Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Wednesday 12th April 2017, 7:54am
Looking up at Kitanomine the grassy areas have been coated in white this morning. It is currently snowing/sleeting in the village and there has been 2cm of snow accumulated on gardens. The amount of fresh snow should be significant on the ski runs at the top of the resort. The snow is expected to continue through until tomorrow evening. There is fog on the mountain that extends to just above base level so visibility will be fair at best. A light wind is blowing but will pick up later in the morning. Read more ...
Wednesday 12th April 2017, 8:01am
It wasn't long after my report that spots of rain started falling and it was rather wet in town - though there was actually some fresh snow on the ground just a bit higher up.
I was woken up by some fairly heavy rain on the roof around 6am and unfortunately it's still raining now here in town.
Kagura are reporting snowfall for the day in the higher areas, with rain down to the Mitsumata Ropeway. Alas, wind is affecting Kagura operations again this morning and they are open from the Mitsumata Ropeway to the Kagura Number 1 romance lift at the start of the day (Tashiro is closed).
Both GALA Yuzawa and Kandatsu Kogen are reporting rain early on but they are opening as normal.
It looks like we can hope for the rain to stop and somewhat clear up this afternoon.
Temperatures are going to remain fairly low - in single digits - today and tomorrow, but come Friday things are expected to warm up quite a bit once again. Perhaps some sunny skies too for a nice weekend.
Resort information as of Wednesday 12th 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: 260cm
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. Tashiro closed today. Resort open from Mitsumata Ropeway to Kagura Number 1 pair lift at the start of the day. Official snow depth: Kagura - 330cm; Mitsumata - 280cm; Tashiro - 300cm
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: 220cm
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 ...
Wednesday 12th April 2017, 8:02am
Hey, how about this - might I be able to report some new fresh cm of snow tomorrow morning?
I may well be able to, and wouldn't that be a very nice bonus for mid April. Different forecasts seem to be predicting different things, so let's see what happens. I will of course report to you in the morning.
For now, it's kind of wet snowing in higher areas and wet down in town with lots of cloud and limited visibility.
I need to get this report up now so please check with the resorts for the up to date on lift operations.
Individual resort information: Wednesday 12th 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 - 275cm Base - 60cm
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 - 50cm
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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 12th April 2017, 8:24am
Good morning from Nozawa Onsen.
It's raining this morning... but might there be a bit of snow to fall up top over the next 24 hours? It's going to keep colder than it has been today and tomorrow as well, before things warming up once again from Friday onwards.
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.
Wednesday 12th April 2017
Below is official info that the resort is publishing at the time of the report.
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 - 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 ...
Wednesday 12th April 2017, 8:42am
Yes, it was snowing up on mountain yesterday and by 3pm Hakuba 47 were reporting 10cm of snow on their upper areas. Hakuba Happo-one are also reporting 10cm of fresh snow at the top of the Grat quad lift. The snow depth numbers at Tsugaike Kogen have also risen this morning.
Remember, these are not my observations - they're what the resorts are reporting.
While there's no fresh snow to report from down at base, it definitely sounds like today it will be worth a trip up to the upper courses that remain open to check out that fresh snow.
Looks like the forecast is for clearer skies as the day goes on too.
Resort information as of 8:30am on Wednesday 12th April 2017:
All information as available and subject to change.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 was reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall yesterday in upper areas. All of the courses are Hakuba 47 remains open. Tree Riding Zone gates are closed. Official snow depth: Upper: 250cm 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 this morning, though there's surely some up there... 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: 95cm --- 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 10cm of fresh snowfall (Grat 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: 225cm Nakiyama: -cm --- 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: 305cm Han-no-ki: 295cm 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 ...
Wednesday 12th April 2017, 8:49am
Cloud, light rain
Good morning from Grandeco.
Some snow fell yesterday but it turned into rain again this morning so there's no fresh cm of snow to record.
Still, there's 250cm of snow depth out there and snow cover remains complete with no ground showing at all on the courses.
Rather wet snow conditions, so in that respect good and slippery! Rain should stop falling in the morning and some sunshine might appear in the afternoon - waxing will be important!
Weather will be calm with some sunshine for several days after the skies clear up.
Ski hills remaining open in Bandai area : Grandeco, Nekoma and Minowa.
- 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: wet, no snow or ice on the road Goshukinuma through Grandeco: wet, no snow or ice on the road Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 12th April 2017, 11:52am
Cloud, fog, wet snow
Morning from Shiga Kogen, where winter-like weather has made a comeback!
Yesterday there were some strong winds blowing about and snow falling. All a bit mad.
It was very wet snow (I think rain is closer) earlier on in some places, but back to snow and there's a lot of cloud and fog around as we approach lunchtime. And wind too.
Not the 'kindest' of weather conditions, for sure. And not the kind of conditions we expect as we approach mid April either.
The official Shiga Kogen site is saying 10cm of fresh snowfall this morning from yesterday. I measured 8cm, so that is what is on the report.
Things should clear up by tomorrow morning at the latest and we should be warming up a fair bit by the weekend.
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 ...