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 February 4th, 11th (6pm until 8:50pm) Planned at the Katamatsu-Shirakaba area 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 ...
Sunday 29th January 2017, 9:17am
Fine clear skies and sunshine
While the lower lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Hanazono remained open yesterday, Niseko Annupuri remained closed for the day (as far as I can tell) and didn’t open for nighta either. The top lift at Hanazono also sat out the day. I only caught a few glances during the day but from what I saw it was busy out there... so much for idea that lots of people might decide to give it a rest for the day! Anyway, I hope that the people braving the conditions found their (safe) fun.
The strong winds of the last few days have eased off and there's fine blue skies over the region. Happily it is much calmer this morning.
There's no fresh snowfall to report to you this morning from here at base, though after the mad weather we have experienced it will be interesting to see how that has affected the snow. Please see the Avalanche Report below for more on that kind of thing.
We could certainly do with some mountain-wide 'Niseko-like' fresh snow, but it should otherwise be a very fine Sunday to be out and on the slopes.
Take care out there.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -6℃, no snowfall. Moiwa800m: -9.2℃, WNW5m/s, large development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -12℃, W12m/s, 150cm snowdrifts. Hirafu 1250m: -13℃, WNW10m/s, no snowfall. Kamui cape lighthouse: WNW7m/s, 1022hPa, 2.3m waves.
The isobars spread out and the wind started to calm down from pre-dawn. The are no new snowfall, however the wind-drifts made cornices and snowdrifts develop drastically in leeward slopes. The density of those newly formed snowdrifts around 800m elevation is starting to equalize and the avalanche risk is lowering, however it will remain high in 1000m leeward steep slopes, and 60cm surface slab avalanche from Jan 27th layer are to be highly expected.
Falling cornices and/or riding stimulation can trigger a slide anytime. Do not traverse knolls and steep slopes. The snow is dense with some ripples due to wind motion. Tricky conditions, but the snow is not bad in the trees. Gates are expected to open after 10:30. Please listen to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out the gates. Accidents are most likely to occur during and just after storms. Hoping today will end safely.
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 ...
Sunday 29th January 2017, 9:23am
Clear skies and sunshine
Morning from Yuzawa.
The sun is out and it's going to be a very fine and calm day in the region, perhaps getting more cloudy towards the end of the day.
Mild conditions continue today and tonight too and alas it is looking like we're going to have some rain but during the day tomorrow it should start getting colder and fingers crossed it will turn into snow. Let's see what nature decides to deliver.
After snow later tomorrow the next should be around Thursday.
In the meantime it should be a real feel-good day out there.
Hope you can enjoy it.
Official snow depth information as of Sunday 29th January 2017
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 ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 29th January 2017, 9:25am
Clear and sunny
The fine weather conditions this weekend continue with the sun out from early this morning too.
It's milder than normal again, but still what lots of people would be calling 'cold'. Just not 'cold' for Shiga Kogen in late January.
A lovely day to be sliding down the snow anyway.
Snowfall due tonight and tomorrow, and regularly through the coming week as well (says Mr Forecast).
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.
Fantastic weather conditions this morning in the region.
Blue skies. Sun. Calm.
What more can I say!
(Unfortunately, rain is still there on the forecast for tonight into tomorrow but it is due to be snow sometime tomorrow... hopefully quickly... sorry to have to spoil the report with the rain bit!)
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)
It is still nice and blue, especially over the Mt. Myoko area peaks
It is deceptively nice out there today. Sunny, not a cloud in the sky earlier...but the national weather service has issued a dense fog advisory for the area. Which makes for an interesting day: it's sunny and nice, with moderate temperatures, but we could see rain, even a pretty good rinsing, late today and into tomorrow.
The mitigating factor is that heavy snow may well follow that, and we could use a reset, especially in the backcountry, where there was good powder on north-facing slopes, but was getting crunchy elsewhere.
Morning from Zao and it's a lovely sunny start to the day.
Looks as if there is a chance of rain tonight but it will be turning into snow sooner than later (we hope) and thyen there's some decent snowfall lined up on the forecast for mid-week as well by the looks.
Regular top ups please.
For now, let's ski (or snowboard!) Sunday. And remember the sunscreen.
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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 29th January 2017, 10:16am
Clear and sunny
The lovely weekend weather continues in the region.
No new snow overnight of course and fine clear skies from early on.
There's a good (bad!) change that rain is going to happen - in the village and lower part of the mountain at least - sometime starting before the end of today or overnight, and early tomorrow though looking beyond that, it should be turning to snow sometime Monday. And perhaps some decent snowfall as well in time for my report on Tuesday. We'll just have to see what happens.
For the moment this morning though, lovely weather and a great day to be out there.
Most courses at Nozawa Onsen are open. Courses not open are: - Grand Prix - Kandahar West Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Sunday 29th January 2017, 10:47am
Good morning from Appi,
This Sunday morning bring partly cloudy skies and a rather warm -2 degrees outside my door. We had a little snow yesterday that will help and Appi has increased the base level to 150cm.
The light winds today should make it feel a little warmer on the mountain, although -8 is still -8. The temperatures will be on the decrease all week bottoming out at -15 or so by Wednesday. With the wind that’s forecast I don’t think I’ll be heading out that day.
Snowfall wise we’re expecting quite a bit heading our way with it starting tonight and perhaps 20+cm by tomorrow afternoon. Tuesday may bring some very light snow showers but it’s Wednesday that’s got me excited again. 30+cm in the forecast.
Expect fairly heavy crowds today and enjoy yourself.
Currently planned operating lifts (subject to change due to weather conditions):
Gondola Central quad Central number 2 Central number 3a Central number 4 Central number 5 Central number 6 Sailer gondola Sailer quad Vista quad Nishimori
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 ...
Sunday 29th January 2017, 16:40pm
The strong winds of Saturday died out overnight with only light winds in the village this morning. The grooming team had had enough time to groom all main runs but there was still great powder pockets to be found. The resort was late to open the Kitanomine Gondola, and finally that got operating around 9:30am. As the gondola didn't operate yesterday it gave access to some pretty amazing snow which of course couldn't be access yesterday. Read more ...