Well, we have had some fresh snowfall since my last report! Always nice to see.
It is keeping cold this morning and light snow is falling.
I have added the planned closing dates of each of the lifts to the information below. Subject to change, of course. They are still having them run to 6th May, so it will be interesting to see if that will be possible with the snow less than usual.
- Generally upper areas remain part open; lower areas are closed
The following lifts continue to operate (subject to change):
- Zao Ropeway [open daily] - Zao Chuo Ropeway [open daily] - Chuo Number 1 pair AB [open daily until 6th May] - Chuo Number 2 pair AB [open until 12th April and 18th-19th April] - Diamond Number 2 pair [open until 10th April and 11th-12th April] - Utopia Number 2 pair [open daily until 6th May] - Sky Cable [open daily]
- Other lifts are now closed for the season
About the coronavirus situation and our daily reports:
Another light sprinkling of snow down at base and hopefully more higher up on the mountain (and I note that Annupuri seem to be saying 5cm and Hirafu are saying 10cm*). That should be nice. I can just about justify the 1cm today at my point, though note that it's nothing more than a dusting in places.
It's feeling kind of mild this morning and we are expecting a cloudy day. And cloudy it is. Cloud with the chance of a bit of sun tomorrow with slightly milder temperatures is what the forecast is currently saying.
There aren't going to be many more chances of snow this season, but perhaps some more snow around Thursday?
I always find it really curious why many Japanese ski areas appear to report snowfall in units of 5cm (0cm, 5cm, 10cm, 15cm, 20cm, etc).
Of course, if 5cm of snow has fallen then the number should be 5cm.
But if 3cm of snow has fallen, does that somehow get rounded up to become 5cm? Does 2cm get rounded down to 0cm, or even rounded up to 5cm?
Perhaps I am imagining it, though I don't think so.
(Is this just a Japan thing? I only know Japan so can't compare.)
Or, perhaps Japanese snow is just 'unique' and does indeed fall in units of 5cm! ;)
Planned ski resort operation information: Tuesday 7th April 2020 Subject to change and weather conditions
This morning we have cloud and some blue sky. It is a calm morning and it looks like we can probably expect temperatures to rise into low teens this afternoon. Bit warmer still tomorrow.
Last year Kagura published a map each day showing (visually) exactly what was open. Hopefully they will do that again as the weeks progress towards the end - just a list of lifts and courses isn't quite as user-friendly!
Individual ski resort information: Tuesday 7th April 2020 The below ski areas remain open. All information is checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.
- The Gondola, Barouche, Phaeton, Coach and Victoria lifts are operating - All courses in the Central Area are open - The Broadway, Super Broadway and Swan courses and Snow Park are open in the Northern Area - The Southern Area and downhill course are closed - Official snow depth: 110cm - Planned closing date: 6th May
It is a fine morning and we can expect clearer skies over the next few days.
No fresh snow is being reported by the resorts this morning.
Here is the updated table:
The information in this table is data reported by the ski resorts
New snowfall (lower)
New snowfall (upper)
TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba Cortina [CLOSED]
573cm [at closing]
IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data
The lower Toomi course at Hakuba Goryu is actually remaining open at the moment, but the Toomi lift is no longer operating. So you can ride back down to base from the upper area. Snow is getting thin on the ground there now though and the course getting narrower.
Individual ski resort information The below information is checked from official sources and manually adjusted each morning.
About the data in the above ‘snowfall as reported by ski resorts’ table * The table within the above report contains data that is published by individual ski resorts * The data shown is the amount of snowfall that the ski resorts are themselves reporting each 24 hour period on the upper areas of their mountain * The source ‘new snowfall’ data and ‘total accumulation’ data is not updated at the same time * The ‘new snowfall’ data is updated in the morning * The ‘accumulation’ data is apparently updated/refreshed at midnight * That means that there is a time lag between the two numbers being updated * We manually check and update the data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report - so the data in each Hakuba Now report table is what is available at that time * Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We are not responsible for and have no control over the data. We are simply sharing the data with you * Just to be extra clear, unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data from base that we show at the top of each report, the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan * A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this report Read more ...