Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Furano Now!

Monday 2nd May 2011, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Furano has been battered by rain over night but the snow is holding up well and there is still plenty left for a nice spring ski in Golden Week. The rain will continue for much of today but should clear up by tommorrow. Cloud is rolling most of the way down the mountain at the moment. The skiing is on the upper mountain on Furano Zone and Furano Ropeway is for access in both directions.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 2nd May 2011, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud, windy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday wasn't the best of days to be out there really - fairly strong winds for the most part though rain did hold off for most of the day. Strong winds continue into today and just from Mitsumata Ropeway to Kagura No1 pair lift is open early this morning. The resort hopes to try and get the No1 quad lift at Kagura open as well if the winds calm down.

Cloudy conditions with a temperature of 15 degrees in town and about 6 degrees up at Kagura.


Kandatsu Kogen plans to be open until 8th May.
Kagura plans to be open until 29th May.

Official snow depth @ Sunday 1st May 2011 AM


Planned lift operations at Kagura (29th April - 8th May):

- Mitsumata Ropeway
- Mitsumata No1 Quad
- Mitsumata No2 Quad
- Mitsumata No2 Pair
- Kagura Gondola
- Kagura No1 Pair
- Kagura No1 Quad
- Kagura No4 Pair
- Kagura No5 Pair

Winds affecting lifts at Kagura today - see top of report.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 2nd May 2011, 9:27am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It has been a busy weekend in Zao with the car parks around the village full and quite a few people out on the slopes -- feels like mid-season again in terms of people around town enjoying themselves. Obviously the snow is different with the lower areas now with very little snow left. You can see how the snow depth numbers have decreased in just a few days as well with the mild/warm conditions we have been having. Having said that, it isn't particularly warm today and quite cloudy.

Today is a normal weekday sandwiched in between the Golden Week 'holidays' - and of course tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday are national holidays again in Japan... so hopefully the upper slopes will once again be lively.

There's just 7 days left to the season now. I don't know about you but I am going to try and get at least a few more slides in before thoughts turn to spring and summer.


Official snow depths as of 2nd May:

Utopia - 140cm
Paradise - 130cm
Chuo - 90cm
Uwanodai - 10cm


Until 8th May (8:30am - 5pm):

The following courses will be opened:

Paradise detour
Renraku courses

The courses will be serviced by the following lifts:

Chuo Ropeway
Sky Cable
Zao Ropeway
Chuo No1 Pair
Chuo No2 Pair
Katakai Triple
Paradise Pair
Utopia No2 Pair
Shobunuma Pair

The above information is subject to change. Spring lift ticket rates will apply.    Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 2nd May 2011, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After a fairly lively first part of the Golden Week holidays, today is not actually a holiday but from tomorrow we have three more national holidays. Things seem very quiet this morning but I think we should see a fair few people out and about once again from tomorrow.

This morning the forecast is generally for clear and sunny conditions but the day has started somewhat grey and overcast but there are signs of things clearing up.

It should be fine conditions for the next few days as well, so remember the sunscreen.

Strong winds are affecting operations at Tsugaike early on with the Ropeway and No2 pair lift closed.

Hakuba 47 and Tsugaike will be open through until the end of Thursday, with Hakuba Goryu open until Sunday. The thin strip of snow that was the course down to the Gondola base at Goryu is now officially closed - not that it was really worth riding recently but now the upper slopes are the option there, but still very good cover up there. Next Monday there won't be any ski lifts officially moving in the valley, so it's your last chance!

Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 2nd May AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
The upper slopes at Goryu plan to be open until 8th May.
The Gondola and Alps No1, No2 and No3 lifts are operating.
The course from the upper Alps slopes to lower Toomi slopes is now closed.
Alps daira - 150cm.

Hakuba 47:
All lifts except Line D lift operating.
47 plans to be open until 5th May.
Top to bottom skiing still ok, resort reporting 80% of slopes remaining open (as of Sunday 1st May).
Snow depth (upper) - 87cm

The Gondola, Grad Quad, Alpen Quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Kurobishi No3 pair, Skyline No2 pair and Panorama pair lifts are operating and the upper slopes will be open until 5th May. All of the lower lifts are now closed for the season - you need to take the Gondola down to the base at the end of the day. Course areas open are: Riesen Grad, Kurobishi, Usagidaira and Panorama.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 80cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The Gondola as well as the Tsuga No2 pair and Han-no-ki high speed pair lifts in the upper area of the resort are operating. Tsugaike plans to be open until 5th May. Only the upper slopes are now open.
Snow depth upper - 185cm

Hakuba Iwatake, Hakuba Sanosaka, Cortina and Hakuba Minekata are now all closed for the season.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 2nd May 2011, 11:58am
Weather conditions: Sleet at lower levels, snow higher up with very strong winds
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well Golden Week hasn't been all that golden up this way so far. It's mostly been grey and raining. Last thursday night actually saw some cold air move over the region with snow falling on the mountain above about 400m. Friday fined up later in the day and Saturday was fine and mild early on. Later though the rain returned and yesterday saw rain throughout the day. Last night the wind really picked up and colder air started funnelling in once again. This morning the temperature has been dropping and currently there is a sleet/wet snow mix at village level with snow falling higher up on the mountain. The winds though are still extreme and no lifts are currently running.

The rain is expected to continue for the next could of days but it will warm up a bit more than it has today. Then we should have a few days of mostly fine weather to see out the holiday period.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 275
Bottom - 20

Niseko Village:
Top - 210
Bottom - 40

Top - 200
Bottom - 50

Avalanche Information:

This season's Niseko Avalanche Information is finished

   Read more ...

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