Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019
Geto Kogen Now!
Thursday 2nd May 2019, 8:01am
Morning from Geto.
A mix of cloud and fine weather conditions yesterday and while there is cloud around this morning we are expecting generally fine weather today... maybe somewhat windy.
Just a handful of days left in the season now - the Gondola and Number 1 pair lift are operating and all the main courses remain open. It might be far from fluffy powder conditions but come Tuesday next week the lifts will be taking a rest and that is it. So time to get in a last ride or two...
Geto Kogen plans to be open until Monday 6th May.
Official snow depths:
* Top: 260cm * Base: 50cm
Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:
* Number 1 Gondola * Number 1 pair lift
- Other lifts now closed for the season
Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change due to weather:
* All of the main official courses are available * All tree runs closed Read more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Thursday 2nd May 2019, 8:10am
Fair, some cloud
Good morning from Urabandai.
The rain has stopped falling and we have some blue skies appearing.
It is getting close the end of the season but these two ski resorts are it seems competing to see which can open the latest!
The gondola at Grandeco is not only for skiers and snowboarders now, but also for sightseeing tourists.
According to the forecast, it will be sunny weather now through the end of Golden Week on Monday 6th.
The photos for today are from Nekoma (the first two) and Grandeco.
Nekoma Lifts: Devil cat chair and Forest cat chair Courses: Forest 3, devil 1 and 3
Grandeco Lifts: Gondola and No.3 Courses: Melissa, Mint A, C, Lavender B, Center, upper part of Rainbow 3500 and Hotel connecting Read more ...
Thursday 2nd May 2019, 8:21am
Lots of cloud
Morning from Yuzawa.
We may be in the middle of the Golden Week holodays, but the weather sure isn't acting like it.
We continue to have damp/wet conditions as we wait for some clearer and sunnier skies and some early May warmth too. Perhaps today things will begin to clear up - seems like it now with rain apparently easing off - and the forecasts do tell us that we should be enjoying clearer skies from today through Monday.
For now though there is a lot of cloud of varying shades of grey around.
GALA Yuzawa - Official snow depth: 90cm - All courses in the Central Area remain open - Broadway, Swan and Super Broadway in the Northern Area remain open - Gondola, Barouche quad, Phaeton pair, Coach pair and Victoria quad lifts are operating - The downhill Falcon course is closed for the season - take the Gondola back down to base - GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Kagura - Official snow depth: 220cm (Kagura); 190cm (Tashiro); 160cm (Mitsumata) - Kagura remains almost fully open - The downhill course to base at Mitsumata is now closed - Tashiro Ropeway plans to be open until Monday 6th May - Kagura (via Mitsumata Ropeway) plans to be open until Sunday 26th May
All other ski resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region are now closed for the season Read more ...
Thursday 2nd May 2019, 8:24am
Mix of cloud, blue sky and sun
Good morning all.
There was lots of cloud hanging around yesterday through the day but this morning we have some blue sky as well as cloud and the sun is showing through in places. But it looks like the forecasts tell us that we might get some light rain later (perhaps even some snow higher up on the mountain?!)
Personally, I think it would be nice if we could have some clear, sunny and warm weather to finish the season off. Perhaps from tomorrow...
The top Jumbo lift at Annupuri is no longer operating. Interesting that they have closed the top lift rather than the lower one but they you go. Information below has been adjusted to reflect what remains open.
It is currently 'Golden Week' in Japan. This year it is a 10 day period until the last day of the ski season on Monday 6th May.
>> Tomorrow is Constitution Day (Kenpo kinenbi) which means that today is a day sandwiched between two holidays - and so a holiday! Hurray!
Ski resort operation information: Thursday 2nd May 2019 Planned resort operations - subject to change due to weather conditions
Official snow depth (as reported by resort): - Kurobishi: 150cm - Usagidaira: 65cm - Nakiyama: -cm
Notes: - The upper Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama and Skyline areas remain open - All base areas are now closed - Take the Gondola or Kokusai Number 1 pair lift back down to base - Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Operating lifts (planned): - Grat quad - Alpen quad - Usagidaira pair - ADAM Gondola - Panorama pair - Kokusai Number 1 pair - Kokusai Number 3 pair - Kurobishi Number 2 quad - Kurobishi Number 3 pair - Skyline Number 2 pair
Official snow depth (as reported by resort): - Top: 180cm - Toomi: -cm - Iimori: -cm
Notes: - The upper Panorama, Grand Prix, Technical and Super areas remain open - All other areas are now closed - Take the Gondola back down to base - Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Operating lifts (planned): - Goryu Telecabin (Gondola) - Alps Number 1 pair lift - Alps Number 2 pair lift - Alps Number 2/4 pair lift
Official snow depth (as reported by resort): - Top: 155cm - Base: 35cm
Notes: - The resort is reporting 90% area still open - Almost all of Route 7 is closed - You can still ride down to base via Route 1 - Beginners are recommended to use the Gondola back down to base - The Tree Riding Zones are now closed - Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Operating lifts (planned): - Gondola - Line AB pair lift - Line C quad lift - Line E high speed pair lift
Official snow depth (as reported by resort): - Tsuga-no-mori: 175cm - Han-no-ki: 150cm - Others: -cm
Notes: - The upper Tsuga-no-mori and Han-kou course areas remain open - All other course areas are now closed - Take the Gondola back down to base - Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Operating lifts (planned): - EVE Gondola - Tsuga Number 2 pair lift - Han-no-ki high speed pair lift - Tsugaike Ropeway (* a separate ticket is required) Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 2nd May 2019, 8:40am
Cloud but increasing blue sky
Hello from Nozawa.
Lots of cloud still this morning but there is more blue sky appearing and if the forecast is right we should be getting clearer skies today and generally fair conditions through until the end of the season on Monday. It's usually getting rather warm by now, sometimes even borderline hot in the valley, but we aren't feeling that usual warmth just yet.
Just 5 days left now!
Thursday 2nd May 2019
Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):
- Yamabiko (1407m): 165cm - Uenotaira (1230m): 90cm - Hikage (660m): no longer reporting - Nagasaka (615m): no longer reporting - Karasawa (563m): no longer reporting
Lift operating information:
- Nagasaka Gondola (8:10am - 3:00pm; last one down 3:40pm) - Yamabiko Four (8:30am - 3:20pm) - Yamabiko Number 2 Four (8:25am - 3:30pm) - Skyline connecting pair (8:25am - 3:30pm) - Uenotaira Four (8:30am - 3:30pm) - Paradise Four (8:30am - 3:20pm)
Course opening information:
- Yamabiko A - Yamabiko B - Yamabiko C - Yamabiko D - Yamabiko E - Kokenashi - Uenotaira - Paradise - Bunabayashi (to mid-point)
The Yunomine pair and Mizunashi triple lifts and those courses are also open but for pole practice - not open to general public.
All other courses are now closed.
Ride the Gondola back down to base.
The village shuttle bus is operating until 6th May for Golden Week.