Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017

Minakami Now!

Saturday 3rd April 2010, 7:19am
Weather conditions: Blue sky and sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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.




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Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 3rd April 2010, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Sun, clear skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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.

Official resort snow depths @ 3rd April 10, AM:
Mt Naeba:
160cm
Kagura:
350cm
Kagura - Tashiro:
310cm
GALA Yuzawa:
230cm
Kandatsu Kogen:
200cm
NASPA Ski Garden:
125cm
Iwappara:
105cm
Yuzawa Kogen:
210cm
Nunoba:
100cm
Yuzawa Park:
115cm
Yuzawa Nakazato:
100cm

Planned closing dates at resorts in Yuzawa:

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
Weather conditions: Sun, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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:

Yamabiko:
200cm

Uenotaira:
150cm

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 ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 3rd April 2010, 9:18am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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.

Official resort snow depths on 3rd Apr 10:

Happo-one:
40cm (Shirakaba)
45cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
190cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
85cm (Iimori)
90cm (Toomi)
250cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
170cm
Tsugaike Kogen:
80cm (Kanenonaruoka)
70cm (Maruyama)
300cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
35cm (Shomen)
140cm (Sancho)

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 ...
 

Zao Now!

Saturday 3rd April 2010, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Clear skies, sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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:

Onsen No3 parallel AB lifts
Onsen No4 quad
Zao Kokutai pair lift
Ryuzan pair lift
Katamatsu pair lift
Sunrise pair AB lifts
Yokokura No2 pair lift
Kurohima No2 quad lift
Nakamori No1 triple
Nakamori No2 pair

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 ...
 

Naeba Now!

Saturday 3rd April 2010, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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:

Naeba:
160cm

Kagura:
350cm

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
Weather conditions: Sun, clear skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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

Official resort snow depths as of 3rd April 10:

Yokoteyama:
165cm
Shibutoge:
165cm
Kumanoyu:
160cm
Maruike:
90cm
Sun Valley:
100cm
Giant:
100cm
Mammoth:
140cm
Terakoya:
150cm
Ichinose Family:
140cm
Ichinose Diamond:
130cm
Yakebitaiyama:
150cm
Okushiga Kogen:
170cm

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.

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The above information is subject to change.   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 3rd April 2010, 11:21am
Weather conditions: Snowing lightly, overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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 ...
 

Furano Now!

Saturday 3rd April 2010, 12:11pm
Weather conditions: Overcast with very light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --

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.
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Myoko Now!

Saturday 3rd April 2010, 17:22pm
Weather conditions: Partly sunny, alternating with snow showers
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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.


Lift operations:

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)

Ikenotaira: Shirakaba Capsule Ikenotaira Quad, Alpen Blick No. 1

Suginohara: closed

Seki Onsen: open (one lift)

Myoko Ski Park: all open

Kyukamura Myoko: closed

Tangram: No. 3 and No. 5 lifts

Madarao: No. 1, No. 2, Super Quad


Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:
185cm

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):
210cm

Ikenotaira:
145cm

Myoko Suginohara:
closed

Seki Onsen:
450cm

Myoko Ski Park:
205cm

Kyukamura:
closed

Tangram:
100cm

Madarao:
105cm
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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Furano Now
06th Oct, 13:31
Niseko Now
20th Sep, 17:14pm
Minakami Now
17th Sep, 10:23
Madarao Now
22nd Jul, 13:05pm
Hakuba Now
14th Jul, 14:12pm
Myoko Now
01st Jul, 11:49pm
Yuzawa Now
29th May, 14:13pm
Shiga Kogen Now
29th May, 7:35
Appi Kogen Now
18th May, 8:33
Grandeco Now
07th May, 19:56pm
Zao Now
07th May, 19:55pm
Naeba Now
07th May, 19:55pm
Nozawa Onsen Now
07th May, 19:53pm
Kiroro Now
01st May, 9:18am

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