Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Shiga Kogen Now!
Friday 4th April 2014, 7:40am
Good morning from Shiga Kogen. Well, actually, not so great really. Because it's raining. Lots of mist as well so visibility is generally really poor.
But. We are still hopeful for snow before tomorrow. Apologies that I am not going to be able to post a report until Monday, but do take a look at the webcams in the Daily Reports section of the site to see what is happening.
It's the last few days of the season for a few areas, as noted below.
Sun Valley: Number 1 lift - until 6th April
Maruike: Number 1 triple lift - until 6th April
Tannenomori: Number 8 quad lift - until 3rd April and then 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th April; 26th April until 6th May
Giant: Until 6th April
Happo Bunadaira: Happo quad - until 6th April
Ichinose Diamond: Diamond triple lift - until 4th April Diamond quad lift - until 6th April; then on weekends and 26th April until 6th May.
Ichinose Family: Ichinose Number 2 Pair B - until 6th May Ichinose quad - until 6th May
Ichinose Yamanokami: Until 6th April and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Terakoya: Quad lift - weekends and 26th April until 6th May Pair lift - weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Mammoth: Quad lift - until 6th April and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May Triple lift - until 6th April and then weekdays until 25th April; and then 3rd-6th May
Yakebitaiyama: Number 1 Gondola - until 6th April Number 2 Gondola - until 6th April and then 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May Number 2 high speed - until 6th April and then 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May Number 4 romance - when number 2 gondola is resting
Okushiga Kogen: Number 1 pair lift - until 6th April Number 4 pair lift - until 6th April and then 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May Number 2 and 3 pair lifts - until 6th May Gondola - until 6th May
Kumanoyu: Number 3 quad - 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May Number 2 pair - 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May Number 1 pair - until 6th May
Yokoteyama: As long as there's snow - probably beyond Golden Week
The following areas are already closed for the season: Hasuike Nishitateyama Higashitateyama Kidoike Read more ...
Friday 4th April 2014, 7:55am
After all that sun, there's a chance this morning. Cloud and poorer visibility on the mountain - and rain/sleet/snow (higher up) is falling now. Temperatures are just about in the positive and probably going to remain around there for the day. There's a moderate wind as well but it's a bit early for lift information this morning, though I suspect there will be distuption there.
Hopefully there might be a bit of snow to report tomorrow morning!
Sorry, in the information below about opening/closing dates, I forgot to add that Niseko Village plans be re-opening for the Golden Week period - I have added that in there now.
Official snow depth numbers at time of writing:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 330cm Base - 110cm
Niseko Village: Top - 330cm Base - 100cm
Annupuri: Top - 330cm Base - 130cm
Niseko Hanazono Resort plans to be open until Sunday 6th April Niseko Village plans to be open until Sunday 6th April (and then from 26th April until 6th May) Niseko Annupuri plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 4th April 2014, 8:48am
Well, the day starts off wet and rainy after a fairly mild evening. It is about 5 degrees here in the village now and the resort is reporting a temperature of +3 degrees up top as of 7:30am. No new snow, and you can see from the webcam images (see below) that it's raining up there. Rain rain go away. Or, turn into snow! Hopefully it might happen. Let's see what my next report brings tomorrow morning....
Friday 4th April 2014:
Official snow depths: Yamabiko - 290cm Uenotaira - 210cm
Lifts Planned operating lifts for today (weekday operations): Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Four Yamabiko Number 2 Four Uenotaira Four Yu Road
Courses Planned courses to be open: Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Uenotaira Paradise Bunabayashi Schneider Utopia Utopia 2 Challenge
Note that the following lifts have closed for the season:
** Please note that from today until the end of the season the 'snow depth number' in the report is for Uenotaira -- official Hikage numbers are no longer available. Read more ...
Friday 4th April 2014, 8:54am
Continuing on from yesterday afternoon... it's raining this morning. The mountains are mostly covered in cloud meaning poor visibility on many of the open resorts. Not the nicest of conditions, that's for sure.
Will it snow later, as the forecasts tell us?
I'll let you know how that goes tomorrow morning.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at resorts remaining open (as of 4th April 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Plans to be open until early May. Upper - 210cm Toomi - 65cm Iimori - 0cm
Hakuba 47: Plans to be open until early May. Upper - 160cm Lower - 30cm
Happo-one: Plans to be open until early May. Usagidaira - 145cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Plans to be open until early May. Tsuganomori - 256cm Kanenonaruoka - 30cm
Hakuba Cortina: Plans to be open until 6th April. Upper - 230cm Lower - 110cm
The rain held off last night but started overnight, easing off a bit earlier but it's raining again now and seems set in for the day. It's raining up at Kagura as well.
Currently it is around 7 degrees here in town, but hopefully if (when) it gets colder later on today and tonight there is still that chance of snow - maybe even down to town though it will probably be borderline sleet/rain.
We'll just have to see what car nature deals and I'll let you know in the morning.
Planned resort closing dates in the region:
Until 6th April: Ipponsugi Ishiuchi Maruyama Iwappara Joetsu Kokusai Maiko Snow Resort - but open again on 12th/13th April Nakazato Snow Wood Yuzawa Nakazato NASPA Ski Garden
Until 6th May: Naeba (weekends only from 7th April) GALA Yuzawa Kagura (Tashiro)
Rain arrived yesterday afternoon and has continued through until this morning. The rain has been particularly heavy in the early hours of the morning and has assisted helping clear away snow from around the village.
As of now the rain has transformed to snow at the base level of the resort so lets hope that continues. Snow is on the forecast oficially from tonight through tomorrow afternoon.
Low cloud and fog are enveloping the resort and the town so visibility will be limited on the mountain and the snow particularly wet.