Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 18th May 2018
Sunday 25th March 2018, 6:50am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Yesterday ended up with more cloud than expected, and this morning we are starting the day with some cloud too - but sun is expected along with a high of around +12C later on this afternoon. And still more fine weather conditions into the coming week.
The planned closing dates for ski resorts have been added below. As you can see, there is now just one week left for a handful of places. Of course, actual closing dates may be affected by snow conditions at the time.
Updated: Sunday 25th March 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 - 240cm - Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May
Iwappara - 110cm - Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 8th April
Kagura - Kagura area: 290cm - Mitsumata area: 190cm - Tashiro area: 240cm - 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
Kandatsu Kogen - 185cm - Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 22nd April
Naeba - 190cm (base) - Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May (weekdays only from 9th-27th April)
NASPA Ski Garden - 130cm - Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April
Yuzawa Kogen - Top: 160cm - Base: 80cm - Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April
Yuzawa Park - 100cm - Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April
Yuzawa Nakazato - 110cm - Plans to be at least part open until Sunday 1st April
Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma (just to the north of Yuzawa):
The sun is out and it is going to be a fine day weather wise. Perhaps some wind later on and at higher elevations, but let's hope that isn't anything that will affect lifts. I'm posting early this morning so there's no update on that from official sources yet.
It still seems a bit mad that Niseko Grand Hirafu is reporting a snow depth of 475cm on the upper slopes. (Well, as of yesterday - no update yet this morning). That's a lot of snow and it will take a fair while for it to disappear. We will surely have lots to keep on playing in right through until planned closings on 6th May.
Sunday 25th March 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Good morning from Naeba! It's another bright, sunny and warm day here today. We had a strange flurry of wet snow last night, with 2-3cm accumilating at the base, however this melted off overnight. With clear skies, the air temperature is likely to push up to as high as 8°C at the base, meaning that the pistes will be slushy and wet. There was a moderate wind first thing, however this has also tapered off now. Today is also the last day the Dragondola's winter season.
Looking forwards, we are forecast clear skies for at least a week, with warm air temperatures. The most notable feature in the weather forecast is the temperature forecast on Wednesday and Thursday, with high spredicted of around 17°C at the base. Read more ...
Sunday 25th March 2018, 14:01pm
Clear and sunny
It was a foggy start to the day today with lots of cloud around but now the sun is out and blue skies above.
A warm up is on the cards for the next few days with more sun and more blue sky. Lovely spring weather basically.
Lifts and course info:
Most course areas remain open.
The following lifts have now closed for the season:
- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair - Diamond Number 1 pair - Zao Kokutai - Ryuzan pair - Karamatsu pair
This is perhaps the latest snow report I have ever written; as I mentioned yesterday, there was a big race at Akakan and I got called in (my civic duty, right?). And, to be honest, it’s what we predicted: spring snow; warm; the snow is melting. And it’s pretty nice out there. Heard a lot of happy voices across the hill as I was watching the gates at the race.
These are the official figures for today, but note that the temperatures through the day are way above this (my outside thermometer is saying 20+°, which could be a little high). But it was cold enough overnight to really firm up the snow. It was pretty hard for the first turns very early this morning, but it softened up pretty quickly. Looks like this is going to keep on through the week, with the freezing level at or above 2500 meters right through Friday.
One lift notice: today is the last day for the No. 3 lift at Suginohara, which is often used for backcountry access.
Lotte Arai Resort: 405cm, 12.7°; Exciter and Discovery courses permanently closed; Be Free, Mamushigaeshi, Legendary and Rindou Lower closed; Funaishi-zawa, Happy Place and Benzaku-zawa in the avalanche-controlled areas open; others closed (see website for updates); closing May 6
While there was even a bit of snow falling early morning and it was cold, the sun us out now and it's a beautiful spring day. The snow has softened up as well after an icy start.
More of the same clear and sunny skies this coming week --- minus to cold as it is going to get warmer.
'Planned closing dates' information for resorts in Shiga Kogen. Basically:
- all ski areas in Shiga Kogen plan to be at least part open until the end of March; - a bunch of resorts will be open on specific dates (usually weekends and Golden Week) once we get into April; - the remaining resorts will be open daily until 6th May and beyond that (they will close when there's not enough snow left to ski or board!)
Once we get to the end of March, I will add specific lift operation plans for the ski resorts that remain open during the months of April and May.
Planned closing date information for the ski areas around Shiga Kogen. Note that all are subject to change.
Details of ski lift operations during the months of April and May will be posted by the end of March Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Sunday 25th March 2018, 15:04pm
A dusting of snow overnight but by now (afternoon) we are enjoying clearer skies and sunshine on this lovely spring day.
It would seem that we will be having similar weather in the coming week as temperatures start to rise further. It will be getting rather warm mid week especially.
The official 'spring ski season', meaning lower ticket prices starts from tomorrow (Monday 26th March).
Appi is hoping to be able to remain open until 6th May.
Official snow depth:
Planned lift operations, Friday 23rd (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 4 lift - Central number 5 lift - Central number 6 lift - Sailer Gondola - Sailer quad - Vista quad - Nishimori lift
Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays Read more ...