Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Saturday 28th January 2017, 7:57am
The forecasted snow did arrive yesterday and has delivered 22cm of new snow at village level. There was about an hour of rain at base late afternoon yesterday as temperatures were warm. We are back to winter temps this morning, and although the new snow is a bit heavy on the lower mountain it will be better the higher you go. It is currently snowing moderately so expect varied visibility. Take care. Read more ...
Saturday 28th January 2017, 8:33am
Clouds + light snow
Morning from Niseko.
First of all, Happy (Chinese) New Year! Here's to a good one for all.
The lifts I mentioned in the report yesterday remained closed through the day, with a few others joining them including the Annupuri Gondola later in the day. The fairly nasty weather conditions continued too; the rain turned into snow but it was fairly wet. I noticed that the Free Ride Park at Grand Hirafu also closed mid-morning - due to poor visibility.
So onto today. And the good news... is that the rain turned into snow and there's 11cm of it to report at my measuring point. However, with the day starting off with rain and mild conditions yesterday, it's perhaps not much of a surprise that the snow is heavy and wet.
It is colder again this morning too which is good.
Unfortunately, is still very windy indeed this morning. At the start of the day Annupuri is completely closed due to the conditions and top lifts at the other three resort areas not able to open.
Today might well be another good day to sit out, relax in an onsen or do some other kind of activity. Having said that, the slopes that are open may be quiet!
Tomorrow sunshine is forecast at least for part of the day and things should be much calmer. I suspect it will also be busy out there. Planning for early tracks recommended.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -11℃, 20cm snowfall. Moiwa800m: WNW12m/s, -9℃, 30cm snowfall, 60cm snowdrifts and 200cm snowpack depth. Annupuri1150m: -17℃, W25m/s. Hirafu1150m: -13℃, WSW20m/s, large development of snowdrifts. Kamui cape lighthouse: WSW20m/s, 1013hPa, 3.7m waves. Benkei cape lighthouse: NW23m/s.
Isobars are tight, wind is strong and snowdrifts are drastically developing in all altitude. Observations and pressure test results show that 60cm thick surface slab avalanches are highly expected to occur in leeward cornices and knoll slopes above 800m elevation. Snowdrifts are heavy and dense and are extremely unstable and likely to collapse in large slabs. The avalanche risk is extreme. Peak gates will be closed for the sake of all users.
A visitor in Moiwa tried to step out of bounds from closed gate 6 yesterday, got stopped by a ski patrol and started to rant at him. Apparently said something like "Childish Moiwa" - we are awe-stuck by how embarrassing, selfish and childish this person can be. We would like to remind that the Niseko community is trying the best to respect everyone’s (including this fool’s) freedom to ride, but at the same time trying the best to keep everyone (including this fool) safe. People who cannot cope with the Rules will be refused to use the resort premises, and the Rules apply to all nationalities and experience level. Please read the Niseko Rules carefully.
The snow in the trees is a bit heavy but in good shape.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
Niseko Grand Hirafu The top Ace Number 3, King Number 3, Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day.
Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area. Read more ...
Saturday 28th January 2017, 8:41am
Good morning from Hakuba.
It's Chinese New Year weekend and very best wishes to everyone celebrating - there's more than a few of them here in Hakuba at the moment.
Strong winds affected lifts yesterday with Hakuba 47 ending up completely closed early. And mild temperatures. And rain here in the village. No, not a very nice day really.
But hopefully today will be much improved. It's a bit colder (though still probably milder than it should be during the day) and there's definitely less wind. Resorts are reporting 0cm-10cm (Goryu) of fresh snow on mountain this morning, and there's just a dusty frosting down here by my place.
There's still a lot of cloud about - and poor visibility by the looks in places - early on this morning but we are expecting the skies to clear up and to see the sun later on.
Next snow? Late tomorrow and Monday.
Have a fun Saturday.
Resort news as of 8:40am on Saturday 28th January 2017:
All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. All planned lifts are operating. Tree Riding Zones scheduled to be open. Official snow depth Upper: 295cm Base: 150cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0-10cm of fresh snowfall. All scheduled lifts plan to be operating. Official snow depth Alps: 330cm Toomi: 150cm Iimori: 130cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall. All courses open. The Kurobishi off-piste area is also now open. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 195cm Kurobishi: 230cm Lower: 130cm
Tsugaike Kogen: All courses open. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 280cm Han-no-ki: 280cm Maruyama: 180cm Oya-no-hara: 135cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 140cm
Hakuba Cortina: The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. Official snow depth: Top: 300cm Base: 195cm
Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:
Hakuba Goryu: Planned to be open daily from 6pm until 9:30pm
Tsugaike Kogen: Planned at the Kane-no-naru-oka area on January 28th; February 4th, 11th (6pm until 8:50pm) Planned at the Katamatsu-Shirakaba area on January 28th; February 11th, 18th; March 4th, 11th, 18th, 19th (6pm until 9pm)
Hakuba Cortina: Planned to be open daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)
Hakuba Happo-one: Planned to be open daily until 9pm on the Nakiyama area.
Kashimayari: Planned to be open daily.
There is no night skiing at the other resorts in the area. Read more ...
Saturday 28th January 2017, 8:45am
Cloudy, light snow higher up
Good morning from Grandeco.
There's 6cm of fresh snow to report this morning.
Snow conditions remain excellent and the groomed courses look great this morning.
According to the weather forecast, today there might be slightly strong winds blowing around, but all lifts should be unaffected and all courses open.
New Snow Park named [E-Park] will open today - so there's 2 different snow parks now...
Snow Park Information: [E-Park] Waves, bank, 7m kicker, 8m kicker
- Gondola - Number 1 quad lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3 quad lift - Number 4 quad lift
All courses now open
Official snow depth: 200cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Grandeco: all Bandai area covered with snow. Read more ...
Saturday 28th January 2017, 8:45am
Yesterday turned into a fine day with sunshine and bright skies - though not the blue contrast that we had the previous day.
It also warmed up more than we would like and unfortunately later on in the day it was raining. Rain and warmer conditions are never welcome mid-season, of course, and with the weather over the last two days this morning I can see that the snow walls outside my place are noticeably lower. Official snow depth numbers from resorts almost all seem to have taken a bit of a hit as well.
Having said that there has been some slight snowfall overnight down to town. Up at Kagura they are reporting 5-10cm of fresh snowfall overnight and Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 5cm. I measure 2cm outside to add to the report.
This morning it is generally cloudy and happily it should be a bit colder.
So there is still a lot of snow around, though a nice fresh layer would be nice. It looks like we can expect snowfall sometime on Monday but it's going to be warmer again and there's a good chance it will rain again before that happens - down at town level anyway.
There's more snowfall lined up for the second half of the week so it does look like top-ups are incoming.
Anyway, wherever you are today hope you have a good one.
Official snow depth information as of Saturday 28th January 2017
GALA Yuzawa All main areas are open Official snow depth: 330cm
Below are details of the planned 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma this season. This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions. *** Please note that this section will not be updated every day.
Ishiuchi Maruyama Daily until 19th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 8:50pm. The Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2 and Kanko Number 3 Express lifts are open daily. The Kanko Number 1 Express lift, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift and Hatsukaishi Number 2 pair lifts are also open on weekends and holidays.
Iwappara Daily until 20th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays. The Main course, Grand course and West courses are open during nighta.
Joetsu Kokusai Daily until 20th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm. The area in front of the main base hotel is open for nighta.
Kandatsu Kogen 'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night') is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.
Maiko Snow Resort Daily until 19th March 2017. Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm. The Maiko center quad lift on the Maiko Side of the resort operates for nighta.
Naeba Daily until 26th March 2017. Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.
NASPA Ski Garden 'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in January and February. On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.
Yuzawa Nakazato Every Saturday until 11th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm. The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta. Read more ...
Saturday 28th January 2017, 8:52am
Mostly cloudy, bit of sun shining through
Good morning to everyone from Madarao.
I was away from Madarao all day yesterday and in Nagano city - it was unseasonably warm. I have just made my way back to Madarao and was pleased to see just under 5cm of snow on the ground. (Sasuga Madarao!)
It has been a cloudy start to the day though there is some sun peeking through the clouds at the moment and perhaps we will see the clouds moving on as the day progresses...
The winds of yesterday have eased off as well and it looks like it should be a generally calm weekend.
Nighta tonight with fireworks from 9pm!
(Next snow due on Monday but it might rain in the day before that happens as temperatures warm up a bit once more).
Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):
- Number 1 lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3A - Number 5 lift - Super quad lift - Number 11 lift - Number 12 lift - Number 13 lift - Number 15 lift - Moving walkway - Kids Park - Free Ride Park - Snow Mobile Land
- Powder Wave I - Powder Wave II - River Line - Powder Theater - Adventure Aisle - Crystal Bowl - Ninja - Sawa - Rabbit - Kamoshika - Bear
- Nighta at Madarao Kogen is every Saturday until 25th March (and also 8th January and 19th March)
The slopes are in fine condition and the resort is bustling! This weekend is going to be excellent! We have had a light dusting over night so there are a few cm of fresh snow on top of well covered pistes.
Its fairly chilly out there and it is trying to snow still. Over the next day or so there is a fair chance of more white stuff falling from the sky!
Come out and celebrate the dawn of another year with us... Don`t be a chicken!
While there was 20 cm of new snow with wind drifts up to 30 cm at the base, and 20 cm at the peak, with the gale-force winds last night, that snow is probably pretty wind affected. The winds are predicted to stay strong through the afternoon, with up to 75 kph winds this morning and up to 70 kph midday at the top. Like yesterday, all 3 top lifts are on wind hold and there is no sign of them opening up for the rest of the day.
It only rained for a short while yesterday morning at the base and snowed for the rest of the day, but the snow was heavy and wet, and everyone who came inside was pretty much soaked straight through their ski gear.
It's currently snowing at the base, though only about 6cm of new snow is likely to fall today, and a negligible amount tomorrow. Winds are supposed to calm by tonight, and snow should return by Monday evening.
It's colder this morning after a very mild day yesterday; and thankfully less windy too.
I was actually in Nagano yesterday with my friend who does the Madarao Now reports, so we had a good natter and compared seasons and the ups and downs - a little concerned about news of warmth, strong winds and rain. Nozawa and Madarao are of course fairly close to each other but it doesn't mean that conditions are always the same. And of course their base is at a higher elevation than ours here...
But anyhow it was good to see a dusting of snow on returning this morning, and the resort is reporting 5-8cm of snow on the upper slopes.
It's mostly cloudy but some blue sky on show and the sun making brief appearances here and there. The forecast seems to indicate clearer weather. Tomorrow should be a little milder again with rain>snow currently forecast for Monday. A bit of a mixed picture for the coming few days then.
Lots of people around this morning and visitors in Nozawa to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Most courses at Nozawa Onsen are open. Courses not open are: - Grand Prix - Kandahar West Read more ...
Saturday 28th January 2017, 9:26am
Morning from Zao.
Yesterday I was up at the top Ropeway station of the resort. It was cold, foggy and windy. Colder than I thought it would be actually, but the wind was probably a factor there. It wasn't the nicest of weather conditions actually and certainly not one for photos of the Juhyo.
This morning feels mild again down at base.
A generally cloudy start to the day but it's fairly bright and some forecasts do tell us to expect some sunshine. Tomorrow does look like it should be sunny - and milder still. There's even a chance of rain later on in the day tomorrow before it turns into snowfall for Monday.
From today the night-time 'Light Up' ropeway operations are planned for every day until 5th March.
All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating today: Paradise Number 3 pair
All courses apart from Kotan are open.
Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself): Summit - 100cm Paradise - 170cm Chuo - 170cm Utopia - 135cm Uwanodai - 100cm Yokokura - 115cm
Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations
Every day until 5th March 2017. Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm. Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children. In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 28th January 2017, 9:31am
Blue sky, sun, some cloud
The sun is out over Shiga Kogen this morning. Lots of blue skies with a few clouds in places.
And while we did experience temperatures a little milder than usual yesterday, us being higher up we escaped the warmer temperatures of down in the valleys. No new snowfall to report but conditions should remain very nice this morning.
The new snow clouds are expected to be bringing us fresh snowfall next as we enter Monday morning and the forecast is looking pretty good beyond that too.
Have a fun Saturday.
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Most of ski lifts and courses in Shiga Kogen are now open. Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.
Its a fairly windy morning here at Appi and its cold! Currently -6 outside my door. If you’re coming today bring some warm gear.
Yesterday brought us more snow and today may bring another cm or two and the rest of the week look very promising indeed. Stable temperatures and a reduction in wind throughout the week will proved great conditions for those skiing or boarding here. Thursdays temperature will take a dip south into the -12 zone.
Dress warm and bring a smile.
Currently planned operating lifts (subject to change due to weather conditions):
* Wind is affecting operation of Gondolas and some upper lifts mid morning.
Gondola Central quad Central number 2 Central number 3a Central number 4 Central number 5 Central number 6 Sailer gondola Sailer quad Sailer connecting Vista quad Nishimori
It's better than we expected: a little snow on top of the stuff that looked like it could get a bit nasty and crunchy. Light rain yesterday afternoon helped bring down a lot of the heavy snow still stuck on roofs (not mine, unfortunately - watch your head when you come in!), but that also turned to light snow overnight.
So all in all better than we thought might happen.
The wind offshore is coming from the north-northwest again, a good sign of the forces bringing the next cycle of weather. We could see some rain Monday, it seems, but that also could very well turn into some heavy snow in the early part of next week. Just in time for a good reset of the snowpack!
Watch the freezing line; a lot of times it's been lower than the initial forecast, meaning colder conditions than when that 0° line is way up the hill.
Snow fell at the base of Tenjindaira last night but the quality wasn't great.
On the mountain though it was 15cm of light, dry, fast snow and a great refresh for the mountain.
Other resorts didn't really get anything of note.
Tomorrow is forecast to be fine with snow starting up Monday morning and the forecast for Monday night looks quite ominous to anyone responsible for moving it once it piles up. Safe riding and enjoy the good weather!
15cm Tenjin 0cm Hodaigi 0cm Okutone
Official snow depth:
330cm Tenjin 190cm Hodaigi 180cm Okutone
Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):
Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available. Read more ...