Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 17th February 2020
Monday 1st April 2013, 7:53am
I still can't believe it's April (and it actually is April from today!).
Anyway enough silliness as we enter the last week of the season for Naeba. Nighta is now all done and dusted, so we are just left with seven days of day time skiing. Here in Naeba of course, those Kagura types keep it going up there until late May!
It's quite a cold morning and after getting a bit wet yesterday it is now lovely and clear. Blue skies up above. No new snow to report (there was a chance up top but didn't happen).
The forecast for tomorrow is cloud and possibly rain as it warms up again.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 160cm Kagura - 370cm
Planned closing dates: Naeba - April 7th Kagura (Tashiro Ropeway) - May 6th Kagura (Mitsumata Ropeway) - May 26th Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 1st April 2013, 8:10am
Here we are in April already. Where did the season go?!
As mentioned previously from today we're into the final stretch with just upper areas of Nozawa Onsen open and reduced lift ticket prices. Details posted below.
After getting rather wet yesterday with rain starting around lunchtime down in the village (boo), it's lovely and sunny this morning in Nozawa (hurray). Let me just temper that by saying that apparently there was snow falling higher up - but I wasn't there to witness it, unfortunately. The resort is reporting 2cm since yesterday up there.
Lots of blue sky and the sun shining down on us. It's a fairly chilly start with a high of around 7 degrees forecast for later on in the day today. It should be a nice day to be out.
The rain didn't do the remaining snow any favours of course, and I would imagine some rather crusty conditions out there this morning. We will probably see the snow dry up from lower slopes rather quickly now.
So fine weather today and then tomorrow it looks like the rain will be back.
Official snow depths Yamabiko 260cm
Lower slopes now closed
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 open at Nozawa Onsen:
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)
From tomorrow the resort will be 'working with snow' between the Nagasaka area and Hikage areas. Here's how you'll be able to get back to the Nagasaka Gondola from Rinkan:
On 1st April - use the Hikage triple lift On 2nd April - shuttle bus from Hikage From 3rd April onwards - use 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 ...
Monday 1st April 2013, 8:27am
Sorry for the absent reports since Friday.
It is a nice sunny start to the day in Minakami.
Right now it is 4C in town and a high of above 11C forecast for this afternoon, so it's really going to warm up today.
For this week the forecast predicts continued warm weather with variation of clear skies and rain. Tomorrow it's a chance of heavy rain from afternoon.
Almost all of the resorts in Minakami closed as of yesterday.
Planning closing dates for the remaining resorts:
Houdaigi - until 7th April Tenjindaira - until Golden Week Read more ...
Monday 1st April 2013, 8:30am
Blue skies, some clouds
So yesterday it was that light wet drizzle coming down in the village but snow was falling higher up on the mountains.... even a few cm of fresh but rather wet snow reported from higher areas.
This morning we have much better visibility and lots of blue sky above Hakuba. It was actually clearer earlier on as we have more clouds forming now. Still bright and lots of blue sky to enjoy though.
Temps dipped down to around -2 degrees overnight and this morning it is about 3 degrees now with a high of around 10 degrees forecast.
Tomorrow we are very likely to have rain (in the valley, at least).
As mentioned in previous reports, less terrain is officially open as of today. The Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field and Sanosaka resorts are now closed for the season and some lifts and runs at other resorts are now closed. It's the final stretch!
Hakuba 47 remains pretty much fully open. The upper area of Hakuba remains open along with the Sky Four lift at Toomi, with the Iimori area now closed. Over at Happo, there's only a few runs back down to base remaining open and from Skyline if you want to get back down to base on that side of the mountain you need to get the Kitaone Quad lift back down from today - so essentially it's mostly the upper runs at Happo still open. Hakuba Cortina has it's Number 2 and Number 4 lifts operating and plans to be open until the weekend.
Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 1st April 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: No new snowfall reported by Hakuba Goryu. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 225cm; Toomi - 60cm; Iimori - 40cm
Hakuba 47: 0cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday. Official snow depth: Upper - 138cm Lower - 53cm
Hakuba Cortina: No new snow reported by Hakuba Cortina since yesterday. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 250cm Lower slopes - 125cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Monday 1st April 2013, 8:42am
Clear and fine
April is starting with a lovely morning here in Niseko. And some new snow to enjoy out there as well, nice. Not peak season powder like snow, but fresh snowfall all the same.
There's just a few wispy clouds here and there, but apart from that it's blue skies over the mountain. All resorts seem to be open as planned today so it should be a great day to be out sliding down the mountain.
Japanese people don't celebrate Easter of course but there were more than a few people here for the Easter holidays. From now on, the slopes will be getting quieter once again through until the end of the season. A good time to meet some 'locals' as many get a bit of a break from peak season busy-ness!
In resort news, from today Niseko Village will be operating the Niseko Gondola, Community Chair and Wonderland Chair lifts until the end of next weekend. Planned closing dates at the resorts are posted below, all subject to change of course.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 500cm Bottom - 220cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 400cm Bottom - 230cm
Niseko Village Top - 430cm Bottom - 200cm
Planned resort operations
Niseko Hanazono - until Sunday 7th April Niseko Village - until Sunday 7th April Niseko Annupuri - until Monday 6th May Niseko Grand Hirafu - until Monday 6th May Read more ...
Monday 1st April 2013, 8:48am
Quite a cold night and this morning it is -1 degree at village level. The sun is out and we have blue skies over Zao Onsen this morning and so I expect it to get a fair bit warmer.
Should be a nice day today, though tomorrow we are expecting rain in the region along with warmer temperatures.
So from today some lifts now closed for the season. But you can still ski top to bottom at Zao, though snow is getting a bit thin (and dirty) on lower slopes now.
Current lift operations:
The following lifts plan to be open through until 6th May:
All the Ropeways Chuo Number 1 Pair AB (every day) Chuo Number 2 Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April and 27th April until 6th May) Katakai Triple (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April, 27th-29th April, 3rd-6th May) Paradise Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then 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.
It's a fine morning in Yuzawa. Lots of blue skies and just a few wispy kind of clouds hanging around. Should be a fine day.
Tomorrow it's forecast to be cloudy with a chance of rain later in the day.
Yesterday was of course the last day of the season for a number of resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiunuma. Unfortunately around lunchtime rain started falling and it was a bit of a wet afternoon... not the best way to finish off the season. But otsukaresama to all of the people at those resorts - we'll see you next season.
Still, most of the bigger resorts remain open and of course some until near the end of May if the snow holds up.
Many of the remaining open resorts are 'part open' which means that not all courses and lifts are available. For example it seems that Gala Yuzawa have now closed their South Area of the resort; Iwappara has just the Number 2 and 3 lifts operating; Yuzawa Park has it's Number 1 and Number 7 lifts operating.... always best to check on the official sites for the very latest if you intend to go somewhere just to make sure.
Planned closing dates for resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma
Resorts in Yuzawa:
Ipponsugi - until 3rd April Iwappara - until 7th April Naeba - until 7th April NASPA Ski Garden - until 7th April Yuzawa Nakazato - until 7th April Yuzawa Park - until 7th April 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 6/7th April and then on 13/14th April Ishiuchi Maruyama - until 7th April Joetsu Kokusai - until 7th April
All are subject to snow conditions and may change.
Official resort snow depths @ Monday 1st April 2013, AM:
Here are the latest lift operation plans for the resorts around Shiga Kogen, as of Monday 1st April. Please note that they are of course subject to change and in particular snow conditions.
Sun Valley: Number 1 quad open until April 4th, then April 6th and 7th. Number 3 lift open morning of April 2nd, April 3rd, and morning of April 4th.
Maruike: Number 1 triple lift open until April 2nd.
Hasuike: Triple lift open until April 1st.
Happo Bunadaira: Closed
Higashitateyama: Open on April 6th, 7th, 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 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.
Mammoth: Quad open until May 6th. Number 2 triple lift open until April 7th and then April 25th-27th.
Tanne no mori okujo: Open until April 2nd and then open on April 6th, 7th, 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 until April 7th and then on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.
Ichinose Yamanokami: Open until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.
Yakebitaiyama: Number 1 Gondola open until April 7th. Number 2 Gondola open until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May. Number 2 high speed lift open until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May. Number 3 high speed lift open April 5th-7th. 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 6th, 7th, 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 ...
Monday 1st April 2013, 9:40am
Well, there is is folks, that was it.
The lifts at Madarao Kogen have now stopped for the season.
There's still a lot of snow out there and good cover which is a shame but there's no going back now... it'll be December before the resort opens again officially for skiing and snowboarding.
It has been a decent season I think. Not as consistent heavy snowfall as last season, but then again that one was probably not the norm. Still, lots of snow and some fine conditions to be had. Spring seemed to arrive sooner than we hoped, as it did in many other regions of Japan as well.
Madarao is of course a very pleasant place to visit outside of the snow season. Nice and relatively cool up here in summer when everyone else is sweating it out lower down in the valleys and of course some spectacular scenery on clear days.
Thank you for reading the reports. Madarao Now will be back later on in the year when we start looking forward to the 2013/2014 season.
It was a fantastic weekend in Furano with fresh snow on both Saturday and Sunday. This morning has also delivered more snow - it is hard to believe this is still happening in April! Temperatures on the lower mountain are above zero today and look to stay that way for the rest of the week, but on the upper mountain they will remain quite cold. This means that the lower half of the mountain will be spring snow conditions. Read more ...
Monday 1st April 2013, 14:08pm
Miserable, pouring rain again today.
Oh, yeah, it's April 1!
It's actually a really nice, sunny day, and there are still some lifts rolling out there, and a pretty good snow base to slide on. And this site apparently played an April Fool joke on me, to -- for a few hours it refused to upload today's report!
Operations and official snow depths
Akakura Kanko (Akakan) 210cm, 2C
Ikenotaira 150cm, 2C
Suginohara 140cm, -2C; will reopen April 6 & 7
Seki Onsen 400cm, -3C
Kyukamura 250cm, 1C (yesterday's report)
Myoko Ski Park 240cm, 2C
Tangram 140cm, 0C
Akakura Kanko: Open (for as long as there's snow); Sky Cable gondola and No. 3 lift Suginohara: Closed; will re-open on April 6 & 7 Ikenotaira: Last day 4/7 Tangram: Last day 4/7; No. 3 lift only Kyukamura: Last day 4/7 Myoko Ski Park: Last day 4/4