Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 20th January 2018
Thursday 19th December 2013, 8:14am
Well to start with this morning it is just and overcast kind of cloudy again. No new snow to report in town or up at the high points of Kagura. It's actually relatively mild - plus three here in town and even Kagura are reporting a temperature hovering around zero. I get the feeling the reports that say we'll get rain before snow later on today may be right. Just as long as it ends up being snow, with snowfall forecast for tomorrow.
The news I can bring you this morning is that the Dragondola gondola connecting Naeba with Tashiro will be starting operations from Saturday. Presumably that must come with more open at Naeba, but I'm having difficulty finding concrete official news on what their plans are for the weekend. I'll try and get that in tomorrows report.
More resorts planning on opening this weekend. Perhaps a later report tomorrow after I try and bring you all the latest from around town. And I hope to be able to bring news of some snowfall.
After a cold night - down to around -10C - it is going to be warming up fairly quickly this morning with a high of around +2 forecast.
Yesterday was a very fine day in the region weather wise, the downside to that of course being that some snow was melting. But we don't get that many clear days in Niseko in a season, so they are good to experience... as long as there's a fresh delivery of snow coming up soon after!
This morning there is more cloud around, especially over in the direction of Mt Yotei, but blue sky and clearer conditions are forecast again for the day.
So, the forecast. It's still not looking particularly snowy into next week unfortunately. Tomorrow will probably be similar conditions again. Some forecasts are saying some snowfall later Saturday into Sunday, but again it's not looking like anything major.
More of Annupuri opened yesterday and they now have 11 courses available, serviced by the same three lifts - the top Jumbo lift isn't operating yet this season.
Planned lift operations:
Grand Hirafu: Ace Family Pair Ace Number 3 Pair Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four King Number 3 Triple Swinging Monkey Hirafu Gondola Holiday Number 1 Pair
Hanazono: Hanazono Number 1 Quad Hanazono Number 2 Quad Hanazono Number 3 Quad
Niseko Village: Niseko Gondola Community Chair Banzai Chair Morino Chair
Annupuri: Gondola Jumbo Number 1 quad Jumbo Number 2 Jumbo Number 3
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -4C, no snowfall. Coastal data: SSE3m/s, 1m waves, 1021hPa. Annupuri 1000m snowdepth cm. Moiwa 800m: 100cm snowdepth, mild SE breeze under 10m/s is stagnating above 800m. No notable development of snowdrifts. Light surface hoar can be observed and will form Dec18-19th layer in the future snowpack. Avalanche from Dec 14th layer is likely to occur south facing slopes under 800m altitude. Ducking ropes is strictly prohibited in Niseko, please read the Niseko Rules map available in multiple languages. Never enter strictly off-limits areas.
Top chair lifts are getting ready for operation soon. The snow in the trees below 1000m is good. Beware of bushes and stumps, they are lurking just below the surface. The resorts are ready to respect the freedom to ski out of bounds, but are also deeply concerned about every user's safety. Please respect the Rules and pay attention to the ski patrol’s advices. The groomers are in excellent condition.
Good morning from Zao. I don't have any fresh snowfall to report, just a cloudy morning and a fairly mild (for Zao) start to the day at +1C.
The resort is stating that from Saturday the mountain should be close to 100% open with most lifts operating and most courses officially open.
Nighta starts on the Uwanodai runs from Saturday as well.
Still hoping for some good snowfall later today into tomorrow. I'll let you know how that pans out in my next report!
Official snow depths (19th December 13): Utopia: 130cm Chuo: 100cm Paradise: 95cm Uwanodai: 60cm
Planned operating lifts until Thursday this week: Ropeways and Gondolas Onsen Number 1 pair Onsen Number 2 quad Onsen Number 3 parallel Miaeri pair Chuo Number 1 pair Diamond Number 2 Zao Paradise Pair Shobunuma Number 1 triple / 2 pair Omori quad Yokokura Number 1 pair Yokokura Number 2 pair Astraea Number 1 pair Astraea Number 2 pair Astraea Number 3 pair Utopia Number 1 pair Utopia Number 2 pair Kurohime Number 1 quad Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 19th December 2013, 8:59am
It's not as cold this morning after a fairly mild overnight when temperatures didn't reach zero or negative numbers. As I write this report it is +1 degrees and today it will rise to around +4 at base.
The top Yamabiko area is reporting a temperature of -1C as of 8am this morning, and 5cm of fresh snowfall. None lower down or at base.
It's a cloudy morning here in Nozawa though one local forecast is saying the clouds might clear up somewhat by evening. Others calling for snow. Same for tomorrow. Take your pick.
Whatever, I'll let you know what actually happens tomorrow morning and also try to bring you news of anything the resort has planned for the weekend.
Thursday 19th December 2013:
Official snow depth: Yamabiko - 130cm Uenotaira - 115cm Lower slopes - no official snow depth data yet
Lifts Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Four lift Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift Skyline connecting lift (WEEKEND ONLY right now) Uenotaira quad Yuu Road
Courses Yamabiko A course Yamabiko B course Yamabiko C course Yamabiko D course Yamabiko E course Uenotaira course Paradise Bunabayashi course Yunomine B course Kokenashi Rinkan Nagasaka Connecting Read more ...
Thursday 19th December 2013, 9:08am
Clouds remain over Hakuba this morning, but the clouds are trying to give us more snow rather than just sitting there like they were yesterday. Resorts around the valley are reporting new snowfall, albeit rather small numbers ranging from 1cm to 10cm. So a thin new layer of snow can be expected out on the slopes this morning.
Just a bit of (wet) snow down at village level and it is snowing lightly now. Snow is forecast on and off for the day and tomorrow, perhaps into the weekend. Early next week looks set to be drier and finer conditions, so all fingers crossed for the next few days.
In some resort news this morning, the Sakka quad lift will be opening from tomorrow at Happo, with all of their lifts and courses scheduled to be open and up and running from Saturday (first lifts Nakayama Number 3 and the Gondola starting at 7:30am).
With Christmas and New Year approaching, we can expect resorts to do whatever they can to open up as much as possible (obviously). Hopefully weather will co-operate and make it easy for them.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 19th December 2013):
Hakuba Goryu Reporting 1-5cm of new snowfall. Upper - 235cm Toomi - 100cm Iimori - 65cm All courses apart from Iimori's Snowdiving and Adventure courses open.
Hakuba 47: Reporting 5-10cm of new snowfall. Upper - 155cm Lower - 40cm All courses apart from Tree Riding Zone open.
Happo-one: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Usagidaira - 175cm Nakiyama - -cm Sakka - -cm Upper areas open (not Grat quad), can ski down to gondola base now. Lower areas still limited.
Hakuba Cortina: Reporting 1cm of new snowfall. Upper - 175cm Lower - 95cm Part open.
Other resorts planned opening dates: Hakuba Iwatake - 20th December Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 19th December 2013, 9:10am
It's snowing again this morning. Not much to report in terms of cm right now, but with snow forecast for today and tomorrow I am hoping that we can build on what there is so far. For the moment it's actually not that cold, but should be getting colder as the day progresses.
More should be open from Saturday with amongst other lifts that should be moving for the first time, the Giant, Terakoya, Higashitateyama and Nishitateyama areas also planning to be open. We will soon be more linked up and getting closer to being fully open.
Hoppo Bundaira has jumped from 40cm to 80cm snow depth overnight. Don't get excited, we didn't get 40cm of new snow overnight... I can only imagine a very late update there!
Resort info and lift operations (as of Thursday 19th December 2013, 9am):
Sun Valley: Reporting 50cm of snow depth; -3C Number 1 quad
Maruike: Reporting 50cm of snow depth; -4C Maruike Number 1 triple
Ichinose Yamanokami: Reporting 60cm snow depth; -0.1C Number 2 lift
Yakebitaiyama: Reporting 70cm snow depth; -4C Number 2 Gondola Number 2 lift
Okushiga Kogen: Reporting 75cm snow depth; -5C Number 2 pair Number 3 pair Okushiga Gondola
Kumanoyu (skiers only): Reporting 60cm snow depth; -2C Number 1 pair Number 2 pair lift A/B
Yokoteyama: Reporting 55cm snow depth; -5C Number 1 Sky B Number 2 Sky Number 3 Number 5 Number 6 Read more ...
Thursday 19th December 2013, 10:00am
Yesterday's threatened rain never happened; we did get some nice flurries in the afternoon, but nothing that resulted in any new snowpack. The winds picked up overnight, and we have a little higher temperatures and wet streets today.
Back to snow tomorrow, it seems, with the freezing line coming back down the mountain.
Nothing much else to report as we move toward Christmas. Just waiting for some more snowpack so we can get out into the woods a bit, too!
Akakura Kanko Ski Area: Gondola, No. 3, No. 5 lifts Akakura Onsen Ski Area: Kumado No.1 quad Madarao Ski Area: No. 1 lift Others to open next week
Some warmer temperatures and wetter snow fell with the front coming in from the South with around 10cm of new snow. The afternoon brought some sleet and it looks like more wet snow and sleet for the remainder of today at the valley level. Snow is expected at the upper resorts through until tomorrow afternoon.
The weekend looks like more snow as the next low system moves over from the Japan sea and a cold air mass pushes down from Northern Asia.
Tenjindaira - all lifts open, return course closed Houdaigi - 2 lifts open (No 6 and No 2) Norn - 1 lift open