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Minakami Now!

Wednesday 11th May 2011, 10:17am
Weather conditions: Drizzle
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Tenjin is still open at the moment but after some pretty heavy rain over the last few days the snow quality up there has taken a bit of a hit. There are going through to Sunday and still have a base of over a metre so a few last turns are available. Plenty of park features around too so enough to play on.

We're going to take this opportunity to wrap up for the season. We'll pick up again as the temperature starts to drop again towards the end of autumn.

It's been a short season for us this year which started slowly. Even Tenjin, which usually opens at the end of November had to postpone their opening and we were kept hanging for a while, nervously watching the skies. Temperatures remained frustratingly warm through November and early December. As with the season before, the main big snowfall came late December, and finally everywhere was able to open up. Once again, when it did come it came in style but due to the late start it did take a while to get full coverage on all the slopes, with many people falling victim to bits of grass and bamboo poking through the base in the first week.

Due to the late start we always seemed to be behind the average this year, in spite of some great 3 day fronts that swept through. There were regular top-ups throughout the season, normally separated by periods of blue skies. By the beginning of March things were starting to shape up nicely. The holiday rush was over and we were all set for a long spring of enjoying the snow. This was not to be and sitting on a ski lift as it stopped and gently swayed, towers and all, was our first indication that things weren't right.

After the March 11 earthquake the resorts were still in good shape and would have been keen to keep going but the transportation problems made it difficult for anyone that would have considered coming to the mountains, and the need to conserve energy, made most take the decision to close earlier than normal. There was plenty to keep everybody busy over the coming weeks but snow was falling with the lifts stopped, though most people's minds were elsewhere.

Many of the resorts struggle to make money over winter and to lose weeks of business at either end of the season is a big blow, for both the resorts and local businesses. We'll have to see how this shakes out for next season but we're looking forward to the snow coming again and hoping everyone ventures out once more to enjoy the great snow which we believe we're owed.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 11th May 2011, 15:48pm
Weather conditions: Rain, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It has been raining a lot in the last few days here in Yuzawa... at times very heavy rain as well, especially last night. It's still raining now and will likely continue until late night. Along with the rain temperatures have kept relatively low with a high of around just 16 degrees today and right now about 14 degrees.

Tomorrow should bring us a sunny start but more rain later on. It should all have cleared up in time for the weekend though with sunny conditions currently on the forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

I haven't been up to Kagura the last few days, but the rain can't have done snow conditions any favours up there.

Official snow depth @ Wednesday 11th May 2011 AM


Planned lift operations at Kagura (9th-13th May):

- Mitsumata Ropeway
- Mitsumata No1 Quad
- Mitsumata Pair
- Kagura Gondola
- Kagura No1 Quad   Read more ...

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