Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 22nd April 2018, 7:08am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It certainly was warm yesterday. In Koide, to the north of Yuzawa, it reached 29C!

I woke up around 2am feeling the need to open the window - first time this year.

Today won't be quite as hot, perhaps, but it won't be far off. The sun is out and it is going to be a fine and very warm day.

Cloud and slightly cooler conditions are currently forecast for tomorrow.

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Today is the last day of the ski season for the GALA Yuzawa resort.

Tomorrow, just the Kagura resort will remain open every day.

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Updated: Sunday 22nd April 2018, 7:45am

Planned resort operations - subject to change

GALA Yuzawa
- Today is the last day of the season for GALA Yuzawa
- Official snow depth: 50cm
- Central Area: The Gondola, Coach and Barouche lifts operating; all courses apart from Melody open
- North Area: The Victoria lift is operating; Part of Broadway and Swan 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

Kagura
- 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 - 230cm; Mitsumata area - 130cm; Tashiro area - 180cm
- 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
- Naeba is open for today...
- ...and then plans to open from 28th April until 6th May
- The Prince Number 2 Gondola, Takenokodaira and Daishamen pair lifts are operating
- Top Takenokodaira and Daishamen courses open
- Take the Gondola back down to base   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 22nd April 2018, 7:20am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Yesterday really did get very warm. It was over 25C and closing in on 30 degrees in some places that aren't too far from Nozawa. Like early summer.

It is going to be another warm day today, though not quite as much as it was yesterday. Cooler still tomorrow with just cloud on the forecast at the moment.

The resort remains open as per yesterday; details below.

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Sunday 22nd April 2018

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 130cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 40cm
- Base areas: 0cm

Planned lifts operations today:

- Nagasaka Gondola
- Yamabiko Four
- Yamabiko Number 2 Four
- Skyline connecting pair
- Uenotaira Four quad
- Paradise Four quad
- Yunomine pair

Planned open courses today:

- Yamabiko A, C, D, E
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Kokenashi
- 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 ...
 

Niseko Now!

Sunday 22nd April 2018, 7:31am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

An early report today as I need to get myself over to Sapporo.

There's more cloud around this morning but we are forecast fine weather again. Temperatures to rise into double digits again. Hopefully the lifts will be moving as scheduled.

Watching the national news last night, it seems like lots of Japan enjoyed (?) a summer day yesterday with some very hot conditions going on. Bit of a blip by the looks.

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I think the official website saying there'll be a max temp of +49C on the upper slopes of Niseko Grand Hirafu (as at 7:30am)... is a mistake.

Could be wrong. ;)

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15 days left of ski lift operations, including today.

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Saturday 21st 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: 360cm
- Base: 70cm

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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: 380cm
- Base: 60cm

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Now closed

Niseko Village
Now closed   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 22nd April 2018, 7:45am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Hakuba.

(Very) warm and sunny, clear blue skies. That's what we have this weekend.

There has been a bit of thin high cloud here and there early on this morning but we are expecting clear blue skies for most of the day.

More sun with perhaps a bit more cloud is forecast for tomorrow and temperatures will be a little lower, but still likely rising to above 20C.

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Planned ski resort operations on Sunday 22nd 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: 185cm
- Usagidaira: 100cm
- Lower: 0cm

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Hakuba Goryu

Lift info:

- Gondola
- Alps Number 1 pair
- Alps Number 3 pair
- Alps Number 2/4 pair (* open today; after that, currently unclear)

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: 195cm
- Toomi: 40cm
- Iimori: 0cm

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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: 180cm
- Base: 35cm

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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: 190cm
- Han-no-ki: 195cm
- Lower areas: 0cm   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Sunday 22nd April 2018, 10:28am
Weather conditions: Sunny out there
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The season is really coming to an end, as Akakura Kanko ends its year today.

The cherry blossoms are almost over; we’re a couple of weeks ahead of schedule, and there is just no more snow around the base here. Your writer almost didn’t get this out; I was in Tohaku yesterday, where the temperature was a dry 29°C. Gotta say the thoughts of fun on snow evaporated a bit.

Seki Onsen and Lotte Arai are hanging on; let’s see of they can make it to Golden Week!

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Akakura Kanko:
70cm, 16°; Myokokogen Sky Cable Gondola, Hotel No. 3 lift; closing today

Akakura Onsen:
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Ikenotaira Onsen:
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Myoko Suginohara:
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Seki Onsen:
100 cm; 6°; closing May 6

Myoko Ski Park:
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Kyukamura RunRun:
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Lotte Arai Resort:
251cm, 22.6°; Zendana, Kokenashi and Arai Gondola lifts running; Bear Valley, Be Free, Encore, Myoko Long Upper Run and Rind Upper courses open; Ohkenashi Bowl, FK, North Bowl, Funaishi-zawa, Happy Place and Benzaku-zawa open in the avalanche-controlled areas open; closing May 6

Tangram Ski Circus:
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Madarao Kogen:
-

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park:
-

   Read more ...
 

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