Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 19th January 2018
Sunday 24th March 2013, 8:29am
Overcast skies with drizzle at Minakami this morning. Right now it is 4C in town and a high of above 11C with clear skies forecast for this afternoon.
Some trails are now closed at Okutone, Norn and Houdaigi due to lack of snow but the resorts remain open.
A dusting of new snow is still expected for Monday night in higher areas. Read more ...
Sunday 24th March 2013, 8:33am
The snow continued off and on throughout the day and then started dumping bucket loads of sweet, white powder all over everything for hours on end last night. We're seening anywhere from 10-15cm, with possibly more in places, of high-quality, late season powder. For all you powder hounds out there looking to glide down a soft blanket of white, today is your day.
Especially if you want to do it on the Kitanomine Zone side of things, because today will be the last day of ski lift operations in Kitanomine. It seems a shame to put a stop to things when all the courses in such prime condition, but a quick look at the forecast for the week ahead reveals a sharp warming trend waiting in the wings as we head into April.
It's currently -7 with light winds out of the east, southeast, bringing with them scattered snow showers. It looks like we won't be seeing any of the big accumulations we saw yesterday, but all the snow that fell overnight is out there waiting to be carved up by somebody! Read more ...
Sunday 24th March 2013, 8:39am
Cloud and fog at Naeba early on, sunny at Kagura. Clearing.
Expecting sun from the go this morning but it's much more of a more cloudy start to the day, even a bit of damp fog (that's the best way I can think of describing it) up top with very poor visibility up there by the looks of things.
+2C at base and -1C at the top early on and the feeling is that it should clear up. Indeed, blue skies over the top part of Kagura so varying conditions early this morning.
Earlier on a strong wind was going to affect the Tashiro Ropeway, but they hope to get that going. Despite a moderate wind though, other than that we seem to be open as normal.
Cloud for the day tomorrow.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 230cm Kagura - 380cm Read more ...
Sunday 24th March 2013, 8:53am
Clear, blue sky
Good morning from Madarao. It's spot on 0 degrees this morning and nice and sunny, just a few small white clouds here and there around the mountain. Good to see it keeping fairly cold after that run of warmer conditions though it will perhaps warm up to around 7 or 8 degrees today.
Cloud and possibly a chance of rain tomorrow.
Just one week left after today and the resort seems confident that the lifts will all be open right up until that last day next Sunday. Read more ...
Sunday 24th March 2013, 9:04am
Morning from Hirafu. It's a generally grey and cloudy one, very light snow falling overnight and given us a few more cm this morning and easing off now. Currently about -3 degrees here at base.
A few lifts running slow aside, the resorts appear to be open as scheduled this morning.
Noticeably quieter again this weekend. Late season is the time of year when you get to see more locals and people working in Niseko get out on the slopes as they get to have a bit of their own fun after looking after the peak season number of guests.
The forecast for the coming week seems to be saying that temps will remain around the same level and it's a mix of cloud, snow and sunny spells. Perhaps a bit more warmth and rain around Thursday.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 500cm Bottom - 240cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 400cm Bottom - 250cm
Niseko Village Top - 450cm Bottom - 220cm
Niseko base 6am: -5C, 5cm new snow, calm. Annupuri peak: -12.1C, snow depth at 1000m: 400cm. Coastal data: wind WNW10m/s, 1.7m waves, pressure 1012hPa.
The weather is calmer today. From data and observation, snow drift development above 20-21 Mar layer is stable. The general avalanche risk is low. All peak gates are expected to open at 10am. Be careful of cracks and holes hidden by new snow, listen to patrols advice before passing through gates. For you and your groups safety, carry and know how to use beacons and other rescue equipment.
From this years snowfall data, the risk of full depth avalanche is rising in Osawa, Kozan no Sawa (Back Bowl), SW face of Nishi One (West Ridge), Mikaeri Bowl and Higashi One (East Ridge) cornice slope. Avoid riding in these areas, if you get caught in full depth avalanche it will be fatal.
The snow is good today. Be cautious and aware, avoid having an accident. Have a safe day. Read more ...
Sunday 24th March 2013, 9:09am
Back to sun and blue skies again today; with just a little fresh snow on top to keep things nice and shiny (for a bit, anyway). It's starting out a bit cool, too... the sun is going to warm things up, but it may not be quite so springy - meaning lots of melt, and really sticky snow - as we have seen recently.
A good day for a climb, I think....
Some season-end news:
Akakura Onsen: last day 3/31 Suginohara: last day 3/31 Ikenotaira: last day 4/7 Madarao: last day 3/31 Kyukamura: last day 4/7 Myoko Ski Park: last day 4/4
Blue skies started to appear above the valley in the middle of the day yesterday. It was later in the afternoon before visibility improved at some higher runs on the resorts but by late afternoon it was fine views all round. It kept relatively cool through the day though.
It's a bright and clear start to this Sunday morning. There's some wispy thin clouds up there but generally it's blue skies and sunny - perhaps a more generally hazy feel than full on bluebird. A fine spring morning and already approaching 10 degrees as of 9am and there's not much of a wind.
Some news from the Happo-one resort who have announced their planned life operations from now until the end of the season...
The following lifts at Happo-one will be open until the end of today: - Central Pair - Shirakaba Number 2 Pair
The following lifts at Happo-one will be open until 31st March: - Nakiyama Number 2 Pair - Sakka Number 2 Pair - Sakka Number 3 Triple - Shirakaba Number 1 Pair
The following lifts at Happo-one will be open until 7th April: - Nakiyama Number 3 Triple - Happo Riesen quad - Kitaone Number 3 Pair - Sakka Kitaone Quad - HAPPO BANKS park
The following lifts at Happo-one will be open until Golden Week in early May: - Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 Pair (Saturdays and holidays only from 8th April) - Kurobishi Number 3 Pair - Kurobishi Number 2 Quad - Grat Quad - Skyline Number 2 Pair - Gondola Adam - Alpen Quad - Usagidaira Pair (Saturdays and holidays only from 8th April) - Panorama Pair
We'll bring you other such news as we get it...
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 24th March 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: No new snowfall reported by Hakuba Goryu. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 240cm; Toomi - 85cm; Iimori - 65cm
Hakuba 47: 0cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday. Official snow depth: Upper - 160cm Lower - 75cm
There are some nice blue skies over Yuzawa and the Minamiuonuma valley this morning. Wispy white clouds as well - and more appearing as the morning has moved on - but the sun is out and it's a nice warm, spring morning.
Spring conditions out there, the snow is pretty heavy (on the ground, not falling!) and sticky and some people who suffer from hayfever can be seen battling the pollen!
It is about 10 degrees now. Tomorrow will be cloudier and a bit cooler. Later on in the evening we might see rain/sleet/wet snow into Tuesday.
Official resort snow depths @ Sunday 24th March 2013, AM:
We woke to a cool and just partly cloudy morning in Nozawa Onsen. Since then temperatures warmed from -4C at the summit and we now have positive temps across the mountain. It is up to 13 degerees as of 12 noon down at village level.
As a result the snow is slushy; but less so at the top. Winds are light and crowds are also quite low for a Sunday. We expect clear sunny conditions to last the day.
Yesterday was cold and as a result it was icy the majority of the day, both on the groomers and through the trees. Fast testing conditions challenged your ability to hold an edge and made for a thrilling day on the mountain.
Looking at the forecast ahead we should see a gradually cooling day tomorrow, with possible decent snowfalls tomorrow night. Having said that, some local forecasts have rain down at village level so we'll just have to see how that turns out.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating
Courses open: All courses open except: Grand Prix Hachiman Challenge 39 Kandahar East Kandahar West
Blue skies above the mountain and great views to be had and just a light wind.
It was cold overnight but has warmed up with the sun. Sunscreen needed.
Some lifts only have a few hours left of the season as noted below. Still lots of areas open and still almost complete cover, even on lower slopes.
Resort plans from now
The following lifts will be closing for the season in just a few hours time:
Onsen Number 3 Parallel A and B Onsen Zao Kokutai Pair Ryuzan Pair Karamatsu Pair Paradise Number 3 Pair Kurihime Number 2 Quad (only on Friday, Saturday, 20th March)
The following lifts will run through until 31st March:
Onsen Number 4 Quad Sunrise Pair AB Nakamori Number 1 Triple Nakamori Number 2 Pair Diamond Number 1 Pair Diamond Number 2 Pair Oomori quad Yokokura Number 2 Pair Astraea Number 1 Pair Astraea Number 2 Pair Astraea Number 3 Pair
The following lifts plan to be open through until 6th May:
All the Ropeways Chuo Number 1 Pair AB (every day) Chuo Number 2 Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April and 27th April until 6th May) Katakai Triple (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April, 27th-29th April, 3rd-6th May) Paradise Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April and 27th April until 6th May)
The Yokokura Number 1 Pair AB will remain open as long as there's enough snow.
Here are the latest lift operation plans for the resorts around Shiga Kogen, as of Saturday 23rd March. Please note that they are of course subject to change and in particular snow conditions.
Sun Valley: Number 1 quad open until April 4th, then April 6th and 7th. Number 3 lift open until March 31st March, morning of April 2nd, April 3rd, and morning of April 4th.
Maruike: Number 1 triple lift open until April 2nd. Number 2 pair lift open until March 31st.
Hasuike: Triple lift open until April 1st. Ropetow open until March 31st.
Giant: Open until April 5th.
Happo Bunadaira: Open until March 31st.
Higashitateyama: Open daily until March 31st and then open on April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.
Nishitateyama: Number 1 'hoodie', quad open until March 31st. Number 2 triple open until March 31st and then mornings of April 27th until May 6th.
Terakoya: Open daily until March 31st and then open on April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.
Mammoth: Quad open until May 6th. Number 2 triple lift open until April 7th and then April 25th-27th. Number 3 pair lift open until March 31st.
Tanne no mori okujo: Open until April 2nd and then open on April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th and April 26th until May 6th.
Ichinose Family: Quad open until May 6th. Number 3 quad open until March 31st. Number 2 Pair A line open until March 31st and then open April 10th-15th, April 17th-22nd, April 24th-25th. Number 2 Pair B line open until April 9th and then open April 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd and then April 26t until May 6th.
Ichinose Diamond: Quad lift open until April 7th and then on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th. Triple lift open until March 31st. Moving walkway open until March 31st.
Ichinose Yamanokami: Open until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.
Yakebitaiyama: Number 1 Gondola open until April 7th. Number 2 Gondola open until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May. Number 2 high speed lift open until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May. Number 3 high speed lift open until March 31st and then April 5th-7th. Number 4 romance lift open when the Number 2 Gondola is not running.
Okushiga Kogen: No details yet.
Kumanoyu: Number 1 pair lift open until May 6th. Number 2 pair lift open until May 12th. Number 3 quad lift open until March 31st and then April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge: Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky lift open until 6th May. Yokoteyama Number 2, 3 Sky, Shibutoge romance lifts open until late May (basically as long as they can open).
From 7th May onwards, special individual lift tickets are required at Kumanoyu and Yokoteyama - season tickets and all Shiga Kogen tickets not valid. At Kumanoyu they are 3000 yen (children 1500 yen) for a full day and 2000 yen (children 1000 yen) for half day. At Yokoteyama and Shibutoge they are 3000 yen (children free) for a full day and 2000 yen (children free) for half day. Read more ...