Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018
Friday 30th March 2018, 5:35am
Another early-morning report, but things seem to be continuing as for many days now, although just a wee bit cooler (there’s frost on the car windows, maybe as a result of the fog/misty rain last night). Fog is flowing along the base of the mountain now - very nice, but will be gone by opening time.
All the reports are from yesterday; I looked at Lotte Arai’s report, which is more automated than most, and they do have less of the avalanche-controlled areas open than listed below. Check their website before you go!
Lotte Arai Resort: 390cm, 14.3°; Exciter and Discovery courses permanently closed; Mamushigaeshi and Rindou Lower closed today; Myoko Long Run Upper partially open; Ohkenashi Bowl, FK, North Bowl, Funaishi-zawa, Happy Place and Benzaku-zawa open in the avalanche-controlled areas; closing May 6
We did get rained on later in the day yesterday, but it is dry this morning with an early mix of blue sky and cloud - both white and grey.
Sunny skies are what the forecasts tell us to expect today and without wanting to sound repetitive, that is what we should be having until at least the middle of next week too. And while it is going to be a little colder today (a high of about 8C expected in town), it will be warming up again from tomorrow with temperatures reaching 20C on Sunday and early in the week.
People who suffer from hay fever come prepared - a high pollen count is also likely, especially from Sunday.
There are now just three days left in the season for a few ski resorts in the area. From Monday I will be re-arranging the resort specific data posted below.
Updated: Friday 30th March 2018
Ski resorts in Yuzawa:
Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.
GALA Yuzawa - 210cm - Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May - The Central Area and North Area remain open (South Area is now closed for the season)
Iwappara - 85m - Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April
Kagura - Kagura area: 270cm - Mitsumata area: 170cm - Tashiro area: 220cm - Tashiro Ropeway plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May - Mitsumata Ropeway and Kagura area plans to be at least part open until Sunday 27th May - The Dragondola connecting Tashiro with Naeba is now closed for the season
Kandatsu Kogen - 165cm - Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 22nd April
Naeba - 160cm (base) - Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May (weekdays only from 9th-27th April) - The Dragondola connecting Naeba with Tashiro is now closed for the season
Yes, I am currently down here in Tokyo - where, by the way, the cherry blossoms are looking lovely. But that means that today is one of those rare days when I am relying on information from the ski resort along with one of my secret agents, codenamed Number 2, living undercover back in The Village. (Happily, they are quite happy to be there and are not looking to escape!)
I don't have any first hand info on rain last night, but I am presuming that we did not get snowed on. (I will correct that later on if I get any more info telling me different).
It is going to be somewhat cooler today than it has been (highs of about 6C), but temps are going to be rising once again from tomorrow.
Lots of sun and clearer skies again well into the first few days of April.
Fine weather for the weekend and the resort is still reporting close on 2.5m of snow up on Yamabiko courses.
Friday 30th March 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
And guess what. Yes, once again, the sun is out. We did actually get a few spots of rain last night but the clouds have cleared up. It seems a little clearer this morning (ie. not as hazy) with some nice blue skies.
It is noticeably colder this morning and should be for the day today though the warmer conditions will be back from tomorrow.
So it should be a fine weekend in the region.
As far as I can tell all areas remain mostly open - just a few restrictions at the Yakebitaiyama, Yamanokami, Maruike, Sun Valley, Hasuike and Yokoteyama areas.
Planned closing date information for the ski areas around Shiga Kogen. Note that all are subject to change.
Details of ski lift operations during the months of April and May will be posted by the end of March Read more ...
Friday 30th March 2018, 7:31am
Blue sky, sun, some cloud
Hello and good morning!
It's Friday. And it a mild morning. Beautiful too with lots of blue sky and sunshine, with quite a few pretty white clouds dotted around the skies too.
It is going to be a fine day.
I noticed on the news last night that Hokkaido (in general) was experiencing 'summer like' temperatures yesterday - one town (apologies, I did not catch the name) was apparently up to 20 degrees C, something that is more usual for July.
I will post my recap of March and the season so far early next week. It looks like we are going to be ending the month with 49cm of observed snowfall here at base for the month. That is easily the lowest number that I have recorded in the month of March over the last six seasons. Anyway, more comment on all that early next week.
There is just over 5 more weeks to go in the 2017-2018 season here in Niseko. March may not have delivered us lots of fresh snowfall, but we still have loads of snow on the mountain - Hirafu are still reporting almost 4.5m of the stuff on upper slopes!
with some of the ski lifts planning to be operating daily until Sunday 6th May.
Friday 30th March 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Some cloud and somewhat hazy conditions yesterday with clearer skies (with some cloud) forecast for the day today, though it isn't going to be quite as warm. It is going to be a fine day today with some excellent views over to Kitakami city to the east.
There's still 370cm being reported by the resort on the upper slopes, so a lot of snow still left as we fast approach the end of March.
More sun is expected tomorrow though look out for some rain on Sunday.
Official snow depths:
Top: 370cm Base: 245cm
Number 1 Gondola and Number 1 pair lift are operating
Temperatures dipped below freezing, only just, overnight. Already it is +3c and feeling like a real spring morning with the warmth of the full sun and a warmish breeze. Above us are clear skies with a few clouds scattered around. Snow conditions will be reasonably nice and firm early morning, but will slush up towards midday. Read more ...
Friday 30th March 2018, 9:02am
Good morning from Hakuba.
It is a beautiful morning here. Blue skies all around and the sun is out from the start of the day. It looks a lot less hazy and clearer too. Nice.
Today won't be quite as warm as it has been, but it's forecast to get warmer once again from tomorrow and into next week.
Expect a lot of sunshine along with calm and settled conditions.
More patches of ground are getting noticeable now on lower areas, but still very good snow cover I would say (and excellent higher up) as we approach the end of the month.
Many lower parts of Hakuba Happo-one are now not skiable - though there is a lot of snow and still a large area of that resort open. See below for more info.
Ski resort information on Friday 30th March 2018 (at time of writing):
Operating lifts: - Lifts should be operating as planned
Courses open: - Base areas apart from Nakiyama are now closed - For access to the base areas, ski down to Nakiyama or the Gondola areas via the Risen Slalom course (or take the Gondola lift or Kitaone Sakka quad lift) - Large area of upper mountain remains open
It is a pleasing mix of blue sky, sunshine and white cloud this morning with temperatures starting the day above zero. They're going to be getting higher into early next week and we should be enjoying a lot of sun - though perhaps some rain on Sunday.
Five lifts are operating and the central area from the top of APPI Gondola down to base remains open.
The resort plans to keep the current five lifts operating right through until Golden Week in early May.
Next update next week.
Official snow depth:
Planned lift operations (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3A lift - Central number 4 lift Read more ...