Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 25th April 2016, 7:06am
Weather conditions: Overcast but fine conditions forecast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Good morning from Yuzawa and from today only the Kagura resort remains open.

Both Ropeways (Mitsumata and Tashiro) remain open with most of the main Kagura area and the Tashiro area available. The Mitsumata area remains open just as a connecting course to get to the Kagura Gondola. Decent snow cover for the most part in Kagura though it's thin on the ground (and to the sides of the open course) in some lower areas such as by the Tashiro Ropeway.

This morning has started off generally overcast but again things are expected to clear up and for the sun to be out and temperatures rising to just above 20 degrees in town. Kagura is expecting high temperature of 17C during the day.

More sun is expected tomorrow but it looks like there is going to be some rain around mid week. There's even mention of the chance of snow up at the top of Kagura! Now that would be nice.

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Upcoming Golden Week holidays:

* Friday 29th April - Sunday 1st May (3 day long weekend)
* Tuesday 3rd May - Thursday 5th May (3 day holiday mid-week)
* Saturday 7th May - Sunday 8th May (normal weekend)

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Resorts that remain open in Yuzawa on Monday 25th April 2016:

Kagura
The Tashiro Ropeway and area 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 only as a 'connecting course' to get to and from the main Kagura area with just a bit of natural snow remaining, under which is the artificial 'snow brush'.
Most of the main Kagura and Tashiro courses remain open with natural snow but some are now getting rather narrow.
Note that the top Kagura Number 5 pair lift is now closed for the season.
Official snow depth:
Kagura area: 160cm
Tashiro area: 130cm
Mitsumata area: -cm

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All other resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season.

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List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City

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Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast
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Hakuba Now!

Monday 25th April 2016, 7:19am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Morning from Hakuba and an early report today as I need to make my way to Nagano in a short while.

As mentioned in the report yesterday, Hakuba 47 has scaled things back considerably - so much so that from today the base area is actually closed and their only course open is the top Route 8 course by the Line E lift... and as there is no way back to the 47 base, you need to access that run via the Hakuba Goryu gondola.

No other specific news that I can report on at this time.

There's lots of cloud around this morning but also some blue sky to be seen. In fact, sun is on the forecast for both today and tomorrow along with temperatures rising to around 20 degrees at base.

Around Wednesday and Thursday, expect rain. Hopefully that will have cleared up for the beginning of Golden Week on Friday.

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Upcoming Golden Week holidays:

* Friday 29th April - Sunday 1st May (3 day long weekend)
* Tuesday 3rd May - Thursday 5th May (3 day holiday mid-week)
* Saturday 7th May - Sunday 8th May (normal weekend)

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6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one

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Resort news as of 8:45am on Monday 25th April 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Just the top course by Line E lift remains open.
Access via Hakuba Goryu.
Note that the base area of Hakuba 47 is now closed.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 40cm
Base: -cm

Hakuba Goryu:
The top area of Goryu remains open - Panorama, Grand Prix and part of Super course.
The lower main Toomi and Iimori areas are now closed.
Get the Gondola back down to base.
Official snow depth
Alps: 105cm
Toomi: -cm
Iimori: -cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
All lower areas of the resort are now closed.
The Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Skyline and Panorama areas remain part open.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 55cm
Nakiyama: -cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The top Upper Han-no-ki and part of Tsuga-no-mori courses 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: 80cm
Maruyama: -cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm

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Other resorts are now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Monday 25th April 2016, 7:27am
Weather conditions: Lovely clear morning
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Morning from Niseko, and it's clear blue skies to start the day off here.

At the time of writing there's no fresh info from the resorts to report but with the clear skies and light wind I don't think there should be any issues to prevent the lifts from moving as planned. It will probably warm up to around 14C later on at base.

Looking ahead towards Golden Week the forecast is mainly for fine weather with a mix of sun and cloud and fairly steady temperatures.

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'Golden Week' ahead!

Golden Week is a number of national holidays that happen close to each other giving lots of people a nice holiday in late April and early May. Most tourist spots get very busy as a result! Depending on what days they fall, some years it is a considerably long period. This year, the actual national holidays are 'Showa Day' on Friday 29th April, 'Constitution Day' on Tuesday 3rd May, 'Greenery Day' on Wednesday 4th May and 'Children's Day' on Thursday May 5th. This means that this year Golden Week looks like this:

* Friday 29th April - Sunday 1st May (3 day long weekend)
* Tuesday 3rd May - Thursday 5th May (3 day holiday mid-week)
* Saturday 7th May - Sunday 8th May (normal weekend)

No doubt some folk will be taking Monday 2nd May and Friday 6th May as a holiday as well giving them a 10 day break.

Thursday 5th May is scheduled to be the last day of the snow season here in Niseko.

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Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko Annupuri
Expect the two resorts to be open as normal this morning.

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Official resort snow depths as of Monday 25th April 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Top - 270cm
Base - 0cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 255cm
Base - 20cm

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Resort operations - subject to change due to snow and weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu resort area lift operations:
Ace Number 2 Center Four Quad (* now used to get to and from the open courses - you can no longer ride back to base)
Ace Number 3 Pair
Ace Number 4 Pair

The resort is 'upgrading' the King Number 3 triple lift in time for next season. As part of that work the Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 and 4 lifts have all now closed for this 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.

Niseko Hanazono has now closed for the season.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Monday 25th April 2016, 8:18am
Weather conditions: Fair skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 40cm
Good morning from Grandeco.

As mentioned in the report yesterday, courses and lifts are closed today at Grandeco.

The resort will re-open on Saturday and keep going until the snow has melted away.

The Golden week holidays - 29th April through 5th May - will be the last chance to ride on natural snow this season in Fukushima.

We'll be back at the weekend with another update...

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Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco   Read more ...
 

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