Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 14th December 2017
Monday 23rd January 2017, 8:32am
Good morning from Niseko.
Snow started falling yesterday and this morning there's a layer of fresh snow on the ground here at base. Hurray!
I have 9cm of it to report to you at the time of writing and it is continuing to snow - and should continue today, so we should be adding to that during the day.
Today wind is a big issue from the start of the day with the resort specific status as it is at 8:30am added below. Basically top lifts not opening.
It should be very cold tonight and more cloud/snow conditions tomorrow. Just doesn't look like a major dump should be expected though; according to forecasts. Friday seems a better bet for that...
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -6℃, 15cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -6℃, ESE7.2m/s, 152cm snowpack. Anupuri 1150m: -11℃, NW16m/s, snowdrift developing. Hirafu1250m: -10℃, 12m/s, large development of snowdrifts. Kamui cape lighthouse: ENE4m/s, 1003hPa, 3.2m waves.
Snowfall picked up as the low-pressure passed and made snowdrifts develop in areas above 800m. A 25cm blanket of wind-affected snow is evenly covering the west facing slopes. Looking at the snowfall transition, a good amount of little dense snow is present in slopes below 1000m, and the avalanche risk is moderately high. If the storm picks up, the hazard level will rise accordingly. Stay away from cornices and knolls, do not traverse across steep slopes. All gates are scheduled to open. Seek advice at the gates, before stepping out of bounds.
Hazard levels are objectively evaluated and gates will close when the level are high. Niseko community respects the freedom and cares for the safety of the guests. Anyone is allowed to step out of bounds if they will, but only when the gates are open.
Beware of sudden weather changes. The snow in the treeruns is splendid today.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
Niseko Grand Hirafu Just the lower lifts are opening at the moment (Ace Family, Ace Number 1, King Number 1 and Holiday Number 1). Other lifts on hold due to wind conditions.
Niseko HANAZONO Resort The top Hanazono Number 3 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to wind conditions.
Niseko Village The Niseko Gondola, Morino Chair and top Wonderland Chair lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to wind conditions.
Niseko Annupuri The Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lift are on hold at the start of the day due to wind conditions.
Official resort snow depths as of Monday 23rd January 2017:
And snow should continue falling through the day today and tomorrow too.
Once we get to Wednesday clearer skies are forecast through until late Friday.
Looks like Goryu are mentioning late opening for their top lifts but other than that places seem to be opening as planned this morning.
The Chinese New Year is this coming weekend and so this week and next week there are a lot of visitors to Hakuba coming to enjoy their holidays. They should be happy with the timing at the moment!
Let's hope the regular snowfall continues. Mixed in with fine weather at times of course.
Resort news as of 8:35am on Monday 23rd January 2017:
All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 25cm of fresh snowfall. All planned lifts are operating. Tree Riding Zones scheduled to be open. Official snow depth Upper: 310cm Base: 165cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 10-25cm of fresh snowfall. Top lifts may start late. All scheduled lifts plan to be operating. Official snow depth Alps: 335cm Toomi: 155cm Iimori: 135cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 15cm of fresh snowfall. All courses open. The Kurobishi off-piste area is also now open. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 215cm Kurobishi: 235cm Lower: 125cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Uma-no-se and Forecast course areas only partly open but other than that all courses open. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 300cm Han-no-ki: 290cm Maruyama: 220cm Oya-no-hara: 150cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 140cm
Hakuba Cortina: The resort is reporting 30cm of fresh snowfall. Official snow depth: Top: 295cm Base: 200cm
Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:
Hakuba Goryu: Planned to be open daily from 6pm until 9:30pm
Tsugaike Kogen: Planned at the Kane-no-naru-oka area on January 21st, 28th; Febraury 4th, 11th (6pm until 8:50pm) Planned at the Katamatsu-Shirakaba area on January 21st, 28th; February 11th, 18th; March 4th, 11th, 18th, 19th (6pm until 9pm)
Hakuba Cortina: Planned to be open daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)
Hakuba Happo-one: Planned to be open daily until 9pm on the Nakiyama area.
Kashimayari: Planned to be open daily.
There is no night skiing at the other resorts in the area. Read more ...
Monday 23rd January 2017, 8:44am
Good morning from Snowy Grandeco.
16cm of fresh snow has fallen last night and very fine snow is still falling at the moment, making visibility quite poor.
Snow is good quality powder because of the low temperature, very light even you can blow.
If snow continues to fall heavily through this morning, the groomers will be out during the day. Patrol mobiles will attend the truck but please pay attention to the announcements and keep clear!
All roads around this area are completely covered with snow - snowplough trucks everywhere.
Be sure to check your pockets are zipped up before starting skiing.... it is really hard to find things if you drop into the powder snow!
Lifts Operating: - Gondola - Number 1 quad lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3 quad lift - Number 4 quad lift
All courses now open
Official snow depth: 200cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: icy Goshikinuma through Grandeco: snow Read more ...
Monday 23rd January 2017, 8:46am
Morning from Yuzawa.
It was a beautiful day yesterday and the popular ski resorts were indeed extremely popular by all accounts - it was going to be the case after all that snow last week, and of course being a Sunday in peak season.
This morning the snow is back. And in style too, with 32cm (and counting) of fresh snowfall measured just now in town, and this being reported by the ski resorts:
Kagura: 30-40cm Maiko Snow Resort: 30-40cm
A very nice new layer... with more on the way, because it's going to be snowing through today and tomorrow - and heavily at times.
It looks like strong winds are affecting Kagura with a few top lifts there on hold at the start of the day. They'll get those moving if the wind situation improves. All other ski resorts are open.
This snow storm should ease off around Wednesday with nice sunny skies currently forecast for Thursday.
Let's see how much snow falls today. Will report the latest tomorrow morning.
Official snow depth information as of Monday 23rd January 2017
Some resorts have not yet updated their numbers as this report was posted and so unchanged.
GALA Yuzawa The South Area has re-opened; all areas now open. Official snow depth: 280cm
Below are details of the planned 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma this season. This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions. *** Please note that this section will not be updated every day.
Ishiuchi Maruyama Daily until 19th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 8:50pm. The Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2 and Kanko Number 3 Express lifts are open daily. The Kanko Number 1 Express lift, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift and Hatsukaishi Number 2 pair lifts are also open on weekends and holidays.
Iwappara Daily until 20th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays. The Main course, Grand course and West courses are open during nighta.
Joetsu Kokusai Daily until 20th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm. The area in front of the main base hotel is open for nighta.
Kandatsu Kogen 'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night') is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays between 29th December 2016 and 1st April 2017. The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.
Maiko Snow Resort Daily until 19th March 2017. Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm. The Maiko center quad lift on the Maiko Side of the resort operates for nighta.
Naeba Daily until 26th March 2017. Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.
NASPA Ski Garden 'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in January and February and also from 30th December until 8th January 2017. On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.
Yuzawa Nakazato Every Saturday from 7th January until 11th March 2017, 8th January 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm. The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 23rd January 2017, 8:47am
Hello and welcome to Monday morning. And what better way to start the day than news of another 30cm or so of fresh snow. Oh yes. And it's good stuff too with the cold conditions helping.
Can't wait to get up to the top this morning (though good conditions can be enjoyed on the lower slopes as well of course).
Snowfall is forecast for the day today and tomorrow as well, before easing up maybe on Wednesday.
Back to snow on Friday just in time for Saturday? Sounds about perfect that!
Lifts operations: All lifts appear to be operating apart from: - Yunomine pair - Mizunashi pair - Challenge pair - Utopia pair - Kandahar pair
Most courses at Nozawa Onsen are now open. Courses not open are: - Grand Prix - Kandahar East - Kandahar West Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 23rd January 2017, 9:13am
Lovely light and dry snow falling again in Shiga Kogen this cold morning.
And another very decent amount of fresh snow as well. Snowfall is forecast to continue through tomorrow.
I am really liking this season. I was just looking at the numbers (see bottom of this report and the Snowfall Analysis page) - by the end of January last year I had reported 316cm of snowfall. Until today, I have recorded 627cm! So this season I have observed almost double the amount of snow as last season... and we're not at the end of January yet.
Let's hope the rest of the season continues to deliver.
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Most of ski lifts and courses in Shiga Kogen are now open. Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.
Yesterday was a lovely day and lots of people turning up to join in the fun.
Clouds moved in and this morning we are treated to a fresh layer of snow on the ground. I am measuring 18cm; the resort is reporting 20cm.
And quality snow is coming down from the skies now as well, with the forecast for it to keep on falling through today and tomorrow. Maybe we shouldn't expect as much (as today) in my report tomorrow morning, but let's see what nature actually brings us.
The weekend crowds are gone now and it's much quieter. Fab conditions to enjoy for the lucky ones here at the moment.
Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):
- Number 1 lift - Number 2 quad 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
- Nighta at Madarao Kogen is every Saturday until 25th March (and also 8th January and 19th March)
The snow started late yesterday afternoon and then stopped early evening, and then restarted later. This morning that accumulation amounted to 25cm in the Kitanomine village. Needless to say it is a great day to head out early for a ski. Most trails have been groomed but there will be around 5cm of new snow sitting on top of the grooming. Off piste areas will have substantially more fresh snow than the 25cm at village level. Although there was wind last night most of the snow seems to have escaped any inconsistencies due to wind. Skies are overcast and it is a fairly mild day. However the wind is still with us an is gusting moderately in exposed places on the resort. Read more ...
Monday 23rd January 2017, 10:04am
Fresh snowfall in Zao this morning with the snow clouds expected to remain with us now for at least a few days.
It's cold and it's quality snow falling now. Nice and light.
Visibility is limited and wind may be an issue today but snow conditions... should be very nice.
If you are looking for clearer skies to come here, perhaps Thursday might be a good bet.
The following lifts are not operating: Paradise Number 3 pair Karamatsu pair
All courses are open
Official snow depths: Chuo - 160cm Utopia - 120cm Uwanodai - 100cm Paradise - 160cm
Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations - upcoming dates
January 2017: 27th-31st February 2017: 1st-28th March 2017: 1st-5th
Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm. Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children. In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled. Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Monday 23rd January 2017, 10:22am
Good morning from Appi,
As promised more snow overnight and more coming today. Roughly 22cm yesterday and we can expect around another10 to 15 today. Cloudy skies outside with a temperature of -5 on the thermometer. The wind has picked up slightly too but that should die down by mid afternoon.
The base has officially increased to 130cm today and all but three runs are open. Light crowds are going to mean guaranteed good times out there no matter which runs your on today.
It's still chilly here though at the summit and expect -20 wind chill temperatures if you venture out. Enjoy the fresh snow and the start of new week.
Currently planned operating lifts (subject to change due to weather conditions):
Gondola Central quad Central number 2 Central number 3a Central number 4 Central number 5 Central number 6 Sailer gondola Sailer quad Vista quad Nishimori
Another 50+cm this morning, adding to our already healthy snowpack. Last year's low snow cover and high bush/tree factor are now gone from the collective consciousness.
I realized at the end of the day yesterday that I spaced out on the report - sorry about that! The result of throwing the seven belts that drive the auger of my snowthrower, then working with my trusty and reliable repairman so I kind of know what's going on under that fire engine red hood... It's back in action today, and so was I out running it to catch up on the snow that was devouring muy house (so we're probably the last report today, but a sincere one).
Woke up to 40cm at the base of Tenjin and its been snowing heavily ever since. The official number from Tenjindaira Ski Resort this morning was 50cm of fresh but most places it was 1m deep. Really good quality, dry, light snow and tons of it. There were about 20 people on the mountain going to town so a great day. The whole town is getting this and Hodaigi and Okutone are probably going to be the spots tomorrow if Tenjin is forced to close.
Forecast is for the current heavy dump to intensify this evening, continue tomorrow and then lighten up a bit on Wednesday before clearing Thursday. Probably a small chance of all that happening just like that, but the forecast is really all we have!
Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):