Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 22nd February 2018
Tuesday 12th December 2017, 7:06am
It seemed like we were going to get a lot of snow overnight, with a quick flash of lightning - one of the sure signs of heavy snow - at about 10 pm.
At 6 this morning, though, there was maybe 10cm of snow on the ground and nothing much falling. Before 7, though, it really started to come down, so we might get another good addition to the base through the day.
Yesterday turned out to be a warm day with temperatures well into the positives. The rain that was predicted arrived and made the already wet snow from the morning even wetter. Today we are back to winter temps with -7c right now and heading for a high of -4c. It is a nice clear morning with some light snow expected during the day. Night skiing is now operating on the Furano Zone until 19:30. At the moment the night skiing lift is just the Prince Romance beginners lift. Read more ...
Tuesday 12th December 2017, 7:36am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
It's good to see fresh snow on the ground. Not as much as we were hoping for perhaps - I am measuring 6cm.
Kagura aren't reporting any fresh snowfall numbers this morning - so much more interesting than 'official snow depths' which are... far less useful (if you ask me). I see Naeba are reporting 10-20cm of fresh snow.
So it looks like conditions higher up at the open places should be pretty good.
But anyway, snow clouds should be over the region for today and perhaps through Thursday and then back with us on Sunday. As I write this report the snow has eased off a little and there's even a bit of sky on show in some areas, but I am hearing it is snowing just to the north in Minamiuonuma.
Currently open in Yuzawa (and official snow depths where available):
Good Morning Everyone! Naeba will be opening at 0800 today and with some fresh snow on the ground, it could be a great early season day on the mountain. As was hoped for yesterday, Naeba has received a fresh deposit of 7cm of snow overnight, which should freshen up the pistes a little. However, despite this, conditions will likely still be choppy underfoot. Due to the lack of base, please make sure to stick to the marked pistes today.
The forecast suggests we should expect continued snowfall over the next 3 days, with up to 30cm falling at the base of the resort. Alongside this there are strengthening winds, which may generate a significant wind chill of around -11°C, with the temperature at the base feeling as low as -22°C going into the afternoon today. After a dry, clear spell towards the latter part of the week, Naeba is expected to plunge back into storm mode towards the end of the weekend.
With the fresh snow and cooler temperatures overnight last night, the condition of the pistes should be an improvement on the last couple of days, so certainly an early season day to get after it!
I'm measuring 47cm of fresh snow since my last report.
First of all let's go back to yesterday. The snow started falling in the afternoon. This morning we are treated to snowfall up to knee level (disclaimer: depending on your height!!) and snow is forecast for the day. So there is more on the way.
What's more, there's not much of a wind either.
Excellent. Hope some of you can come to enjoy it.
Official snow depths:
Top: 170cm Base: 100cm
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!
There's fresh snow on the ground. Around 5cm in base areas and 10cm is being reported by the resort up at the top Yamabiko area. As I write the report this morning light snow is falling and snow is still forecast for today, tomorrow and perhaps into Thursday as well. After that look to Sunday for a promising cold front moving in that should bring some decent snowfall.
Over to you Nature!
Tuesday 12th 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 wasn't very excite. It was rather mild and rather wet. But happily that is behind us now.
When I got up this morning things weren't looking particularly exciting with just a dusting of just under 1cm of snow on the ground.
But it was quite noticeably much colder than yesterday, and as I am writing this report snow is coming down nicely. (So my fresh snowfall number for the report is 2cm).
There's going to be some windy conditions today though at the start of the day lift operations appear to be proceeding as planned, as well as limited visibility with more snow piling up during the day today and tomorrow.
Things should be good again once this storm passes.
One (actually two) thing(s) I feel I should mention this morning.
If you are driving, be especially careful this morning. It looks pretty dangerous out there. Best to be on the extra careful side.
And if you are skiing or snowboarding, I imagine there's just that thin layer of snowfall on the hard icy conditions that yesterdays weather dealt us. What's the term, dust on crust?
Let's careful riding.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6.00am: -6°, light winds and snow. Moiwa 800m : -10°, SW8m/s, 10cm new snow, no snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -12°,SW20m/s, new snow all blown away. Hirafu: 1000m, -14°, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:WNW17m/s. Kamui Cape SW18m/s, 995hPa, wave 2.4m.
The isobaric lines have moved closer together and the westerly wind has become strong. Although not much snow has fallen, snow drift development is progressing rapidly above 1100m. From this mornings observation, leeward slopes above 800m are easily fracturing. The avalanche risk will increase through the day. Below 700m, yesterdays tracks are frozen from the warm weather yesterday, not good riding. Be careful on lift lines, cliffs and 40deg slopes, surface avalanches will fracture easily on Dec 11 layer. Avalanches occur if conditions are right regardless of the amount of snow, accidents happen only when people are involved.
Blizzards can quickly create unstable snowdrifts and cornices. Many accidents occur on leeward slopes during blizzards. After today's storm passes, the snow will stabilise..
Do not duck ropes to enter Strictly Off Limits south facing slopes like Haru no Taki. Niseko Rules are there to try and prevent accidents while giving you freedom to ride out of bounds.
The mountain will be better after the storm passes, be patient today. Be careful of frostbite. Have a good day.
Tuesday 12th December 2017
What's planned to be open today in Niseko (subject to change):
There was a bit of wind and light snow falling when I was up at Hakuba Goryu in the afternoon. Had a good few hours up there, though today will be better...!
Hakuba is enjoying some more snowfall. I have 16cm to report from base area. The Hakuba 47 resort was reporting 5cm of snow during the day yesterday and this morning 25-30cm of fresh snow on the slopes with 20cm at base.
Nice. Though with snow falling visibility looks limited in all areas.
It looks like the Iimori courses at Goryu are closed again - not sure why - and the lifts at Tsugaike Kogen are on hold at the time of writing due to 'adverse weather conditions' - perhaps the poor visibility. There doesn't feel like much of a wind down here in the village.
But if you want to check out that fresh snowfall you can take the lifts at Goryu, 47 or Happo-one to get up there.
There should be more snow to report tomorrow morning. Sunday looking good too.
Ski resort opening status on Tuesday 12th December 2017:
Operating lifts - EVE Gondola (* on hold at the start of the day due to weather conditions) - Tsuga Number 2 pair lift (* on hold at the start of the day due to weather conditions) - Han-no-ki high speed pair lift (* on hold at the start of the day due to weather conditions)
More updates over the coming weeks with snow news. Once the ski lifts start operating, this report will be updated daily. Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Tuesday 12th December 2017, 9:10am
Heavy snow tomorrow, I think I said yesterday.
Good news. We got 24cm of fresh snow at base this morning.. it has just kept on snowing.
And the forecast over the coming week is looking really good for regular snowfall; heavy at times.
I like it!
Lift operations on Tuesday 12th December 2017 (at time of writing; subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A (* on hold at time of writing) - Central number 4 lift (* on hold at time of writing)
Official snow depth:
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.Read more ...
Tuesday 12th December 2017, 9:12am
Good morning from Zao.
And it is a cold and snowy morning.
Some decent increases in the official snow depths and I am observing 12cm on the ground by base.
There's some wind on the mountain too apparently, along with limited visibility. Not the kindest of conditions to be out there, but a storm is what we need.
Should be more snow to report tomorrow morning too. Lots please!!
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 ...
Tuesday 12th December 2017, 10:32am
Snow overnight and things cleared early this morning but weather is already pushing its way back in to the Tanigawa valley.
We have snow forecast through Thursday morning and then a potential break in the weather before more from Saturday night.
Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami. More on that later.
Planned opening dates at ski resorts in Minakami - subject to change: