Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019
Friday 3rd May 2019, 7:41am
Generally fine and sunny
Good morning from Yuzawa.
At last it looks like we should be able to enjoy at least a few days of fine and settled weather conditions with temperatures approaching and then rising above 20C. Lots of blue sky this morning with sunshine and just some thin clouds.
After today there are just 3 more days left open at GALA Yuzawa and the Tashiro Area of Kagura - Monday is the last day of the season for both of those.
Kagura (via Mitsumata Ropeway) plans to continue on until 26th May and with the snow they still have left I would imagine they will be able to do that.
Photos today are from GALA Yuzawa and Ishiuchi Maruyama (to show you the nice clearer skies this morning).
GALA Yuzawa - Official snow depth: 80cm - All courses in the Central Area remain open - Broadway, Swan and Super Broadway in the Northern Area remain open - Gondola, Barouche quad, Phaeton pair, Coach pair and Victoria quad lifts are operating - The downhill Falcon course is closed for the season - take the Gondola back down to base - GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Kagura - Official snow depth: 210cm (Kagura); 190cm (Tashiro); 150cm (Mitsumata) - Kagura remains almost fully open - The downhill course to base at Mitsumata is now closed - Tashiro Ropeway plans to be open until Monday 6th May - Kagura (via Mitsumata Ropeway) plans to be open until Sunday 26th May
All other ski resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region are now closed for the season Read more ...
Friday 3rd May 2019, 8:01am
Blue skies, partly cloudy
Unfortunately, the Gondola and Jumbo Number 3 lifts at Annupuri are on hold due to wind. The top lift at Hirafu is moving at reduced speed
Good morning from Niseko.
I was busy indoors all day yesterday so I wasn't personally too bothered by what looked like not very nice weather.
It's much nicer this morning and I was happy to be out and about a little earlier on, post morning toast. No sign of new snow, just to follow up on that particular comment yesterday. In fact, noticeably less in a few places I keep my eye on near base.
Might have to keep an eye on some westerly winds today. (See update above)
Let's have a calm and sunny end to the season please.
Over at Annupuri, after closing the lower Jumbo Number 4 pair, they now have their Jumbo Number 3 lift operating (up by the top Gondola area).
It is currently 'Golden Week' in Japan. This year GW is a 10 day period until the last day of the ski season on Monday 6th May.
>> Today is Constitution Day (kenpo kinenbi) which commemorates the date when the post-war Japanese constitution was enacted in 1947.
I wonder what Niseko looked like back then... wild guess = slightly different from now! ;)
Ski resort operation information: Friday 3rd May 2019 Planned resort operations - subject to change due to weather conditions
Courses that remain open: - Utopia - Shirakaba - S-ji - Family - Junior
* The Gondola is also open for 'sightseeing' (ie. without skis or boards)
Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO areas are now closed for the 2018-2019 season Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 3rd May 2019, 8:10am
Blue skies and sunshine, some thin cloud
Hello and morning from Nozawa.
Starting today, some days of clearer skies and sunshine along with warmer conditions. Though still perhaps not as warm as we would expect it to be in early May. We can probably expect temps under 20C today and tomorrow and a bit higher on Sunday.
The forecast shows a chance of rain currently for Monday. It would be good if we could avoid rain on the last day of the season so fingers crossed that changes.
Friday 3rd May 2019
Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):
- Yamabiko (1407m): 155cm - Uenotaira (1230m): 80cm - Hikage (660m): no longer reporting - Nagasaka (615m): no longer reporting - Karasawa (563m): no longer reporting
Lift operating information:
- Nagasaka Gondola (8:10am - 3:00pm; last one down 3:40pm) - Yamabiko Four (8:30am - 3:20pm) - Yamabiko Number 2 Four (8:25am - 3:30pm) - Skyline connecting pair (8:25am - 3:30pm) - Uenotaira Four (8:30am - 3:30pm) - Paradise Four (8:30am - 3:20pm)
Course opening information:
- Yamabiko A - Yamabiko B - Yamabiko C - Yamabiko D - Yamabiko E - Kokenashi - Uenotaira - Paradise - Bunabayashi (to mid-point)
The Yunomine pair and Mizunashi triple lifts and those courses are also open but for pole practice - they are not open to general public.
All other courses are now closed.
Ride the Gondola back down to base.
The village shuttle bus is operating until 6th May for Golden Week.
[9:10am update] Happo-one top lifts (apart from Skyline 2) are now operating
Good morning from Hakuba.
Wind affected top lifts at Happo-one yesterday and unfortunately it looks like the same is happening this morning (with just the Panorama course available at the start of the day today). Just want to add it doesn't feel particularly windy down in the village.
Those windy conditions yesterday won't have helped the remaining snow and it is getting thinner pretty much in all areas now - though still good cover on upper areas that remain open. That really is good going for early May. We now have just over 3 days left to go - gambare, ski-jo staff!
Anyway this morning it is sunny, we have blue skies (thin cloud in places) and good clear weather is expected from today through Sunday and getting somewhat warmer (up to and around 20C).
Some lovely sakura (cherry blossom) and other blooms to be enjoyed now too...
Ski resort information on Friday 3rd May 2019: The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
Official snow depth (as reported by resort): - Kurobishi: 145cm - Usagidaira: 60cm - Nakiyama: -cm
Notes: - The upper Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama and Skyline areas remain open - All base areas are now closed - Take the Gondola or Kokusai Number 1 pair lift back down to base - Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Operating lifts (planned): - Grat quad - Alpen quad - Usagidaira pair - ADAM Gondola - Panorama pair - Kokusai Number 1 pair - Kokusai Number 3 pair - Kurobishi Number 2 quad - Kurobishi Number 3 pair - Skyline Number 2 pair
Official snow depth (as reported by resort): - Top: 175cm - Toomi: -cm - Iimori: -cm
Notes: - The upper Panorama, Grand Prix, Technical and Super areas remain open - All other areas are now closed - Take the Gondola back down to base - Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Operating lifts (planned): - Goryu Telecabin (Gondola) - Alps Number 1 pair lift - Alps Number 3 pair lift - Alps Number 2/4 pair lift
Official snow depth (as reported by resort): - Top: 150cm - Base: 30cm
Notes: - Almost all of Route 7 is closed - You can still just about ride down to base via Route 1 - Beginners are recommended to use the Gondola back down to base - All other main courses still remain open - Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Operating lifts (planned): - Gondola - Line AB pair lift - Line C quad lift - Line E high speed pair lift
Official snow depth (as reported by resort): - Tsuga-no-mori: 165cm - Han-no-ki: 150cm - Others: -cm
Notes: - The upper Tsuga-no-mori and Han-kou course areas remain open - All other course areas are now closed - Take the Gondola back down to base - Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Operating lifts (planned): - EVE Gondola - Tsuga Number 2 pair lift - Han-no-ki high speed pair lift - Tsugaike Ropeway (* a separate ticket is required) Read more ...