Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 5th April 2016, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 85cm
Good morning and it is a fine start to the day - bit chilly overnight but mild now and a high of around 10 degrees likely later on... as well as a good chance of some rain around this evening.

An early start is probably a good idea today.

I see Annupuri is reporting some gusty winds and the top Jumbo lift affected early on.

We should be back to sun tomorrow though, hopefully not warming up any more.


Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Seems to be opening as planned.

Niseko Annupuri
The top Jumbo Number 4 lift is closed early on due to strong winds.


Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 5th April 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Top - 335cm
Base - 85cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 340cm
Base - 90cm


Resort operations - subject to change due to snow and weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu resort area lift operations:
Ace Family Pair - until 10th April
Ace Number 2 Center Four Quad
Ace Number 3 Pair
Ace Number 4 Pair
Holiday Number 1 Pair - until 10th April

The resort is going to be 'upgrading' the King Number 3 triple lift in time for next season - as part of this work the Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 and 4 lifts have all now closed for the season. Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to remain open until Thursday 5th May.

Niseko Annupuri plans to be open until Thursday 5th May with the Gondola, Jumbo 1 and Jumbo 4 lifts operating.

Niseko Village is currently closed but plans to be open again for Golden Week from Friday 29th April until Thursday 5th May.

Niseko Hanazono has now closed for the season.


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast
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Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 5th April 2016, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Cloud, but clearing expected
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 40cm
Good morning from Hakuba.

Lots of cloud around this morning but it looks like it might be turning out to be a fine day with lots of blue sky and sunshine later. Shouldn't be too warm either, though still managing to pop above 10C at village level this afternoon.

More sun is due tomorrow and a bit warmer conditions are expected too.

There's not much to report in terms of resort news this morning, other than all of the lower areas of Tsugaike Kogen are now closed leaving us with just upper areas now remaining open there.


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 8:30am on Tuesday 5th April 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Most courses at Hakuba 47 remain open.
The lower part of R1 course has now closed - but the resort is still open top to bottom. Beginners are recommended to use the Gondola to get back to base.
The Tree Riding Zone is now closed for the season.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 145cm
Base: 40cm

Hakuba Goryu:
The top area of Goryu remains open except Champion Expert course.
The lower main Toomi run remains open, but just as a way to get back to base; the Iimori area is closed.
Official snow depth
Alps: 197cm
Toomi: 40cm
Iimori: -cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
The lower areas of the resort - apart from Nakiyama South - are now closed.
Upper mountain courses remain open.
To get back down from the upper areas either ski down to Nakiyama South (not suitable for beginners) or get the Gondola back to base.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 120cm
Nakiyama: 25cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The Tsuga-no-mori, Upper Han-no-ki, and part of Lower Han-no-ki remain open.
All lower courses now closed.
The top Tsugaike Ropeway is also now open for spring season (note: extra charge required).
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 176cm
Maruyama: -cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm


Other resorts are now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 5th April 2016, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny day expected
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
I updated the report yesterday with this news - Kandatsu Kogen announced that today (Tuesday) would be the last day of the season with the snow melt happening just too fast... so today is that last day.

From tomorrow we are left with just GALA Yuzawa and Kagura remaining open in the area.

Weather wise it should be a fine and sunny day with a high of around 14 degrees forecast for town base.


Resorts that remain open in Yuzawa Tuesday 5th April 2016):

GALA Yuzawa
GALA Yuzawa resort plans to be open until Sunday 8th May.
Five of the six courses in the Central Area and one course in the Northern Area currently remain open.
The downhill Falcon course back to the Cowabunga base is now closed.
Official snow depth:

The Tashiro Ropeway plans to be open until 8th May.
The Kagura area via Mitsumata Ropeway plans to be open until 29th May.
All areas currently remain open apart from the Gondola east course and the downhill course back to Mitsumata car park which is now closed.
Official snow depth:
Kagura area - 220cm
Tashiro area - 190cm
Mitsumata area - 160cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Today is the last day of the season for Kandatsu Kogen.
There is now no snow at the resort base area - a free shuttle bus takes people from the base up to close to the still-operating Ikenodaira quad lift.
Official snow depth:


Resorts that are not listed below are now closed for the season.


List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City


Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 5th April 2016, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
After a day of clouds and rain, Grandeco is back to sunshine and blue skies today.

The rain has affected the snow pack and a number of trails have been closed, but you can still ski from top to bottom on over 4km of vertical terrain. The deco team is consolidating snow and plans to remain open as long as the snow permits.

Tuesday still means there are no crowds or lift lines to worry about.

Nishidaiten backcountry area is accessible today as well.

The Spring Snow Park is open and being maintained daily so still plenty to play on there.


Lifts operating:

Lift 4 has closed for the season, but all of the other lifts and Gondola remain operating

Courses that remain open

[A-a] Rainbow 3500
[A-b] Rainbow 3500
[B-a] Mint
[B-c] Mint
[C] Center


Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco


Resorts that remain open in the region are Grandeco, Nekoma and Minowa. Nekoma will be closed between 19th-21st and 26th-28 April but these resorts all plan to be open until 5th May ---- whether they can do that or not will totally depend on the snow levels of course, which are less than usual and less than expected.
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Furano Now!

Tuesday 5th April 2016, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Bluebird/clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 140cm
It is another pleasant spring morning with the mountain promising more fantastic spring skiing. Looking up there are no clouds in sight and only blue sky. The operating lifts are Furano Ropeway, and Downhill Romance #3 chair to the top of the Furano Zone. The slopes are still skiable right to the bottom of the resort however the best snow is on the upper mountain as the lower slopes get slushy as the day warms up. In the afternoon we may see some very light rain and then that should change to snow in the evening.

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Minakami Now!

Tuesday 5th April 2016, 12:45pm
Weather conditions: Heavy fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 80cm
The Bowl up on Tenjin is not being ridden today, totally fogged out up top.

Tomorrow its forecast to be cloudy so a chance to ride a truly rad, uncrowded bowl if conditions allow. Forecast for Thursday is rain.

Hodaigi is now shut for the season.


Just Tenjindaira now remains open. All other resorts in Minakami are now closed.

Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
White Valley


Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

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