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Tuesday 24th February 2015, 7:39am
Winter has returned!
It was rather satisfactory to walk out into the carpark this morning and swish through nice fresh powder instead of risking life and limb precariously prancing over an icy deathtrap like yesterday.
16cm of new snow has fallen overnight, which is a great relief and I'm sure everyone will agree with me in saying it is well overdue. Even better news is that the snow is still falling, so let's hope it keeps up and fills in all those gaps and tops us back up!
Temperatures are still relatively mild sitting between -4 and -7.
Little bit of wind out there today and due to this Nagamine No.2 Express will remain on hold for now as the winds are approximately 20-25 knots up there. Down at the base is not nearly as bad with light breezes between 0-5 knots. The Kiroro Gondola and Asari No.2 Express are due to open as usual so that should keep plenty of run options open.
Due to keep snowing throughout the day which is just what we need so get out there and enjoy the fresh stuff and keep those snow dances happening so it keeps falling! Read more ...
Tuesday 24th February 2015, 8:06am
Mostly cloudy but quite bright, esp to the north
Morning from Yuzawa.
Yesterday was one of the 'best forgotten' kind of days in a season in terms of weather at least. The light drizzly rain continued on falling longer than hoped during the daytime. It was foggy as well with generally visibility poor. It certainly was colder than the weekend which is a good thing to take from it.
This morning there is a lot of cloud around but just to the north of Yuzawa there's blue skies opening up and the sun making an appearance. Forecast is for cloudy conditions but perhaps the skies will clear somewhat.
Similar conditions on the forecast for tomorrow.
It looks set to keep on the mild side for the next few days still with snow (bit more rain beforehand at base?) around Thursday into Friday.
Until we get some fresh snow, it's going to be mostly spring-like conditions out on the slopes with the better conditions higher up.
Nighta 'night skiing' - where some slopes are floodlit for skiing and snowboarding in the evening - is available at the following resorts in the area.
Ishiuchi Maruyama: Every day until 21st March (until 8:50pm) Iwappara: Every day until 22nd March (until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays, 9pm on Saturdays) Joetsu Kokusai: Every day until 22nd March (until 9pm) Kandatsu Kogen: From 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning) Maiko Snow Resort: Every day until 14th March (until 8pm) Naeba: Every day until 29th March (until 9pm) All night on 14th March (10pm until 6am) NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only): Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm) Yuzawa Nakazato: Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)
Chateaux Shiozawa also have nighta but only on certain days - no fixed schedule available. Resorts not mentioned above do not operate 'nighta' (or do not plan to have more this season). Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a special lift ticket.
It is a cloudy morning with the temperature hovering around 0 degrees with weak winds and no new snowfall from last night.
Yesterday was a drizzly day with weak rain all day and poor visibility.
With temperatures looking like they are going to drop as the day continues there is a chance of some light snowfall in the afternoon and early evening.
All planned lifts open at Naeba.
The Dragondola over to Tashiro and Kagura are open as planned.
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 290cm Kagura: 370cm
0cm Naeba 0cm 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 ...
Tuesday 24th February 2015, 8:31am
I wouldn't usually get so excited around 10cm or so of snowfall that may not be quite classic Niseko quality, but with the lack of fresh over the last week it's just really great to see snow back with us... and hopefully will be the start of more to come. The folk lining up for first lifts tells me that others feel the same way.
It's snowing pretty good heavily now actually. Please continue!
The Report below mentioning 20cm of fresh over at Moiwa. :)
It's a bit colder too as you might expect this morning.
Come on snow, stay with us! If the forecast is correct it should be snowing through until tomorrow and then around Friday. Temperatures are remaining borderline mild, so fingers crossed things go the colder way. (It's the best way, easy).
For now though I imagine fresh tracks will very quickly be made this morning so get up there earlier if you want to try and get some.
Wind played around with lifts yesterday but some got moving. The Annupuri Gondola stopped shortly after 10am but by mid morning Hirafu was open apart from the top Ace and King Number 4 lifts, with the Ace and King 3 moving at reduced speed. The Hanazono top lift also got started just before 11am.
Top lifts affected this morning again by wind, though less than yesterday. See below for details as at 8:30am.
Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day
Niseko Grand Hirafu: Top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts on hold at the start of the day due to wind.
Niseko Hanazono: All lifts look set to be operating as normal from the start this morning.
Niseko base 6am: -4C, 10cm of new snowfall in last 12 hrs, wet broken crystals and hail. Moiwa 800m: SW5m/s, 20cm new snowfall and snowdrifts, -6C, bad visibility. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 300cm. Hirafu 1000m: 10cm new snow, -6C. Annupuri peak 1308m: wind SW speed not avail, -8.3℃. Cape Benkei: WNW14m/s, Cape Kamui: WSW16m/s, pressure 1005hPa, wave 1.8m.
The powder came back! Strong SW wind and snowdrifts developing slowly above 800m. Knolls and steep slopes around 800m will easily fracture at Feb 21-22 layer. The depth is expected to be less than 30cm, however still dangerous. The snow in forest is good. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and be prepared before riding out of bounds. Always be aware on knoll and cornice slopes, ride one by one. The valley bottoms are the path of potential large scale avalanches, dont stop in them. Yesterday over 8 people entered strictly off limits area Yu no sawa. A lot of people work hard to protect your right to ride out of bounds in Niseko. Please dont disrespect them, follow the rules and help keep Niseko free.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 380cm Base - 135cm
Niseko Village: Top - 290cm Base - 170cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 340cm Base - 170cm
Lifts open for night skiing (planned):
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
Niseko Hanazono Resort No night skiing at the Hanazono area
Good morning from here in Nozawa. It's just cloudy skies this morning and thankfully none of that rain stuff is with us today. No new snow either to give us some fresh feeling... we're just going to have to wait a bit longer for that.
So yes cloudy with a few breaks in the cloud here and there; the sun trying to show through as well just now. Foggy conditions higher up in the top Yamabiko area.
The forecast is looking mixed and bitty still over the next few days as conditions remain quite mild. Cloud, some rain rain, some snow? There looks to be decent changes of snowfall higher on the mountain though it probably won't make it down to lower areas.
And that's about it really for this morning. We'll just have to take it day by day and see what nature brings.
Fresh snow to report since yesterday (reported by resort):
I wrote the report earlier and then my computer decided to play up just as I was about to submit it... so this is a re-write! Hopefully I can recreate what I had written first time round.
OK so yesterday was generally a very warm, wet and foggy (in places; at times) kind of day. I was over at Iwatake and there was a clearer period mid afternoon, but some thick fog in the morning. Very spring-like unfortunately and snow conditions have inevitably taken a hit from the rain and the warmth. I heard a resort guy saying it was like May... I think he was half joking! It certainly was a day to quickly move on from though.
Today shouldn't be quite as warm, though it is still +2C at base here and a high of about 6 degrees likely down in the village. The day has started off just cloudy and mild.
Looking forward things are looking more encouraging. Higher up on the mountains we will hopefully be seeing decent snowfall Thursday Friday and then late weekend. Down in the village it might be more borderline so we'll just have to see.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Tuesday 24th February 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. All courses planned to be open (except Adventure Course).
Hakuba Goryu: Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm. Hakuba Happo-one: Nakiyama area every day until mid March. 5pm until 9pm. Hakuba Cortina: Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm. Tsugaike Kogen: Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm. Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm. Kashimayari: Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm. Read more ...
Tuesday 24th February 2015, 9:22am
Cloud and some blue sky
The fog has cleared, as has that scent of rain, and this morning we have much better views of Madarao. Some blue sky and some cloud. Might it clear up more today? It might well do. Nothing is forecast to be falling today with our next snowfall due around Thursdday and then perhaps Sunday. Temperatures still hovering around the zero mark though and tending to be venturing into positive numbers, so it's difficult to read just now.
With the weather we have had over the past few days, expect spring like snow conditions for the moment.
Lifts planned to be open:
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift Number 3A Number 5 Super quad lift Number 11 lift Number 12 lift Number 13 lift Number 15 lift Moving Walkway Kids Park Freeride Park Tree Run Courses should be open today.
Night skiing at Madarao is every Saturday until 21st March 2015.
Zao Onsen is fully open (* note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).
Night skiing operations at Zao this season
Uwanodai area: Daily until 22nd March
Yokokura area: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from until 15th March
Open times from 5pm until 9pm.
Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations
Every evening now until 28th February
Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm. In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled. Read more ...
Tuesday 24th February 2015, 11:41am
The rain and gloom are gone today, along with a lot of snow from around the houses - not unwelcome, really, when we're all living between five-meter-high walls.
Something's about to happen, as the wind is picking up as the clouds come down the mountain a bit. Could be rain, the forecast says, and the freezing line is staying up pretty high. I think we can all agree that snow would be better...
Akakura Onsen (Kumado): until 10pm every day until 22 March Tangram Ski Circus: until 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March Madarao Kogen: until 9pm on Saturdays until 21 March Read more ...
Tuesday 24th February 2015, 12:13pm
It has been snowing since this morning and the snowfall has progressively gotten heavier, however there hasn't been a great deal of accumulation on the ground so far, with about 3cm recorded in the village. The good news is the snow should contiune all day and be heaviest overnight. Visibility is limited due to the moderate snow coming down and flat light. Tomorrow and Wednesday should be a mix of cloud and sun.