Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 9th April 2016, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Morning from Yuzawa.

It's going to be a fine and sunny day today as expected, warming up to about 20 degrees in town. Kagura are also expected temps to be around 15C later on in the day. Fine weather is also expected tomorrow.

With only GALA Yuzawa and Kagura now remaining open, expect the weekends in particular to be very busy... first or at least early tracks are highly recommended (but aren't they always?!)


Resorts that remain open in Yuzawa on Saturday 9th April 2016):

GALA Yuzawa
GALA Yuzawa resort plans to be open until Sunday 8th May.
Three of the six courses in the Central Area (as well as the 'playing in the snow 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:

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 - 200cm
Tashiro area - 170cm
Mitsumata area - 140cm


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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Saturday 9th April 2016, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Sunny blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Good morning from Grandeco Resort.

Very clear blue skies and gentle winds this morning.

Snow conditions should be pretty good in the morning, with temperatures rising this afternoon. The weather should stay sunny all of today and the better part of tomorrow as well.

Tomorrow is the last day of the season that Lift #3 will be operating, so this weekend is a good time to get to the top of the mountain. The Nishidaiten backcountry area is accessible today as well.

There is a mogul contest today on the Lavender 28 course starting at 10:20am which is free to watch.

The Spring Snow Park and 50m Halfpipe are open from 10:00am. It is being maintained all day long so there is still plenty to play on.


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


Here is a list of the resorts that remain open in the region:

Grandeco, Nekoma and Minowa are open today.
Minowa announced they will end their season on the of April 10th (tomorrow)
Nekoma will be closed between the 19th-21st and 26th-28 April, but both Grandeco and Nekoma plan to remain open until 5th May.
All dependent on the snow levels of course!   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 9th April 2016, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Fine morning
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Good morning from Hakuba and this morning we have the sun out, light blue skies and a bit of cloud around to start the day off.

I do not know where, but a few people have apparently written in regarding somewhere online reporting 'fresh powder' this morning. Perhaps a misunderstanding or something, but please don't get your hopes up - we've had no fresh new snowfall unfortunately and so it's still full on spring mode. There's nothing wrong with that of course... but it's certainly not fresh powder!

It is actually a mild morning and probably today temperatures are going to warm up to around 18 degrees here at village base. Similar conditions are expected tomorrow as well.

There's a bit of rain (snow higher up possibly?) around Sunday night into Monday but it looks like it should be short-lived.

Have a good weekend.


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 9:00am on Saturday 9th April 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Most courses at Hakuba 47 remain open.
Route 4 has today re-opened.
The lower part of R1 course is 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: 110cm
Base: 30cm

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: 184cm
Toomi: -cm
Iimori: -cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
The lower areas of the resort - apart from part of Nakiyama South - are now closed.
Riesen Slalom Course is now just part open.
Upper Riesen Grat Course, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Skyline and Panorama course areas 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: 105cm
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 open for spring season (note: extra charge required).
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 160cm
Maruyama: -cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm


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

Niseko Now!

Saturday 9th April 2016, 9:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud, probably clearing up
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 70cm
Good morning to you from Niseko.

Very light snow actually falling this morning with a light dusting of snow even here at base and I am hearing perhaps a cm or so higher up. Hurray! It is definitely feeling colder this morning.

But we can probably expect lots of blue sky around later on in the day and the sun to come out, so it's just a quick 'reminder' as much as anything. A naughty tease, perhaps!

After more clear weather forecast for tomorrow, there's actually a chance of snow around Monday it seems. It seems highly unlikely but I really want 14cm or more to bring my observed snowfall for the season up to 10m. Not that it's important of course, other than being able to boast about 10m of snowfall at base.

I'm writing this as 10am approaches and unfortunately strong winds are messing about with lifts with the Annupuri area on hold and the top two lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu also stopped.


Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 lift and Ace Number 3 lift are on hold due to strong winds.

Niseko Annupuri
As of 10am, unfortunately all of the planned three lifts are on hold due to strong winds - so effectively closed.

Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 9th April 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Top - 320cm
Base - 70cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 320cm
Base - 70cm


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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Myoko Now!

Saturday 9th April 2016, 10:09am
Weather conditions: Hazy blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Some news on the end of the end: tomorrow is the last day for Akakura Kanko.

They made a good try, but that warm air, rain and wind finished up our low snowpack for the year.

It's amazing over the last week just how fast the small trees and brush have popped up all over and are already starting to put out new shoots.

Only Seki is still open; they have some special events this weekend but it's hard to tell when they will close. Still says May 5, but... I'll let you know!


Akakura Kanko:
8° / 80cm; last day tomorrow (Sunday the 10th); Myoko Sky Cable gondola and Hotel No. 3 only

Akakura Onsen:

Ikenotaira Onsen:

Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:
3° / 160cm

Myoko Ski Park:

Kyukamura RunRun:

Tangram Ski Circus:

Madarao Kogen:
   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 9th April 2016, 13:02pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
It's a real spring day - so far we have had snow, rain and hail.

Presently, it is 9 degrees at the base and presently sun and cloud. Winds are blowing quite strongly from the south. Snow conditions will soften nicely today.

There is still some snow on the forecast for Monday in particular (but rain later in the week) - let's see what it might bring us.

Kitanomine Zone is closed for the season, with the Furano Zone still operating.

The plan is to continue until Thursday 5th May.   Read more ...

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