Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017
Saturday 7th December 2013, 8:10am
Good morning from Yuzawa and it is a colder morning, though still in low positive numbers. It shouldn't warm up as much today with a high temp of just 3 degrees.
Here in town there is a thin layer of snow on the ground and wet snow is lightly falling now.
Kagura are reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall. They are going to open the 700m Panorama course this morning as well as the Kagura Number 4 pair lift. It's still limited though especially as Tashiro is not able to open as hoped. They are now reporting 20-25cm, but need another 20cm to open.
Naeba of course opens today and I am glad to say that there's white on either side of the man-made snow course at base this morning, so at least it looks better! And a thin layer of snow on top of the man-made is a good thing. No doubt the tv cameras will be there as usual!
Tomorrow will likely see the snow clouds clear up. Next snow after that looks likely around Tuesday and then Thursday, so we'll keep an eye on that.
10cm of fresh snow on the top Yamabiko runs this morning to report from Nozawa, with thin layer down at base as well - just almost covering up the ground from about 650m upwards. Snow is forecast for the day, so here's hoping that we can get as much out of it as possible. It probably won't rise much over 0 degrees here for the day, with Yamabiko recording temps of -5 degrees as of 7:30am this morning.
It doesn't look like there's any change to lift operations and course openings just yet. No doubt the resort is as keen as we are to open up more!
Looking ahead, the forecast for Wednesday into Thursday in looking particularly encouraging. Before that though we can expect milder temperatures again early week.
Saturdy 7th December 2013:
Official snow depth: Yamabiko - 50cm Base areas - few cm
Lifts Nagasaka Gondola - 8:40am until 3:30pm Yamabiko Four lift - 9am until 3:30pm Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift - 8:55am until 3:40pm
Courses Yamabiko A course - 1300m Yamabiko C course - 850m Yamabiko D course - 1250m Yamabiko E course - 10000m Read more ...
Saturday 7th December 2013, 8:31am
Better news this morning as we have another 15cm of snow to report in Hirafu. It's colder too, so feeling much more winter-like than it has been this last week.
Grand Hirafu has added 25cm to it's upper snow depth number this morning and as I mentioned last night there are opening the King Number 3 triple lift, Swinging Monkey lift and also the Gondola. With Hanazono opening this morning as well it means there's more choice for those getting out there - though still limited and remains upper areas only.
That's all the resort news I can gather this morning. Expect more to gradually open as the snow arrives.
Snow is forecast to continue today and into tomorrow - at the moment it is just snowing lightly. Little snowmen graphics are lined up on all of the forecasts for the coming week.
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Lift operations (at time of writing):
Grand Hirafu: Ace Family Pair Ace Number 3 Pair Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four (connecting only - can't ski to base) King Number 3 Triple Swinging Monkey Hirafu Gondola (connecting only - can't ski to base)
Hanazono: Hanazono Number 1 lift (connecting only - can't ski to base) Hanazono Number 2 lift Hanazono Number 3 lift
After that rain and wet yesterday possibly dampening some spirits, it was snowing up on the mountains and this morning we are getting reports of some decent snowfalls up there.
Hakuba 47 - reporting 30cm of fresh Hakuba Goryu - reporting 15cm of fresh Happo-one - reporting 20cm of fresh Tsugaike Kogen - reporting 20+cm of fresh
Down here in the village you might not think it as we have only seen a slight sprinkling of snow. Luckily it's not the village that we ski or board in!
It's still snowing up there with generally pretty poor visibility. I'm sure the snow will make up for that though.
Anyway, changes in resort operations that I can tell this morning so far - Hakuba 47 are opening up this morning with the Gondola moving as well (though you need to take it back down to base just yet).
Snow clearing up and eventually the sun tomorrow?
What's looking good though is the potential for a decent blast of snow mid week. Keep all eyes on that one.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 7th December 2013):
Hakuba Goryu Upper - 70cm Iimori - -cm Toomi - -cm Lifts operating: Gondola, Alps Number 1, Alps Number 3.
Hakuba 47: Upper - 100cm Lower - 2cm Lifts operating: Gondola, Line A, Line C, Line E
Happo-one: Usagidaira - 95cm Nakiyama - -cm Sakka - -cm Lifts operating: Adam Gondola, Alpen Quad, Kurobishi Number 2 quad, Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair, Panorama pair, Kokusai Number 1 pair. The Gondola and Kokusai Number 1 pair lifts are just for getting to and from the open slopes.
Other resorts planned opening dates: Hakuba Norikura - mid December Cortina - 14th December Hakuba Iwatake - 20th December Read more ...
Saturday 7th December 2013, 8:50am
A mix of blue skies and promising grey clouds this morning over Minakami. A light dusting up high over night and light snow falling this morning up at Tenjin. Still just the one lift open with a run down either side. Cold up there this morning and the wind makes it feel that bit colder too.
Tenjindaira - one lift at the top/2 courses
Planned opening dates:
Houdaigi - Dec 14 Norn - Dec 19 Okutone - Dec 20 Fujiwara - Dec 20 Minakami Kogen - Dec Read more ...
Saturday 7th December 2013, 8:59am
There has been some light snow overnight which has amounted to 3cm in the village.
The forecast snow has not eventuated so far but there could be some on the way this afternoon...fingers crossed.
If you are heading out today for a few turns you'll be greeted with nice sunshine and great views.
Now this is a bit more like it. Everything is white again this morning, including the roads, and snow is continuing to fall. Not a huge amount, perhaps around 10cm or so, but hopefully we'll get more before it eases off.
A few more resort areas are opening up lifts this morning - details of which I have posted below. It's still very limited at the moment and we do need a decent delivery of snow to open up and really get into the snow season proper here. There's quite a lot of cars coming up to the area this morning with an almost constant stream of vehicles going past my window here near the Maruike area... the slopes that are open might get quite busy today.
Forecast tells us that this snowfall won't last long and there's a chance of some sun tomorrow. The forecast looks good for cold and snow mid week though.
Resorts that are currently part open (as of Saturday 7th December 2013):
Takamagahara: Reporting 30cm of snow; -5C at 8am Takamagahara Number 2 triple lift
Ichinose Family: Reporting 30cm of snow; -3C at 8am Ichinose Number 2 pair lift A/B
Kumanoyu (skiers only): Reporting 30cm of snow; -3C at 8am Kumanoyu Number 2 pair lift A/B
Yakebitaiyama: Reporting 40cm of snow; -6C at 8am Yakebitaiyama Number 2 Yakebitaiyama Number 4 Romance
Yokoteyama: Reporting 20cm of snow; -5C at 9am Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky B Yokoteyama Number 2 Sky
Other resort areas remain closed as we wait for snow. Read more ...
Saturday 7th December 2013, 9:35am
Just a few cm of snow here at base in Zao this morning. It is still snowing though so we can hopefully expect some more during the day. It's -1C at the moment.
The Utopia Number 1 Pair lift joins the Chuo and Zao Paradise pair lifts today opening up a bit more once again, but it remains very limited this weekend as we continue to wait for snowfall.
Official snow depths (7th December 13) Utopia: 30cm Chuo: 40cm Paradise: 30cm Uwanodai: -cm
Operating lifts (7th December 13) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating. Chuo Number 1 Pair Zao Paradise Pair lift Utopia Number 1 Pair lift Read more ...