As far as I can tell the Challenge, Utopia A and Rinkan courses (Yunomine and Mizunashi A?? - unclear/not confirmed) are also available for coming down the mountain. Other courses now closed. Free shuttle bus from Isemiya to Nagasaka available.
The Uenotaira Cross country course (3km) and Snow Park are both open.
The village shuttle bus will be operating from 27th April until 6th May for Golden Week.
Parking is now free every day.
Spring season cheaper lift tickets are now in effect (3700 yen adult one day; 2700 yen adult half day).
All subject to change of course due to conditions.
Just a quick update for this sunny Saturday morning.
Blue skies with some white clouds dotted around the sky. Lovely spring morning.
APPI plans to have the Central Number 4 lift operating for the weekend.
A high of around 9C forecast for today at base. Clear weather and increasingly warmer conditions forecast from tomorrow.
Planned lift operations & course areas (subject to change due to weather conditions):
- Appi Gondola - Central Quad lift - Central Number 2 - Central Number 3A - Central Number 4
- Hayabusa upper area - Hayabusa lower - Ootaka lower - Kakesu - Yamabato - Shirakaba - Sailer Long upper - Number 1 Sailer A Read more ...
Saturday 20th April 2019, 8:00am
Clear skies, just a few wispy clouds
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Yesterday ended up being a rather cloudy and damp day but this morning the sun is out and we have mostly clear blue skies above us in Yuzawa. There are just a few thin clouds in some places.
Sunshine and temperatures rising to over 15C are forecast for the day today with more cloudy conditions tomorrow.
The Gigi course in the Central Area of GALA Yuzawa is hosting a competition today and tomorrow and so that course will be closed. Other areas of GALA Yuzawa are open as planned and their Sociable quad lift is operating again for the weekend.
It is the last weekend of the season at the Kandatsu Kogen resort.
This is not ski related but we thought it might be of interest.
The 'Dragondola' will be open from today until Friday 31st May --- for sightseeing. Dragondola is of course the gondola lift that connects the base area of Naeba ski resort (which is closed for skiing/boarding now) with the Tashiro Area of the Kagura ski resort (which remains open for skiing/boarding).
It is open from 9am until 3pm and a return ticket costs 2000 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children.
Worth noting that skis and snowboards are not allowed on the lift.
There is a lot of snow still remaining up there at Tashiro and so appropriate footwear is required if you plan on checking this out.
Photos from GALA Yuzawa and Tashiro (Kagura)
Updated: Saturday 20th April 2019
GALA Yuzawa - Official snow depth: 200cm - All courses in the Central Area remain open (Gigi closed due to event) - Broadway, Swan, Super Swan and Super Broadway in the Northern Area remain open - Gondola, Barouche quad, Sociable quad, Phaeton pair, Coach pair and Victoria quad lifts are operating - The downhill Falcon course is closed for the season - take the Gondola back down to base - GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Kagura - Official snow depth: 250cm (Kagura); 220cm (Tashiro); 190cm (Mitsumata) - Kagura remains almost fully open - Tashiro Ropeway plans to be open until Monday 6th May - Kagura via Mitsumata Ropeway plans to be open until Sunday 26th May
Kandatsu Kogen - Official snow depth: 130cm - Kandatsu now about 70% of course areas open (according to the resort) - Tozawa pair, Onaka quad and Ikenodaira quad lifts are operating - Kandatsu Kogen plans to be open until tomorrow, Sunday 21st April ---
All other ski resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region are now closed for the season Read more ...
Saturday 20th April 2019, 8:27am
Mostly clear blue skies, some white cloud
Good morning from Niseko.
Blue skies and sunshine yesterday with just a few cute fluffy clouds around and, yes, more sun and blue skies this morning too. And a few cute fluffy clouds around our mountain - totally clear over towards Mr Yotei.
The Hirafu Gondola is operating again for the weekend.
There are some increasingly large bare patches of ground visible on the lower areas of the mountain now. While it is always a complicated feeling seeing that happen, it is of course expected in the second half of April. Still, we're doing really well this year with most of the two operating resort areas still remaining open - you can still ride back down to base.
Just over two more weeks to go now. I think that means I have just 16 more daily reports to write before my annual post-season 'Toast Festival' feast and long summer hibernation. Let me just take this opportunity to say another quick 'thank you' to the people who have been sending in comments and words of encouragement.
Saigo no saigo made, gambarimasu!
Ski resort operation information: Saturday 20th April 2019 Planned resort operations - subject to change due to weather conditions
Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO areas are now closed for the 2018-2019 season Read more ...
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Saturday 20th April 2019, 8:30am
Clear and sunny
Good morning from Urabandai.
It was a chilly early morning but we have beautiful blue skies above the region. Temps are still venturing below freezing point during the night so the snow is starting the morning in rather hard and icy conditions, but that quickly changes into sorbet-like conditions by late morning.
The sunshine is very strong today - be sure to protect your eyes and skin.
The Nekoma - Alts walking link (details below) is going to be open today and tomorrow. (Tomorrow will be the last chance for using that this season).
We are now approaching the end of the ski season, but there is still 200cm of (official) snow depth and a 4500 meters long slope open at Grandeco and an official snow depth of 170cm at Nekoma.
The photos for today are all from the 'walking link' at Nekoma
Nekoma - lift 3/5, course 9/11 open (open until there is enough snow) Grandeco - lift 3/5 include one gondola, course 8/11 open (open until there is enough snow)
* Alts Bandai has already closed for the season, but the Muhyo lift is operating - see below for information on the 'walking link'
Other ski resorts in the area are all now closed for the season
Nekoma - Alts 'walking link'
** OPEN TODAY AND TOMORROW. CLOSED FROM MONDAY **
The Alts Bandai resort has already closed for the season but in what seems to be an experimental kind of special opening, there is now an official 'walking link' available between the Nekoma and Alts Bandai resorts, with Alts opening up their top Muhyo ski lift.
This is how it works.
Basically you get up to the top of the Nekoma resort via the Excite Cat Chair lift. You can walk about 800m (15 minutes) over to the top of the Alts Bandai resort - there is a rope along the way to keep you going in the right direction - where the Muhyo lift is operating. You can then enjoy the top area of Alts Bandai using the Muhyo lift.
It is important to note that you cannot ski back down to the base of Alts Bandai and it is prohibited to go outside of the official walking course.
Once you have had your fill of the top of Alts Bandai you need to then walk back over to the top of Nekoma, and then ski/board back down to the base of that resort.
The Mukyo lift is open between 9am and 1pm; the walking link is open between 9am and 1:30pm; the gate on the Nekoma side closes at noon. Read more ...
Saturday 20th April 2019, 8:38am
Blue skies and sunshine
Good morning from Hakuba.
So in contrast with yesterday, we have beautiful blue skies and sunshine this Saturday morning. A forecast high temperature of mid teens both today and tomorrow.
The Champion Expert course at Hakuba Goryu is now closed but the Woody course connecting the upper area with the lower Toomi area is still open. There are increasing bare patches on show on the base Toomi run at Goryu, but still enough of a strip of snow allowing access back down to base.
A few bare patches are also starting to appear on the lower course at Hakuba 47, but they still have all their courses open.
Fine/cloud is currently forecast for tomorrow.
It should be a fine spring morning. I'm going to make the most of it while I can.
The individual ski resort information (below) is being checked and updated for every report as we try to bring you as much detail as possible regarding resort operations.
Ski resort information on Saturday 20th April 2019: The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
Official snow depth (as reported by resort): - Kurobishi: 265cm - Usagidaira: 160cm - Nakiyama: 20cm
Notes: - Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline, Riesen Slalom and Nakiyama South Side areas remain open - Base areas are closed apart from Nakiyama South Side - Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Operating lifts (planned): - Grat quad - Alpen quad - Riesen quad - Nakiyama Number 3 triple - ADAM Gondola - Panorama pair - Kurobishi Number 2 quad - Skyline Number 2 pair
Official snow depth (as reported by resort): - Top: 245cm - Toomi: -cm - Iimori: -cm
Notes: - Top areas remain open - Champion Expert course is now closed - You can still ride back down to Toomi base - Iimori and Toomi base area lifts are now closed - Alps Number 2/4 should be operating for Golden Week (27th Apr - 6th May) - Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Operating lifts (planned): - Goryu Telecabin (Gondola) - Alps Number 1 pair lift - Alps Number 2 pair lift
Official snow depth (as reported by resort): - Tsuga-no-mori: 250cm - Han-no-ki: 220cm - Oya-no-hara: 30cm - Others: -cm
Notes: - Tsuga-no-mori, Han-kou and Han-no-ki course areas remain open - You can still ride down to the lower part of Han-no-ki course - All base courses are now closed - ride the Gondola back down to base - Other course areas are now closed - Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Operating lifts (planned): - EVE Gondola - Tsuga Number 2 pair lift - Han-no-ki high speed pair lift - Tsugaike Ropeway (* a separate ticket is required) Read more ...