Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 6th April 2010, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:

Planned closing dates at resorts in Yuzawa:

Sunday 11th April 2010:
Kandatsu Kogen

Wednesday 5th May 2010:
Gala Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro Area)

Sunday 23rd May 2010:
Kagura (via Mitsumata)   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 6th April 2010, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Increasing clouds
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The season may have ended at most Myoko resorts, but there's a chance of snow for tomorrow!

Only a few runs at Akakan and Seki are open. There's still lots of snow, though, so enjoy while you can!

Just a quick change; the Sky Cable (gondola) and number 3 lift are the only ones open at the moment at Akakan, but it is possible to ski all the way down to base.

Lift operations:

Akakan: Sky Cable gondola, No. 3 lift

Seki Onsen: open (one lift)

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):

Seki Onsen:

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Naeba Now!

Tuesday 6th April 2010, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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):

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 ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 6th April 2010, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Clear, sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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:

Paradise area:

Utopia area:

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:

Paradise Pair lift - until 5th May
Shobunuma No1 triple and No2 pair - open Sat/Sun/holidays only until 5th May

Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May for maintenance)
Omori / Kurohime:
Kurohime - until conditions allow

Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May)
Utopia No2 pair - until conditions allow
Astraea No3 pair - until conditions allow   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 6th April 2010, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 320
Bottom - 140

Niseko Village:
Top - 320
Bottom - 110

Top - 330
Bottom - 180

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Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 6th April 2010, 9:51am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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.

The latest resort operations info posted below.

Official resort snow depths on 6th Apr 10:

40cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
160cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
60cm (Iimori)
85cm (Toomi)
240cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
280cm (Tsuganomori)

Here is the latest info from resort areas that remain open (subject to change):

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 ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 6th April 2010, 10:16am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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
Paradise link
Yunomine A
Yunomine B

Lifts currently operating (as of 6th Apr):

Nagasaka Gondola (both sections);
Yamabiko quad
Yamabiko No2 quad
Skyline connecting pair lift
Uenotaira quad

The resort plans to stay open until 5th May.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 6th April 2010, 11:05am
Weather conditions: Sun, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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.

Official resort snow depths as of 6th April 10:

Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:

Planned closing dates at Shiga Kogen resorts:

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.


The above information is subject to change.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 6th April 2010, 12:40pm
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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!

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