Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 20th January 2020
Wednesday 20th April 2016, 8:18am
Fair clear skies
Good morning from Grandeco.
It is a very beautiful morning with clear views of all the surrounding mountains.
And there has actually been some fresh snow has fall overnight on the top area of the courses at Grandeco.
Around base area unfortunately it was rain...
We didn't expect new snow so it is great to see the upper areas with a fresh dusting.
The wind this morning is gentle, temperatures remain quite low, so it should be relatively good conditions this morning.
Still 3000m from the top of gondola station to the bottom is available.
No.2 lift will open today instead of the No.1 lift. These changes will sometimes happen in spring season.
The Snow Park has now closed for the season.
Nekoma ski resort has announced that they will end their ski season on 24th April. They will be closed from 19-22th April so that means that the rest of their season is just the 23rd and 24th April. Grandeco plans to keep going until courses become unavailable. After 25th April, Grandeco will be the only open ski resort in Fukushima Prefecture.
Gondola 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)
And it's a beauty as well. Blue skies all around early on, though a bit of cloud may start turning up for later on in the day. Temperatures are set to rise to perhaps around 17 degrees at village base later on this afternoon. There's just a slight southerly breeze at the moment.
The forecast is for cloud tomorrow morning and then some rain which will perhaps be heavy at times.
Some courses getting narrower now as the snow continues to melt away - but Hakuba 47 is still managing to keep the course open down to base.
Snow cover higher up is still generally holding pretty well.
Resort news as of 8:40am on Wednesday 20th April 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)
Hakuba 47: Route 3 is now closed. The lower part of R1 course is closed - but most courses are still available. Beginners are recommended to use the Gondola to get back to base. Official snow depth: Upper: 60cm Base: 25cm
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: 155cm Toomi: -cm Iimori: -cm
Hakuba Happo-one: All lower areas of the resort are now closed. Upper Riesen Grat Course, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Skyline and Panorama course areas remain open. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 80cm 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: 110cm Maruyama: -cm Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm
It is a lovely morning here with the sun out and a real feel-good spring feel. Winter feels quite a way off now.
And indeed, spring has also caught up on GALA Yuzawa. The resort remains open, but it's important to note that there are now no courses open for skiing and snowboarding on natural snow - the only course is the Melody Snow course which is on artificial snow mats (made of plastic).
That means that the only resort that remains open for skiing and snowboarding on natural snow in the Yuzawa area is Kagura. It will be interesting to see how long they can keep going...
Tomorrow cloud is forecast and perhaps some rain as well later in the day.
Resorts that remain open in Yuzawa on Wednesday 20th April 2016):
GALA Yuzawa GALA Yuzawa resort plans to be open until Sunday 8th May. The Melody course remains open - with artificial 'snow mats'. The sledging area is also still open. Note that skiing and snowboarding on natural snow is now no longer possible at GALA. Special lower prices are available (adults 2600 yen, children 1300 yen)
Kagura The Tashiro Ropeway plans to be open until 8th May. The Kagura area via Mitsumata Ropeway plans to be open until 29th May. The Mitsumata area is now used as a 'connecting course' to get to and from the Kagura area and the downhill course to Mitsumata car park is now closed. Most Kagura courses remain open with natural snow. Official snow depth: Kagura area: 170cm Tashiro area: 140cm Mitsumata area: -cm
Resorts that are not listed above are now closed for the season.
There's a bit of cloud around but mostly it's blue skies and sunshine here in Niseko this morning. A lovely morning indeed.
The top Jumbo Number 4 lift at Niseko Annupuri is currently operating at reduced speed - presumably due to gusty wind up there - but other than that both Annupuri and Niseko Grand Hirafu are open as normal.
Temperatures creeping up to just over 10 degrees at the moment (I'm posting this around noon) and it might just nudge up a little further. Warmer still is expected tomorrow but generally more cloud than sunshine.
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 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.