Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 21st April 2021
Thursday 2nd May 2013, 9:05am
Some cloud, fine
It's keeping quite cold here in Hakuba. Didn't get up to double digits yesterday in the daytime and dropped to close to zero overnight. As of 9am it is about 5 degrees at base and still below zero up at Usagidaira on Happo-one at 1400m.
It never really fully cleared up yesterday and more cloud moved back in for the evening. There is still a fair amount of cloud in the sky this morning but lots more blue as well and generally much clearer.
After today, 4 days left at the resorts... generally fine conditions still on the forecast through until the end.
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 2nd May 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, upper Number 1-4 pair lifts. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 125cm; Toomi - 0cm
Hakuba 47: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Line AB, C and E. Official snow depth: Upper - 110cm Lower - 10cm
Happo-one: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi Number 2 quad, Kurobishi Number 3 pair, Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair, Kokusai Number 1 pair, Panorama pair, Skyline Number 2 pair, Grat quad, Usagidaira pair (Golden Week only) Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 115cm Lower - 0cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Ropeway, Tsuga Number 2 pair, Hannoki pair. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 145cm Lower slopes - 0cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Cortina and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 2nd May 2013, 9:36am
Cloud, fog up top
Yesterday I mentioned that there might be a chance of snow on the mountain overnight... and it happened. Haven't been up there myself but Nozawa Onsen are saying that there's 3cm of fresh snow on the top Yamabiko runs. They are even labelling it as powder! Sounds like the place to be to me!
It's certainly remaining colder than we expect for early May and not really budging much over 5 degrees. As of 8am, Yamabiko was -3 degrees. So you still need to wrap up well going up there. Cloudy and foggy up there early on this morning and the forecast tells us that it might rain.
The lifts will all be operating 30 minutes earlier than usual tomorrow and also on Saturday and Sunday (before going back to normal on Monday for the last day of the season). That means that the Nagasaka Gondola will take the first people up at 8:10am.
Official snow depths:
Courses open today at Nozawa Onsen (planned):
Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Kokenashi Uenotaira Paradise Bunabayashi Yunomine A Yumomine B
Nozawa Onsen planned opening plans until Monday:
Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift Yamabiko Four lift Uenotaira Four lift Snow Park Paradise Four lift Skyline Connecting lift Yunomine pair Read more ...
Thursday 2nd May 2013, 9:45am
There's a mix of conditions here this morning. After the fog and the reveal of some fresh snow yesterday, this morning it has been a mix of cloud, some breaks in the cloud and blue sky, but some light snow being reported on the upper areas of mountain with sleet in other areas.
I am also hearing that on the coast of northern Hokkaido it is actually snowing down to sea level and up to 5cm on the ground. That's a fair distance from here of course, but remember... it's May! Conditions are of course very spring, but fantastic when you take a look at the calendar.
Well this morning the wind is preventing the top lifts at all three resort areas to open. The Niseko Gondola at Niseko Village is also not operating meaning that resort area is not open (yet) this morning.
Tomorrow of course is a national holiday as we enter the last four days of the official season in Niseko. It should stay quite chilly and we might well get to see another sprinkling of snow on the mountain.
One more thing to mention, the snowfall recorded by the JMA in Kutchan town for April 2013 was 27cm. The previous two seasons that number was 30cm and 24cm, and so around what you might expect.
Official Resort Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu Top - 420cm Bottom - 70cm
Niseko Village Top - 300cm Bottom - 80cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 300cm Bottom - 100cm
Planned resort operations until the end of Golden Week (subject to change):
Niseko Hanazono (closed for the season)
Niseko Village (part open until Monday 6th May): - Niseko Gondola - Wonderland chair
Niseko Annupuri (part open until Monday 6th May): - Annupuri Gondola - Jumbo Number 4 - Jumbo Number 1
Niseko Grand Hirafu (part open until Monday 6th May): - Ace Number 2 Center four - Hirafu Gondola (holidays only) - King Number 3 - King Number 4 Read more ...
Thursday 2nd May 2013, 10:02am
It was raining quite heavily last night and... it still is. A rather wet morning here in Yuzawa.
But! It's still keeping cold and I see that Kagura have reported 2cm of fresh snowfall overnight. The forecast for the day up there is light rain/snow, hopefully the latter. Sleet is being reported by GALA Yuzawa as well this morning. One thing's for sure and that is it doesn't feel like normal weather for early May.
Tomorrow should be more settled and a bit warmer and more of the same through Monday.
Kandatsu Kogen were initially hoping to open until 6th May for the last 4 days of the Golden Week period but they have not been able to remain open with the snow disappearing... so no more Kandatsu this season. We are left with Kagura and GALA Yuzawa for the next four days until Monday, after which it will be just Kagura via Mitsumata remaining open.
Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 2nd May 2013, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro): 230cm Kagura (Kagura-Mitsumata): 290cm Gala Yuzawa: 120cm
Planned closing dates for the resorts in Yuzawa:
GALA Yuzawa - part open until 6th May - Central and North Areas Kagura (Tashiro) - until 6th May Kagura (Mitsumata) - until 26th May
All are subject to snow conditions and may change. All other resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Thursday 2nd May 2013, 10:16am
Strong winds and sleet falling yesterday in Zao as temperatures keep cold. There's a lot of moving snow being done as the resort does it's best to remain open until Monday. Those numbers before are a bit misleading - they are the official numbers but in places it's down to 0cm with some narrow courses. Hanging on there!
Generally clear weather conditions forecast from tomorrow to Monday.
The Zao Echo Line road opened for the first time late last week, always a sign of the end of the ski season.
Have a good 'second bit of Golden Week'!
The following lifts plan to remain open through until 6th May:
All the Ropeways Chuo Number 1 Pair AB Utopia Number 2 Pair Chuo Number 2 Pair AB Katakai Triple (3rd to 6th) Paradise Pair AB
Quick report this morning to report the 2cm of new snow that Kagura are reporting this morning. Winter just won't let go this year as it keeps cold. Things should be warmer and spring like over the weekend. It will be another busy few days from tomorrow through until the last day for the Tashiro Ropeway on Monday.
Tuesday onwards, you'll need to get the Mitsumata Ropeway to get up to Kagura. There is still very good snow cover at Mitsumata - even if the snow is rather 'dirty' looking now. It will be a while yet before they have to introduce the shuttle bus from the top of the Mitsumata Ropeway to the base of the Kagura Gondola.
Planned closing dates: Kagura (Tashiro Ropeway) - May 6th Kagura (Mitsumata Ropeway) - May 26th
Tomorrow sees the second part of Golden Week start up and the start of the last four (holi)days of the season for most of the ski resort areas around Shiga Kogen. Most of the resorts will be closed for the season come the end of the day on Monday. From Tuesday onwards, just Kumanoyu and Yokoteyama will remain open.
It has been keeping unseasonably cold. Tomorrow should see clearer skies than we have had over the last few and a bit warmer, but still not as warm as normal for the time of year. Wrap up decent if you are coming.
There's still enough snow around to have fun out there. Some bare patches here and there on the main runs that remain open, but there's enough. There has been some snow moving operations by some of the resort areas to try and ensure things can remain open. Down here in the Maruike area, it's pretty dry
The below resort areas are at least part open. Also up at Yokoteyama they have the moving elevator moving for tourists who want to go up to the top there - you don't need to be skiing or boarding. That's open from 9am until 3:30pm.
Remember too, you can now get to Shiga Kogen from the Gunma side on Route 292 via Kusatsu.
Have a fun Golden Week! I'll post my next report on the other side.
Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 2nd May 2013 AM: