Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017
Saturday 28th February 2015, 7:33am
Mostly cloudy, with the sun peeking out from time to time
An early start today, so a report without new information from the resorts.
A nice bit of powder overnight - not too much, maybe 25cm - but at least something to cover the ice.
Some pretty high winds during the night (got me up and listening).
It's an interesting situation out there right now; light snow is falling at base level, although we can see blue skies above the peaks, which occasionally pop out of the clouds. To the north, it's still pretty cloudy and gray.
Seems like a good idea to get out and enjoy; a high pressure system is coming in, with the threat of - dare we say it - rain tomorrow. Hope it doesn't work out that way...
Akakura Onsen (Kumado): until 10pm every day until 22 March Tangram Ski Circus: until 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March Madarao Kogen: until 9pm on Saturdays until 21 March Read more ...
Saturday 28th February 2015, 7:43am
Another 10cms of snowfall keeps things fresh today. It is still snowing as well so that figure will increase throughout the day. Temperatures have dropped since yesterdays warm weather, they are now sitting between -5°C and -8°C. The strong overnight winds have died down, with a peak wind speed of 36km/h recorded this morning. This means it's business as usual and all lifts will be open today.
The current snowfall is forecast taper off during the day, but it is due to stay cloudy all day.
So February is finishing as it started, with fresh powder. Looking into March the snow is due to stick around all next week, winter is not over yet! Read more ...
Saturday 28th February 2015, 7:53am
14cm on snow on the top of my car this morning. It's great to see some fresh piling up again.
This morning here's what resorts that report are reporting:
Kagura - 30cm Naeba - 15cm at base 20-30cm Maiko Snow Resort - 20-30cm
So a fairly decent fresh layer for this Saturday morning which will have given the resorts a refresh. A bit more fresh depth would have been welcome (isn't that almost always the case!), but we'll have to make do with what we have been given.
Yesterday we ended up having some very windy conditions in places and some lift disruption as well. It's calmer this morning with just a light northerly wind at the moment.
Light snow is falling still but the forecast for the day is just cloud so there's more a chance of clearer conditions than further snow I think. It's fairly bright and even some signs of possible sunshine breaking through - looks like the sun is managing to do that over Naeba.
Slightly warmer conditions expected tomorrow again with maybe some rain late on in the day that might change to snow again. It doesn't look like we will be treated to any kind of full on winter conditions over the next week or so, maybe just smaller deliveries here and there.
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.
Good morning from Hirafu and some more snow to report on this last morning of February.
Another 10cm here in the base area once again, and hearing 20cm or so higher up from the resort. It's kind of similar amounts as we have seen over the last 4 or 5 days in fact, so a steady refresh each day and bringing us up to 196cm observed at base for February. It also means that we break through the 10m mark for the season as a whole. I'll take a look at more statistics sometime in the next few days.
This morning the sun is out. Lots of blue sky, a few clouds and some bright sunshine. A moderate wind but it doesn't seem to be affecting lift operations this morning, at the time of writing and checking information anyway. (Phew!)
A generally fine day expected today with a return of snowfall sometime late on tomorrow.
I've got a few people to meet out on the mountain so I'm off to put the boots on. Have a very fine, safe and fun day wherever you are.
Check out the observed snowfall chart.... Hokkaido resorts are now 'at the top' there with the most snowfall over the last 7 days. Better than being 'at the bottom' with that dry week we had! It changes and updates in real time as all of the Now reports on SnowJapan are updated. Endlessly fascinating info to be got from that page. I highly recommend you take a look - and also play around with toggling the reports on and off on the graphs, and sorting the data etc. The page is linked to near the bottom of this page, and also on the right side of the page. And also here:
It may be the end of February, but we have over 2 full months left to the season.
I reckon that works out at nearly 70 more daily reports that I'll be writing. Do stay with me until the end! And try not to snigger if I struggle for things to write as the season starts winding down. ;) Which isn't yet of course!
Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day
Niseko base 6am: -3C, 20cm of new snow. Moiwa 800m: NE10m/s, 20cm of new snow, major snowdrift development. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 315cm, NNW15m/s, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: Strong winds, -7C, snowdrift development on leeward slopes. Annupuri peak 1308m: wind NNW18.1m/s, -9.1C. Cape Benkei: NNE16m/s, Cape Kamui: ENE6m/s, pressure 1018hPa, wave 2.7m.
Blizzard conditions late last night to dawn caused rapid snowdrift development on steep south facing slopes (under knolls). From 5am observation, expect slabs to fracture at 50-60cm, avalanche risk is High. Slabs are fracturing at Feb27th low pressure layer. Peak gate openings are yet to be decided. Please respect patrol's decisions. Annupuri Osawa, Kozan no sawa should not be ridden today. Do not traverse from gates 1 and 8 to Osawa cornice slope. Do not duck ropes. Also be aware there is avalanche risk low on the mountain at Annupuri Ski area in the gully under gondola. Most avalanche accidents happen right after a storm. A simple pit check alone is an unreliable way to assess risk. The wind blown snow propagates impact regardless of a weak layer. Avoid riding in valley bottoms- where the avalanche will run. The snow is good and deep in the forest. Be aware of hidden cracks. Is your beacon on? Have a good day.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 400cm Base - 140cm
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 base building snow yesterday with the heavy wet snow falling throughout. Temps though are still quite high and with the fact we really only had around another 1cm added overnight, a lot of the advantages of yesterdays snow may be quite reduced today. At the moment the snow is a little crusty though quite nice but as the sun beats it over the next few hours it will become a little less desirable. However up high on the mountain things are ticking along well and there is some nice fluff still building. There are light winds at the moment which will be varied over the next few days but today it should tear after lunch. Read more ...
Saturday 28th February 2015, 8:51am
Lots of cloud but set to clear
Morning from Hakuba on this last day of February. Can you believe that?!
Snow during the day yesterday, Hakuba 47 reporting 20cm of it up there, and just a bit more overnight with snow on the ground this morning.
This morning resorts reporting varying amounts of snow as noted below... Cortina 20cm, Goryu 10cm, Happo 10cm... there should be some fresh to find out this morning.
It feels quite cold as well and while there is still a lot of cloud around, forecasts tell us to expect sun today and the skies to clear with a high of around +3C later this afternoon.
Something should be falling by tomorrow afternoon again - hopefully snow. Stay cold please!
Have a fun Saturday. I'm going to get out there, hope you can too.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Saturday 28th February 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 10cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira; 3-5cm 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: Karamatsu-Shirakaba on February 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm. Kashimayari: Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm. Read more ...
Saturday 28th February 2015, 8:53am
Happy weekend everyone!
We have a cracking day lined up with up to 30cms of fresh snow in more sheltered areas and 15-20cms in more exposed areas. With the sun currently trying to get the better of some low hanging clouds, it looks like it might turn into a beautiful day. Temperatures are down to -6 degrees this morning with weak winds.
Yesterday’s weather started off with sunny spells then turned into snow showers and then turned into a windy/snowy evening and some pretty wild conditions.
All lifts are open at Naeba.
The Dragondola over to Tashiro is open, as is all of Kagura.
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 280cm Kagura: 370cm
15-30cm Naeba 30cm 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 ...
Saturday 28th February 2015, 9:04am
Quite wild conditions in the later part of yesterday with strong winds blowing around the snow that was falling. One of those days when it's difficult to put a number on it - the resort says 10-20cm, the snow around my place says around 15cm. Lots of windblown so it'll be more or less depending on where you are.
Colder this morning too so hopefully there'll be some decent conditions this morning. Cloudy but feels like it might clear up more. More snow due later on tomorrow, hopefully avoiding rain that is also possible certainly at lower elevations.
A few tanoshii events going on tonight... a screen made from snow (!) has been made on which to show some short films. I'm as curious as you are probably reading that! That'll be near the entrance to the skijo by the Madarao Kogen Hotel. And after nighta there's going to be some fireworks as well.
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.
Lots of snow to report this morning from Zao. Strong winds and snowfall overnight giving us over 30cm down here at base and I would guess more up top. A very nice new thick layer to play in this morning and hopefully covering those icy conditions we had very handily.
There's still a moderate wind this morning but the resort appears to be open as normal.
More snow likely later tomorrow though it's expected to be a bit warmer with even a chance of rain. It would be excellent if we could avoid that and go straight to snow. Spoiling this new fresh would be a crime!
Tonight is the last chance to get up to the top of the mountain for the evening "light up". How quickly that comes around! There's still a lot left in the season of course, with some lifts moving until Golden Week in early May, but it always feels a bit sad when this day comes.
Great day, the sun came out shining on up to 40-50cm of fresh snow in places. The ridges are still icy on wind exposed aspects from last week's heat wave but the gullies were amazing. The cat track opened just before noon and a lot of good riding was had. Forecast for rain tomorrow turning to snow tomorrow night and then remaining cold on Monday... looks like the season has legs yet!