Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 19th March 2018
Wednesday 25th April 2012, 8:53am
Clear and sunny - hazy
Yesterday was a bit of a strange one - it ended up being very hazy and sort of clear and then we got some rain in the evening for a while there.
This morning starts off bright and hazy once again though sunny and clear conditions are on the forecast for the day. We start off with the temperature at around 13C as of 8:45am. Today was always going to be a warm one from the forecasts last week and it does look like we might see it warm up to around 20C later on - perhaps even a little higher.
Farmers spotted out and about in some fields yesterday as those fields finally become visible and they are able to start working in them. As of this morning, around our office in Minamiuonuma just to the north of Yuzawa, the snow has completely disappeared from the rice fields.
Rain tomorrow? Probable, but things should clear up again for the weekend.
Official resort snow depths @ Wednesday 25th April 12, AM: Kagura - Mitsumata: 320cm Kagura - Tashiro: 280cm GALA Yuzawa: 200cm
Open from 28th April until 6th May: Kandatsu Kogen Naeba
Open daily until 6th May: GALA Yuzawa [Central Area, North Area, Downhill course] Kagura (Tashiro)
Open daily until 27th May: Kagura (Mitsumata)
All other ski resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Wednesday 25th April 2012, 9:14am
Clear and sunny
Another clear morning here and a warm start - we are still likely to see the region warm up today as well as forecast. Nice clear blue skies all around this morning and Yotei is, as always, looking rather magnificent. There's just a slight breeze early on but later on in the day the wind may pick up.
We may see a bit of a dip in temps. tomorrow along with some strong winds and a chance of some spots of rain, but the weekend looks set to be clear, sunny and warm.
All of the scheduled lifts are moving as planned this morning at both Grand Hirafu and Annupuri.
A reminder that Niseko Village plans to re-open from Sunday for a last week through until the end of the Golden Week holidays. The Grand Hirafu gondola will also be moving on the dates shown below.
Current lift operations (25th April 2012 @ 9am):
Grand Hirafu: Ace Quad Lift No2 King Hooded Triple Lift #3 King Lift #4 The Hirafu Gondola will operate on 28th, 29th, 30th April, and also from 3rd May until 6th May.
Grand Hirafu and Annupuri both plan to be open until 6th May. The Hanazono and Niseko Village areas are now closed. Niseko Village plans to re-open for the Golden Week holiday period from Sunday 29th April until Sunday 6th May.
Beautiful spring day again in Minakami. Warm temperatures, blue skies and a light breeze. Snow is best in the morning still and softens up throughout the day. Still pretty good out there given the recent warm temperatures. Currently it is the ropeway and two lifts at the top open.
Very springlike forecast coming up. It is supposed to cloud up later today and possibly rain tomorrow. It should clear up Friday and be sunny through the weekend and into next week.
It's going to be a warm one. Almost hot, even. Right now in village it is about 14C and some local forecasts are predicting a high temp of around 23 or 24C today. Another hazy look to things from the village but the Goryu webcam shows a clearer picture up top. Good excuse to get out and up there perhaps! As if we need one.
Following on from what I said about the snow melting away from lower slopes, the snow is now getting thin on both 47 and Goryu as well - 47 are saying there are places where stones and bushes are on show on the lower to-base course and even being kind enough to remind people to perhaps not use new gear.... wouldn't want to get it scratched! Still lots of snow cover up top of course.
Tomorrow rain clouds are forecast to be with us and it won't be warm. Things should clear and warm up in time for the weekend though.
Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 25th April 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Gondola and Alps daira No1 and No3 lifts operating. The Toomi lifts are now closed but you can still ski down the course to the Gondola. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 180cm; Toomi - 55cm
Hakuba 47: Top to bottom skiable. All lifts apart from Line D operating. Official snow depth: Upper - 150cm Lower - 85m
Happo-one: Top areas open - you need to get the Gondola back down to base. Lifts normally operating daily for spring are: Gondola Grat quad Alpen quad Panorama pair Skyline No2 pair Kurobishi No2 quad Other lifts: Kokusai No3 pair lift plans to be open from 28th April until 6th May. Usagidaira pair lift plans to be open from 28th April until 6th May. Kurobishi No3 pair lift plans to be open from 28th April until 6th May. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 140cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Top to gondola base skiable. Planned lifts operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 230cm Lower - 80cm
Planned ski resort closings in Hakuba and Otari, all subject to change:
Hakuba Goryu: Upper area plans to be open until 6th May.
Hakuba 47: 47 plans to be open until 6th May.
Happo-one: Upper slopes plan to be open until 6th May.
Tsugaike Kogen: Plans to be open until Golden Week
The Hakuba Cortina, Norikura, Iwatake, Sanosaka and Minekata resorts are all now closed for the season. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 25th April 2012, 9:46am
From last week the forecasts were telling us to expect today in particular to be really warm. And it still looks like that is going to happen. Early on even it was 10C up on the top of the resort and it's about 12C in the village. It might warm up to close on 20C today. Poka-poka, as they say!
A bit of a cool down probably tomorrow, along with a chance of rain, but looking forward to the weekend it should be clear, sunny and warming up once again.
Golden Week. The last stretch of the season. Basically for those who don't know, it's a run of national holidays all bunched up together. This year, next Monday is one of those. As are Thursday and Friday (and Saturday) of next week. So this means that many people will be having two long weekends. Some might even be lucky enough to have the Tuesday and Wednesday off as well in the middle there. I think we can expect Nozawa to be pretty lively over Golden Week, especially the long weekend bits. It's the last chance of the season, so hope you can come and enjoy it here.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Normal spring lift operations (scheduled): Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Four Yamabiko Four No2 * Skyline Link -- open from 28th April until 6th May * Uenotaira Four -- open 28th April until 6th May * Paradise Four -- open 28th April until 6th May
Normal courses open (scheduled): Yamabiko A Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Uenotaira Paradise Schneider Utopia courses Yunomine A, B Challenge Bunabayashi Rinkan
The Uenotaira Snow Park plans to be open from 28th April until 6th May
As I mentioned yesterday, the road connecting Shiga Kogen with Gunma is scheduled to be open today... in about 10 minutes time actually, though by the time that this report actually gets posted it is probably already 10am!
It's a warm morning here and destined to be very warm. Later on this afternoon we might even see it approach 20C in places. Phew. Tomorrow will cool things down a bit and if we are unlucky we might be rained on as well, before conditions clearing up again in time for the weekend. I'll update you on that later on Friday.
Resort areas in Shiga Kogen currently part open (as of 25th April, AM):
Mammoth Ichinose Family Okushiga Kogen Kumanoyu Yokoteyama Shibutoge
Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 25th April 2012 AM:
Higashitateyama: Open 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. (Even when courses closed access to Terakoya available)
Terakoya: Open 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
Mammoth: Quad open until 6th May. Triple lift open 17th-19th April and 24th-26th April.
Tannenomori: Open 28th April until 6th May
Ichinose Family: Quad until 6th May. No2 pair open until 6th May except 16th, 17th and 27th April.
Ichinose Diamond: Quad open 21/22 April, 28th April - 6th May.
Yakebitaiyama: Gondola and No2 high quad lift open weekends and Golden Week.
Okushiga Kogen: Gondola open 16th April and then 21st-23rd April, 28th April until 6th May. No2 and No3 pairs until 6th May. No4 pair open 21st-22nd April, 28th April until 6th May.
Kumanoyu: Some lifts open beyond 6th May (after that date the Shiga Kogen ticket not valid)
Yokoteyama: Plans to be open until late May. Beyond 6th May, the joint Shiga Kogen ticket not valid. Read more ...
Wednesday 25th April 2012, 17:13pm
Last night the warm weather arrived and many houses around Furano were in a rush to turn off their heating system for the first time since winter began. Conditions on the mountain were low cloud and mist for most of the day. Read more ...