Fine weather for Sunday I said yesterday, but it is cloudy and we have had a few more cm of snow since the last report and this morning. Cold it is too, still.
It seems that today will be the last day of the season for the Kurohime area of the resort.
Chuo area: 130cm
Paradise area: 135cm
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 ...
Sunday 18th April 2010, 12:54pm
There's been a lot of clouds hanging around, but so far no appreciable precipitation. The forecast is currently calling for a round of showers this evening. With temperatures around 7 degrees right now, another mild day today will make sure that anything that does fall will do so as rain. The low temperature should dip just below the freezing mark around daybreak, so be sure to watch out for any ice bands on roadways or sidewalks during the early morning hours.
The winds are relatively light at 2 m/s, and there is still a lot of snow up on the slopes, so despite the fact it is well into April already, there is still some decent quality winter sporting to be had. With the winds dying down a bit today, hopefully they'll be able to get a few more lifts up and running, making for a more enjoyable day on the mountain, although in any case it does not appear to be too crowded at the moment. Perhaps today is a good day to practice your sweet jumps? Read more ...