Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 14th December 2017
Monday 23rd March 2015, 7:50am
Cloudy, limited visibility
Lots of us have been looking forward to today for a while with that promise of a return to more winter like weather.
We are starting the day with rain and wet conditions here in town, with wet snow falling higher up (apparently). Naeba seem to be reporting 3cm at their base with 5cm higher up, though Kagura just a dusting and nothing in terms of cm in other places. Snow is on the forecast for the day (same for tomorrow and into Wednesday as well) so let's hope that it can get a bit colder and bring us some...
It is definitely colder though this morning which wouldn't be difficult after the warmth of yesterday which was generally bright but rather hazy and overcast for most of the day.
Relatively calm morning in a low-pressure system. All gates are expected to open, however may close depending on the weather. Please follow the ski patrol instruction. A thin layer of new snow is present and is likely to slide. Please do not underestimate the hazards. Climax (ground) avalanche risk from 1100m ridge line is rising. These slides are extremely devastating; better stay away from potentially hazardous areas like cornices and valley bottom. Block avalanche hazard are also to be aware of under 700m slopes with cracks. A block of snow can easily injure a person.
Some holes are present at the valley bottom and creeks under the snow are swollen due to snowmelt. If you fall in a hole, the current may push you down under a snowbridge and consequences can be really serious. Another reason to avoid riding the valley bottoms, if you have to, do it one by one where the grade is low. Making correct judgment is always important in the mountains, critical moments will come without notice. Have a nice day.
Zao Onsen is generally open as planned (* note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).
Current night skiing operations at Zao:
Uwanodai area: Daily until 22nd March Open from 5pm until 9pm.
Planned lift operating dates and closing dates
Subject to change. This is what the plans are currently...
Until Sunday 22nd March Onsen Zao Kokutai Pair Karamatsu Pair (only 21st and 22nd March) Paradise Number 3 Pair
Until Sunday 29th March Onsen Number 3 Parallel AB Onsen Number 4 Quad Ryuzan Pair Nakamori Number 2 Pair Diamond Number 1 Pair (every day until 22nd March, then 28th and 29th March) Diamond Number 2 Pair
Until Tuesday 31st March Shobunuma Number 2 Pair Oomori Quad Yokokura Number 2 Pair Astraea Number 2 Pair Astraea Number 3 Pair
Until Sunday 5th April Onsen Number 1 Pair Onsen Number 2 Quad Sunrise Pair AB Nakamori Number 1 Triple Mikaeri Pair
Until Sunday 12th April Yokokura Number 1 Pair AB
Until Sunday 19th April Kurohime Number 1 Quad
Until Wednesday 6th May Chuo Number 1 Pair AB Chuo Number 2 Pair AB Katakai Triple (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week) Paradise Pair AB (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week) Utopia Number 2 Pair
Last day of the snow season currently planned for Wednesday 6th May.
Operating through the year (for general tourism) Sky Cable Chuo Ropeway Zao Ropeway Read more ...
Monday 23rd March 2015, 8:40am
Cloudy, some blue sky
After that very 'spring' weekend, it is colder this morning and snow has been falling. Not much on the ground other than a dusting really but Hakuba 47 mentioning that there might be up to 10cm of fresh up there on them there mountains.
We have all been excited about the chance of snow from today of course and it's still there featured on the forecast through until Wednesday. Remains to be seen how much will be falling.
Right now there's quite a lot of blue sky on show and the sun is breaking through in places. While there is still a lot of cloud around the snow has eased off so it's difficult to read.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Monday 23rd March 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall up top, but 1cm at Iimori! Night skiing up until 31st March - the only one left going now.
Fresh snow and cold conditions. Feels a bit like winter again. Yakebitaiyama posting a temperature of -10C.
And a big change from the weather of the last few days.
A few cm on the top of cars that have been here overnight and snow is continuing to fall from the skies now.
Snow hopefully is going to be falling at least into tomorrow and some strong winds possible tomorrow too.
Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:
Ichinose Family: Every day until March 29th
Ichinose Diamond: Every Saturday until March 28th
Kumanoyu: Every Saturday until March 28th
PLANNED RESORT CLOSING DATES
Open until Tuesday 31st March
Hasuike Kidoike Nishitateyama
At least part open until Wednesday April 1st
Maruike: Number 2 pair lift open until March 31st, Number 1 triple lift open until April 1st)
At least part open until Sunday April 5th
Bunadaira: The Bunadaira quad lift will be open until March 29th; the quad open until April 5th
Sun Valley: The Housaka Number 3 lift will be open until March 31st
At least part open until Sunday April 12th
Ichinose Yamanokami: Open daily until April 5th and then open on April 11th and 12th
At least part open until Wednesday May 6th
Ichinose Diamond: The Diamond triple lift will be open until April 3rd. The Diamond quad lift will be open until March 31st, and then open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th.
Ichinose Family: The Ichinose Number 3 quad will be open until 29th March. The Ichinose Quad and Ichinose Number 2B pair lifts will be open daily until May 6th.
Takamagahara Mammoth: The Takamagahara Number 3 pair lift will be open until March 31st. The Takamagahara Number 2 triple lift will be open until April 5th. The Takamagahara Quad will be open daily until April 12th, and then open on April 18th, 19th, and from April 25th until May 6th.
Okushiga Kogen: The Okushiga Number 6 lift will be open until March 31st. The Okushiga Number 1 pair lift will be open until April 5th. The Okushiga Number 4 pair lift will be open until April 5th, and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th. The Okushiga Number 2 pair lift and Okushiga Number 3 pair lift and Gondola will all be open daily until May 6th.
Tannenomori Okujo: Open daily until April 5th; and then on April 11th, 12th and April 25th until May 6th
Terakoya: Both lifts open daily until March 31st. After that, they will be open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th
Yakebitaiyama: Open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th The Yakebitaiyama Gondola will run until April 5th.
Beyond Wednesday 6th May
Kumanoyu: Kumanoyu Number 3 quad open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and April 25th until May 6th Kumanoyu Number 1 and 2 pair lifts open until May 6th and beyond
Yokoteyama-Shibutoge: Probably open until at least the end of May Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 23rd March 2015, 8:59am
Good morning from Nozawa.
That was a warm weekend!
It is coldert this morning as we enter these few days when we hope for fresh snow. The resort is just reporting 1cm up on Yamabiko this morning and it is snowing lightly now. Some local forecasts tell us to expect a bit of sun even later on today, so changeable conditions seem to be what we can expect. The most snowfall is expected tomorrow with snow clouds likely to be hanging around through Wednesday. Come on, fresh snow please!
The webcams show some very limited visibility on the upper areas of Nozawa early this morning.
From next Monday, lift tickets at Nozawa get cheaper for the remaining chunk of the season (until 6th May). For example a one day ticket for an adult will be reduced from 4800 yen to 3700 yen, and for a child from 2200 yen to 1700 yen.
Fresh snow to report since yesterday (reported by resort):
And it is snowing! Not a huge amount, but there's a few cm on the ground here and the resort reports up to 5cm at higher areas. It's continuing to snow as well and so we can hope for more during the day today and tomorrow too. Good chance that it'll be heavier later on tomorrow.
Due to avalanche danger, the Mens Riesen Slalom course is are closed this morning.
Otherwise both Naeba and Kagura are open as normal this morning.
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 260cm Kagura: 370cm
3-5cm Naeba dusting Kagura
This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region. Read more ...
Monday 23rd March 2015, 11:22am
The SnowJapan forecast had it exactly right; the warm weather and sun (and sunburn for me) over the weekend has given way to winds, colder temperatures and snow!
We could see it coming from about 5pm yesterday, as some big clouds started to form over Mt. Myoko. The winds have now moved to the west on the coast (mostly northerly around here, due to the mountains) and we probably have 5-10 cm of fresh and it's falling pretty well at the moment. You kind of feel like you don't really want any more snow at some point, but it almost felt like the first snowfall again this morning. Nice to have things white again, too...
We're also entering the last week of scheduled lift operations at some of the resorts. Suginohara will open just the gondola next Monday and Tuesday, and then close. Most of the rest are open at least until early April—more to follow as they post these dates.
Tangram Ski Circus: to 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March Read more ...
Monday 23rd March 2015, 12:51pm
We are moving into spring now and the big change for Furano is that Kitanomine Zone has closed for the season. Furano Zone will coninue operating through until the end of the season, and there is plenty of good skiing left. While today is very mild there was a dusting of new snow overnight in the village and it has been snowing off and on on the mountain during the day. The snow is forecast to continue to fall until Wednesday evening and then we are in for some pretty warm temperatures for Friday and Saturday. Read more ...
Monday 23rd March 2015, 20:21pm
Snowing all day here with temps around zero and moderate winds. Not enough snow has accumulated yet to really take the sting out of the pack underneath which has frozen right up again. Its stopped snowing this evening and cleared right up outside but hopefully as forecast the snow comes back this tonight, continues through Tuesday and Wednesday before clearing up and warming slightly Thursday...
Planned closing dates of ski resorts in Minakami (subject to change):
Until 29th March Norn Minamaki Okutone Snow Park White Valley
Until 30th March Minakami Kogen
Until 5th April Minakami Kogen Ski Resort Minakami Hodaigi