Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 10th May 2021

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 3rd May 2015, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny once again
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Yes, it got pretty hot yesterday. And once again today we're expecting a similarly clear, sunny and hot day with temperatures reaching around 28C in town. Expect around 20 degrees even around Mitsumata base and double digits up top too.

Could tomorrow be the day when this long period of sun and hot breaks? Maybe, but later in the day as currently sun is once again due during the daytime. Rain forecast to continue into Tuesday morning with clearer conditions again on Wednesday.


Official snow depths:
** General opening plans - any unplanned closures will be mentioned in the above report **

GALA Yuzawa:
Official snow depth of 120cm.
Most of the Central Area and part of the North Area remain open. The South Area is now closed.
The downhill course is also now closed - get down back to base using the Gondola.

Official snow depth of 270cm.
All three main areas of Kagura remain pretty much fully open.

Official snow depth of 100cm.
Part of the upper area of Naeba will open from until 6th May.
All lower areas now closed.


Planned closing dates for resorts in the Yuzawa region
Information as currently available and of course subject to change depending on conditions. Resorts not mentioned below are now closed.

Open until Wednesday May 6th:

- Naeba
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro)

Open until Sunday May 31st:

- Kagura (Mitsumata)
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 3rd May 2015, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Sunny, blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 55cm
There is more sun and blue skies over Nozawa this morning as it starts to quickly warm once again. Quite a lot of people around to enjoy the conditions as well.

Cloud and rain later on is forecast for tomorrow but fingers crossed we'll be able to enjoy more of todays kind of weather for the last few days of the season on Tuesday and Wednesday.

There's really not much else to report really, oh apart from this...


Tempura fans, today is the day.

From 2pm if you are feeling a bit peckish and feel like some mountain vegetable tempura, head over to the Nagasaka Gondola base station as there's some being given to hungry folk. Yum.


Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 140cm
Uenotaira - 55cm


Lifts operations

Operating daily until Wednesday 6th May:

* The times in brackets are the special early opening times until Wednesday 6th May:

- Nagasaka Gondola (*8:10am)
- Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift (*8:30am)
- Yamabiko Four lift (*8:25am)
- Uenotaira Four lift (*8:30am)
- Paradise Four lift (*8:30am)
- Skyline connecting pair lift


Courses that remain open

Yamabiko A
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data
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Niseko Now!

Sunday 3rd May 2015, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
Good morning and the sun is out again this and it's another fine and warm start to the day with a forecast high of around 20C.

Tomorrow is probably not going be quite as warm and there's cloud forecast along with some rain later on in the day and possibly into Tuesday.

Nice clear conditions are due for the last day of the season on Wednesday.

There's generally only a few patches of snow left now on the lower slopes of the resorts. It always feels kind of sad to see, but got to remember all the fun that was had and then we can start to look forward to next season. Interestingly, Niseko Grand Hirafu still have 2.5m of snow as their snow depth for the upper areas. Going to take a while longer for that lot to melt away!

4 more days left including today.


Todays question asks what I like most about Niseko.

I have lots of good memories of Niseko going back a long time... at first it was just visiting and then living in the area. The quality of snow might well be the obvious answer, but it's probably the best one. When Niseko is on form, it really is hard to beat.

And after all, snow is the main reason we are here isn't it.


Planned resort operations for the rest of the season - weather conditions may mean changes on any given day, but these are the plans!

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
- Ace Quad Number 2 Center four - until May 6
- King Triple Lift Number 3 - until May 6
- King Number 4 - until May 6
- Hirafu Gondola - from May 2 until May 6
- Spring Park plans to be open until May 6

Lower areas closed - get back down using the Ace Number 2 Center four lift or the Hirafu Gondola on the days it is operation.
The Holiday Course is open when the Gondola is operating.

Niseko Annupuri:
- Annupuri Gondola - until May 6
- Jumbo Number 1 quad - until May 6
- Jumbo Number 4 pair - until May 6

Niseko Village:
- Niseko Gondola - until May 6

Lower areas closed - get back down using the Gondola.
Connection with Niseko Grand Hirafu open.

Niseko Hanazono:
Niseko Hanazono is now closed for the season.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 250cm
Base - 0cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 230cm
Base - 20cm


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Hakuba Now!

Sunday 3rd May 2015, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny, a bit of thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
The beautiful weather conditions continue in the region this morning.

It heated up to around 28 degrees in the village yesterday! As you might expect, the remaining snow is quickly retreating though you can still even at this stage pretty much get from top to bottom at Hakuba 47. The upper areas of Goryu, Happo-one and Tsugaike also remain open but you need to get the Gondolas back down there.

There's a bit more thin cloud around this morning but still the sun is shining bright and it's going to be another very warm (hot) day.

Cloud is expected to move in later today and cloudy conditions forecast tomorrow with a bit of a drop in temperature as well. Rain might wait until the end of the day tomorrow to start and hopefully clear up quickly on Tuesday morning leaving us with sun on Wednesday.


Official snow depth numbers and planned operations. Subject to change:

Hakuba Goryu:
Top of Hakuba Goryu plans to be at least part open until Sunday 10th May.
All lower areas arew now closed. Top Panorama, Grand Prix and Super courses remain open. Ride the Gondola back down.
The following lifts remain open:
- Hakuba Goryu Telecabin Gondola (until 10th May)
- Alps Number 1 pair lift (until 10th May)
- Alps Number 3 pair lift
- Alps Number 2/4 pair lift

** Official snow depth:
Alps Daira - 130cm


Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 plans to be at least part open until Wednesday 6th May.
Almost all areas remain open, though lower northern facing areas are thin on snow.
The following lifts remain open:
- Gondola
- Pair lift Line AB
- Quad lift Line C
- High speed pair Line E

** Official snow depth:
Upper - 95cm
Lower - 20cm


Happo-one plans to be at least part open until Sunday 10th May.
The top area of the resort remains open - all lower areas now closed, so you need to take the Gondola back down.
The following lifts remain open:
- Adam Gondola
- Alpen quad
- Usagidaira pair
- Kurobishi Number 2 quad
- Kurobishi Number 3 pair
- Skyline Number 2 pair
- Grat quad
- Panorama pair
- Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair

The Kokusai Number 1 pair and Saka Kita One quad lifts are also scheduled to be operating from today until Wednesday 6th May. They are effectively acting as 'get you there' lifts to relieve some of the pressure from the Gondola.

** Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 100cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsugaike Kogen plans to be at least part open until Wednesday 6th May.
Top area open. Lower areas all closed.
The following lifts remain open:
- Eve Gondola
- Han-no-ki high speed pair
- Tsuga Number 2 pair
- Tsugaike Ropeway

** Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori - 185cm


Other resorts in the area are now closed for the season.
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