Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017
Sunday 23rd December 2012, 8:32am
Low temperatures and cloud forecast for the day, the groomed slopes are going to be in great condition. Read more ...
Sunday 23rd December 2012, 8:42am
Lets be honest - yesterday was not good. It was misty, slushy, rainy and any other word you want to use ending with 'y' and having some slightly unpleasant undertones. Thankfully though, sometime during the night the rain turned to snow and this morning it is decidedly more crunchy under foot.
I still wouldn't be using the word 'powder', but also won't be using the word slush.
At the moment the conditions are improved, but the really good news is that big snow front that is still due tonight.
So tomorrow promises the possibility of a real powder day, just in time to celebrate the Emperor's birthday and Christmas. So if you've only got one days skiing in you for this long weekend, I would be doing it tomorrow!
There is 15-20cm of new snow at the moment and all lifts, except the Number 3 & 13 lifts will be open.
Lifts operating: Number 1 Number 2 Super quad Number 5 Number 11 Number 12 Number 15 Kids Park
The Powder Wave, Usagi, River Line and Powder Theater courses at not yet open. Read more ...
Sunday 23rd December 2012, 8:55am
We didn't avoid the rain completely yesterday unfortunately, but quickly looking to the good news Kagura this morning are reporting 20cm of new snowfall.
Here in Naeba it is -3C and 5-10cm of new snowfall, not much of a wind, and light snow falling early this morning. Though actually it's also quite bright at the same time.
We still have that decent snowfall for later today into tomorrow right? Seems so, though can't help feeling looking at the forecasts that it might not bring quite as much as we were hoping for. We'll see, and I'll let you know!
Did you know that today is actually the Naeba Prince Hotel's 50th birthday? Happy Birthday! There'll be a few events going on today to celebrate.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 100cm Kagura - 200cm
Naeba and the Kagura resort areas are now all mostly open. Read more ...
Sunday 23rd December 2012, 9:10am
Another 10-15cm of snowfall here in Niseko since yesterday and it's a decidedly colder morning this morning, around -5C at the moment. Variable winds on the mountain with Annupuri reporting 13m/s and above, along with a temperature of -15C up top. Wrap up well to seek the rewards! The top Jumbo Number 4 lift at Annupruri is not operating early on because of those winds.
It's going to stay cold right through the week by the looks of things and around Tuesday we should see some heavier snowfall. It doesn't look we're going to catch too much of the sun for a while.
Lifts Operating (at time of writing)
Niseko Grand Hirafu All lifts due to be operating on mountain
Niseko Annupuri Annupuri Gondola Jumbo Number 1 Quad Jumbo Number 2 Pair Jumbo Number 3 Pair
Niseko Village Niseko Gondola Community Chair Banzai Chair Wonderland Chair Morino Chair
Niseko Hanazono All lifts operating
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu Top - 285cm Bottom - 145cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 200cm Bottom - 190cm
Niseko Village Top - 220cm Bottom - 150cm
Niseko Hanazono Top - 285cm Bottom - 150cm
Niseko base 6am: -6C, 15cm of new crushed crystal snow and no development of snowdrifts. Coastal wind: NW12m/s. Moiwa peak: WNW10-15m/s, -10C and notable development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1000m: WNW 15-18m/s, 180cm snowpack.
A typical winter weather pattern is generating a strong wind with snow, making snowdrifts develop notably above 800m. Caution! Avalanche risk is rising. The opening of gate 2 (Annupuri peak) will be postponed and Gate 4 will also be kept closed for today. According to snowfall transition and observations, a surface slab avalanche up to 60cm thickness in leeward knolls at 800m are likely to slide from Dec 22nd layer. Many of the avalanche accidents occur during or just after storms. Better not carelessly drop into wide-open steep slopes or remain in valley bottoms. Respect the Rules and don't duck ropes. The snow in the trees is slightly heavy but good overall condition. Better not push it too far today, think safety first.
The Niseko Avalanche Meeting will take place in Moiwa on Dec 28th at 6pm. Presented by the Niseko Annupuri Avalanche Accidents Prevention Committee. Contact Yamamoto at Niseko Town Office tourism division. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 23rd December 2012, 9:43am
Clear and sunny
A bit surprising perhaps but the sun is out over Shiga Kogen and all is calm. A calm before a storm, perhaps? Hopefully. It should be snowing tonight and into tomorrow and it is still forecast to be a decent snowfall as well. So we can expect clouds to move in today.
I'll let you know how that goes tomorrow, which is a national holiday in Japan by the way...
Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 23rd December 2012 AM:
In yesterdays report I mentioned that Sunday might start off calm - and calm it is. There is a fair amount of cloud hanging around but lots of blue sky as well and the sun is shining down on some of the slopes this morning as it manages to peek through the clouds at times. It all looks quite dramatic out there. Earlier on it was -3C outside and now around 0C.
No new snowfall to report down here but the resorts got a few cm or so overnight. We can expect some crusty conditions today.
We are of course still looking forward to snow clouds to move in later today and for decent snowfall later on and into tomorrow.
For now though there's just a slight wind and good visibility out there.
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 23rd December 2012 AM: Please note that resort lift operations are subject to change at any time.
Hakuba Goryu: 2cm of new snow reported by Hakuba Goryu this morning. All main areas and courses at Hakuba Goryu are now open. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 180cm; Toomi - 90cm; Iimori - 50cm
Hakuba 47: 1cm of new snow reported by Hakuba 47 this morning. All runs at Hakuba 47 are now open. Official snow depth: Upper - 137cm Lower - 60cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: Most courses now open - Kokusai not open with restrictions in Kitaone, Shirakaba North and Sakka North areas. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 140cm Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 30cm Sakka - 30cm
Tsugaike Kogen: More of the resort is now opening up, though still not so much snow on lower slopes. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 230cm Lower slopes - 40cm
Hakuba Cortina: 3-5cm of new snow to report from Hakuba Cortina today. Number 1 pair, Number 2 quad, Number 4 pair and Number 6 pair lifts are operating. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 140cm Lower slopes - 70cm
Hakuba Iwatake: The Gondola, 3 line North, View 2, 4 line East, 5 line South, Paradise triple and Line lifts are operating. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 120cm Lower slopes - 60cm
Hakuba Sanosaka: All lifts operating. Official snow depth: 55cm
Yesterday ended up being wetter than hoped with rain falling on and off, lighter and heavier in places around town, for most of the day and into the evening.
Happily it got colder overnight and there's a sprinkling of snow this morning, not much around town at all but Kagura got up to 20cm on the upper slopes. I haven't been up there to test it but I'd imagine it was on the wet and heavy side, as the snow falling in town is definitely of that variety.
We're still looking for decent snowfall tonight and tomorrow and the snow clouds should be around until around Wednesday, so all hoping for a snowy Christmas.
Tomorrow is a national holiday in Japan and so we can expect weekend-like busy-ness on the slopes.
None of the heavy snowfall yet here this morning with just 1cm to report in Zao since yesterday. That's not going to help so much! It is definitely colder this morning though and there's some fairly dark clouds up there looking all threatening, and so fingers and toes are crossed that it is on the way. Consistent snowfall is on the forecast from today through until near the end of the week. It is going to stay very cold as well.
We're off to a cold start this morning in Furano. The thermometer bottomed out at bone-chilling -20 overnight, and we're just now rebounding to a chilly -13. Afternoon highs should break into the minus single digits. The good news is that all this cold is wringing out the moisture content in the air like a sponge, and the dry, powder-like flakes that Furano is famous for are coming down soft and lovely. At the moment, we've seen nothing but a light dusting of around 2-3cm, but the snow is forecast to continue throughout the day. Perhaps we'll see some significant accumulation.
The Kitanomine Zone Gondola is up and running as of yesterday, and almost all of the courses on the mountain are now available for skiing. However, the Todomatsu Course in Furano Zone is closed off to the public until 4PM today. Kitanomine's Giant Course and Kids Area opened yesterday and today, respectively, so there's something for everyone from beginners to experts. It looks like Kitanomine Zone just might be where the action is today.
Here's the latest official information from the ski resort.
Kitanomine High Speed Lift #1 - 8:30-20:00 Kitanomine Romance Lift #2 - 8:45-15:00 Kitanomine Gondola - 9:00-15:00 Link Lift - 9:00-15:00 Beginner Lesson Zone - 9:00-15:00 Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 23rd December 2012, 12:17pm
Varied with some sun
It started to snow late last night just before going to bed but was a bit wet in town. Wiped about 10cm off the front of the truck this morning and the official report is 20cm up top!
It was a bit foggy early but that has blown off now to reveal a beautiful day on the slopes. We had the official opening ceremony on yesterday and all the mascots and old ski styles were on display with a good turn out.
Looking like we are in for another good dump tonight and a bit of snow over the next few days then some sunshine later in the week. Should be a Merry Christmas in Nozawa!
Lifts operating: All lifts operating except for Kandahar and Hikage No2 Pair B.
Courses open: Most courses open, except: Grand Prix Jumping Hachiman Challenger 39 Kandahar Mizunashi A Usagi
Official snow depths Yamabiko 160cm
Official new snowfall 20cm (Yamabiko) 15cm (Uenotaira) 8cm (Karasawa) Read more ...