Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 24th November 2017
Friday 27th February 2015, 8:00am
It's getting difficult to know what to write in the reports at the moment... I was hoping that it would be colder and snowing by the time I get to write this, but not yet. We are still expecting 'heavy snow' today along with some stronger winds, but for the moment it's keeping on the mild side. It's cloudy with light spots of rain for now. Kagura reporting a dusting of snow so hopefully higher up it will be snowing.
The upcoming snowfall is expected to ease tomorrow morning.
Going to leave it at that for today in the hope that once I post this the snow clouds will come rolling in!
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.
Hello and good morning from Hirafu. Just another small amount of fresh snow this morning, around 5cm outside my place. It feels a bit warmer too and the snow quality is reflected by that - bit wet.
Looking at the report below there's a fairly decent amount to be found higher up so head up there for the goods.
Stronger winds likely later in the day and temperatures drop. It looks like even at 8:45am as I am about to post this, the top lifts at Annupuri, Village and Grand Hirafu are stopped because of the wind.
Anyway, hopefully I will have more snow to report tomorrow morning for you.
If you take a look down this page at that pretty little table of statistics, you'll see that this season so far we are on 992cm of observed snowfall, compared with 1037cm last season at the end of February. The numbers aren't all in yet of course but early in the month I'll take a more in depth look at those.
Resort specific news as of 8:45am - subject to change during the day
Niseko base 6am: +1C, 20cm of wet snow in last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: SW10m/s, 30-40cm of new snow and snowdrift development, -4C. Annupuri 1150m: SW15m/s, 20cm new snowfall, snowdrift development, -7C. Hirafu 1000m: SW15m/s, blizzard conditions, snowdrift development -6C. Annupuri peak 1150m: wind SW speed not avail, -6.0℃. Cape Benkei: SW3m/s, Cape Kamui: SSW12m/s, pressure 997hPa, wave 0.7m.
Low pressure system has brought warm air into the region with heavy falls of wet snow. From observation, snowdrifts above 1000m are unstable, Osawa, Kozan no sawa, Mikaeri Bowl, below Higashi one(east ridge), will easily fracture at Feb 26th layer, 40-50cm depth. These slabs are heavy and dangerous. All peak gates will closed this morning. Please respect and follow the patrol`s decisions. Cracks are hidden by new snow and cant be seen from above, take care not to fall in head first. Snow in the forest is heavy and hard to push through.
The local business group that was reported recently causing trouble on Niseko and nearby mountains has approached the local council to try and justify their behavior. These people do not even try to understand why there are Niseko Rules, and how they came to be put in place. They show there nativity by thinking they can complain to local government and every thing will be OK. The reason this trouble has started is because this business has the wrong view about what freedom means, overestimates their own experience and knowledge, and do not take any cultural differences into account. The Avalanche Institute is an independent organization who together with the ski area management and local government try to minimize accidents. If someone interferes with our ability to do this, we will react strongly.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 415cm Base - 150cm
Niseko Village: Top - 300cm Base - 180cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 370cm Base - 180cm
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 to see snow back this morning. Just a bit down below here in the village and base areas but some places reporting 15cm higher up. And it looks like it's snowing nicely up there now as well, so let's hope it continues.
Bit of a wind but it doesn't seem to be affecting lifts.
Limited visibility generally though on the mountain this morning - a small price to pay for fresh. Just know where you're going.
Some decent (snow) potential late weekend into Monday too, so hopefully February will go out and March come in on a good note.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Friday 27th February 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 15cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira; 2-5cm on lower areas. 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 ...
Friday 27th February 2015, 9:37am
Cloud, some blue sky
Lots of cloud around this morning with just 1cm of snow to report. And blue skies opening up now too. Will it clear up proper today or be a day of mixed conditions and that snow that was/is forecast.
I'd prefer some heavy snow myself!
It's not making my report writing any easier, I can tell you! Here's to some decent snow before we hit the weekend...
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.
The snow front has arrived and has dumped 10cm at village level and significantly more at higher elevations. The day ahead will be fantastic with plenty of powder to lay down some tracks in. Cloudy skies are complimented by moderately falling snow which will continue through the day. It will continue to snow tomorrow but falls will be lighter and the sun may even break through the clouds. Winds are light to moderate at the moment, but will increase this evening. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Friday 27th February 2015, 9:44am
Ah yes, it feels like February again!
Got some fresh snow this morning, about 5cm or so, and it's good and fairly cold. Perhaps not the lightest driest snow ever, but heavier snow forecast for later on this afternoon too - onegai shimasu! - along with strong winds. Colder conditions as well hopefully. It's all not expected to last much into tomorrow though according to the forecasts.
I believe it was raining lower down yesterday afternoon, but up here in Shiga Kogen we got some light snow slowly falling.
Looking like there's some potential in the coming week as well. Perhaps March will start off well...
Resort areas status with official snow depths:
Okushiga Kogen: 270cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yakebitaiyama: 270cm Open
Ichinose Family 260cm Open
Ichinose Yamanokami: 260cm Open
Ichinose Diamond: 260cm Open
Takamagahara Mammoth: 260cm Open
Terakoya: 260cm Open
Higashitateyama: 260cm Open
Giant: 190cm Open
Nishitateyama: 200cm Most open
Happo Bundaraia: 190cm Open
Sun Valley: 190cm Open
Maruike: 190cm Open
Hasuike: 190cm Open
Kumanoyu: 250cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge: 240cm Open
Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:
This morning we had a light dusting of snow form last night. It is not snowing just right now but forecast to start snowing again anytime. We do have strong winds today, which are preventing some lifts from opening, with temperatures around -3 degrees currently. It might get nasty out there today.
On the up side we are going to hopefully have lots of fresh snow for the weekend! Then forecast for a larger dump of snow on Sunday evening.
Yesterday we had a mixed bag with mainly wet snow showers, trying to turn into fluffy snowflakes further up the mountain.
Limited lifts are open at Naeba and Kagura today due to the weather conditions.
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 280cm 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 ...
Friday 27th February 2015, 10:31am
Tenjin are reporting 15cm of fresh snow on top though have heard 20cm on the phone and the base has expanded by the latter amount.
Will be up there shortly to see how conditions are but hearing moderate winds at 8m/second. The cat track isn't open yet but unless the snow hasn't bonded or is significantly more on the test spots, it should be open around noon.
Still snowing lightly here, the quality has improved and its set to intensify into a proper cold snow fall this evening. If the snow is safe to ride, tomorrow is looking like the day!