Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Sunday 3rd April 2016, 8:17am
There's just a trace of cloud in the sky but pretty much perfectly clear blue today.
Good morning from Naeba everyone.
Well we're finally here. The last day of the season. Conditions out there are warm and about to be slushy fairly soon. The groomers have done a good job in getting the remaining snow to the highest possible standard so there's still skiing and boarding to be done out there.
The best place to ski is definitely still up the top of the gondola where the snow coverage is in general much better.
Yesterday's foretold rain never showed up thankfully and with the bluebird conditions we have outside right now it looks like that's going to carry on.
Thanks for reading these reports this winter everybody.
Unfortunately this was one of the worst seasons for snow in Japan in living memory as all the locals in town have been saying. With a total of 513 cm of combined snowfall things never really kicked off properly Japan-style.
Here's to next season and hoping it's another 15 meter monster... which is more like normal.
Thank you and good night! See you later in the year. Read more ...
Sunday 3rd April 2016, 8:38am
Cloud, fog up top
Good morning from Niseko.
Actually, it's not a very good morning at all. It's raining, and quite heavily just at the moment as I write this. Yuck.
I am hearing some people saying it might be (very wet) sleet up top, but honestly I'm really not sure I'd want to venture up there this morning! Right now strong winds and poor visibility are preventing the top lifts from opening.
As today is the last day of the season for Hanazono and Niseko Village (well, until they plan to reopen for Golden Week), it would be a shame if we didn't get most of the day in over in those areas.
The good news is that hopefully it will soon be easing off to leave us with a mostly cloudy day, with a high temperature of around 9 degrees here at base.
There should be a fair bit of sun from tomorrow.
Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):
Niseko Grand Hirafu The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts as well as the King Number 3, Ace Number 3 and Swinging Monkey lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to poor visibility.
Niseko Grand Hirafu resort area lift operations from Monday 4th April:
Ace Family Pair (8:30am-4:30pm) - until 10th April Ace Number 2 Center Four Quad (8:30am-4:30pm) Ace Number 3 Pair (8:40am-4:30pm) Ace Number 4 Pair (8:50am-4:30pm) Holiday Number 1 Pair (8:30am-4:30pm) - until 10th April
Niseko Grand Hirafu are also going to be 'upgrading' the King Number 3 triple lift in time for next season. The Hirafu Gondola as well as the King Number 3 and 4 lifts will all finish for the season this coming Sunday, as well as the Hanazono area. All being well though, the Niseko Grand Hirafu area should be open until 5th May.
Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 3rd April, and then from 29th April until 5th May. Morino Chair currently rested.
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open until Thursday 5th May.
Some strong winds yesterday at times which were blowing things around - including lots of pollen!
So good morning from Yuzawa where it's totally full-on spring now, though it kind of feels like it has been for a while...
And today is the last day of the season for a handful of resorts who have been bravely battling on until now. Otsukaresama deshita! (I think some of them might even secretly be a bit relieved and looking forward to a return to 'normal' next season).
Anyway back to today. The sun is out again and it's warm, some white cloud around. I have even got the window to my room here open as it was feeling too warm - a first for the year. Apparently as we are approaching 9am it's already 16C! With a high of 20C and above possible later on.
It's not actually going to be as warm tomorrow and rain is expected.
From tomorrow just Kagura, GALA Yuzawa and Kandatsu Kogen will remain open.
Resort official snow depths (Sunday 3rd April 2016):
Resorts that are not listed below are now closed for the season.
Resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:
GALA Yuzawa Central Area and part of North Area remain open. Plans to be part open until Sunday 8th May 100cm
Hakuba Cortina were planning on closing today but they actually decided that yesterday was to be the last day of their season, which means that from today we are down to the four resorts remaining open. Hakuba Cortina is of course usually well known for massive amounts of snowfall (check out archive reports from previous seasons - links at the bottom of the page), but as with everywhere else in the region just didn't get it like usual this season. And it's pretty scary how fast it disappears - though I think that might always be the case, as it's just really sad to see the snow melting away!
Here's to a return to the norm for 2016-2017.
Back to today.
There's lots of cloud around this morning and it's already 10 degrees with a high of about 18C degrees forecast for later on. Looks like rain is on the way but it may be evening before it happens which would be better than during the day. With the freezing point right up there over 3000m, don't expect snow even on the upper resort areas... going to be rain. Fingers crossed that will clear up sooner than later tomorrow morning and by Tuesday the sun should be back.
Resort news as of 8:50am on Sunday 3rd April 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)
Hakuba 47: All courses at Hakuba 47 remain open - event on R2 and R5 which won't be open to the general public during event. The Tree Riding Zone is now closed for the season. Official snow depth: Upper: 155cm Base: 45cm
Hakuba Goryu: The top area of Goryu remains open except Champion Expert course. Lower main Toomi also remaining open; Iimori is closed. Official snow depth Alps: 209cm Toomi: 50cm Iimori: -cm
Hakuba Happo-one: The lower Nakiyama, Shirakaba North, Central Course, Kokusai, Sakka, Olympic Course II and Kita One areas are closed. Nakiyama South and Shirakaba South lower courses remain open (very limited snow). All of upper mountain courses remain all open. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 125cm Nakiyama: 30cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Areas open: Tsuga-no-mori, Upper Han-no-ki, part of Lower Han-no-ki, part of Oya-no-hara. The top Tsugaike Ropeway is now open for spring season (extra charge required). Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 180cm Maruyama: -cm Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm
The sun is out and some nice blue skies this morning with some cloud. Over the last few days the snow on lower slopes has been fast melting away and there's quite a lot of patches of ground on show now. It's always something of a shock how quick it appears and then quickly increases (though obviously I understand why!)
It is a very warm morning with hardly any wind.
The forecast point to some rain later on today and into tomorrow and sunny skies returning by Tuesday.
Today is the last day of the season for a few more lifts... I'll do a recap on the lift situation in my report tomorrow morning.
Information as of Sunday 3rd April 2016 (subject to change)
Planned closing dates of lifts at Zao Onsen (subject to change due to snow conditions)
Open until today: Onsen Number 1 pair lift Onsen Number 2 quad lift Shobunuma Number 2 pair lift
Open until Sunday 10th April: Mikaeri pair lift Yokokura Number 1 pair AB lift
Open until Sunday 17th April: Kurohime Number 1 quad lift
Open until Thursday 5th May: Chuo Number 1 pair lift AB Chuo Number 2 pair lift AB (daily until 3rd April and then Sat/Sun and holidays only) Katakai triple lift (daily until 3rd April and then Sat/Sun and holidays only) Paradise pair AB lift (daily until 3rd April and then Sat/Sun and holidays only) Utopia Number 2 pair lift
The Zao Ropeway, Sky Cable gondola and Chuo Ropeway are all open throughout the year (apart from specific maintenance periods)
Lifts not mentioned in the above list have already closed for the season. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 3rd April 2016, 9:03am
Cloud and blue sky
Hello from Nozawa.
There's more cloud up there this morning but we still have some blue skies and it's a warm start to the day... as of 9am it's just over 10 degrees and we are told to expect highs of 17C and over later on.
There is also some rain due later on today and overnight into tomorrow morning, it shouldn't be as warm tomorrow.
Most of the snow has now disappeared from the Hikage area of the resort. The Challenge and Utopia lifts and courses are now closed. Keep an eye on the information below which is checked and updated for every report.
The Yamabiko A course will be used for an event today meaning that it'll be closed for the general public.
Official info at time of writing on Sunday 3rd April 2016 (subject to change):
A turning point in the last part of the season calendar today with a number of resort areas finishing up for the season today.
From tomorrow we'll be left with a limited number of areas still open, with most of them hoping to make it to Golden Week...
Rain is on the forecast today later on and perhaps through into tomorrow as well. Let's hope it can hold off until the lifts close.
Spring season dates for Shiga Kogen resort areas (subject to change):
Sun Valley Both Sun Valley lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
Maruike The Number 1 triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
Giant The pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
Higashitateyama The Gondola plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
Bunadaira The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
Takamagahara Mammoth The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 11th April until 28th April).
Tannenomori Okojo The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
Ichinose Family The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May. The Ichinose Number 2 pair A lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April. The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
Terakoya The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 4th April until 28th April).
Ichinose Diamond The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 4th April until 28th April).
Ichinose Yamanokami Ichinose Yamanokami plans to be open until Sunday 3rd April.
Yakebitaiyama Yakebitaiyama plans to be open until Sunday 3rd April.
Okushiga Kogen The Okushiga Kogen Number 1 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April. The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3 and 4 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May. The Okushiga Kogen Number 6 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 24th April. The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
Kumanoyu The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April. The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May. The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April; and then on 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th April and from 29th April until 8th May.
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May. The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May (and perhaps beyond depending on snow conditions). The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Thursday 5th May. The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (and perhaps beyond depending on snow conditions).
Resorts that remain open in the region are Grandeco, Nekoma and Minowa. Nekoma will be closed between 19th-21st and 26th-28 April but these resorts all plan to be open until 5th May ---- whether they can do that or not will totally depend on the snow levels of course, which are less than usual and less than expected. Read more ...
Sunday 3rd April 2016, 9:39am
HIgh thin cloud cover at the moment; almost sunny at moments
Looks like this will be the last regular daily Now! report from Myoko for this season.
All the resorts except Akakan and Seki are on their last day today; it's not looking like the last two brave players actually will make it to the early-May/Golden Week target, because the snow is really, really going fast. At the base level it's just amazing how quickly the ground has appeared (and the white stuff disappeared). The fuki no to - the bitter sprout, I guess called giant butterbur, which is the first edible plant to appear as soon as the snow disappears - are already too big to use.
So I'll give an announcement when the final-final days are announced, but this crazy season is now pretty much at an end.
And it has been a really-not-great year.
There was good skiing, of course; a lot of overseas visitors still talked about how good the snow was.
For the locals though, we never saw the 'meter-overnight snow for a week nonstop conditions' that are the norm here.
Still we can't complain too much, as I know a lot of other resorts had it much worse, with guide friends who basically had very little work. It's a bit like farming, I guess... we looked at the sky and up the hill a lot more than usual!
Hope we have more normal news strating again, well, before you know it.
Be sure to read through the archive Myoko Now reports... and note that last season I observed a whopping 15.5m of snowfall here at Myoko base. The archives can all be found at the bottom of the report page.
Akakura Kanko: 10° / 140cm; Sky Cable, No. 2 and 3 lifts; Champion side closed
Akakura Onsen: 10° / 100cm; running until April 3, with all the main lifts running; Ginrei section closed