Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 20th March 2018
Saturday 19th December 2009, 8:38am
Epic. Cold, light snow fell all through the day yesterday and through the night. We now have an official base figure from the resorts—120cm.
Snow is still falling this morning, and while winds overnight packed the snow a bit, it's fairly light. It's warmer today than yesterday, when it was around -3° at base, so some soft hail/graupel was falling at daybreak; it's now turned to light flakes.
The forecast is for two more days of snow, meaning it most definitely be a white Christmas.
Another beautiful snowy morning here in Nozawa. Currently there is 110cm at the summit, 100cm at Uenotaira, and at least 50cm in the village itself! Temperatures are quite cold; -10C at Yamabiko and -4C at Nagasaka. Winds are Moderate. Visibility at the summit is poor.
Yesterday was a great day! It just snowed and snowed and snowed. So we really do have the start to the season we need , if a little late.
The outlook is for snow to continue to fall lightly today and tomorrow but to fall heavily again tomorrow night. Tuesday we may see some clear sky.
I would say that I had to move about 30cm off the car this morning. Different numbers, but there're all big. The very good news is that the snow is continuing to fall and looks set to continue all through today and possibly tomorrow as well, though it does seem that the peak might have been last night/this morning.
Lots of resorts are opening up today, and here's the latest we could fine:
Kagura - pretty much fully open (including Mitsumata and Tashiro) Naeba - both gondolas, 2 quads, 2 pairs operating GALA Yuzawa - central area open, north area open soon Kandatsu Kogen - part open Yuzawa Kogen - Kogen area open (not Nunoba) Kayama Captain Coast - open (lifts are free!) Iwappara - open from this afternoon (lifts are free!) Yuzawa Park - part open Ludens Yuzawa - 2 lifts operating Ishiuchi Maruyama - part open Centleisure Maiko - part open Joetsu Kokusai - part open
NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa Nakazato are currently planning to open up tomorrow.
As you can see, a lot can change in just 1 day!
It's a cold morning as you might expect and the snow is coming down, so come prepared.
Official resort snow depths @ 19th Dec 09, AM: Mt Naeba: 80cm Kagura: 120cm GALA Yuzawa: 100cm Pine Ridge Resorts Kandatsu: 90cm NASPA Ski Garden: 120cm Iwappara: 70cm Yuzawa Kogen: 70cm Nunoba: 50cm Yuzawa Park: 90cm Yuzawa Nakazato: 50cm Kayama Captain Coast: 70cm Read more ...
Saturday 19th December 2009, 9:27am
Because Switzerland's St Moritz is the sister city/resort of Niseko, alpenhorns can be heard playing in Hirafu a 6am and 6pm each day. Well it seemed last night that the alpine overlord himself, Heinrich Von Dumpenhousen, was here to play because right on six the heavens opened up releasing copious amounts of the light, dry white stuff.
It even cleared slightly this morning and those getting first tracks would have done so with sunlight gleaming off the new snow. It's mostly cloudy and snowing again currently though. We had about another 50cm of snow overnight and in places it may actually almost be getting too deep out there if that's possible. You certainly don't want to find yourself stopped on a flat section off-piste or you'll be attempting to swim your way out.
It appears the Hirafu guys couldn't be bothered updating snowdepths this morning as they are unchanged from yesterday currently but who can blame them? They're probably up to their armpits getting first tracks off Super Ridge. I'm pretty sure it will have smashed through the 2m mark up top though.
The King #4 lift has opened for the first time this season and although the summit gates won't be opened just yet this still gives you access to some previously untouched terrain.
Overall epic conditions out there for so early in the season. Even the gods themselves are probably considering taking on mortal flesh to come and enjoy all this goodness. If you're not here now, well you should be!
I bring good news - most of Zao is now open! There are a few areas and one or two lifts that are not yet moving but generally most of the mountain is now skiable - and on some very fine snow as well. It's still not mid-season deep but the last few days has seen enough to allow the runs to be open and as I mentioned the quality of snow is good.
The snow is still coming down though visibility is fair, and should continue into tomorrow as well. It's also Zao-like cold with temperatures down to -10 on the mountain. A good day to ride on the mountain and then heat up in the onsen later on.
Longer range, the snow clouds seem set to be over Zao for the next few days perhaps until around Wednesday so each day should see a topup keeping conditions good. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 19th December 2009, 9:45am
Winter has really arrived in the last few days and this morning sees large parts of Shiga Kogen open. It's a very cold and snowy morning, -10 degrees in Maruike, and the snow is coming down. I'd say there has been about 20cm or so since yesterdays report.
It's probably easier now to let you know which resort areas are not open. Those are Giant, Higashitateyama, Terakoya - all planning to open on 23rd December - and Shibutoge (unconfirmed but they surely have enough snow up there).
All of the other main resorts are now at least part open and while Shiga Kogen isn't fully connected up yet with all courses open, much larger areas are now available.
Just a note about the "official" snow depths that will appear here from today. They are the numbers that the resorts are officially releasing. There will be times when they don't add up to how much snow I report in my text. Please keep that in mind. For example, today Yokoteyama have 30cm as their snow depth but that seems way too low in my opinion. The thing that matters is that there has been snow and the resort is open!
Official resort snow depths as of 19th December 09:
60cm at Kagura. 50cm at Mitsumata. 40cm at Tashiro. And I'd say perhaps 30cm or so down in the village. Lovely.
It's a mid-winters morning in the region, very cold and the snow is still coming down and should be for the day and tomorrow too.
The whole of the Kagura area is now pretty much open - from Tashiro to Mitsumata - though the Dragondola doesn't open up connecting them to Naeba yet.
Over at Naeba both of the gondolas are operating and a good part of the mountain is now open. If the snow continues as forecast we can probably expect the rest of the resort to open up fairly soon. Let it snow!
Huge amounts of snow has fallen since yesterday into the night and shows no time of stopping anytime soon. Hakuba is looking more like the winter with huge mounds of untouched snowfall everywhere you look in the village - and of course out on the mountains too. The groomers have been out all night and trying really hard to open more lifts and runs.
More resorts are quickly opening up more areas of their mountain for people to enjoy this new snow.
At Hakuba 47 basically the whole resort is now open with all courses skiable.
At Goryu, the Telecabin and Alps No 1 and No 3 pair lifts as well as the Sky Four and No 1 pair in the Toomi area and the Milky 4 and No 1 pair in the No 6 pair in Iimori with the Cosmo 4 planning to be open tomorrow.
Happo has more of the mountain open this morning with other courses on the resort currently being prepared to open as soon as possible. Early on courses open are the upper part of the mountain - Usagidaira, Panorama and Kurobishi - being serviced by the Gondola, Hakuba Kokusai No 3 pair lift, Panorama pair lift, Alpen quad and Kurobishi No 2 quad lifts.
At Hakuba Iwatake the Gondola as well as Kamoshika No 4 pair, Iwatake No 4 pair and Iwatake No 5 quad are operating.
The forecast is still looking good for more heavy snowfall from now until Monday morning. With this snowfall the resorts should be close fully operational after the weekend.
Over 60cm of fresh snow at the valley level in Minakami this morning with up to 100cm recorded at Tenjindaira. The snow is forecast to continue through to this afternoon then give way to a cloudy but cool night. Sunday looks like the sun may show itself briefly with temperatures rising to 1-2 deg C. This will be good for packing down the current snow and cresting a solid base.
More snow forecast for Monday, so all resorts in Minakami should be open from Tuesday onwards. Wednesday could be a good day to get out on the slopes and test your gear and fitness for the season. Remember to do some warm up stretches!
It's a beautiful day for skiing here in Furano! A fairly significant snowfall overnight into this morning left us with about 7cm of very fine powder down here in the town, bringing the base up on the mountain to a hefty 90cm, topped by an excellent layer of very skiable snow. The clouds, along with the flurries, have tapered off for the last two hours now, leaving a mostly clear sky with plenty of sunshine all around, adding a nice contrast to the fairly chilly temperatures we've been dealing with as of late. If you're going to hit the ski slope today, it might be a good idea to take some googles. The Kitanomine side of things still hasn't opened yet, but i have noticed a lot more visitors beginning to wander through the village as of late, so it won't be too long before ski season is in full swing. For you early birds out there, I will see you on the mountain. Read more ...