Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 26th April 2017
Sunday 16th April 2017, 8:06am
Clear and sunny
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
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). 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 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
Sunny, clear skies
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.
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 ...
Sunday 16th April 2017, 8:19am
Blue skies and sunshine
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: Gondola 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: 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: 285cm Han-no-ki: 280cm Oya-no-hara: 65cm --- 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 ...
Sunday 16th April 2017, 8:31am
Overcast but brightening and sun forecast
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 ...
Sunday 16th April 2017, 8:39am
Fair blue skies
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.
- 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: 230cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: dry Goshukinuma through Grandeco: dry Read more ...