Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 22nd February 2018
Monday 11th December 2017, 7:18am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
As expected, it was a beautiful day yesterday; some cloud appearing during the afternoon.
This morning starts with clear skies once again and things are forecast to change by this afternoon. Cloud, rain and into wet snow seems to be what we should expect. As things get colder tonight and into tomorrow, there should be some snowfall on the ground to look forward to.
Looking forward to reporting tomorrow morning!
Currently open in Yuzawa (and official snow depths where available):
Fine day yesterday with sunshine and some cloud and this morning it is another fine morning. The sun is out early on but I can see a big bank of cloud off in the distance and it's due to move in this afternoon. Things are about to change.
By tomorrow morning I am hopeful of having more fresh snow to report to you and it should be generally a fair bit colder. The forecasts currently have snow lined up for the day tomorrow and Wednesday - though clearer skies again looking quite likely after that up to the weekend. So let's hope for a decent delivery in the next few days...
Monday 11th December 2017
- Nagasaka Gondola (8:40am until 3:30pm) - Yamabiko four lift (9:00am until 3:30pm) - Yamabiko Number 2 lift (8:55am until 3:40pm) - Uenotaira four lift (9:00am until 3:40pm) - * Need to get the gondola back down to base
Planned open courses:
- Yamabiko A - Yamabiko B - Yamabiko C - Yamabiko D - Yamabiko E - Uenotaira - Bunabayashi
Yesterday was a fine and calm day all the way through, and this morning there's a fair bit of a cloud around but generally fine and calm weather again, and that is what is forecast for the day... with snow hopefully moving in by tomorrow.
Should be a good day.
Official snow depths:
Top: 135cm Base: 65cm
Number 1 Gondola (9:00am - 4:00pm)
Courses & Tree Runs:
* All main courses open * Tree Run Areas are closed.
The Number 2 pair lift, Number 2 Gondola and Quad lift plan to open for the season from Saturday 16th December.
Nighta skiing operations are planned at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 22nd December 2017 until 25th February 2018.
Welcome to our new Geto Kogen Now daily reports section
Geto Kogen is a ski and snowboard resort in Iwate Prefecture in the northern Tohoku region of Honshu, the main island of Japan. It’s known for heavy snowfalls, quality snow and tree run courses. Hopefully we will be able to bring you some good snowy reports through this season.
For more information on Geto Kogen please check out these pages on SnowJapan:
As with all our daily ‘Now’ reports, the bottom line is that they are independent and honest – they are published by us, not by the resort. The new snowfall number is being measured at the base area of the resort.
This is a brand new section involves people new to the process and so it may take a short while for us all to get used to it all. So please bear with us as we get into the gear! Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 11th December 2017, 7:29am
A fine morning
Good morning from Shiga Kogen. An early one today as I am off to Matsumoto.
Great day yesterday by the way. Still limited areas open of course but conditions were nice and the weather was fantastic.
We could do with the proper full-on snow to start falling now.
Well, tomorrow and Wednesday are forecast to be cold and snowy; so lets see how much we can get from that. (Clearer skies due Thursday/Friday).
I will be back tomorrow morning - hopefully with good news.
Currently the following areas of Shiga Kogen are part open:
The key word this morning is wind. There were very strong winds overnight and they are still blowing strongly around the village. The winds have been accompanied by quit a lot of snow and this has led to snow drifts around the village up to a meter high. Winds have the effect of dumping a lot of snow in certain places and blowing the snow clean away from others. I am calling the new snow number as 23cm this morning. In general if you have a car outside you will be doing a lot of shoveling this morning around the car.
The snow is much heavier than we have had recently due to the wind effect and warm temperatures. The temperature is -1c and heading to +4c. The move into warm temperatures will bring rain during the day and the strong winds will likely be with us through until Wednesday. Read more ...
Monday 11th December 2017, 8:22am
Good morning everyone and welcome to the start of another week as we approach the middle of December.
I recall mentioning the chance of some rain in my report yesterday and hoping that it wouldn't happen. There may have been some wet snow falling overnight but sadly, the first thing I saw this morning was rain early on.
Happily, it has not been a downpour and more like an annoying drizzle and it seems to have eased off for the moment. Things are mainly just cloudy - and a bit foggy - right now.
It feels noticeably milder this morning as well.
I notice that the Niseko Avalanche Report is reporting some wet snow above 800m, so while we got a wet down here at base it looks like it has been snow up top. Not light fluffy powder snow though... and I'm not sure my Niigata-residing friends will be too pleased to see the comparison with the quality of their snow!
With sleet/snow possible at times today, tomorrow should see some good changes with a return to much colder conditions and a return to snowfall. Hurray!
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6.00am: +2°, light winds, sleet. Moiwa 800m : -2°, 5cm wet snow, snowdrift development around midnight from southerly wind. Annupuri 1000m: -5°,light westerly wind, 10cm new snow in early morning. Hirafu 1000m, -2°, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:S6m/s. Kamui Cape SSE6m/s, 997hPa, wave 0.8m.
A low pressure system is passing through the Sea of Japan, drawing warm air from the south into the area. Above 1000m the wind is starting to move around to the west and will become stronger through the day. Snow today is similar to Niigata - wet. If the depth of wet snow increases cliffs, lift lines and other steep slopes, heavy “tofu” like avalanches will easily occur. After the low pressure system passes, the wind is expected to pick up, bringing rapid cornice and snow drift growth. From this mornings observation the general avalanche risk is low, however it is expected to rise sharply during the day.
Snow conditions vary from day to day, one day good the next can be bad. Most avalanche accidents happen in bad weather. Today is a good day to stay in the ski resorts. From observation and snowfall transition, south facing steep slopes like Haru no Taki, the avalanche risk will be increasing through the day. Do not duck ropes and to enter Strictly Off Limits areas seeking fresh snow. Please respect and follow Niseko Rules. Moiwa Gate 6 will be closed.
Monday 11th December 2017
What's planned to be open today in Niseko (subject to change):
Floodlit 'nighta' skiing: Scheduled daily at Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Monday 11th December 2017, 8:33am
PLEASE NOTE: We are currently unable to post our regular reports at the moment. In the meantime we will be doing our best to cover and bring you news from Appi Kogen. Hopefully we will be able to get back to normal reporting back soon. Thank you for your understanding.
The snow has started with 3cm on the ground, though it's the wet variety... it's keeping pretty mild for the moment, but colder conditions are forecast over the next few days. So those temps are set to drop during today.
Heavy snow tonight into tomorrow? Possibly!
Planned lift operations for Monday 11th December 2017 (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 4 lift
There is no fresh snow to report from base this morning, but there should be some to report tomorrow morning!
Back to yesterday and after that lovely blue sky start, clouds started to appear from mid morning and by the time things were getting dark the skies were pretty much totally covered by grey cloud.
This early morning there are some mixed weather conditions. Light snow is apparently falling at upper elevations with some gusty winds in places. Down at base it is cloudy with a bit of sun breaking through in places. It's a fairly mild morning too.
Things are set to change during the day today and into tomorrow. We're heading towards colder temperatures and snowfall over the next few days. I hope to be able to bring you news of that in my report tomorrow.
The lower Iimori area of Hakuba is Goryu open. I like the names of some of their courses. Powder Snow and Soft Cream. Yum.
Ski resort opening status on Monday 11th December 2017:
Operating lifts - EVE Gondola (* on hold at time of writing for 'maintenance') - Tsuga Number 2 pair lift (* on hold at time of writing for 'maintenance') - Han-no-ki high speed pair lift (* on hold at time of writing for 'maintenance')
Lots of cloud and it seems fog on the mountain this morning.
No fresh snow to report and some rather mild conditions.
It should be getting colder later today though and into tomorrow. Possibly heavy snow by the time I get round to posting my next report.
It seems the Paradise and Katakai lifts will be rested today.
Operating lifts: - Chuo Number 1 pair - Chuo Number 2 pair - Zao Paradise Pair AB (scheduled to be rested today) - Katakai triple (scheduled to be rested today) - Mikaeri pair - Onsen Number 1 pair - Zao Ropeway - Zao Chuo Ropeway - Sky Cable
Floodlit night skiing for the 2017-2018 season is planned as follows:
In the Uwanodai area: Daily from Saturday 23rd December 2017 until Sunday 4th March 2018 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018.
In the Yokokura area: Daily from Saturday 23rd December 2017 until Monday 8th January 2018 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 12th January until Sunday 18th February 2018. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 2nd March until Sunday 11th March 2018.
Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates:
December 2017: 23rd-24th, 29th-31st January 2018: 1st-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-31st February 2018: every day March 2018: 1st-4th Read more ...
Monday 11th December 2017, 9:01am
I waited a bit to get the report out today, and it was a good call.
The wind has shifted to the north and really picked up in the past hour, and it just feels like it's about to snow. Which would be in keeping with the weather as brought to you by SnowJapan.
It's going to get colder, too, as the freezing line comes down the mountain, so it's back to winter after a few sunny if not particularly warm days. Did have a chat with a local ski instructor who says the snow is very good at Akakura Onsen, our sole operating ski resort until the weekend.