Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 26th April 2017
Tuesday 11th April 2017, 7:26am
Morning from Yuzawa.
It's windy this morning, even down here at town level. Strong southerly winds and they are going to be messing around with resort operations. Here's the news:
- GALA Yuzawa will be closed for the day - Only the Mitsumata Number 1 lift will be open this morning at Kagura - the Kagura Area and Tashiro Area of the resort are closed.
So the choice today would seem to be Mitsumata or Kandatsu Kogen, which should be opening as planned.
As well as the wind, some rain is expected today as well, and perhaps tomorrow too. It's cooler though and temperatures may not reach 10 degrees during the day.
Resort information as of Tuesday 11th April 2017
Subject to change depending on snow and weather conditions.
GALA Yuzawa GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until Sunday 7th May. GALA Yuzawa is closed today due to strong winds Official snow depth: 280cm
Kagura The Tashiro Area of Kagura plans to be open until Sunday 7th May. The only area of Kagura open this morning is the Mitsumata Area with the Number 1 lift operating. 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 ...
Tuesday 11th April 2017, 7:47am
Clear conditions mean the views through to Tokachidake this morning are very nice. The temperature is reasonably warm at +7c but the light wind feels a bit chilly unless you are in the suns rays. Heavy rain is expected at base this afternoon, but the upper mountain should receive some fresh snow from tonight through to Thursday. If the forecast is correct it could be up to 50cm of new snow at the top...fingers crossed that eventuates but lets just wait and see. Read more ...
Tuesday 11th April 2017, 7:55am
Nasty out there
A quick note: this is not a day to go out on the snow. And you may not be able to.
Crazy winds all through the night; everything loose around the house scattered around the driveway and across the road in the woods (one blue sheet is still missing). I doubt the lifts will be running; even if they did, the rain is falling/blowing horizontally.
No reports in for the morning, so we'll guess a bit on the temperatures; the snowpack will have fallen, but we'll keep yesterday's figures.
Lots of low cloud this morning and it has and started raining or actually snowing depending on where you are.
Yes, higher up and snow is falling from the skies. Might it be snowing down here too later. We can hope.
Looks like visibility is varied out there this morning - fair to poor in places.
Colder today so need to wrap up this morning. Hopefully things might be clearer tomorrow.
Resort information as of 8:00am on Tuesday 11th 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: 245cm Base: 85cm --- 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: 245cm Toomi: 100cm --- 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: 145cm 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: 290m Han-no-ki: 285cm Oya-no-hara: 75cm --- 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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 11th April 2017, 8:12am
Cloud, light rain
Morning from Nozawa.
It has started raining, I'm afraid.
A bit of wind too, though it doesn't seem to be - at the moment - affecting the opening plans of the resort.
It's going to be a bit colder today and tomorrow and local forecasts even have the chance of a bit of snow falling tomorrow which means that there's surely a pretty good chance of snow on mountain. That would be good!
Let's see what nature delivers...
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.
Tuesday 11th April 2017
Below is official info that the resort is publishing at the time of the report.
Official snow depths: - Yamabiko: 310cm - Uenotaira: 210cm - Hikage: 135cm (* not updated by the resort the last few days) - Nagasaka: 125cm (* not updated by the resort the last few days) - Karasawa: 75cm (* not updated by the resort 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 ...
Tuesday 11th April 2017, 8:30am
It's a kind of overcast start to the day though sun is forecast so perhaps things will brighten up.
Strong winds are affecting the top King Number 4 lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu at the start of the day.
The forecast is for mild conditions today but later on as things get colder we have a bit of rain on the forecast and perhaps even a little snow too going into tomorrow.
I will of course let you know how that goes tomorrow morning.
Niseko Grand Hirafu is now making a point of mentioning that with the snow retreating from lower slopes, the lower slope is getting narrow and not suitable for 'non experts' - and recommended them to get the Ace Center Four lift back down to base.
Individual resort information: Tuesday 11th April 2017:
Planned openings. This info subject to change 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 - 265cm Base - 65cm
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 ...
Tuesday 11th April 2017, 8:43am
Good morning from Grandeco.
It is a little windy this morning and because of the wind the gondola will be operating at reduced speed from 8:30.
Winds should calm down by this afternoon, but rain is due to start falling. The good news there is that it should change into snow in the evening. That's what the forecasts say anyway!
Temperatures should be keeping quite cold the whole day.
Keep warm when you ski and be prepared for that rain too!
- 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 ...