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Friday 16th April 2010, 9:48am
It is a cloudy morning in Yuzawa and about 7 degrees at 9:30am with just a slight breeze in town.
Almost all of Kagura remains open at this point - the only areas being closed at the far left side of Tashiro around the Dragondola (which is closed itself of course) and the downhill course from the base of Mitsumata to the car park in that area.
At Gala Yuzawa, one of the main quads and the top lift in the Central Area and the Vicoria quad lift in the Northern Area reamin open.
We were looking forward to a fine weekend of weather but the lastest forecast has us down for rain from this evening - along with strong winds - and into tomorrow, though Sunday and Monday look like they will be clear days with a fair bit of sun along with warmer temperatures.
Official resort snow depths @ 16th April 10, AM: Kagura: 320cm Kagura - Tashiro: 270cm GALA Yuzawa: 160cm
Planned closing dates at resorts in Yuzawa:
Wednesday 5th May 2010: Gala Yuzawa Kagura (Tashiro Area)
And the cold weather continues in Minakami. Grey sky overhead and it feels like it might rain although it is not in the forecast. Another dusting of snow last night up high with more set to come in tonight.
Tenjin is still going strong with the three lifts at the top all running today and the snow in good condition due to the cold temperatures over the last few days.
There was even more snow welcoming yesterday morning - up to 5cm on the slopes of Kagura and sprinklings even further down in lower areas, even some on the top of my car. It was a generally cloudy day with spots of rain during the day.
This morning is cloudy. Later on we can expect some rain or possibly snow if it's cold enough higher up and into tomorrow when it should clear up and then the earlier promised clearer and warmer weather from Sunday.
We will post 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 ...
Friday 16th April 2010, 10:46am
After a bit more snow yesterday and continued cold conditions out there, this morning it is cloudy in Zao and not quite as cold though still below zero earlier on whilst currently hovering around the 0 mark.
It looks like tomorrow should be cloudy with a chance of light snow once again followed by things clearing up for Sunday and Monday with temperatures rising considerably early in the week.
Chuo area: 120cm
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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 16th April 2010, 10:53am
It is a cloudy start to the day in Nozawa. We have had colder temperatures the last few days as well as a few sprinklings of snow up top as winter holds on, though it is surely on it's last legs now as we are in mid-April. After another fairly chilly few days it looks like things should warm up again early in the week.
More courses on the mountain have closed now for the season as the snow melts away - for example the popular Skyline is no longer accessible. The lower slopes now really have almost no snow left on them... going up on the Nagasaka Gondola you'll be flying over lots of areas that the farmers will soon be preparing - they will be glad that the snow has melted from there anyway so they can get doing their thing! There is still 1.7m of snow officially reported at on the Yamabiko slopes though which really is a lot considering the date.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Courses currently open (as of 16th Apr): Yamabiko A course 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 Rinkan course Bunabayashi Paradise link
Lifts currently operating (as of 16th Apr):
Nagasaka Gondola (both sections); Yamabiko Four (quad) Yamabiko No2 Four (quad)
The good news for the snow continues, with another 6cm falliing overnight. Things are looking really pretty with blue skies with the odd small cloud. However the problems with Furano Ropeway continue and it will not be operational again today. Once again this means that the only lift operating is the Prince Romance Lift.
If Furano Ropeway is operational for tomorrow, things could be very very good, with 2 days of fresh snow acumulation and nice sun forecast. Lets pray.
Just a quick check-in before the weekend; the snow levels are falling, of course, but we also received between 3-5cm of fresh over the past few days! It's pretty cold, too (check this morning's official temps), so it's staying unseasonably white (even while the willows start to bloom).
It's backcountry tour time, and this fresh snow will 1. cover up cracks and 2. certainly result in slow, soft-snow avalanches on steeps, especially when it warms up over the weekend. Keep an open eye, watch your partners, and things should be really good.
Only a few runs at Akakan and Seki are open. There's still lots of snow, though, so enjoy while you can!
Akakan: Sky Cable gondola, No. 3 lift (one more may be open over the weekend.
The last few days we have had some unseasonably cold weather in the region - even with some slight snowfall - and this morning is cold too though right now it is just a cloudy morning (there was some light snow falling even earlier on).
There is a chance of more snow tonight actually though come tomorrow things should be clearing up followed by a good chance of clearer skies on Sunday.
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 ...
Friday 16th April 2010, 15:09pm
A beautiful spring day today with plenty of sun, light winds and mild temps. It makes a welcome change to the cold, snowy and windy weather of the last couple of days. Yesterday although not forecast to receive much snow had snowfalls throughout the day adding another 5-10cm since last report. First thing this morning there would have actually been some reasonable quality snow up high. Today has warmed significantly though with temperatures getting near 7 degrees at the base. Mild temperatures are expected to continue for much of the outlook so the snow yesterday may well be the last we'll see to village level. Snow still covers all the plains around the base of the mountain but the farmers have been busy ploughing the snow on their fields and covering them with black ash to speed up the melting process. I'd say some of the fields will be free of snow over the next week or so if the temperatures remin mild. It's very quiet around the village in Hirafu now with few restaurants still open and very few people up on the hill. Things should pick up a bit though during the Golden Week holiday starting near the end of the month.
We were expecting things to be warming up somewhat for Saturday but for the moment it is fairly chilly and actually trying to snow - and no doubt it is higher up. It started off cloudy but with the mountains in the valley visible this morning but now there is a lot of low cloud coveing the mountains. We should see more snow overnight and into tomorrow morning - maybe even down to the village - but it will likely clear up by the middle of the day.
After that we can expect clear weather for Sunday with those warmer temperatures into the next week.
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 - there is lots of ground on show now though, with the snowquickly disappeaingfrom this lower slope.
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 ...