Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 26th April 2017
Friday 7th April 2017, 7:58am
With very warm temperatures the last few days we have moved into the final phase of the season and can expect only spring conditions from now on. Yesterday hit 18c and stayed there for a large part of the day. Overnight there has been heavy rain. This has tapered off and there is only light drizzle falling now. The rain is expected to stop this morning and the high for the day will be around 11c, meaning we are almost there already with the current temperature being 9c. With warm temperatures and dampness in the air it will be a case of reducing the warming layers and making sure you have a waterproof shell with good ventilation. Read more ...
Friday 7th April 2017, 8:16am
Gray and rain
A quick note, as I'm off for an event (yes, on skis!) and I'll be out.
But I can report the weather.
Hey, it's OK; we've had it pretty good for rain and wind, both of which we finally did have the last few days. The snow really melted fast around the base, but the open areas still are reporting more than three meters (and I trust them, too). That freezing line has really moved up, but, again, it's April 7-8!
Watch the lifts over the weekend, as more open up. Sadly, it is the last weekend for Akakura Onsen.
Unfortunately, it did rain yesterday evening and I believe through the night but it is not raining just now.
So what's up this morning...
Fog is the main thing. Not much to see at all this morning with thick fog swirling around (does fog swirl?), but the forecast does actually have some sun coming out this afternoon.
The fog (and wind, apparently) is going to stop the top King Number 4 lift from opening at the start of the day today at Niseko Grand Hirafu.
Sunday onwards it looks like we can expect lots of sunshine and mild conditions, warming up towards mid-week.
Individual resort information: Friday 7th 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 - 285cm Base - 80cm
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) *** affected by wind this morning *** 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 - 200cm Base - 70cm
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 ...
Friday 7th April 2017, 8:26am
Morning from Yuzawa.
Unfortunately, it's not a particularly nice one. Rain has been falling since yesterday evening and it has been a bit foggy in places too early on.
It looks like it is even raining up at Kagura, so there's no escape from it at the start of the day.
The rain should ease up this afternoon.
Hopefully tomorrow things might be nice - forecasts seem to say there's a chance of some sunshine, but there's also the chance of rain too. Let's see how the forecast develops by the end of the day.
Naeba and Maiko Snow Resort ski resorts will be re-opening again tomorrow and Sunday.
At Maiko Snow Resort, the Nagamine and Okusoeji areas (Gondola side) will be open.
At Naeba, the Number 2 Gondola, Number 5 high speed lift and Takenokodaira romance lift will be operating.
Sunday will be the last day of the season for the following ski resorts:
From Monday, we'll be down to GALA Yuzawa and Kagura (and Naeba at the weekends).
Official snow depth information (and available info) as of Friday 7th April 2017
GALA Yuzawa The Central Area, North Area, downhill course and sledding area are all open today. Official snow depth: 330cm
Iwappara 3 courses are Iwappara remain open. Official snow depth: 80cm
Joetsu Kokusai 9 courses at Joetsu Kokusai remain open - the area in front of the main hotel and the Panorama Zone. Official snow depth: 170cm
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: 260cm
NASPA Ski Garden All courses apart from C course remain open. Official snow depth: 165cm
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 ...
Friday 7th April 2017, 8:45am
Good morning from Grandeco.
Sadly, rain is falling this morning.
It is also forecast to be raining until tomorrow, and we cannot expect snow with the mild temperatures. Trying to be positive, with the rain the snow will be easy to slide on!
90% of the courses are still open in Grandeco and there is still a lot of snow around.
Wear some water proof jacket and pants today.
Snow Park Information:
[Dekodaira E park] until 10 APRIL 9m kicker, 5m table top 2 way and 10m kicker.
[Deokoboko park] until 10 APRIL 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: 280cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: wet Goshukinuma through Grandeco: wet Read more ...
Friday 7th April 2017, 8:47am
Good morning from Hakuba.
Not very appealing conditions this morning, I'm afraid.
I'll get straight to it... it's raining. High up, too.
We are hoping that it will ease off this morning and there is some sunshine appearing on forecasts too, so fingers crossed.
Tomorrow should be sunny with it warming up to nearly 20C. Yikes! Still, it should be a lovely day to get out on the mountain without all that chunky winter gear.
Sunday is the last day of the season for a few more lifts - noted below for Happo-one and Tsugaike - and so from Monday we kind of enter 'the last chunk' of the season.
It lasts a while though - there's still a full 4 weeks to go!
Resort news as of 8:30am on Friday 7th April 2017:
All information as available and subject to change.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall in places. All of Hakuba 47 remains open. Official snow depth: Upper: 280cm Base: 100cm --- 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: 260cm 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: 175cm Kurobishi: 265cm Nakiyama: 50cm --- 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; Uma-no-se area is partially closed. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 325m Han-no-ki: 315cm Oya-no-hara: 90cm --- 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!
Friday 7th April 2017, 8:59am
Cloud, light rain
Morning from Shiga Kogen.
And even up here, it's mild and raining this morning. Since last night; and just lightly at the moment.
Forecasts for the weekend vary from rain continuing into the morning with a bit of snow tomorrow night to drier conditions.
There's still a large amount of snow around here of course, though snow conditions on the slopes is definitely 'spring'.
Come with that in mind and for varied weather conditions and there's fun to be had.
The next Shiga Kogen report should appear on Monday morning.
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 is re-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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 7th April 2017, 9:00am
Rain, cloud, fog
Morning from Nozawa.
It's raining this morning folks.
Not the nicest of mornings and after rain overnight there's a real 'wet' feel. We are all hoping that it will stop by the middle of the day and might even clear up later on.
Tomorrow should be clearer but warmer still with temperatures rising to close on 20 degrees in the village.
Snow conditions are very much spring-mode and starting to look a bit dirty on lower areas - is that the yellow sand thing going on? Still, it's up top that people are heading and there's still a whopping 3.5m of official snow depth up there. It's going to take a while for that lot to melt.
Looks like the Skyline course is back open.
Friday 7th 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 - Skyline - Uenotaira - Paradise - Bunabayashi - Yunomine B - Rinkan - Utopia Course - Utopia Course 2 - Challenge - Kitsune
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 ...