Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 26th April 2017
Monday 10th April 2017, 8:26am
Chilly is the feeling of the morning with just +1c in the village right now, and the day high expected to be +8c. The cool temperatures have brought a light dusting of 2cm of fresh snow. The wind is moderate and gusting on and off. Winds will reduce tonight but be back again by tomorrow morning. The sky is mainly cloudy with a few breaks showing the blue behind it. Read more ...
Monday 10th April 2017, 8:29am
Clear and sunny
Good morning everyone.
It's a beauty as well... we are enjoying some beautiful, clear blue skies and sunshine at the start of the day today in the region.
It is currently +4C and it will warm up a little - but not too much.
The forecast still shows a bit of snowfall lined up for later on Wednesday. Wouldn't that be a nice late season gift?
In the meantime, both Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Annupuri are still offering top to bottom courses.
Individual resort information: Monday 10th April 2017:
Below info subject to change during the day due to snow and weather conditions
Niseko Grand Hirafu Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May. The following course is now closed: Onsenzawa.
Official snow depth: Top - 275cm Base - 70cm
Operating lifts: Ace Family (8:30am until 4:30pm) - until 16th April Ace Number 2 Center Four (8:30am until 4:30pm) King Number 3 (8:40am until 4:30pm) King Number 4 (8:50am until 4:30pm) Gondola (8:30am until 4:30pm) - on weekends and national holidays only
The Spring Park should be open from 10am until 3:30pm
Niseko Annupuri Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Official snow depth: Top - 200cm Base - 55cm
Operating lifts: Annupuri Gondola Jumbo Number 1 Jumbo Number 4
Niseko HANAZONO Resort has closed for the season. Niseko Village is currently closed but plans to part re-open from 28th April until 7th May. Night time floodlit operations have finished for the season. Read more ...
Monday 10th April 2017, 8:30am
Cloudy some blue sky
Good morning from Grandeco.
It was windy last night but things have calmed down for this morning.
It was cold last night and some parts of the nearby roads are icy. Snow conditions on the courses are a little icy, hard condition. It will probably become softer as things get a little warmer.
According to the forecast, it might be snowing tomorrow night. Fingers crossed!
- Gondola - Number 1 quad lift - Number 2 quad lift: * Now closed * - Number 3 quad lift - Number 4 quad lift: * Now closed *
90% courses remain open Lavender A and Mint B are closed The Snow Parks are now closed
Official snow depth: 250cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: dry Goshukinuma through Grandeco: dry Read more ...
Monday 10th April 2017, 8:44am
Thin high cloud but bright - and sunny conditions forecast
Hello and good morning from Yuzawa.
Yesterday was rather dull and foggy with at least unappealing drizzly rain through the day - heavier rain at some times particularly during the morning. It was something of a wet way for the season to end for a handful of ski resorts.
This morning there's some thin high cloud around but it's much clearer and brighter, and sunny skies are forecast for the day.
Temperatures won't be as high, with 12-13C forecast for early afternoon at town level.
From today only the GALA Yuzawa, Kagura, Kandatsu Kogen resorts remain open daily. Naeba is closed on weekends and plans to open again on weekends before Golden Week - and also during Golden Week.
Resort information as of Monday 10th April 2017
Subject to change depending on snow and weather conditions.
GALA Yuzawa GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until Sunday 7th May. All of the Central Area courses and part of the North Area currently remain open. The sledding area is also open. The Falcon downhill course is now closed - use the Gondola to get back down to base. Official snow depth: 280cm
Kagura The Tashiro Area of Kagura plans to be open until Sunday 7th May. The Kagura Area (via Mitsumata Ropeway) plans to be open until Sunday 28th May. Almost all Kagura courses remain open. Closed courses according to official website are the Gondola East Course (at Tashiro) and the downhill course (back to Mitsumata car park). Kagura Park plans to be open daily from Wednesday 12th April. Official snow depth: Kagura - 350cm; Mitsumata - 300cm; Tashiro - 320cm
Kandatsu Kogen Kandatsu Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May. Most courses at Kandatsu Kogen remain open. Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) is on Saturdays and nights before holidays until 22nd April. Official snow depth: 240cm
Naeba is closed today but plans to re-open on weekends and over the Golden Week period.
All other ski and snowboard resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 10th April 2017, 8:45am
High thin cloud, bright and sunny
Good morning from Nozawa.
It's a drier and clearer morning which is nice to see.
The snow is retreating fairly quickly now especially at base areas -- some patches of ground starting to show around Karasawa, but still we have very good snow cover especially when you consider it is 10th April... and lots of snow still on the upper areas of the mountain.
From today, the Uenotaira quad, Paradise quad and Skyline pair lifts will be operating only on weekends and Golden Week.
So that means that on weekdays (like today), the operating lifts are the Nagasaka Gondola and the two Yamabiko quad lifts.
You can still ski or snowboard back down close to the Hikage base area - from where you can get on a shuttle bus back over to the base of the Nagasaka Gondola if you want to get back up top. Snow conditions are better higher up though, so I expect that most people will be staying up there for most of the day.
Looks like there's a chance of some rain again tomorrow afternoon.
Monday 10th April 2017
Below is official info that the resort is publishing at the time of the report.
Official snow depths: - Yamabiko: 315cm - Uenotaira: 215cm - Hikage: 135cm (* not updated the last few days?) - Nagasaka: 125cm (* not updated the last few days?) - Karasawa: 75cm (* not updated the last few days?)
Lifts that are operating today: - Nagasaka Gondola - Yamabiko Four - Yamabiko Number 2 Four
Courses that are open today: - Yamabiko A - Yamabiko B - Yamabiko C - Yamabiko D - Yamabiko E - Uenotaira - Paradise - Bunabayashi - Yunomine B - Rinkan - Utopia Course - Utopia Course 2 - Challenge
Planned lift operations for the rest of the season:
Nagasaka Gondola - 8:10am until 3:30pm Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift - 8:25am until 3:15pm Yamabiko Four lift - 8:30am until 3:40pm Uenotaira Four lift - 8:30am until 3:40pm (*** only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week) Paradise Four lift - 8:25am until 3:50pm (*** only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week) Skyline Pair lift - 8:25am until 4:00pm (*** only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week) Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 10th April 2017, 9:14am
Thin cloud, bright and sunny
We couldn't escape some drizzly rain yesterday unfortunately, though a friend who was out and about on the slopes yesterday reported some sleet like wet snow at times.
It felt pretty cold outside though.
This morning it's kind of bright but slightly overcast. Sun is forecast for the day.
But look, is that snow on the forecast for tomorrow?
Some resorts are now open only on weekends (and Golden Week), so keep an eye on what lifts are open below.
The next Shiga Kogen report should appear before the weekend. If there's any cm of fresh snow on the ground to report before then, I'll try and make a special post to let you know...
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.
Lift and resort closing dates - it's complicated! Please note that from 8th May, joint Shiga Kogen lift tickets are not valid - individual tickets from the individual areas will be required.
Takamagahara Mammoth The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April)
Tannenomori Okojo The quad lift plans to be operating from 29th April until 7th May
Ichinose Family The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May
Terakoya The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only until 28th April)
Ichinose Diamond The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only until 28th April)
Okushiga Kogen The Okushiga Kogen Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating on 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and between 29th April and 7th May The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3, and 6 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May
Kumanoyu The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 14th May The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating on 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and from 29th April until 7th May
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until late May The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (may be closed on certain days) The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until late May Read more ...
Monday 10th April 2017, 9:34am
High thin cloud, light blue skies, sunshine
Sorry for the later report this morning - information checking was taking some time this morning, but I think I have got it all up to date and correct!
Lots of fog around yesterday afternoon - well, there was up at 47 where I - and it felt quite chilly actually.
The sun is out and it's blue in some places but lots of high thin cloud around too giving the morning a pale but bright feel.
Over the last week the snow around town has quickly been disappearing and it getting thinner on the ground on lower slopes as well. There's still a lot of snow on the mountains though, it's going to take a while for that lot to melt!
Some resort operation changes this morning - noted below - as we enter the last four weeks of the season.
Resort information as of 9:30am on Monday 10th April 2017:
All information as available and subject to change.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. All of the courses are Hakuba 47 remains open. Tree Riding Zone gates are closed. Official snow depth: Upper: 250cm Base: 90cm --- Planned operating lifts: All planned lifts operating --- Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. Top to bottom riding is still available via the Toomi course. The Iimori area of the resort is closed. Official snow depth: Alps: 250cm Toomi: 105cm --- Planned operating lifts: Gondola Alps Number 1 pair lift Alps Number 3 pair lift --- Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). Most base areas are now closed but upper areas of the resort remain open. The Gondola and Sakka Kitaone lifts are taking people up to those higher areas. You can still ski or board back down to the Gondola base station via the Riesen and Shirakaba South courses - otherwise take one of the two above lifts back down to base. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 150cm Kurobishi: 235cm Nakiyama: 50cm --- Planned operating lifts: Gondola Alpen quad lift Grat quad lift Panorama pair lift Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair lift Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift Kurobishi Number 3 pair lift Skyline Number 2 pair lift Sakka Kitaone quad --- Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Tsugaike Kogen: Tsuga-no-mori, Han-no-ki, Maruyama and Oya-no-hara areas remain open with top to bottom courses available. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 295m Han-no-ki: 290cm Oya-no-hara: 80cm --- Planned operating lifts: Tsugaike Ropeway Gondola Tsuga Number 2 pair lift Han-no-ki high speed pair lift --- Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
All other ski and snowboard resorts in the area are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Monday 10th April 2017, 9:36am
Fine, thin cloud
Good morning from Zao.
Some rain over the weekend unfortunately - and I noticed the official snow depth numbers taking something of a hit since my last report - but happily it's a clearer morning this morning.
Fewer lifts opening now (details below) as the skiing and snowboarding options are higher areas of the resort.
Check out the forecast though - might we see some fresh snow later tomorrow?
Zao Onsen plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Next report due before the weekend, or if there's any fresh snow to report.
Official snow depths (as published by the resort): Summit - 110cm Paradise - 190cm Chuo - 190cm Utopia - 130cm Uwanodai - 90cm Yokokura - 75cm
Planned closing dates for lifts at Zao Onsen - subject to change due to snow conditions:
Operating only on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April: - Katakai triple - Paradise pair AB
Operating until Sunday 7th May: - Chuo Number 1 pair AB - Chuo Number 2 pair AB (holidays only after 16th April) - Utopia Number 2 pair
No fixed closing date: - Yokokura Number 1 pair AB - Kurohime Number 1 quad
Open all year (* for sightseeing): - Sky Cable - Chuo Ropeway - Zao Ropeway
All other ski lifts at Zao Onsen are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Monday 10th April 2017, 12:06pm
The sun is shining through high, thin clouds
Well. We're down to two ski areas operating, although there's a lot of snow out there (and we could see some new snow above 1,000 meters on Wednesday and Thursday!).
The list of operating lifts are below; I'll pop in from time to time to update the snow levels or any changes.