Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 11th April 2021
Monday 2nd May 2016, 9:14am
Clear and sunny blue skies
It's a fine morning here in Niseko.
The sun is out and we have clear blue skies around and temperatures are today forecast to peak at around 14 degrees here at base. More sun is expected tomorrow as well along with warmer conditions - might hit 20 degrees - but after that rain is on the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday.
Thursday is of course the last day of the season for the resort lifts.
And Friday is my first long lie-in since late November! I'm planning to not even turn on my computer on Friday... it will feel strange.
Currently we are in the middle of the 'Golden Week' period.
While today is a normal weekday, tomorrow through Thursday are national holidays in Japan.
Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting:
Resort operations - subject to change due to snow and weather conditions
Niseko Grand Hirafu resort area lift operations: Ace Number 2 Center Four Quad (* this lift now used to get to and from the open courses - you can no longer ride back to base) Ace Number 3 Pair Ace Number 4 Pair
The resort is 'upgrading' the King Number 3 triple lift in time for next season. As part of that work the Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 and 4 lifts have all now closed for this season. Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to remain open until Thursday 5th May.
Courses open - Large, Center, Shirakaba (Spring Park)
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open until Thursday 5th May with the Gondola, Jumbo 1 and Jumbo 4 lifts operating.
Niseko Village plans to be open for Golden Week until Thursday 5th May. The Gondola can be used as a way of getting to Niseko Grand Hirafu and for sightseeing. None of the courses at Niseko Village are open.
Happily the strong winds of yesterday are gone and it's a fine but hazy morning. Today we are probably going to see temperatures rise to around the mid-20s, and similar conditions are forecast for tomorrow as well.
Ski courses that remain open are getting narrower by the day (hour? minute?!) now...
Today ended up being the last day of the season for the ski courses at the Tsugaike Kogen resort (though they will keep the Gondola + Ropeway operation going until Sunday).
Tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday are national holidays in Japan.
Resort news as of 9:00am on Monday 2nd May 2016 (subject to change due to snow and weather conditions)
Hakuba 47: Only the top Route 8 course by Line E lift remains open (along with the top Panorama course of Hakuba Goryu). Top Line E lift only operating. Access is via Hakuba Goryu - the base area of Hakuba 47 resort is now closed. Line E plans to be operating until 5th May. Official snow depth: Upper: 65cm Base: -cm
Hakuba Goryu: Just the top Panorama course remains open (along with the Route 8 course of Hakuba 47). Gondola and Alps Number 1 pair lift operating, all other areas now closed. Get the Gondola back down to base. Hakuba Goryu plans to be operating until 8th May. Official snow depth Alps: 65cm Toomi: -cm Iimori: -cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Just a small part of Panorama and Kurobishi areas now remain open. The Riesen Grat course is now closed but the Grat quad lift remains operating - for climbers only. Get the Gondola back down to base. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 20cm Nakiyama: -cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Tsugaike Kogen snow resort has now closed for the season (last day of the season was yesterday, 1st May). All ski courses closed. Note that the Gondola + Ropeway and the Heli-ski operations - Tsugaike Panorama Way - are operating until 8th May.
A bit of a grey early morning but the sun is out now and it is going to be a fine spring day with temperatures later on rising to around 25 degrees here in town. Borderline hot, that! It's hazy rather than lovely blue skies. More of the same expected tomorrow.
Tomorrow until Thursday are national holidays in Japan and so expect Kagura to be pretty busy.
More Kagura news this morning:
Today is the last day of the season for the Tashiro <> Kagura connecting course, and the Alyeska course at Tashiro is also now closed.
A warm southerly wind is expected tomorrow and the resort are warning that the Tashiro area may well have to completely close earlier than next Sunday, which is the planned closing date.
This is just local talk and rumour, but word seems to be that people think Kagura will be closing due to the lack of snow a few weeks earlier than planned (* planned is the 29th). Remember that is just rumour/guesswork from locals, but unfortunately resorts themselves often leave it late to announce these kinds of things. I'm just thinking about people who might be planning on skiing near the end of the month...
I'm not keeping the official snow depth numbers in the report anymore because honestly they are close to meaningless now (100cm today at Tashiro?!) and the resort does not seem to be publishing it up front as a headline either
Resorts that remain open in Yuzawa on Monday 2nd May 2016:
Kagura The Tashiro Ropeway / Tashiro area plans to be part open until 8th May. The Kagura area (via Mitsumata Ropeway) plans to be part open until 29th May. Snow is fast disappearing and there is a good chance that those dates will not be possible.
The following courses at Kagura remain at least part open:
- Kagura main course - Giant course - Mogul Bahn (until early May) - Tashiro Ladies (part) - Tashiro-ko Course - Family Course at Mitsumata (open just to connect to the Gondola - snow mats, no natural snow) - Kagura Park
All other resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season.