Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Monday 28th March 2011, 8:14am
Clear blue skies this morning above Yuzawa and it looks set to be a day of fantastic weather conditions along with good snow conditions thanks to that snowfall we received over the weekend. It has been a cold night dropping down to around -5 degrees in town, with Kagura reporting a temperature early on of -10 degrees. With the sun doing it's trick though we should see things warm up to around +5 degrees in town today. Similar conditions are likely tomorrow.
Resorts that are part open: - Naeba - Kagura (+ Mitsumata)* - Yuzawa Park - Iwappara - NASPA Ski Garden - Kandatsu Kogen - Ipponsugi - Centleisure Maiko - Joetsu Kokusai
Resorts that are now closed for the season: - Tashiro - Gala Yuzawa - Yuzawa Nakazato - Ludens Yuzawa - Yuzawa Kogen - Nunoba - Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depths @ Monday 28th March 2011 AM
Yuzawa Park: 200cm
Kandatsu Kogen: 295cm
NASPA Ski Garden: 245cm
Joetsu Kokusai: 230cm
* The main area of Kagura is open, accessed via Mitsumata Ropeway. The Mitsumata slopes are also open. Please keep on eye on our Naeba Now report as well for the latest from both Naeba and Kagura resort areas. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 28th March 2011, 8:20am
Sunny clear skies
It's going to be a fine day out on the slopes of Nozawa today. Early on this morning the sun is out and we are being treated to clear blue skies.
It was cold last night and right now still a chilly -3 degrees in Nozawa but we should soon be in the positives and a high of around 4 degrees later on this afternoon. The cycle should continue with another cold night tonight followed by more clear skies tomorrow.
Very fine late March snow and weather conditions await those getting out there today and tomorrow.
The following lifts on the upper areas of the resort are not operating: Uenotaira quad, Yamabiko No2 Four, Yamabiko Four, Nagasaka Gondola upper station. The upper part of the mountain will be closed for the rest of the season.
It is recommended that you contact your accommodation or the resort to confirm any details before travelling. Read more ...
Monday 28th March 2011, 8:30am
Clear and sunny skies
A very cold night has been followed by a stunning clear morning in Hakuba. The sun is out, bright blue skies and not a cloud to be seen over the village and mountain backdrop. Things look spectacular this morning. We are going to see things warm up during the early afternoon to perhaps around +4 degrees so it will be getting pretty mild and more of the same is forecast for tomorrow.
Resorts in the valley were still very quiet over the weekend but I would say a more yesterday than on Saturday. We are back to weekdays now though so I expect things to be quiet again.
In resort news, the Tsugaike should be re-opening today, though both the smaller Sanosaka and Minekata resorts are now both closed for the season.
Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 28th March AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Toomi No 2 lift is closed on weekdays. Alps No2 and No4 lifts are closed. No nighta. Alps daira - 280cm; Toomi - 130cm; Iimori - 100cm.
Hakuba 47: All lifts except Line D lift operating, some courses will remain ungroomed. Snow depth (upper) - 225cm.
Happo-one: Largely open and the Gondola is now operating again. Shirakaba area closed. No nighta. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 230cm; Sakka - 90cm; Shirakaba - 90cm; Nakiyama - 65cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: Most of the resort is open. The Gondola should be re-opening from today. Snow depth - 330cm Maruyama area - 140cm Champion - 220cm
Hakuba Iwatake: The Iwatake Gondola will be closed for the rest of the season. Upper - 170cm Lower - 125cm
Hakuba Sanosaka: Resort is now closed for the season.
Hakuba Minekata: Resort is now closed for the season.
It is recommended to check with resorts and accommodations before making a decision to make the trip to Hakuba for the very latest info. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 28th March 2011, 8:34am
There is no new snow to report this morning but I can report that after a very cold night the day is starting off here with clear blue skies and the sun doing it's thing from early on. It's a beautiful morning here in Shiga Kogen, as it is in many surrounding areas by the looks of things.
More sun tomorrow and while there may be a chance of light snow showers now and again after that I would say that generally we are in for a week of fairly clear conditions.
Official resort snow depths as of 28th March 2011 AM:
It is a perfect morning in Myoko, with deep blue skies and cold enough temperatures to keep that fantastic powder that fell through yesterday still fresh up on the mountings. I met the head of the Akakan ski patrol by chance this morning, and his comment says it all: "Is this really the end of March?"
The snow depths are really high, too; we were a day or son behind during the weekend (early departures by your writer, later official words from the town), but the depths for the Akakan, Seki and Tangram are as good as they've been all season.
Luckily, there are still three areas open where you can enjoy the continuing good snow in what otherwise has turned into an annus horribilis. Still good up here, though....
Open Ski Resorts
Akakan (Akakura Kanko): Sky Cable gondola, Hotel No. 3.
Seki Onsen: Open until May 8. Earthquake charity event on April 3.
Kitanomine closed for the season at 5pm yesterday. This is a pity as there is still plenty of snow on that side of the mountain and the conditions on closing day were still very good. From now until the end of the season Furano Zone will be operating. The target date for the season end is May 5. Today it is high broken cloud. From late afternoon yesterday to this morning there has been 5cm of fresh snow. Expect firm conditions in the morning an then the snow pack will soften as the day rolls on. Operating lifts will be open from 9am - 4pm. Read more ...
Monday 28th March 2011, 16:15pm
Mostly clear and sunny
A bit more snow since last report and a lot of wind up high which has caused quite a bit of drifting. The snow is becoming pretty hard packed but some softer stuff is still to be found in the trees on lee slopes. Today has been fine and partly cloudy early on but mostly clear and sunny this afternoon. The winds kept some of the upper lifts on hold or running slow throughout the day. The outlook is for a fine and mild week ahead with some more snow next weekend.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 410 Bottom - 190
Niseko Village: Top - 390 Bottom - 190
Annupuri: Top - 400 Bottom - 190
This season's Niseko Avalanche Information is finished
It has been a fantastic, beautiful day today in the region with clear blue skies all round. The fresh snow from over the weekend means that conditions high up are really good especially when you consider that we are right close to the end of March. More of the same clear conditions looks likely tomorrow as well after what should be another cold night.
Here's the latest on resort operations in the region...
Tanigawa Tenjindaira: The resort is now open.
Marunuma Kogen: Part open with No5, No3 and No1 lifts operating. Marunuma plans to be open until early May.
Norn Minakami: No3 quad lift operating. Norn have an interesting offer going on - it seems that if you have a valid season ticket for a ski resort that has closed for the season due to the current circumstances in Japan, Norn will offer you a half price lift ticket for their resort. Please contact them directly for more details and any conditions.
Kawaba: Two lifts operating at Kawaba.
White World Oze Iwakura: The resort will open on 2nd/3rd April. 3rd April will be the last day of the season. Two lifts (No3 quad and No4 pair) are scheduled to be operating.
Houdaigi: Now closed for the season.
Okutone: Now closed for the season.
Minakami Kogen 200: Now closed for the season.
If you plan to visit a resort, we strongly suggest you contact them directly to find out the latest information. Read more ...