Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 30th May 2021
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 3rd May 2021, 7:20am
Fine, some cloud
Good morning from Nozawa.
We were on the receiving end of more rain yesterday in the afternoon. It has been very strange weather for Golden Week so far, but hopefully we might get to enjoy a few days of more settled and clearer skies today and tomorrow. Though it won't be as warm as we usually expect. A high of around just 14C is forecast for down here in the village today.
I almost forgot to mention: the ski area is actually reporting 3cm of fresh snow at Yamabiko and 2cm at Uenotaira. (I have added those to the total numbers below). The snow is looking freshly white and the trees at Yamabiko are looking nice and frosted too on the webcam image, as you can see below).
All base areas are now closed, so you need to get the gondola back down from the runs that remain open.
Lifts open today (planned): Nagasaka Gondola, two Yamabiko quad lifts, Uenotaira quad
Courses open today (planned): Yamabiko A, B, C, D, E; Kokenashi, Uenotaira Some restrictions on Kokenashi B course
Monday 3rd May 2021
Official snow depth numbers (reported by the ski area):
- Nozawa Onsen plans to be open until Sunday 9th May
TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION SO FAR (UPPER AREAS)
[Original daily numbers published by Nozawa Onsen and compiled by Nozawa Now reporter for SnowJapan]
The ‘total snowfall accumulation so far’ table above shows the amount of snowfall that has been reported on the upper areas of Nozawa Onsen. The numbers used are reported each day by Nozawa Onsen. They are manually updated for this report with any new snowfall reported by the resort. This table was first introduced in this report, including a longer explanation
After a fairly decent start to the day, it felt more like winter than Golden Week yesterday afternoon and evening. We've had some pretty nasty weather over the last few days.
The good we can take from yesterday is that it was actually snowing up at Kagura in the afternoon, and this morning they are reporting 3cm of fresh snow.
There's some rain lingering in the wider region early today but the roads are dry in Yuzawa. It's mostly cloudy but we might get more sun during the day and tomorrow looks likely to be sunny from the start. It might even get quite warm again...
Kagura is saying that their Number 1 quad is on hold due to quite strong winds and there might be disruption to the Tashiro Area also. GALA Yuzawa appears to be opening as planned.
Individual ski area information: Monday 3rd May 2021 The below information is checked with official sources and updated manually every day. Subject to change.
GALA Yuzawa GALA Yuzawa is part open The Gondola, Barouche and Victoria lifts are operating The Entertainment, Edelweiss, Gigi, Broadway and Swan courses remain open The 'Yuki Asobi Park' and Snow Park are both open All other courses are now closed GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until Wednesday 5th May Official snow depth: 60cm
Kagura Kagura is part open 12 of 23 courses are available 10 lifts are operating The Kagura Area (via Mitsumata) plans to be open until Sunday 23rd May The Tashiro Area plans to be open until Wednesday 5th May Official snow depth: Top: 170cm Base: 30cm
All other ski areas in the region are now closed for the season.
Kagura GALA Yuzawa (3) Yuzawa Kogen (2) NASPA Ski Garden Ishiuchi Maruyama Route 17 (Yuzawa IC exit)
Note about photos: Kagura and GALA Yuzawa remain open, but the other ski areas shown in the daily photos are now closed for the season
24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area): - Peak: 3cm - Base: 0cm
Official snow depth (reported by the ski area): - Peak: 320cm (-10cm) - Base: 0cm (-0cm)
Ski lifts & courses (planned): - Ace Number 2 Center 4 - King Number 3 quad - King Number 4 single - Detour for beginners, Shirakaba, Center, Large, Rinkan, Jumbo and Dynamic courses remain open - All other courses are now closed including base areas - You need to get the lift back down to base
Nice to see that. It might not mean too much in the big picture, but better than 0cm!
This morning there's lots of cloud and some blue sky. Hopefully we'll get more of that sun during the day.
Early morning the lifts at Happo-one are not opening as planned due to wind. They seem to be making a decision by 9am. Many times this happens and they get going a little later but they are saying there's a possibility that they might not be able to open; fingers crossed they can.
Tomorrow looks like it will be a clear day. Perhaps almost Golden Week-y!
Individual ski area data: Monday 3rd May 2021 The below information is checked from official sources and manually adjusted each morning.
Open courses (planned): - Tsuga-no-mori - Han-no-ki - Base runs all closed - you need to get the Gondola back down to base
Reported snowfall: - Summit: 10cm
Official snow depth: - Top: 95cm - Base: 0cm
Planned closing date: - Wednesday 5th May
Other ski areas in the region are now closed
Total snowfall accumulation on upper areas:
TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION SO FAR (UPPER AREAS) * Numbers reported by ski areas
The 'total snowfall accumulation' data shown in the table is the total amount of snowfall that the ski areas have themselves reported from the upper areas of their resort since the beginning of the season. We manually check and update this official data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report. Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We have no control over the data. Just to be extra clear, unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data from base that we show at the top of each report, the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan.
Fresh snow in Golden Week! It has been really odd weather these last few days but the most important thing to say is that I can see fresh snow. And it's actually pretty cold.
Kumanoyu and Yakebitaiyama don't seem to be reporting the fresh stuff, but I have just measured 3cm and there is more than that in places. Though the main roads are clear. I imagine this will be the last snow of the season but it has given us a brief 'fresh' look which is always great to see.
May 3rd feels like the middle of February here in Kiroro this morning with 15cm of fresh snow falling over the last 24 hours at base level. It is quite heavy and wet snow but should be drier and fluffier at higher elevations. A treat for Golden Week guests and those season pass holders making the most of the final few days of the winter season.
Sleet is currently falling at base level. I imagine that is snow higher up.
It is scheduled to continue lightly snowing/drizzling today before clearing up for tomorrow and Wednesday, the final two days of the season.