Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020
Wednesday 17th April 2013, 8:26am
The day has started off with some light rain falling and fog on the mountain early on. It is farily calm as well at the moment though stronger winds may be with us a bit later on in the day. The forecast for the day is just cloudy and so hopefully it will clear up and we'll be left with better visibility.
Perhaps similar conditions tomorrow with borderline rain or snow at times.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 450cm Bottom - 130cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 320cm Bottom - 170cm
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 17th April 2013, 9:10am
Today has started off sunny, though the forecast is telling us to expect clouds to move in as we get into the afternoon and the day might well end up being quite dull.
It only dipped down to around +8 degrees overnight and as of 9am it is already about 15 degrees. A high of 19 or 20 is forecast for the day, so it feels warm.
Even though the snow has all but gone from the valley and lower mountain areas, there's still a lot up on the open places at Kagura and Gala. Kagura still reporting over 3m of snow. Conditions are as you would expect them to be at this stage.
Official resort snow depths @ Wednesday 17th April 2013, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro): 280cm Kagura (Kagura-Mitsumata): 330cm Gala Yuzawa: 190cm
Planned closing dates for the resorts in Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen - weekends only until Golden Week in early May) GALA Yuzawa - until 6th May Kagura (Tashiro) - until 6th May Kagura (Mitsumata) - until 26th May
All are subject to snow conditions and may change. All other resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Wednesday 17th April 2013, 9:20am
17th April and this morning is probably the warmest of the year so far. It was already over 10 degrees at 8am this morning in the village and about 4 degrees at the top of the resort as well.
A cloudy start to the day and while it isn't at the moment it kind of looks and feels like rain. And rain is on the forecast for later in the day. There's a moderate wind this morning.
Look for it to get a bit chillier from tomorrow for a few days.
Weekdays now it's the Chuo and Utopia runs only open.
The following lifts plan to remain open through until 6th May:
All the Ropeways Chuo Number 1 Pair AB (every day) Chuo Number 2 Pair AB (20th/21st April and 27th April until 6th May) Katakai Triple (20th/21st April, 27th-29th April, 3rd-6th May) Paradise Pair AB (20th/21st April and 27th April until 6th May) The Yokokura Number 1 Pair AB will remain open as long as there's enough snow.
The weather can't seem to make up its mind between spring and winter at the moment. Yet again there has been a dusting of new snow through the village. Today skies are grey and there is some wind as well - it looks and feels wintery again. With the slightly colder temperatures over night, and lack of sun beating down on the snow, the slopes will be faster today. Read more ...
Wednesday 17th April 2013, 12:14pm
Fine, some cloud, hazy
A lunchtime report from Hakuba and it has been a fine but fairly overcast and hazy kind of morning here. The sun was out up on Hakuba Goryu when I was up there earlier on and some nice blue skies to be seen behind that always impressive looking mountain backdrop.
Warm too. Once again temps have risen to 20 degrees and beyond this lunchtime down at base, and at the same time up at 1400m on Happo-one it is nearly 15 degrees.
There has hardly been any wind around this morning so it's a feel good day, and tomorrow we will likely be seeing similar conditions in Hakuba again.
Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 17th 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 - 170cm; Toomi - 0cm
Hakuba 47: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Line AB, C and E. Official snow depth: Upper - 112cm Lower - 35cm
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 - 140cm 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 - 190cm Lower slopes - 0cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Cortina and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 17th April 2013, 13:02pm
Perhaps more sun tomorrow we said - the day started off nice and as I write this report it's fairly bright down at base and in the village areas but up where you can ski it's cloudy and looks like thick fog as well - visibility is poor up there at the moment.
It's been a warm morning and rose to around 17 degrees by early afternoon.
The forecast for tomorrow is more of the same, perhaps it won't cloud over up top...
Close on empty ski lifts and runs this week.
Official snow depths Yamabiko 205cm
Nozawa Onsen planned opening dates to the end of season:
Daily until 6th May: Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift Yamabiko Four lift
20th-21st April 27th April until 6th May Uenotaira Four lift Snow Park
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 Rinkan (until the Hikage area) Challenge Read more ...