Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020

Hakuba Now!

Monday 5th April 2010, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Hakuba's weather today looks like it is going to remain overcast and cloudy. Mild temperatures are expected today with a daytime high of 7 C. It doesn't look like the sun is going to make a appearance, but tomorrow is forecasted to be sunny and mild.

Conditions on the resorts today will be that spring slush/corn snow at the bases with crud, chopped powder and hard pack on the higher runs of the resorts around town that remain open. There is still some very good skiing on uncrowded runs - with the ski hill almost to yourself.

Yesterday was the last day of the season for a few resorts and lifts at resorts remaining open. The latest resort operations info posted below.

Official resort snow depths on 5th Apr 10:

40cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
160cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
60cm (Iimori)
85cm (Toomi)
245cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
290cm (Tsuganomori)

Here is the latest info from resort areas that remain open (subject to change):

The following lifts in the Kurobishi/Usagidaira area of the resort remain operating - Gondola, Grat quad, Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Kurobishi No3 pair, Skyline No2 pair, Hakuba Kokusai No3 pair AB and the Panorama pair lift. Large parts of the upper slopes still skiable and the upper slopes plan to remain open serviced by lifts until 5th May.
In the Sakka/Kitaone area,the Saka Kitaone quad and the Kitaone No3 pair will both be operating until 11th April.

Hakuba Goryu
The Alps no daira area of Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until 9th May.
The Gondola, Alps No1 pair, Alps No3 pair lifts are currently operating.
The Toomi lifts are now closed but you can still ski or board back down to the bottom of the resort using the course.
The Iimori area of the resort is also now closed for the season.

Hakuba 47
Hakuba 47 plans to be open this season until 5th May.
All courses at Hakuba 47 remain open except the lower part of Route 7.
The following lifts at the resort are operating – Gondola, Line A pair, Line B pair, Line C quad, Line E high speed pair.

Tsugaike Kogen
The Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Han-no-ki high speed pair lift plan to remain operating until 5th May.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 5th April 2010, 9:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Welcome to the last stretch of the season in Yuzawa. Yesterday saw a number of resorts close for the season and now we just have a handful open - Naeba and Kandatsu have another week left, Gala and Tashiro plan to be open until 5th May and Kagura Mitsumata hopes to be open right through until 23rd May.

It's a shame that resorts have closed as apart from some patches appearing on lower slopes, there is still a lot of snow around. There hasn't been a huge amount of skiers and snowboarders though....!

It is a cloudy start to the day and quite warm too - right now it is 7 degeees in town and a high of around 11 degrees is forecast for later in the day. The forecast for tomorrow is cloud with perhaps some sunny spells and temperatures a little higher than today.

Official resort snow depths @ 5th April 10, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:

Planned closing dates at resorts in Yuzawa:

Sunday 11th April 2010:
Kandatsu Kogen

Wednesday 5th May 2010:
Gala Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro Area)

Sunday 23rd May 2010:
Kagura (via Mitsumata)   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 5th April 2010, 9:51am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After a fine sunny day yesterday, we're back to cloudy and grey today. It is warm as well - already 5 degrees at 7:30am and a bit warmer still now... it might hit double figures today.

It looks like the next few days will see similar conditions with the sun making an appearance from time to time. So, mild conditions with a lot of cloud cover.

From today and for the next few days of this last week at Naeba, less of the Naeba resort will be open and the following lifts will be operating:

Prince No2 Gondola
No8 quad
Daishamen pair
Takenokodaira pair

It is still be possible to ride down from the top of Takenodaira lift (NOT the top of the resort) to the base at Naeba.

Most of the Kagura areas remain open.

Official Snow Depths:



Kagura (Tashiro):

Naeba plans to be open until Sunday 11th April.

The Tashiro part of Kagura plans to be open until Wednesday 5th May.

The main Kagura area, via Mitsumata Ropeway, plans to be open through until Sunday 23rd May.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 5th April 2010, 10:31am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Warm temperatures seem to be the norm lately rather than the exception. This is a sure sign that we are now in Spring. The temperature today is likely to get towards 10 deg at the base. The sun should make an appearance sometime today and the weather will be a mix of sun and cloud through until Friday. Rain looks like it could be on the cards for Saturday and Sunday. With the season winding down, the on field restaurant services are also winding down. The only restaurant on field that is operating now is Restaurant Downhill at the top of Furano Ropeway.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 5th April 2010, 10:32am
Weather conditions: Rain, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After a fine day yesterday on the mountain, unfortunately it is raining this morning. It's a mild April morning and there is a fair bit of cloud around and the forecast is for a generally cloudy day so hopefully the rain will ease off quickly.

Almost all of a sudden, the lower slopes of the resort - now closed of course - seem to have lots of patches as the warm temperatures do their thing, but the upper slopes remain well covered with a lot of snow up there. Spring conditions of course, but certainly enough to have a lot of fun up there. There is hardly anyone around as well so you almost have the mountain to yourself.

It looks like tomorrow will see the sun and temperatures in the double digits.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:



Courses currently open (as of 5th Apr):
Yamabiko B course
Yamabiko C course
Yamabiko D course
Yamabiko E course
Uenotaira course
Uenotaira Snow Park
Paradise course
Challenge course
Utopia A course
Skyline course
Kokenashi A course
Kokenashi B course
Rinkan course
Paradise link
Yunomine A
Yunomine B

Lifts currently operating (as of 5th Apr):

Nagasaka Gondola (both sections);
Yamabiko quad
Yamabiko No2 quad
Skyline connecting pair lift
Uenotaira quad

The resort plans to stay open until 5th May.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 5th April 2010, 10:41am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a cloudy start to the day in Zao. Yesterday started off cold but it warmed up with the fine sunny weather and this morning it is a warm start to the day. It is already 8 degrees in the village and will rise well into the double digits as the day progresses. Up at the top of the mountain it was 0 degrees earlier this morning, so expect it to be fairly mild up there too.

Yesterday was the last day of the season for a fair number of lifts at the resort but there is still a large skiable area of the resort open and the top area is planning to be open until 5th May - so we have another full month of skiing and snowboarding.

See below for information on the lifts that remain open at Zao.

It looks like there might be a chance of rain later today though tomorrow is forecast to be a fine sunny day again with warm conditions.

Chuo area:

Paradise area:

Utopia area:

Below are the lifts that remain open at the Zao Onsen resort (subject to change):

Uwanodai area:
Zao Sky Cable - open all year (closed 6th-28th May for maintenance)

Nakamori area:
Zao Chuo Ropeway - open all year (closed 12th-21st for maintenance, except Sat/Sun)

Chuo area:
Chuo No1 pair - until 5th May
Chuo No2 pair - until 11th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May)
Katakai triple - until 11th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May)

Diamond valley:

Paradise Pair lift - until 5th May
Shobunuma No1 triple and No2 pair - open Sat/Sun/holidays only until 5th May

Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May for maintenance)
Omori / Kurohime:
Kurohime - until conditions allow

Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May)
Utopia No2 pair - until conditions allow
Astraea No3 pair - until conditions allow   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 5th April 2010, 11:45am
Weather conditions: Raining
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A rather non inspiring day in Minakami today with low cloud and rain. It looks like the sun will reappear tomorrow and stay until Thursday with temperatures forecast as high as 20deg for Tuesday.

Houdaigi and Tenjindaira are now the only resorts open in Minakami area, Houdaigi will close on the 7th (April) and Tenjin is planning on running until the end of Golden Week.

   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 5th April 2010, 14:19pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A mostly cloudy day today and very mild with temperatures up near 8 degrees this afternoon at the base of the mountain. Conditions on the mountain are typical Spring conditions being fairly hard packed and icy first thing in the morning and turning to slush as the day progresses. It's best to stay on the lower slopes first thing in the morning as they soften up first and then head high later as the base area becomes very slushy.
Very little precipitation forecast now for the rest of this week. A bit of rain later tomorrow which is then expected to turn to snow overnight and that's about it.

From today the Hirafu ski area has commenced reducing the number of lifts running mid week. Important to note is that the Hirafu Gondola will now only run on weekends.
I'm pretty sure that today is the last day of lift operations at Hanazono for the season.
Niseko Village will have their last day of lift operation tomorrow but will then reopen from 29 April to 5 May for Golden Week.
Annupuri as far as I can tell will run pretty much as normal right up to the end of the season.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 320
Bottom - 160

Niseko Village:
Top - 320
Bottom - 110

Top - 335
Bottom - 180

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 5th April 2010, 17:44pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It has been a cloudy day in the region today, but fairly warm with it.

Yesterday was the last day of the season proper for a number of resorts in Shiga Kogen - though some will open up again at weekends and holidays as noted in the information below. Snow depths for the remaining open resort areas will be posted.

Nighta is now also finished for the season apart from April 10th and May 2nd-4th when Ichinose Family will once again open up in the evenings.

Official resort snow depths as of 5th April 10:

Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:

Planned closing dates at Shiga Kogen resorts:

The Giant area will be open again on 10th April.
The quad lift at Nishitateyama will be open on 10th and 11th April.
At Terakoya the quad and No1 pair will be open on Saturdays and also the 29th April until 5th May.
At the Mammoth area, the quad will be open until 5th May.
The Ichinose Family area will be open until 5th May.
Ichinose Diamond will do it's best to be open until 5th May, dependent on conditions.
At Yakebitaiyama, the No2 Gondola open again on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May. The No2 quad lift will be moving on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May.
At Okushiga Kogen, the Gondola will be open daily until 5th April and then also from 10th-12th April, 17th-19th April and the period 24th April - 5th May. The No 2 + 3 lifts until 5th May and the No 4 lift until 5th April and then the period 24th April - 5th May.
Kumanoyu plans to be open until at least 5th May and perhaps beyond depending on conditions. The No3 quad lift will be open on Saturdays, Sundays and the period 24th April until 5th May.
Yokoteyama plans to be open until late on in May, depending on snow conditions of course.


The above information is subject to change.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 5th April 2010, 18:56pm
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The main season is now over; only a few runs at Akakan and Seki are open. There's still lots of snow, though, so enjoy while you can!

I'll keep adding what I can, depending on what reports come through the tourist office (no more official announcements are being released).

Lift operations:

Akakan: Sky Cable gondola, No. 1, 2, 3 lifts

Seki Onsen: open (one lift)

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):

Seki Onsen:

   Read more ...

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