Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 27th March 2017, 8:11am
Morning from Nozawa.
A bit wet this morning with light rain falling at base, though the resort is reporting 7-8cm of fresh snow up on the top areas... so you know where to hear this morning! Can it change into snow down here too today. Doesn't look like it should be warming up much during the day so fingers crossed. Snow is there on the forecast through until tomorrow so let's see what I can get to report tomorrow morning.
The official snow depth at Yamabiko keeps on rising! Can we head into April with an official 4cm of snow base up there?! That would be impressive.
Nozawa Onsen plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May
Courses not open today are: - Grand Prix - Hachiman - Kandahar East - Kandahar West - Kamoshika
Floodlit evening 'nighta' has now finished for the season. Read more ...
Monday 27th March 2017, 8:29am
Overcast and snowing
Good morning from Naeba everybody.
Today we have a lot of fresh powder on the ground. 15cm to be precise with even more higher up. The snow also looks as though it is going to carry on for the rest of the day so conditions should be pretty soft all day.
As the end of the season is rapidly approaching lift operation is dramatically reduced in Naeba. Night skiing will no longer run and neither will the Dragondola so if you want to head over to Kagura you will have to catch the bus!
This snow is meant to continue until Tuesday afternoon with Wednesday expected to be clear weather. We are then expecting a little rain on Thursday before it turns back into snow all the way through until Saturday.
The sun is out and it's clear skies all around this morning.
A mild spring day on the cards.
More snow to come? Perhaps around Thursday.
Today is the last Avalanche report of the season. May I take a moment to thank the good folk for their efforts throughout the season and for keeping us all informed.
Taihen otsukaresama deshita.
My reports will of course continue.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base: -3℃, no snowfall, bluebird. Moiwa 800m: no data available. Annupuri1000m: 230cm snowpack. Hirafu 1250m: -7℃, mild breeze, no snowfall, clear sky. Sea of Japan Kamui cape lighthouse: S2m/s, 1017hPa, 0.5m waves. Benkei cape SSE2m/s.
The isobars are spread out and the ocean and mountain weather is calm. No new snow, the mountain is frozen in the morning. Thawing will start around 9am and the surface will soften up. Creeks will swell and full depth avalanche risk will rise in steep slopes under 800m elevation. Looking at the weather transition and coast guard data, the general avalanche risk is low and the peak gates 2 & 3 will open from the morning. Gates 6 & 10 will be removed as the Moiwa quad operation finished yesterday.
The Mikaeri Rindo cat-track between Moiwa and Annupuri has been maintained under the cooperation of Regional Forest Bureau, Niseko Town office and Moiwa Resort and managed by the Avalanche Institute for the purpose of research as well as emergency rescue path, however will not be groomed any longer. Big thanks to all related parties as well as ski patrols and cat operators.
The safety measures of Niseko area have been operated by both Niseko and Kutchan town as well as all 5 ski resorts. The freedom to ride out of bounds must be protected, however safety should not be compromised. The cause of the Niseko Rules lies in this statement. We’re always hoping that more people resonate with this idea.
Self-responsibility theory can only be applied in a limited situation. You don’t claim a kid being responsible of his own acts. This term should not be easily used just to avoid own responsibility or self-legitimization.
That’s a wrap for this season’s Niseko Avalanche Information.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
Planned closing dates Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May. Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April. Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April (and then from 28th April until 7th May). Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Night time floodlit operations have now finished for the season. Read more ...
Monday 27th March 2017, 8:51am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
And it's snowing again!
Wet snow here in town and just a bit on the ground though Kagura is reporting 5cm at Mitsumata and 15cm at Tashiro. Maiko Snow Resort is also reporting 5cm this morning.
Snow forecast for the day with sun expected tomorrow. Can we get some more cm?
Official snow depth information as of Monday 27th March 2017
GALA Yuzawa Central, North, downhill course and sledding area are all open Official snow depth: 360cm
Planned 'Nighta' operations (floodlit night skiing)
** Subject to change due to snow and weather conditions
Kandatsu Kogen 'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night' from 6pm-4am) is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nighta before holidays from 7th April until 22nd April
Lift and resort closing dates - it's complicated! Please note that from 8th May, joint Shiga Kogen lift tickets are not valid - individual tickets from the individual areas will be required.
Sun Valley Both Sun Valley lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Maruike The Number 1 triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April The Number 2 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 26th March
Hasuike The triple lift and ropetow plan to be operating until Sunday 26th March (ropetow weekends only)
Giant The pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Higashitateyama The Gondola plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Bunadaira The Hoppo quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Takamagahara Mammoth The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April). The triple lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March. The pair lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March (* Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only)
Nishitateyama The Nishitateyama lifts plan to be operating until Friday 31st March
Tannenomori Okojo The quad lift plans to be operating daily until Sunday 2nd April and then on 8th/9th April and from 29th April until 7th May
Ichinose Family The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Ichinose Number 2 pair A lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May
Terakoya The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 3rd April until 28th April).
Ichinose Diamond The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April)
Ichinose Yamanokami Plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April
Yakebitaiyama The Gondolas and Number 2 lift plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Okushiga Kogen The Okushiga Kogen Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating on 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and between 29th April and 7th May The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3, and 6 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May
Kumanoyu The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 14th May The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April; and then on 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and from 29th April until 7th May
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until late May The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (may be closed on certain days) The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until late May Read more ...
Monday 27th March 2017, 9:19am
Morning from Hakuba, where there's more snow to report.
A bit of snow falling higher up yesterday afternoon and resorts reporting up to 10cm at higher elevations this morning...
Snow is falling now here in the village and it looks like it's pretty limited visibility in places on the mountains.
Tomorrow sun is expected and it should be warming things up a little.
As we head towards the end of March, some lifts and courses are now starting to close for the season at some of the resorts that remain operating.
I will try to keep any news for each resort updated below, and when things start to get more restricted next month I will go into more details so you can keep a track on exactly what is open.
Resort news as of 9:15am on Monday 27th March 2017:
All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall. All lifts are operating and courses are open as normal. Official snow depth Upper: 325cm Base: 150cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0-10cm of fresh snowfall. All lifts are operating and courses are open as normal. Official snow depth Alps: 300cm Toomi: 140cm Iimori: 80cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). Some lifts are now closed for the season but all areas of the mountain are still available. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 245cm Kurobishi: 320cm Lower: 90cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Uma-no-se course appears to be closed. The Tsugaike Ropeway is now operating for the spring season. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 355m Han-no-ki: 350cm Maruyama: 130cm Oya-no-hara: 120cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 115cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 2-5cm of fresh snowfall. The Number 2 quad lift and Number 4 pair lifts remain operating. Ikenota, Hieda Forest, Mt Hieda 1, Mt Hieda 3, Itadaira and Ipponmatsu courses remain open. Official snow depth: Top: 355cm Base: 210cm
Kashimayari: Open until Sunday 2nd April. Official snow depth: Top: 130cm
Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:
Hakuba Goryu: Planned to be open daily until 31st March (6pm until 9:30pm) Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Monday 27th March 2017, 9:45am
Hello from Appi,
Well it’s a cloudy Monday morning and we’re forecast to get more snow this afternoon and tonight. Not that it really matters as the Second and Sailer runs are now closed for the rest of the season. I really don’t understand why because all of the runs are covered in snow and are in great shape. I guess the arbitrary date they chose to close them this season makes sense to someone who’s running the operation up there. To the average layman and skier it makes not sense whatsoever. Oh well.
We are expecting cloudy skies throughout the week as well as some more snowfall too. If you need an end of the season fix then come and join us.
Planned operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):
Appi Gondola Central quad Central number 2 Central number 3a Central number 4
Official snow depth:
Appi plans to be opening until Sunday 7th May this season Read more ...
Monday 27th March 2017, 9:49am
Cloud + fog...
As we enter the last week of the season, snow is falling in Madarao.
We should be able to enjoy some clearer skies and sunshine tomorrow and Wednesday. Right now the forecast seems to point to some snow falling at the weekend.
Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April. 7 days to go!
Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):
- 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 - Moving walkway - Kids Park - Free Ride Park
- Powder Wave I - Powder Wave II - River Line - Powder Theater - Adventure Aisle - Crystal Bowl - Ninja - Sawa - Rabbit - Bear (unconfirmed) - Kamoshika (unconfirmed)
Yesterday was the last day of operation for the Kitanomine Zone and night skiing for the resort as a whole. This year has been fantastic for spring skiing with cold overnight temperatures protecting the slopes and preventing them from going slushy. From today it is just the Furano Zone operating, but that still leaves an extensive amount of terrain to be skied and plenty of fun still to be had. It is a classic spring day with pure blue sky and full sunshine. The sun means that it sure feels warm which is a contrast to the last few days where cloud cover has prevented the full rays of the sun hitting the slopes. Read more ...
Monday 27th March 2017, 11:09am
Good morning form Zao.
More lifts closed from today, but there's more fresh snow... which kind of feels odd!
Snow is still falling though from tomorrow we are expected to have calmed weather and sunshine.
Planned closing dates for lifts at Zao Onsen - subject to change due to snow conditions:
Operating daily until Friday 31st March: - Oomori quad - Yokokura Number 2 pair - Astraea Number 1 pair - Astraea Number 2 pair - Astraea Number 3 pair
Operating daily until Sunday 2nd April: - Nakamori Number 1 triple - Onsen Number 1 pair - Onsen Number 2 quad
Operating until Sunday 9th April: - Mikaeri pair - Shobunuma Number 2 pair (holidays only after 2nd April)
Operating until Sunday 16th April: - Katakai triple (holidays only after 2nd April) - Paradise pair AB (holidays only after 2nd April)
Operating until Sunday 7th May: - Chuo Number 1 pair AB - Chuo Number 2 pair AB (holidays only after 16th April) - Utopia Number 2 pair
No fixed closing date: - Yokokura Number 1 pair AB - Kurohime Number 1 quad
Open all year (* for sightseeing): - Sky Cable - Chuo Ropeway - Zao Ropeway
Official snow depths (as published by the resort): Summit - 150cm Paradise - 240cm Chuo - 240cm Utopia - 195cm Uwanodai - 130cm Yokokura - 135cm
Lifts that are already closed for the season: - Paradise Number 3 pair - Diamond Number 1 pair - Zao Kokutai pair - Ryuzan pair - Karamatsu pair - Onsen Number 3 Parallel AB - Onsen Number 4 quad - Sunrise pair AB - Nakamori Number 2 pair - Diamond Number 2 pair Read more ...
Monday 27th March 2017, 11:34am
The sun is trying to come out
Snow is still falling in Myoko, even as some of the areas are closing.
We haven't had a lot of wind or rain, so the snowpack is really hanging on.