Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Niseko Now!

Thursday 6th April 2017, 8:09am
Weather conditions: Sunny, thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Yesterday there were some pretty strong winds in the afternoon when I ventured up on to the slopes at Niseko Grand Hirafu.

It was warm yesterday and this morning it is starting off warmer still. It's +6C now. The local forecast calls for a high temperature of 14C in Kutchan town today... and for rain by the end of today and overnight though for the moment the sun is out and it's a mix of light blue and hazy kind of thin cloud up there.

An early start is most surely recommended.

It doesn't feel windy down here now but the resorts are reporting westerly and south-westerly winds of 10-11m/s, so best to keep an eye on that too.

Tomorrow should see temperatures dropping somewhat.


It seems the Hirafu webcams aren't being updated at the moment. Unless the same folk are walking past the camera at the time I save the images each morning! So that is why we are showing some different images on the report at the moment.


Individual resort information: Thursday 6th April 2017:

Below info subject to change during the day due to snow and weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
All course areas remain open.

Official snow depth:
Top - 300cm
Base - 100cm

Operating lifts:
Ace Family (8:30am until 4:30pm) - until 16th April
Ace Number 2 Center Four (8:30am until 4:30pm)
Holiday Number 1 pair (8:30am until 3:00pm) - until 9th April
King Number 3 (8:40am until 4:30pm)
King Number 4 (8:50am until 4:30pm)
Gondola (8:30am until 4:30pm - on weekends and national holidays only)

The Spring Park should be open from 10am until 3:30pm


Niseko Annupuri
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.

Official snow depth:
Top - 215cm
Base - 90cm

Operating lifts:
Annupuri Gondola
Jumbo Number 1
Jumbo Number 4


Niseko HANAZONO Resort has closed for the season.
Niseko Village is currently closed but plans to part re-open from 28th April until 7th May.
Night time floodlit operations have finished for the season.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 6th April 2017, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's another clear and sunny morning here in Nozawa.

And warm too with some serious snow melt going on around base and surely higher up too though Yamabiko is still on an impressive 3.8m.

Things should cool down a bit tomorrow and it looks like there's going to be some rain by tonight and perhaps into tomorrow.

Quite a few people suffering from hay fever as well at the moment, so that is one of the reasons why you'll see so many people masking up.

Anyway, a fine spring morning again. Very much spring conditions and lots of spring fun to be had.

Still over 4 weeks left to go!


Thursday 6th April 2017

Below is official info that the resort is publishing at the time of the report.

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 0cm
- Uenotaira: 0cm
- Hikage: 0cm
- Nagasaka: 0cm
- Karasawa: 0cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 380cm
- Uenotaira: 290cm
- Hikage: 135cm
- Nagasaka: 125cm
- Karasawa: 75cm

Lifts that are operating today:
- Nagasaka Gondola
- Yamabiko Four
- Yamabiko Number 2 Four
- Uenotaira Four
- Paradise Four

Courses that are open today:
- Yamabiko B
- Yamabiko C
- Yamabiko D
- Yamabiko E
- Kokenashi
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Bunabayashi
- Yunomine B
- Rinkan
- Utopia Course
- Utopia Course 2
- Challenge


Spring lift ticket prices:

1 day lift ticket - 3700 yen (adult), 1700 yen (child), 2900 yen (senior)
Half day lift ticket - 2700 yen (adult), 1200 yen (child), 2400 yen (senior)

Planned lift operations for the rest of the season:

Nagasaka Gondola - 8:10am until 3:30pm
Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift - 8:25am until 3:15pm
Yamabiko Four lift - 8:30am until 3:40pm
Uenotaira Four lift - 8:30am until 3:40pm (* only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week from 10th April)
Paradise Four lift - 8:25am until 3:50pm (* only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week from 10th April)
Skyline Pair lift - 8:25am until 4:00pm (* only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week from 10th April)   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 6th April 2017, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Some thin cloud but clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

The last of the snow in my garden melted away yesterday in the warm conditions (it lasted a month longer than last season). A lovely warm day - up to almost 18C! - and today is starting off in a similar fashion. It is going to be warm again, though more cloud is expected later on and some rain overnight and into tomorrow.. tomorrow should be not quite as warm.

GALA Yuzawa is going to be closed for the day today due to strong southerly winds forecast. It looks like other resorts that plan to be open should be opening as normal.

Remember, the Naeba and Maiko Snow Resort ski resorts will be re-opening again for the coming weekend.


Official snow depth information (and available info) as of Thursday 6th April 2017

GALA Yuzawa
GALA Yuzawa is closed today due to strong forecast winds.
Official snow depth: 360cm

3 courses are Iwappara remain open.
Official snow depth: 90cm

Joetsu Kokusai
9 courses at Joetsu Kokusai remain open - the area in front of the main hotel and the Panorama Zone.
Official snow depth: 200cm

Almost all of Kagura courses remain open.
Closed courses according to official website - Gondola East Course at Tashiro and the downhill course back to Mitsumata car park.
Official snow depth: Kagura - 360cm; Mitsumata - 310cm; Tashiro - 330cm

Kandatsu Kogen
All courses at Kandatsu Kogen remain open.
Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nights before holidays from 7th April until 22nd April.
Official snow depth: 270cm

NASPA Ski Garden
All courses are NASPA Ski Garden remain open.
Official snow depth: 170cm


Planned season closing dates

** This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions.

Sunday 9th April:
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Maiko Snow Resort (** note: only open on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th - closed Monday through Friday)
- NASPA Ski Garden

Sunday 7th May:
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro)
- Kandatsu Kogen
- Naeba (** note: weekends only 3rd-28th April; daily from 29th April)

Sunday 28th May:
- Kagura area (via Mitsumata)


Other ski and snowboard resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma area are now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 6th April 2017, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

The sun was out and blue skies yesterday morning, with things clouding over somewhat by the middle of the afternoon.

This morning there's quite a lot of cloud around and just a bit of blue sky. It's going to be another very warm day today.

A lot of melt going on now at high speed and you might notice that from the bottom photo below comparing it over the last few days.

Still a lot of snow up there on the slopes there so no problems with having that spring fun in the snow.

Maybe some rain overnight tonight but sun is forecast for tomorrow.


Apologies: I left some fresh snow info in resort-specific section of my report yesterday which might have been confusing, as there was none - my mistake, and it has been fixed up. Sorry about that!


Resort news as of 8:40am on Thursday 6th April 2017:

All information as available and subject to change.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall in places.
All of Hakuba 47 remains open.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 290cm
Base: 110cm
Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The Iimori area of the resort is now closed. The Toomi and the upper areas remain open.
Official snow depth:
Alps: 270cm
Toomi: 110cm
Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
Some base course areas are now closed but the resort remains mostly open.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 185cm
Kurobishi: 275cm
Nakiyama: 55cm
Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Planned closing dates for lifts are as follows:
Open until Sunday 9th April
Nakiyama Number 3 triple lift
Happo Riesen quad
Open until Sunday 7th May
Alpen quad lift
Grat quad lift
Usagidaira pair lift
Panorama pair lift
Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair lift
Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
Kurobishi Number 3 pair lift
Skyline Number 2 pair lift

Tsugaike Kogen:
Uma-no-se, Champion and Kane-no-naru-oka areas are closed; Maruyama area is partially closed.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 330m
Han-no-ki: 325cm
Oya-no-hara: 100cm
Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Planned closing dates for lifts are as follows:
Open until Sunday 9th April
Shirakaba quad
Open until Sunday 7th May
Tsugaike Ropeway
Tsuga Number 2 pair lift
Han-no-ki high speed pair lift


All other ski and snowboard resorts in the area are now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 6th April 2017, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Clear, sunny, warm
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Just back from a week's holiday and have returned to real Spring in the mountains. At noon yesterday it hit 17C down in the village and heard stories from mountaineers of massive avalanches rolling down the backside of Mount Tanigawa.

Today sees more of the same with bright blue skies and warm temps early on.

Hodaigi is still running three lifts which include the 1km long beginner piste and the quad chair to the top of the resort however they will close for the season on Monday, as Okutone also plan to do (after extending their season until Sunday 9th).

That will leave Tenjin as the only show in town. The base up top is still 4.6m and this weekend will see the resort host the Minakami Vibes festival with work nearly complete on their goal of producing "The biggest bowl in the World". They may not attain this lofty ambition but it does appear as though it will be the biggest bowl ever for Tenjin and we have had big ones in the past.

Once the event is through the bowl usually stays well maintained for about a week but they will go into park production mode from Monday. This ought to keep things interesting as the melt gradually progresses.

On the forecast is big rain tonight and from tomorrow it looks like a roll of the dice. The mountain forecast is for light rain or rain showers over the weekend but the town forecast looks far better so who knows which weather pattern will prevail. The weekend forecast though has improved from yesterday when all out rain was on the menu.


Fresh snowfall:

0cm Tenjin

Temps at 8am

Official snow depth:

460cm Tenjin
170cm Hodaigi
110cm Okutone


*** Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available.   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Thursday 6th April 2017, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Fair clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is the second day of the clear blue skies in the area but it will likely change into rain from tomorrow...

It is a good day to enjoy the warm South wind out there, with some people now wearing t shirts and sunglasses.

Don't worry, there is still 3 meters of snow out there on the courses...


Snow Park Information:

[Dekodaira E park]
9m kicker, 5m table top 2 way and 10m kicker.

[Deokoboko park]
6m wide box, 6m down box, wave, 5m table top/hip/drum can, 6m straight box, 6m straight rail, mini ramp, volcano, volcano, 3m kicker, 5m kicker, 6m down big can.


Lifts operating:

Lifts Operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3 quad lift
- ** Number 4 quad lift is now closed

Courses open:

90% courses remain open
Lavender A and Mint B are closed

Official snow depth:

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: dry
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: dry   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 6th April 2017, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

It was warm out there yesterday with temperatures rising above 10C in the morning and temperatures in positive numbers up on the summit too.

It's 13C here at base as of 9am this morning so warmer still.

Sunny weather but some cloud up there.

It feels like the chance of fresh snow this season is rapidly dwindling and there is some rain on the forecast over the coming days.

Next update after the weekend, so do keep an eye on the forecast in the meantime.


Zao Onsen plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.

Updates to this report a few times a week until then!


Official snow depths (as published by the resort):
Summit - 150cm
Paradise - 240cm
Chuo - 240cm
Utopia - 190cm
Uwanodai - 130cm
Yokokura - 110cm


Planned closing dates for lifts at Zao Onsen - subject to change due to snow conditions:

Operating until Sunday 9th April:
- Mikaeri pair
- Shobunuma Number 2 pair (**holidays only after 2nd April)

Operating until Sunday 16th April:
- Katakai triple (**holidays only after 2nd April)
- Paradise pair AB (**holidays only after 2nd April)

Operating until Sunday 7th May:
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Chuo Number 2 pair AB (holidays only after 16th April)
- Utopia Number 2 pair

No fixed closing date:
- Yokokura Number 1 pair AB
- Kurohime Number 1 quad

Open all year (* for sightseeing):
- Sky Cable
- Chuo Ropeway
- Zao Ropeway


All other ski lifts are now closed for the season.
   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 6th April 2017, 10:02am
Weather conditions: The sun is out, but shining through haze
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Thought I should make a quick update, partly because the wind is blowing pretty hard, which is bringing the snowpack down fast, and might also shut down the gondola.

Also becasue I have an update on lifts at Akakura Kanko. I had Champion No. 3 listing as running, but a closer look at the inside page on their website says that's only from the 8th, and that No. 5 will only be on weekends. Sorry if that caused any, as they say, inconvenience!

But there still is a lot of snow out there!


Akakura Kanko:
Planned closing date: Sunday 7 May
350cm, 5°

Akakura Onsen:
Planned closing date: Sunday 9 April
320cm, 9°

Ikenotaira Onsen:

Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:
Planned closing date: Sunday 7 May
450cm, 0°

Myoko Ski Park:

Kyukamura RunRun:

Tangram Ski Circus:

Madarao Kogen:
Closed   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Thursday 6th April 2017, 10:43am
Weather conditions: Blue skies, bit of cloud
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
*** Note: the 15cm in todays report is snow fallen since my last report ***

Hello from Appi,

Well it’s a typical warm Spring day here at Appi. It’s warm and the snow is indeed melting at a fairly rapid rate. I’ll be updating this report with weekly updates now as the season slowly comes to an end here. Over the last week or so we’ve actually had around 15cm of snow but lets face it with the warm weather now gracing our mountain it’s not going to be around for long. Tonight we can expect some rain to dampen spirits even more.

The Gondola as well as 4 other lifts are in operation still with plenty of snow/slush to keep you busy throughout the day at least. The rest of the week brings warmer temperatures that will melt what we have left but we may, just may, have enough snow left for a few last runs during Golden week next month. That would certainly be a nice ending to the season this year.

All in all it’s been fun up here with plenty of snow falling throughout the season.

Stay tuned for an update next week on the snow levels.


Planned operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):

Appi Gondola
Central quad
Central number 2
Central number 3B
Central number 4


Official snow depth:



Appi plans to be opening until Sunday 7th May this season   Read more ...

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