Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 22nd March 2009, 9:33am
It's a rainy day here in Nozawa, with strong southerly winds around 45 km/h at the top of the mountain leaving several lifts on wind hold. It is currently 9 degrees in the village and 5 degrees at the summit. Moderate to light rain is predicted for most of the day, turning to snow overnight. This will strip away some more of the base, with the snow depth falling a further 5cm from last report already.
Colder temperatures are forecast from tonight, with some snow in the evening and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday on the higher slopes. The lower areas will receive a mixture of snow and rain throughout the week.
The following courses are no longer available for sliding; Kandahar, Challenge 39, Kurokura, Hachiman and the bottom of Schneider.
Kandahar pair lift is closed, and Nagasaka gondola, uenotaira quad and skyline link lift are on wind hold at time of report. Read more ...
Sunday 22nd March 2009, 9:34am
Light cloud with clear patches.
Bitterly cold spring morning, -6 degrees at sunup. The forecast calls for cloudy skies, strong wind, and warming temperatures bringing in rain this evening. We have yet to see any indication of this, with sunny skies and relatively light winds.
This is the leading edge of the storm system which is forecasted to generate light snow all week. Watch out for cold night temperatures (-7 or lower) as well as freezing roads and slopes.
The ski resort reports no notable snow attrition over the last day, although ungroomed areas a very rough.
Think snow, think powder, think a little more winter! Read more ...
Sunday 22nd March 2009, 9:38am
A white-gray sky today. There's a bit of a breeze and I even heard a smuttering of rain on the roof this morning - though it couldn't have been much as there's still a couple of dry spots. A lot of action out there this morning as the winners of yesterdays competition compete for the trip to the Canada competition.
The Dragondola and gondola No1 are closed again today - likely due to strong gusts of wind, saves a bit of cash I guess using the old 'wind' scapegoat to cut your operational costs down, let's face it these operators must be hurting a bit this year - what with a looming recession and a dicey snow fall this season. Limited operations at Kagura - dependant on wind.
Yesterday remained fine and mostly clear and although a little windy up high there was great spring skiing all over the mountain. The Equinox was last night so from hereon in the days will be getting longer than the nights!
This morning there is increasing high cloud moving in from the west and the winds will strengthen. Warm air moving up the eastern side of the approaching low will bring mild temps to the region and rain later. The rain is expected to turn to snow in the early hours of tomorrow morning and snowfalls are set to continue throughout much of the coming week. Hopefully we'll be able to see out the month with some late season turns in powder. It's unlikely to be getting waist deep or anything but any powder at this time of year will be most welcome.
There's still an excellent cover across the resorts with no bare patches appearing yet. The snowpack off piste is reasonably stable but there is increasing risk of full thickness slab avalanches in areas like the back bowls of Annupuri. If riding in these areas stay out of the bottom of the gullies to avoid being squished to a pulp if one of these full thickness slabs lets go. They are very powerful, full of large amounts of ice, rocks and trees. You get hit by one of these and a happy outcome is very unlikely.
Maybe the large bear seen ambling about near the top lift's off ramp yesterday was there to ask that the awful music be turned down a bit so it could hibernate in peace. Maybe it was just sleep walking. Or maybe spring is really here and it's time to give the mountain back. Whichever, the weather forecast alleges that freezing temperatures and scattered snow showers are what we can expect in the week ahead so there might still be a bit of life in the season yet.
Today, a low pressure system has brought warm winds out of the south and soaring temperatures. The high is forecast to be 15º and it's already nearly 11º now at the base under clearing skies. Light rain is falling earlier, but visibility is picking up for the time being. Gusting wind, rain, and perhaps thunder is the forecast through the rest of the day.
Local condition updates: Suginohara's Mitahara #1 high speed quad lift is closed, as are some of the slopes in the area. There's no snow at the bottom of the Romance lift, which is still operating, but the bottom slope is closed. At Ikenotaira, the Shirakaba capsule pair lift and Ikenotaira quad lift are temporarily closed due to high winds (as of 9:45 a.m.). As of 11 a.m. all lifts had stopped at Akakura Onsen except the #3 and #5 pair lifts at Ginrei, Kumado's #4 triple lift, and Yodel's super quad. Note that lift operations depend on the local conditions - please contact the resorts directly for updates.
It stayed fairly cool yesterday afternoon despite the sunny skies so Kumado's Slope Smile aerials contest went well. Enjoy the last nighta of the season tonight (if the gale winds die down).
It has been a fine day weather wise (ie sunny but clouding overthis afternoon), but there have been some strong winds blowing around from early on. This has affected some resorts with Tashiro, GALA Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen closed for the day as well as limited operations at Kagura.
It is much more cloudy and rather dark now and while the forecast rain has not started yet, it looks likely that it will be raining before the end of the day.
Another warm day with the temperature reaching 15 degrees, and there are quite a few hayfever sufferers having a bad time of it at the moment - might explain people wearing goggles in these conditions!
Nighta tonight is open at the following resorts in Yuzawa: Naeba Iwappara
Official resort snow depths on 22nd Mar 09: Happo-one: 15cm (Shirakaba) 15cm (Sakka/Kitaone) 170cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira) Hakuba Goryu: 45cm (Iimori) 70cm (Toomi) 195cm (Alps daira) Hakuba 47: 130cm Tsugaike Kogen: 90cm (Kanenonaruoka) 100cm (Maruyama) 250cm (Tsuganomori) Hakuba Iwatake: 20cm (Shomen) 140cm (Sancho) Sun Alpina Sanosaka: 50cm Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 22nd March 2009, 17:23pm
Lots of cloud today and, unfortunately, rain this morning. It has been a warm one as well with all resorts starting the day reporting temperatures above zero, with Kumanoyu being 7 degrees earlier on. Those have risen to double figures during the day but the good news is that the rain eased off and right now it is just cloudy though snow might be a possiblity overnight and into tomorrow morning still. It will need to get much colder if that is to happen I think....
The following resorts plans to be open for nighta tonight: Kumanoyu