Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 17th November 2019
Friday 4th April 2008, 8:56am
The first day of truly spring-like temperatures today, with the thermometer expected to reach 10 by early afternoon. Good t-shirt park sliding conditions by the afternoon, but a bit windy in the morning.
Precipitation never came last night but temps were low, so the depths were kept high. Seki Onsen is still hovering around the 5-meter mark, so there should be plenty of sliding until May 18th when it closes. Most resorts listed here will be open through Golden Week:)
The pick for today is Suginohara, with good views throughout the day. I also like Kumado's snobo-park:)
Your Myoko area levels for today: 255cm (Akakura Kanko Resort); 250cm (Akakura Onsen); 145cm (Ikenotaira); 180cm on the bottom (Suginohara); 500cm (Seki Onsen); 145cm (Madarao Tangram Ski Circus); 150cm (Madarao Kogen); 235cm (Myoko Ski Park); Read more ...
Friday 4th April 2008, 9:29am
We had every piece of weather nature could throw at us yesterday with rain, snow, sunshine, calm and howling raging winds interchanging every time the clock ticked. Today is back to spring clouds & sunshine with 7 degrees in the shade at 860m and overcast/blue skies . THe weather for this coming weekend is looking fantastic, well worth a late ski weekend away.
All of the resorts will unfortunately be closing their bottom lifts after the weekend but this is a big weekend coming up for events and competitions on all of the big resorts.
Hakuba Goryu will be hosting the Annual 'Tri-Modal Challenge' this Saturday and Sunday, April 5th & 6th. A fun event for all modes of sliding; Ski, Board and Telemark cross course comp and party.
Hakuba 47 will be hosting 'Selection' a freestyle comp for Skiers and boarders alike on the 5th and 6th.
Happo will host their annual JAL Supper Mogul Cup featuring Hakuba Local and Olympic medalist Uemura Aiko on April 6th.
Tsugaike Kogen will host their 3rd annual Ski Mountaineering Race this coming weekend for all those speed hiker, randene skier folk.
Backcountry travel advisory:
The recent spring squalls that have deposited up to 1 metre of new snow on leeward slopes is a very big concern and should not be taken lightly. Slopes will be sliding easily and may produce very big slides inside and outside of ski area boundaries. there have been some very close calls in off piste and backcountry areas of late and end of season powder enthusiasts should be EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS as the new snow over riding March's isothermal spring thaw is VERY UNSTABLE. As temperatures rise expect skier/boarder triggered and natural avalanches on any slope of 30 degrees or more. Lower angle slopes that are solar radiated and under tension may also slide. It is advisable to stay to ridges, lower angled simple slopes and densely spaced trees on shaded slopes for the safest descents. If you are unsure of the stability of the slope you are looking to ride, don't risk it!
There are a lot of protruding rocks, gaping holes, big dirt patches that have been covered by the recent snow. Be especially careful on solar aspects and expect to see slides on them. Fluctuating temperatures have created crust and melt freeze conditions with fresh snow sitting on top that are not bonding well. Conditions are extremely varied and travel in the backcountry is not recommended today.
The weather yesterday wasn't as sunny as we perhaps expected it, but it was generally a fine day.
This morning the sun is out and there are bright blue skies all around... hardly a cloud to be seen. It is a mild morning - already above 6 degrees at town level - and will probably rise to around 12 this afternoon.
It looks likely that tomorrow will be more of the same.
6 resorts will be closing for the season at the end of this coming weekend. There are one or two small bare patches on some of the lower slopes around town, but really not many at all - snow cover is still generally good. Snow conditions remain good higher up due to the snow of a few days ago, and lower down it is very much heavy spring conditions.
Another fine and sunny day here and though it is quite mild in the village - with an expected high of around 8 degrees - Kagura are reporting -3 up at the top there.
It looks like it should be a fine day and tomorrow will be very similar, possibly even warmer.
Just to remind you, Naeba plans to be open until Tuesday 5th May this season with the Tashiro part of Kagura open until 6th May and Mitsumata battling on until Sunday 25th May. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Friday 4th April 2008, 9:51am
Sunny blue skies
Sun again this morning with blue skies all around and the forecast tells us to expect more of the same over the weekend with some very mild temperatures on the way.
At the moment it is hovering above zero in most areas but will probably warm up a fair bit during the day.
This weekend will be the last chance to ski a few of the areas of Shiga Kogen with Sun Valley, Maruike, Hasuike and some lifts at other resorts that will continue to be open closing for the season at the end of the day on Sunday... Read more ...
Friday 4th April 2008, 10:05am
Light snow overnight with a couple of centimeters of cover in the village and up to 5cm at the top of the resort. Heavy cloud cover and fog have surrounded the mountain this morning but winds are not as strong as expected, so all lifts are currently running.
With tomorrow night being the last scheduled day for night skiing, and the cloud cover expected to clear throughout the day it may be a good night to hit the slopes. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 4th April 2008, 10:43am
Spring conditions have definately returned to Nozawa Clear sunny skies today and set to continue for a few days now Means very pleasant conditions outside A few coming down yesterday did say the snow was pretty slow But with temperatures dropping overnight and a groom should be faster this morning
May take a day or two for the fresh snow from the other day to settle down Will be looking for good conditions over the next few days as we have the 2009 Demo models test ride on from today until the 6th of April A good chance to try the latest equipment. Then followed by the FIS Nozawa Cup Races from the 7th until the 10th
Should be some good action to check out Enjoy the spring weather and weekend ahead