Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 18th May 2019
Monday 1st April 2019, 6:44am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
You can probably call this the last part of the season with a number of ski resorts now closed. Details on that below.
And after the clearer weather later in the day yesterday and some more rain again last night, the roads around town are a bit wet this morning but there is a light dusting of snow in places - though not enough to settle on the roads.
There has actually been some fresh cm snow overnight in areas above town level though. Last night they were saying to expect up to 20cm --- and they ended up reporting 15cm up there.
And... we have snow due tomorrow too!
Updated: Monday 1st April 2019
* Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information. * Information checked manually each morning at time of report.
Ski resorts in Yuzawa:
GALA Yuzawa - 240cm (official snow depth) - The Central Area and part of the Northern Area remain open - The lift connections between GALA Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen and Ishiuchi Maruyama are now closed
Iwappara - 100cm (official snow depth) - All areas remain open
Good morning from Niseko. It is a very early report this morning as I need to get myself over to Sapporo city.
Luckily. it is a fairly easy report with generally fine blue skies and sunshine and just some cloud in places with not much of a wind. The forecast seems to be telling us to expect more cloudy conditions by the end of the day and then a chance of some light snow during the day tomorrow.
I will be back tonight to let you know that goes come tomorrow morning.
One more week left for operations at the Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO areas.
Ski resort operation information: Monday 1st April 2019 Subject to change due to weather conditions
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 250cm - Base: 90cm
Ski lifts operation news: - Community Chair and Morino Chair closed - Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 1st April 2019, 7:25am
Cloud, fog up top
Good morning from Nozawa.
We move into April and into the final part of the ski season (though this last section of the season is due to last for 5 more weeks).
Fresh snow as well. This morning the resort is reporting 15-20cm of snow on the upper slopes. Talk about starting April in style, and with more snow due tomorrow. The clouds are due to clear later on and we may see some sunshine before we click back into snow.
The resort is scaling back operations from today. See below for notes on the planned available lifts and open courses at Nozawa. There is still a large amount of terrain available and conditions should be very unlike April up there this morning.
Monday 1st April 2019
Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday morning):
20cm of fresh snow on the ground this morning. And that's no April Fool joke!
Yes, winter is hanging on and wanting to apparently go out in style. There was a break in the snow during the day yesterday but back to it by night. And it doesn't look like it has finished just yet with snow due on and off into tomorrow.
Official snow depths:
* Top: 365cm * Base: 230cm
Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:
* Number 1 Gondola * Number 1 pair lift
- Other lifts now closed for the season
Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change due to weather:
* All of the main official courses are available * All tree runs open Read more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Monday 1st April 2019, 8:15am
Wonderful news from Urabandai and I am so excited to report this morning - 14cm of fresh snow has measured at Grandeco base, and it is still falling.
And the special news for this snowfall is the snow condition which is very fine and light - not wet and heavy. Just like winter conditions. Due to this snowfall, the snow depth at Grandeco is 230cm this morning.
The wind is gentler than yesterday and it is quite cold.
Snowplough trucks are working hard this morning on the road and snow tires are necessary.
This snowfall is due to ease off soon with generally cloudy conditions due this afternoon but more snow is due early morning and tomorrow will be snowy through the day.
Note: this is not an April fools joke. ;)
The photos for today are from Nekoma (the first two) and Grandeco.
Nekoma - lift 5/5, course 8/11 open (open until there is enough snow) Grandeco - lift 4/5 include one gondola, course 11/11 open (open until there is enough snow) Minowa - lift 2/3, course 7/11 open (open until April 7th)
Inawashiro - already closed for the season Numajiri - already closed for the season Family Bandai Bandai - already closed for the season Alts Bandai - already closed for the season Urabandai - already closed for the season Inawashiro resort - already closed for the season Listel - already closed for the season
Notes: - Tsugaike Ropeway is now generally open for spring operations (check for daily operation plans) - Most courses apart from Uma-no-se, Sawa-one and part of Lower course through the forest are open - Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Notes: - Lifts 2 and 5 are operating - The West Mt area remain part open - Plans to open until 7th April Read more ...
Monday 1st April 2019, 10:06am
Good morning from Zao.
And do I have news for you.
OK so yesterday there was 12cm of snow that I measured and this morning there's another 16cm. So that's 28cm that I am adding to the report today. Mindful of the day, can I just say that this really isn't a joke! The fresh snow has given the dirty looking snow a nice clean new layer which is very pleasing and the folks here to ski and board should be very pleased with their lucky timing.
The snow will probably ease off later but there is still snow on the forecast over the next few days. So there might well be more cm to report.
Parts of the mountain now closed but still quite a big area available with the lifts below still operating.
These are the planned lift closing dates - subject to change depending on snow conditions.
Operating until 7th April: - Mikaeri pair - Onsen Number 1 pair - Onsen Number 2 quad - Shobunuma Number 2 pair
Operating until 14th April: - Katakai triple: daily until 7th April and then 13th, 14th April - Paradise pair AB: daily until 7th April and then 13th, 14th April
Operating until 6th May: - Chuo Number 1 pair - Chuo Number 2 pair: daily until 7th April and then 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th, 29th April, 3rd-6th May
Operating as long as snow allows: - Yokokura Number 1 pair AB - Kurohime quad
Operating through the year (for sightseeing): - Sky Cable - Chuo Ropeway - Zao Ropeway
* Other ski lifts already closed * All dates subject to change depending on snow conditions Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Monday 1st April 2019, 10:07am
We were unfortunately unable to post reports in the first part of April.
This report is being posted to just make a record of snowfall during that period.
Please see the report for 18th April for latest full report. Read more ...
Monday 1st April 2019, 10:39am
The Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season but there is certainly no shortage of snow and it remains well covered from top to base. The Furano Zone will continue operations through until the first week of May. Furano Zone still offers skiing from the peak right down to the bottom of the Ropeway. The snow is now spring conditions over all open runs with excellent coverage.
Today it is a cool -2c, and the high will head up to +1c. However the sun is out and it does actually feel warmer than it is. There is a light breeze blowing. Some snow is forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Open lifts: Downhill Romance #2 chair Downhill Romance #3 chair Furano Ropeway Read more ...
Monday 1st April 2019, 12:10pm
Cloudy now, but variable
Back in the office for the post-season. We got more snow after a day of rain, snow, blustery winds, blue skies. A very moody weather day to end the main season, and March.
Four resorts remain open, with somewhat limited lifts and runs. But there's still a lot of snow out there, something I really realized out there on the cross-country course between Ikenotaira and Akakan. Last year we had to gather up snow for some of the runs at the national tournament; this year for a more regional race we had plenty of snow. Tons, actually.
Still snow to enjoy, even if the cherry blossoms are already in full bloom in nearby Takeda.