Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Myoko Now!

Saturday 17th April 2010, 7:17am
Weather conditions: High overcast, rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Snow mixed with rain (putting a positive spin on it) fell overnight, leaving another light dusting on the ground this morning. It seems more like early March than mid April....

The weather may not be great this mornign, but already things look to be brightening to the west. Tomorrow looks like a great day, so there's no excuse not to go out!

Only a few runs at Akakan and Seki are open. There's still lots of snow, though, so enjoy while you can!

Lift operations:

Akakan: Sky Cable gondola, No. 3 lift (one more may be open over the weekend.

Seki Onsen: open (one lift)

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):

Seki Onsen:

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Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 17th April 2010, 10:03am
Weather conditions: Cloud, rain/snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well, this morning Kagura is boasting 15-20cm of fresh snow up there.... impressive!

Visibility looks pretty poor up there early on but the forecast is for things to clear up as the day progresses - and a day of sun tomorrow. Gala has also seen some fresh snow, so conditions for the weekend couldn't be much better.

The snow didn't reach town level with rain falling before but looking like it will quickly clear up ths morning.

Official resort snow depths @ 17th April 10, AM:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:

Planned closing dates at resorts in Yuzawa:

Wednesday 5th May 2010:
Gala Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro Area)

Sunday 23rd May 2010:
Kagura (via Mitsumata)   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 17th April 2010, 10:18am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow clearers are out on the road today. It started snowing yesterday evening and there is now 10cms down in the valley with Tenjin reporting 30cms.

It's not as could as it has been the last few days and the sun is just starting to make its way out so it should get a little warmer. For the moment though everything is blanketed in white. Oana Ski Resort, which was just grass yesterday is completely covered again now and there are big piles on the edge of the road that the ploughs have cleared off. A few problems on the roads and trains but should be back to normal shortly.

The snow is a little heavy but not bad for mid-April. No complaints here.

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 17th April 2010, 10:24am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
I must admit I wasn't quite expcting this! The resort this morning is reporting 25cm of fresh snow in the top Yamabiko area. It has even been snowing down to village level and all of those huge patches of earth that were on show have been covered up - probably just for a very short time, but it is good to see lots of white again.

So we couldn't ask fo much more - good timing for the weekend and the people turning up this morning should be in for a fun time up there.

The Uenodaira and Paradise quads are operating for the weekend.

Warm weather and sun is forecast for tomorrow.

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
Paradise link

Lifts currently operating (as of 16th Apr):

Nagasaka Gondola (both sections);
Yamabiko Four (quad)
Yamabiko No2 Four (quad)
Uenodaira quad
Paradise quad

The resort plans to stay open until 5th May.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 17th April 2010, 10:35am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
30cm! That's how much fresh snow has fallen since my last report.... it is hard to believe that we are now in the second part of April. The snow clouds have somewhat thinned out up but visibility isn't the best at the moment.

Things will soon be clearing up though, with fine weather lined up for tomorrow with things really warming up from Monday.

Fresh snow.... have fun!

Chuo area:

Paradise area:

Utopia area:

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 Pair lift - until 5th May
Shobunuma No1 triple and No2 pair - open only Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May

Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May for maintenance)
Omori / Kurohime:
Kurohime - until conditions allow

Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May)
Utopia No2 pair - until conditions allow   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 17th April 2010, 10:46am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It has snowed ovenight and actually suprised more than a few people with 15-20cm or so of new snow blanketing Shiga Kogen this morning. It's all white again. Very nice. Conditions will be pretty good out there right now for the lucky ones who have timed things well by choosing today! Today is the best bet too as things will likely be starting to warm up again a bit fom tomorrow.

It is just cloudy at the moment.

It's the weekend and so a few more lifts ae operating - Yakebitaiyama, Terakoya and Diamond are open for today and tomorrow, details below.

Lifts moving today (17th April 10):

Yokoteyama - 7 lifts
Shibutoge - 1 lift
Kumanoyu - 4 lifts
Mammoth - 1 lift
Higashitateyama - gondola
Ichinose Family - 2 lifts
Ichinose Diamond - 1 lifts
Terakoya - 2 lifts
Okushiga Kogen - 3 lifts
Yakebitaiyama - 2 lifts

Official resort snow depths as of 17th April 10:

Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:

Planned closing dates at Shiga Kogen resorts:

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 ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 17th April 2010, 10:52am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
'Possibly snow', I said yesteday. That's what the local forecast told me.

Well, they we a bit off there... this morning there is a healthy new blanket of snow covering Kagura. 15-20cm of it up top, according to the official report. It is just generally cloudy at the moment with poor visibility on the slopes, but I'm sure people won't be complaining too much!

All of the Kagura area is open today.

Look for good clear sunny weather tomorrow and warmer conditions into next week.

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):

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 ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 17th April 2010, 13:33pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's another beautiful Spring Saturday here in Furano. The latter half of last week left us with around 15cm of fresh snowfall, and even though today's high temperature is topping out at 10 degrees, there's still plenty of fairly fresh snow on the mountain, especially for this, the middle of April. If you feel like you need to get in a few more runs before the season ends in just a few short weeks, then today is definitely a good day to enjoy some warm-weather spring skiing. You won't need a heavy coat, but I would advise wearing a light jacket, as the breeze is slightly on the stiff side at 4 m/s, evidence of another front passing through Central Hokkaido that should bring us some precipitation come nightfall that will start out as rain and then taper off to a wintry mix towards midnight.

It should get down to around -2 again tonight, so please be careful of slick spots on the road if you are traveling anywhere early Sunday morning, like to the Furano side of the ski resort, perhaps?   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 17th April 2010, 19:54pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
This morning we were treated to new snow - down to village level as well, with perhaps 20cm or so fresh up top. After a cloudy start to the day, it soon started to clear up and blue skies on show. The snow had melted from the village areas by around lunchtime, and it was faily clear with the sun out by then.

All in all though a very fine day to be out there.

Fine weather forecast for tomorrow.

Official resort snow depths on 17th Apr 10:

120cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
50cm (Toomi)
195cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
235cm (Tsuganomori)

Here is the latest info from resort areas that remain open (subject to change):

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 ...

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