Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Wednesday 6th April 2011, 7:39am
Brilliant blue skies
Warmer overnight and with a high of 13 degrees forecast in the main Yuzawa town area and it will be warm up at Kagura even today. Other than that, not much else to report really this morning. Oh, apart from there's still 380cm of snow. ;)
Tomorrow we will likely get more cloud but it will stay warm and then the dreaded rain is due on Friday..... maybe even high up.
Almost exactly the same conditions as yesterday early on this morning in Nozawa. Things really warmed up yesterday and just about hit 10 degrees in the afternoon from what I can gather. Today will be a very similar story and already it is feeling very mild with the sun out and no clouds.
It should stay warm through into the weekend but unlikely that we will escape rain on Friday and perhaps also Saturday before a return to clearer conditions.
Planned lifts operating until 22nd April (subject to change!):
-Paradise -Schneider -Challenge -Utopia A -Utopia B -Rinkan -Isemiya -Uenodaira Snow Park
There may be the changes to the above on any given day, so if you are planning a visit and this is important it's best to ask just to get the latest! We will endeavor to keep the above updated each day.
The Ryuoo Ski Park resort (which is about 20-25 minutes from Nozawa by car) also plans to be part open on the following days: April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and also from April 29th until May 8th. Read more ...
Wednesday 6th April 2011, 7:49am
This morning is almost a carbon copy of yesterday morning. Clear skies, the sun out and after a cold night it is quickly starting to warm up with a high of around 12 degrees likely in the village later on this afternoon.
After this run of clear days we can expect things to start changing tomorrow with more cloud and then after that we need to be prepared for the prospect of rain - even higher up the mountains - on Friday and maybe even into Saturday. It should stay warm though and then the sun should be back with us on Sunday, according to the latest local forecast.
Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 6th April AM:
Hakuba Goryu: The upper slopes at Goryu plan to be open until 8th May. The Gondola and Alps No3 pair lifts are operating. The Toomi area lifts are now closed for the season, but you can still ride down to the Gondola base. Alps daira - 250cm; Toomi - 105cm.
Hakuba 47: All lifts except Line D lift operating with all courses open (some courses will remain ungroomed). 47 also plans to be open into May. Snow depth (upper) - 195cm
Happo-one: The Gondola, Alpen Quad, Kurobishi No2 Quad and Panorama pair lifts remain open and the upper slopes are planning to be open until 5th May (lower lifts are now closed for the season). In addition, the Grat Quad also plans to be moving on Saturdays, Sundays and also from 29th April until 5th May. You can still ride down to the base Gondola station as there is still good snow cover. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 185cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Limited lift operations on upper slopes now at Tsugaike, but the Gondola is operating and it is possible to ski/board down to the bottom of the resort. Snow depth upper - 300cm
Hakuba Iwatake, Hakuba Sanosaka, Cortina and Hakuba Minekata are now all closed for the season. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 6th April 2011, 7:54am
Sunny clear skies
Bright sun woke me up again today and looking outside it looks just like yesterday. Going to be another fine spring day out there. Not much more to add really! It's already above zero and temps will rise to make this a t-shirt day for some, for sure. Just don't forget the sunscreen too. Until when, you ask? Probably more clouds tomorrow and then on Friday a chance of rain or hopefully snow... all going to depend on how much those temperatures can dip of course but my guess is that we may well be getting at least some rainfall before the weekend. Hopefully it can limit itself and fall in the form of snow overnight into Saturday.
Resort areas that are open at the moment (6th April):
-Mammoth -Ichinose Family -Okushiga Kogen -Kumanoyu -Yokoteyama/Shibutoge
Official resort snow depths as of 6th April 2011 AM:
Okushiga Kogen: No2 and No3 high speed lifts open until 8th May. No4 pair lift open between 23rd April and 8th May. Gondola open until 4th April and then opening April 9th-11th, 16th-18th and April 23rd until 8th May. Please note - Okushiga Kogen is a skiers-only area.
Kumanoyu: No 1 pair lift will be open until 8th May. No 2 pair lift will be open until 8th May and then may continue to be open depending on snow conditions at that time. They hope to be able to open until 15th May. No 3 quad lift will be open from 29th April until 8th May. No 4 pair lift – no specific opening times available. Please note - Kumanoyu is a skiers-only area.
Yokoteyama – Shibutoge: The resort plans to be open until the end of May. Yokoteyama No 1 Sky lift open until 8th May. Yokoteyama No 2, No 3 Sky lifts and the Shibutoge pair lift will all be open until conditions permit. Yokoteyama No 4, No 5 and No 6 lifts will be open at unspecified times until 8th May. Please note - snowboarding is not allowed on all courses at Yokoteyama - allowed on No1, No2 and No4 courses and the Shibutoge area. Currently, No4 course is closed).
Ichinose Family: Quad lift open until 5th May. No2 pair lift (B) open on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May.
Ichinose Diamond: Triple lift (and moving walkway) open on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May.
Higashitateyama: Opening from 29th April until 5th May for Golden Week.
Terakoya: Quad and No1 pair lift opening on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May. Read more ...
Wednesday 6th April 2011, 8:03am
What I said yesterday morning seems like it will be the case - more of the same today but just warmer. Temperatures will probably rise to around 13-14 degrees in Yuzawa this afternoon and are already rising quickly with the sun out doing it's thing this morning.
And.... more of the same is forecast again for tomorrow, so the run of fine days looks set to continue. Until Friday that is when it will remain warm but also be wet with rain forecast for even higher elevations later on Friday into Saturday. Even Kagura probably won't escape. Sunday looks the best bet for clearer weather over the weekend at the moment.
Part open until 10th April: - Kandatsu Kogen - Nakazato Snow Wood
Mostly open until 22nd May: - Kagura (+ Mitsumata) [see Naeba Now for the latest]
All other resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma area are now closed for the season.
Official snow depths @ Wednesday 6th April 2011 AM
The day has started off very warm and it looks like temperatures may break through the +10deg mark. Spring is definitely here. On slope conditions are still very good, and with great weather, the last few days have been excellent. It still looks like there will be some rain heading this way on Friday. Lets hope this turns into a nice fresh layer of snow - that would be most welcome just before the weekend. Read more ...