Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 30th May 2021

Niseko Now!

Saturday 4th May 2013, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 430cm
Well, yesterday turned out to be a fine day out there - and quite a fair bit of fresh snowfall up there on the resort slopes as well. 10cm, and no doubt double that in places.... snow down to village level. It was like, is it really 3rd May?! Sorry for repeating myself but what a great bonus to be given. I don't think I'd advise people to plan their ski trip for May, but for those of us who are here...!

Anyway this morning slightly less cold, and it's mostly cloudy conditions to start the day off. Earlier fog seems to be causing less problems now. It doesn't look like we will be seeing much of the sun this Golden Week, with clearer skies forecast from Tuesday onwards.


Official Resort Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu
Top - 430cm
Bottom - 65cm

Niseko Village
Top - 300cm
Bottom - 75cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 300cm
Bottom - 100cm


Planned resort operations until the end of Golden Week (subject to change):

Niseko Village (part open until Monday 6th May):
- Niseko Gondola
- Wonderland chair

Niseko Annupuri (part open until Monday 6th May):
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 4
- Jumbo Number 1

Niseko Grand Hirafu (part open until Monday 6th May):
- Ace Number 2 Center four
- Hirafu Gondola
- King Number 3
- King Number 4   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 4th May 2013, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 105cm
It's sunnier today (the sun was pretty elusive yesterday; it was sunny all day at Lake Nojiri, just to the southeast, but typically gloomy in Akakura).

It's still cold - though good for the snow, not really what you want for a Golden Week.

Looks like the temps will continue to rise from tomorrow, though, so everyone who is enjoying a vacation through Monday has something to look forward to.


Akakura Kanko: Open until 6th May - Sky Cable gondola and No. 3 lift, Hotel No. 5 lift).
Seki Onsen: Plan to be open until 6th May.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 4th May 2013, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Ah... we have nice clearer skies this morning and it should warm up to around 16 degrees in town today.... not usual Golden Week temperatures perhaps, but it should be a nice few days now to take us through to the end of the holiday period.

Have fun!

Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 6th May 2013, AM:

Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Kagura-Mitsumata):
Gala Yuzawa:


Planned closing dates for the resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa - part open until 6th May - Central and North Areas
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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 4th May 2013, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 115cm
After a chilly overnight here in Hakuba, it has warmed up quite quickly and was just over 10C as of 9am. Are temperatures finally going to start getting back to something like normal for the season? Well, the forecast has us down for a high of around 14 degrees today, so still not very warm -- but on an upwards trend perhaps. We can expect more of the sun in the coming days now into next week, so there should be no rain to worry about for the 'rest of the season'!

Cloud around the mountains again this morning but lots of blue sky as well. Should be a fine few days, expect lots of other fellow skiers and snowboarders out there enjoying their last few slides.


Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 4th May 2013 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, upper Number 1-4 pair lifts.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 115cm;
Toomi - 0cm

Hakuba 47:
The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Line AB, C and E.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 105cm
Lower - 5cm

The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi Number 2 quad, Kurobishi Number 3 pair, Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair, Kokusai Number 1 pair, Panorama pair, Skyline Number 2 pair, Grat quad, Usagidaira pair (Golden Week only)
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 115cm
Lower - 0cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Ropeway, Tsuga Number 2 pair, Hannoki pair.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 135cm
Lower slopes - 0cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Cortina and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 4th May 2013, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
No new snow to report this morning - almost sounds crazy even mentioning that given that it's 4th May today! - rather it's a fine and sunny morning in Nozawa and up on the mountain too. Warmer as well with a temperature of around 8C degrees as of 9am.

Similar conditions are on the forecast for the last two days of the season as well.

I haven't ventured out today yet but I expect it to be rather busy today and tomorrow. Have fun!


Official snow depths:




Courses open today at Nozawa Onsen (planned):

Yamabiko A
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E


Nozawa Onsen planned opening plans to the end of season:

Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift
Yamabiko Four lift
Uenotaira Four lift
Snow Park
Paradise Four lift
Skyline Connecting lift
Yunomine pair   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 4th May 2013, 15:15pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
We've had such an unusually cold and snowy Spring this year that the mountain is still in excellent condition this deep into May. Furano Ski Resort has announced that they are extending the ski season to include next weekend! Normally the mountain shuts down after Golden Week, but this year they will close as scheduled for the 7th-10th and then open up the lifts for the last runs of the season on Saturday and Sunday (May 11th, 12th.)

There's still 120cm of snow on the slopes (60cm at the foot of the mountain), and it snowed all the way down in the village Thursday night. It's not exactly the high quality powder for which Furano is famous, but it is still very skiable. More snow is in the forecast for the higher elevations for today and tomorrow as well, as Winter slowly gives over to Spring. It's currently 7 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. It should stay cloudy and cool until tomorrow evening, when we get a chance for some precipitation. It will most likely be snow on the mountain, rain in the village.    Read more ...

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30th May, 8:56am
Niseko Now
25th May, 14:32pm
Yuzawa Now
23rd May, 8:47am
Furano Now
09th May, 16:56pm
Hakuba Now
09th May, 10:50am
Nozawa Onsen Now
09th May, 8:12am
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06th May, 13:52pm
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05th May, 13:16pm
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