The sun is out and it will be another lovely spring day here in Niseko.
Tomorrow is of course the last day of the season but we might not be so lucky with the weather. It would seem a good chance of rain, especially later in the day when it might also be windy too.
Tomorrow will be my last report of the season. Actually, it will be more of a wrap up message than a report and so it might appear later than usual. You can also expect a message from SnowJapan and those messages will of course remain up until I return from my annual summer hibernation in November.
See you tomorrow!
It is currently 'Golden Week' in Japan. This year GW is a 10 day period until the last day of the ski season on Monday 6th May.
>> Today is Children's Day (kodomo no hi). It is a day to 'respect children's personalities and to celebrate their happiness' and was designated a national holiday in 1948. Apparently it has been a day of celebration in Japan since ancient times. And look out for the koinobori, which are harp-shaped windsocks!
Ski resort operation information: Sunday 6th May 2019 Planned resort operations - subject to change due to weather conditions
* You can no longer ride back down to base, take the Gondola * The Gondola is also open for 'sightseeing' (ie. without skis or boards)
Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO areas are now closed for the 2018-2019 season Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 5th May 2019, 8:47am
Hello from Nozawa.
The sun is out and it is going to be a warm day with temps getting into the low 20s down at village base level.
Rain is still on the forecast for tomorrow, but for later on in the day - would be great if it held off until the resort closed... last lift at 3:30pm, last Gondola down at 3:40pm. Then it is all over for the 18/19 season.
After a long, long spring season it almost seems kind of sudden now that tomorrow will be the last day of the season - and the last Nozawa Now report here.
Sunday 5th May 2019
Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):
- Yamabiko (1407m): 140cm - Uenotaira (1230m): 70cm - Hikage (660m): no longer reporting - Nagasaka (615m): no longer reporting - Karasawa (563m): no longer reporting
Lift operating information:
- Nagasaka Gondola (8:10am - 3:00pm; last one down 3:40pm) - Yamabiko Four (8:30am - 3:20pm) - Yamabiko Number 2 Four (8:25am - 3:30pm) - Skyline connecting pair (8:25am - 3:30pm) - Uenotaira Four (8:30am - 3:30pm) - Paradise Four (8:30am - 3:20pm)
Course opening information:
- Yamabiko A - Yamabiko B - Yamabiko C - Yamabiko D - Yamabiko E - Kokenashi - Uenotaira - Paradise - Bunabayashi (to mid-point)
The Yunomine pair and Mizunashi triple lifts and those courses are also open but for pole practice - they are not open to general public.
All other courses are now closed.
Ride the Gondola back down to base.
The village shuttle bus is operating until 6th May for Golden Week.
This morning really does feel proper like Golden Week weather - the sun is out and it is t-shirt warm from the start of the day. It will be a fine, warm day in the region.
We are still expecting some rain tomorrow in the afternoon and evening; maybe even quite heavy rain but as the forecast stands now that appears to be due once the ski resorts will be closed. Fingers crossed.
Tomorrow is the last day of the season for GALA Yuzawa and the Tashiro Area of Kagura resort, but Kagura will remain open until 26th May via the Mitsumata Gondola. From Tuesday we will continue posting Yuzawa Now reports a few times a week right through until the end!
GALA Yuzawa - Official snow depth: 80cm - All courses in the Central Area remain open - Broadway, Swan and Super Broadway in the Northern Area remain open - Gondola, Barouche quad, Phaeton pair, Coach pair and Victoria quad lifts are operating - The downhill Falcon course is closed for the season - take the Gondola back down to base - GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Kagura - Official snow depth: 200cm (Kagura); 170cm (Tashiro); 140cm (Mitsumata) - Kagura remains almost fully open - The downhill course to base at Mitsumata is closed - Tashiro Ropeway plans to be open until Monday 6th May - Kagura (via Mitsumata Ropeway) plans to be open until Sunday 26th May
All other ski resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region are now closed for the season Read more ...
Sunday 5th May 2019, 9:00am
Sunny clear skies
Good morning from Hakuba.
The third day of fine weather and it should be another beauty of a day today. Definitely one of those days when you really feel the need to be outside and enjoying nature.
Tomorrow is the last day of the season for the four ski resorts that still remain open.
Unfortunately it doesn't appear that we are going to end the season with clearer weather like this as rain is still forecast from tomorrow afternoon. Let's hope it starts later on and we can perhaps avoid it while the lifts are open...
The last Hakuba Now report of the season will appear tomorrow.
Ski resort information on Sunday 5th May 2019: The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
Official snow depth (as reported by resort): - Kurobishi: 120cm - Usagidaira: 40cm - Nakiyama: -cm
Notes: - The upper Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama and Skyline areas remain open - All base areas are now closed - Take the Gondola or Kokusai Number 1 pair lift back down to base - Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Operating lifts (planned): - Grat quad - Alpen quad - Usagidaira pair - ADAM Gondola - Panorama pair - Kokusai Number 1 pair - Kokusai Number 3 pair - Kurobishi Number 2 quad - Kurobishi Number 3 pair - Skyline Number 2 pair
Official snow depth (as reported by resort): - Top: 155cm - Toomi: -cm - Iimori: -cm
Notes: - The upper Panorama, Grand Prix, Technical and Super areas remain open - All other areas are now closed - Take the Gondola back down to base - Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Operating lifts (planned): - Goryu Telecabin (Gondola) - Alps Number 1 pair lift - Alps Number 3 pair lift - Alps Number 2/4 pair lift
Official snow depth (as reported by resort): - Top: 130cm - Base: 25cm
Notes: - You can still just about ride down to base via Route 1 - Central section of Route 1 closed - Beginners are recommended to use the Gondola back down to base - Some areas narrow now but otherwise generally all courses open - Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Operating lifts (planned): - Gondola - Line AB pair lift - Line C quad lift - Line E high speed pair lift
Official snow depth (as reported by resort): - Tsuga-no-mori: 155cm - Han-no-ki: 145cm - Others: -cm
Notes: - The upper Tsuga-no-mori and Han-kou course areas remain open - All other course areas are now closed - Take the Gondola back down to base - Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Operating lifts (planned): - EVE Gondola - Tsuga Number 2 pair lift - Han-no-ki high speed pair lift - Tsugaike Ropeway (* a separate ticket is required) Read more ...