Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020
Sunday 7th April 2013, 7:24am
Rain we got yesterday and this morning early on it's cloudy and some light rain still falling, though up at Kagura it is apparently holding off at the moment.
Early on as well it's fairly calm but later stronger winds are forecast. For now Kagura seems intent on being open as normal but there may be some lift operations affected at Naeba come opening time.
Today is of course the last day of the season at Naeba.
Looks like we might have to wait a bit longer for clearer weather conditions as rain/sleet is lined up through until tomorrow. Perhaps better from Tuesday.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 110cm Kagura - 370cm
Planned closing dates: Naeba - April 7th Kagura (Tashiro Ropeway) - May 6th Kagura (Mitsumata Ropeway) - May 26th Read more ...
Sunday 7th April 2013, 7:56am
Rain started around mid afternoon yesterday and it seems to have been raining since. There's lots of cloud down close to village level this morning in the valley and so generally I would guess poor visibility on the slopes.
Temps didn't dip much below 10 degrees overnight and we're hovering around there at the moment. There's not much of a wind either now - perhaps the stronger winds will arrive later on. The good news is that it should be getting colder later on today and we might even get some fresh snowfall overnight into early tomorrow.
Hakuba Cortina has just the Number 2 quad going today, on this last day of the season for that resort.
From tomorrow, the remaining resorts open are Happo-one, Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47 and Tsugaike Kogen. 47 remains the only resort still fully open though 'bushes' starting to show on lower slopes there too of course.
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 7th April 2013 AM:
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Sunday 7th April 2013, 8:10am
Ah yes, rain. It's raining this morning. It's all wet and windy I'm afraid, pretty wild conditions and not much fun to be out at all. Time for an onsen.
Even if you wanted to ski or board today, you might be in trouble as while it's still early on word is that many if not all lifts on the mountain won't be moving this morning. Keep an eye on the official sites for the latest there.
It'll probably warm up to around 10 degrees today and then gradually get colder into tomorrow but the strong winds will likely be with us tomorrow as well.
Today is the last day of the season for the Niseko Hanazono area and also of daily operations at Niseko Village.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 450cm Bottom - 160cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 360cm Bottom - 200cm
Niseko Village Top - 400cm Bottom - 170cm
Planned resort operations
Niseko Hanazono - until Sunday 7th April Niseko Village - until Sunday 7th April and then 27th April until 6th May Niseko Annupuri - until Monday 6th May Niseko Grand Hirafu - until Monday 6th May Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 7th April 2013, 8:16am
Rain was on and off overnight by the looks and while when I got up it was just cloudy, the rain is falling again now and the local forecast is telling us to expect heavy rain soon this morning. Perhaps not as windy as we were expecting but chances of strong winds again today and by the looks of things the top runs may not be open again today because of that.
If it gets colder later on we might get some sleet and even snow falling up on the mountain overnight with conditions due to clear up by the middle of tomorrow and to be followed by a spell of clear weather and warming up temps.
Official snow depths Yamabiko 230cm
Nozawa Onsen opening dates from 1st April to the end of season:
From 1st April until 6th May: Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift Yamabiko Four lift
From 1st April until 7th April 12th April until 14th April 20th-21st April 27th April until 6th May Uenotaira Four lift Snow Park
6th-7th April 13th-14th April 20th-21st April 27th April until 6th May Paradise Four lift
Courses scheduled to be open at Nozawa Onsen (subject to change due to weather conditions):
Yamabiko A Yamabiko B Yamabiko C Yamabiko D Yamabiko E Uenotaira Bunabayashi (to the Nagasaka Gondola mid station) Paradise Utopia A Utopia B Rinkan (until the Hikage area)
To get back to the Nagasaka Gondola from Rinkan use the shuttle bus from Isemiya course.
Lift prices from 1st April are 3500 yen (adults), 1500 yen (children), 2500 yen (seniors) for a day ticket and 2500 yen (adults), 1000 yen (children), 2000 yen (seniors) for a half day. Read more ...
Sunday 7th April 2013, 11:00am
The rain moved in overnight and has been falling steadily all morning long. The monster system that swept its way across Honshu yesterday has finally made landfall in Hokkaido, bringing with it heavy rains and high winds. The Pond Skimming event that was scheduled for today has been postponed until next weekend due to the foul weather. All in all, not exactly a good day to be out there on the slopes.
Winds are high and gusty around 8 m/s. Temperatures are warm at 7 C above freezing, and the rain looks like it's going to be sticking around all day and into tomorrow. This is not just a Furano weather event; all of Northern Honshu and Hokkaido are currently being hit by the storm, and most people will probably choose to ride this one out indoors. Read more ...
Sunday 7th April 2013, 14:30pm
It has been a cloudy day in Zao. Dark menacing looking clouds but they haven't brought us the heavy rain other places have. Strong winds though. The snow has really suddenly seemed to disappear from lower slopes the last few days in particular.... now some great big patches of ground on show. The Uwanodai and Kurobishi runs were closed yesterday actually due to the lack of snow so a slightly earlier than planned close there.
Today was the last day for a number of lifts at the resort and from tomorrow we really are onto the last bit of the season and the upper slopes only as below.
Hopefully from tomorrow we might get some brighter and calmer conditions.
The following lifts plan to remain open through until 6th May:
All the Ropeways Chuo Number 1 Pair AB (every day) Chuo Number 2 Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April and 27th April until 6th May) Katakai Triple (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April, 27th-29th April, 3rd-6th May) Paradise Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April and 27th April until 6th May) The Yokokura Number 1 Pair AB will remain open as long as there's enough snow.
Today it has been raining on and off in Yuzawa. Didn't warm up so much, struggling to get up to double digits and now this evening it is around +6 degrees in town. More rain probable overnight with tomorrow forecast to be just cloudy and around similar temperatures as today.
Today was the last day of the season for the following resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:
[Originally posted earlier this morning - late appearance due to technical issues]
Yesterday sure was a windy one and I think quite a few people 'gave up' on the skiing and boarding and decided to do other things instead.
Happily this morning the wind has calmed down somewhat - though still windy and still affecting some lifts - just a bit better than yesterday.
From tomorrow it should get calmer still. From tomorrow lift operations become more limited of course with some resort areas closed and others just closed for weekedays (and re-opening for weekends and/or Golden Week at the end of April). See below for updated information.
Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 7th April 2013 AM:
Here are the latest lift operation plans for the resorts around Shiga Kogen, as of Sunday 7th April. Please note that they are of course subject to change and in particular snow conditions.
Higashitateyama: Open on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.
Nishitateyama: Number 2 triple open on mornings of April 27th until May 6th.
Terakoya: Open on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.
Mammoth: Quad open until May 6th. Number 2 triple lift open April 25th-27th.
Tanne no mori okujo: Open on April 13th, 14th and April 26th until May 6th.
Ichinose Family: Quad open until May 6th. Number 2 Pair A line open April 10th-15th, April 17th-22nd, April 24th-25th. Number 2 Pair B line open until April 9th and then open April 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd and then April 26t until May 6th.
Ichinose Diamond: Quad lift open on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.
Ichinose Yamanokami: Open until April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.
Yakebitaiyama: Number 2 Gondola open April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May. Number 2 high speed lift open until April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May. Number 4 romance lift open when the Number 2 Gondola is not running.
Okushiga Kogen: Gondola until May 6th. Number 2 and 3 pair lifts until 6th May. Number 1 pair until April 7th. Number 4 pair lift until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.
Kumanoyu: Number 1 pair lift open until May 6th. Number 2 pair lift open until May 12th. Number 3 quad lift open April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge: Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky lift open until 6th May. Yokoteyama Number 2, 3 Sky, Shibutoge romance lifts open until late May (basically as long as they can open).
From 7th May onwards, special individual lift tickets are required at Kumanoyu and Yokoteyama - season tickets and all Shiga Kogen tickets not valid. At Kumanoyu they are 3000 yen (children 1500 yen) for a full day and 2000 yen (children 1000 yen) for half day. At Yokoteyama and Shibutoge they are 3000 yen (children free) for a full day and 2000 yen (children free) for half day. Read more ...