Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 26th April 2017
Saturday 8th April 2017, 8:04am
Cloudy, some fair skies over Yuzawa, more cloud to the north
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Yesterday the rain did ease off and the roads were dry in the middle of the day but there was some more rain in places later in the afternoon.
A bit foggy in places too.
This morning it's brighter. A gentle mix of light blue sky and thin clouds. Looks like rain is expected again later this afternoon so once again an early start is recommended. It's going to be another warm day with temperatures once again set to rise close to 20C during the day.
Tomorrow? Generally cloudy with a chance of light rain in the afternoon - and not quite as warm as today.
Naeba and Maiko Snow Resort ski resorts have re-opened for the weekend.
Maiko Snow Resort has got the Gondola, Okusoeji quad and Nagamine Number 2 quad operating (the Maiko Area is not open). Naeba have their Number 2 Gondola, Number 5 high speed lift and Takenokodaira romance lifts operating.
Tomorrow is the last day of the season for the following ski resorts:
From Monday, only GALA Yuzawa, Kagura, Kandatsu Kogen - and Naeba at the weekends - will remain open.
Official snow depth information (and available info) as of Saturday 8th 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: 70cm
Joetsu Kokusai 9 courses at Joetsu Kokusai remain open - the area in front of the main hotel and the Panorama Zone. Official snow depth: 160cm
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 (checking). Official snow depth: Kagura - 350cm; Mitsumata - 300cm; Tashiro - 320cm
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: 250cm
Maiko Snow Resort The Okusoeji and Nagamine areas are open for this weekend. Official snow depth: 240cm (top); 50cm (base)
Naeba The Number 2 Gondola, Number 5 high speed lift and Takenokodaira romance lifts operating for the weekend - top to bottom skiing possible. Official snow depth: 200cm
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 7th May: - GALA Yuzawa - Kagura (Tashiro) - Kandatsu Kogen - Naeba (** note: open on weekends only until 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 ...
Saturday 8th April 2017, 8:31am
It's not quite as warm this morning though still well into positive numbers.
At the moment it is just cloudy though there seems to be a chance of a few spots of rain but we should be enjoying fine and sunny weather tomorrow.
Onsenzawa and Miharashi aside, all courses at Niseko Grand Hirafu remain open.
The Hirafu Gondola doesn't appear to be opening as planned at 8:30am - maybe a delay there... something to keep an eye on.
That's about it for this morning really. Let's spring riding!
Individual resort information: Saturday 8th 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. The following courses are now closed: Onsenzawa and Miharashi.
Official snow depth: Top - 280cm Base - 75cm
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 ...
Saturday 8th April 2017, 8:32am
Cloudy, fog in places
Morning from Hakuba.
A kind of light drizzle at the moment here and lots of cloud around. Going to be warm again today too.
At the beginning of the day there's rather poor visibility around the slopes by the looks of things on the webcams.
It's going to be cooler tomorrow and currently cloudy conditions are forecast for the day.
Tomorrow 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 bit of the season.
Resort news as of 8:35am on Saturday 8th 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: 270cm Base: 95cm --- 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: 165cm Kurobishi: 250cm 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: 315m Han-no-ki: 310cm 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 ...
Saturday 8th April 2017, 8:38am
Good morning from Grandeco.
No rain, a gentle wind, a calm and quiet morning this Saturday.
Snow depth is decreasing every day but there's still a lot around especially on the courses.
Soft spring snow conditions and not icy - a good waxing of the skis or board is recommended.
There's no snow on the roads now but careful in the early morning or evening - it can be icy at times.
There is no snow forecast for the coming week (maybe something around the middle of the month?)
Enjoy the spring skiing.
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: 270cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: dry Goshukinuma through Grandeco: dry Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 8th April 2017, 8:40am
Some cloud, fine
Hello and good morning from Nozawa Onsen.
What to report this morning? The sun is out at the moment actually over the village, more cloud to see higher up but generally fine conditions.
It's going to be a warm day once again. Let's hope the weather stays good and rain holds off over the weekend.
Saturday 8th 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 - Skyline Connecting Pair
Courses that are open today: - Yamabiko A - 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 ...
Saturday 8th April 2017, 13:08pm
We are having a break from the warm spring weather of the last few days. Today is just +3c in the village and the moderate wind is sure making things feel chilly. I have the heater back on after having had it off for the daytime over the last three days. The sky is overcast and looks like it could produce some rain. So far today there has been no precipitation, but there is a little forecast for this evening. Read more ...