Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 18th November 2017
Saturday 29th November 2008, 8:31am
Sun, blue sky, some cloud
No new snow to report overnight in town and it is looking set to be a fine sunny day. Bright blue skies and the sun is out early on and it feels mild
Kagura is reporting 5cm of new snow and a quick look at the webcam seems to confirm blue skies up there too. A bit of a change in operations up there today though - scaling down of operations due to the decreasing amount of snow especially in the Mitsumata area of the resort. Riders will now be taken from the top of the Mitsumata Gondola to the base of the Kagura Gondola by shuttle bus.
Courses open: Kagura main gelende, Panorama course, upper part of Gondola Course.
Lifts open: Mitsumata Ropeway, Kagura Gondola, Kagura No 1 quad lift, Kagura No 1 Romance lift, Kagura No 4 Romance lift, Kagura No 2 lift.
Over at Naeba there was no new snow and they are operating the No 4 and No 5 Romance lifts today on the artificial snow slope at the bottom. (Surrounding lower courses now have no snow on them).
It did snow overnight at Kagura where they are reporting 5cm of fresh snow, but nothing lower down in Naeba where the two lower lifts will be servicing that bottom course.
Clouds have mostly moved on and the sun is out early on this morning.
Due to the snow situation, Kagura are scaling down their operations slightly due to the decreasing amount of snow especially in the Mitsumata area of the resort. Riders will now be taken from the top of the Mitsumata Gondola to the base of the Kagura Gondola by shuttle bus.
Courses open at Kagura are Kagura main gelende, Panorama course, upper part of Gondola Course. Lifts operating are the Mitsumata Ropeway, Kagura Gondola, Kagura No 1 quad lift, Kagura No 1 Romance lift, Kagura No 4 Romance lift, Kagura No 2 lift. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 29th November 2008, 8:50am
Nowawa's winter season starts here!
The Gondola started moving about 5 minutes ago taking up those first skiers and snowboarders to the open Yamabiko courses at the top of the mountain. While there is pretty much no snow left in the village and on the lower slopes of the resort, there is officially 45cm up on Yamabiko
It is a bright fine sunny morning with fine blue skies up on the mountain (clouds lower down making for some pretty impressive scenes looking down from the top - a fine day to be out on the mountain.
Courses open: Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D
Lifts operating: Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Four lift Yamabiko No 2 Four lift Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 29th November 2008, 8:57am
Sun, some cloud
Yokoteyama is reporting another 10cm of snow this morning. Clouds have moved on revealing lots of blue sky and right now the sun is out and it's a fine bright morning. It is currently colder than it has been - we're back down in the minus regions - but I'm sure it will soon warm up with the sun out.
Resorts now part open in Shiga Kogen are as follows:
So gradually more is opening up and while it is enough to have some fun out there and enjoy some early riding, operations are still of course very limited. Snow depths at the resorts are officially between 30cm and 60cm but it is quite patchy out there in places. More will open as soon as the snow arrives again. Read more ...
Saturday 29th November 2008, 10:36am
Clear, sunny, slight breeze.
Sunny, clear, no new snow
Sunny today, pretty warm, and icy.
High temp today will be 1 C, but we're getting some melting in the village.
Snow is pretty old, and a bit icy. There is a chance for some light snow tomorrow and the day after, so we'll see how that pans out.
Not the greatest start of the season, but hey, it's still November.
Yesterday remained overcast and temps only just got up to freezing. Last night was mostly clear and we got down to -6. Currently it is bright, sunny and crisp with only light winds. A warm front is expected to cross Hokkaido later today and rain is expected at first at lower levels then turning to snow through the night into tomorrow.
Usually by this time of year a large, stable high pressure system sits over eastern Siberia which directs cold air down over Japan. Currently though Siberia is dominated by a large, complex low pressure system and over the next week we will predominantly have a southerly airstream. This will mean above average temperatures and a little rain is forecast on Tuesday. As the low moves eastwards later in the week we should see a return to more normal conditions and snow is forecast from next Friday onwards.