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Hakuba Now!

Sunday 3rd April 2011, 7:43am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some clear sky to the east
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's a generally cloudy morning in Hakuba covering the top half of the ski resorts in the valley and around -2 degrees as I write this with a high of about +4 degrees forecast for later in the afternoon. The latest local forecast also has us down for sunny conditions later on so perhaps we can expect the current cloud covering the mountains to clear up today. Whatever happens today it still looks like tomorrow until around Wednesday at least will see sunny conditions and gradually higher daytime temperatures getting back into double digits perhaps.

There's still a lot of snow around on the mountains but as I mentioned below yesterday, today will be the last day of the lower slopes of Happo being open as well as the Cortina resort.

Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 2nd April AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
The upper slopes at Goryu plan to be open until 8th May.
The Gondola, Alps No1 and No3 pair and Toomi Sky Four lifts are operating.
The Iimori area is now closed.
Alps daira - 265cm;
Toomi - 120cm.

Hakuba 47:
All lifts except Line D lift operating with all courses open (some courses will remain ungroomed). 47 also plans to be open into May.
Snow depth (upper) - 205cm

Today is the last day open for the lower slopes at Happo, but upper slopes are planning to be open until 5th May.
Lifts operating for now: Grad quad, Alpen quad, Kurobishi 2 quad, Kurobishi 3 pair, Skyline No2 pair, Panorama pair, Namikio No3 triple AB, Happo Riesen quad, Sakka Kita One quad, Kita One No3 pair.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 190cm;
Sakka - 50cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Limited lift operations now at Tsugaike, but the Gondola is operating and it is possible to ski/board down to the bottom of the resort, so there's a large course area still open.
Snow depth upper - 300cm

Hakuba Cortina:
The No2 quad and No4 pair lifts are operating. Today is the last day of the season for Cortina, despite all that snow!
Upper - 330cm
Lower - 190cm

Hakuba Iwatake, Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuba Minekata are now all closed for the season.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 3rd April 2011, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Welcome to the last day of the season at Naeba (remember though that Kagura will of course be continuing on right through into May).

It's a cloudy start to the day with some bright parts up there and it may well clear up as the day progresses. Cold up top early on... minus 8 is being reported by Kagura and it should stay a fairly chilly one. Some clouds might be hanging on tomorrow early in the morning but after that we can expect clear and sunny weather conditions Tuesday/Wednesday accompanied by warmer temperatures.

Operations at Naeba and Kagura are as follows (2nd/3rd April):

Naeba.... last day of the season:
- No 3 quad lift
- No 4 quad lift
- No 5 quad lift

- Mitsumata Ropeway
- Mitsumata No1 Quad
- Mitsumata No2 Quad
- Mitsumata No2 Pair
- Kagura Gondola
- Kagura No1 Pair
- Kagura No1 Quad
- Kagura No4 Pair
- Kagura No5 Pair

Courses open are the Mitsumata runs and the main courses down from the top and the Gondola course at Kagura.

Official Snow Depths:



Kagura plans to be open until 22nd May.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 3rd April 2011, 15:50pm
Weather conditions: Snow Showers
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's been a wintry weekend around here, and this cold weather isn't looking to let up for at least the next few days. Another 6cm+ fell overnight, adding to an already substantial smothering left by yesterday morning's wintry precipitation. Things could not look better out on the slopes, so if you are serious about getting in a good run or two before the season ends next month, I could not recommend a better day than today or tomorrow. Conditions are absolutely perfect, and you would be doing yourself a favor to get out there as soon as you can.

However, next week, starting around Tuesday we should see a warmup that will last us through the rest of the week. Forecast highs as warm as 10, 11 degrees (above freezing), so you can expect that 100cm+ snowpack we've been nursing through the past few weeks to take a hit. However, teams will be out working to make sure to bring you the best spring skiing conditions available, so there is always something to look forward to!

Happy winter sporting!   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 3rd April 2011, 17:08pm
Weather conditions: Sunny clear skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It was a cold morning with some fog/cloud earlier on but has turned into another day of fantastic clear blue skies. Maybe some cloud overnight but generally we can expect the fine conditions to last for at least another few days.

Below I have updated the resort opening info, as many lifts have - as of today - closed for the season.

Official resort snow depths as of 3rd April 2011 AM:

Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:


Updated planned resort openings from tomorrow:

Quad lift open until 5th May.

Okushiga Kogen:
No2 and No3 high speed lifts open until 8th May.
No4 pair lift open between 23rd April and 8th May.
Gondola open until 4th April and then opening April 9th-11th, 16th-18th and April 23rd until 8th May.

No 1 pair lift will be open until 8th May.
No 2 pair lift will be open until 8th May and then may continue to be open depending on snow conditions at that time. They hope to be able to open until 15th May.
No 3 quad lift will be open from 29th April until 8th May.
No 4 pair lift – no specific opening times available.

Yokoteyama – Shibutoge:
The resort plans to be open until the end of May.
Yokoteyama No 1 Sky lift open until 8th May.
Yokoteyama No 2, No 3 Sky lifts and the Shibutoge pair lift will all be open until conditions permit.
Yokoteyama No 4, No 5 and No 6 lifts will be open at unspecified times until 8th May.

Ichinose Family:
No2 pair lift (B) open on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May. Quad lift open until 5th May.

Ichinose Diamond:
Triple lift (and moving walkway) open on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May.

Opening from 29th April until 5th May for Golden Week.

Quad and No1 pair lift opening on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 3rd April 2011, 17:19pm
Weather conditions: Sun and blue skies, some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Some clouds in the sky this evening but it has been a lovely day in the region with bright blue skies, though keeping fairly cold. We might see some light snow higher up tonight but conditions are expected to quickly clear up and leave us with more bright conditions.

Here's some interesting news from Nozawa too - they are actually planning on extending the season by a full week! Yes, they have announced that they hope to keep on going until 15th May.

Lifts operating from 4th April until 22nd April:

-Higake Gondola
-Higake No2 pair lift (B)
-Paradise quad

Lift tickets are now 3500 yen for adults and 1500 yen for children for a one-day ticket (2500 yen and 1000 yen respectively for a half day).

It is recommended that you contact your accommodation or the resort to confirm any details before travelling.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 3rd April 2011, 17:33pm
Weather conditions: Clear, some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well, there we go.... last day of the season for a number of skijo around town leaving us with just a few places open - Kandatsu Kogen, the very small Nakazato Snow Wood and of course Kagura.

It has been a lovely day here in Yuzawa. Some cloud but lots of blue up there and while it hasn't warmed up too much (a high of around 5 degrees) it has felt like a fine spring day. Should be fine weather tomorrow and Tuesday with temperatures really rising quite a lot later in the week.

Part open until 10th April:
- Kandatsu Kogen
- Nakazato Snow Wood

Mostly open until 22nd May:
- Kagura (+ Mitsumata)*

All other resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma area are now closed for the season.

Official snow depths @ Sunday 3rd April 2011 AM


Kandatsu Kogen:

* The main area of Kagura is open, accessed via Mitsumata Ropeway. The Mitsumata slopes are also open. Please keep on eye on our Naeba Now report as well for the latest from both Naeba and Kagura resort areas.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 3rd April 2011, 17:40pm
Weather conditions: Clear, some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another fine day here with lovely sunny skies complete with some cloud - felt like a nice spring day though it did not get too warm. That's for later in the week when we will probably have temperatures rising well into the double digits.

Just a few ski resorts now remain open in the area as some resorts had their last day of the season today...

Tanigawa Tenjindaira:
The resort is now open and plans to be open until 8th May.
The downhill course is now closed for the season.

Marunuma Kogen:
Part open with No5, No3 and No1 lifts operating.
The resort plans to be open until early May.

Two lifts are operating at Kawaba. Open every day until 10th April and then after that on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April, which will be the last day of the season at Kawaba.


White World Oze Iwakura, Norn Minakami, Houdaigi, Okutone and Minakami Kogen 200 are now all closed for the season.


If you plan to visit a resort, we strongly suggest you contact them directly to find out the latest information as openings are subject to change.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 3rd April 2011, 19:11pm
Weather conditions: Very light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Sorry about the really late report but I spent the day up on the hill, got back had a shower and then promptly fell asleep on the couch!
Anyway what a great day it was. Up around another 10-15cm of snow since last report had fallen and first thing this morning there were powder turns to be had all over the mountain. Again not the really light, fluffy stuff of mid winter but about as good as you could expect in April. Mid morning they also opened up the peak for the first time in a few days and the walk up was rewarded with some excellent quality snow. There were a few snow showers through the day but overall it was mostly fine with plenty of sunny breaks.

Today was the last day of lift operations for Hanazono and Niseko Village. Although looks like Niseko Village intend to reopen for Golden Week. From tomorrow only Annupuri and Hirafu will be operational still and then with reduced lifts running mid week.
It was pretty busy on the hill today as well with plenty of day trippers from Sapporo coming down to enjoy the great conditions on the last day of full operations for the entire mountain.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 395
Bottom - 180

Niseko Village:
Top - 370
Bottom - 160

Top - 370
Bottom - 170

Avalanche Information:

This season's Niseko Avalanche Information is finished

   Read more ...

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