Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Monday 7th May 2007, 8:55am
Well now the season is officially over and the ski hills in Hakuba are closed. A duly noted fact is that even with this year being one of the lowest snowfalls, the hills were still able to remain open until the final closing days. Not the most terrain available in the last remaining days on the hills but still skiing on snow whatever the conditions is fun.
All in all us locals in Hakuba were not disappointed in the least, albiet one had to wait for the big powder days a little longer than maybe we are usually accustomed to, we were all treated to wonderful turns on numerous occasions.
The backcountry was relatively a stable snowpack all season and reported off-piste accidents were much less than last year. The ski hills (at least the ones high enough to get snow) all had a good season and most likely saw increases in foreign ski tourists.
So now for the die-hards who still need that sliding fix you gotta hike! Still good snow atop the peaks in the Hakuba area so rip some spring lines!
Glad to have hopefully provided a useful service for those to check out the Hakuba Now reports. Stay tuned for more reports on Hakuba events and outdoor related activites throughout the summer and come winter 2007-08 we will be right back in there with daily snow and avalanche hazard reports...... have a brilliant summer !
( See Backcountry Advisory Below )
Above tree line: Considerable
Tree line: Moderate
Below tree line: Low (no snow)
People heading backcountry today should be prepared for stronger winds on ridges and colder temps, even though it is sunny and warm in the valley. Take care on descents as exposed patches are prevalent.
Keep in mind, that even though Spring has arrived down here in the valley, it can still be very much like Winter above 1,600m a.s.l., dress and equipe yourself appropriately.
Watch out for big cracks and holes, loose debris on the snow and falling from upper cliffs. Shallow snowpack can slide on the bamboo and will release over rocks and points of tension. Read more ...
Monday 7th May 2007, 9:05am
Yesterday wasn't the best weather to end the season on (for the Naeba and Tashiro parts of Kagura), and this morning is a similar start to the day with low lying clouds and partly wet roads though it isn't raining at the moment. Today will see a top temperature of about 18 degrees in Yuzawa. It looks like tomorrow and the day after will be finer weather.
So now just the Kagura resort remains open, but they are still planning to keep the lifts moving until 27th May. Due to the snow conditions at Mitsumata, from now a shuttle bus will be taking people from the top of the Mitsumata ropeway to the bottom of the Kagura Gondola. The Mitsumata Ropeway will be open from 8:30am until 5pm from tomorrow until the end of the season (27th May).
We plan to post twice weekly updates to this Yuzawa Now! page until the end of the season at Kagura. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 7th May 2007, 12:36pm
After a long season, the Nozawa Onsen snow resort closed yesterday evening. It wasn't very fine weather unfortunately, but after a rainy and cloudy start to the day the sun is now out with fine weather also forecast for the coming days.
The daily reporting from the resort may now be over, but Nozawa is of course a great place to visit throughout the year - for the scenery, outdoors, onsen and more. During the summer you can drive up the mountain from the village base and actually drive right through to the Okushiga Kogen part of the Shiga Kogen national park. From 4th August until 26th August the resort also operates the Nagasaka Gondola.
We hope you enjoyed our reports from Nozawa this winter and look forward to the first snow of late autumn. Here's hoping for tons of powder next season - we'll be here to report it all.