The temperature remained fairly low yesterday with a chill wind blowing down in the village but this morning feels a lot warmer already. There is a moderate wind in the village but not as cold as yesterday. It is sunny but with a heavy haze in the sky which will soon burn off to give blue sky and another great day for spring skiing. The Hirafu Gondola is open today along with King#3 and King#4 which will give easy and fast access to the higher sections of the mountain. Ace#2 lift should open later on this morning. The forecast is for it to remain sunny over the next few days and for the temperature to keep on rising giving maximums of 15 degrees plus. Read more ...
Saturday 28th April 2007, 9:29am
Another sunny morning here and it is a lot warmer than yesterday; at least 5 degrees already and the predicted maximum for today is 15 degrees. There is a light wind in town but should be a nice day up on the mountain. The forecast is for it to remain sunny all day and then become overcast overnight with the clear sky reappearing tomorrow morning. Read more ...
Saturday 28th April 2007, 10:10am
Cloud, rain (snow high up)
It has started off cloudy with a burst of rain just a short while ago, but it is back to just being grey and cloudy (some quite low) at the moment. Good chance of the rain returning later on this afternoon. It was fairly chilly overnight but will rise to maybe 16 degrees later on in the day.
Rain even up at Mitsumata reported earlier but at the moment it seems that it is snowing higher up at the top of Kagura and Naeba.
At Naeba the lifts moving are Dragondola, Prince Number 2 Gondola, Number 5 quad lift and 3 pair lifts. Today is the first day of Golden Week (some people are on holiday from today until Monday 7th, with this Tuesday and Wednesday breaking up two long weekends for others), so there will probably be more people around than the last few weekends.
The first day of Golden Week. And there was another sprinkling of snow. Not much again and rather wet in places. A few more courses and lifts open today for the holidays - including Yakebitaiyama which plans to be open from now until May 6th.
Ichinose Family and Kumanoyu will also be open for nighta. Read more ...
Saturday 28th April 2007, 12:05pm
Cloudy and overcast
Rain in the valley and probably on the top of the resorts this morning, but for what its worth, it did snow a few more centimeters 1,500m a.s.l. last night. Looks like the rain has stopped for the moment, but one more front of rain heading our way for this afternoon throughout the evening. Winds are from the W.N.W and temperatures are presently at 9 deg.C, expected to rise to the 15 deg.C mark. The visibility is good up to 1,500m a.s.l., but looking a bit socked in above. Please remember that, although here in the valley the cherry blossoms and wild flowers are blooming and spring weather prevails, above 1,600m a.s.l. it can still be quite winter like. Be sure to dress and equip yourself appropriately.
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Above tree line: Considerable
Tree line: Moderate
Below tree line: Low (no snow)
Due to the new fallen snow from last night and the night before, we now have some pockets of wind blown snow on East faces and can expect sliding on steeper slopes of those aspecs. As for the quality of skiing on the new snow, one should get on it pretty early if they want it good, otherwise you can expect the new stuff to be a bit sticky. In this case, better to look for the thinner snow closer to the corn snow below for that easy Spring glide ( advise by our BC guide Dave, who was up skiing in the alpine yesterday).
Keep in mind, that even though Spring has arrived down here in the valley, it can still be very much like Winter above 1,600m a.s.l., dress and equipe yourself appropriately. For those who may be heading out to Tateyama, expect more snow and Winter like conditions.
Watch out for big cracks and holes, loose debris on the snow and falling from upper cliffs. Shallow snowpack can slide on the bamboo and will release over rocks and points of tension. Read more ...