Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 5th May 2010, 6:45am
Weather conditions: Sunny; some high haze (may include some <i>kosa</i>, or aeolian dust courtesy of the Gobi Desert)
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The last day of lift operations at Akakan today, and it's going to be a great day. Should be really warm, lots of sun, and, yes, good snow to ski on. There is a dry air advisory, so be sure to keep hydrated (beer may or may not count, depending on your reference source).

Seki Onsen is scheduled to keep going until the 10th, but no official news has been posted by the resort since mid-April.

Backcountry: excellent conditions and lots of snow. In fact, it's nice that it's warmed up; corn snow time!

It's been a great season, and it's been fun to report on the changes in the snowpack (especially when we had good powder to report, and that happened a lot!). Looking forward to next season—and the cool, beautiful Myoko summer, too.

Lift operations:

Akakan: Sky Cable gondola, No. 3 lift

Seki Onsen: open (one lift)

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):

Seki Onsen:
350cm (not updated for some time, so figure under one meter, and that only in secluded spots)

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Furano Now!

Wednesday 5th May 2010, 9:36am
Weather conditions: -
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
This is it, the last chance of the season to get out there and enjoy your winter hobby. It is looking like a fine day indeed to farewell skiing on Furano Ski Area. Still plenty of snow, with skiing from top of the Furano Zone to the bottom. Furano Ropeway, Downhill Romance Lifts #2 and 3 are operating. Skies are bluish with sunshine and it is nice and warm (10 deg at 8am) with no wind. Lifts close for the season at 4pm.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 5th May 2010, 9:48am
Weather conditions: Sun, hazy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well here we are, the last day for Gala Yuzawa and for the Tashiro area of Kagura. From tomorrow, it will be only the Mitsumata/Kagura ski area open in the region.... but all of that fairly large area will be open with good snow cover still which is great news.

Weather? It's another fine and warm day with similar conditions as the last few. 7 degrees up at Kagura early this morning so it will already be well into double figures. Down in Yuzawa town a high of around 26 degrees is likely today, so it really has started to warm up! Once more, similar conditions are forecast for tomorrow.

Official resort snow depths @ 5th May 10, AM:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:

Planned closing dates at resorts in Yuzawa:

Wednesday 5th May 2010:
Gala Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro Area)

Sunday 30th May 2010:
Kagura (via Mitsumata)   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 5th May 2010, 9:58am
Weather conditions: Sun, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
What a fanstastic Golden Week it has been - warm and sunny weather right the way through. It is another warm morning on what is the last day of the season for all resorts apart from Kumanoyu, Yokoteyama and Shibutoge.

It's worth noting that the Shiga Kogen season ticket is only valid until today and so if you are going to be riding the snow for the last few days of the season here, you will need to buy a ticket.

Kumanoyu will be open until 9th May with ticket prices being 3000 yen per adult and 1500 yen for a child. Yokoteyama/Shibutoge plans to be open until late May with ticket prices of 3000 yen per adult and 2000 yen for a child.

Today is the last day of the ski season for all other ski resort areas of Shiga Kogen.

Lifts operating until 5th May (subject to change):

Yokoteyama - 6 lifts
Shibutoge - 1 lift
Kumanoyu - 4 lifts
Higashitateyama - gondola
Mammoth - 1 lift
Tannenomori - 1 lift
Ichinose Family - 2 lifts
Ichinose Diamond - 1 lift
Ichinose Yamanokami - 1 lift
Terakoya - 2 lifts
Yakebitaiyama - gondola + 1 lift
Okushiga Kogen - 4 lifts
Shiga Kogen Ropeway

Official resort snow depths as of 5th May 10:

Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:
80cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 5th May 2010, 10:12am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good morning. And it is another very warm and sunny hazy day in Hakuba with temperatures already in the low 20s - it will be pretty warm up on the mountains too. Nice way to end the season.

Well, it is now the last day of the season at the Hakuba 47 and Happo-one resorts in Hakuba and the Tsugaike Kogen resort in nearby Otari. Hakuba 47 hasn't quite mananged to be open right down to base until the end, with the bottom of Route 1 now closed due to the snow drying up - they are asking people to use the Gondola to get down to base, but I'm sure there won't be any complaints there!

Hakuba Goryu will be continuing on until Sunday (9th) but after that there won't be any lift-serviced resort skiing and snowboarding on offer in Hakuba.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 5th May 2010, 14:20pm
Weather conditions: -
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
As I write this last report of the season there is just a few hours or so left on this final day - the last Gondola of the day is at 4:50pm. And what a day it has been. Temperatures are really up there once again - up around the mid-20's - so it is really warm and once again very sunny. It has been a fine end to the season... and generally a really good season I would say.

That really heavy snowfall in January especially, along with decent fairly consistent snowfalls later into spring, have meant that the snow has really held up well until now. There have been many fine powder days this season.

With the temperatures rising a fair bit this last week though, it really feels like the run up to summer now. Summer in Nozawa is fun too, but remember next winter is only 7 months or so away....

The Nagasaka Gondola will be operating for 44 days during the peak of the summer months, from Saturday 17th July until Sunday 29th August (9am-4pm). It will be nice and cool up there with good views of the surrounding areas.

Anyway, thanks for reading our reports from Nozawa this season and we hope that you have a great summer.

We'll see you again in the run up to the 09/10 snow season, sometime in early autumn.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 5th May 2010, 17:09pm
Weather conditions: -
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Today was officially the last day of the ski and snowboard season at Zao Onsen and the last day of the ski lifts moving. Like every day of this Golden Week, it has been a fine, warm and sunny day here with temperatures easily into the double figures. The snow is now retreating quickly up on the mountain - only the top courses have remained open with people needing to use the ropeways to get back down - but a fair number of people have been here enjoying that last ski and snowboard of the season.

Zao is of course a popular mountain resort all year round - with many people coming for general sightseeing, hiking and other outdoor pursuits as well as the onsen and escaping the heat of the cities.

The three Ropeways all operate throughout the year, though the Zao Sky Cable plans to be closed from 6th-28th May and the Zao Ropeway will be closed from 6th-18th May for general maintenance.

Ropeways at Zao:
Zao Sky Cable - open all year (closed 6th-28th May for maintenance)
Zao Chuo Ropeway - open throughout the year
Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May for maintenance)


I hope you enjoyed reading these reports and you found them to be useful during the winter. We will be back with the daily reports from Zao next winter - perhaps with a few additional reports from time to time in the "green season", but definitely in the run up to the 2010/2011 snow season in Zao.

All the best for the summer months!   Read more ...

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20th Apr, 9:48am
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20th Apr, 9:47am
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