Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 16th November 2018
Thursday 5th April 2012, 8:44am
Light snow falling up high this morning in Minakami and overcast down in the valley. The strong winds have passed but still a bit of a breeze around. A bit of fresh snow lying around after the light snow of the past couple of days so pretty good out in the resorts that are still open.
The light snow is supposed to continue until Sunday morning and then we are due a couple of days of blue sky and sunshine. Warmer temperatures also due from Sunday with the possibility of it hitting double figures on Tuesday. Read more ...
Thursday 5th April 2012, 9:42am
Cloud, light snow, wind
After a few days of limited operations, we're all back open today with all of Kagura open and the planned bits of Naeba open as well. It was a wild ride, but things are much MUCH calmer this morning. Almost no wind at all even which is quite the contrast.
It is snowing, lightly, this morning as well. Just a few cm here in Naeba and up to 5cm or so reported by the people at Kagura so a thin fresh layer on top of what we had yesterday. So conditions up top should be pretty decent I would guess. I'll take a look myself a bit later on.
More snow for today, tomorrow and perhaps even into Saturday? Looks like it. Unknown is how much, but the weekend is shaping up to possibly be a fine one.
Just as a reminder, Naeba will be open until this coming Sunday - 8th April - and then after that just on the following two weekends - April 14th/15th and April 21st/22nd
The Tashiro part of Kagura plans to be open until 6th May, with the Mitsumata Ropeway operating until 27th May. Usually the snow has gone from the Mitsumata slopes, but the upper Kagura slopes are open and you get there via Mitsumata. We'll just see how the snow sticks around this season.
Resort Operations, 5th April (subject to change) Naeba: Open as planned - No2 Gondola, No5 quad, Takenokodaira pair. Kagura: Open as normal. Official snow depths Naeba: 230cm Kagura: 360cm Read more ...
Thursday 5th April 2012, 9:58am
And more good news today - more fresh snow on the mountains this morning. You'll actually be able to enjoy it as well this morning as the winds have calmed down and moved on and the resorts that should be open are open pretty much as normal - a few late (due to snowfall!) starting lifts aside... So it's all a bit different from the disruption that the windy storm gave us the last few days.
What's really great though is that we had snowfall yesterday and we have had more overnight, with for example Hakuba 47 reporting 18cm of new snowfall.... and it's still snowing very nicely at the moment, so snow conditions out there today should be really great. Really nice big flakes are coming down at the moment as I write this in the village and while it's not particularly cold, it's certainly not feeling very spring like.
With the snow coming down it's generally poor visibility on the slopes, but who's complaining!?
If we are to believe the forecast, it should be snowing tomorrow as well and perhaps clearing up for the weekend (especially Sunday). Anyone for a fantastic April weekend?
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 5th April 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: This morning Goryu is reporting 5cm on lower slopes and 10cm 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 another 18cm of new snowfall this morning. All courses open and all lifts apart from Line D moving. Official snow depth: Upper - 260cm Lower - 170m
Happo-one: A few lifts opening a bit late due to snowfall, winds ok today. 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. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 230cm; Sakka - 80cm; Nakiyama - 80cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: Lifts operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 330cm 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 ...
Thursday 5th April 2012, 10:18am
Cloud, light sleet/snow
We're back to something like normal today after those two days of windy disruption to lifts.
And, we have new snow. On the mountains anyway. Kagura are reporting 5cm while Gala Yuzawa seem to be reporting 20cm of fresh snow this morning. Impressive. Should be a good morning up there.
Down in town there has been just a sprinkling really and while it is snowing now it is very light and wet - borderline rain - and not the kind that will rack up some new cm. With temperatures rising to around +5 today, it may well be raining properly this afternoon, but hopefully we can avoid that and we might see snow still falling in higher areas.
Tomorrow should be colder though and snow is lined up on the forecast, perhaps continuing into Saturday.
One thing worth mentioning again is that the South Area of the Gala Yuzawa resort is now closed for the season.
Remember this weekend is the last for Iwappara, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa Kogen. Centleisure Maiko will be open just for this weekend. Afte that we are left with just Naeba (two weekends-only), Kandatsu, GALA Yuzawa and Kagura open. For details see below.
At last the winds have calmed down and we are something like back to normal this morning. That's not all the good news - more fresh snow overnight and it is still snowing. The roads are covered white and while visibility is generally poor, there will be some nice fresh runs to get out and enjoy this morning. We might be in early April, but it doesn't feel like it.
We can expect the snow to continue tomorrow as well as temperatures take another dip into 'really cold' territory, so it's all priming us up for a really great weekend.
It might get busier at the weekend but for now the slopes are generally very quiet. Tomorrow would be my pick.
Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 5th 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 ...
Thursday 5th April 2012, 10:35am
Cloud, snow, windy
Mid-winter! That's how it feels anyway. There was 20-25cm or so of fresh snow this morning greeting me at my doorstep and it sure did put a big smile on my face.
There's still a strong wind blowing but less than yesterday - when actually I hear one or two lifts did actually start up in the afternoon (?), though not sure how much fun it would have been in those conditions!
More snow forecast today, tomorrow and maybe even into Saturday as well. Right now it is holding off in the village but still very cloudy and looking like it might start falling anytime soon again.
Official snow depths (5th April 12) Utopia - 245cm Chuo - 220cm Paradise - 240cm Uwanodai - 150cm
Operating lifts (5th April 12) Some lifts delayed/slowed down due to wind, but generally open as planned.
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) Read more ...
Thursday 5th April 2012, 11:37am
Wow! Another 6cm of new snow since the last report. Last night Furano was buffeted by very strong winds but these have died down mid morning and the cloud that was covering the mountain early on has lifted. It is now a very pleasant and bright day with the sun out and temperatures are realatively warm, currently sitting at just above freezing. There is some excellent skiing to be had out on the mountain today - those that venture out will be rewarded well.
As with the summer typhoons that are often preceded and followed by calm weather, Niseko woke this morning to a glorious blue sky with slight snow falling early morning. There is still a bit of a wind out there in places and while nothing like the previous days, some lifts have been moving slower than normal this morning.
After yesterday where most of the lifts were shut it was a welcome sight to see much of the resort back to normal and the Hirafu Gondola up and running. Temperatures remain low but those winds have generally died down giving some very pleasant spring conditions.
Snow is still on the forecast up until Saturday - probably the last 'busy' weekend of the season, and I highly recommend you get out there and enjoy it!
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
I got so excited about more snow this morning--I even got word from the patrol at Akakan to be sure and bring some big skis to enjoy the heavy powder--that I forgot to log in and report to you today! It's been snowing on and off throughout the day; right now it's coming down pretty heavy, and the word is there will be a good dump of fresh for the morning. Looks like a mission to one of the local peaks is in order!
Yesterday afternoon was a great day in the trees with daughter, just getting ready to enter junior high school and off from race practice for the day. She can out-carve me on the slopes, but it was great fun to take her into the woods and enjoy some fast, easy-skiing powder. Lots of grins for all involved, and absolutely no competition...
It's a great sport, people, and not just for teens in baggy pants!
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
Thankfully those winds had calmed down by early this morning. The weather cleared up somewhat later on in the day yesterday. While there was no new snow in terms of cm early on this morning, by lunchtime the resort was reporting about 10cm of fresh snow up top and 5cm or so on the Uenotaira runs. It was a cold -3C up there early on and it has been a fairly cold day but generally just cloudy down in the village while it snows up top.
We are still on for more snow on the mountain tomorrow, so hopefully there will be some really nice conditions up there tomorrow and for the weekend.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Current Lift operations: Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Four Yamabiko Four No2 Uenotaira Four Skyline Link
Current courses open: Yamabiko A-E courses Skyline Uenotaira Paradise Schneider Utopia courses Yunomine A, B Challenge Isemiya Bunabayashi Rinkan Read more ...