Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 18th December 2017
Sunday 18th December 2011, 9:08am
Light snow, cloud
Morning. Well, we still have snow clouds around Madarao though nothing as impressive as yesterdays news to report this morning... some thing more normal sounding today with perhaps 15cm or so of snow since yesterdays report. Difficult to say in these circumstances. The resort is running the same No1 and No2 lifts today, perhaps a bit surprising that more hasn't opened up but that will surely come quite soon.
Light snow is forecast for the day and it may well remain 'easy to snow' over the next few days, followed by a milder period mid-week and then more possibly heavy snowfall later in the week. With the snow base gradually building up, hopefully by Christmas at the latest everything will be operating.
Lifts currently operating: Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift (subject to change depending on conditions)
This morning the resorts are reporting no new snow overnight, but there was definitely more snow falling during the daytime yesterday so I'm going to go and put 10cm there in the 'observed' box above. Sorry if it looks perhaps confusing!
Light snow is falling at the moment and while there is a lot of cloud around visibility is fair out there by the looks. You'll need to be wrapped up good though as it is a cold morning, -7 degrees at base. Brrrrrr, indeed.
Here in Naeba the resort plans to open the Downhill course for the first time this season from 10am this morning so that should connect the top with the bottom and you won't need to get the Gondola back down.
Snow will probably continue for the day, though not heavy snow conditions, then Monday night and Thursday night into Friday are looking promising for decent snowfalls and so with that snow we can surely expect Naeba to keep on opening up more terrain.
Resort Operations, 18th Dec (subject to change) Naeba: No4 and No5 courses near base, Takenokodaira, Daishamen and Downhill courses Kagura: All areas open apart from Mitsumata downhill course (down to Ropeway base) and Dragondola connecting area at Tashiro.
That snow hit the spot. Great day yesterday with snow showers throughout the day. The other resorts scheduled for a December 17 opening had a look outside their front door, saw the snow piled up and decided to come to the party today. Okutone and Norn have both opened.
Little bit more snow overnight and it is lightly snowing now. It is cold and the snow conditions are just about perfect with dry, light fluffy stuff all around Read more ...
Sunday 18th December 2011, 9:28am
Good news friends - we awoke today to more snow. It snowed about 7cms in the village overnight and it is still snowing lightly this morning. We are hoping that this snow continues all day long and does not relent until the snow base is deep enough to ski right to the bottom of the resorts! It is not too cold outside today (-1C) and the snow at the village base is quite moist right at the moment, but hey at this stage we will take any snow whatsoever!
The snow conditions on the resorts today will be powder and packed powder on most runs and some moguls on steeper sections. Also watch out for icy sections too as where many skiers and boarders are funneled onto limited terrain it can get pretty hard-packed. Still take care going off piste as there are natural hazards in the trees. We are slowly adding to the base on the upper mountain but shallow snowpack may look tempting to blast through but branches, rocks and things might still be lurking under the snow.
As of today not all the runs are open here on the resorts in Hakuba still (see below) as we don't have enough base to open the to the bottom yet. It is looking like Monday might be a good day for a medium sized dump, then from Thursday onwards it is forecasted to get very cold and more flurries to roll in. Lets keep praying for the big snowfalls to arrive and make it a full-on winter wonderland in time for Christmas.
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 18th December 2011 AM: Especially in this early season period please note that conditions can change quickly - resort operations as well as the weather, as resorts try to get as much open as possible. So please keep that in mind.
Hakuba Goryu: Ski lifts/courses: Telecabin (gondola); Alps Daira No1 pair lift; Alps Daira No3 pair lift. The Milky Four lift opens today on the Iimori area. There's enough snow now up at the top of the resort for all of the runs up there to be open. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 80cm; Toomi - 30cm; Iimori - 30cm.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 are reporting 20cm of fresh snow overnight at the resort. Ski lifts/courses: Gondola (to get people to Line 8), Line A, Line C and Line E lifts operating. All course apart from Line 7, the lower part of Line 1 and the DBD Kamoshika areas are open. Official snow depth: Upper - 90cm Lower - 20cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: The Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Panorama pair lift and Gondola are operating today. Official snow depth: Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 60cm; Sakka - 30cm; Nakiyama - 20cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: Ski lifts/courses: Han-no-ki high speed pair lift (access via Gondola) and Tsuga No2 pair lifts are operating. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 70cm
Hakuba Cortina: The resort is reporting 5-10cm of fresh snow since yesterday. Ski lifts/courses: Number 2 quad and Number 4 pair lifts operating. Official snow depth: Upper - 95cm Lower - 50cm
Hakuba Iwatake: Iwatake will open as soon as there is enough snow.
Hakuba Sanosaka: Sanosaka plans to open for the season on 23rd December
Hakuba Minekata: Minekata plans to open for the season on 23rd December Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 18th December 2011, 9:30am
Light snow, cloud
The snow has continued falling here, perhaps 10cm or so on the ground since yesterday. Yakebitaiyama has increased it's snow depth by 15cm while the other resorts open have not updated theirs at all (perhaps Yakebi was just catching up on what happened the day before?) Anyway it is snowing lightly now.
If you take a look at the Yokoteyama webcam (see the Webcam Center in the Daily Reports section of SnowJapan) you'll see a very promosing scene of trees laden with snow and looking almost monster-ish. The continued cold temperatures are helping that of course and, well, we just want more!
This morning Okushiga Kogen has got the Gondola moving as well as two pair lifts and Ichinose Diamond's quad lift is also operating. Mammoth are now also running their quad lift as well as the triple lift. Sun Valley have also part opened up with their quad lift operating.
So the Shiga Kogen area is gradually opening up more, but it's still limited and not big amounts of snow.
The week ahead looks like it will stay very cold, in some areas it may not get warmer than minus double digits for the whole week. Light snow is forecast for the day here, with a chance of a more moderate snowfall coming Monday night into Tuesday. Late in the week is looking good too.
Let's hope Santa brings with him the snow for all of Shiga Kogen to be open by this time next week.
Resorts part open [18th Dec 11]: Takamagahara Mammoth - one triple lift, one quad lift Ichinose Family - two pair lifts Ichinose Diamond - one quad lift Yakebitaiyama - one pair lift, one quad lift Okushiga Kogen - gondola and two pair lifts Kumanoyu - one pair lift Yokoteyama - two pair lifts, one triple lift, one single lift (Higashiyama gondola operating and part of Terakoya open for pole training) Read more ...
Sunday 18th December 2011, 10:17am
Light snow, cloud
The snow clouds remain over Yuzawa and after the excitement of seeing all of that snow yesterday morning it's not quite as exciting this morning! We have probably seen 15cm or so of new snow since the report yesterday I would say so it has been coming down steadily and that is what it is still doing now. Fairly wet snow actually at the moment. Similar conditions will continue through until perhaps Tuesday. Looks like it might get a bit milder after that before more snowfall - potentially decent snowfall back around Thursday. That's how the forecast looks right now anyway.
It is currently about 2 degrees in town and so not feeling too cold actually.
This morning a few more resorts open as well as more lifts moving at the resorts that were previously open. Kandatsu Kogen and Centleisure Maiko open today for the first time. Over at Maiko, it's just the Okusoechi area that is open and so the Gondola is operating just to get people up and down from there (ie. you can't ski back down). Joetsu Kokusai are doing something similar with two quads getting you up to the Panorama area where two pair lifts are servicing the runs that are open up there.
GALA Yuzawa has both the Central and Northern areas of the resort now open.
Iwappara have their Chuo quad moving this morning as well.
Ishiuchi Maruyama has opened up more this morning with parts of each of the main areas now open. Actually a fair section of the resort is open but the Hatsukaishi area is not connected with the Chuo and Kanko areas yet so keep that in mind of you are there.
Resorts operations and (official) snow depths, 18th Dec 11
Mt Naeba (60cm): Some lower and upper lifts operating - today the Downhill course opens
Kagura (120cm): Almost all of the resort is open
GALA Yuzawa (100cm): The South and North areas are now open.
More lifts opening up now at Zao, including the Kurohime and Omori quads. In fact right now it's more a case of 'which lifts are not moving?', than 'which are moving?' Basically the Uwanodai area seems to have the least snow at the moment and there's and apart from the Onsen lifts over there, they are waiting for more snow to open up. Otherwise, most other lifts and terrain are now opening up - though still be aware that snow is not that deep yet and there may be sections of courses that are closed off still. There's certainly a decent amount of terrain open now though.
While there is no change in the official snow depth data put out there by the resorts, we definitely have had a slight snowfall since yesterday - I'd say 5cm or so - but of course that gets packed down and doesn't always get reflected in those numbers.
It's a cold morning, around -5 degrees in the village. There's just a slight wind, and the mountain is once again hidden in clouds and fog.
Lots of snowmen on the forecast for the week with the only time they seem to be missing around Wednesday/Thursday, but it should be snowing once again by the end of the week.
Operating lifts (18th Dec '11) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway); 18 ski lifts in total operating; Most areas are now are mostly open with the Omori, Kurohima and Astraea areas opening up. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 18th December 2011, 11:18am
Dumping heavy snow
The good times just keep rolling here in Nozawa Onsen. After a brief break in the snow last night with clear skies and lots of stars we awoke this morning to snow falling consistently again in the Village.
The resort is reporting 5cm of fresh snow has fallen up top this morning and with temps at – 6 degrees conditions should be terrific. A lot more of the resort is open this morning and can now ski top to bottom on the Hikage side of the resort down the Beginner Rinkan course or Forest Trail and Challenger slopes. So can cruise down for about an 8 km run top to bottom
Today is Kids ski free day so there is sure to be lots of little speedsters flying by enjoying their first ski of the season.
The outlook for Nozawa is basically white with snow forecast for the rest of the day and then heavy snow due tomorrow night. We should now hopefully be set for the season.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Current Lift operations: Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko quads Uenotaira quad
Current courses open: Uenotaira (2000m) Paradise Yunomine Yamabiko A (1300m) Yamabiko B (800m) Yamabiko C (850m) Yamabiko D (1250m) Yamabiko E (1000m) Hikage Rinkan Course Buna Hayashi Challenger Schneider/Utopia Course
Yu Road is also open the moving walkway from the Village Read more ...
Sunday 18th December 2011, 12:02pm
strong wind, light snow through the morning, stopped as of 11.30
Another 15 to 20 cm of fresh overnight and through the morning observed on the ground. Apologies if this makes for boring reading every day but hang in there for at least a few more days as the forecast is for more of the same through the early part of next week. I'm sure you don't mind news of snow though...
This truly is turning into one of the best starts of the season in recent memory, lots of happy faces out there at the moment. Rode Strawberry fields, which opened yesterday, this morning and it was waist deep all the way down, and what's more hardly any other tracks at all. The very last of the sassa just poking through here and there, but it should be well covered in the next few days.
It is a couple of degrees warmer than yesterday today, and due to warm up a bit further through until Wednesday but still saying way below 0 at around -4 with not much let up in precipitation. Good times.
Just a bit of interesting data to share with you all. This month so far up until today, Kutchan has already received 194cm of snow. Last year the total for the month of December was 201cm and so with the snowy conditions that are continuing here we can probably expect the number to rise above last years number very soon. Historically there have been a fair few years when that number as been over 300cm, even over 400cm. So let's hope this year may be one of those. Looking back further, it looks like in 1969 a whopping 587cm was recorded in Kutchan! My oh my!
Almost all of the mountain is now open with just a few exceptions and lift slowdowns from time to time due to conditions. Current lift operations at time of writing - as always, subject to change:
Hirafu: Hirafu family pair, Ace Quad, Ace Pair 3 and Hooded pair 3, swinging monkey and holiday pair running. Gondola also running and King 4
Annupuri: Gondola, jumbo quad and Pair 2 and Annupuri Pair 3 running. as well as slowed Jumbo pair 4
Niseko Village: Banzai, Mori no and Community chair and Gondola running and Wonderland Chair
Hanazono: Hanazono lift 1,2 and 3 running (3 slowed at time of writing)
Niseko base: -6℃, 30cm of new snowfall in the past 12 hours. Coastal data: WNW 13m/s wind and 2.2m wave height. Windspeed at the peak is stagnating around 15m/s NW. Heavy snowfall with moderate wind is persisting above 800m altitude and made snowdrifts to develop up to 150cm in leeward slopes. Dangers of surface slab avalanche of up to 80cm is present in 40°steep slopes under cornices. The bamboos are getting mostly covered and the snow is deep. Beware of hitting trees and losing skis. The gates will take a little more time before opening, please refrain from ducking ropes to access fresh tracks. Read more ...
Sunday 18th December 2011, 14:56pm
The really heavy snowfall may have stopped, but light snow continues to fall in Myoko today. And, as promised, Akakura Kanko and Myoko Ski Park—and, unexpectedly, part of Akakura Onsen— joined the open area this morning—nice to see a little line in front of the Sky Cable Gondola this morning around 10am. And happy faces, too. It's also nice that, from zero a few days ago, there's enough snow so you can ski all the way down to the base and back onto the gondola. Nice.... And in a Snow Japan exclusive (your reporter bravely engaging a manager in conversation) the Champion side should be open shortly, too.
Looks like lots of days of light snow ahead, with a little heavier stuff coming just before Christmas. No complaints here... glad the areas are getting up and going pretty much on schedule.
Current Official Snow Depths/Operating Condition:
Akakura Onsen: 115cm; part of Kumado opened earlier than expected
Akakan (Akakura Kanko): 110cm; Sky Cable and 2 Hotel side lifts open.
Ikenotaira: NR; scheduled opening Dec. 23
Myoko Suginohara: NR; scheduled opening Dec. 23
Seki Onsen: NR; scheduled opening Dec. 21
Myoko Ski Park: 90cm; opened today
Kyukamura: NR; scheduled opening Dec. 23
Tangram: 60cm; limited courses open; snowmobile rides from today
Another beautiful day here in Furano. The sun found a way to break through the clouds during the afternoon, and made the -5 air temperatures feel that much warmer. A few snow showers passed through overnight and into the morning, touching up the edges of the runs and making the day that much more enjoyable. The forecast for tonight and tomorrow calls for a bit of snow during the early morning, which means more snow shoveling for everyone. I think by now we are all used to it. Things should be a lot like today, with highs in the minus single digits and snow off and on throughout the day; classic Furano weather. Read more ...