Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 5th May 2021
Sunday 6th May 2012, 8:58am
Sunny, blue sky, some cloud
Well, here we are. The last day of the season in Niseko. Can't quite believe it. I'll post a bit of a wrap up and closing comments for the season tomorrow but for today let's just look at the skies and see if people can get out there and enjoy themselves....
And the answer to that is, yes! There is some white cloud up there, but lots of blue sky and it should be a fine day. Right now the rain we were told might be here seems far away, so we might get away with the day like it is now, which would be a good end to the season. Lots of patches of ground on show on increasing areas of the lower parts of the resorts now, so I don't think they would have been able to stay open much longer anyway as things warm up and it quickly continues to melt away. Thoughts seem to be turning to summer anyway for most people, if they haven't already! There's still some out there though enjoying those last runs of the season.
Anyway, I'll be back sometime tomorrow with a last post for the season. See you then!
Current lift operations (6th May 2012 @ 9am):
Grand Hirafu: Ace Quad Lift No2 King Hooded Triple Lift #3 King Lift #4 Hirafu Gondola
We ended up getting some sun and blue sky yesterday after the very cloudy start to the day and the good news is that today looks like it should be bright today - from the early conditions anyway with the sun out at the moment, though some forecasts do still say we might get some rain later on in the day. It's a warm 19C at 9am in town.
Kandatsu couldn't last until the planned 6th May, but Gala Yuzawa, Tashiro and Naeba could - but today is the last day for all of those places. From tomorrow, only the main Kagura area will remain open. To be clear on that point, the right hand side Mitsumata run alongside the No1 quad will still be skiable, so there's still going to be a lot of area open.
A sunny day is forecast for tomorrow.
Official resort snow depths @ Sunday 6th May 12, AM: Kagura: 280cm
Kagura (via Mitsumata) plans to be open until Sunday 27th May.
All other ski resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Sunday 6th May 2012, 9:17am
Good morning from Naeba, and today is of course the last day of the season for skiing here. And at the Tashiro area of Kagura.
From tomorrow, Kagura plans to have the following lifts operating for the week:
Mitsumata is doing well actually - a few areas here and there with the snow thinning out or gone, but generally good snow cover, so they should be able to keep open for a bit longer. Things should be less busy as well - Golden Week ends today and so from tomorrow it's back to normal for lots of people.
And today is of course the last day of the Golden Week holidays and more importantly the last day of the 2011/2012 season. A few people have asked us about any possible extension to the season like we saw last year - if you remember Nozawa was open until Sunday 15th May last year - but that isn't happening. Today is the last day with the Skyline pair being the last one to close at a planned 4:20pm. I think I might get up there just to be on that last lift.
What a season it has been in Nozawa. We didn't have the non-snow-related drama of last season, which is a good thing obviously; but we did have lots of snow-related drama and that was most definitely a good thing! Take a look back at the Nozawa Now archives here and remind yourselves of the tons of snow that got dumped on Nozawa for so many days this last season. 'Epic' might at times be an overused word, but it was hard to not use it many days this season. It has been great to see the snow last so long as well.
We have heard from a few people who decided not to visit Japan this snow season and have regretted it after hearing about the snow this year. There's always next year, and Nozawa is one of those places that historically gets the snow. Let's hope that 2012/2013 brings as many great days as this season has seen.
From now we have a hot summer to look forward to (or not depending on how you feel about hot and humid temperatures!) Nozawa always has those upper slopes though to escape to in times of heat. While still getting hot in summer, I would say that Nozawa sure is a better place to be than a city in those conditions.
Nozawa usually has the Gondola operating and a few leisure activities on the mountain for the summer period - I'll post more on that to this page when I get the information for this season.
I hope that you were able to get to Nozawa this season and enjoy the snow. And I hope that you have found our Nozawa Now daily reports to be useful and interesting to read. Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions or comments about our reports this season - it is always good to hear feedback and it helps us try to improve our service.
The Nozawa Now snow and weather reports will be back once we get to the other side of summer and temperatures start to drop.
In the meantime, thanks for reading and enjoy the summer! Read more ...
Sunday 6th May 2012, 10:44am
Changeable weather today in Minakami. Yesterday too had a bit of everything with warm temps and sunshine for the afternoon. Today's forecast was for rain showers and we've already had a couple along with some thunder. We've also had some clear weather and some sunshine but the clouds are never far off. The snow has taken a battering over the last few days but still two lifts open up the top for the die-hards. As of tomorrow there will only be one lift available for the last week of the season.
The forecast looks good for Monday/Tuesday but we could be back to rain again from Wednesday onwards.
It's a nice morning to end the season in Zao. Apart from the Ropeways, just the Chuo No1 lift remains open today and just a part of the Chuo area is open. The snow has been melting away really quickly in recent days with the weather conditions giving a helping hand in that respect. But the resort has done well to keep open this long. There's a fairly moderate wind and rain is due later today... hopefully after the lifts close.
So.... the last day of the season. I will be away from tomorrow for a while and so this report acts as my wrap-up to the season as well.
We didn't have any major interruptions to the season in Zao this year as we did last season. I would say it has been a very good, long season. There's been some great snow conditions out there and those famous Ice Monsters were in top shape this year at peak season. Let's hope next season sees them return in style. The archive reports will always be here if you want to take a read through and re-live the season.
Zao is not only popular in winter with lots of people visiting throughout the year to enjoy the scenery, hiking and other activities, onsen - and the relatively cool temperatures in summer. The three Ropeways - Sky Cable, Zao Chuo Ropeway and Zao Ropeway are all open throughout the year (apart from periods closed for maintenance) as below:
Sky Cable - closed for maintenance from 7th May until 13th July Zao Chuo Ropeway - open all year Zao Ropeway - closed for maintenance 7th May until 18th May
Thanks for reading the Zao reports and I hope that you enjoyed reading them.
Zao Now will be back in autumn once it starts getting colder and the 12/13 is getting closer.
Welcome to the last day of the season in Hakuba. Yesterday was fairly decent weather for most of the day with a fair amount of cloud up there but some blue sky as well. It's not the most dazzling of starts this morning - very cloudy, fogg and unfortunately a bit wet too.... really poor visibility up on the mountain, and not much of them even visible from the village, so there goes the fine weather for the last day. The forecast for the day is cloud and light rain at times with a high of around 15C.
In the coming days we will post a season wrap-up report on this Hakuba Now page along with more info on plans for summer gondola operations so please look out for that.
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 6th May 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Gondola and Alps daira No 1-4 lifts all operating. Ride the Gondola to get back down to base. From May 7th, the Gondola will remain open for sightseeing. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 110cm
Hakuba 47: Only limited areas open now. Ride the Gondola to get back down to base. Official snow depth: Upper - 30cm Lower - 0m
Happo-one: Parts of top area open - only parts of Panorama and Skyline areas remain open while all lower slopes are all closed. Ride the Gondola to get back down to base. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 90cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Planned lifts operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair. Ride the Gondola to get back down to base. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 137cm
Today is the last day of the seaason for Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47, Happo-one and Tsugaike Kogen.
The Hakuba Cortina, Norikura, Iwatake, Sanosaka and Minekata resorts are already closed for the season. Read more ...
Sunday 6th May 2012, 15:16pm
We've entered the final hour of ski lift operations for the 2011-12 season here in Furano. It's also the end of the big Golden Week holiday here in Japan, and people have been coming from all over the country to get in one final run before the resort shuts down operations until the next winter snows begin in November.
As cold and snowy as March was this year, it seemed as if April just couldn't wait to warm up. It's been unseasonably warm for almost a solid month, and all but 2 courses on the mountain have closed their gates to would-be skiers. We haven't seen any snow since early April, but on the plus side, the cherry blossoms are blooming in all their glory on Namakoyama just on the other side of the Prince Hotel; a sure sign that spring is here to stay. Read more ...