Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 24th May 2019
Saturday 2nd April 2016, 7:55am
Clear and sunny
Good morning from Yuzawa.
It's a lovely clear morning here - less hazy than yesterday - and the sun is out again. Temperatures just under 10 degrees at the moment and a due to warm up to around 16 degrees in town.
Some forecasts say we'll get some rain later on tomorrow, others that the rain will start Monday.
There's another closing date change to report. Kandatsu Kogen was originally hoping to be able to be open until 24th April, but it's not that much of a surprise to hear that they have had to bring that forward - they are now saying that they'll be able to be part open until 10th April at the latest.
Like I have commented before, it will be interesting to see how long GALA Yuzawa and Kagura can keep going. They are higher up and so there's more snow there still - but there is less of a base than usual and it is of course warm. Anyway, will let you in on any news as we have it.
Resort official snow depths (Saturday 2nd April 2016):
Lower slopes around town now have no (or very little) snow on them. Higher areas still enjoy good snow cover - best to head high. (I've taken out some of the official snow depth numbers because frankly some are just meaningless... and frankly a bit silly!) Resorts that are not listed below are now closed for the season.
Resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:
GALA Yuzawa Central Area and part of North Area remain open. Plans to be part open until Sunday 8th May 100cm
Iwappara Middle area only remains open Plans to be part open (small section of the central area only) daily until tomorrow
Joetsu Kokusai Just the north Panorama area open (access to the open area via the quad lift in front of the hotel) Plans to be part open until tomorrow
Kagura Plans to be open until 29th May (via Mitsumata; until 8th May via Tashiro) 160cm (Mitsumata) 190cm (Tashiro) 220cm (Kagura)
Planned closing dates of lifts at Zao Onsen (subject to change due to snow conditions)
Open until Sunday 3rd April: Onsen Number 1 pair lift Onsen Number 2 quad lift Shobunuma Number 2 pair lift
Open until Sunday 10th April: Mikaeri pair lift Yokokura Number 1 pair AB lift
Open until Sunday 17th April: Kurohime Number 1 quad lift
Open until Thursday 5th May: Chuo Number 1 pair lift AB Chuo Number 2 pair lift AB (daily until 3rd April and then Sat/Sun and holidays only) Katakai triple lift (daily until 3rd April and then Sat/Sun and holidays only) Paradise pair AB lift (daily until 3rd April and then Sat/Sun and holidays only) Utopia Number 2 pair lift
The Zao Ropeway, Sky Cable gondola and Chuo Ropeway are all open throughout the year (apart from specific maintenance periods)
Lifts not mentioned in the above list have already closed for the season. Read more ...
Saturday 2nd April 2016, 8:31am
Quite a lot of cloud, some blue sky
Good morning from Niseko.
Lots of cloud around this morning, and a bit of blue sky, and some windy conditions up there on the mountain by all accounts - see below for lift status at the time of writing. Sunny conditions are generally expected though with temperatures rising to around 7C during the day.
We are still expecting some rain tomorrow too. Hopefully we'll be back to sun come Monday.
Not a whole lot of promise for snow on the forecasts I'm afraid... might we have seen the last of the fresh?
Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):
Niseko Grand Hirafu The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts as well as the King Number 3 lift on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.
Niseko Grand Hirafu resort area lift operations from Monday 4th April:
Ace Family Pair (8:30am-4:30pm) - until 10th April Ace Number 2 Center Four Quad (8:30am-4:30pm) Ace Number 3 Pair (8:40am-4:30pm) Ace Number 4 Pair (8:50am-4:30pm) Holiday Number 1 Pair (8:30am-4:30pm) - until 10th April
Niseko Grand Hirafu are also going to be 'upgrading' the King Number 3 triple lift in time for next season. The Hirafu Gondola as well as the King Number 3 and 4 lifts will all finish for the season this coming Sunday, as well as the Hanazono area. All being well though, the Niseko Grand Hirafu area should be open until 5th May.
Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 3rd April, and then from 29th April until 5th May. Morino Chair currently rested.
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open until Thursday 5th May.
Resort news as of 8:35am on Saturday 2nd April 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)
Hakuba 47: All courses at Hakuba 47 remain open - event on R2 and R5 which won't be open to the general public temporarily The Tree Riding Zone is now closed for the season. Official snow depth: Upper: 160cm Base: 50cm
Hakuba Goryu: The top area of Goryu remains open. Lower main Toomi also remaining open; Iimori is closed. Nighta has now finished for the season. Official snow depth Alps: 212cm Toomi: 65cm Iimori: -cm
Hakuba Happo-one: The lower Nakiyama, Shirakaba North, Central Course, Kokusai, Sakka, Olympic Course II and Kita One areas are closed. The Nakiyama South and Shirakaba South lower courses remain open (very limited snow). All of upper mountain courses remain all open. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 130cm Nakiyama: 30cm
Hakuba Cortina: Courses open - Ikenota and Mt Hieda 1. Official snow depth: Top: 115cm Base: 30cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Areas open: Oya-no-hara, Maruyama, part of Han-no-ki and Tsuga-no-mori The top Tsugaike Ropeway is now open for spring season (extra charge required). Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 185cm Maruyama: -cm Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm
The Hikage area is now closed and the resort itself has put up a message recommending that people take the Gondolas back down to base from now on. The Challenge, Utopia A and Rinkan courses do remain part open but snow melt is progressing fast and they're not in the best of conditions - care needed. Hence the recommendation to take the Gondola back down.
I think most people would want to be up top now anyway... snow cover up there remains good! I'm going to head up there myself in a few minutes...
Anyway, it's another fine and sunny morning here in Nozawa, a high of 16 degrees likely later this afternoon. Rain is on the forecast for either tomorrow and/or Monday (different forecasts disagreeing on the details) - so perhaps today is the pick of the weekend.
Have a great Saturday wherever you may be.
The Yamabiko A course will be used for an event today and Sunday meaning that it'll be closed for the general public.
(On the report the snow depth will be noted as Uenotaira, so 50cm today. Next season this won't be an issue with some upcoming changes to the reports!)
Official info at time of writing on Saturday 2nd April 2016 (subject to change):
Partial cloud is making today slightly darker than normal.
Good morning from The Naeba everybody.
Today's off to a slightly chillier start than the last few days have been although still above freezing as of 07:00 this morning.
Conditions are about as spring like as they get at the moment with more grass than snow on the hill at the moment. Despite this the piste bashers have done a pretty good job in maintaining and piling up what snow we do have so the open runs are still definitely ski-able.
The best place to ski is definitely still up the top of the gondola where the snow coverage is in general much better.
Looking forwards to Naeba's last day tomorrow the weather is supposed to be light rain during the day and then heavy rain at night. Keep your fingers crossed that this doesn't show!
Naeba has announced that it's season will end on Sunday 4th April - no opening on or beyond then due to the low snow levels this year - Kagura will of course be continuing beyond that date, accessible via the Mitsumata and Tashiro Ropeways Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 2nd April 2016, 9:01am
It's the last weekend for a number of the resort areas of Shiga Kogen, and it is starting off with fine sunny skies. It's going to be a full-on warm spring day here.
Spring season dates for Shiga Kogen resort areas (subject to change):
Sun Valley Both Sun Valley lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
Maruike The Number 1 triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
Giant The pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
Higashitateyama The Gondola plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
Bunadaira The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
Takamagahara Mammoth The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 11th April until 28th April).
Tannenomori Okojo The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
Ichinose Family The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May. The Ichinose Number 2 pair A lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April. The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
Terakoya The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 4th April until 28th April).
Ichinose Diamond The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 4th April until 28th April).
Ichinose Yamanokami Ichinose Yamanokami plans to be open until Sunday 3rd April.
Yakebitaiyama Yakebitaiyama plans to be open until Sunday 3rd April.
Okushiga Kogen The Okushiga Kogen Number 1 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April. The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3 and 4 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May. The Okushiga Kogen Number 6 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 24th April. The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
Kumanoyu The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April. The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May. The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April; and then on 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th April and from 29th April until 8th May.
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May. The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May (and perhaps beyond depending on snow conditions). The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Thursday 5th May. The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (and perhaps beyond depending on snow conditions).
The sun is out again (!) at Grandeco this morning. Bring the sunscreen and get ready for some full on spring skiing.
The forecast says it will be overcast, but from here there is nothing but blue on the horizon at the moment.
Rain is also still on the forecast for sometime later on tomorrow and perhaps into Monday. I think it's a bit too much to hope for any snow unfortunately. It has of course been a strange season though, so who knows!
Lift 4 has closed for the season, but all of the other lifts and Gondola remain operating
Courses open except
[B-b] Mint [D-a] Lavender [G] Lavender 28 [H] Center 33
Resorts that remain open in the region are Grandeco, Nekoma and Minowa. Nekoma will be closed between 19th-21st and 26th-28 April but these resorts all plan to be open until 5th May ---- whether they can do that or not will totally depend on the snow levels of course, which are less than usual and less than expected. Read more ...
Saturday 2nd April 2016, 10:21am
Another clear, sunny day
No report from the town, as we enter really the last weekend of the season.
Yes, Akakan and Seki Onsen are hoping to keep on going, but the bare spots on the mountain are growing very quickly.
There is fresh information on the self-reporting page at the local tourist office, so that's what we have below...
Akakura Kanko: 9° / 145cm; Sky Cable, No. 2 and 3 lifts; Champion side closed
Akakura Onsen: 5° / 120cm; running until April 3, with all the main lifts running; Ginrei section closed