In the Uwanodai area: Daily until Sunday 4th March 2018 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018
In the Yokokura area: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until Sunday 18th February 2018 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 2nd March until Sunday 11th March 2018
Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates:
January 2018: 20th-21st, 27th-31st February 2018: every day March 2018: 1st-4th Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 17th January 2018, 7:30am
Morning from Nozawa.
After the fine weather of the last few, today isn't going to be as nice.
In fact there are some spots of rain early morning - as can be seen on one of the base webcam images below - and rain is indeed still forecast for the day today. A high of around +6C is expected in the village today.
What we can hope for today and tomorrow is snow higher up and as little rain as possible please.
I'll update you again tomorrow of course.
Wednesday 17th January 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
Not the best of mornings though, I'm afraid. There has been some light rain early on - though it was holding off as I went outside just now - and as expected the chance of rain falling is going to loom over us today and tomorrow as temperatures rise to 8C and possibly even a little more in town.
Limited visibility on mountain by the looks of the webcams as we approach 8am.
Hopefully, we can get some snow out of this at higher elevations. All fingers crossed.
It's good to see some moderate-heavy snow now appearing on the forecast for early next week. We'll be in need of it to fresh things up.
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC exit (Route 17).
Just about 1cm of fresh snow to be able to report to you this morning. That's not particularly exciting but the weather conditions today should score some extra points - it seems calm and the sun is out looking out from the resort. Still a lot of cloud above the upper parts of the mountain but perhaps conditions will clear up more; I suspect they will.
It is colder this morning as well and so rather icy out there.
The forecast looks nice and promising at the end of the week and into next week so we should hopefully be getting a good old full-on reset soon.
I have recorded 99cm of snowfall in January up until today. That's less than quarter of the snowfall I measured during the full month of December, so a noticeable slowdown. It was always going to be difficult to keep up that pace. But anyway a second half of January that is more December than the first half would be very nice. Onegai shimasu!
The isobars are spread out and the weather is calm over the Mountains and Seas. No snow clouds are present over the Sea of Japan and snowfall on the Niseko range is scarce. No notable development of snowdrifts and cornices as the wind remained calm. According to the observations, the general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are expected to open from the morning. Ask for the patrol’s advice, be prepared for backcountry touring and always use the gates to step out of bounds.
Resort accessible areas are mostly tracked out. Beware of hidden bushes in the tree-runs. Mountains are never 100% safe. Be cautious at all times. The groomers conditions are wonderful this morning. Do not enter the strictly off limits areas such as Haru no Taki to seek fresh snow. Violators will be severely punished. Have a wonderful day.
Wednesday 17th January 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts apart from King Number 2 should be operating - 'Early Morning' services from 8:00am until 8:20am (Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift). Until 28th January. 500 yen special ticket required.
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair lift should be operating - 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola). January 20th-21st, 27th-28th; February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.
Official snow depth: - Top: 270cm - Base: 180cm
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, Banzai Chair Read more ...
Wednesday 17th January 2018, 8:43am
Good morning from Madarao.
Lovely weather yesterday with blue sky, sunshine and some wispy clouds.
Rain is never nice to report in winter, but sadly - and as expected - that is what is happening this morning.
I'll keep it short in protest.
Fingers firmly crossed we might get some fresh snow out of this by tomorrow morning.
Official snow depth: 170cm
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 Free Ride Park Powder Theater Adventure Aisle Crystal Bowl Ninja Sawa Rabbit Kamoshika Bear
Kids Park Snow Mobile Land
Planned nighta operations this season:
11th February 2018 Every Saturday between 4th January and 24th March 2018 Read more ...
Wednesday 17th January 2018, 8:44am
Good morning from a slightly damp Naeba! Sadly, the clouds have rolled in but the temperature hasn't dropped sufficiently for us to get any snow. It's currently raining very lightly, making the pistes very spring-like. The air temperature is comfortably above 0°C and we should expect it to remain here until at least Thursday afternoon. The light is very flat today as a product of the high, moist clouds.
Looking forwards, we should expect the temperature to drop below 0°C again on Friday, and remain just below freezing into early next week. The wind is expected to remain light for the foreseeable future, meaning we have a short wait for the next storm system to blow through. Just popped up on the horizon is the next potential snow storm, with the forecast currently suggesting heavy snow on Monday. Keep your fingers crossed!
Well, the feeling is there! But it's not a particularly good morning... rather, it's raining down here at base.
It is trying to snow and in places around base wet snow is actually happening now. With temperatures set to rise a bit though, not sure if that can last.
I see that Happo are reporting 5cm of fresh snow at the top of the Adam gondola. No other resorts appear to be reporting fresh and there's none down at base. But snow does seem to be falling at higher elevations and we are still hopeful of some fresh numbers to report from the slopes tomorrow morning. Let's see.
Limited visibility in places too early on and these conditions may well affect some course/lift openings.
In the meantime I think more than a few people might take a day off today and either soak in an onsen or do some other 'cultural stuff'! That does mean of course that if you want to brave the conditions the slopes should be rather quiet.
Ski resort information on Wednesday 17th January 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 20th, 27th January; 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 Read more ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Wednesday 17th January 2018, 8:54am
It was a mild day yesterday, partly cloudy on the mountain with temps hovering just above zero and some snow falling lightly into the evening. Today, overcast again with some light snow into this afternoon, then a chance of some heavy snow into this evening. We’re looking at just over 10cm of snow, but there's a chance of a couple mm of rain before we get it.
Tops of 3 degrees for this morning but those temps should drop as the day goes on. Little to no winds and good visibility.
Zones open include Summit, Rabbit, Beech & Stream. At this stage Shooter will remain closed until the main gondola is open.
News on Main Gondola:
At this time unfortunately the Main Gondola (Gondola 1) is closed for repair. The resort is working on the repairs, but it will require the next few weeks until it is back in operation. They estimate late January, early February for it to be back in action.
Official snow depths:
Top: 315cm Base: 230cm
Nighta skiing operations are planned at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018. Read more ...
Wednesday 17th January 2018, 8:57am
The warming began yesterday with what was pretty nice snow getting just a little heavier by mid-morning.
By yesterday afternoon, the fluffy white stuff was starting to look rather tired in the valleys and this morning, we have temps firmly above zero and the snow looks a bit grim. It is lightly precipitating and its rain but the volume is negligible. No need for a jacket etc.
The forecast is for this warm weather to continue throughout the day and some significant rain is expected this evening. The mountain forecast is for this rain to turn to snow sometime tonight and it looks like a reasonable amount at the top of Tenjin (1500m) but a small amount at the base. Last time rain was forecast we dodged the bullet so fingers crossed we do so again.
The longer term forecast is for a small snow tomorrow night, then clear through Monday and then some decent snow for a spell.
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 ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Wednesday 17th January 2018, 9:05am
Hello from Appi,
Cloudy skies today and a lot of fog on the mountain. Don’t let that hold you back though as we have 15cm of fresh snow up there and very few people at the resort. If you’re heading up you’ll be guaranteed a great day.
Warmer temperatures today with clouds until tomorrow morning when we’ll see a drop in temperature and a little sunshine.
Perhaps some snow this evening and a smattering throughout the rest of the week and into the weekend.
Planned lift operations (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 5 lift - Central number 6 lift - Sailer quad - Nishimori lift
Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays
A nice day by the fire... a cup of coffee... a good book... monkeys stewing in a hot spring.
Pick your preferred non-ski activity and this might be the morning to do it. It’s not nice out there - but this wasn't unexpected. The good thing is that snow does seem to be falling at the top of the hill, and the forecast for later in the day/evening is for snow. The one thing everyone around here agrees on is how strange it is to have rain in January, and to have the freezing level move so high during the early season. It’s going back down from today, but still hanging between 500 and 1000 meters. All good, as long as it means snow not rain.
There has been a dusting of snow overnight and on the slopes this fresh layer is sitting on top of the grooming. The ski area is very very quiet this morning apart from some large Japanese school groups on the leaners slopes. Today will again be a warm day topping out at -2c, but with plenty of sun around there will be melt on roads and roofs. The forecast is showing continuous light snow from Thursday onwards. Read more ...