Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th January 2020
Saturday 24th April 2010, 9:04am
Kagura is reporting 1cm of new snow up top this morning.
It certainly was quite cold yesterday and the drizzle had turned into heavy rain in the afternoon though it had cleared up somewhat by evening again. Rain again this morning though I'm afraid. It won't have done the remaining snow many favours...
The good news though is that it is showing signs that it might clear up very quickly - the rain has stopped and it is bright now with a good chance of the sun being out before long.
The forecast is for sun later on and then a very fine sunny day tomorrow with temperatures reaching around 14 degrees.
Official resort snow depths @ 24th April 10, AM: Kagura: 300cm Kagura - Tashiro: 230cm GALA Yuzawa: 130cm
Planned closing dates at resorts in Yuzawa:
Wednesday 5th May 2010: Gala Yuzawa Kagura (Tashiro Area)
Bizarre weather here today. Rain down low but the sun keeps breaking through. Slightly higher up it is sleeting/hailing and Tenjin are saying that light snow is falling at the top. There was a light dusting overnight up high and a bit of rain in the valley. It's a bit colder again today but apparently the warmer temperatures kick in from tomorrow.
The Toge lift at Tenjin is going to be closed for most of the morning but should be open by 11ish. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 24th April 2010, 9:44am
Cloud, clearing up
After a wet period today looks set to be a fine day. Looks like the top of the resort has even seen a sprinkling of white up there!
There is still a lot of cloud hanging on but it should be gradually clearing up and we might see the sun before too long. And tomorrow is set to be fine and sunny right from early on, so should be a good weekend for those out on the slopes.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Courses currently open (as of 24th 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
Lifts currently operating (as of 24th Apr):
Nagasaka Gondola (both sections); Yamabiko Four (quad) Yamabiko No2 Four (quad) Uenotaira Four (quad) Paradise Four (quad)
The cold weather just won't go away at the moment!
This morning a little earlier it was 0 degrees in the village with a sprinkling of snow, cloudy and foggy onditions so fairly poor visibility on the mountain. Expect it to be colder up there so winter wear is still needed.
These conditions look likely to clear up as the day progresses though and by tomorrow it is likely to be clear and sunny with considerably warmer temperatures.
Chuo area: 105cm
Paradise area: 120cm
Utopia area: 140cm
Below are the lifts that remain open at the Zao Onsen resort:
Ropeways: Zao Sky Cable - open all year (closed 6th-28th May for maintenance) Zao Chuo Ropeway - open throughout the year Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May for maintenance)
Lifts: 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 on Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May Utopia No1 pair - open all year Utopia No2 pair - until conditions allow
After a short round of ice and snow following a front that moved through last night, the sun has somewhat broken through the clouds, bringing temperatures up to a steady 6 degrees above freezing. The weather should remain relatively tranquil throughout the evening hours. The snow is pretty much gone in town except for the larger drifts still lingering on the sides of houses and parking lots, however on the mountain there is still 115cm of solid snow for your winter sporting enjoyment. There are still quite a few people on the mountain getting in those last few runs before the season ends in less than two weeks. Next week is promising a warming trend, so get out there while you still can! Read more ...
Saturday 24th April 2010, 13:31pm
This morning started off with quite a lot of blue sky with just the top of the mountains with some cloud. It is still bright now but has clouded over quite a lot since then. Fine weather is forecast for tomorrow with sunny conditions expected from early on and temperatures up into double figures.
The season at resorts is soon coming to an end now - just a couple of weeks left and only the upper parts of resorts open, apart from Hakuba 47 where you can still ride down to the base. The snow has gone from the Toomi part of Hakuba Goryu is now completely closed (the downhill course is now closed).
Here is the latest info from resort areas that remain open (subject to change):
Happo-one The following lifts in the Kurobishi/Usagidaira area of the resort remain operating - Gondola, Grat quad, Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Kurobishi No3 pair and Hakuba Kokusai No3 pair AB. The Panorama pair is also open for the weekend. 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.
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 - we can still ride to the base of the resort. 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 ...