Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Furano Now!

Thursday 13th April 2017, 7:46am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
We have awoke this morning to a heavy snowfall blanketing all roads, gardens, roofs and anything else exposed. It is currently snowing heavily and 5cm has accumulated on the ground and roads are frozen and slippery. The snowfall will continue throughout the day. Temperatures will be warm and well above freezing tomorrow and this will bring rain, even at the top of the resort. Visibility is limited due to the heavy snow, but when this eases up visibility will improve significantly.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 13th April 2017, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Mix of cloud and blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hurray, it's April 13th and it has been snowing. Yey!

It's blowing around in the strong winds, but I think I am justified in adding 1cm to the report this morning. There's probably more higher up and these winds have been working on it too, so it'll be interesting to see how the slopes are this morning.

Unfortunately, the wind means that Niseko Annupuri is closed and so is the top lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu, so limited choice if you wish to brave the conditions!

Still, good visibility and some blue sky up there too now. It doesn't look like it's going to get back to 'calm' today, or indeed tomorrow. Perhaps we will have to wait until the weekend for that.


Individual resort information: Thursday 13th April 2017:

Planned openings. This info subject to change due to snow and weather conditions - any closings will be mentioned in the main report above.

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
The following course is now closed: Onsenzawa.

Official snow depth:
Top - 275cm
Base - 60cm

Planned operating lifts:
Ace Family (8:30am until 4:30pm) - until 16th April
Ace Number 2 Center Four (8:30am until 4:30pm)
King Number 3 (8:40am until 4:30pm)
King Number 4 (8:50am until 4:30pm)
Gondola (8:30am until 4:30pm) - on weekends and national holidays only

The Spring Park should be open from 10am until 3:30pm


Niseko Annupuri
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.

Official snow depth:
Top - 200cm
Base - 50cm

Planned operating lifts:
Annupuri Gondola
Jumbo Number 1
Jumbo Number 4


Niseko HANAZONO Resort has closed for the season.
Niseko Village is currently closed but plans to part re-open from 28th April until 7th May.
Night time floodlit operations have finished for the season.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 13th April 2017, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Rain for the morning yesterday in town and spots of rain as it wore on later in the day.

Up at Kagura though, this morning they are reporting up to 5cm of fresh snow on upper slopes.

Lots of cloud around at the moment but it's dry. And perhaps we'll see some sunshine later on.

It's a chilly start - about 5C now - and temperatures are set to warm up again from tomorrow.


Resort information as of Thursday 13th April 2017

Subject to change depending on snow and weather conditions.

GALA Yuzawa
GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
All of the Central Area courses and part of the North Area currently remain open.
The sledding area is also open.
The Falcon downhill course is now closed - use the Gondola to get back down to base.
Official snow depth: 260cm

The Tashiro Area of Kagura plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
The Kagura Area (via Mitsumata Ropeway) plans to be open until Sunday 28th May.

Almost all Kagura courses remain open.
Closed courses according to official website are the Gondola East Course (at Tashiro) and the downhill course (back to Mitsumata car park).
Kagura Park plans to be open daily from Wednesday 12th April.
Official snow depth: Kagura - 330cm; Mitsumata - 280cm; Tashiro - 300cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Kandatsu Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Most courses at Kandatsu Kogen remain open.
Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) is on Saturdays and nights before holidays until 22nd April.
Official snow depth: 220cm


Naeba is closed today but plans to re-open on weekends and over the Golden Week period.

All other ski and snowboard resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region are now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 13th April 2017, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa and things are much nicer this morning.

Some blue sky and some sunshine. And it's actually pretty cold. Certainly for mid April.

From tomorrow things should start getting warmer once again.

A nice day to go and check out that 1cm of fresh snow being reported up on the Yamabiko runs.


You can still ski or snowboard back down close to the Hikage base area - from where you can get on a shuttle bus back over to the base of the Nagasaka Gondola if you want to get back up top. Snow conditions are better higher up though, so I expect that most people will be staying up there for most of the day.


Thursday 13th April 2017

Below is official info that the resort is publishing at the time of the report.

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 1cm
- Uenotaira: 0cm
- Hikage: 0cm
- Nagasaka: 0cm
- Karasawa: 0cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 305cm
- Uenotaira: 205cm
- Hikage: 80cm
- Nagasaka: -cm
- Karasawa: -cm

Lifts that are operating today:
- Nagasaka Gondola
- Yamabiko Four
- Yamabiko Number 2 Four

Courses that are open today:
- Yamabiko A
- Yamabiko B
- Yamabiko C
- Yamabiko D
- Yamabiko E
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Bunabayashi
- Rinkan
- Utopia Course
- Utopia Course 2
- Challenge


Planned lift operations for the rest of the season:

Nagasaka Gondola - 8:10am until 3:30pm
Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift - 8:25am until 3:15pm
Yamabiko Four lift - 8:30am until 3:40pm
Uenotaira Four lift - 8:30am until 3:40pm (*** only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week)
Paradise Four lift - 8:25am until 3:50pm (*** only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week)
Skyline Pair lift - 8:25am until 4:00pm (*** only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week)   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 13th April 2017, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

No cm to report from base - and none from around the resorts either by the looks - but it is actually snowing in places lightly now. Wouldn't expect it to last long though with clearer skies forecast for the day.

Clearer skies are forecast for tomorrow along with warmer conditions again. It has been quite cold this morning actually!


Resort information as of 8:48am on Thursday 13th April 2017:

All information as available and subject to change.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 was reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
All of the courses are Hakuba 47 remains open.
Route 4 though is closed today as they 'remake' the park.
Tree Riding Zone gates are closed.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 245cm
Base: 85cm
Planned operating lifts:
All planned lifts operating
Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
Top to bottom riding is still available via the Toomi course.
The Iimori area of the resort is closed.
Official snow depth:
Alps: 240cm
Toomi: 95cm
Planned operating lifts:
Alps Number 1 pair lift
Alps Number 3 pair lift
Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall (Grat quad top).
Most base areas are now closed but upper areas of the resort remain open.
The Gondola and Sakka Kitaone lifts are taking people up to those higher areas.
You can still ski or board back down to the Gondola base station via the Riesen and Shirakaba South courses - otherwise take one of the two above lifts back down to base.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 140cm
Kurobishi: 220cm
Nakiyama: -cm
Planned operating lifts:
Alpen quad lift
Grat quad lift
Panorama pair lift
Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair lift
Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
Kurobishi Number 3 pair lift
Skyline Number 2 pair lift
Sakka Kitaone quad
Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuga-no-mori, Han-no-ki, Maruyama and Oya-no-hara areas remain open with top to bottom courses available.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 290cm
Han-no-ki: 290cm
Oya-no-hara: 75cm
Planned operating lifts:
Tsugaike Ropeway
Tsuga Number 2 pair lift
Han-no-ki high speed pair lift
Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.


All other ski and snowboard resorts in the area are now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Thursday 13th April 2017, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Cloud with some snow in places at times!
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It will be cloudy today but there is some snow falling - and should be at times during the day.

There were no new cm of snow to report - just a dusting - but conditions are keeping cold.

The sakura cherry blossom trees are starting to bloom over in Fukushima city.

Last runs of the season in the region can be enjoyed here in Grandeco or at Nekoma and Minowa.


Lifts information:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift: * Now closed *
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 4 quad lift: * Now closed *

Courses open:

90% courses remain open
Lavender A and Mint B are closed
The Snow Parks are now closed

Official snow depth:

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: dry
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: dry   Read more ...

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