Resort operations - subject to change due to snow and weather conditions
Niseko Grand Hirafu resort area lift operations: Ace Number 2 Center Four Quad Ace Number 3 Pair Ace Number 4 Pair
The resort is going to be 'upgrading' the King Number 3 triple lift in time for next season - as part of this work the Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 and 4 lifts have all now closed for the season. Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to remain open until Thursday 5th May.
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open until Thursday 5th May with the Gondola, Jumbo 1 and Jumbo 4 lifts operating.
Niseko Village is currently closed but plans to be open again for Golden Week from Friday 29th April until Thursday 5th May.
Resort news as of 8:40am on Tuesday 19th April 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)
Hakuba 47: Route 3 is now closed. The lower part of R1 course is closed - but most courses are still available. Beginners are recommended to use the Gondola to get back to base. Official snow depth: Upper: 70cm Base: 30cm
Hakuba Goryu: The top area of Goryu - Panorama, Grand Prix and Super courses - remain open. The lower main Toomi and Iimori areas are now closed. Get the Gondola back down to base. Official snow depth Alps: 155cm Toomi: -cm Iimori: -cm
Hakuba Happo-one: The lower areas of the resort - apart from part of Nakiyama South - are now closed. Riesen Slalom Course and the lower Nakiyama South courses are now closed, there is no longer any courses open back down to base. Upper Riesen Grat Course, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Skyline and Panorama course areas remain open. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 90cm Nakiyama: -cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The top Tsuga-no-mori and Upper Han-no-ki areas remain open. All other courses are now closed. The top Tsugaike Ropeway is open for spring season (note: extra charge required). Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 115cm Maruyama: -cm Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm
Although we are all now anxious about the snow getting less and less, there are pleasant blue skies above the region this morning.
There is a moderate north westerly, but it feels good down at base.
The Snow Park has now closed for the season.
Nekoma ski resort has announced that they will end their ski season on 24th April. They will be closed from 19-22th April so that means that the rest of their season is just the 23rd and 24th April. Grandeco plans to keep going until courses become unavailable. After 25th April, Grandeco will be the only open ski resort in Fukushima Prefecture.
Gondola Number 1 quad
Courses that remain open:
[A-a] Rainbow 3500 [A-b] Rainbow 3500 (approx. 1km long and connecting to the Center course) [C] Center (approx. 2km)