Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017
Friday 13th February 2015, 7:22am
Another rather warm day yesterday with lots of sun in the morning, though becoming increasingly overcast and hazy as the day progressed.
Before I went to sleep last night I could hear some rain - how much that continued I don't know, but it is snowing lightly now and we are still expecting snow today and tomorrow at least. Hopefully it'll get going and be coming down harder than it is just now. As yet just around 2cm to report. Kagura is reporting 5cm as of 7:30am.
According to most of the forecasts, we can expect potentially heavy snow and strong winds as well at times over the next two days. So hopefully some good things to report tomorrow morning for the start of the weekend.
With Chinese New Year next week helping things along, the next week or two will probably be the peak of the season in terms of number of visitors from overseas. Lets hope the weather continues to deliver and shows them how brilliant this area is!
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 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 February and 14th March (10pm until 6am) NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only): Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm) Yuzawa Nakazato: Saturdays 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.
After a fantastic day of sunshine and leftover powder yesterday, it looks like the good weather has returned this morning.
There has been light snowfalls through the night, 6cm of fresh snow since lifts closed yesterday. Just enough to make a nice fluffly layer on top of the machine packed groomed runs. Conditions on the ungroomed areas are variable, mostly soft with underlying bumps formed yesterday and the day before. Great skiing and boarding conditions!
The clear weather may not hang around long, the forecast is saying we are due for some snow to fall, in fact it should snow most of the day and become heavier tonight. More great news!
The mild temperatures that we had yesterday were a welcome change from the freezing cold -30 wind chill we had in the few days prior, and it will be rather mild again today with little to no wind, which we all know makes for MUCH more enjoyable days out on the hill.
Theres a fair bit of snow forecast over the weekend so before you know it we will be once again fully loaded with that primo powder we all love.
Hello and good morning from the Niseko area here on this Friday morning.
Just a few cm of snowfall to report to you this morning. It's cloudy and light snow has been falling - not the kind right now that is going to bring in big numbers, but it's forecast to get heavier during the day today with hopefully heavy snow overnight tonight and the snow continuing over the weekend and perhaps into early next week.
It's busy, busy here now - peak of the peak season and the Chinese New Year holidays.
All resorts look to be open as normal this morning, so another fun day ahead.
So far this month I have logged a total of 116cm as my observed snowfall. Last February for the whole month the corresponding observed number here at base was 178cm, which was if I remember correctly somewhat disappointing (even given the fact that we always want more!)
We're not halfway through the month yet so still a long way to go. Lots of regular fresh snow please!
Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day
The snowpack above Feb 7th layer is now mostly stable and the general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open. Listen to the ski patrol’s instruction and be prepared before stepping out of the gates. Traversing under cornices is total lack of common sense; we wonder if those who do have ever imagined the consequences and the risks they’re taking. The past avalanche accidents in Niseko have all been triggered by those nonsense traverses. Avalanches don’t happen all the time, but will do when the conditions allow. You might luckily get away, but people who follow your track may be caught in one. You are morally responsible of the results. There are so many people visiting Niseko; whether being a total beginner or experienced mountain skier, the value of one Life is equally precious. We beg you to, please, not make those awful traverse track from gate no.2 across O-sawa (Annupuri bowl) to the Western Ridge. Have a nice day.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 430cm Base - 160cm
Niseko Village: Top - 300cm Base - 190cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 335cm Base - 200cm
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
Niseko Hanazono Resort No night skiing at the Hanazono area
About 5cm of snow on the ground and it's coming down nicely just now as I sit here writing this report. Looking like it's going to be poor visibility out on the slopes, or certainly most of them, this morning, and with moderate to heavy snowfall due to continue I think that's going to be the story today. The price we must pay for the goods!
Going to keep cold for the day too, and a real contrast with the relative warmth of yesterday which felt almost spring-like - and so did the snow in places as well. Don't want to even mention that word just yet! Luckily, we're back to winter today.
The snow and cold should continue through tomorrow maybe easing off as we get into Sunday.
Look for some decent numbers being reported tomorrow morning! Should be a good weekend. Just wrap up well and be ready for the weather.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Friday 13th February 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 15cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira, 5cm at Toomi. All courses planned to be open (except Adventure Course)
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; February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm. Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm. Kashimayari: Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm. Read more ...
Friday 13th February 2015, 8:55am
Cloud, fog, limited visibility
It's back to cold this morning and some decent snowfall happening outside. Over 5cm so far and if it continues like it is now it should be piling up quite quickly. The cold and snow should take a firm grip on things today and there's a chance of stronger winds. Things seem ok for the moment in that respect.
Zao Onsen is fully open (* note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).
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
Every evening now until 28th February
Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm. In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled. Read more ...
Friday 13th February 2015, 8:55am
Well, not as much as I would have hoped to report this morning with just 5cm but the heavier snow is still due today and tomorrow. So come on down!
It's a colder morning and it is snowing now (after a clearer early morning), so fingers crossed I'll be able to report those deep conditions tomorrow.
The coming snowfall is forecast to ease off on Sunday, so if you prefer snow not actually falling when you're out there sliding on it, that might be the day to choose.
Lifts planned to be open:
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.
We had a beautiful morning yesterday turning into snowfall in the afternoon, which carried through the night.
Today’s weather is currently cloudy with glimmers of sunshine, with snowflakes fluttering down as we speak.
It is around the -5 degrees mark currently at the base of the mountain with a low wind chill factor. We have a casual 10cms of fresh snow from last night.
We are forecast for it start snowing heavily as day goes on, and to continue snowing for the foreseeable future.
All lifts are open at Naeba today currently, weather permitting.
The Dragondola over to Tashiro/Kagura is open and all lifts are open at Tashiro and Kagura.
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 270cm Kagura: 350cm
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 ...
Friday 13th February 2015, 9:55am
There is no new snow to report overnight but in the last half hour it has started to snow moderately and this will continue through the day with the heaviest falls occuring in the evening. The winds have increased and are gusting moderately, evidenced by streams of snow being whipped off roofs in the village. Wind speed will increase further over the weekend with very strong winds predicted for Sunday evening. Information from the resort says all lifts are operating, but with the winds increasing it is possible some lift operations may be suspended. With low cloud and snowy conditions the light is quite flat right now. Read more ...
Friday 13th February 2015, 10:29am
We are socked in at the moment; dark and snowy
As predicted, the snow is falling in Myoko today, and it is coming down pretty hard right now. The wind is pretty strong as well—some good gusting and blowing a few minutes ago. Could be pretty blustery high up on the hill.
There's a solid low pressure system coming in just to the north, then some high pressure further west that will probably give us some sun again early next week.
At least with snow falling the car (and the snow banks) are clean again. These mini-spring days of sun and warm and melt make everything brown.... Not ready to give up non winter yet!
Akakura Onsen (Kumado): until 10pm every day until 22 March Tangram Ski Circus: until 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March Madarao Kogen: until 9pm on Saturdays until 21 March Read more ...
Friday 13th February 2015, 11:06am
Temps reached a high of 8 degrees at the base yesterday, a full thaw that saw plenty of cracks open up in the surrounding mountains. After a clear night we saw light snow this morning which has picked up strongly now with moderate wind involved.
The forecast is for this to continue with big snow to come Fri and Sat night and then taper off Sunday.