Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 18th May 2019
Thursday 7th April 2011, 9:06am
There is high cloud over Furano today and it is expected to remain like this throughout the day. It is still relatively warm but the cloud is preventing the sun from coming through. On slope conditions are spring snow, but it shouldn't soften so early today due to that cloud cover. Read more ...
Thursday 7th April 2011, 11:00am
Windy and overcast
Yesterday was another fine, mild and sunny day with a top temperature near 13 degrees at the base of the mountain. Today the wind is picking up and there's a high overcast increasing from the west. A low pressure system is approaching the NW of Hokkaido and a warm front is expected to cross the region later tonight bringing rain which will last into tomorrow. Tomorrow will be considerably cooler but there may only be a little snow up on the higher mountain. At this stage they are still forecasting some snow next week coming later on Tuesday night into Wednesday.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 365 Bottom - 160
Niseko Village: No longer reporting snow depth
Annupuri: Top - 350 Bottom - 150
This season's Niseko Avalanche Information is finished
It's not as blue today but the sun is once again out today and it has been a bright day up until now. Warm too and it is right now, according to the thermometer outside, 13 degrees in Yuzawa, so a fair bit of snow melt going on.
So, how about that rain tomorrow? Well, it looks like it is definitely going to happen in the second half of the day and we will probably have rainy conditions on Saturday as well. Better weather forecast for Sunday so that day is probably the pick of the weekend. We will of course update the page tomorrow with the latest.
Part open until 10th April: - Kandatsu Kogen - Nakazato Snow Wood
Mostly open until 22nd May: - Kagura (+ Mitsumata) [see Naeba Now for the latest]
All other resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma area are now closed for the season.
It's a much greyer day today than it has been the last few. There is some blue sky on show from time to time... some great views of the mountains around 9-10am this morning, but now as I write this it is bright but grey. Some fine spring conditions out there with all that snow - with the warm temps we have been getting of late, you can't expect mid-winter snow conditions, but come with spring in mind and you'll be in for a treat. Right up to around 14 degrees this afternoon, so yes pretty warm.
Unfortunately rain is on the menu for tomorrow but hopefully it will clear up in time for Saturday and a better chance of clearer weather conditions on Sunday.
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 7th April AM:
Hakuba Goryu: The upper slopes at Goryu plan to be open until 8th May. The Gondola and Alps No3 pair lifts are operating. The Toomi area lifts are now closed for the season, but you can still ride down to the Gondola base. The resort advises that only intermediates/advanced riders ski/board down due to the course still open.... beginners should take the Gondola. Alps daira - 245cm; Toomi - 100cm.
Hakuba 47: All lifts except Line D lift operating with all courses open (some courses will remain ungroomed). 47 also plans to be open into May. Snow depth (upper) - 193cm
Happo-one: The Gondola, Alpen Quad, Kurobishi No2 Quad and Panorama pair lifts remain open and the upper slopes are planning to be open until 5th May (lower lifts are now closed for the season). In addition, the Grat Quad also plans to be moving on Saturdays, Sundays and also from 29th April until 5th May. You can still ride down to the base Gondola station as there is still good snow cover. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 185cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Limited lift operations on upper slopes now at Tsugaike, but the Gondola is operating and it is possible to ski/board down to the bottom of the resort. Snow depth upper - 280cm
Hakuba Iwatake, Hakuba Sanosaka, Cortina and Hakuba Minekata are now all closed for the season. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 7th April 2011, 15:05pm
Bright, cloudy skies
Today has been another bright day in Nozawa, though not as clear blue skies with a more silverly blue/grey look to things. It has been warm though with a high of around +12 degrees in the village this afternoon. Very spring-like. Tomorrow morning might well start off bright but with a high chance of rain falling by the afternoon and perhaps even into Saturday, though the whole region looks likely to be seeing more sun and clear skies come Sunday.
Planned lifts operating until 22nd April (subject to change!):
-Paradise -Schneider -Challenge -Utopia A -Utopia B -Rinkan -Isemiya -Uenodaira Snow Park
There may be the changes to the above on any given day, so if you are planning a visit and this is important it's best to ask just to get the latest! We will endeavor to keep the above updated each day.
The Ryuoo Ski Park resort (which is about 20-25 minutes from Nozawa by car) also plans to be part open on the following days: April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and also from April 29th until May 8th. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 7th April 2011, 15:24pm
Sun, some cloud
Blue skies again today though more cloud up there - all looking very pretty and some nice spring conditions out there and warm temperatures (6 degrees this afternoon). Rain still very likely tomorrow I'm afraid and maybe Saturday, though clearer weather is more probable on Sunday.
Resort areas that are open at the moment (7th April):
-Mammoth -Ichinose Family -Okushiga Kogen -Kumanoyu -Yokoteyama/Shibutoge
Official resort snow depths as of 7th April 2011 AM:
Okushiga Kogen: No2 and No3 high speed lifts open until 8th May. No4 pair lift open between 23rd April and 8th May. Gondola open until 4th April and then opening April 9th-11th, 16th-18th and April 23rd until 8th May. Please note - Okushiga Kogen is a skiers-only area.
Kumanoyu: No 1 pair lift will be open until 8th May. No 2 pair lift will be open until 8th May and then may continue to be open depending on snow conditions at that time. They hope to be able to open until 15th May. No 3 quad lift will be open from 29th April until 8th May. No 4 pair lift – no specific opening times available. Please note - Kumanoyu is a skiers-only area.
Yokoteyama – Shibutoge: The resort plans to be open until the end of May. Yokoteyama No 1 Sky lift open until 8th May. Yokoteyama No 2, No 3 Sky lifts and the Shibutoge pair lift will all be open until conditions permit. Yokoteyama No 4, No 5 and No 6 lifts will be open at unspecified times until 8th May. Please note - snowboarding is not allowed on all courses at Yokoteyama - allowed on No1, No2 and No4 courses and the Shibutoge area. Currently, No4 course is closed).
Ichinose Family: Quad lift open until 5th May. No2 pair lift (B) open on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May.
Ichinose Diamond: Triple lift (and moving walkway) open on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May.
Higashitateyama: Opening from 29th April until 5th May for Golden Week.
Terakoya: Quad and No1 pair lift opening on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May. Read more ...