Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 19th April 2021

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 2nd May 2014, 8:04am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Earlier on this morning there was more cloud around but it seems to be in the process of clearing up with more and more blue sky appearing. It looks like it is going to be a fine day with temperatures reaching 20 degrees again at base (only going down to around 9 degrees overnight). Very comfortably weather.

So tomorrow is the start of that second part of Golden Week with Monday and Tuesday being national holidays and giving lots of people a four day long weekend (yey!), and marking the end of the snow season at Nozawa (boo!).

The forecast as it stands is for generally fine conditions. Sun and cloud for the four days. Some saying a chance of some spots of rain early in the week. Anyway, I'll keep you updated each day right up until Tuesday.

And then I'll enjoy a few lie-ins, thank you very much! :)

Remember, tomorrow it's that chance to try out some tempura made from fresh mountain vegetables at the resort, and no doubt meet some locals at the same time. From 2pm by the base station of the Gondola. Let's tempura.


Lifts will be opening 30 minutes earlier than normal from Saturday 3rd May until Tuesday 6th May --> Nagasaka Gondola will open from 8:10am.


Friday 2nd May 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 190cm
Uenotaira - 90cm

Planned operating lifts for today:
Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four
Yamabiko Number 2 Four
Skyline connecting
Uenotaira Four
Paradise Four
Yunomine Pair

Planned courses to be open:
Yamabiko A
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E

Nozawa Onsen is open until Tuesday 6th May   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 2nd May 2014, 8:07am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
We had some thunder in the afternoon at one point yesterday and by evening it was raining - some heavy rain at times overnight as well.

This morning the rain seems to have eased off and the forecast is for clearing conditions. For now it's just rather cloudy and about 12 degrees; temps set to rise to just over 20 degrees later on in the day.

So from tomorrow it's that 4 day long second part of Golden Week, with Tuesday being the last day of the season for GALA Yuzawa, Naeba and the Tashiro area of Kagura. From Wednesday onwards, Kagura will remain open via the Mitsumta Ropeway Station and they plan to be open for a further three weeks or so.

It will probably be very busy over the weekend. If you do plan on heading out to one of the places that remain open, I'd recommend an early start.


Current planned resort operations:

3rd-6th May only:
Naeba (Takenokodaira and Daishamen slopes - this may change depending on snow conditions)

Daily until 6th May:
GALA Yuzawa (Most of Central and part of North Area)
Kagura (Tashiro area)

Daily until 25th May:
Kagura (the main Kagura area via Mitsumata)


All other resorts in the region are now closed for the season.


Official resort snow depths @ Friday 2nd May 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
Gala Yuzawa:
110cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 2nd May 2014, 8:09am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 10cm
I had to suddenly get myself over to Sapporo mid morning yesterday, so I missed the day here in Niseko.

Anyway I am back early on now and it's cloudy... but the ground is somewhat wet. Looks like some fog around too. Not the most appealing of mornings, that's for sure...

Tomorrow and Sunday will hopefully be clearer, though there may be cloud around and perhaps some rain on Tuesday. Tuesday being the last day of the season of course... would be nice to go out with some sun.

As you can see from the photo below, snow continuing to melt away and in some places things are getting very... narrow.

Still, come Wednesday and there's not ski lifts moving and so it's our last chance.


Official snow depth numbers and planned operating lifts at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 210cm
Base - 10cm

Ace Number 2 Center Four lift
King Number 3 Triple
King Number 4
(* Hirafu Gondola will now be open for the last four days of the season... 3rd-6th May)

Top - 250cm
Base - 40cm

Annupuri Gondola
Jumbo No1 quad
Jumbo No4 pair

Niseko Village:
Top - 250cm
Base - 30cm

Niseko Gondola
Wonderland Chair


Niseko Annupuri plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May.
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May.
Niseko Village plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May.


Niseko Hanazono Resort is now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 2nd May 2014, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Morning from Hakuba.

We got a bit of rain yesterday at times but while it remained cloudy, we actually got a bit of sun peeking through from time to time in the afternoon.

This morning there is still a lot of cloud around, but it has been clearing over the last few hours and there's some blue sky on view too. The forecast is for fine weather today so perhaps it will continue to clear and end up a sunny day.

Forecast is for generally fine conditions over the upcoming long weekend.

I was at 47 yesterday for a short while. The lower run back down to base has some ground showing now in places, but still up and running - they do well to keep it open right until the end of the season.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at resorts remaining open (as of 2nd May 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Plans to be open until 11th May. Top area open, need to get gondola back down to base.
Upper - 135cm
Toomi - 0cm

Hakuba 47:
Plans to be open until 6th May. Most of Hakuba 47 remains open, though snow very thin in some areas.
Upper - 70cm
Lower - 20cm

Plans to be open until 6th May. Top areas (Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline) open. Need to get lift back down to base.
Usagidaira - 80cm
Lower - 0cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until 6th May. Top area remains open. Need to get Gondola back down to base.
Tsuganomori - 150cm
Lower - 0cm

All other resorts now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Friday 2nd May 2014, 12:44pm
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Things continue to warm up here gradually.

After rain overnight and a foggy start up at Tenjindaira, it has cleared into a fine day in Minakami with temperatures again reaching 20C by early afternoon.

Tomorrow should be warmer still, though there seems to be a chance of rainfall later on in the day. Beyond that should be ok for the rest of Golden Week, fingers crossed.

Snow has been melting away even up on the ski area but it'll make it through until Tuesday... which is planned to be the last day of the ski/board season.

4 days to go after today.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 2nd May 2014, 14:23pm
Weather conditions: Sunny, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 75cm
Ah, Golden Week --- second half coming right up!

Yes, Monday and Tuesday are national holidays in Japan and so it's an exicte long weekend and one that is expected to be busy and bustling in many tourist type places.

Snow continues to melt away with the warm conditions we have been having, but the two skijo that have remained open will continue to remain open through until Tuesday - see below. (Akakan has changed from operating the No. 3 lift to the No. 5 lift).

Turned into a fine day today and temperatures over 20 degrees again. The next few days should see more sun, mixed up with some cloud. Chance of some rain around Monday perhaps...


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:
Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 5 lift will stay open until May 6.

Seki Onsen:
Planning to stay open until May 6th.   Read more ...

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