Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Thursday 2nd April 2015, 7:01am
Clear and sunny
The sun is out this morning and after a mild overnight we expect the day to warm up to around 14 degrees later on this afternoon.
There are some fantastic 'sea of cloud' views looking north over Minamiuonuma city on the Ishiuchi Maruyama webcam early on (see below), though those clouds will probably very quickly disappear leaving everywhere in the region with clear skies.
Tomorrow might start off sunny but rain is expected before the end of the day and over the weekend.
Official snow depths:
Too early for updates this morning - all data as of yesterday....
Planned closing dates for resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region Information as currently available and of course subject to change depending on conditions. Resorts not mentioned below are now closed.
I am lucky this morning because it's an easy report. I need to get myself over to Sapporo this morning and so the report is earlier than usual. But the weather is co-operating in that respect with the sun out and blue skies all around.
It's a lovely morning and I expect the resorts will all be open as planned.
It has been cold overnight but it's going to warm up once again during the day today. Tomorrow still forecast to be cooler in the daytime, but rain likely falling (with a possibility of a bit of snow higher up on the mountain... don't get too excited though.)
Clearer skies are likely again over the coming weekend.
Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day
Niseko Hanazono - open daily until Monday April 6th Niseko Village - open daily until Tuesday April 7th and then April 29th until May 6th Niseko Annupuri - open daily until Wednesday May 6th Niseko Grand Hirafu - open daily until Wednesday May 6th Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 2nd April 2015, 7:13am
Low lying cloud but clear over mountain
The clouds have cleared (well apart from some cool looking low lying cloud in the main valley), the sun is out and we are enjoying blue skies above Nozawa Onsen this morning.
Not hearing of any new cm up top though it's a bit early yet and I do need to post this before I rush off to Nagano city for the day today.
For today though it's going to be clear and sunny and warm which is nicer than what we got yesterday of course.
Rainfall unfortunately seems to still be a main feature of the forecasts for the weekend, starting later on in the day tomorrow. Come early next week perhaps a dip in temperatures, but let's deal with that when we get closer...
Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 375cm Uenotaira - 305cm
(Other areas no longer updating though still a fair amount of snow around!)
Lifts that remain open and plans for the rest of the season
Daily until Wednesday 6th May:
- Nagasaka Gondola - Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift - Yamabiko Four Lift
Daily until Sunday 5th April; Friday 10th April until Sunday 12th April; Saturday 18th April until Sunday 19th April; Saturday 25th April until Wednesday 6th May
- Uenotaira Four lift
Saturday 4th April until Sunday 5th April; Friday 10th April until Sunday 12th April; Saturday 18th April until Sunday 19th April; Saturday 25th April until Wednesday 6th May
- Paradise Four lift
Friday 10th April until Sunday 12th April; Saturday 18th April until Sunday 19th April; Saturday 25th April until Sunday 26th April; Saturday 2nd May until Wednesday 6th May
- Skyline connecting pair lift
Courses that remain open
Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Kokenashi Uenotaira Paradise Bunabayashi Rinkan
We have not a single cloud in the sky up here, no haze very clear condtions indeed, along with very light breezes and slightly lower temperatures.
With those temperatures sitting on and just below freezing the snow conditions will be alot better this morning but as it is well and truly spring expect that it will certainly soften up abit during the day.
Should be staying clear all day with the slight chance of some snow or rain later tonight. Which of these it will be depends on the temperature at the time so lets hope it stays cold. Read more ...
Thursday 2nd April 2015, 8:10am
Clear and blue
After the less than nice weather yesterday, today we are back to being glorious, with clear blue skies and not breath of wind in the air. The temperature is currently just over freezing and will warm up again.
Current forecasts tell us that we might get rained on over the weekend, especially around Sunday.
Here's the plan regarding the rest of the season. As Naeba is open daily until this coming Sunday and then only on the weekends through Golden Week, the Naeba Now report daily updates will finish for the season this weekend with a few possible updates by the end of the season.
Kagura of course remains open until the end of May. The Yuzawa Now report page will be updated on a daily basis through until Golden Week and after that a few more updates through until the last lift stops moving at Kagura. So from next week any Naeba or Kagura related news will be posted on the Yuzawa Now report page.
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 240cm Kagura: 350cm
0cm Naeba 0cm Kagura
Planned end of season
Naeba: Naeba will be open daily until April 5th and then Saturdays and holidays only until May 6th (not including April 29th)
Kagura: The main Kagura area, via Mitsumata Ropeaway, will be open daily until May 31st The Tashiro area will be open until May 6th.
This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region. Read more ...
Thursday 2nd April 2015, 9:50am
It is a little cooler this morning and has frozen overnight, so the morning will provide some very nice snow conditions as the the snowpack warms up. The snow will warm up fairly quickly though as there is not a cloud in sight to sheild the sun and the skies are a deep crystal blue. There will be some light snow in the evening and tomorrow morning but it will be washed out by heavy rain that will come after the snow. Read more ...
Thursday 2nd April 2015, 16:00pm
More sun and sunshine today.
The morning started off sunny but with some dramatic looking low cloud over village. Those had cleared up fairly soon after the lifts started up for the day leaving us with mostly clear and sunny conditions and another warm day with temperatures in low double digits.
Still expecting rain over the weekend with Sunday looking like it will probably be the wetter of the two - chance that we might be luckier on that front on Saturday...
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Thursday 2nd April 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu plans to be at least part open until Wednesday 6th May. The lower Iimori area is now closed for the season.
- Alps Daira - 280cm - Toomi - 105cm
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 plans to be at least part open until Wednesday 6th May. Currently all open (top to bottom) apart from a small lower part of R7.
- Upper - 270cm - Lower - 110cm
Happo-one: Happo-one plans to be at least part open until Sunday 10th May.
Snow! Sit back down... just a dusting! But much better than the rain that we got during the day yesterday. That turned into snow and left us with that dusting. The sun is out now and it has been a fine and clear and sunny day, warming up again.
The mild conditions will continue over the next few days and unfortunately there's a high probability of rain over the weekend though Saturday morning we may just escape it.
After that, colder weather is once again forecast early next week and even the chance of snowfall. That would be just the ticket!
The Shiga Kogen Now reports will continue being updated until the end of the season - we will try to post a few new reports each week.
RESORT AREAS THAT REMAIN OPEN & PLANNED CLOSING DATES:
At least part open until Sunday April 5th
Bunadaira: The Bunadaira quad lift will be open until March 29th; the quad open until April 5th
Sun Valley: The Housaka Number 3 lift will be open until March 31st
At least part open until Sunday April 12th
Ichinose Yamanokami: Open daily until April 5th and then open on April 11th and 12th
At least part open until Wednesday May 6th
Ichinose Diamond: The Diamond triple lift will be open until April 3rd. The Diamond quad lift will be open until March 31st, and then open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th.
Ichinose Family: The Ichinose Number 3 quad will be open until 29th March. The Ichinose Quad and Ichinose Number 2B pair lifts will be open daily until May 6th.
Takamagahara Mammoth: The Takamagahara Number 3 pair lift will be open until March 31st. The Takamagahara Number 2 triple lift will be open until April 5th. The Takamagahara Quad will be open daily until April 12th, and then open on April 18th, 19th, and from April 25th until May 6th.
Okushiga Kogen: The Okushiga Number 6 lift will be open until March 31st. The Okushiga Number 1 pair lift will be open until April 5th. The Okushiga Number 4 pair lift will be open until April 5th, and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th. The Okushiga Number 2 pair lift and Okushiga Number 3 pair lift and Gondola will all be open daily until May 6th.
Tannenomori Okujo: Open daily until April 5th; and then on April 11th, 12th and April 25th until May 6th
Terakoya: Both lifts open daily until March 31st. After that, they will be open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th
Yakebitaiyama: Open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th The Yakebitaiyama Gondola will run until April 5th.
Beyond Wednesday 6th May
Kumanoyu: Kumanoyu Number 3 quad open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and April 25th until May 6th Kumanoyu Number 1 and 2 pair lifts open until May 6th and beyond
Yokoteyama-Shibutoge: Probably open until at least the end of May Read more ...