Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 24th May 2019
Wednesday 13th April 2011, 8:57am
Yesterday stayed pretty cool for most of the day and already today is warmer than the high of yesterday. Kagura was reporting +4 degrees at 6:30am. Right now it is 9 degrees in Yuzawa and we can expect a high of 13 this afternoon. The sun is out and we have clear blue skies above.
More of the same tomorrow, with even warmer temperatures.
Official snow depth @ Wednesday 13th April 2011 AM
With overcast conditions and a light breeze the day is feeling a bit drab. There is the possibility of some rain later on in the afternoon. Conditions are still good on the Furano Zone and the best place is on the upper half of the mountain. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 13th April 2011, 9:42am
The sun is out and it is a fine morning in Shiga Kogen. Yesterday was too. And so tomorrow will be as well. In fact the forecast tells us to expect fine and warm conditions right through into the weekend.
For today, a high of around 6 degrees and then it will dip down into minus again overnight before the beginning of the sunny day again tomorrow.
But get this, early next week there's a chance of a moderate snowfall in the region - any topup at this stage in the season is of course most welcome.
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 13th 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 ...
Wednesday 13th April 2011, 10:00am
Sun, blue skies
After a cold overnight once again it is now very sunny and warm.... around 9 degrees now in the village rising to around 13 degrees this afternoon. Not much else to report apart from that, with more of the same tomorrow and Fridat with temperatures peaking then.
Into next week though and we may actually get to see some fresh snowfall after some rain on Monday. More on that nearer the time.
In the meantime, great spring ski conditions to enjoy.
Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 13th 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 - 225cm.
Hakuba 47: All lifts except Line D lift operating with all courses still open. 47 plans to be open into May. Snow depth (upper) - 170cm
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 - 165cm
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 - 260cm
Hakuba Iwatake, Hakuba Sanosaka, Cortina and Hakuba Minekata are now all closed for the season. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 13th April 2011, 11:07am
Sunny clear skies
Today is a clear and sunny day with blue skies all round and temperatures rising to around 12 degrees. Conditions should be very similar through until Saturday when it might get more cloudy. Currently the forecast is for cloud on Sunday and then rain on Monday.
Snow still down to the bottom of the slopes with just some patches of ground showing up here and there at the moment. But on the courses that are open - no problems with cover whatsoever. And the runs are all quiet too, so you can have the place almost to yourself!
We intend to keep this Nozawa Now reporting section updated regularly right up until the end of the season in Nozawa.