Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020
Wednesday 10th April 2013, 9:11am
There has been a dusting of new snow through the village in the early hours of the morning with little accumulation on the ground due to the warmer ground temperatures that are present. It is now high overcast and looks to stay that way for the remainder of the day with the chance of some further light snow during the day. Temperatures are cooler than they have been over the last few days and this combined with the fresh dusting on the mountain will provide for some good spring skiing today. Read more ...
Wednesday 10th April 2013, 9:56am
Light snow falling higher up earlier on this morning but not the kind that will bring any cm - and none reported by Kagura - but always good to hear of snow falling. The day is forecast to be cloudy here and not warm up so much (a high of around 7 degees later in town, with maybe clouds bringing some rain, perhaps sleet and maybe even snow tonight and into tomorrow morning.
Whether we'll see much of anything tomorrow morning.... I'll let you know!
Official resort snow depths @ Wednesday 10th April 2013, AM:
More cloud this morning but some breaks in it as well over to the east, but generally just a cloudy day. But.... some snow too. Up to 5cm or so in places!
The Gondola and top lift at Annupuri have been on hold due to wind conditions, and over at Hirafu we have the Ace Number 2 Center 4 and the King Number 3 lifts operating... with the top King 4 also not operating due to wind. Seems to be stronger over on the Annupuri side.
Later on rain is due, to turn hopefully into snow - at least higher up - and that might last into tomorrow. We can't expect anything significant at this stage though of course. But it would be nice to see a new dusting all the same.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 415cm Bottom - 150cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 340cm Bottom - 180cm
Planned resort operations
Niseko Hanazono - closed for the season Niseko Village - currently closed but will re-open between 27th April and 6th May Niseko Annupuri - until Monday 6th May Niseko Grand Hirafu - until Monday 6th May Read more ...
Wednesday 10th April 2013, 10:56am
Good morning from Hakuba and check it out - some of the snow depths below have actually gone up this morning! Depending on where you were, there was just a bit of a dusting or thin cover (or no) snow down at base areas with up to 10cm being reported on higher elevations by the resorts (Goryu reporting 5cm; 47 reporting 10cm; the snow depth at Happo-one increasing by 10cm).
So it got colder overnight and the morning started off cold, but not quite down to freezing in the village.
Temperatures might rise to around 10 degrees early afternoon, but drop back down cold later on and we may actually see some more snowfall!
Anyway should be nice to get to play in some fresh snow up there this morning.
Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 10th April 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: The following lifts planned to be operating until May 6th - Gondola, upper Number 1 and Number 3 pair lifts. Need to take the Gondola back down. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 185cm; Toomi - 30cm
Hakuba 47: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Line AB, C and E. Official snow depth: Upper - 150cm Lower - 40cm
Happo-one: The following lifts planned to be operating until May 6th - Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi Number 2 quad, Kurobishi Number 3 pair, Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair Parallel pair, Skyline Number 2 pair, Grat quad, Kokusai Number 1 pair, Usagidaira pair Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 150cm Lower - 0cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Ropeway, Tsuga Number 2 pair, Hannoki pair. Need to take the Gondola back down. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 210cm Lower slopes - 0cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Cortina and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 10th April 2013, 11:00am
This morning there was a bit of new snow in areas of Shiga Kogen, but it has generally been a cloudy day here - and a cold one as well. Tomorrow should bring similar conditions and perhaps another dusting of snow to the region.
Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 10th April 2013 AM:
Here are the latest lift operation plans for the resorts around Shiga Kogen, as of Sunday 7th April. Please note that they are of course subject to change and in particular snow conditions.
Higashitateyama: Open on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.
Nishitateyama: Number 2 triple open on mornings of April 27th until May 6th.
Terakoya: Open on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.
Mammoth: Quad open until May 6th. Number 2 triple lift open April 25th-27th.
Tanne no mori okujo: Open on April 13th, 14th and April 26th until May 6th.
Ichinose Family: Quad open until May 6th. Number 2 Pair A line open April 10th-15th, April 17th-22nd, April 24th-25th. Number 2 Pair B line open until April 9th and then open April 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd and then April 26t until May 6th.
Ichinose Diamond: Quad lift open on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.
Ichinose Yamanokami: Open until April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.
Yakebitaiyama: Number 2 Gondola open April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May. Number 2 high speed lift open until April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May. Number 4 romance lift open when the Number 2 Gondola is not running.
Okushiga Kogen: Gondola until May 6th. Number 2 and 3 pair lifts until 6th May. Number 1 pair until April 7th. Number 4 pair lift until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.
Kumanoyu: Number 1 pair lift open until May 6th. Number 2 pair lift open until May 12th. Number 3 quad lift open April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge: Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky lift open until 6th May. Yokoteyama Number 2, 3 Sky, Shibutoge romance lifts open until late May (basically as long as they can open).
From 7th May onwards, special individual lift tickets are required at Kumanoyu and Yokoteyama - season tickets and all Shiga Kogen tickets not valid. At Kumanoyu they are 3000 yen (children 1500 yen) for a full day and 2000 yen (children 1000 yen) for half day. At Yokoteyama and Shibutoge they are 3000 yen (children free) for a full day and 2000 yen (children free) for half day. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 10th April 2013, 13:15pm
How about some mid (almost!) April snowfall? Well, this morning there was apparently 5cm of new snowfall delivered to the upper slopes of Nozawa Onsen. Nothing down below but 5cm reported at the Yamabiko and Uwanodai areas of the resort.
Definitely a colder morning as well and even at lunchtime it was below zero up on Yamabiko, and around +6 degrees in the village.
It's cloudy now and looking like visibility is very poor up on the slopes - foggy conditions? Unfortunately I can't make it up there myself this afternoon.
The forecast is actually telling us to perhaps expect some further snow as well overnight tonight so fingers crossed!
Official snow depths Yamabiko 230cm
Nozawa Onsen opening dates from 1st April to the end of season:
From 1st April until 6th May: Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift Yamabiko Four lift
From 1st April until 7th April 12th April until 14th April 20th-21st April 27th April until 6th May Uenotaira Four lift Snow Park
6th-7th April 13th-14th April 20th-21st April 27th April until 6th May Paradise Four lift
Courses scheduled to be open at Nozawa Onsen (subject to change due to weather conditions):
Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Uenotaira Bunabayashi (to the Nagasaka Gondola mid station) Paradise Utopia A Utopia B Rinkan (until the Hikage area)
To get back to the Nagasaka Gondola from Rinkan use the shuttle bus from Isemiya course.
Lift prices from 1st April are 3500 yen (adults), 1500 yen (children), 2500 yen (seniors) for a day ticket and 2500 yen (adults), 1000 yen (children), 2000 yen (seniors) for a half day. Read more ...