Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 25th April 2013, 8:35am
Fine and clear
Good morning from Nozawa.
And it is a fine morning as well. Blue skies all around. Warm too and the resort is saying that even up at Yamabiko it is 10 degrees on their 8am update.... actually that is quite surprising that as the thermometer is only saying 8 degrees here as of 8:30am! The forecast has the afternoon warming up to about 17 degrees.
In resort news, it looks like they plan to open the Skyline connecting pair lift as well from 27th April for the Golden Week period (but no, the Skyline course won't be open!)
Here's the courses that plan to be open at Nozawa Onsen for that Golden Week period:
Yamabiko (all) Uenotaira (Snow Park will be open, but no half pipe) Paradise
For now, just the Yamabiko courses.
Official snow depths Yamabiko 190cm
Nozawa Onsen planned opening dates to the end of season:
Daily until 6th May: Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift Yamabiko Four lift
27th April until 6th May Uenotaira Four lift Snow Park Paradise Four lift Skyline Connecting lift
Courses open today at Nozawa Onsen (planned):
Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Read more ...
Thursday 25th April 2013, 9:00am
It's a bit colder today than it was yesterday but it's also windier and wetter. Yes, it's raining this morning and over at Annupuri the resort is reporting winds of up to 27m/s.
The only lift operating early on is the Ace Number 2 Center four lift at Hirafu, with all other lifts closed due to wind. Not much choice today, I'm afraid, though weather (and snow) conditions are hardly the greatest to be out there.
The rain should clear up as the morning progresses leaving us with a cloudy afternoon and hopefully less strong winds - so more lifts may get moving.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 425cm Bottom - 90cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 300cm Bottom - 130cm
Planned resort operations
Niseko Hanazono - closed for the season Niseko Village - currently closed but will re-open between 27th April and 6th May Niseko Annupuri - part open until Monday 6th May Niseko Grand Hirafu - part open until Monday 6th May Read more ...
Thursday 25th April 2013, 9:12am
Strong winds yesterday did happen but it is calmer this morning - and GALA Yuzawa is back open today.
It's a bright and fine morning in Yuzawa actually and just over 10 degrees at 9 o'clock. It might get as warm as 20 degrees today.
Cloud and possibly rain is forecast tomorrow.
Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 25th April 2013, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro): 260cm Kagura (Kagura-Mitsumata): 310cm Gala Yuzawa: 160cm
Planned closing dates for the resorts in Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen - weekends only until Golden Week in early May GALA Yuzawa - until 6th May Kagura (Tashiro) - until 6th May Kagura (Mitsumata) - until 26th May
All are subject to snow conditions and may change. All other resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Thursday 25th April 2013, 9:30am
We have spring like temperatures all over the resort. The not so good news is that it is raining, and with a light wind blowing it will not be the most pleasant day out on the slopes. For the dedicated that do make it out they will find the courses in fantastic condition for this time of year. If you havent invested in a wax job yet for warm spring conditions, now is the time. Read more ...
Thursday 25th April 2013, 9:40am
Fine, bit hazy
After the wet conditions of yesterday, it's a lovely blue sky morning here in Hakuba.... wispy clouds and hazy look to the east, but clearer looking over towards the mountains from the village.
The snow has of course continued to dry up from the lower half of the resorts and getting thinner on the ground higher up as well now. I was up at Hakuba 47 yesterday afternoon and noticed how (what seems like) suddenly it has dried up around the courses by the snow park and top part area of the Gondola.
The remaining resorts in Hakuba that are open plan to be so until the end of Golden Week - Monday 6th May - so less than two weeks to go now.
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 25th April 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, upper Number 1 and Number 3 pair lifts. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 150cm; Toomi - 0cm
Hakuba 47: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Line AB, C and E. Official snow depth: Upper - 100cm Lower - 20cm
Happo-one: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi Number 2 quad, Kurobishi Number 3 pair, Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair, Panorama pair, Skyline Number 2 pair, Grat quad, Usagidaira pair (Golden Week only) Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 125cm Lower - 0cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Ropeway, Tsuga Number 2 pair, Hannoki pair. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 165cm Lower slopes - 0cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Cortina and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 25th April 2013, 10:01am
Today, round about the time I am posting this actually (10am), the section of Route 292 road that connects Shiga Kogen with Kusatsu on the Gunma side re-opens after being closed for the season. This means that you can now get to Shiga Kogen from that side. Late season ice and snow events aside, it should be open now for all of the 'green season' up through until November. It makes for a great drive and highly recommended.
Temperatures have kept fairly low this week though the snow has continued to get thinner on the ground.
This morning we are treated to clear skies.
Tannenomori Okujo, Ichinose Diamond, Terakoya and Yakebitaiyama will be running some lifts from Saturday as we enter the Japanese Golden Week holiday period.
Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 25th April 2013 AM:
Here are the latest lift operation plans for the resorts around Shiga Kogen, as of Thursday 25th April. Please note that they are of course subject to change and in particular snow conditions.
Higashitateyama: Open on April 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.
Nishitateyama: Number 2 triple open on mornings of April 27th until May 6th.
Terakoya: Open on April 27th until May 6th.
Mammoth: Quad open until May 6th. Number 2 triple lift open April 25th-27th.
Tanne no mori okujo: Open on April 26th until May 6th.
Ichinose Family: Quad open until May 6th. Number 2 Pair A line open April 24th-25th. Number 2 Pair B line open April 26th until May 6th.
Ichinose Diamond: Quad lift open on April 27th until May 6th.
Yakebitaiyama: Number 2 Gondola open April 27th until 6th May. Number 2 high speed lift open April 27th until 6th May. Number 4 romance lift open when the Number 2 Gondola is not running.
Okushiga Kogen: Gondola until May 6th. Number 2 and 3 pair lifts until 6th May. Number 4 pair lift open April 27th until May 6th.
Kumanoyu: Number 1 pair lift open until May 6th. Number 2 pair lift open until May 12th. Number 3 quad lift open April 27th until May 6th.
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge: Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky lift open until 6th May. Yokoteyama Number 2, 3 Sky, Shibutoge romance lifts open until late May (basically as long as they can open).
From 7th May onwards, special individual lift tickets are required at Kumanoyu and Yokoteyama - season tickets and all Shiga Kogen tickets not valid. At Kumanoyu they are 3000 yen (children 1500 yen) for a full day and 2000 yen (children 1000 yen) for half day. At Yokoteyama and Shibutoge they are 3000 yen (children free) for a full day and 2000 yen (children free) for half day. Read more ...