Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Saturday 2nd April 2011, 7:45am
Cloud early on this morning and cloud with a chance of light rain or higher up light snow on the forecast. Right now just cloud and a high of 4 degrees likely later. Lets hope that any rain holds off. Tomorrow should start off cloudy but the sun will likely make a show fairly soon.
With many other resorts now closed and good conditions the resorts are expecting things to be fairly busy this weekend.
Operations at Naeba and Kagura are as follows (2nd/3rd April):
Naeba: - No 3 quad lift - No 4 quad lift - No 5 quad lift
This means that the lower courses on the mountain are open (all upper areas closed). Naeba will be open until Sunday.
After the fine clear conditions of yesterday it is a cloudy start to the weekend early this morning. Visibility fair on the open lower areas of the resort but thick fog/cloud up top. A temperature of around 4 degrees this morning and a chance of a dusting of snow on upper areas of the mountain though whether that will come down to the open areas or not... Clearer conditions forecast for tomorrow.
Lifts operating from 4th April until 22nd April: Higake Gondola Higake No2 pair lift (B) Paradise quad
Lift tickets are now 3500 yen for adults and 1500 yen for children for a one-day ticket (2500 yen and 1000 yen respectively for a half day).
It is recommended that you contact your accommodation or the resort to confirm any details before travelling. Read more ...
Saturday 2nd April 2011, 9:42am
Cloudy to base level; fog higher
After a string of sunny days, we're back to cold and gray — it's more like the end of February than early April today. The forecast even includes snow for later today, so we are definitely seeing a long season this year.
Three areas remain open; get our, patronize them and say thanks for keeping the slopes open. As bad as things are, Japan is still a great place to ski, and (very biased in our reporting here), Myoko is one of the most beautiful, natural places to be out on the snow. ;)
Open Ski Resorts
Akakan (Akakura Kanko): Sky Cable gondola, Hotel No. 3.
Seki Onsen: Open until May 8. Earthquake charity event on April 3.
Well winter returned to Hokkaido last night. We started out with some light rain in the evening which quickly turned to heavy sleet and then snow. Today has been snowing pretty heavily and it is very windy which is affecting many of the top lifts around the resort. It's not the super dry snow of mid winter but it's April so any snow is good snow! There's been at least 10cm accumulated on the upper mountain and with snow forecast to continue this will only get deeper. Hopefully the winds abate tomorrow allowing us to get high for some late season powder turns.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 385 Bottom - 170
Niseko Village: Top - 370 Bottom - 160
Annupuri: Top - 370 Bottom - 170
This season's Niseko Avalanche Information is finished
One word for this morning - SNOW! And for the first time in days. Those out there early this morning were treated to around 10cm of the freshest, finest powder April has to offer just about anywhere. The village received around 6cm, and it is absolutely wonderful to see everything covered in white again. Hopefully, winter will linger around for a few more weeks before disappearing into the May sun.
It got down to about -2 below freezing last night towards the bottom of the mountain, so all in all it isn't too cold, but cold enough for that snow to just pile on. It should continue flurrying throughout the day, so hopefully we'll see some more accumulation before it's all said and done. Read more ...
Saturday 2nd April 2011, 16:29pm
It was a cloudy morning in Hakuba but with a fair bit of blue sky on show at times earlier on. As the day has moved on more cloud moving in and fairly good cloud cover now as we approach evening.... an evening which should bring with it some wet snow falling though it shouldn't last for long and tomorrow will likely start off just cloudy. Even so we will likely see the sun tomorrow and then into early next week spring conditions should be ruling with clear skies and mild temperatures probably Monday to Wednesday.
It may just be my assessment but it Hakuba generally seemed busier this weekend - still quiet compared to a normal weekend but more people coming. That's encouraging. As we have mentioned there is no damage at all to facilities here and things are for the most part open as normal. A day out on the slopes supporting the local economy may be just the ticket to get a bit of fresh air and blow away some cobwebs!
Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 2nd April AM:
Hakuba Goryu: The upper slopes at Goryu plan to be open until 8th May. The Gondola, Alps No1 and No3 pair and Toomi Sky Four lifts are operating. The Iimori area is now closed. Alps daira - 265cm; Toomi - 120cm.
Hakuba 47: All lifts except Line D lift operating with all courses open (some courses will remain ungroomed). 47 also plans to be open into May. Snow depth (upper) - 205cm
Happo-one: The lower slopes at Happo will be open until 3rd April with the upper slopes planning to be continuing on until 5th May. Lifts operating for now: Grad quad, Alpen quad, Kurobishi 2 quad, Kurobishi 3 pair, Skyline No2 pair, Panorama pair, Namikio No3 triple AB, Happo Riesen quad, Sakka Kita One quad, Kita One No3 pair. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 190cm; Sakka - 50cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: Limited lift operations now at Tsugaike, but the Gondola is operating and it is possible to ski/board down to the bottom of the resort, so there's a large course area still open. Snow depth upper - 300cm
Hakuba Cortina: The No2 quad and No4 pair lifts are operating. Cortina plans to be open until Sunday 3rd April. Upper - 330cm Lower - 190cm
Hakuba Iwatake, Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuba Minekata are now all closed for the season. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 2nd April 2011, 16:58pm
Well, this morning it was colder but not much and actually another fairly mild morning in Shiga Kogen. Contrary to the forecast it started off fine with the sun out and warming things up (and thinning out the fog in higher elevations) though later on in the day it has been more cloudy... and even a chance of light snow this evening. Similar kind of outlook for tomorrow but looking ahead a bit more some very spring like clear sky days lined up in the first half of the coming week.
Tomorrow is as you can see below the last day of the season for a fair few lifts in the area so the last chance for a Shiga Kogen-wide ride. After that it will be limited spring operations.
Official resort snow depths as of 2nd April 2011 AM:
Higashitateyama: Opening from 29th April until 5th May for Golden Week.
Nishitateyama: Hoodie, No 2 triple lift, quad lift all open until 3rd April.
Terakoya: Quad and No1 pair lift open until 3rd April. After that opening on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May.
Mammoth: No2 triple lift open until 3rd April. Quad lift open until 5th May.
Tanne no mori: No 8 quad until 3rd April.
Ichinose Family: No2 pair lift (B) open until 3rd April. After that opening on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May. Quad lift open until 5th May.
Ichinose Diamond: Triple lift (and moving walkway) open until 3rd April. After that opening on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May.
Ichinose Yamanokami: No 2 pair lift open until 3rd April.
Yakebitaiyama: No2 Gondola and No2 quad lift open until 3rd April.
Okushiga Kogen: No1 pair open until 3rd April. No2 and No3 high speed lifts open until 8th May. No4 pair lift open until 3rd April and then open again between 23rd April and 8th May. Gondola open until 4th April and then opening April 9th-11th, 16th-18th and April 23rd until 8th May.
Kidoike This small area is now closed for the season.
Kumanoyu: No 1 pair lift will be open until 8th May. No 2 pair lift will be open until 8th May and then may continue to be open depending on snow conditions at that time. They hope to be able to open until 15th May. No 3 quad lift will be open from 29th April until 8th May. No 4 pair lift – no specific opening times available.
Yokoteyama – Shibutoge: The resort plans to be open until the end of May. Yokoteyama No 1 Sky lift open until 8th May. Yokoteyama No 2, No 3 Sky lifts and the Shibutoge pair lift will all be open until conditions permit. Yokoteyama No 4, No 5 and No 6 lifts will be open at unspecified times until 8th May.
Shiga Kogen Ropeway: The Ropeway is now closed for the winter season. Read more ...
Saturday 2nd April 2011, 17:06pm
A cloudy day in Yuzawa for the most part. It was trying to rain a little earlier but it thankfully didn't come to much and now trying to snow.
Tomorrow is the last day of the season for a number of resorts, leaving us with just a small choice for another week and then Kagura through until May. But as you saw from the report the other day, conditions are good up there and well worth a shuftie!
Weather for tomorrow? There's a chance of some light snowfall overnight especially in higher elevations but officially the forecast is 0-5cm. The morning is forecast to start off cloudy but clearing up as the day progresses. Some warm days on the horizon in the coming week.
Last day of the season tomorrow (Sunday 3rd) for the following resorts: - Naeba - Yuzawa Park - Iwappara - NASPA Ski Garden - Ipponsugi - Joetsu Kokusai
Part open until 10th April: - Kandatsu Kogen - Nakazato Snow Wood
Mostly open until 22nd May: - Kagura (+ Mitsumata)*
All other resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma area are now closed for the season.
Official snow depths @ Saturday 2nd April 2011 AM
Yuzawa Park: 180cm
Kandatsu Kogen: 250cm
NASPA Ski Garden: 200cm
* The main area of Kagura is open, accessed via Mitsumata Ropeway. The Mitsumata slopes are also open. Please keep on eye on our Naeba Now report as well for the latest from both Naeba and Kagura resort areas. Read more ...