Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Sunday 11th January 2015, 7:45am
The crazy snow situation continues into today.
25cm more snow here in town level since yesterdays report.
Maiko reporting 25+cm. Kagura report 20cm and Naeba reporting 10-30cm.
I have explained this previously, but the reason we are mentioning those particular resorts with the new snowfall numbers here is because they are the only ones that are sharing such data - if there was data from other places, we'd mention it here. (And if anyone knows of any data that might be available and we are missing, do let us know and we'll be happy to mention it). If I ran a skijo, it's a number I'd get out there every morning
It's still snowing and that's what is forecast for the day today and quite possibly into tomorrow as well.
Tuesday onwards though it's looking like sunny skies will dominate for a few days.
It was in the local Japanese newspaper on Friday about how the numbers of skiers and snowboarders visiting the resorts in Niigata over New Year was down on last year. The reason given being the heavy snowfall putting lots of people off. Sounds odd doesn't it. (The one thing they also mentioned was the increase in number of foreigners on the slopes).
This long weekend I am sure that the resorts were really hoping for some nice sunny weather to get lots of people out, and so they'll have mixed feelings about this heavy snowfall again.... I have spoken to a few resort folk over the last few days and while they are happy that there's lots of snow, the general feeling now seems to be 'we have enough!' and just regular topups would be ideal.
So much snow creates a lot of work for locals as well and visitors can see people out and about with shovels and other tools of the trade to try and cope with the huge volumes of snow.
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 23rd January, 'all night' on holidays (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) NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only): Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm) Yuzawa Nakazato: Saturdays from 10th January until 14th March (until 8:30pm)
Chateaux Shiozawa also have nighta but only on certain days - no fixed schedule available. Resorts not mentioned above do not operate 'nighta' (or do not plan to have more this season). Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a special lift ticket.
10-15cm of new snowfall over the last 24 hours here in Madarao and this morning we have cloud and blue skies over the mountain.
More snow is forecast for later on in the day though and overnight into tomorrow but after that from around Tuesday the forecast is for clear skies, sun and things getting a little milder. Doesn't look like it should warm up too much though.
All set to open as normal.
Remember tomorrow is a holiday so should be busier than a normal Monday. I usually Like Mondays, but perhaps less so tomorrow! But I'm sure it'll be a Happy Monday for lots. Have fun!
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift Number 3A Number 5 Super quad lift Number 11 lift Number 12 lift Number 13 lift Number 15 lift Moving Walkway Kids Park Freeride Park Tree Run Courses should be open today
Night skiing at Madarao is every Saturday until 21st March 2015... and next Sunday, January 11th (the day after is a holiday).
Another cold morning (aren't they all here?!) and just cloudy right now. Snow is forecast for later on in particular though so I should have more than the dusting that we have this morning to report tomorrow.
Early report today as I am off on my way to Yamagata city this morning. Lots of people coming up the other way by the looks of things.
Zao Onsen is fully open (though note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays). Weather conditions may affect lifts.
Night skiing operations at Zao this season
Uwanodai area: Daily until 22nd March
Yokokura area: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from until 15th March
Open times from 5pm until 9pm.
Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations
January 2015: 10th-12th, 17th-18th, 24th-31st February 2015: Every day 1st-28th
Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm. In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled. Read more ...
Sunday 11th January 2015, 8:36am
Good morning and hello from Niseko.
Guess what? It's snowing! Only light snow now as I look outside the window here, but it was coming down pretty hard just a short while ago. Whatever, I have another 6-7cm of fresh to report. Around -3 degrees, cloudy and foggy outside so generally quite poor visibility this morning I would say on mountain. Make sure you know where you're going.
Yesterday was busy out there, and no doubt today will be too, but I imagine the conditions made up for any of that. As I have said before, there's a good reason why Niseko is so wildly popular.
Snowfall expected to continue today and tomorrow, easing up by Tuesday when we might get some sun and blue skies.
This may well have happened before today as I have only just noticed it and I haven't been up to that area for a few days, but anyway it looks like Niseko Grand Hirafu have now found the staff to get the Ace Number 4 lift chugging along which is good to see. If you remember about a week ago it was being reported that due to staff issues they weren't operating. Or something. It was always a bit hazy that. But the important thing is that it's moving now. Perhaps with robot staff!
For those of you who love snow and not just that which is exclusively Niseko-related, do check out the pretty wild photos that one of the SnowJapan guys took yesterday in their area of Niigata Prefecture. Those guys sure do get a lot of snow. In fact, if you look at the Yuzawa Now daily report, you'll notice that they have actually logged up more observed snow than I have here for Niseko with a whopping 819cm!
Niseko Village: Looks set to be open as planned this morning. 'Early Morning Gondola' available today, tomorrow and on Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).
Niseko Annupuri: Looks set to be open as planned. 'Annupuri First Run' available today and tomorrow (for 1000 yen, Gondola open from 7:20-8:20am).
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -6C, 10cm of crystal snow in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: NW12m/s, -8C, 15cm of new snow and development of snowdrifts in Anbetsu area. Annupuri 1150m: NW10m/s, -10C, snowdrifts and crusty surfaces. Hirafu ridge 1250m: W15m/w, -12C, strong gusts from the Backbowl with development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW13m/s, Kamui cape NW8m/s, 1005hPa, 2.0m waves.
A moderate north-westerly wind with snowfall is persisting. The main snowclouds are currently drifting away from Niseko area, however snowfall is forecasted to pick up during the day. The cornices above 800m altitude are unstable and likely to collapse anytime. Sunlight is weak, making it hard to see the surface. The deeper snowpack is stable and peak gates are scheduled to open. Many cases of intruders to Haru no Taki is being reported. Please remember that the freedom to ride out of bounds in Niseko is being protected in exchange of having those strictly off-limits areas closed-off. Better acknowledge that entering these strictly off-limits zones is not only neglecting the Rules, but also having a misconception of the true meaning of Freedom. Whether the conditions were safe or not, these actions are simply jeopardizing the freedom of the people that are true to the Rules. Infringers will loose their right to use the resort facilities. The Niseko Village’s Mizuno no sawa educational program has started. Follow the ski patrol’s instructions and ride safe.
Official snow depth numbers and any notes at time of writing:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 345cm Base - 165cm
Niseko Village: Top - 250cm Base - 160cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 230cm Base - 180cm
Lifts open for night skiing (planned):
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift (There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)
Niseko Village Community Chair and Banzai Chair
Niseko Annupuri Jumbo Number 1 Quad
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Fairly light night regarding snow. Best to get up there early today as most of the snow that we will get today will come this morning but it will flurry throughout the day. Compared to yesterday there is more cloud cover today but temps are still fairly mild. In fact this January has been a little warmer then in the past from memory.
Hello on this middle day of the long weekend here in Japan.
And there's fresh snow in Hakuba.
Yesterday rather strong winds prevailed and there was no new cm of snow during the day. Lots of cloud, some snow falling, some blue sky at time and in places. A whole big mixed bag of weather conditions.
As I said though, new cm snow of overnight on the mountains with around 10cm being reported mostly - Hakuba Goryu posting the larged number with 25cm of fresh up on Alps Daira apparently. Sounds good to me. Just a bit down here at base and at village level.
Limited visibility on the upper slopes this morning - snow is falling and it looks pretty fog taking a look at the cams. I'll be up there soon to take a good look myself. Moderate to heavy snow is forecast for today so fingers crossed I'll be bringing in some more decent numbers in the report tomorrow.
From tomorrow less snow is likely with clear weather lined up for Tuesday through Friday. Lots of sun icons on the weather forecasts.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Sunday 11th January 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 25cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira, 10cm on lower areas. All lifts moving. All courses open except Adventure Course.
Kashimayari: All areas now open. Night skiing every day until 15th March.
Night skiing at resorts in the Hakuba area:
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: Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturdays in January (and 11th); February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm. Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January 10th (and 11th); February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm. Kashimayari: Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm. Read more ...
Sunday 11th January 2015, 9:13am
Cloudy higher up.
We woke up to another 10cms of snow out there this morning, which will help keep things fresh today. At the moment it isn't snowing, but with the thick clouds and forecast snowfall that will hopefully change. The temperature is -10 at the peak with moderate winds. It's overcast today so the light is fairly flat, but visibility isn't bad considering.
Today the Vector Glide crew are here demoing their ski range. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 11th January 2015, 9:32am
Cloud, blue sky
I was out walking around earlier on it was really cold.
Lots of cloud around, but since then more blue sky has shown up and a bit of sun here and there - it feels like it might clear up, though the forecast says different with snow due later today and into tomorrow.
Monday to Friday mostly is forecast good weather conditions... good as in sun, clearer skies and calm, along with milder temperatures. Nothing to get alarmed about though as it should remain in zero numbers through the week.
Resort areas status with official snow depths:
Okushiga Kogen: 170cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yakebitaiyama: 180cm Open
Ichinose Family 140cm Open
Ichinose Yamanokami: 140cm Open
Ichinose Diamond: 140cm Open
Takamagahara Mammoth: 140cm Open
Terakoya: 150cm Open
Higashitateyama: 100cm Open
Giant: 140cm Open
Nishitateyama: 140cm Most open
Happo Bundaraia: 140cm Open
Sun Valley: 110cm Open
Maruike: 110cm Open
Hasuike: 110cm Open
Kumanoyu: 145cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge: 165cm Open except for Jumbo Course.
Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas this season:
Sun Valley: January 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd to March 21st
Maruike: January 10th, 11th
Ichinose Family: Every day until March 29th
Ichinose Diamond: January 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd until March 28th
Yakebitaiyama: January 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd until February 21st