we are back to sunny conditions and it's going to be a week of sun and warmth by the looks of the forecasts.
Just one skijo remains open in the Minakami area now - Tanigawadake Tenjindaira. They are still reporting 370cm of snow base up there and so there should be a good few weeks left to go into May yet. Read more ...
Monday 7th April 2014, 9:13am
Cloud, some blue sky
Some snowfall over the weekend, along with cold temperatures again. Felt a bit like winter!
This morning it is cloudy with some blue sky to see but feels like we might be on for a clear up. Spring is due to be back this week with clearer conditions, sun and a bit of warmth returning.
From today, less lifts are open but lift tickets get cheaper making it now 3000 yen for a 1 day lift adult ticket.
Operating ski lifts at Zao (* subject to change):
Sometime in April, depending on snow conditions: Yokokura Number 1 Pair Kurohime Number 1 Quad
Until 6th May: Ropeways and Gondolas (open through the year) Chuo Number 1 Pair Utopia Number 2 Pair Chuo Number 2 Pair (every day until 13th April, then holidays) Katakai Triple (every day until 13th April, then holidays) Paradise Pair (every day until 13th April, then holidays)
Official snow depths (7th April 14): Utopia: 200cm Chuo: 200cm Paradise: 200cm Uwanodai: 90cm Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 7th April 2014, 9:19am
It was a wintery weekend again in the area and a fitting end to the season for a number of areas and lifts.
Back to spring from today though and this week we are going to see a return to warmer weather conditions and probably quite a lot of blue sky and sun. Sunscreen required.
Lovely morning though and a nice cold start to it.
From now on some areas are only going to be opening for weekends and so choice for a weekday slide is much more limited. I've tried to keep on top of the details from the resorts below.
Tannenomori: Number 8 quad lift - 12th, 13th April; 26th April until 6th May
Ichinose Diamond: Diamond quad lift - weekends only and 26th April until 6th May.
Ichinose Family: Ichinose Number 2 Pair B - until 6th May Ichinose quad - until 6th May
Ichinose Yamanokami: Weekends only and 26th April until 6th May
Terakoya: Quad lift - weekends and 26th April until 6th May Pair lift - weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Mammoth: Quad lift - weekends only and 26th April until 6th May Triple lift - weekdays until 25th April; and then 3rd-6th May
Yakebitaiyama: Number 2 Gondola - 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May Number 2 high speed - 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May Number 4 romance - when number 2 gondola is resting
Okushiga Kogen: Number 4 pair lift - 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May Number 2 and 3 pair lifts - until 6th May Gondola - until 6th May
Kumanoyu: Number 3 quad - 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May Number 2 pair - 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May Number 1 pair - until 6th May
Yokoteyama: As long as there's snow - probably beyond Golden Week
The weekend turned out to be a stonker with a snow front delivering new powder snow which was much appreciated given that we are now well into April. Overnight there has been further light snow fall which has amounted to 3cm in the village and about double that at higher elevations on the mountain. The weather is fine with the sun coming through and a bit of light wind whipping around. The outlook for tomorrow is for more sun, and Wednesday could see some rain come through.