Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 26th April 2017
Tuesday 4th April 2017, 7:26am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
And there is good news too!
Check this out...
Kagura is reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall at Mitsumata (looks more like a 4-5cm around base areas), and 10cm at both Kagura and Tashiro areas.
How about that then? I would imagine that GALA Yuzawa also has a fresh layer up there too.
Down in town the beautiful morning yesterday went rather dull in the afternoon and then rain started. Heavy rain at times and some impressive thunder and lightning too. A dusting of snow down to close to town but right now it is not snowing or raining; rather just cloudy and the forecast is telling us to expect clearer weather by this afternoon. In fact there's a bit of blue sky to see in some places even now.
Head high for that fresh snow!
Official snow depth information (and available info) as of Tuesday 4th April 2017
GALA Yuzawa The Central, North, downhill course and sledding area are all open as normal. Official snow depth: 340cm
Iwappara 3 courses are Iwappara remain open. Official snow depth: 110cm
Joetsu Kokusai 10 courses at Joetsu Kokusai remain open - the area in front of the main hotel and the Panorama Zone. Official snow depth: 200cm
Kagura Almost all of Kagura courses remain open. Closed courses according to official website - Gondola East Course at Tashiro and the downhill course back to Mitsumata car park. Official snow depth: Kagura - 380cm; Mitsumata - 330cm; Tashiro - 350cm
Kandatsu Kogen All courses at Kandatsu Kogen remain open. Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nights before holidays from 7th April until 22nd April. Official snow depth: 280cm
NASPA Ski Garden All courses are NASPA Ski Garden remain open. Official snow depth: 185cm
Planned season closing dates
** This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions.
Sunday 9th April: - Iwappara - Joetsu Kokusai - Maiko Snow Resort (** note: only open on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th - closed Monday through Friday) - NASPA Ski Garden
Sunday 7th May: - GALA Yuzawa - Kagura (Tashiro) - Kandatsu Kogen - Naeba (** note: weekends only 3rd-28th April; daily from 29th April)
Sunday 28th May: - Kagura area (via Mitsumata)
Other ski and snowboard resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma area are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Tuesday 4th April 2017, 8:20am
Mostly cloudy, some blue sky
Morning from Niseko.
There's not really much to report this morning. It's a mix of cloud and some blue sky at the moment along with mild temperatures. Temperatures are going to be approaching double digits today and possibly exceeding them tomorrow.
I'm afraid it looks like there's more of a chance of rain than snow come Thursday and Friday this week. Let's see how the forecast develops.
Things are much quieter now - less visitors and more people who have been working here over summer out there on the slopes. Getting to enjoy it themselves, at last!
Check out the third image (below) today... and compare with yesterday!
Individual resort information: Tuesday 4th April 2017:
Below info subject to change during the day due to snow and weather conditions
Niseko Grand Hirafu Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May. All course areas remain open.
Official snow depth: Top - 320cm Base - 115cm
Operating lifts: Ace Family (8:30am until 4:30pm) - until 16th April Ace Number 2 Center Four (8:30am until 4:30pm) Holiday Number 1 pair (8:30am until 3:00pm) - until 9th April 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 - 215cm Base - 100cm
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!
Tuesday 4th April 2017, 8:25am
Sunny at base, cloudy higher up
Morning from Nozawa.
Those fine and sunny skies didn't last the day yesterday with us getting a bit wet in the evening and... snow up top!
Yes, Yamabiko and Uenotaira areas are both reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall this morning (with Yamabiko going back up to 4m snow depth!) - so you know where to head.
Right now the sun is shining down here by base though it looks there's cloud (fog?) higher up. The forecast is for fine weather today so it should be clearing up and warming up too.
Very warm conditions are expected tomorrow. A real proper warm up to perhaps around 15C in the village...
Tuesday 4th 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 - Uenotaira Four - Paradise Four
Courses that are open today: - Yamabiko B - Yamabiko C - Yamabiko D - Yamabiko E - Kokenashi - Uenotaira - Paradise - Yunomine B - Rinkan - Utopia Course - Utopia Course 2 - Challenge
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)
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 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) Read more ...
Tuesday 4th April 2017, 8:40am
Cloudy with some blue sky
Good morning from Grandeco.
Somewhat unexpected snowfall to report this morning with 4cm of fresh snow fallen overnight.
It is a quiet weekday but the snow condition is good with fresh snow covering the courses and the groomed courses ready to be used.
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 is now closed
90% courses remain open Lavender A and Mint B are closed
Official snow depth: 310cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: dry Goshukinuma through Grandeco: wet Read more ...
Tuesday 4th April 2017, 8:41am
Clear blue skies
Morning from Hakuba and how about some fresh snowfall to play in this morning?
I wasn't hear yesterday so I don't know the full story, though this morning there's up to 5cm of snow in some base areas - Goryu is reporting 5cm, Happo-one is reporting 10cm up at Riesen and I see Hakuba 47 talking about 25cm or so (though that may be wind-blown). Sounds like it was a blustery winter-like day, especially on mountain, and am hearing about the 'yellow sand' being blown over as well.
Investigations are required...
And it is a nice morning to investigate too with lovely blue skies all round. Fine weather is expected over the next few days along with a real warm up in temperatures. Later in the week rain is expected too though different forecasts disagree on how much. I think it would be fair to say that we are in the middle of spring taking over from winter.
Resort news as of 8:40am on Tuesday 4th April 2017:
All information as available and subject to change.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 25-30cm of fresh snowfall in places. All of Hakuba 47 remains open. Official snow depth: Upper: 300cm Base: 115cm --- Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 5cm 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 10cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). Some base course areas are now closed but the resort remains mostly open. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 200cm Kurobishi: 300cm Nakiyama: 70cm --- Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Sunday 7th May. --- Planned closing dates for lifts are as follows: 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, Champion and Kane-no-naru-oka areas are closed; Maruyama area is partially closed. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 340m Han-no-ki: 335cm Oya-no-hara: 115cm --- Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May. --- Planned closing dates for lifts are as follows: 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
All other ski and snowboard resorts in the area are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Tuesday 4th April 2017, 8:58am
Blue skies and sun, bit of cloud
Thought I really needed to get a report up this morning... because... snow!
It has been snowing again. And not just a cm or two - just over 10cm outside my place and I am hearing up to 20cm in some places.
And right now the sun is out and there is lots of blue sky above.
And not busy at all.
It does look like we can expect things to start warming up properly over the coming days - and also some rain later in the week too.
I'll post my next report before 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 10th April until 28th April)
Tannenomori Okojo The quad lift plans to be operating 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)
Okushiga Kogen The Okushiga Kogen Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating on 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 on 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and from 29th April until 7th May
Yakebitaiyama The Number 2 Gondola and Number 2 lift at Yakebitaiyama will be opening Friday 7th April until Sunday 9th April
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 ...
Tuesday 4th April 2017, 9:09am
It is great weather today with clear skies immediately over the resort and perfect visibility. We are still getting fairly mild temperatures but today is expected to spike to +10c, so this could signify the end of the cool spring that we have had so far. Today and tomorrow will be clear and sunny, and then on Thursday, Friday and Saturday some heavy rain is on the forecast. Read more ...
Tuesday 4th April 2017, 9:14am
A bit of sun now and then
I wan't sure how often I'd be posting in this post-main-season time, but we got snow overnight, so I have to get the few cms up on the total! It sounded like a lot; I woke up by the sound of snow sliding off the roof and bouncing off the lower roofs. Normally this means a pretty good snowfall, but it turned out to be heavy, big ice crystals. Still snow, though. Akakan also added 10cm to their total, so the fall was heavier higher up.
It felt pretty cold, too, although the sun was warm - really warm. It's disappeared back into the clouds at the moment, although there are bits of blue sky here and there.