Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 21st May 2019
Saturday 13th April 2019, 8:33am
Clear blue skies and sunshine
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Beautiful blue skies all around this morning.
It is going to be warming up too - a high of close to 15C expected in town this afternoon - so a real feeling of a return to spring-like weather.
Tomorrow might also start of sunny but rain is due later in the day.
The Sociable quad lift is operating for the weekend at GALA Yuzawa, as is the Shiraitayama pair lift at Kandatsu Kogen.
Updated: Saturday 13th April 2019
GALA Yuzawa - Official snow depth: 270cm - The Central Area and part of the Northern Area of GALA Yuzawa remain open - The Gondola, Barouche quad, Sociable quad, Phaeton pair, Coach pair and Victoria quad lifts are operating - The downhill Falcon course is closed for the season - take the Gondola down - GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Kagura - Official snow depth: 260cm (Kagura); 230cm (Tashiro); 200cm (Mitsumata) - Kagura remains almost fully open - Tashiro Ropeway plans to be open until Monday 6th May - Kagura via Mitsumata Ropeway plans to be open until Sunday 26th May
Kandatsu Kogen - Official snow depth: 175cm - Kandatsu remains mostly open - The Tozawa pair, Onaka quad, Ikenodaira quad and Shiraitayama pair lifts are operating - Kandatsu Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 21st April
All other ski resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region are now closed for the season Read more ...
Saturday 13th April 2019, 8:34am
Clear skies and sunshine
Good morning from Niseko.
And what a beautiful morning it is.
We have clear blue skies all around and the sun shining down on us. It is going to be a warm spring day with temperatures rising into double digits down at base today and tomorrow.
The Hirafu Gondola has woken up from a weekday break and is now spinning around for the weekend.
I hope you have a good one wherever you are.
Ski resort operation information: Saturday 13th April 2019 Subject to change due to weather conditions
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 305cm - Base: 75cm
Planned ski lift operations: - Hirafu quad [8:30am - 4:30pm] * weekends only - Ace Family quad [8:30am - 4:30pm] * until 14th April - Ace Number 2 Center Four quad [8:30am - 4:30pm] - King Number 3 quad [8:40am - 4:30pm] - King Number 4 [8:50am - 4:30pm]
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 250cm - Base: 50cm
Planned ski lift operations: - Annupuri Gondola - Dream Number 1 quad - Jumbo Number 1 quad - Jumbo Number 4 pair
Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO areas are now closed for the 2018-2019 season0 Read more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Saturday 13th April 2019, 8:36am
Fair blue skies
Good morning from Urabandai - beautiful clear blue skies this morning.
There was no snowfall yesterday but I wanted to report on this cold but beautiful morning.
It will be a warm day today so snow conditions will easily change as the sun gets to work.
The official snow depth at Grandeco is 230cm and at Nekoma it is 220cm, so there is still a lot of snow around.
It is a good day to hike up Mt Nishidaiten from Grandeco by taking the Number 3 lift (the Number 4 lift is closed for the season), or maybe check out that new 'walking link' to ski the upper course of Alts Bandai (see information below).
A perfect day for the camera too. Sunglasses and sunscreen recommended!
The photos for today are from Nekoma (the first two) and Grandeco.
Nekoma - lift 4/5, course 11/11 open (open until there is enough snow) Grandeco - lift 2/5 include one gondola, course 8/11 open (open until there is enough snow)
* Alts Bandai has already closed for the season, but the Muhyo lift is operating - see below for information on the 'walking link'
Other ski resorts in the area are all now closed for the season
Nekoma - Alts 'walking link'
The Alts Bandai resort has already closed for the season but in what seems to be an experimental kind of special opening, there is now an official 'walking link' available between the Nekoma and Alts Bandai resorts, with Alts opening up their top Muhyo ski lift.
This is how it works.
Basically you get up to the top of the Nekoma resort via the Excite Cat Chair lift. You can walk about 800m (15 minutes) over to the top of the Alts Bandai resort - there is a rope along the way to keep you going in the right direction - where the Muhyo lift is operating. You can then enjoy the top area of Alts Bandai using the Muhyo lift.
It is important to note that you cannot ski back down to the base of Alts Bandai and it is prohibited to go outside of the official walking course.
Once you have had your fill of the top of Alts Bandai you need to then walk back over to the top of Nekoma, and then ski/board back down to the base of that resort.
The Mukyo lift is open between 9am and 1pm; the walking link is open between 9am and 1:30pm; the gate on the Nekoma side closes at noon.
This link will be open until the middle of this month so if you want to try it out, you'll need to get there soon!
It will be interesting to see if this idea is deemed a success and what kind of feedback the resorts get. It is unknown right now if they have kind of plans to do this again next year in any form.
Perhaps we can look forward to more news on this next season. We'll keep an eye on it. Read more ...
Saturday 13th April 2019, 8:40am
Clear skies and sun. Beautiful morning.
Good morning from Hakuba.
Clear blue skies over Hakuba this morning and not a cloud to be seen. It's a cold start but due to quickly warm up; it'll be getting up to 10C and perhaps slightly above today in the village.
It is all looking extremely tempting. Time to get out enjoy it.
Have a good weekend everyone.
I am keeping an eye on the ski resort operation details and checking/updating the info below each morning.
Ski resort information on Saturday 13th April 2019: The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
Notes: - Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline, Riesen Slalom and Nakiyama South Side areas remain open - Base areas are closed apart from Nakiyama South Side and Shirakaba South Side - Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Notes: - Top areas remain open - Gondola and Alps Number 1 and 3 pair lifts operating - Alps Number 2/4 should be operating 27th April - 6th May - You can still ride back down to base - Iimori and Toomi base area lifts are now closed - Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Notes: - Tsugaike Ropeway is now generally open for spring operations (check for daily operation plans) - Tsuga-no-mori, Han-kou, Han-no-ki and Karamatsu course areas remain open - Other course areas are now closed - You can still ride back down to Gondola base - Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Monday 6th May Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 13th April 2019, 8:50am
Clear and sunny
Morning from Nozawa.
The region is enjoying a lovely clear sky and sunny morning and expecting things to warm up after a chilly start. Looks like we are getting back to proper spring-like weather as temps get up to double digits again and warming up further as we approach the middle of the coming week.
The Skyline connecting pair, Uenotaira and Paradise quad lifts are operating for the weekend.
It should be a good Saturday. I'm going to get in a few hours. See you tomorrow.
Saturday 13th April 2019
Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday morning):
- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm - Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm - Hikage (660m): no longer reporting - Nagasaka (615m): no longer reporting - Karasawa (563m): no longer reporting
Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):
- Yamabiko (1407m): 300cm - Uenotaira (1230m): 220cm - Hikage (660m): no longer reporting - Nagasaka (615m): no longer reporting - Karasawa (563m): no longer reporting
The following lifts are normally operating:
- Nagasaka Gondola (8:10am - 3:30pm; last one down 3:30pm) - Yamabiko Four (8:30am - 3:20pm) - Yamabiko Number 2 Four (8:25am - 3:30pm) - Skyline connecting pair (8:25am - 3:50pm) - Uenotaira Four quad (8:30am - 3:30pm) - Paradise Four quad (8:30am - 3:40pm
The following courses are open:
- Yamabiko A - Yamabiko B - Yamabiko C - Yamabiko D - Yamabiko E - Kokenashi - Uenotaira - Paradise - Bunabayashi
The Challenge, Utopia, Mizunashi, Ushikubi, Rinkan and Kumataka courses are also available for coming down the mountain. Other courses now closed.
The Uenotaira Cross country course and Snow Park are both open.
The village shuttle bus will be operating from 27th April until 6th May for Golden Week.
Parking is now free every day.
Spring season cheaper lift tickets are now in effect (3700 yen adult one day; 2700 yen adult half day).
All subject to change of course due to conditions.