Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Tuesday 18th April 2017, 8:26am
Pretty much mostly cloudy over town
Things are somewhat calmer this morning!
Yesterday some very strong winds started up from the afternoon and it was a bit wild out there during the night. Things flying around and some spots of rain as well.
GALA Yuzawa closed at 1pm due to the wind conditions.
But as I say, calmer this morning and mostly cloudy with a few very small patches of blue sky at the moment. More over Kagura way by the looks.
Over the next few days mixed conditions are forecast - a mix of mainly cloud and rain if the forecast is right, with a bit of clearer every now and again. And maybe not quite as warm as it has been.
All of the ski resorts that plan to be open should be opening this morning.
Resort information as of Tuesday 18th 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: 230cm
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 - 300cm; Mitsumata - 240cm; Tashiro - 270cm
Kandatsu Kogen Kandatsu Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May. Most courses at Kandatsu Kogen remain open. Last nighta at Kandatsu on Friday and Saturday. Official snow depth: 170cm
Naeba Naeba is closed today but plan to open up again at the 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 ...
Tuesday 18th April 2017, 8:34am
Good morning to you all.
Yesterday was a very fine day indeed. Beautiful weather.
Today, on the other hand, is not!
Oh dear, it's raining this morning and not very nice at all.
It's windy too. There's some more rain likely over the next few days as well.
It's quite bright I suppose. And actually the resorts are reporting some (presumably very wet) snow falling at higher elevations.
But you can't get up there because Niseko Annupuri is totally closed and it looks like as of 8:30am just the bottom Ace Family lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu is open. 笑
So I recommend other activities be sought for some fun today.
Individual resort information: Tuesday 18th 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 courses are now closed: Onsenzawa and Miharashi. (And Family?)
Official snow depth: Top - 245cm Base - 20cm
Planned operating lifts: 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 - 20cm
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 ...
Tuesday 18th April 2017, 8:43am
Mostly blue skies and sunshine
Yes, rain happened starting later in the day yesterday and overnight. That and the wind wasn't very nice.
But let's quickly move on (!) and look at the lovely blue skies that we have this morning. There has been a few low clouds hanging on but they are quickly going leaving us with bright blue skies and sunshine.
There's still a bit of wind remaining on mountain according to the resorts, but much better than yesterday and it should be a good day to be out. Having said that, I have just noticed that as of 8:30am Tsugaike Kogen is not opening yet due to windy conditions. Also looks like the top Grat quad and Kurobishi pair lifts at Happo-one are stopped. Hopefully that will soon change and they'll be able to open. From what I can tell 47 and Goryu are opening as planned...
Resort information as of 8:40am on Tuesday 18th 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: 195cm Base: 75cm --- 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: 220cm Toomi: 80cm --- 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: Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama and Skyline. All base areas are now closed - use the Gondola and Sakka Kita-one lifts to get up to the open areas and back down to base. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 120cm Kurobishi: 190cm 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: 265cm Han-no-ki: 260cm Oya-no-hara: 45cm --- 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 ...
Tuesday 18th April 2017, 8:45am
Good morning from Grandeco.
It was windy with some rain falling last night.
The rain stopped this morning but some strong winds are remaining meaning that the gondola is operating at reduced speed this morning.
It feels very warm and a little foggy because of the moisture. The visibility is not so good because of the fog, so care is needed.
Roads to Grandeco are wet but there is no ice or snow on the road anymore.
The snow depth at the resort is decreasing every day but the official snow depth is still at over 2 meters!
- Gondola - Number 1 quad lift * Closed for now but will open when the gondola cannot operate * - 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: 220cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: dry Goshukinuma through Grandeco: dry Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 18th April 2017, 9:05am
Lots of cloud still around but due to be clearer
Good morning from Nozawa.
After the rather windy and wet day we ended up with yesterday, it's calmer this morning. Though there's still a lot of cloud around and looking rather dramatic as well from the looks of the Paradise webcam. And wow the snow has almost all gone from the lower Karasawa area now... it sure melts up quick in when it gets thin on the ground in spring. Still, official snow depth of 265cm up at Yamabiko, continuing to impress!
Again looking at the webcam images it would seem that there's some thick fog up top at the start of the day.
Perhaps things will clear up.
Tomorrow should be clearer as well, though it won't be quite as warm as it has been in recent days.
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.
Tuesday 18th 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 - Kokenashi - 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 ...
Tuesday 18th April 2017, 10:19am
Pretty heavy fog since about 7:30, but could be lifting a bit now
Not a great day for weather, after what seemed like a promising start (some nice blue skies before the fog blew in from the north). There's a big low pressure cell off in the Japan Sea that's now working its way northeast, so I hope a little better weather will be following in the coming days. It's about time to update, I guess, and things are still going on in Myoko.
I can see a few brown patches up on the hill, but it's still possible to ski all the way to the base at Akakan. Pretty sure it's the same at Seki Onsen, which is still reporting 450cm of snow.... maybe! Things have thinned out here right at the base, but there's still lots to ski on, and the resorts are doing a good job of keeping things in good condition.
Strong winds have been hitting the town and resort all day. The wind has meant all lifts are closed except for the Prince Romance lift. Precipitation in the village is a mix of rain and some snow flakes, and of course very strong wind. Read more ...