Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Sunday 21st April 2019, 7:19am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Beautiful day yesterday; this morning it is cloudy. Tomorrow should be clear and sunny once again.
It seems like the Sociable lift at GALA Yuzawa will not be operating today and today is the last day of the season for the Kandatsu Kogen resort. From tomorrow, just GALA Yuzawa and Kagura will remain open in the Yuzawa region.
Cherry blossoms are also now starting to appear - the next week or so will be peak flower viewing season.
We'll keep this bit of information in the report for a few days:
The 'Dragondola' is now operating daily until Friday 31st May --- for sightseeing; skis and snowboards are NOT allowed on the lift.
The Dragondola is 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. 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 (the now closed) NASPA Ski Garden base
Updated: Sunday 21st 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, 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: 240cm (Kagura); 210cm (Tashiro); 180cm (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 - Today is the last day of the season for Kandatsu Kogen
All other ski resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region are now closed for the season Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 21st April 2019, 7:20am
Hello from Nozawa.
After a lovely clear and sunny day yesterday, this morning we start the day with lots of cloud. And that is what is forecast for the day.
We should be seeing a return to sunny clearer skies tomorrow and Tuesday.
And that's about it really for this morning.
Oh, best worth pointing out: You can still just about ride back down the mountain using Challenge, Utopia A or Rinkan courses - ending up at the Isemiya base area. A free shuttle bus between Isemiya and Nagasaka is available.
All other course areas are now closed.
Sunday 21st April 2019
Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):
- Yamabiko (1407m): 255cm - Uenotaira (1230m): 175cm - Hikage (660m): no longer reporting - Nagasaka (615m): no longer reporting - Karasawa (563m): no longer reporting
The following lifts are normally operating:
- Nagasaka Gondola (8:10am - 3:30pm; last one down 3:30pm) - Yamabiko Four (8:30am - 3:20pm) - Yamabiko Number 2 Four (8:25am - 3:30pm) - Skyline connecting pair (8:25am - 3:50pm) - Uenotaira Four (8:30am - 3:30pm) - Paradise Four (8:30am - 3:40pm)
You can still ride back down the mountain using Challenge, Utopia A or Rinkan courses - ending up at the Isemiya base area. A free shuttle bus between Isemiya and Nagasaka is available. All other main course areas are now closed.
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).
Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO areas are now closed for the 2018-2019 season Read more ...
Sunday 21st April 2019, 8:09am
It was a beauty of a day yesterday.
We're back to cloudy skies this morning again, just a bit of blue sky I could see when I was out just before with the sun trying to shine through but it might not win out with that today. Or maybe it will.
There is a high chance of sunshine from early morning tomorrow again and it should be another fine spring day.
Hakuba 47 are now recommending that beginners take the Gondola back down to base. You can still ride back down to base on the Route 1 course, but with the snow largely drying up on the lower part of the winding Route 7 course for beginners, they are now calling that section as 'closed'. But... it looks like you can still use it if you want. (Huh?) I don't use that course myself - so please correct me if I am wrong but - I think that means that there's not much snow left on there but you can use it if you really want to. It's probably best just to use the Gondola back down to base if you don't want to negotiate Route 1.
Ski resort information on Sunday 21st 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: 260cm - Usagidaira: 155cm - 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 - You can take the Gondola back down to base - 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: 240cm - 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): - Top: 205cm - Base: 60cm
Notes: - The resort is reporting 90% of terrain open - Lower part of Route 7 is now classified as 'closed' (though you can still use it) - Beginners are recommended to use the Gondola back down to base - You can still ride down to base via Route 1 - Tree Riding Zones due to close on 21st April - Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Operating lifts (planned): - Gondola - Line AB pair lift - Line C quad lift - Line E high speed pair lift
Official snow depth (as reported by resort): - Tsuga-no-mori: 240cm - Han-no-ki: 210cm - 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 ...