Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 14th December 2017
Saturday 3rd April 2010, 7:19am
Blue sky and sun
Blue skies right now and it looks as if we are set for some glorious sunshine for most of th e day. It was light early again and is nice to see the sun after yesterday's rain. It did clear up yesterday afternoon for a while but the cloud came in and was looking menacing for a while in the evening.
The forecast is saying that the cloud may come back later this afternoon but it should be fine again by tomorrow morning. Should be good, if soft, conditions for what could well be the final weekend of the season for Houdaigi. Tenjin are still planning to go through Golden Week so there is still an option to get the last out of what is proving to be a very good base this year.
This morning it is +1 degrees in Yuzawa and early on it's blue skies and the sun is out. We're looking at a high of around 6 degrees today but it should cool down this afternoon with a chance of rain (light snow high up) for a short spell this evening.
Fine clear sunny weather is forecast for tomorrow.
Sunday 4th April 2010: Yuzawa Nakazato Nakazato Snow Wood Yuzawa Park Iwappara NASPA Ski Garden Ipponsugi Yuzawa Kogen
Sunday 11th April 2010: Kandatsu Kogen Naeba
Wednesday 5th May 2010: Gala Yuzawa Kagura (Tashiro Area)
Sunday 23rd May 2010: Kagura (via Mitsumata)
In neighbouring Minamiuonuma, Centleusire Maiko, Muikamachi Hakkaisan, Urasa, Ishiuchi Hanaoka, Hakkaisanroku are now closed for the season. The remaining resorts planned closing dates are as below (subject to change):
Ishiuchi Maruyama - 4th April Joetsu Kokusai - 4th April Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 3rd April 2010, 9:18am
Sun, blue skies
It is a fine morning in Nozawa - clear skies, the sun is out and while it was a chilly start to the day, it will be warming up a fair bit.
For the weekend a bit more of the resort is open - see info below - and it looks like tomorrow will be another fine and sunny day with warmer temperatures.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Courses currently open (as of 3rd Apr): Yamabiko A course Yamabiko B course Yamabiko C course Yamabiko D course Yamabiko E course Uenotaira course Uenotaira Snow Park Paradise course Challenge course Utopia A course Skyline course Kokenashi A course Kokenashi B course Rinkan course Bunabayashi Paradise link Yunomine A Yunomine B
Lifts currently operating (as of 3rd Apr):
Nagasaka Gondola (both sections); Yamabiko quad Yamabiko No2 quad Skyline connecting pair lift Uenotaira quad Paradise four The resort plans to stay open until 5th May. Read more ...
Saturday 3rd April 2010, 9:18am
Cloudy skies today in Hakuba, although the sun is trying to break through. Even though it is overcast the clouds are quite high and visibility is fine. Spring snow and warm temperatures are going to be the norm today, but still you may want to put on some sun screen as still is bright outside.
Snow conditions on the resorts today will be soft and slushy at the base, harder crud and chopped powder on the higher slopes. Still good coverage top to bottom so get out there ans shred the last month of skiing in Hakuba.
Lift operation on some resorts are now limited for this last part of the season. Planned closing dates and information on current lift operations at resorts in the valley is posted below.
This coming Sunday will be the last day of the season for a few more resorts in the valley, along with some lifts at resorts that remain open for longer. Here is the latest info from around the resorts (subject to change):
Happo-one The following lifts in the Kurobishi/Usagidaira area of the resort remain operating - Gondola, Grat quad, Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Kurobishi No3 pair, Skyline No2 pair, Hakuba Kokusai No3 pair AB and the Panorama pair lift. All courses are still skiable and the upper slopes plan to remain open serviced by lifts until 5th May. The Nakiyama area plans to be open until 4th April with the Nakiyama No3 triple AB and Happo Risen quad lifts servicing the area. The lifts in the Shirakaba area of the resort have closed for the season. In the Sakka/Kitaone area,the Saka Kitaone quad and the Kitaone No3 pair will both be operating until 11th April.
Hakuba Goryu The Alps no daira area of Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until 9th May. The Gondola, Alps No1 pair, Alps No3 pair lifts are currently operating. The Toomi area is still open with the Toomi Sky Four lift operating – this lift will be operating until close of this coming Sunday (4th April). The Iimori area of the resort is now closed for the season.
Hakuba 47 Hakuba 47 plans to be open this season until 5th May. All courses at Hakuba 47 remain open except the lower part of Route 7. The following lifts at the resort are operating – Gondola, Line A pair, Line B pair, Line C quad, Line E high speed pair.
Tsugaike Kogen Large parts of Tsugaike Kogen remain open. A number of lifts will close after this coming Sunday (4th April) but the Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Han-no-ki high speed pair lift plan to remain operating until 5th May.
Hakuba Cortina Kokusai At Cortina Kokusai, the No2 quad and No4 pair lifts remain operating along with about half of the official resort courses. The resort plans to be open until 4th April.
Hakuba Norikura Hakuba Norikura is still part open but this coming Sunday, 4th April, is the last day of the season. Read more ...
Saturday 3rd April 2010, 9:22am
Clear skies, sun
Yesterday the weather conditions did clear up somewhat but overnight we have a sprinkling of new snow to report. Just a sprinkling nothing more, but it is a fairly cold start to the day in Zao at -2 and a temperature of around -9 at the top of the resort.
Blue skies early on and the sun is out and so it will be a fine day to be out on the slopes and it seems likely that tomorrow the weather conditions will be quite similar.
Chuo area: 180cm
Paradise area: 200cm
Utopia area: 185cm
The following lifts at Zao Onsen are now closed for the season:
Other lifts are still operating as normal. The other lifts at the resort plan to be open until the following dates, subject to change:
Uwanodai area: Zao Sky Cable - open all year (closed 6th-28th May for maintenance) Zao Onsen No1 pair lift - until 4th April Zao Onsen No2 quad lift - until 4th April
Nakamori area: Zao Chuo Ropeway - open all year (closed 12th-21st for maintenance, except Sat/Sun)
Chuo area: Chuo No1 pair - until 5th May Chuo No2 pair - until 11th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May) Katakai triple - until 11th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May)
Diamond valley: Diamond No1 pair lift - until 4th April Diamond No2 pair lift - until 4th April
Paradise: Paradise Pair lift - until 5th May Paradise No3 pair - until 4th April Shobunuma No1 triple and No2 pair - until 4th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May)
Yokokura: Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May for maintenance) Yokokura No1 pair - until 4th April Astraea No1 and No2 pair lifts - until 4th April
Omori / Kurohime: Omori quad - until 4th April Kurohime - until conditions allow
Utopia: Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May) Utopia No2 pair - until conditions allow Astraea No3 pair - until conditions allow Read more ...
Saturday 3rd April 2010, 9:34am
The local forecast still says there is a small chance of a snow shower later on (or possibly even rain), though right now snow does seem unlikely. As we all know though things can change quickly up in the mountains. It has been a fairly cold start to the day though and temperatures are forecast to drop a fair bit this evening.
Tomorrow should be clear and sunny in the region with temperatures rising and perhaps reaching double digits lower down the mountains.
Official Snow Depths:
Kagura (Tashiro): 310cm
Naeba plans to be open until Sunday 11th April.
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 23rd May. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 3rd April 2010, 9:45am
Sun, clear skies
Clearer weather it is with a fanstastic clear blue sky start to the weekend in Shiga Kogen. After a cold start it will be fairly icy conditions warmer up to more slushy-style snow later on in the day. The clear skies should be with us most of the day though it is likely to cloud over later on with more clear skies lined up for tomorrow.
A fine day to be out enjoying some spring sliding.
Nighta tonight is planned at the following resort: - Ichinose Family
Here is the latest on when resorts plan to open and when they plan to be closing for the season.
Planned closing dates at Shiga Kogen resorts:
The Sun Valley area will be open until 4th April. Part of the Maruike area will also be open until 4th April. The Hasuike area will be open until 4th April. The Giant area will be open until 4th April and then again opening on 10th April. The Higashiyama area will be open until 4th April. The No1, No2 and Quad lifts at Nishitateyama will be operating until 4th April, with the quad lift also planning to open on 10th and 11th April. At Terakoya the quad and No1 pair will be open until 4th April, and after that will also open on Saturdays and also the 29th April until 5th May. At the Mammoth area, the quad will be open until 5th May, the No 2 triple and No 3 pair until 4th April. The Ichinose Family area will be open until 5th May. Ichinose Diamond will do it's best to be open until 5th May, dependent on conditions. At Yakebitaiyama, the No1 Gondola will be open until 4th April. The No2 Gondola will operate daily until 4th April and then open again on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May. The No2 quad lift will operate daily until 4th April and then open again on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May. At Okushiga Kogen, the Gondola will be open daily until 5th April and then also from 10th-12th April, 17th-19th April and the period 24th April - 5th May. The No 1 lift will be open until 4th April, the No 2 + 3 lifts until 5th May and the No 4 lift until 5th April and then the period 24th April - 5th May. Kumanoyu plans to be open until at least 5th May and perhaps beyond depending on conditions. The No3 quad lift will be open on Saturdays, Sundays and the period 24th April until 5th May. Yokoteyama plans to be open until late on in May, depending on snow conditions of course.
Well, that is mountain weather for you! Now it is snowing lightly in Hakuba. Hopefully it will be some nice accumulation and might even get some more late season powder.... Read more ...
Saturday 3rd April 2010, 12:11pm
Overcast with very light snow
It is another mild day today with temperatures sitting above zero all through the night. There has been 2cm of fresh snow overnight with a very light trickle of snow still coming down. This is forecast to continue through until tomorrow. Expect soft snow with a high moisture content out on the slopes. Read more ...
Saturday 3rd April 2010, 17:22pm
Partly sunny, alternating with snow showers
Today made up for yesterday; it was sunny and (not too) warm at times, snowing at others. In fact, it seems more like winter now than it did at the end of February! Just as lifts start closing and resorts shut down, the conditions have improved and skiing could keep on going....
Of which, the main season for most of the areas ends tomorrow, but the Akakan lifts (at least) will continue running on a limited basis (and you can get all the way down to the base no problem, at least for now). I'll let you know, and try to keep adding what information I can get. Spring backcountry skiing looks very good; the snow has been tricky lately, but this morning was nice settled snow—the dog loved to run on top of the firm snow on her walk, with me on light waxless teles. It doesn't get better than this in spring.
Akakura Onsen: Ginrei No. 3 and No. 5; Kumado No. 3 Quad, No. 4 Triple; Yodel Super Quad; Akakura Chuo Triple. Kumado No. 3 open for night skiing (5 to 10 p.m.)
Akakan: all open (officially, although the Champion B course, and lift, were closed today)