Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 18th November 2017
Wednesday 29th December 2010, 8:13am
Snowy with poor visability at present. The forecast predicts the snow will clear tomorrow morning for better visability.
It is a powder day today in Madarao. Yesterday the snow started to fall again and today there is another 20cm on the ground down low and an extra 30cm in higher parts of the resort.
The weather is expected to clear tomorrow morning, so tomorrow is looking to be an even better day with another 20-30cm predicted to fall over the next 24 hours. So get ready for some burning leg muscles as it should be up around your knees tomorrow morning!
There is still access to seven of the fifteen lifts at Madarao. The kids park is open, but today the snowboard park will be closed.
Lifts currently operating:
No 1 lift No 2 quad lift No 5 lift Super Quad No 11 Lift No 12 Lift No 15 lift Read more ...
Wednesday 29th December 2010, 8:49am
Cloudy and snowing
The heavy snowfall predicted for last night may not have happened — it was raining just below the base level at Akakan late last night — but there is a very nice fall of new snow going on right now. Looks likely to continue, too!
And it's a good thing; your reporter was concerned by the amount of grass beginning to pop up on lower slopes yesterday (making ski lessons particularly challenging for the beginner — nothing like stubble to interrupt your nice wedge turn). Hopefully there will be a good build-up before the New Year's crowds arrive.
Almost all lifts and runs are now open; just check with the individual area for closures (likely to be the steeper or lower/minor slopes).
Wet snow falling in Yuzawa town this morning with nothing more than a sprinkling really down here as at 8:30am. It is snowing though and the forecast is for snow all day and overnight into tomorrow. Not enough to open up resort and runs that are still waiting to open though so we will need to wait a little longer for that good news.
Higher up, Kagura has reported 10-15cm or so of snow overnight, so conditions up there should be pretty good. Having said that, due to some strong winds up there operations are somewhat limited to the Kagura No1 pair lift from the Mitsumata station and to the Tashiro No 1 par lift from the Tashiro station. At Naeba, the top lifts and Gondolas are not moving at present but might if the winds die down somewhat.
Right now operations at Gala Yuzawa seem to be as normal.
Forecast? It looks like it should be potentially snow conditions over the next few days with perhaps the best of the bunch around Friday night. But snow is forecast for all of today, so come on weather conditions and whoever controls you.... snow!!!
Naeba - most open Kagura - all open GALA Yuzawa - central and north areas open Yuzwa Kogen - part open Iwappara - part open Ishiuchi Maruyama - part open Centleisure Maiko - part open Joetsu Kokusai - part open
It's 10-15cm as the official verdict from Kagura this morning with more like 5cm lower down the mountain.
Right now it is cloudy and some light snow is falling higher up on the mountain, but at the moment the sun is peaking through from behind the clouds as well and especially here in the Naeba area it is a fine - but cloudy - morning.
There's some fairly strong winds blowing around and as such it seems that the resorts are not operating the gondolas and lifts towards the top of the resort early on at Naeba.
Over at Kagura, from the Mitsumata Ropeway up until the No 1 Kagura pair lift is open and from the Tashiro station, from the Ropeway to the Tashiro No 1 pair lift is open... so limited operations this morning.
Snowy conditions again here in Zao this morning after that lull in the snow yesterday. The snow clouds are back and with them some strong winds and poor visibility. Having said that, it seems that the resort is pretty much operating as normal this morning though if the winds persist we can perhaps expect some lifts to be moving slower than normal.
It's cold out there with poor visibility. Great snow if you like those conditions, for many though I suspect a soak in the onsen will be called for. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 29th December 2010, 9:11am
Well, we were hoping for heavy snow overnight... we haven't quite got that. Light snow is falling this morning in Shiga Kogen and while we can say there has been a fresh blanket of snow, it has been a thin one, and hasn't made any changes to the official snow depths out there.
Today the forecast is for snow and poor visibility, perhaps some strong winds at times. Tomorrow looks likely to be clearer but once again clouding over with snow clouds in the evening. After that, heavy snow from Friday night into Saturday -- fingers crossed that turns out to be the case.
Nighta this evening at the following resort areas:
- Sun Valley - Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond - Kumanoyu
Official resort snow depths as of 29th December 10:
Yesterday saw a little cloud persist around the mountain with light snow flurries but with little cloud away from the mountain the sun was also able to get through for much of the day. Overnight remained mostly fine but the snow started coming in earlier this morning and has got quite heavy in the last couple of hours. Currently falling at a rate of around 5cm per hour. If that can keep up for a good portion of the day we will certainly end up with a good amount out of this storm. The snow that's falling is not quite as light and fluffy as the snow we experienced earlier in the week but all snow is good snow at the moment. We still need at least another 50-100cm to fall to be able to start getting gates open around the mountain.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 210 Bottom - 80
Niseko Village: Top - 120 Bottom - 80
Annupuri: Top - 130 Bottom - 90
Mountain base 6am: -2℃, 3-4cm of overnight snowfall. Temperature at 800m: -6.2℃. The wind at 1000m stagnated relatively mild, around 7-8m/s N to NE. However, has been picking up to 10-15m/s at 800m during the night. Yesterday’s snow is now stabilizing and the avalanche risk is low this morning. However, depending on today’s snowfall and wind transition, the hazards may drastically rise in some areas. Be conscious and careful about the changing weather. Drastic shifts of the weather conditions and rapid snow accumulation highly increase the chances of avalanches to happen.
It was snowing heavily when we surfaced early this morning but has stopped now and some rays of sunshine are poking through the clouds.
About 10cm has collected in the Village and should be more up top but it is not showing on the official measurements as there was a lot of wind last night that has blown the snow around a fair bit.
People were skiing top to bottom yesterday on the beginner forest trail but it is a bit light on snow still.
Everyone was hoping that this dump would fill in some of the holes and get things going on the lower slopes, but I don't think there has been as much as originally predicted unfortunately.
However, more snow is forecast for today then a big dump for New Years Eve. Let it be!
Anyway should be a magic day with a bit of fresh and nice conditions so enjoy.
Yamabiko cours A Yamabiko course B Yamabiko course C Yamabiko course D Yamabiko course E Kogenashi A course Kogenashi B course Uenodaira Paradise Yunomine A Yunomine B Mizunashi A Mizunashi B Bunabayashia Paradise Link Challenger
Nagasaka Gondola (both sections) The two Yamabiko quad lifts and Uenodaira 4 Hikage Gondola Skyline connecting pair Yu Road connecting up to Hikage Paradise 4 Yunomine Pair Mizunashi Triple Skyline Challenger Read more ...
Wednesday 29th December 2010, 10:24am
A great day yesterday with blue skies until around lunchtime and still plenty of freshies in the right places, then just as forecast snow began in the late afternoon and continued through the night leaving behind another 20-odd cms in the valley and Goryu reported around 50cm fresh on top. Nice.
There are some great snow conditions on the higher runs and the powder we've had has been light and fluffy up there; even with the snowfall and great news up top, bottom areas are still patchy in spots so this consistent snowfall should be great for filling out thin areas so lets hope it continues.
Snow to some degree or another is on the forecast right through to New Years so great for everyone on holiday.
More snow please!
Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 29th December AM:
Hakuba Goryu: The Toomi area of Goryu is now open for night time operations, from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 195cm; Toomi - 85cm; Iimori - 70cm
Hakuba 47: The resort and park at 47 are now officially fully open. Snow depth (upper) - 150cm.
Happo-one: Most of the Happo-one slopes and lifts are open. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 160cm; Shirakaba - 95cm Nakiyama - 85cm Lower slopes - 50cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: Pretty much all of Tsugaike is now open. Snow depth - 240cm Maruyama area - 105cm Champion - 105cm
Hakuba Iwatake: Most of the Iwatake resort is now open. Upper - 100cm Lower - 65cm
Hakuba Cortina: Most of Cortina is also now open. Upper - 195cm Lower - 135cm
Hakuba Sanosaka: All lifts at Sanosaka are now operating. 70cm Read more ...
Wednesday 29th December 2010, 14:43pm
A few days ago the weatherman was predicting a large snowstorm for Furano. This didn't arrive, and so far today there has been no precipitation.
Today the Kitanomine Gondola is not operating due to windy conditions. The Technical Course on the Furano Zone has been temporarily closed.
The snow conditions are showing the effects of a couple of days of solar radiation and are now moving towards hard packed conditions with a little bit of icyness creeping into the equation. The snow pack is now skiing fast. Sharp edges are likely to become oder of the day until we get some fresh snow. The slopes are showing a few patches of gravel and bush in isolated places but are generally looking pretty good for early season.
Finally a decent snowfall to write about. It didn't look like much down in the valley but there was a good few centimetres on piste in the resorts this morning with some deeper pockets around. The snow continued throughout the day, pretty heavy at times, and snow conditions are good. This will certainly help the resort that are struggling and if it continues for a bit longer it will be an exceptional start to the New Year. Read more ...