Shiga Kogen Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 16th April 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:53am on Saturday 16th April 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 9:53am on Saturday 16th April 2011
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After another sunny day yesterday, it's.... another sunny day today! But not quite as bright and blue sky sunny as it has been with a more subdued feel this morning. Perhaps becuase rain clouds are on their way into the region. Going to be borderline rain/snow a bit later on by the looks. And though it has started off around 10 degrees here, it should cool down as the day moves on.

The clouds should clear up by tomorrow though with clear skies lined up for tomorrow morning.

The forecast for late Monday into Tuesday is looking almost winter-like with temps going back down into the negative and possibly moderate-heavy snowfall. Hard to imagine after the warmth of the last few days, but will be most welcome if it comes off.

In other news, the part of Route 292 connecting Shiga Kogen with Kusatsu in Gunma that is blocked off by snow in winter will be re-opening on Wednesday April 20th at 10am. So after that you can get to Shiga Kogen via that road from the Gunma side.

Resort areas that are [at least part] open this weekend (16th-17th April):

-Ichinose Family
-Ichinose Diamond
-Okushiga Kogen
-Yokoteyama / Shibutoge

More details on lift operations below.

Official resort snow depths as of 16th April 2011 AM:

Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:


Updated resort status (subject to change):

Quad lift open until 5th May.

Okushiga Kogen:
No2 and No3 high speed lifts open until 8th May.
No4 pair lift open between 23rd April and 8th May.
Gondola open 16th-18th and April 23rd until 8th May.
Please note - Okushiga Kogen is a skiers-only area.

No 1 pair lift will be open until 8th May.
No 2 pair lift will be open until 8th May and then may continue to be open depending on snow conditions at that time. They hope to be able to open until 15th May.
No 3 quad lift will be open from 29th April until 8th May.
No 4 pair lift – no specific opening times available.
Please note - Kumanoyu is a skiers-only area.

Yokoteyama – Shibutoge:
The resort plans to be open until the end of May.
Yokoteyama No 1 Sky lift open until 8th May.
Yokoteyama No 2, No 3 Sky lifts and the Shibutoge pair lift will all be open until conditions permit.
Yokoteyama No 4, No 5 and No 6 lifts will be open at unspecified times until 8th May.
Please note - snowboarding is not allowed on all courses at Yokoteyama - allowed on No1, No2 and No4 courses and the Shibutoge area. Currently, No4 course is closed).

Ichinose Family:
Quad lift open until 5th May.
No2 pair lift (B) open on April 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May.

Ichinose Diamond:
Triple lift (and moving walkway) open on April 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May.

Opening from 29th April until 5th May for Golden Week.

Quad and No1 pair lift opening on April 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May.

Archive report: Posted at 9:53am on Saturday 16th April 2011
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