Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017
Thursday 20th December 2012, 8:22am
Overcast again today with light snow falling. Should be a good day out there again today as the snow fell most of yesterday. Lots of pockets of fresh snow around for anyone on the slopes yesterday and it looks as if there will be plenty more again today. Groomed slopes are going to be in great condition too.
Norn opens today on a limited basis - just a couple of lifts but a cheaper lift ticket as a result. They have a base of 50cm up there.
It still looks like light snow for the rest of this week and into early next week.
Minakami Kogen - Dec 22 Okutone - Dec 21
Official snow depth: 130cmcm Tenjindaira with 15cm new snowfall
The sun is out! While it is still snowing to the north this morning, here in Naeba and above Kagura the sun is out and the skies are clearing up. The local forecast still says 'snow', but I reckon it might just be a very fine day out there. Those clouds could always move back in of course, but don't look like doing so right now. For the moment though, it is a fine morning to be sliding down the slopes here.
15cm of fresh snowfall at Kagura and another 5-10cm or so at Naeba since yesterday.
It's a cold morning but the next few days promise to be slightly milder before temperatures plummet once again late weekend and hopefully bring with them a good new dumpage of snow Sunday through Monday.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 90cm Kagura - 200cm
Lifts operating at Naeba: Prince Number 2 Gondola No5 high speed lift No4 romance lift Takenokodaira romance lift Daishamen romance lift Read more ...
Thursday 20th December 2012, 9:14am
Add a bit more fresh snow, some blue skies above and you get a very nice day to be out on the mountain. It's a shame that the resort still only has the two lifts open at the moment. The good news on that front is that from Saturday much more of the mountain will be open. Madarao plans to have the following lifts moving:
Number 1 Number 2 quad Super quad Number 5 Number 11 Number 12 Number 15
The connection with Tangram Ski Circus will also be open from Saturday.
Still looking good for heavy snowfall late weekend, though hopefully the snow will be with us from Saturday.
Lifts operating: Number 1 Number 2 Quad Kids Park moving walkway Read more ...
Thursday 20th December 2012, 9:52am
Hello and good morning.
Yesterday was an excellent day in Niseko with wonderful conditions being enjoyed out there.
After the bumper snow that I reported yesterday I wasn't quite expecting to be reporting similar this morning. But that's the way it is, with another 35cm of fresh snow to report this morning.
We have well and truly busted through the 4m mark of total snowfall here in the village. Let's see how far we can go this December... can we beat last year?
Snow conditions yesterday were brilliant. And they will possibly be better today. If such things are possible, of course. ;)
Variable winds by the looks of things on the mountain this morning though not much here in the village. The resorts are reporting winds between 1m/s (Hirafu base) and 17m/s (Annupuri top). Lifts seem to be operating mostly as normal though the top two lifts at Hanazono were operating at a reduced speed early on.
So the forecast is looking promising as well with basically snow lined up daily in the coming week. Things may get less cold tomorrow and Saturday, but other than that it's just snow and more snow really.
Did I mention it was still snowing?
Lifts Operating (at time of writing) Asterix denotes planned 'nighta' operations
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ace Family Pair* Ace Number 2 Quad (Center Four)* Ace Number 3 Pair Hirafu Gondola* Holiday Number 1 Pair* Swinging Monkey
Niseko Annupuri Annupuri Gondola Jumbo Number 1 Quad* Jumbo Number 2 Pair Jumbo Number 3 Pair Jumbo Number 4 Pair
Niseko Village Niseko Gondola Community Chair* Banzai Chair* Wonderland Chair Morino Chair
Niseko Hanazono Hanazono Number 1 Quad Hanazono Number 2 Quad Hanazono Number 2 Quad
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu Top - 285cm Bottom - 150cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 180cm Bottom - 180cm
Niseko Village Top - 200cm Bottom - 140cm
Niseko Hanazono Top - 285cm Bottom - 150cm
Niseko Base:-6C, 30cm of fresh snow without snowdrift development and still snowing. Coastal wind: NW15m/s. 800m altitude status: W12m/s, -12C and moderate wind and snowfall.
Soft slabs of up to 100cm are developing on top of Dec 17th layer, notably in leeward side of ridgeline below 1000m, knolls and open steep slopes. Such slopes with heavy snow load are likely to slide anytime today.
Avalanches slide all the way to the bottom of the valleys and runs even further along the bottom creek line. Do not stop & rest in valley bottoms. The snow in the trees is deep and light, be careful not to get stuck in gentle slopes. Top chair lifts operations will be delayed due to deep snow.
Gates 1 & 4 will be closed, gate 6 is yet to be decided. Risk of a large avalanche is to be highly considered in Haru no Taki area. Do not enter strictly off-limits areas for any reasons. One track left under the rope will lead many others to do the same and increase the chances of severe accidents to happen. Always use gates to step out of bounds. Have a safe day. Read more ...
Thursday 20th December 2012, 9:58am
It is currently snowing lightly and there has been a couple of centimetres accumulation on the ground in the village. It looks like it will continue to snow lightly throughout the day so it will be one of those days with a constant fresh layer of powder being continually draped across the runs. Temperatures are once again in the double negatives, and with the breeze it does feel on the chilly side. Read more ...
Thursday 20th December 2012, 10:42am
Clearing up, sun
We probably got around 15cm of new snowfall since yesterday, and while it was still snowing on and off in the region - especially to the north in Minamiuonuma - earlier on, right now the clouds have been clearing up and the sun is out. The local forecast still has snow for today, so the clouds could well come back.
According the the lastest forecast, a brief spell of minder conditions is due on Saturday and town and lower slope areas may well see rain but from Sunday a cold front that brings with it some potentially heavy snowfall is due to be with us.
Resorts around town that are open remain only partly open as we wait for that heavy snowfall to really get things going. The snow of the last few days has definitely made conditions better though. A few more resorts plan to open tomorrow - Ishiuchi Maruyama, Yuzawa Park and Muikamachi Ski Resort - followed by some more in the region opening on Saturday. Details below.
21st December Ishiuchi Maruyama Yuzawa Park Muikamachi Ski Resort
22nd December Gala Yuzawa NASPA Ski Garden Ipponsugi Muikamachi Hakkaisan Chateau Shiozawa
23rd December Itsukamachi Hakkaisanroku
Late December Ludens Yuzawa Mt Granview Ishiuchi Hanaoka Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 20th December 2012, 10:51am
It is a beautiful start to the day here in Nozawa Onsen. It snowed for most of the day yesterday and eased into the night, and then we woke up to blue skies and fresh snow on the courses this morning.
Yesterday was an amazing day and with the fresh foot of snow there was some great riding to be had on and off piste. There were some big powder stories around the fireplace last night.
Top to bottom on the Forest trail today and the resort plans to open everything from this weekend. After a bit of sunshine there is another rather large dump looming for Sunday night so prepare yourselves for a very White Christmas in Nozawa Onsen.
Lifts operating Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Four Yamabiko No 2 Four Uenotaira Four Paradise Four Yu Road
Courses open Yamabiko A Course Yamabiko B Course Yamabiko C Course Yamabiko D Course Yamabiko E Course Kokenashi Uenotaira Paradise Paradise connecting Bundaraira Yunomine A Yunomine B Rinkan Nagasaka connecting
Official snow depths Yamabiko 140cm
Official new snowfall 15cm (Yamabiko) 15cm (Uenotaira) 5cm (Karasawa) Read more ...
Thursday 20th December 2012, 10:55am
No new snow to report from Hakuba this morning. In the alpine country beyond the ski resorts snowfall was reported to be minimal at around 1cm.
Earlier on this morning there was lots of blue sky above the village but it has since been clouding over and it is much duller now as the morning progresses with less of the sun and more cloud. Visibility still good on the mountain though. Those clouds may well bring us a bit of snow later in the day.
It was cold overnight getting down to -8C, and is now around -3C though we probably won't see temperatures rise into the positive today.
Tomorrow and Saturday are forecast to bring with them milder conditions again with a chance of rain on Saturday, lower down at least. The good news though is that some heavy snowfall is due on Sunday and into early in the week so fingers crossed we get another good dump from that.
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 20th December 2012 AM: Please note that resort lift operations are subject to change at any time.
Hakuba Goryu: No new snow to report. Lifts operating - Gondola, Alps No1 pair, Alps No3 pair, Toomi Sky Four, Toomi No1 pair, Cosmo Four, Milky Four, No1 high speed, No6 pair. All main areas and courses at Hakuba Goryu now open. Nighta at Goryu open from Saturday. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 170cm; Toomi - 80cm; Iimori - 35cm
Hakuba 47: No new snow to report. All runs at Hakuba 47 are now open. Lifts operating - Gondola, Line A, Line C and Line E. Official snow depth: Upper - 120cm Lower - 40cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: Lifts operating - Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Panorama pair, Happo Riesen quad, Nakiyama No3 triple lift. You can now ride down to gondola base. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 140cm Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 30cm Sakka - 30cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair, Hannoki pair, Shirakaba quad, Tsugaike Chuo triple lift and Karamatsu pair lifts are operating. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 250cm Lower slopes - 70cm
Hakuba Cortina: No new snow to report from Hakuba Cortina. Number 2 quad and Number 4 pair lifts operating. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 130cm Lower slopes - 60cm
Hakuba Iwatake: The Gondola, 4 line East and 5 line South lifts are operating. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 110cm Lower slopes - 50cm
Hakuba Sanosaka: Number 2 quad, Number 3 quad and Number 6 pair lifts operating. Official snow depth: 50cm
Hakuba Minekata: Minekata plans to open from Saturday 22nd December. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 20th December 2012, 11:07am
Cloud, blue sky
There is some cloud up there this morning but a lot of blue sky as well. Another cold morning too. Tomorrow and Saturday we are expecting it to not be as cold, before that late weekend storm moves in bringing with it cold, wind and more importantly a potentially large amount of snowfall. Let's hope so.
Resort operations remain about the same and while there's a fair bit to ski or board at the moment, we need that one more decent snowfall to get things fully open.
Yesterday sure was a cold one. It was another cold start to the day at -6C when I woke up and it is currently around -4C, so not really warming up then! Just a few cm of new snowfall to report, cloud still around but blue sky as well and the sun shining down from time to time.
We can't expect more than some possible sprinklings of snow in the next few days, though from Sunday a winter storm looks to still be on it's way. Strong winds and hopefully heavy snowfall into early week.
There are two night skiing areas of the resort in Zao - not (skiable) connected, though you can of course go from one to the other if you wish. Nighta will start on the Uwanodai area from this Saturday (22nd), and will be open every day until 24th March 2013. 5pm until 9pm. Nighta in the Yokokura area will be open over the New Year period and then Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 4th January until 17th March.