Courses not open today are: - Grand Prix - Hachiman - Kandahar East - Kamoshika - Tanuki
Floodlit evening 'nighta' has now finished for the season. Read more ...
Saturday 1st April 2017, 7:35am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
A few spots of rain in some places later in the day yesterday but generally cloudy... and it's a grey and cloudy start to the day today too. Cloud is what is forecast for the day and sun is likely tomorrow (with the chance of a bit of snow/rain later tonight).
Oh, just noticed Kagura are reporting 0-1cm of snowfall!
Anyway - here we are in April.
Ipponsugi, Ishiuchi Maruyama, Itsukamachi, Maiko Snow Resort, Muica Snow Resort, Yuzawa Kogen, Yuzawa Nakazato and Yuzawa Park will all be done for the season come the end of tomorrow.
I don’t know how many of you have been following the numbers, but this season just in terms of snowfall we have done rather well. Here’s how much snowfall we have observed at town level in Yuzawa this season:
2016/2017 season until the end of March 2017: 954cm 2015/2016 season until the end of March 2016: 424cm 2014/2015 season until the end of March 2015: 1302cm 2013/2014 season until the end of March 2014: 828cm 2012/2013 season until the end of March 2013: 759cm
Not as good as the extremely impressive 13m that we enjoyed in the 2014/2015 season, but over double the amount that fell last year. (Phew!)
There's more to the story than just raw snowfall numbers though and I’ll take a look back on the season in the last report of the season in May.
Official snow depth information as of Saturday 1st April 2017
** Note: the report is too early today for many of the below to be updated
GALA Yuzawa Central, North, downhill course and sledding area are all open Official snow depth: 360cm
Planned 'Nighta' operations (floodlit night skiing)
** Subject to change due to snow and weather conditions
Kandatsu Kogen 'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night' from 6pm-4am) is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nighta before holidays from 7th April until 22nd April
Planned season closing dates
** This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions. We will be checking and updating these dates as more information becomes available.
Sunday 2nd April: - Ipponsugi - Ishiuchi Maruyama - Itsukamachi - Maiko Snow Resort (but open again on 8th, 9th April) - Muica Snow Resort - Yuzawa Kogen - Yuzawa Nakazato - Yuzawa Park
I've always wanted to do a four word report! Ah, but I did prepare this yesterday >>>
A look back at March 2017 and the season so far
So, it is that time of the month again; time for me to take a bit of a look back at the month of March and the season so far. I’m going to keep it short this time and leave most of my words for my main season review that will be appearing when the season finishes in early May.
Here’s the observed snowfall measured by me at base during the month of March over the last five seasons:
March 2017: 83cm March 2016: 109cm March 2015: 139cm March 2014: 113cm March 2013: 164cm
And the total observed snowfall measured by me at base during the season up until the end of March:
2016/2017 season until the end of March 2017: 688cm 2015/2016 season until the end of March 2016: 986cm 2014/2015 season until the end of March 2015: 1141cm 2013/2014 season until the end of March 2014: 1150cm 2012/2013 season until the end of March 2013: 1459cm
Clearly, we are going to end this season with about 3m less than last season and about 4.5m behind the previous two seasons. That’s a fair chunk, but let me again please emphasise that many people coming here will of course not be comparing with previous seasons and have been plenty happy with what they have experienced. Still, I’m hoping that next year we’ll see a change in trend and get to see more.
Looking forward to this month, to get an idea of how much snow we might be able to expect in April, here’s how much there has been observed in recent years:
How much snow fell (AT BASE) in April 2017: ?? How much snow fell (AT BASE) in April 2016: 6cm How much snow fell (AT BASE) in April 2015: 3cm How much snow fell (AT BASE) in April 2014: 13cm How much snow fell (AT BASE) in April 2013: 32cm
Once again ---- important, this is all about snowfall at base! And remember, especially in late season there might be no fresh snowfall here at base, but snow falling higher up on the mountain. I will of course try to report that when it happens in the daily reports, but my observed number each day is from my base measuring point.
Here are the numbers that the Japan Meteorological Agency have recorded in Kutchan Town for March and the season so far:
March 2017: 90cm March 2016: 125cm March 2015: 141cm March 2014: 118cm March 2013: 124cm
2016/2017 season until the end of March 2017: 831cm 2015/2016 season until the end of March 2016: 823cm 2014/2015 season until the end of March 2015: 966cm 2013/2014 season until the end of March 2014: 922cm 2012/2013 season until the end of March 2013: 1024cm
Full season analysis coming in early May when I finish up for the season.
I may also reveal to you my fave jam for the all-important morning toast, the energy behind the reports. (I put that in just to get you all to come back and not desert me until late November!)
Have a good weekend. :)
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
Planned closing dates Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May. Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until tomorrow. Niseko Village plans to be open daily until tomorrow (and then from 28th April until 7th May). Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Night time floodlit operations have now finished for the season. Read more ...
Saturday 1st April 2017, 7:55am
Ah, the last weekend of the season at Madarao Kogen.
We had a slight dusting of snow overnight but conditions are very spring. But we have done very well this season and the official snow depth for the resort is still up there at 250cm.
There's still skiing and snowboarding available from Monday onwards - nearby Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen are open through until May, and some lifts should be moving in Myoko too.
Anyway in the meantime, this weekend is your last chance to check out Madarao this season, which is still fully open.
Official snow depth: 250cm
Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April.
It's a little cold this morning but there's a gentle wind and good visibility.
It might be April from today of course, but many skiers and snowboarders are arriving to the ski center.
There was no fresh snowfall last night and it is difficult to see any fresh until around the 4th or 5th.
Snow conditions are not icy and very good for April. All courses are open and tree run course is still available on the Lavender A course.
No snow on the road today from Inawashiro through Grandeco but this area still have some snow in April so please be ready for it.
Snow Park Information:
[Dekodaira E park] 9m kicker, 5m table top 2 way and 10m kicker.
[Deokoboko park] 6m wide box, 6m down box, wave, 5m table top/hip/drum can, 6m straight box, 6m straight rail, mini ramp, volcano, volcano, 3m kicker, 5m kicker, 6m down big can.
- Gondola - Number 1 quad lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3 quad lift - Number 4 quad lift
All courses now open - though part of the Lavender 28 Course is not available as the resort prepares for mogul competitions at the weekend
Official snow depth: 320cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: dry Goshukinuma through Grandeco: dry Read more ...
Saturday 1st April 2017, 8:13am
Good morning from Hakuba.
Poor visibility this morning on mountain by the looks, with a bank of cloud coming down to close to village level - as well as some very slight snowfall in places - though if the forecasts are correct it should be clearing up this morning and we might get sunshine.
Happo-one is reporting 3cm of snowfall up at Riesen, Goryu is reporting 4cm on upper slopes and Cortina also reporting 1cm.
We are expecting the sun tomorrow.
The Iimori area of Hakuba Goryu is closed now and tomorrow is the last day of the season for a few resorts, so some dedicated fans of those particular places will be making the trip today.
Anyway, I'm up for some fun on the slopes this morning, perhaps talk to a few of you out there.
Wherever you are have a good weekend.
Resort news as of 8:00am on Saturday 1st April 2017:
All information as available and subject to change.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. Official snow depth: Upper: 295cm Base: 115cm --- Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 4cm of fresh snowfall on upper areas. The Iimori area of the resort is now closed. Toomi and the upper areas remain open. Official snow depth: Alps: 280cm Toomi: 120cm --- Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 215cm Kurobishi: 295cm Lower: 80cm --- Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Sunday 7th May. Planned closing dates for lifts are as follows: Open until Sunday 2nd April Kokusai Number 1 pair lift Kitaone Number 3 pair lift --- Open until Sunday 9th April Nakiyama Number 3 triple lift Happo Riesen quad --- Open until Sunday 7th May Gondola Alpen quad lift Grat quad lift Usagidaira pair 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
Tsugaike Kogen: Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 340m Han-no-ki: 335cm Maruyama: 115cm Oya-no-hara: 120cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 115cm --- Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May. Planned closing dates for lifts are as follows: Open until Sunday 2nd April Han-no-ki Number 3 quad lift Tsugaike Chuo triple chair lift Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner II Kane-no-naru-oka Romance lift --- Open until Sunday 9th April Shirakaba quad --- Open until Sunday 7th May Tsugaike Ropeway Gondola Tsuga Number 2 pair lift Han-no-ki high speed pair lift
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 1cm of fresh snowfall. Part open until Sunday 2nd April. Official snow depth: Top: 340cm Base: 200cm
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.
Sun Valley Both Sun Valley lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Maruike The Number 1 triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Giant The pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Higashitateyama The Gondola plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Bunadaira The Hoppo quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
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 daily until Sunday 2nd April and then on 8th/9th April and 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 from 3rd April until 28th April).
Ichinose Diamond The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April)
Ichinose Yamanokami Plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April
Yakebitaiyama The Gondolas and Number 2 lift plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Okushiga Kogen The Okushiga Kogen Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating on 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 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 until Sunday 2nd April; and then on 2nd, 8th, 9th, 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 ...
Saturday 1st April 2017, 9:05am
Fairly thick clouds
Good morning from Naeba everybody.
As expected, today we have unseasonably cold weather once again. We have received a small amount of fresh snow overnight so this should mean that conditions are fairly nice on piste today.
For today the forecast is for a little snow during the day with the heaviest snow coming overnight. For tomorrow we still have clear weather predicted so it should be a pretty good day to finish off the season with.
It's a bit gray again out there in Myokoland today; we had a very thin layer of new snow this morning, and I mean really thin. Like a few crystals deep, but, hey, it's April 1 and it should be sunny and warm and not snowing. But we might still get some snow in the coming week! Ah, a crazy year.
More on the No. 3 lift closing at Akakan, and the news could actually be pretty good. Normally the area uses the Myokokogen Sky Cable and the No. 3 for spring skiing after April 8; instead, they'll be operating the gondola and Champion No. 3 which actually opens up a lot more skiing. Lucky we have a lot of snow!
it is mostly cloudy today with some large breaks showing blue sky, but the cloud is blocking the sun for about half of the mountain. Technical and Panorama courses are firm and frosty, having missed most of the sun in the morning. From the bottom of the Romance #2 lift snow is spring and getting softer and slushier as the day rolls on. Tomorrow looks like great weather with no wind and full sun forecast for the morning. Read more ...