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Hakuba Now!

Saturday 7th April 2012, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another fantastic day yesterday and it is looking like today will be more of the same.

Yes, we have more snow to report on this morning of April 7th! Goryu say 20cm, Hakuba 47 say another 10-15cm on the upper slopes. Really great snow as well, not wet spring-like stuff, oh no! It's just awesome to be on the receiving end of this late blast of winter and I hope that you will be able to get out and enjoy it. Or at least enjoy reading about it. It's not as if the snow from the previous days had been all tracked out - resorts are generally very quiet - but who doesn't like a good topup?
Places should be a bit busier today of course as it is the weekend, but people should certainly be enjoying themselves out there.

Anyway, yes new snowfall on the mountains and down in the village as well. It is still snowing and should be for most of the day today. It's all looking like mid-winter. Maybe not as cold as mid-winter, in village at least, where currently it is 0 degrees but it should be plenty cold up top.

From tomorrow, we are due some sunshine perhaps even for a run of days as things are set to warm up somewhat. Sounds like a perfect weekend to me...

[Please note that tomorrow's Hakuba Now update will probably be later in the day, but it's looking almost certain to be a sunny one!]

Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 7th April 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu is reporting 5cm on lower slopes and up to 20cm up top! Gondola, Alps daira No1 and No3, and Sky Four lifts operating.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 285cm;
Toomi - 140cm

Hakuba 47:
All courses open and all lifts apart from Line D due to be moving today.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 267cm
Lower - 170m

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 - 270cm;
Sakka - 80cm;
Nakiyama - 80cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Planned lifts operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 345cm
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.

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 ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 7th April 2012, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Great conditions over at Kagura yesterday especially in the morning. We enjoyed a slight bit of clearer conditions mid-day when people could get their bearings and find out where they were, but apart from that it was poor visibility and windy but I don't think many people would have been complaining as it was a treat to enjoy powder like conditions in April. What more could we want? (Apart from 'more' of course!)

Kagura are reporting 5cm this morning but added onto what fell yesterday I am quite certain it would have been more than that. So I'm calling 10cm. I am also hearing reports from Naeba or up to 20cm in some places. That sounds good and I hope it's true.

This morning the snow is still coming down, though slightly better visibility than yesterday. The forecast is snow and cloud.

After today, it's sun, sun and sun along with warmer temperatures so it looks like spring might be wanting to take back control.

Resort Operations, 7th April (subject to change)
Open as planned - No2 Gondola, No5 quad, Takenokodaira pair.
Open as normal.
Official snow depths
360cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 7th April 2012, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
This morning's report comes to you from Minamiuonuma just to the north of Yuzawa with the help of an online reporter in Yuzawa.

But wow what a start to the day. Huge flakes of snow are falling here (and I hear in Yuzawa too) this morning and the roads are covered with snow. There's at least 5cm on the top of my car outside. This is somewhat unexpected but most welcome all the same. Surprisingly Kagura up high are themselves only reporting 5cm of snow overnight but I suspect it is more especially when you take into account the snow that they got yestersay. (An aside my colleague covering Naeba tell me that some reports say up to 20cm or so in places at Naeba).

Reports from yesterday are all very positive - some fantastic conditions up at Kagura. Resorts down at town should be decent as well today and it will make a good way to end the season for those closing at the end of the day tomorrow.

Talking of tomorrow, it should be clear and sunny and temperatures are likely to rise and it should all be quite warm again come Tuesday.

Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 7th April 12, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:


Open until 8th April:
NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Kogen
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Naeba - after that open for 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd April

Open until 15th April:
Kandatsu Kogen - after that opening on weekends and holidays from 16th April until 6th May)

Open until 6th May:
GALA Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro)

Open until 27th May:
Kagura (Mitsumata)   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 7th April 2012, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Light snow this morning and brighter than it was yesterday, at least here in the area I am (Maruike) and at the time of writing. Winter-like conditions continue though this morning and we have had more snow since yesterday and just now snow is falling from the skies and should be for the day according to the forecast.

It's the weekend of course and so more lifts open around the place for today and tomorrow - see below for the official planned openings. The slopes are certainly busier this morning than they have been the last few weekdays giving the place a much more lively feel. Not enough to be causing any kind of congestion at the lifts or on the courses though.

Looking ahead, spring looks set to return this coming week. Forecast for tomorrow is sun and actually for a few more days after that as well and it will start getting milder as well.

Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 7th April 2012 AM:

Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:


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

Open April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. Access to Terakoya still operating even when Higashitateyama closed.

Open April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.

Quad until 6th May. Triple until 8th April.

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:
Quad open April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Until 8th April.

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.

Some lifts open beyond 6th May (after that date the Shiga Kogen ticket not valid)

Plans to be open until late May. Beyond 6th May, the joint Shiga Kogen ticket not valid.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 7th April 2012, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yes, it definitely will be a good weekend!

About 10cm or so of new snowfall on the upper Yamabiko and Uenotaira slopes of Nozawa this morning should make for some fine fresh conditions once again and with a cold temperature of around -7C on Yamabiko it should feel like mid-winter once again. Lower areas also got around 5cm as well.

Snow is still falling down to village - down here visibility is fine though up top it's more like a whiteout at the moment.

Those in Nozawa for the weekend is in for a real contrast tomorrow as we have clear and sunny skies forecast. It does actually seem that spring is going to take control of the conditions from tomorrow bringing with it lots of sun and mild temperatures. What you might expect for April, actually!

For now though, it's a cold and snowy day. This season really has delivered in Nozawa and it's great to see early April continuing with that.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:





Current Lift operations:
Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four
Yamabiko Four No2
Uenotaira Four
Skyline Link
Paradise Four
Higake Triple


Current courses open:
Yamabiko A-E courses
Utopia courses
Yunomine A, B
Bunabayashi (until the mid-way point of Nagasaka Gondola)

The above are subject to change.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 7th April 2012, 11:46am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snowy, wintery conditions continue today and the slopes have some more fresh to play in this morning. Visibility on lower slopes is fine but from the base here I can't see the top of the mountain at the moment. It's pretty cold as well this morning, colder than yesterday, and (I might have said this before but) it does not feel like April.

The snow and cold does seem likely to clear up by tomorrow morning, possibly sooner, and from Tuesday in particular we should be seeing a return to milder weather conditions in Zao.


Official snow depths (7th April 12)
Utopia - 245cm
Chuo - 240cm
Paradise - 245cm
Uwanodai - 150cm

Operating lifts (7th April 12)
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 ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 7th April 2012, 12:41pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Back to wintery conditions here in Minakami this morning with snow falling since last night and a few centimeters of fresh to play in. Awesome conditions for April with all resorts, even the ones already closed having plenty of snow on all slopes.

It is supposed to clear up for tomorrow and get warmer as well, so promises to be a great final day at Houdaigi. Warm temperatures all of next week with sunshine forecast for most days except Wednesday.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 7th April 2012, 14:21pm
Weather conditions: Low wind, overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Easter weekend continues to prove there is life in this season yet with yesterday snowing pretty constantly and winds staying nice and low. Hardly anyone out there either.

We all woke to a fantastic treat this morning as a good 15cm of extremely powdery snow had fallen overnight giving some truly amazing, and perhaps unexpected, conditions.

It's always a good time of year for the people who live in Niseko and surrounding areas to get some time on the slopes after a busy season - and they must truly feel like they have been rewarded.

Overall lift coverage remains excellent, same as yesterday, with the calm winds and pleasant temperatures and there are sure to be many late season skiers who will go home with tales of fantastic April riding. 2011-12 has been, from beginning to middle and end one for the record books, or so it feels. Whilst numbers of visitors overall were down after last years events in Tohoku, those who didn't make the trip this year may be kicking themselves! Just check those official snow depths below - still over 4m according to the resorts and a fair bit more than this time last year if you take a look at the Niseko Now archives on the site.

Last week the cherry blossom forecast was released, giving a date of May 8th for the Niseko area - if we get a few more weekends like this I would have to say they got that one wrong... spring still feels a long way away.


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.

Lifts at Annupuri plan to be open until 6th May.


Official snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 425cm
Bottom - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 440cm
Bottom - 190cm

Top - 460cm
Bottom - 180cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 7th April 2012, 16:33pm
Weather conditions: Scattered Snow Showers
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The Winter of 2011-12 just refuses to give up. It's been snowing almost every day for what seems like forever, and even though we're well into April, the sun just can't melt the snow fast enough. It's been flurrying off and on throughout the day. Temperatures climbed slightly throughout the afternoon hours but were unable to get above freezing.

The snow showers seem to have stopped for the moment, but the way things have been going recently, there's always a chance we'll receive another few centimeters overnight. Winds are slight to non-existent, and it really is a great day to be doing some skiing. With a warmup on the way next week, it doesn't look like this winter weather will be hanging around too much longer. You might want to think about getting out there and enjoying this late season miracle.

Tomorrow promises to be another gorgeous day, with overnight lows around -9 and highs in the low single digits. The morning should be pristine, but be prepared for some spring-like snow conditions towards the afternoon.   Read more ...

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05th Dec, 17:25pm
Furano Now
05th Dec, 9:50am
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05th Dec, 9:43
Zao Now
05th Dec, 9:34
Shiga Kogen Now
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05th Dec, 8:23
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05th Dec, 8:14
Niseko Now
05th Dec, 8:03am
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04th Dec, 17:38am
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04th Dec, 9:09
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01st Dec, 13:47
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30th Nov, 11:01am