Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Wednesday 9th April 2014, 7:25am
Good morning from Niseko and it's another clear, sunny and quite mild start to the day here and today will once again warm up to double digit temperatures. A moderate wind expected today, but it's too early at the time of writing to bring any news of possible lift disruptions...
There might be some rain/snow overnight tonight though into tomorrow, so would be good if I could report a fresh layer of snow in my next report. (Don't expect anything significant though!)
Official snow depth numbers and planned operating lifts at time of writing:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 330cm Base - 110cm
Ace Number 2 Center Four lift King Number 3 Triple King Number 4 (* Hirafu Gondola will open only on 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th, 29th April and 3-6th 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
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 ...
Wednesday 9th April 2014, 7:30am
It actually clouded over quite a bit in the morning yesterday before ending up fine and sunny again.
And that's how we start the day today with highs of around 15 degrees expected in Yuzawa.
All of Kagura and the Central and North areas of GALA Yuzawa resort are open.
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 (Central and North Areas) Kagura (Tashiro area)
Until 25th May: Kagura (Mitsumata and main Kagura area)
All other resorts in the region are now closed for the season.
Official resort snow depths @ Wednesday 9th April 2014, AM: Kagura (Tashiro): 280cm Kagura (Mitsumata): 330cm Gala Yuzawa: 280cm Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 9th April 2014, 7:52am
The sun is out again here in Nozawa and we have a lot of it lined up over the next week by the looks of the latest forecasts. The only interruption to the fine spring sun seems to be later on tomorrow when rain is expected in the village and perhaps some fresh snow on the top areas of the resort. That shouldn't last long though and we will soon enough be back to sun.
From Friday to Sunday this week, we'll all have the chance to test out new model skis and snowboards. If you are interested, head up to the top Yamabiko area of the resort at any of the times below...
Friday 11th - 10am until 3pm Saturday 12th - 9:30am until 3pm Sunday 13th - 9:30am until 2:30pm
...and check out some next season gear. It's free, but you will need some kind of formal identification that has a photo of yourself on it to sign up and take part. Looks like they have a lot of brands lined up so should be fun.
Wednesday 9th April 2014:
Official snow depths: Yamabiko - 300cm Uenotaira - 210cm
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:
Like yesterday, the sun is out and it's a beautiful, calm morning in Zao Onsen. Going to get quite warm as well today.
The Yokokura and Kurohime lifts are still moving and they plan to remain open as long as snow allows. Still very good snow cover, though a few patches in places starting to show on lower areas.
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 (9th April 14): Utopia: 200cm Chuo: 200cm Paradise: 200cm Uwanodai: 90cm Read more ...
Wednesday 9th April 2014, 9:49am
Just had to add a note today, with a lot of cars in the Akakan parking lot, a great sunny day and some still very white snow.
Looks like there may be a little more fresh, even, over the next day and a half or so! Seems like the town decided that the arrival of cherry blossoms in nearby Joetsu also meant they should take down all ski information from official website. OK, the last of my complaints about the bureaucrats for this season but they have really not done the area many favors with late reports, incomplete information and a slow start and fast close. You, good reader, are at Snow Japan, so you know better, of course....
Come up and play!
Akakura Kanko: Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out.
It is another clear sunny day here in Furano. The temperatures have fallen well below freezing overnight so the melting snow on the footpaths around town has turned to ice. All runs have been groomed and are in great condition for this time of year. Snow is still on the forecast and should start falling from evening.