Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 20th April 2013, 7:51am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Quick early report - cloudy start to the day in Yuzawa but rain is due later and we are being told that there's a chance of snow overnight ---- perhaps even down to town. I will let you know about that in tomorrow's report.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 20th April 2013, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 448cm
New snow to report this morning!

Just when people thought it was all over, the best part of 10cm or so of fresh snow in the village base area this morning - and no doubt a bit more up top too. The resort has added 3cm to the upper snow depth as a result.

Still light snow falling early on now and it's hovering around 0 degrees at the moment. Not too windy too and so the lifts are operating as planned so it seems.

Good morning to get out there, and amazing when you remember the date and see well over 4m reported by the resort!


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 448cm
Bottom - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 310cm
Bottom - 160cm


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 - part open until Monday 6th May
Niseko Grand Hirafu - part open until Monday 6th May   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 20th April 2013, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 155cm
Yesterday it kept colder and it's a fairly chilly start to the day again here in Hakuba this morning. A cloudy start as well and not likely to warm up too much - a high of about 9 or 10 degrees later on perhaps?

It should be cold overnight too and it might be sleet/snow even down to village level... will let you know tomorrow morning.

In resort news, you can still ski down to base at Hakuba 47, but the lower skiable slope is getting narrow... and the lower part of R7 is now closed.


Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 20th 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 - 155cm;
Toomi - 0cm

Hakuba 47:
The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Line AB, C and E.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 100cm
Lower - 25cm

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 - 130cm
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 - 170cm
Lower slopes - 0cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Cortina and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 20th April 2013, 10:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 145cm
Snow on the ground this morning; not a lot, but it did hint at the pretty cold temperatures today (the woodstove has been put back into service). A little windy at times, but the lifts are going at Akakan and Seki, and there's still plenty of snow on the ground.

The spring backcountry season also officially kicked-off with the opening of Koya Ike Hut, at the base of Mt. Hiuchi.
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 20th April 2013, 10:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 205cm
New snowfall in Nozawa!

Not a huge amount to get excited about, but the top Yamabiko runs got a dusting overnight, up to 2cm of new snow up there apparently.

It is going to stay quite cold today and also tomorrow. And we might even see something fall again overnight. I will report on what happens tomorrow morning.


Official snow depths



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
Bunabayashi (to the Nagasaka Gondola mid station)
Rinkan (until the Hikage area)
Challenge   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 20th April 2013, 12:10pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 205cm
How about some new snow? 20cm sound good?

Yep, 20cm of new snowfall is being reported by Tenjindaira resort today and snow falling as well - and snow down to the base of the resort as well on the roads... it almost feels like we are back to winter in parts of Minakami today.

From Monday 22nd until Friday 26th April, the popular pair lift just to the right of the top Ropeway station that takes you to the highest point of the resort will be closed. Keep in mind if you plan to be visiting...   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 20th April 2013, 12:51pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 150cm
We got another round of snow this morning as winter continues to linger in Furano. Even so, the snowpack on the bottom of the mountain has taken a hit this week. You can still ski all the way to the foot of the resort, but Prince Romance Lift and Furano Downhill #1 Highspeed Lift have been officially retired for the rest of the season, which runs for a few more weeks until May 6th. The upper half of the resort is still going strong with a 150cm base, so no worries for those of you who have yet to get in your late-season skiing.

Temperatures dipped bit below freezing overnight but have risen gently throughout the morning. It's currently 4 degrees Celsius with a light breeze coming out of the south, southeast. It's been snowing off and on, and there's a chance that could mix with a little rain, so be sure to dress appropriately when out on the mountain!

The forecast for tomorrow calls for warmer temperatures with afternoon highs in the upper single digits and rain towards the latter half of the day.
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