Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 18th May 2019
Tuesday 6th April 2010, 8:02am
Yesterday was cloudy all day, with some interesting low cloud throghout the day in the region. It was fairly mild but somehow looked wintery.
Today will be another warm day (currently 7 degrees in town) and it is likely to get to around 12 degrees midday. It's a cloudy start and likely to be similar all day.... perhaps a chance of rain tomorrow with colder temperatures.
Official resort snow depths @ 6th April 10, AM: Mt Naeba: 160cm Kagura: 330cm Kagura - Tashiro: 310cm GALA Yuzawa: 210cm Kandatsu Kogen: 190cm
Planned closing dates at resorts in Yuzawa:
Sunday 11th April 2010: Kandatsu Kogen Naeba
Wednesday 5th May 2010: Gala Yuzawa Kagura (Tashiro Area)
It's a fairly cloudy start to the day here, though there are some breaks in the cloud and it is quite bright - certainly brighter than yesterday was. At the moment it is 5 degrees in the village and it will likely warm up a bit during the day as well, forecast to just be cloudy.
There is a chance of rain tomorrow.
The following lifts at Naeba are now operating:
Prince No2 Gondola No8 quad Daishamen pair Takenokodaira pair
It is still be possible to ride down from the top of Takenodaira lift (NOT the top of the resort) to the base at Naeba.
Most of the Kagura areas remain open.
Official Snow Depths:
Kagura (Tashiro): 280cm
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 ...
Tuesday 6th April 2010, 9:30am
We have blue skies this morning. Some cloud remains, but generally it looks like it will be a fine sunny day in Zao. Another warm start - already 6 degrees in the village and with close to no breeze it feels warm outside.
Snow conditions on the slopes that remain open are as you might expect very much "spring" now - heavy going at times, but on days like today when the weather is so good it's hard to complain.... we can still boast excellent snow cover on the slopes that are open.
Chuo area: 170cm
Paradise area: 160cm
Utopia area: 170cm
Below are the lifts that remain open at the Zao Onsen resort (subject to change):
Uwanodai area: Zao Sky Cable - open all year (closed 6th-28th May for maintenance)
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: Closed
Paradise: Paradise Pair lift - until 5th May Shobunuma No1 triple and No2 pair - open Sat/Sun/holidays only until 5th May
Yokokura: Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May for maintenance)
Omori / Kurohime: 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 ...
Tuesday 6th April 2010, 9:49am
Another overcast morning but it did get reasonably cool last night dipping to near -3. There's very little wind about and it should be a pleasant enough morning on the mountain. JMA have issued a thunderstorm advisory for the region but looking at the weatehr radar I can't see anything about to hit us this morning. Later today though we can expect some rain to move in possibly associated with some thunderstorms and later through the night the rain is expected to turn to snow so we may have a little bit of fresh by tomorrow.
It looks like Hanazono ski area is still running it's lifts today but I'm mostly sure that like Niseko Village today is the last day. Yesterday was just the last day they were offering ski lessons.
It is a nice warm sunny morning in Hakuba. Not totally bluebird, as some lingering clouds are still around, however they should not block too much sun today.
Temperatures are expected to climb to 13 C today so be ready for some real spring snow at the bases of the resorts. The temperature at the top of Happo today at 9:00 was -1.4 so up at higher elevations the snow should be a little less slushy.
Here is the latest info from resort areas that remain open (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. Large parts of the upper slopes still skiable and the upper slopes plan to remain open serviced by lifts until 5th May. 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 lifts are now closed but you can still ski or board back down to the bottom of the resort using the course. The Iimori area of the resort is also 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 The Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Han-no-ki high speed pair lift plan to remain operating until 5th May. Read more ...
Tuesday 6th April 2010, 10:16am
The temperature in Furnao is predicted to hit a high of 9deg today. The wind is reasonably significant, which is making things feel much cooler than they actually are. All runs on Furano Zone are open and there is excellent spring skiing conditions with no shortage of snow. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 6th April 2010, 10:58am
Yesterday was a cloudy day in the region and this morning things are a bit brighter, though there is still a lot of cloud aroundbut the sun is out at the moment and casting shadows. It is not as warm as yesterday, but another mild spring day in the village and comfortable conditions out on the slopes. The temperature should get into double digits this afternoon.
Tomorrow the forecast is for cloud and perhaps rain (or even sleet or something whiter up top?) - it will certainly be colder once again.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Courses currently open (as of 6th Apr): 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
Fine weather this morning in Shiga Kogen after a very cloudy day yesterday.
The forecast is telling us to expect clouds to move back in later on and we can expect some rain or even perhaps (and hopefully) snow higher up overnight and into tomorrow morning. It will only be a sprinkling of course, but snow is always better than rain!
After that clear and sunny weather currently forecast for Thursday and Friday.
The Giant area will be open again on 10th April. The quad lift at Nishitateyama will be open on 10th and 11th April. At Terakoya the quad and No1 pair will be open on Saturdays and also the 29th April until 5th May. At the Mammoth area, the quad will be open until 5th May. 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 No2 Gondola open again on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May. The No2 quad lift will be moving 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 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.
A very warm Spring day in Minakami with a current temperature of 18 deg C and rising! The rivers are starting to increase in flow as the melt starts to kick into high gear. There is still plenty of Spring riding to be had at Tenjindaira which will be hosting a lot of park events in the upcoming weekends. You can ride at Tenjin in the morning then kayak the Tone River in the afternoon!