Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Furano Now!

Tuesday 3rd May 2011, 9:26am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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.

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Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 3rd May 2011, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud, bright/sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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):

- Mitsumata Ropeway
- Mitsumata No1 Quad
- Mitsumata No2 Quad
- Mitsumata No2 Pair
- Kagura Gondola
- Kagura No1 Pair
- Kagura No1 Quad
- Kagura No4 Pair
- Kagura No5 Pair   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 3rd May 2011, 9:51am
Weather conditions: Cloud, hazy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Enjoying Golden Week?

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
Yunomine A
Yunomine B
Paradise connecting course
Uenotaira Snow Park


Lift operations at Nozawa Onsen:

Friday 29th April until Thursday 5th May:
-Nagasaka Gondola
-Yamabiko quad lift
-Yamabiko No2 quad lift
-Skyline connecting pair lift
-Uenotaira quad lift
-Paradise quad lift

Friday 6th May until Sunday 8th May:
-Nagasaka Gondola
-Yamabiko quad lift
-Yamabiko No2 quad lift
-Uenotaira quad lift
-Paradise quad lift

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
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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:

Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:


Updated resort status (subject to change):

Quad lift open until 5th May.

Okushiga Kogen:
Gondola, No2, No3 and No4 lifts open until 8th May.
Please note - Okushiga Kogen is a skiers-only area.

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.

Gondola open from 29th April until 5th May for Golden Week - access to Terakoya only (the Higashitateyama course not open).

Quad and No1 pair lift open until 5th May.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 3rd May 2011, 17:46pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy and hazy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
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.

Seki Onsen:
Open until May 8.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):

Seki Onsen:
230cm   Read more ...

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