Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 2nd April 2010, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Rain, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was a generally cloudy day though we did see blue skies and the sun from time to time. It got pretty warm as well with a high of around 11 degrees in the afternoon. By evening there were some fairly strong wind blowing around and it got even warmer overnight.

Overnight we have had rain fall and it is raining as I write this report - a wet, cloudy morning in Yuzawa. The temperature has been dropping from early morning and at the moment it is 5 degrees with rain forecast until around midday followed by just cloudy conditions.

Mixed weather conditions forecast for the weekend though it may well end up being generally fine weather, especially on Sunday.

With these warmer conditions the last day or so has seen a considerable amount of snow melt and conditions will also have been hit - best conditions will surely be found up high at Gala and Kagura.

Official resort snow depths @ 2nd April 10, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Kayama Captain Coast:

Planned closing dates at resorts in Yuzawa:

Sunday 4th April 2010:
Yuzawa Nakazato
Nakazato Snow Wood
Yuzawa Park
NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Kogen

Sunday 11th April 2010:
Kandatsu Kogen

Wednesday 5th May 2010:
Gala Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro Area)

Sunday 23rd May 2010:
Kagura (via Mitsumata)

In neighbouring Minamiuonuma, Centleusire Maiko, Muikamachi Hakkaisan, Urasa, Ishiuchi Hanaoka, Hakkaisanroku are now closed for the season. The remaining resorts planned closing dates are as below (subject to change):

Ishiuchi Maruyama - 4th April
Joetsu Kokusai - 4th April   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Friday 2nd April 2010, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Rain, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Cloudy and warm, was yesterday.

Add wet to that for today. Yes, it's raining.... even up at the top of Kagura. Not good, and we can only hope that it eases off sooner rather than later - looking at the forecast, perhaps around lunchtime when it should clear up and be cloudy for the rest of the day. It isn't actually as warm as it got to be yesterday and right now Kagura is reporting a temperature of +1 degrees.

There might be a slight chance of snow tomorrow though it may just end up being fairly clear weather over the weekend, especially on Sunday.

Official Snow Depths:



Kagura (Tashiro):

Naeba plans to be open until Sunday 11th April.

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 ...

Minakami Now!

Friday 2nd April 2010, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Pretty grim out there at the moment with the rain coming down quite heavily. It was really warm yesterday evening and then the rain began in the early hours. It has gradually become heavier throughout the morning but hopefully will ease up soon and make way for some clear skies.

The forecast for the weekend looks a little better with colder temperatures and even the possibility of a light dusting on Saturday night up high.

   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Friday 2nd April 2010, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Blue sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well, although I did have doubts about it happening, it did rain yesterday - alot. The rain started in the afternoon and continued through the night. The roads have certainly been nicely cleaned up.

This morning weather is looking real good with blue sky and sunshine. There is still no shortage of snow on the mountain so there is plenty of spring skiing to enjoy over the next 5 weeks. The forecast is for a great combination of events with snow on Saturday followed by Sun on Sunday.

   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 2nd April 2010, 9:51am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We did get rain yesterday unfortunately after a rather warm day and night.

This morning it is just cloudy, the rain has for the most part eased off at the moment, but still +5 degrees in the village and some fairly strong winds. The top part of the mountain is currently covered in cloud and apparently it is 0 degrees up there will some cold rain still falling.

Hopefully the rain clouds should clear up a bit later on. It's difficult to predict what we will get weather wise over the weekend but perhaps cloudy with sunny spells - the best conditions on Sunday.

Chuo area:

Paradise area:

Utopia area:

The following lifts at Zao Onsen are now closed for the season:

Onsen No3 parallel AB lifts
Onsen No4 quad
Zao Kokutai pair lift
Ryuzan pair lift
Katamatsu pair lift
Sunrise pair AB lifts
Yokokura No2 pair lift
Kurohima No2 quad lift
Nakamori No1 triple
Nakamori No2 pair

Other lifts are still operating as normal. The other lifts at the resort plan to be open until the following dates, subject to change:

Uwanodai area:
Zao Sky Cable - open all year (closed 6th-28th May for maintenance)
Zao Onsen No1 pair lift - until 4th April
Zao Onsen No2 quad lift - until 4th April

Nakamori area:
Zao Chuo Ropeway - open all year (closed 12th-21st for maintenance, except Sat/Sun)

Chuo area:
Chuo No1 pair - until 5th May
Chuo No2 pair - until 11th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May)
Katakai triple - until 11th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May)

Diamond valley:
Diamond No1 pair lift - until 4th April
Diamond No2 pair lift - until 4th April

Paradise Pair lift - until 5th May
Paradise No3 pair - until 4th April
Shobunuma No1 triple and No2 pair - until 4th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May)

Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May for maintenance)
Yokokura No1 pair - until 4th April
Astraea No1 and No2 pair lifts - until 4th April
Omori / Kurohime:
Omori quad - until 4th April
Kurohime - until conditions allow

Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May)
Utopia No2 pair - until conditions allow
Astraea No3 pair - until conditions allow   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 2nd April 2010, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Bluebird day
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday remained mild and the rain got a little heavier through the afternoon into the evening. Overall though probably less than 10mm in total. This morning the clouds have cleared and there is a refreshing cool breeze under sunny skies. The rain at village level did fall as snow higher on the mountains and all the peaks are gleaming brightly.
Cooler air is on it's way later today and some snow is expected later tonight, not a whole lot but it will hopefully freshen things up a little for the weekend.
Next week is currently looking a bit of a mixed bag with a little rain and a little snow. Pretty typical Spring weather.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 330
Bottom - 160

Niseko Village:
Top - 330
Bottom - 125

Top - 340
Bottom - 190

   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 2nd April 2010, 10:04am
Weather conditions: Rain, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Early this morning it is raining... and it has been since last night actually. It's not quite cold enough for snow unfortunately but we are into April, so it can only be expected. We still want it to not rain though and I hope that it will stop around lunchtime or early afternoon.

Clearer weather on it's way for the weekend and in particular maybe a fine and sunny day on Sunday.

Nighta tonight is planned at the following resort:
- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 2nd April 10:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:

Here is the latest on when resorts plan to open and when they plan to be closing for the season.

Planned closing dates at Shiga Kogen resorts:

The Sun Valley area will be open until 4th April.
Part of the Maruike area will also be open until 4th April.
The Hasuike area will be open until 4th April.
The Giant area will be open until 4th April and then again opening on 10th April.
The Higashiyama area will be open until 4th April.
The No1, No2 and Quad lifts at Nishitateyama will be operating until 4th April, with the quad lift also planning to open on 10th and 11th April.
At Terakoya the quad and No1 pair will be open until 4th April, and after that will also open on Saturdays and also the 29th April until 5th May.
At the Mammoth area, the quad will be open until 5th May, the No 2 triple and No 3 pair until 4th April.
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 No1 Gondola will be open until 4th April. The No2 Gondola will operate daily until 4th April and then open again on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May. The No2 quad lift will operate daily until 4th April and then open again on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May.
At Okushiga Kogen, the Gondola will be open daily until 5th April and then also from 10th-12th April, 17th-19th April and the period 24th April - 5th May. The No 1 lift will be open until 4th April, the No 2 + 3 lifts until 5th May and the No 4 lift until 5th April and then the period 24th April - 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 information is subject to change.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 2nd April 2010, 10:20am
Weather conditions: Fog
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
When you love the place you live, you want to tell people they really need to come and ski here. Today, stay home and play a video game. It's raining, gray and fogged in. But I still love Myoko.

It is one of those days when things are kind of miserable. The hope is that the mists are because some colder air is moving in, and that some more snow might fall (or the sky could go blue — who knows?) Actually, the snow should be pretty good, at least offpiste, after the rain and cold, so things are better set up for post-season spring skiing.

Pop in a ski video, open an outdoor magazine, and dream of the good days that are still to come.

Lift operations:

Akakura Onsen: Ginrei No. 3 and No. 5; Kumado No. 3 Quad, No. 4 Triple; Yodel Super Quad; Akakura Chuo Triple. Kumado No. 3 open for night skiing (5 to 10 p.m.)

Akakan: all open

Ikenotaira: Shirakaba Capsule Ikenotaira Quad, Alpen Blick No. 1

Suginohara: closed

Seki Onsen: open (one lift)

Myoko Snow Park: all open

Kyukamura Myoko: closed

Tangram: No. 3 and No. 5 lifts

Madarao: No. 1, No. 2, Super Quad

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



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Hakuba Now!

Friday 2nd April 2010, 11:40am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well no rain today in Hakuba (yet), however overcast skies and clouds look like they will be here all day. It rained until early this morning so the runs will definitely be soft and slushy out there. Today looks like it is going to be warm as well, rising up to 5 degrees at the base. Still good skiing conditions on the resorts though top to bottom so for this late in the season that is a nice thing to have!

Lift operation on some resorts are now limited for this last part of the season. Planned closing dates and information on current lift operations at resorts in the valley is posted below.

Official resort snow depths on 2nd Apr 10:

40cm (Shirakaba)
45cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
200cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
85cm (Iimori)
90cm (Toomi)
260cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
80cm (Kanenonaruoka)
80cm (Maruyama)
310cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
40cm (Shomen)
150cm (Sancho)

This coming Sunday will be the last day of the season for a few more resorts in the valley, along with some lifts at resorts that remain open for longer. Here is the latest info from around the resorts (subject to change):

The following lifts in the Kurobishi/Usagidaira area of the resort remain operating - Gondola, Grat quad, Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Kurobishi No3 pair, Skyline No2 pair, Hakuba Kokusai No3 pair AB and the Panorama pair lift. All courses are still skiable and the upper slopes plan to remain open serviced by lifts until 5th May.
The Nakiyama area plans to be open until 4th April with the Nakiyama No3 triple AB and Happo Risen quad lifts servicing the area.
The lifts in the Shirakaba area of the resort have closed for the season.
In the Sakka/Kitaone area,the Saka Kitaone quad and the Kitaone No3 pair will both be operating until 11th April.

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.
The Toomi area is still open with the Toomi Sky Four lift operating – this lift will be operating until close of this coming Sunday (4th April).
The Iimori area of the resort is now closed for the season.

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.
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
Large parts of Tsugaike Kogen remain open.
A number of lifts will close after this coming Sunday (4th April) but the Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Han-no-ki high speed pair lift plan to remain operating until 5th May.

Hakuba Cortina Kokusai
At Cortina Kokusai, the No2 quad and No4 pair lifts remain operating along with about half of the official resort courses. The resort plans to be open until 4th April.

Hakuba Norikura
Hakuba Norikura is still part open but this coming Sunday, 4th April, is the last day of the season.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 2nd April 2010, 15:13pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The rain did arrive yesterday - along with warm temperatures and strong winds later in the day - in Nozawa and today started off rainy though that has now cleared up.

It really did get quite warm overnight but has been cooling down as the day has progressed - right now at 3pm it is about 5 degrees in the village. The warmer temperature and rain means that there has been a fair amount of snow melt.

Lower slopes, now closed, are looking patchy with snow getting thin on the ground but upper slopes still have a lot of snow left and the resort will very likely be able to open until the planned closing date of May 5th without any problems.

There is a slight chance of snow tomorrow but more likely to be just cloudy, followed by perhaps clearer weather on Sunday.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:



Courses currently open (as of 2nd Apr):
Yamabiko A course
Yamabiko B course
Yamabiko C course
Yamabiko D course
Yamabiko E course
Uenotaira course
Uenotaira Snow Park
Paradise course
Challenge course
Utopia A course
Skyline course
Kokenashi A course
Kokenashi B course
Rinkan course

Lifts currently operating (as of 2 Apr):

Nagasaka Gondola (both sections);
Yamabiko quad
Yamabiko No2 quad
Skyline connecting pair lift
Uenotaira quad

The resort plans to stay open until 5th May.   Read more ...

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