Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Monday 9th April 2012, 8:13am
Good morning from Naeba. Yesterday did turn out to be a very fine day - warming up and there were more than a few people heard saying 'atsui!' (hot) out there, perhaps they had over-dressed! Kagura was very busy yesterday, Naeba less so. Conditions were good up top especially in the morning, getting a bit heavier later on in the day. But the fine, clear blue skies made it a real feel-good day.
Today is going to be similar with lovely blue skies from early on --- and a warm start. The next few days it is going to become very spring like and warm up quite a lot.
So Naeba is closed from today with the official season over. As we have mentioned though, they do intend to re-open for the next two weekends (14th/15th and 21st/22nd April), with Kagura going through until near the end of May.
Here's what we plan to do with the Naeba Now! report. We'll update this page before the weekend right through until the season at Kagura, and in the meantime we will be keeping the Yuzawa Now! reports going on a daily basis right through until the last ski lift stops moving.
So keep an eye on that page each day and we'll see you here on Naeba Now! just before the weekend.
Resort Operations, 9th April (subject to change) Naeba: Naeba is now closed but will re-open on April 14th/15th and April 21st/22nd. Kagura: Open as normal. Official snow depths Naeba: 230cm Kagura: 360cm Read more ...
Monday 9th April 2012, 8:42am
Overcast but bright and clear
A beautiful and eventually warm day in Yuzawa and Minamiouonuma yesterday. Clear blue skies were what we got once the early clouds moved on and it really felt like a spring day. This morning has started off with sort of clear skies but a very overcast and hazy kind of feel, and it's warm - already about 9 degrees. Tomorrow will probably be warmer still. It's feeling like spring time now all of a sudden.
Yesterday was the last day of the season for a fair few ski resorts in the region. It feels somewhat strange with resorts closing when there is so much snow still around, even down at town level. Some places where there is untouched snow still have 1-2m of snow.
What remains open daily now is Kagura, Kandatsu Kogen and Gala Yuzawa. Ludens Yuzawa plan to open next weekend and Naeba plan to open for the next two weekends, but will be closed weekdays.
As mentioned on the Naeba Now report this morning, this Yuzawa Now report page will be covering the daily updates for Kagura now that Naeba is officially closed. The Naeba Now report page will get a weekly update before each weekend. Yuzawa Now will continue on being updated daily right through until the last lifts stop moving up at Kagura, so there's a fair while to go yet.
Official resort snow depths @ Monday 9th April 12, AM: Kagura - Mitsumata: 360cm Kagura - Tashiro: 330cm GALA Yuzawa: 360cm Kandatsu Kogen: 300cm
Open only on 14th/15th April: Ludens Yuzawa
Open only on 14th/15th and 21st/22nd April: Naeba
Open until 6th May: Kandatsu Kogen (only opening on weekends and holidays from 16th April until 6th May)
Open until 6th May: GALA Yuzawa Kagura (Tashiro)
Open until 27th May: Kagura (Mitsumata)
All other ski resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Monday 9th April 2012, 9:18am
After a couple of days of winter we are back into spring here in Minakami. Blue skies, warm temperatures and spring snow. Houdaigi has finished for the season so Tenjindaira is the last place open and they'll probably close after Golden Week. Still masses of snow up there. We have a week of warm temperatures forecast with the possibility of some rain later in the week. Should be a great week for spring skiing as long as the sun is out - deck chairs and T-shirts on the snow.
Hope you got out to enjoy the weekend. It may well have been the last one with fresh snow conditions of the season - though obviously I would hope to be wrong on that count!
It was a beautiful day out yesterday with clear blue skies. Heavier snow conditions later in the day, or at least where I was, as the warmth did it's thing.
Overnight it was very warm in Hakuba and it looks like temperatures have even dropped since early morning - but it's still a warmish spring morning. Unfortunately, it's also raining which is a little unexpected. Anyway after that blast of winter conditions it does look like the coming week is going to be very much spring - temperatures are going to rise and we might see spring showers. Especially warm tomorrow and then wet on Wednesday. That's how the forecast stands now.
So perhaps we are on for full-on spring conditions from now. Come with that in mind and there is of course a lot of fun to be had. The Toomi lifts at Goryu are no longer moving and there is less of Happo open, but still a lot of area open. See below for the details.
Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 9th April 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Gondola and Alps daira No1 and No3 lifts operating. The Toomi lifts are now closed but you can still ski down the courses. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 280cm; Toomi - 135cm
Hakuba 47: 47 saying that all of their area ('more than 90%') remains open. All lifts apart from Line D operating. Official snow depth: Upper - 253cm Lower - 160m
Happo-one: Lifts normally operating daily for spring are: Gondola Grat quad Alpen quad Panorama pair Skyline No2 pair Kurobishi No2 quad. Other lifts: Nakiyama No3 pair, Riesen quad and Kokusai No3 pair lifts will be open on 14th and 15th April. Usagidaira pair will be open on 14th and 15th April and then from 28th April until 6th May. Kurobishi No3 pair lift will be open on 21st and 22nd April and also from 28th April until 6th May. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 230cm; Sakka - 80cm; Nakiyama - 80cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: Planned lifts operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 330cm Lower - 140cm
Planned ski resort closings in Hakuba and Otari, all subject to change:
Hakuba Goryu: Upper area hopefully open until 6th May.
Hakuba 47: 47 plants to be open until 6th May.
Happo-one: Upper slopes plan to be open until 6th May.
Tsugaike Kogen: Plans to be open until Golden Week
The Hakuba Cortina, Norikura, Iwatake, Sanosaka and Minekata resorts are all now closed for the season. Read more ...
Monday 9th April 2012, 10:24am
We have grey skies at the moment with cloud cover at the very top of the resort. There is also a particulary bitter wind whipping around at the moment. Visibility is a little compromised with some flat light areas around the top. The courses have been well groomed but there are still some nice pockets of powder out there especially on the upper mountain. Read more ...
Monday 9th April 2012, 10:26am
Cloud, strong wind
Good morning from Zao and it's a windy one. Strong winds giving the trees a good old bit of exercise and more importantly affecting lift operations at the resort as well. It looks like at the time of writing the Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway and Kurohime quad are not moving because of the wind -- hopefully soon if the wind calms down a bit but looking at the forecast it might be tomorrow before that happens.
More lifts had their last day of the season yesterday and what remains open is noted below. You can still ski top to bottom.
Looks like the next few days, indeed the coming week, will generally be warm and sunny perhaps with a bit of rain here and there. No snow likely. Spring properly here now? Very possibly. We can't complain though and we have a month or so of the season left to enjoy what's still up there.
Official snow depths (9th April 12) Utopia - 245cm Chuo - 240cm Paradise - 245cm Uwanodai - 150cm
Operating lifts (9th April 12) Limited lifts now open - see below.
Current planned lift operations at Zao, as of 9th April - subject to change:
Uwanodai Area Sky Cable (open all year, but closed from 7th May for maintenance)
Chuo and Paradise Area Zao Ropeway (open all year, but closed for maintenance 9th-25th April except Saturdays and Sundays) Chuo No1 pair lift (until 6th May, but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April) Chuo No2 pair lift (until 6th May) Katakai triple lift (until 6th May, but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April) Paradise No1 pair lift (until 6th May (but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April)
Yokokura and Utopia area Zao Ropeway (open all year, closed for maintenance 7th-18th May) Utopia No2 pair lift (dependent on snow but latest until 6th May)
Omori and Kurohime Area Kurohime No1 quad (no fixed closing date, dependent on snow) Read more ...
Monday 9th April 2012, 10:32am
Light rain, fog
It had to end sometime! After the great conditions over the past couple of days, you would have been well within your rights to expect more of the same today. Unfortunately the weather today is rather wet and foggy, and with mercury on the rise it looks as if spring might finally be on it's way and signalling an end to the 2011-12 season. In terms of snowfall and winter-like weather anyway.
The last day of operations at Hanazono (planned for today) is actually a non-event at the moment with all of the lifts closed over on that side of the mountain due to the weather conditions, and at the time of writing only the Ace Quad appears to be the moving at Hirafu.
Over at the Annupuri area the Gondola, Jumbo No1 and Jumbo No3 lifts are currently operating.
The Niseko Village resort area is closed from today, but they do plan to open up again from Sunday 29th April until Sunday 6th May.
Today would appear to be a spring cleaning day for many.... or maybe a spot of whitewater rafting!
Below is the latest information from the resort areas in Niseko regarding planned lift operation plans - subject to change:
Grand Hirafu & Hanazono: Planned closing dates for lifts - though lifts currently affected Monday due to weather conditions:
C Ace Quad Lift No2 - until 6th May I King Hooded Triple Lift #3 - until 6th May J King Lift #4 - until 6th May K Swinging Monkey Pair Lift - until 9th April N Hanazono Hooded Quad Lift #1 - until 9th April O Hanazono Quad Lift #2 - until 9th April P Hanazono Hooded Quad Lift #3 - until 9th April
The Hirafu Gondola is now closed weekdays but plans to be operating again on 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th, 30th April and also from 3rd May until 6th May.
Niseko Village: Niseko Village is closed at the moment but plans to re-open for the Golden Week holiday period from Sunday 29th April until Sunday 6th May.
Annupuri: Annupuri plans to be open until 6th May.
Official snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 420cm Bottom - 180cm
Morning from Nozawa. It's kind of clear but quite a lot of cloud as well this morning, and definitely a warm one.. about 7 degrees now in the village.
It does look like this week spring is going to take over from winter and may well even win the battle. We should see warm temperatures (rising to 10-15C in the village during the day?) this week, perhaps a spot of rain on Wednesday. And right now looking at the forecast not much of a chance of any fresh snowfall. Have we had enough snow for this season? Never! But perhaps we might be lucky if we get too see much more now.
The season goes on though and there's lots left. Nozawa are keeping a really big area of the resort open, in fact most of the main runs really and you can still ski from top to bottom. The runs are being serviced by the Nagasaka Gondola, the two Yamabiko top quad lifts and the Skyline connecting pair. If you decide to ride down to the base on the left hand side of the resort (Uenotaira, Schneider etc) of the resort - therefore not ending up back at the base of the Nagasaka Gondola - you can hop onto a bus that the resort is providing to take you back to the Gondola so you can get back up there.
Still lots of snow from top to bottom!
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Current Lift operations: Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Four Yamabiko Four No2 Skyline Link
Main courses open: Yamabiko A-E courses Skyline Uenotaira Paradise Schneider Utopia courses Yunomine A, B Challenge Bunabayashi (until the mid-way point of Nagasaka Gondola) Rinkan
It's a bit of a cloudy, grey and overcast morning here after the fine weather of yesterday. Warmer as well and in fact like many other regions we will probably be having a mild week here as spring conditions looks set to take control. Less lifts are open from today and I have tried to lay it all out below....
Areas with lifts still operating: Mammoth (one quad) Ichinose Family (one pair and one quad) Okushiga Kogen (gondola and two pairs) Kumanoyu (two pairs) Yokoteyama (one triple and three pairs) Shibutoge (one pair)
Official resort snow depths as of Monday 9th April 2012 AM:
Higashitateyama: Open 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. Access to Terakoya still operating even when Higashitateyama closed.
Terakoya: Open April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
Mammoth: Quad open until 6th May.
Tannenomori: Open 21st, 22nd April
Ichinose Family: Quad until 6th May. Pairs on April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
Ichinose Diamond: Quad open April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
Yakebitaiyama: Plan to be part open on weekends and Golden Week.
Okushiga Kogen: Gondola open until 9th April and then 14th-16th April, 21st-23rd April, 28th April until 6th May. No2 and No3 pairs until 6th May. No4 pair open 14th-15th April, 21st-22nd April, 28th April until 6th May.
Kumanoyu: Some lifts open beyond 6th May (after that date the Shiga Kogen ticket not valid)
Yokoteyama: Plans to be open until late May. Beyond 6th May, the joint Shiga Kogen ticket not valid. Read more ...