Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017
Friday 30th April 2010, 9:11am
Temperatures are high again today with blue skies and a warming sun. Looks as if the warm weather is here to stay for the whole of Golden Week with temperatures expected to be in the high teens for the whole holiday period.
Very hit and miss yesterday with some torrential rain mid-morning clearing the way for warmer temperatures in the afternoon.
70% of Tenjin is open with all three lifts at the top open and scheduled to be that way for the holidays. Read more ...
Friday 30th April 2010, 9:46am
From here on in we enter the final phase of the season. Furano Ski Area's last day of the season will be May 5, so make the most of the Golden Week vacation and head to Furano for your final turns of the season. The Golden Week influx has already started with plenty of rental cars and buses filling the car parks of the local hotels last night.
We have a very light drizzle happening at the moment. Yesterdays winds have disappeared and it feels relatively warm now that the winds have gone. Apart from the slight precipitation which looks like it could clear up at any stage, or continue for the rest of the day, conditions are good in terms of temperature and visibility.
Lifts operating today are the Furano Ropeway and Downhill Romance Lift No3.
The sun didn't really find it's way to Yuzawa yesterday but from early on this morning the sun is out and it is a fine day here. There is some cloud around but a lot of blue sky and it is now warming up with a high of around 14 excpected later on. Perhaps even a chance of rain for a short time later, but things should once again clear up pretty quickly.
Tomorrow is the start of the 5 days of holidays in Japan and right now the forecast is for good fine weather right through until Wednesday.
Official resort snow depths @ 30th April 10, AM: Kagura: 280cm Kagura - Tashiro: 200cm GALA Yuzawa: 100cm
Planned closing dates at resorts in Yuzawa:
Wednesday 5th May 2010: Gala Yuzawa Kagura (Tashiro Area)
We had some rain in Zao yesterday which didn't really help out with the snow, which is now getting rather thin on the ground in areas of the remaining upper courses that are still open at Zao.
It is another cold morning here. While it was +3 degrees in the village, it was a cold -3 degrees up at the top of the mountain just before they opened this morning. The sun is out now though with a fairly strong breeze down here, so no doubt it will warm up a bit - but not as much as we would expect for Golden Week and almost May.
It really is the last stretch of the season now as the ski resort will be open until the last day of the Golden Week holidays, which is Wednesday - so just over 5 days left.
The forecast for those 5 days is generally fine and sunny weather with warmer temperatres until at least Tuesday. It should really warm up somewhat as well with temperatures in the village likely to be well into double figures Sunday to Tuesday.
Of course, the Ropeways at Zao operate throughout the year, so it's only the "ski resort" that will be officially closing at the end of the day on Wednesday.
Have a good Golden Week!
Chuo area: 90cm
Paradise area: 100cm
Utopia area: 110cm
Ropeways at Zao: Zao Sky Cable - open all year (closed 6th-28th May for maintenance) Zao Chuo Ropeway - open throughout the year Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May for maintenance) Read more ...
Friday 30th April 2010, 13:29pm
After a dull start to the day and some rain in the morning yesterday, it cleared up a bit before clouding over again in the afternoon.
It has been cloudy in Hakuba this morning but while the mountains have cloud hanging about on top, more blue sky is now appearing.
From tomorrow, it's a run of five holidays in Japan - the main part of Golden Week. And it looks like we are going to see lots of fine and sunny conditions for all of that period, along with temperatures warming up to close to 20 degrees perhaps at village level - especially between Sunday and Wednesday.
So it should be a good end to the official season at the resorts.
Just to recap on what remains open: At Hakuba 47 you can still ride down to the base. The connection with Goryu remains open, but only the top area of that resort remains open. Only the upper slopes of Happo remain open and you need to get the Gondola up there (and back down again). From tomorrow until 5th May the resort will be putting on a bus service between the Happo Bus Terminal and the Happo No 3 car park. The upper slopes of Tsugaike Kogen also remain open.
Happo-one - open until 5th May Hakuba Goryu - open until 9th May Hakuba 47 - open until 5th May Tsugaike Kogen - open until 5th May
The are quite a few clouds still around but also a fair bit of blue sky this lunchtime in Shiga Kogen.
Tomorrow is the start of Golden Week proper for lots of people with Monday to Wednesday being national holidays, so it's a run of five holidays for many. The weather looks like it is going to co-operate and we can expect some warm and sunny days right through until Wednesday.
Wednesday will be the last day of the season for all of the resort areas in the north and central area of Shiga Kogen, leaving only the Yokoteyama/Shibutoge and Kumanoyu resorts in the south area open.
Kumanoyu seems to be planning on being open until Sunday 9th May. Yokoteyama, meanwhile, hasn't given any firm closing dates but they are hoping to be open right through until close to the end of May.
Lifts operating until 5th May (subject to change):
Some news to report this morning - Kagura now plans to be open until 30th May, a week longer than origianlly planned. Goes to show what some good snowfall over the season can do!
Kagura is also opening what they are calling "Kagura Park" on 5th May - look for some tables, boxes and a kicker.
The top Kagura No5 pair lift will also be moving until 5th May and so it's the last chance to enjoy that over the next few days.
Anyway, it has been a cloudy day so far here but from tomorrow it looks like we will be treated to some very fine weather over Golden Week... 5 days holiday starting from tomorrow. Tashiro will be closed after that, leaving Mitsumata to be the way to get to Kagura. Expect the car parks to be full from early on, so getting there early is highly recommended!
Have a fun Golden Week!
Daily updates from the Yuzawa area until the end of Golden Week can be found on the main Yuzawa Now page...
Official Snow Depths:
Kagura (Tashiro): 200cm
The Tashiro part of Kagura plans to be open until Wednesday 5th May.
The main Kagura area, via Mitsumata Ropeway, plans to be open through until Sunday 30th May. Read more ...