Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Saturday 4th April 2015, 8:30am
This morning it is currently cloudy and slightly windy, the temperature is 6 degrees.
Locals are predicting it will become sunny today before it starts to rain tonight, which is forecast to last all the way through tomorrow as well. Enjoy the clear weather while it lasts.
Last day of the main season for Naeba tomorrow...
Here's the plan regarding the rest of the season. As Naeba is open daily until tomorrow and then only on the weekends through Golden Week, the Naeba Now report daily updates will finish for the season tomorrow with a few possible updates by the end of the season.
Kagura remains open until the end of May. The Yuzawa Now report page will be updated on a daily basis through until Golden Week and after that a few more updates through until the last lift stops moving at Kagura. So from next week any daily Naeba or Kagura related news will be posted on the Yuzawa Now report page.
Naeba: Naeba will be open daily until April 5th and then Saturdays and holidays only until May 6th (not including April 29th)
Kagura: The main Kagura area, via Mitsumata Ropeaway, will be open daily until May 31st The Tashiro area will be open until May 6th.
This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region. Read more ...
Saturday 4th April 2015, 8:31am
Chilly but fine
Morning from Niseko.
Somewhat colder this morning and while we haven't had any snow down here and we have had to put up with some wet conditions at base, the mountain has had a bit of a dusting apparently. I might just have to go up and check.
It is a start to the day though now, so I think I'll enjoy it!
Some 'de-icing' of a few lifts aside, resorts should be open as normal this morning.
The forecast is still showing the chance of some rain later tomorrow, but look towards around Tuesday for chilly conditions and still even a chance of some snowfall.
Just a few more days now for the Niseko Hanazono area and also the Niseko Village, though the latter will once again open up for Golden Week. These details are at the bottom of the report each day now.
Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day
Niseko Hanazono - open daily until Monday April 6th Niseko Village - open daily until Tuesday April 7th and then April 29th until May 6th Niseko Annupuri - open daily until Wednesday May 6th Niseko Grand Hirafu - open daily until Wednesday May 6th Read more ...
Saturday 4th April 2015, 9:16am
Clear but slightly overcast
Slightly overcast here today at the base of Tenjin but plenty of snow around and there's a constant procession of hikers making for the peak. The base up top is still at a robust 360cm however the cat track is starting to look pretty thin at the bottom of the mountain.
The crew from local snowboard makers TJ Brand and Twelve will construct a big bowl at the base of the Tenjin Lift and you can test ride next season's models.
Winds are light, temps are warm and there is still plenty of time to get in a few turns before the season is truly finished!
Planned closing dates of ski resorts in Minakami (subject to change):
Until 5th April Minakami Kogen Ski Resort Minakami Hodaigi
Until early May Tanigawa Tenjindaira
Note that the Tenjin Toge pair lift at Tenjindaira will be closed now on weekdays through until Friday 24th April. The reason being that the lift is used for tourism in the 'green season' and they need to prepare it for those operations. It does seem a long time to be closed for that, but that's what it says here! That lift being closed does limit things on weekdays, so do keep in mind if you are planning on visiting.
Now closed for the season Oana Norn Minakami Okutone Snow Park White Valley Minakami Kogen
As was forecast, we were treated to some rain and wind yesterday. Conditions are dry this morning but there is still lots of cloud around and the forecast for the day now is cloud with a chance of some brighter appearances by the sun during the day and a high of around 14 degrees. Whether that will happen or not...
Current forecast for tomorrow is a mix of cloud and rain. Let's hope for more of the former and less of the latter.
Snow cover is still excellent - though the snow conditions are of course full-on spring now. Lots of fun to be had though still especially when the weather co-operates. Down here in the village areas though there's lots of ground to be seen, and farmers will be hoping for that to clear up so they can get stuck into their preparations.
Tomorrow is the last day of the season for Hakuba Cortina and Kashimayari. After that we'll be left with:
After the warmth of late, it got a bit colder yesterday and in the evening we had some...rain. Not snow unfortunately.
Cloudy conditions this morning but it feels and looks like it might actually end up being a decent day weather wise today. Blue skies later on? Might get a bit windy later on as well according to some forecasts.
Those forecasts still say rain due tomorrow and Monday along with much colder temps and also snow around Tuesday. Yes please!
The Shiga Kogen Now reports will continue being updated until the end of the season - we will try to post a few new reports each week.
RESORT AREAS THAT REMAIN OPEN & PLANNED CLOSING DATES:
At least part open until Sunday April 5th
Bunadaira: Quad lift open until April 5th
Sun Valley: Housaka Number 1 Quad and Number 3 lifts open until April 5th
At least part open until Sunday April 12th
Ichinose Yamanokami: Open daily until April 5th and then open on April 11th and 12th
At least part open until Wednesday May 6th
Ichinose Diamond: The Diamond quad lift will be open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th.
Ichinose Family: The Ichinose Quad and Ichinose Number 2B pair lifts will be open daily until May 6th.
Takamagahara Mammoth: The Takamagahara Number 2 triple lift will be open until April 5th. The Takamagahara Quad will be open daily until April 12th, and then open on April 18th, 19th, and from April 25th until May 6th.
Okushiga Kogen: The Okushiga Number 1 pair lift will be open until April 5th. The Okushiga Number 4 pair lift will be open until April 5th, and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th. The Okushiga Number 2 pair lift and Okushiga Number 3 pair lift and Gondola will all be open daily until May 6th.
Tannenomori Okujo: Open daily until April 5th; and then on April 11th, 12th and April 25th until May 6th
Terakoya: Open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th
Yakebitaiyama: Open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th The Yakebitaiyama Gondola will run until April 5th.
Beyond Wednesday 6th May
Kumanoyu: Kumanoyu Number 3 quad open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and April 25th until May 6th Kumanoyu Number 1 and 2 pair lifts open until May 6th and beyond
Yokoteyama-Shibutoge: Probably open until at least the end of May Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 4th April 2015, 10:01am
Fine weather for the day
Top of the mountain is open once again today after the change in plans yesterday.
After a fairly chilly overnight, early morning cloud clearing up for a fine and sunny day again today it would seem over Nozawa.
Tomorrow's forecast is for warmer conditions but there's a good chance of us getting some rain showers over the day.
From Tuesday onwards for a few days it looks like there'll be colder temperatures again.
Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 330cm Uenotaira - 260cm Hikage - 150cm
Lifts that remain open and plans for the rest of the season (planned)
Daily until Wednesday 6th May:
- Nagasaka Gondola - Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift - Yamabiko Four Lift
Daily until Sunday 5th April; Friday 10th April until Sunday 12th April; Saturday 18th April until Sunday 19th April; Saturday 25th April until Wednesday 6th May
- Uenotaira Four lift
Saturday 4th April until Sunday 5th April; Friday 10th April until Sunday 12th April; Saturday 18th April until Sunday 19th April; Saturday 25th April until Wednesday 6th May
- Paradise Four lift
Friday 10th April until Sunday 12th April; Saturday 18th April until Sunday 19th April; Saturday 25th April until Sunday 26th April; Saturday 2nd May until Wednesday 6th May
- Skyline connecting pair lift
Courses that remain open
Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Kokenashi Uenotaira Paradise Bunabayashi Yunomine B Rinkan
A bit blustery yesterday, with the lifts at Akakan stopped for a while due to wind (and it was pretty rainy and nasty, but that didn't stop a lot of people from getting out there!).
Nicer day today, the second-to-the-last for a lot of the resorts. Still lots of snow out there, and it's getting more settled (and fun). Come ski, and enjoy the cherry blossoms just to the north of here!
Akakura Kanko: 340cm, 7° Open through May 5. Myokokogen Sky Cable gondola and No. 3 lift
Akakura Onsen: 180cm, 6° Open until April 5. Lifts: Yodel Nos. 1, 2 and 5, Kumado Nos. 1 and 4
Ikenotaira Onsen: 180cm, 4° Planning to stay open until April 5. Lifts: Shirakaba Capsule, Ikenotaira Quad, AB No. 1
There were some really stunning views of a thick 'sea of clouds' hanging over the Minamiuonuma valley areas this morning, as the day started off with thick fog and low cloud.
That cleared to eventually leave us with more blue skies and sunny conditions here today... not as warm though with temperatures just about getting into double digits.
A bit of a wind starting up during the day and as of just before 2pm now I am hearing that Gala Yuzawa might be closing due to the wind conditions.
Currently it looks like we might not get as much rain as we have been expecting for tomorrow too, most likely it will be falling in the morning. Tomorrow will probably end up a bit warmer than today though.
After that a good chance of more rain early in the week and colder temps. but clearer skies are forecast mid-week onwards.
Planned closing dates for resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region Information as currently available and of course subject to change depending on conditions. Resorts not mentioned below are now closed.