Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 19th April 2021

Niseko Now!

Saturday 3rd May 2014, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
So now we are into the very last stretch of the season - 4 more days to go.

It's a cloudy start to the day even though forecasts are still saying we should be getting some sun... we're also being told to expect a bit of rain later on.

Niseko Grand Hirafu courses open: Jumbo, Rinkan, Center, Shirakaba, Beginners Detour, Dynamic, Large. You now need to get Gondola or Ace Number 2 lift back down due to no snow on lower areas.

Niseko Annupuri courses open: Champion, Utopia, Panorama, Shirakaba, S ji, Paradise, Silver, Family, Junior.


Official snow depth numbers and planned operating lifts at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 200cm
Base - 0cm

Ace Number 2 Center Four lift
King Number 3 Triple
King Number 4
Hirafu Gondola

Top - 250cm
Base - 40cm

Annupuri Gondola
Jumbo No1 quad
Jumbo No4 pair

Niseko Village:
Top - 250cm
Base - 30cm

Niseko Gondola
Wonderland Chair


Niseko Annupuri plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May.
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May.
Niseko Village plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May.


Niseko Hanazono Resort is now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 3rd May 2014, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Some blue sky + thin high cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
It's a mix of blue sky and thin high cloud this morning in the region.

The forecast was previously for all good sunny weather for the coming four days but a bit of rain here and there seems to have creeped in - may get some of that later on today (and Monday).

Temperatures to rise up to nearly mid 20's today down in town? Maybe. It's already rather warm as we approach 9am.

As previously mentioned expect places to be busy this weekend. Hope you have a good one wherever you are.


Current planned resort operations:

3rd-6th May only:
Naeba (Takenokodaira and Daishamen slopes - this may change depending on snow conditions)

Daily until 6th May:
GALA Yuzawa (Most of Central and part of North Area)
Kagura (Tashiro area)

Daily until 25th May:
Kagura (the main Kagura area via Mitsumata)


All other resorts in the region are now closed for the season.


Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 3rd May 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
Gala Yuzawa:
110cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 3rd May 2014, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 85cm
Good morning from Nozawa.

With the snow also all but gone from the Hikage base area now (see photo below), still very good cover up top - which is the area that remains open of course.

Expecting lots of people to be here for the long weekend (a pretty long queue for the gondola this morning) and hoping that the weather will hold ok. More clouds than we were perhaps expecting this morning but some blue sky too. Temps. set to rise above 20 degrees.

Tomorrow should be more sun and less cloud.

(2pm. Base station of the Gondola. Tempura!)


The Nagasaka Gondola will open from 8:10am until Tuesday.


Saturday 3rd May 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 185cm
Uenotaira - 85cm

Planned operating lifts for today:
Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four
Yamabiko Number 2 Four
Skyline connecting
Uenotaira Four
Paradise Four
Yunomine Pair

Planned courses to be open:
Yamabiko A
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E

Nozawa Onsen is open until Tuesday 6th May   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 3rd May 2014, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Yesterday was indeed a fine day weather wise and warmed up good too.

Not good for the remaining snow on the lower slopes of 47 who are now recommending going down on the Gondola, though you can actually still get down on the slope (with a bit of walking involved) but that lower bit is very patchy... might not last!

It's a mix of cloud and blue sky this morning and once again it will warm up beyond 20 degrees.

Sunny clear skies are forecast for tomorrow.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at resorts remaining open (as of 3rd May 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Plans to be open until 11th May. Top area open, need to get gondola back down to base.
Upper - 135cm
Toomi - 0cm

Hakuba 47:
Plans to be open until 6th May. Large part of Hakuba 47 remains open, though snow very thin in some areas.
Upper - 60cm
Lower - 20cm

Plans to be open until 6th May. Top areas (Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline) open. Need to get lift back down to base.
Usagidaira - 70cm
Lower - 0cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until 6th May. Top area remains open. Need to get Gondola back down to base.
Tsuganomori - 145cm
Lower - 0cm

All other resorts now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 3rd May 2014, 10:09am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Golden week has arrived and the last long weekend to finish off the season.

Spring skiing but as it is late into the season coverage at the bottom has disappeared and runs are confined to the top half of the mountain. Just take the ropeway up and when finished come back down the ropeway.

Enjoy the mountain till the 6th as its a long wait till next season.


Operating lifts:

Furano Ropeway 9:00am-4:00pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 CLOSED
Downhill Romance #2 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Prince Romance CLOSED

Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course.   Read more ...

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