Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Saturday 9th April 2011, 11:30am
Oh well, we knew it was going to happen but it is raining this morning. We had rain last night - not much more like spots of rain now and again in the evening - along with some thick fog in the valley to the north of Yuzawa. It felt pretty cold too.
Anyway this morning light rain and clouds covering the mountains so not very good visibility out there either.
Kagura is looking quite busy and reporting a temperature of +6 degrees as of 6:30am and so the chances of snow seem remote to say the least! We can just hope that the rain clears up quickly.
A few more lifts are open today at Kagura to cope with the busy weekend.
Tomorrow seems set to be clear and sunny and warm so should be a good day out there. It will also be the last day of the season at Kandatsu Kogen and Nakazato Snow Wood.
Mostly open until 22nd May: - Kagura (+ Mitsumata)
All other resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma area are now closed for the season.
Official snow depths @ Friday 8th April 2011 AM
Kandatsu Kogen: 220cm
From tomorrow the daily updates for Kagura will be posted on this Yuzawa Now report with occasional updates on the Naeba reporting page. Read more ...
Saturday 9th April 2011, 11:54am
Rain. Not the best thing to report this morning but rain it is. Not heavy as I write this but it is a very mild morning (the report was giving a reading of +6 degrees at 6:30am this morning) so we can just hope it clears up.
It will definitely be cleared up by the time the lifts start tomorrow though with clear and sunny conditions forecast.
For the weekend a few more lifts moving at Kagura to accommodate the people turning up... by all accounts there's a fair few people up there this morning.
The downhill course from the bottom of the Mitsumata slopes to the Mitsumata car park is also open for the weekend.
Official Snow Depth:
We will post updates to this Naeba Now section a few times a week until the end of the season at Kagura. At the same time, the Yuzawa Now report area will continue to be updated on a daily basis including any information on Kagura as well. So please keep an eye on that report as well for the most up-to-date information on Kagura. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 9th April 2011, 12:15pm
This morning we have some rain falling in Nozawa. But enough of that... tomorrow should be clear and sunny and warm.
I do bring some good news this morning.... the upper Yamabiko and Uenotaira slopes and area of Nozawa Onsen is going to see some more action this season! Yes, it has been closed since the events of last month, but from 23rd April the resort plans to get the Yamabiko No2 quad lift operating and then others after that. The resort has been hard at work getting things back into order and so it's great to be able to share this positive news and it will be ace to be able to get back up there on the upper slopes of Nozawa.
The planned lift operations for the remainder of the season are posted below - all subject to change.
It's raining in Hakuba this morning I'm sorry to have to report. It was a very mild night last night with the temperature only dropping to around 5 degrees and at mid-day it is about 9 degrees in the village. Still a lot of low lying cloud and fog around.
The rain will hopefully clear up by this evening which won't do much for people out there today but things are looking good for a bright and sunny Sunday. Warm too, with a high of around 13-14 degrees likely.
Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 9th 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 Sky quad is open for Saturday and Sunday. On weekdays the Toomi lifts are closed, but you can still ride down to the Gondola base. The resort advises that only intermediates/advanced riders ski/board down due to the course still open.... beginners should take the Gondola. Alps daira - 240cm; Toomi - 95cm.
Hakuba 47: All lifts except Line D lift operating with all courses still open. 47 plans to be open into May. Snow depth (upper) - 175cm
Happo-one: The Gondola, Grat Quad, Alpen Quad, Kurobishi No2 Quad, Kurobishi No3 pair, Skyline No2 Pair and Panorama pair lifts remain open for the weekend. The upper slopes are planning to be open until 5th May (lower lifts are now closed for the season). The Grat Quad is open 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 - 175cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The Gondola as well as the Tsuga No2 pair and Han-no-ki high speed pair lifts in the upper area of the resort are operating. It is possible to ski/board right down from the top to the bottom of the resort via the Han-no-ki and lower Kawamatsu courses. Snow depth upper - 275cm
Hakuba Iwatake, Hakuba Sanosaka, Cortina and Hakuba Minekata are now all closed for the season. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 9th April 2011, 12:47pm
Some more lifts open for the weekend (see below) but this morning hasn't been so kind in terms of weather with some rain falling even up here in Shiga Kogen. It's just too warm for it to be snow. Oh well, can't do anything about that.
If you don't like the rain, take an onsen and wait for tomorrow, as tomorrow will it seems be bringing us clear and sunny skies along with warmer weather. After that, maybe some light snow/rain on Monday but then a run of more sunny days for some fine spring riding.
Resort areas that are [at least part] open today (9th April):
-Mammoth -Ichinose Family -Ichinose Diamond -Terakoya -Okushiga Kogen -Kumanoyu -Yokoteyama
More details on lift operations below.
Official resort snow depths as of 9th 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 ...
Saturday 9th April 2011, 12:56pm
Rainy and gray
The day started a bit promising, with some blue skies above Mt. Myoko again despite the clouds all around. It is spring, though; the rains did start to fall, and the drops are coming down pretty good right now. Tomorrow, however, looks pretty good, with the return of sunny skies and warmer weather. The snowpack is slowly coming down, but there's still a lot of snow to play on. Off in the hills it will only be getting better, so get ready to hike, backcountry fans....
Open Ski Resorts
Akakan (Akakura Kanko): Sky Cable gondola, Hotel No. 3.
It's the weekend once again and resort operations remain unchanged as below since the last report.
We have had some fine weather this last week with a few days getting really warm and lots of sun melting snow lower down in the village and lower slopes. It certainly feels more like spring now. There's still a lot of snow up high though and Tenjindaira still reports 330cm of snow.
This morning has been a wet one right up to the upper slopes. The rain will clear up this evening to make way for clearer conditions tomorrow when we should see bright and sunny conditions. Tuesday to Thursday is looking good for clear skies as well and temperatures really rising especially around Thursday.
Tanigawa Tenjindaira: The resort is now open and plans to be open until 8th May. The downhill course is now closed for the season.
Marunuma Kogen: Part open with No5, No3 and No1 lifts operating. The resort plans to be open until early May.
Kawaba: Two lifts are operating at Kawaba. Open every day until 10th April and then after that on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April, which will be the last day of the season at Kawaba.
White World Oze Iwakura, Norn Minakami, Houdaigi, Okutone and Minakami Kogen 200 are now all closed for the season.
If you plan to visit a resort, we suggest you contact them directly to find out the latest information as openings are subject to change. Read more ...
Saturday 9th April 2011, 13:08pm
There is still no firm news on a date for the resort to re-open.
As you might have heard, the east coast of the Tohoku region of Japan felt another strong earthquake (aftershock) on Thursday night and power was cut off for a number of hours in Zao village, but there was no damage reported here. We could do without the aftershocks though! As far as I can tell that will not affect the plans to re-open in 'mid-April' but hopefully we will have some news on that soon.
It was a warm and foggy morning here with some light rain falling but tomorrow should see sunny skies. Read more ...
Saturday 9th April 2011, 17:24pm
Sunny to Partly Cloudy
After a quick dip below freezing in the overnight hours, Furano has warmed up to a balmy 10 degrees. The rain that fell yesterday brought us one step further away from winter, and now the blue skies and relatively warm temperatures are here to stay for the next few days at least. The conditions out on the slopes are Spring like, but if you don't mind soft snow, today and tomorrow are really great days to be out there enjoying the season while you still can. Read more ...