Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 13th April 2013, 6:31am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Welcome to the weekend in Yuzawa.

And it is a fine start to the day here with the sun shining down. A chilly overnight and as of 6:30am it is around 2 degrees, with a high of about 10 degrees likely later on in the day.

Tomorrow should also be sunny but get a fair bit warmer... we might see temperatures rise to almost 20 degrees in town.

Maiko Snow Resort is due to open today and tomorrow for the weekend, and that will be the last for that resort this season.

Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 13th April 2013, AM:

Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Kagura-Mitsumata):
Kandatsu Kogen:
Gala Yuzawa:


Planned closing dates for resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma

Resorts in Yuzawa:

Kandatsu Kogen - until 14th April (and then weekends until Golden Week in early May)
GALA Yuzawa - until 6th May
Kagura (Tashiro) - until 6th May
Kagura (Mitsumata) - until 26th May

Resorts in Minamiuonuma:

Maiko Snow Resort - open on 13/14th April

All are subject to snow conditions and may change.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 13th April 2013, 6:42am
Weather conditions: Cloud, clearing
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 90cm
It's like a return to winter.

I kid you not, there was over 10cm of freshies out there on the slopes yesterday and close-on whiteout conditions to boot!

Around 5cm or so in the village as well yesterday.

This morning early on it is just cloudy and that's mostly what the forecast says for the day, or rather clearing up and fine conditions for the day...

The following lifts plan to remain open through until 6th May:

All the Ropeways
Chuo Number 1 Pair AB (every day)
Chuo Number 2 Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April and 27th April until 6th May)
Katakai Triple (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April, 27th-29th April, 3rd-6th May)
Paradise Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April and 27th April until 6th May)
The Yokokura Number 1 Pair AB will remain open as long as there's enough snow.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area


90cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 13th April 2013, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
We have had a few short blasts of winter since my last report (see the Yuzawa Now reports for regular updates) with new snow gracing the Kagura runs making for some sometimes refreshed conditions. It's always a bonus when we get this in April.

Today the sun is out from early on and there has been another light dusting overnight. That will soon dry up no doubt though it won't get too warm today. Tomorrow should start off similarly and it is forecast to get warmer than today as well.

Kagura still reporting 350cm of snow.


Official resort snow depth:
Kagura - 350cm

Planned closing dates:
Kagura (Tashiro Ropeway) - May 6th
Kagura (Mitsumata Ropeway) - May 26th

Naeba is now closed   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 13th April 2013, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 455cm
Lots of cloud around this morning but breaks in them as well. For now early on things are nice and calm and I would imagine planned lifts will be open this Saturday morning.

Rain might happen later on in the day though and overnight into tomorrow... possibly more snow at higher elevations?

There may be leftovers of that into tomorrow morning, along with stronger winds forecast.

Going back to what I mentioned yesterday, my good friend was out there on Thursday and reporting some really nice almost-deep conditions on the mountain. Up to 20cm or so in places? Nice weather conditions by the sound of things as well. Not bad for the getting on for the middle of April!


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 455cm
Bottom - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 340cm
Bottom - 180cm


Planned resort operations

Niseko Hanazono - closed for the season
Niseko Village - currently closed but will re-open between 27th April and 6th May
Niseko Annupuri - until Monday 6th May
Niseko Grand Hirafu - until Monday 6th May   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 13th April 2013, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue skies
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 185cm
Today is going to be a fine day I predict. Not only with the weather - lovely clear blue skies - but also the fine new layer of snow.

It was good to see some new snow low down at village and the lower slopes white once again, for however short a period of time. The snow down here in village has almost gone from where I am now near Happo and it will quickly disappear from those lower runs as well.... but it's great to see. (Obviously!)

So, what about higher up on those mountains? Well, the only official numbers that I can find so far are from the Hakuba 47 resort, who are reporting 15cm of fresh snow up by R3. Not bad at all! Sounds like a good place to head for this morning.

As I mentioned, nice blue skies and just a few fluffy clouds here and there. Temps will probably rise to around 10 degrees today. Sun again tomorrow along with warmer conditions.


Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 12th April 2013 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
The following lifts planned to be operating until May 6th - Gondola, upper Number 1 and Number 3 pair lifts. Need to take the Gondola back down.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 185cm;
Toomi - 30cm

Hakuba 47:
The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Line AB, C and E.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 135cm
Lower - 45cm

The following lifts planned to be operating until May 6th - Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi Number 2 quad, Kurobishi Number 3 pair, Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair
Parallel pair, Skyline Number 2 pair, Grat quad, Kokusai Number 1 pair, Usagidaira pair
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 150cm
Lower - 0cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Ropeway, Tsuga Number 2 pair, Hannoki pair. Need to take the Gondola back down.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 210cm
Lower slopes - 0cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Cortina and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 13th April 2013, 12:02pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Skies were cloudy and cold overnight as an additional layer of 3-5cm of fresh snow blanketed the town. While a snow event this late into April is not exactly a rare event, it does prove that Old Man Winter is not quite done with us yet. Up on the slopes, you can still ski from top to bottom with no problems - a testament to just how long this winter has lingered.

However, Spring is just around the corner, and that means swift changes ahead. If you're thinking of getting in a few runs before the season ends next month, today might be the day. Calm, mostly cloudy skies with relatively cool temperatures with a few snow flurries or even light rain showers here and there are in the forecast. Tomorrow, the real rain moves in and we will see temperatures rise into the positive double digits.
   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 13th April 2013, 14:30pm
Weather conditions: Sunny, blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 245cm
The snow may well have almost gone from all of the near-village bottom runs, but we are still getting a bit of new up top and overnight the resort once again reported 5cm of fresh snowfall up on Yamabiko and Uenotaira areas. (Perhaps that really will be the last blast of the season?)

It has been sunny with blue skies today and a high temperature of 8 degrees at base here.

Tomorrow should see continued clear conditions but it will get a fair bit warmer with a high of up to 19 degrees on the forecast.


Official snow depths




Nozawa Onsen planned opening dates to the end of season:

From 1st April until 6th May:
Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift
Yamabiko Four lift

From 1st April until 7th April
12th April until 14th April
20th-21st April
27th April until 6th May

Uenotaira Four lift
Snow Park

6th-7th April
13th-14th April
20th-21st April
27th April until 6th May

Paradise Four lift


Courses scheduled to be open at Nozawa Onsen (subject to change due to weather conditions):

Yamabiko A
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E
Bunabayashi (to the Nagasaka Gondola mid station)
Utopia A
Utopia B
Rinkan (until the Hikage area)

To get back to the Nagasaka Gondola from Rinkan use the shuttle bus from Isemiya course.

Lift prices from 1st April are 3500 yen (adults), 1500 yen (children), 2500 yen (seniors) for a day ticket and 2500 yen (adults), 1000 yen (children), 2000 yen (seniors) for a half day.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 13th April 2013, 14:58pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
A quick update for you....

It has been a nice sunny day in Myoko today, with a little extra fresh white stuff on top of the 10cm or so that fell Thursday.

It's staying cool, too - the snow is really trying to hold on there!

Warmer conditions likely tomorrow with more sun.


Operations and official snow depths

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
180cm, 6C    Read more ...

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