Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Sunday 11th April 2010, 9:36am
Mixed bag over the last couple of days from bluebird to overcast and rain. This morning is partly cloudy and it is expected to remain fine for the rest of the day. Fine weather is expected to continue until later on Tuesday when some more rain is expected ahead of some cooler air and snow on Wednesday.
Light rain is falling as I write this in Yuzawa and it looks set in for the day - not the best of weather to end the season on for the two resorts that close at the end of operations today. It is about 8 degrees at the moment with just a slight wind.
Tomorrow we will likely see a continuation of the rainy conditions along with a good chance of strong winds at times.
So, from tomorrow it's down to Gala Yuzawa and Kagura....
Official resort snow depths @ 11th April 10, AM: Mt Naeba: 110cm 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)
It is very mild - warm - morning in Zao with a temperature of 9 degrees in the village and +5 degrees up on top! It's a cloudy morning with just a slight wind. Tomorrow there is a good chance of rain in the region thought it will likely be cooler then warming up again on Tuesday.
From tomorrow (as noted below) the Zao Chuo Ropeway will be closed for maintenance and a few more lifts that will only from now be open on weekends and holidays until 5th May and so less of the resort area will be open. The Zao Ropeway (both parts) and Sky Cable will remain operating as well as 5 lifts - Utopia, Torikabuto, Paradise, Hyakumannin and Kurohime - at the resort.
Chuo area: 140cm
Paradise area: 140cm
Utopia area: 155cm
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 throughout the year but closed from 12th-21st April for maintenance, except Sat/Sun.
Chuo area: Chuo No1 pair - until 5th May Chuo No2 pair - open only Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May Katakai triple - open only Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May
Paradise: Paradise Pair lift - until 5th May Shobunuma No1 triple and No2 pair - open only Sat/Sun/holidays 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!
Sunday 11th April 2010, 11:25am
It is not as warm today, though it is still mild and with it some rain is falling - it's a bit wet and miserable this morning unfortunately. Tomorrow will probably see more rain, as we go back to 'weekday' operations at the resort.
Higashitateyama will be open on Saturdays and then from 29th April until 5th May. 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.
The above lift operation information is subject to change. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 11th April 2010, 11:32am
Yesterday was a fine day and very warm again. It is another mild morning but rain has been falling - even up top - and there is poor visibility on the upper slopes as the mountain is covered in cloud/fog. Not the kindest of conditions up there, but still some people out there sliding on the snow - not many though!
It's about 7 degrees and while the rain may ease off temporarily, it looks set to be raining most of today and tomorrow as well.
The lower slopes at the Gondola base have really seen alot of thesnow cover melt up in the last week or so and in places now there is more brown earth on view than there is snow remaining. Still, though, great cover remains on the open upper slopes of the mountain.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Courses currently open (as of 10th 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 I woke up to the sound of melting snow dripping of my roof and collecting in noisy puddles around my bedroom window. It seems the rain we had yesterday turned to snow for a small time before tapering off for good around 9 o'clock. Skies should continue to clear until midday, leaving nothing but sunshine for the afternoon hours. Temperatures will top out around 8 degrees and then it will be clear and relatively cold with a low around -5 tonight, meaning all those slushy puddles formed by melting snowdrifts should freeze up come midnight, so please be careful if you have plans to do any late night driving. Winds will be brisk at around 5 m/s while this cold front makes its way through Central Hokkaido.
There's still plenty of powder up on the Furano side of the mountain, and since today is turning out to be perfect for spring skiing conditions. If you have the chance, be sure to hit the mountain will you still can! Read more ...
Sunday 11th April 2010, 17:00pm
Cloud, light rain
It has been a generally wet last day of the season in Naeba though it is just cloudy at the moment this afternoon and fairly bright in the village though the clouds have been covering the mountain and poor visibility up there.
Anyway, the Naeba resort has now officially closed for the season. The Kagura resort remains open of course - the Tashiro area until 5th May and the main Kagura area (via Mitsumata) until 23rd May.
We plan to post new Naeba Now weather update reports a few times a week until the end of the season at Kagura. The Yuzawa Now report will continue to be updated on a mostly daily basis - including any information on Kagura as well - so please keep an eye on that report as well for the most up-to-date information.
Official Snow Depths:
Kagura (Tashiro): 280cm
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 ...