Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Myoko Now!

Saturday 10th April 2010, 5:27am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
IT's going to be a warm one today. There''s already a steady SW wind, and it's clear—a great day for spring skiing.

Only a few runs at Akakan and Seki are open. There's still lots of snow, though, so enjoy while you can!

Lift operations:

Akakan: Sky Cable gondola, No. 3 lift (one more may be open over the weekend.

Seki Onsen: open (one lift)

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):

Seki Onsen:

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Furano Now!

Saturday 10th April 2010, 9:06am
Weather conditions: High broken cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
All signs point toward a fantastic day on Furano Ski Area. There is currently high broken cloud with the sun looking like it will come through soon. Not a breath of wind around. Conditions have been warm overnight so the snow pack will be spring conditions from early morning. Tomorrow should see sunny conditions prevail.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 10th April 2010, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Sun, some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
As forecast, it is a fine morning in Yuzawa. Lots of blue sky with some wispy cloud up there as well. It's a warm spring morning and already 12 degrees in Yuzawa with a high of around 16 later on in the day.

If you want a last ski at Kandatsu or Naeba, today is the day! Tomorrow is their last day of the season but cloud and a good chance of rain is forecast and it looks like we might be on the receiving end of more rain Monday/Tuesday.

Have a fun weekend.

Official resort snow depths @ 10th April 10, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:

Planned closing dates at resorts in Yuzawa:

Sunday 11th April 2010:
Kandatsu Kogen

Wednesday 5th May 2010:
Gala Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro Area)

Sunday 23rd May 2010:
Kagura (via Mitsumata)   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 10th April 2010, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Sun, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a very warm start to the day in Shiga Kogen. Kumanoyu are reporting a temperature of 8.5 degrees and here in Maruike it is 8 degrees! Expect the snow conditions today to reflect that... but it is another sunny start to the day with fine weather so there are great views and... isn't it great to be skiing or snowboarding in mid April!?

Open today for the weekend are parts of the Yakebitaiyama, Higashitateyama and Terakoya resort areas in addition to the lifts that have been open this last weeek.

Lifts moving today:

Yokoteyama - 6 lifts
Shibutoge - 1 lift
Kumanoyu - 4 lifts
Mammoth - 1 lift
Higashitateyama - 1 lift
Ichinose Family - 2 lifts
Ichinose Diamond - 1 lift
Terakoya - 3 lifts
Yakebitaiyama - 2 lifts
Okushiga Kogen - 3 lifts

Official resort snow depths as of 10th April 10:

Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:

Planned closing dates at Shiga Kogen resorts:

Higashitateyama will be open on Saturdays and then from 29th April until 5th May.
At Terakoya the quad and No1 pair will be open on Saturdays and also the 29th April until 5th May.
At the Mammoth area, the quad will be open until 5th May.
The Ichinose Family area will be open until 5th May.
Ichinose Diamond will do it's best to be open until 5th May, dependent on conditions.
At Yakebitaiyama, the No2 Gondola open again on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May. The No2 quad lift will be moving on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May.
At Okushiga Kogen, the Gondola will be open daily until 5th April and then also from 10th-12th April, 17th-19th April and the period 24th April - 5th May. The No 2 + 3 lifts until 5th May and the No 4 lift until 5th April and then the period 24th April - 5th May.
Kumanoyu plans to be open until at least 5th May and perhaps beyond depending on conditions. The No3 quad lift will be open on Saturdays, Sundays and the period 24th April until 5th May.
Yokoteyama plans to be open until late on in May, depending on snow conditions of course.


The above lift operation information is subject to change.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 10th April 2010, 9:26am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another beautiful day today and the seem to be a host of people intent on enjoying it on snow, with a steady stream of cars with skis and boards attached heading to Tenjin.

Yesterday was sunny all day but the temperature remained about 13 degrees for much of the day. Today will be a bit different as it already feels warm this morning and again the sun is due to shine all day.

It is set to cloud over tonight and we have the possibility of some spring showers over the next few days so today could well be the best day to be on the slopes.

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 10th April 2010, 9:28am
Weather conditions: Sun, some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's more of the same again here with a very warm start to the day and fine weather again. 8 degrees as I post this and it might rise to around 15 degrees in the village later on in the day. It's going to be warm on the mountain so a really good day to enioy spring skiing out there.

Tomorrow will likely be cooler, more cloudy and with a chance of rain followed by a few more days of similar conditions.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:



Courses currently open (as of 10th Apr):
Yamabiko B course
Yamabiko C course
Yamabiko D course
Yamabiko E course
Uenotaira course
Uenotaira Snow Park
Paradise course
Challenge course
Utopia A course
Skyline course
Kokenashi A course
Kokenashi B course
Rinkan course
Paradise link
Yunomine A
Yunomine B

Lifts currently operating (as of 10th Apr):

Nagasaka Gondola (both sections);
Yamabiko quad
Yamabiko No2 quad
Skyline connecting pair lift
Uenotaira quad
Paradise quad

The resort plans to stay open until 5th May.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 10th April 2010, 9:35am
Weather conditions: Sun, clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A fine start to the day it is too! Warm too, in the village it is currently 7 degrees and feeling very spring-like. Up on the top of the resort, it is 2 degrees and they are reporting 5-10cm less snow than yesterday... the melt is on!

So basically similar to how things were yesterday.

Clouds will likely move in more this evening and may well bring some light rain with them overnight and into tomorrow morning when sunny spells are also forecast.

Chuo area:

Paradise area:

Utopia area:

Below are the lifts that remain open at the Zao Onsen resort (subject to change):

Uwanodai area:
Zao Sky Cable - open all year (closed 6th-28th May for maintenance)

Nakamori area:
Zao Chuo Ropeway - open all year (closed 12th-21st for maintenance, except Sat/Sun)

Chuo area:
Chuo No1 pair - until 5th May
Chuo No2 pair - until 11th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May)
Katakai triple - until 11th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May)

Diamond valley:

Paradise Pair lift - until 5th May
Shobunuma No1 triple and No2 pair - open Sat/Sun/holidays only until 5th May

Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May for maintenance)
Omori / Kurohime:
Kurohime - until conditions allow

Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May)
Utopia No2 pair - until conditions allow
Astraea No3 pair - until conditions allow   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 10th April 2010, 9:41am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Last two days of the season at Naeba, but still over a month to go at Kagura... andstill pretty much all of Kagura remains open with lots of snow up there, officially there is still over 3m, though of course when you are there you will notice that the snow in many parts is now much thinner on the ground, but that is only to be expected. The good news is that there is still a lot to play in.

The sun is out and it is warm this morning... 5 degrees in the village now and likely over 10 come early afternoon.

There is an event on at Mitsumata today (Kagura Masters) meaning that part of the Mitsumata Force Park will not be open to the public today.

The following lifts at Naeba are now operating:

Prince No2 Gondola
No8 quad
Daishamen pair
Takenokodaira pair

Official Snow Depths:



Kagura (Tashiro):

Naeba plans to be open until Sunday 11th April.

The Tashiro part of Kagura plans to be open until Wednesday 5th May.

The main Kagura area, via Mitsumata Ropeway, plans to be open through until Sunday 23rd May.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 10th April 2010, 11:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Today we have similar conditions in Hakuba as we had yesterday - started off with bluer clearer skies but geneally clouding over as the morning progesses. It is still bright though and the sun shining through at the moment casting some shadows. It is warmer today - a real spring day, with temperatures in the mid-teens.

The forecast is still for cloud tomorrow with a good chance of rain falling.

Official resort snow depths on 10th Apr 10:

35cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
150cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
65cm (Toomi)
220cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
270cm (Tsuganomori)

Here is the latest info from resort areas that remain open (subject to change):

The following lifts in the Kurobishi/Usagidaira area of the resort remain operating - Gondola, Grat quad, Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Kurobishi No3 pair, Skyline No2 pair, Hakuba Kokusai No3 pair AB and the Panorama pair lift. Large parts of the upper slopes still skiable and the upper slopes plan to remain open serviced by lifts until 5th May.
In the Sakka/Kitaone area,the Saka Kitaone quad and the Kitaone No3 pair will both be operating until 11th April.

Hakuba Goryu
The Alps no daira area of Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until 9th May.
The Gondola, Alps No1 pair, Alps No3 pair lifts are currently operating.
The Toomi lifts are now closed but you can still ski or board back down to the bottom of the resort using the course.
The Iimori area of the resort is also now closed for the season.

Hakuba 47
Hakuba 47 plans to be open this season until 5th May.
All courses at Hakuba 47 remain open except the lower part of Route 7.
The following lifts at the resort are operating – Gondola, Line A pair, Line B pair, Line C quad, Line E high speed pair.

Tsugaike Kogen
The Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Han-no-ki high speed pair lift plan to remain operating until 5th May.   Read more ...

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