Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Friday 9th April 2010, 9:28am
It suddenly hit me this morning that the snow has stuck around a lot longer this season. We are well into April now, and although the Kitanomine Zone is closed for the season, the ground has not broken through the remaining snow pack yet. Although the roads in Kitanomine are all clear, gardens have some time to go yet before the snow cover disappears.
The main factor today in the weather is wind. It is moderate at the moment and that wind chill is feeling quite cold at around -3deg. Cold temperatures overnight mean the snow pack will be nice and firm.
Tomorrow should be reasonable weather with sun and light to moderate wind forecast. Rain is predicted, but not unitl evening. Read more ...
Friday 9th April 2010, 9:39am
Clear skies, sun
It's blue skies all around from early on this morning in Yuzawa and it should warm up to be at least 12 degrees in town early this afternoon. More of the same is forecast for tomorrow as well - perhaps even warmer - but there seems to be a chance of rain falling on Sunday (last day of the season at Naeba) with generally cloudy conditions.
Official resort snow depths @ 8th April 10, AM: Mt Naeba: 130cm Kagura: 330cm Kagura - Tashiro: 280cm GALA Yuzawa: 180cm Kandatsu Kogen: 170cm
Planned closing dates at resorts in Yuzawa:
Sunday 11th April 2010: Kandatsu Kogen Naeba
Wednesday 5th May 2010: Gala Yuzawa Kagura (Tashiro Area)
Bright sunshine from first thing this morning which is always a nice way to wake. Deceptive though, as when you head outside there is a chill in the air. It's due to warm up as the day goes on,
The snow up at Tenjin is still good. It was a bit hard yesterday due to the colder temperatures but it does keep it in good condition. The park is in good condition with a big line with a couple of pretty big hits, a medium line with two jumps and three sets of different rails. There is also a little training jump and low box for those starting out. Some good riders up there at the moment.
It is going to be another fine and sunny day here by the looks of things. A chilly start to the day but it will warm up as the day moves on and is right now 4 degrees in the village.
The Kagura Mitsumata Sunrise Ski will be on tomorrow morning again from 7am with the Mitsumata Ropeway, Mitsumata No1 quad lift, Kagura Gondola and Kagura No1 lifts opening early. This Sunrise Ski service will be operating on Saturdays and holidays until 5th May.
The Naeba Shuttle Bus had stopped running at the end of the day on 4th April, but from tomorrow - until 5th May - it will once again operate between Naeba and the Tashiro Ropeaway station at Kagura. The service is available to guests at the Naeba Prince hotel (and is free).
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 ...
Friday 9th April 2010, 10:09am
It is a fine morning in Zao. Currently it is 1 degree in the village but the sun it out and once again it will be getting warmer this morning. It might even be approaching double digit temperatures this afternoon in the village. There is hardly any wind and excellent visibility out on the mountain.
More clear weather is forecast for tomorrow and perhaps Sunday too, with a slight chance of rain in between those two days.
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!
Friday 9th April 2010, 10:13am
Sun, blue skies
This morning we have very similar conditions as we had yesterday - the sun is out and lots of blue sky... thought it is slightly warmer starting off today.
More good weather forecast for tomorrow though it is looking like Sunday may bring us some rainfall.
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.
It's anothe sunny morning in Nozawa and while faily cold overnight, it is warming up quickly this morning and a high of around 12 degrees is likely after lunch.... look for more of the same tomorrow with even warmer temperatures. T-shirt skiing day tomorrow perhaps? (Bring something more just in case!)
So good visibility, good spring conditions and good weather likely tomorrow. Tomorrow will be the pick for the weekend though as it looks like we may well be seeing rainfall on Sunday.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Courses currently open (as of 9th 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 clear with the sun out but during the day lots of cloud has moved in the area and late this afternoon it is cloudy and somewhat grey. It has been a warm day, well into double digits, and tomorrow looks likely to be warmer still with good sunny weather forecast again for the morning, though it might cloud over in the afternoon. After that, cloudy with a chance of rain on Sunday.
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 ...