Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 20th March 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 9th April 2009, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Sun, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There is not much to report this morning other than - same again! It is definitely brighter and less hazy than it has been the last few though. It's a warm start to the day and will be warming up to perhaps nearly 20 degrees later on in the day.

Official resort snow depths @ 9th Apr 09, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura Tashiro:
Kagura (Mitsumata):
GALA Yuzawa:
Pine Ridge Resorts Kandatsu:

Other resorts in Yuzawa are now closed for the season and there is now no nighta open in the area.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 9th April 2009, 9:37am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
This morning is very similar to the weather we have been having this week - more sun and warm temperatures. Resort operations are the same as well, as below:

Mammoth - 1 lift operating
Ichinose - 2 lifts operating
Okushiga Kogen - 2 lifts operating
Kumanoyu - 3 lifts operating
Yokoteyama - 4 lifts operating

Away from the ski lifts, snow is currently being removed from the part of Route 292 that is closed during the winter. The road - from Yokoteyama over to Gunma prefecture - plans to open for the public from 22nd April. After that date you'll be able to drive to and from Shiga Kogen via Kusatsu in Gunma Prefecture.

Official resort snow depths at resort areas that are open on 9th April 09:

Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:
180cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Thursday 9th April 2009, 10:39am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
More fine, sunny and warm weather this morning - already 8 degrees out there. It's going to be a warm one. And.... yet again more of the same forecast for the next few days and even into next week.

Lifts operating at Naeba:

Prince No2 gondola
Takenokodaira romance (pair) lift
Daishamen romance (pair) lift

Most of the Kagura resort area remains open, but some (smaller) courses are now closed just on weekdays.

Planned closing dates for Naeba and Kagura:

Naeba: May 6th
Tashiro area of Kagura: May 6th
Kagura Mitsumata (via Mitsumata Ropeway): May 24th

We will continue to make updates to this Naeba Now! page a few times a week, but from now on until the end of the season at Kagura the daily reporting from the Yuzawa area of Niigata will move over to the Yuzawa Now! report section, so remember to check out that page as well for the latest.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 9th April 2009, 10:59am
Weather conditions: Fine, sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The fine weather has continued throughout the week and this morning is another sunny and warm morning in the region. Temperatures have been rising up to around 17 degrees at town level and it certainly feels like spring has arrived.

As you can see below the snow depth numbers are very much on the way down now as the warm sun goes to work on the snow. It looks like we can expect the fine weather to continue through the coming weekend until at least Monday.

Official resort snow depths @ 9th April 2009:

160cm (at top)
Seki Onsen:

Akakan - open until May 6th
Seki Onsen - open until May 10th   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 9th April 2009, 12:20pm
Weather conditions: Sun, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The good weather continues today with blue skies and warm temperatures - you can almost see the snow retreating from the half covered lower slopes now each day as the sun shines down and warms everywhere up.

The fine weather and warm temperatures are very likely to continue right through into next week.

Official resort snow depths on 9th Apr 09:
140cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
190cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
240cm (Tsuganomori)   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 9th April 2009, 13:56pm
Weather conditions: Sunny.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is another beautiful sunny day here in Nozawa. The base depths are now at 220cm at Yamabiko and 130cm at Uenotaira. Visibility at these last few days has been excellent and there is currently a 10km/h Northerly breeze and temperature at the top of the mountain is 7C.

It will again be mostly fine for the rest of the week and through the weekend but perhaps Tuesday next week should see rain falling on the mountain. Temperatures will remain high.

The Nagasaka gondola, Yamabiko 1 and 2 quads, the Uenotaira quad are all operating so there is still quite a large skiable area of the resort open. The Yunomine course is also open although the lift is not operating so you must ski to the gondola half-way station to return to the top.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 9th April 2009, 16:20pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday had a few light rain showers move through in the afternoon but it cleared up overnight and today was another perfect bluebird day.
The outlook is for mostly fine weather to continue with little precipitation in any form expected.
Seems very unlikely that we'll get any further substantial snowfalls this season. Still it's been great to see so much sun lately, it's not really that common up this way. Still unbroken good to excellent, top to bottom cover on the mountain so plenty of good Spring skiing left yet.
I'll be away for the next few days so next report will be on Monday.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 310cm
Bottom - 110cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 330cm
Bottom - 100cm

Top - 330cm
Bottom - 150cm
   Read more ...

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