Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 6th April 2014, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 30cm
It's another chilly start to the day and it should be keeping quite cold today.

A lot of cloud remained with us yesterday but we did get some blue sky as well and the sun was out for lots of the afternoon.

On to this morning and we had some very light snow slowly falling earlier this morning and resorts have a bit more to report with a slight dusting at base:

Happo-one: 5cm (Riesen)
Hakuba Goryu: 3cm
Hakuba 47: 1cm around base; 5cm up top
Hakuba Cortina: 1cm

Looks like early on the mountains are shrouded in cloud (fog?) and visibility is poor, though I would expect there's a good chance that it might clear up again similarly to yesterday. Light snow showers possible during the today.

We're expecting things to start warming up again from tomorrow and there will very probably be lots of sun in the coming week.

Last day of the season for Hakuba Cortina today.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at resorts remaining open (as of 6th April 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 210cm
Toomi - 50cm

Hakuba 47:
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 165cm
Lower - 30cm

Plans to be open until early May.
Usagidaira - 145cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until early May.
Tsuganomori - 266cm
Kanenonaruoka - 30cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Last day of the season today.
Upper - 240cm
Lower - 120cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 6th April 2014, 8:19am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Should be a great day after more snow yesterday and the snow, though still a little wet, was more powdery then expected. We haven't had must more then a dusting overnight and wont expect much new snow till this afternoon.
Wind will be our enemy but today but hopefully won't effect things too much. Until the light snow falls this afternoon we can expect to see the sun make an odd appearance through the clouds.
For a bit of a laugh there is a pond skimming event today on the hill from 13:00 where people will try to ski down and across the created pond. See if anyonw can make it to the end without getting wet!


Operating lifts:

Furano Ropeway 9:00am-4:00pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 CLOSED
Downhill Romance #2 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Prince Romance 9:00am- 4:00pm

Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 6th April 2014, 8:26am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Your reporter is out of town on this, the last day for all the resorts except Akakan and Seki Onsen, but we've got the official word: 10cm of fresh snow. What a year...

I have to say, too, it rained Friday but the snow was really fun. Not too sherbet-y, and plenty glide-y. Fun is what you make it, right, and dressed unfashionably but appropriately, it's all good.

The town is no longer giving snow reports - unfortunately the webcams don't seem to be updating now either. From now until the last lifts run, we'll update this Myoko Now page from time to time with any news.


Resorts remaining open from Monday 7th April

Akakura Kanko:
Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out.

Seki Onsen:
Planning to stay open until May 6th.


All other resorts closed from Monday 7th April   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 6th April 2014, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 95cm
A fair bit of cloud remained yesterday but there was a lot of blue sky by mid morning and it turned into a generally fine and sunny day. The dramatic clouds just added to the fine views.

With that layer of snow, the runs around town got a slight refresh and for the few people who were making it out to some of the skijo that will be closing today, it was a nice surprise.

No snow overnight as far as I can tell - seems high up at Kagura they are reporting just a dusting - and it is a cloudy morning here. It is quite chilly and should only rise to maybe around 6 degrees today in town.

From tomorrow weather is expected to get back to being spring-y with things starting to warm up again and sun.


Today is the last day of the season for the following ski and board resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Joetsu Kokusai
Nakazato Snow Wood
Yuzawa Nakazato
NASPA Ski Garden

Maiko Snow Resort will be closed from tomorrow until Friday, but plans to re-open again on next weekend for the 12th/13th April.


So from tomorrow it will be down to the following:

Until 6th May:
Naeba (weekends only from 7th April)
GALA Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro)

Until 25th May:
Kagura (Mitsumata)


These resorts are already closed:

Chateux Shiozawa
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Ludens Yuzawa
Mt Granview
Muikamachi Hakkai-san
Muikamachi Ski Resort
Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Park


Official resort snow depths @ Sunday 6th April 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 6th April 2014, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Cloudier in the afternoon and fog remaining up on the top areas of the mountain.

This morning poor visibility again on Yamabiko with the resort reporting light snow falling as of 8:30am and up to 2cm of fresh up there. And cold a temperature of -7 as well! It's more hovering around zero here in the village but still chilly especially considering the warmth we had previously.

We're expecting warmer again starting from tomorrow with lots of sunshine expected in the coming week.


Sunday 6th April 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 310cm
Uenotaira - 220cm

Planned operating lifts for today (weekday operations):
Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four
Yamabiko Number 2 Four
Uenotaira Four
Paradise Four

Planned courses to be open:
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E
Utopia 2


Note that the following lifts have closed for the season:

- Hikage Gondola
- Challenge pair lift
- Utopia pair lift
- Kandahar pair lift
- Nagasaka quad
- Nagasaka triple
- Nagasaka gondola connecting
- Karasawa pair   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 6th April 2014, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 115cm
Unfortunately those top lifts were closed for the day yesterday with the wind.

Unfortunately again, it's looking a similar picture today. Strong winds over at Annupuri means that area is completely closed as of 8:30am. Just the Banzai Chair running at Niseko Village so far, and the top lifts at Grand Hirafu and Hanazono are on hold as well. Go away winds! So it's all rather limited to start the day off. Some patches of ground have been covered up though with the bit of snowfall which is good to see - though will hardly last long.

From tomorrow we expect that the fine spring weather will return with sunny skies and it should start warming up again during the week.


Official snow depth numbers at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 330cm
Base - 115cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 320cm
Base - 100cm

Top - 320cm
Base - 120cm


Niseko Hanazono Resort plans to be open until Sunday 6th April
Niseko Village plans to be open until Sunday 6th April (and then from 26th April until 6th May)
Niseko Annupuri plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May   Read more ...

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