A cloudy start to the day here, though at 9am it is already around 12 degrees. It shouldn't heat up as much as it did yesterday though (when it was approaching 20) with a high of around 15-16 degrees on the forecast. We are also expecting rain later on in the day and then through tomorrow as well. Hopefully that will clear up in time for the weekend.
Gala Yuzawa will be closed today due to winds and while Kagura seems to be operating they are warning of stronger winds later in the day. Read more ...
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Thursday 17th April 2008, 9:08am
It is a bit of a dark morning here early on. Lots of grey cloud around and it looks like it might rain at any time, though the forecast is for rain later in the day. It isn't as warm as it was yesterday (the warmest of the year so far?) but still very mild.
The following resort areas and lifts are operating today:
The sky looked almost blue this morning but the forecasted rain is threatening with a few drops just starting to fall now. This rain is predicted to get heavier as the day progresses and continue through tomorrow with colder temperatures than we've been having over the past few days.
Cyclists have also been out enjoying the fine spring weather and the dry roads. Rafting starts next weekend on Hakuba's Himegawa, so get out for a splash and an end of Winter wake-up in the water.
The last day of operation for Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47, Happo One and Tsugaike will be May 6th. It is always novel to go for a ski in your shorts on a May morning and then enjoy a picnic lunch underneath the blooming cherry trees before getting a good Mt. bike ride in or enjoying a relaxing afternoon on lake Aokiko. Yep it's that month of the year in Hakuba where you can enjoy all that Hakuba has to offer.
Take care if heading off piste or in the trees as there are open glide cracks in the snow, hollow sections that can collapse and wet snow avalanches on steep lines on any aspects. Those heading backcountry should be aware also of rockfall coming down from melting snow, rocks and trees on the snow surface and water flowing under the snow that can make crossing creeks and gullies potentially treacherous.