Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 18th January 2018
Friday 27th March 2015, 7:35am
It is a beautiful morning here in Yuzawa. Clear, blue skies and sunshine.
Temperatures dropped below zero overnight so quite chilly but it should warm up soon enough, enough to bring us into double digits later on. More of the same to follow tomorrow as well, though warmer still.
The last weekend of the season for a number of places, but some of course continuing on until May. See below for more of the details.
The wind is blowing relatively strong up high, but snowdrift development is minimal. The temperature is inverted, low in lower altitude and higher up high. Peak gates are expected to open from the morning. A medium scale climax avalanche (250cm crown, 60m wide, 50m long full depth slide, running for 200m) has occurred in Mikaeri bowl around 700m altitude. The ground vegetation is bamboo grass and the grade is 40°. Risk of similar slides will rise around 900m areas over the weekend. If a climax slide occurs in Osawa or Kozan no sawa (Backbowl) 1100m area, it will be big, devastating everything on its way, debris running all the way down to the water reservoir in Annupuri. Many traverse tracks from gate 2, across Osawa, to the Backbowl were present yesterday. It is not wise to ride those potentially hazardous slopes. We may be forced to close the peak gates if people keep ignoring the heads-up and/or cannot imagine the consequences of those slides. One foolish track will lead many others to do the same and unnecessarily increase the chances of accidents to happen. Please respect the Niseko Rules in order to protect the freedom of out of bounds riding.
Niseko Hanazono - open daily until Monday April 6th Niseko Village - open daily until Tuesday April 7th and then April 29th until May 6th Niseko Annupuri - open daily until Wednesday May 6th Niseko Grand Hirafu - open daily until Wednesday May 6th Read more ...
Friday 27th March 2015, 8:05am
Clear & sunny
Another fine morning here in Madarao.
A chilly start after a pretty cold night but the sun is out and will warming us up pretty quick I'd have thought this morning.
5 more days to go at Madarao Kogen, including today.
Subject to change. This is what the plans for lifts that remain open are:
Until Sunday 29th March Onsen Number 3 Parallel AB Onsen Number 4 Quad Ryuzan Pair Nakamori Number 2 Pair Diamond Number 1 Pair (every day until 22nd March, then 28th and 29th March) Diamond Number 2 Pair
Until Tuesday 31st March Shobunuma Number 2 Pair Oomori Quad Yokokura Number 2 Pair Astraea Number 2 Pair Astraea Number 3 Pair
Until Sunday 5th April Onsen Number 1 Pair Onsen Number 2 Quad Sunrise Pair AB Nakamori Number 1 Triple Mikaeri Pair
Until Sunday 12th April Yokokura Number 1 Pair AB
Until Sunday 19th April Kurohime Number 1 Quad
Until Wednesday 6th May Chuo Number 1 Pair AB Chuo Number 2 Pair AB Katakai Triple (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week) Paradise Pair AB (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week) Utopia Number 2 Pair
Last day of the snow season currently planned for Wednesday 6th May.
Operating through the year (for general tourism) Sky Cable Chuo Ropeway Zao Ropeway Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Friday 27th March 2015, 8:24am
Clear and sunny skies
You know, it didn't really warm up as much as we were expecting yesterday. And it was cold last night too. It's probably going to warm up more today though.
The sun is out from the get go and it's clear blue skies above us again. It is going to be a fine day and the similar conditions are forecast for tomorrow as well.
What's this though, might we get some fresh snow around Sunday (while it rains down in the valley)? Keep an eye on that. Won't be sustained though with more sun from Monday.
Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:
Ichinose Family: Every day until March 29th
Ichinose Diamond: Every Saturday until March 28th
Kumanoyu: Every Saturday until March 28th
PLANNED RESORT CLOSING DATES
Open until Tuesday 31st March
Hasuike Kidoike Nishitateyama
At least part open until Wednesday April 1st
Maruike: Number 2 pair lift open until March 31st, Number 1 triple lift open until April 1st)
At least part open until Sunday April 5th
Bunadaira: The Bunadaira quad lift will be open until March 29th; the quad open until April 5th
Sun Valley: The Housaka Number 3 lift will be open until March 31st
At least part open until Sunday April 12th
Ichinose Yamanokami: Open daily until April 5th and then open on April 11th and 12th
At least part open until Wednesday May 6th
Ichinose Diamond: The Diamond triple lift will be open until April 3rd. The Diamond quad lift will be open until March 31st, and then open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th.
Ichinose Family: The Ichinose Number 3 quad will be open until 29th March. The Ichinose Quad and Ichinose Number 2B pair lifts will be open daily until May 6th.
Takamagahara Mammoth: The Takamagahara Number 3 pair lift will be open until March 31st. The Takamagahara Number 2 triple lift will be open until April 5th. The Takamagahara Quad will be open daily until April 12th, and then open on April 18th, 19th, and from April 25th until May 6th.
Okushiga Kogen: The Okushiga Number 6 lift will be open until March 31st. The Okushiga Number 1 pair lift will be open until April 5th. The Okushiga Number 4 pair lift will be open until April 5th, and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th. The Okushiga Number 2 pair lift and Okushiga Number 3 pair lift and Gondola will all be open daily until May 6th.
Tannenomori Okujo: Open daily until April 5th; and then on April 11th, 12th and April 25th until May 6th
Terakoya: Both lifts open daily until March 31st. After that, they will be open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th
Yakebitaiyama: Open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th The Yakebitaiyama Gondola will run until April 5th.
Beyond Wednesday 6th May
Kumanoyu: Kumanoyu Number 3 quad open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and April 25th until May 6th Kumanoyu Number 1 and 2 pair lifts open until May 6th and beyond
Yokoteyama-Shibutoge: Probably open until at least the end of May Read more ...
Friday 27th March 2015, 8:24am
Good morning Naeba.
Get your sun cream and sunglasses out, as it is another cracking day of sunny spring weather.
There is hardly a breath of wind in the air and the temperature is currently around 2 degrees.
The clear skies last night have left us with some crisp groomed runs for this morning.
There are still some lifts closed for avalanche danger.
The Dragondola over to Tashiro and the Kagura areas are open.
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 260cm Kagura: 370cm
5cm 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 March 2015, 9:21am
It is another clear day with warm spring temperatures heading for a high of +14c in Furano town. The snow pack has not frozen overnight so conditions will be soft, and on the lower slopes expect spring slush. Saturday will be sunny and clear and then Sunday afternoon some light rain is expected. There will be a demo day of 2015-16 new season skis on Saturday and Sunday. Read more ...
Friday 27th March 2015, 10:03am
Blue bird and still plenty of fresh snow around however temperatures are set to rise rapidly.
Winds are light, everything is open as planned and the snow has settled considerably over the past 2 days.
Last weekend for a few ski resorts around Minakami coming up...details below.
Planned closing dates of ski resorts in Minakami (subject to change):
Until 29th March Norn Minamaki Okutone Snow Park White Valley
Until 30th March Minakami Kogen
Until 5th April Minakami Kogen Ski Resort Minakami Hodaigi