Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Wednesday 26th March 2014, 7:33am
Warmest day of the year yesterday with temperatures going just above 15 degrees in Yuzawa town in the afternoon. Joetsu City in Niigata Prefecture saw temperatures rise to over 20 degrees!
Lots of sunshine, lots of melting going on. The slopes around town seemed very quiet so there's no crowds to hinder the enjoyment of these spring conditions.
Today isn't going to be as hot (I suppose I can use that word), with a high of around 12C forecast. We have a cloudy morning early on with rain forecast from the early afternoon and that might continue overnight.
It should be back to clearer skies sometime tomorrow with those temperatures set to rise further still.
Here's the latest on when Yuzawa skijo intend to be open until:
The sun is out once again this morning and it is already rather warm here in the village area and it will again warm up quickly with a high somewhere around 8 degrees or above expected at base. It's hazy looking over towards Mt Yotei, but clearer blue skies looking up towards the slopes.
Not much wind here but hearing of stronger winds at higher elevations, though each resort area plans to get the lifts moving at normal times.
It's forecast to remain warm over the next few days, but actually seems likely to cool down a bit from around Sunday into early week.
Clear sky with no snow clouds. A 15m/s northwesterly wind is blowing up high, but is forecasted to calm down in the morning. The temperature will rise and spring climax avalanches hazard will rise accordingly in south facing slopes under 800m, as well as 1100m leeward slopes with heavy snow load. Dangerous areas are the Backbowl, Osawa and Higashi-One. These spring slides occur in slopes with heavy snowdrifts loaded through the winter. They occur when the slope’s snow tension is released and can run for 2000m with 500m vertical drop. Keep a reasonable distance from the valley bottom when taking a break, and riding the bottom should not be taken too easily. The snow is hard in the morning but will soon soften. Peak gates will open from the morning. Enjoy the spring mountain.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 26th March 2014, 8:32am
After that sunny and very warm day esterday, this morning it's cloudy and grey.
It was mild overnight and already 5 degrees now; temps should approach double digits later (so not quite as warm as yesterday).. and we have rain forecast for the afternoon. So the pick of the day would definitely be early on before that rain starts.
Once the rain clouds clear sometime tomorrow, the sun should be back and we're expecting some serious warmth still for the end of the week.
Rain due around Sunday again with some forecasts saying there's a chance of a delivery of snow on the upper slopes; that would be great, please.
After lots of sun and lots of warmth yesterday, it's cloudy this morning. Not as warm and it doesn't feel as warm with the sun hiding behind the clouds but temps are forecast to rise to about +10 degrees later on.
We're told to expect some rain as well this afternoon and tonight.
The sun should return tomorrow once the clouds clear and we'll return to that stead (or is that rather sudden?!) increase in temperatures.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 26th March 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Plans to be open until early May. Upper - 240cm Toomi - 110cm Iimori - 80cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Plans to be open until early May. Upper - 200cm Lower - 45cm
Happo-one: Plans to be open until early May. Usagidaira - 205cm Nakiyama - 45cm Sakka - 40cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Plans to be open until early May. Tsuganomori - 299cm Maruyama - 100cm Kanenonaruoka - 140cm
Hakuba Cortina: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Plans to be open until 6th April. Upper - 300cm Lower - 180cm
Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuba Norikura plan to be open until 31st March.
Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Minekata are already closed. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 26th March 2014, 10:10am
Sunny yesterday but cloudy this morning.
It got very warm during the day yesterday and while it is quite mild today still, not as high as yesterday. Still, snow will be melting.
So for the moment cloudy, but we might not be able to avoid the rain that is forecast - though hoping that we might even get so see a bit of fresh snow in some places overnight if we are lucky. Going to be girigiri at base, that.
Tomorrow conditions should clear up and then Friday and Saturday very warm spring weather is due back.
I'll post a report on Friday with an update.
Maruike: Until 31st March
Hasuike: Until 31st March
Nishitateyama: Until 31st March
Higashitateyama: Until 31st March
Sun Valley: Number 2 lift - closed Number 3 lift - until 31st March Number 1 lift - until 6th April
Tannenomori: Number 8 quad lift - until 3rd April and then 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th April; 26th April until 6th May
Giant: Until 6th April
Happo Bunadaira: Bunadaira quad - until 31st March Happo quad - until 6th April
Ichinose Diamond: Diamond triple lift - until 4th April Diamond quad lift - until 6th April; then on weekends and 26th April until 6th May. Connecting - until 31st March
Ichinose Family: Ichinose Number 2 Pair A - until 31st March Ichinose Number 3 quad - until 31st March Ichinose Number 2 Pair B - until 6th May Ichinose quad - until 6th May
Ichinose Yamanokami: Until 6th April and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Terakoya: Quad lift - until 31st March and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May Pair lift - until 31st March and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Mammoth: Number 3 pair lift - until 31st March Quad lift - until 6th April and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May Triple lift - until 6th April and then weekdays until 25th April; and then 3rd-6th May
Kidoike: Until 31st March
Okushiga Kogen: Number 6 pair lift - until 30th March Number 1 pair lift - until 6th April Number 4 pair lift - until 6th April and then 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May Number 2 and 3 pair lifts - until 6th May Gondola - until 6th May
Yakebitaiyama, Yokoteyama and Kumanoyu are yet to announce details. Yokoteyama is usually able to remain open until late May. Read more ...
Wednesday 26th March 2014, 10:45am
It's cloudy over Zao this morning and there's a moderate wind blowing things about.
Even early on when I got up it was already +3 degrees. There's a fair chance of rain falling today (possibly even some snow higher up overnight?)
I will continue updating the Zao Now report page until the last ski lift of the season stops at the end of Golden Week.
Please note however that in the last part of the season the updates may not be posted every day.
Operating ski lifts at Zao (* subject to change):
Until 6th April: Onsen Number 1 Pair Onsen Number 1 Quad Nakamoro Number 1 Triple Mikaeri Pair
Sometime in April: Yokokura Number 1 Pair Kurohime Number 1 Quad
Until 6th May: Ropeways and Gondolas (open through the year) Chuo Number 1 Pair AB Chuo Number 2 Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then holidays) Katakai Triple (every day until 14th April, then holidays) Paradise Pair AB Utopia Number 2 Pair
Official snow depths (26th March 14): Utopia: 290cm Chuo: 260cm Paradise: 280cm Uwanodai: 170cm Read more ...
Wednesday 26th March 2014, 12:36pm
No snow report from the town, so I almost forgot to give my Myoko Now. Which I should, as it is not raining. Yet. Looks likely, but it's still dry, and warm enough that things should be pretty pleasant.
Precipitation does look likely tomorrow... and it won't be snow.
Akakura Kanko: 270cm Spring operations: Currently all lifts except Champion No. 1 are operating. From this weekend the Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out. Spring rates from March 24 are adults ¥2,500, junior high students and seniors ¥2,000, kids ¥1,500.
Akakura Onsen: 200cm Open until Sunday 30th March; no night skiing.
Ikenotaira: 180cm Planning to stay open until Sunday 6th April.
Myoko Suginohara: 170cm Back in the game until the 30th; gondola and No. 2 lifts operating.
Seki Onsen: 400cm Says it hopes to stay open until mid-May—at least for Golden Week, snow allowing.
Myoko Ski Park: 250cm Open until Sunday 6th April.
Myoko Kyukamura Runrun 320cm Closing Monday, March 31.
Tangram Ski Circus 160cm Running the No. 3 lift only from March 31 until April 6. Read more ...