Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 10th May 2021
Monday 29th November 2010, 9:53am
Cloudy and snowing
Winter made a very welcome if somewhat belated arrival yesterday with well below freezing temperatures, strong winds and plenty of falling and drifting snow. At village level there's around 10-15cm on the ground with quite a bit more higher up. The strong winds though have scoured some areas whilst creating significant drifts in others. With more snow continuing to fall through to Wednesday hopefully this will build enough base to at least get some of the upper slopes open. Currently it is expected to warm up again on Thursday into Friday and it looks like rain once more but it should cool down again over Friday night and be snow by Saturday. This won't be good for the lower slopes but the upper slopes should hold up ok. Anyway great to see everything covered in white again, especially as the first guests of the winter have already started arriving! Read more ...
Monday 29th November 2010, 10:58am
Today started off sunny but has quickly started to cloud over and it looks like we can expect rain later on today, perhaps heavy rain and hopefully some white stuff falling higher up overnight.
Here's a recap on the planned opening dates of resorts in the area:
December 4th: Naeba
December 10th: Gala Yuzawa
December 11th: Kagura (Tashiro) Yuzawa Kogen Nunoba Iwappara
December 17th: Kandatsu Kogen
December 18th: Yuzawa Nakazato Nakazato Snow Wood Yuzawa Park NASPA Ski Garden
December 25th: Ipponsugi
The planned opening dates for the resorts in nearby Minamiuonuma are as follows:
December 11th: Joetsu Kokusai
December 18th: Ishiuchi Maruyama Muikamachi Ski Resort
Mid December: Centleisure Maiko
December 23rd: Muikamachi Hakkaisan Mt Grandview Itsukamachi Urasa Hakkaisanroku Ishiuchi Hanaoka Chateaux Shiozawa Read more ...
Monday 29th November 2010, 11:24am
Snow, cloud, strong winds
After a fine day on Saturday, things turned somewhat yesterday and while it was rain for most of the day by night-time we had some snow in Zao, and a few cm on the car outside in the village.
This morning is cold, 0 degrees at the moment and there is perhaps 4-5cm of snow in the village to report. Strong winds and the clouds are making it hard to see much of the mountain, but it's safe to say that it should all be white at the moment. Lets hope we get a decent amount of snow on the mountain today allowing for perhaps some stretches of the resort to open soon.... more on that as we know it!
After today, clearer conditions are forecast, warming up on Thursday and then perhaps more snowfall around Friday. Read more ...
Monday 29th November 2010, 11:32am
Some very light snow was falling lazily earlier on this morning but since then the snow has started coming down with a bit more conviction at the moment and is actually starting to stick at village level which is of course great to see. Lets hope we can get some decent cm up there on the slopes.
Having said that, it doesn't look like this snowfall will last that long or bring too much with it, and tomorrow should be warmer with the sun out and a high of around 8 degrees. After that, it looks like the next snowfall can be expected later on Thursday into Friday.
More mixed weather since the last report - clear mild conditions on Saturday and more wintery-like yesterday. Though not wintery enough for our liking - cold rain in the village but another sprinkling of snow up on the Yamabiko courses. A look at the resort webcams this morning shows some snow on Yamabiko and patches of snow on the Uenodaira courses but no snow down on the 1200m Paradise Course area.
It was clearer early on this morning but has since clouded over and is now just cloudy, with rain forecast for later this afternoon - hopefully some more snow in higher areas. It will quickly clear up tomorrow though with sunny conditions forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday and the next likely snowfall after that on Friday.
So still no real sign of a big winter snow storm coming up at the moment - a further update coming later in the week. Read more ...