Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th November 2019

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 20th April 2011, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, light snow up top early on
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday the clouds and rain/snow started to clear up around lunchtime and by late afternoon there was still a fair bit of cloud hanging around upper slopes but some patches of blue sky on show from the village and the lower slopes visible. It was snowing again up there in the evening though and this morning Hakuba Goryu is reporting 5cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes (0cm on lower). Hakuba 47 is also saying there is 5cm of new snowfall up there. More, no doubt, higher up further in the mountains.

It's a cold morning and light snow has still been falling on upper slopes early on but it is dry down here in the village at the moment... poor visibility on those slopes up there but signs are that things might be clearing up and it might turn into a decent afternoon. Clear skies and warmer temperatures are due tomorrow.

Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 20th April AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
5cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes on Wednesday morning.
The upper slopes at Goryu plan to be open until 8th May.
The Gondola and Alps No3 pair lifts are operating.
The Alps No1 pair will be open on Saturdays/Sundays and from 29th April until 8th May.
Top to bottom skiing still ok.
Alps daira - 200cm.

Hakuba 47:
All lifts except Line D lift operating with all courses still open.
47 plans to be open into May.
Top to bottom skiing still ok.
Snow depth (upper) - 140cm

The Gondola, Alpen Quad, Kurobishi No3 pair and Panorama pair lifts are operating. The upper slopes are planning to be open until 5th May. All of the lower lifts are now closed for the season - you need to take the Gondola down to the base at the end of the day. Course areas open are: Kurobishi, Usagidaira and Panorama.
The Grad quad will also be open on weekends and during Golden week, at those times opening up that top course as well.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 120cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The Gondola as well as the Tsuga No2 pair and Han-no-ki high speed pair lifts in the upper area of the resort are operating. It is possible to ski/board right down from the top to the bottom of the resort via the Han-no-ki and lower Karamatsu courses.
Snow depth upper - 230cm

Hakuba Iwatake, Hakuba Sanosaka, Cortina and Hakuba Minekata are now all closed for the season.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 20th April 2011, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Light snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good news from Kagura this morning. The resort has announced that they got 10cm of fresh snow since last night and up to 30cm of snow since yesterday morning. Not bad at all for the second half of April!

Visibility is fairly poor up there this morning with some light snow still falling but I'm sure you would be able to see enough to enjoy that new snow - and conditions should improve as the day progresses.

Fine weather conditions along with warmer temperatures forecast for tomorrow.

Operations at Kagura (Wednesday 20th April):

- Mitsumata Ropeway
- Mitsumata No1 Quad
- Mitsumata No2 Pair
- Kagura Gondola
- Kagura No1 Quad
- Kagura No5 Pair

The downhill course from the bottom of the Mitsumata slopes to the Mitsumata car park is also open for the weekend.

Official Snow Depth:



We will post updates to this Naeba Now section a few times a week until the end of the season at Kagura. At the same time, the Yuzawa Now report area will continue to be updated on a 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 on Kagura.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 20th April 2011, 9:33am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There is a moderate breeze out on the mountain today but is it full sun and warm conditions. The temperatures have been cold over night so the snow will be firm early morning and softening up mid morning. There is some great skiing to be had out there on the Furano Zone. The official closing date is May 5, so there is still plenty of time to get some late season turns in.
   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 20th April 2011, 10:03am
Weather conditions: Rain (town); Light snow (upper Kagura)
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The news this morning is 30cm of snow since my report yesterday. That's what the resort is telling us anyway and a very decent showing. It is still raining at town level where we haven't seen any snowfall but hopefully we will see things clearing up this afternoon. It's not getting that warm today after a chilly night with high of perhaps around 5 degrees.

We should be seeing more sun and warmer conditions tomorrow but right now it is looking like we will be having a wet weekend.

Official snow depth @ Wednesday 20th April 2011 AM


Operations at Kagura (20th April):

- Mitsumata Ropeway
- Mitsumata No1 Quad
- Mitsumata No2 Pair
- Kagura Gondola
- Kagura No1 Quad
- Kagura No5 Pair

Kandatsu is closed today but plans to re-open again next weekend and then for Golden Week.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 20th April 2011, 10:43am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, light snow, fog
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
More snow! It's almost feeling like winter again with poor visibility and snow still coming down this morning. Cold too. 10-20cm since yesterday perhaps.... Nice.

Things should clear up this afternoon though and leave us with a fine day tomorrow.

The snowfall of yesterday and overnight have delayed the planned opening of Route 292 through to Gunma. That was supposed to happen at 10am this morning, but has been delayed. The road is now open just from Yokoteyama to Shibutoge. The opening of the remaining part through to Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma has been delayed - until when, not sure at this moment.

Resort areas that are [at least part] this week (18th-22nd April):

-Ichinose Family
-Okushiga Kogen
-Yokoteyama / Shibutoge

More details on lift operations below.

Official resort snow depths as of 20th April 2011 AM:

Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:


Updated resort status (subject to change):

Quad lift open until 5th May.

Okushiga Kogen:
No2 and No3 high speed lifts open until 8th May.
No4 pair lift open between 23rd April and 8th May.
Gondola open 16th-18th and April 23rd until 8th May.
Please note - Okushiga Kogen is a skiers-only area.

No 1 pair lift will be open until 8th May.
No 2 pair lift will be open until 8th May and then may continue to be open depending on snow conditions at that time. They hope to be able to open until 15th May.
No 3 quad lift will be open from 29th April until 8th May.
No 4 pair lift – no specific opening times available.
Please note - Kumanoyu is a skiers-only area.

Yokoteyama – Shibutoge:
The resort plans to be open until the end of May.
Yokoteyama No 1 Sky lift open until 8th May.
Yokoteyama No 2, No 3 Sky lifts and the Shibutoge pair lift will all be open until conditions permit.
Yokoteyama No 4, No 5 and No 6 lifts will be open at unspecified times until 8th May.
Please note - snowboarding is not allowed on all courses at Yokoteyama - allowed on No1, No2 and No4 courses and the Shibutoge area. Currently, No4 course is closed).

Ichinose Family:
Quad lift open until 5th May.
No2 pair lift (B) open on April 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May.

Ichinose Diamond:
Triple lift (and moving walkway) open on April 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May.

Opening from 29th April until 5th May for Golden Week.

Quad and No1 pair lift opening on April 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May.   Read more ...

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