Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017
Monday 29th December 2008, 8:18am
The storm has passed after some wild winds over the last couple of days and today is bluebird with cold temperatures measured at -6 degrees on top and its -5 in the valley now.
Primo day out there today...amazing temperatures and with the fresh snow over the weekend and the groomers having had a chance now to do their work properly today will see amazing groomers with windblown stashes of powder somewhere out there.
Clouds and snow back on the forecast from tomorrow night...another solid snowfall will give us the base at the bottom necessary to really get the skifields setup for the season.
Backcountry travel advisory will be updated over the next few days. A lot of new snow and windblown snow out there - play it extremely safe.
The snow slackened last night to morph into a beautiful sunny day in the Shin Etsu area. The roads in the village and on the byways have been cleared to the asphalt and the kids' sledding areas are looking a little more lively today.
Heavy snow dumps are slated to arrive tomorrow night, however. Tomorrow night between 22:00 and 23:00 alone, 9cm are expected! Hopefully winds won't be a part of that. Read more ...
Monday 29th December 2008, 8:52am
Sunny & blue skies
A beautiful morning with golden sunshine and a blue sky. It feels colder than the -2 that the thermometer is boasting though - I guess it's the chilly breeze that's cutting into things. A lot more sense on the road this morning too, the traffic seems to be behaving itself and any of yesterdays stranded cars seem to have disappeared overnight.
Today will likely be THE day for most as far as the season so far is concerned - we've had stacks of snow over the last few days and so with the good conditions out there we can expect almost all areas open. Though beware of venturing into off-piste areas (you should not venture into these parts anyway as it can be very dangerous), as many have not had enough snow and so you will likely damage your board or skis on unforgiving rocks or even get trapped in holes!
Kagura is reporting this on their website: "OVER HEAD POWDERです！！！". Funny.
Here's waiting for the ear to ear grins to start walking through the door later today. Read more ...
Monday 29th December 2008, 9:18am
Heavy snow continued through much of yesterday continuing the awesome conditions on the mountain. The winds and snow eased overnight and this morning it is relatively calm and only light snow falling. The top lifts should be operational today giving access to some areas that haven't seen any turns in the last few days. I wouldn't expect the gates accessing the bowls and the Peak would open today with avalanche danger still pretty high. Tomorrow though there is a fair chance for first turns off the Peak. If it does don't forget to pack your snorkel along with your beacon, shovel and probe. Over the next couple of days a fast moving low pressure system will move through northern Honshu intensifying snowfalls over the region again. The large area of low pressure to the north of Hokkaido is very slowly moving eastward and the northerly winds will not be coming from quite as far from the interior of Siberia. So temperatures this week will become milder with daily highs at the base of the mountain getting up around freezing most days. Snow is expected to continue through much of the outlook but conditions will become a little heavier at lower levels.
It is a beautiful sunny day today in Nozawa Onsen. There is a light westerly breeze of around 15km/h and it is currently -3 degrees in the village. Up on Yamabiko it is -6 degrees and there is a reported base of 120cm.
The clear conditions are expected to continue until tomorrow morning when the wind will strengthen and bring with it more snow. There is another 80cm expected to fall by Sunday, so conditions should continue to improve on the mountain.
A great day to get out and enjoy the sunshine on the slopes!
All lifts are expected to operate today except Kandahar
Courses open: Yamabiko A, B, C, D and E Kokenashi A and B Uenodaira Paradise Yunomine A and B Mizunashi A and B Bunabayashi Paradise Link Rinkan Skyline Hikage A Nagasaka Karasawa Rinkan Shortcut Nagasaka link Kumataka Kitsune Karasawa link Usagi Kamoshika Read more ...
Monday 29th December 2008, 10:20am
Snowy, light wind with some occasional big gusts.
Well, I see snow falling lightly most of the day, but the accumulation ends up being just a few centimeters. Seems strange to me. I'd say a whopping 5 cm since yesterday morning. Nothing to sneeze at, but hey, it's still fresh snow, right?
What I am waiting for is big dump of snow. Haven't really had a big snowfall for a while.
Classic wintery day: gray clouds, snow falling, people skiing. Visibility is good, and winds are light.
After the stormy weather of the last few days, this morning we woke up to skies with some cloud - and those clouds fairly quickly have moved on from the area leaving us with bright blue skies in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma. There is only a slight breeze today as well so really nice good conditions to be out there on the mountains. There was no significant new snow at town level this morning, though probably another 5cm or so since the report yesterday.
It's a Monday but just a few days before New Year of course and so the slopes are going to be getting busier by the day now.
Naeba and Kagura is now totally open, and many of the resorts are nearly "all open" as well - though some of the lower slopes at resorts that are open are still a bit low on snow.
Nighta (floodlit) operations at the following resorts today: Yuzawa Nakazato, Yuzawa Park, Iwappara and NASPA Ski Garden.
From today, the "3 Mountains" ticket that is valid at Yuzawa Kogen, GALA Yuzawa and Ishiuchi Maruyama is available for the first time. (As the southern part of GALA Yuzawa is not open this season, the direct connection between Yuzawa Kogen and GALA Yuzawa - the ropeway - is not operating and so to get from Yuzawa Kogen to GALA Yuzawa and Ishiuchi Maruyama you have to take the bus that is laid on. Gala and Ishiuchi are connected as the top and so you can ski those without any interruption.
Official resort snow depths @ 29th Dec 08 AM: Mt Naeba: 100cm Kagura Tashiro: 150cm Kagura Mitsumata: 170cm GALA Yuzawa: 100cm Pine Ridge Resorts Kandatsu 110cm NASPA Ski Garden: 105cm Iwappara: 70cm Yuzawa Kogen: 70cm Nunoba: 30cm Yuzawa Park: 90cm Yuzawa Nakazato: 70cm Kayama Captain Coast: 110cm Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 29th December 2008, 12:41pm
Very fine weather this morning in Shiga Kogen. Quite a contrast from the snowy and windy weather we had seen since Christmas. But this morning the sun is out and there are blue skies all round. No new snow to report this morning though since yesterdays report there has been perhaps a few cm since. It was a cold start to the day but the sun shold warm things up a bit. But it should stay cold for the day.
The sunny weather doesn't look set to last though, with the snow clouds forecast to roll in again tomorrow afternoon and they are set to give us a fair amount of new snow over the new year period. Looks like it's going to be snowy, so be ready for it! That should see those snow depth numbers rise a fair bit...
The following resorts will be open for nighta tonight: Mammoth Ichinose Family Ichinose Diamond Yakebitaiyama Kumanoyu
Official resort snow depths as of 29th December 08:
A beautiful blue bird sky today in Minakami with temperatures rising to around 7 deg C at midday and the sun beating down on the 100cm of fresh snow at the valley level. Today is the break that the ski areas needed to catch up on grooming after an intense 3 day storm. The warmer weather will enable the snow to settle nicely ready for the next storm which is forecast to start on Dec 31st.
Tomorrow there should be some light snow fall in the early evening with relatively calm winds throughout the day. The snow will start to intensify on the 31st as the next storm system moves over Northern and Central Japan. The first 2 days of 2009 are likely to be dumping. Let's hope it is a sign of things to come! Read more ...