Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 19th February 2018
Tuesday 26th December 2017, 6:54am
A pink sun is rising on the beautifully white trees and peaks of Naeba! The pistes will be fresh and fun this morning, due to the 16cm of fresh snow which fell throughout yesterday day time. However, expect the clouds to be pushing back in this morning and conditions descending into a heavy snow storm by sunset. Perhaps we are just pausing in the eye of the storm.
The forecast for the week indicates the heaviest snow will be falling this afternoon and tonight, however despite "Storm Claudia" easing off tomorrow morning, the snow will continue to fall until Friday. Along with this snow, a strong wind could affect skiers using the upper lifts of the resort, so please take care when cruising around Naeba over the next 48 hours. Temperatures are expected to plummet to well below 0°C tonight, and not raise above -7°C at the base.
The forecast is for the heaviest snow tonight, and it looks very likely over the mountains. It was clear out very early this morning (the sound of snowplows still gets me up early in the season; time to get ready to clerar out the snow) but there was snow blowing up high over Mt. Myoko. Pretty windy at moments too, with a strong wind coming from the ocean to the west.
Hopefully week get a nice big dump of snow. Yes, it’s hard work clearing up the driveways and parking lots, but that’s part of life in Myoko.
And I am up early today, so I’ll give as many new reports as possible, but many don’t come out until around 9 am.
This morning I am very happy to report a good layer of fresh snow.
Morning rain turned into snow in the afternoon and it is snowing still early this morning.
24cm of it on the ground since my last report. Nice. And cold too. With more snow on the way...
Official snow depths:
Top: 225cm Base: 125cm
* All lifts scheduled to be operating
Courses & Tree Runs:
* All main courses open * Tree Run courses not yet available
Nighta skiing operations are planned at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018.
Welcome to our new Geto Kogen Now daily reports section
Geto Kogen is a ski and snowboard resort in Iwate Prefecture in the northern Tohoku region of Honshu, the main island of Japan. It’s known for heavy snowfalls, quality snow and tree run courses. Hopefully we will be able to bring you some good snowy reports through this season.
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Tuesday 26th December 2017, 7:57am
Christmas day was warm and wet. Temperatures went up to +6c, and that combined with heavy rain saw the snow base around the village collapse and become a slush bath which caused a lot of vehicles to become bogged.
Overnight, temperatures have returned to wintery norms. Yesterday's winds are still with us and are currently gusting moderately and are forecast to stick with us until at least tomorrow. It is likely the wind will affect some lift operations. The snow news is 18cm of fresh snow in the village which will help start to repair the damage to the snow base cause by the warm temperatures yesterday. Light to moderate snow is expected to fall continuously for the next few days.
Take it easy out there today. Conditions will be varied with icy patches under wind blown new snow. Ungroomed areas will be very rough under the new layer of snow. Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Tuesday 26th December 2017, 8:02am
Happy Boxing Day.
It’s currently snowing here with light winds so if you want a great day out on the mountain I’d do it this morning before the wind picks up. Another good amount of snow last night and a lot more forecast all day today.
In typical Appi fashion the winds will probably pick up this afternoon and significantly lower the visibility an fun. Tomorrow the temperatures will dip even further south into firm minus double digits with another windy day in store.
Enjoy the fresh snow and wrap up.
Planned lift operations on Tuesday 26th December 2017 (at time of writing; subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 5 lift - Central number 6 lift - Sailer quad - Nishimori lift
Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on weekdays
After that rain in the first part of the day yesterday, happily it turned into snow later on and this morning we have just under 10cm of fresh on the ground.
Kagura are this morning reporting 2cm of fresh snow at Kagura, 10cm at Mitsumata and 20cm at Tashiro. My best guess is that there's a typo there and it was actually 20cm at Kagura too. Maiko Snow Resort just to the north of Yuzawa is reporting 10-20cm of fresh.
More unexpected was the sunshine and clearer skies earlier on this morning, though it seems to gradually be clouding over again now and snow is still there on the forecast for the day. There is still regular snowfall on the forecast for the week, with perhaps the heaviest expected tonight and tomorrow. The third photo (below) for today is from Maiko (the first is GALA and the second is NASPA).
So it should be a nice early morning with hopefully snow starting to fall again fairly soon. And fingers crossed, a lot of it!
Updated: Tuesday 26th December 2017
** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information. Note that while we manually check this information each morning, sometimes official information is updated later than the time of these reports and so at times there may be an apparent delay.
Ski resorts in Yuzawa:
GALA Yuzawa GALA Yuzawa is open with 6 lifts operating and 9 courses (Central and Northern Areas) open. The sledding area is also open. - 110cm
Iwappara - Iwappara is open with the central and upper area available (4 lifts and 12 courses). Nighta until 8pm. - 60cm
Kagura Almost all of Kagura is open. The Dragondola connecting Kagura with Naeba is now operating. The top Kagura Number 5 lift should be open from 1st January. - Kagura area: 180cm - Mitsumata area: 120cm - Tashiro area: 140cm
I promised better news this morning. And yes, sort of because it has got much colder once again and we do have some fresh snow. My number is 13cm but wind was a big factor yesterday so it's may well be wildly different in places. I suspect much more than that actually fell, but I record from the same place every day, so...
So yes, pretty intense weather since my last report. From around mid-morning things started getting a bit wild with snow and very strong winds blowing things about. There may have even been some flying cows. I think I made the right choice in staying in, eating and drinking.
I am having trouble accessing official information this morning, but expect lift disruptions today too. If you do decide to venture out, take extra care.
These are not friendly conditions.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 5.00am: -10°, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m : -12.4°, W15.5m/s, 200cm snowdrift. Annupuri 1150m: -13.5°, W25m/s, major snowdrift development on eastern side slopes, 30cm new snow. Hirafu 1250m: 16°, strong wind, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW25m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW21m/s, 997hPa, wave 7.5m.
Currently there is a high pressure to west and massive low pressure 943hPa in the Sea of Okhotsk, bringing strong winds that are savaging the mountains and the sea. A W30m/s blizzard continues blowing above 1000m and 7m swell on the ocean. Survey at 800m shows rapid snow drift development, drifts are unstable and more than 3m in some locations. Blade test instantly fractured, propagating over long distance. Snowdrift development continues. Avalanche risk is extremely high.
It is yet to be decided if top lifts will run. All gates will be closed. Steeps slopes at Nitonupuri, Iwaonupuri, Mikaeri Bowl, Kozan no Sawa, lower Osawa and Higashi One there is high possibility of over 100cm deep surface avalanches over wide areas. Best not to go backcountry today. Onsen or a Sushi resturant is a better plan. Roads are dangerous too, so be careful driving.
The weather and snow will soon get better. This low pressure is the biggest on the Pacific at the moment. Accidents can easily happen in bad weather. Take precaution
Tuesday 26th December 2017
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating ** Strong winds are affecting lifts at the start of the day - details unconfirmed
Official snow depth: - Top: 220cm - Base: 170cm
Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:
Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):
* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair * Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift * Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair Read more ...
Tuesday 26th December 2017, 8:37am
Good morning from Grandeco.
The storm has passed but it was a windy storm rather than snowy and unfortunately I don't have any new snow to record this morning... we expected more snow but just wind has blown and the remaining snow conditions are very icy, hard snow. You can hear the sound of the skis scratching ice. Honestly, it is not a good day for skiing, better to wait for next new snow fall tonight.
After the rain/snow mix that we got yesterday turning into snow proper later on and apparently set for the night - I was expecting to wake up to snow falling. But there are breaks in the cloud and even a bit of sun breaking through at times this morning. Still, that is not set to last with snow on the forecast for the day and the 'main event' - heavy snow - due tonight into tomorrow. That sounds good to me.
We do actually have fresh snow on the ground. Not so much on lower levels but the resort reported 15cm yesterday afternoon and another 20cm this morning so I make that over a foot of fresh snow on the top Yamabiko area. That sounds good to me, I know where I am heading.
Like I said, good snow expected into tomorrow and beyond so hopefully the whole mountain will be getting a significant upgrade!
Nighta operations are scheduled for every day over the New Year period, from Thursday 28th December until Wednesday 2nd January.
All courses now at least part open except the following:
- Challenge 39 wall - Mukobayashi - Grand Prix - Hachiman - Kandahar Read more ...
Tuesday 26th December 2017, 8:58am
The resort is reporting 11cm of fresh snowfall this morning, I am measuring a little less but still good to see a new layer. We are expecting more though and some bigger numbers over the next few days. Earlier on in particular things were clearer but the clouds have been moving in and fingers crossed we'll be seeing heavy snow very soon.
Lift operations remain the same for the moment. Bring on the heavy snow!
Official snow depth: 100cm
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift Number 3A lift Super quad lift Number 11 lift Number 12 lift Number 13 lift Number 15 lift
Powder Wave II Free Ride Park Adventure Aisle Kids Park
Planned nighta operations this season:
Daily between 29th December 2017 and 3rd January 2018 7th January 2018 11th February 2018 Every Saturday between 4th January and 24th March 2018 Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Tuesday 26th December 2017, 9:06am
Morning from Shiga Kogen.
The sometimes very strong winds from yesterday have calmed down somewhat this morning, though it is still windy in places from what I hear, and might still affect some more exposed lifts.
I am actually seeing some sun at the moment, after a very pretty sunrise earlier. Right now the clouds are gathering and it is generally cloudy with decent visibility.
Snow is expected later and potentially heavy snow over the next few days.
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Most areas of Shiga Kogen is now at least part open. Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.
Floodlit night skiing for the 2017-2018 season is planned as follows:
In the Uwanodai area: Daily until Sunday 4th March 2018 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018.
In the Yokokura area: Daily until Monday 8th January 2018 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 12th January until Sunday 18th February 2018. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 2nd March until Sunday 11th March 2018.
Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates:
December 2017: 29th-31st January 2018: 1st-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-31st February 2018: every day March 2018: 1st-4th Read more ...
Tuesday 26th December 2017, 11:50am
Clear earlier, light snow again now
Plenty of snow and wind yesterday and we had a solid 30cm of the white stuff at the base of Tenjindaira. Little higher water content than we usually get.
The weather cleared overnight and it was blue this morning but at noon here it's just starting to snow again. Forecast is for days of snow including what looks like some heavy falls over the next couple of days.
Tenjin Ski resort reported 20cm and was closed due to strong wind yesterday so some of the early snow must have blown off.
Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami. Read more ...