Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Tuesday 13th December 2016, 7:04am
Beautiful blue sky with some wispy cloud.
Good morning from Naeba everybody.
Well today is shaping up to be almost bluebird day very similar to the fantastic conditions we had yesterday.
The forecast is not looking all that positive at the moment with rain forecast all of today but then turning to snow by the early hours of tomorrow morning.
At the moment however there is no sign of rain in sight so lets hope that passes over us and just the snow decides to fall.
Conditions on piste today will be fairly firm to start off, but as we are expecting temperatures to rise a bit above freezing it should soften up a little bit later into the day. Read more ...
Tuesday 13th December 2016, 8:18am
There is a moderate breeze around the base and at the top of Furano Ropeway it is fairly strong. Needless to say with a temperature of -9c and a strong wind it feels extremely chilly when exposed to the elements. There is a light trickle of snow coming down which overnight has given us another dusting of 2cm.
For the rest of the week light snow should continue to fall and the temperatures are going to stay very chilly. There is no large dump on the radar at the moment so it will be more of a light top up each night.
The following courses are expected to be open today: Technical Panorama Spies Sailer Prince
Cloudy with occassional snow showers and moderate wind at base
The snow depth at the base is currently 85 cm at the base and 210 cm at the peak.
Currently, it's cloudy with occasional snow showers and fairly windy, and there has been 1 cm of new snowfall at the base and 5 cm at the peak in the last 24 hours, with another 7 cm predicted for the next 24 hours. It is calm at the base, with fair visibility.
Nagamine 2's opening will be delayed until at least tomorrow, and the gondola and Asari 2 are both currently on wind hold, with wind predicted to stay steady throughout the day, so the gondola at least will likely be closed for the whole day.
Courses are still somewhat limited, but coverage is improving with the recent snow. The "Powder Zone" course accessible from the Center Express (or the gondola when it's open) definitely had some decent powder and wasn't tracked out when I rode it at noon yesterday. Read more ...
Tuesday 13th December 2016, 8:30am
Good morning from Hakuba.
It was a beautiful day yesterday with a bit of thin cloud here in places but mostly just lots of blue skies and sunshine.
This morning there's just a dusting on the ground. I see that Hakuba 47 are reporting 5cm of fresh snow but Cortina not reporting any.
It is forecast to be mild today with temperatures rising to around +6C later on this afternoon. While it has been snowing early on, we'll just have to hope that precipitation holds off rather than get rained on, but that rain is still a distinct possibility.
The forecast remains good for snowfall tonight - especially at higher elevations - and tomorrow.
Early season can be a bit of a ride, we just need to be patient for nature to do it's thing.
In the meantime it appears that resorts remain open as per yesterday.
Resort news as of 8:30am on Tuesday 13th December 2016:
All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is currently part open. Gondola downloading required. Connection with Goryu not yet open. The resort is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall since yesterday. Lift & course info: The Gondola, Line A.B and Line C lifts are operating. The following courses are open: - Route 1 (Upper) - Route 2 - Route 3 - Route 5 - Route 6 - Route 8 (Lower) Official snow depth Line C Upper: 100cm Base: 20cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is currently part open. Gondola downloading required. Connection with Hakuba 47 not yet open. The resort is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall on the upper slopes. Lift & course info: The Gondola and the Alps Number 1 and 3 lifts are operating. The following courses are open: - Grand Prix - Panorama Official snow depth Alps: 65cm Toomi: -cm Iimori: -cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is currently part open. Lift & course info: The Adam Gondola, Alpen Quad, Panorama pair, Kokusai Number 3 pair and Kurobishi Number 2 quad lifts are operating. Gondola downloading required. The following courses are at least part open: - Kurobishi - Usagidaira - Panorama Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 85cm Nakiyama: -cm Sakka: -cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Tsugaike Kogen is currently part open. Lift info: The Eve Gondola and the top Han-no-ki and Tsuga Number 2 pair lifts are operating. The following courses are at least part open: - Han-no-ki - Tsuga-no-mori Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 85cm Han-no-ki: 85cm Oya-no-hara: 20cm Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is currently part open. The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. Lift info: The Number 2 quad lift and Number 4 pair lifts are operating. The following courses are at least part open: - Ikenoda - Mt Hieda Rinkan - Mt Hieda 1 - Itadaria Official snow depth: Top: 100cm Base: 55cm
Kashmayari: Kashimayari plans to open from Saturday 17th December.
Please note that Yanaba ski hill will not be opening for the 2016-2017 season Read more ...
Tuesday 13th December 2016, 8:32am
Hello from Niseko base here and after that run of much colder temperatures, it is a much warmer start to the day this morning. Having said that it is still only hovering around 0 degrees as of 8am and probably won't venture much more than a few degrees into positive numbers during the day, so it's nothing to get startled about.
After clouds clearing and leaving us with a fine day yesterday with blue skies, we did actually get a limited delivery of fresh snow overnight. I measured 2cm, and as you might expect it is not as light and fluffy as we had previously, but light snow does continues to fall early on. It is expected to ease off soon.
Hopefully it will be snowing once again by the end of tomorrow and continue through the weekend.
In the meantime, pesky southerly winds might well affect higher lifts in particular today so be wary of that.
The Free Ride Park at Niseko Grand Hirafu is now open. (Well, open from 10am-4pm!)
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -4℃, mild wind and 4cm snowfall in 12 hours. Coastal data: Kamui cape ENE8m/s, 1012hPa, 0.7m waves.
A southerly storm is picking up above 800m as the next low-pressure system is approaching. Typical pre-low pressure snowfall crystals are observed below 600m elevation, however the snowfall amount is small.
Bushes and bamboos are not buried and the out of bounds areas are not suitable for riding yet. Still many hollow space lurking under the bamboo. Try to bootpack and you will sink to your chest and have a very hard time walking out. Better not carelessly drop into the valleys.
The storm is forecasted to pick up as the wind swings westerly. Beware of sudden weather changes. The light is weak and the visibility is poor. Ride carefully.
The general avalanche risk is low.
An Avalanche Institute member’s son has been caught ducking ropes in Hirafu yesterday. Both father and son are deeply reflecting on this matter and we made sure it would never happen again.
Sincere apologies to the Hirafu Ski Patrollers for the troubles caused.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
All four resort areas appear to be able to open as planned at the start of the day. The King Number 3 and Swinging Monkey lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu might be affected by winds this morning.
Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.
The lifts marked with a * above are the lifts that are planned to be operating for nighta. Read more ...
Tuesday 13th December 2016, 8:35am
The sun's coming in from the east, but it's pretty gray over Mt. Myoko
It's sunny and a little warmer today; looks like we might have a little rain later on and into tomorrow, before things cool down again and snow falls from Thursday. As I always advise visitors, we're always really looking at Christmas or so for things to be secure on the snow front, so we're off to a good start even if the snow isn't coming down every day.
I notice that some of the areas have started issuing snow figures, so I'll add the listing and keep adding figures as they are released.
It was a really fine day in the region yesterday, but this morning there's a lot more grey cloud around.
There is a bit of blue sky still on show, but most of it is covered with the clouds. And while nothing is falling from the skies at the moment, it is expected to later on. With mild conditions forecast for this afternoon in particular - rising to around 6C - we might get rained on.
The good news though is that it should be snowing up on the open areas of the resort, and should be turning into snow down here at base sometime tomorrow as well. So fingers crossed.
Tuesday 13th December 2016
Lifts that are planned to be operating: Nagasaka Gondola (8:30am-3:30pm) Yamabiko Four Lift (9:00am-3:30pm) Yamabiko Number 2 Four Lift (8:55am-3:40pm) Uenotaira Four Lift (9:00am-3:40pm)
Courses that are planned to be open Yamabiko A course Yamabiko B course Yamabiko C course Yamabiko D course Yamabiko E course Uenotaira course
After a very fine day yesterday - some cloud moving in as the day progressed - it's another fine start to the day. There's a lot of blue sky and sunshine here in Yuzawa, while there's more cloud to the north and perhaps moving in as the forecast does say precipitation. And with today set to be very mild, up to 10C later on, it will be rain if anything is falling...
In somewhat better news, tomorrow is looking to be colder though still not mid-winter cold. Hopefully cold enough for snow, and definitely snow up on the mountains so Kagura will be getting a fresh coat.
Maiko Snow Resort didn't open yesterday of course and they are clearly waiting for the next delivery of snow. So hopefully by the weekend!
Resort-specific info as of Tuesday 13th December 2016
Ski resorts that are currently open in the region: Kagura Pretty much all of Kagura is now open. They are reporting 0cm of fresh snow overnight. Official snow depth: Kagura - 120cm Mitsumata - 80cm Tashiro - 100cm
Naeba A few of the lower slopes of Naeba are open. Official snow depth: 60cm
Planned opening dates for other resorts in Yuzawa Town and Minamiuonuma City (by date):
Below are details of the planned 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma this season. This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions.
Ishiuchi Maruyama Daily from 23rd December 2016 until 19th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 8:50pm. The Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2 and Kanko Number 3 Express lifts are open daily. The Kanko Number 1 Express lift, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift and Hatsukaishi Number 2 pair lifts are also open on weekends and holidays.
Iwappara Daily from 17th December 2016 until 20th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays. The Main course, Grand course and West courses are open during nighta.
Joetsu Kokusai Daily from 17th December 2016 until 20th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm. The area in front of the main base hotel is open for nighta.
Kandatsu Kogen 'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night') is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays between 29th December 2016 and 1st April 2017. The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.
Maiko Snow Resort Daily from 28th December 2016 until 19th March 2017. Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm. The Maiko center quad lift on the Maiko Side of the resort operates for nighta.
Naeba Daily from 17th December 2016 until 26th March 2017. Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm. Part of the lower area of the resort is usually open for nighta.
NASPA Ski Garden 'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in December, January and February and also on 23rd December and from 30th December until 8th January 2017. On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.
Yuzawa Nakazato Every Saturday from 7th January until 11th March 2017, 29th December until 3rd January, 8th January 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm. The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta. Read more ...
Tuesday 13th December 2016, 9:16am
Greetings from Zao.
No new snow to report to you this morning and the day is starting cloudy and calm with no wind. The temperature here at base right now is just slightly below zero.
Lift and course openings remain the same as we wait for more snow.
Hopefully we'll be getting some of that by the time I write my report tomorrow morning...
Lifts that are planned to be operating today at Zao Onsen:
Zao Ropeway Chuo Ropeway Sky Cable Mikaeri pair Chuo Number 1 pair AB Onsen Number 1 pair Utopia Number 2 pair
There was no snowfall last night but the temperature remains fairly low - good for snow making!
According to the forecast, there should be some fresh snowfall tomorrow early morning.
Ski resorts that are now open in the region are just Grandeco and Minowa (one lift with a 640m course), so things are still very limited in this early season as we all wait for more snow to arrive.
- Gondola - Number 1 quad lift - Number 2 quad lift
- Center Course (2km) - Upper part of Rainbow 3500 (1km) - Lavender B course (1km)
Official snow depth: - 50cm
Road condition to Grandeco: - Goshikinuma through Grandeco, icy, slippery. Read more ...
Tuesday 13th December 2016, 10:26am
Cloudy with patches of sun
Cloudy weather with patches of sun here this morning and very calm with no fresh snow for a change. Temp inversion in effect, cold early in the valley and measured as slightly warmer up top but looks like it could warm up from here and snow is coming off the roof. At Tenjindaira the base has settled to the tune of 10% and they're just running the top lift but hey, its early season and there is plenty of snow.
Hodaigi's site shows a base of 50cm and is set to open Saturday and Okutone will be hosting ladies day tomorrow.
Rain forecast for tonight so lets hope the weather people have it very wrong on that front.
The forecast thereafter is snow for the week, particularly at the top of the resort where its forecast to be quite cold too.
It's currently snowing outside with a bunch more forecast this week. The winds are supposed to die down somewhat thank goodness as it's quite chilly on the mountain.
Only one lift still operating but it's fun nonetheless. The one run that is open has been groomed and is in very good shape. Let's hope the additional snowfall will mean a lot more runs opening this weekend.
We're expecting more snow and relative steady winds out of the west all week with temperatures in the -4 to -8 range. Cold but enjoyable!!