Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Tuesday 9th April 2019, 6:36am
Blue sky, some cloud
Good (early) morning from Niseko.
I wanted to post early this morning because I am off to Sapporo this morning and there's an interesting looking bunch of clouds around Mt Yotei at the moment that I wanted to share (below). Cloud is covering the mountain but it's all blue skies above it. Interesting.
It is looking like there will be quite a lot of sunshine over the next few days and pretty calm too.
I would expect the lifts at Hirafu and Annupuri to be opening as planned this morning.
Anyway, it should be a good drive over to Sapporo today. I will be back in Niseko by lunch tomorrow.
Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 9th April 2019 Subject to change due to weather conditions
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 250cm - Base: 70cm
Planned ski lift operations: - Annupuri Gondola - Dream Number 1 quad - Jumbo Number 1 quad - Jumbo Number 4 pair
Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO areas are now closed for the 2018-2019 season Read more ...
Tuesday 9th April 2019, 6:55am
Hello and good morning from Hakuba.
And this morning I have some fresh snow news for you. 2cm being measured down here at base, and there is a thin layer of snow once again covering base areas. It's good to see of course but probably will not last long with sunshine expected today. But wait, more snow tomorrow? It's not giving up easy this season...
Snow is falling giving us limited visibility on the mountains at the moment early on. Don't stop please!
Ski resort information on Tuesday 9th April 2019: The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report. Much info not updated today at time of report due to early time.
Notes: - Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline, Riesen Slalom and Nakiyama South Side areas remain open - Base areas are closed apart from Nakiyama South Side and Shirakaba South Side (part) - Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Notes: - Tsugaike Ropeway is now generally open for spring operations (check for daily operation plans) - Tsuga-no-mori, Han-kou, Han-no-ki and Karamatsu course areas remain open - Other course areas are now closed - Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Monday 6th May Read more ...
Tuesday 9th April 2019, 6:58am
There was some rain yesterday but let's quickly forget that and be happy that it has been snowing again!
Not much - there is just a thin light dusting around town areas - but I expect there will be a fair bit more than that higher up on the open resort areas. (No word from Kagura just yet).
It's a real bonus for this time of the year.
Just 30 minutes ago the Route 17 / Yuzawa IC webcam image (below) was showing that thin white covering on the road, but that has pretty much gone already now.
We are forecast a day of cloudy conditions today with any lingering light snow drying up this morning and perhaps more of the same tomorrow too, with temps rising to around 6C during the daytime.
Updated: Tuesday 9th April 2019
GALA Yuzawa - Official snow depth: 240cm - The Central Area and part of the Northern Area of GALA Yuzawa remain open - The downhill Falcon course is now closed for the season - take the Gondola down - GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Kagura - Official snow depth: 260cm (Kagura); 230cm (Tashiro); 200cm (Mitsumata) - Kagura remains almost fully open - Tashiro Ropeway plans to be open until Monday 6th May - Kagura via Mitsumata Ropeway plans to be open until Sunday 26th May
Kandatsu Kogen - Official snow depth: 170cm - Kandatsu remains part open - Kandatsu Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 21st April
All other ski resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region are now closed for the season Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 9th April 2019, 7:11am
Hello from Nozawa and there's not much to see this morning. Visibility wise. And that is because it is snowing once again! A few cm down at base and likely more than that higher up. In fact, the resort have just reported 15cm of fresh snow on the top Yamabiko area. So it should definitely be worth a look this morning. Nice.
That new snow has pushed the official snow depth on the top runs back up to 300cm.
There is lots of cloud forecast for the day today - this snow is due to ease off in the morning 0 and tomorrow... will this be the last snow of the season?
Tuesday 9th April 2019
Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday morning):
- Yamabiko (1407m): 15cm - Uenotaira (1230m): 15cm - Hikage (660m): no longer reporting - Nagasaka (615m): no longer reporting - Karasawa (563m): no longer reporting
Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):
- Yamabiko (1407m): 300cm - Uenotaira (1230m): 225cm - Hikage (660m): no longer reporting - Nagasaka (615m): no longer reporting - Karasawa (563m): no longer reporting
The following lifts are operating:
- Nagasaka Gondola (8:10am - 3:30pm; last one down 3:30pm) - Yamabiko Four (8:30am - 3:20pm) - Yamabiko Number 2 Four (8:25am - 3:30pm)
The following courses are open:
- Yamabiko B - Yamabiko C - Yamabiko D - Yamabiko E - Kokenashi - Uenotaira - Paradise
The following courses remain available to ski back down:
Wasn't sure when I'd update, but about 13cm of new snow at base level on April 8 deserves a mention. And we need to keep our total snowfall for the entire season accurate, right?
SnowJapan's forecast got it right, but it was still weird to watch things get colder through the day, and the rain turn to snow. Pretty strong north winds are still blowing; a few minutes ago the wind really came in with some more new fall (thought it was just the snow in the trees and on the car blowing away, but it was in fact new flakes coming in horizontally. So we have the schizophrenic situation of sunny skies to the south (melting the snow off the roof) and gray skies, snow and wind from the north. Winter wants to fight its way back in; spring is holding firm in the south. But that wind might cause lift closures (meaning the gondola at Akakan, which would close the hill), some at Arai.
We're now officially down to three operating areas, now with some fresh snow on top to make things pretty again. The snowpack was looking pretty grim there after the last rain (amazing what come up to the surface) so it's another nice day.
Snow started falling in the early morning and 11cm of new snow has been measured at Grandeco base. The mountains surrounding the area have turned white once again. The roads too. This snowfall will ease off soon and it should end up being a sunny day.
The photos for today are from Nekoma (first one) and Grandeco.
Nekoma - lift 4/5, course 11/11 open (open until there is enough snow) Grandeco - lift 2/5 include one gondola, course 8/11 open (open until there is enough snow)
Minowa, Alts Bandai, Urabandai, Inawashiro, Inawashiro resort, Numajiri, Listel, Family Bandai Bandai - all now closed for the season