Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 18th April 2013, 7:29am
Weather conditions: Bright
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
A bright morning in Yuzawa, but a sea of low cloud over Minamiuonuma to the north this morning. Cloud is actually forecast for the day today though with a high temperature of around 20 degrees later on.

Colder conditions forecast for tomorrow with perhaps some rain.

Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 18th April 2013, AM:

Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Kagura-Mitsumata):
Gala Yuzawa:


Planned closing dates for the resorts in Yuzawa:

Kandatsu Kogen - weekends only until Golden Week in early May)
GALA Yuzawa - until 6th May
Kagura (Tashiro) - until 6th May
Kagura (Mitsumata) - until 26th May

All are subject to snow conditions and may change.
All other resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 18th April 2013, 7:34am
Weather conditions: Cloudy in valley, fine up above
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 205cm
An impressive looking sea of low lying early morning cloud in the valleys this morning, and the top of the mountain rising above that. With clear conditions forecast for the day in Nozawa today, that will fairly quickly probably move on but it's a sight to behold when you get the chance to see it.

So yes a sunny day is forecast with a high temp. of 18 degrees in the village.

Tomorrow should see a chance in conditions somewhat. It will be colder and we might get rain or even something a bit whiter falling from the skies. All depends on how far it cools down I suppose.


Official snow depths



Nozawa Onsen planned opening dates to the end of season:

Daily until 6th May:
Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift
Yamabiko Four lift

20th-21st April
27th April until 6th May

Uenotaira Four lift
Snow Park

20th-21st April
27th April until 6th May

Paradise Four lift


Courses scheduled to be open at Nozawa Onsen (subject to change due to weather conditions):

Yamabiko A
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E
Bunabayashi (to the Nagasaka Gondola mid station)
Rinkan (until the Hikage area)
Challenge   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 18th April 2013, 7:38am
Weather conditions: Clear, bit hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Got to post an early report this morning before the info is in from the resorts, so the below info isn't updated today.

After that warm day yesterday and temps dipping to around 6 degrees overnight in the village, it's already over 10 degrees now and we're going to see things warm up once again to over twenty in the afternoon. It's another bright start to the day and likely to stay sunny for the duration.

We're going to see things get colder tomorrow with rain likely overnight and temps dropping as the day goes on, might even get to be cold by tomorrow night...


Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 17th April 2013 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
The following lifts planned to be operating until May 6th - Gondola, upper Number 1 and Number 3 pair lifts. Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 170cm;
Toomi - 0cm

Hakuba 47:
The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Line AB, C and E.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 112cm
Lower - 35cm

The following lifts planned to be operating until May 6th - Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi Number 2 quad, Kurobishi Number 3 pair, Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair
Parallel pair, Skyline Number 2 pair, Grat quad, Kokusai Number 1 pair, Usagidaira pair
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 140cm
Lower - 0cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Ropeway, Tsuga Number 2 pair, Hannoki pair. Need to take the Gondola back down.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 190cm
Lower slopes - 0cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Cortina and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 18th April 2013, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 445cm
It is a cloudy start to the day here in Niseko. Keeping fairly cold. It's another almost calm morning with not much wind at the moment so the lifts at Niseko Annupuri and Niseko Grand Hirafu should be open as planned this morning.

At Niseko Grand Hirafu it seems that the Spring Park is closed for a bit of maintenance at the moment. As an alternative near the King Number 1 lift the Free Ride park has 5, 6 and 8m table top and 11, 13m Step down items up and open. The Spring Park should be open by the end of the weekend or early next week.


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 445cm
Bottom - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 310cm
Bottom - 160cm


Planned resort operations

Niseko Hanazono - closed for the season
Niseko Village - currently closed but will re-open between 27th April and 6th May
Niseko Annupuri - part open until Monday 6th May
Niseko Grand Hirafu - part open until Monday 6th May   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 18th April 2013, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Sunny and cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
It is another pleasant morning in Furano with strong sunshine breaking through the random cloud cover. It may seem hard to believe but snow is forecast throughout today and tomorrow which will once again return the resort to a true wintery feel. This has been a great snow season to date and the good conditions just keep coming.

Just a reminder that the ski area will close for the season on May 6.   Read more ...

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