Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Monday 11th April 2011, 9:29am
Sunny and clear skies
Furano has perfect blue skies and warm temperatures. The slopes are still in excellent conditon and offering great spring skiing for this time of year. The week ahead looks like good weather except for Wednesday which may bring a little rain. Read more ...
Monday 11th April 2011, 12:34pm
So there's only one ski resort open in the Yuzawa region now..... Kagura, of course. We're into weekday mode again now (for lifts moving, see below) but you can still ride top to bottom - right down from the top of the No5 pair lift at Kagura to the Mitsumata base car park.
It has been a cloudy morning. No wind and fairly chilly. The mountains are covered in cloud and visibility up at Kagura looks poor.
There's a chance of some rain (snow higher up perhaps?) later on but from tomorrow we should see mainly clear and sunny conditions right through into the weekend. It looks set to get really warm too and get warmer every day.
This morning I bring some news of how the resort plans to re-open for the end of the season. The plan as it stands is to open for Saturday and Sunday this coming weekend and then from the weekend after until the end of Golden Week. Details below.
It will be great to be able to get back out there - there's still a lot of snow left and with lots of sunny days likely it should be a good end to the season.
One important point to make - there was no structural damage at all to the facilities in Zao due to the earthquake. Closing for this period has been due to power supplies and coping with the general situation rather than damage.
Hope you will be able to enjoy this last period of the season!
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April (8:30am - 5pm):
The Chuo, Paradise, Ohira and Takatori courses will be opened. These courses will be serviced by the Chuo Ropeway, Sky Cable Gondola, Chuo No1 Pair, Chuo No2 Pair and Paradise Pair lifts.
Saturday 23rd April until Golden Week (8:30am - 5pm):
It's a rather grey and cloudy day in Hakuba. Fairly mild with a high of around 7 degrees at the moment in the village and we may see a bit of rain, hopefully snow higher up, a bit later on today. It is going to get colder as the afternoon moves on and into this evening and overnight temperatures will once again dip below zero.
It has become more cloudy/foggy as the day has moved on and visibility on the upper slopes at the moment is very limited. Can't see much out there at all this afternoon.
From tomorrow it should be clear, bright and sunny weather with blue skies and warm temperatures right through into the weekend, so some fine spring ski conditions coming up.
The bottom slopes of Happo are now all closed and you need to get the Gondola back down to the base. Latest details of resort openings below...
Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 11th 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 Alps No1 pair will be open on Saturdays/Sundays and from 29th April until 8th May. The Toomi lifts are closed, but as long as there's enough snow on the lower slopes we can still ride down to the Gondola base. Alps daira - 230cm; 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) - 172cm
Happo-one: The Gondola, Alpen Quad, Kurobishi No3 pair and Panorama pair lifts are operating. The upper slopes are planning to be open until 5th May. All of the lower lifts are now closed for the season. Course areas open are: Kurobishi, Usagidaira and Panorama. (The Grad quad will also be open on weekends and during Golden week, at those times opening up that top course as well). Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 170cm
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!
Monday 11th April 2011, 14:22pm
[Please note that from now until the end of the season we will keep this Now report page updated at least a few times a week]
After a very foggy start to the day it has been a generally cloudy day here in Shiga Kogen and seems to be getting colder as the day moves on. We might even get to see some snow still later on.
After that though the clouds should clear up as we move into tomorrow which promises to be bright and sunny. It might stay cold tomorrow but as the we approach the weekend it will be getting warmer and warmer each day - around Friday we might see temperatures rise to around 10 degrees.
A good week to enjoy spring skiing in good weather. Don't forget the sunscreen and googles/sunglasses!
Resort areas that are [at least part] open this week (11th-15th April):
-Mammoth -Ichinose Family -Okushiga Kogen -Kumanoyu -Yokoteyama
More details on lift operations below.
Official resort snow depths as of 11th 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 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 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May.
Ichinose Diamond: Triple lift (and moving walkway) open on April 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 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 11th April 2011, 14:32pm
Most of the mountain is shrouded in cloud today with only the lower slopes visible... it's a very grey and murky looking day! A chance of a sprinkling of snow up top and rain lower down this evening, though things are holding off as of right now. These conditions are all set to clear up fairly quickly though as tomorrow, and indeed the days after up until at least the weekend, are going to be fine and clear. Thursday and Friday in particular look likely to get really quite warm - t-shirt riding weather perhaps!
We intend to keep this Nozawa Now reporting section updated regularly right up until the end of the season in Nozawa.