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Sunday 4th April 2010, 7:20am
It's a bluebird day for the last day of the main season; it stayed cold overnight, although the sun is likely to warm things up. The snow has hung on great, and it's nice and white—not a lot of the Gobi desert sands to mae things off-yellow.
The word that comes to mind is mottai nai—it's a shame, really. People will rush to a tiny strip of artificial snow at the beginning of the season, but here we are at the end of the season with some really good snow and nice weather, and the season could easily keep going for a week or more, but the resorts are closing earlier and earlier because people just don't come in enough numbers. Walking around last night felt more wintery than late February did!
Anyway, Akakan and Seki are going to remain open until May, they say. Come support spring skiing!
The official snow reports aren't in yet this morning, but figure some loss since yesterday (probably not that much, though, as the temperatures stayed pretty cold).
Akakura Onsen: Ginrei No. 3 and No. 5; Kumado No. 3 Quad, No. 4 Triple; Yodel Super Quad; Akakura Chuo Triple. Kumado No. 3 open for night skiing (5 to 10 p.m.). Last day today.
Akakan: all open (officially, although the Champion B course, and lift, were closed today)
Ikenotaira: Shirakaba Capsule Ikenotaira Quad, Alpen Blick No. 1. Last day today.
Seki Onsen: open (one lift)
Myoko Ski Park: all open. Last day today.
Kyukamura Myoko: closed
Tangram: No. 3 and No. 5 lifts. Last day today.
Madarao: No. 1, No. 2, Super Quad. Last day today.
And fine clear and sunny it is early on this morning with blue skies all around.
We did get some spots of rain for a short time yesterday afternoon along with some strong winds after it had clouded over, and it was quite a cold night, but the clouds have all cleared up this morning.
It is going to be a windy day though in town and Gala Yuzawa have announced that they won't be open today because of the winds. At the time of writing, other resorts seem to be opening as normal.
It is the last day of the season for a number of resorts in the area:
It's sunny! Clear blue skies all around this morning and while it is a cold start, Kagura reporting -4 degrees, it will likely quickly warm up and be very much a spring day out on the sliops. Not much else to report really, perhaps some stronger winds higher up... I will be out there enjoying it!
Tomorrow a day of cloud is forecast.
From tomorrow, less of the Naeba resort will be open for the last week of the season there. The following lifts will be operating:
Prince No2 Gondola No8 quad Daishamen pair Takenokodaira pair
It will still be possible to ride down from the top of Takenodaira lift (NOT the top of the resort) to the base at Naeba.
Official Snow Depths:
Kagura (Tashiro): 310cm
Naeba plans to be open until Sunday 11th April.
The Tashiro part of Kagura plans to be open until Wednesday 5th May.
The main Kagura area, via Mitsumata Ropeway, plans to be open through until Sunday 23rd May. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 4th April 2010, 7:52am
Sun, clear skies
After a generally fine day yesterday, it will be more of the same today. The day has started off bright and sunny and will likely remain so and generally warm up a fair bit too after a chilly start to the day.
Today will be the last day of the season for some lifts and resort areas in Shiga Kogen, though others will be continuing on well into next month. Please see details below.
Nighta tonight is planned at the following resort: - Ichinose Family
Please note that tomorrows report will be online in the evening.
Here is the latest on when resorts plan to open and when they plan to be closing for the season.
Planned closing dates at Shiga Kogen resorts:
The Sun Valley area will be open until 4th April. Part of the Maruike area will also be open until 4th April. The Hasuike area will be open until 4th April. The Giant area will be open until 4th April and then again opening on 10th April. The Higashiyama area will be open until 4th April. The No1, No2 and Quad lifts at Nishitateyama will be operating until 4th April, with the quad lift also planning to open on 10th and 11th April. At Terakoya the quad and No1 pair will be open until 4th April, and after that will also open on Saturdays and also the 29th April until 5th May. At the Mammoth area, the quad will be open until 5th May, the No 2 triple and No 3 pair until 4th April. The Ichinose Family area will be open until 5th May. Ichinose Diamond will do it's best to be open until 5th May, dependent on conditions. At Yakebitaiyama, the No1 Gondola will be open until 4th April. The No2 Gondola will operate daily until 4th April and then open again on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May. The No2 quad lift will operate daily until 4th April and then open again on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May. At Okushiga Kogen, the Gondola will be open daily until 5th April and then also from 10th-12th April, 17th-19th April and the period 24th April - 5th May. The No 1 lift will be open until 4th April, the No 2 + 3 lifts until 5th May and the No 4 lift until 5th April and then the period 24th April - 5th May. Kumanoyu plans to be open until at least 5th May and perhaps beyond depending on conditions. The No3 quad lift will be open on Saturdays, Sundays and the period 24th April until 5th May. Yokoteyama plans to be open until late on in May, depending on snow conditions of course.
This morning we have very similar conditions to yesterday... the sun is out, there are blue skies all round. It is colder than yesterdays start in the village but it will surely quickly warm up with a high temperature of 6 degrees on the local forecast.
Tomorrow looks like it will be cloudy/sunny and warmer than today.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Courses currently open (as of 4th Apr): Yamabiko A course Yamabiko B course Yamabiko C course Yamabiko D course Yamabiko E course Uenotaira course Uenotaira Snow Park Paradise course Challenge course Utopia A course Skyline course Kokenashi A course Kokenashi B course Rinkan course Bunabayashi Paradise link Yunomine A Yunomine B
Lifts currently operating (as of 4th Apr):
Nagasaka Gondola (both sections); Yamabiko quad Yamabiko No2 quad Skyline connecting pair lift Uenotaira quad Paradise four The resort plans to stay open until 5th May. Read more ...
Sunday 4th April 2010, 8:20am
Clear skies, sun
Wow, it is another very fine morning in Zao. There are clear blue skies all around and it looks like it will be great weather all day. It is a cold crisp start to the day, around -5 degrees at the moment and there is just a slight breeze.
As you can see from the information posted below, today is the last day of the season for some lifts and courses at Zao and from tomorrow operations will be scaled down somewhat... but still quite a way to go this season, so it is not over yet.
Tomorrow will likely be cloudy and there seems to be a good chance of rain.
Chuo area: 180cm
Paradise area: 200cm
Utopia area: 185cm
The following lifts at Zao Onsen are now closed for the season:
Other lifts are still operating as normal. The other lifts at the resort plan to be open until the following dates, subject to change:
Uwanodai area: Zao Sky Cable - open all year (closed 6th-28th May for maintenance) Zao Onsen No1 pair lift - until 4th April Zao Onsen No2 quad lift - until 4th April
Nakamori area: Zao Chuo Ropeway - open all year (closed 12th-21st for maintenance, except Sat/Sun)
Chuo area: Chuo No1 pair - until 5th May Chuo No2 pair - until 11th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May) Katakai triple - until 11th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May)
Diamond valley: Diamond No1 pair lift - until 4th April Diamond No2 pair lift - until 4th April
Paradise: Paradise Pair lift - until 5th May Paradise No3 pair - until 4th April Shobunuma No1 triple and No2 pair - until 4th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May)
Yokokura: Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May for maintenance) Yokokura No1 pair - until 4th April Astraea No1 and No2 pair lifts - until 4th April
Omori / Kurohime: Omori quad - until 4th April Kurohime - until conditions allow
Utopia: Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May) Utopia No2 pair - until conditions allow Astraea No3 pair - until conditions allow Read more ...
Sunday 4th April 2010, 9:19am
Today is looking like the best day of the week. It was snowing heavily this morning and the snow has just stopped. A layer of 4cm of fresh snow has been left in the village. The sun is now very strong but there is still a layer of cloud in the way. This cloud should lift soon and we should be left with blue sky and sunshine - expect temperatures to get well into the + territory. Read more ...
Sunday 4th April 2010, 10:14am
Blue sky and sun
Another beautiful spring day here in Minakami. The sun is out and the skies are blue. Bit of a change from yesterday afternoon though. We started like this yesterday morning but then the clouds came in, the temperature dropped and snow started to fall. It didn't really amount to much but the snow flurries were quite heavy at times.
It was a cold clear night last night with a bit of frost around this morning which meant that the slopes were pretty hard first thing but they are softening up now with the sun on them.
Last day of the season for Houdaigi today though Tenjin will still be open and becomes the centre for all the park rats from now on. The park gets plenty of attention and is built up so is worth a visit in spring.
The temperatures when the sun is out are creeping up as we move into April and those big piles of snow that have been lying in untouched areas are visibly disappearing day by day. The gardeners and farmers will soon have their land back.
Over the last couple of days we've had a few flurries of snow overnight and fine, mostly sunny days. Today is another bluebird day with mild temps and mostly light winds. In other words another perfect Spring day.
This coming week we can expect a little rain overnight Monday turning to a little snow on Tuesday.
Beyond that, mostly fine - typically for this time of year temps getting above freezing during the day and a little below overnight.
A nice sunny warm day in Hakuba today! Blue skies and clear views of the mountains from all the resorts in the Hakuba valley. A high of 10 C today in the valley and tomorrow is looking a bit cloudy with chance of rain so today is the day for sure!
The resorts today should be a little busier with weekend masses, but still should be little to no waiting in lines as usual.
Great spring conditions on all the resorts that are open and one can still ski from top to bottom! Get out there and enjoy it.
This coming Sunday will be the last day of the season for a few more resorts in the valley, along with some lifts at resorts that remain open for longer. Here is the latest info from around the resorts (subject to change):
Happo-one The following lifts in the Kurobishi/Usagidaira area of the resort remain operating - Gondola, Grat quad, Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Kurobishi No3 pair, Skyline No2 pair, Hakuba Kokusai No3 pair AB and the Panorama pair lift. All courses are still skiable and the upper slopes plan to remain open serviced by lifts until 5th May. The Nakiyama area plans to be open until 4th April with the Nakiyama No3 triple AB and Happo Risen quad lifts servicing the area. The lifts in the Shirakaba area of the resort have closed for the season. In the Sakka/Kitaone area,the Saka Kitaone quad and the Kitaone No3 pair will both be operating until 11th April.
Hakuba Goryu The Alps no daira area of Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until 9th May. The Gondola, Alps No1 pair, Alps No3 pair lifts are currently operating. The Toomi area is still open with the Toomi Sky Four lift operating – this lift will be operating until close of this coming Sunday (4th April). The Iimori area of the resort is now closed for the season.
Hakuba 47 Hakuba 47 plans to be open this season until 5th May. All courses at Hakuba 47 remain open except the lower part of Route 7. The following lifts at the resort are operating – Gondola, Line A pair, Line B pair, Line C quad, Line E high speed pair.
Tsugaike Kogen Large parts of Tsugaike Kogen remain open. A number of lifts will close after this coming Sunday (4th April) but the Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Han-no-ki high speed pair lift plan to remain operating until 5th May.
Hakuba Cortina Kokusai At Cortina Kokusai, the No2 quad and No4 pair lifts remain operating along with about half of the official resort courses. The resort plans to be open until 4th April.
Hakuba Norikura Hakuba Norikura is still part open but this coming Sunday, 4th April, is the last day of the season. Read more ...