Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 25th April 2018
Saturday 7th April 2018, 7:09am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
With GALA Yuzawa announcing that they would be closed for the day very early on in the morning, it turns out that Maiko Snow Resort also didn't get to open (at all) yesterday and some lifts up at Kagura were also affected due to the strong winds higher up.
We had rain overnight and there are some light spots of rain falling at the time of writing with rain forecast at times today; particularly this morning. Lots of cloud around and limited visibility on the mountains.
Some forecasts still show the chance of some fresh snow overnight tonight. Wouldn't that be a nice bonus.
Sunshine is expected during the day tomorrow and that will be a good way for the season to end at the Iwappara, Ishiuchi Maruyama, Joetsu Kokusai and Maiko Snow Resort resorts.
High temperatures of around 10 degrees are expected at town level during the day today and tomorrow.
All of the ski resorts that plan to be open this weekend should be opening.
And... blossoms and all sorts of buds are now quickly appearing!
From Monday, only Kagura, GALA Yuzawa and Kandatsu Kogen will remain open daily - with Naeba planning to open up on weekends. More info below.
Updated: Saturday 7th April 2018
At least part open until Sunday 8th April:
Iwappara - Official snow depth: 50cm - The central area remains open with two lifts (Number 2 and Number 3 pair lifts) operating
Ishiuchi Maruyama - Official snow depth: 90cm - Top areas remain open via the Chuo Entrance with four lifts operating
Joetsu Kokusai - Official snow depth: 60cm - The area in front of the main hotel and the North area remain open
Maiko Snow Resort - Official snow depth: Top - 80cm, Base - 0cm - The Gondola and Okusoeji quad lift and top area of Maiko Snow Resort remain open
At least part open until Sunday 22nd April:
Kandatsu Kogen - Official snow depth: 110cm - Most of Kandatsu Kogen remains open with four lifts operating
At least part open until Sunday 6th May:
GALA Yuzawa - Official snow depth: 150cm - The Central Area and North Area of GALA Yuzawa remain open - The South Area and Falcon course back to base are now closed for the season
Kagura - Official snow depth: Kagura area - 250cm; Mitsumata area - 150cm; Tashiro area - 200cm - All areas of Kagura remain open - Tashiro Ropeway plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May - Mitsumata Ropeway and the main Kagura area plan to be at least part open until Sunday 27th May - The Dragondola connecting Tashiro with Naeba is now closed for the season
Naeba - Official snow depth: 120cm (base) - The Prince Number 2 Gondola, Number 5 high speed lift and Takenokodaira romance lift remain operating - You can still ride back down to base - Naeba plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May (** but only on weekends from 9th-27th April; closed weekdays **) - The Dragondola connecting Naeba with Tashiro is now closed for the season Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 7th April 2018, 7:35am
Morning from Nozawa.
I'm afraid it's raining this morning - even up top by the looks. The good news is that it shouldn't be lasting much longer (actually seems to be easing off now after a quick walk outside) with mostly just cloudy conditions forecast for the day.
There is a chance of snow falling overnight tonight to be followed by a sunny day tomorrow. That sounds good to me, let's have some of that!
Saturday 7th April 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
- Nagasaka Gondola - Yamabiko Four - Yamabiko Number 2 Four - Uenotaira Four - Paradise Four
The following courses remain open:
- Yamabiko area - Kokenashi course - Uenotaira - Paradise - Rinkan (use this course to get back down to base)
General resort operations information until Sunday 6th May:
The Gondola will be open from 8:10am daily; The Number 1 car park will be free daily; There will be no village shuttle bus between 2nd April and 27th April; A resort shuttle bus may operate between Hikage and Nagasaka (Number 1 car park) depending on snow conditions; Nozawa Onsen plans to remain open until Sunday 6th May. Read more ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Saturday 7th April 2018, 7:41am
Good morning from Geto.
OK so we did get rained on yesterday and this morning it is drizzle and generally rather grey and cloudy with a slight breeze. Cloudy conditions are what the forecast tells us to expect during the day today.
There is a few events going on at the resort today - Advance Cup and Murasaki Sports gear testing - so some things to see and do.
To add to the fun, it would be nice if we saw some fresh snow tomorrow. Some forecasts say it might happen!
Official snow depths:
Top: 325cm Base: 185cm
Number 1 Gondola and Number 1 pair lift are operating
And there's a bit of fresh snow on the ground. While I am not quite seeing 1cm here at base, I am going to be jolly naughty this morning - and totally reckless and rock'n'roll - by 'rounding up' and adding 1cm to the report. I do think it is justified as there have been other days when there has been a dusting not recorded and also so that in the big picture (and looking back) we will be able to see that there has been a bit of snowfall on this date.
And perhaps there is even a little more up there on the mountain. I am going to go and check that out myself.
Looks like the colder conditions should continue for a few more days. Generally cloudy weather is forecast today but as of 8:10am it is still snowing. Yey!
Maybe we will enjoy some sunshine tomorrow. Or maybe not.
Tomorrow (Sunday) is the last day of the season for the Niseko Hanazono and Niseko Village areas of the mountain.
There is just over four weeks left to go now. That means I have about 30 more 'Niseko Now' reports to post before I can hibernate for about 6 months. I'll keep them coming every day. Do forgive me if sometimes they are a little shorter or appear at less regular times. There's generally less to report now of course, but I will do my best to bring you info and keep them interesting. And perhaps I will respond to the unprecedented demand for all the latest toast tips and news from Niseko which I am sure you agree sounds rather excite. ;)
Saturday 7th April 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
- Ace Family quad - Ace Number 2 Center Four - Holiday Number 1 - Hirafu Gondola - Swinging Monkey - King Number 3 - King Number 4 - Hanazono Number 1 quad - Hanazono Number 2 quad - Hanazono Number 3 quad
It was raining last night but it is just cloudy now.
The Number 3 lift will now only be open on the weekend, and it is a chance to hike up to the mountain.
Lavender 28 and a part of Basil course will be closed because of a mogul competition this weekend.
The snow level is getting lower but there is still enough snow to enjoy skiing and boarding out there.
Snow tires are not necessary today but pay attention to the forecast... there is some snow forecast for tomorrow afternoon through Monday! It will be interesting to see if and how much snow might fall... anything now will really be a bonus.