Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Sunday 5th May 2013, 8:50am
A lovely morning here in Yuzawa as we see temperatures slowly rising - today temperatures will perhaps reach close to twenty degrees in town and a bit above that tomorrow.
More sun due tomorrow.
It will be a good way to end of the season at the Tashiro station of Kagura and also at Gala Yuzawa.
Official resort snow depths @ Sunday 5th 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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 5th May 2013, 9:00am
Lots of people out and about yesterday, and more of the same today.
And it's a clear and sunny start to the day in Nozawa.
With similar conditions forecast for tomorrow, we are getting that fine end to the season.
Official snow depths:
Courses open today at Nozawa Onsen (planned):
Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Kokenashi Uenotaira Paradise Bunabayashi
Open until the end of tomorrow:
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 ...
Sunday 5th May 2013, 9:23am
Temperatures remain about the same as yesterday this morning and it's just cloudy conditions here, though the local forecast tells us to perhaps expect the chance of some rain showers today and tomorrow. Not much of a wind and so lifts appear to be moving as planned. It doesn't look like we are going to end the season with a blue sky day.
So just today and tomorrow left now. It looks like we are going to finish the official season here in Niseko with the upper slopes of Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri officially on a snow depth of 3m, and over 4m at Niseko Grand Hirafu. Let's see if that can be beat next year!
Official Resort Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu Top - 425cm Bottom - 60cm
Niseko Village Top - 300cm Bottom - 70cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 300cm Bottom - 90cm
Planned resort operations until the end of tomorrow:
Niseko Annupuri: - Annupuri Gondola - Jumbo Number 4 - Jumbo Number 1
Niseko Grand Hirafu): - Ace Number 2 Center four - Hirafu Gondola - King Number 3 - King Number 4 Read more ...
Sunday 5th May 2013, 9:32am
Clear and sunny
Beautiful clear skies this morning in Hakuba and quite warm - already close to 15 degrees here in the village at 9:30am, and it looks like it's around 7 degrees up at Usagidaira. More sun is forecast for tomorrow and so probably similar conditions during the daytime.
And then, that's it. For the people in Hakuba who haven't already done so, there'll be lots of switching into early summer mode with all that brings. A different kind of fun.
For now though, two lovely spring days left to ride the lifts and the snow that remains on the upper slopes.
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 5th May 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, upper Number 1-4 pair lifts. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 115cm; Toomi - 0cm
Hakuba 47: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Line AB, C and E. Official snow depth: Upper - 100cm Lower - 0cm
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 - 110cm Lower - 0cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The following lifts planned to be operating - Gondola, Ropeway, Tsuga Number 2 pair, Hannoki pair. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 135cm Lower slopes - 0cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Cortina and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Sunday 5th May 2013, 10:00am
With sprinklings of snow on the upper parts of the mountain even into May, 2012/2013 has been an odd season in some respects. I'd say it has been a good one, though not a classic. Reading through the reports from November onwards, there have been ups and downs and I feel one of the things this season has been how it has kept cold in April and even now at the end of the season, especially after things seemed to warm up somewhat in March in many areas of Japan.
The ski lifts that remain open will be operating until the end of tomorrow, Monday 6th May.
After that, maintenance aside, the Ropeways all operate throughout the year in Zao and there's lots of hiking and of course onsen to enjoy. A good place to come and escape the heat of the summer as well.
As I need to be making my way from the area later today, this will be the last Zao Now post of the season.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading the reports from Zao each day this season. Hope even more that you were able to get to Zao and enjoyed it.
The Zao Now reports will be back later in the year when things start to get cooler after the summer.
A cool start to the second-to-last day of Golden Week, but the sun is already out and warming things up nicely. The sunshine is a pleasant surprise, considering the forecast had been calling for rain/snow showers. We've got a beautiful morning, but the clouds are starting to close in a bit from the Northwest. The revised forecast has showers moving in this afternoon and then transitioning to a snow/wintry mix overnight.
It's currently 7 above with a light breeze blowing. The snow on the mountain is textbook spring conditions, especially on the bottom half where there is still significant cover with extremely late-season snow.
It really is a perfect spring morning, and today is easily the choicest of all Golden days to be out on the mountain. Read more ...