Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 20th November 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 20th April 2018, 7:31am
Weather conditions: Clear light blue skies early on
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

After a fine day yesterday with nice and warm conditions, we are expecting more fine and warm weather today. It's bright and sunny with blue skies but a hazy feel in some directions. And tomorrow, which should be warmer still.

So rather settled weather at the moment and it should be a nice weekend - last weekend of the season for the GALA Yuzawa resort.


No specific news from Naeba yet, so we should presume that they will be opening up again for the weekend as planned.


Updated: Friday 20th April 2018, 7:30am

Planned resort operations - subject to change

GALA Yuzawa
- GALA will be at least part open until Sunday 22nd April
- Official snow depth: 70cm
- Central Area: The Gondola, Coach and Barouche lifts operating; all courses apart from Melody open
- North Area: The Victoria lift is operating; Broadway and part of Swan (part) courses remain open
- The South Area and Falcon course back to base are now closed for the season
- Take the Gondola back down to base

- Tashiro Ropeway plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May
- Mitsumata Ropeway and the main Kagura area plan to be at least part open until Sunday 27th May
- Official snow depth: Kagura area - 240cm; Mitsumata area - 140cm; Tashiro area - 190cm
- The Gezan downhill course to Mitsumata base is closed - take the Ropeway back to base
- The Gondola East Course at Tashiro is also closed
- All other courses remain open


- Naeba is closed today
- It currently plans to re-open for weekends...
- ...and from 28th April until 6th May   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Friday 20th April 2018, 7:31am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto.

It's more of the same!

Fine spring weather and warm conditions continue... and are set to continue as well at least over the weekend. (There's some rain due early week).

People are now visiting to take the Gondola for sightseeing now and especially over the upcoming Golden Week.


Official snow depths:

Top: 295cm
Base: 160cm

Number 1 Gondola and Number 1 pair lift are operating

   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 20th April 2018, 7:36am
Weather conditions: Sort of mostly clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

It's a bright morning and kind of clear, but not pin sharp deep blue skies. A bit of a hazy feel. The forecast is for sunny weather with more of the same tomorrow along with temperatures rising into low to mid 20's.

It's going to be a warm weekend.


Tomorrow and Sunday will see a few more lifts revving up and courses open.

In addition to the lifts that are moving today, the resort plans to have the following lifts also operating:

- Skyline connecting pair
- Uenotaira quad
- Paradise quad
- Yunomine pair

The Uenotaira and Paradise courses will also be available.

Note that the Yamabiko B course will be closed due to the ISG All Mountain Festival being held there.


Friday 20th April 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday as reported by the resort:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): -cm
- Base areas: 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 140cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 50cm
- Base areas: 0cm

Planned lifts operations today:

- Nagasaka Gondola
- Yamabiko Four
- Yamabiko Number 2 Four
- (More may be open for the coming weekend)

Planned open courses today:

- Yamabiko
- Kokenashi
- Bunabayashi (to mid station)
- Get the Gondola back down to base

General resort operations information until Sunday 6th May:

The Gondola will be open from 8:10am daily;
The Number 1 car park will be free daily;
There will be no village shuttle bus between until 27th April;
Nozawa Onsen plans to remain open until Sunday 6th May.
   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 20th April 2018, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
After a spell of colder conditions, yesterday saw a change with things warming up and a real feel of spring with clear and sunny skies and warmer temperatures.

There's quite a bit of cloud around this morning, but sun is what the forecasts say - for tomorrow as well. It will be warm today, but warmer still tomorrow with some forecasts showing a high of around 25C being possible! That sounds more like summer than spring to me!

Just over two weeks left of lift operations. Let's make the most of it while we can.


Planned ski resort operations on Friday 20th April 2018:

We are checking the below information every morning, but please note that resort operations are beyond our control and subject to change.

Hakuba Happo-one

Lift info:

- Gondola
- Alpen quad
- Usagidaira pair (* open only on weekends/holidays)
- Panorama pair
- Grat quad
- Kurobishi Number 3 pair
- Kurobishi Number 2 quad
- Skyline Number 2 pair
- Kokusai Number 3 pair (* open only on weekends/holidays)

Course info:

- Riesen Grat
- Usagidaira
- Kurobishi
- Panorama
- Skyline

- You can no longer ride back down to base areas - all base areas now closed
- Take the Gondola back down to base

Official snow depth:

- Kurobishi: 210cm
- Usagidaira: 110cm
- Lower: 0cm


Hakuba Goryu

Lift info:

- Gondola
- Alps Number 1 pair
- Alps Number 3 pair
- Alps Number 2/4 pair (* open only from 28th April until 6th May)

Course info:

- The top area (except Champion Expert) remains open
- You can still ride back down to Gondola base on the Toomi course - getting VERY narrow!
- The Toomi lift is now closed
- The Iimori lifts and area are now closed

Official snow depth:

- Top: 210cm
- Toomi: 45cm
- Iimori: 0cm


Hakuba 47

Lift info:

- Gondola
- Pair Line A-B
- Quad Line C
- Pair Line E

Course info:

- Most course areas remain open
- Lower part of R-7 closed, only part of upper area R-7 open
- The resort recommends that beginners take the Gondola back down to base
- The Tree Riding Zones are now closed for the season

Official snow depth:

- Top: 200cm
- Base: 45cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Lift info:

- Gondola
- Han-no-ki high speed pair
- Tsugaike Ropeway

Courses info:

- Only the top Tsuga-no-mori and Han-kou courses remain open
- You can no longer ride back down to base areas - all base areas now closed
- Take the Gondola back down to base
- The Tsugaike Ropeway plans to be open daily until 6th May
- The Ropeway is open only for hiking and climbing; a special form must be submitted

Official snow depth:

- Tsuga-no-mori: 205cm
- Han-no-ki: 200cm
- Lower areas: 0cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 20th April 2018, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Clear, bit hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hirafu.

And as expected, it's another fine one. The sun is out and the sky is clear... though somewhat hazy, especially look out over to Mt Yotei.

It is going to be rather warm over the next few days too with temperatures rising to around 15-16C in town.

T-shirt weather! But be prepared to be asked 'samukunai desu ka?' (aren't you cold?) if you go for that option! ;)

The forecast is for continued fine weather through the weekend and into early week.

The Hirafu Gondola should be opening up again for operations over the weekend.


17 days left of ski lift operations, including today.


Friday 20th April 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 6th May

Planned lift operations:

- Ace Number 2 Center Four (* operating daily until 6th May)
- King Number 3 (* operating daily until 6th May)
- King Number 4 (* operating daily until 6th May)
- Hirafu Gondola (* operating only on 21st, 22nd April & 28th April - 6th May)

Course info:

- Most of Hirafu remains open
- Lower part of Super closed
- All of the Hanazono area is closed

Official snow depth:

- Top: 395cm
- Base: 95cm


Niseko Annupuri
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 6th May

Planned lift operations:

- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1
- Jumbo Number 4

Official snow depth:

- Top: 400cm
- Base: 80cm


Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Now closed

Niseko Village
Now closed   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 20th April 2018, 8:11am
Weather conditions: Cloud, but fine weather forecast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

Nice weather yesterday as things warm up and the snow continues to melt at a fast pace... it's mostly gone from base areas now and getting thinner up top too.

More cloud up there this morning but sunny conditions are forecast for the day and over the weekend too. And it's going to be warming up further - perhaps to around 20C tomorrow and on Sunday.


Other than the Ropeways, only the Utopia Number 2 pair lift and Chuo pairs now remain operating.

Courses that remain open are the Chuo and Utopia runs as well as part of the top summit course.

All other course areas are now closed.


Next update coming next week.


Lifts that are still operating

- Utopia Number 2 pair
- Chuo pair AB
- Zao Ropeway
- Zao Chuo Ropeway
- Sky Cable

* The Ropeways generally operate throughout the year for sightseeing

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 65cm
- Paradise area: 90cm
- Chuo area: 80cm
- Utopia area: 110cm
- Uwanodai area: 0cm
- Oomori area: 0cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Friday 20th April 2018, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Fine, just a few wispy clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

A spell of nice and warm spring weather at the moment and it appears to be continuing through the weekend... getting warmer still. Even over here in Naeba it might be warming up to temperatures in the low 20s over the weekend. So nice weather.

As for resort operations, there is no update from the resort regarding the re-opening planned for tomorrow and Sunday. So we can for now presume that it will be going ahead as planned. See the image below for what is planned to be open.

Our Yuzawa Now reports are being updated every day, so please check that report early tomorrow morning for any further updates. We will also try to update this report if there is any major change to planned operations.


Not related to winter sports, but the Dragondola at Naeba will be operating between Saturday 28th April and Sunday 27th May for some spring sightseeing.


Planned operating dates through until the end of the season:


Saturday 21st April
Sunday 22nd April
Closed weekdays
Saturday 28th April
Sunday 29th April
Monday 30th April
Tuesday 1st May
Wednesday 2nd May
Thursday 3rd May
Friday 4th May
Saturday 5th May
Sunday 6th May << planned last day of the season!

Planned operating lifts on the days when Naeba will be open:


Prince Number 2 Gondola
Takenokodaira romance lift
Daishamen romance lift

See below for image   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Friday 20th April 2018, 11:47am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is a nice warm spring day with the temperature hovering around 13c. The village is now devoid of snow and the first green shoots of growth are starting to come through along with the first flowers of the season.

For those still wanting more skiing the good news is the Furano Zone still has plenty of snow and great skiing that is going to keep going through until the first week of May. The top of the mountain is quite a bit colder than the base, so that is the place to head as the snow will take longer to soften up.   Read more ...

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