Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 20th January 2020
Sunday 10th April 2016, 6:14am
A very early report this morning as I need to get on the Shinkansen and get myself to Tokyo this morning.
But it's a fairly easy report to make with what looks like will be a fine morning - the sun should be making an early appearance and it should be warming up fairly similarly to how it did yesterday, closing in on 20 degrees.
Tomorrow looks like it should be considerably colder, perhaps even struggling to get above 5 degrees which will be a pretty big contrast with these weekend conditions, and there may even be the chance of a bit of snow falling - especially in higher areas. Would be great to see a bit of fresh snow even if it is shortlived.
For today though, should be fine and sunny.
Resorts that remain open in Yuzawa on Sunday 10th April 2016):
GALA Yuzawa GALA Yuzawa resort plans to be open until Sunday 8th May. Three of the six courses in the Central Area (as well as the 'playing in the snow 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: 80cm
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 - 200cm Tashiro area - 170cm Mitsumata area - 140cm
Resorts that are not listed below are now closed for the season.
A very good Sunday morning to you... no Sunday lie in for me as you can tell! It's going to be a busy day ahead for me.
It is keeping cold this morning, rather chilly outside actually, but the sun is out from early on and there's mostly clear blue skies above with just a bit of cloud here and there (including the cloud hat that Mt Yotei is rather fetchingly wearing at the moment).
It should be a fine day though today and keeping on the colder side of things, before the... snow... that might happen later tonight and into tomorrow.
Let's see what I have to report for you in the morning!
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.
A warm and fine day yesterday and this morning it's more of an overcast and hazy kind of feel, with temperatures once again due to hit the high teens later on. There's more patches appearing now on areas further up the mountains but generally cover still good. Continuing until early May? I'm intrigued how they will manage it...
Interesting forecast for tonight. It should be getting colder than it has been and there's even a bit of snow showing up on the forecast. Possibly even a bit of a dusting down to lower areas. Surely not anything that will make any difference to proceedings but if we could get a few cm up top that would be fantastic. Never tire of seeing fresh snow. The skies are forecast to clear during the day tomorrow with the sun coming back.
There's a special event on over at Usagidaira today at 10:30am including a 'talkshow' with Olympican mogul lady - and Hakuba local - Aiko Uemura. Not sure what to expect but I'll be up there to have a listen.
Resort news as of 9:00am on Sunday 10th 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 is closed - but all courses are still available 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: 100cm Base: 30cm
Hakuba Goryu: The top area of Goryu - Panorama, Grand Prix and Super courses - remain open. The lower main Toomi and Iimori areas are now closed. Get the Gondola back down to base. Official snow depth Alps: 181cm Toomi: -cm Iimori: -cm
Hakuba Happo-one: The lower areas of the resort - apart from part of Nakiyama South - are now closed. Riesen Slalom Course is now just part open. Upper Riesen Grat Course, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Skyline and Panorama course areas 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: 100cm Nakiyama: 15cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The top Tsuga-no-mori and Upper Han-no-ki areas remain open. All other courses are now closed. The top Tsugaike Ropeway is open for spring season (note: extra charge required). Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 160cm Maruyama: -cm Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm
Here is a list of the resorts that remain open in the region:
Grandeco, Nekoma and Minowa are open today. Minowa announced they will end their season on the of April 10th (tomorrow) Nekoma will be closed between the 19th-21st and 26th-28 April, but both Grandeco and Nekoma plan to remain open until 5th May. All dependent on the snow levels of course! Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Sunday 10th April 2016, 9:18am
Well it's closing day here at Appi.
Mostly sunny skies with light winds. If you need a last minute fix then today is the day. Very few runs are open and those are in mediocre to poor shape now. With only 60cm of base left its just hard going.
Expect a full recap of the season this coming week.
Currently planned operating lifts:
- Appi Gondola - Central Number 1 quad - Number 2 lift A - Number 3 lift B - Number 4 lift