Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Sunday 15th April 2012, 7:57am
We're bouncing back from a chilly -2 start this morning, but these blue skies mean we wont have to wait for long to warm up. Today is absolutely beautiful. If ever there were a perfect spring morning, it might be today. For those of you interested in the scenery, today would be a great one to catch snapshots of neighboring mountain ranges from the Furano Zone ski slope.
It also looks like down towards the bottom of the mountain, ski resort management has set up a new "Pond Skimming" game/attraction that bears mentioning. Ski down the hill and then cross an 8m tarp-covered pool to receive a free lunch ticket! (Limited to first 20 people only.) The only catch is the tarp is covered in water. Should be fun for a lot of people, especially if you love spring skiing. Read more ...
Sunday 15th April 2012, 9:02am
Clear and sunny over Yuzawa
It was raining for pretty much all of yesterday, and quite consistently heavy as well for the most part. Not a nice day, and I hear it was wet up at Kagura as well. Best forgotten perhaps!
This morning the sun is out and it's blue skies. Over Yuzawa that is. Early on this morning over the Minamiuonuma valley there is a thick layer of low cloud just over the towns, making for some spectacular views from above it. (If you read this early on, check the top webcam from Ishiuchi Maruyama resort in our Webcam section). No doubt it will quickly disappear but it sure makes for a sight when this happens.
Anyway, yes today is sunny and blue skies so should be much more fun than yesterday. Tomorrow should also be more of the same... just less busy! The Kagura resorts in particular were very busy last weekend and I think we can probably expect a similar situation today.
Official resort snow depths @ Sunday 15th April 12, AM: Kagura - Mitsumata: 340cm Kagura - Tashiro: 310cm GALA Yuzawa: 290cm Kandatsu Kogen: 255cm
Open only on 14th/15th April: Ludens Yuzawa
Open only on 14th/15th and 21st/22nd April: Naeba
Open until 6th May: Kandatsu Kogen (only opening on weekends and holidays from 16th April until 6th May)
Open until 6th May: GALA Yuzawa Kagura (Tashiro)
Open until 27th May: Kagura (Mitsumata)
All other ski resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season.
It is a similar story this morning in Niseko - blue skies and the sun is out. More hazy looking out towards Yotei perhaps, but nice blue skies over the Niseko slopes. Lift operations at Annupuri and Hirafu remain the same as yesterday for the weekend - from tomorrow the Hirafu Gondola will once again be taking a break until next weekend.
More sun tomorrow perhaps though things are forecast to cloud over later on, and not be quite as warm, followed by probably rain on Tuesday, with the chance that we might get a sprinkling or two of snow on the mountain.
Current lift operations (15th April 2012):
Grand Hirafu & Hanazono: Ace Quad Lift No2 King Hooded Triple Lift #3 King Lift #4 The Hirafu Gondola will operate on 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th, 30th April, and also from 3rd May until 6th May.
Grand Hirafu and Annupuri both plan to be open until 6th May. The Hanazono and Niseko Village areas are now closed. Niseko Village plans to re-open for the Golden Week holiday period from Sunday 29th April until Sunday 6th May.
Official snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 385cm Bottom - 150cm
Clear blue skies above Minakami this morning. It is a beautiful spring day - blue skies, sunshine, warm temperatures and no wind. The snow is pretty soft after the rain from yesterday but in good condition for this time of year. Perfect weather for the event up at Tenjin today which involved a BBQ outside.
The forecast says it might cloud up later and we could be back to rain again for Monday and Tuesday. After that though it should be sun for the rest of the week. Read more ...
Sunday 15th April 2012, 9:28am
Clear and sunny
After yesterday's day of wetness, it is good to report that this morning the sun is out and it's glorious spring day here in Hakuba. The village was shrouded in a carpet of low-lying cloud early this morning but since around 7am that has gradually melted away (is that the right term?!) and now all gone. It makes for some early morning dramatic scenery.
So, it's a spring day - warm, sunny, blue skies, no wind... and a high of around 13 or 14C later this afternoon. A fair few people out there early on enjoying it all.
It might cloud over overnight but tomorrow is also forecast to be sunny and similar conditions.
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 15th April 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Gondola and Alps daira No1 and No3 lifts operating. The Toomi Ski Four lift is open today. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 235cm; Toomi - 100cm
Hakuba 47: Top to bottom skiable. All lifts apart from Line D operating. Last day of the half pipe today. Official snow depth: Upper - 207cm Lower - 120m
Happo-one: Top to bottom skiable (via Riesen course to Gondola base station). Lifts normally operating daily for spring are: Gondola Grat quad Alpen quad Panorama pair Skyline No2 pair Kurobishi No2 quad Other lifts: Nakiyama No3 pair, Riesen quad and Kokusai No3 pair lifts are open today . Usagidaira pair is also open today, and then will be open from 28th April until 6th May. Kurobishi No3 pair lift plans to be open on 21st and 22nd April and also from 28th April until 6th May. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 200cm; Sakka - 60cm; Nakiyama - 60cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: Top to bottom skiable. Planned lifts operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 290cm Lower - 110cm
Planned ski resort closings in Hakuba and Otari, all subject to change:
Hakuba Goryu: Upper area hopefully open until 6th May. (Toomi Sky Four re-open for 14th/15th April).
Hakuba 47: 47 plants to be open until 6th May.
Happo-one: Upper slopes plan to be open until 6th May.
Tsugaike Kogen: Plans to be open until Golden Week
The Hakuba Cortina, Norikura, Iwatake, Sanosaka and Minekata resorts are all now closed for the season. Read more ...
Sunday 15th April 2012, 9:35am
Sunny and blue skies
Back to the sun and blue skies this morning in Zao with just a few fluffy and very friendly-looking white clouds here and there. There's no wind and a mild start to the day, so a perfect spring ski day for weekend visitors to enjoy.
More cloud will move in again tomorrow and there might be some rain late tomorrow into Tuesday. It might get a little warmer today rising to perhaps even 10 degrees, but from tomorrow a little cooler and constant throughout the week according to the forecast.
Official snow depths (15th April 12) Utopia - 190cm Chuo - 200cm Paradise - 200cm Uwanodai - 120cm
Operating lifts (15th April 12) Limited lifts now open - see below.
Current planned lift operations at Zao, as of 15th April - subject to change:
Uwanodai Area Sky Cable (open all year, but closed from 7th May for maintenance) Nakamori No1 triple
Chuo and Paradise Area Zao Chuo Ropeway (closed for maintenance 9th-25th April except Saturdays and Sundays) Chuo No1 pair lift (until 6th May, but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April) Chuo No2 pair lift (until 6th May) Katakai triple lift (until 6th May, but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April) Paradise No1 pair lift (until 6th May (but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April)
Yokokura and Utopia area Zao Ropeway (open all year, closed for maintenance 7th-18th May) Yokokura No1 pair lift until 15th April Utopia No2 pair lift (dependent on snow but latest until 6th May)
Omori and Kurohime Area Kurohime No1 quad (no fixed closing date, dependent on snow) Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 15th April 2012, 9:42am
Clear and sunny, blue skies
All change again! After what ended up being a rather wet day, this morning the sun is out and shining down on Nozawa once again and it should be a great day to be up on the mountain.
The resort is open as per yesterday and today is the last day of that demo equipment even up on Yamabiko... it's free so if you are up there, definitely worth a look.
Looking into the coming week - there is a chance of rain later tomorrow and into Tuesday but after that it is looking clearer for the rest of the week up until the weekend.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
* Readings by the resort from lower slopes now seem to have finished - though there's still plenty.
Current Lift operations (scheduled): Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Four Yamabiko Four No2 Skyline Link Uenotaira Four
Main courses open (scheduled): Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Skyline Uenotaira Paradise Schneider Utopia courses Yunomine A, B Challenge Bunabayashi Rinkan