Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Sunday 20th March 2011, 9:34am
Another fine day in store today, well this morning at least. It's not quite as bright and blue as yesterday - more grey but bright cloudy but a few faint patches of blue from behind the clouds at times. It should be a mild one with temperatures possibly rising to around 10 degrees this afternoon.
Unfortunately, rain is looking inevitable later on today and tomorrow... possibly even higher up. But there's a chance it will be snow come Tuesday night.
Three day holiday but again as we perhaps should expect, very quiet slopes.
Resorts that are totally closed are:
Tashiro Yuzawa Nakazato
Both of those are closed for the rest of the season with Tashiro recently announcing that decision.
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.
Lots of cloud above Shiga Kogen this morning, but a fair few breaks in the cloud with bright sky on show behind it. Forecast is for things turning into a fine day and it should be a mild one too with temps. rising above zero. We might just escape some rainfall later on and actually looking good for a few days of snowfall in the coming week. Doesn't look like we have had the last of snow yet by any means.
Resorts are I would say "almost fully open" with some lifts closed but most main courses remaining open. No new snow the last two mornings but can't complain for the second half of March. Still lots and generally decent conditions.
What is known about planned lift operations from the end of March into the last stretch of the season will be posted here on this report in the next few days.
Official resort snow depths as of 20th March 2011 AM:
The season will soon be over in Madarao - just today and tomorrow left. My, that went quick... of course with a rather unnaturally early close (caused by nature indeed).
3 degrees this morning according to the resort and no new snow. A fine day looks to be on the cards with light blue skies behind wispy white clouds here and there.
Snow conditions are spring-like since yesterday but still a lot to play in - officially the resort still has 210cm.
Tomorrow's weather? Well, unfortunately today might end with some rain and we might see that continue into tomorrow. Hopefully not and it just holds off for one more day.
I will post an end of the season report tomorrow afternoon to wrap things up. Read more ...
Sunday 20th March 2011, 10:01am
A mild morning after the warm day yesterday. It didn't get too cold last night at all snd today should warm up to over 5 degrees at base. Kagura is reporting a temperature of -2 degrees early on.
Quite a lot of cloud but some blue sky as well at the moment. Cloud is on the forecast and either rain or snow up top overnight later on. Fingers crossed that even lower down at the resort will see snow rather than 'the R word'.
One more bit of news today - it seems that the Tashiro area of Kagura will be closed for the rest of the season now, so no plans to re-open that for spring.
Operations at Naeba and Kagura are the same as yesterday and as follows:
5 degrees on the Higake slopes early on this morning and so it's going to be a mild day here. Perhaps even too mild as there is a good chance we won't avoid the rain that is due to fall later on and tomorrow along with some strong winds forecast as well tomorrow. Higher up on the mountain especially though we might be in for more snowfall around Tuesday and Thursday, potentially even a decent dump of new snowfall again.
The sun is out from time to time this morning with some blue skies on show behind white and greyish wispy clouds up there.
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 and areas 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.
We hope to have more news on how the resort will be operating Tuesday onwards in tomorrows report. Read more ...
Sunday 20th March 2011, 14:34pm
Nothing much to report. It has remained fine and reasonably mild since yesterday just dipping down to freezing overnight and although this morning started out quite sunny it is now overcast. It's expected to start cooling down later in the day with snow developing in the evening. With snowfalls expected on and off throughout much of the coming week we should see conditions improve greatly.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 395 Bottom - 190
Niseko Village: Top - 390 Bottom - 190
Annupuri: Top - 400 Bottom - 200
Peak gates are scheduled to open as the peak lifts starts running. The atmospheric pressure gradient is shelving and the prevailing NW wind in high altitude is forecasted to calm down and making the temperature rise in all elevation. The surface is crusty in many places. The snow in the trees also has a thin crust, catching the skis in, tricky condition until around 10am. Remain in controllable speed and beware of hitting trees. Large-scale avalanche risk is rising at this time of the season when the temperature difference during the day is large. Extra caution is required when riding in terrains with past full-depth avalanche records, such as Osawa, Kozan no sawa (Backbowl), Anupuri west face, Higashi-One. Also, looking at this season’s snowfall transition, giant slides are likely to occur as the slope starts to crack. These avalanches are extremely devastating and run through a long distance. Carefully choose your touring route and avoid remaining in the valley bottoms. Annupuri peak 6am: NW16.1m/s, -8.1℃. Coastal data: NW13m/s at Benkei cape. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions and always use the gates to step out of ski resort boundaries.
Clear, high light clouds increasing through the day.
Akakura seems the place to go in the area, and it's the one place where the parking lot is pretty full today. Suginohara's gondola was suddenly out today ("electrical trouble," whatever that might be at this time of the season — OK, I'm skeptical), only two lifts are running at Madarao... So a lot of people came over here today. The rain that originally was scheduled for midday has held out, so it was a pretty nice day, with a lot of sun before noon. Several areas will be closing after tomorrow; again, kind of too bad with snow on the forecast after the rain (which might be snow anyway; you never know).
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: Unclear, but a limited number of lifts (same as yesterday?). Season to finish 3/21 (special reduced lift rates; kids free on Sunday)
Myoko Suginohara: Romance No. 1 and 2 lift only today (gondola and Mitahara 2 were supposed to operate); closed from 3/22 to 3/25. Gondola only on 3/26, 27.
Seki Onsen: Open until May 8.
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.
The warm weather has continued for the past two days, further depleting our snow reserves by a solid 10cm on the mountain. There's still 1.2 meters of the white stuff around, but everything on top is all slushy and less than ideal for winter sporting. It's currently sitting at 4 degrees, but thankfully winter should make a bit of a comeback starting later tonight, as temperatures drop back below freezing for the first time in 48 hours. Snow showers heading our way should put a nice layer of white on top of everything during the overnight hours. Those heading out to the resort tomorrow morning should be in for the best conditions we've seen in the last few days.
The forecast for next week is looking much colder with snow every day, almost as if the sky was apologizing for all that Spring she unexpectedly dropped on us yesterday. This is typical for the Late March - April period here in Central Hokkaido, and we will probably see this cold/warm cycle continue for the next few weeks. Here's hoping to next week and a lot of new snow. Read more ...
Sunday 20th March 2011, 18:08pm
Apologies for the late report today. Of course, it is evening already and things have got themselves dark. It was a generally grey and cloudy day in Hakuba. A bit brighter earlier on in the day but things got duller as the day moved on.
No new snow and a mild day with a high of around 10 degrees in the valley this afternoon. Unfortunately, it is raining now and we will probably have to put up with that until tomorrow. Might just fall as snow up top but would be wet and not much if that happened. Obviously that won't do the snow conditions many favours, so tomorrow will likely be easy to slide on spring-ish conditions in most places.
There's a possibility of a bit more snowfall later on in the day/evening on Tuesday.
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 20th March AM:
Hakuba Goryu Goryu is open as normal for the three day weekend, though no nighta. Alps daira - 320cm; Toomi - 160cm; Iimori - 120cm.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is today operating as normal (courses) for the three day weekend. Line D lift is closed. Snow depth (upper) - 234cm.
Happo-one: Happo is open today. Most open but the Gondola is not operating. No nighta. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 220cm; Sakka - 90cm; Shirakaba - 90cm; Nakiyama - 70cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: Most of the resort is open though the Gondola/Ropeway are not operating. Snow depth - 320cm Maruyama area - 135cm Champion - 210cm