Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 11th April 2013, 6:43am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
An early report this morning. A dusting of snow up top it seems but nothing really down here in town and more like wet roads early on. The day is supposed to be a mix of sleet/rain, cloud, sun and then back to rain, sleet or snow... so take your pick.

Right now it is around +2 degrees with a high of around +6 forecast for later on in the day.

Update: Kagura reporting a full 10cm of fresh snow up there!

Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 11th April 2013, AM:

Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Kagura-Mitsumata):
Kandatsu Kogen:
Gala Yuzawa:


Planned closing dates for resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma

Resorts in Yuzawa:

Kandatsu Kogen - until 14th April (and then weekends until Golden Week in early May)
GALA Yuzawa - until 6th May
Kagura (Tashiro) - until 6th May
Kagura (Mitsumata) - until 26th May

Resorts in Minamiuonuma:

Maiko Snow Resort - open on 13/14th April

All are subject to snow conditions and may change.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 11th April 2013, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 415cm
More snow this morning! Another 10cm here in village to add to what we had yesterday and no doubt more on the upper areas of the mountain as well.

Yesterday brought some suddenly improved conditions with up to 10cm or so on the runs. Today should bring more of the same.

A nice start to the day and cloud/fine seems to be lined up.


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 415cm
Bottom - 160cm

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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 11th April 2013, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 185cm
Another slight dusting of snow here at base this morning and resorts that are open reporting slight snowfalls again overnight:

Hakuba Goryu - 5cm up top and 1cm on Toomi.
Hakuba 47 - 2cm at base, bit more up top.

There's not much of a wind at the moment but the forecast tells us to expect more later on in the day.


Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 11th April 2013 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
The following lifts planned to be operating until May 6th - Gondola, upper Number 1 and Number 3 pair lifts.
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 - 120cm
Lower - 40cm

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 ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 11th April 2013, 9:35am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
It is looking like another great day of spring skiing on the mountain and with the wider area bathing in beautiful sunshine and very few people on the slopes what more could you wish for.

Furano Ski Resort plans to close for the season on 6th May.

As we move towards mid April the reality is that the end of the season is not too far away so best to get motivated and make the most of the limited time left. This weekend there will be a pond skimming competition on Sunday 14th April - registration is on the day from 11:00-11:30am and the event commences at 12:00pm. So if you are looking to have some fun and demonstrate your water skiing skills, pencil this into your calendar. Also on Saturday and Sunday this week there will be new models skis available for demo from 10:00am - 15:00pm.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 11th April 2013, 12:01pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 245cm
It has been good to see some snow sprinkling down the mountainside once again and the resort reported an impressive 15cm of new snowfall on the top Yamabiko runs this morning.

10cm on Uenotaira and even 5cm down on Hikage.

Not a bad showing at all!

Anyway just cloudy this morning and it might clear up a bit during the day, but we might get some spots of rain/sleet/perhaps snow higher up later again. Hardly any wind this morning.

Good to see winter giving it one more go before the warmer weather takes over.


Official snow depths




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
Bunabayashi (to the Nagasaka Gondola mid station)
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 ...

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