Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 18th April 2020

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 23rd April 2011, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Cloudy conditions yesterday all day and this morning there's still a lot of cloud around. It's also raining lightly at the moment as well unfortunately, though it was somewhat expected. Looks like it might get heavier as well later on along with some stronger winds. It's around 10 degrees in the village.

Things look better for tomorrow, with sunny clear skies likely.

Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 23rd April AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
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 - 190cm.

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) - 120cm

The Gondola, Grad Quad, Alpen Quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Kurobishi No3 pair, Skyline No2 pair and Panorama pair lifts are operating for the weekend. 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: Riesen Grad, Kurobishi, Usagidaira and Panorama.
The Grad is 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 - 210cm

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

Naeba Now!

Saturday 23rd April 2011, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Cloud, rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's raining up at Kagura this morning I'm afraid. Strong winds are also with us and affecting resort operations this Saturday morning - at the moment Mitsumata Ropeway to the Kagura No1 quad lift and the No5 quad lifts are open. Things may change depending on the wind during the day.

Tomorrow should be much better in terms of conditions with clearer skies and the sun on the forecast.

Apologies for a mistake that had been posted on this report this last week - the downhill course that goes from the lower slopes of Mitsumata to the car park is actually now closed. We had been reporting that it was open this last week -- sorry for that oversight.

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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 23rd April 2011, 9:23am
Weather conditions: Cloud, rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Earlier on it was just cloudy but light rain has started to fall in Yuzawa this morning and it is a generally dull and grey start to the day here. Quite mild too with a light wind but stronger winds are also forecast to be blowing around soon. The winds are affecting things at Kagura but they seem to be open up to the top lift so hopefully things will stay like that.

Kandatsu Kogen has re-opened for the weekend this morning.

Tomorrow is the pick of the weekend though with sunny conditions very likely from early in the morning.

Official snow depth @ Saturday 23rd April 2011 AM

360cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 23rd April 2011, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao, where the resort has opened once again and the lifts are moving and will be moving from now until Golden Week.

It's a cloudy morning, 7 degrees and a there's a moderate-strong wind. Rain is likely as well later on I'm sorry to report though tomorrow looks like it should be clearer conditions.

Regarding the closing of the resort, I am hearing the last day will be 5th May rather than 8th May as I suggested yesterday. Anyway whatever we have 2 weeks of Zao to enjoy until the end of the season.

There are some patches of ground starting to show on lower slopes of the resort, but there is still plenty up top.


Official snow depths as of 23rd April:

Utopia - 195cm
Paradise - 180cm
Chuo - 150cm
Uwanodai - 60cm


Saturday 23rd April until 5th May (8:30am - 5pm):

The following courses will be opened:

Paradise detour
Renraku courses

The courses will be serviced by the following lifts:

Chuo Ropeway
Sky Cable
Zao Ropeway
Chuo No1 Pair
Chuo No2 Pair
Katakai Triple
Paradise Pair
Utopia No2 Pair
Shobunuma Pair

Subject to change! Spring lift ticket rates will apply.    Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 23rd April 2011, 11:41am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Welcome to the rest of the season! The below lifts planned to be open today, but the only thing stopping the Gondola moving is strong winds... other than that, things opened as planned. Up at Yamabiko, the resort has opened the D and E courses. Uenotaira is open as well, so a lot more area available from today. Rain into this evening though, even higher up to start off with but perhaps some snow later on followed by clearer skies tomorrow.

The main Yamabiko lift and therefore courses should also be joining in the fun from next Saturday - see below.


Lift operations at Nozawa Onsen:

Saturday 23rd April until Thursday 28th April:
-Higake Gondola
-Yamabiko No2 quad lift
-Uenotaira quad lift
-Paradise quad lift
-Higake No2 pair lift (B) [23rd/24th only]

Saturday 29th April until Thursday 5th May:
-Nagasaka Gondola
-Yamabiko quad lift
-Yamabiko No2 quad lift
-Skyline connecting pair lift
-Uenotaira quad lift
-Paradise quad lift

Friday 5th May until Sunday 8th May:
-Nagasaka Gondola
-Yamabiko quad lift
-Yamabiko No2 quad lift
-Uenotaira quad lift
-Paradise quad lift

Monday 9th May until Sunday 15th May:
-Nagasaka Gondola
-Yamabiko quad lift
-Yamabiko No2 quad lift   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 23rd April 2011, 14:57pm
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The wind and rain have been kicking up for the last hour now, and the storm looks to linger at varying rates of intensity for the next 24 hours or so. Current temperatures at village level are around 5 degrees, so up on top of the mountain you can expect snow or at least wintry mix for the next few hours. According to the weather forecast, temperatures are expected to rise slowly through the night, topping out at around 13 degrees. All in all, not the best conditions out on the mountain today, but things should clear up by mid-week, and hopefully things will look start looking better for Golden Week and this snow season's last hurrah.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 23rd April 2011, 16:39pm
Weather conditions: Increasingly overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The day began OK, but turned to rain in the afternoon. Pretty heavy winds over night combined with some rain yesterday did finally start to bring down the snowpack, although there are still no patches on the slopes, even down to base.

Tomorrow was originally supposed to be the rainy day, but it might be good! Maybe a good day for some spring skiing?

Open Ski Resorts

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):
Sky Cable gondola, Hotel No. 3.

Seki Onsen:
Open until May 8.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):

Seki Onsen:
300cm   Read more ...

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