Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 26th April 2017
Sunday 2nd April 2017, 7:56am
Lots of cloud but some blue sky and a bit of sun due
Good morning from Zao.
More lifts are closed now, and a few more have their last day today, but it still feels cold and rather winter like.
Planned closing dates for lifts at Zao Onsen - subject to change due to snow conditions:
Operating until today: - Nakamori Number 1 triple - Onsen Number 1 pair - Onsen Number 2 quad
Operating until Sunday 9th April: - Mikaeri pair - Shobunuma Number 2 pair (holidays only after 2nd April)
Operating until Sunday 16th April: - Katakai triple (holidays only after 2nd April) - Paradise pair AB (holidays only after 2nd April)
Operating until Sunday 7th May: - Chuo Number 1 pair AB - Chuo Number 2 pair AB (holidays only after 16th April) - Utopia Number 2 pair
No fixed closing date: - Yokokura Number 1 pair AB - Kurohime Number 1 quad
Open all year (* for sightseeing): - Sky Cable - Chuo Ropeway - Zao Ropeway
Official snow depths (as published by the resort): Summit - 155cm Paradise - 240cm Chuo - 240cm Utopia - 200cm Uwanodai - 130cm Yokokura - 125cm
Lifts that are already closed for the season: - Paradise Number 3 pair - Diamond Number 1 pair - Zao Kokutai pair - Ryuzan pair - Karamatsu pair - Onsen Number 3 Parallel AB - Onsen Number 4 quad - Sunrise pair AB - Nakamori Number 2 pair - Diamond Number 2 pair - Oomori quad - Yokokura Number 2 pair - Astraea Number 1 pair - Astraea Number 2 pair - Astraea Number 3 pair Read more ...
Sunday 2nd April 2017, 8:01am
Clear and sunny
This is it folks --- the last day of the 2016/2017 season here in Madarao.
And what a beauty of a morning it is too. Check out the image below.
It is going to be a fun day and no doubt pretty sad come this evening too. In terms of snow, there could surely be another week or two of life in the season. But the resort plans this to be the last day, so that's it.
The official snow depth on this last day of the season is 250cm and the mountain really is in excellent shape when you consider it is early April.
I have had a really great season and from what I can tell when speaking to people on the lifts, so have a lot of visitors. And there have been more of them from overseas this season too - indeed this season there has been another large increase in people reading my reports. Thank you!
I'm going to enjoy a few lie-ins this coming week, and then perhaps get out to Nozawa and Shiga Kogen for a bit more skiing. as they are open into May.
So thank you very much for reading the Madarao Now reports on SnowJapan this year. I hope they have been a help.
SnowJapan intends to post a general 'end-of-season' report on all of the Now reports when all of the reports finish in early May
At that time I will also add some Madarao-specific comments as a wrap-up to the season.
Yesterday was a rather dull day - and actually fairly cold too, especially if you were sliding down the slopes at some speed. A few spots of rain again later in the day but as far as I saw not much at all and none at all in places.
Once again the high elevation Kagura are reporting 1cm of fresh snow.
This morning the sun is out and there's lots of blue skies above. There's a few clouds up there; and a bit of low cloud still hanging over the Minamiuonuma valley (see image below) just to the north of Yuzawa, but they will very probably be gone soon.
It's going to be a very fine day by the looks and a fitting end to the season for some ski resorts...
Today is the last day for a handful of ski resorts, all of which still have excellent cover and (of course, spring) conditions.
Please note that Maiko Snow Resort will be closed from tomorrow until Friday but the Gondola side will re-open again for next weekend.
Official snow depth information as of Sunday 2nd April 2017
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.
LAST DAY TODAY: - Ipponsugi - Ishiuchi Maruyama - Itsukamachi - Maiko Snow Resort - Maiko Area (* see below) - Muica Snow Resort - Yuzawa Kogen - Yuzawa Nakazato - Yuzawa Park
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 ...
Sunday 2nd April 2017, 8:44am
Sun, blue sky, some cloud
Good morning from my Hirafu base.
I had a really fun day yesterday. The weather was great and the spring conditions were really good too. A different experience from mid-season, but not one to be scoffed at. Yesterday got it just right, for me anyway. Just remember to keep in mind that as things warm up the base pack characteristics change and present new dangers. Caution recommended (as if it isn't always!)
This morning the sun is out again and it looks like it will be another fine day.
Today is the last day of the snow season for the Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO Resort areas of the mountain. Kind of sad and still shocking at just how quickly a season goes by.
From tomorrow, we'll be left with Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Annupuri both remaining open. They both plan to remain open daily until 7th May. Depending on conditions and the weather of course, which courses remain open might change. For now, all courses appear to be open.
Note that while Niseko Village will be closed from tomorrow, it will be re-opening (to some extent) for the Golden Week period between 29th April and 7th April.
I will of course keep you updated on the details in my daily reports through until 7th May.
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 Resort is open until today. Niseko Village plans to re-open 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 ...
Sunday 2nd April 2017, 8:44am
Blue skies and sunshine
Good morning from Hakuba.
The clouds from yesterday have moved on and this morning it's one of those spectacular starts to the day with gorgeous blue skies as the backdrop to the mountains.
There'll be some fun and fast conditions early on, but the sun will surely loosen things up as the day progresses.
It is the last day of the season (for Hakuba Cortina, Norikura, Kashimayari) but it still somehow looks and feels like it shouldn't be happening just yet. From what I can see, we still have very good snow cover down to lower slopes - and certainly absolutely no issues in higher areas and some healthy looking snow depths.
There should be no problem this year with the four resorts that plan to remain open until 7th May.
Resort news as of 8:40am on Sunday 2nd 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 0cm of fresh snowfall on upper areas. The Iimori area of the resort is now closed. The Toomi and the upper areas remain open. Official snow depth: Alps: 280cm Toomi: 110cm --- Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). Last day of the season for a few lifts and the Happo Banks area today. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 215cm Kurobishi: 290cm 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 Kita-one 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: Uma-no-se and Champion areas closed; Maruyama area partially closed. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 340m Han-no-ki: 335cm 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
[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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 2nd April 2017, 9:12am
Sunny blue skies
Morning from Nozawa.
The sun is out.
There's blue skies all around.
It's a beautiful morning.
From tomorrow, it's 'Spring Operations' at Nozawa Onsen. That means a few changes in lift ticket prices, what's open and when it's open. This year with loads of snow still around there's going to be absolutely no problems whatsoever with the resort remaining open until 7th May.
Here's the plans:
Spring lift ticket prices:
1 day lift ticket - 3700 yen (adult), 1700 yen (child), 2900 yen (senior) Half day lift ticket - 2700 yen (adult), 1200 yen (child), 2400 yen (senior)
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 from 10th April) Paradise Four lift - 8:25am until 3:50pm (* only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week from 10th April) Skyline Pair lift - 8:25am until 4:00pm (* only Saturdays, Sundays and Golden Week from 10th April)
** Yu Road and Hikage triple lift will be open on 3rd April.
Open courses from 3rd April - 9th April
Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Uenotaira Paradise
Courses open from next weekend will presumably be announced nearer the time.
Number 1, 2 and 3 free of charge daily
Nozawa Onsen plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Courses not open today are: - Grand Prix - Hachiman - Kandahar East - Kamoshika - Tanuki Read more ...
Sunday 2nd April 2017, 9:58am
Fantastic clear blue skies
Good morning from Naeba for the last time this season everybody.
As predicted today is an absolute corker of a day. Perfect blue skies and relatively cold temperatures have combined to give us a perfect day to just get out there and enjoy the mountain.
Conditions will get a little slushy later on but it is not going to be the slush fest that is more standard for a closing day.
Many thanks for all of you loyal readers who stayed with us through the season. There will be no more Naeba Now daily reports from here on in this season.
As it currently stands Naeba is planning to operate on weekends only, and then daily through Golden Week from 29th April until Sunday 7th May. This is obviously subject to change relatively fast however as we come into the progressively warmer temperatures of spring. Keep an eye on the Yuzawa Now report page for any more Naeba news (see below).
For this report though, see you all next season!
The Yuzawa Now report will be updated daily until the end of Golden Week and from now on they will keep an eye on Naeba, so please do follow that report page:
We have another day of lovely weather. Mild temperatures, sunshine and low winds should continue through to this afternoon when cloud cover will increase. There is a possibilty for the cloud to bring a small amount of rain tomorrow morning, however the precipitation estimates havent been accurate lately so I would check again in the morning for up to date reports.
No new snow in the last 24hours, and our snow depth remains at 400cm for the top and 230cm at the base. It's currently 5degrees and we expect a maximum of 7. Winds are SW 9km.
Please note that Centre A course is closed today for private use.
Low season operations are under way with the finish of night skiing last night, and the Family and Centre lifts closing at 4.30pm today. See below hours in place from tomorrow 3rd April.
Yoichi 1: 9:00 - 15:30 (weekday) and 16:00 (weekend, opens at 8.30am on weekend) Asari 1: 9:00 - 15:00 (weekday) and 16:00 (weekend) Asari 2: 9:15 - 15:00 (weekday) and 16:00 (weekend) Family: 9:00 - 15:00 (weekday) and 16:00 (weekend) Centre: 9:00 - 15:00 (weekday) and 16:00 (weekend) Gondola: 9:00 - 15:30 (weekend)
I think nature pulled off a good April Fool joke last night. After a pretty mild day, we woke up to a thin coating of snow at base level, and a band of white trees from about 1500 meters to 1800 meters. Winter just doesn't want to go away...
Other than that, it's a very nice to enjoy what will be the last day at Ikenotaira, Myoko Ski Park, Tangram and Madarao.
Beautiful blue skies, fresh white snow.... the temperatures were a lot colder early this morning (around -1, -2°), but I've added the mid-day figures here.