Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 19th November 2017
Tuesday 29th March 2016, 8:36am
Clear and sunny
Good morning from Niseko.
And as expected it is a lovely morning. Lots of blue sky, the sun is shining brightly and it feels nice and calm.
No new snow to report and quite mild conditions up top and at the base too and it should be getting on for being 'warm' today... up to around 8 or 9 degrees perhaps.
Slightly lower tomorrow perhaps with the chance of rain but beyond that we should be seeing more fine conditions at the end of the week.
A big 'otsukaresama' to the good folk putting together the Niseko Avalanche Reports every day... the last one for the season is posted below. I know what it is like posting reports every single day, and mine continue for another 5 weeks or so!
Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):
Niseko base 6am: -2℃, no snowfall, bluebird. Moiwa 838m: -0.3℃, N1.3m/s. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 310cm. Hirafu peak ridge -1℃, light wind and good visibility. Benkei cape: S3m/s, Kamui cape: WSW7m/s, 1021hPa, 0.7m waves.
Clear skies and no snowfall under the high-pressure system. The temperature is lower at the base today. New cracks formations and full depth avalanches are more likely to occur as thaw speeds up during the day. Rare avalanches from 1000m elevation sweeps the whole valley for a long distance and are extremely dangerous. Better stay away from its path, which is the bottom of the valleys.
Snow will remain for another while; we strongly hope there are no accidents until the end of the season.
This avalanche report has now finished for this season. Special thanks to all ski patrol, lift and Cat operators. Good snow is where you find it, there’s still plenty out there. Have a nice end of the season.
Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 29th March 2016:
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open until Thursday 5th May. King Number 1 lift currently rested. Niseko Hanazono plans to be open until Sunday 3rd April. Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 3rd April, and then from 29th April until 5th May. Morino Chair currently rested. Niseko Annupuri plans to be open until Thursday 5th May.
Night time floodlit skiing ('nighta') has now finished for the season.
The sun is out from early on this morning - clear skies, if a little hazy feeling somehow. It's already closing in on 10 degrees as we approach 9am with temperatures today expected to rise to around 15C later on so it's going to be pretty warm. Any remaining snow from town and lower areas is now fast disappearing and the snow line moving up the mountain sides.
Tomorrow will likely start off sunny again but there's some rain on the forecast for later in the day. Thursday through Saturday is once again probably going to be sunny and warm.
Resort official snow depths (Tuesday 29th March 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:
There are now patches of ground on view showing on lower slopes around town - though covered up temporarily yesterday with fresh snow! Some more than others. The snow situation means that some courses/areas at resorts are now closed. If you are planning on visiting, I recommended that you check with the individual resorts for their up-to-date details. You can find their websites from the links below. Note that snow cover is not a problem higher up so there's still a lot of skiing and boarding left.
Resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:
GALA Yuzawa Plans to be part open until Sunday 8th May 120cm
Iwappara Plans to be part open (upper areas only) daily until Sunday 3rd April 45cm
Joetsu Kokusai Plans to be part open daily until Sunday 3rd April 70cm
Kagura Plans to be open until 29th May (via Mitsumata; until 8th May via Tashiro) 160cm (Mitsumata) 190cm (Tashiro) 220cm (Kagura)
It is a beautiful and calm morning here in Hakuba. It's mild to start the day off and it's going to warm up too... we're expecting temperatures to rise to above 10 degrees this afternoon down here at base in the village.
There's good chance that there'll be more cloud appearing this afternoon as well, but it should stay generally fine and sunny. Warm conditions forecast for tomorrow as well, with perhaps some rain later in the day. After that, there should be a return to clearer and sunny skies for the end of the week.
The snow seems to be very quickly now melting away from lower mountain areas which is always sad to see, but still a lot of action to be had higher up still.
Resort news as of 8:50am on Tuesday 29th March 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)
Hakuba 47: All courses at Hakuba 47 remain open. The Tree Riding Zone is now closed for the season. Official snow depth: Upper: 180cm Base: 65cm
Hakuba Goryu: All courses open apart from Powder Snow, Snow Diving, Adventure, Cosmo River, Sunny Way and Straight Whisky at Iimori. The Toomi area will be open until 9:30pm tonight for 'nighta' - will continue until 31st March. Official snow depth Alps: 226cm Toomi: 85cm Iimori: 35cm
Hakuba Happo-one: The lower Nakiyama, Shirakaba North, Central Course, Kokusai, Sakka, Olympic Course II and Kita One areas are closed. The Nakiyama South and Shirakaba South lower courses remain open (very limited). All of upper mountain courses remain all open. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 145cm Nakiyama: 40cm
Hakuba Cortina: Courses open - Ikenota, Mt Hieda Forest, Mt Hieda 1 and Itadaira. Mt Hieda Ridge, Mt Hieda 2, Mt Hieda 3 open as 'self-responsibility area'. Official snow depth: Top: 138cm Base: 55cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Uma-no-se closed. Champion, Kane-no-naru-oka and Rinkan areas very limited due to insufficient snow. Other areas remain open. The top Tsugaike Ropeway is now open for spring season (extra charge required). Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 200cm Maruyama: 40cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 10cm
Hakuba Norikura Onsen: Open courses: Hakunori Family, Wakaguri Central, Rabbit and Wakaguri Rinkan. Official snow depth: 35cm
Glorious day out there today. Sun cream and good sunglasses essential!
Good morning from Naeba everybody.
Well it's another fantastically bright day out there today. True end of season conditions are in play at the moment with goggle tans appearing left right and center.
Whilst snow conditions are generally not great Naeba is still definitely ride-able. My recommendation however is certainly to go up high on the gondola and watch out for the occasional grass spots.
Please be aware that whilst Naeba is posting an official snow depth of 80 cm of snow, that is only at the top of the mountain and even then I'm pretty sure the measurement has been taken through the top of a snow man. In reality the snow is not all that deep in most places so venturing away from the groomed trails is a pretty bad idea unless you like rock skiing.
Looking on until closing day we're supposed to get a mixture of clear weather and rain. Sunday which will be the last day of Naeba this season looks like it will be raining pretty hard unfortunately.
Naeba has announced that it's season will end on Sunday 4th April - no opening beyond then due to the low snow levels this year - and so there's just over a week and a half to go. Kagura will of course be continuing beyond that date, accessible via the Mitsumata and Tashiro Ropeways Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Tuesday 29th March 2016, 9:10am
Good morning from Appi,
Well another sunny day here. Currently 3 degrees outside with sunny skies and light winds.
The forecast this weeks calls for temperatures firmly in the positive zone perhaps hitting a high of 10 by Friday. We may also see a little rain on Wednesday. The good news is we still have snow that’s skiable. Although the main Gondola is the only way to the top and we only have limited runs open it was remarkable decent yesterday. It’s winding down here so get out and have a little fun before all the snow is gone.
Currently planned operating lifts:
- Appi Gondola - Central Number 1 quad - Number 2 lift A - Number 3 lift B - Number 4 lift
Again it's blue skies and sun this morning at Grandeco and it looks like it will stay that way all day. There's no wind and temperatures are rising. Sunscreen and sunglasses are in order for the slopes today for sure. Careful not to end up with a sunburn.
All the courses are groomed packed snow warming up to spring conditions in the afternoon.
Tomorrow might see some rain falling so hopefully we can avoid that...
While we wait for the Snow Park to get the renewal finished, the main beginner and intermediate park area are still open and freshly groomed. They are using salt in places to make sure the features don't lose their shape and you are able to maintain the speed you need to have fun.
Lift 4 has closed for the season, all other lifts operating
Resorts that remain open in the region are Grandeco, Nekoma and Minowa.
Nekoma will be closed between 19th-21st and 26th-28 April but these resorts all plan to be open until 5th May ---- whether they can do that or not will totally depend on the snow levels of course, which are less than usual and less than expected. Read more ...
Tuesday 29th March 2016, 10:27am
Clear skies; a bit hazy
I wasn't sure of the town was going to continue releasing the official reports, but it just popped into my mailbox, so I have the real word for you.
Sunny again today and warm - put on your sunscreen! (My nose is peeling from standing out there on a race course over the weekend, even though I really smeared it on!)
There are a few bare patches up there on the hill, but it's still possible at Akakan to ski all the way down to the base. So things are much better than earlier anticipated....
Akakura Kanko: 2° / 165cm; Sky Cable, No. 2 and 3 lifts; Champion side closed
Akakura Onsen: 5° / 140cm; running until April 3, with all the main lifts running; Ginrei section closed
It is a beautiful spring morning with calm conditions around the village. The temperatures will get pretty warm today so you wont need much on in the way of insulation when out on the mountain. Skies are a picture perfect blue which will be great for photos. Expect spring snow conditions all over the mountain with the lower mountain being quite slushy as the day warms up. Read more ...
Tuesday 29th March 2016, 13:18pm
Blue skies, clear
More of the same beautiful Spring weather here.
No blizzards to report unfortunately.
Snow pack is holding up pretty well with no real shrinkage after yesterday's warm morning. Fortunately the afternoon saw clouds roll in on Tenjin and Tanigawadake above.
The forecast is calling for some snow tomorrow night at the top of the resort so fingers are crossed here.
Just Tenjindaira, Minakami Kogen Ski Resort and Minakami Hodaigi remain (at least part) open for now. All other resorts in Minakami are now closed.