Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 26th February 2014, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
It's another mostly clear and sunny morning here in Niseko. Calm, sunny, blue skies. Unfortunately as expected of course no fresh snow to play in this morning. Temperatures due to rise to low positive numbers today.

More sun probable tomorrow too - and even warmer conditions forecast. How about a high of +6C forecast for Kutchan town tomorrow... nooooo!

Enough sun already? Yes, me too. Maybe some fresh snow on overnight Thursday into Friday? Or maybe over the weekend or early next week. Hmmm. At least there's no rain forecast for the moment! It's unclear, but after the warm up which will hopefully (surely.. please..) peak tomorrow, then we are due to get back to colder temperatures.

Well anyway, we get slightly grumpy when the fresh snow isn't on tap as we expect and perhaps we shouldn't. There's still lots of fun to have. It's just not as fun as deep fresh powder. Obviously! Until tomorrow - put that sunscreen on today though.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7C, no snowfall, bluebird. Moiwa 800m: -7C, calm, bluebird and no snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: n/a. Hirafu 1000m: -7C, no snowfall. Peak 1308m: N11.6m/s, -10.3C. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNE2m/s, Kamui cape S2m/s, 0.5m waves, 1028hPa.

A moving High is covering the area, resulting in a bluebird morning. The avalanche risk is low above 800m. Peak gates will open from the morning. The Mizuno no Sawa program has ended yesterday, however avalanche control will continue for another while. Do not duck ropes to enter the area. Also remember to keep off from Yu no Sawa and Haru no Taki strictly off-limits areas. Full-depth avalanche hazard is rising in south facing steep slopes below 800m. The mountain is tracked out but it’s good to be out in the sun. The snow gets good in south facing bowls in the afternoon and in the trees. The groomers are hard in the morning. Beware of overspeeding, falling and hitting obstacles. Have a nice day.
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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 375cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 360cm
Base - 210cm

Annupuri:
Top - 355cm
Base - 230cm
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Madarao Now!

Wednesday 26th February 2014, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Clear, sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
It's already just over zero and going to warm further today. The sun is out and we have blue skies over Madarao Kogen. Sunscreen, sunglasses and one less layer than usual is called for today I reckon, and also tomorrow too as we expect similar conditions - perhaps more cloud and even the possibility of rainfall but the warmth will remain. If we are lucky it might cool down enough for a sprinkling of snow but back to clearer conditions for Saturday.

All feels a bit 'spring' just now.

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Operating lifts (planned):

Number 1
Number 2
Number 3A
Number 2 quad
Number 5
Super quad
Number 11
Number 12
Number 13
Number 15
Moving walkway
Kids Park

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All tree run courses should be open.

Nighta every Saturday night until 22nd March.
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Minakami Now!

Wednesday 26th February 2014, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 380cm
Another blue bird sunny day in Minakami today with temps looking to rise to 8 deg C at the valley level.

Definitely a Spring feel is in the air.

It looks like around a week of warmer weather before the next snow comes in on Tuesday-Wednesday next week.

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380cm @ Tenjin
80m @ valley   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 26th February 2014, 9:51am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear, some thin clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Sun. Cold start but warming up fast and already there's some snow melting making the roads a bit wet outside. Going to be an unseasonably warm few days and I hope it might get colder before we hit the weekend.

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Official snow depth data, as of Wednesday 26th February 2014):

Sun Valley:
180cm

Maruike:
180cm

Hasuike:
180cm

Giant:
180cm

Higashitateyama:
180cm

Hoppo Bundaira:
180cm

Takamagahara Mammoth:
180cm

Nishitateyama:
170cm

Ichinose Family:
180cm

Terakoya:
180cm

Ichinose Diamond:
180cm

Yakebitaiyama:
220cm

Okushiga Kogen:
220cm

Kumanoyu (skiers only):
220cm

Yokoteyama:
210cm   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Wednesday 26th February 2014, 9:56am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
A calm morning, milder than it has been and looks like it should be a clear day once the morning clouds move away.

There should be more cloud tomorrow but like almost everywhere it's going to be a very unseasonably warm day in particular tomorrow. We might even get rained on later on in the day.

Cold should be back sometime over the weekend. I'll update you on that as we get closer...

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Official snow depths (26th February 14):
Utopia: 310cm
Chuo: 260cm
Paradise: 300cm
Uwanodai: 185cm

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Myoko Now!

Wednesday 26th February 2014, 11:45am
Weather conditions: Clear; hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 320cm
It is sunny and warm today, clear but with a lot of haze as we wait for the next precipitation. Which probably won't be cold and white (more wet and nasty).

The freezing line is way up near 2000 meters today, and will be higher tomorrow.

Let's hope we see it creep back down real soon!

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Official info:

Akakura Kanko:
320cm

Akakura Onsen:
250cm

Ikenotaira:
220cm

Myoko Suginohara:
210cm

Seki Onsen:
450cm

Myoko Ski Park:
275cm

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun
330cm

Madarao
250cm

Tangram Ski Circus
205cm    Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 26th February 2014, 12:01pm
Weather conditions: Clear, overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 175cm
A few cm of snow during the day on the slopes here and there, but no resorts reporting any this morning. And we are back to sun and blue skies this morning. Getting a bit overcast as the day progresses and warming up from a cold overnight to perhaps as warm as +9 degrees here in the village. That's one big swing.

Tomorrow clouds should be back tomorrow and in the afternoon something should be falling from the skies. With temperatures of +5 forecast, I'm guessing rain in the village but hopefully it will be snowing higher up where it matters most.

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Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 26th February 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 280cm
Toomi - 175cm
Iimori - 150cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 250cm
Lower - 90cm

Happo-one:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Usagidaira - 240cm
Nakiyama - 90cm
Sakka - 100cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 215cm
Lower - 75cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 340cm
Maruyama - 120cm
Kanenonaruoka - 170cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 305cm
Lower - 205cm

Hakuba Minekata:
80cm   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 26th February 2014, 13:02pm
Weather conditions: Clear but hazy in some directions
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
1pm report today. Hold on, let me take off my jacket... there, that's better.

Yes, it's warm. Way too warm.

+7C down here in the village and the resort has posted that it's +5C even up on Yamabiko.

Today it feels more like late March than late February. It is sunny though somewhat hazy in some directions.

It is very probably going to be similarly warm tomorrow (though more cloudy than sunny if the forecast is to be believed). Rain even late on tomorrow? Forecasts seem confused.

As you might expect the warm conditions are not exactly helping snow conditions and they also feel rather spring like today and will of course tomorrow too. Best conditions found higher up.

Sorry I can't sound more excited at the moment. There comes a time in a season when you need to accept that it's becoming spring but I don't feel quite ready for that. So let's take a look at the forecast. It should be getting colder again as we get into early next week. We'll keep an eye on that.

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Wednesday 26th February 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 335cm
Uenotaira - 275cm
Hikage - 190cm
Nagasaka - 180cm
Karasawa - 140cm

Lifts
Weekday operations - all lifts operating except:
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair A

Courses
All courses open    Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 26th February 2014, 13:35pm
Weather conditions: Overcast and hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Good afternoon and sorry for the late report(s) today - work on the server.

It has been a bright day so far and overcast blue skies. Right at the moment it's odd in that it's almost hard to make out the mountains - it's very hazy. We don't use that word in winter really, it's more of a spring word.

Of more concern is the temperature and at the moment it is over 6 degrees and likely to warm up a bit more still. Melt in progress. Tomorrow is not going to help either as it's also due to be warm but cloud rather than sun.... and the chance of rain too. Talking of which, we did get rained on for a bit yesterday. Sorry, had to mention it.

So a warm patch again and we're hoping that we'll pull through and out of it by the weekend.

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Official resort snow depths @ Wednesday 26th February 2014, AM:
Naeba:
280cm
Kagura (Tashiro):
280cm
Kagura (Mitsumata):
330cm
NASPA Ski Garden:
315cm
Gala Yuzawa:
380cm
Iwappara:
240cm
Yuzawa Kogen:
330cm
Yuzawa Nakazato:
245cm
Yuzawa Park:
240cm
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Maiko Snow Resort:
350cm
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
280cm
Joetsu Kokusai:
240cm

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Furano Now!

Wednesday 26th February 2014, 14:31pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Today is pretty much a repeat of yesterday's great weather. There is no wind and clear conditions. The day started off with cold temperatures but those cold temps rose quickly as the morning set in and have continued to melt the snow pack in the village.

Most roads in town have burned through to the seal for the first time in months. Slope conditions are still generally good with the lower slopes getting a little heavy in the mid day sun. There is new snow forecast for the weekend, the refresh would be good.

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Operating lifts:
Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-4:00pm
Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-8:00pm
Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-4:00pm

Link Lift 9:00am-4:00pm

Furano Ropeway 8:30am-4:00pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00am-8:00pm
Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-4:00pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm

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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Niseko Now
16th Dec, 13:51pm
Appi Kogen Now
16th Dec, 10:02
Naeba Now
16th Dec, 9:50am
Shiga Kogen Now
16th Dec, 9:44
Hakuba Now
16th Dec, 9:39
Yuzawa Now
16th Dec, 9:23am
Madarao Now
16th Dec, 9:11
Nozawa Onsen Now
16th Dec, 8:42
Myoko Now
16th Dec, 8:17am
Grandeco Now
16th Dec, 8:16
Zao Now
16th Dec, 8:03
Furano Now
16th Dec, 8:00
Geto Kogen Now
16th Dec, 7:45
Minakami Now
14th Dec, 8:34

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