Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020
Tuesday 23rd April 2013, 9:20am
Blue skies above Niseko this morning and a warmer start to the day as well. We will probably see it warm up to over 10 degrees today in the base village area. Similar temperatures likely tomorrow as well, though more clouds due.
All is very quiet here now. It will get somewhat livelier as we enter Golden Week next weekend for that last stretch of the season, when of course Niseko Village plans to re-open on 27th April.
Just to remind you of the lifts operating at the Niseko Annupuri resort area - the Jumbo Number 1 lift, the Annupuri Gondola and the Jumbo Number 4 lift.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 435cm Bottom - 115cm
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 ...
Tuesday 23rd April 2013, 9:30am
Fine, sunny, some cloud
A bit warmer this morning and the sun has been out, it's about 9 degrees as of 9am and a high temperature of 16 degrees is likely early afternoon. The forecast is for cloudy conditions later on and into tomorrow, perhaps some rain tomorrow night.
Official resort snow depths @ Tuesday 23rd April 2013, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro): 280cm Kagura (Kagura-Mitsumata): 330cm Gala Yuzawa: 170cm
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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 23rd April 2013, 9:35am
Chilly overnight again here with temps just about dipping into negative numbers, but as forecast it should be warming up a bit today. It is about 6 degrees at base here now at 9:30am and a high of around 15C forecast for the early afternoon.
It's a sort of clear morning but not 'sunshine bright blue' clear, more the hazy kind.
The snow that we got on the lower slopes the other day has now disappeared once again but it's keeping up on the open top slopes.
Just the top Yamabiko runs now open at Nozawa Onsen and until Saturday just the Nagasaka Gondola and the Yamabiko lifts operating. The Golden Week period starts from Saturday when the Uenotaira Four lift and the Paradise Four lift are also planning to be open.
Official snow depths Yamabiko 220cm
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 open today at Nozawa Onsen (planned):
Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Read more ...
Tuesday 23rd April 2013, 9:54am
Clear and sunny
After that nice surprise with the snowfall the other day, we're back to more spring like conditions today... the sun is out and while it was keeping quite chilly earlier it is warming up now. There's just a light wind.
A nice day to be out on the slopes.
The following lifts plan to remain open through until 6th May:
All the Ropeways Chuo Number 1 Pair AB (every day) Utopia Number 2 Pair Chuo Number 2 Pair AB (27th April until 6th May) Katakai Triple (27th-29th April, 3rd-6th May) Paradise Pair AB (27th April until 6th May)
Yesterday kept pretty cold out on the mountains in Hakuba, with the temperature not really venturing into positive numbers even mid to upper resort areas.
It's already warmer this morning and about 10C as we approach 10am and it will be warming up further.
Blue skies earlier on, but it has greyed over in the last couple of hours and a bit duller now. Cloudier conditions are forecast and then tomorrow we can expect some rainfall in Hakuba.
Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 23rd 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
Happo-one: The following lifts plan to be operating - Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi Number 2 quad, Kurobishi Number 3 pair, Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair, Panorama pair, Skyline Number 2 pair, Grat quad, Usagidaira pair (Golden Week only) Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 135cm Lower - 0cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Ropeway, Tsuga Number 2 pair, Hannoki pair. 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 ...