Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017
Tuesday 21st March 2017, 7:25am
Morning from Zao.
It's cloudy for now, and mild - but is it going to rain here today? And is it going to snow higher up, and later on down here? The forecasts are a bit shy so let's see what happens.
A few more lifts are now closed for the season from this morning, though terrain open remains unchanged. There will very probably be less people from now on as the idea of "spring" sets in and more people go about other spring things.
Cheaper lift tickets as well from today with a one day lift ticket going down from 5,000 yen to 4,100 yen.
Closed for the season: - Paradise Number 3 pair - Diamond Number 1 pair - Zao Kokutai pair - Ryuzen pair - Karamatsu pair
Course info: Closed for the season: - Kotan
Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself): Summit - 150cm Paradise - 240cm Chuo - 240cm Utopia - 190cm Uwanodai - 130cm Yokokura - 130cm Read more ...
Tuesday 21st March 2017, 8:04am
Yesterday it really warmed up and it was really hazy too - is hazy the word even?! Bright and sunny but... very hazy. I was driving on Route 17 by Ishiuchi in the afternoon and the temperature readout by the side of the road said 13C.
Cloud cover this morning and there's no sun. It's not going to be as warm today and the forecast for down in town currently is cloud, some rain at times in the day and snow tonight and into tomorrow.
There have been a few spots of rain this morning though it seems the upper parts of Kagura have seeing some snow falling - there's no new cm to report though.
Let's see how the day goes on and hope that it gets cold enough for the snow. It would be great to see a fresh layer on the ground.
Just the Kandatsu Kogen and Naeba resorts are now offering nighta floodlit skiing - info below.
Official snow depth information as of Tuesday 21st March 2017
Planned 'Nighta' operations (floodlit night skiing)
** Subject to change due to snow and weather conditions
Kandatsu Kogen 'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night' from 6pm-4am) is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nighta before holidays from 7th April until 22nd April
Overcast skies this morning and according to weather forecast there should be snow falling from this afternoon and overnight tonight.
Snow condition are not icy but a bit wet - spring time!
Come on, fresh snow!
Snow Park Information:
[Dekodaira E park] 2 way 10m kicker, 7m table top and 10m kicker
[Deokoboko park] 6m wide box, 6m down box, 5m table top, 6m straight rail, 6m straight box, 6m carve box, 6m arch box, volcano, volcano, 3m table top and 5m table top
- Gondola - Number 1 quad lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3 quad lift - Number 4 quad lift
All courses now open
Official snow depth: 300cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: dry Goshukinuma through Grandeco: wet, no snow Read more ...
Tuesday 21st March 2017, 8:31am
Good morning everyone.
Last night I was out for my traditional 'last nighta'. Didn't last long, but it had to be done. It's going to be kind of lonely not seeing all those floodlights on in an evening now. The last lifts will now be open until 4:30pm.
On to this morning, and... where's the sun!? After a run of fine and sunny weather, the sun has decided to take a well-earned rest this morning - it's overcast skies and mild conditions this morning, and it's going to warm up. The local forecast says it will rise to around +7C in Kutchan this afternoon.
But I know you want the more exciting news, don't you? Me too.
Well, it is going to get colder tonight and there is (light) snow dotted across the forecast over the following few days. Hardly any; or a nice surprise? I'll keep you updated!
Fingers crossed everyone.
The sun is taking a well-earned rest this morning, and so from today are a few lifts around the mountain as we head into the last section of the season. These rested lifts don't affect the terrain that is open but worth noting. Here are the lifts that I believe are resting from today:
Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Number 1, King Number 1, Ace Number 4 Niseko Village - Morino Chair Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 3
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
Planned closing dates Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April (and then from 28th April until 7th May) Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May Read more ...
Tuesday 21st March 2017, 8:39am
Good morning from Hakuba.
It's a mix of rain and sleet at base areas early this morning though snow is falling as you get higher up.
Hopefully temperatures will remain low and we'll get some snow down to base today. Different forecasts seem to be predicting rather different scenarios for the next few days - rain? snow? heavy snow overnight? Not sure what to say other than we'll just have to wait and see what nature delivers.
It would be fantastic if we could get another layer of fresh out there.
The national holiday is gone and we're back to a normal weekday. We are also into the last chunk of the season now and starting to see a few lifts getting rested here and there as well as some cheaper lift ticket prices. It's good to see that in terms of snow cover, there are no forced early closings. I will be updating details on 'what's open and what's not open' when we get to that stage!
Resort news as of 8:35am on Tuesday 21st March 2017:
All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Upper: 320cm Base: 155cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 1cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Alps: 290cm Toomi: 145cm Iimori: 95cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 1cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 240cm Kurobishi: 300cm Lower: 100cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. The Tsugaike Ropeway is now operating for the spring season. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 350cm Han-no-ki: 345cm Maruyama: 135cm Oya-no-hara: 125cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 120cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Top: 345cm Base: 210cm
Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:
Hakuba Goryu: Planned to be open daily until 31st March (6pm until 9:30pm)
Hakuba Happo-one: Planned to be open daily until 25th March (until 9pm on the Nakiyama area) Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 21st March 2017, 8:47am
Cloudy skies, fog
After a busy long weekend, it's back to a normal weekday and we will likely see the number of people visiting be less from now.
It's a tale of different conditions base to top this morning - light rain here at base, and light snow up top.
There's even 1-5cm of fresh snow being reported by the top parts of the resort this morning.
This time last year a fair few courses were closed by now and the official snow depth at Yamabiko was just 130cm. That it is 385cm as of today just shows how different the situation is this year - and probably just goes to show more than anything how 'not normal' last season really was. I'll look back at numbers in more details to be posted in my last report of the season in early May.
Nozawa Onsen plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May
Remaining nighta: one more time, on Saturday 25th March
Lifts operations: - All lifts operating except: - Yunomine pair (usually closed on weekdays) - Mizunashi triple (usually closed on weekdays) - Challenge pair (usually closed on weekdays) - Utopia pair (usually closed on weekdays)
Courses not open today are: - Grand Prix - Hachiman - Kandahar East - Kamoshika Read more ...
Tuesday 21st March 2017, 8:48am
Lots of cloud and...
Morning from Naeba.
The resort is reporting 5cm of fresh up top this morning which is great to see.
It's a relatively mild morning but we're hoping for things to get colder over the next few days again and perhaps some new snow down to base too.
Bring it on!
Here's how the rest of the season is planned for Naeba:
- open daily until Sunday 2nd April; - open on weekends and holidays between Saturday 8th April until Sunday 23rd April; - open daily from Saturday 29th April until Sunday 7th May
Nighta will continue daily until Sunday 26th March. Read more ...
Tuesday 21st March 2017, 9:05am
Morning from Madarao.
I'm afraid it's a mild morning and raining lightly, though seems to be snowing at the top of the mountain.
Snow down to base later on and overnight, allowing me to report fresh cm in my report tomorrow? Yes please!
Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April. 13 days to go!
Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):
- Number 1 lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3A lift - Number 5 lift - Super quad lift - Number 11 lift - Number 12 lift - Number 13 lift - Number 15 lift - Moving walkway - Kids Park - Free Ride Park
- Powder Wave I - Powder Wave II - River Line - Powder Theater - Adventure Aisle - Crystal Bowl - Ninja - Sawa - Rabbit - Kamoshika - Bear
- Remaining nighta at Madarao Kogen - today and Saturday 25th March.
Skies cleared yesterday from mid-morning but at the base this morning we have rain and its forecast to continue all day. Up top they are getting snow but its only accumulated 3cm according to the staff at Tenjin so likely rather moist stuff at this point. Temps up top are currently above zero but that is set to change and looks like a lot of snow coming in this evening through Friday with good weather forecast for Saturday. Will need to give things a thorough testing before the weekend.
Crank up the furnace, fuel up the blower and may the Pow be with you.
Lift passes at Hodaigi are being sold at a discount from today and there is still plenty of snow over there but not sure if they see much of this storm or not.
0cm Tenjin 0cm Hodaigi 0cm Okutone
Temps at 9am
Official snow depth:
430cm Tenjin 250cm Hodaigi 210cm Okutone
Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):
*** Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Tuesday 21st March 2017, 9:19am
Light wet snow falling at the moment this morning with cloudy skies and decent visibility.
Hoping that it will get colder today and there'll be more snow to report tomorrow morning - it's there on the forecast.
Now that the long weekend is over, things will be getting that bit quieter now with lots of people getting busy with other spring-like things - graduations, changing work, sakura, etc. The less dedicated ones, of course. Lots of the more dedicated will still be coming here come May.
Later on today I will add "planned closing season dates" to this report and keep that up in each report from now on. (Update: added!)
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish (and don't move much!)
Planned closing dates...it's complicated! We surely have enough snow this season for resorts to be open as long as planned. Below are the dates that I have found for each of the resort areas of Shiga Kogen. Please note that from 8th May, joint Shiga Kogen lift tickets are not valid - individual tickets from the individual areas will be required.
Sun Valley Both Sun Valley lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Maruike The Number 1 triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April The Number 2 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 26th March
Hasuike The triple lift and ropetow plan to be operating until Sunday 26th March (ropetow weekends only)
Giant The pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Higashitateyama The Gondola plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Bunadaira The Hoppo quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Takamagahara Mammoth The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April). The triple lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March. The pair lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March (* Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only)
Nishitateyama The Nishitateyama lifts plan to be operating until Friday 31st March
Tannenomori Okojo The quad lift plans to be operating daily until Sunday 2nd April and then on 8th/9th April and from 29th April until 7th May
Ichinose Family The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Ichinose Number 2 pair A lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Ichinose Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 26th March (* closed Tuesdays)
Terakoya The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 3rd April until 28th April).
Ichinose Diamond The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April) The Ichinose Diamond triple lift plans to be operating on 25th March
Yakebitaiyama The Gondolas and Number 2 lift plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Okushiga Kogen The Okushiga Kogen Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating on 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and between 29th April and 7th May The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3, and 6 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May
Kumanoyu The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 14th May The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April; and then on 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and from 29th April until 7th May
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until late May The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (may be closed on certain days) The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until late May Read more ...
Tuesday 21st March 2017, 9:53am
Raining and gray
Rain, rain.... another cycle of warming weather and a freezing line moving up the mountain has moved in; the optimists around here think it's snowing up high, and it looks like there could be a pretty good fall up higher on the hill through the afternoon and into the evening.
Snow is forecast through the week, in fact. As I have said before, every extra bit is nice for the coming spring skiing (although it can be pretty awful, especially out in the backcountry, until that snow settles).
I did see several loose snow avalanches on steep slopes yesterday, so do be careful next time it warms up and the sun comes out. They're snow and heavy and can still hurt you!
Cloudy skies currently and a rather balmy 3 degrees with very light winds. The dreaded four letter word is in the forecast for this afternoon. Yes it may rain! We’re hoping it doesn’t arrive before the temperatures start dropping this afternoon. If we’re lucky enough the falling temperatures may bring us a fair amount of snow this afternoon and into this evening.
Fortunately the temperatures are supposed to stay in the negative area for the rest of the week and into the weekend with an occasional snow flurry. Things are warming up as April approaches but we’ve still got a great base to make sure everyone heading out can take full advantage of the mountain. All runs remain open and are in good shape. The long holiday weekend is over so you can also expect a relatively quite mountain to play on too. Given the warm temperatures at the base you can probably be assured of some slushy conditions but that's to be anticipated.
Planned operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):
Appi Gondola Central quad Central number 2 Central number 3b Central number 4 Central number 5 Central number 6 Sailer Gondola Sailer quad Vista quad Nishimori
Official snow depth:
Appi plans to be opening until Sunday 7th May this season Read more ...
Tuesday 21st March 2017, 12:51pm
It is an overcast day with a light wind blowing which is making things feel a bit on the cool side. Slope condition is soft spring snow over the entire mountain. Night skiing on the Furano side is now limited to the Prince Romance lift...so unless you are a beginner it is best to head to the Kitanomine side for some night skiing on the Kitanomine quad chair.