Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Thursday 8th April 2010, 7:54am
Clouds to start the day, but blue patches above the peaks
A quick report this morning, as it's time to check out the backcountry conditions on a quick overnight trip. Making it all the more pleasant—along with a prediction of clearing skies through the day—is the fresh snowfall overnight. It's just a dusting, but everything is once again nice and white. Who cares if it probably will mak for sticky skiing....
Only a few runs at Akakan and Seki are open. There's still lots of snow, though, so enjoy while you can!
Blue skies and sunshine here today but the temperature feels a little cold and we even a little bit of snow last night. The cloud came in late in the afternoon and then it started to snow a touch by early evening. You can see evidence of the light dusting up high.
Tenjin is now the only place left to ski on this side of the mountain but they still have a decent base up there and everything open.
Forecast is for sunny mornings for the next few days before rain early next week.
Glorious spring morning up north. Bluebird skies, light winds and the slopes will be nice and firm this morning after temps dropped down to around -6 last night. Things are warming up rapidly though and it's already just over freezing at village level. It is expected to get to around 5 degrees by the afternoon. It's a perfect day to head backcountry, it would be an especially good day to climb Youtei which is gleaming brightly with fresh snow from the last couple of days. The air is very clear so the views would be extensive. The weather should remain mostly fine till the weekend when some rain will move back over the region.
After clearing up at times yesterday, it was raining again by evening and overnight. It seems that it was snowing higher upwith Kagura reporting 3cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes this morning.
This morning started cloudy but in the last hour or so more and more blue sky is visible and it should be the start of a run of good weather. Today it might get to around 8 degrees in town, and likely warmer tomorrow.
Official resort snow depths @ 7th April 10, AM: Mt Naeba: 130cm Kagura: 330cm Kagura - Tashiro: 280cm GALA Yuzawa: 190cm 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)
The resort this morning is reporting 1cm of snow on the upper slopes. Right now though it is just cloudy though after a cold morning on the mountain it will be warming up as the sun is starting to make an appearance. It should be warmer tomorrow and into the weekend with fine weather forecast.
Down in the village and on the lower slopes the snow melt continues with somefairly big patches of ground on view on the Nagasaka and other lower parts of the resort.... still consistent cover up on Yamabiko and Uenotaira though.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Courses currently open (as of 8th 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
This morning started off cold and cloudy (-4 in the village, -7 at the top of the resort area) but things seem to be clearing up now and there is a fair bit if blue sky now, indeed the forecast is for clearer weather this afternoon and also tomorrow when things should warm up a fair bit as well.
Good visibility on the mountain, not many people about, decent spring conditions on the slopes that remain open.
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 ...
Thursday 8th April 2010, 11:48am
Sun and blue sky = bluebird
Today is definitely a blessing. As far as spring goes you couldn't get better. Temperatures were well below frezing overnight, meaning the slopes were firm and fast up until mid morning. From there on the snow pack will soften a little bringing on the classic spring snow conditions. Throw in absolutely picture perfect blues skies and sun and you've got a day that says don't go to work - go skiing.
The good weather will continue through Friday, and then the weatherman has worked out it is the weekend so he is threating us with cloud with a possibility of rain. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 8th April 2010, 12:01pm
Sun, blue skies
After the poor visibility of yesterday, this morning the sun is out doing it's thing and we have lots of blue sky - it has been a beautiful morning. It was a cold start to the day, but it is fairly mild feeling now with hardly any wind out there.
The slopes are almost empty for anyone wanting to enjoy some spring riding... still good snow cover on most of the slopes so there is a lot of fun left to be had.
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.
After a cloudy start to the day, many of them have moved on and we are left with blue skies and temperatures warming up.
Naeba has just a few more days left this season with the resort planning to be open until the end of the day this coming Sunday. Snow cover is still pretty great even on the lower slopes with only a few bits of ground showing through near the lifts and plenty up top. The resort is very quiet though, so the people on the slopes are enjoying them to themselves almost.
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 ...
Thursday 8th April 2010, 13:01pm
Sun, blue skies
Fine, sunny weather in Hakuba at the moment with some fine blue skies all around. Earlier on there was a fair bit of cloud hanging on but the clouds have now mostly cleared up to leave us with beautiful weather this lunchtime.
There is still pretty good snow cover on the upper slopes of the resorts that are still open. Most of the snow at village level has now dried up and lots of ground is now showing through on the (now closed) lower slopes of Happo-one, but there is better cover lower down over at the Hakuba 47 and Goryu resort areas with just patches of ground showing through here and there on the lower Toomi slope at Goryu.
The next few days have cloud/sun on the forecast with some warm temperatues, especially on Saturday.
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 ...