Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 25th November 2017
Thursday 20th April 2017, 8:31am
Morning from Hirafu.
It's cloudy right now but a bit of a wet feel - perhaps raining a bit overnight? (Sorry, I was sleeping. ;))
The forecast for the day seems to be generally cloudy and it's keeping fairly chilly actually.
It does look like at the start of the day today the King Number 3 lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu is having some kind of maintenance done, and as such all of the lifts there are not opening on time. Hopefully they should get fixed up quickly.
The top lift at Niseko Annupuri will be on hold at the start of the day due to the weather conditions.
As the snow continues to melt away from lower slopes, less of the courses are Niseko Grand Hirafu are available - once the lifts start moving! - and you now need to get the Ace Number 2 Center Four lift back down to base. See below for an update on which courses remain open there. I will keep an eye on official info sources each morning and do my best to keep those updated.
Individual resort information: Thursday 20th 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.
Courses that remain open (checked daily with each report): Detour for beginners Shirakaba Center Large Rinkan Jumbo Dynamic
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
Niseko Annupuri Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Official snow depth: Top - 195cm Base - 15cm
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 ...
Thursday 20th April 2017, 8:36am
Mostly cloudy, some blue sky
Morning from Yuzawa.
There was some sudden heavy rain and blustery wind in the afternoon yesterday - don't know if the lifts were able to remain open, I'd be kind of surprised if they could!
This morning is calmer with just a slight southerly breeze and it's mostly cloudy out there. Fairly bright and some blue sky.
It doesn't look like Kagura are reporting any snow at all from overnight.
It's going to keep to around 10C during the day in town if the forecast is right, and start to get a bit warmer again tomorrow.
Resort information as of Thursday 20th 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: 210cm
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 plans 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 ...
Thursday 20th April 2017, 8:43am
Good morning from Grandeco.
How about this then....
15cm of fresh snowfall!
There was a snow mark on the forecast yesterday but I don't think anybody expect this much of snow to fall.
So this morning all the courses are covered with lovely fresh new snow and the official snow depth has increased again.
It should be great to enjoy fresh snow on the Melissa course this morning.
The Center 33 course (advanced course) is closing from today, but there are still 85% of the courses available at the resort.
It's calm now and the Gondola and Number 3 lifts are operating at normal speed.
It feels a little cold, keep warm when you ski.
- Gondola - Number 3 quad lift
90% courses remain open Lavender A and Mint B are closed The Snow Parks are now closed
Official snow depth: 210cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: wet Goshikinuma through Grandeco: upper part snow, other part wet Read more ...
Thursday 20th April 2017, 8:44am
Partly cloudy, blue sky
Good morning from Hakuba.
Hey, how about some fresh snowfall?! While it was raining down in town, some snow was falling higher up.
Both Hakuba Goryu and Hakuba 47 were reporting about 10cm of snow yesterday which is a nice surprise. I wasn't out and about yesterday to see it for myself but that would have been a nice surprise for people out in it.
This morning it's a mix of light blue skies and some cloud. Nice start to the day. Looks like the next run of days should be fairly similar and remaining generally calm.
Resort information as of 8:40am on Thursday 20th 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: 75cm --- 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: 110cm Kurobishi: 180cm 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: 260cm Han-no-ki: 255cm Oya-no-hara: 30cm --- 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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 20th April 2017, 8:45am
Blue sky and cloud
Good morning to you all from Nozawa.
It's keeping on the cold side at the moment.
Looks like we should enjoy some decent weather conditions today but temperatures might be struggling to hit double digits. From tomorrow, we can expect slightly warmer conditions.
Check out the webcam image from the base Hikage area this morning. It's looking a bit of a mess isn't it!? Further along, the Karasawa area is now looking rather dry with most of the snow now gone.
But not to fear - there's still an impressive 2.5m of snow up top, and that is where the action is. I haven't been over to that area but it looks like you can still ski or snowboard back down close to the Hikage base - 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. I wholly recommend staying up top though - the snow is much more plentiful... and cleaner!
Thursday 20th 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 - 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 ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 20th April 2017, 9:11am
Blue sky, sun, bit of thin cloud
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.
I need to be away from tomorrow, so my pre-weekend report is coming to you a little early.
Things got colder last night and there was actually some snow falling! No cm to report but it was nice to see a new frosting on the trees.
Things have cleared pretty quickly though and the sun is out now with lots of blue sky. It is going to be a fine day.
During the winter season, the section of the Route 292 main road that connects Shiga Kogen (from Yokoteyama) with Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma Prefecture is closed due to all the snow.
From 10am tomorrow (Friday 21st April) that section of road will officially re-open. The opening of the road means that you will be able to get to Shiga Kogen via Gunma Prefecture - either for spring skiing and snowboarding or just for sightseeing. The road has been 'cut out' meaning there are snow walls on either side.
Actually today there is be a special 'walking' event so you can walk along the road and gasp at the snow walls without all the cars that will be there from tomorrow. Nice weather for it today by the looks of things.
That road is actually recommended at any time of the year - a very fine drive. I imagine that the snow walls will be impressive this year. As such, I would expect it to be extremely popular... be prepared!
Next report due after 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 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 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 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 ...