Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 22nd May 2017
Wednesday 5th April 2017, 8:29am
Clear, sunny, warm spring day
Things really did warm up yesterday and today should be even warmer with temperatures rising above 10 degrees.
T-shirt weather! For me anyway. But yes things really changed over the last few days and certainly the last week.
But still, there's a lot of terrain open and if you enjoy sliding down on the spring snow there is of course a lot of fun still to be had - and not many people fighting for the lifts either. Bonus!
Beware melting snow... ;)
Individual resort information: Wednesday 5th 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 - 310cm Base - 110cm
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 - 90cm
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 ...
Wednesday 5th April 2017, 8:44am
Fair blue skies
Good morning from Grandeco.
There are beautiful blue skies around the area this morning.
Come April, the weather changes into spring patterns making it difficult to expect fresh snowfall every morning, but there is still a lot of snow left around.
Deco land which is a separated area from the ski course with snow escalator is still open and it's a good area for beginners and kids.
Deco land and the snow parks will be opened until 10 April... so just a few more days left to enjoy those.
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: 300cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: dry Goshukinuma through Grandeco: wet Read more ...
Wednesday 5th April 2017, 8:49am
Thin cloud but bright and sunny
Morning from Yuzawa.
Yesterday it really did get rather warm out there. Surely the warmest of the year so far. At 3pm I was driving past the temperature signal on Route 17 about 2km from Ishiuchi Maruyama. It said 16C!
Yahoo weather forecast this morning says that temperature may well be close to reaching 20C later on today.
Wow! And to think, only yesterday Kagura reported up to 20cm of fresh snow up there. Was that the last of the fresh?
In the meantime, the mind is boggled.
Still, there's less need to get wrapped up to go skiing or snowboarding now and I'm guessing some brave folk will be out there in t-shirts.
Tomorrow should be warm too - perhaps not quite as much as today.
Official snow depth information (and available info) as of Wednesday 5th April 2017
GALA Yuzawa The Central, North, downhill course and sledding area are all open as normal. Official snow depth: 360cm
Iwappara 3 courses are Iwappara remain open. Official snow depth: 100cm
Joetsu Kokusai 9 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 - 360cm; Mitsumata - 310cm; Tashiro - 330cm
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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 5th April 2017, 8:58am
Fine and sunny
Things are heating up.
A real warm feel to the day yesterday and today will be more of the same, plus a few degrees... we're looking at mid teen temperatures later on and probably similar tomorrow.
It's sunny this morning though some cloud is expected later on in the day.
Wednesday 5th 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 - Bunabayashi - 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 ...
Wednesday 5th April 2017, 9:02am
High thin cloud, sunny and bright
A fine and warm morning here - with the sun out and clear skies above the mountain backdrop, there is some thin high cloud around as of 9am.
The whole region is going to be experiencing some very warm conditions over the next few days. Temperatures up there in double digits, up to around 15C today in the village.
Kind of hard to believe that I was reporting fresh snow only yesterday!
Still, it is a very fine day to be out enjoying the spring conditions.
Resort news as of 8:55am on Wednesday 5th April 2017:
All information as available and subject to change.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. All of Hakuba 47 remains open. Official snow depth: Upper: 295cm Base: 110cm --- Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Sunday 7th May.
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. The Iimori area of the resort is now closed. The Toomi and the upper areas remain open. Official snow depth: Alps: 275cm 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). Some base course areas are now closed but the resort remains mostly open. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 195cm Kurobishi: 290cm Nakiyama: 65cm --- 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: 335m Han-no-ki: 330cm Oya-no-hara: 110cm --- 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 ...
Wednesday 5th April 2017, 9:34am
It is a very warm morning early on here in Furano, with the temperature in the village already rocketing to +6c at 8am. The high in town is expected to hit +14c which is going to make today feel tropical to the locals...I am already down to my t-shirt. Conditions in the area are perfectly clear with nice deep blue sky and full sun. The sun should stay through the day. Snow conditions will be soft from early on and the lower half of the mountain will be very slushy. It would be a good idea to change to a spring wax to try and combat any stickiness from the slush. Tomorrow is expected to bring rain from the afternoon. Read more ...