Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Niseko Now!

Saturday 16th April 2016, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 50cm
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:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Looks to be opening as planned early morning.

Niseko Annupuri
The top Jumbo Number 4 lift is preparing to open but may do so slightly late.


Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 16th April 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Top - 300cm
Base - 50cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 290cm
Base - 50cm


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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Saturday 16th April 2016, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Good morning again from a sunny Grandeco.

There are blue skies in the Urabandai area today and it looks like it will stay that way all day. Temperatures are rising and the conditions should be soft most of morning and afternoon.

There is a Snowboard Instructors Test happening in the morning on Center Course so it may be a bit crowded there from 9:30 till just after noon. All the trails have been freshly groomed.

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

The roads around Grandeco are dry.

Have fun and be safe out there.


Lifts operating:

Number 1 quad
Number 2 quad

Courses that remain open:

[A-a] Rainbow 3500
[A-b] Rainbow 3500 (approx. 1km long and connecting to the Center course)
[C] Center (approx. 2km)
[D-b] Lavendar B (snow park available on the lower part of this course)


Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 16th April 2016, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Hello and welcome to a sunny Saturday morning.

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:

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.


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

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Hakuba Now!

Saturday 16th April 2016, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Morning from Hakuba and happily the strong gale-like winds of yesterday have gone and it's a calm morning.

The sun is out and it's going to be a fine Saturday with temperatures rising to close on 20C down in the village.

Rain is on the forecast still for tomorrow and it probably won't be quite as warm today.

The days are counting down now, so if you are wanting a last ride or two of the season best to get them in before we have to wait 6+ months for the next one.


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


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


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

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