Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 20th February 2020

Minakami Now!

Thursday 13th May 2010, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We're into our second day of non-stop rain down in the valley but at least there is a bit of a silver lining in this downpour. Tenjin has received 15cm of snow since yesterday. There's only one lift open up there but it might be worth it for some fresh tracks mid-May
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Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 13th May 2010, 10:04am
Weather conditions: Cloud, rain/sleet higher up
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The forecast got it wrong yesterday - with rain, heavy at times, for most of the day from mid-morning. It seems it rained through the night too and it is still coming down now and looks likely to continue into tomorrow. Right now it is a chilly 8 degrees in the town are and people are once again wearing coats... hard to believe after the 32 degrees of Golden Week.

Even more interesting is that Kagura this morning are even reporting snow up at the top there and 10-15cm of fresh snow overnight! It will likely be sleet/rain up there today rather than continued snow, but a good surprise all the same.

Things should clear up by the weekend when we will likely see clearer and perhaps sunny weather conditions.

Official resort snow depths @ 12th May 10, AM:

Kagura (Mitsumata) plans to be open until 30th May.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Thursday 13th May 2010, 10:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud, rain, sleet
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
10-15cm of snow at Kagura overnight according to the offical resort report this morning. I bet you weren't expecting that! Let me just check it isn't April 1st!

Yes it has been pretty cold the last day or two and while it has been raining a lot lower down, seems we have some new white stuff up there to play in which is a fantastic surprise and not expected in mid-May. It is still raining in the village area and likely to be more sleet-y up top.

The forecast is for cold temperatures to continue into tomorrow but clearer weather from Saturday.

Lifts that remain operating at Mitsumata/Kagura are as follows:

Mitsumata Ropeway
Mitsumata No1 quad
Mitsumata No3 pair
Kagura Gondola
Kagura No1 quad

The Mitsumata lifts are now really only operating to take people up to the Kagura Gondola - the courses at Mitsumata are now officially closed and only to be used as "connecting" courses" to get to, and back from, Kagura. There has certainly been a lot of melt going on there and the snow is thin on the ground now and the courses narrow. Snow cover remains good on the Kagura main courses though, which of course remain open.

Regular updates from the Yuzawa area until the end of the season can be found on the main Yuzawa Now page.

Official Snow Depths:


The main Kagura area, via Mitsumata Ropeway, plans to be open through until Sunday 30th May.   Read more ...

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