Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 23rd January 2020
Monday 4th April 2011, 9:14am
The weekend really turned on the winter weather and there were a lot of satisfied skiers - who would have thought you'd be skiing untracked snow in April. Kitanomine, while not open, looks extremely good with a nice fresh deep blanket of snow covering it. It has been cold overnight so early conditions will be firm and frosty moving towards spring conditions as the day progresses. The outlook for the next six days is for sun, except for Friday which may bring some rain. Furano Ropeway and Furano Downhill Romance #3 chair are both operating today. Read more ...
Monday 4th April 2011, 9:21am
Partly sunny; more cloudy over the mountains
A sunny day on Sunday, after a gray start; no real accumulation of snow—just a light dusting. Monday is starting somewhat the same, but even colder, with a few flakes blowing in from some of the gray clouds to the west and over the mountains.
We're down to two open ski areas, Seki and Akakan, both with a lot of snow still on the ground.
Backcountry, we're actually hoping for a little more warm weather; it was very hard on all north-facing and shadowed areas yesterday (luckily little crust); it was hard enough that some kamoshika hoofprints along one of the ridges didn't even penetrate the surface. Where the sun hit things did get more pleasant yesterday; hopefully warm weather in the next few days will make fro more fun gliding in the trees.
Open Ski Resorts
Akakan (Akakura Kanko): Sky Cable gondola, Hotel No. 3.
Last night saw a few hours of reasonably heavy snowfall return in what may well be the last of the fresh snow this season. It's possible to get snowfalls later in April but it gets more unlikely as the month progresses. Today is a beautiful bluebird day with good quality snow still to be found up high. From tomorrow a large high pressure system will become established over Honshu for much of the coming week bringing mild Spring weather to Hokkaido.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 390 Bottom - 175
Niseko Village: Top - 370 Bottom - 160
Annupuri: Top - 370 Bottom - 160
This season's Niseko Avalanche Information is finished
It has been a lovely day in Hakuba with some bright blue skies and just a few wispy clouds here and there adding to the dramatic scenery.
Today we had a high of around 5 degrees. Tomorrow and Wednesday are also set to be clear and sunny and it looks as if each day will ger progressively warmer.
We're really into spring territory now with just Goryu, 47, Happo and Tsugaike remaining part open (see below) and other resorts now closed. But there's still a fair amount of skijo terrain still available and really good snow cover too down to the bottom and so we can look forward to another month or so of riding.
Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 4th April AM:
Hakuba Goryu: The upper slopes at Goryu plan to be open until 8th May. The Gondola and Alps No3 pair lifts are operating. The Toomi area lifts are now closed for the season, but you can still ride down to the Gondola base. Alps daira - 255cm; Toomi - 115cm.
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) - 198cm
Happo-one: The Gondola, Alpen Quad, Kurobishi No2 Quad and Panorama pair lifts remain open and The upper slopes are planning to be open until 5th May (lower slopes now closed). In addition, the Grat Quad also plans to be moving on Saturdays, Sundays and also from 29th April until 5th May. You can still ride down to the base Gondola station as there is still good snow cover. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 190cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Limited lift operations on upper slopes now at Tsugaike, but the Gondola is operating and it is possible to ski/board down to the bottom of the resort. Snow depth upper - 300cm
Hakuba Iwatake, Hakuba Sanosaka, Cortina and Hakuba Minekata are now all closed for the season. Read more ...
Monday 4th April 2011, 17:17pm
OK so Naeba is now closed for the season leaving us with just Kagura open. Weekdays we have 6 lifts operating including the Ropeway - please see below. So basically you can go right up to the top of Kagura and ride down either side of the main quad and then on down to the Gondola and all of Mitsumata. The downhill course back to the car park at Mitsumata is now open and so you need to get the Ropeway back at the end of the day.
Today was a fine fine day with blue skies and mild temperatures. That was after the cloudy start with a sprinkling of snow. Over the next few days we are on for a run of spring weather with sunny clear skies, so the local forecast tells us. It will get pretty warm too, maybe even about 10 degrees even at Mitsumata.
Anyway, tons of snow left and for April I would say fine conditions too. Lots of fun to be had. With other resorts in the region now mostly closed and Kagura being the main choice for many, I would expect things to be fairly busy on weekends but still pretty quiet on weekdays.
Beautiful weather conditions in Nozawa today. Blue skies, mild and peaceful with some light cloud hanging around at times on the upper half of the mountain. We are going to see more of the same over the next few days. It will be sunny, clear and warm - actually getting warmer every day by the looks.....a high of around 15 degrees in the village on Thursday? Maybe.
Fewer lifts are now operating as we get into spring season proper - basically the bottom left section of the main resort is open, from Paradise down to the base of Higake. Obviously that is a small area compared to a fully open Nozawa, but still certainly big enough to explore and have fun I'd say.
Planned lifts operating until 22nd April (subject to change!):
-Paradise -Schneider -Challenge -Utopia A -Utopia B -Rinkan -Isemiya -Uenodaira Snow Park
There may be the changes to the above on any given day, so if you are planning a visit and this is important it's best to ask just to get the latest! We will endeavor to keep the above updated each day.
The Ryuoo Ski Park resort (which is about 20-25 minutes from Nozawa by car) also plans to be part open on the following days: April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and also from April 29th until May 8th. Read more ...
Monday 4th April 2011, 17:35pm
Clear conditions today but it didn't get too warm with a high of around 5 degrees in town. This week we should see more clear and sunny conditions and warmer temperatures.... likely to rise above 15 degrees in the later half of the week which should really get some snow melting. As we are now though still great snow cover especially up at Kagura which still has tons.
Someone has asked us about the '380cm' at Kagura and why it hasn't changed for such a long time. Well, the reason is that 380cm is the official snow depth that the resort is putting out and they simply haven't changed it. Not much we can do there I'm afraid, though we will of course give mention to any new snowfall within the actual reports here and over on the Naeba Now page. Hope that explains it!
We have also been asked about Nakazato Snow Wood. It's basically a tiny place that is right next to the Nakazato ski resort in the Tsuchitaru area of Yuzawa.
Part open until 10th April: - Kandatsu Kogen - Nakazato Snow Wood
Mostly open until 22nd May: - Kagura (+ Mitsumata) [see Naeba Now for the latest]
All other resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma area are now closed for the season.
It was another cold morning here with even a dusting of snow, but that soon cleared up leaving us with a fine day. Right now we are being treated to some spectacular sunset colors. Beautiful. And the clear conditions are going to continue as well with some warm days coming up. We might get rain on Friday (noooo!), but before then sunny spring days and temperatures rising well into the positives.
Resort areas that are open at the moment (4th April):
-Mammoth -Ichinose Family -Okushiga Kogen -Kumanoyu -Yokoteyama/Shibutoge
Official resort snow depths as of 4th April 2011 AM:
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. Please note - Okushiga Kogen is a skiers-only area.
Kumanoyu: 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. Please note - Kumanoyu is a skiers-only area.
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. Please note - snowboarding is not allowed on all courses at Yokoteyama - allowed on No1, No2 and No4 courses and the Shibutoge area. Currently, No4 course is closed).
Ichinose Family: Quad lift open until 5th May. No2 pair lift (B) open on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April 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.
Higashitateyama: Opening from 29th April until 5th May for Golden Week.
Terakoya: Quad and No1 pair lift opening on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May. Read more ...