Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 24th May 2019
Saturday 16th April 2016, 8:35am
Good morning from Niseko.
It's a fine morning with some blue skies around but cloud as well, and I think the cloud are going to be hanging around for the day. I am hearing of a few cm of snow high up this morning but there's none down at base. A high of 10C is expected here at base later on.
It may be a Saturday but there's not many people around now - as you might expect. It's not really the kind of conditions that you would travel half way around the world to get to, so there's probably more locals and people living not too far away out there now.
We're looking at some more rain again later tomorrow though once again there might be some snow-like stuff falling in higher elevations.
Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting:
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.
It was cold overnight but it's quickly getting warmer and we are forecast highs of 20 degrees and possibly slightly higher. Everywhere is looking lovely, including the cherry blossoms and various flowers starting to burst into colour.
Strong winds are possible for tomorrow - which means there possibility of lift operations being affected. Bit of rain as well possibly.
GALA Yuzawa remains part open with a few of the courses on the Central Area and one course on North Area. There's not much snow left outside of the runs that remain open but the resort is doing well to keep them going.
Kagura is still mostly open.
No extra news yet other than the official planned closing dates as noted below.
Resorts that remain open in Yuzawa on Saturday 16th April 2016):
GALA Yuzawa GALA Yuzawa resort plans to be open until Sunday 8th May. Three (Edelweiss, Melody and Entertainment) of the six courses in the Central Area, the 'playing in the snow area', and the Broadway course in the Northern Area currently remain open. The downhill Falcon course back to the Cowabunga base is now closed. Official snow depth: 70cm
Kagura 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 - 190cm Tashiro area - 160cm Mitsumata area - 90cm
Resorts that are not listed below are now closed for the season.
Resort news as of 8:50am on Saturday 16th 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: 80cm 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: 163cm 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: 95cm 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: 135cm Maruyama: -cm Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm