Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 15th November 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 10th April 2018, 7:17am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

I was 'down' with a bad case of hay fever yesterday, and so didn't get out... but I'm pretty sure I did hear rain later in the day yesterday.

It was definitely keeping on the colder side of things yesterday though.

This morning there isn't a cloud in the sky and it is a beautiful clear-sky start to the day. It should be a fine day to be out on the mountain (especially if you don't worry about hay fever!!)

Today will be warmer as well, with a high temperature of around 17C forecast for later on.


* Kandatsu Kogen, GALA Yuzawa and Kagura remain open every day.
* Naeba is currently closed but will re-open on weekends and over Golden Week.
* Further details below.
* Yuzawa Now reports will continue to be posted daily until 6th May.


Updated: Tuesday 10th April 2018, 7:15am

At least part open daily until Sunday 22nd April:

Kandatsu Kogen
- Official snow depth: 90cm
- Kandatsu Kogen remains part open
- The Tozawa pair and Onaka and Ikenodaira quad lifts remain operating

At least part open daily until Sunday 6th May:

GALA Yuzawa
- Official snow depth: 140cm
- Central Area: The Gondola, Coach, Barouche, Phaeton lifts operating; all courses remain open
- North Area: The Victoria lift operating; Broadway, Swan (part), Super Swan and Super Broadway courses remain open
- The South Area and Falcon course back to base are now closed for the season

- Official snow depth: Kagura area - 250cm; Mitsumata area - 150cm; Tashiro area - 200cm
- All areas of Kagura remain open and almost all course areas still available
- The downhill course back to Mitsumata Ropeway is closed
- 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 is currently closed on weekdays until 27th April
- It plans to re-open on Saturdays and Sundays
- The resort plans then plans to be (part open) daily from 28th April until 6th May    Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 10th April 2018, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

A beautiful morning in the region and the sun is going to warm things up a little more today.

Until Friday we are now seeing just the Gondola and two top Yamabiko lifts operating. But you can still ski back down to base area via the Rinkan course.

As you can see from the images below, snow cover still really good up top. And it is always interesting to see how the snow disappears from the base areas. I'll be posting an image from Hikage every day so you can keen an eye on that.


Tuesday 10th April 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as and where reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Hikage (660m): -cm
- Nagasaka (615m): -cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 190cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 90cm
- Hikage (660m): -cm
- Nagasaka (615m): -cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Lifts operations:

- Nagasaka Gondola
- Yamabiko Four
- Yamabiko Number 2 Four

The following courses should be open today:

- Yamabiko
- Kokenashi
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Bunabayashi (to mid station)
- Rinkan (to Isemiya)
- Get back to base via the Rinkan course or using the Gondola
- Shuttle bus available from the bottom of Rinkan to Nagasaka car park

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;
Nozawa Onsen plans to remain open until Sunday 6th May.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 10th April 2018, 8:04am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny, some cloud
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko and... hurray!

I have more fresh snow to report. 7cm of it, in fact.

And what's more, the sun is out and it we are enjoying mostly clear blue skies with just a few friendly-looking clouds hanging around.

It is a lovely morning and definitely should be fun out there with a high temp of around 7C forecast for later on in the day.

I think I am going to have to celebrate with an extra slice of toast with plum jam... once I get back from enjoying some early tracks. Can't resist this morning.

The forecast seems to be showing some rain tomorrow, possibly heavy and windy too.


Tuesday 10th April 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 6th May

Lifts operations:

- Ace Family quad (* operating daily until 15th April)
- Ace Number 2 Center Four (* operating daily until 6th May)
- King Number 3 (* operating daily until 6th May)
- King Number 4 (* operating daily until 6th May)
- Hirafu Gondola CLOSED TODAY (* operating only on 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd April & 28th April - 6th May)

Course info:

- Most of Hirafu remains open
- Lower part of Super closed
- All of Hanazono area closed

Official snow depth:

- Top: 440cm
- Base: 135cm


Niseko Annupuri
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 6th May

Lifts that remain operating:

- Annupuri Gondola
- Dream Number 1 (* operating daily until 15th April)
- Jumbo Number 1
- Jumbo Number 4

Official snow depth:

- Top: 410cm
- Base: 130cm


Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Now closed

Niseko Village
Now closed   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 10th April 2018, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto.

Great to see some more snow during the day yesterday, but this morning the sun is out and it's a lovely start to the day with just a gentle wind.

And it should be a fine day right through until the end...


Official snow depths:

Top: 330cm
Base: 190cm

Number 1 Gondola and Number 1 pair lift are operating   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 10th April 2018, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Almost totally clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Well, the last few days has been a very nice surprise with all that fresh snow and suddenly improved conditions. Snow conditions in the morning in particularly were really nice although visibility wasn't good and there was some wind up there too. Less good in the afternoon but still we are approaching mid April and so any and all fresh snow is very welcome.

In terms of snowfall, the Hakuba Happo-one resort have stated that they were on the receiving end of a full 100cm of fresh snowfall over the last few days. That's very impressive.

On to this morning and we have clearer skies. Mostly clear skies actually with hardly any cloud around and none above that beautiful mountain backdrop. It will be warmer too today and temperatures will probably rise to mid-teens in the village.

It should be a really fun morning.

Rain is expected tomorrow and maybe heavy at times along with the chance of wind too...


The four ski resorts that remain open all plan to remain at least part open until Sunday 6th May.


Planned ski resort operations on Tuesday 10th April 2018:

We are checking the below information every morning, but please note that resort operations are beyond our control (obviously!) and are totally subject to change!

Hakuba Happo-one

Lift info:

- Grat quad
- Alpen quad
- Riesen quad
- Usagidaira pair (* open only on weekends/holidays)
- Nakiyama Number 3 triple
- Gondola
- Panorama pair
- Kokusai Number 3 pair (* open only on weekends/holidays)
- Kurobishi Number 2 quad
- Kurobishi Number 3 pair

Course info:

- Risen Grat
- Usagidaira
- Kurobishi
- Panorama
- Riesen Slalom
- Nakiyama South

- You can still ride back down to Nakiyama South base, but snow thin on the ground
- All other base areas are now closed
- You can take the Gondola back down to base

Official snow depth:

- Kurobishi: 310cm
- Usagidaira: 210cm
- Lower: 35cm


Hakuba Goryu

Lift info:

- Gondola
- Alps Number 1 pair
- Alps Number 3 pair
- Alps Number 2/4 pair (* open only from 28th April until 6th May)

Course info:

- The top area (except Champion Expert) remains open
- You can still ride back down to Gondola base on the Toomi course
- The Toomi lift is now closed
- The Iimori lifts and area is now closed

Official snow depth:

- Top: 265cm
- Toomi: 85cm
- Iimori: -cm


Hakuba 47

Lift info:

- Gondola
- Pair Line A-B
- Quad Line C
- Pair Line E

Course info:

- All main courses remain open
- You can still ride back down to base
- The Tree Riding Zones are now closed for the season

Official snow depth:

- Top: 290cm
- Base: 85cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Lift info:

- Gondola
- Han-no-ki high speed pair
- Tsuga Number 1 & 2 pair
- Tsugaike Ropeway

Courses info:

- Top Tsuga-no-mori, Han-kou, Han-no-ki areas and Karamatsu remain open
- You can still ride back down to Gondola base via Karamatsu

Official snow depth:

- Tsuga-no-mori: 285cm
- Han-no-ki: 255cm
- Maruyama: -cm
- Shirakaba: -cm
- Champion: -cm
- Oya-no-hara: -cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm   Read more ...

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