Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 26th April 2017
Friday 21st April 2017, 8:10am
Cloud, blue sky
Good morning from Yuzawa.
It's a mix of cloud and blue sky this morning and feels fairly calm. I would expect all of the ski resorts that are planning on being open to be opening up as per plans.
Tomorrow the forecast is for similar conditions.
Interestingly it isn't getting as warm as it was last week. Nice comfortable fresh spring weather.
Tomorrow is of course Saturday and that means that the Naeba resort is planning to be open once again - for tomorrow and Sunday. The snow still seems to be holding out pretty good down there...
Meanwhile down around town areas flowers are starting to appear and some trees getting into the action as well. It's going to be 'hanami' soon! (Hopefully hayfever will be gone too).
Resort information as of Friday 21st 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 tonight and tomorrow. Official snow depth: 160cm
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 ...
Friday 21st April 2017, 8:21am
Cloud, blue sky
Good morning to you all and it is a fine morning here.
The sun is out, there are blue skies as well as some cloud. A nice spring morning and keeping on the cold side for the moment - which is good for the remaining snow.
I imagine all of the scheduled lifts should be moving this morning.
There's just over two weeks to go now.
Individual resort information: Friday 21st April 2017: Planned openings. This info subject to change due to snow and weather conditions - any closings due to weather will be mentioned in the main report above.
Niseko Grand Hirafu Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May. You need to get the Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift back down to base.
Official snow depth: Top - 245cm Base - 20cm
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 - 190cm 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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 21st April 2017, 8:27am
Cloud, blue sky
It feels similar to yesterday this morning... cloud and blue sky mix.
Today and tomorrow don't look like they are going to warm up too much either.
Not much more to say really this morning. Lifts appear to be starting up as planned.
I think I'm going to get up to Yamabiko this morning for some turns. Maybe see some of you.
Friday 21st 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 ...
Friday 21st April 2017, 8:34am
Mostly cloudy, dull
Good morning from Hakuba.
Cloudy for most of the day yesterday with a few spots of rain, but how about that fresh snow yesterday?!
This morning there's lots of cloud around - mix of white and grey cloud so something of a dull feel to the early morning. Perhaps there will be some sunshine today though.
Snow is melting away from lower areas rather quickly now though snow cover higher up is still excellent.
Resort information as of 8:30am on Friday 21st 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: 190cm 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: 215cm 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: 105cm Kurobishi: 165cm 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: 255cm Han-no-ki: 250cm 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 ...
Friday 21st April 2017, 8:56am
Good morning from Grandeco.
There was no snowfall last night like the day before yesterday. Still, the snow on the course is very bright white fresh snow. We were very lucky to get new snow in spring and it seems Grandeco can continue the ski season until 7 May without any problems.
The golden week holiday period - 29th April until 7th May - will be crowded with many skiers.
Minowa decided to end their winter season on 23 April.
After 24th April, Nekoma and Grandeco will be the only remaining open ski resort in the region.
The third photo today is of some monkeys spotted from the upper courses of the resort yesterday.
- Gondola - Number 3 quad lift
90% courses remain open Lavender A and Mint B are closed The Snow Parks are now closed
Snow melt continues here with things getting thinner on the ground and officially less than 1m at all points on the mountain. With just over 2 weeks to go until the end of Golden Week, will the ski runs be able to remain open? They're still planning on it, even if things will be rather limited. Let's see how the weather goes over the next week or so...
The Zao Echo Line road opens today, connecting us here in Yamagata with our friends over in Miyagi Prefecture and allowing folk to visit Zao from the east.
Zao Onsen plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Next report due after the weekend.
Official snow depths (as published by the resort): Summit - 80cm Paradise - 90cm Chuo - 90cm Utopia - 90cm Uwanodai - 50cm Yokokura - 30cm
Planned closing dates for lifts at Zao Onsen - subject to change due to snow conditions:
Operating until Sunday 7th May: - Chuo Number 1 pair AB - Chuo Number 2 pair AB (** only on holidays **) - Utopia Number 2 pair
Open all year (* for sightseeing): - Sky Cable - Chuo Ropeway - Zao Ropeway
All other ski lifts at Zao Onsen are now closed for the season. Read more ...