Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Wednesday 6th May 2009, 10:33am
It's the last day of Golden Week and the season at Naeba and the Tashiro part of Kagura.
A cloudy start to the day with rain forecast but it is holding off at the moment in town. Rain likely to be falling though sometime soon with sun forecast for tomorrow and fine weather forecast through until early next week.
Official resort snow depths @ 6th May 09, AM: Mt Naeba: 80cm Kagura Tashiro: 150cm Kagura: 190cm
Kagura (via Mitsumata Ropeway) open until 24th May
From now until the end of the season at Kagura we plan be post updates to this page a few times a week with the latest weather information in Yuzawa and up at Kagura. Read more ...
Wednesday 6th May 2009, 12:45pm
It's a cloudy morning on this last day of the season for Naeba and the Tashiro section of Kagura.
As from today, a "Park" is open at the bottom of the Kagura main course (boasting a kicker, 2 jumps and 2 wide box).
Kagura, via Mitsumata Ropeway, plans to remain open until 24th May. The Mitsumata course is now only being used as a connecting course to get you back down to the top of the Mitsumata Ropeway with snow thin on the ground there now.
PLEASE NOTE: We will continue to make updates to this Naeba Now! page a few times a week, but from now on until the end of the season at Kagura the daily reporting from the Yuzawa area of Niigata will move over to the Yuzawa Now! report section, so remember to check out that page as well for the latest. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 6th May 2009, 16:30pm
This last day of the season has been a cloudy and rather dark one after the finer weather of the last few days - cooler too with a high of around 15 degrees in the village (and not much cooler even up top) with rain at times.
Well, the ski lifts have all stopped moving for the last day and the 08/09 season at Nozawa Onsen snow resort is now officially over.
We have managed to keep sliding into May and while many people have visited and enjoyed very good conditions in Nozawa this season on many days, there was definitely less snow this season that we are used to (as was the case in many regions of Japan). Hopefully next season will bring back the mad amounts of snow that we all love and expect!
In the meantime, Nozawa is a fine place to visit throughout the year - it's a fine place to escape the summer heat and also extremely beautiful in autumn when all the leaves turn colour.
Anyway, thank you for reading the Nozawa Now reports this season - we hope that you found them to be of use and enjoyed Nozawa if you were able to visit this season.
We wish everyone all the very best for the summer and hope to see you in the run up to next season.... Nozawa Now will be back with weather reports and news after summer in the run up to the 09/10 snow season.
Cloudy skies on this last day of Golden Week in Hakuba - and the last day of the season for Happo, 47 and Tsugaiki, leaving only Goryu open for another few days (they plan to be open until 10th May).
Light rain this evening but fine weather on the forecast from tomorrow until the end of the weekend.
We'll post one last report for the season soon to wrap things up. Read more ...
Wednesday 6th May 2009, 19:33pm
Sakura - what a perfect way to end the ski season! The past week of +20 temps has finally coaxed the delicate cherry blossoms from their buds, filling the Furano valley with pink and white.
Conditions on the slopes were about as good as one could hope for on the very last day. Snow was dirty throughout, but there was full coverage for the top half of the mountain.
Panorama was great as usual, although the moguls were mammoth-size due to the pliant snow. The left side (skiers view) of Spies offered well-groomed, fairly firm, steep slopes for some rewarding turns as well.
The bottom runs were still technically open, so I had to give it a try. The last week has been extremely hard on the bottom half of the mountain, but the Furano grooming crew has delivered. One snakey, bumpy, and alltogether dicey run from the Sailer, all the way to within 30 m of the Ropeway. I only had to ollie one mud patch.
There were also a number of "gushers" on the lower slopes, where the drainage culverts had backed up and flooded parts of the piste. Made for a bit of fun on my board, but I don't think I'd like to try that on skis.
This is a marked improvement over last season's final day, where the only way back was by ropeway. So there you have it, Furano 2008-2009, skiable top to bottom to the very last day.
The ropeway will be open again in June for sightseeing and mountain climbing. The schedule is June 6 to October 18, but be wary that most of June will be weekends only.
That's it for the Now reports this season. Thanks for reading. Have a great summer and see you on the other side in the run up to the 09/10 season. Read more ...