Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Thursday 12th April 2012, 8:41am
Ah, we are back to something like normal this morning! All resorts scheduled to be open today - Kagura, Gala Yuzawa and Kandatsu - seem to be open as planned.
The winds have calmed down considerably, there's no rain falling and as I speak the sun has started to come out from behind the cloud left up there. There is increasingly blue sky on show as well just to the north in Minamiuonuma. It feels like it should turn into a fine day, and a high of about 10C degrees is forecast.
Actually back at the weekend we were expecting a very warm week in Yuzawa. It hasn't quite turned out that way and especially in the evenings it is getting chilly out there. Last night it was fog and when I went out for a walk I put my gloves on. So we are still not really into full-on spring mode, in terms of the weather conditions anyway. Perhaps that is on it's way soon though as the forecast temperatures over the coming week continue to gradually rise. The first day of the year with a high of 20 degrees coming early in the week is a possibility.
Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 12th April 12, AM: Kagura - Mitsumata: 360cm Kagura - Tashiro: 330cm GALA Yuzawa: 330cm Kandatsu Kogen: 270cm
Open only on 14th/15th April: Ludens Yuzawa
Open only on 14th/15th and 21st/22nd April: Naeba
Open until 6th May: Kandatsu Kogen (only opening on weekends and holidays from 16th April until 6th May)
Open until 6th May: GALA Yuzawa Kagura (Tashiro)
Open until 27th May: Kagura (Mitsumata)
All other ski resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Thursday 12th April 2012, 8:56am
Clear blue skies
So yesterday is probably best left forgotten in terms of weather as the drizzle continued and didn't make conditons particularly exciting out there.
This morning I bring much better news though as the sun is out and anyone playing 'Spot The Cloud' will be in for a difficult time and have to look to the east to find them, as it's clear blue skies over Hakuba early on. Lovely morning. It might rise to around 13-14C degrees this afternoon. There is just a slight northerly wind.
And tomorrow looks like it should be fine and clear as well.... and over the weekend too.
News from around the resorts - 47 are saying that because of the rainy conditions we had yesterday, their courses remain ungroomed this morning. (Sadly, there's not 40cm of fresh snow to play in!)
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 11th April 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Gondola and Alps daira No1 and No3 lifts operating. The Toomi lifts are now closed but you can still ski down the courses. Toomi Ski Four lift plans to re-open for Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 255cm; Toomi - 115cm
Hakuba 47: Top to bottom skiable. All lifts apart from Line D operating. Official snow depth: Upper - 225cm Lower - 135m
Happo-one: Top to bottom skiable (via Riesen course to Gondola base station). Lifts normally operating daily for spring are: Gondola Grat quad Alpen quad Panorama pair Skyline No2 pair Kurobishi No2 quad. Other lifts: Nakiyama No3 pair, Riesen quad and Kokusai No3 pair lifts will be open on 14th and 15th April. Usagidaira pair will be open on 14th and 15th April and then from 28th April until 6th May. Kurobishi No3 pair lift will be open on 21st and 22nd April and also from 28th April until 6th May. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 210cm; Sakka - 70cm; Nakiyama - 70cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: Top to bottom skiable. Planned lifts operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 305cm Lower - 125cm
Planned ski resort closings in Hakuba and Otari, all subject to change:
Hakuba Goryu: Upper area hopefully open until 6th May. (Toomi Sky Four lift will re-open 14th/15th April).
Hakuba 47: 47 plants to be open until 6th May.
Happo-one: Upper slopes plan to be open until 6th May.
Tsugaike Kogen: Plans to be open until Golden Week
The Hakuba Cortina, Norikura, Iwatake, Sanosaka and Minekata resorts are all now closed for the season. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 12th April 2012, 9:14am
Clear, blue skies
I'm happy to report that we are back open this morning with much clearer and calmer conditions over Nozawa.... the four lifts mentioned below are all moving and taking people up the mountain. Actually it's a lovely clear morning with blue skies up there. The local forecast has a high of around +8 degrees lined up for later on this afternoon with similar conditions likely tomorrow. For the weekend it looks like it should be a mix of cloud and sun as well actually.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
* Readings by the resort from lower slopes now seem to have finished - though there's still plenty.
Current Lift operations (scheduled): Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Four Yamabiko Four No2 Skyline Link
Main courses open (scheduled): Yamabiko A-E courses Skyline Uenotaira Paradise Schneider Utopia courses Yunomine A, B Challenge Bunabayashi Rinkan
An early morning fog and cloud this morning, though the foggy conditions have lifted in the last hour or so. A little more chilly than yesterday morning but still around 4C in the village at the moment. There is a bit of wind out there. And that's about it really.
Taking a look at the forecast we can expect to see the mercury rise somewhat for the weekend and into early next week with generally cloudy and/or sunny conditions for the next few days. The clouds we have over Zao now are set to probably clear up as the day moves on.
Official snow depths (12th April 12) Utopia - 220cm Chuo - 220cm Paradise - 220cm Uwanodai - 140cm
Operating lifts (12th April 12) Limited lifts now open - see below.
Current planned lift operations at Zao, as of 11th April - subject to change:
Uwanodai Area Sky Cable (open all year, but closed from 7th May for maintenance)
Chuo and Paradise Area Zao Chuo Ropeway (closed for maintenance 9th-25th April except Saturdays and Sundays) Chuo No1 pair lift (until 6th May, but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April) Chuo No2 pair lift (until 6th May) Katakai triple lift (until 6th May, but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April) Paradise No1 pair lift (until 6th May (but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April)
Yokokura and Utopia area Zao Ropeway (open all year, closed for maintenance 7th-18th May) Utopia No2 pair lift (dependent on snow but latest until 6th May)
Omori and Kurohime Area Kurohime No1 quad (no fixed closing date, dependent on snow) Read more ...
Thursday 12th April 2012, 9:30am
Clear blue skies
Good morning from Niseko.
Much nicer conditions this morning. The sun is out and some lovely clear blue skies. Yotei is looking majestic this morning (although having said that I can't think of a time when Yotei doesn't!)
There's less of a wind today but still quite windy up on the mountain apparently. It is a bit colder up there as well early this morning but generally about the same temperature wise in the village early on but we can expect it to warm up more than yesterday with a forecast high of around 8 degrees.
At Hirafu it looks like the King #3 lift is moving but slower than usual and as of 9am the top King lift was on standby. Over at Annupuri the Gondola and Jumbo #1 and #3 lifts are moving with the top #4 on standby. Hopefully they will get moving as well soon. [10am update -- operating as normal now]
Other than perhaps a chance of rain late today/tonight, it still looks like the next few days until early next week is going to be more sun and clear conditions. And warm too.
Remember that for the weekend, the Hirafu Gondola will be open as well as the current lifts.
Current lift operations (updated 10am, 12th April 2012):
Grand Hirafu & Hanazono: Ace Quad Lift No2 King Hooded Triple Lift #3 King Lift #4 The Hirafu Gondola is closed on weekdays but plans to be operating again on 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th, 30th April and also from 3rd May until 6th May.
Grand Hirafu and Annupuri both plan to be open until 6th May. The Hanazono and Niseko Village areas are now closed. Niseko Village plans to re-open for the Golden Week holiday period from Sunday 29th April until Sunday 6th May.
Official snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 400cm Bottom - 155cm
It's another change in conditions this morning as we enjoy a clear and sunny, bright blue sky morning in Shiga Kogen. Not a cloud to be found. Nice.
A colder start than yesterday but I would imagine things will warm up a bit with the sun out and shining down - it's definitely a day for sunscreen. There's a bit of wind as well so those sun rays will get slapped on you going down the courses today.
There's a chance of rain/snow higher up tomorrow night into Saturday but apart from that generally clearer and milder conditions look set to prevail into the weekend.
Conditions should calm down by tomorrow when cloud and sun is on the forecast.
Extremely quiet out there on the slopes, for those lucky enough to be out there!
Areas with lifts still operating (weather permitting): Mammoth (one quad) Ichinose Family (one pair and one quad) Okushiga Kogen (two pairs) Kumanoyu (two pairs) Yokoteyama/Shibutoge (one triple, four pairs and two singles)
Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 12th April 2012 AM:
Higashitateyama: Open 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. Access to Terakoya still operating even when Higashitateyama closed.
Terakoya: Open April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
Mammoth: Quad open until 6th May.
Tannenomori: Open 21st, 22nd April
Ichinose Family: Quad until 6th May. Pairs on April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
Ichinose Diamond: Quad open April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
Yakebitaiyama: Plan to be part open on weekends and Golden Week.
Okushiga Kogen: Gondola open 14th-16th April, 21st-23rd April, 28th April until 6th May. No2 and No3 pairs until 6th May. No4 pair open 14th-15th April, 21st-22nd April, 28th April until 6th May.
Kumanoyu: Some lifts open beyond 6th May (after that date the Shiga Kogen ticket not valid)
Yokoteyama: Plans to be open until late May. Beyond 6th May, the joint Shiga Kogen ticket not valid. Read more ...
Thursday 12th April 2012, 10:00am
Warm spring temperatures continue in Minakami with perfect blue skies this morning. Bit of wind around though which might cause so problems with lift operation up at Tenjin this morning. It is not as warm as previous days so the snow will be a little harder this morning but likely to soften up mid-morning.
Warm temperatures still on the forecast for the next week though it looks as if there is some rain coming in Friday night and then again from Monday next week. Read more ...
Thursday 12th April 2012, 10:47am
The mild temperatures continue and you couldn't ask for a more perfect spring skiing day. The slopes are bathing in sunshine and blue sky is everywhere with not a cloud in sight. Snow conditions are soft. Read more ...