Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 21st May 2019
Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 7:05am
Some cloud, lots of blue skies
Good morning and hello from... Hakodate.
Yes, I am unavoidably away from Niseko this morning and I need to post an early report with less than complete information (and I will endeavour to update this later on in the day). So first off apologies for that.
Quickly: some fresh snow, sunshine, mostly blue skies, Mt Yotei posing with funny cloud hat. A lovely morning and it is keeping rather cold.
More sun is due tomorrow along with milder temps.
Oh yes, the 'Spring Park' on the Shirakaba course of Niseko Grand Hirafu is now open and should be daily until the end of the season on 6th May.
Updated: Niseko Grand Hirafu resort reported 20cm of fresh snow on upper slopes. I wish I had been around to enjoy it!
Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 3rd April 2019 Subject to change due to weather conditions
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 250cm - Base: 80cm
Ski lifts operation news: - Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Morino Chair and Country Road closed - Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 7:15am
Morning from Nozawa.
Just checking the calendar and reminding myself that it is actually April. It sure doesn't feel like it!
Yesterday afternoon, the resort was reporting 5cm of snow since the morning on the upper slopes. This morning, they are reporting a whopping 35cm and the official snow depths are rising... up to 335cm on the top Yamabiko area. There's a decent amount down to base too.
Excellent. What more can I say. Need. To. Get. Out...
Limited visibility, but I am expecting some very mid-season like conditions on the mountain this morning.
It looks like there will be some sunshine tomorrow morning and milder temperatures.
Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday morning):
- Yamabiko (1407m): 40cm - Uenotaira (1230m): 40cm - Hikage (660m): no longer reporting - Nagasaka (615m): no longer reporting - Karasawa (563m): no longer reporting
Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):
- Yamabiko (1407m): 335cm - Uenotaira (1230m): 260cm - Hikage (660m): no longer reporting - Nagasaka (615m): no longer reporting - Karasawa (563m): no longer reporting
The following lifts are operating:
- Nagasaka Gondola (8:10am - 3:30pm; last one down 3:30pm) - Yamabiko Four (8:30am - 3:20pm) - Yamabiko Number 2 Four (8:25am - 3:30pm) - Uenotaira Four (8:30am - 3:30pm) - Paradise Four (8:00am - 3:40pm
The following courses are open:
- Yamabiko A - Yamabiko B - Yamabiko C - Yamabiko D - Yamabiko E - Kokenoashi - Uenotaira - Paradise - Mizunashi - Bunabayashi - Paradise
The following courses remain available to ski back down:
It really does feel like winter again at the moment. There's fresh snow on the roads and there is snow hanging on the trees. It's cold too.
Get this - Kagura yesterday were reporting 40cm (40cm!!) (!) of fresh snowfall.
And this morning it looks like they are reporting 50cm. Ishiuchi Maruyama are reporting 40cm. These are really big numbers.
It was snowing (mostly) on and (sometimes) off for most of the day yesterday and there is a good layer fresh snowfall on the ground around town since yesterday. To the north in Minamiuonuma, a friend has just told me there's more than 30cm on the top of their car this morning.
I haven't taken a look back at the archives of late but I can't remember an early April like this.
It is still snowing and it is due to be snowing for at least this morning, perhaps easing off later in the day or tonight. And tomorrow we can expect clearer skies, sunshine and warmer temperatures.
So might this snowfall be the last of the season? I think possibly yes, but you never know... and the forecast does still show signs of some more potential snow. Let's see. For now, those lucky enough to time a visit at the moment - well done!
Today is the last day of the season for the Yuzawa Nakazato resort. I bet they didn't think that they'd be serving up fresh snow on this last day!
Updated: Wednesday 3rd April 2019
* Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information. * Information checked manually each morning at time of report.
Ski resorts in Yuzawa:
GALA Yuzawa - 260cm (official snow depth) - The Central Area and part of the Northern Area remain open - The lift connections between GALA Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen and Ishiuchi Maruyama are now closed
Iwappara - 110cm (official snow depth) - All areas remain open
Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma - just to the north of Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama - Top: 150cm (official snow depth) - Base: 90cm (official snow depth) - Access via the Chuo base area - The lift connection between the top area and the North Area of GALA Yuzawa resort is now closed
Brrrrr... it is a cold winter... April... morning!
There's more snow to report, this time I have 5cm to add to the record. Light snow early on but we expect mostly cloudy skies today.
Still some more snow potential on the forecast as winter refuses to give up grip this year. That will be mixed in with a good amount of clearer sunnier skies and maybe some rain as well (though when it is raining at base it should still be snow higher up).
Parts of the mountain now closed but still quite a big area available with the lifts below still operating.
These are the planned lift closing dates - subject to change depending on snow conditions.
Operating until 7th April: - Mikaeri pair - Onsen Number 1 pair - Onsen Number 2 quad - Shobunuma Number 2 pair
Operating until 14th April: - Katakai triple: daily until 7th April and then 13th, 14th April - Paradise pair AB: daily until 7th April and then 13th, 14th April
Operating until 6th May: - Chuo Number 1 pair - Chuo Number 2 pair: daily until 7th April and then 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th, 29th April, 3rd-6th May
Operating as long as snow allows: - Yokokura Number 1 pair AB - Kurohime quad
Operating through the year (for sightseeing): - Sky Cable - Chuo Ropeway - Zao Ropeway
* Other ski lifts already closed * All dates subject to change depending on snow conditions Read more ...
Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 7:34am
Good morning from Hakuba. We have more snow - this is what the ski resorts are reporting this morning:
Hakuba Goryu: 5cm (Toomi base); 20cm (top) Hakuba 47: 10cm (base and top) Hakuba Happo-one: 10cm (top of Riesen quad)
I am measuring 8cm. It sure doesn't feel like April at the moment with lovely fresh snow on the ground and a really decent amount up there on upper slopes. Conditions should be excellent this morning.
The clouds might disperse more as the day goes on and we might even get some sunshine before the end of today. A high of about 4C is forecast here in the village this afternoon.
When might this late season snow surprise continue until? Well, we are likely going to see clearer skies and warmer conditions from tomorrow for a few days, but there appears to be more snow on the forecast around Monday next week?! When we look back at the story of this season this last burst of snowfall is going to really stand out.
I hope some of you can get to enjoy it.
Ski resort information on Wednesday 3rd April 2019: The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
Notes: - Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline, Riesen Slalom and Nakiyama South Side areas remain open - Base areas are closed apart from Nakiyama South Side and Shirakaba South Side (part) - Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Notes: - Tsugaike Ropeway is now generally open for spring operations (check for daily operation plans) - Tsuga-no-mori, Han-ko, Han-no-ki and Karamatsu course areas remain open - Other areas are now closed - Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Notes: - Lifts 2 and 5 are operating - The West Mt area remains part open - Plans to open until 7th April Read more ...
Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 7:51am
The snow did arrive late yesterday afternoon and came down quite heavily for a few hours, accumulating on cars and the ground. This morning is mostly cloudy and there is a slight breeze. It will stay relatively cool again with a high just nudging into positive territory. A brief snow front is expected for a couple of hours in the afternoon. Tomorrow looks to be sunny. Read more ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 7:54am
Good morning from Geto.
And yes... we have more snow after it was falling for lots of the day yesterday. 8cm of it to report this morning. But some blue sky and clearer conditions expected today.
The official snow depth up to 400cm! Nuts!
Official snow depths:
* Top: 400cm * Base: 270cm
Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:
* Number 1 Gondola * Number 1 pair lift
- Other lifts now closed for the season
Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change due to weather:
* All of the main official courses are available * All tree runs open Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 9:09am
Hello and good morning from Shiga Kogen.
It's like early February.
And actually pretty good quality snow too (not heavy wet spring-like).
These are numbers from the resorts:
Kumanoyu: 5cm @ 7am Yakabitaiyama: 30cm @ 8:30am
Different numbers but wind has been blowing the snow around in blizzard like conditions so there will be variations. Bottom line though - an excellent new layer of fresh snow on the slopes.
Roads are currently covered and you need to come prepared for mid-winter like conditions.
Before the end of the day the sun might break through the clouds and over the next few days sunshine is expected along with milder conditions. It does not look like there's a bit warm up imminent though which is also great news. And --- snow early next week?
Can hardly believe it. Though very happy.
Shiga Kogen resort info: Wednesday 3rd April 2019
The below information is manually checked for each report. Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.
** Planned closing dates - all subject to change, depending on conditions **
Takamagahara Mammoth Quad lift - until 7th April; 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May
Tannenomori Okojo 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May
Ichinose Family Quad and Number 2 pair B - until 6th May
Terakoya 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May
Ichinose Diamond Yamanokami Number 2 pair - until 7th April Diamond pair and quad - until 7th April; 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May
Kumanoyu Number 1 pair - until 14th April Number 3 quad - 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May Number 2 pair A line - until 12th May
Yokoteyama / Shibutoge Number 4 pair lift - every Saturday from 1st April Number 1 Sky A and B - until 6th May Number 2 Sky - beyond 6th May Number 3 Sky - beyond 6th May Shibutoge - beyond 6th May
Okushiga Kogen Number 6 pair lift - 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May Number 1 pair lift - until 7th April Number 4 pair lift - until 7th April and then 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th, 21st April; 27th April until 6th May Number 2 high speed pair - until 6th May Number 3 high speed pair - until 6th May Gondola - until 6th May
Yakebitaiyama Number 2 Gondola - until 7th April Number 4 romance lift - operating when the Number 2 gondola is not operating Number 1 Gondola - until 6th May Number 2 high speed lift - until 6th May Read more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 9:43am
Good morning from Urabandai.
It is almost like mid winter again these days with cold temps and a lot of snowfall. 22cm of fresh snow has measured at Grandeco this morning and it is still falling! The official snow depth at Grandeco is 250cm now.
Visibility is very poor due to the snowfall and some fog but the snow condition is very good because of the fresh snowfall over the past few days.
It will be cloudy with some sunshine in the afternoon and the weather should return to something more like spring again from tomorrow. According to the forecast, temps will raise from tomorrow.
Lucky if you can be here today. Of course, snow tires are necessary.
The photos for today are all from Nekoma.
Nekoma - lift 5/5, course 8/11 open (open until there is enough snow) Grandeco - lift 4/5 include one gondola, course 8/11 open (open until there is enough snow) Minowa - lift 2/3, course 7/11 open (open until April 7th)
Alts Bandai, Urabandai, Inawashiro, Inawashiro resort, Numajiri, Listel, Family Bandai Bandai - already closed for the season Read more ...
Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 9:43am
That snow kept going through the day and into this morning. We even had a bit of a whiteout in the afternoon - a blizzard in April!
For those of you still around, the snow is cohesive and a bit heavy, so it will definitely be sliding on the harder snow below if you're out there in the backcountry. Slow and easy to keep under control, but watch who is below, and where you're standing below your buddies!