Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 6th April 2019, 6:18am
Good morning from Nozawa.
A warm day yesterday. At 3pm the resort was reporting a temperature of +7C up on the top of the mountain and it was mid-teens down below in the village.
Today we should be seeing more sunshine and blue skies (some cloud early on) and while it will be mild it won't be as warm as it was yesterday. It is calm early on, perhaps some moderate north-westerly winds around the middle of the day.
Currently, generally cloudy skies are forecast for tomorrow.
Saturday 6th April 2019
Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday morning):
- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm - Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm - Hikage (660m): no longer reporting - Nagasaka (615m): no longer reporting - Karasawa (563m): no longer reporting
Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):
- Yamabiko (1407m): 305cm - Uenotaira (1230m): 230cm - Hikage (660m): no longer reporting - Nagasaka (615m): no longer reporting - Karasawa (563m): no longer reporting
The following lifts are operating:
- Nagasaka Gondola (8:10am - 3:30pm; last one down 3:30pm) - Yamabiko Four (8:30am - 3:20pm) - Yamabiko Number 2 Four (8:25am - 3:30pm) - Uenotaira Four (8:30am - 3:30pm) - Paradise Four (8:00am - 3:40pm
The following courses are open:
- Yamabiko A - Yamabiko B - Yamabiko C - Yamabiko D - Yamabiko E - Kokenashi - Uenotaira - Paradise - Mizunashi - Bunabayashi - Paradise
The following courses remain available to ski back down:
And it is going to be another day of fine weather.
I think it did rain overnight as the roads are looking a bit damp - but it is mostly clear skies early morning and the sun is out.
It will not be quite as warm as it was yesterday but still probably rise to around 11C in town this afternoon. Perhaps slightly cooler tomorrow with mostly cloudy skies forecast with the chance of some rain in the afternoon.
After being closed Monday through Friday, Maiko Snow Resort is re-opening for the weekend - they will have their Gondola, Nagamine Number 2 quad and Okusoeji quad lifts operating. Maiko will be open today and tomorrow, with tomorrow being the last day of the season.
This weekend is also the last for Ishiuchi Maruyama, Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai.
So from Monday just the Kandatsu Kogen, GALA Yuzawa and Kagura resorts will remain open.
Updated: Saturday 6th April 2019
* Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information. * Information checked manually each morning at time of report.
Ski resorts in Yuzawa:
GALA Yuzawa - 270cm (official snow depth) - The Central Area and part of the Northern Area remain open - The lift connections between GALA Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen and Ishiuchi Maruyama are now closed
Iwappara - 85cm (official snow depth) - The Central area remain open with two lifts (Number 2 and 3) operating and three courses open
Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma - just to the north of Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama - Top: 150cm (official snow depth) - Base: 90cm (official snow depth) - Access via the Chuo base area - The lift connection between the top area and the North Area of GALA Yuzawa resort is now closed
I have some fresh snow to report this morning. Just a bit, but enough to whiten over some of the more 'used-looking' snow close to base. Lots of cloud around at the moment but we may get some sunshine later on in the day.
Mostly cloudy conditions yesterday and this morning there is still a lot of cloud around the mountain but some blue sky and the sun shining through too off to the east. We might enjoy some periods of sunshine over the next few days.
Can I just mention that I did actually go back to update that report that I made on 3rd when I was over in Hakodate (nice place). Niseko Grand Hirafu was reporting an impressive 20cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes that morning and I must admit to being a bit miffed that I missed that and couldn't get to enjoy it.
It will be interesting to see how much there might be on higher slopes this morning...
I need to post an early report this morning and so there is not yet any specific ski lift related information that I can share. We are expecting some westerly winds today.
Last two days of the season for Hanazono and Village!
Ski resort operation information: Saturday 6th April 2019 Subject to change due to weather conditions
Notes: - Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline, Riesen Slalom, Nakiyama South Side and Kitaone 3 areas remain open - Base areas are closed apart from Nakiyama South Side and Shirakaba South Side (part) - Hakuba Happo-one plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Notes: - Tsugaike Ropeway is now generally open for spring operations (check for daily operation plans) - Tsuga-no-mori, Han-ko, Han-no-ki and Karamatsu course areas remain open - Other course areas are now closed - Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Monday 6th May
Notes: - Lifts 2 and 5 are operating - The West Mt area remains part open - Plans to be open until 7th April Read more ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Saturday 6th April 2019, 7:49am
Hello and good morning from Geto Kogen.
And a little fresh snow on the grond this morning with light snow falling early on. It's not expected to last and perhaps there'll be clearer skies later on.
Tomorrow there is a chance of some light rain. Let's hope we can avoid that.
Official snow depths:
* Top: 370cm * Base: 240cm
Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:
* Number 1 Gondola * Number 1 pair lift
- Other lifts now closed for the season
Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change due to weather:
* All of the main official courses are available * All tree runs open Read more ...
Saturday 6th April 2019, 8:16am
Furano has been hit with a snow front that has deposited 6cm of nice fresh spring snow on the ground. Overnight the winds were very strong, but have now started to ease up. It is currently still snowing but looks like it will stop soon. The high will go up to +2c which will melt away that new snow around the village, but the slopes will be fine and this top of of new snow will provide some great skiing over the weekend. Read more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Saturday 6th April 2019, 8:47am
Good morning from Urabandai.
It is a sunny morning with beautiful blue skies all around. The wind was blowing strongly last night and it is calm right now but according to the forecast, it there will be a fairly strong wind again from the west this afternoon. A spring storm perhaps.
It was a warm sunny day yesterday but it is a bit colder again this morning. And believe or not, there is some snowfall forecast again on for Monday night.
The snow conditions on the slopes are a bit hard but there is plenty left to enjoy.
* Minowa - C lift closed due to the strong wind. Only the B lift is open.
The photos for today are from Nekoma (the first two) and Grandeco.
Nekoma - lift 5/5, course 8/11 open (open until there is enough snow) Grandeco - lift 4/5 include one gondola, course 8/11 open (open until there is enough snow) Minowa - lift 1/3, course 5/11 open (open until April 7th)
Alts Bandai, Urabandai, Inawashiro, Inawashiro resort, Numajiri, Listel, Family Bandai Bandai - already closed for the season Read more ...
Saturday 6th April 2019, 9:04am
Clear, scattered clouds
Thursday's glorious conditions lasted till around noon when warm weather put a stop to the fun. The run outs were so sticky as to be virtually impassable and they closed the cat track yesterday for this very reason. Temps hit a high of 15C at my place!
Yesterday was warm and clear, we had a little rain overnight but the weather is beautiful today and forecast to remain so for the weekend.
Snow is forecast from Monday evening through Thursday. This comes with a caveat as it may fall as rain around the bottom of the mountain.
This is Hodaigi's last weekend operational which will leave Tenjin as the last mountain standing here in the Minakami area. The snow base in my backyard is still over 1m and there is plenty up top. Backcountry isn't too shabby either (see photo), provided your timing is right.
As things stand I don't see any trouble with them running through Golden Week this year. I
n terms of events, the Minakami Vibes bowl is starting to take shape and it's looking pretty spicy. Sat April 13 and Sun Apr 14th are the dates with a big party at my place on Saturday night!
Ski resort planned closing dates - subject to change depending on conditions:
Sunday 31st March
- Hodaigi (currently part open) - Minakami Kogen (currently part open) - Okutone Snow Park (currently part open)
A quick report for a sunny and hazy weekend (so far; looks like rain later....).
It is sunny, and it is hazy; the Gobi sands are going to be blowing in, turning the cars whitish and adding an interesting surface to the snow (it can actually cut down the stickiness of the snow a bit. And make your skis gray afterwards).
Lots of snow on the slopes, although you could really see the snowpack come down yesterday. A fairly brisk north wind at the moment; just watched some pretty big snow tornados rising off the far side of Mt. Kanna. If you're in the backcountry, you're going to get blown around....