Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017
Monday 4th May 2009, 9:23am
We're now into the last few days of this season and the weather has been very mild over the last week with temps reaching up into the low 20's one day. This coming week will continue with mostly fine and mild weather with temps in the mid to high teens. The snow has been retreating quite rapidly and the thin strip of snow at the bottom of Hirafu allowing people to ski out to the base is now very thin indeed. There is still a good cover up higher on the mountain of between 1.5 and 2m. We're now into Golden Week which is just about the biggest holiday of the year in Japan and it's pretty busy around town and up on the hill. The holiday finishes on Wednesday and that will also be the last day the lifts operate. There will be one final Now report of this season when I'll wrap up the season that was.
Yesterday ended up being really quite hazy and cloudy - not as bright and sunny as we were perhaps expecting. This morning is similar with cloudy skies. It's around 20 degrees in town already.
Kagura is fairly busy this lunchtime and probably will be tomorrow and Wednesday as well, though right now Naeba isn't so crowded - perhaps reflecting where the better conditions are at this stage in the season...
A mix of cloud and rain forecast now for tomorrow with better weather back on the lineup for Wednesday.
Official resort snow depths @ 4th May 09, AM: Mt Naeba: 80cm Kagura Tashiro: 150cm Kagura: 190cm
Naeba open until 6th May Kagura (via Tashiro Ropeway) open until 6th May Kagura (via Mitsumata Ropeway) open until 24th May Read more ...
Monday 4th May 2009, 11:29am
It was generally fine weather yesterday with wispy clouds and a hazy light blue look to the skies. It is more cloudy this morning with a high of around 19 degrees in the village, and a chance of rain later on. It looks like tomorrow will just be cloudy and then cloud with a chance of rain again on Wednesday, the last day of the Golden Week national holidays.
Official resort snow depths on 4th May 09: Happo-one: 75cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira) Hakuba Goryu: 85cm (Alps daira) Hakuba 47: 20cm Tsugaike Kogen: 110cm (Tsuganomori)
Planned closing dates: Hakuba 47 - until 6th May Happo - until 6th May Tsugaike Kogen - until 6th May Goryu - until 10th May Read more ...