Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 16th April 2017, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

And it is a lovely start to the day. Clear blue skies, sunny, warm. Full on spring conditions!

The remaining snow is now quickly melting away from town areas but there's still excellent cover on the slopes that remain open if you are still up for some skiing or snowboarding.

More fine weather is forecast for tomorrow with temperatures likely to rise above 20 degrees.

3 more weeks to go at GALA Yuzawa, Kandatsu Kogen and the Tashiro area of Kagura -- weekends and Golden Week only at Naeba. And the main Kagura area is planning to be open right through until Sunday 28th May.


Resort information as of Sunday 16th 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: 250cm

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).
Official snow depth: Kagura - 320cm; Mitsumata - 270cm; Tashiro - 290cm

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: 205cm

Naeba plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
The Number 2 Gondola, Number 5 high speed lift and the Takenokodaira romance lift plan to be operating.
Official snow depth: 200cm


Naeba will be closed again from tomorrow through Friday - planning to open up again next weekend (and then from 29th April until 7th May).

All other ski and snowboard resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region are now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 16th April 2017, 8:17am
Weather conditions: Sunny, clear skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Nozawa.

It's a fantastic morning here, with clear skies and the sun shining down on us. It was mild overnight - I actually had my window open! - and today we can expect things to warm up to around 20C at village level. Should be fairly warm higher up too, so hopefully a real feel-good day in store.

Sunshine is on the forecast tomorrow too with perhaps some rain moving in before we get to Tuesday.

The top Yamabiko area has today dropped to just under 3m. Still, that's a whole lot of snow for the middle of April.

Three weeks left!


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.


Sunday 16th April 2017

Below is official info that the resort is publishing at the time of the report.

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 0cm
- Uenotaira: 0cm
- Hikage: 0cm
- Nagasaka: 0cm
- Karasawa: 0cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 285cm
- Uenotaira: 200cm
- Hikage: 65cm
- Nagasaka: -cm
- Karasawa: -cm

Lifts that are operating today:
- Nagasaka Gondola
- Yamabiko Four
- Yamabiko Number 2 Four
- Uenotaira Four
- Paradise 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)   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 16th April 2017, 8:19am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba, and there's really not that much to report this morning other than blue skies and sunshine, calm conditions and warmth.

It's a beautiful day to be outside and enjoying all that snow that is still out there.

It looks like tomorrow should be fine too, though later on rain might move in.

Anyway, hope some of you can come to enjoy the conditions today.


Resort information as of 8:15am on Sunday 16th April 2017:

** Below are the planned operations for each of the ski resorts that remain open. Any news for the day will be mentioned in the above report. **

Hakuba 47:
All of the courses are Hakuba 47 remains open.
Tree Riding Zone gates are now closed for the season.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 215cm
Base: 80cm
Planned operating lifts:
All lifts plan to be operating
Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Hakuba Goryu:
Upper areas remain open.
The lower Toomi course is now used just to get back down to base.
The Iimori area of the resort is closed.
Official snow depth:
Alps: 230cm
Toomi: 90cm
Planned operating lifts:
Alps Number 1 pair lift
Alps Number 3 pair lift
Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.

Hakuba Happo-one:
Upper areas that remain open are: Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline, Riesen Slalom and Shirakaba South.
Most base areas closed with the Gondola and Sakka Kita-one lifts taking people up to the 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: 125cm
Kurobishi: 210cm
Nakiyama: -cm
Planned operating lifts:
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: 285cm
Han-no-ki: 280cm
Oya-no-hara: 65cm
Planned operating lifts:
Tsugaike Ropeway
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 ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 16th April 2017, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Overcast but brightening and sun forecast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning to you all.

I hope some of you enjoyed the fine weather yesterday as I did. Well, for a few hours in the afternoon. I must admit, I'm getting to the stage where I'll probably only make it out a few more times now. That lie-in on May 8th is also something I'm dreaming of!

OK back to this morning.

Sunny skies were forecast for today - and they still are. But it has been rather overcast a bit dull so far, though it does look like it's starting to getting brighter. So hopefully there'll be a quick clear up.

Fine conditions are forecast for tomorrow too.

That's about it folks for this morning.


Individual resort information: Sunday 16th April 2017:

Planned openings. This info subject to change due to snow and weather conditions - any closings will be mentioned in the main report above.

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
The following course is now closed: Onsenzawa and Miharashi.

Official snow depth:
Top - 245cm
Base - 40cm

Planned 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

Planned 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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 16th April 2017, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Fair blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

There are beautiful blue skies around the Bandai region this morning.

The sun is quite strong from the early morning, so don't forget to protect your eyes.

Snow conditions are soft, a bit like sherbet.

The separated beginners area and the snow adventure park will close from tomorrow but don't worry, there's still lots of snow around.

It will be raining tomorrow afternoon if the forecast is correct, and unfortunately there's no snow on the forecast either. Minimise rain and fine weather is what we hope for now.

Have a fun Sunday wherever you are.


Lifts information:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift: * Now closed *
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 4 quad lift: * Now closed *

Courses open:

90% courses remain open
Lavender A and Mint B are closed
The Snow Parks are now closed

Official snow depth:

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: dry
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: dry   Read more ...

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