Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 18th May 2019
Saturday 7th February 2009, 6:47am
Two days of steady snow have given way to sunny skies this morning. The village is a busy little beehive already as of last night, as the February crowds are coming in for the weekend. More snow is slated for the night:) Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 7th February 2009, 8:32am
Clear and sunny
It is a fine and sunny morning here in Nozawa Onsen. Currently, it is -5 degrees in the village and -8 degrees up on Yamabiko, where 15cm of snow has fallen since the last report. This takes the total snow depth to 220cm up the top and 165cm for Uenodaira which has received 10cm. There is a moderated westerly of around 20km/h at the top of Mt.Kenashi.
Yesterday saw snow falling throughout the day. It continued until around 9pm in the village, before skies cleared leading to today's lower temperatures. Conditions on the upper hill are improving somewhat with the latest snowfalls though lower down things could be better and need more snow.
Clouds are expected to roll back in by this evening and bring some more precipitation. Unfortunately, with warmer temperatures forecast it will fall as a mixture of snow and maybe rain at village level. Only snow up higher though, and around 10cm is forecast for the top of the mountain.
All lifts are expected to operate today.
All courses will be open except Mukoubayashi, Kurokura and Hachiman. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 7th February 2009, 9:13am
It's a cold morning here in Shiga Kogen but fine weather from the start. The snow continued for most of yesterday, though not heavy and so it was easy to be out there enjoying it while it fell. It eased off later on and this morning all the clouds are gone and we have blue skies. Those wintery snaps just don't seem to last long this season at all.
Anyway those out on the slopes today will be treated to decent snow and some very fine views. As it's the weekend it will likely be busy out there and there is more nighta open (see list below).
There's a decent chance that snow clouds will be back with us tonight bringing a bit more snow overnight and tomorrow. (Again, don't expect a huge dump of snow).
The following resort plans to be open for nighta tonight: Sun Valley Maruike Ichinose Family Ichinose Diamond Yakebitaiyama Kumanoyu
Official resort snow depths as of 7th February 09:
The sun is out, there is hardly a cloud in the sky. It's another of those fine, sunny and mild days in Yuzawa (though it was quite cold early on).
After the light snow of yesterday, clouds have cleared up and it's going to be another of those spring-like days. Naeba is actually reporting 10-15cm of new snow with Kagura reporting 5-10cm. Other resorts lower down will probably be just have seen a few cm, but it all means that early on at least there will be a new welcome cover of snow on the slopes.
(Resorts may have reported the new snow the last few days but it seems that some official snow depths - posted below - do not seem to have not increased. Don't worry, the snow did fall!)
Clouds may well roll in though later as we might be in for a bit more snow tonight and tomorrow snow is on the forecast.
Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa: Naeba Yuzawa Nakazato Yuzawa Park Iwappara
In Minamiuonuma just to the north, nighta at: Ishiuchi Maruyama Centleisure Maiko Joetsu Kokusai
This morning Naeba resort is reporting 10-15cm of new snow, while Kagura is claiming 5-10cm. It is a cold morning in Naeba, but from early on the sun is out and it is going to be a very fine morning and I expect things to warm up considerably in the sun.
The snowfall of the last few days was very welcome giving the resort a fresh coat of snow, though we could of course always do with more! There is a good chance of the weather clouding over later in the day and then snow falling later on and perhaps also into tomorrow.
All of the Gondolas (No1, No2, Dragondola) at Naeba and all of Kagura is open as normal this morning. Read more ...
Saturday 7th February 2009, 10:08am
Mostly clear, cloud and snow expected later
Some light snow fell through much of the night adding up to 5cm to the cover in the Hirafu area. This morning has dawned mostly clear with light winds down low but up high the winds will be strengthening. The snow is fairly packed down and tracked out in most areas and the snowfalls expected to start later today will be most welcome to freshen up the surface. On exposed southern and western slopes beware a little sun crust from yesterday. The snow should start hitting us later this afternoon with heavy falls overnight as the low pressure system moves directly over the region. So if you enjoy the sun and good visibility make sure you get out there today as the next few days are looking very cloudy and snowy. All gates are expected to open today.
Last night was the coldest so far this year, with temps dropping to -15 C. No new snow to report, although some is forecast for Monday.
Currently, it is high overcast, very light wind, and fairly flat light. Snow is good an crunchy.
Temps will remain nice and cool today, which will keep the snow in good condition.
This Saturday and Sunday is the Furano Snow Festival. There will be games, a fire enginge for the kids, grape juice drinking competition, ski/snowboard jumping, food throughout the day, and fireworks (Saturday night) in the Kitanomine parking lot.
After an unexpected snow fall we are again back to beautiful clear skies, and not a cloud to be seen. On the runs today the fresh snow will have gone by now, however, conditions are good. The temperature is staying low and so it will be a hard pack start to the day, especially at the top of the mountain. However, be patient and it will soften making it a gorgeous day to be on the mountain.
With the sun strength today the most important thing to remember is your sunscreen, unless your looking to get a nice goggle tan to prove to friends back home that you've been on the slopes.
With good weather and recent snow the mountains will be packed today and tomorrow, so get out there early and make the most of the day. If you come across a long queue, keep on moving, you will often find that only particular lifts are busy and others you can just hop straight on.
Winds will be moderate coming in from the West and will pick up again tomorrow, continuing from a Westerly direction. Even though it may look hot out there, be aware that the wind chill might make it colder at the top of the mountain. The forecast has now changed to saying that we may get a few more centimeters of snow tonight. Nothing to write home about but enough to make everything look beautiful again and hopefully enough to make tomorrow a lot of fun.