Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 19th February 2018
Geto Kogen Now!
Monday 22nd January 2018, 7:27am
Clear, cloud set to come over
Fresh snow! And with any luck, I’ll be starting the report with that for the next few days. Yesterday we saw some consistent, moderate snow falling from around mid-morning, with about 5cm hitting the ground throughout the day. Overnight, we’ve seen another 5, so since my last report, we’ve got 10cm to report.
It’s been a while since we’ve had some fresh stuff to report (but it's still Japan, so max 4 or 5 days). From my position, I can see the fresh snow on the sides that the groomer has missed, and it looks beautiful. We’ve got a cloudy morning in store with tops of -3C today and more snow on the way this evening, and for the coming few days.
Tuesday: light to moderate snow, light to strong winds, tops of 0C Wednesday: heavy snow (30-40cm!), light to moderate winds, tops of -10C Thursday: light to moderate snow, moderate winds, tops of -8C
Tips for the day: Stick to the sides of the runs to pick up that powder, or of course dip into the trees. Remember, the silver lining to the 1st Gondola being closed is that the access isn’t as easy as it usually is — so it’s all untouched. Get off the 2nd Gondola and take a 2 minute walk up the groomed run and you’ll find some nice points to drop in and enjoy the good stuff before anyone else can.
Let’s pray to the snow gods for a good winter harvest this Wednesday.
Gondola One Update:
According to the resort, they’re aiming for early February for the Gondola to be back up and running. Fingers crossed for the first week, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Zones open include Summit, Rabbit, Beech & Stream. At this stage Shooter will remain closed until the main gondola is open.
Official snow depths:
Top: 310cm Base: 225cm
Nighta skiing operations are planned at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018. Read more ...
Monday 22nd January 2018, 7:43am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
After a lovely morning again yesterday, things started to cloud over in the afternoon and then some rain that turned into snow. A bit of a wind as well.
I am glad to be able to report almost 5cm of fresh snow on the ground. Not a huge amount - but we have large numbers to look forward to this week because the forecasts are still all pointing to some prolonged heavy snowfall into the weekend. The exciting full-on snowfall is due to start from later in the day tomorrow.
Oh, by the way Kagura are reporting 10-20cm of fresh snowfall and Maiko Snow Resort is reporting 5-10cm.
In the meantime it is just cloudy at the moment this morning with the chance of some more snow falling later on.
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC exit (Route 17). ---
It is a cold morning and it won't get much warmer during the day. It is -9c now and will only rise up to -7c by midday, and just remember that is the temperature in the town so it will be a bit colder than that at the top of the resort. Furano received 12cm yesterday and this morning there has been a further top up of 7cm. It is certainly pretty heavy snow at the village level anyway. Looking up at the resort there is early morning cloud rolling down the slopes to the base level. This will probably lift later leaving a mainly overcast day. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 22nd January 2018, 8:05am
Overcast and cloudy
After that clear start to the day yesterday, clouds did move in and...
Snow! It's good to see fresh snow around this morning - not massive amounts, but we can wait another day or two for that. Think of this as a starter. The resort is reporting 5cm at lower Hikage and Karasawa areas and 15cm up on the top Yamabiko areas.
So you know where to head this morning.
Just cloudy skies at the moment and things are going to be keeping colder today - with a good chance of more snowfall later on today/tonight.
And that forecast is still looking really promising. I can't wait to bring you news of big snow this week!
Monday 22nd January 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
A layer of fresh snow to report at base this morning... slightly over 10cm. It's a cold start to the day too with the top station reporting a temperature of -14C. The snow conditions should be good, especially if there's more fresh up on the mountain.
A more full-on prolonged dump of light snow would be welcome and this week should be bringing just that. Heavy snow at times along with strong winds likely through the week, starting tomorrow.
Lifts and course info:
- All lifts operating (apart from Karamatsu which is normally closed on weekdays) - All areas open
In the Uwanodai area: Daily until Sunday 4th March 2018 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018
In the Yokokura area: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until Sunday 18th February 2018 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 2nd March until Sunday 11th March 2018
Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates:
January 2018: 27th-31st February 2018: every day March 2018: 1st-4th Read more ...
Monday 22nd January 2018, 8:20am
It is going to be a very good week. I can feel it.
We have a modest amount of fresh snow on the ground this morning - the resort is reporting 10cm; I am measuring 8cm - but this is just the start of what looks set to be one of the snowiest weeks of the season.
Once it starts snowing again later today, we're expecting it to pretty much continue right through until Saturday and at times it be coming down at a really fast rate.
Sounds like Tokyo is going too get snow today. They aren't used to it like we are so there may well be transportation disruption depending on how that pans out.
Anyway, expectations are very high - let's hope it lives up to them!
Official snow depth: 170cm
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift Number 3A lift Super quad lift Number 11 lift Number 12 lift Number 13 lift Number 15 lift
Powder Wave I Powder Wave II River Line Free Ride Park Powder Theater Adventure Aisle Crystal Bowl Ninja Sawa Rabbit Kamoshika Bear
Kids Park Snow Mobile Land
Planned nighta operations this season:
11th February 2018 Every Saturday between until 24th March 2018 Read more ...
Monday 22nd January 2018, 8:29am
Yesterday's late afternoon snow fall came in heavily for about an hour and then eased off here at the base. It was accumulating very quickly up top when I left Tenjin at about 4pm and there is likely to be quite a bit of soft fluffy stuff but the car park was largely spared.
A total of about 3-5cm fell at the base.
The forecast is still for us to get hammered by snow over the next week or so - it's all snow.
There was 10cm of new snowfall in the afternoon yesterday, but it stopped falling in the evening. Not as heavy as we might have liked but all of the courses are covered with a layer of fresh snow.
According to the forecast, it will be snowing in Tokyo and many parts of the Kaneto area this afternoon through tomorrow - keep an eye on the traffic reports and drive safe... they aren't equipped or experienced to deal with it like we are here in Ura Bandai.
It will be snowing in this region from this evening through tomorrow and hopefully beyond.
The snow condition is getting soft, a good day to ride.
And, hurray!, after snow (and wind) during the day yesterday I have double digit fresh snowfall numbers to report this morning - a very reasonable 16cm. And I see lots of people lined up waiting for the lifts to get going.
But there's a lot more to come this week, with some very decent snowfall being forecast by... the forecasts... into the weekend and beyond. It looks like it should be a very good week for snow, which is what I love to report.
And not only here in Hokkaido but lots of regions of Japan are set to get snowed on. Even Tokyo, which is set to get some snow today. Of course they don't like getting snow and it causes all sorts of problems (cue video on the national news of people slipping on the snow, along with some instantly broken umbrellas), so it would be good if it just fell in the areas that want it. Like, us.
Hopefully wind won't cause too many problems.
Light snow is falling as I write this report and snow on and off is what seems to be on the local forecasts for the day, though there's actually a bit of sun shining through a break in the clouds over to the east.
All ski resort areas appear to be opening as planned this morning - check for gate info.
Let's get ready for it. It should be a good week and a very positive last section of the month.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -10℃, 15cm snowfall with snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: -13℃, W15m/s, large snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -17℃, W15/s, 15cm snowfall with large snowdrifts. Hirafu1250m: -19℃, 20cm snowfall, mild wind with occasional gusts. Benkei cape: NW15m/s, Kamai cape: WSW12m/s, 1019hPa, 2.6m waves.
The isobars were tight and the wind stayed strong until late night, the leeward aspects have heavy load of snowdrifts and the avalanche risk is high above 800m. The wind is forecasted to calm down, the gates opening is still undetermined, but working on it. Please follow the patrol’s instructions.
The avalanche risk in the Backbowl, Osawa, Higashi-One is high, please refrain from going too far even after the gate open. Avalanche swipes the whole valley at 100+km/h. Better stay away from the bottom to be able to avoid. Traversing knolls and steep slopes can trigger a slide at anytime. Never traverse avalanche terrain. The tree runs are filled with slightly heavy, wind affected snow, very good conditions.
Please be mindful of your tour route. Being careful will prevent most accidents. Have you turned your beacon on? Helmet? Not obligatory, but strongly recommended. Beware of frostbites. The Niseko Rules exist to protect the safety and freedom of out of bounds riding. Please respect the Rules. Stormy days will persist throughout the week. We hope no accidents will happen.
Monday 22nd January 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts apart from King Number 2 should be operating - 'Early Morning' services from 8:00am until 8:20am (Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift). Until 28th January. 500 yen special ticket required.
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair lift should be operating - 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola). January 27th-28th; February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.
Official snow depth: - Top: 290cm - Base: 170cm
Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:
Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):
* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair * Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift * Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair Read more ...
Monday 22nd January 2018, 8:33am
Good morning from Hakuba.
And here we are at the start of a week that brings a lot of promise of large amounts of fresh snow. Yummy!
First of all the fresh snowfall headlines:
Hakuba Cortina: 5-10cm Hakuba 47: reporting 10cm yesterday afternoon upper slopes Hakuba Goryu: Toomi 1cm; upper areas 5cm Hakuba Happo-one: 2cm at top Gondola station
So a modest layer of snow can be expected on the slopes - but there's that promise of much more just ahead of us.
Yesterday there was some good snow falling later in the afternoon and it was piling up quite quickly for a while, but it eased off in the evening.
This morning it's cloudy skies with snow forecast to be falling later on. Calm before the storm perhaps as when it starts snowing again it should be the start of the excellent week for snowfall that we are all expecting.
It's pretty exciting to look at the forecasts. If the snow happens like they are saying it will, we're on for some serious snowfall. Really serious.
And I will of course look forward to letting you know all about it every morning. :)
R4 / 47 Parks at Hakuba 47 are closed today and tomorrow as they do some 'remaking'.
Ski resort information on Monday 22nd January 2018 (at time of writing):
Night time skiing (nighta) at resorts in the region - weather & conditions permitting The below 'nighta' information will not be updated every day - please check with resorts if you plan to go!
Hakuba Happo-one Daily from 5pm until 9pm in the Nakiyama 2 area Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen
Hakuba Goryu Daily from 6pm until 9:30pm in the Toomi area until 31st March The Sky Four quad operates daily; the Number 2 pair mostly on Saturdays and holidays Adults - 1,900 yen; children - 850 yen
Hakuba Cortina Daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays) Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen
Tsugaike Kogen Kane-no-naru-oka area from 6pm until 8:50pm on 3rd, 10th, 11th February Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 27th January; 10th, 11th, 17th February; 3rd, 10th March Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen
There are no other nighta operations at other ski resorts in the region
The snow has started; not a whole lot of new stuff here at base, but the first bit of what we hope will be a lot more snow. Kind of weird to have wind from the east, and heavier cloud cover to the south and east than to the (more common) north and west.
Tomorrow could be pretty wild, though, as a huge low pressure cell moves in and the wind really picks up.
Keep an eye for lift closures if the predicted 70kph winds materialize in the afternoon.
It's cool, fresh start to the day in Naeba today, with the air temperature reading -6°C. We had a little snow later in the afternoon yesterday, which continued to fall into the late evening, however accumulation was limited to 8cm. The pistes have certainly benefited from the top up, however a good dump of fresh snow is what's needed to really liven things up. As for today's weather so far, there is no precipitation...yet! But the wind is slowly picking up indicating we could expect "Storm Finn" to arrive later in the afternoon. We should expect a little snow overnight again tonight and for temperatures to hover just below 0°C.
Looking forwards, there is a significant shift in the weather patterns we have been seeing over the past couple of weeks. Firstly, the temperature is expected to plummet down to as low as -15°C at the base on Saturday night, and day time highs are expected to be around -9°C. This, coupled with any wind chill, means that any snow which is falling is going to stay in fantastic condition. The snow accumulation predicted currently for "Storm Finn" is totaling 98cm at the base. Now, of course this predicted number will fluctuate as the week goes on, however that is a healthy figure to start the storm off. Of course, a far greater accumulation is expected higher up on the peaks. Coupled with this snow fall, we can expected some brisk winds, with the worst of these passing through on Thursday and Friday. It's great to be welcoming winter back into Mikuni valley!