Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 26th January 2021

Niseko Now!

Friday 4th May 2012, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud, wind, rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well, not the best of mornings here in Niseko I'm afraid. Strong winds and rain this morning. What's more, the weather is preventing all but the Ace Family lift at Grand Hirafu to be closed as of 8:30am this morning. If things calm down then we can expect more of the planned lifts to open. Though I think people here for this part of Golden Week might choose to 'do something else' today!

The rain might continue into tomorrow morning, hopefully clearing up sooner than later. A chance of more stable and an appearance from the sun on the last day of the season, Sunday. Let's hope so.


Current lift operations (4th May 2012 @ 9am):

Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family
Ace Quad Lift No2 [STANDBY]
King Hooded Triple Lift #3 [STANDBY]
King Lift #4 [STANDBY]
Hirafu Gondola [STANDBY]

Annupuri Gondola
Jumbo No1 quad
Jumbo No4 pair [STANDBY]

Niseko Village:
Gondola [CLOSED]
Wonderland lift [CLOSED]


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 - 215cm
Bottom - 5cm

Top - 150cm
Bottom - 30cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Friday 4th May 2012, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
No much Golden about Golden Week so far. Heavy rain on and off yesterday and it is rain again today. The forecast says it will rain for the rest of today and there is the chance of sporadic rain on Saturday and Sunday. Monday might bring the possibility of some sunshine but it could be raining again by Wednesday next week.

Great conditions for fans of thick, wet slush.

   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 4th May 2012, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Heavy rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Rain was on and off yesterday, but it's most defitely 'ON' this morning with heavy consistent rainfall outside this morning. I think I'll pass on the skiing myself, this morning! For those hardy enough to need to be out there today though (and good for you!), the resorts are actually open this morning. It looks like the resorts are pretty much open as planned actually.

So, how about the weekend proper? The latest forecasts seem to be telling us that while there's a better chance of clearer weather and the sun, there's also going to be a chance of showers as well... both tomorrow morning and on Sunday. Though hopefully not in the way the rain is coming down this morning. Let's hope the rain holds off.

From Monday, Kagura (via Mitsumata) will be the only resort are remaining open.


Official resort snow depths @ Friday 4th May 12, AM:
Kagura - Mitsumata:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
90cm (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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 4th May 2012, 9:43am
Weather conditions: Cloud, rain at times
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Rain it is then. Or it was, as it is holding off at the moment though we do have rain forecast today. It has been cooler as well the last few days and right now about 10C in the Maruike area. For the weekend there's more of a chance of seeing the sun, but there will always be the possibility of some rain showers both on Saturday and Sunday. As you can see on the snow depth numbers, the snow is quickly getting less now and really thin on the ground in lots of lower areas now... for example some bare patches of ground are now visible on the slopes of Ichinose Family. It won't be long now before it disappears, but we can probably make it through the weekend as planned, or just about.

From Monday, only parts of Kumanoyu and Yokoteyama will remain open. I'll post another report then with a roundup of news.

Have a fun second half of Golden Week. Fingers crossed we get some decent weather for this weekend.


Official resort snow depths as of Friday 4th May 2012 AM:

Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:


Planned lift operations, subject to change:

Open 28th April - 6th May

Open 28th April - 6th May

Quad open until 6th May

Open 28th April until 6th May

Ichinose Family:
Quad & No2 pair until 6th May

Ichinose Diamond:
Quad and moving walkway until 6th May

Gondola and No2 high quad lift until 6th May

Okushiga Kogen:
Gondola, No2, No3 and No4 lifts until 6th May

No1 and No3 quad pair until 6th May
No2 pair until 13th May

No1 Sky, No2, No3 Sky, Shibutoga lifts plan to be open until late May   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Friday 4th May 2012, 9:52am
Weather conditions: Cloud, rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It has been a rainy few days in this region unfortunately and strong winds have also been messing about with lift operations as well, as covered on the Yuzawa Now reporting page.

This morning the rain continues - cloudy, rainy and definitely considerably cooler than it was last weekend! But both Naeba and Kagura are open as planned.

The No2 Gondola and Takenokodaira pair lift are operating at Naeba with just that run up there open.

There's much more open at Kagura. Lifts that are scheduled to be operating today until Sunday at Kagura are as follows:

Mitsumata Ropeway
Mitsumata No1 quad
Mitsumata No2 quad
Mitsumata No2 pair
Mitsumata No3 pair
Kagura Gondola
Kagura No1 quad
Kagura No4 pair
Kagura No5 pair
Tashiro Ropeway
Tashiro No1 pair
Tashiro No2 pair
Tashiro No4 pair
Tashiro No1 quad
Tashiro No6 pair
Tashiro No8 pair

Sunday is the last day of the season for the Tashiro Ropeway and Tashiro area of Kagura and so from Monday we will be left with just the Kagura and Mitsumata areas open. From Monday, here's what they plan to have open at Kagura:

Mitsumata Ropeway
Mitsumata No1 quad
Mitsumata No3 pair
Kagura Gondola
Kagura No1 quad

Please note that the top No5 pair lift at Kagura won't be open after this weekend.


Daily weather updates - including news from Naeba and Kagura - on our Yuzawa Now report page:
Yuzawa Now - updated daily until late May


Resort Operations, 4th May (subject to change)
Naeba open until 6th May
Tashiro open until 6th May
Kagura (Mitsumata) open until 27th May
Official snow depths
80cm (top)
280cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 4th May 2012, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy but bright
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's a cloudy but bright morning in Hakuba village - no rain falling, and a temperature of around 15 degrees, with a high of 17C forecast. It actually looks like there's some nice blue sky on show once you get above the cloud line on the mountain. Sounds like an excuse to get up there!

We still might be on the receiving end of some rain later today according to the forecast but should see more of the sun tomorrow. A possibility of rain showers at times on Sunday and so tomorrow would seem to be the pick for the weekend if you have a choice and want to get here for that last slide of the season.

Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 4th May 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Gondola and Alps daira No 1-4 lifts are all operating. Ride the Gondola to get back down to base.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 125cm

Hakuba 47:
Top areas open, lower Route 1 and Route 7 now closed. Ride the Gondola to get back down to base.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 55cm
Lower - 5m

Most of the top area open (lower slopes are now all closed). Ride the Gondola to get 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. Ride the Gondola to get back down to base.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 158cm


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 ...

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