Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 19th November 2017
Thursday 19th March 2015, 8:01am
Cloudy and hazy
Well, things clouded over quite quickly yesterday (that has happened quite a lot this season) and so by mid day we had very overcast and grey above us.
Come evening a few spots of rain for a short while but almost something you could have missed.
Very mild night with a low temperature of about 6 degrees.
Rain has been forecast for today of course and it seems that it has been raining overnight but just light rain falling at the moment as I write this report. Still forecast to rain for most of the day though with a high temperature of around 11 degrees here in town.
Things are still looking promising for early next week with a return of colder conditions and snowfall on the forecast around Monday and Tuesday.
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
Niseko base 6am: -1C, no snowfall, overcast. Moiwa 800m: no data. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: -4C, calm. Peak data: n/a. Benkei cape: S2m/s, Kamui cape: ENE6m/s, 1015hPa and 0.6m waves.
The atmospheric pressure gradient is small and the weather is calm. A southerly wind is forecasted to pick up as a low-pressure system approaches. The peak hut has been completely buried for the first time in history. This shows that this year’s snowpack and has different patterns from usual years, thick snowdrift layers are present at unexpected areas. Avalanche prediction is difficult. Slopes with cracks should be avoided, as well as steep slopes without cracks should also be avoided. Slopes around 1100m with big cornice development may avalanche from the ground as the cracks starts to open. Spring climax avalanches in Niseko are like landslides, devastating everything in its path and running for a long distance. Better stay away from valley bottoms. Avalanches are natural phenomena but will not be an accident if nobody is involved. Always be cautious and alert in the mountains. Gates will open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s instruction at the gates. Have you switched your beacon on? Niseko community is always concerned about all visitors’ safety.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 470cm Base - 140cm
Niseko Village: Top - 320cm Base - 170cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 400cm Base - 180cm
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.
Good morning from Hakuba and there's a lot more cloud around this morning.
It's raining too unfortunately, as expected.
Yesterday was another very warm but also very fine spring day outdoors. After that clear start, it quite quickly became overcast and cloudy and that's how the afternoon went.
So back to this morning and the rain. Yes, temperatures didn't drop much overnight and leaving us with a very mild start again with rain falling overnight. It might continue until the end of the day today.
Limited visibility in lots of places on mountain as well this morning.
Not the nicest of conditions, that's for sure.
Back to sun tomorrow.
You want to know about the snow lined up on the forecast? Yes, are we still on for some fresh snowfall on Monday? It's still there on the forecast.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Thursday 19th 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.
Lots of cloud around this morning as the light rain continues this morning and it's very mild. Fingers crossed it might dry up quickly, but we might have to put up with it until this evening.
Looking on the much brighter side, the forecasts remain positive about more winter like conditions coming into the region by the beginning of next week. Lower temperatures and snow - it might even start feeling like winter again which would of course be great. Let's see.
(Cloud/sun expected tomorrow).
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 ...
Thursday 19th March 2015, 8:56am
Mostly cloudy and rain
It's raining today, I'm afraid.
Yes, rain and warmth. Not the best of conditions for a ski resort to be having. I think the onsen might be busy today.
But not to fear, colder conditions on the way especially from around Sunday with a real dip expected and fresh snow to look forward to.
Before then and once this rain clears up, probably a mix of cloud and sun.
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.
Planned lift operating dates and closing dates
Subject to change. This is what the plans are currently...
Until Sunday 22nd March Onsen Zao Kokutai Pair Karamatsu Pair (only 21st and 22nd March) Paradise Number 3 Pair
Until Sunday 29th March Onsen Number 3 Parallel AB Onsen Number 4 Quad Ryuzan Pair Nakamori Number 2 Pair Diamond Number 1 Pair (every day until 22nd March, then 28th and 29th March) Diamond Number 2 Pair
Until Tuesday 31st March Shobunuma Number 2 Pair Oomori Quad Yokokura Number 2 Pair Astraea Number 2 Pair Astraea Number 3 Pair
Until Sunday 5th April Onsen Number 1 Pair Onsen Number 2 Quad Sunrise Pair AB Nakamori Number 1 Triple Mikaeri Pair
Until Sunday 12th April Yokokura Number 1 Pair AB
Until Sunday 19th April Kurohime Number 1 Quad
Until Wednesday 6th May Chuo Number 1 Pair AB Chuo Number 2 Pair AB Katakai Triple (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week) Paradise Pair AB (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week) Utopia Number 2 Pair
Last day of the snow season currently planned for Wednesday 6th May.
Operating through the year (for general tourism) Sky Cable Chuo Ropeway Zao Ropeway Read more ...
Thursday 19th March 2015, 9:12am
Rain fell overnight and its overcast this morning with light winds from the South.
It hasn't rained so far today though some is forecast this morning and particularly this afternoon before the weather clears and warms up again tomorrow.
Good morning everyone, the good weather is on hold today.
It's a bit of a grim one actually; with it rain forecast for the day, possibly even up at Kagura.
We have low hanging clouds, making for poor visibility further up the mountain, but wind levels are still fairly weak.
We have no new snow to report from last night. But hopefully we might be able to report snow sometime early next week.
All resort areas open as planned this morning.
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 270cm Kagura: 370cm
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 ...
Thursday 19th March 2015, 9:37am
A very calm day with not a breath of wind around the village. Conditions are clear with a thin layer of cloud above the resort. A good freeze overnight means conditions will be firm first thing and then softening up later, so the best time to be on the mountain will be in the morning. Calm conditions are expected to continue through the week. Friday afternoon will see some light snow and then Sunday/Monday should be continuous snow. Read more ...
Thursday 19th March 2015, 9:52am
Cloudy, some ground fog
Well, that rain finally did arrive in Myoko. It started last night, and it's pretty wet out there today.
We're also starting to get some ground fog here at base level; it shouldn't be getting colder yet (but it will be over the weekend and into Monday and Tuesday). In fact, once the rain is over and the freezing line decides to come down from the 3,000-meter level - which means it's above freezing even at the peak of Mt. Myoko) - snow is once again on the menu.... ah, mountain weather!
You can also sense that we're coming to the end of the main season as the resorts start to announce their spring dates (or last days). Suginohara will only be running the gondola on the weekend of the 30th-31st; Tangram is operating until the 30th. I'll add more as they post them. And Seki Onsen is closed today, due to the bad weather.