Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Wednesday 2nd May 2007, 9:16am
Sun, some cloud
This morning has started off fine - lots of blue sky, the sun is out and only a few clouds in the sky. Back to only a slight wind after the quite strong winds of yesterday afternoon and last night.
It is set to cloud over later on in the day though, with a chance of rain again this afternoon.
Lifts open at Naeba today - Dragondola, Prince Number 2 Gondola, Number 5 quad. Most runs at Kagura still officially open.
The second half of Golden Week starts tomorrow, with Thursday and Friday national holidays - so it's a 4 day long weekend. The forecast is fine sunny weather from tomorrow through Saturday with temperatures reaching as high as 20 degrees. This will be the last weekend of Naeba being open, leaving just Kagura open from Monday. Read more ...
Wednesday 2nd May 2007, 9:24am
A very wet and gray morning here with heavy rain in the village and low clouds completely covering the mountains. So far only Ace #2 is open; Ace#3, King #3 and King #4 are scheduled to open later but I can't imagine many people going up today. The lower slopes are almost completely bare now with just a narrow track of snow coming down to the base, the upper slopes still have a good covering though.
This weather is looking like it may well last through the long week end coming up which would be a shame, the forecast is showing overcast and showery weather through to the start of next week.
A rainy start to the day here with heavy cloud over the mountains. There isn't any wind so it doesn't feel too cold but the temperature has dropped quite a bit from yesterday, it is currently +3 degrees in town.
This weather front looks like it will last for a few days and will be dropping a lot of rain on Hokkaido - not a good outlook for Golden Week! Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 2nd May 2007, 9:35am
The temperatures dipped enough for us to see some slight snowfall yesterday in high areas for a short time and a bit of rainfall overnight, but those clouds have cleared up for this morning and there are blue skies and mild temperatures early on, looks like it will be a fine day.
More fine weather forecast for the Golden Week holidays over the next 3 or 4 days. Please note that the road linking Shiga Kogen with the Kusatsu area of Gunma Prefecture is now open and so you can get to Shiga Kogen from that area.
Most of the Shiga Kogen resort areas will be open for the last time this coming Sunday. The resorts in the southern area - Kumanoyu, Yokoteyama & Shibutoge will be batting on for a bit longer. Here are their current plans:
Kumanoyu - officially until 7th May, but depending on snow conditions they may open past that date.
Yokoteyama - Number 1-3 Sky Lifts plan to be open until the end of May.
Conditions yesterday were causing warming sticky snow which in turn caused the skis / boards to stop start even with warm wax treatment.
Today is similar up there this morning with slightly fewer people about. Wind picked up considerably during the late afternoon yesterday too. Beautiful views and many picking vegetables from mid station area!
Snow is evident but only above 1100m. Yesterday, temperatures rose to 19c in the village and it is above zero even now at the top station and Yamabiko.
Tomorrow and Friday are national holidays and will be the start of the last weekend of the season here - the last day of the season at Nozawa is Sunday. The forecast is fine and sunny weather through from tomorrow until Saturday with a chance of rain on Sunday, when we'll give you a final update on the last day of the season.
Courses open (as of 2nd May) : Yamabiko (A-E) Uenotaira Kogenashi
Lifts operating (as of 2nd May): Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko 4-lift Yamabiki Number Two 4-lift Uenotaira 4-lift Read more ...
Wednesday 2nd May 2007, 10:01am
Cloudy and overcast, sun trying to break through in patches
Hakuba currently sits under cloudy skies with the sun trying to break through. No rain as of yet but the skiing is still great spring conditions on the hills that are open. Slushy is the word of this last week of the ski season but coverage is actually pretty good and the places with terrain parks (Goryu, 47, Tsugaike) are all super fun to rip up. Get out there and milk it as we have 4 days left!
( See Backcountry Advisory Below ) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Above tree line: Considerable
Tree line: Moderate
Below tree line: Low (no snow)
People heading backcountry today should be prepared for more colder temperatures and winds. Visibility is limited above 1600 m a.s.l.. Take care on descents as exposed patches are prevalent.
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.
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 ...