Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th November 2019
Wednesday 7th April 2010, 9:25am
Overcast with light snow showers
Light rain started moving over the region in the afternoon yesterday but it started changing to sleet later in the evening and then to snow. At lower levels there's been very little accumulation but higher on the mountain there would have been a few cm's at least. The winds have really picked up though and higher lifts are currently on wind hold. The Hanazono and Niseko Village ski areas are now closed and Niseko Village are no longer updating snow depths.
A colder day today with grey cloud hanging overhead. The forecast is for cloud all day but it is already starting to spot with rain so we think there may be a few showers on the way. There was a bit of rain last night and looking at the forecast for the rest of the week it looks as if there is plenty more rain on the way.
Houdaigi's final day today. The park has been dismantled and there were just a few people up there yesterday, making the most of some pretty slushy and slow snow. Still a decent base with full coverage but time to call it a day for another year.
After a cloudy start followed by clearer sunny and warm conditions yesterday, it is raining in Yuzawa this morning. Fairly heavily as well at the moment, though higher up at Kagura they are reporting snow. It is certainly a colder morning and right now it is 3 degrees in town and 0 degrees at Kagura.
The next three days look like they will be warmer once again with lots of sun likely.
Official resort snow depths @ 7th April 10, AM: Mt Naeba: 160cm Kagura: 330cm Kagura - Tashiro: 280cm GALA Yuzawa: 200cm Kandatsu Kogen: 180cm
Planned closing dates at resorts in Yuzawa:
Sunday 11th April 2010: Kandatsu Kogen Naeba
Wednesday 5th May 2010: Gala Yuzawa Kagura (Tashiro Area)
It is a wet morning in Naeba unfortunately, though higher up on the mountain wet snow is apparently falling. It might be raining but it is colder than it has been but thecold snap will probably be only short with clearer and warmer weather forecast from tomorrow into the weekend.
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 ...
Wednesday 7th April 2010, 10:26am
It is back to more wintery-like conditions this morning in Zao. Lots of cloud and fog around with poor visibility on the mountain - it is going to be difficult to see where you are going out there at the moment.
This morning it is around 2 degrees in the village and just below freezing at the top of the main Ropeway.
Finer weather with warmer temperatures once again is likely from tomorrow.
Chuo area: 155cm
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 ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 7th April 2010, 10:32am
Cloud, fog, light snow
It is a very cloudy and foggy start to the day in Shiga Kogen.
Lower down the mountain it has been raining but in these higher elevations it has been snowing lightly this morning and in places there is a new fresh (very thin!) blanket of snow on the ground.
All change again tomorrow though with clear sunny skies and warmer temperatures once again forecast.
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.
Don't get too excited, it's just a sprinkling on the top slopes of the resort - the resort reporting up to 3cm in place on the top Yamabiko area.
It has been raining down below in the village though hopefully that will clear up by lunchtime as per the forecast. It is colder this morning than the last few but the temperature will likely rise again tomorrow and we should then see a run of days with clearer weather and a fair bit of sun.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Courses currently open (as of 7th 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
It has been a generally overcast morning here after rain last night and early this morning, though it seems to be generally holding off for now. Hakuba 47 are also reporting a fewcm of fresh snow up top!
It is 5 degrees now with some fairly strong winds up on the mountain.
Fine andsunny conditions are forecast for tomorrow and into the weekend along with warmer temperatures once again, especially on Friday when it will likely easily hit double figures.
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 ...
Wednesday 7th April 2010, 17:40pm
We woke up to a beautiful layer of 8cm of fresh snow. This was definitely spring snow... being very heavy and high in moisture content...it was definitely a case of selecting the strong aluminium shovel instead of the light but flimsy plastic ones we use with powder. The spring snow left beautiful scenes of trees coverd in thick heavy snow - which doesn't happen so much with the light dry Furano powder. (See the photos below. The weather felt relatively cold today - I must be becoming accustomed to the spring temperatures.
It may not seem possible, but it's snowing right now in Myoko! It may not be a lot, but a few centimeters will have fallen by tomorrow. It looks like a nice day tomorrow, too, so it might be a good day for some spring skiing.
Only a few runs at Akakan and Seki are open. There's still lots of snow, though, so enjoy while you can!