Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Wednesday 30th March 2011, 7:38am
And it is another clear start to the day in Yuzawa. The sun is shining down on the Naeba slopes and blue skies above Naeba, Kagura and the main town area early on. It wasn't as cold overnight as it has been and will likely rise to around 8 degrees today in town. It is a sunny start but it looks like we will not be able to escape rainfall later on this afternoon and evening.... though hopefully it might just get to snow on higher elevations.
Here's the latest info on planned closing dates for ski resorts in the area:
Part open until 3rd April: - Naeba - Yuzawa Park - Iwappara - NASPA Ski Garden - Ipponsugi - Joetsu Kokusai
Part open until 10th April: - Kandatsu Kogen - Nakazato Snow Wood
Mostly open until 22nd May: - Kagura (+ Mitsumata)*
All other resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma area of Niigata are now closed for the season.
Official snow depths @ Wednesday 30th March 2011 AM
Yuzawa Park: 180cm
Kandatsu Kogen: 250cm
NASPA Ski Garden: 210cm
Joetsu Kokusai: 200cm
* The main area of Kagura is open, accessed via Mitsumata Ropeway. The Mitsumata slopes are also open. Please keep on eye on our Naeba Now report as well for the latest from both Naeba and Kagura resort areas. Read more ...
Wednesday 30th March 2011, 9:08am
It is another fine day out on the mountain with blue skies and sunshine since the day broke. Temperatures today will be warm, but they will become more chilly later in the afternoon. Snow conditions are firm and softening mid morning. Operating lifts will be open from 9am - 4pm. Read more ...
Wednesday 30th March 2011, 14:37pm
Today has been mostly cloudy although it's cleared a little this afternoon. Temperatures are mild and the snow is in pretty rapid melt down low. Very slushy snow on the lower slopes but still pretty firm up top. Fine weather expected to continue to see out March tomorrow but a low pressure system will approach the island on Friday bringing rain late in the day. As it moves through cool to cold air will move down on Saturday bringing snow that will last out the weekend.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 395 Bottom - 180
Niseko Village: Top - 390 Bottom - 170
Annupuri: Top - 400 Bottom - 180
This season's Niseko Avalanche Information is finished
It was a fairly clear morning in Hakuba with light blue skies and just a few clouds up there and during the day generally it has become more cloudy. The sun has been shining for big parts of the day through the cloud but this evening things are duller and there are some spots of rain. Rain is actually forecast for tonight, perhaps a sprinkling of snow higher up, and tomorrow should be colder with a chance of light sleet in the village... hopefully not rain. Should be cold enough higher up to come down as snow though, but nothing big in terms of new cm.
Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 30th March AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Toomi No 2 lift is closed on weekdays. Alps No2 and No4 lifts are closed. No nighta. Alps daira - 270cm; Toomi - 125cm; Iimori - 90cm.
Hakuba 47: All lifts except Line D lift operating, some courses will remain ungroomed. Snow depth (upper) - 206cm.
Happo-one: Largely open and the Gondola is now operating again. Shirakaba area closed. No nighta. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 195cm; Sakka - 55cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Limited lift operations but the Gondola should is operating so a large area still open. Snow depth - 310cm Champion - 210cm
Hakuba Iwatake: Resort is now closed for the season.
Hakuba Sanosaka: Resort is now closed for the season.
Hakuba Minekata: Resort is now closed for the season.
It is recommended to check with resorts and accommodations before making a decision to make the trip to Hakuba for the very latest info. Read more ...
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Wednesday 30th March 2011, 17:24pm
Fine > cloudy this evening
And another mild day today with a high of around 6 degrees in the village this afternoon. The day has been mostly fine and sunny, though the skies have clouded over as the day has moved on and we are forecast to see some spots of rain this evening and into tomorrow - hopefully that won't last long.
Friday will bring warmer temperatures - perhaps rising into double digits - and sunny clear skies.
The following lifts on the upper areas of the resort are not operating: Uenotaira quad, Yamabiko No2 Four, Yamabiko Four, Nagasaka Gondola upper station. The upper part of the mountain will be closed for the rest of the season.
It is recommended that you contact your accommodation or the resort to confirm any details before travelling. Read more ...
Wednesday 30th March 2011, 17:41pm
This morning started off bright and cheery once again with some mild conditions out there - very much a spring day out on the slopes. Clouds have been moving in throughout the day and this evening the mountain is shrouded in cloud. Might even be trying to snow up there, but I can't verify that right now. The local forecast doesn't have us down for much new snow in terms of fresh cm though, 0cm-5cm max, so we can't really expect it to amount to much if anything.
The forecast for tomorrow in the region is cloud and light rain at times but at higher elevations such as Kagura we can hope for snow.
Operations at Naeba and Kagura are as follows (30th March):
Naeba: - No 3 quad lift - No 5 quad lift
This means that the lower courses on the mountain are open (all upper areas closed).
After a nice start to the day temperatures have dropped and it has become much more cloudy. It is even starting to try to snow this evening and we can maybe expect a very thin new layer of snow tomorrow morning.
The outlook for tomorrow is cloud/sunny spells/chance of light snow - wonder how that will turn out! - before clearer, sunny conditions on Friday when things should warm up into positive numbers once again.
See below for the latest updated info regarding resorts in Shiga Kogen.
Official resort snow depths as of 30th March 2011 AM:
Higashitateyama: Opening from 29th April until 5th May for Golden Week.
Nishitateyama: Hoodie, No 2 triple lift, quad lift all open until 3rd April.
Terakoya: Quad and No1 pair lift open until 3rd April. After that opening on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May.
Mammoth: No2 triple lift open until 3rd April. Quad lift open until 5th May.
Tanne no mori: No 8 quad until 3rd April.
Ichinose Family: No2 pair lift (B) open until 3rd April. After that opening on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May. Quad lift open until 5th May.
Ichinose Diamond: Triple lift (and moving walkway) open until 3rd April. After that opening on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May.
Ichinose Yamanokami: No 2 pair lift open until 3rd April.
Yakebitaiyama: No2 Gondola and No2 quad lift open until 3rd April.
Okushiga Kogen: No1 pair open until 3rd April. No2 and No3 high speed lifts open until 8th May. No4 pair lift open until 3rd April and then open again between 23rd April and 8th May. Gondola open until 4th April and then opening April 9th-11th, 16th-18th and April 23rd until 8th May.
Kidoike This small area is now closed for the season.
Kumanoyu: No 1 pair lift will be open until 8th May. No 2 pair lift will be open until 8th May and then may continue to be open depending on snow conditions at that time. They hope to be able to open until 15th May. No 3 quad lift will be open from 29th April until 8th May. No 4 pair lift – no specific opening times available.
Yokoteyama – Shibutoge: The resort plans to be open until the end of May. Yokoteyama No 1 Sky lift open until 8th May. Yokoteyama No 2, No 3 Sky lifts and the Shibutoge pair lift will all be open until conditions permit. Yokoteyama No 4, No 5 and No 6 lifts will be open at unspecified times until 8th May.
Shiga Kogen Ropeway: The Ropeway is now closed for the winter season. Read more ...