Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Saturday 23rd January 2016, 7:38am
Good morning on a Saturday!
After a few days of a dry spell I am back with some snow fall to report. There is a nice fluffy layer of 5cm in the Kitanomine village so the slopes on the mountain will be refreshed with dry powder. Cant wait to get to it in about an hour.
There is no wind at the moment, and there shouldn't be anything significant come our way for the next few days. Light cloud is covering the sky right now, but this should lift during the morning to let some sunshine come down upon us.
There won't be much in the way of snow for the next few days other than a light dusting. Tomorrow will be cloudy. Read more ...
Saturday 23rd January 2016, 7:55am
Clearing up, but clouds expected later
It is a cracking morning today. A further 12cm fell at the base of Kiroro in the last 24 hours. The peak saw 14cm of snow, bringing the season total to over 10 metres. The clouds have lifted this morning, treating us to a nice sunrise. It is forecast to get cloudy again later today, so head up early to make the most of the conditions.
The wind has settled down from the past week, all lifts will be operating as usual today. The temperature remains chilly with a low of -12°C reported at the peak this morning. Read more ...
Saturday 23rd January 2016, 7:58am
Thin clouds to start the day off here at Madarao and it's good and cold so snow conditions are holding.
It looks like more tree runs at Madarao Kogen opened as of yesterday when they got Usagi and Sawa open.
There's nighta this evening and by then we might be getting snowed on... tonight and tomorrow there's some potentially stormy conditions coming to the region bringing decent snowfall. We'll have some of that please. Well, the snow not the wind.
A good morning to you from Yuzawa where it was snowing for large parts of yesterday and there has been 4cm or so more overnight as well.
Since my morning report yesterday I have measured an additional 11cm down here in town and I can see that early this morning Kagura are reporting 15-20cm of fresh and Maiko report 10cm so that will probably give you an idea of where we are this morning. Around 10cm of snow around town and up to 20cm in higher areas.
It is snowing lightly at the moment but fairly bright. The forecast tells us that the snow should ease off this morning and leave us with a cloudy day. I wouldn't be surprised if it cleared up further and ended up seeing some sunshine (but that is just a total guess).
We should be back to being snowed on tomorrow with heavy snowfall due tomorrow (Sunday) night into Monday and possibly windy/stormy conditions.
With the snowfall over the last run of days things almost feel something more like 'normal' now, I am happy to report (even though the level of snow piled up around town is clearly still less than usual of course). I was even out shovelling snow from around my house last night - something I'm usually not particularly happy to be doing but I enjoyed it last night.
Conditions on the slopes have have been very much improved, including lower areas which have also been snowed on, and I expect to find some very nice conditions out there this morning. Further heavy snow tomorrow will be most welcome!
The local forecast disagrees but the 6-day forecast below shows some sun Tuesday-Thursday. If that happens after snow tomorrow and Monday, I would expect those days to be close on perfect to hit the slopes.
Have a good weekend wherever you may be.
Resort official snow depths (Saturday 23rd January 2016) and any specific news:
All resorts in the area are now open - and they are now 'mostly' open with just a few steeper courses still unavailable. Importantly, lower slopes have also enjoyed a decent refresh of snow over the last few days.
Good morning from Grandeco. Ah the weekend at last, and things should get pretty busy today.
It is snowing lightly this morning and just 1cm of fresh snow to report at base.
It was clear and windy last night and it is still windy at the start of the morning and feels cold out.
Taking a quick look at the forecast, still lots of snowfall expected especially later on tomorrow and Monday. Might get a significant amount actually, but wind might also be an issue tomorrow. After that maybe some sunshine around Tuesday before a return to snowfall from Wednesday again.
Good morning from Niseko where the headline for the day is 12cm of fresh light snowfall round my place here near Hirafu base.
Interestingly the Avalanche report (below) is reporting 20-40cm of snow on the mountain which I think definitely needs to be investigated first hand this morning. I will selflessly volunteer for such a job!
It was a lovely day yesterday and there's lots of blue sky around this morning as well. There is more cloud around than yesterday and shadows being cast, but still the blue skies are generally winning out just at the moment. It is pretty calm here at base though I hear there's a moderate westerly wind as you get higher up the mountain. As of 8:30am though all of the resorts appear to be opening up as normal.
We are told to expect the chance of some snow later on today - and regular top-ups through the coming week as well.
What we can expect over the coming days still seems to be more a case of 'steady regular' than 'huge dumpage'.
Niseko Grand Hirafu today have upped their snow depth for upper slopes to 315cm. Of more interest, as of yesterday I had recorded/observed more snowfall for the month of January 2016 than I did for the whole of December 2015.
Today that January 2016 observed snowfall number for here at base rises to 257cm... which just so happens to be exactly the number that I recorded for the whole of January 2015 (last season). That means that any further snowfall we get this month will be more than January last season.
We're still quite a ways behind the ongoing total for the season though.
You can find these numbers lower down on this page. (If you are viewing this on the mobile site, please go to the PC version to see it all).
Resort specific lift opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
Niseko base 6.00am: -7°C, 20cm new snowfall, calm. Moiwa 800m: -10°C, NW8m/s, 30cm new snowfall. Mikaeri 740m: -9.7°C, light winds, 40cm new snow, no snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -13°C, NW13m/s, 40cm new snowfall. Hirafu 1000m: -10°C, NW10m/s, 30cm new snow, snowdrift development on eastern aspect.. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW10m/s. Kamui Cape SW8m/s, 1017hPa, wave 2.3m.
A passing small low pressure system has dropped 30cm of crystal snow overnight. Above 1000m there is moderately strong NW wind and on leeward slopes snowdrifts are growing gradually. From data and observation general avalanche risk is low. All peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice before passing through gates. Take care in Higashi one(east ridge) area, the surface has been scoured by past wind and now covered by snowdrifts. The newly developed cornice will easily fracture which can trigger an avalanche below. Dont wait on steep leeward slopes or at the valley bottoms. Always be aware of avalanches from above. Snow around 800m is reset and the snow in the trees is very good. Do not overestimate your skills or equipment. Through caution and care avoid having an accident.
Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 23rd January 2016:
There's no new cm of snow to report this morning though yesterday morning it was snowing at times, though it didn't really end up with any new cm. It kept very cold though and snow conditions up on the mountain kept good.
This morning it is a grey start to the day and it's keeping very cold. Earlier on my thermometer said -7C; it's at -5C now. I see that Hakuba 47 were reporting a temperature of -13C earlier on too. Wrap up well!
There is a lot of cloud around at the moment but visibility on the slopes looks generally decent everywhere.
Snow is due later on today and overnight into tomorrow there's a good chance of a decent amount falling too. Tomorrow might also see strong winds as well, so keep that in mind and an eye on the forecast early tomorrow morning if you plan to be here. Let's hope the wind doesn't mess with Sunday plans.
Less snow is lined up on the forecast from Tuesday onwards - perhaps some clearer skies and sunshine - and so let's all look forward to a lot of fresh snow over the next 48 hours. While resorts are enjoying much better conditions than they were in lower areas, we could still do with a lot more snow.
I have added any information on 'nighta' (night skiing) to each of the resort specific info areas below. I find it amazing - and really frustrating - just how difficult it is to find some of this basic information. And I can read Japanese! They don't make it easy, I can tell you! I will adjust the information in the next few days to make it clearer after confirming details with each resort.
Resort news as of 8:50am on Saturday 23rd 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 is now open. Please see my report yesterday for more information on that. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47. Official snow depth: Upper: 170cm Base: 45cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. All courses except Snow Diving are now open. The Toomi area will be open until 9:30pm tonight for 'nighta'. Lift info: All lifts operating as planned this morning. Official snow depth Alps: 195cm Toomi: 85cm Iimori: 85cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Upper areas are open and all lower areas are all now (at least) part open. The lower Nakiyama area plans to be open for 'nighta' every day until 9pm (note snow is still pretty limited down there). 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. The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 9pm tonight. Lift info: All lifts (apart from Number 7 pair) are be operating. Official snow depth: Top: 170cm Base: 105cm
Tsugaike Kogen: All course areas are now open. 'Nighta' is planned for Kane-no-naru-oka area until 8:50pm, and at the Karamatsu and Shirakaba areas until 9pm. I am unable to confirm if they will be going ahead with that or not at the time of writing. 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: 200cm Maruyama: 70cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 70cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field: Reporting up to 0cm of fresh snowfall. Most of the Village Side is now open. The Sonezawa area and View A and B areas are still closed on the Mountain Side. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake. Lift info: All lifts on the Village Side are now operating and most lifts on Mountain Side. Official snow depth: Upper: 130cm Lower: 50cm
Hakuba Norikura Onsen: All lifts apart from Number 8 lift and all courses except Snake and and Expert are open. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake. Official snow depth: 70cm
Hakuba Sanosaka: All 5 lifts are operating though some of the courses are not yet open. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake. Official snow depth: 55cm Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Saturday 23rd January 2016, 9:01am
Good Saturday morning from Appi.
As I write this it is partly cloudy with some very light snowfall. Later this afternoon the clouds should disappear giving way to sunny skies with average base temperatures in the -6 degree range. The wind should cooperate today and die down also in the afternoon making for a good day out there. With 17 of 21 runs open and the mountain should be fairly busy today. As always make sure your wrapped accordingly as this mornings temperatures at the peak combined with the wind will make for a finger numbing experience.
Yesterday came out as planned with very little snowfall and non that added anything to our accumulation statistics. The wind whipped up in typical style here mid afternoon making the mountain even more desolate.
The forecast for the next few days calls for a smattering of snow later tonight and into tomorrow. Winds fairly light and variable with temperatures fairly steady at -7. All in all the mountain is in good shape with very little vegetation poking its ugly head through the base layer. The runs are in good shape overall but you can expect a little ice this morning until the runs get worn in a little.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Currently planned operating lifts:
- Appi Gondola - Central Number 1 quad - Number 2 lift A - Number 2 lift B - Number 3 lift B - Number 3 lift C - Number 4 lift - Sailer quad - Sailer connecting - Vista quad Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 23rd January 2016, 9:09am
Hello from Nozawa.
Snow was falling up on the mountain yesterday and since yesterday morning the resort has reported up to 18cm up there. Much less on lower areas and here in the village.
It is a cold morning again with temperatures down at -4C now and it probably won't warm up into positive numbers today.
Snowfall is expected late tonight as we enter Sunday and there is a good chance of quite a lot of snow falling tomorrow as well - especially when we get to tomorrow night. Some local forecasts even have a few spells of sunshine lined up for tomorrow before that heavy snow arrives.
Nighta on the Nagasaka course area from tonight and then every Saturday over the next few months.
That is open until 8pm and costs 1600 yen for adults and 850 yen for children.
Official info at time of writing on Saturday 23rd January 2016 (subject to change):
Some sunshine early this morning and thin cloud in Shiga Kogen and just a dusting of snow to be seen in places.
It is another very cold morning here with lots of crisp frosty sounds as the steady stream of cars arriving go past my window.
Snow is forecast for today though later on and it might start off as light snow but tomorrow heavier snow is expected. There's a chance of quite strong winds as well. Snow probably through to Monday, with clearer skies currently forecast on Tuesday and Wednesday. If that happens they should be great days to be here.
Let's see what we get over the next few days.
Lots of people arriving at the moment so I expect it will be a pretty busy weekend here.
Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Saturday 23rd January 2016):
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 ...
Saturday 23rd January 2016, 11:33am
Sunny with some high haze and scattered clouds
Not a lot of news today, as we wait to see if the snowfall tomorrow will really be the "once-in-40-years" knockout that some of the TV stations are talking about, or if once again the prevailing winds won't favor lovely Myoko.
A tiny dusting of snow overnight, pretty bright but cold today.
The wind seems to be swinging around a bit; it's from the west/southwest at base level now (which means west, as the wind funnels between Kurohime and Myoko).
Cross your fingers; let's hope tomorrow is one of those epic days where the lifts get buried, trains stop running and things are wonderfully inconvenient; and we have a great layer of new fresh out there.