Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 6th May 2010, 9:23am
Weather conditions: Sun, hazy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Temperatures in Yuzawa yesterday zoomed up to a hot 29.6 degrees! Hard to believe we were seeing snowfall not that long ago.

It is another warm and sunny morning here - already 24 degrees and a high of around 29 likely once more. It was even 13 degrees at Kagura at 7am this morning.

Starting from tomorrow things should cool down somewhat and we might see a bit of rain along with the cloud that will likely move in.

So with Gala Yuzawa and the Tashiro resort areas now closed, the only ski resort left open in Yuzawa is the Kagura resort, via Mitsumata Ropeway.

Official resort snow depths @ 6th May 10, AM:

Kagura (Mitsumata) plans to be open until 30th May.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 6th May 2010, 9:29am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After a fun Golden Week with some amazing weather, we are now into the final stretch - only Kumanoyu and the Yokoteyama and Shibutoge resort areas in the south area of Shiga Kogen remain open.

It is yet another sunny start with more very warm temperatures. 17 degrees earlier on and it will easily get into the 20s. Things should begin to cool down a bit though from tomorrow and next week should see cooler temperatures.

Lifts operating as of 6th May (subject to change):

Yokoteyama - 4 lifts
Shibutoge - 1 lift
Kumanoyu - 1 lifts

Official resort snow depths as of 6th May 10:


Kumanoyu will be open until 9th May.
Yokoteyama/Shibutoge plan to be open until late May.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Thursday 6th May 2010, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Golden Week is now officially over and what a golden week it was -- temperatures soared and we had fine fine weather right the way through. It got borderline hot even up on the mountains - further down in Yuzawa town, a temperature of close to 30 degrees was recorded yesterday.

Today is another warm and sunny one and it will be getting very warm once again, though things look set to cool down from tomorrow and into next week as well.

Only the main Kagura area, via Mitsumata Ropeway, now remains open and they plan to be open until 30th May. As the snow melts expect the Mitsumata area to become narrower and then eventually only used as a connecting course. If the snow melts away from Mitsumata altogether they will likely eventually use a shuttle bus to get people to the Kagura Gondola. For the moment though, Mitsumata remains open.

Lifts that remain operating at Mitsumata/Kagura are as follows:

Mitsumata Ropeway
Mitsumata No1 quad
Mitsumata No3 pair
Kagura Gondola
Kagura No1 quad

Regular updates from the Yuzawa area until the end of the season can be found on the main Yuzawa Now page.

Official Snow Depths:


The main Kagura area, via Mitsumata Ropeway, plans to be open through until Sunday 30th May.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 6th May 2010, 10:49am
Weather conditions: Warm sun and blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Still really warm in Minakami with temperatures topping 30 degrees yesterday. This prolonged period of high temperatures is starting to take it's toll on the snow which is disappearing noticeably day to day.

The resort have now revised their estimation of how much of the top of the resort is open. It is down from 70% a couple of days ago to 50% today.

With high temperatures due to continue staying open until next Sunday could be a bit of a stretch.

   Read more ...

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