Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 21st April 2021
Saturday 4th May 2013, 8:59am
Well, yesterday turned out to be a fine day out there - and quite a fair bit of fresh snowfall up there on the resort slopes as well. 10cm, and no doubt double that in places.... snow down to village level. It was like, is it really 3rd May?! Sorry for repeating myself but what a great bonus to be given. I don't think I'd advise people to plan their ski trip for May, but for those of us who are here...!
Anyway this morning slightly less cold, and it's mostly cloudy conditions to start the day off. Earlier fog seems to be causing less problems now. It doesn't look like we will be seeing much of the sun this Golden Week, with clearer skies forecast from Tuesday onwards.
Official Resort Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu Top - 430cm Bottom - 65cm
Niseko Village Top - 300cm Bottom - 75cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 300cm Bottom - 100cm
Planned resort operations until the end of Golden Week (subject to change):
Niseko Village (part open until Monday 6th May): - Niseko Gondola - Wonderland chair
Niseko Annupuri (part open until Monday 6th May): - Annupuri Gondola - Jumbo Number 4 - Jumbo Number 1
Niseko Grand Hirafu (part open until Monday 6th May): - Ace Number 2 Center four - Hirafu Gondola - King Number 3 - King Number 4 Read more ...
Saturday 4th May 2013, 9:00am
It's sunnier today (the sun was pretty elusive yesterday; it was sunny all day at Lake Nojiri, just to the southeast, but typically gloomy in Akakura).
It's still cold - though good for the snow, not really what you want for a Golden Week.
Looks like the temps will continue to rise from tomorrow, though, so everyone who is enjoying a vacation through Monday has something to look forward to.
Akakura Kanko: Open until 6th May - Sky Cable gondola and No. 3 lift, Hotel No. 5 lift). Seki Onsen: Plan to be open until 6th May. Read more ...
Saturday 4th May 2013, 9:05am
Ah... we have nice clearer skies this morning and it should warm up to around 16 degrees in town today.... not usual Golden Week temperatures perhaps, but it should be a nice few days now to take us through to the end of the holiday period.
Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 6th May 2013, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro): 230cm Kagura (Kagura-Mitsumata): 290cm Gala Yuzawa: 120cm
Planned closing dates for the resorts in Yuzawa:
GALA Yuzawa - part open until 6th May - Central and North Areas Kagura (Tashiro) - until 6th May Kagura (Mitsumata) - until 26th May
All are subject to snow conditions and may change. All other resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Saturday 4th May 2013, 9:10am
Fine, some cloud
After a chilly overnight here in Hakuba, it has warmed up quite quickly and was just over 10C as of 9am. Are temperatures finally going to start getting back to something like normal for the season? Well, the forecast has us down for a high of around 14 degrees today, so still not very warm -- but on an upwards trend perhaps. We can expect more of the sun in the coming days now into next week, so there should be no rain to worry about for the 'rest of the season'!
Cloud around the mountains again this morning but lots of blue sky as well. Should be a fine few days, expect lots of other fellow skiers and snowboarders out there enjoying their last few slides.
Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 4th May 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, upper Number 1-4 pair lifts. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 115cm; Toomi - 0cm
Hakuba 47: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Line AB, C and E. Official snow depth: Upper - 105cm Lower - 5cm
Happo-one: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi Number 2 quad, Kurobishi Number 3 pair, Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair, Kokusai Number 1 pair, Panorama pair, Skyline Number 2 pair, Grat quad, Usagidaira pair (Golden Week only) Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 115cm Lower - 0cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Ropeway, Tsuga Number 2 pair, Hannoki pair. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 135cm Lower slopes - 0cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Cortina and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 4th May 2013, 9:15am
No new snow to report this morning - almost sounds crazy even mentioning that given that it's 4th May today! - rather it's a fine and sunny morning in Nozawa and up on the mountain too. Warmer as well with a temperature of around 8C degrees as of 9am.
Similar conditions are on the forecast for the last two days of the season as well.
I haven't ventured out today yet but I expect it to be rather busy today and tomorrow. Have fun!
Official snow depths:
Courses open today at Nozawa Onsen (planned):
Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Kokenashi Uenotaira Paradise Bunabayashi
Nozawa Onsen planned opening plans to the end of season:
Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift Yamabiko Four lift Uenotaira Four lift Snow Park Paradise Four lift Skyline Connecting lift Yunomine pair Read more ...
Saturday 4th May 2013, 15:15pm
We've had such an unusually cold and snowy Spring this year that the mountain is still in excellent condition this deep into May. Furano Ski Resort has announced that they are extending the ski season to include next weekend! Normally the mountain shuts down after Golden Week, but this year they will close as scheduled for the 7th-10th and then open up the lifts for the last runs of the season on Saturday and Sunday (May 11th, 12th.)
There's still 120cm of snow on the slopes (60cm at the foot of the mountain), and it snowed all the way down in the village Thursday night. It's not exactly the high quality powder for which Furano is famous, but it is still very skiable. More snow is in the forecast for the higher elevations for today and tomorrow as well, as Winter slowly gives over to Spring. It's currently 7 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. It should stay cloudy and cool until tomorrow evening, when we get a chance for some precipitation. It will most likely be snow on the mountain, rain in the village. Read more ...