Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 20th January 2018
Tuesday 24th December 2013, 7:43am
No new snow overnight and currently overcast with the odd snow flake and no wind. The forecast is saying snow from this evening with the wind picking up breifly around midday.
Christmas looks like a mostly sunny day, so perfect to get out there and enjoy the early season snow and views.
Thursday and friday looks like warmer temps before the next cold snap from the 28th into the new year.
Tenjindaira - all lifts open, return course closed Houdaigi - 3 lifts open (2,6,9) Norn - 1 lift open Okutone - all lifts Minakami Kogen - all lifs Read more ...
Tuesday 24th December 2013, 8:10am
And a very good Christmas Eve morning to you all from Niseko.
The main reason it's so good is because of the snow that we have been getting since my last report. Light, deep, dry and lots of it.
What more could we want. So much for those forecasts, hey?
Anyway. Yes, we have had over 30cm since my last report, more like 40cm outside my place here in Hirafu and surely up there on the mountain too.
It's relatively calm too this morning and the snow is still falling.
Have a fun day. It should be a really very good one!
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -6C, overnight snowfall 25cm, calm wind. Moiwa 800m: -7C, 30cm of fresh, calm wind. Annupuri 1150m: -10C, 30cm of fresh, moderate development of snowdrifts, wind-ripples. Slightly less snowfall in Hirafu. Coastal data: WNW9m/s, 1.7m waves and 1011hPa. Westerly wind under 10m/s is stagnating in 1000m area.
According to observations and weather transition, the general avalanche hazard is low, however slab slides are to be considered in knolls and cornice slopes just under the ridgeline around 1100m. The snow in the trees is in good shape and gates are scheduled to open as they’re ready to. Gate 6 & 7 were open yesterday, but is subject to snow & weather conditions today. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. Accessing the out of bounds areas is restricted when gates are closed.
The snowpack is still insufficient, bushes and stumps are still lying just under the surface. Avalanches are not the only hazards in winter mountains. Do not overestimate knowledge and skills, ski/ride within your limits. The Niseko Rules flyer is available in multi-language. These Rules have been set to protect the freedom to ski out of bounds while keeping the minimum safety. Never enter the strictly off-limits areas and never duck ropes.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 230cm Base - 105cm All lifts operating apart from Ace Number 4 pair and King Number 2 quad.
Niseko Village: Top - 120cm Base - 80cm All lifts operating apart from Country Road.
Annupuri: Top - 115cm Base - 90cm All lifts operating apart from Family pair. Read more ...
Tuesday 24th December 2013, 8:30am
Yesterday the weather ended up generally just being cloudy. We got a few glimpses of blue sky every now and again but those appearances were only brief. For the most part a grey day. It was the last day of the long weekend but after generally busy Saturday and Sunday, it was definitely quieter.
A think dusting of snow overnight and at the moment it is trying to snow again here in town, and snowing higher up. Only lightly for now though. No new cm of snow being reported from most resorts including Kagura, though I see Naeba are reporting 2-3cm.
We are told to expect some snow today - though nothing that significant - and perhaps overnight but clearing up tomorrow morning.
Speaking generally, there's enough snow out there for places to be open, though not all fully open, but we could definitely do with more to really get into what feels like full-on season.
Photos (below) today come to you thanks to muikabochi, taken at Maiko Snow Resort yesterday. You can see many more of muikabochi's photos on the Forums and the Photos section of the main site. Well worth a look.
More cloud did move in over Hakuba yesterday as the day progressed but it remained a fine day.
This morning it's more cloudy from early on with light snow trying to fall at higher elevations. Apparently it's a bit windy up top this morning it seems and at the time of writing this report the top panorama course and Alps No 1 lift at Goryu are not open. Hopefully they'll be able to open that soon.
Tomorrow still looks set to be clear and sunny. More snow falling later on Thursday.
Have a fun Christmas Eve and look out for Santa on the slopes. How he manages to fit in all that skiing at so many places in one day, I do not know.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 24th December 2013):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 255cm Toomi - 155cm Iimori - 90cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 185cm Lower - 70cm
Happo-one: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall at Usagidaira. Usagidaira - 220cm Nakiyama - 100cm Sakka - 100cm
This was one of those mornings of promise: the sun was shining a bit, but a look up the mountain saw it disappearing into that gray that you know isn't fog. And, sure enough, we're having a really nice snowfall with absolutely no wind. Kind of like one of those little swirly snow globes...
Reports are still slow coming in, but there was not much new snow overnight to talk about. Now it's falling at a rate of about a centimeter an hour, and it's picking up. Once again, time to get out there, even if the figures below are not scientifically perfect (there's good snow; what more do you really need to know?)
Akakura Kanko: 140cm All courses open apart from Champion A
Akakura Onsen: 80cm All major lifts moving
Ikenotaira: 60cm Four lifts running (most of the hill)
Myoko Suginohara: 140cm Beginner runs (most of the lower mountain) open
Seki Onsen: 140cm Open
Myoko Ski Park: 90cm Open
Myoko Kyukamura Runrun 100cm Open
Madarao 80cm At least five runs open
Tangram Ski Circus No depth report Three lifts open Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 24th December 2013, 9:10am
No new snow to report from Nozawa this morning in terms of cm, though it has started to snow again this morning.
Not as busy yesterday after the bustling Saturday and Sunday. Christmas isn't a national holiday in Japan so in many ways just another few days - with today (Eve) being the one where 'traditionally' cake and friend chicken is eaten. There have already been some sightings of a large man in a big red and white suit, complete with huge white beard, skiing on the slopes of Nozawa. Stories are coming in of him presenting children with small gifts as well!
Tomorrow the forecast is for clearer skies. So some good cm today would make it a perfect morning tomorrow.
Then after that another cold(er) front moving in which should bring considerable snowfall to Nozawa later on in the day on Thursday through into Saturday.
Lifts All lifts operating apart from: Kandahar pair Hikage No2 pair B Karasawa pair
Courses All courses open apart from: Grand Prix Jumping Hachiman Kandahar East Kandahar West Read more ...
Tuesday 24th December 2013, 9:40am
No new snowfall this morning to report from Madarao, but after a clearer start to the day it is snowing now. Poor visibility now as it comes down. Check out the images below for a before and after. Before being just earlier on a few hours ago.
Yesterday I said the forecast was for clearer days. Obviously that isn't happening just for the moment but it still says that tomorrow will likely be a clear day. Snow following later in the week.
Number 1 Number 2 quad Super quad Number 11 Number 12 Number 15 Moving walkway Kids Park
With both Kitanomine and Furano Zones both operating now there is much more terrain and variety for all levels.
The snow pack is firm but has a nice fresh layer of light powder sitting on top that has fallen overnight. The day is high overcast and very cold with temperatures at top and bottom stretching well into double negatives. The cover on Kitanomine is a bit thin in places but overall not too bad, however Giant, Wide and Dynamic are not open yet.
The Kitanomine Gondola is on hold until further snowfall.
Operating lifts: Furano Ropeway 8:30am-3:10pm Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00-3:10pm Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-3:10pm Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-3:10pm Prince Romance 8:30am - 8:00pm Link Lift 9:00am-15:10pm Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-3:30pm Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-3:10pm Read more ...
Tuesday 24th December 2013, 10:34am
It's a cold* and snowy morning here in Zao. Just a few cm of new snowfall as it continues to fall this morning. Perhaps the snow clouds will clear later though for a brighter Christmas Day but the snow clouds look set to next be that far away through until the New Year.
(* It's cold, but not quite as cold as the -43C that Uwanodai reported on the official site... I suspect it's either -3 or -4!)
Official snow depths (24th December 13): Utopia: 145cm Chuo: 130cm Paradise: 140cm Uwanodai: 80cm Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Tuesday 24th December 2013, 11:11am
When I woke up this morning it was just cloudy with no new snow to report, but it started to snow and is coming down moderately heavy at the moment in the Maruike part of Shiga Kogen. At least a few cm since then on the tops of cars. There's a bit of a wind as well at the moment - calmer earlier - but lift operations don't seem to be affected right now.
A fine day of clearer weather is forecast for tomorrow, followed by snow as we approach the weekend.
Resort info and lift operations (as of Tuesday 24th December 2013, 9am):