Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Thursday 24th March 2011, 8:19am
It's a cold but bright morning in the region and it looks like it should end up being a fine and sunny day, though we may see that snow tonight and into tomorrow. Doesn't seem to be quite as promising in terms of cm as how it was looking before. Anyway, no new snow to report in either Naeba or Kagura this morning.
Less of both Naeba and Kagura going to be open now. Operations at Naeba and Kagura today are as follows:
Naeba: - No 3 quad lift - No 5 quad lift Courses open are the numbered 1-5 courses at the resort - lower areas. (No4 quad lift will also be operating on Saturdays and Sundays until the resort closes on 3rd April)
Kagura: - Mitsumata Ropeway - Mitsumata No1 Quad - Mitsumata No2 Pair - Kagura Gondola - Kagura No1 Quad Courses open are the Mitsumata runs and the main courses down from the quad and the Gondola course at Kagura.
A cloudy start to the day here, but temperatures remain cold. No more new snow to report though we might see some light snowfall before the end of the day today and then a good chance of that heavier snowfall that I was mentioning yesterday come tomorrow night. A nice new layer of snow would certainly make conditions good in the run up to the weekend.
Most resort areas of Shiga Kogen are not running all of their lifts, but most of the courses/runs do seem to be covered by these operations. The most noticable area with closed courses is at Yakebitaiyama, where over half of the courses are closed.
Please see previous report from a few days ago for more on planned lift operations in this last week of March... they are subject to change at short notice so I advise you contact resorts for the latest if you plan a trip.
Official resort snow depths as of 24th March 2011 AM:
Well, the temperature dropped more than forecast overnight and it was a really cold one... down to -7 degrees which is mid-winter stuff for Yuzawa. This morning things look bright though and it should be a generally fine day and temperatures will probably rise to around +3 degrees and then warmer still tomorrow with a maximum of +7 degrees currently forecast.
There's going to be a chance of rain tomorrow before hopefully it turns into snow giving us at least a few cm new on the slopes by early Saturday morning.
Below is how things stand with resorts in the area. Just to be clear the reason they are not open is not because of any kind of damage, but in an effort to save electricity and fuel due to the current situation.
Resorts that are part open: - Naeba - Kagura (+ Mitsumata)* - Yuzawa Park - Iwappara - Kandatsu Kogen - Ipponsugi - Centleisure Maiko (open until Sunday 27th) - Joetsu Kokusai
Resorts that are closed, but plan/hope to re-open: - NASPA Ski Garden (plans to re-open from Saturday) - Gala Yuzawa (no specific date)
Resorts that are now closed for the season: - Tashiro - Yuzawa Nakazato - Ludens Yuzawa - Yuzawa Kogen - Nunoba - Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depths @ Thursday 24th March 2011 AM
Yuzawa Park: 190cm
Kandatsu Kogen: 260cm
Joetsu Kokusai: 240cm
* The main area of Kagura is open, accessed via Mitsumata Ropeway. The Mitsumata slopes are also open. Please keep on eye on our Naeba Now report as well for the latest from both Naeba and Kagura resort areas. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 24th March 2011, 8:49am
There's lots of cloud in the sky this morning but it's fairly bright and looks like it should clear up somewhat and indeed the local forecast for Nozawa is sun today.
We might see some light snowfall tonight but during the daytime tomorrow the conditions should be clear and sunny once again followed by a chance of moderate snowfall tomorrow night into Saturday.
The resort will announce later any plans for operations further into April.
The following lifts on the upper areas of the resort are not operating: Uenotaira quad, Yamabiko No2 Four, Yamabiko Four, Nagasaka Gondola upper station. The upper part of the mountain will be closed for the rest of the season.
It is recommended that you contact your accommodation or the resort to confirm any details before travelling. Read more ...
Thursday 24th March 2011, 9:21am
Cloud, clearing up
No new snow this morning but temperatures dropped right down to around -8 degrees in the village overnight so it was a really cold one. It will soon be around zero though and we'll see a high of around two degrees a bit later on today.
It's a cloudy morning but fairly bright with some blue sky on show and some appearances of the sun.
Snow is still forecast to be falling later on in the day tomorrow with a chance of perhaps up to 20cm or so on the upper slopes going into the weekend.
Resorts are still very quiet - get out there and have it almost to yourself!
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 24th March AM:
Hakuba Goryu Toomi No 2 lift is closed on weekdays. Alps No2 and No4 lifts are closed. No nighta. Alps daira - 285cm; Toomi - 125cm; Iimori - 90cm.
Hakuba 47: All lifts except Line D lift operating, some courses will remain ungroomed. Snow depth (upper) - 200cm.
Happo-one: Largely open and the Gondola is now operating again. Shirakaba area closed. No nighta. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 220cm; Sakka - 90cm; Shirakaba - 90cm; Nakiyama - 60cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: Most of the resort is open though the Gondola/Ropeway are not operating. Snow depth - 295cm Maruyama area - 125cm Champion - 190cm
Hakuba Iwatake: The Iwatake Gondola will be closed for the rest of the season. Upper - 165cm Lower - 120cm
Hakuba Minekata: Resort is now closed for the season.
It is recommended to check with resorts and accommodations before making a decision to make the trip to Hakuba for the very latest info. Read more ...
Thursday 24th March 2011, 11:08am
Clear; some high clouds
It's a great day today; fresh snow, cold temperatures to start the day, and blue skies now above it all. People are out on the slopes; not a lot, but they're out there. It should be very good both in the areas that are still open, and in the backcountry as well.
Ski Resort Operations
Akakura Onsen: Kumado No. 3; Akakura Chuo Triple; Yodel Super Quad. Night skiing finished for the year.
Akakan (Akakura Kanko): Sky Cable gondola, Hotel No. 3, 5; Champion side closed.
Ikenotaira: Closed for the season.
Myoko Suginohara: Closed from 3/22 to 3/25; gondola only on 3/26, 27.
Seki Onsen: Closed today; should reopen tomorrow, and will stay open until May 8.
Myoko Ski Park: Closed for the season.
Kyukamura: Closed from 22nd to 25th.
Tangram: Three lifts operating; four to operate on the weekend; then will cut back to two lifts and stay open until 4/3.
The morning started off with crystal clear blue skies, very cold temperatures and a fresh dusting of 5cm of powder. The sun came out strong and the temperatures have steadily risen through the morning. The ski area has been extensively groomed but there are some nice pockets of powder out there. As of midday there is still areas of grooming that haven't been skied-out yet, so don't delay get out there and make the most of a great day.
Kitanomine Zone will close on March 27. Night skiing has now finished on both sides of the mountain. Read more ...
Thursday 24th March 2011, 14:36pm
Mostly cloudy with snow showers and occassional sunny breaks
More snow overnight adding up to another 10cm. Conditions first thing this morning were awesome off the peak with up to knee powder under a bluebird sky. As the day progressed lower slopes became affected by the sun and warming temps. Overall I'd say the top third of the mountain has great snow, the mid 3rd has variable conditions depending on the aspect from very good to crusty and chunky. The bottom 3rd regardless of aspect was turning pretty slushy by the afternoon. About what we'd normally expect this time of year. This afternoon it has mostly clouded over and there's been some light snow showers. A bit more snow expected overnight into tomorrow.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 425 Bottom - 210
Niseko Village: Top - 390 Bottom - 190
Annupuri: Top - 410 Bottom - 190
Peak gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open around 9am, please refer to the ski patrol’s advices at the gates. There has been a tiny bit of snowfall during the night. The wind has remained relatively calm, around NW 10m/s even in higher altitudes above 1100m. Annupuri peak 6am: -12℃ and NW3m/s. Yesterday’s new snow was unstable, vulnerable to stimulation during the morning, however stabilized in the afternoon. Although most slopes seems to have generally stabilized, the bonding between the new snowfall and the crust layer from 2 days ago seems to be still feeble in south facing slopes and other sun-affected slopes, especially in deep valleys where the heat tends to be trapped in. Please keep in mind that all the areas outside the gates are not within the resort anymore, and having the gates open does NOT mean that it’s safe to go out. Every single person should evaluate the danger by him or herself, and decide whether to go out or not at your own risk. Have a safe day.
The last few days has seen some cold conditions in the region as well as some snow higher up on the mountains yesterday morning. We may see another slight snowfall tonight and then tomorrow as well at higher elevations.
Clearer weather conditions with the sun making long appearances are due around Tuesday and Wednesday.
There is no real news in terms of resorts opening since the last report.
Marunuma Kogen: Part open with Chuo, No5 and No8 lifts operating. Plans to be open until early May (apart from 23rd/24th March);
Minakami Kogen 200: Two lifts running - Minakami quad and No1 pair;
Okutone: Open (2 lifts and all courses) until 27th March;
Norn Minakami: No3 quad lift operating;
White World Oze Iwakura: Plans to be open on 26th/27th February and also 2nd/3rd April with 3rd April being the last day of the season. Two lifts (No3 quad and No4 pair) will be operating.
Tanigawa Tenjindaira - closed until at least Friday 25th March Kawaba - closed until at least 25th March; Houdaigi - closed until 25th March
If you plan to visit a resort, we strongly suggest you contact them directly to find out the latest information. Read more ...