Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 23rd March 2018
Sunday 8th April 2012, 7:44am
Fair, blue, perfect
It still does not seem like April; more snow overnight, so we probably had 30cm over the last day. Not super-heavy, either--and in the backcountry it could have been February, not April (even got an ice-cream headache changing hats in high wind at 1800 meters).
Today is the last day for Ikenotaira and Akakura Onsen (although Yodel may run in Golden Week). It was nice to see a crowded parking lot at Akakan yesterday; with the beautiful sun and snow today I hope there are tons of people out there. There should be!
Akakura Onsen: Kumado No. 3 and 4 lifts open April 2 to 8 Akakan: Sky Cable Gondola and No 3 lift, through to May Ikenotaira: Shirakaba Capsule, Ikenotaira Quad and AB Dai 1 lifts, until April 8 Suginohara: Closed Seki Onsen: You can't stop with 580cm of snow on the ground (open through May) Myoko Ski Park: Closed Kyukamura: At least open for kids' sledding (lift closed) Tangram: Closed Madarao: Closed
Perhaps this morning isn't quite the blue sunny conditions we were told to expect. I can see quite a lot of blue up there in Naeba but there is a fair amount of cloud cover as well top of mountain and over at Kagura - perhaps destined to clear up as the morning moves along. Actually there has been a lot of cloud up there the last few days. Yesterday, for the most part it was poor visibility again - similar to the day before we got a bit of bright and clearing skies in the middle of the day but the clouds moved back in again.
Conditions were great out there though.
So this morning a fine but cloudy start. And Kagura report 5cm more since yesterday. Naeba report 10-20cm. I report about 5cm at base. So take your pick!
A bit of a rush this morning to get those first tracks on the nice new snow.... if it warms up I think we can expect conditions to get a bit heavier later on today - and there can't be that many fresh snow days left in the season.
After today, Naeba will be open for four more days - next weekend and the weekend after - with Kagura battles on quite easily until the end of May of course.
Resort Operations, 8th April (subject to change) Naeba: Open as planned - No2 Gondola, No5 quad, Takenokodaira pair. Kagura: Open as normal. Official snow depths Naeba: 230cm Kagura: 360cm Read more ...
Sunday 8th April 2012, 8:34am
Clear blue skies
I said today would be a late report, but let's go with an early one. Today is easy to report on after all - lovely blue skies up there early on, it's going to be a cracker of a day.
Yesterday the snow clouds eased off fairly quickly and at times we even saw patches of blue sky above Hakuba but generally a lot of cloud remained in the region for the day. It got really cold overnight in Hakuba, down to about -6 degrees, but it is set to warm up pretty quickly with some forecasts saying a high of around +8 degrees. Right now it's around -1C. There's not much of a wind, so all is calm.
The next few days will be getting really warm, especially around Tuesday when it might get up to around 16C.
Not much else to report really other than it is going to be another amazing morning here, still untouched to be found and incredible views to be had too. Couldn't ask for much more! I'm going to go and get out there and make the most of it, hope you can too.
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 8th April 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Goryu is reporting 3cm on it's upper slopes. Gondola, Alps daira No1 and No3, and Sky Four lifts operating. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 285cm; Toomi - 140cm
Hakuba 47: 47 reports 1cm up top this morning. All courses open and all lifts apart from Line D due to be moving today. Official snow depth: Upper - 276cm Lower - 170m
Happo-one: Lifts normally operating: Grat quad, Alpen quad, Happo Riesen quad, Nakiyama No3 triple, Gondola, Panorama pair, Kurobishi No2 quad, Skyline No2 pair and Kita One No3 pair. Fewer lifts from tomorrow - details in the report tomorrow. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 280cm; Sakka - 80cm; Nakiyama - 80cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: Planned lifts operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 350cm Lower - 150cm
Planned ski resort closings in Hakuba and Otari, all subject to change:
Hakuba Goryu: Toomi area open until Sunday 8th April. Upper area hopefully open until 6th May.
Hakuba 47: 47 plants to be open until 6th May.
Happo-one: Upper slopes plan to be open until 6th May.
Tsugaike Kogen: Plans to be open until Golden Week
The Hakuba Cortina, Norikura, Iwatake, Sanosaka and Minekata resorts are all now closed for the season. Read more ...
Sunday 8th April 2012, 8:46am
Cloud, blue sky, sun
The snow was falling for most of the day yesterday, even down in town with a few more cm here and there. There were a few times when things seemed to clear up but clouds moved back in again fairly quickly.
Some great conditions out there on the mountains again though, with Kagura in particular getting some rave reviews from people lucky enough to get up there. I have heard some good things about conditions up at Gala Yuzawa as well. Both those resorts have had some more snow overnight and so should be good today too.
There's still some cloud remaining this morning but the blue skies seem set to win the day. We were perhaps expecting clearer skies early on, but in the last hour or so it has quickly started to clear up.
It's about 0 degrees right now in Yuzawa with just a slight northerly wind, but generally a fine morning and a nice way to end the season for the resorts enjoying their last day.
The forecast for the next few days is clear conditions and temps really warming up.
It's not often in April that we see snow depth numbers for both the upper and lower slopes inceasing - but that's what has happened the last few days. Another 10cm of snow on the upper slopes of Nozawa since yesterday afternoon (there was even a sprinkling of snow down to village level) and while it is still cold up there, the sun is out this morning and we're set for a very fine day.
Some cloud hanging on but for the most part blue skies, calm breeze and really nice conditions for this Sunday. A high of around 5C is likely later on today and then tomorrow and Tuesday we should see things really warm up beyond that - well into double figure temperatures in the village.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Current Lift operations: Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Four Yamabiko Four No2 Uenotaira Four Skyline Link Paradise Four Higake Triple
Current courses open: Yamabiko A-E courses Skyline Uenotaira Paradise Schneider Utopia courses Yunomine A, B Challenge Bunabayashi (until the mid-way point of Nagasaka Gondola) Rinkan Nagasaka Isemiya Kitsune
It is another cold and wintery morning in Zao, though there's some blue sky showing behind the fast-moving cloud up there at the moment. The top of the mountain is visible from base.
As I left this morning early on the thermometer was at -4 degrees and there was 2-3cm or so outside in the village. The top gondola station is reporting a temp. of -8 degrees, so there's no t-shirt skiing just as yet in Zao this spring!
Clearer conditions and warmer temperatures on the cards for the next few days.
From tomorrow, we take another step into spring ski territory with more lifts closing for the season. Details below.
Official snow depths (8th April 12) Utopia - 245cm Chuo - 240cm Paradise - 245cm Uwanodai - 150cm
Operating lifts (8th April 12) Open as planned.
Current planned lift operations at Zao, as of 8th April - subject to change:
Uwanodai Area Sky Cable (open all year, but closed from 7th May for maintenance) Onsen No1 pair lift (until 8th April) Onsen No2 quad lift (until 8th April) Zao Ropeway (open all year, but closed for maintenance 9th-25th April except Saturdays and Sundays)
Chuo and Paradise Area Chuo No1 pair lift (until 6th May, but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April) Chuo No2 pair lift (until 6th May) Katakai triple lift (until 6th May, but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April) Paradise No1 pair lift (until 6th May (but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April) Shobunuma No2 pair lift (until 8th April)
Yokokura and Utopia area Zao Ropeway (open all year, closed for maintenance 7th-18th May) Yokokura No1 pair lift (until 8th April) Astraea No3 pair lift (until 8th April) Utopia No2 pair lift (dependent on snow but latest until 6th May)
Omori and Kurohime Area Kurohime No1 quad (no fixed closing date, dependent on snow) Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 8th April 2012, 9:22am
Clear, blue skies
Still a bit of snow on some of the roads around Shiga Kogen, but I suspect that will be gone fairly soon as the sun is shining down and we are going to have a lovely day weather-wise. Blue skies and hardly a cloud around. There's not much else to say.... bluebird!
It's busier than a weekday of course but still a quick look around this morning early on and there doesn't seem to be any kind of queues at all for lifts with everything running smoothly.
Over the next few days we should see similarly clear conditions and temperatures rising as well.
Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 8th April 2012 AM:
Resort areas that are now closed for the season are Maruike, Hasuike, Giant, Bunadaira, Nishitateyama and Kidoike. The planned closing dates of other ski areas are as follows, subject to change:
Higashitateyama: Open April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. Access to Terakoya still operating even when Higashitateyama closed.
Terakoya: Open April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
Mammoth: Quad until 6th May. Triple until 8th April.
Tannenomori: Until 6th May (but closed from 9th April until 28th April).
Ichinose Family: Quad until 6th May. Pairs on April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
Ichinose Diamond: Quad open April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
Ichinose Yamanokami: Until 8th April.
Yakebitaiyama: No2 Gondola & No2 quad until 8th April and then April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. No2 lift until 8th April and then April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. No3 lift March 17/18, 20, 24/25, April 7/8 No4 pair open when No2 Gondola closed
Okushiga Kogen: Gondola open until 9th April and then 14th-16th April, 21st-23rd April, 28th April until 6th May. No1 pair until 8th April. No2 and No3 pairs until 6th May. No4 pair until 8th April and then 14th-15th April, 21st-22nd April, 28th April until 6th May.
Kumanoyu: Some lifts open beyond 6th May (after that date the Shiga Kogen ticket not valid)
Yokoteyama: Plans to be open until late May. Beyond 6th May, the joint Shiga Kogen ticket not valid. Read more ...
Sunday 8th April 2012, 10:35am
Low wind, sunny
It's another beautiful morning this Easter Sunday here in Niseko - a nice powdery dusting overnight giving the trees a good coating an almost Christmas feel.
Skies were brilliant blue this morning and winds, same as the past few days after the storm, nice and low.
Top to bottom lifts again giving great access for Easter riders, I cant remember an April being this consistently amazing in a long time - a true showcase of Niseko at its very best!
From tomorrow less of the mountain open as shown below, we'll give you another update on that in tomorrows report.
Below is the latest information from the resort areas in Niseko regarding planned lift operation plans - subject to change:
Grand Hirafu & Hanazono: The following lifts remain open, with the planned closing dates for each also shown:
A Ace Family Pair Lift - until 8th April C Ace Quad Lift No2 - until 6th May F Hirafu Gondola - until 8th April I King Hooded Triple Lift #3 - until 6th May J King Lift #4 - until 6th May K Swinging Monkey Pair Lift - until 9th April N Hanazono Hooded Quad Lift #1 - until 9th April O Hanazono Quad Lift #2 - until 9th April P Hanazono Hooded Quad Lift #3 - until 9th April
Niseko Village: Niseko Village plans to be open every day until Sunday 8th April with the following lifts operating - Gondola, Banzai, Wonderland and Community. Niseko Village also plans to be open again for the Golden Week holiday period from Sunday 29th April until Sunday 6th May.
Annupuri: Lifts at Annupuri plan to be open until 6th May.
Official snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 430cm Bottom - 195cm
More snow yesterday on and off and this morning's measurements up at Tenjin stand at 410cm which is masses of snow for April. Looks as if the snow is on hold for a while from now though. Blue skies today with a few clouds floating around and, although it is coldish this morning, it is likely to warm up. Great snow this morning though it is getting heavier and softer as the day progress. Great finish to the season for Houdaigi who have their last day today and are closing with almost 2 meters of snow everywhere.
The forecast for the next week is for warm, spring temperatures through until Friday at least. Mainly blue skies and sunshine though a possibility of rain on Wednesday/Thursday.
It's noon, and temperatures have rebounded from a crisp, cool night dotted with snow showers to a mild 3 degrees above freezing for lunchtime. It's currently cloudy, but we should see a break in the skies and the sun start to peak through towards the afternoon. Watch for soft spots developing in the snowpack, especially towards the bottom half of the mountain.
Weather-wise it's a great day to be out and enjoying this extended winter. Winds are light and variable, and it feels comparatively great outside. We shouldn't see too much in the way of precipitation today, but all that should change when a very spring-like system moves its way across Central Hokkaido. Read more ...