- The Gondola, Barouche, Phaeton, Coach, Victoria and Tilbury lifts are operating - All courses in the Central Area are open - The Broadway, Super Broadway, Swan and Roman Holiday A courses and Snow Park are open in the Northern Area - The Southern Area and downhill course are closed - Official snow depth: 140cm - Planned closing date: 6th May
After that blast of winter yesterday (resort reporting another 8-9am on mountain by mid afternoon), it is cloudy this morning with some limited visibility down low - better higher up - at the start of the day.
The forecast is for sunny spring like warmth once again tomorrow.
There are a few changes from today:
There are now 5 lifts operating.
Lifts now operating 30 minutes early - both the opening and closing times.
Spring season ticket prices.
Monday 30th March 2020
Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday:
- Yamabiko (1407m): 8cm - Uenotaira (1230m): 9cm - Lower areas are not reporting any more
Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):
- Yamabiko (1407m): 195cm - Uenotaira (1230m): 110cm - Lower areas are not reporting any more
The following lifts are operating:
- Nagasaka gondola [8:10am until 3:00pm; last one down 3:40pm] - Yamabiko quad [8:30am until 3:20pm] - Yamabiko Number 2 quad [8:25am until 3:30pm] - Uenotaira quad [8:30am until 3:30pm] - Paradise quad [8:30am until 3:40pm]
The following courses remain open:
- Yamabiko A - Yamabiko B - Yamabiko C - Yamabiko D - Yamabiko E - Kogenashi A - Kogenashi B - Uenotaira - Paradise - Bunabayashi - Schneider (to mid point) - Rinkan
About the coronavirus situation and our daily reports:
It's blue skies and bright sunshine again this morning with just a bit of cloud in places. More of the same expected tomorrow as temperatures rise further, threatening to break into double digits down in town.
A big otsukaresama deshita to everyone over at the Niseko HANAZONO area which closed up for the season at the end of the day yesterday. Thank you and good luck with this years developments. I hope you can have take a bit of a rest.
There are a few adjustments to lift operations and I have swapped around the 'operating lift' info below to now show which lifts remain open, rather than listing which lifts are rested.
Niseko Grand Hirafu are saying that the lower and middle areas are for 'experts only' now due to snow condition. You can take the Ace Number 2 Center four lift and Hirafu gondola back down to base if you so wish. Of course, everyone reading this report is expert - and above! - as well as being particularly gnarly in nature, so that obviously doesn't apply to any of us. (But do tell any less gnarly friends you may have).
Annupuri is still open top to base, just a few courses closed in the lower area.
There really isn't much information coming from Niseko Village, other than the Gondola and top Wonderland lift remaining open.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Mountain Base: -5°, no new snow, sunny. Moiwa 800m:NW 5.5m/s, -3.2°. Annupuri 1100m: W 7.4m/s, -6.5°. Yu no Sawa 1000m: WNW 4.0m/s, -6.2°. Niseko Village 900m: NWN 4.7m/s, -5.2°. Hirafu 1000m : -6.0°. Hanazono 720m:NW 5.9m/s, -2.0°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: SW 2m/s. Kamui Cape: S 13m/s, 1012hPa, wave 1.1m.
We are in the middle of high pressure system, cold air flowing into the area, sunny and stronger winds at higher levels. As daytime temperatures increase snow melt will continue. Gate No7 is closed from now. Peak gates are expected to be open.
This information is published to help prevent accidents for all resort users. The mountain community was forced into created the Niseko Rules and Avalanche Report following the increasing numbers of powder hounds coming to Niseko 40 years ago. Most winter avalanche accidents occur during bad weather. Blizzard snowdrifts are highly prone to avalanching, if this is taken common sense, no accidents will happen. The risk of full depth avalanches increases in spring. Cornices and snow bridges also collapse, and holes and cracks are everywhere. There is always danger in the mountains. Although Niseko Rules seem onerous, your safety is the No1 concern and we are tackling issues from a scientific viewpoint to achieve this.
It is strongly recommended that a helmet and beacon be worn to reduce risks during falls, collisions and burial. The mountains are moving into springtime. In the morning the snow is hard but will soften after 9pm. Have a good day.
Planned ski resort operation information: Monday 30th March 2020
We are now well into spring but there was an overnight fall of snow yesterday amounting to 2cm on the ground in the village. Today was a cold start with -5c around 7am and frost on the grass and gardens. It has now started to warm up and we have a bluebird day will full sun. The high will be +6c.
The Furano Zone still has good skiing from top to bottom. Furano Ropeway has reopened providing high speed access to the upper part of the mountain.
Giant: Open on Saturday 4th April and Sunday 5th April
Takamagahara Mammoth: Quad lift open until Sunday 5th April and then on 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May
Tannenomori Okojo: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th April and 29th April until 6th May
Ichinose Family: Ichinose quad and Ichinose Number 2 pair B line open until 6th May
Terakoya: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May
Ichinose Diamond: Until 5th April and then 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May
Yakebitaiyama: Number 1 Gondola until 6th May Number 2 Gondola until 5th April Number 2 high speed until 5th April and then 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May
Okushiga Kogen: Number 1 pair lift and Gondola until 5th April Number 2 and 3 high speed pairs until 6th May Number 4 and 6 pairs until 5th April and then 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th April and 25th April until 6th May
Kumanoyu: Number 1 pair until 5th April Number 3 quad until 5th April and then 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May Number 2 pair A line until 10th May
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge Until 6th May and possibly beyond that
The section of road connecting the southern area of Shiga Kogen (from Yokoteyama onwards) with Gunma Prefecture is now closed for the season. It will be closed until 24th April 2020. Approach Shiga Kogen using Route 292 from the west (Nagano/Nakano/Yamanouchi)
About the coronavirus situation and our daily reports:
About the data in the above ‘snowfall as reported by ski resorts’ table * The table within the above report contains data that is published by individual ski resorts * The data shown is the amount of snowfall that the ski resorts are themselves reporting each 24 hour period on the upper areas of their mountain * The source ‘new snowfall’ data and ‘total accumulation’ data is not updated at the same time * The ‘new snowfall’ data is updated in the morning * The ‘accumulation’ data is apparently updated/refreshed at midnight * That means that there is a time lag between the two numbers being updated * We manually check and update the data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report - so the data in each Hakuba Now report table is what is available at that time * Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We are not responsible for and have no control over the data. We are simply sharing the data with you * Just to be extra clear, unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data from base that we show at the top of each report, the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan * A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this reportRead more ...
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Monday 30th March 2020, 9:04am
Nekoma seems to be reporting 15cm on their website this morning. I have a little less than that to report, leftovers from the morning yesterday.
Talking of Nekoma they are now open from 7:30am on weekdays and from 5:55am (exactly!!) on weekends and holidays.
The snow has stopped, but it's still nice and soft out in the woods. Should be a fun day on the slopes. Could even get sunny later on. Yesterday's snowfall is now falling from the trees as it gets warmer, and the birds are singing. It's spring again.
We're in the winding-down days now; the number of lifts running are going down, and we now have two closed resorts at the south end of the region (Kurohime and Suginohara), Myoko Ski Park only open on weekends.