Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 18th February 2018
Friday 21st November 2008, 8:08am
The resorts are covered in snow, but the cold fronts over Japan will be gone before the weekend. A taste of what's to come, but the main dish will be back for good within the next week. The primer is nice but not ice and may melt within the next 48 hours. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 21st November 2008, 9:09am
Snow arrived in Nozawa on Wednesday night... not huge amounts but enough to make the village all white! After a cold and snowy night, yesterday actually turned out to be a fine and sunny day in the region and the sound of melting snow could be heard all around. Last night the temperature dipped again but no new snow and it is looking like today will be another fine day - the sun is out and a fair bit of blue sky up there. There is a decent chance that things will cloud over again later on and bring with it rain and then hopefully snow.
Currently there is 30cm of snow up at Yamabiko (and officially 5cm down on the lower slopes), so ..... opening tomorrow? Unfortunately, no. The resort has announced that the resort will not be able to open tomorrow or Sunday due to there not being quite enough snow up there. Basically they will open the top slopes as soon as there is enough snow and so that is looking likely to be early next week at the earliest.
As I mentioned earlier, it is looking likely that we will get some snow tonight, but not enough to change things and after that fine/cloudy weather is forecast for the rest of the weekend.
Well, yesterday sure did turn out to be a fine day. The sun was out, blue skies, just some wisps of cloud hanging on. A fair bit of the snow at town level had melted by the evening when it got cold again. There has been no fresh snowfall overnight and again this morning it's a sunny blue sky one.... at least this morning - it seems to be already clouding over. The forecast has rain and hopefully snow (at higher levels) visiting us later on today and overnight.
Both Naeba and Kagura still on course for opening tomorrow. Naeba with it's 400m long and 50m wide course in front of the hotel (artificial snow). Kagura with it's mix of natural snow aided by some snow making machines where they are reporting 30-50cm of snow. Tomorrow the Kagura No1 Romance lift will be operating. Eager skiers and snowboarders will be taken from Mitsumata Ropeway to the Kagura Gondola by shuttle bus. The Ropeway will be open from 8:30am until 5pm.
We'll post another report this evening with the latest weather info.
Well the snow just didn't let up yesterday and for much of last night. At least another 25+cm fell since last report. Currently it is still snowing lightly but the temperature at village level has jumped up to just below freezing and the snow pack has started to consolidate a little.
Another low pressure system is rapidly moving across The Sea of Japan today which is directing a more southerly airstream over us and causing the much milder temps. Snow should continue through much of today but become intermittent overnight. Snowfalls are expected to continue throughout the weekend but temps at village level are expected to get slightly over freezing each day, so stay high for the best quality snow.
Off to get my season pass today ready for first lifts tomorrow! There's a party on tonight including a very generous nomi hodai offer so there may be a few sore heads on the slopes tomorrow morning. Read more ...
Friday 21st November 2008, 10:56am
High overcast, sunny.
OPENING DAY SATURDAY!!
It snowed 10 cm yesterday afternoon and evening.
The Ski Hill reports 50 cm base on top, and the good news is that Furano will open as scheduled on November 22. The Ropeway will take you to the top of the Furano side, and the Downhill Romance No. 2 lift will be open.
Time to get out for a little practice and get those legs in shape. Have some fun!
Goryu’s gondola started moving this morning and there was plenty of pow to be had this morning by those lucky few up there! Snowing on top and great conditions early but strong winds and not the best visibility as the weather came in. 47 is running too but at this stage the mountains weren’t linked; this may change over the weekend; check with resorts for details.
Happo begins operation tomorrow and the long weekend will see Panorama, the Alpen lift and the Kurobishi moving with operations scaled down after Monday.
We are expecting warming/rain next week so its too early to tell how long and to what scale things will be running…check the relevant websites for daily info.
Well lots of that snow on the lower slopes from yesterday has now melted away and we're left with a part white/part green bottom of the slopes.... apart from the 400m or so slope that will be opening tomorrow after an elaborate ceremony no doubt involving soup and sake.
Kagura remains pretty much white-covered still of course. Kagura, with it's mix of natural snow aided by some snow making machines, was today reporting 30-50cm of snow. Tomorrow the Kagura No1 Romance lift will be operating and skiers and snowboarders will be taken from the Mitsumata Ropeway to the Kagura Gondola by shuttle bus. The Ropeway will be open from 8:30am until 5pm.
Today started off fine weather but has since clouded over and we are in for rain this evening and hopefully that will be snow later on and up top. For the most part though tomorrow looks set to be cloudy.
More fine weather this morning as the first lift open for the season started up - just the one pair lift, about 600m long and 20-30m wide course. There's about 20-30cm of snow on there - a mix of both natural snow and artificial snow. This probably won't change for a while as there isn't much snow forecast for over the weekend.
This afternoon the clouds have rolled in and we look set for some sleet and possibly snow overnight. Read more ...