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.
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.
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
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: 90cm
Kagura 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: 30-50cm
Resorts that are not listed below are now closed for the season.
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.
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 [D-b]Lavendar
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. Read more ...
Tuesday 5th April 2016, 9:09am
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.