Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Saturday 19th March 2011, 8:01am
Clear fine conditions
It's fine weather from early on at Naeba this morning...the first day of a three day weekend in Japan. How many people will turn up to enjoy the good snow conditions is anyone's guess, but I would expect things to keep pretty quiet as many may not actually be able to get here due to the gasoline restrictions in many regions.
Operations at Naeba and Kagura from today until Monday will be as follows, with plans for Tuesday onwards coming later.
We will be back to more spring like weather conditions today in Nozawa. Early on the sun is out and we have lots of blue skies. Snow conditions are good too after that snow that we have got this in recent days. Just look at the snow depth at Yamabiko!
Today is the pick of the three day weekend we are just starting as tomorrow we may well see rain and that is likely to continue into Monday as well. Fingers crossed it doesn't.
Lifts operating from Saturday 19th March - Monday 21st March:
The following lifts were damaged in the earthquake that we experienced in northern Nagano on Saturday 12th March: Uenotaira quad, Yamabiko No2 Four, Yamabiko Four, Nagasaka Gondola upper station. These lifts will be closed for the rest of the season.
If you plan to visit Nozawa, I would recommend you contact your accommodation or the resort just to make sure on details before travelling. Read more ...
Saturday 19th March 2011, 8:27am
Blue skies, just some cloud early on
Some cloud early on but lots of blue sky and it will likely be a fine and sunny day in Hakuba with temperatures once again warming up. Tomorrow may see rain and so today will be the pick of the bunch.
Resorts seem to be opening at least close to normal for these three holidays - Monday being a national holiday in Japan.
Iwatake planned to close on the 3rd April for the season, but due to the current circumstances has brought that forward to 27th March.
Please do check with resorts beforehand for the latest updates if you plan on visiting.
Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 19th March AM:
Hakuba Goryu Goryu is open as normal for the three day wekeend, though no nighta. Alps daira - 330cm; Toomi - 170cm; Iimori - 125cm.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is today operating as normal for the three day weekend. Snow depth (upper) - 234cm.
Happo-one: Happo is open today. Most open but the Gondola is not operating. No nighta. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 250cm; Sakka - 90cm; Shirakaba - 90cm; Nakiyama - 85cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: Most of the resort is open though the Gondola/Ropeway are not operating. Snow depth - 340cm Maruyama area - 150cm Champion - 220cm
It's a lovely clear morning in Yuzawa and going to end up being pretty mild too with highs perhaps getting into double figures in the early afternoon.
Most resorts in Yuzawa and the Minamiuonuma area will be at least part open for this three day weekend, albeit at limited lift operations.
Word was that Maiko were closing for the season, but they have actually re-opened from now until next Sunday (27th March). The Gondola isn't operating but you can still get up to the top using the quad lifts.
Resorts that are totally closed are:
Tashiro Yuzawa Nakazato
It is advisable to contact resorts to check for any latest changes if you are planning to visit. You can get to their websites by using the links on the Resort pages of this site. Read more ...
Saturday 19th March 2011, 13:11pm
It's a warm one out there today. Temperatures are almost at 5 right now, and things have been sitting above freezing for a few hours now. Things are going to get slushy out there, so be prepared for almost spring-like conditions towards the bottom of the mountain, however the top should be fine. A system passing through the area later today may bring a few rain showers to the area before changing to snow and tapering off for the overnight hours. The big story out there right now are the winds accompanying this low pressure system, currently howling away at 7 m/s. Read more ...
Saturday 19th March 2011, 14:33pm
As expected it has warmed up rapidly today with a SW airstream bringing up very mild air. The wind is strong and has affected the top lifts in Grand Hirafu. Other areas seem fully operational. The warm temps will mean Spring conditions on the whole mountain. It will remian mild overnight into tomorrow but winds will start turning around more north-westerly and temps will drop with snow expected later in the day. We can then expect a reasonably cool week ahead with frequent snowfalls.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 400 Bottom - 190
Niseko Village: Top - 390 Bottom - 190
Annupuri: Top - 400 Bottom - 200
The wind is calm in Niseko as of 6am, however is forecasted to pick up, together with higher temperature, around 9am. The snowdrifts that has developed yesterday are not uniform and seems to be a big thickness difference depending on the slope’s conditions. The surface of those snowdrifts are covered with soft wind-blown snow and the slopes condition in trees under 800m is in good shape. Big scale avalanche risk will rise in slopes with thick snowdrifts as the temperature suddenly rises today. Extra caution is required in leeward steep open slopes around 1100m that hasn’t got any cracks. Accessing the out of bounds areas by ducking ropes is strongly prohibited in Niseko. Do not enter Osawa (Annupuri bowl) directly from the Annupuri Gondola station. Should an avalanche happen in higher terrain, it will run through the bottom of the valley, devastating anything along the way. The snow condition is ever changing, be permanently alert. Opening of peak gates is yet decided, please follow the ski patrol’s instructions and have a safe day.
What a great day of snow, and almost nobody to share it with. And pure blue skies above it all.
Yesterday there was a lot of powder all over the place; today it was still there in shadowy areas. But there were very few people out on the slopes, and almost no one climbing in the backcountry. It got spring-y and sticky, but it's great snow for this time of year, and there's a lot of it.
Ski Resort Operations
Akakura Onsen: Ginrei No. 3 and 5; Kumado No. 2, 3, 4; Chuo Triple; Yodel Super Quad. Nigt sking finished for the year.
Akakan (Akakura Kanko): All lifts open.
Ikenotaira: Shirakaba Capsule, Alpen Blick No. 1. Season to finish 3/21 (special reduced lift rates; kids free on Sunday)
Myoko Suginohara: Gondola and No. 2 lift only; closed from 3/22 to 3/25. Gondola only on 3/26, 27.
Seki Onsen: Open
Myoko Ski Park: Closed for the season
Kyukamura: Open Sunday; now deciding on Monday and beyond.
Tangram: Four lifts open; will stay open until 4/3.
Madarao: No. 1 and 2 lifts open. Season to finish 3/21.