Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 20th February 2018
Tuesday 10th March 2015, 7:48am
Let's get down to it...
Rain overnight here at town level turning into sleet and snow early morning.
On the ground there has been perhaps up to a few cm in places - just a dusting on my car - with Maiko Snow Resort reporting 5-10cm (presumably higher up) and Kagura also giving us the number of 20cm of fresh.
So some snow up on the mountains and hopefully that will be increasing during the day today.
Might well be borderline sleet/rain this morning (again here in town) as temperatures remain in low positive numbers, before settling into proper decent snowfall later on today and tomorrow - which looks like it should be the 'main event'.
Looks like Tashiro is closed and Kagura limited to the Mitsumata area only due to already stronger winds up there. Winds expected to get stronger as the day goes on, so expect possible disruptions there. GALA Yuzawa open from early on.
I'll leave it at that until tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed!
Nighta 'night skiing' - where some slopes are floodlit for skiing and snowboarding in the evening - is available at the following resorts in the area.
Ishiuchi Maruyama: Every day until 21st March (until 8:50pm) Iwappara: Every day until 22nd March (until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays, 9pm on Saturdays) Joetsu Kokusai: Every day until 22nd March (until 9pm) Kandatsu Kogen: From 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning) Maiko Snow Resort: Every day until 14th March (until 8pm) Naeba: Every day until 29th March (until 9pm) All night on 14th March (10pm until 6am) Yuzawa Nakazato: Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)
With heavy rain falling outside right now, I can't say excited is how I am feeling just now! Oh dear, it's not very nice this morning I'm afraid. To say the least. Yuck.
With the horrid rain situation this morning, I don't even think the fact that strong winds are also stopping pretty much all of the lifts from starting up will even upset that many people.
Today is most definitely one of those days to do something else!
As of 8:15am it looks like Annupuri, Grand Hirafu and Hanazono will be at a standstill come opening time. Niseko Village seem to indicate that the lower lifts might be moving. (Updated below).
Happily, this lot won't be lasting. It should be getting colder as the day goes on, and with it hopefully the rain will turn to snow. And hopefully lots of it over the next few days. Winds are going to remain strong.
So let's try not to sulk and look forward to a lovely soft and fluffy fresh deep layer of snow... (we'll need it!)
Update at 8:45am
Two lifts open - Banzai Chair at Niseko Village and Ace Family at Niseko Grand Hirafu. All others closed.
Resort specific news as of 8:10am - subject to change during the day
Got to admit, I'm a bit disappointed this morning.
After some rain yesterday, it's still not that cold this morning and there's just a few cm of snow on the ground, of the wetter variety.... just cloudy at the moment but good snowy conditions are still forecast for the next few days.
Quite strong winds as the forecast told us to expect but the resort appears to be open as planned at the start of the day. If the wind gets stronger, we can expect the chance of some stoppages. OK for now though.
Hakuba Goryu: Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm. Hakuba Happo-one: Nakiyama area every day until mid March. 5pm until 9pm. Hakuba Cortina: Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm. Tsugaike Kogen: Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm. Kashimayari: Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 10th March 2015, 8:32am
The good news is the resort reports 10-20cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes this morning (Yamabiko and Uenotaira).
We got rained on last night down here and overnight but it turned into snow with just a dusting down here, and borderline rain/sleet at times too. It's still snowing higher up though along with what looks like very limited visibility.
Forecast is still good for today and tomorrow with snow expected. Hopefully all over the mountain as well. Can't help feel it's not as good as the forecasts told us, but perhaps the goods will be delivered over the next 24 hours. I'll let you know.
Fresh snow to report since yesterday (reported by resort):
Well, we didn't get the large snowfall that was expected last night. It rained fairly heavily until about 5am this morning, then it started to snow relatively heavily and it is supposed to keep snowing throughout the week now.
Today’s temperature is around -2 degrees and we have 5cms at the base of the mountain and 10cms at the top of the mountain. (Kagura are reporting 20cm of fresh this morning).
We do have very strong winds, which is causing lift disruption higher up the mountain. Strong winds are looking like they will continue through tomorrow as well, with snow forecast all day.
Currently the Dragondola is closed along with the Tashiro area of Kagura. The Mitsumata area is also limited this morning due to the strong winds. Here in Naeba that Takenokoyama lift is still closed and the Number 2 Gondola might have to have a late start too due to the conditions.
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 280cm Kagura: 370cm
5cm Naeba 20cm Kagura
This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Tuesday 10th March 2015, 8:58am
Morning from Shiga Kogen where we have a bit of snow to report, about 10cm or so in places. Not bad, but we want more.
After some wet sleet like snow last night, it is good to see some new snowfall and more is expected with things getting progressively colder and more winter like during the day today. Strong winds will also be a feature of the day we are being told.
Indeed even now some lifts are affected by wind most noticeably over at Okushiga Kogen.
Resort areas status with official snow depths:
Okushiga Kogen: 270cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yakebitaiyama: 270cm Open
Ichinose Family 260cm Open
Ichinose Yamanokami: 260cm Open
Ichinose Diamond: 260cm Open
Takamagahara Mammoth: 260cm Open
Terakoya: 260cm Open
Higashitateyama: 260cm Open
Giant: 190cm Open
Nishitateyama: 200cm Most open
Happo Bundaraia: 190cm Open
Sun Valley: 190cm Open
Maruike: 190cm Open
Hasuike: 190cm Open
Kumanoyu: 250cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge: 240cm Open
Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:
The strong winds that were forecast arrived in Furano early this morning. The winds will start to reduce in intensity from now but will remain strong throughout tomorrow as well. The good news is that the early morning rain has now chnaged into moderate snowfall which will continue through Wednesday. Lift operations have been affected by the winds and at the time of this report only the Prince Romance lift is operating.
Ski race competitions are being held on the Furano Zone this week so it is a great opportunity to watch some ski racing. The following courses will be closed until March 15 for the competitions:
The snow has started to fall, although it's not all that heavy yet.
A bit if wind, too - but things look to get much more interesting from later today/tonight.
The snowfall may pick up as the winds really come blowing in. If it's as high as some weather sites are predicting, expect some closures of the lifts, especially the gondolas at Akakan and Suginohara, and the No. 3 at Suginohara (which, sorry, I misidentified yesterday as the Akakan No. 5 having shut down due to wind, when it was Suginohara).
There is a super-big low pressure area forming off of Hokkaido, which will bring some very strong winds across the Sea of Japan. It will be nice to have some fresh snow to ski on, but it might be a day or two until it's calm enough to enjoy it.