Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Monday 27th April 2009, 8:21am
Light snow at Kagura this morning. After a weekend of rain and snow along with strong winds at times, the colder more winter like weather continues this morning. It is -1 at the top.
This morning Mitsumata is open from the Ropeway to Kagura No 1 pair lift while just the Ropeway and No 1 pair lift is open at Tashiro. Other lifts might open if and when the weather conditions improve.
Back to the three lifts (including No 2 Gondola) open at Naeba.
Rain (light snow) forecast for the day but the weather should improve from tomorrow. Read more ...
Monday 27th April 2009, 9:45am
More rain this morning in Yuzawa. Quite heavy at the moment as well. Winds are still with us and affecting the lifts at Kagura where only a few lifts at both Mitsumata (Kagura) and Tashiro are operating this morning.
It's colder than it has been for a while this morning and just around 5 degrees in town at the moment.
After mostly cloud tomorrow (some sun?) it looks like we are set for finer weather until at least the weekend.
Well since last report there's been quite a bit of the white stuff falling on our mountains. Last Thursday a few flurries of snow fell right to village level causing a bit of excitement around town. Then on Friday a stronger system approached and as the weekend progressed the freezing level dropped and wet snow fell to village level Saturday night and Sunday. The system moved just a little to the south and east of us and we missed out on s the heaviest snow band as some areas reported more than 40cm falling. Still up on top of Annupuri there''s been more than 20cm fall so Mikepow may actually be able to get some boot deep turns after all! Today though there are very strong winds about and only the Ace quad is currently running. The coming week is expected to warm considerably with temps in the high teens by next weekend. So this last little snowfall may well be the very last gasp of this winter.
Yesterday was the last day of the snow season in Myoko - meaning that there are now no ski lifts operating in the Myoko area.
As in many regions of Japan, it has been a bit of a strange season. While many people have been and had a fantastci winter in Myoko once again it has generally been warmer than usual without the huge amounts of snow that we are used to. Myoko is now switching into "Green Season" mode and is a fine place to visit not just in winter with lots of things to see and do.
We're already looking forward to next season and what that will bring. We plan to be back with Myoko Now updates after the summer when things start to cool down once more in the run up to the next ski season.
Weather forecasts for resorts throughout Japan will continue to be updated on SnowJapan right through the summer..... click on the resort links (to the right) to view those.
Thanks for reading these reports this winter. We hope you have a great summer and see you on the other side! Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 27th April 2009, 10:00am
Cloud, rain (snow at top)
Light snow this mornig on Yamabiko once more.... nothing that will end up in an increase in the snow depth I would think but better than nothing and perhaps surprising at this late state of April. Surely this will be the last of the snowfall this season as from tomorrow temperatures are set to rise again and fine weather is forecast for the coming week.
A cold -2 at the top but down below in the village it is 4 degrees and drizzly rain at the moment.
The resort is reporting this morning that the Uenotaira quad and Skyline connecting lifts are open as well as the Gondola and Yamabiko lifts. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 27th April 2009, 10:05am
Cloud, fog, snow in places
Fog, cloud and light snow this morning with temperatures back down below zero (currently -2 here in Maruike). The weather can't make up it's mind at the moment! Poor visibility out there and you need to be more careful now as some of the courses are getting a bit thin with the snow - some rocks and ground showing in parts especially the central area around Ichinose/Mammoth.
More snow to report in Hakuba! After some winter like conditions yesterday and even a few cm of snow, there was a further sprinkling of snow high on the mountains to report this morning and a cold temperature of -1 reported at the top of Goryu.
Right now it is cloudy in the village but more blue skies appearing as the day progresses. Some fairly strong winds blowing about up top are keeping things feeling cold with a high of around 7 degrees in the village today.
Tomorrow looks like it will be cloudy followed by generally fine weather right through into the weekend.
We're entering the last part of the season for the resorts in the area, as they stay open until the end of the upcoming Golden Week.
Happo: Gondola, 3 quad lifts, Hakuba Kokusai No 3 Pair A,B pair lift operating on upper slopes (access via the gondola).
Goryu: Gondola and Alps No 1 and No 3 pair lifts. It is no longer possible to ski to the bottom from Alps no daira (use the Gondola).
47: Gondola, Line A pair, Line B pair, Line C quad, Line E pair - still able to ski down to base area.
Tsugaike Kogen: Gondola and 1 lift operating (upper courses only).
Official resort snow depths on 27th Apr 09: Happo-one: 100cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira) Hakuba Goryu: 115cm (Alps daira) Hakuba 47: 28cm Tsugaike Kogen: 145cm (Tsuganomori) Read more ...