Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 13th April 2016, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Morning from Yuzawa.

Strong winds this morning are preventing GALA Yuzawa from opening today. It looks like Kagura is opening as normal though so that is the only choice if you want to be skiing/snowboarding today.

Otherwise it's a warm cloudy morning but we're expecting lots of cloud during the day. Temperatures are due to rise to close on 20 degrees as well, so it's a warm spring day.

Rain is on the forecast for tonight. Hopefully it won't stick around much into tomorrow.


Resorts that remain open in Yuzawa on Wednesday 13th 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.
Note: today GALA Yuzawa is closed due to wind conditions.
Official snow depth:

The Tashiro Ropeway plans to be open until 8th May.
The Kagura area via Mitsumata Ropeway plans to be open until 29th May.
Most courses remain open apart from the Gondola east course
The downhill course to Mitsumata car park 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.


List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City


Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast
   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 13th April 2016, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Hello from Hakuba and good morning.

It was a fine and fairly warm day yesterday, and remained mild overnight.

The mild conditions start the day off and today temperatures may rise to around 17C down here at village base level. Unfortunately it looks like we're going to get rained on by the end of the day with it forecast to be coming down heavily at times. Fingers crossed it will ease off and the forecast sun will appear in the morning.


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 8:40am on Wednesday 13th 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: 95cm
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: 172cm
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 and the lower Nakiyama South courses are now closed, there is no longer any courses open back down to base.
Upper Riesen Grat Course, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Skyline and Panorama course areas remain open.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 100cm
Nakiyama: -cm

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: 155cm
Maruyama: -cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm


Other resorts are now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 13th April 2016, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Fair blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 115cm
Good morning from a sunny Grandeco.

There was some new snowfall yesterday morning and the courses became white again.

Urabandai is lucky to have new snowfall this late in the season and there is another snow fall forecasted for this Friday!

Temperatures are a little high today and the conditions should be soft most of morning and into the afternoon.

The Spring Snow Park is open from 10:00am till 2:00pm today. It is being maintained all day long so there is still plenty to play on.

The roads around Grandeco are dry.


Lifts operating:

Number 1 quad
Number 2 quad

Courses that remain open:

[A-a] Rainbow 3500
[A-b] Rainbow 3500
[C] Center


Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco


Here is a list of the resorts that remain open in the region:

Grandeco and Nekoma remain open.
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!
All other resorts now closed.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 13th April 2016, 10:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 60cm
Good morning from Niseko.

Lots of cloud around on this mild morning, and I'm afraid right now it is raining. Hopefully that will clear up sooner than later, and tomorrow might bring us some sunshine - and forecast warmer conditions as well. But it looks like there's a mix of cloud and rain dominating the forecast through into the weekend. Let's see how it all turns out.

It's approaching 10:30am as I write this and the top Ace Number 4 lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu is on hold due to strong winds up there; and the top Jumbo Number 4 lift at Niseko Annupuri is also on hold.

There's more patches of ground showing up here and there especially on lower areas, but snow cover is still very good for top to bottom riding... when those tops lifts are operating of course...


Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko Annupuri
Top lifts at both resorts currently on hold due to strong winds.


Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 13th April 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Top - 315cm
Base - 60cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 60cm


Resort operations - subject to change due to snow and weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu resort area lift operations:
Ace Family Pair - until 17th April
Ace Number 2 Center Four Quad
Ace Number 3 Pair
Ace Number 4 Pair

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.

Niseko Hanazono has now closed for the season.


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...

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