Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 23rd January 2020
Thursday 28th April 2011, 8:28am
We had some really heavy rain overnight in the region, but it seems to have all rained itself out as this morning in Yuzawa we have dry conditions and in town clouds are clearing and quite a bit of blue sky on show. A look at the Kagura webcam though shows the main course covered in cloud/fog as of 8am and poor visibility.
Tomorrow is a national holiday and the first of Golden Week. The Mitsumata Ropeway will be open from an earlier time of 7:30am from tomorrow until Sunday 8th May.
With a moderate breeze and moderate rain it is not the greatest day to be out on the mountain. The rain is forecast to continue throughout the day and into tommorrow. The Sailer Course is now the only course to the base of the resort, with the Spies Course now closed. Read more ...
Thursday 28th April 2011, 9:36am
Cloud, some blue skies
A bit of a hazy day yesterday but keeping clear for the most part and a very warm one.
This morning there is a lot of cloud around but some blue sky as well - dramatic looking spring weather. It does seem to be clouding over though and we can expect more rain later on. It's not going to be as warm today but currently it is 11 degrees in Hakuba.
Hakuba 47 is reporting that all lifts apart from the Gondola are not moving as of 9:15am due to winds.... expect them to open up if and when the winds calm down.
The Golden Week holidays start from tomorrow. Just to explain, tomorrow is a national holiday and also Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week are holidays. We can probably expect the remaining slopes to be quite busy during this last period of the season.
Not long now!
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 28th April AM:
Hakuba Goryu: The upper slopes at Goryu plan to be open until 8th May. The Gondola and Alps No3 pair lifts are operating. The Alps No1 pair will also be open from 29th April until 8th May. Top to bottom skiing still ok. Alps daira - 165cm.
Hakuba 47: All lifts except Line D lift operating with all courses still open. 47 plans to be open into May. Top to bottom skiing still ok, resort reporting 80% of slopes remaining open (as of Thurs 28th April). Snow depth (upper) - 115cm
Happo-one: The Gondola, Alpen Quad, Kurobishi No3 pair and Panorama pair lifts are operating. The upper slopes are planning to be open until 5th May. All of the lower lifts are now closed for the season - you need to take the Gondola down to the base at the end of the day. Course areas open are: Kurobishi, Usagidaira and Panorama. The Grad quad is also open on weekends and during Golden week, at those times opening up that top course as well. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 110cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The Gondola as well as the Tsuga No2 pair and Han-no-ki high speed pair lifts in the upper area of the resort are operating. It is possible to ski/board right down from the top to the bottom of the resort via the Han-no-ki and lower Karamatsu courses. Snow depth upper - 200cm
Hakuba Iwatake, Hakuba Sanosaka, Cortina and Hakuba Minekata are now all closed for the season. Read more ...
Thursday 28th April 2011, 12:37pm
Quite unstable weather over the last week with lots of rain which did fall as snow at times on the upper mountain. It's really taken it's toll though on the lower slopes with the last little drop down into Hirafu starting to get very patchy. There's still a very good cover a little higher up though.
This weekend sees the start of the Golden Week holiday period and the last week of lift operation for this season. More lifts will be operational over the week and I believe the Niseko Village area will reopen a couple of lifts as well. The Spring park beside the Ace #3 lift is in good condition and will likely be pretty busy, especially over the weekend. A few restaurants and bars will also reopen for the holiday.
With all the rain and snow melt the Shiribeshi river is all but bursting it's banks at the moment so the rafting will be quite exciting. Probably more exciting than the rain affected slush up on the mountain!
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 295 Bottom - 45
Niseko Village: No longer reporting snow depth
Annupuri: Top - 215 Bottom - 50
This season's Niseko Avalanche Information is finished