Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 18th May 2018
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Wednesday 14th February 2018, 7:18am
Cloud, some blue sky right now...but
After waking up to plenty of fresh stuff yesterday, it was a pretty enjoyable day on the hill. Wind and visibility did little to dampen the awaited snow, though there definitely was some moderate wind about, and at times the vis struggled. The snow fell lightly throughout the day, about 10cm fell.
Today, the world celebrates love & Hallmark cards. In this hobby & on this website, a love for powder. Which there is plenty. Overnight we’ve seen the 40cm and we’re looking at tops of 0C around lunchtime and moderate winds with some light snow into the afternoon, to pick up intensity at night. Probably another 20cm by tomorrow morning. We’re expecting the snow to get blown around a little with 75km/h winds expected at the top tonight.
With a little less snow falling this morning as opposed to yesterday this is actually a good thing — we’ve given the snow a chance to settle and it will end up being a little more rideable today, and faster — less “good lord why am I willing along my skis/board as if my life depended on it down this trail”, and more “let’s do that run again”.
Trees may be closed this morning, keep an eye out on the conditions board in the dome. Ski Patrol will open if they deem it safe to do so — but as long as its closed the fresh snow isn’t going anywhere, so don’t stress.
Here’s your reminder to buy some flowers in case you forgot. Otherwise, enjoy yourselves.
Official snow depths:
Top: 520cm Base: 380cm
Night skiing operations are scheduled at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018
The Number 2 Gondola is currently open on weekends and national holidays Read more ...
Wednesday 14th February 2018, 7:25am
Good morning from Zao.
More snow (over 15cm) and cloudy conditions this morning but fog on mountain and so limited visibility at the start of the day.
Maybe some snow later today and overnight along with the chance of some windy conditions.
After that, the next decent snow looks to be due around Saturday.
Lifts and course info:
- All lifts appear to be opening as scheduled - Note: the Karamatsu pair lift usually only operates on weekends - All areas open
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. Read more ...
Wednesday 14th February 2018, 7:56am
Clear and sunny
Good morning from Yuzawa.
It's a beautiful morning here with clear skies over Yuzawa and the sun is out.
Some snow was falling yesterday and at times it was coming down fairly nicely, but in the end it didn't really end up giving us much in terms of fresh cm.
Here's what the resorts are reporting this morning:
Ishiuchi Maruyama: 5cm Kagura: 1cm
10cm or so outside SJ HQ in Minamiuonuma, but less than that to measure in Yuzawa which is what is going on the report of course.
So sunny blue skies this morning and it should be a fine day. It's quite chilly for the start of the day but due to warm up to perhaps around +6C in town later on (back to colder conditions tomorrow).
I was outside just before and it felt a little windy. But it looks like all ski resorts should be open as planned this morning.
No excuse not to get out there this morning. Some ski resorts are even giving away chocolate for Valentines Day!
I had to go over to Tokamachi yesterday (to the north of Yuzawa and about 45 minutes by car) and there was a lot of snow falling there; it was really coming down hard. I called my friend who lives over there last night and they told me that there was probably 40-50cm of fresh snow on the top of their car from yesterday. Another example of how the snow clouds have been tracking just to the north of us more than a few times this season. (It's worth pointing out that Tokamachi always traditionally gets heavy snow, but oftentimes we get it at pretty much the same time). Please don't misunderstand - we have still got a lot of snow... just pointing out a pattern that has been happening a few times this season and that if those clouds made their way down here every time, we'd have a serious amount this season!
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama (looking north).
Updated: Wednesday 14th February 2018
Ski resorts in Yuzawa:
Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.
GALA Yuzawa - 310cm - Part of the Jiji course in the Central area will be restricted this morning - That is due to a competition being held there
Yesterday I think it's fair to say that we were hoping for more snow than we got. While Tokamachi to the north-east of us got some heavy snowfall, we only got a modest amount. By 3pm yesterday the resort was reporting 1cm on base areas and 7-10cm up top. This morning those base numbers remain unchanged with a bit more higher up - with a total of 15cm of fresh on Yamabiko since yesterday morning.
This morning we are starting the day with cold conditions and beautiful blue skies. There's a bit of early morning low cloud around in places, but other than that it's clear and sunny and looks like it should be a beauty of a day.
The mountain is looking very inviting. :)
It might warm up a bit with the sun by this afternoon and by tomorrow hopefully we'll be back to snow falling and colder conditions. After that the next snow is due around Saturday.
Wednesday 14th February 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
Good morning from Naeba! After a mixed day of weather yesterday, the accumulation at the base was limited to just 1cm. This doesn't seem to do justice to the condition of the pistes today, where small powder stashes are dotted about the mountain, on the lee-side of tree patches and roll overs. The skies are clear this morning, and despite the cool air temperature of -9°C, it feels pleasantly warm in the sunshine. There is little wind to concern ourselves with. Tonight, we can expect some clouds to roll in, with the potential from further small accumulations.
Looking forwards, we have a mixed bag of weather coming up. The remainder of today will be warm and sunny, but by tomorrow the skies will have clouded over again. These are being brought in by a moderate wind, and cause the maximum air temperature to drop to comfortably below 0°C. On Friday, we will have another clearer block of cool air moving through, but the clouds will be back again by Saturday. Light to moderate snowfall is predicted over the weekend. Read more ...
Wednesday 14th February 2018, 8:24am
Sunny, blue sky
Morning from Madarao.
We're back to one of those blue sky mornings.
The snow yesterday didn't really amount to much and the resort is reporting 0cm this morning.
It is a cold start to the morning but it will be warming up a little during the daytime but we are expecting a return to colder conditions overnight and maybe some snowfall too.
There's a 'Valentines' event today from 1pm in Resthouse Heidi. Looks like there might be some prizes on offer as well as chocolate. So there you go, if you need some energy and are in the area...
Official snow depth: 230cm
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift Number 3A lift Super quad lift Number 11 lift Number 12 lift Number 13 lift Number 15 lift
Powder Wave I Powder Wave II River Line Free Ride Park Powder Theater Adventure Aisle Crystal Bowl Ninja Sawa Rabbit Kamoshika Bear
Planned nighta operations this season:
Every Saturday until 24th March 2018 11th February 2018 Read more ...
Wednesday 14th February 2018, 8:28am
Good morning from Grandeco.
Heavy snowfall for two days now and it's building up quickly and we are enjoying some excellent snow conditions - top powder season.
Most of the courses at Grandeco are groomed but if you are looking for fresh snow course, take that Number 4 lift and turn to the right when you get off for ungroomed goodness.
The snow park will be closed today due to the heavy snow as they deal with it.
Keep an eye on the forecast for what should be up next (button above or link below)
It's another good morning from here in Niseko, or technically... Kutchan. ;)
I have just measured 26cm of fresh snowfall this morning and nice big flakes of goodness are falling as I write this report. Even they look happy.
And I notice that todays haul takes my total observed snowfall for the season (from here at base) to over 10m. Hurray!
Conditions were excellent yesterday with some lovely deep conditions easily found. Visibility could certainly have been better but...
Remember, there's often (almost always?) going to be more snow on the mountain than I can report from base.
And the forecast is showing continued snowfall into next week. Looks like Niseko is delivering for the busy Chinese New Year period. (Though people wanting clear blue skies might get disappointed!)
I hope you can be here to enjoy this. I am going to get my gear on now and make my way to the lifts - might see some of you out there.
As of 8:30am it seems the top Jumbo lift at Annupuri is on hold due to wind. Other lifts currently opening as planned. May well change.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6.00am: -11°, 15cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -12°, 40cm new snow, major cornice and snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -15°, W18m/s, 40cm new snow, major snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -15°, strong wind to dawn, 40cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW14m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW14m/s, 1014hPa, wave 2.4m.
A strong westerly wind with snow blew until dawn causing new cornice and snow drift growth above 800m. The wind is starting to drop but is still strong above 1100m. New cornice and snowdrift growth is unstable and easily fractures. Avalanche risk continues to be high. Gate openings still undecided. Please listen to the patrols advice.
Today's avalanche risk is the same as yesterdays - High. Especially Osawa cornice face 1000m and Kozan no sawa around 1200m are dangerous. If gates do open, be wise about route choice, Do not stimulate cornices and knolls or traverse steep slopes. Most risks can be avoided be traveling on ridges and riding in forests. Be careful falling into cracks, they are everywhere and cannot be seen because they are covered in snow.
The slopes have been reset and the snow has good rebound. Visibility is also better than yesterday. Do not duck ropes and for everyone's safety please respect and follow Niseko Rules.
Wednesday 14th February 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts (apart from the Country Road Chair lift) should be operating
Official snow depth: - Top: 380cm - Base: 230cm
Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:
Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):
* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair * Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift * Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair Read more ...
Wednesday 14th February 2018, 8:36am
Sunny blue skies
Good morning from Hakuba.
It's a gorgeous morning here. Almost totally clear blue skies with just a bit of cloud hanging around the mountains.
The only fresh snow I can see being reported this morning is 2-3cm by Hakuba Cortina, though it was snowing during the day while I was out playing so it was at least going towards filling in tracks even if I'm not bringing you numbers. Really nice conditions yesterday and this morning should be excellent with a cold start and the sunny start to the day.
It is cold early morning but with the sun temperatures may well rise into low positive numbers this afternoon.
That's about it for now.
More snow tonight? Would be good.
Ski resort information on Wednesday 14th February 2018 (at time of writing):
Night time skiing (nighta) at resorts in the region - weather & conditions permitting The below 'nighta' information will not be updated every day - please check with resorts if you plan to go!
Hakuba Happo-one Daily from 5pm until 9pm in the Nakiyama 2 area Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen
Hakuba Goryu Daily from 6pm until 9:30pm in the Toomi area until 31st March The Sky Four quad operates daily; the Number 2 pair mostly on Saturdays and holidays Adults - 1,900 yen; children - 850 yen
Hakuba Cortina Daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays) Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen
Tsugaike Kogen Kane-no-naru-oka area from 6pm until 8:50pm on 3rd, 10th, 11th February Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 10th, 11th, 17th February; 3rd, 10th March Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen
There are no other nighta operations at other ski resorts in the region
There is no significant new snow to report this morning, merely a dusting over the roads. The wind has been gusting intermittently and it is currently whipping around moderately in the village. Overhead we have partially cloudy conditions with plenty of blue sky and lots of sunshine. Overall it looks like a great day as long as theat wind doesn't get any stronger. On trail conditions are packed and firm. Read more ...
Wednesday 14th February 2018, 12:28pm
Clear blue sky
Thanks to the team for picking up for me yesterday; don’t catch the current strain of influenza, it is not fun.
So reporting today from isolation here at the base of the mountain.
Sunny day with a steady southwest wind, as the freezing level heads up the mountain today. Won’t be up there too long, as we might have snow again from tomorrow. And will report earlier tomorrow!