Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 20th March 2018
Monday 16th March 2015, 7:50am
Bright but generally overcast
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Yesterday the sun was out and it was a lovely day. I don't know if it was just me but it kept relatively cold as well - certainly colder than we are expecting conditions to be over the coming days...
It's 5 degrees now with temperatures expected to rise to around 12C (or higher) during the day today. I suppose that will depend on the sun. Sunny conditions are forecast and it will very probably end up that way but for the moment while it is bright it is fairly overcast and some cloud.
Warm days are lined up for the whole week (warmer than today) and the main break in the mostly clear skies will probably be Thursday - when rain is forecast.
It's looking like you'll need less layers, sunglasses rather than goggles and sun protection this week. Expect spring snow conditions as well, with the usual spring thing that conditions will probably be better the higher you go.
Still spring brings with it a different kind of fun. Get into the mindset and enjoy it if you can. And there's still a chance of more snow, just think of it as a real bonus if it happens.
Last month NASPA Ski Garden announced two extra weekends to their season; it will be interesting to see if other resorts do similar...
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 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning) Naeba: Every day until 29th March (until 9pm) All night on 14th March (10pm until 6am)
Planned closing dates for resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region Information as currently available and of course subject to change depending on conditions.
Open until Saturday March 28th:
Open until Sunday March 29th:
- Ishiuchi Hanaoka (open on March 27th, 28th, 29th) - Itsukamachi - Muikamachi Hakkaisan - Muikamachi Ski Resort
Ah it's Monday once again. The good thing about Mondays is that things get much quieter. Now we are into mid March there's noticeably less people around on weekday in particular...
OK so no new snow as expected and also as expected it is a fine and mild-warm start to the day... and going to warm up and might approach 10 degrees later. Blue skies and some very thin cloud around, but the sun shining through and sun is what we expect from the day.
Pretty much that is what is forecast for the next few days, getting progressively a bit warmer each day. Around Thursday rain is forecast and with the freezing level at over 3000m, rain is what will be happening up top as well not just in the village.
There are signs that it will cool down again come the weekend and perhaps even some prospect of snowfall, on upper slopes at least. Something to look forward to.
In the meantime, spring weather in Nozawa!
Fresh snow to report since yesterday (reported by resort):
Hello once again on this generally overcast and cloudy Monday morning. Just a very slight dusting but no new cm of snow.
There's no snowfall expected over the coming week with generally warm early spring like weather dominating. Perhaps a bit of rain at times but hopefully if that happens it won't be long lasting.
I don't have much else to report really. Moderate wind expected for the day though resorts appear to be going to open as normal this morning with the possible exception of the top lift at Niseko Village.
Over 7 weeks to go! Will we get more snow? I was just looking back over the Niseko Now reports from last season and noticed that we did get snowfall in the second half of March and the last snowfall that I recorded here at base was actually on 11th April. Not a huge amount of course, but we're very probably not finished with the fresh snow yet.
You can of course read through the archives from last season, and indeed going back much further, from the links that you will find at the bottom of this page.
Have a good day wherever you are.
Resort specific news as of 8:20am - subject to change during the day
Niseko base 6am: -2C, trace new snow. Moiwa 800m: not available. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 330cm. Hirafu 1000m: Bad visibility, -4C. Annupuri peak 1308m: not available. Cape Benkei: W6m/s, Cape Kamui: SW17m/s, pressure 1019hPa, wave 1.4m.
We currently on north side of high pressure system and SW wind is moderatly strong. Above 800m there is poor visibility and there is trace of new snow. General avalanche risk is low. All peak gates are expected to be open. The risk of full depth avalanche is increasing in places like Osawa, Kozan no sawa, West side Annupuri, around 1100m. These places have thick heavy snowdrifts that may collapse and propagate fractures to ground level. To avoid accidents ride valley bottoms under these locations and also Mikaeri bowl and Moiwa bowl. In Niseko your freedom to ride out of bounds is protected by Niseko Rules. These rules were put in place to try and minimise avalanche accidents. The number of cases, besides avalanches, where the patrol have to rescue people is increasing. Last night the Mountain Rescue Team had to go and search for lost skiers near Goshiki Onsen. If the number people are entering the mountains without considering the dangers increases, we worry that more of these situations will occur, and soon someone wont be so lucky to be rescued uninjured. Make prudent decisions.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 500cm Base - 185cm
Niseko Village: Top - 320cm Base - 180cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 420cm Base - 220cm
Night skiing will continue until Sunday 22nd March. Lifts open for night skiing:
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
Niseko Village Community Chair and Banzai Chair
Niseko Annupuri Jumbo Number 1 Quad
Floodlit night operations are due to continue until Sunday 22nd March.
A fine day yesterday, thin cloud started forming around the middle of the day and eventually ended the day with overcast but bright conditions.
This morning the sun is out again, bit hazy to start off with but fine and sunny weather conditions are forecast for the day. And of course we are expecting temperatures to rise as well into double digits this afternoon.
The next few days still forecast to be a bit warmer still as those spring conditions take over from the winter we had last week. Look out for rain on Thursday, even up on the resort upper areas.
In some resort news, the Tsugaike Ropeway (along with the helicopter ski and snowboard service, I do believe) is now open for the spring season! They planned to have it open from Saturday but didn't due to all of the snow of last week and preparing things. But it's open now. For those of you who don't know, it's up at the top of the resort and only opens (for skiing/snowboarding) in the spring season.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Monday 16th March 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm. Hakuba Happo-one: Nakiyama area every day until 22nd March. 5pm until 9pm. Hakuba Cortina: Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm. Tsugaike Kogen: Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm. Read more ...
Monday 16th March 2015, 8:58am
Blue skies, partly cloudy
Yesterday was a beautiful day with clear blue skies and the sun warming things up. Still, some very good ice-monster sights still to be seen higher up on the mountain thanks to the snow we got last week.
This morning the sun is out again, it's nice and clear - just some cloud - and no wind that I can feel.
Another great morning, bonus being that it is much quieter than the weekend.
More of the same with warmer still temperatures through Wednesday, while we are being threatened by rain on Thursday.
From Saturday 21st March it's officially "spring season" in terms of lift ticket prices - which are cheaper (by around 800 yen depending on the ticket) from that day.
Zao Onsen is generally open as planned (* note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).
Current night skiing operations at Zao:
Uwanodai area: Daily until 22nd March Open from 5pm until 9pm. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 16th March 2015, 9:01am
Fine, bit hazy
It's a calm and fine morning here.
Things warmed up a bit yesterday giving us some fairly heavy snow conditions out there, but the good weather probably made up for that for many people.
Shiga Kogen folk talking of 'kyaku panda' (reverse panda), referring to sunburnt faces and white where the googles have been. Always find that term quite funny.
More of the same today and tomorrow. Wednesday into Thursday will remain warm but unfortunately right now rain is on the forecast.
Is that snow I see lined up for the weekend? It might well be!
Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:
Sun Valley: Every Saturday until March 21st
Ichinose Family: Every day until March 29th
Ichinose Diamond: Every Saturday until March 28th
Kumanoyu: Every Saturday until March 28th
PLANNED RESORT CLOSING DATES
Open until Tuesday 31st March
Hasuike Kidoike Nishitateyama
At least part open until Wednesday April 1st
Maruike: Number 2 pair lift open until March 31st, Number 1 triple lift open until April 1st)
At least part open until Sunday April 5th
Bunadaira: The Bunadaira quad lift will be open until March 29th; the quad open until April 5th
Sun Valley: The Housaka Number 3 lift will be open until March 31st
At least part open until Sunday April 12th
Ichinose Yamanokami: Open daily until April 5th and then open on April 11th and 12th
At least part open until Wednesday May 6th
Ichinose Diamond: The Diamond triple lift will be open until April 3rd. The Diamond quad lift will be open until March 31st, and then open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th.
Ichinose Family: The Ichinose Number 3 quad will be open until 29th March. The Ichinose Quad and Ichinose Number 2B pair lifts will be open daily until May 6th.
Takamagahara Mammoth: The Takamagahara Number 3 pair lift will be open until March 31st. The Takamagahara Number 2 triple lift will be open until April 5th. The Takamagahara Quad will be open daily until April 12th, and then open on April 18th, 19th, and from April 25th until May 6th.
Okushiga Kogen: The Okushiga Number 6 lift will be open until March 31st. The Okushiga Number 1 pair lift will be open until April 5th. The Okushiga Number 4 pair lift will be open until April 5th, and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th. The Okushiga Number 2 pair lift and Okushiga Number 3 pair lift and Gondola will all be open daily until May 6th.
Tannenomori Okujo: Open daily until April 5th; and then on April 11th, 12th and April 25th until May 6th
Terakoya: Both lifts open daily until March 31st. After that, they will be open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th
Yakebitaiyama: Open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th The Yakebitaiyama Gondola will run until April 5th.
Beyond Wednesday 6th May
Kumanoyu: Kumanoyu Number 3 quad open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and April 25th until May 6th Kumanoyu Number 1 and 2 pair lifts open until May 6th and beyond
Yokoteyama-Shibutoge: Probably open until at least the end of May Read more ...
Monday 16th March 2015, 9:01am
Mostly clear and sunny
Another fine and warm day today. And tomorrow. And Wednesday too probably. Maybe rain on Thursday (noooo!).
It might well cool down though at the end of the week and some forecasts even tell stories of snow to fall as well. Bit ahead of ourselves there, but it would of course be great if we got another cold snap and freshen up for the weekend.
In the meantime, let's spring skiing or snowboarding!
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.
Last night skiing of the season on Saturday 21st March.
Overcast skies sit above the resort this morning with no sun to be seen. The temperatures are pretty mild and will rise well above zero today. The mild weather will stay at least for the next few days and the sun should appear from Wednesday onwards, but there is no significant snow on the radar this week. Snow conditions will be best on the upper half of the mountain with the lower slopes transforming to soft spring conditions by mid morning. All lifts are open today now that the ski competitions have finished. Read more ...
Monday 16th March 2015, 9:47am
Sunny, bit hazy
Good morning everyone.
It is a beautiful day today, with virtually no wind and not a cloud in the sky, though somewhat hazy.
The temperature is already very mild, with it looking like it will get up to an high of 5 degrees today.
We have no new snow to report from last night.
Warm conditions expected for the week.
The Dragondola over to Tashiro and the Kagura area is open as normal.
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 280cm Kagura: 370cm
(One day... they might change!)
0cm Naeba 0cm Kagura
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 ...
Monday 16th March 2015, 10:19am
High thin clouds, but sunny
It's sunny again today, although with some high clouds that hint at the warming weather (and rain later) that is coming.
It's already warm today (ignore those resorts giving you minus figures, unless they're up high on the hill). I think we can say that spring is here.
Kind of looking forward to it, actually; we won't have any light fluffy powder so we might as well think about that snow settling down for some nice, fun-skiing corn.
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 ...
Monday 16th March 2015, 13:07pm
Spring has definitely arrived to the mountains here in Minakami.
Temperatures are around 10C here at the base of Tanigawadake, no wind and since yesterday around noon, plenty of sun.
The snow in Hodaigi yesterday was nice, soft, Spring corn and conditions look good this week till Thursday when some significant rain is forecast to arrive. In the meantime, the snow is all still fresh and no gloves or hat needed to cruise around on piste.