Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Sunday 29th March 2020, 7:38am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
OK, so just to recap.
It was 22.8C a few days ago here.
Heavy rain last night.
And this morning, there's 10-15cm of fresh snowfall on the ground in town and the Kagura resort is reporting 25cm.
And Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 35cm of fresh snow.
Maiko, of course, brought their closing date forward by a week to today. It's interesting to note that they have not mentioned that today is their last day on their update this morning (...might they rethinking again...?)
Hold on. Incoming. Kandatsu Snow Resort have once again changed their planned closing date. No, not to extend it. This time, they are pulling back from 5th April to Tuesday 31st March.
I think I've got that right. I'll update you again if they change their mind again tomorrow. ;)
What a season this has been...
It's still snowing by the way. Should ease off sometime this morning. Hardly any wind.
Individual ski resort information: Sunday 29th March 2020 All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.
- All lifts apart from Buggy, Wagonette, Chariot and Landau ropeway are operating - All courses in the Central Area are open - The Broadway, Super Broadway, Swan and Roman Holiday A courses and Snow Park are open in the Northern Area - The Southern Area and downhill course are closed - Official snow depth: 110cm - Planned closing date: 6th May
- Yamabiko A - Yamabiko B - Yamabiko C - Yamabiko D - Yamabiko E - Kogenashi A - Kogenashi B - Uenotaira - Paradise - Yunomine A - Yunomine B - Mizunashi A - Mizunashi B - Bunabayashi - Schneider (apart from South) - Challenge - Utopia A - Rinkan (Forest) - Rinkan shortcut
About the coronavirus situation and our daily reports:
Giant: Open on Saturday 4th April and Sunday 5th April
Takamagahara Mammoth: Quad lift open until Sunday 5th April and then on 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May
Tannenomori Okojo: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th April and 29th April until 6th May
Ichinose Family: Ichinose quad and Ichinose Number 2 pair B line open until 6th May
Terakoya: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May
Ichinose Diamond: Until 5th April and then 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May
Yakebitaiyama: Number 1 Gondola until 6th May Number 2 Gondola until 5th April Number 2 high speed until 5th April and then 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May
Okushiga Kogen: Number 1 pair lift and Gondola until 5th April Number 2 and 3 high speed pairs until 6th May Number 4 and 6 pairs until 5th April and then 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th April and 25th April until 6th May
Kumanoyu: Number 1 pair until 5th April Number 3 quad until 5th April and then 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May Number 2 pair A line until 10th May
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge Until 6th May and possibly beyond that
The section of road connecting the southern area of Shiga Kogen (from Yokoteyama onwards) with Gunma Prefecture is now closed for the season. It will be closed until 24th April 2020. Approach Shiga Kogen using Route 292 from the west (Nagano/Nakano/Yamanouchi)
About the coronavirus situation and our daily reports:
And as you can see from the images today (below), it's a clear blue sky kind of morning.
All lifts should be running as planned this morning.
Today is the last day of the season for the HANAZONO area of the mountain.
More lower lifts will remain open for a week beyond that... and then upper areas plan to be open until 6th May. I'll keep you updated.
Good to hear that so many of you are still reading the reports at this stage of the season and in the world we live in. Some of you are just curious as to when I will run out of words, aren't you? ;)
I'll take that as a challenge. Let's challenge!
Niseko Avalanche Report
Mountain Base 5am: -5°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m:NNE 2.9m/s, -5.1°. Annupuri 1100m: NNW 2.6m/s. Yu no Sawa 1000m: N 2.7m/s, -6.2°. Niseko Village 900m: N 2.2m/s, -7.4°. Hirafu 1000m : -8.5°. Hanazono 720m:NW 5.9m/s, -2.9°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: N 6m/s. Kamui Cape: WNW 3m/s, 1022hPa, wave 1.6m.
Sunny weather under a high pressure system, cold air is flowing in from the Okhotsk Sea and the mountain is frozen from the top to the bottom. There is no new snow or cornice/snowdrift development. From observation the general avalanche risk is low. Gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice before heading out of the resort. Small block type avalanches will easily occur on steep south facing slopes and creek sidewalls. The risk of a large scale full depth avalanche is continuing to increase in Kozan no sawa, Osawa and on Higashi One cornice slopes. Do not hang around in the valley bottoms, these types of avalanches bring death and destruction.
Helmets and beacons are strongly recommended. Snow is hard this morning, be careful taking a fall. Enjoy the spring weather.
Planned ski resort operation information: Sunday 29th March 2020
About the data in the above ‘snowfall as reported by ski resorts’ table * The table within the above report contains data that is published by individual ski resorts * The data shown is the amount of snowfall that the ski resorts are themselves reporting each 24 hour period on the upper areas of their mountain * The source ‘new snowfall’ data and ‘total accumulation’ data is not updated at the same time * The ‘new snowfall’ data is updated in the morning * The ‘accumulation’ data is apparently updated/refreshed at midnight * That means that there is a time lag between the two numbers being updated * We manually check and update the data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report - so the data in each Hakuba Now report table is what is available at that time * Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We are not responsible for and have no control over the data. We are simply sharing the data with you * Just to be extra clear, unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data from base that we show at the top of each report, the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan * A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this reportRead more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Sunday 29th March 2020, 8:53am
Yep, around 10cm of it too, giving the slopes a welcome refresh.
Clearer skies are due tomorrow and Tuesday but hopefully it should remain on the colder side.
Today winter is back, with over 30cm of fresh snow and colder temperatures. Pretty heavy snow, but that's OK. Might stay on the slopes a little longer with that weight and pack-ability.
I was kidding about two of you reading (although I doubt anybody would have wanted to be out on the slopes yesterday); I know there are lots of you reading every day, and we appreciate it. But this is a weird, weird year. Low snow, and I know everybody has had to hunker down or go home.
Akakura Kanko: 150cm, -2° Hotel No. 1 Lift now closed; all others running. From tomorrow only the Sky Cable gondola and No. 3 lift.
Akakura Onsen: 155cm, -2° Ginrei area closed; all other main lifts running