Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 23rd March 2018
Saturday 21st March 2015, 8:01am
Low cloud in places, but... clear and sunny!
Not so much sun yesterday more that cloud hanging on and actually increasing later on too - lots of low hanging cloud making for some moody scenes. I hear that visibility was very poor the higher up you went and that even affected a few resorts.
This morning there shouldn't be any of those problems. Here at SnowJapan HQ in Minamiuonuma which is where I am posting from today, we have cloud above us but a look at the Ishiuchi Maruyama webcam shows that it's low lying cloud in the valley with lovely blue skies above. And blue skies above Yuzawa. Going to be a very fine and sunny day and temperatures are going to probably just about reach 10 degrees here at town level.
We have of course been talking about snow coming back early week and yes it is still there on the forecasts and down to base and town too.
The chance should start later on tomorrow with the snow due on Monday and Tuesday. Just what kind of snowfall to expect is something we'll just have to wait and look forward to. I'd recommend not expecting much out of it and be pleasantly surprised if we do, rather than the other way round!
In the meantime have a fine weekend.
Last nighta of the season at Ishiuchi Maruyama tonight. Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai go on until tomorrow.
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)
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: -4C, no snowfall, sunny and icy morning. Moiwa 800m: no data. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: no snowfall, -5C. Peak data n/a. Coastal data: Benkei cape S3m/s, Kamui cape SSW12m/s, 1013hPa, 0.3m waves.
Calm morning under a high-pressure system. Snowmelt will continue during the day. Blocks of snow may fall from cracks in steep cliff slopes. Full depth climax (ground) avalanche hazard is rising in SE facing Osawa, Backbowl and Moiwa bowl. Avalanches run through the valley bottom, better avoid those terrains to prevent being caught in one. All gates are expected to open from the morning. Keep in mind that the areas outside the gates are outside ski area management. Always be alert; precaution is key to avoid accidents. Have a nice day.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 450cm Base - 130cm
Niseko Village: Top - 320cm Base - 170cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 400cm Base - 180cm
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.
Hello and it's a clear and sunny morning here in Nozawa.
It's going to be a lovely spring ski day here.
Tomorrow morning might start similarly, but conditions should be deteriorating later in the day to be followed hopefully by snow into Monday. Fingers crossed.
What else to say... oh yes...
For those lucky enough to be in Nozawa this evening, there's the 'Niko Niko Fuyu Matsuri' event going on in the centre of the village from 7pm. Looks like there's be some food and drink taste testing along with some things to win. Make sure your 'janken' (paper, stone, scissors) skills are up to scratch! I hope that cheeky Nozawa character dude might appear too if it's not past his/her bedtime.
Fresh snow to report since yesterday (reported by resort):
Nice bright sun to wake up to this morning and if you looked real hard you would see there was a very slight dusting of snow. Conditions are holding up well but there are patches just starting to show through on the lower areas and around the trees. No snow forecasted for the day with our next hope being Monday. However with the close of Kitanomine Zone after this weekend it is best to get our last turns in today. Read more ...
Saturday 21st March 2015, 8:29am
Low valley cloud, clear above
Did you get to see those views early yesterday? Amazing. Though instead of clearing up, the clouds increased and took over from the blue skies.
This morning there's another sea of clouds hanging over the valley to be seen, though not quite on the scale of yesterday by the looks. Still, it's certainly an impressive sight.
Clear blue skies once again once you get above that low cloud. We are expecting sun today though so I think it's more likely to clear than cloud over like yesterday.
More sun expected tomorrow.
Last nighta of the season at Tsugaike Kogen tonight and at Happo-one tomorrow night.
How about this snow early week, I hear you asking! Yes, it is still there on the forecast. All being well we will be being snowed on Monday and Tuesday...
Happo-one have announced that they will be extending their season - the plan was until 6th May but they will now be opening daily until Sunday 10th May. Yey!
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Saturday 21st 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: Last nighta tonight. Read more ...
Saturday 21st March 2015, 8:42am
Perfect Spring weather, zero degrees at the base and set to warm up but blue skies forecast all day and not a breath of wind.
For those out riding, enjoy!
(Photos from earlier this week - but very similar conditions to now!)
Planned closing dates of ski resorts in Minakami (subject to change):
Until 22nd March Oana
Until 29th March Norn Minamaki Okutone Snow Park White Valley
Until 30th March Minakami Kogen
Until 5th April Minakami Kogen Ski Resort Minakami Hodaigi
Actually quite chilly this morning, definitely more than it has been anyway.
The sun is out though and there's clear blue skies above.
Pretty much a perfect spring morning (fresh snow aside of course).
Talking of fresh snow - due on Monday!
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 ...
Saturday 21st March 2015, 8:58am
There were some fantastic cloud views to be had yesterday.
A sunny morning here with the sun out but some thin overcast kind of clouds around. Nice and bright and very much a spring morning, if not slightly colder than the last few.
Snowfall and a return to colder conditions are still forecast for Monday.
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 ...
Saturday 21st March 2015, 9:12am
Clear sunny blue skies
Good morning everyone.
Today’s weather is glorious! Blue skies, temperatures above zero early on - destined to warm up considerably - and no wind at all.
A day to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather.
There is a chance of some snow at the start of next week, so we are hoping that happens to freshen conditions up once again.
Both Naeba and Kagura areas are open as normal... remember from today the top Romance Number 5 lift at Kagura will be open until 2pm.
It's the Naeba Winter Festival fireworks tonight so nighta is from 4pm until 8pm (and a bit cheaper than normal too).
Nighta at Naeba continues until Sunday 29th March.
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 26 0cm 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 March 2015, 11:33am
Not a cloud in that sky
A lot of times on this page I have expressed my preference for pounding, deep, keep-the-weaklings-out heavy snowfall. Today, though is just great. After a few days of rain and gloom, it is perfectly blue agin in Myoko (just in time for the weekend), and cold enough overnight so there is some good snow, until it gets too warm and mushy - but that's OK; that's what beer is for.
Happy to see all the ski areas are open in full even though we are officially now in spring.
They tell me people stop coming out of the city once the cherry blossoms are out; I say come up here and ski and later on enjoy the Takada cherry blossoms (just up the road), which are still a while off!