Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Saturday 28th April 2012, 8:48am
Clear and sunny
And welcome to the first day of Golden Week!
As forecast, it looks like it is going to be a lovely, fine, warm and sunny day in the region. It is already 15C and a high of around 24C is forecast, and very similar conditions are currently forecast for tomorrow as well. Have fun!
As we mentioned yesterday, from now until next Sunday there will be four resorts at least part open in Yuzawa. ---
Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 28th April 12, AM: Kagura - Mitsumata: 300cm Kagura - Tashiro: 250cm GALA Yuzawa: 140cm (upper)
Open until 6th May: Kandatsu Kogen Naeba
Open until 6th May: GALA Yuzawa [Central Area, North Area] Kagura (Tashiro)
Open until 27th May: Kagura (Mitsumata)
All other ski resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Saturday 28th April 2012, 9:01am
It's clear skies over Niseko this morning and the first day of the last bit of the season, if you like labelling things! Golden Week officially starts today with this three day weekend and by the looks of the forecast we can expect similar conditions tomorrow and Monday - perhaps more cloud.
Anyway it's warm, the sun is out, the Hirafu Gondola is moving, hardly any wind at all. Tomorrow Niseko Village also opens up as well.
Current lift operations (28th April 2012 @ 9am):
Grand Hirafu: Ace Quad Lift No2 King Hooded Triple Lift #3 King Lift #4 The Hirafu Gondola open on 28th, 29th, 30th April, and also from 3rd May until 6th May.
Grand Hirafu and Annupuri both plan to be open until 6th May. The Hanazono and Niseko Village areas are now closed. Niseko Village plans to re-open for the Golden Week holiday period from Sunday 29th April until Sunday 6th May.
Early on the sun is out and we have clear blue skies all around. Just perfect for the start of GW. It's already above 15C and we can expect to warm up to mid-20's this afternoon. People have been arriving early this morning and the resort already pretty lively out there, though if you are coming to Hakuba today no doubt you are already up there sliding on the snow. Have fun!
Similar weather conditions forecast for tomorrow, perhaps a bit more cloud on Monday. But generally fine and warm.
A few more lifts open now for this last stretch - on the upper slopes of Goryu and also over at Happo.
Next report coming your way on Tuesday, enjoy the first bit of Golden Week!
Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 28th April 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Gondola and Alps daira No1-4 lifts are all operating. The Toomi lifts are now closed but you can still ski down the course to the Gondola. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 160cm; Toomi - 45cm
Hakuba 47: Top to bottom skiable. All lifts apart from Line D operating. Official snow depth: Upper - 115cm Lower - 55m
Happo-one: Top areas open (lower slopes now all closed) - you need to get the Gondola back down to base. Lifts normally operating daily until 6th May are: Gondola Grat quad Alpen quad Panorama pair Skyline No2 pair Kurobishi No2 quad Kokusai No3 pair Usagidaira pair Kurobishi No3 Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 130cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Top to gondola base skiable. Planned lifts operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 210cm Lower - 60cm
Planned ski resort closings in Hakuba and Otari, all subject to change:
Hakuba Goryu: Upper area plans to be open until 6th May.
Hakuba 47: 47 plans to be open until 6th May.
Happo-one: Upper slopes plan to be open until 6th May.
Tsugaike Kogen: Plans to be open until Golden Week
The Hakuba Cortina, Norikura, Iwatake, Sanosaka and Minekata resorts are all now closed for the season. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 28th April 2012, 9:48am
The fine weather is with us for the holidays! The sun is out, not a cloud to be see (nearby anyway) and it's warming up. At 9am it was around 12 degrees and by mid afternoon we'll probably see it warm up to over 20. No wind at the moment either so a nice calm morning. Tomorrow is forecast to be more of the same, and Monday should be fine as well.
The Skyline link life, Uenotaria and Paradise quads join in the fun now until 6th May.
I'm on my way out now to have what will perhaps by my last ski of the season - the next report here will be posted on Tuesday. Have a fun weekend.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Normal spring lift operations (scheduled): Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Four Yamabiko Four No2 Skyline Link Uenotaira Four Paradise Four
Normal courses open (scheduled): Yamabiko A Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Uenotaira Paradise Schneider (upper part only) Utopia A course Challenge Bunabayashi Rinkan
The Uenotaira Snow Park plans to be open from 28th April until 6th May
Beautiful spring weather today in Minakami. Blue skies, sunshine and no wind. It feels warm already and is set to get warmer throughout the day. Soft spring up in the resort and stunning views up to Tanigawa and down into the valley. It looks like the warm weather will stick around until Thursday when the cloud might return. Still two lift open up the top until the end of Golden Week.
It's a perfect day for spring skiing in Myoko, and there are plenty of cars in local ski area lots! Sunny, warm, good snow, even some early cherries blooming around the area...
Ikenotaira also reopened today, so we have three areas to choose from. I see only two lifts officially running at Akakan, but there has been word that the top No. 5 might also be running in the coming days.
Akakan: Sky Cable Gondola and No 3 lift will stay open through Golden Week Ikenotaira: Open through May (no closing day released yet) Seki Onsen: Open through Golden Week
We're well into Spring now, and temperatures have already soared to a very May-like 21 degrees. The current official snowdepth is 100cm, but after that pounding we took by a rain storm last night, I would say that it's more like 100cm in places. Definitely not the greatest snow conditions out there right now, but crews will be working to get things back into shape for the big Golden Week rush and the last hurrah of Ski Season 2011-12.
On the plus side, those nasty winds have finally died down, and the weather is absolutely beautiful! You could not ask for a more beautiful spring day than today. The view from the mountain today will be one to remember for sure. Read more ...