Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019
Saturday 29th March 2014, 7:48am
Blue sky, some cloud
3 days to go! Yes, it's Saturday morning and Madarao's last day of the season is Monday, March 31st.
After a bit of cool, it warmed up again yesterday and it should be warm as well today. Unfortunately rain is likely tomorrow but fingers crossed the sun will be back for the last day of the season on Monday.
Lots of snow left, all runs open!
Operating lifts (planned):
Number 1 Number 2 Number 3A Number 2 quad Number 5 Super quad Number 11 Number 12 Number 13 Number 15 Moving walkway Kids Park
Nice spring day but that rain we had last night won't help our conditions today with it melting the snow and thawing. Best to stay up top and avoid the bottom slush. We are expecting more rain tomorrow so today might be the best day of the two.
Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course. Read more ...
Saturday 29th March 2014, 7:58am
As yesterday, there's quite a lot of fog around this morning. Here's hoping we don't get the wind and eventually the rain that we got last night again today!
We shouldn't as the forecast is actually for a day of sun, so perhaps it will clear up. Later on tomorrow there's still some rain/possibly snow higher up on the forecast and it still looks set to be colder than it has been.
Some lifts are resting for the season now including the following:
Grand Hirafu - Ace Number 1, Ace Number 4, King Number 1, King Number 2 Quad Niseko Village - Morino Chair Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 3, Family Pair
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: +3C, no snowfall, overcast. Moiwa peak: no data. Annpuri peak 1308m: NW12.1m/s, 0.7C. Coastal data: cape Benkei W 4m/s, cape Kamui: SSW 10m/s, 2.2m waves, 1010hPa. Annpuri resort 1000m snowpack 370cm. Hirafu resort 1000m 6C, no snowfall, light rain at night.
Spring slide hazard is rising due to continuing high temperature. A mid-scale slide has occurred at 900m Backbowl and reached the bottom of the valley. Day before yesterday, a slide occurred under Hirafu center 4 lift’s post no 5 & 6, 80m width, 150m long and 200cm thick. Caution is required at cliff areas, under lift lines and side banks. Avalanches are natural phenomenon and won’t become an accident as long as nobody is involved. Large-scale spring avalanches are to be expected in Backbowl and Osawa’s1100m slopes with large snowdrifts deposit. These slides have occurred in the past, they run for a long distance in high-speed. Riding the bottom of the valleys is dangerous. Lower Higashi-one and Mikaeri sawa are equally hazardous. The mountain is shifting to Spring, however the weather is variable and wind remains strong up high. Peak gates will open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of the gates. Have a nice weekend.
As totally expected, it was a very warm day yesterday in the region with the sun shining down and doing a lot of melting. A fine day to be out sliding down the spring snow though. This morning the sun is out again and we're headed for a high of about 15 degrees in town.
Not quite as warm tomorrow but rain is very probable --- and we're still excited about the prospect of some fresh snow in the higher mountains (don't expect anything more than wet rain in town!)
It's the last few days for a few skijo in the area - as noted in the lists below. After that a few places open for another week or so and then we have the higher resorts that remain open into May.
Here's the latest on when Yuzawa skijo intend to be open until:
The sun is out and it's going to be another warm day in Hakuba.
A bit less warm tomorrow and rain on the forecast, though still I see snow mentioned for high elevations with the freezing point set to drop below 1500m. It's going to be interesting to see if we get anything out of that.
For now though, a very fine sunny day for spring skiing and boarding.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 29th March 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Plans to be open until early May. Upper - 230cm Toomi - 90cm Iimori - 50cm
Hakuba 47: Plans to be open until early May. Upper - 180cm Lower - 40cm
Happo-one: Plans to be open until early May. Usagidaira - 195cm Nakiyama - 35cm Sakka - 35cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Plans to be open until early May. Tsuganomori - 280cm Maruyama - 70cm Kanenonaruoka - 120cm
Hakuba Cortina: Plans to be open until 6th April. Upper - 275cm Lower - 155cm
Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuba Norikura plan to be open until 31st March.
Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Minekata are already closed. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 29th March 2014, 8:21am
Sunny, some cloud
Welcome to the weekend and it's going to be another warm spring ski day here in Nozawa.
Today is going to be the better of the two weekend days as the forecast remains for rain tomorrow. Can it snow on the upper slopes later on in the day?
From Monday, lift ticket prices get a bit cheaper - for example a one day adult ticket is reduced from 4600 yen to 3500 yen; a one day child ticket is reduced from 2100 yen to 1500 yen. No word yet on any particular lift/course plans, so for now I am presuming that they'll stay open as they have been. There's still good snow cover, so no need to be shutting off areas just yet... I'll let you know when there's more info there.
Lifts All lifts operating except: Hikage Number 2 pair A
Courses All courses open except: Grand Prix Hachiman Kandahar West Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 29th March 2014, 8:23am
Morning from Shiga Kogen and it's a sunny start to the day and following on from yesterday another day of sun and warmth is forecast.
It should be cooler tomorrow but unfortunately we'll pay for that with rain even up here; though the forecasts on the site here do say that overnight Sunday into Monday we might get some snowfall! Probably best to not expect it and just be happy with the bonus if it happens.
Quite a few people about this morning - I suspect that this weekend and next weekend will be the last for a few people and once the spring holidays are over it will be very quiet for the last few weeks.
Of course quite a few areas will be closing for the season anyway come the end of tomorrow...
Maruike: Until 31st March
Hasuike: Until 31st March
Nishitateyama: Until 31st March
Higashitateyama: Until 31st March
Sun Valley: Number 2 lift - closed Number 3 lift - until 31st March Number 1 lift - until 6th April
Tannenomori: Number 8 quad lift - until 3rd April and then 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th April; 26th April until 6th May
Giant: Until 6th April
Happo Bunadaira: Bunadaira quad - until 31st March Happo quad - until 6th April
Ichinose Diamond: Diamond triple lift - until 4th April Diamond quad lift - until 6th April; then on weekends and 26th April until 6th May. Connecting - until 31st March
Ichinose Family: Ichinose Number 2 Pair A - until 31st March Ichinose Number 3 quad - until 31st March Ichinose Number 2 Pair B - until 6th May Ichinose quad - until 6th May
Ichinose Yamanokami: Until 6th April and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Terakoya: Quad lift - until 31st March and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May Pair lift - until 31st March and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Mammoth: Number 3 pair lift - until 31st March Quad lift - until 6th April and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May Triple lift - until 6th April and then weekdays until 25th April; and then 3rd-6th May
Kidoike: Until 31st March
Okushiga Kogen: Number 6 pair lift - until 30th March Number 1 pair lift - until 6th April Number 4 pair lift - until 6th April and then 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May Number 2 and 3 pair lifts - until 6th May Gondola - until 6th May
Yakebitaiyama, Yokoteyama and Kumanoyu are yet to announce details. Yokoteyama is usually able to remain open until late May. Read more ...
Saturday 29th March 2014, 8:57am
It's a fine morning in Zao as the fine spring weather continues. Maybe not for much longer th backough as we have something of a storm on the way for tomorrow though rain is looking more likely than snow, but we can always hope for some fresh up top.
Early week though it should clear up again and we'll be back to clearer skies and warming up again by the middle of the week.
Zao is expected to be quite busy this weekend.
Operating ski lifts at Zao (* subject to change):
Until 6th April: Onsen Number 1 Pair Onsen Number 1 Quad Nakamoro Number 1 Triple Mikaeri Pair
Sometime in April: Yokokura Number 1 Pair Kurohime Number 1 Quad
Until 6th May: Ropeways and Gondolas (open through the year) Chuo Number 1 Pair AB Chuo Number 2 Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then holidays) Katakai Triple (every day until 14th April, then holidays) Paradise Pair AB Utopia Number 2 Pair
Official snow depths (29th March 14): Utopia: 260cm Chuo: 250cm Paradise: 250cm Uwanodai: 150cm Read more ...
Saturday 29th March 2014, 11:28am
Sunny (some high, thin clouds gathering at the moment)
Starting the last weekend with all the ski areas open; spring has really hit, and we're just watching the snow slowly retreat.
Lots of good snow out there, though, and nice weather to enjoy it today. Sunny, pleasant temperatures and just some very light breezes.
Tomorrow doesn't look so good, though, with rain, and maybe even a little snow late in the day, possible. I think you know when to go out....
Akakura Kanko: 250cm Spring operations: Currently all lifts except Champion No. 1 are operating. From this weekend the Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out. Spring rates from March 24 are adults ¥2,500, junior high students and seniors ¥2,000, kids ¥1,500.
Akakura Onsen: 170cm Open until Sunday 30th March; no night skiing.
Ikenotaira: 160cm Planning to stay open until Sunday 6th April.
Myoko Suginohara: 160cm Back in the game until the 30th; gondola and No. 2 lifts operating.
Seki Onsen: 390cm Says it hopes to stay open until mid-May—at least for Golden Week, snow allowing.
Myoko Ski Park: 225cm Open until Sunday 6th April.
Myoko Kyukamura Runrun 245cm Closing Monday, March 31.
Tangram Ski Circus 155cm Running the No. 3 lift only from March 31 until April 6. Read more ...