The resort doesn't appear to be reporting any snow on the mountain this morning but there's definitely at least a dusting up there and can be seen from base too. Check out the images below.
Wet and damp down at actual base.
The Rinkan forest course is now closed, so all lower courses are now unavailable. That means that you need to use the gondola back down at the end of the day.
Thursday 2nd April 2020
Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday:
- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm - Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm - Lower areas are not reporting any more
Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):
- Yamabiko (1407m): 175cm - Uenotaira (1230m): 95cm - Lower areas are not reporting any more
The following lifts are operating:
- Nagasaka gondola [8:10am until 3:00pm; last one down 3:40pm] - Yamabiko quad [8:30am until 3:20pm] - Yamabiko Number 2 quad [8:25am until 3:30pm] - Uenotaira quad [8:30am until 3:30pm] - Paradise quad [8:30am until 3:20pm]
The following courses remain open:
- Yamabiko A - Yamabiko B - Yamabiko C - Yamabiko D - Yamabiko E - Kogenashi A - Kogenashi B - Uenotaira - Paradise - Bunabayashi
About the coronavirus situation and our daily reports:
Some strong winds and heavy rain overnight and it is still raining this morning.
GALA Yuzawa are open again today, though both Kagura and Naeba have some restrictions. Kagura is open up to the Kagura Gondola. They were planning on having the Number 1 pair lift moving but wind is stopping that from happening at the moment.
So it is not a particularly nice morning.
(Having said that as I am about to post this report it seems to be getting a bit brighter and less rain...)
Tomorrow should be calmer and clearer and the sun will be warming us up again.
Individual ski resort information: Thursday 2nd April 2020 The below ski areas remain open. All information is checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.
- The Gondola, Barouche, Phaeton, Coach, Victoria and Tilbury lifts 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: 100cm - Planned closing date: 6th May
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 report Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 2nd April 2020, 9:32am
Good morning from Shiga Kogen - I wasn't planning on a report this morning but there is snow to report so here I am.
Kumanoyu are reporting 10cm. Yakebitaiyama are reporting 5-10cm.
It was really coming down when I was just over at Okushiga Kogen. It feels like winter again!
Bit windy too which might affect lifts.
We should be seeing clearer conditions from tomorrow.
Photos: Mammoth and Hasuike Junction
Shiga Kogen resort info: Thursday 2nd April 2020
The below information is manually checked - but the report is too early for any changes today Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.
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:
I'm glad I'm running a bit late, as the wind is shifting around to the north, and the very light rain that is spitting down at base looks to be snow higher up. The forecast says we might get some even down here at 700 meters or so on Saturday. More unexpected stuff in a season full of the unusual.
The closures continue, with Tangram ending its season today