Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 26th January 2021

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 2nd May 2012, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Unfortunately, this morning there is still a wind that is affecting resorts in Yuzawa - Gala Yuzawa, Naeba and Tashiro are all closed early on this morning.

What is open at the moment is the Mitsumata part of Kagura and part of Kandatsu Kogen.

It's much more of a cloudy start to the day today, about 19C degrees at 8:45am and while we are due for some rain to be falling today, it's not doing so yet in town, though I hear that they are seeing spots of rain fall in the Naeba area. It looks like rain on the forecast for later on today and into tomorrow - hopefully the clouds will clear for a sunny weekend.


Official resort snow depths @ Tuesday 2nd May 12, AM:
Kagura - Mitsumata:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
120cm (upper)


Planned resort operations

Open until 6th May:
Kandatsu Kogen
GALA Yuzawa [Central Area, North Area]
Kagura (Tashiro)

Open until 27th May:
Kagura (Mitsumata)

All other ski resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 2nd May 2012, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Clear skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko. It is another warm and cloudless morning here and today we should have a high temperature of around 20 degrees in the village. There's just a slight wind and the lifts seem to be moving as planned this morning.

Someone has asked us about Niseko Village as apparently there don't seem to be any lift status updates on their website - yes, they are open with the Gondola and Wonderland lift moving. As with the other two resort areas that are still part open, they intend to be open until the end of Sunday so just another few days.

As I have mentioned previously, from tomorrow we enter the second part of Golden Week for the last four days of the season in Niseko. It has felt very quiet the last few days actually, but no doubt more people will be here for that last chance slide of the season.


Current lift operations (2nd May 2012 @ 9am):

Grand Hirafu:
Ace Quad Lift No2
King Hooded Triple Lift #3
King Lift #4
The Hirafu Gondola open from 3rd May until 6th May.

Annupuri Gondola
Jumbo No1 quad
Jumbo No4 pair

Niseko Village:
Wonderland lift


Grand Hirafu, Annupuri and Niseko Village plan to be open until 6th May.
The Hanazono area is now closed.


Official snow depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 240cm
Bottom - 15cm

Top - 180cm
Bottom - 40cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 2nd May 2012, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Cloud, rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Light rainfall this morning here in Hakuba with lots of cloud up there. A temperature of around 14C as of 9am in village. Unfortunately it looks like it's going to be rain for the day and probably tomorrow as well. But we can expect the skies to clear up around Friday and hopefully it will be clear and sunny for the last weekend of the season.

Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 2nd May 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Gondola and Alps daira No 1-4 lifts are all operating. The Toomi lifts are now closed but you can still ski down the course to the Gondola.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 140cm;
Toomi - 30cm

Hakuba 47:
Top areas open - you need to get the Gondola back down to base - lower Route 1 and Route 7 now closed. All lifts apart from Line D operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 85cm
Lower - 10m

Top areas open (lower slopes now all closed) - you need to get the Gondola back down to base.
Lifts normally operating daily until 6th May are:
Grat quad
Alpen quad
Panorama pair
Skyline No2 pair
Kurobishi No2 quad
Kokusai No3 pair
Usagidaira pair
Kurobishi No3
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 110cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Planned lifts operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 180cm


Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47, Happo-one and Tsugaike Kogen all plan to remain open until Sunday 6th May.

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

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 2nd May 2012, 9:37am
Weather conditions: Overcast/Rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A bit of sporadic rain so far this morning in Minakami. It is OK now with clouds overhead but bit misty at the top at Tenjin and the snow is pretty soft this morning. The melt is progressing quickly as the snow takes a battering from warm temperatures and the odd rain shower. The forecast has been all over the place recently but is currently showing rain for the rest of the week and then it should clear up for Saturday. Sunday might bring rain showers, and at the close of play on Sunday they will close another lift for the season meaning there will only be one lift left for the last week of the Tenjin season.

   Read more ...

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