Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 22nd April 2013, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: 220cm
It might well be warming up soon... but not quite yet.

This morning it's another cold and wintery-like start to the day and there's more snow to report.... up to 7cm on Yamabiko according to the resort themselves, and 5cm on Uenotaira. A cold -5C up there too as of 7:30am and conditions described as 'powder'. Not bad at all.

Similarly poor visibility up on the top runs this morning and the forecast for the day is decent weather and so perhaps we will see it clear up as the day moves on.

Warmer conditions are expected tomorrow.


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

27th April until 6th May
Uenotaira Four lift
Snow Park

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 ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 22nd April 2013, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 440cm
Yesterday was fun!

There's not that much to report this morning from Niseko. It's not quite as cold this morning and a bright start to the day with some nice blue skies over the mountain and more cloud over in the direction of Mt Yotei.

Just to remind you of the lifts operating at the Niseko Grand Hirafu resort area. They are the Ace Number 2 Quad center four, the King Number 3 Triple and the King Number 4 lifts. The Hirafu Gondola is operating on Saturdays, Sundahys and national holidays.


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 440cm
Bottom - 120cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 310cm
Bottom - 150cm


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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 22nd April 2013, 12:35pm
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
It's keeping fairly cold out and there's still some of that snow that fell in places around town today.

I am hearing some very positive reports from people who went up to Kagura over the weekend. Apparently there was quite a bit more than the original 10cm that was reported. Some people saying as much as 30cm of fresh in places, though I'm not sure if they were just getting a bit carried away there! The resort came back and said 20cm. They were delighted to have timed it right to get some fresh snow conditions and by all accounts it was really good up there --- certainly considering it's the second half of April. That's what we like to hear!

Some rain earlier on this morning, but it at lunchtime now the sun is out and there is more blue sky on show as well as a fair bit of cloud hanging on. It is about 9 degrees now in Yuzawa.

Tomorrow is going to warm up a fair bit with a high temperature of around 17 degrees forecast for the town areas, so that should get rid of the remaining snow on the lower slopes.

Official resort snow depths @ Monday 22nd April 2013, AM:

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


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 ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 22nd April 2013, 12:40pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, some breaks
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
More snow this morning up on the mountain as spring holds off once again. -3 degrees up there and 210cm of snow. Some parting of the clouds and blue sky on show this lunchtime and perhaps it will clear up more. But it's keeping cold.

Tomorrow the forecast is for sunnier skies and warmer temperatures...   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 22nd April 2013, 13:10pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 155cm
That snowfall was all gone from the ground by mid afternoon, though it did try to snow on and off again later in the day yesterday before clearing up somewhat to leave us with a dramatic mix of cloud and clearings of sky as it got dark.

Today so far has seen a lot of white cloud hanging around the mountains and here and there with a blue sky as a background. This afternoon the sun has been out and fine conditions. Currently about 8 degrees in the village. More sun is expected tomorrow along with warmer temperatures.


Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 22nd 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 - 120cm
Lower - 30cm

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 - 135cm
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 - 185cm
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!

Monday 22nd April 2013, 14:00pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
It is a nice sunny morning in Furano. There is a light wind whipping around the base areas which is making the morning feel a bit more chilly than the last few mornings that we have had. There are great spring snow conditions on trail this morning, softening as the day progresses.   Read more ...

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