Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Thursday 1st April 2010, 9:30am
A fine and sunny day was forecast for today, but it is cloudy to start off with here in Yuzawa. It is warm though and even at 9am almost 8 degrees with a high of around 12 likely later on this afternoon.
It was raining ever so slightly just a short while back but is holding off now though some strong winds are forecast later on in the day along with a good chance of rain again tonight. The strong winds mean that Gala Yuzawa is not going to open today.
Sunday 4th April 2010: Yuzawa Nakazato Nakazato Snow Wood Yuzawa Park Iwappara NASPA Ski Garden Ipponsugi Yuzawa Kogen
Sunday 11th April 2010: Kandatsu Kogen Naeba
Wednesday 5th May 2010: Gala Yuzawa Kagura (Tashiro Area)
Sunday 23rd May 2010: Kagura (via Mitsumata)
In neighbouring Minamiuonuma, Centleusire Maiko, Muikamachi Hakkaisan, Urasa, Ishiuchi Hanaoka, Hakkaisanroku are now closed for the season. The remaining resorts planned closing dates are as below (subject to change):
Ishiuchi Maruyama - 4th April Joetsu Kokusai - 4th April Read more ...
Thursday 1st April 2010, 9:50am
Cloudy with some light drizzle
Yesterday got quite mild getting up to around 7 degrees in the afternoon at village level. It stayed mild overnight with a minimum near 3 to 4 degrees and this morning there is a little drizzle about. Heavier rain is expected through the afternoon with strong winds as a warm front ahead of an approaching low passes over the region. As the low moves through tomorrow cooler air will be dragged down and we can expect some snow later in the evening into Saturday.
Looking back on March it was a good month for snow being the snowiest March since 2005 and we actually received more snow in March than we did in Feb getting up around 3m on the upper mountain. It was also a cool month, being the coldest since 1999. This all added up to plenty of powder days on an uncrowded mountain meaning plenty of fresh tracks. If you're put off at all about the peak season crowds and prices in Niseko then March truly is a great time to come. I certainly had some of the best days of the whole season this March. Total snowfall since November on the upper mountain has now exceeded 16m. This has got to put Niseko right up there as one of the snowiest ski resorts on the planet this season. Up near the peak the snowdepth has been recorded at over 5m meaning there's no shortage of snow to see us out for the remainder of the season.
Clouds started the day yesterday but it turned into a fine one with lots of blue sky. The snow was good, the views great and the trees at the top looking way more monster-y than they have been for a month or so. Good times.
A good part of the resort is still open of course and as you can see from the dates below, some more lifts will be coming to a close for the season at the end of this coming Sunday.
It is a very mildmorning in Zao with a current temperature of +5 degrees and a slight breeze - and another cloudy start to the day but good visibility on the mountain.
There is a good chance of rain before the end of the day but it might turn into snow later on and higher up, though we can't expect much unless the temperatures drop dramatically. After that it is currently looking like it will be fair weather over the weekend.
Chuo area: 210cm
Paradise area: 200cm
Utopia area: 190cm
The following lifts at Zao Onsen are now closed for the season:
Other lifts are still operating as normal. The other lifts at the resort plan to be open until the following dates, subject to change:
Uwanodai area: Zao Sky Cable - open all year (closed 6th-28th May for maintenance) Zao Onsen No1 pair lift - until 4th April Zao Onsen No2 quad lift - until 4th April
Nakamori area: Zao Chuo Ropeway - open all year (closed 12th-21st for maintenance, except Sat/Sun)
Chuo area: Chuo No1 pair - until 5th May Chuo No2 pair - until 11th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May) Katakai triple - until 11th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May)
Diamond valley: Diamond No1 pair lift - until 4th April Diamond No2 pair lift - until 4th April
Paradise: Paradise Pair lift - until 5th May Paradise No3 pair - until 4th April Shobunuma No1 triple and No2 pair - until 4th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May)
Yokokura: Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May for maintenance) Yokokura No1 pair - until 4th April Astraea No1 and No2 pair lifts - until 4th April
Omori / Kurohime: Omori quad - until 4th April Kurohime - until conditions allow
Utopia: Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May) Utopia No2 pair - until conditions allow Astraea No3 pair - until conditions allow Read more ...
Thursday 1st April 2010, 10:13am
It's warmish again today with cloud cover everywhere. It was pretty cold last nights so there is still likely to be some soft snow in places up in Tenjin but the hot weather yesterday took its toll.
Houdaigi have moved onto their spring operation programme with only the 2, 6 and 9 lifts operating. The silver lining to this particular cloud though is that lift ticket prices have been reduced.
Both Tenjin and Houdaigi are putting extra effort into their terrain parks which is another bonus for spring.
It is warmer in the region this morning. Right now it is about 5 degrees in the village and we have cloudy conditions. There is also a fairly strong wind blowing about at times and the pair lift up top at Naeba seems to be closed this morning due to that... though Kagura seems unaffected with everything open as planned right now.
Rain is likely before the end of the day though hopefully that will quickly clear up and we seem set for some fairly decent weather conditions over the weekend.
Official Snow Depths:
Kagura (Tashiro): 310cm
Naeba plans to be open until Sunday 11th April.
The Tashiro part of Kagura plans to be open until Wednesday 5th May.
The main Kagura area, via Mitsumata Ropeway, plans to be open through until Sunday 23rd May. Read more ...
Thursday 1st April 2010, 10:32am
Furano is feeling really warm today - currently around 5deg. Five is not a particularly big number or warm temperature, but when you have just been through a Hokkaido winter it seems like summer at these temperatures, which is why locals can be seen outside working in T-shirts.
It is another greyish day today with overcast conditions and high cloud. Snow conditions are now spring conditions, which will mean the snow will be a bit sticky on the skis. Some people are forecasting some rain this afternoon; some aren't...we'll soon work out who was right in a few hours.
It is a cloudy start to a very mild day here - Maruike posting a temperature of +9 degrees!There are some breaks in the cloud and it looks like it will generally be the same for the rest of the day here. There might even be a chance of rain later on so we can just hope that holds off. With the mild temperature though, that falling as snow seems fairly unlikely.
Tomorrow and Saturday should be colder once again with a chance of light snow at times amongst the finer weather conditions.
Nighta tonight is planned at the following resorts: - Ichinose Family
Here is the latest on when resorts plan to open and when they plan to be closing for the season.
Planned closing dates at Shiga Kogen resorts:
The Sun Valley area will be open until 4th April. Part of the Maruike area will also be open until 4th April. The Hasuike area will be open until 4th April. The Giant area will be open until 4th April and then again opening on 10th April. The Higashiyama area will be open until 4th April. The No1, No2 and Quad lifts at Nishitateyama will be operating until 4th April, with the quad lift also planning to open on 10th and 11th April. At Terakoya the quad and No1 pair will be open until 4th April, and after that will also open on Saturdays and also the 29th April until 5th May. At the Mammoth area, the quad will be open until 5th May, the No 2 triple and No 3 pair until 4th April. The Ichinose Family area will be open until 5th May. Ichinose Diamond will do it's best to be open until 5th May, dependent on conditions. At Yakebitaiyama, the No1 Gondola will be open until 4th April. The No2 Gondola will operate daily until 4th April and then open again on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May. The No2 quad lift will operate daily until 4th April and then open again on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May. At Okushiga Kogen, the Gondola will be open daily until 5th April and then also from 10th-12th April, 17th-19th April and the period 24th April - 5th May. The No 1 lift will be open until 4th April, the No 2 + 3 lifts until 5th May and the No 4 lift until 5th April and then the period 24th April - 5th May. Kumanoyu plans to be open until at least 5th May and perhaps beyond depending on conditions. The No3 quad lift will be open on Saturdays, Sundays and the period 24th April until 5th May. Yokoteyama plans to be open until late on in May, depending on snow conditions of course.
Not ideal conditions in Nozawa today. At this stage it is overcast and warm. Showers are expected today. The temperature at the summit is currently 3C and 8C in the village.
The Nagasaka Gondola has been shut due to high winds and as such the Nagasaka ski area and the Hikage ski area are now in operation at the bottom of the resort. The contact chair lifts between these ski areas are also open. Winds at that altitude are low.
The forecast is for cold conditions to return later this evening and moderate snow to fall tonight and tomorrow morning on the mountain.
The good news: the heavy rains predicted for today never showed up. No real bad news, either; it's warmer than one would like, but we're in April, right?
The sky can't seem to decide what to do, either, as the afternoon has meant higher winds, but some breaks in the clouds, especially to the southeast. The wind is getting warm, though, coming from the west/southwest.... Which means another drop in snowpack (the wind really eats it up).
Akakura Onsen: Ginrei No. 3 and No. 5; Kumado No. 3 Quad, No. 4 Triple; Yodel Super Quad; Akakura Chuo Triple. Kumado No. 3 open for night skiing (5 to 10 p.m.)
Yesterday things changed quickly. After the sun came the cloud, then it cleared up again by late afternoon and turned into a fine day.
This morning it is bright and sunny from early on and it is going to warm up to around 16 degrees in town during the day. The forecast for the rest of Golden Week, right through until Wednesday, is for more of the same... so good timing for those people looking for that last ride of the season.
Having said that, Kagura has announced that it will be open a week longer than originally planned - until 30th May. So there's another 4 weeks left up there.
Official resort snow depths @ 1st May 10, AM: Kagura: 280cm Kagura - Tashiro: 200cm GALA Yuzawa: 100cm
Planned closing dates at resorts in Yuzawa:
Wednesday 5th May 2010: Gala Yuzawa Kagura (Tashiro Area)