Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 23rd January 2020
Tuesday 3rd May 2011, 9:26am
It is not looking too bad out there today. It is currently high cloud but this is expected to lift and the sun should come through later in the day. Last night there was some very light snow around the base area. Sledding is available free of charge on the upper mountain - sleds are provided.
It is a cloudy, hazy start to the day here in Yuzawa. Much less wind than yesterday as well. It's quite bright though and sun is on the forecast for today, tomorrow and Thursday so for those out for this second part of the Golden Week holidays it should be decent weather all the way through. There's a chance of some rainfall tonight but that will hopefully be only happening when the lifts aren't moving and clear up by the morning.
Have a good second half of the holidays!
Kandatsu Kogen plans to be open until 8th May. Kagura plans to be open until 29th May.
Official snow depth @ Tuesday 3rd May 2011 AM
Planned lift operations at Kagura (29th April - 8th May):
It's a bit of a hazy kind of morning here in Nozawa. Clearer and good visibility up top but a grey kind of bright, if that makes sense! The forecast is for sun though so perhaps that will happen and also sun for tomorrow and Thursday. Whatever, decent weather conditions for the rest of Golden Week.
Snow has pretty much gone from lower levels of the resort near the village now... once that starts going it really does dry up quickly! Still really good snow cover up top though, officially 185cm at Yamabiko. Seems much less than that in places to me, but all the same it's not patchy.
Here's the list of open courses open at the moment:
Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Kokenashi A Kokenashi B Uenotaira Paradise Yunomine A Yunomine B Bunabayashi Paradise connecting course Uenotaira Snow Park
Monday 9th May until Sunday 15th May: -Nagasaka Gondola -Yamabiko quad lift -Yamabiko No2 quad lift Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Tuesday 3rd May 2011, 10:06am
The sun is out this morning and we have some hazy-ish grey-blue skies along with a temperature of around 10 degrees at the moment in the central area of Shiga Kogen. There's a chance of some light rain later on this afternoon/evening but if that happens it should hopefully clear up quickly and then clear conditions are once again likely tomorrow and Thursday.
Thursday makes the end of the national holidays that make up Golden Week in Japan and that will be the last day of the season for a number of resorts.
Quick rundown of where we stand regarding resort operations:
Open until 5th May - Mammoth, Ichinose Family, Ichinose Diamond, Terakoya Open until 8th May - Okushiga Kogen Open until 15th May - Kumanoyu Open until late May - Yokoteyama / Shibutoge
Official resort snow depths as of 3rd May 2011 AM:
Okushiga Kogen: Gondola, No2, No3 and No4 lifts open until 8th May. Please note - Okushiga Kogen is a skiers-only area.
Kumanoyu: No 1 pair lift and No 3 quad lift will be open until 8th May. No 2 pair lift will be open until 8th May and then may continue to be open depending on snow conditions at that time. They hope to be able to open until 15th May. No 4 pair lift – no specific opening times available. Please note - Kumanoyu is a skiers-only area.
Yokoteyama – Shibutoge: The resort plans to be open until the end of May. Yokoteyama No 1 Sky lift open until 8th May. Yokoteyama No 2, No 3 Sky lifts and the Shibutoge pair lift will all be open until conditions permit. Yokoteyama No 4, No 5 and No 6 lifts will be open at unspecified times until 8th May. Please note - snowboarding is not allowed on all courses at Yokoteyama - allowed on No1, No2 and No4 courses and the Shibutoge area. Currently, No4 course is closed).
Ichinose Family: Quad lift and No2 pair lift (B) open until 5th May.
Ichinose Diamond: Triple lift (and moving walkway) open until 5th May.
Higashitateyama: Gondola open from 29th April until 5th May for Golden Week - access to Terakoya only (the Higashitateyama course not open).
Terakoya: Quad and No1 pair lift open until 5th May. Read more ...
Tuesday 3rd May 2011, 17:46pm
Cloudy and hazy
No official snow depth and temperature report today, but people are out there skiing on an overcast but not too bad day. The report off the hill, too, is that the snow firmed up well in the afternoon after being pretty soft and slushy in the morning.
The national weather report shows some kosa, the sands from the Gobi desert, coming across Japan, and it kind of looks like it, with a gray haze across the area.
Open Ski Resorts
Akakan (Akakura Kanko): Sky Cable gondola, Hotel No. 3.