Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Sunday 10th April 2011, 11:15am
It was colder overnight after a day that ended up wet and with poor visibility. Down at town level at times you couldn't see much more than 10m in front of you with thick fog swirling around. Not the best of days really.
It's all change this morning though with blue skies and the sun warming things up quickly to around 11 degrees, so it is a fine spring ski day out there. More cloud likely tomorrow but generally the coming week looks set to give us some clear sunny days and warm temperatures.
Today is the last day open for Kandatsu and Nakazato Snow Wood and so from tomorrow we are just left with Kagura being open in the Yuzawa region.
I thought I would also mention this -- the Okutadami Maruyama ski resort to the north of Yuzawa in Uonuma (about 80 minutes drive) is now open for their Spring season. They have 3 lifts moving and plan to be open until the middle of May. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 10th April 2011, 11:28am
Today is a big improvement on yesterday in terms of weather and conditions. The sun is out and it's a feel-good spring day. Nice.
Tomorrow more cloud will be with us and there's even a chance of a quick shower but after that from Tuesday up until next weekend clear and warm conditions are likely in the region.
Look for things to really warm up around Thursday/Friday this week when the temperature may even be closing in on 20 degrees down in the village.
Early on this morning the mountains weren't visible with a lot of low cloud shrouding the village, but before 8am the clouds started to clear up and since mid-morning we have seen blue skies all around. (If you are reading this soon after I post it, take a look at the webcam from Happo for some spectacular views looking down on the village covered in cloud while the mountains are clear. Nice!)
So a day of really great clear conditions now and a fair few people out there enjoying it as well. Time to have fun.
Tomorrow while it should start off with fine weather there's a chance of rain later on, but after that it's clear conditions and warming up for the rest of the week by the looks of things.
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 10th 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 - 235cm; Toomi - 90cm.
Hakuba 47: All lifts except Line D lift operating with all courses still open. 47 plans to be open into May. Snow depth (upper) - 176cm
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 - 265cm
Hakuba Iwatake, Hakuba Sanosaka, Cortina and Hakuba Minekata are now all closed for the season. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 10th April 2011, 11:48am
It's a beautiful day in Shiga Kogen.
The sun is back out this morning for a classic spring ski morning. Things started off fairly chilly but has been quickly warming up with a high of around 6 degrees.
Tomorrow, we might even see a sprinkling of snow according to the latest local forecast. If we do though it shouldn't last long and will clear up quick leaving us with similar conditions today for the most part right through until the weekend. We can expect warm temperatures as well, rising towards the weekend.
So we are really into spring ski territory now. Come with that in mind and there's a ton of fun still to be had.
There are perhaps more people in Shiga Kogen this weekend than last, but it certainly is in no way of thinking 'busy'.
Resort areas that are [at least part] open today (10th April):
-Mammoth -Ichinose Family -Ichinose Diamond -Terakoya -Okushiga Kogen -Kumanoyu -Yokoteyama
More details on lift operations below.
Official resort snow depths as of 10th 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 ...
Sunday 10th April 2011, 13:39pm
Fine with a high overcast
Yesterday was fine and mild and today is much the same although there is some rain expected later this evening that will fall as snow on upper mountain. Tomorrow will be cool and there may even be a few snow showers to lower levels over the next couple of days. Nothing significant though. Beyond that we should return to mostly fine and mild weather. Down on the plains around the mountain the snowdepth is down to around 60cm (where it hasn't drifted). We should see some of the fields, especially where the farmers are working hard to get rid of the cover, become free of snow in the next week or two.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 350 Bottom - 140
Niseko Village: No longer reporting snow depth
Annupuri: Top - 330 Bottom - 130
This season's Niseko Avalanche Information is finished
The good news is snow is forecast for tonight! It made it up to 13 this afternoon down in the village, but a change in the winds have been pumping in the cold air that should bring things down to just above freezing before tomorrow morning. Depending on when the precipitation starts, it could begin as rain, then change over to a wintry mix before transitioning to all snow for (hopefully) a few hours. After all the Spring weather we've been seeing lately, a little snow is long overdue.
More snow is in the forecast for Tuesday as well, so conditions on the ski slope should be pretty good for mid-April. Read more ...