Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 26th April 2017
Sunday 9th April 2017, 7:52am
Morning from Yuzawa.
And unfortunately, it's raining... even up at Kagura. :(
Not the best way to sign off the for the season at Iwappara, Joetsu Kokusai, Maiko Snow Resort and NASPA Ski Garden - all open for the last day of their season today. Hopefully, it will ease off before the lifts start though rain is currently forecast until late afternoon.
Oh well, there's nothing we can do about the weather is there.
Yesterday temperatures hit 20C in the area though today it is not as warm, as you might expect.
Tomorrow we should be seeing a return to sunshine and a bit warmer than 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 tomorrow, only GALA Yuzawa, Kagura, Kandatsu Kogen - and Naeba at the weekends - will remain open.
Official snow depth information (and available info) as of Sunday 9th April 2017
GALA Yuzawa The Central Area, North Area, downhill course and sledding area are all open today. Official snow depth: 300cm
Iwappara 3 courses are Iwappara remain open. Official snow depth: 60cm
Joetsu Kokusai 9 courses at Joetsu Kokusai remain open - the area in front of the main hotel and the Panorama Zone. Official snow depth: 150cm
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. Kagura Park is open this weekend and then daily from Wednesday 12th April. 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 until 22nd April. Official snow depth: 240cm
Maiko Snow Resort The Okusoeji and Nagamine areas are open for this weekend. Official snow depth: 230cm (top); 40cm (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: 160cm
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 ...
Sunday 9th April 2017, 8:06am
Blue sky and some thin cloud
We are back to fine weather today, and probably tomorrow too.
Is that a bit of snowfall on the forecast for around late Wednesday into Thursday? That would be a nice bonus.
There are four weeks left to go and for the moment it's still top to bottom courses and not at all busy.
Individual resort information: Sunday 9th 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 course is now closed: Onsenzawa.
Official snow depth: Top - 275cm Base - 70cm
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 - 60cm
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!
Sunday 9th April 2017, 8:16am
It's raining, I'm sorry to have to report. And you can see the spots of rain up on top as well as base on the images below. Not the nicest of mornings, for sure! Fingers crossed it might get less and/or stop this afternoon (or sooner, of course).
It's not as warm as it has been but I think I would prefer the sun and warmth myself.
Sun is forecast to be back with us tomorrow.
Sunday 9th 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 ...
Sunday 9th April 2017, 8:17am
Hello everyone and good morning.
It was light drizzle yesterday when I made my report and alas, it's still raining this morning. So it hasn't been a particularly nice weekend weather-wise.
The good here is that the rain should be wrapping up this morning and skies should be clearer later on with maybe even some sunshine. And tomorrow should be fine from the start of the day.
Today is the last day of the season for a few more lifts - noted below for Happo-one and Tsugaike - and so from tomorrow we enter the last stage of the season.
Resort news as of 8:25am on Sunday 9th 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: 255cm Base: 90cm --- 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: 250cm Toomi: 105cm --- 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: 160cm 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 today 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: 300m Han-no-ki: 295cm Oya-no-hara: 80cm --- 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 ...
Sunday 9th April 2017, 8:40am
It is another cold start to the day and we are currently just 3c in the village. The temperature will rise to a maximum of around 8c in the afternoon, and it will not feel as cold as yesterday as there is little in the way of wind today. Conditions are overcast and will remain that way throughout the day. A light dusting of snow is forecast overnight. Read more ...
Sunday 9th April 2017, 8:44am
Good morning from a rainy Grandeco.
Unfortunately, it is a wet and rainy morning here.
There has been some fog around base areas this morning, visibility is not good.
The two snow parks at Grandeco will be open for their last day of the season today and the Number 2 quad lift parallel to the gondola will also be closed from tomorrow. Important to note though that the courses remaining open will not be affected by the Number 2 lift closing.
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: Last day! - Number 3 quad lift - Number 4 quad lift: Now closed
90% courses remain open Lavender A and Mint B are closed
Official snow depth: 270cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: wet Goshukinuma through Grandeco: wet Read more ...
Sunday 9th April 2017, 10:10am
Not a great way to start the last day at Akakura Onsen... rain and fog.
Really foggy at the moment, in fact, with visibility around 50m at base level.
It's great that they added an extra week, though, and we send out thanks and respect.
And the two Akakura resorts are only now showing levels under three meters. So, the day is bad but the season remains good.