Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 11th December 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 7th April 2018, 7:09am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

With GALA Yuzawa announcing that they would be closed for the day very early on in the morning, it turns out that Maiko Snow Resort also didn't get to open (at all) yesterday and some lifts up at Kagura were also affected due to the strong winds higher up.

We had rain overnight and there are some light spots of rain falling at the time of writing with rain forecast at times today; particularly this morning. Lots of cloud around and limited visibility on the mountains.

Some forecasts still show the chance of some fresh snow overnight tonight. Wouldn't that be a nice bonus.

Sunshine is expected during the day tomorrow and that will be a good way for the season to end at the Iwappara, Ishiuchi Maruyama, Joetsu Kokusai and Maiko Snow Resort resorts.

High temperatures of around 10 degrees are expected at town level during the day today and tomorrow.

All of the ski resorts that plan to be open this weekend should be opening.

And... blossoms and all sorts of buds are now quickly appearing!


From Monday, only Kagura, GALA Yuzawa and Kandatsu Kogen will remain open daily - with Naeba planning to open up on weekends. More info below.


Updated: Saturday 7th April 2018

At least part open until Sunday 8th April:

- Official snow depth: 50cm
- The central area remains open with two lifts (Number 2 and Number 3 pair lifts) operating

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Official snow depth: 90cm
- Top areas remain open via the Chuo Entrance with four lifts operating

Joetsu Kokusai
- Official snow depth: 60cm
- The area in front of the main hotel and the North area remain open

Maiko Snow Resort
- Official snow depth: Top - 80cm, Base - 0cm
- The Gondola and Okusoeji quad lift and top area of Maiko Snow Resort remain open

At least part open until Sunday 22nd April:

Kandatsu Kogen
- Official snow depth: 110cm
- Most of Kandatsu Kogen remains open with four lifts operating

At least part open until Sunday 6th May:

GALA Yuzawa
- Official snow depth: 150cm
- The Central Area and North Area of GALA Yuzawa remain open
- The South Area and Falcon course back to base are now closed for the season

- Official snow depth: Kagura area - 250cm; Mitsumata area - 150cm; Tashiro area - 200cm
- All areas of Kagura remain open
- Tashiro Ropeway plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May
- Mitsumata Ropeway and the main Kagura area plan to be at least part open until Sunday 27th May
- The Dragondola connecting Tashiro with Naeba is now closed for the season

- Official snow depth: 120cm (base)
- The Prince Number 2 Gondola, Number 5 high speed lift and Takenokodaira romance lift remain operating
- You can still ride back down to base
- Naeba plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May (** but only on weekends from 9th-27th April; closed weekdays **)
- The Dragondola connecting Naeba with Tashiro is now closed for the season   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 7th April 2018, 7:35am
Weather conditions: Clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

I'm afraid it's raining this morning - even up top by the looks. The good news is that it shouldn't be lasting much longer (actually seems to be easing off now after a quick walk outside) with mostly just cloudy conditions forecast for the day.

There is a chance of snow falling overnight tonight to be followed by a sunny day tomorrow. That sounds good to me, let's have some of that!


Saturday 7th April 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 190cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 90cm
- Hikage (660m): -cm
- Nagasaka (615m): -cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Lifts operations:

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

The following courses remain open:

- Yamabiko area
- Kokenashi course
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Rinkan (use this course to get back down to base)

General resort operations information until Sunday 6th May:

The Gondola will be open from 8:10am daily;
The Number 1 car park will be free daily;
There will be no village shuttle bus between 2nd April and 27th April;
A resort shuttle bus may operate between Hikage and Nagasaka (Number 1 car park) depending on snow conditions;
Nozawa Onsen plans to remain open until Sunday 6th May.   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 7th April 2018, 7:41am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto.

OK so we did get rained on yesterday and this morning it is drizzle and generally rather grey and cloudy with a slight breeze. Cloudy conditions are what the forecast tells us to expect during the day today.

There is a few events going on at the resort today - Advance Cup and Murasaki Sports gear testing - so some things to see and do.

To add to the fun, it would be nice if we saw some fresh snow tomorrow. Some forecasts say it might happen!


Official snow depths:

Top: 325cm
Base: 185cm

Number 1 Gondola and Number 1 pair lift are operating

   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 7th April 2018, 7:56am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, some blue sky in places
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It started raining during the day yesterday. Rain is always an enemy of the snow of course, and definitely so at this stage of the season when it's already melting away.

But hold on!

We still have snow forecast this weekend. It's there on the forecast - will it be here in reality? I'm excited at the though of some fresh up there.

Cloudy for the moment and feels a little colder than yesterday. Rain due sometime today to be followed by that snow.

I will of course bring you the latest in my report tomorrow morning.


The four ski resorts that remain open all plan to remain at least part open until Sunday 6th May


Ski resort information on Saturday 7th April 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Lift & course info:

- Upper areas of the resort remain open
- You can still ride back down to Nakiyama South or Shirakaba South (Gondola) base
- Other base areas are now closed

Official snow depth:

- Kurobishi: 245cm
- Usagidaira: 150cm
- Lower: 15cm


Hakuba Goryu

Lift & course info:

- Gondola
- Alps Number 1 pair
- Alps Number 3 pair
- Toomi Four

- The top area (except Champion Expert) and Toomi run remain open
- You can still ride back down to Gondola base
- The Iimori area is now closed

Official snow depth:
- Top: 250cm
- Toomi: 80cm
- Iimori: -cm


Hakuba 47

Lift & course info:

- Gondola
- Pair Line A-B
- Quad Line C
- Pair Line E

- All main courses remain open
- You can still ride back down to base
- The Tree Riding Zones are now closed for the season

Official snow depth:
- Top: 250cm
- Base: 70cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Lift & courses info:

- Gondola, Han-no-ki high speed pair, Tsuga Number 1 pair and Tsugaike Ropeway are operating

- Top Tsuga-no-mori, Han-kou, Han-no-ki areas remain open
- Oya-no-hara is part open
- You can still ride back down to Gondola base via Karamatsu

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 245cm
- Han-no-ki: 230cm
- Maruyama: -cm
- Shirakaba: -cm
- Champion: -cm
- Oya-no-hara: 50cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 7th April 2018, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and...
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --

It is snowing.

And there's a bit of fresh snow on the ground. While I am not quite seeing 1cm here at base, I am going to be jolly naughty this morning - and totally reckless and rock'n'roll - by 'rounding up' and adding 1cm to the report. I do think it is justified as there have been other days when there has been a dusting not recorded and also so that in the big picture (and looking back) we will be able to see that there has been a bit of snowfall on this date.

And perhaps there is even a little more up there on the mountain. I am going to go and check that out myself.

Looks like the colder conditions should continue for a few more days. Generally cloudy weather is forecast today but as of 8:10am it is still snowing. Yey!

Maybe we will enjoy some sunshine tomorrow. Or maybe not.


Tomorrow (Sunday) is the last day of the season for the Niseko Hanazono and Niseko Village areas of the mountain.


There is just over four weeks left to go now. That means I have about 30 more 'Niseko Now' reports to post before I can hibernate for about 6 months. I'll keep them coming every day. Do forgive me if sometimes they are a little shorter or appear at less regular times. There's generally less to report now of course, but I will do my best to bring you info and keep them interesting. And perhaps I will respond to the unprecedented demand for all the latest toast tips and news from Niseko which I am sure you agree sounds rather excite. ;)


Saturday 7th April 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 6th May
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 8th April

Lifts that remain operating:

- Ace Family quad
- Ace Number 2 Center Four
- Holiday Number 1
- Hirafu Gondola
- Swinging Monkey
- King Number 3
- King Number 4
- Hanazono Number 1 quad
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad

Official snow depth:

- Top: 425cm
- Base: 130cm

Niseko Annupuri
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 6th May

Lifts that remain operating:

- Annupuri Gondola
- Dream Number 1
- Jumbo Number 1
- Jumbo Number 4

Official snow depth:

- Top: 400cm
- Base: 120cm

Niseko Village
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 8th April

Lifts that remain operating:

- Village Express
- Niseko Gondola
- Wonderland Chair

Official snow depth:

- Top: 380cm
- Base: 120cm   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Saturday 7th April 2018, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It was raining last night but it is just cloudy now.

The Number 3 lift will now only be open on the weekend, and it is a chance to hike up to the mountain.

Lavender 28 and a part of Basil course will be closed because of a mogul competition this weekend.

The snow level is getting lower but there is still enough snow to enjoy skiing and boarding out there.

Snow tires are not necessary today but pay attention to the forecast... there is some snow forecast for tomorrow afternoon through Monday! It will be interesting to see if and how much snow might fall... anything now will really be a bonus.


Lifts operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1
- Number 2
- Number 3

Courses open:

- Courses beside the open lifts remain open

Official snow depth:
- 190cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast
   Read more ...

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