Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 18th March 2018
Friday 20th December 2013, 7:50am
Only a couple of cm of new snow over nigh twith some more snow expected from midday for 2-3 hours.
All of the resorts in Minakami are franticaly preparing for the weekend with all resorts trying to open from today.
Tenjindaira - all lifts open, return course closed Houdaigi - 2 lifts open (No 6 and No 2) Norn - 1 lift open Okutone - all lifts Minakami Kogen - all lifs Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 20th December 2013, 8:00am
It's a bit wet this morning but I'm happy to report that the sleet from just before seems to be turning into snow, albeit of the wet variety. Upper slopes got 5cm of new snow overnight and it is snowing there still and the forecast is for snow through the day today and also tomorrow, so hopefully it's the start of some new decent cm.
Next week from Tuesday it seems that clear skies are on the way for Christmas and so we want/need as much snow to fall in the next few days as possible.
No word as yet on any further lifts moving for the weekend. Monday is a national holiday in Japan and so it's a long weekend. Resorts around Japan are going to want to be as fully open as is possible, Nozawa being no different.
We can expect a fair few people to be here as well, so an early start is recommended.
Friday 20th December 2013:
Official snow depth: Yamabiko - 120cm Uenotaira - 110cm 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 ...
Friday 20th December 2013, 8:28am
The rain finally did arrive — nothing to worry about this early in the season, honest — but it's already turning to snow.
The temperature feels like it's coming down as well, and we're starting to get some fog (and nothing unusual about fog here in Myoko, either!).
Akakura Kanko Ski Area: Gondola, No. 3, No. 5 lifts Akakura Onsen Ski Area: Kumado No.1 quad Others to open from the weekend Read more ...
Friday 20th December 2013, 8:50am
Overcast / fine
Yesterday it wasn't as 'blue sky' as the day before, and this morning we again start with cloudy/overcast skies. It's hovering around 0 degrees at the moment and there's nothing much of a wind here at village level. Calm weather prevails at he moment.
I don't have a whole lot to report this morning. After a run of dry days, I think everyone is now really looking forward to the next snowfall to hit Niseko. I almost don't want to say it, but the forecast isn't really showing us much still - snow showers from Sunday, along with lower temperatures. But still nothing major.
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: -1C, no snowfall. Coastal data: calm at Benkei cape, E9m/s at Kamui cape, flat, 1011hPa. Light wind-drifted snow accumulation can be observed above 800m, but no fresh snow has fallen. Predicted wind at noon: N or NE 10m/s.
Overall avalanche risk is low, however shallow surface slides should be considered in 1200m Backbowl sidewalls (30 degree grade). Carefully choose your weekend touring route. Better avoid crusty slopes, they could break with ski stimulation and run down the slope in high-speed.
The Hirafu K4 chair-lift is scheduled to open tomorrow. Gate setting will take a little more while. The snow on-piste is hard but in good condition. Beware of over-speeding and hitting trees. Better not overestimate your skills, always be prudent to avoid early season injuries. Seek for ski patrol's advice for out of bounds riding and refer to the Niseko Rules map. Do not cross boundary ropes.
Bit of a wet morning in Hakuba without it actually raining at the moment, it is just cloudy. Overnight resorts in the village are reporting none to slight snowfall on lower areas and up to 10cm higher up. So, higher up is the place to be - though looks like visibility is poor on the mountain this morning.
No new snow at base, and wet conditions. Snow higher. We're hoping for some new cm to report today and tomorrow.
As the forecast stands at the moment, we'll be looking at some clearer conditions come Monday next week through Christmas.
Both Happo-one and Tsugaike Kogen plan to be fully open from tomorrow. Hakuba Iwatake opened this morning and the smaller Hakuba Minekata is opening from tomorrow. You will see more facilities opening up this weekend as things start to get busiers.
It's a three day long weekend in Japan this weekend and so Hakuba will very probably be bustling. First up on the lifts get the best conditions!
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 20th December 2013):
Hakuba Goryu Reporting 1-5cm of new snowfall. Upper - 235cm Toomi - 100cm Iimori - 65cm All courses apart from Adventure courses open.
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0-5cm of new snowfall. Upper - 185cm Lower - 40cm All courses apart from Tree Riding Zone open.
Happo-one: Reporting 0-5cm of new snowfall. Usagidaira - 175cm Nakiyama - 50cm Sakka - 50cm Plans to be (almost) fully open from tomorrow.
Hakuba Iwatake: Upper - 100cm Lower - 30cm Open from today.
Tsugaike Kogen: Tsuganomori - 240cm Maruyama - 80cm Kanenonaruoka - 40cm Part open. All open from tomorrow.
Hakuba Cortina: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 170cm Lower - 85cm Part open.
10cm or so of fresh snow here in Shiga Kogen since yesterdays report and it is snowing now. Lower down in the valley it has been raining/sleet but up here, of course, snow! It's coming down quite heavily here in Maruike as I write this actually so fingers crossed we'll get another decent layer before tomorrow. As I mentioned yesterday more of Shiga Kogen plans to be open tomorrow morning and it will hopefully start to feel like proper winter season.
Resort info and lift operations (as of Friday 20th December 2013, 9am):
Sun Valley: Reporting 50cm of snow depth; -1C Number 1 quad
Maruike: Reporting 50cm of snow depth; -4C Maruike Number 1 triple
Hoppo Bundaira: Reporting 80cm of snow depth; -3C Quad
Ichinose Yamanokami: Reporting 60cm snow depth; -2.1C Number 2 lift
Yakebitaiyama: Reporting 70cm snow depth; -4C Number 1 Gondola Number 2 Gondola Number 2 lift
Okushiga Kogen: Reporting 75cm snow depth; -2C Number 2 pair Number 3 pair Okushiga Gondola
Kumanoyu (skiers only): Reporting 60cm snow depth; -3C Number 1 pair Number 2 pair lift A/B
Yokoteyama: Reporting 55cm snow depth; -8C Number 1 Sky B Number 2 Sky Number 3 Number 5 Number 6 Read more ...
Friday 20th December 2013, 9:40am
Lots more new snow here this morning.
Over 20cm outside my place early on. More like 25cm. I can imagine more than that on the mountain too.
The forecast is looking good too for more snow today,tomorrow and perhaps Sunday too with clearer conditions perhaps from early in the week.
It's a long weekend with Monday being a national holiday in Japan. Zao will be almost fully open from tomorrow, perhaps 100% open with this snow, and conditions should be very nice.
Official snow depths (20th December 13): Utopia: 135cm Chuo: 100cm Paradise: 130cm Uwanodai: 65cm
Most of the courses and lifts at Zao Onsen will be open from tomorrow. Read more ...
Friday 20th December 2013, 9:56am
Heavy rain actually woke me up very early this morning, it was really coming down. It is still raining at the moment low down but turning into snow on the mountains. Kagura actually have been reporting 5-10cm overnight so they seemingly escaped the rain.
Temperature is hovering just above zero here in town.
Snow clouds should be with us through until Sunday so we are hoping that they will bring us that fresh layer that we need. Thick layer please. We need more snow for resorts to be able to fully open.
I'll let you know how that turns out in my report tomorrow morning.
Iwappara, Ishiuchi Maruyama, Yuzawa Park and Muikamachi Ski Resort all open today. It's more "part open" than "fully open".
Tomorrow sees GALA Yuzawa open for the season - they are reporting decent amounts of snow up there - along with Muikamachi Hakkai-san in Minamiuonuma.
In fact, the only skijo not open come tomorrow in the region will be Hakkaisan-roku (23rd), Ishiuchi Hanaoka (28th) and Mt Granview (28th).
From tomorrow it's 3 days holiday with Monday being a national holiday and so it should be quite busy. With more resorts to choose from though, hopefully won't get too busy - though an early start is a good idea if possible!
There has been no change to lift operations since the last report. Although there has been no announcement by the resort we would hope to see Kitanomine Gondola operating this weekend.
There has been no new snow to report, but it is a fine sunny day although there is quite a bit of wind in exposed places which will make things feel pretty cold. The next snow on the forecast is for Sunday afternoon.