Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017

Myoko Now!

Friday 22nd January 2016, 7:29am
Weather conditions: I'm saying partly cloudy, because it is clear towards Nagano City, but it's hard to tell if the thin clouds will disappear or get thicker (hoping for the latter)
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 145cm
Gotta get out early today, so I'm sending this out without many new reports in from the resorts (but having said that, the two who did haven't changed their figures).

A tiny dusting of snow overnight, and it is clear to the east and south, with high thin clouds overhead at the base.

It looks like it might be snowing way up high, though, and the forecast locally is for more snow later in the day. The best part is that we still have a forecast for heavy snow on both Saturday and Sunday; it feels like things are starting to get back to normal snow-wise!

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Akakura Kanko:
-6° / 145cm

Akakura Onsen:
-4° / 130cm

Ikenotaira Onsen:
-4° / 110cm

Myoko Suginohara:
-10° (top)/ 120cm

Seki Onsen:
-5° / 200cm

Myoko Ski Park:
-2° / 140cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
-4° / 140cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
-4° / 120cm

Madarao Kogen:
-4° / 120cm
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Yuzawa Now!

Friday 22nd January 2016, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Good morning from Yuzawa where has been more snow since the last report... 8cm outside my place here in town.

Snow was falling on and off for most of the day yesterday and overnight and I suppose because of that we were hoping for more cm than what we got, but it's all good.

The snow of the last few days has certainly been appreciated by the resorts - and of course people visiting them - and happily there is more on the way soon.

Light to moderate snow expected through the day today with maybe a break in snowfall during the day tomorrow, to be followed by heavy snow which is forecast for Saturday night and through Sunday (some forecasts seem to say that will happen on a slightly later schedule than that).

Maiko Snow Resort are this morning reporting 10cm of fresh snow on their slopes, as are Kagura. So I would expect about that around the resorts this morning.

With snow still falling now, visibility is limited outside and on the slopes but the fresh snow to play in will probably make up for that.

Take care where you're going.

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Resort official snow depths (Friday 22nd January 2016) and any specific news:

All resorts in the area are now generally open for the season though please note that courses are not yet open.
The fresh snowfall of the last few days has been a big help, though we could do with more to give us decent base numbers.
Some numbers have not been updated today at the time of writing the report.

Resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
150cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
100cm

Iwappara
100cm

Joetsu Kokusai
110cm

Kagura
110cm (Mitsumata)
140cm (Tashiro)
170cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen
90-110cm

Maiko Snow Resort
125cm (upper)
55cm (lower)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
90cm

Naeba
100cm

NASPA Ski Garden
85cm

Yuzawa Kogen
100cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
75cm

Yuzawa Park
70cm

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List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City

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Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast
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Madarao Now!

Friday 22nd January 2016, 8:18am
Weather conditions: Clouds
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Not really much to report in terms of new snowfall since yesterdays report, just a dusting I would say but this morning light snow continues to fall. Visibility is generally pretty good at the moment though with just the very top of the mountain covered with cloud.

Not much snow is expected today, just light snow at times, but heavy snow is expected over the weekend. Timing for that would seem to be later on tomorrow (night) and through Sunday maybe into Monday as well. It might get windy on Sunday as well.

Fingers crossed we do get that 'heavy snow'. Would be great to get the other Tree Runs open at Madarao.

I see that they were doing a 'renew' of the park at Madarao last night and apparently there's two new kickers (5m and 3m) as well as a wide box.

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Madarao Kogen 6 day snow and weather forecast

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Madarao Kogen lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tangram Ski Circus lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Madarao Tree Run Courses:

Ninja and Kamoshika open   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Friday 22nd January 2016, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and sun. Lovely!
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Good morning from Niseko and what a beautiful morning it is.

Not in terms of fresh snowfall - there's none of that to report this morning - but just look at those blue skies!

And that funny looking cloud hat thingy that Mt Yotei is wearing. If I didn't respect her so much, I'd say she looked a bit silly.

But other than the Mt Yotei peak cloud there's not much other cloud up there just at the moment. Rather we have lots of clear blue skies and the sun shining down on us. Happily none of those gusty winds that we have endured the past few days as well.

It's a very cold morning as well, -9 degrees here at the moment. That's not stopping lots of eager folk wanting to get up for first tracks of the day though; and who can blame them.

All the resorts are open as planned this morning and all of the gates should be open as well. I would expect quite a lot of people using them.

The forecast tell us to expect to be back to snowfall from tomorrow and into next week, though it looks like it will be more steady regular light snowfall than serious dumpage.

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As people who visited just after New Year will no doubt tell you, Niseko does not usually get that many clear bluebird days in peak season. They should be - and I am sure are by most - treasured. (Just as long as they are followed quickly by a fresh delivery of more snowfall, of course). I certainly love them and I'm going to be doing some exploring myself.

There hasn't been as much fresh over the last few days of course and the strong winds that we have been experiencing as well will have been blowing snow around and making shapes. Visibility is excellent today but as always do keep check on the excitement levels and be sure of where you are going, especially if you are venturing out of the resort areas. Have fun!

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Last chance to enter the competition to win one of the Niseko United lift tickets on SnowJapan:

I'm late here, but still interested!

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Resort specific lift opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas opening as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -4°C, no new snowfall, calm. Moiwa 800m: -7°C, W5m/s, trace of new snow. Mikaeri 740m: -8.7°C, NW3.5m/s, 10cm new snow, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -13°C, light winds, no snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: -8°C, light winds, trace of new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:SE3m/s. Kamui Cape NNW8m/s, 1014hPa, wave 2.2m.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is shallow and there has been no significant snowdrift development overnight. From observation and data general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are scheduled to be open this morning. Please listen to the patrols guidance before you go out of bounds. Beware traversing cornice slopes and knoll terrain – this can trigger an avalanche. Today back country areas will be busy, carelessly triggering an avalanche could cause a deadly situation for other mountain users below. Don't wait in the valley bottoms, avalanches come from above.

Stay safe by not over estimating your skills or equipment. Don't carelessly follow tracks, you may get lost, always be aware of your current location. There is no bus service back from Goshiki Onsen

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 22nd January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 300cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 270cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 240cm
Base - 160cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 22nd January 2016, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 65cm
Morning from Nozawa and just a few cm down here at base really with the resort reporting 3-7cm of fresh snowfall since yesterday.

Very light snow falling as I write this with light snow forecast for pretty much all of the day today.

Tomorrow might start off cloudy (maybe even a bit of sunshine according to some forecasts), but by the end of the day it should be snowing and there's a good chance of heavy snowfall going into Sunday as well.

Feels cold this morning and now -2 here in the village and it probably won't change much during the day. Expect Sunday in particular to be colder.

Fingers crossed!

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Official info at time of writing on Friday 22nd January 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 140cm
Uenotaira: 110cm
Hikage: 65cm
Nagasaka: 55cm
Karasawa: 50cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 5cm
Uenotaira: 7cm
Hikage: 3cm
Nagasaka: 3cm
Karasawa: 3cm

All lifts now planned to be operating except:

- Yunomine pair*
- Mizunashi triple*
- Challenge pair*
- Utopia pair*
- Kandahar pair
- Hikage Number 2 pair B line*

(Lifts marked * are usually operating on weekends and holidays)

The following courses are not currently open:

- Paradise connection
- Challenge 39
- Hikage no kabe
- Grand Prix
- Jumping
- Hachiman
- Mukoubayashi
- Kandahar West
- Kandahar East

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Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Friday 22nd January 2016, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Good Morning from Appi.

Although its sunny outside the falling temperatures that have blanketed the whole of Japan have affected us to. The temperature has dropped overnight with a high of -12 on the upper part of the mountain forecast today.

Yesterday was a mix of cloud and sun with no real snow accumulation to speak of. The wind did pick up a little mid afternoon but certainly not to the gale force conditions we experienced last week. 17 out of 21 runs are now open and the official base depth has increased to 80cm, not fantastic but enough to keep us going for now. Today we’re expecting mostly sunny skies with mostly light winds at the base and base temperatures in the -6 range. Those heading to the top of the mountain can expect blustery conditions late in the day with winds picking up to 12 M/S with a rather chilly temperature accompanying it. Make sure you’ve got some decent long johns on.

As far as snowfall goes I’m not expecting much, if any, today but hopefully tomorrow afternoon we may get a decent amount. As always at Appi it’s ‘subject to change without notice’. The next few days are fairly similar in outlook with partly cloudy skies, light winds and sporadic snowfall.

TGIF!

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Currently planned operating lifts:

- Appi Gondola
- Central Number 1 quad
- Number 2 lift A
- Number 3 lift B
- Number 3 lift C
- Number 4 lift
- Sailer quad
- Vista quad   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Friday 22nd January 2016, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Morning from Grandeco where there has just been a slight dusting of fresh snow - about 2cm at base here.

Things feel quite calm this morning - it's not windy, just cold.

Snow conditions remain very good, all the lifts and courses are open, and not that many people around... a perfect day to ride!

There are some school excursion groups training at the base area but they don't take the upper lifts for the more advanced courses so it is easy to avoid them. In this region the winter 'school excursion season' continues until early February (on weekdays and Sunday afternoons).

The weather will be calm until tomorrow and heavy snow expected around Sunday and it's due to get colder still as well.

The 6 day forecast promises regular snow into the middle of next week, so things feel much more close to normal now after the late start to the season.

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Lifts operating:

All lifts operating

Courses open:

All courses open

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Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Friday 22nd January 2016, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog/gas in places
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 85cm
Good morning from Hakuba.

It was a generally cloudy day yesterday for the most part with some blue sky and a bit of sunshine at times.

This morning there is no fresh snow to report in the village and none of the resorts are reporting any fresh snowfall either (at both lower and upper areas).

There's lots of cloud around this morning too and it is a cold -4 degrees here in the village.

It looks set to get colder still over the weekend especially on Sunday when potentially we will be enjoying heavy snowfall. The snow is due to start falling sometime around lunchtime tomorrow and get heavier from then on. Let's hope the snow is not accompanied by strong winds that affect lifts.

It's really great to be able to report that most of the resorts are now 'mostly open'. It has taken a while! We're still not there yet though - perhaps the forecast heavy snowfall over the weekend might just be what we need to be able to declare 'fully open'.

Talking of the snowfall that we received...

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...The Tree Riding Zone at the Hakuba 47 resort opens from today. Well, the lower section of it.

These ungroomed areas are found off Route 2 and 3 within the resort itself, and only registered members can enter via the designated gates. They are not supervised like the normal resort courses and only advanced skiers and snowboarders who are knowledgeable to cope with situations like avalanches and helping others as well as having the right equipment should be using it.

The Tree Riding Zone opens once the patrol guys have checked for safety and if all goes to plan until 3pm, though this can always change due to conditions on the day.

If you wish to ride this area you need to register and sign a consent form at the School Center and take a quick lecture. You'll receive a rather fetching 'bib' to wear while you are in the area. This bib is to be returned by 3pm and acts as a check that you have returned safely. (Once you have registered, from the second time you can just exchange your ID card for the bib).

Beacon, shovel and helmets are strongly recommended. An important thing to understand is that by using this area you are skiing and boarding totally at your own responsibility and the resort takes none in the case of any kind of accident. This means that if you need rescuing etc, you will need to pay all the associated charges. (The resort will also send out search and rescue if the bib is not returned by 3pm and that will be charged too. So keep an eye on the time!)

Not for everyone but something of a different experience.

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I promised night skiing info today. Apologies, I will get that sorted by tomorrow.

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Resort news as of 8:45am on Friday 22nd January 2015 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses are now open.
The lower part of the Tree Riding Zone will be open from today.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 200cm
Base: 70cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses are now open except Snow Diving and Adventure.
Lift info:
All lifts open as planned (Alps 2 and 4 rested on weekdays).
Official snow depth
Alps: 195cm
Toomi: 85cm
Iimori: 85cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Upper areas are open and lower areas (Nakiyama North, Shirakaba, Sakka) are all now part open.
The only area closed currently is Kokusai (though the Kokusai 1 lift is operating).
Lift info:
All planned lifts are now operating!
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 165cm
Nakiyama: 60cm
Sakka: 30cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses apart from Mt Hieda Ridge are now open.
Lift info:
All lifts (apart from Number 7 pair) are be operating.
Official snow depth:
Top: 177cm
Base: 105cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All course areas are now open.
Lift info:
All lifts apart from Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I are operating.
Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 205cm
Maruyama: 75cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 80cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting up to 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Larger area of the resort now open - the main areas that remain closed are Sonezawa and View A and B on Mountain Side.
Lift info:
9 of the 13 lifts are now operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 130cm
Lower: 50cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
70cm
All lifts apart from Number 8 lift and 8 of the 12 courses are currently open at Hakuba Norikura Onsen.

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
55cm
All 5 lifts are operating though some of the courses are not yet open.   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Friday 22nd January 2016, 9:17am
Weather conditions: Today has a moderate amount of fog just above the base area.
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Another good day looks to be on the cards today. Fresh snow fell throughout yesterday with a small amount of snow continuing to fall even now. Although it's not snowing quite as heavily as it was yesterday, the pistes should still be benefit from being refreshed throughout the day today.

All in all since yesterday there's been a solid 10cm of additional snow.

The other exciting news from today is that tomorrow, conditions allowing the Skyline course at the very top of the hill will open!

The upcoming weather forecast is still looking like almost non stop snow. Expect heavy snow over night on Sunday/Monday and then a break from snow on Tuesday, although Wednesday looks like it's set to start snowing again straight away.

Naeba 6-day snow and weather forecast

The 2016 Alpine Skiing World Cup will be held on the slopes of Naeba between 12th-14th February 2016. In preparation for that event, there are going to be some restrictions each day mainly involving the Men's Riesen Slalom run. That run is going to be closed until Friday 5th February and after that date there will be some different restrictions in the lead up to the World Cup event.   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 22nd January 2016, 9:41am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 60cm
Morning from Shiga Kogen and there's no fresh cm of snowfall to report today.

It is currently snowing lightly though visibility generally remains quite good. The snow clouds should remain over the region over the next few days, with heavier snowfall due around Sunday.

After that, we will probably get to enjoy some clearer skies and sunshine, so the more the better this weekend please!

Most of the major areas are now 'fully open' (ie. all courses available) with just a few courses here and there yet to open.

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Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Friday 22nd January 2016):

Sun Valley
60cm

Maruike
60cm

Hasuike
50cm

Giant
75cm

Higashitateyama
75cm

Bunadaira
75cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
75cm

Nishitateyama
75cm

Tannenomori Okojo
75cm

Ichinose Family
75cm

Terakoya
80cm

Ichinose Diamond
75cm

Ichinose Yamanokami
75cm

Yakebitaiyama
75cm

Okushiga Kogen
70cm

Kumanoyu
80cm

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge
80cm

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6 day snow and weather forecasts:

Ichinose Family 6-day snow and weather forecast
Okushiga Kogen 6-day snow and weather forecast
Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Friday 22nd January 2016, 9:51am
Weather conditions: Bluebird/clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 295cm
Yesterday was a pretty stunning day and today looks even better with the white slopes of the resort surrounded with 360 degrees of blue skies, and to top that off the sun is out as well. Make the most of this as it is likely high cloud will roll over the resort later in the day and remove the nice blue skies.

Temperatures are pretty cold with -10c at base, and these temperatures will persist over the next few days. The slopes are in great condition but the snowpack is a bit firm due the the recent high winds and the sun baking that we got yesterday.

The good news is the winds have vanised and there is some fresh snow on the forecast for today and tomorrow. If the snow comes through then the heaviest falls will be late afternoon and tomorrow evening.    Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Friday 22nd January 2016, 10:23am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
As I write this report it is just cloudy but we may get to see some snow falling at times today.

No new cm of snow to report since yesterday.

It's a cold and reasonably calm morning (here in the village anyway), with good visibility.

More snow due over the next few days with the heaviest snow probably falling later in the day on Sunday. Looks like it might be another stormy situation, though if it's overnight then it won't affect lifts. That sounds like a plan!

Conditions should remain calm for tomorrow and again the chance of light snow falling and some forecasts saying we might also have period of sunshine.

Have a good one.

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Information as of Friday 22nd January 2016 (subject to change)

All planned lifts operating (Karamatsu pair lift is weekend-only)

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 110cm
Chuo: 130cm
Paradise: 135cm
Uwanodai: 95cm

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

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15th Dec, 11:06am
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15th Dec, 8:58am
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15th Dec, 8:56
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15th Dec, 8:54
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15th Dec, 8:47
Zao Now
15th Dec, 8:44
Hakuba Now
15th Dec, 8:36
Niseko Now
15th Dec, 8:35am
Nozawa Onsen Now
15th Dec, 7:55
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15th Dec, 7:31
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15th Dec, 7:27
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15th Dec, 7:21
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14th Dec, 9:25
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14th Dec, 8:34

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