Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017
Tuesday 1st March 2011, 9:26am
After all of the dumping rain yesterday, it has changed the looks of the hills and some spots on the streets, and not in a good way!
The current temperature at the base is 2C with the highest being 6C. At the 1400m level, -1.3C and a high of 2c.
The local weather forecast says its going to start raining again this afternoon but - good news! - it should change to snow by later today. After that we are likely to see snow falling each day up until Friday - how much remains to be seen but we are hopeful for a fairly decent amount. Let's keep our finger crossed for a good new layer.
Wind is very calm at the bottom and on the hill as well. 0.2m SE at the base and 0.6m N at the top.
I guess this rain is just a good sign of dumping snow in the run up to next weekend. Be careful out there if you going out for back country. It might be really unstable everywhere with the recent temperature changes.
Stay dry out there!
Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 1st March AM:
Hakuba Goryu Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 275cm; Toomi - 150cm; Iimori - 120cm.
Hakuba 47: Normal operations today. Snow depth (upper) - 194cm.
The weather looks like it's getting ready to do something today; I hope that means the good (snow) rather than the more likely given today's temperatures (rain). It's still and clear (meaning no fog, not sunny) at base level, with the usual cloudiness increasing up the mountain, and even a little blue sky visible to the north over the sea.
So I guess this is a waiting day; the snow is probably soft on the slopes, even if the surroundings are a little gray. Nothing wrong with that; it's always fun to do a little cruising on the groomed or playing in the park (and there won't be a lot of people watching while you work through some new tricks; think about that, freestylers).
Welcome to March and just a sprinkling of snow up top at Kagura this morning and some partly wet roads in town - though it is not raining or snowing here at the moment. Right now in Yuzawa it is just cloudy though fairly bright and with good visibility with all of the mountains surrounding the town clearly visible.
We may be seeing a bit more rain today but lets quickly move off that subject and talk about the snow that seems to be lined up after that, as early as this evening. Yes, still confident that the next few days will be bringing some fresh snow to the area and excited at the prospect of a decent snowfall. We can't expect meters, but to start things off between now and 9am tomorrow morning the mountains are due to get 10-20cm (max) of fresh snow with the fall continuing into tomorrow.
So I hope to bring good news in the report tomorrow morning!
Yesterday remained clear and sunny througout the day to round off what was a very dry and sunny February. It was the 3rd sunniest Feb on record. You'd have to go back to 1972 to have experienced a sunnier Feb than this one. In terms of snowfall it was the 5th lowest on record receiving only 142cm down in Kutchan and a little over 2m up on the mountain. You'd have to go back to 1990 for a Feb that received less snow. Plenty of resorts around the world would probably be reasonably happy with 2m of snow just in Feb but up here that's only around half the average. So after what was an above average and epic Jan February was certainly a bit of a disappointment unless of course you love skiing in sunshine!
This morning is overcast and there's been some very light snow falling. The heavier snow is not expected until later this afternoon. So conditions today aren't the best. The sun yesterday will have created a crust on any slopes in direct sunlight and with no new snow it's pretty tracked out up there. Possibly a few patches of good snow still to be found out through the gates in more protected gullies but that's about it. Snowfalls are expected to continue right through to the weekend so conditions will improve.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 380 Bottom - 170
Niseko Village: Top - 370 Bottom - 170
Annupuri: Top - 360 Bottom - 210
All gates are scheduled to open from the morning, peak gates at 9:30, but subject to weather conditions. Please respect the ski patrol's decisions. Annupuri peak 6am: -10.6 ℃, average wind SW 12.3m / s. Annupuri 800m: - 8.1 ℃, SE 4m / s. New snowfall is almost non-existent. The South to SW wind that started yesterday evening picked up during the night and stagnated around 15m / s in high elevation areas. This wind scuffed the snow off of some south facing steep slopes' surfaces. Slopes in high elevation are also rugged, hard and crusty, highly affected by the 28th's strong wind. Although the general avalanche risk is now lowering, the mountain is in a relatively foul condition. The visibility is poor. Remain in control and be careful not to loose your way. Avalanches are not the only dangers in the out of bounds area, be conscious of the risk you're taking, be prudent and enjoy within your limits. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Tuesday 1st March 2011, 10:08am
Not the best of conditions today by any means -- yesterday was a generally wet one. It tried to snow but it was really wet snow and not the kind you want to be out there in really especially as that turns icy. Well, I don't! Time for an onsen.
This morning it is generally cloudy. Some parts are seeing a bit of a break in the clouds and some blue sky on show but for most parts it seems to be low cloud and poor visibility. It's colder than it was yesterday but still fairly mild for Shiga Kogen at this time of year.
There is good news though and that is that the snowfall should start sometime later today and we should then see a few days of snow with colder temperatures and generally more winter-like conditions.
Come on snow, get falling!
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 1st March 2011 AM:
This morning Kagura is reporting a slight dusting of snow up there on the upper slopes but down here in the Naeba village area it is just overcast and cloudy.
Good visibility on the lower slopes but poor on the upper areas as they are covered in fog/cloud. It is -1 degree in the village and -3 up top.
We might see some spots of rain later on, but even if we do, by the end of the day it should be snowing down to village level and then we are in for a few days of winter conditions - snowfall and lower temperatures.
The local forecast has an average of between 10cm and 20cm of snow predicted by 9am tomorrow morning. 20cm would be good, so hope I can report that next time!
It's a mild morning in Zao again at -1 degrees earlier on and no just hovering around 0 in the village. I can report a few cm of fresh snow, perhaps just 2-3cm overnight so I would expect a bit more on the mountain.
Current weather conditions - just cloudy.
It looks like we should be into a pattern of light snow/cloud over the next few days with temperatures particularly dipping around Wednesday and Thursday. The new layer of snow on the hard snow conditions out there for the most part now will be most welcome.
Well, the 50 days of night time "Light Up" went quickly and are now over for the season. So no more going to the top of the resort in the evening to shoot the lit-up Juhyo. I'm sure that the people who went up there this season had a memorable time. The Juhyo are still doing pretty good up there though - certainly much better than this time last year - and of course they can be seen during the daytime.
Of course the ski season goes on hopefully until May and so a long way to go yet! Read more ...
Tuesday 1st March 2011, 10:29am
It is a greyer day in Furano with high cloud but looking like the sun may break through later in the day. There has been a dusting of snow overnight on the slopes, so snow conditions should be good today seeing as the cold temperatures have been holding. Expect a firm packed base with a layer of powder on top. Most runs have been extensively groomed. The forecast is for snow on and off through until Saturday. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 1st March 2011, 12:09pm
Overcast with snow on the Horizon
Similar conditions today in Nozawa with overcast skies. Nothing falling from them at the moment but reports are saying it is set to change. Definitely feels like it is getting colder outside and the snow quality was nit bad down low this morning.
We did end up getting a decent fall of snow up high yesterday which was encouraging. Visibility was pretty poor but the snow was quite nice up top.
Outlook is still for temps to drop and snow to fall for the rest of the week so we are waiting on that. Then blue skies for the weekend. Also there is a Lantern Festival on Saturday night on the Hikage slopes with Fireworks and free give aways should be a fun evening.
Some more good news today being the March 1st is the start of reduced price on Season Passes. They are now half price so just 30,000 Yen for Adults, 25,000 Yen for Seniors and just 20,000 Yen for Children. Lifts should run until May 8th snow permitting so still more than 2 months of sliding to enjoy!
All except the following Kandahar Hachiman Uenotaira Half Pipe Karasawa Wave Park
There was 5-10cm of fresh snow fall up at Kagura yesterday it seems and while I have not personally been up there since Wednesday I have heard reports of it snowing up there and decent conditions.
This morning the clouds are gone and the sun is out. It is a cold start to the day but things will warm up both at Kagura and here in Naeba and it should end up being a pretty mild day.... rising to around 7 degrees in the village perhaps. Looks like we are on for a run of generally clear days too, so spring conditions ahoy!
Operations at Naeba and Kagura are as follows (1st April):
Naeba: - No 3 quad lift - No 5 quad lift
This means that the lower courses on the mountain are open (all upper areas closed). Naeba will be open until Sunday.
Bit of snowfall yesterday but early this morning that seems like a different season as we start the day with clear blue skies all around... it's going to be one of those glorious bluebird days over Nozawa. Chilly to start things off but destined to warm up a fair bit, around 8 or 9 degrees perhaps.
Tomorrow will probably cool down once again and we might even see a dusting of snow but surely nothing major and then clearer conditions on Sunday. After that, Monday to Wednesday looks like more of the same we are going to get today.
Still lots to enjoy. Nozawa is planning on staying open until 8th May.
Here is the latest on plans for lift operations at the resort... subject to change, of course!
Lifts operating from 4th April until 22nd April: Higake Gondola Higake No2 pair lift (B) Paradise quad
Lift tickets are now 3500 yen for adults and 1500 yen for children for a one-day ticket (2500 yen and 1000 yen respectively for a half day).
It is recommended that you contact your accommodation or the resort to confirm any details before travelling. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Friday 1st April 2011, 7:58am
Clear skies and sunny
Well, some snow yesterday and while not a huge amount to report a topup is always welcome. We really are doing well though considering it is now April. Snow depths don't seem to have decreased much at all - both the official numbers and observed!
It is a fine and sunny start to the day in Shiga Kogen, as in many other surrounding regions by the looks of things. Bright blue skies and no clouds. Going to be a good one. Mild too.
For the weekend it will probably be colder again and a slight chance of some light snow at times. We'll probably still see the sun at times though, especially on Sunday.
Official resort snow depths as of 1st April 2011 AM:
Higashitateyama: Opening from 29th April until 5th May for Golden Week.
Nishitateyama: Hoodie, No 2 triple lift, quad lift all open until 3rd April.
Terakoya: Quad and No1 pair lift open until 3rd April. After that opening on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May.
Mammoth: No2 triple lift open until 3rd April. Quad lift open until 5th May.
Tanne no mori: No 8 quad until 3rd April.
Ichinose Family: No2 pair lift (B) open until 3rd April. After that opening on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May. Quad lift open until 5th May.
Ichinose Diamond: Triple lift (and moving walkway) open until 3rd April. After that opening on April 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 29th April until 5th May.
Ichinose Yamanokami: No 2 pair lift open until 3rd April.
Yakebitaiyama: No2 Gondola and No2 quad lift open until 3rd April.
Okushiga Kogen: No1 pair open until 3rd April. No2 and No3 high speed lifts open until 8th May. No4 pair lift open until 3rd April and then open again between 23rd April and 8th May. Gondola open until 4th April and then opening April 9th-11th, 16th-18th and April 23rd until 8th May.
Kidoike This small area is now closed for the season.
Kumanoyu: No 1 pair lift will be open until 8th May. No 2 pair lift will be open until 8th May and then may continue to be open depending on snow conditions at that time. They hope to be able to open until 15th May. No 3 quad lift will be open from 29th April until 8th May. No 4 pair lift – no specific opening times available.
Yokoteyama – Shibutoge: The resort plans to be open until the end of May. Yokoteyama No 1 Sky lift open until 8th May. Yokoteyama No 2, No 3 Sky lifts and the Shibutoge pair lift will all be open until conditions permit. Yokoteyama No 4, No 5 and No 6 lifts will be open at unspecified times until 8th May.
Shiga Kogen Ropeway: The Ropeway is now closed for the winter season. Read more ...
Friday 1st April 2011, 8:06am
Sunny. Blue skies.
A fine fine morning in Yuzawa. It was around -1 degrees a little earlier on but with the sun out doing it's thing and no skies temperatures are going to rise and the local forecast tells us to expect a high of around 11 or 12 degrees in Yuzawa early afternoon. So a mild spring-like day in store.
No new snow overnight but yesterday we did see some snowfall on the mountains and Kagura are saying they got around 5-10cm up there. So as is so often the case at this time of year, the pick of the bunch I would say.
Last three days of operations for a number of resorts in Yuzawa as you can see below. After that, just a handful of options with Kagura planning to be open until 22nd May.
Planned closing dates for ski resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region of Niigata:
Part open until 3rd April: - Naeba - Yuzawa Park - Iwappara - NASPA Ski Garden - Ipponsugi - Joetsu Kokusai
Part open until 10th April: - Kandatsu Kogen - Nakazato Snow Wood
Mostly open until 22nd May: - Kagura (+ Mitsumata)*
All other resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma area are now closed for the season.
Official snow depths @ Friday 1st April 2011 AM
Yuzawa Park: 180cm
Kandatsu Kogen: 250cm
NASPA Ski Garden: 205cm
Joetsu Kokusai: 200cm
* The main area of Kagura is open, accessed via Mitsumata Ropeway. The Mitsumata slopes are also open. Please keep on eye on our Naeba Now report as well for the latest from both Naeba and Kagura resort areas.
What a wonderful day it has been here, warm and clear. It's still pretty warm now at around 8 degrees but tomorrow will be cooler and cloudier. Local forecasts have rain/sleet in the daytime and perhaps snow lined up for us with a high of around 4 degrees.
Anyway I want to point you in the direction of a report from the slopes of Kagura yesterday where conditions are apparently really great still. Please check out the stoke that Tubby Beaver posted on the Forums (and here on the Naeba Now page) after his trip to Kagura on Thursday. It seems like there's a lot of season left to enjoy, a trip to the snow could be what we all need at the moment: