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Thursday 28th March 2013, 7:59am
Cloudy, thick fog higher up
An early report this morning from a cloudy and foggy Nozawa.
No new snow to report today as you might expect after that very warm day yesterday. It was almost t-shirt time out there, very warm indeed.
Happily this morning things have cooled down somewhat. It is around 4 degrees now at village level and I see the resort is saying that up on Yamabiko it is 2 degrees as of 7:30am.
Cloudy down here at base but up top it looks like it is thick fog conditions with the webcams just looking like a sheet of grey. Hopefully it will clear up somewhat this morning and some forecasts tell us to expect sun later on.
Tomorrow should be a sunny day in Nozawa after a fairly cold night and temps dipping to around 0 degrees overnight in the village. Again a high of around 5 or 6 degrees forecast for tomorrow. Looks like there might be a chance of rain on Sunday and so Saturday looks like it will be the pick of the weekend.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating except Yunomine Pair Mizunashi Triple Challenge Pair Utopia Pair Hikage Number 2 Pair B line
Courses open: All courses open except: Grand Prix Hachiman Challenge 39
Official snow depths Yamabiko 280cm
Nozawa Onsen opening dates from 1st April to the end of season:
From 1st April until 6th May: Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift Yamabiko Four lift
From 1st April until 7th April 12th April until 14th April 20th-21st April 27th April until 6th May Uenotaira Four lift Snow Park
6th-7th April 13th-14th April 20th-21st April 27th April until 6th May Paradise Four lift
Until the Skyline course closes Skyline connecting lift Read more ...
Thursday 28th March 2013, 8:07am
Cloud, blue sky
It's a warm morning - already +6 degrees. A fair amount of cloud up there, but a good share of blue sky too. Generally a fine morning I'd say and the sun is shining down on us.
The last few days has been particularly quiet here. Almost private ski resort style quiet. Great for those making it out for some spring ski fun.
Clouds might bring us some rain/snow later on, the former more probable.
The resort plans to be open until Sunday 31st March. Read more ...
Thursday 28th March 2013, 8:44am
Good morning from Hirafu and after a fine day yesterday, I have no new snowfall to report for you today.
It's a mild morning here, about 6 degrees already, and there's a fair amount of cloud around and quite windy too. So just cloudy for the moment but there looks like a good chance we will have some rain falling later on in the day. Hopefully that will keep to a minimum.
At the moment the forecast is telling us that there might be some snowfall early on next week, but I wouldn't hold out for anything significant. It is after all almost April!
The top Wonderland lift at Niseko Village is not operating at the time of writing due to the wind conditions over there. Similarly the King Number 4, King Number 3 and Swinging Monkey lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu and the top lift at Hanazono are stationary.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 500cm Bottom - 240cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 400cm Bottom - 250cm
Niseko Village Top - 440cm Bottom - 210cm
Niseko base 6am: 0C, no new snow, cloudy. Coastal data: wind S7m/s, 1.3m waves, pressure 1008hPa. Annupuri peak predicted windspeed at noon: SW20m/s.
With the approach and passing of low pressure system a southerly wind will pick up and warm air flow into the area. Above 1000m the wind will be stronger and visibility will become poor. Gates 2 & 3 will be closed today.
General avalanche risk is low. Risk of full depth avalanches around 1000m continues, avoid riding in their potential paths, like the valley bottoms. The snow in the trees is not good. The visibility is poor and it is hard to see the snow. Take care riding fast, hitting or falling into something. Beware cornices collapsing.
As the snow melts snow bridges across creeks will begin to collapse. Take care crossing creeks, water temperature is very low. Please check information posted in front of gates and listen to patrols advice when passing through gates. Do not duck ropes. Do not enter off limits areas. Have a safe day. Read more ...
Thursday 28th March 2013, 8:57am
Soon after I posted my report yesterday it got greyer and by lunchtime it was a cloudy and overcast day in Hakuba. Warm too with temperatures rising to 14 degrees at base, and Hakuba 47 reporting 10C on the slopes (Line C) at 3pm.
It didn't get colder than 3 degrees overnight and as we approach 9am this morning it is already 10 degrees here in the base of Happo area. A bit of rain has been falling in places too though the forecast is just for cloudy conditions today. There's just a slight warm breeze.
Some of the patches of ground on show on lower slopes have been getting bigger at an alarming rate the last few days - once the snow gets thin on the ground it dries up quicker of course and always the case. Why can't winter last all year?! I had a really fun half day out on Happo yesterday morning. Very much spring snow conditions of course, but still loads to play in up there and a good work out. My knees are feeling it this morning... must be getting old!
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 28th March 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: No new snowfall reported by Hakuba Goryu. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 230cm; Toomi - 75cm; Iimori - 50cm
Hakuba 47: 0cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday. Official snow depth: Upper - 150cm Lower - 65cm
Nice blue skies over Naeba at the moment with just a few stray clouds hanging on. Looks like there's more cloud over Kagura and more still as you get further north into the main part of Yuzawa town.
Not a whole lot to report this morning really. The snow is getting a bit patchy on the lower slopes of Naeba now, though still pretty decent cover and I would imagine they will be able to keep the lower slopes open until planned closing on April 7th. I've put the planned closing dates below.
Almost two more months planned for Kagura! They usually are able to do that, but with this March being relatively mild it will be interesting to see how the end of the season pans out. We'll let you know!
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 200cm Kagura - 380cm
Planned closing dates: Naeba - April 7th Kagura (Tashiro Ropeway) - May 6th Kagura (Mitsumata Ropeway) - May 26th Read more ...
Thursday 28th March 2013, 9:19am
Kind of a nondescript day today... not exactly sunny; not completely cloudy.
It is warm, though - it's definitely going to be a spring skiing day today.
Some season-end news:
Akakura Onsen: last day 3/31 Suginohara: last day 3/31 Ikenotaira: last day 4/7 Madarao: last day 3/31 Kyukamura: last day 4/7 Myoko Ski Park: last day 4/4
Operations and official snow depths
Akakura Kanko (Akakan) 210cm, 8C
Akakura Onsen 245cm, 3C
Ikenotaira 170cm, 3C
Suginohara 150cm, 5C
Seki Onsen 440cm, 0C (yesterday's report - they're filing late this week)
Right now it is 7C in town and a high of above 14C forecast for this afternoon, so it's really going to warm up today.
Some trails are now closed at Okutone, Norn and Houdaigi due to lack of snow but the resorts remain open.
For the next few days the forecast predicts continued warm weather with clear skies.
Main Resorts in Minakami planning closing dates:
Norn - until 31st March Okutone - until 31st March Houdaigi - until 7th April Tenjindaira - until Golden Week Read more ...
Thursday 28th March 2013, 9:41am
...and quite a lot warmer this morning.
More cloud than yesterday but still some blue sky to enjoy and the sun is out at times. Increasingly so actually since earlier on. No wind, all is calm.
Temperatures in the positive on all areas of the mountain this morning and right now it's already about 8 degrees. The forecast for lower down in Yamagata City goes up to 18 degrees for the day today.
Should get colder again tomorrow and for the weekend. Right now sunny clear skies forecast for Sunday.
Current lift operations:
The following lifts will run through until 31st March:
Onsen Number 4 Quad Sunrise Pair AB Nakamori Number 1 Triple Nakamori Number 2 Pair Diamond Number 1 Pair Diamond Number 2 Pair Oomori quad Yokokura Number 2 Pair Astraea Number 1 Pair Astraea Number 2 Pair Astraea Number 3 Pair
The following lifts plan to be open through until 6th May:
All the Ropeways Chuo Number 1 Pair AB (every day) Chuo Number 2 Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April and 27th April until 6th May) Katakai Triple (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April, 27th-29th April, 3rd-6th May) Paradise Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April and 27th April until 6th May)
The Yokokura Number 1 Pair AB will remain open as long as there's enough snow.
Yesterday was mild but this morning it's pretty warm. Resorts are reporting temps from 1 degrees to a whopping 15 degrees (Nishitateyama). I think just under 10 degrees is probably the average from around the areas.
It's not sunny though and we have mostly cloud cover up there. Well not here in the Maruike area anyway, though I can see it seems to be brighter and some blue skies over in Kumanoyu.
There's just a light warm breeze.
Today should be the odd one out though as it will get colder once again tomorrow. Not mid winter cold, but more like what we have had prior to today.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort area: Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 28th March 2013 AM:
Here are the latest lift operation plans for the resorts around Shiga Kogen, as of Monday 25th March. Please note that they are of course subject to change and in particular snow conditions.
Sun Valley: Number 1 quad open until April 4th, then April 6th and 7th. Number 3 lift open until March 31st March, morning of April 2nd, April 3rd, and morning of April 4th.
Maruike: Number 1 triple lift open until April 2nd. Number 2 pair lift open until March 31st.
Hasuike: Triple lift open until April 1st. Ropetow open until March 31st.
Giant: Open until April 5th.
Happo Bunadaira: Open until March 31st.
Higashitateyama: Open daily until March 31st and then open on April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.
Nishitateyama: Number 1 'hoodie', quad open until March 31st. Number 2 triple open until March 31st and then mornings of April 27th until May 6th.
Terakoya: Open daily until March 31st and then open on April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.
Mammoth: Quad open until May 6th. Number 2 triple lift open until April 7th and then April 25th-27th. Number 3 pair lift open until March 31st.
Tanne no mori okujo: Open until April 2nd and then open on April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th and April 26th until May 6th.
Ichinose Family: Quad open until May 6th. Number 3 quad open until March 31st. Number 2 Pair A line open until March 31st and then open April 10th-15th, April 17th-22nd, April 24th-25th. Number 2 Pair B line open until April 9th and then open April 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd and then April 26t until May 6th.
Ichinose Diamond: Quad lift open until April 7th and then on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th. Triple lift open until March 31st. Moving walkway open until March 31st.
Ichinose Yamanokami: Open until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.
Yakebitaiyama: Number 1 Gondola open until April 7th. Number 2 Gondola open until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May. Number 2 high speed lift open until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May. Number 3 high speed lift open until March 31st and then April 5th-7th. Number 4 romance lift open when the Number 2 Gondola is not running.
Okushiga Kogen: No details yet.
Kumanoyu: Number 1 pair lift open until May 6th. Number 2 pair lift open until May 12th. Number 3 quad lift open until March 31st and then April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then 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 ...
Thursday 28th March 2013, 9:46am
Spring has certainly arrived in Furano and the warm weather has cleared most roads of snow, and snow banks around the town are slowly reducing in size. Luckily the mountain hasn't suffered too much from this and the snow is still in very very good condition for this time of year. Today temperatures on the lower mountain will rise well above 0c but from afternoon snow is expected on the upper mountain and then temperatures tomorrow will be back to winter norms. Read more ...
Thursday 28th March 2013, 9:58am
Yesterday I said that today should be warmer. And warmer it most certainly is. Outside the thermometer now says 10 degrees, and the forecast says a high of about 16 degrees at town level. We're all set to see it cool off a bit again though from tomorrow, but there doesn't look like much chance of much (any?) snow in the coming week with more of a chance of rain at times than snow. So is that our lot? The optimist in me holds out for one or two more refreshes, though the realist...
Anyway yes a cloudy morning though some patches of blue sky on show behind the clouds.
Tomorrow won't be as warm as today and mostly cloudy conditions again, with a chance of rain/snow showers in the morning according to the latest local forecast.
In a bit of resort news it seems that Maiko Snow Resort, while still open until 31st March (and then two more weekends only), has the Gondola closed. This doesn't affect the runs open as you can still get up to the back bowl using the two quad lifts...
Planned closing dates for resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma
Resorts in Yuzawa:
Iwappara - until 7th April Naeba - until 7th April NASPA Ski Garden - until 7th April Kandatsu Kogen - until 14th April (and then weekends until Golden Week in early May) GALA Yuzawa - until 6th May Kagura (Tashiro) - until 6th May Kagura (Mitsumata) - until 26th May
Resorts in Minamiuonuma:
Itsukamachi - until 29th March The legendary Mt Granview - until 31st March (just weekends) Chateaux Shiozawa - until 31st March Maiko Snow Resort - until 31st March (and then 6/7th April and 13/14th April) Muikamachi Hakkaisan - until 31st March Muikamachi Ski Resort - until 31st March Ishiuchi Maruyama - until 7th April Joetsu Kokusai - until 7th April
Of course, all will be subject to snow conditions and may change.
Official resort snow depths @ Wendesday 27th March 2013, AM: