Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 7th April 2016, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 25cm
Hello from Nozawa and the weather is pretty miserable this morning... rain and fog.

And now we are just down to the top runs of the resort being open as the snow continues its retreat. You need to get the Nagasaka Gondola back down to base from the top area.

From Saturday (9th) the lifts will be closing 30 minutes earlier than now, which basically means that the Gondola will be open from 8:10am until 3pm, last down at 3:40pm.

The resort still is going to keep on going though and it may just be 'the top' that remains open but that area in itself is larger than quite a few ski resorts in Japan.

Let's hope the weather improves - and it should do with clearer and sunnier conditions expected from tomorrow and over the weekend.


Official info at time of writing on Thursday 7th April 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 95cm
Uenotaira: 25cm
Hikage: 0cm
Nagasaka: 0cm
Karasawa: 0cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 0cm
Uenotaira: 0cm
Hikage: 0cm

The following courses plan to be open:

Yamabiko A - 1300m
Yamabiko B - 800m
Yamabiko C - 850m
Yamabiko D - 1250m
Yamabiko E - 1000m

The following lifts plan to be operating:

Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four
Yamabiko Number 2 Four
Uenotaira Four
Paradise Four


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 7th April 2016, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Grey and cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 75cm
Good morning from Niseko.

It is a cloudy/overcast start to the day here today and temperatures again due to rise to around 9 degrees later on. We may be treated to some sun later according to the forecast but for now it's rather dull and grey.

Maybe some rain later on today and tomorrow as well, with a chance of some snow higher up. I wouldn't be expecting much though, if any. Once that clears up we are forecast to see clearer skies again from Sunday.

Not many people around now, with lots of folk who have been working over the winter now having a bit of time to be able to get out and enjoy some sliding.


Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko Annupuri
Both resort areas are open as planned at the start of the day.


Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 7th April 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Top - 325cm
Base - 75cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 330cm
Base - 80cm


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.

Niseko Hanazono has now closed for the season.


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast
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Hakuba Now!

Thursday 7th April 2016, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 30cm
Good morning.

Fine weather yesterday if a little windy and warm.

This morning it's not very appealing, to say the least. It's raining and forecast to rain for the day... a lot.

(Looking for brighter sides, I am hearing that it is sleet in some places higher up, but that's still rather wet).

Not sure that there will be many people wanting to get out onto the slopes in these conditions!

Tomorrow should see a real improvement with sunny skies forecast and indeed the weather should keep quite stable going through into the weekend and into next week.

The bottom Toomi run at Hakuba Goryu has now closed and so it's just the top area there that remains open.


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 8:50am on Thursday 7th 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: 135cm
Base: 35cm

Hakuba Goryu:
The top area of Goryu - Panorama, Grand Prix and Super courses - remain open.
The lower main Toomi and Iimori areas are now closed - get the Gondola back down to base.
Official snow depth
Alps: 190cm
Toomi: -cm
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: 115cm
Nakiyama: 20cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The top 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: 180cm
Maruyama: -cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm


Other resorts are now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Thursday 7th April 2016, 9:18am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 145cm
Good morning from Grandeco.

Unfortunately, rain has been falling from last night through to now and there's fog around at the moment. The forecast tells us to expect rain now until around mid afternoon today.

Yesterday in the morning, there was a bit of snow on the top part of the ski courses, just a little, but none this morning...

This weekend, the weather should be cloudy with some blue skies.

From 8th-10th April, the 2016 FIS Fukushima Moguls competition will be held on the Lavender 28 course, and that course won't be available during that period.

Grandeco is still 50% open (courses) and you can still ski from top to bottom on over 4km of terrain. Condition of the snow is generally kind of sherbet-like.

#3 lift is for advances course, it will close for the season when the course is unconnected. Enjoy it while you can!


Lifts operating:

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


Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco


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.
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Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 7th April 2016, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Morning from Yuzawa, and it's not the nicest of mornings.

Rain and wind making it one perhaps best suited to taking a soak in an onsen.

Some strong winds this morning that are affecting operations at Kagura and GALA Yuzawa.

GALA Yuzawa has made the decision to close for the day due to the conditions.

And at the time of writing, the Tashiro area of Kagura is closed for the day as well as the Number 4 and 5 lifts at Kagura.

Kagura is part open though via the Mitsumata Ropeway - just to the Mitsumata Number 3 romance lift. The Kagura Gondola is closed but they will open that up if the winds calm down at all.

Conditions should improve for tomorrow and over the weekend with a return to clearer skies and sunshine.


Resorts that remain open in Yuzawa on Thursday 7th April 2016):

GALA Yuzawa
** CLOSED TODAY due to wind.
GALA Yuzawa resort plans to be open until Sunday 8th May.
Four 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:

** nPART CLOSED today due to wind.
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


Resorts that are not listed below are now closed for the season.


List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City


Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

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