It is a lovely morning with mostly cloudy skies, but plenty of sunshine managing to get through. Temperatures right now are fairly chilly, but will certainly warm up during the day. There has been a very light dusting of fresh snow. Read more ...
Friday 24th March 2017, 7:49am
Kind of generally overcast at the moment
Good morning Niseko fans.
Anyone get to enjoy yesterday? I was a bit annoyed that I had to miss it actually.
A trusted friend of mine told me conditions were rather good out there, especially in higher areas where there was more fresh than down at base. Not a massive amount, but surprisingly good snow quality for late March. Another person I know (who has a marketing hat stitched to his head) was seemingly getting a bit carried away with his version of conditions - 'best ever', apparently, which I found rather funny. Take your pick!
There's 1cm more fresh snowfall on the ground and it's nice and chilly early morning. Overcast conditions generally - dull in some directions but a bit brighter in others.
It does look like things are generally going to be getting a bit warmer in the coming week according to the forecasts (though not alarmingly so if they are correct), featuring more 'sun' than 'snow'.
There's surely not going to be much fresh snowfall left in the season, so I feel a duty to go out and make the most of it when we get some (and when I can!) - early lifts for me!
Have a good day.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Mountain base : -2°, trace new snow. Moiwa 800m: -6.3°, W5m/s, 5cm new snow, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -10°, W8m/s, 10cm new snow, snowpack 230cm. Hirafu 1250m, -10°, N10m/s, 8cm new snow. Coastal data: Kamui Cape: ENE2m/s, 1014hPa, wave 0.9m, Benkei Cape NNE6m/s.
There is a strong northerly wind at higher elevations however below 800m winds are light and there is little noticeable snowdrift development. The wind is slowly dropping and it expected to be a good day. All gates are expected to be open. Note that around 1000m elevation shallow slab avalanche will easily trigger on steeper(40 degree) slopes. Avoid traversing and riding in groups on steep slopes. Do not wait in the valley bottoms.
Avalanches are a natural occurrence and happen when the conditions are right. They only become an accident if people are involved. Wearing a beacon is not mandatory but is recommended. If you or someone else is buried, it gives you one more tool to help in finding and rescue them.
Take care hitting trees or other obstacles, or falling into cracks. Wearing a helmet is also good idea. Snow is good, springtime mountain.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
Planned closing dates Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May. Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April. Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April (and then from 28th April until 7th May). Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Night time floodlit operations have now finished for the season. Read more ...
Friday 24th March 2017, 8:04am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Well, things didn't really clear up yesterday - rather there was still snow falling in higher areas during the day, and a bit wet lower down.
This morning, it's snowing!
I'm happy to be able to report snow on the ground in town - 7cm at our point in Yuzawa, 4cm in Minamiuonuma to the north of Yuzawa.
And here is what the 'resorts that report' are reporting:
Planned 'Nighta' operations (floodlit night skiing)
** Subject to change due to snow and weather conditions
Kandatsu Kogen 'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night' from 6pm-4am) is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nighta before holidays from 7th April until 22nd April
Real snow this morning. Enough to make it pretty fun out there.
It's still coming down at the moment, so it will be fun to see how much we finally get from this late-season snowfall. The freezing line will stay pretty low, too, over the coming days (although a little warm on Sunday, with a chance of rain before things start to warm up next week).
I'm actually sitting here at 8 am, waiting for the resorts to update their reports... I'll mark any that do not update when I get impatient and go ahead and post.
- Gondola - Number 1 quad lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3 quad lift - Number 4 quad lift
All courses now open
Official snow depth: 320cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: icy in part Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Friday 24th March 2017, 8:42am
Partly cloudy skies
Hello from Appi,
Another cloudy day with the sun trying to burn its way through and a current temperature of -2.
Yesterday brought some welcome snow and we can expect another few cm today too. Fairly steady weather for the next couple of days with the winds dying down somewhat for the weekend ahead. Temperatures will be negative until Tuesday although they shouldn't rise too much. We may also see light snow flurries on and off over the weekend too and into. extra week.
The mountain is fully open for business and the runs are in great shape for those venturing our way.
Planned operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):
Appi Gondola Central quad Central number 2 Central number 3b Central number 4 Central number 5 Central number 6 Sailer Gondola Sailer quad Vista quad Nishimori ---
Official snow depth:
Appi plans to be opening until Sunday 7th May this season Read more ...
Friday 24th March 2017, 8:45am
Good morning from Hakuba on this late January morning.
Oh hold on... it's late March! I was over at the base of Hakuba 47 just earlier on and it didn't feel like late March over there with snow falling and cold temperatures.
I like it. :)
Here's what the resorts are reporting in terms of fresh snowfall:
So another fresh blanket of snow, though we can't expect it to continue for much longer, so forecasts say. (Yahoo weather - not exactly my go-to! - even has sun lined up).
Whatever, looks like the sun should be out for tomorrow so visitors for the weekend will be looking on with excitement today.
Limited visibility by the looks of most webcams this morning.
Resort news as of 8:40am on Friday 24th March 2017:
All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Upper: 325cm Base: 155cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 5cm (lower) - 15cm (top) of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Alps: 295cm Toomi: 145cm Iimori: 90cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). Top lifts affected by weather at the start of the day. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 250cm Kurobishi: 325cm Lower: 100cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Uma-no-se course appears to be closed. The Tsugaike Ropeway is now operating for the spring season. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 360cm Han-no-ki: 350cm Maruyama: 130cm Oya-no-hara: 125cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 115cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Top: 355cm Base: 210cm
Planned closing dates...it's complicated! We surely have enough snow this season for resorts to be open as long as planned. Below are the dates that I have found for each of the resort areas of Shiga Kogen. Please note that from 8th May, joint Shiga Kogen lift tickets are not valid - individual tickets from the individual areas will be required.
Sun Valley Both Sun Valley lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Maruike The Number 1 triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April The Number 2 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 26th March
Hasuike The triple lift and ropetow plan to be operating until Sunday 26th March (ropetow weekends only)
Giant The pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Higashitateyama The Gondola plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Bunadaira The Hoppo quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Takamagahara Mammoth The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April). The triple lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March. The pair lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March (* Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only)
Nishitateyama The Nishitateyama lifts plan to be operating until Friday 31st March
Tannenomori Okojo The quad lift plans to be operating daily until Sunday 2nd April and then on 8th/9th April and from 29th April until 7th May
Ichinose Family The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Ichinose Number 2 pair A lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Ichinose Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 26th March (* closed Tuesdays)
Terakoya The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 3rd April until 28th April).
Ichinose Diamond The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April) The Ichinose Diamond triple lift plans to be operating on 25th March
Yakebitaiyama The Gondolas and Number 2 lift plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Okushiga Kogen The Okushiga Kogen Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating on 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and between 29th April and 7th May The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3, and 6 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May
Kumanoyu The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 14th May The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April; and then on 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and from 29th April until 7th May
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until late May The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (may be closed on certain days) The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until late May Read more ...
Friday 24th March 2017, 9:01am
Woke early this morning to more fresh snow. It's falling heavily right now but was moderate earlier on and it looks like it didn't snow all night long. Zero here at the base so colder than the past few days and this snow doesn't look like letting up. They will open Tenjin from 9am. If you are heading to the mountains this weekend its elevation that will deliver the goods. The higher your ski spot, the better and more plentiful the snow and Tenjin has tons of it. If this keeps up for another few hours we will hit a 5m base.
Tenjin will open at 7am this weekend and Hodaigi will be getting this too.
Photo was taken yesterday in the backcountry of Tenjin/Tanigawadake, really good conditions.
Temps at 8am
Official snow depth:
480cm Tenjin 250cm Hodaigi 210cm Okutone
Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):
*** Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available. Read more ...
Friday 24th March 2017, 9:02am
Good morning from Zao and there's a bit more fresh snow on the ground here.
Much improved visibility this morning and generally cloudy skies above.
More snowfall is expected early in the week but before that we should be able to enjoy generally clearer conditions with some forecasts giving us the chance of light snowfall at times.
Closed for the season: - Paradise Number 3 pair - Diamond Number 1 pair - Zao Kokutai pair - Ryuzan pair - Karamatsu pair
Closed for the season: - Kotan - Ryuzan - Karamatsu
Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself): Summit - 150cm Paradise - 240cm Chuo - 240cm Utopia - 190cm Uwanodai - 130cm Yokokura - 130cm Read more ...
Friday 24th March 2017, 9:18am
Overcast and snowing
Good morning from Naeba everybody.
Powder day! We were expecting snow, but not quite like this! With more than 20 cm of fresh snow overnight, today is an excellent late season powder fest. It's not too busy out there so I would expect the powder to stick around most of the day.
Looking on we are expecting snow every day with some rain occasionally. Sunday night / Monday morning currently looks like it will have both the most rain and the most snow.