Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018
Wednesday 4th April 2012, 8:54am
Cloud, light snow, wind
Yesterday was a bit of a wild one.
It's still very windy this morning and affecting Naeba and Kagura, but the really good news is that we have some new snowfall. Kagura reports 5-10cm. Here in Naeba it's more of a dusting.
It is snowing now as well actually, though I don't think it will end up being anything major. Snow clouds may be with us, and may give us a nice present, any day from now through into Saturday though - so fingers crossed for a surprise. Friday and Saturday in particular look likely to be colder, before things warm up again early in the week.
As for today.... at Naeba, just 3 lifts are the base are open today with the Gondola taking a rest again... just too windy up top.
Just the Mitsumata No1 quad lift and Mitsumata No2 pair lifts open at Kagura - the main Kagura Area and Tashiro Area are going to spend another day closed, due to the winds.
Resort Operations, 4th April (subject to change) Naeba: Base only open due to wind. Kagura: Only Mitsumata open today. Official snow depths Naeba: 260cm Kagura: 380cm Read more ...
Wednesday 4th April 2012, 9:12am
Cloud, light snow, windy
So yesterday we had those very strong winds. At times they calmed down while at other times it was very wild out there, and the same overnight. This morning there is still some strong winds making noises outside and blowing things about, though not as much as yesterday.
But still, Gala Yuzawa is closed today, as is the Tashiro and main parts of Kagura (just the Mitsumata bit open this morning). Naeba is also limited to three lifts at the base of the resort.
Iwappara seems to be fully open today though, with Kandatsu, NASPA and Nunoma all partly open.
So once again limited operations today and even they may be affected by weather conditions - like I said it is still very windy this morning.
Yesterday as well as the wind later on in the day we also had some very heavy rain falling. Yikes, that was not good and won't have done the snow conditions any favours for today.
But! There's good news too. The good news to report is that light snow is currently falling and it is much colder than yesterday. Indeed, overnight Kagura have got 5cm of fresh snow up there. Hopefully we will see more snow today and in the coming days as well. It doesn't look like it will be anything significant, but we have been pleasantly surprised before so perhaps this week too.
I bring good news! Resorts around the village reporting up to 20cm of new snowfall up top this morning - and it's definitely colder than it was yesterday, which ended up being a pretty wild one. The strong winds are still with us though and still affecting lift operations.
Right now it is about +1C in the village and, for example, Hakuba 47 resort is reporting -8 degrees up at the top there. So it is feeling much more wintery again and great to see snow on the ground down to village again, and it is continuing to snow. More please!
It's looking encouraging for the next few days as well actually with snow likely each day up until Saturday, and then skies clearing up in time for Sunday. So it looks like a fine weekend is on the cards.
Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 4th April 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: This morning Goryu is reporting up to 20cm up top! Gondola, Alps daira No1 and No3, and Sky Four lifts operating. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 270cm; Toomi - 135cm
Hakuba 47: 47 also reporting up to 20cm of new snowfall this morning. Line D and Line A open with other lifts on hold due to winds. Official snow depth: Upper - 240cm Lower - 165cm
Happo-one: Lifts currently open at time of writing - Riesen quad, Nakiyama No3 triple, Panorama pair. Affected by winds. Lifts normally operating: Grat quad, Alpen quad, Happo Riesen quad, Nakiyama No3 triple, Gondola, Panorama pair, Kurobishi No2 quad, Skyline No2 pair and Kita One No3 pair. Lift tickets are now cheaper until closing. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 210cm; Sakka - 70cm; Nakiyama - 70cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: At time of writing, lifts on standby due to strong winds. Lifts normally operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 290cm Lower - 150cm
Planned ski resort closings in Hakuba and Otari, all subject to change:
Hakuba Goryu: Toomi area open until Sunday 8th April. Upper area hopefully open until 6th May.
Hakuba 47: 47 plants to be open until 6th May.
Happo-one: Upper slopes plan to be open until 6th May.
Tsugaike Kogen: Plans to be open until Golden Week
The Hakuba Cortina, Norikura, Iwatake, Sanosaka and Minekata resorts are all now closed for the season. Read more ...
Wednesday 4th April 2012, 9:31am
Snow, strong wind, cloud
Good news and bad news this morning.
The good news is that there is 10cm or so of fresh snow in the village this morning, so there'll be surely more than that up top. It's cold as well after the warmth of yesterday.
The bad news is that due to the very strong winds, it seems that Zao is completely closed and the official site is reflecting that as well showing none of the lifts moving.
Snow is still falling and hopefully tomorrow as well, so while the lifts are taking a rest we could get more cm out there and tomorrow and the day after we should be enjoying some fine snow conditions out there.
Current planned lift operations at Zao, as of 3rd April - subject to change:
Uwanodai Area Sky Cable (open all year, but closed from 7th May for maintenance) Onsen No1 pair lift (until 8th April) Onsen No2 quad lift (until 8th April) Zao Ropeway (open all year, but closed for maintenance 9th-25th April except Saturdays and Sundays)
Chuo and Paradise Area Chuo No1 pair lift (until 6th May, but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April) Chuo No2 pair lift (until 6th May) Katakai triple lift (until 6th May, but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April) Paradise No1 pair lift (until 6th May (but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April) Shobunuma No2 pair lift (until 8th April)
Yokokura and Utopia area Zao Ropeway (open all year, closed for maintenance 7th-18th May) Yokokura No1 pair lift (until 8th April) Astraea No3 pair lift (until 8th April) Utopia No2 pair lift (dependent on snow but latest until 6th May)
Omori and Kurohime Area Kurohime No1 quad (no fixed closing date, dependent on snow)
Official snow depths (4th April 12) Utopia - 220cm Chuo - 220cm Paradise - 230cm Uwanodai - 150cm
Operating lifts (4th April 12) All lifts closed today due to strong winds. Read more ...
Wednesday 4th April 2012, 9:34am
Between yesterday afternoon and evening Furano experienced a snow storm that dumped 30cm of new snow at village level. The snow was high in moisture content at the time that it fell. In the early hours of this morning there was a large amount of heavy rain fell on top of the new snow. The weather has turned again and it is once again snowing moderately.
Over today and tomorrow moderate winds are expected and there is further snow on the forecast.
Operating lifts today are Furano Ropeway and Prince Romance Lift. Lifts will start later todat at 9:30am due to snow clearing operations. While there is plenty of fresh snow out on the mountain it will be wet and heavy so take care. Visibility is limited due to cloud and snow. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 4th April 2012, 9:41am
It is much colder this morning, and much more winter like. We have new snow too covering the roads and probably 10+cm on the slopes.
But, the strong winds that we had yesterday are still with us and are still affecting lifts around Shiga Kogen. As far as I can tell this morning it is all very limited out there - at the time of writing one lift each at the following resort areas moving - Kumanoyu, Okushiga Kogen, the Ichinose resorts, Mammoth and Sun Valley. Hopefully we might be rid of the really strong winds by tomorrow, though I recall thinking and maybe saying that yesterday as well.
There's a chance we will see snowfall continue on and off each day into the weekend. If that happens, it may well be a great first April weekend out on the slopes. As you can see from the lift schedules below, there's more open for the weekend as well.
Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 4th April 2012 AM:
Resort areas that are now closed for the season are Maruike, Hasuike, Giant, Bunadaira, Nishitateyama and Kidoike. The planned closing dates of other ski areas are as follows, subject to change:
Sun Valley: No1 quad until 8th April No3 lift until 4th April
Higashitateyama: Closed at the moment. Re-open for April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. Access to Terakoya still operating even when Higashitateyama closed.
Terakoya: Closed at the moment. Re-open for April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
Mammoth: Quad until 6th May. Triple until 8th April.
Tannenomori: Until 6th May (but closed from 9th April until 28th April).
Ichinose Family: Quad until 6th May. Pairs on April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
Ichinose Diamond: Triple until 6th April. Quad open April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
Ichinose Yamanokami: Until 8th April.
Yakebitaiyama: No2 Gondola & No2 quad until 8th April and then April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. No2 lift until 8th April and then April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. No3 lift March 17/18, 20, 24/25, April 7/8 No4 pair open when No2 Gondola closed
Okushiga Kogen: Gondola open until 9th April and then 14th-16th April, 21st-23rd April, 28th April until 6th May. No1 pair until 8th April. No2 and No3 pairs until 6th May. No4 pair until 8th April and then 14th-15th April, 21st-22nd April, 28th April until 6th May.
Kumanoyu: Some lifts open beyond 6th May (after that date the Shiga Kogen ticket not valid)
Yokoteyama: Plans to be open until late May. Beyond 6th May, the joint Shiga Kogen ticket not valid. Read more ...
Wednesday 4th April 2012, 9:44am
Snow, turning to clouds
The cosmic April Fools' joke continues, as it is a lot more like February than it is April in Myoko. We've got some snow coming down at the moment - probably 10cm has fallen at base level, and it was -1C at 8am. It was even snowing heaviy there for a moment.
Snow remains on the forecast, in fact, right through to the weekend....
Akakura Onsen: Kumado No. 3 and 4 lifts open April 2 to 8 Akakan: Sky Cable Gondola and No 3 lift, through to May Ikenotaira: Shirakaba Capsule, Ikenotaira Quad and AB Dai 1 lifts, until April 8 Suginohara: Closed Seki Onsen: You can't stop with 580cm of snow on the ground (open through May) Myoko Ski Park: Closed Kyukamura: At least open for kids' sledding (lift closed) Tangram: Closed Madarao: Closed
Yesterday mornings snow turned into rather heavy rain by early evening going through much of the night before turning to snow before sunrise this morning. It's still snowing now and being blown around too, but I would say there has been perhaps a few new cm of snow so far. Hopefully while the winds do their thing we will get some decent snowfall during the day today.
The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a severe weather warning for Hokkaido today as it looks as if Japans worst spring storm in a long time that has been battering Kyushu and Honshu moves north. We can expect very high winds over the next 24 hours and be prepared for many lift closures, currently most of the lifts are on standby with only the Ace family pair and Ace No1 lifts operating although talk is of the Holiday Pair lift 1 starting soon. Over at Niseko Village it looks like the Banzai and Community lifts have been moving. Lift operations will likely be changing with conditions, so best to check with the resorts for the latest. That's if you really want to get out there today - it's pretty wild and I'm not sure how much fun it would be personally!
Snowfall is forecast for tomorrow as well, though with less wind hopefully more of the resorts will be open from early on.
Below is the latest information from the resort areas in Niseko regarding planned lift operation plans - subject to change:
Grand Hirafu & Hanazono: The following lifts remain open, with the planned closing dates for each also shown:
A Ace Family Pair Lift - until 8th April C Ace Quad Lift No2 - until 6th May F Hirafu Gondola - until 8th April I King Hooded Triple Lift #3 - until 6th May J King Lift #4 - until 6th May K Swinging Monkey Pair Lift - until 9th April N Hanazono Hooded Quad Lift #1 - until 9th April O Hanazono Quad Lift #2 - until 9th April P Hanazono Hooded Quad Lift #3 - until 9th April
Niseko Village: Niseko Village plans to be open every day until Sunday 8th April with the following lifts operating - Gondola, Banzai, Wonderland and Community. Niseko Village also plans to be open again for the Golden Week holiday period from Sunday 29th April until Sunday 6th May.
Annupuri: Lifts at Annupuri plan to be open until 6th May.
Official snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 410cm Bottom - 170cm
Strong winds and wet yesterday; only marginally better today, with strong winds and snow. Houdaigi has closed just for today on account of the wind so Tenjin is the only option. A dusting of fresh snow up there but still pretty blowy. They'll be stiff breezes around for the next couple of days but today should be the worst. Light snow forecast through Saturday and then it should be fine on Sunday and Monday - hopeful a great spring day for the final day of Houdaigi this season. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 4th April 2012, 12:19pm
What a day yesterday with strong winds shutting down the whole ski resort for the first time this year by lunch time. The heavy wind continued all afternoon and evening. Unlike other places in Japan there was luckily no damage reported in Nozawa.
While it was raining down low, snow was falling up top and brought more than 15cm of fresh overnight.
The snow keeps on coming this morning with big snow flakes falling from the sky out the window right now. It is still quite windy but by far not as strong as yesterday. The top part of the mountain will stay closed for the day but with fresh powder on the slopes the bottom runs will be beautiful to ski on.
More snow on the menu for the next few days. It should snow pretty much through until Saturday. Once the wind slows down and the top lifts reopen, which should be the case tomorrow, there will be a lot of fresh powder to enjoy once again in Nozawa.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Current Lift operations: Nagasaka (Four), Nagasaka (Triple), Hikage, Hikage 2nd
Current courses open: Nagasaka and Hikage runs open Read more ...