Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 5th May 2021
Monday 26th November 2018, 7:58am
Lots of cloud
Good morning from Yuzawa.
A fine day yesterday but there has been some heavy rain overnight. Less so right now and Kagura is reporting sleet/cloud. Hopefully the rain will ease off completely with some sunshine possible during the day and for the day tomorrow too, when it will get rather warm - high temperature are forecast to approach mid-teens at town level.
Operation plans for the coming week at Kagura are: a start 30 minutes later than the weekend - the first Mitsumata Ropeway will start at 8:00am - and just the Kagura Number 1 high speed quad operating in the Kagura area (though the skiable area remains the same as the weekend).
Mitsumata Ropeway: 8:00am until 5:00pm (last going up at 2:30pm) Mitsumata Number 1 high speed lift: 8:00am until 3:00pm Mitsumata Number 2 romance lift: 9:00am until 4:30am Kagura Gondola: 8:15am until 4:00pm Kagura Number 1 high speed lift: 8:30am until 3:30pm
Kagura main course - 1,300m in length, 50-70m wide
The Mitsumata area is open just as a connecting area. The Tashiro area is closed. It plans to open from 8th December. The open course is not recommended for beginners.
Planned opening dates - subject to change of course depending on weather/snow conditions.
As I started putting this report together (just before 8am) there was lot of cloud around still, but as the lifts get moving at 8:30am there are increasingly blue skies and the sun is out. It feels like it is going to be a nice day. Look for a high temperature as high as +5C in base areas.
Not so much of a nice day yesterday weather wise. No fresh cm of snowfall to report to you since my last report and unfortunately I have to report rainfall and milder temperatures. Hold on a sec, let me dust off that looking-on-the-bright-side 'it's good for the base' comment. (Actually, it is!) :)
Probably less excite is the snow conditions for skiing which I imagine will probably be rather heavy and slushy, but I am sure it will still be early season fun. And of course, we need to remember that it is still November. Talking of which...
I have measured a total of 68cm of snowfall so far this season. Not bad. Last season, under the same conditions, that number (at the end of November) was a whopping 188cm. Last year was a really special start of course.
I was just refreshing my memory and looking back at my report about November 2017 and thought some of you might be similarly interested - here it is
Anyway, I will post similar 'analysis' of the numbers in a report early next month. I really enjoy putting those together.
Tomorrow is also going to be a rather warm day; more so than today. Thankfully, we should be back to colder conditions and fresh snow arriving beyond that.
While mostly cloudy this morning there are some large areas of blue sky letting the morning sun through. Overnight there has been some rain and it is quite a warm start to the day at +2c. There is no new snow to report. Tomorrow looks to be warm again with +8c forecast and some rain.
Furano Zone is open with Furano Ropeway for uplifting/down lifting only. The skiable trails are Shirakaba and upper Sailer, with the Downhill #2 chair servicing those trails. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 26th November 2018, 9:13am
Cloudy, fog, damp
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.
Quick report to start the week with, courtesy of a friend (as I am in Matsumoto right now)...
It was too warm for the snow machines to do their thing last night. It's very cloudy with a rather damp feel and some light snow falling in places this morning but there should be some sunshine over the next few days. It's going to be warmer still too, so there is little chance of any fresh snowfall until at least later in the week.
Next report coming to you towards the end of the week.
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.
Kumanoyu - Official snow depth: 20cm - A 600m long (and 30-50m wide) course area is open and the Number 2 pair lift is operating.