Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 23rd April 2013, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 435cm
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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 23rd April 2013, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Fine, sunny, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
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):
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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 23rd April 2013, 9:35am
Weather conditions: Clear, hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 220cm
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



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 ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 23rd April 2013, 9:54am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 60cm
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)

Official snow depths

Chuo Area


60cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 23rd April 2013, 9:55am
Weather conditions: Fine, overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 155cm
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

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 ...

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