Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 21st April 2018
Sunday 1st April 2018, 7:33am
There has been some great spring weather recently with temperatures warm enough to get around in the village with only a shirt. Today is not so glorious with a high cloud cover meaning the sun is blocked and right now there is light drizzle in the air. Rain is on the forecast for around noon, so that would seem likely given the light stuff in the air now. The high for today will be +6c. Read more ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Sunday 1st April 2018, 7:59am
Good morning from Geto.
There's lots of cloud around this morning which makes for a change and it looks like there is a chance of some rain later on too.
It is going to be quite warm over the next few days, perhaps getting colder around Wednesday.
Official snow depths:
Top: 360cm Base: 230cm
Number 1 Gondola and Number 1 pair lift are operating
Ahh, April. The mind is currently being boggled when I try to grasp that we are already in April.
Unfortunately, it is raining this morning. Resorts appear to be reporting snow higher up, but I can't confirm it with my own eyes so we will have to take their word for it. I'm personally not particularly keen to get up there and find out - perhaps I'll check out that Creme Egg a British friend gave me yesterday.
I'll post my 'March and season recap' report in a report over the next few days.
Sunday 1st April 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Operating lifts: - Lifts should be operating as planned
Courses open: - Base areas apart from Nakiyama are now closed - For access to the base areas, ski down to Nakiyama or the Gondola areas via the Risen Slalom course (or take the Gondola lift or Kitaone Sakka quad lift) - Large area of upper mountain remains open
It's another fine spring morning with some very thin cloud and haze.
The next few days are going to be pretty warm, some forecasts saying there is a chance of a few spots of rain tomorrow (and some not).
I was just taking a look at the observed snowfall data (below). Here's how much snowfall I have observed at base in the month of March over the last handful of seasons:
March 2018 - 5cm March 2017 - 97cm March 2016 - 75cm March 2015 - 78cm March 2014 - 178cm March 2013 - 29cm
Pretty shocking numbers there for March. The good thing though is that for the season as a whole we have had more this season than we did in the 2015/2016 season and a similar amount to the 2013/2014 season, so it is always best to step back and look at the picture as whole.
And of course you can check out that whole picture at any time by consulting all of our reporting archives.
Sunday 1st April 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
- All lifts should be open as planned this morning - The Yunomine pair, Mizunashi triple, Challenge pair and Utopia pair lifts usually rested on weekdays.
The following courses either closed (or not fully available):
- Schneider - Grand Prix - Hachiman - Skyline (part) - Jumping - Mukoubayashi - Kandahar - Usagi
General resort operations information from 2nd April until 6th May:
The Gondola will be open from 8:10am daily; The Number 1 car park will be free daily; There will be no village shuttle bus between 2nd April and 27th April; A resort shuttle bus may operate between Hikage and Nagasaka (Number 1 car park) depending on snow conditions. Read more ...
Sunday 1st April 2018, 9:37am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
It is the 1st April and so that means the last day of the season for a handful of ski resorts.
The sun is out again though there's a kind of hazy feel to things this morning. Temperatures are set to rise to almost 20 degrees in town today.
Updated: Sunday 1st April 2018
Ski resorts in Yuzawa:
Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.
GALA Yuzawa - 190cm - Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May - The Central Area and North Area remain open (South Area is now closed for the season)
Iwappara - 75m - Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April
Kagura - Kagura area: 260cm - Mitsumata area: 160cm - Tashiro area: 210cm - Tashiro Ropeway plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May - Mitsumata Ropeway and Kagura area plans to be at least part open until Sunday 27th May - The Dragondola connecting Tashiro with Naeba is now closed for the season
Kandatsu Kogen - 160cm - Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 22nd April
Naeba - 160cm (base) - Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May (weekdays only from 9th-27th April) - The Dragondola connecting Naeba with Tashiro is now closed for the season
Joetsu Kokusai - 120cm - Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April
Maiko Snow Resort - Top: 120cm - Base: 30cm - Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April - From Monday 2nd April, just the Gondola, Nagamine Number 2 quad and Okusoeji quad lift will be operating
It's here: the last day for the season at most of the resorts. The snowpack has really come down, too, so I doubt there's going to be a whole lot more season even at the three that are soldiering on. Kind of a fitting end for a strange season, with rain in January, but enough snow on a regular schedule to make it pretty fun in the backcountry. Oh, yeah, and basically no snow at all in the whole month of March...
The one big development was the opening (well, re-opening in a sense) of Lotte Arai Resort. Sounds like the facilities were pretty quiet (like not lots of people wandering the halls), and lots of space on the slopes as well. It sounds like the resort is thinking long-term, though, and it's probably smarter to build a clientele than get bombed from the first year. It's quite a different resort form all the others in the Myoko area, and choice is good, right?
It's a nice day out there, though, and a good way to end the season, and it was a good season if not our best ever for snow. We'll just have to see how long Akakan, Seki Onsen and Lotte Arai can keep running, and Akakura Onsen until next week.
I'll report again once we hear from the remaining resorts about any changes.
Lotte Arai Resort: 370cm, 10.1°; Mamushigaeshi, Exciter and Discovery closed (weren't some of these permanently closed?); Myoko Long Run Upper partially open; Okenashi Bowl, North Bowl, Funaishi-zawa, Happy Place and Benzaku-zawa open (FK maybe?)in the avalanche-controlled areas; closing May 6
It is Sunday 1st April and today is the last day of the ski season here at Madarao. And as with much of March, we are ending the season with fine spring-like weather. Some thin cloud around and hazy in some directions but another sunny day is on the cards.
Nearby Nozawa Onsen remains open until 6th May and a few of the resorts in Myoko are also going to be open beyond tomorrow. There's also the ski resorts in Shiga Kogen that are planning to be open into May.
Remember, you can re-live the season (and indeed other seasons) by checking out the archive reports - you can get to those from the links towards the bottom of this page.
Once all of the 'Now' reports from around the regions have finished in early May, we'll be posting a season recap message.
The Madarao Now reports will be back next - in the meantime enjoy exploring SnowJapan!