Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 24th May 2019
Wednesday 28th April 2010, 9:27am
We have had some fairly wild weather over the last 24 hours. It has been raining along with some strong winds -- very strong winds at times -- well into the early hours of today.
This morning the winds have calmed down considerably, enough to let the resorts all open as planned, but it is unfortunately still raining. Hopefully it will clear up later on this morning but cloud and possibly rain is also forecast for tomorrow. After that, the weather should be fine with a lot of sun forecast for the rest of the Golden Week holidays.
Right now is it 11 degrees in town, with a high of around 18 degrees forecast for later this afternoon.
Golden Week actually starts with a national holiday tomorrow. Friday is not a national holiday, but then we have the weekend followed by three more national holidays on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. The last day of Golden Week, Wednesday 5th May, is the last day of the season for Gala Yuzawa and Tashiro. After that, it will just be Mitsumata Ropeway and the main part of Kagura open.
Official resort snow depths @ 28th April 10, AM: Kagura: 300cm Kagura - Tashiro: 230cm GALA Yuzawa: 120cm
Planned closing dates at resorts in Yuzawa:
Wednesday 5th May 2010: Gala Yuzawa Kagura (Tashiro Area)
Kagura is back open this morning after the strong winds preventing things from opening yesterday. It's much calmer this morning but it is sadly raining even up top with a temperature early on of +5 degrees. Looks like it will be a very mild day. Similar conditions perhaps tomorrow but better weather from Friday onwards into the main part of Golden Week next week.
We will post Naeba Now weather update reports a few times a week until the end of the season at Kagura. The Yuzawa Now report will continue to be updated on a mostly 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.
Official Snow Depths:
Kagura (Tashiro): 270cm
The Tashiro part of Kagura plans to be open until Wednesday 5th May.
The main Kagura area, via Mitsumata Ropeway, plans to be open through until Sunday 23rd May. Read more ...
Wednesday 28th April 2010, 9:49am
Overnight there have been very strong winds. They have died down as the morning has progressed but it is still gusty at times out on the mountain. The forecast is for rain today but at the moment we as basking in sunshine. With the wind whipping around it feels rather cold, some insulation under the shell is advised.
We've had a few days of poor weather conditions here with rain and winds yesterday though it is much calmer this morning but with rain still falling in some places early on. Hopefully that will clear up later on though there is chance of rain tomorrow also.
Tomorrow is the first national holiday of the "Golden Week" period - the next national holidays being Monday to Wednesday of next week. So while not much of Shiga Kogen remains open, there should be a fair few people here especially from Saturday into early week and good weather is currently forecast.
Once the Golden Week is ended, resort operations will be further limited as per the information posted below.
Higashitateyama will be open on Saturdays and then from 29th April until 5th May. At Terakoya the quad and No1 pair will be open on Saturdays and also the 29th April until 5th May. At the Mammoth area, the quad will be open until 5th May. The Ichinose Family area will be open until 5th May. Ichinose Diamond will do it's best to be open until 5th May, dependent on conditions. At Yakebitaiyama, the No2 Gondola open again from 29th April until 5th May. The No2 quad lift will be moving from 29th April until 5th May. At Okushiga Kogen, the Gondola will be open until 5th May. The No 2, 3 and 4 lifts until 5th May. Kumanoyu plans to be open until at least 5th May and perhaps beyond depending on conditions. The No3 quad lift will be open on Saturdays, Sundays and the period 24th April until 5th May. Yokoteyama plans to be open until late on in May, depending on snow conditions of course.
The above lift operation information is subject to change. Read more ...
Wednesday 28th April 2010, 10:12am
Sleet at village level, snow up higher with strong winds
Yesterday was a fine and sunny day but the wind really picked up as the day progressed and great plumes of snow could be seen streaming off the summit of Youtei. High cloud started moving in late in the day and overnight the winds intensified across the region. This morning firt thing I was somewhat surprised to see snow falling outside my house in Kutchan. It was quite wet and not settling but snow to such low levels so late in the season is pretty cool. By around 9:00am the snow had mostly changed to a sleet/rain mix down low but it's definitely settling further up on the mountain although the strong winds will be blowing it all over the place. The winds are strong enough that there is currently only one lift operating on the whole mountain being the beginner Ace #1 lift. All this weather is being caused by an approaching low pressure system from the west. It is slow moving and we will remain in a southerly airstream for the next day or so and temperatures will become milder with some rain expected right to the top of the mountain tomorrow. It will cool again a little after that and snow is expected about the peaks through to the weekend. Possibly there'll be some good backcountry turns up high when the weather fines up.
Rain and high winds overnight have turned to partly cloudy
It's been a while since our last update; not much has changed except the depth of the snowpack! Akakan and Seki both have some runs open, the weather has remained cool to cold (we even had some snowfall as late as last weekend) and it looks like some good weather into Golden Week. So why not come and ski? Spring skiing is always fun; the snow is soft and there's a party mood out there.
Backcountry has been really good, apart from fresh snow turnign to death crust at times (a kick-turn descent was recently experienced by yours truly). The season should hang on very well, so a good time for hut tours and other general exploring.
Akakan: Sky Cable gondola, No. 3 lift
Seki Onsen: open (one lift)
Current Official Snow Depths:
Akakan (Akakura Kanko): 95cm
Seki Onsen: 350cm (not updated for some time, so figure less than two meters, and that only in secluded spots)
After a wet and rainy start to the day today, the weather has turned out to be fine and sunny this afternoon. It is now a lovely sunny and rather warm afternoon in Hakuba with most of the cloud moving on leaving us with very clear views of the mountains.
Tomorrow is the first national holiday of "Golden Week". Friday is not a national holiday but Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week are, so come Saturday lots of people will be enjoying a 5 day holiday - and we can expect more people to be coming for that last ski and snowboard of the season.
Next Wednesday will also be the last official day of the season at the Happo-one, Hakuba 47 and Tsugaike Kogen resorts in the region, leaving just Goryu open for a few extra days until the 9th... so we are into the final stretch now. Last chance for on-resort fun.
As for the weather over Golden Week - tomorrow there is a chance of rain in the morning but it should clear up like today and after that from Friday through until the end of Golden Week it looks like it is going to generally be fine and sunny with warm temperatures.
Here is the latest info from resort areas that remain open (subject to change):
Happo-one The following lifts in the upper area of the resort remain operating - Gondola, Grat quad, Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Kurobishi No3 pair and Hakuba Kokusai No3 pair AB. 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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 28th April 2010, 17:07pm
More wet and windy conditions yesterday, and this morning started off cloudy but it has cleared up this afternoon and the sun is out now -- it has turned into a very fine afternoon. It has warmed up considerably as well and has been around 15 degrees in the village earlier on.
There have been some fantastic views of distant low lying cloud from the top of the resort this afternoon.
The snow has (almost) completely melted away from most of the lower half of the resort now but there is still actually pretty good cover 1200m and above. The only slopes that remain open though now are the top Yamabiko courses, being serviced by the Nagasaka Gondola and then the two Yamabiko quad lifts up top.
There is just a week left for Nozawa Onsen this season with the resort planning to be open until the last day of the coming Golden Week holidays, which starts tomorrow and ends next Wednesday (5th May). The only day between tomorrow and next Wednesday that is not officially a national holiday is Friday (30th April) but the run of five holidays from Saturday until Wendnesday should see a fair few people turn up for that last chance of enjoying Nozawa for the season.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Courses currently open (as of 28th Apr): Yamabiko A course Yamabiko B course Yamabiko C course Yamabiko D course Yamabiko E course Kokenashi A course Kokenashi B course
Lifts currently operating (as of 28th Apr):
Nagasaka Gondola (both sections); Yamabiko Four (quad) Yamabiko No2 Four (quad)