Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 23rd January 2020
Friday 4th May 2012, 9:01am
Cloud, wind, rain
Well, not the best of mornings here in Niseko I'm afraid. Strong winds and rain this morning. What's more, the weather is preventing all but the Ace Family lift at Grand Hirafu to be closed as of 8:30am this morning. If things calm down then we can expect more of the planned lifts to open. Though I think people here for this part of Golden Week might choose to 'do something else' today!
The rain might continue into tomorrow morning, hopefully clearing up sooner than later. A chance of more stable and an appearance from the sun on the last day of the season, Sunday. Let's hope so.
Current lift operations (4th May 2012 @ 9am):
Grand Hirafu: Ace Family Ace Quad Lift No2 [STANDBY] Ace No3 [STANDBY] King Hooded Triple Lift #3 [STANDBY] King Lift #4 [STANDBY] Hirafu Gondola [STANDBY]
No much Golden about Golden Week so far. Heavy rain on and off yesterday and it is rain again today. The forecast says it will rain for the rest of today and there is the chance of sporadic rain on Saturday and Sunday. Monday might bring the possibility of some sunshine but it could be raining again by Wednesday next week.
Rain was on and off yesterday, but it's most defitely 'ON' this morning with heavy consistent rainfall outside this morning. I think I'll pass on the skiing myself, this morning! For those hardy enough to need to be out there today though (and good for you!), the resorts are actually open this morning. It looks like the resorts are pretty much open as planned actually.
So, how about the weekend proper? The latest forecasts seem to be telling us that while there's a better chance of clearer weather and the sun, there's also going to be a chance of showers as well... both tomorrow morning and on Sunday. Though hopefully not in the way the rain is coming down this morning. Let's hope the rain holds off.
From Monday, Kagura (via Mitsumata) will be the only resort are remaining open.
Official resort snow depths @ Friday 4th May 12, AM: Kagura - Mitsumata: 280cm Kagura - Tashiro: 250cm GALA Yuzawa: 90cm (upper)
Planned resort operations
Open until 6th May: Kandatsu Kogen Naeba GALA Yuzawa [Central Area, North Area] Kagura (Tashiro)
Open until 27th May: Kagura (Mitsumata)
All other ski resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Friday 4th May 2012, 9:43am
Cloud, rain at times
Rain it is then. Or it was, as it is holding off at the moment though we do have rain forecast today. It has been cooler as well the last few days and right now about 10C in the Maruike area. For the weekend there's more of a chance of seeing the sun, but there will always be the possibility of some rain showers both on Saturday and Sunday. As you can see on the snow depth numbers, the snow is quickly getting less now and really thin on the ground in lots of lower areas now... for example some bare patches of ground are now visible on the slopes of Ichinose Family. It won't be long now before it disappears, but we can probably make it through the weekend as planned, or just about.
From Monday, only parts of Kumanoyu and Yokoteyama will remain open. I'll post another report then with a roundup of news.
Have a fun second half of Golden Week. Fingers crossed we get some decent weather for this weekend.
Official resort snow depths as of Friday 4th May 2012 AM:
Sunday is the last day of the season for the Tashiro Ropeway and Tashiro area of Kagura and so from Monday we will be left with just the Kagura and Mitsumata areas open. From Monday, here's what they plan to have open at Kagura:
Resort Operations, 4th May (subject to change) Naeba: Naeba open until 6th May Kagura: Tashiro open until 6th May Kagura (Mitsumata) open until 27th May Official snow depths Naeba: 80cm (top) Kagura: 280cm Read more ...
Friday 4th May 2012, 10:01am
Cloudy but bright
It's a cloudy but bright morning in Hakuba village - no rain falling, and a temperature of around 15 degrees, with a high of 17C forecast. It actually looks like there's some nice blue sky on show once you get above the cloud line on the mountain. Sounds like an excuse to get up there!
We still might be on the receiving end of some rain later today according to the forecast but should see more of the sun tomorrow. A possibility of rain showers at times on Sunday and so tomorrow would seem to be the pick for the weekend if you have a choice and want to get here for that last slide of the season.
Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 4th May 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Gondola and Alps daira No 1-4 lifts are all operating. Ride the Gondola to get back down to base. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 125cm
Hakuba 47: Top areas open, lower Route 1 and Route 7 now closed. Ride the Gondola to get back down to base. Official snow depth: Upper - 55cm Lower - 5m
Happo-one: Most of the top area open (lower slopes are now all closed). Ride the Gondola to get back down to base. Lifts normally operating daily until 6th May are: Gondola Grat quad Alpen quad Panorama pair Skyline No2 pair Kurobishi No2 quad Kokusai No3 pair Usagidaira pair Kurobishi No3 Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 110cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Planned lifts operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair. Ride the Gondola to get back down to base. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 158cm
Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47, Happo-one and Tsugaike Kogen all plan to remain open until Sunday 6th May.
The Hakuba Cortina, Norikura, Iwatake, Sanosaka and Minekata resorts are all now closed for the season. Read more ...