Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 17th March 2018
Saturday 21st February 2015, 7:41am
It's an absolutely beautiful morning in Yuzawa with clear blue skies and the sun shining down doing it's thing. It's going to be warming up today and tomorrow further still. We can really expect spring-like conditions this weekend.
Snow falling during the day yesterday though it didn't amount to much in terms of cm, just logged a few that I had to move off the top of my unmoved car yesterday evening.
Rain is still looking on the forecast for tomorrow though on some forecasts it seems to have been pushed back to later in the day, so fingers crossed we might be lucky there.
In the meantime though a fantastic weather day to be outside and enjoying the snow.
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 23rd January, 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning) Maiko Snow Resort: Every day until 14th March (until 8pm) Naeba: Every day until 29th March (until 9pm) All night on 14th February and 14th March (10pm until 6am) NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only): Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm) Yuzawa Nakazato: Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)
Chateaux Shiozawa also have nighta but only on certain days - no fixed schedule available. Resorts not mentioned above do not operate 'nighta' (or do not plan to have more this season). Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a special lift ticket.
Just a week ago or so when I was checking it, Niseko was looking good and pretty with lots of fresh but it's down there looking a bit dry just now with the lack of fresh over the last week ... the table is sorted on the 'Last 7 days' snowfall.
But that's part of the fun of it. You'll be able to see where the snow is falling in the last week, and also get a general idea of how the season is shaping up in different areas. Obviously not much here in Hokkaido right now compared with other areas.
And you can compare directly with the data from previous seasons.
Do remember to read the page marked VERY IMPORTANT, as it is... very important. The data isn't meant to be a scientific study, it's snow here at base rather than upper elevations, some places get more up there than others, different humans posting each report... all sorts of variables involved. But still, it makes for a very interesting read.
You'll see that I have recorded 957cm of snowfall so far here at base in Hirafu. Myoko and Yuzawa in Niigata Prefecture have recorded 13.5m and 12m respectively - so far! - and you'll also see how all those number compare with their previous seasons as well. While Niseko is currently a bit under what we had at the end of February last year, Niigata seems to have been delivered a great deal more snow than last season.
It's also interesting to see how this season December generally beat out January for snowfall. It was the other way round last season.
Anyway do take a look, it's one of those pages to bookmark and go back to every day! It will be linked from here soon.
Sorry no Avalanche Report was available yesterday, hence me not adding it! New one added this morning, below.
Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day
Niseko base 6am: -5C, no new snowfall. Moiwa 800m: light winds -7C, no new snowfall. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 300cm. Hirafu 1000m: light winds, -7C, no new snowfall. Annupuri peak 1308m: N6.1m/s, -9.6C. Cape Benkei Lighthouse: ENE3m/s, Cape Kamui: WSW2m/s, 0.8m waves and 1026hPa.
Currently we are under the influence of high pressure system, the sea and mountains are calm. There has been no new snowdrift development and the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open. Avoid the path of a sudden avalanche - don't ride in the valley bottoms. The mountain is in hard condition, take care loosing control, falling, falling into cracks.
There is the possibility of a full depth avalanche on the west ridge (coordinates E7). Take care traversing from Annupuri peak to Goshiki Onsen, if an avalanche occurs it can easily reach the road at the valley bottom. The BCA Beacon Checker will be installed at Hirafu Gate 3 today. Carrying a beacon is not mandatory but still recommended. If you are carrying a beacon it can not only help you, you may be able to help someone else as well. Don't duck ropes searching for fresh tracks. Please respect and follow the Niseko Rules.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 370cm Base - 130cm
Niseko Village: Top - 300cm Base - 190cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 340cm Base - 180cm
Lifts open for night skiing (planned):
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
It's a pretty cold start to the morning but we're expecting to see it warm up quite a lot today. The sun is going to be out for the day, seemingly under the impression that it's spring! Silly sun.
Yes today and tomorrow in particular it's going to be the warmest days of the year so far and may even rise to approaching double digits here in the village tomorrow.
Sun and clear skies expected today with more cloud tomorrow to be followed by a fair chance of rain.
Looking back on yesterday, I enjoyed a very fine morning over at Cortina. Some great fresh conditions to be found in the morning in particular. By mid afternoon some of the cloud had cleared and there was blue sky and some sun in places too.
So, when will the cold conditions return? Wish I knew, but it should start to get colder again once we get into the new week.
For now enjoy the weekend wherever you choose to slide. Don't forget the camera - some stunning scenery to be enjoyed this morning.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Saturday 21st February 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. All courses planned to be open (except Adventure Course).
Hakuba Goryu: Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm. Hakuba Happo-one: Nakiyama area every day until mid March. 5pm until 9pm. Hakuba Cortina: Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm. Tsugaike Kogen: Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm. Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm. Kashimayari: Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm. Read more ...
Saturday 21st February 2015, 8:30am
Clear, blue skies
Today the sun has got its hat on and there is not a cloud in the sky.
With no snowfall to report from last night and temperatures getting down to -9 degrees this morning with only week winds.
Yesterday we had a cracking day with snow showers in the morning and clear skies in the afternoon.
With the weather looking like it will be sunny until mid day tomorrow with a warmer spell of weather coming in on Sunday afternoon with the chance of rain.
All lifts and gondolas are open this morning.
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 290cm 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 ...
Saturday 21st February 2015, 8:44am
Sun: heaps of, Snow: none of - this recipe of the week continues with the only difference was the night was very cold compared to what we have had lately. The snow is really softening in areas but overall the grooming is holding up well. However if we have another full week without much change it will really be like the end of March already. Read more ...
Saturday 21st February 2015, 8:57am
Just take a look at the photo below taken this morning. Taken after the early morning thin cloud cleared... as if by magic.
Gorgeous blue skies, sun being very sunny... what a fantastic morning it is, weather wise at least.
Don't you just wish winter could go on all year.
Should be nice conditions this morning too as chilly start. It's expected to warm up though during the daytime.
Saturday night so the floodlights will be on for some nighta.
More cloud expected tomorrow and the wider region is expecting some rain as well, we might not escape it.
Lifts planned to be open:
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift Number 3A Number 5 Super quad lift Number 11 lift Number 12 lift Number 13 lift Number 15 lift Moving Walkway Kids Park Freeride Park Tree Run Courses should be open today.
Night skiing at Madarao is every Saturday until 21st March 2015.
Akakura Onsen (Kumado): until 10pm every day until 22 March Tangram Ski Circus: until 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March Madarao Kogen: until 9pm on Saturdays until 21 March Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 21st February 2015, 10:13am
Clear, sunny skies
Like many places today, it's clear blue skies over Shiga Kogen and the sun shining down on us and warming us up as well. Cold start though... Kimochi-ii!
Snow might start getting bit heavier this afternoon, but it sure is a beautiful day to be out.
Might not be so forgiving tomorrow if it's more cloudy and windy.. lower regions are due rain, hopefully here if anything falls it will be snow. But it's certainly going to remain on the milder side of things.
Looking decent for mid week onwards again though with a bit of a drop in temperature and snow due.
In the meantime, what a beauty today!
Resort areas status with official snow depths:
Okushiga Kogen: 260cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yakebitaiyama: 270cm Open
Ichinose Family 260cm Open
Ichinose Yamanokami: 260cm Open
Ichinose Diamond: 260cm Open
Takamagahara Mammoth: 260cm Open
Terakoya: 260cm Open
Higashitateyama: 260cm Open
Giant: 190cm Open
Nishitateyama: 200cm Most open
Happo Bundaraia: 190cm Open
Sun Valley: 190cm Open
Maruike: 190cm Open
Hasuike: 190cm Open
Kumanoyu: 250cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge: 250cm Open
Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas: