Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 20th January 2018
Sunday 13th March 2011, 8:22am
Sunshine throughout the course of day
Madarao Kogen has reopened after being closed yesterday due to strong earthquakes in Northern Japan the day before and yesterday morning in North Nagano. The resort has reopend on the basis there is no damage to facilities or the resort itself, this was decided after safety checking procedures were carried out yesterday.
Todays weather will consist of sunshine, sunshine and more sunshine! While there is no new coverage after yesterday of last night, it looks like a day of Spring like skiing across the mountain.
In saying that, temperatures will be significantly warmer and visibility condition being excellent.
A great day is ahead for riding the many courses of Madarao mountain, enjoy the sunshine and Spring snow coverage while keeping safe.
Lifts currently operating:
No 1 lift No 2 quad lift No 3 a lift No 5 lift Super Quad No 11 Lift No 12 Lift No 13 Lift (closed) No 15 lift Tangram No 2 Lift
Moving Belt at Kids Park Snowboard beginner course
Back to business as usual here after a few closures yesterday because of the events going on in Japan at the moment.
It is another beautiful blue sky day here today and feels very spring-like.
There were a few tactical closures yesterday with Tenjin remaining shut but those that wanted to get out into the fresh snow that had fallen Friday night still had a couple of choices. It was fantastic first thing but it was another warmish day, and the sun soon made the fresh snow a bit heavy.
The sun is supposed to be here for the next couple of days so enjoy the fine weather while you can. Read more ...
Sunday 13th March 2011, 9:43am
Well, it seems that the resort is not opening this morning as we heard last night. More coming up soon....
The latest from Zao is that the ski resort is doing checks on all facilities and equipment and will open again as soon as possible. It won't be this morning though, perhaps this afternoon. We will try to make another update this afternoon with the latest information.
Some news from Zao. The resort has announced that they will be closed from now until Friday, with a view to re-opening on Saturday 19th March.
Electricity was restored on Saturday evening and checks to the facilities at the resort have been made and are still continuing. There hasn't really been any major damage in Zao village, but aftershocks - though not major or damage causing - are still happening from time to time.
There are also issues of transportation (people actually getting to the resort) along with the important need for people to preserve energy/electricity in these next few days to consider.
Taking all of these things into account, and the safety of everyone involved, the resort has decided that it will be best to wait until at least Saturday before re-opening to the public.
We will keep this report updated sometime in the week with the latest information at hand.
This morning the sun is out and clear skies along with a mild temperature of 5 degrees, set to rise to around 9 or 10 this afternoon.
Yesterday the weather conditions were beautiful in Yuzawa, but of course in every other respect it wasn't a good or normal Saturday. Just a few resorts were part open and it was very quiet. I think most people were watching TV news reports of what is happening.
This morning it seems that all of the resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are open. All of them apart from Yuzawa Nakazato and Yuzawa Kogen are reporting that they are fully open, those two with limited operations. Reports that the South Area of Gala Yuzawa is also closed temporarily for maintenance.
I have just taken a quick look around and things seem quiet out there again as you might expect. Many people have been directly or indirectly affected by what has happened over the last few days and I suppose others may just not feel like sliding on the snow.
For those that do decide to get out there though, you should find really nice conditions and quiet slopes.
In terms of transport it seems that both the Joetsu Shinkansen bullet train and Kanetsu Expressway are open as normal now.
It is another beautiful morning in Shiga Kogen. The sun is out, just a few wispy clouds and it is warm with temperatures already in the positive.
This morning Shiga Kogen opens again with most areas open in at at least a limited capacity.
The resort areas are all saying that if there are any aftershock (earthquakes) during the day then operations will more than likely close. Happily, in the last 24 hours things have been quiet in that respect, so I think this is just a precaution.
All of the resorts have been making checks on lifts and facilities and deemed them to be safe and I'm pretty sure they wouldn't be opening if there was any doubt. The same applies to courses and stability of snow, but of course that is nature. The best advice is to just be aware of this situation and be careful out there. While we should always be 'aware', that bit extra might be advisable at the moment.
Official resort snow depths as of 13th March 2011 AM:
After the very quiet Saturday yesterday, both Naeba and Kagura have re-opened this morning. We have not felt many aftershocks at all in the last 24 hours, and even those were very small, so that seems to have calmed down and resorts declared safe.
It seems that a number of lifts at Naeba are being rested (incliding the No2 quad and Daishamen pair lifts) but the Gondolas and Ropeways in both resorts are moving as normal.
At the moment it is fine and sunny with some fine blue skies and there's no wind. A great day to be out there, but the slopes are quiet as I write this. Much as expected with everything that is going on, but you won't get many Sundays like this.
Yesterday remained mostly fine but around midnight a band of precipitation moved through with a sleet/rain mix falling at lower levels for a couple of hours. This did fall as snow higher up though and it was also quite windy as well which has further developed drifts up high. It remained slightly above freezing at the base throughout the night and today is on the way up to near 5 degrees. Tomorrow will see similar temperatures early on but it will cool later in the evening into Tuesday when we can expect reasonable snowfalls to start to develop. The quickly rising temps will see avalanche danger increase rapidly today and peak gates will remain closed. Other gates will open depending on conditions.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 430 Bottom - 225
Niseko Village: Top - 400 Bottom - 200
Annupuri: Top - 410 Bottom - 210
Warm air is brought in by the strong southwesterly wind due to the approaching low-pressure system. Overnight snowfall is slim, however windblown snow has made cornices and slabs to develop in a wide area. There has been many avalanches (60cm thick or more) reported in Kozan no sawa (Backbowl) and Haru no taki yesterday. The surface snow temperature is seen to rise today, which will induce wider slabs forming. Avalanche risk remains high today. Peak gates of Annupuri and Hirafu (2 & 3) will be closed; other gates are yet to be decided. Follow the ski patrol’s instructions and DO NOT duck ropes. Dangerous condition continues in the mountain. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the victims and their relatives of the disaster in northeast Japan. We just hope that more people are rescued as fast as possible. The earthquake has damaged our weather observation device at the peak and data is not available at this stage. Predicted weather at the peak at noon toady: -3°and NW15m/s wind. The wind is forecasted to slowly calm down.
The lifts have been running at reduced speeds since the quake. Other than that, things are operating normally out here in Furano. We saw over 5cm of fresh snow fall in the village around 6am, but the temperatures are already above freezing since this morning. We are looking at a warm one today. Expect temperatures to peak around 5 (not -5) later this afternoon. The skies should stay cloudy but dry, but tomorrow will see some precipitation moving in that could start out as a wintry mix and then turn to a light rain. We will see how this plays out.
If you're looking for a day out on the slopes to beat all others, then today is your chance! Plenty of fresh powder on the slopes, relatively warm, the sun is shining somewhere behind all those clouds, and tomorrow should bring some yucky weather. Here's to Sunday skiing! Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 13th March 2011, 11:37am
It has been a pretty wild ride here in Nozawa Onsen.
The last few days have been interesting to say the least. That was a strong earthquake we experienced yesterday morning. We are still getting some tremors but only mild in comparison to the night before last and things are starting to return to normal. Would just like to thank everyone for their well wishes has meant a lot.
There have been no major injuries here and everyone is fine. There has been some damage to some facilities here in Nozawa though. But basically we are now more concerned for everyone up North of Tokyo in Tohoku with the devastation there.
On the snow front as mentioned yesterday some good news with the lower lifts opening this morning and people are taking to the slopes. It is pretty hard pack this morning but should loosen up as the day goes on with the sun shining.
Unfortunately the Nagasaka Gondola will probably be a while until it is back on track as it has seen some damage, but hopefully in the next few days all the other lifts will open enabling people to get to the top.
The outlook is promising after some sun today and tomorrow the snow should start to fall on Tuesday night and temperatures will drop too. A decent dump is expected thru the week so should make for some nice conditions ahead.
Stay safe and please do come up to Nozawa to visit and ski or board. It is very quiet here now, so think the village is going to need any support we can get through until the end of the season. Thank you.
A special lift ticket price of 3,500 yen for adults and 2,500 yen for children (special price for the limited operations tomorrow) will be available. Read more ...
Sunday 13th March 2011, 11:44am
Clear; some light high cover
Sorry to be late with the report today; the full report was just released by the town.
It's a nice sunny day, and operations have returned largely to normal, with the exception of Tangram, which is closed (no local damage they stress, but are closed due to the larger situation). It's a little warmer than it's been, which we're not going to complain about; good day for a gentle cruise on the slopes (if nothing else, just to get away from the television and the ongoing disasters for a while....)
And another beautiful clear sky day in Hakuba. Things are very quiet and all of this makes such a big contrast to what is happening in northern parts of Japan right now. The resorts are all operating close to normal today though the Gondola is still not operating at Happo and the Ropeway/Gondola at Tsugaike also not moving yet. Apart from that though it sees be close to business as usual... though the quiet slopes certainly don't make it feel like a normal Sunday.
Of course if people don't get out riding the slopes then the ski resorts will also start to suffer, so it will be interesting to see how the coming few weeks turn out.
Weather wise, it looks like tomorrow see another sunny start to the day and temperatures may rise to around 9 or 10 degrees, similar to today. It may well cloud over and we might see some rain in the valley though snow will hopefully be back with us by Tuesday night into Wednesday.
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 13th March AM:
Hakuba Goryu Goryu is open as normal today though no nighta. No new snow to report. Alps daira - 310cm; Toomi - 175cm; Iimori - 125cm.
Hakuba 47: Things back to normal today with all of the resort accessible Snow depth (upper) - 217cm.
Happo-one: Happo is open today though the Gondola is still not operating. No nighta. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 240cm; Sakka - 100cm; Shirakaba - 100cm; Nakiyama - 80cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: Most of the resort is open though the Gondola/Ropeway are still not operating. Snow depth - 310cm Maruyama area - 160cm Champion - 230cm
Hakuba Iwatake: Upper - 190cm Lower - 120cm
Hakuba Cortina: No new snow today and the resort is open as normal. Upper - 376cm Lower - 220cm