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Thursday 19th April 2012, 7:35am
Your mid-week status report, on a beautiful day in Myoko. Still lots of snow - and I'm heading off into the backcountry from early tomorrow morning, so today's the day for reporting!
You can still ski all the way down to base at Akakan -- something that we almost never see at this time of year. And while those walls along the roads have come down, they are still about two meters tall. No cherry blossoms in the immediate forecast.
Possible light rain tomorrow, a nice Saturday, and then some possible showers again and strong winds on Sunday.
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
Yesterday was a very fine spring day in Hakuba with clear blue skies for most of the day and a beautiful evening. Some cloud moved in last night and this morning there's a fair bit of cloud hanging around up there but more blue sky. It's going to be another lovely day here with a high temperature of around 14C forecast for later on.
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 19th April 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Gondola and Alps daira No1 and No3 lifts operating. The Toomi lifts are now closed but you can still ski down the courses. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 210cm; Toomi - 80cm
Hakuba 47: Top to bottom skiable. All lifts apart from Line D operating. Official snow depth: Upper - 186cm Lower - 108m
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: Usagidaira pair plans to 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 - 160cm; Sakka - 40cm; Nakiyama - 40cm.
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 - 270cm Lower - 100cm
Planned ski resort closings in Hakuba and Otari, all subject to change:
Hakuba Goryu: Upper area plans to be open until 6th May.
Hakuba 47: 47 plans 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 ...
Thursday 19th April 2012, 9:15am
Another warm spring day in Minakami. There are clouds about but the forecast at the moment just has us down for cloud/sun. Nice temperatures, no wind and soft spring snow up at Tenjin.
Could be rain tomorrow, Sunday & Monday but it looks like we could be in for some sun on the other days. Read more ...
Thursday 19th April 2012, 9:20am
Good morning - there's not a whole lot to report really this morning. It is a generally cloudy start to the day here. The three lifts at Grand Hirafu and four lifts at Annupuri are open as planned and everything is calm... not much of a wind at all and mild, spring-like temperatures. There's a band of cloud cutting off the top part of Yotei.
I have really noticed the snow starting to get less in the areas around the village in this last week or so especially. That's only to be expected of course, and I think the farmers in the region are all rather keen for it to melt away from the fields quickly now so that they can get on with what they have to do. There's still a way to go for that though.
Current lift operations (19th April 2012):
Grand Hirafu: Ace Quad Lift No2 King Hooded Triple Lift #3 King Lift #4 The Hirafu Gondola will operate on 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.
It is a nice and sunny morning in Yuzawa. Already about 10C according to the thermometer outside, though it shouldn't rise much about 14C this afternoon. There's just a slight breeze in town, a bit more blowy up at the top of Kagura, but generally a good, calm day for some spring sliding. It looks like tomorrow will be more cloudy with a slight chance of rain and then on Saturday clearer weather and warm -- we might see a high of 20C.
Naeba news - they have extended the season again and now plan to open 28th April until 6th May, as well as this coming weekend. More on that on the Naeba Now page tomorrow.
Over at Kagura, here's a run down of what lifts are moving weekdays at the moment:
Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 19th April 12, AM: Kagura - Mitsumata: 340cm Kagura - Tashiro: 310cm GALA Yuzawa: 270cm
Open only 21st/22nd April and then 28th April until 6th May: Kandatsu Kogen Naeba
Open daily until 6th May: GALA Yuzawa [South Area now closed] Kagura (Tashiro)
Open daily until 27th May: Kagura (Mitsumata)
All other ski resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 19th April 2012, 9:42am
Clear and sunny
More sun this morning and clearer skies... it's a beautiful spring morning in Nozawa and not much else to report other than once I post this report I will be out there destination Yamabiko! There's hardly anyone around to enjoy it as well - where are you?! We have seen the last of the powder days, but there's still a ton of fun to be had and lots of snow too.... Yamabiko still reading over 3m of the stuff.
We will probably see a high temp. of about 11 degrees today in the village. Currently the forecast for tomorrow is just cloud and a similar temp. After that sun again for Saturday along with perhaps the warmest day of the year so far.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
* Readings by the resort from lower slopes now seem to have finished - though there's still generally plenty.
Current Lift operations (scheduled): Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Four Yamabiko Four No2 Skyline Link
Main courses open (scheduled): Yamabiko A Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Skyline (upper half) - go to base via Kamoshika and Karasawa Uenotaira Paradise Schneider Utopia courses Yunomine A, B Challenge Bunabayashi Rinkan
Things have brightened up the last few days and this morning is also a mild, warm and sunny one. Blue skies up there and a real spring feel to the air. A feelgood one. It's always sad when winter is over, but spring also has it's appeal - as do all the seasons in Shiga Kogen for that matter.
Looks like tomorrow will be more cloudy followed by clearer skies once again on Saturday when once again a few more lifts plan to be open for the weekend.
Just a reminder that the road connecting Shiga Kogen with Kusatsu in Gunma is still closed and will be until the 26th April. They have been hard at work moving snow up there the last few weeks in preparation for a planned re-opening of the road on 26th April. When it opens you will be able to get to Shiga Kogen via Gunma. More on that a bit nearer the time.
Areas with lifts still operating on Thursday: Mammoth (one quad open for general public) Ichinose Family (one pair and one quad) Okushiga Kogen (two pairs) Kumanoyu (two pairs) Yokoteyama/Shibutoge (one triple, three pairs, two singles)
Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 19th April 2012 AM:
Higashitateyama: Open 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. (Even when courses closed access to Terakoya available)
Terakoya: Open 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
Mammoth: Quad open until 6th May. Triple lift open 17th-19th April and 24th-26th April.
Tannenomori: Open 28th April until 6th May
Ichinose Family: Quad until 6th May. No2 pair open until 6th May except 16th, 17th and 27th April.
Ichinose Diamond: Quad open 21/22 April, 28th April - 6th May.
Yakebitaiyama: Gondola and No2 high quad lift open weekends and Golden Week.
Okushiga Kogen: Gondola open 16th April and then 21st-23rd April, 28th April until 6th May. No2 and No3 pairs until 6th May. No4 pair open 21st-22nd April, 28th April until 6th May.
Kumanoyu: Some lifts open beyond 6th May (after that date the Shiga Kogen ticket not valid)
Yokoteyama: Plans to be open until late May. Beyond 6th May, the joint Shiga Kogen ticket not valid. Read more ...
Thursday 19th April 2012, 10:15am
The weather is high overcast today but there is good clear visibility and little in the way of breeze. As spring gets a hold, the first signs of the ground breaking through in Kitanomine are visible which is about a month later than we would normally see this occur. Snow around the village is rapidly disappearing by the day, but there is still plenty left on the Furano Zone which has amazing conditions. Read more ...
Thursday 19th April 2012, 10:15am
The sun is out this morning over Zao. Sometimes hidden by some clouds which are casting some giant shadows on the slopes of the resort as they move on this morning but lots of blue sky and sun as well. Not much wind either so another good spring day here. Look for more of the same over the next few days. In particular, it should be quite warm on Saturday.
Official snow depths (19th April 12) Utopia - 175cm Chuo - 180cm Paradise - 180cm Uwanodai - 80cm
Operating lifts (19th April 12) Limited lifts now open - see below.
Current planned lift operations at Zao, as of 19th April - subject to change:
Uwanodai Area Sky Cable (open all year, but closed from 7th May for maintenance)
Chuo and Paradise Area Zao Chuo Ropeway (closed for maintenance 9th-25th April except Saturdays and Sundays) Chuo No1 pair lift (only 21st and 22nd April, 28th April until 6th May) Chuo No2 pair lift (until 6th May) Katakai triple lift (only 21st and 22nd April, 28th April until 6th May) Paradise No1 pair lift (only 21st and 22nd April, 28th April until 6th May)
Yokokura and Utopia area Zao Ropeway (open all year, closed for maintenance 7th-18th May) 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 ...