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Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 8th April 2013, 10:01am
There was even a light dusting of snow overnight but today has turned into a fine one and much calmer than it has been of late. It's going to warm up a bit but not too much keeping quite chilly this morning.
Much more limited from today as some resorts close for weekdays or altogether for the season.
Official resort snow depths as of Monday 8th April 2013 AM:
Here are the latest lift operation plans for the resorts around Shiga Kogen, as of Monday 1st April. Please note that they are of course subject to change and in particular snow conditions.
Higashitateyama: Open on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.
Nishitateyama: Number 2 triple open on mornings of April 27th until May 6th.
Terakoya: Open on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.
Mammoth: Quad open until May 6th. Number 2 triple lift open April 25th-27th.
Tanne no mori okujo: Open on April 13th, 14th and April 26th until May 6th.
Ichinose Family: Quad open until May 6th. Number 2 Pair A line open April 10th-15th, April 17th-22nd, April 24th-25th. Number 2 Pair B line open until April 9th and then open April 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd and then April 26t until May 6th.
Ichinose Diamond: Quad lift open on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.
Ichinose Yamanokami: Open on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.
Yakebitaiyama: Number 2 Gondola open April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May. Number 2 high speed lift open April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May. Number 4 romance lift open when the Number 2 Gondola is not running.
Okushiga Kogen: Gondola until May 6th. Number 2 and 3 pair lifts until 6th May. Number 4 pair lift open April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.
Kumanoyu: Number 1 pair lift open until May 6th. Number 2 pair lift open until May 12th. Number 3 quad lift open April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge: Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky lift open until 6th May. Yokoteyama Number 2, 3 Sky, Shibutoge romance lifts open until late May (basically as long as they can open).
From 7th May onwards, special individual lift tickets are required at Kumanoyu and Yokoteyama - season tickets and all Shiga Kogen tickets not valid. At Kumanoyu they are 3000 yen (children 1500 yen) for a full day and 2000 yen (children 1000 yen) for half day. At Yokoteyama and Shibutoge they are 3000 yen (children free) for a full day and 2000 yen (children free) for half day. Read more ...
Monday 8th April 2013, 10:54am
We sure got a lot of rain over the weekend. Really heavy rain falling through into the middle of Sunday and I can't imagine it has done any favours for the snow conditions and hearing of some slides on the mountain as well.
Wet sleet/snow was falling earlier on this morning and now a little later it snowing. Still wet though, but definitely colder than it has been. Strong winds are persisting today with basically most of the ski lifts closed at the resort areas that remain open for the season. Niseko Annupuri has been closed completely while just a few lower lifts at Grand Hirafu. All very limited.
So from today it is just those two areas with Niseko Village taking a break until 27th April, when they will re-open for Golden Week, and Niseko Hanazono who have closed for the season.
Tomorrow should be slightly warmer with a mix of cloud and the chance of light sleet/snow from time to time.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 415cm Bottom - 150cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 340cm Bottom - 180cm
Planned resort operations
Niseko Hanazono - closed for the season Niseko Village - currently closed but will re-open between 27th April and 6th May Niseko Annupuri - until Monday 6th May Niseko Grand Hirafu - until Monday 6th May Read more ...
Monday 8th April 2013, 11:00am
That was the season at Naeba.
April comes around way too fast each season of course and this year is no different.
Kagura will of course be open for a fair while longer.
From today we'll be posting a report here on Naeba Now perhaps once a week until the end of the season. The Yuzawa Now report pages on SnowJapan will continue to be updated right through until Kagura closes, so please do keep checking that as we will be posting any specific Kagura news.
Top runs open again today with the Gondola and the top Yamabiko lifts doing their thing. The sun has been out this morning but it has been windy - though not enough to stop the lifts, here in Nozawa anyway.
Hopefully tomorrow we will get calmer conditions and there should be quite a bit of sun in the coming week.
The snow continues to dry up and disappear from lower slopes of the resort areas, with only a bit left now on the Karasawa area. Sad!
Still, up top it's great snow cover still.
Official snow depths Yamabiko 230cm
Nozawa Onsen opening dates from 1st April to the end of season:
From 1st April until 6th May: Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift Yamabiko Four lift
From 1st April until 7th April 12th April until 14th April 20th-21st April 27th April until 6th May Uenotaira Four lift Snow Park
6th-7th April 13th-14th April 20th-21st April 27th April until 6th May Paradise Four lift
Courses scheduled to be open at Nozawa Onsen (subject to change due to weather conditions):
Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Uenotaira Bunabayashi (to the Nagasaka Gondola mid station) Paradise Utopia A Utopia B Rinkan (until the Hikage area)
To get back to the Nagasaka Gondola from Rinkan use the shuttle bus from Isemiya course.
Lift prices from 1st April are 3500 yen (adults), 1500 yen (children), 2500 yen (seniors) for a day ticket and 2500 yen (adults), 1000 yen (children), 2000 yen (seniors) for a half day. Read more ...
Monday 8th April 2013, 11:45am
Fine, just windy
The spring storm is still with us. Strong winds have really messed with the opening plans of resorts today and basically the best option available is to take a soak in an onsen I reckon.
We have actually had some nice blue skies above the village with just a few clouds hanging around the top of the resorts... it's just that wind...
So from today Hakuba Cortina has been closed, so we're left with the four resorts below.
Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 8th April 2013 AM: