Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 21st May 2019
Wednesday 14th April 2010, 9:31am
After a miserably wet day yesterday winter has returned to Niseko with blizzard conditions out there this morning and snow right to sea level. There's been 5-10cm of new snow around the resort, possibly more up high, but the winds have been very strong and there's quite a bit of drifting. Exposed areas will be stripped bare to ice and lee slopes may actually accumulate some reasonable amounts. Currently though it's way too windy and the Ace #1 beginner lift in Hirafu is the only operational lift in the whole resort. The snow is expected to continue into the early afternoon but should clear later. The winds should abate tomorrow allowing those still here to get some turns in fresh snow.
The winds have come up again this morning. While they are not as strong a s yesterday, they are still significant. Once again the only lift operating is Prince Romance chairlift. If the winds calm down operation of Furano Ropeway will commence.
The good news is that it is snowing. Snow is forecast for tomorrow, and then Friday and Saturday should see the sun again. Read more ...
Wednesday 14th April 2010, 10:05am
There is some snow to report on the mountains around Yuzawa this morning!
Kagura is reporting 2-3cm and Gala Yuzawa is also claiming a sprinkling up there.
It wasn't looking too likely yesterday. After the fine start to the day, clouds moved in and it was raining by evening with some strong winds again.
The wind is still with us this morning, and it is colder, but the rain/snow has stopped and there is a fair amount of blue sky on show. Gala Yuzawa is openbut thewinds are affecting operations over at Kagura - with just the Mitsumata Ropeway > Kagura No1 pair lift open this morning.
Perhaps more rain/sleet/snow (higher up) tonight but things should be clearer come Friday and the weekend.
Official resort snow depths @ 14th April 10, AM: Kagura: 320cm Kagura - Tashiro: 270cm GALA Yuzawa: 150cm
Planned closing dates at resorts in Yuzawa:
Wednesday 5th May 2010: Gala Yuzawa Kagura (Tashiro Area)
Bit of light snow falling at the moment and there was a light dusting overnight. Cars are coming down from higher up with about a centimetre of snow on them. It started raining last night and then the temperature dropped and it turned to sleet.
Temperatures are still cold today and likely to stay that way through tomorrow as well. There are some blue patches appearing in the cloud and the sun looks as if it is trying to find a way through but the forecast has us down for cloud for the rest of the day.
Yesterday was clearer but ended up clouding over again and bringing some rain with it and fairly strong winds overnight.
It is turning into a fine morning in Nozawa with the sun out casting shadows on the mountain and more blue skies as clouds clear up... there is still a fair few around at the moment though.
There is even a chance of snow onvernight, but better warmer weather again from Friday into the weekend.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Courses currently open (as of 14th Apr): Yamabiko B course Yamabiko C course Yamabiko D course Yamabiko E course Kokenashi A course Kokenashi B course Uenotaira course Paradise course Yunomine A Yunomine B Challenge course Utopia A course Skyline course Rinkan course Bunabayashi Paradise link
Lifts currently operating (as of 14th Apr):
Nagasaka Gondola (both sections); Yamabiko Four (quad) Yamabiko No2 Four (quad)
Well.... winter seems to have returned for perhaps what will be one last blast!
It is a very cold, almost mid-winter like morning in Zao - it is snowing lightly and there is a very strong wind.
The strong winds though mean that no lifts moving this morning and the resort has announced that it is closed today.
Things should calm down by tomorrow.
Chuo area: 130cm
Paradise area: 130cm
Utopia area: 150cm
Below are the lifts that remain open at the Zao Onsen resort (subject to change):
Uwanodai area: Zao Sky Cable - open all year (closed 6th-28th May for maintenance)
Nakamori area: Zao Chuo Ropeway - open throughout the year but closed from 12th-21st April for maintenance, except Sat/Sun.
Chuo area: Chuo No1 pair - until 5th May Chuo No2 pair - open only Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May Katakai triple - open only Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May
Paradise: Paradise Pair lift - until 5th May Shobunuma No1 triple and No2 pair - open only Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May
Yokokura: Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May for maintenance)
Omori / Kurohime: Kurohime - until conditions allow
Utopia: Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May) Utopia No2 pair - until conditions allow Read more ...
Wednesday 14th April 2010, 11:08am
Yes, we have seen some more snow fall on the uppper slopes of Kagura overnight. 2-3cm in fact, according to the resort. It was rain lower down the mountain.
While it has now cleared up somewhat, it is very windy and as such today only the Mitsumata Ropeway station is open (Tashiro is closed) taking people up to the Kagura No1 pair lift.
Looking forward towards the coming weekend, it looks like it should be warmer once again with some clear and sunny weathe.
We plan to post new Naeba Now weather update reports a few times a week until the end of the season at Kagura. The Yuzawa Now report will continue to be updated on a mostly daily basis - including any information on Kagura as well - so please keep an eye on that report as well for the most up-to-date information.
Official Snow Depths:
Kagura (Tashiro): 270cm
The Tashiro part of Kagura plans to be open until Wednesday 5th May.
The main Kagura area, via Mitsumata Ropeway, plans to be open through until Sunday 23rd May. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 14th April 2010, 11:30am
It was raining last night even in the upper areas of Shiga Kogen and with the warm temperatures a fair bit of snow has been disappearing in the last few days.
After the warm conditions of yesterday, this morning we were back below zero and it has been a cold and cloudy morning with some fairly moderate wind.
Clearer and warmer weather is expected once again in the run up to the weekend.
Higashitateyama will be open on Saturdays and then from 29th April until 5th May. At Terakoya the quad and No1 pair will be open on Saturdays and also the 29th April until 5th May. At the Mammoth area, the quad will be open until 5th May. The Ichinose Family area will be open until 5th May. Ichinose Diamond will do it's best to be open until 5th May, dependent on conditions. At Yakebitaiyama, the No2 Gondola open again on 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May. The No2 quad lift will be moving on 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May. At Okushiga Kogen, the Gondola will be open 17th-19th April and the period 24th April - 5th May. The No 2 + 3 lifts until 5th May and the No 4 lift the period 24th April - 5th May. Kumanoyu plans to be open until at least 5th May and perhaps beyond depending on conditions. The No3 quad lift will be open on Saturdays, Sundays and the period 24th April until 5th May. Yokoteyama plans to be open until late on in May, depending on snow conditions of course.
The above lift operation information is subject to change. Read more ...
Wednesday 14th April 2010, 15:45pm
Strong winds, blue skies
Not the weather that was forecast but strong winds today forced Gondolas to close and so there was little action with lower slopes pretty devoid of snow and lower lifts no longer operating. There's also been some strong rain since last update and the snow starts to melt off quick when it goes.
Pretty cold today but blue skies so warm inside in the sun. Forecast for cold weather again overnight with light (and by this we mean l-i-g-h-t) snow tomorrow. Possible rain Friday with the Sun coming out again Sunday. Spring is in the air though it comes late here with Sakura still nowhere near blooming.
Here is the latest info from resort areas that remain open (subject to change):
Happo-one The following lifts in the Kurobishi/Usagidaira area of the resort remain operating - Gondola, Grat quad, Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Kurobishi No3 pair, Hakuba Kokusai No3 pair AB and the Panorama pair lift. The upper slopes of Happo-one are still skiable - get there via the Gondola - and plan to be open until 5th May.
Hakuba Goryu The Alps no daira area of Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until 9th May. The Gondola, Alps No1 pair, Alps No3 pair lifts are currently operating. The Toomi lifts are now closed but you can still ski or board back down to the bottom of the resort using the course.
Hakuba 47 Hakuba 47 plans to be open this season until 5th May. All courses at Hakuba 47 remain open except the lower part of Route 7. The following lifts at the resort are operating – Gondola, Line A pair, Line B pair, Line C quad, Line E high speed pair.
Tsugaike Kogen The Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Han-no-ki high speed pair lift plan to remain operating until 5th May. Read more ...