Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017
Saturday 27th February 2016, 7:25am
Good morning from Furano.
There's just 1cm of fresh snow to report this morning, just a dusting. The sky is overcast and it is currently snowing lightly, but it's very fine flakes so I wouldn't expect much in terms of accumulation.
No wind this morning and -10c in the village, with cloud/fog halfway down the mountain.
Still looks like we might get some clearer weather tomorrow but the snow clouds shouldn't be far away during the coming week. Read more ...
Saturday 27th February 2016, 7:58am
Clear and sunny, bit of a hazy feel early on
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Yesterday started off with those clear blue skies but by late morning mostly thin cloud had covered lots of the sky and it was even snowing lightly in a few higher areas and down to town for a short while as well. It didn't amount to much though. I think I heard the sprinklers overnight as well but there's just a dusting down here in town since yesterday... just about give it 1cm.
Kagura are this morning saying that there's 2-5cm of fresh snow on their slopes with Maiko Snow Resort reporting 3cm of fresh. So just a bit.
This morning it's another bright start. There's a bit more of a hazy feel to the blue skies this morning and it does look like it's going to be a very mild day again - perhaps temperatures rising to around +6 degrees at town level.
There may be some slight snowfall tonight again but don't expect anything significant. Tomorrow is likely to be more cloudy than today but temperatures are forecast to be around the same.
Later in the day on Monday is still looking good -- on the forecast anyway. Once we get into Wednesday though expect a spell of sunny skies and warmer conditions.
Resort official snow depths (Saturday 27th February 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:
Details of the 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma.
Ishiuchi Maruyama Open daily until 8:50pm (until 20th March). The Chuo No 1 and Chuo No 2 lifts are open daily. The Kanko No 1, Kanko No 2, Kanko No 3, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift, Hatsukaishi No 2 pair lifts are open on weekends and holidays. The basic charge is 2000 yen but various tickets are available.
Iwappara Open daily until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays (until 21st March). The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.
Joetsu Kokusai Open daily until 9pm (until 21st March). The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors. On weekdays the area in front of the main hotel is open - a larger area (including Osawa and Atema) is open on weekends.
Kandatsu Kogen Open from 6pm until 4am on Fridays, Saturdays and evenings before holidays through 26th March. Open from 4:30pm until 11pm on weekdays until 24th March. Various tickets are available starting at 2000 yen for adults, 1700 yen for seniors and 1000 yen for children.
Maiko Snow Resort Open daily with the Maiko Center quad lift operating from 4pm until 8pm. The charge is 500 yen for everyone.
Naeba Open daily until 27th March. From 4pm until 8:30pm on weekdays and Sundays (2000 yen); until 9pm every Saturday and on 20th March (3000 yen). 'All Night' opening is planned for Saturday 26th March when Naeba will be open from 10pm until 5am.
NASPA Ski Garden Extended opening until 6pm (Number 1 lift) on Saturdays until 27th February. There is no special ticket available just for the extended time.
Yuzawa Nakazato Open on Saturdays from 5pm until 8:30pm (until 12th March). Tickets are 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.
A little less to report today. With moderate winds and temperature still hiding below the -10 mark it will be feeling pretty cold today so please watch for frost bite.
A nice little dusting (by japan standards) has fallen again over night, freshening up both on and off trail conditions, the report says we will continue to have light snow for the duration of the day.
One of the weather forecasts mention an increase in the wind through the day so watch for change in conditions and lift status. Another forecast says the wind will decrease so I guess we will see who is right.
Either way looks like an great snow day and looking forward to riding. Read more ...
Saturday 27th February 2016, 8:32am
Snow clouds. They like Niseko.
The official upper snow depth of Niseko Grand Hirafu breaks through the 4m mark this morning.
But what is of more immediate interest is the 20cm of fresh snow on the ground again this morning so once again tracks should be filled in and it should be a fine morning out there. I'm writing this and taking the webcam images at 8am and I see there's already quite a few people lined up waiting for the Ace Number 2 quad. It may be a pain waiting 30+ minutes, but I'm sure it'll be worth it once again.
I just noticed that even at yesterday we had more snow during the month of February 2016 than we did during the month of December 2015. Check this out:
This season December 2015: 244cm January 2016: 303cm February 2016: 266cm (up until and including today)
Last season December 2014: 519cm January 2015: 257cm February 2015: 196cm
Not bad at all!
I'll do a full round up of number stuff once we get into March.
Back to today. It's keeping cold still, and snow is still falling. The report below mentions calm conditions but as we approach opening time for lifts it does look like there'll be disruptions to many of the top lifts with stronger winds up on upper areas. Details as they are at 8:30am shown below.
The forecast remains good for the coming week with continued regular snowfall. Yey!
Have a great day if you are here in Niseko and a fun weekend wherever you are.
Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):
Niseko Grand Hirafu The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.
The isobars are spacing out and the weather is calm. The overnight snowfall is light and good, most tracks are filled in. The stabilization of the cornices and snowdrifts that have developed in the past couple of days (westerly wind 15-20m/s) is delayed due to cold temperature and are likely to crack. Pit-checks and ski test should be done with a rope & harness. 60cm surface slab avalanche from Feb 24th layer is likely to occur in 1100m elevation leeside cornice/knolls terrain. Be extra prudent in the Backbowl sidealls, Osawa cornice and Higashi-One cornice area. Beware of falling into cracks and hitting trees.
Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions at the gates. It is severely prohibited by the Niseko Rules to duck any ropes, enter strictly off-limits areas and ignore the patrol’s orders. Lifts passes will be confiscated. Have a nice day.
Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 27th February 2016:
It was very cold overnight and it's a cold morning here in Shiga Kogen.
The sun is out though and it's a fine morning. Wrap up well and enjoy!
The forecasts show a chance of some light or possibly moderate snow overnight and then a mix of clearer conditions and snow tomorrow as well. Monday shows some decent snowfall on the forecast - we should be on for some decent cm if it happens as per forecast.
Anyway it's a great morning to be out and about on the slopes.
Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Saturday 27th February 2016):
Sun Valley 60cm Nighta on Saturdays until 19th March (7pm-9pm)
Takamagahara Mammoth 120cm
Tannenomori Okojo 120cm
Ichinose Family 120cm Nighta daily until 27th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Ichinose Diamond 120cm Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Ichinose Yamanokami 120cm
Yakebitaiyama 150cm Nighta on Saturdays until 12th March (6pm-8pm)
Okushiga Kogen 90cm
Kumanoyu 100cm Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm) Also on 20th March
It's a cold morning and there's blue skies above the Mt Madarao once again.
There's no new cm of fresh to report but especially this morning conditions should be pretty good. Hopefully it won't warm up too much later on.
Later today or tonight there might be a bit of snow, though more sun is likely for tomorrow.
The most interesting forecast is for Monday. It's looking very encouraging for a good dump of snow as it stands at the moment... that would be a great way to end the month and enter March.
March already? Can hardly believe it.
Anyway, time to strap on the skis.
Have a good Saturday.
Madarao Kogen lifts operating (planned at time of writing):
All lifts plan to be open today
Tangram Ski Circus lifts operating (planned at time of writing):
All lifts plan to be open today
Tree Run Courses open at Madarao Kogen:
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Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 27th February 2016, 8:37am
Good morning from Nozawa.
No new snow to report but rather blue skies above us. It's a cold chilly start to the day though temperatures down here at base village level may rise to around +5C later on.
I'll let you take a look at the forecast for yourself (below) as it's all over the place, but the bit that I like the look of most of course is that decent snowfall that is forecast for sometime on Monday.
Nozawa-like dumpage? Yes please!
In the meantime best conditions early on this morning as it keeps cold.
Have a good weekend.
Official info at time of writing on Saturday 27th February 2016 (subject to change):
A good cold overnight here in Hakuba and a nice cold morning as well.
Resorts reporting up to 10cm of fresh snow on upper slopes after some good snowy conditions on the slopes yesterday.
This morning it's more of a bright, hazy and sunny start to the day in Hakuba and while it's a cold start it will be warming up somewhat during the day. Hopefully it'll be snowing by the end of the day though, but we might get a bit of drizzle before that. Perhaps a similar kind of story for tomorrow as well though as the weather people on the news said last night 'it's hard to read'. Tell me about it!
I'm looking forward to the decent snowfall that's forecast for Monday, let's see if that happens.
Looks like Hakuba Goryu have some kind of issue with their Gondola this morning meaning it's not running this morning.
Resort news as of 8:40am on Saturday 27th February 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall this morning. All courses are open and all of the Tree Riding Zone is open. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47. Official snow depth: Upper: 220cm Base: 120cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0-5cm of fresh snowfall this morning. All courses are generally open except Snow Diving and Adventure. However there seems to be a problem with the Gondola this morning meaning the top area is closed. The Toomi area will be open until 8:30pm tonight for 'nighta'. Official snow depth Alps: 220cm Toomi: 110cm Iimori: 100cm
Hakuba Happo-one: All courses/areas open. The lower Nakiyama area is open for 'nighta' every day until 9pm. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 200cm Nakiyama: 60cm Sakka: 50cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall this morning. All courses open except Itadaira Ridge. The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 9pm tonight (8pm on weekdays). Official snow depth: Top: 188cm Base: 115cm
Tsugaike Kogen: All course areas are open. Nighta at Karamatsu/Shirakaba on 5th/12th/19th March. Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 242cm Maruyama: 75cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 60cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field: Parts of the Mountain Side not open (Sonezawa, Dangan, Kamo 4, Five Side, View A, View B). An event is currently being held on Kamoshika Pocket, Big Bahn and Up Bahn areas of the Village Side. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake. Official snow depth: Upper: 120cm Lower: 50cm
Hakuba Norikura Onsen: All courses apart from Snake are open. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake. Official snow depth: 110cm
Well it’s another weekend here at Appi and it’s shaping up to be on par with most other weekends here.
We did see a few centimetres of snow last night but the base has remained steady for a while now because of the afternoon winds sweeping away what fell. Hopefully today with the winds supposed to calm down somewhat tonight and tomorrow coupled with a forecast 15cm of snow tonight we will see a wonderful Sunday morning for some fresh powder skiing. I’m eagerly anticipating my alarm clock tomorrow.
As far as yesterday goes it was ok. Most of the runs are in good shape with the groomed runs bringing fun before lunch before they’ve been chewed up somewhat. The Sailer and Second runs were fairly deserted most of the day but you can anticipate a decent crowd on them today and tomorrow.
Weather forecasting wise it looks great for Sunday and morning till noon. Temperatures should rise somewhat into the zero zone and winds should become very light this afternoon and into tomorrow night. They’ll pick up again Sunday night and should be strong on Monday and Tuesday. We’re talking 15m/s strong with gusts a little higher. Snowfall is what I’m concerned about and we may see nearly 30cm fall the next few days. How much of it stays around is anyone's guess right now given the windy conditions heading our way.
The good news today is that the Main and Sailer Gondolas are open until 4:30PM, probably because of the increasing daylight.
Come on up and get on the slopes. See you all out there.
Currently planned operating lifts:
- Appi Gondola - Central Number 1 quad - Number 2 lift A - Number 3 lift B - Number 3 lift C - Number 4 lift - Sailer Gondola - Sailer Quad - Vista quad
Great day at Tenjin, 20cm of fresh up there and the resort was tracked out soon enough but the backcountry was very stable and these days its virtually all accessible.
None of the Mach 5 riding we get on a normal season but the terrain is a lot more interesting this year with bumps where its usually wide and flat. Looks like we might get some more snow this evening which would make it 4 or 5 days in a row, next big dump set for Monday night.