Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 27th February 2020
Monday 6th May 2013, 9:01am
It may be a Monday, but it's a national holiday - the last day of Golden Week and more importantly the last day of the season for the three ski and snowboard resorts that have remained open.
It is a cloudy, foggy and slightly wet morning here at the base of Niseko Grand Hirafu, with the upper parts of the mountain not visible and none of Mt Yotei on view. All of the scheduled lifts appear to be operating.
The last ski lifts of the season in Niseko due at 4:30pm this afternoon!
I'll post a final season wrap up report in the next few days.
It's a bit hazy in some directions down here in the Minamiuonuma valley this morning, but generally a lovely clear and sunny morning in the region. It's going to warm up to probably over 20 degrees as well.
Today is the last day of the ski season for GALA Yuzawa and for the Tashiro area of the Kagura resort.
From tomorrow, the Mitsumata Ropeway will remain open. The Mitsumata area is still doing fine with snow, and of course so is the top main Kagura area. We'll be checking the latest info and go over what remains open in our report tomorrow.
Official resort snow depths @ Monday 6th May 2013, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro): 230cm Kagura (Kagura-Mitsumata): 290cm Gala Yuzawa: 100cm
Planned closing dates for the resorts in Yuzawa:
GALA Yuzawa - today is the last day of the season Kagura (Tashiro) - today is the last day of the season Kagura (Mitsumata) - until 26th May Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 6th May 2013, 9:24am
Sunny and clear
Today is the last day of the busy Golden Week holidays, and it also marks the last day of the season for most of the resorts that remain open in Shiga Kogen.
From tomorrow we are left with just parts of Kumanoyu and Yokoteyama open, with the latter hoping to remain open until the end of May. Read more ...
Monday 6th May 2013, 9:30am
Fine and sunny
Some thin cloud over the mountains but other than that it's lovely sunshine and fine blue skies over Hakuba again, making for a good end to the season (* see below!). Temps dipped down to around +3 overnight in the village but will probably rise to over 20 degrees later on today. There's a chance of rain later on according to the forecast, but hopefully that will be once the lifts are done for the day.
Hre we were thinking that today was going to be the last day of the ski season in Hakuba. Well, apparently, not quite!
Hakuba Goryu is planning to open it's top runs once again next weekend, the 11th and 12th of May, for one last go. If you fancy a last (last) run out, it'll be 2000 yen for adults and 600 yen for children. Other resorts don't seem to be planning to do the same with them all saying that today is the last day of the ski season.
At the end of today, Monday 6th May, the ski season will officially close at the Hakuba Happo-one, Hakuba 47 and Tsugaike Kogen resorts.
I will post another report before next weekend along with a season wrap up. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 6th May 2013, 9:34am
And so here we are - the last day of the season in Nozawa. Looking at the schedules, it seems the last possible lift to ride would be the Skyline connecting pair which should be closing at 4:20pm, but I might be temped to just get up to the top of Yamabiko at 4pm and make that last run down from there.
The sun is out to celebrate as well - celebrate perhaps seems a strange word, but while it's kind of sad for the season to be ending, we can't stop the seasons of course and we can reflect on another fine season here in Nozawa.
It has been another long season too, with plenty of awesome deep powder days, some warmer bits here and there - hey March, I'm talking about you in particular - but almost always tons of fun and a great atmosphere to boot. Hopefully there will have once again been lots of very happy visitors coming to Nozawa for the first time and going back home and telling everyone about this very charming village. If I may call it so myself!
Thanks for reading our Nozawa Now reports this time - we hope you enjoyed reading them and that they were useful as well. The archive reports are always there so you can always go back and reflect on the season. Often fun to do when it starts getting proper hot in the summer months. Nozawa is a good place to come and escape some of that summer heat as well, of course.
Nozawa Now reports will be back in autumn when it starts cooling down and thoughts turn to the 2013/2014 season.
As the season ends at Tenjindaira, we look back on the season.
It was a bit of a mixed bag in Minakaim this snow season. It started with some promising dumps early December which got everyone excited about the possibility of a BIG snow season. Unfortunately December didn't turn out to be that great but there was stil enough for all resorts to open as planned.
January was a bit of a disappointment this season. Typically it is the biggest snowfall month of the season but the consistant storms did not really materialize. Having said that there were still a few great powder days to be had and plenty of snow on-piste.
February was good with a lot of quality and consistant snow coming in from the second week. It was definately needed to fill in the backcountry terrain, and resorts were all happy with the snow base looking strong heading into Spring.
March was another dissapointing month. Typically we get at least two big storm cycles through but this season only a sparse few top ups eventuated.
The suprising month has been April and the end of the season with snow continuing to fall. This has extended the season for Tenjindaira and there has even been some great BC riding available.
All in all it was a pretty solid season with an early start (December 1st) and a late finish (May 6th). Not as many BIG powder days but the snow quality and consistancy was pretty bomber.
Minakami is already well into spring mode and as many of you probably know there's a whole lot to do in the area including hiking and rafting. The Ropeway operates all year round (apart from periods of maintenance and one such period will be June 24th until June 28th this year).
Anyway, thanks for reading the reports... hope you have a good summer, and see you next season! Read more ...