Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Saturday 14th April 2012, 8:51am
Greetings from Yuzawa on this somewhat rainy morning. It's raining quite heavily in town at the moment and also up at Naeba which has re-opened for the weekend of course.
Higher up, seems to be raining at Mitsumata and Tashiro, changing to sleet 1700m and above at the top of Kagura. Kagura are saying that the winds will change in the afternoon and increase the chance of it being snow falling up there - fingers crossed! Down in town I would expect it to be rain for the day.
Right now it is about 7C degrees in town, and around 3C at the top lift at Kagura.
Don't worry though, things look more appealing tomorrow as the sun is due to be out shining. It should warm up to around 13 in the afternoon, so an early start is recommended for a good day of spring skiing.
Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 14th April 12, AM: Kagura - Mitsumata: 340cm Kagura - Tashiro: 310cm GALA Yuzawa: 310cm Kandatsu Kogen: 260cm
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.
Yesterday may have started off fairly bright but it clouded over and the afternoon ended up being quite grey.
Unfortunately, Saturday morning brings with it rainy and wet conditions in the village and up on the mountains as well with all the resorts reporting rain at base but some hope for snow up top. Having said that, a quick look at the webcam from higher up on Happo seems to be showing that some snow is falling up there at the moment (they were reporting rain as of 8am) - which is encouraging, though I doubt it will amount to much.
There's hardly any wind though this morning and it's about 6C at the moment in the village.
For those visiting today and tomorrow, there's a few more lifts open at Happo for the weekend. And while today the conditions may not be that pleasant, tomorrow looks like the sun should be out and it will be sunny and warm. So I would say the pick of the weekend.
The last few days or so it's really noticable how much snow down at village level has melted away with some fields now visible for the first time since the beginning of the season. I suppose farmers are the ones who want that to happen as soon as possible so that they can get to work on what they do! Just as long as the snow stays up on the mountain for us sliders.
Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 14th April 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Gondola and Alps daira No1 and No3 lifts operating. The Toomi Ski Four lift is open for today and tomorrow. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 240cm; Toomi - 100cm
Hakuba 47: Top to bottom skiable. All lifts apart from Line D operating. Official snow depth: Upper - 213cm Lower - 125m
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 are open today and tomorrow. Usagidaira pair is also open today and tomorrow, and then will be open from 28th April until 6th May. Kurobishi No3 pair lift plans to be open on 21st and 22nd April and also from 28th April until 6th May. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 200cm; Sakka - 60cm; Nakiyama - 60cm.
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 - 295cm Lower - 115cm
Planned ski resort closings in Hakuba and Otari, all subject to change:
Hakuba Goryu: Upper area hopefully open until 6th May. (Toomi Sky Four re-open for 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 ...
Saturday 14th April 2012, 9:10am
There's still lots of snow on the ground, but it's a pretty rainy start to the day in Myoko.
Tomorrow should be a much nicer day to get out and enjoy some spring skiing, with sun on the forecast, and there's good weather on the forecast beyond the weekend as well.
Akakan: Sky Cable Gondola and No 3 lift, through to May Seki Onsen: Open through May Ikenotaira: Will open from April 28 to May 6
The forecast was right for today as we start the day with blue skies and fine weather in Niseko. It is going to be a clear and warm day here and we might see the temperature rise to close to 10C later this afternoon. Tomorrow is forecast to be pretty much more of the same really.
The Hirafu Gondola is of course operating today and tomorrow as well for the weekend, and so we now have four lifts moving at Grand Hirafu and four lifts over at Annupuri (Jumbo No2 lift is open today). All lifts are running as normal on this fine morning.
It feels strange for a weekend to be quiet in Niseko, but that's mid-April for you I suppose! For those who are here and make it out on the slopes, I hope you have lots of spring fun out there.
Current lift operations (14th April 2012):
Grand Hirafu & Hanazono: Ace Quad Lift No2 King Hooded Triple Lift #3 King Lift #4 The Hirafu Gondola will operate 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 - 390cm Bottom - 150cm
Yesterday was a fine day out with the sun making a prolonged appearance for the day.
This morning it's an altogether more cloudy affair, but still fairly bright with it. Less wind as well with just a very slight breeze. All is calm. There is a chance of some spots of rain today but for now it is holding off and so lets hope it stays that way. Tomorrow we should be seeing the sun again and from then until Tuesday it looks set to really warm up as well - double figure temperatures perhaps?
More lifts are open for the weekend, including it seems the Nakamori No1 triple in the Uwanodai area.
Official snow depths (14th April 12) Utopia - 200cm Chuo - 200cm Paradise - 200cm Uwanodai - 120cm
Operating lifts (14th April 12) Limited lifts now open - see below.
Current planned lift operations at Zao, as of 14th April - subject to change:
Uwanodai Area Sky Cable (open all year, but closed from 7th May for maintenance) Nakamori No1 triple
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) Yokokura No1 pair lift until 15th April 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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 14th April 2012, 10:54am
Rain, sleet/snow up top at times, cloud
Not the best of weather this morning with rain falling on the mountain though it's kind of sleety-almost-snow up top. A few more lifts open for the weekend - Uenotaira Four and Paradise Four lifts join the others though the terrain is as before, and that's a large chunk of the resort as well. Visibility is fairly low higher up on the Yamabiko runs but better lower down, though it's a generally moody-looking, cloudy morning.
The rain should finish by tonight and leave us for a sunny day tomorrow along with warmer temperatures. Should be a really nice day to get out there tomorrow.
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 Uenotaira Four
Main courses open (scheduled): Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Skyline Uenotaira Paradise Schneider Utopia courses Yunomine A, B Challenge Bunabayashi Rinkan
As forecast it is pretty grim out in Minakami today. The rain has been falling since the early hours and is still falling lightly now. Pretty mild out, even up in Tenjin so unfortunately it is wet up there too. Not the weather they were after for their event today but the snow is still OK for this time of year.
The rain is supposed to be with us for the rest of the day but should clear up for the second day of the Tenjin event tomorrow. Possibility of rain for Monday and Tuesday but should be back to spring sunshine for Wednesday and Thursday. Mild temperatures throughout. Read more ...
Saturday 14th April 2012, 14:21pm
The string of sunny days seems endless as winter gives way to spring. A week ago, it seemed like the snow would never end, but this past week saw snow change to wintry mixes, and wintry mixes change to all rain accompanied by the warmest temperatures we've seen all year.
On the other hand, there was so much snow this year that the golf course over by the resort in Furano has been forced to delay it's spring opening, because the greens are still covered in white. Which speaks volumes as to just how much snow is still on those mountains. Of course it's all spring conditions at this point, but there's still 160cm of highly skiable powder waiting for anyone ready to take it.
It's currently 11 degrees at base level, which is a significant jump from what we were seeing even a week ago. The sun is shining, there's a spring breeze in the air, and it's a beautiful day outside; we'll see you on the slopes! Read more ...