Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017
Sunday 28th December 2014, 7:43am
Sunny and nice, at least to start the day. Clouds likely to move in later in the day.
Not all the resorts have reports in, but I wanted to get a report out early so people can get out there and on the snow. Of which there is a lot (interesting grammar, I know).
It's sunny again today, but the word is the next cycle of snow is on the way. Our forecast here isn't showing it yet, but there have been a few reports on the TV that wmight see an "historic" snowfall on the 1st... That's exciting, but it can also mean transportation troubles and delays in all kind of ways. No complaints, mind you, just a little reality. The risk of avalanches also grows, of course, when you have a whole lot of new snow falling very fast (and an increased chance of just getting bogged down if you're not a great powder skier—sometimes even if you are!).
Could be an exciting start to 2015, in any case!
Akakura Kanko: 265cm, -7° (no report yet today) All lifts operating
Thinga didn’t clear up as we were expecting yesterday – not until the evening anyway. For the most part it just kept on snowing through the day. By evening Kagura had reported a further 40cm of snowfall, though there was much less down here at town level. Still, very nice to get the tracks filled in during the day. By late evening there was quite a lot of clear skies up above, though it was a cold night and it is a cold start to the day as well..
No new snowfall overnight to report, and we are all set for a lovely sunny day today in the region with the sun out from early on and temperatures likely to rise into positive numbers by mid-morning.
Not a cloud to be seen, just some early morning fog in places.
Conditions should be great everywhere today.
Things are gradually getting busier now It was on the news last night about how a fair few people are lucky enough to have a 9 day long holiday this New Year period and yesterday was the first of those with trains overcapacity and roads busy. No doubt more of those folk will be turning up to ski and snowboard tomorrow and in the coming days.
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 23rd January, 'all night' on holidays (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) NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only): 27th December until 3rd January; 11th January; Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm) Yuzawa Nakazato: 27th December until 3rd January; 11th January; Saturdays from 10th January until 14th March (until 8:30pm)
Chateaux Shiozawa also have nighta but only on certain days - no fixed schedule available at the moment). Resorts not mentioned above do not operate 'nighta'. Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a seperate lift ticket.
Good morning from Nozawa and a beautiful one it is too.
Back to yesterday though...
I remember saying yesterday that we were expecting the snow clouds to clear in the morning, but things didn’t happen that way with snow continuing to fall through most of the day and the resort as of 3pm reporting 10-14cm more snowfall on the slopes:
Things looked much clearer last night and this morning we are starting the day with clear skies.
It’s a very cold early morning but the sun should warm things up a bit as we move on but hopefully not too much. Should keep pretty cold looking at the latest local forecast.
Kamoshika course and a few other steeper courses not yet open. All lifts operating today though so plenty of space for everyone.
A stunning day to be on the mountain.
A bit of news about lift operations for the New Year. On the following days, lifts will be opening 30 minutes earlier than usual with the lower lifts starting at 8am and the Gondolas starting up at 8:10am:
Tuesday 30th December Wednesday 31st December Friday 2nd December Saturday 3rd December
Wednesday is, of course, New Years Eve and there'll be a few events going on to celebrate and bring in the new year. First of all nighta at the Nagasaka area will be open from 4:30pm until 11:30pm on Wednesday. There'll be sake and hot wine to sample from 11pm until midnight and once the New Year arrives there'll be a firework display. Sounds like fun!
Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday afternoon:
As expected some fantastic mountain views yesterday. Some clouds hanging around the mountain peaks - depending on where you where at any point in the day you’ll have got a different view of the mountain backdrop. I was lucky up at Hakuba Goryu yesterday around lunchtime. However many times you go up there, on a day like today the view is never the same and never gets old.
The snow was great too.
Even better views this morning. We were treated to an amazing sunrise early on if you were up that early, and for the rest of the day the sun will be out with glorious blue skies.
It got very cold overnight and we have started the day with no clouds over the area. We expect a sunny day and the temperature to rise to around +3 later on this afternoon. As of early morning though it's still extremely cold.
The forecasts tell us that we can expect a return to snowfall around Tuesday - or maybe even overnight tonight? - though it's probably more light showers from time to time rather than heavy snow.
Getting busier by the day now in the run up to New Year! Early starts recommended.
Official snow depth numbers and operations as of 28th December 2014. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. All lifts operating. All courses open except Adventure Course. Night skiing at Toomi every day until 31st March. Early morning skiing from 6:30am from today until 4th January (and then on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays).
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. All courses open. Tree Riding Zone open.
- Upper - 250cm - Lower - 135cm
Happo-one: Kokusai Number 1 Pair lift still out of action due to damage to the snow nets - they hope to have it fixed up before the end of the year. Night skiing at Nakiyama every day until mid March. Happo Banks The Snow Park yet to open.
Just cloudy-overcast feel to the start of the day today here in Niseko, and for once I don't have any fresh snow to report!
It's noticeably not as cold as well this morning and only a light wind. We might even get to see some sunshine at times today and tomorrow. There's a chance of a light dusting of snow overnight but nothing major. Back to snowy conditions from around Tuesday maybe...
There's not much else to report this morning really with resorts looking to be open as planned. So enough reporting, and time to get the skis on and get out there myself!
Resort specific news at time of writing - subject to change during the day
Moiwa base: -4C, mild wind and no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -6C, WSW5m/s, no snowfall and moderate development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1000m: -7C, W12m/s, light development of snowdrifts and 185cm snowpack depth. Hirafu 1000m: -8C, mild wind, no snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape W6m/s, Kamui cape SW15m/s, 1018hPa, 1.3m waves.
Atmospheric pressure gradient is small and the mountain is in a calm condition. Occasional gusts are carrying snow and developing snowdrifts in some areas. No overnight snowfall. The powder snow around the courses are mostly tracked out, but please refrain from ducking ropes to seek fresh snow. One track left under the ropes will lead many others to do the same and increase the chance of accidents to happen. Out of bounds riding is only tolerated when accessed from the gates; violator’s lifts passes will be confiscated and will be banned from further using the resort facilities. The groomers are in excellent condition, great day for carving around on piste, but beware of overspeeding and loosing control. Gates 4, 5, 6 and 10 will open from the morning. Seek some advice from the ski patrol at the gates. The new Niseko Rules’ leaflet is available at the ticket offices and can be used as a map. Have a nice day.
Official snow depth numbers and any notes at time of writing:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 285cm Base - 150cm
Niseko Village: Top - 200cm Base - 140cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 185cm Base - 150cm
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 (There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)
Well that snow just doesn't want to play with none overnight and the day looking very lean. winds will pick up throughout the day slightly and if we are to have any fall it will be later in the day but is not expected to be anything but a dusting. Kitanomine gondola won't be open today Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 28th December 2014, 8:44am
Clear, blue skies and sun
Not a cloud in the sky, with blue skies all round. Absolutely beautiful morning in the region.
Very cold though! Kumanoyu -12C, Yakebitaiyama -15C. Extra 2 layers needed this morning!
But it should be worth it.
The chance of some light snow showers on and off from tomorrow with the next decent snowfall due around 1st January.
Hope you can come and enjoy over the new year.
Resort areas status with official snow depths:
Okushiga Kogen: 100cm Almost all open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yakebitaiyama: 150cm Almost all open
Ichinose Family 100cm Most open
Ichinose Yamanokami: 100cm Open
Ichinose Diamond: 100cm Open
Takamagahara Mammoth: 90cm Open
Terakoya: 120cm Open
Higashitateyama: 100cm Open
Giant: 100cm Open
Nishitateyama: 90cm Most open
Happo Bundaraia: 100cm Open
Sun Valley: 80cm Open
Maruike: 80cm Open
Hasuike: 80cm Open
Kumanoyu: 120cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yokoteyama: 120cm Most open. Shibutoge now open.
Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas this season:
Sun Valley: December 29th-30th; January 1st-2nd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd to March 21st
Maruike: December 29th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 10th, 11th
Takamagahara Mammoth: December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd
Ichinose Family: Every day until March 29th
Ichinose Diamond: December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd until March 28th
Yakebitaiyama: December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd until February 21st
Kumanoyu: December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd; Every Saturday from January 3rd until March 28th Read more ...
Sunday 28th December 2014, 9:10am
Partly cloudy, but blue skies and sunny
It's a very fine morning here in Zao.
The sun is out; blue skies, some cloud; no wind; lots of snow. The only thing that could be better really is another 20cm of fresh overnight, but let's not get too picky! Keeping cold snow conditions remain excellent.
Tomorrow more cloud is forecast perhaps some light snow overnight, with more substantial snow expected from Tuesday.
Yokokura area: From Friday 26th December until 4th January; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Friday 9th January until 15th March
Open times from 5pm until 9pm.
Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations
December 2014: 27th-31st January 2015: 1st-4th, 10th-12th, 17th-18th, 24th-31st February 2015: 1st-28th
Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm. Ropeway return charges are 2600 yen for adults and 1300 yen for children. In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled. Read more ...
Sunday 28th December 2014, 9:34am
Mostly cloudy, set to stay this way for the course of the day
Today is quite a mild morning at Kiroro. The current temp sits at -4°C (-8°C at the top). There has been no new fresh snow in the last 24 hours. It is quite cloudy but the visibility isn't too affected by it. Expert A course, the steepest course, is set to open today, accessible from the Gondola and there should be a new kicker opening up to the public this afternoon at the skiers right side just above Yoichi Lift.