Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017

Niseko Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2013, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 390cm
Good morning from Niseko.

Actually, it's not really a good morning. It's quite miserable really. Wet, grey and windy.

Let's go back to yesterday. It was warm and grey, a showing of light snowfall from time to time. Rain started to come down properly earlier this morning and it continues now, agonisingly further spoiling our precious snow! It's +4C here at the moment which is obviously way too warm.

What's more, strong winds are affecting lift operations with the top lifts at each of the resorts on hold this morning due to the conditions. The gondola at Niseko Village is also not moving this morning.

All the signs really of one of those rare days when a fair few people will opt out to do something else.

If you do wish to venture out, be aware of the risks. Avalanche warnings are out and as the report below suggests, it's probably a day for the groomers.

Or an onsen.

I know you want some good news and I have some of that as well. Hurray!

Yes, looks like it should get cold later on today quick quickly to be followed by snow. Possibly heavy snowfall. That's more like it. At the risk of being a bit gloomy today, I need to also add that strong winds are very likely tomorrow as well as the snow.

Take care and have fun where you can find it.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 390cm
Bottom - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 330cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Village
Top - 360cm
Bottom - 200cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: +3C, rain melting snow. Moiwa 800m: SE10m/s gusts, -1C, wet snowfall and bad visibility with development of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak: WNW14.9m/s, -38C. Coastal data: S23m/s, 1.5m waves and 998hPa.

A strong warm air mass is flowing in due to the approaching low-pressure system. Rain below 500m altitude and wet snow above 600m. Heavy snowdrifts are developing in various areas and heavy slabs are likely to slide in areas above 800m. Cracks are forming and enlarging in steep slopes below 500m. Full-depth avalanches risk will rise as the rain infiltrates between the ground and the snowpack. Wet & heavy slabs are likely to slide under lift-lines and gullies. All gates will be closed today due to high risk of avalanches. The snow is heavy and difficult to control; be prudent. Better stay on the groomers today. Do not duck ropes and have a safe day.   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2013, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 195cm
We had a dose of rain last night I'm afraid. The good news is that it is holding off now at the moment for this morning. There is a fair bit of cloud up there, lots of it threateningly grey, but also some breaks in the cloud. We'll just have to see which way it goes. We could get more rain, but later on in the day temperatures are forecast to drop and hopefully tomorrow it will be snow.

So, some rain on the snow and so not the best of conditions for this Saturday morning. But I'm sure lots of fun to be had nevertheless. Don't get too wrapped up though it's a rather warm 6C.

Tree runs should open after their morning check.

Nighta tonight of course with all the fun of the fireworks.

Lifts planned to be operating:
Number 1
Number 2
Number 3
Super quad
Number 5
Number 11
Number 12
Number 15
Kids Park
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FreeRide Park
Powder Wave I
Powder Wave II
Usagi
Riverline
Powder Theater
Adventure   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2013, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
No new snow to report this morning from Naeba or Hakuba.

It's a warm one, already +4.

And happily no rain as there has been that risk we would get a bit wet today. Happily I can report cloud above but also some break in the cloud and even a bit of blue sky above Naeba early on and the sun breaking through so hopefully we can avoid it.

Chance of snow later on and into tomorrow according to the local forecast.

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Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 260cm
Kagura - 370cm

The top lift at Kagura is now open!   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2013, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 300cm
Morning from Hakuba.

It has been wet this morning. The rain has eased off right at this moment where I am (*updated as I write the report - it's raining again) but rain is on the forecast for the day so I don't think we are out of the woods so far, so to speak. If anything does fall though, it will be rain. At least for the moment, as it is a very warm morning - about +7 degrees in the village with a light south westerly breeze. Usagidaira part of Happo-one is reporting a temperature of +7 degrees even up there with a southerly wind. A warm one for sure.

Lots of cloud around, but some patches of blue visible as well. A real mix up this morning as the weather decides what to do from here and different conditions depending on where you are in the valley.

I'm inclined to go with the forecast that says it should get colder later today and bring with it some snow overnight. Tomorrow should be colder but another milder day on Monday before we get back to a more regular run of colder temps after that.

In resort news, Happo-one are opening their 'Happo Banks' park today. At 10am in fact. To quote the resort, Happo Banks is 'a totally new & scaled up concept snow park', park design by Hayato 'Bubbles' Maruyama. Sounds exciting. I wonder why he's called Bubbles. If such things interest you, Happo Banks can be found by the Kita-One Number 3 pair lift. Let's Park!

On a more serious note, rain on the snow is making conditions fast today. The rain has put load on all the slopes, increasingly the likelihood of avalanche. Any new snow that is due later on today and into tomorrow will be unstable on top of that layer. Dangerous avalanche conditions and travel in backcountry and of-piste is very much not recommended at this time.

Take care out there and have fun.

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Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 2nd February 2013:

Hakuba Goryu:
No snow reported up top from Hakuba Goryu this morning.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 300cm;
Toomi - 150cm;
Iimori - 120cm

Hakuba 47:
No new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 this morning.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 220cm
Lower - 170cm

Happo-one:
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 240cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 110cm
Sakka - 110cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 290cm
Lower slopes - 140cm

Hakuba Cortina:
No new snow reported by Hakuba Cortina since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 315cm
Lower slopes - 185cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 165cm
Lower slopes - 80cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
145cm

Hakuba Minekata:
110cm   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2013, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Well, not much good to report this Saturday morning I'm afraid.

No snow, light rain, temps well above zero and strong winds!

A fair few lifts not operating this morning because of the winds. The Kurohime and Utopia areas are closed this morning and part of Paradise as well. Hopefully the wind might ease off to allow them to re-open but the forecast is for a generally windy day so perhaps no luck with that. Tomorrow will hopefully be better though moderate winds are still likely to be with us. Just hope that the lifts can get moving again.

A good day for an onsen.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area
200cm

Utopia
240cm

Paradise
200cm

Uwanodai
140cm   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2013, 10:10am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Light rain on and off this morning around town, with grey skies above the region. At the moment it isn't raining here in central Yuzawa but just a short while I was over near Yuzawa Park and it was raining. So changeable conditions this morning though more consistent rain is likely this afternoon.

Overnight it was very warm up to around 8 degrees. It's about 7 at the moment and hopefully overnight we can expect that to drop back down into the negatives and bring with it snowfall later on and into tomorrow. The forecast for tomorrow as it stands is snow>cloud.

Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 2nd February 2013, AM:
Naeba:
260cm
Kagura:
370cm
Kandatsu Kogen:
260cm
NASPA Ski Garden:
252cm
Gala Yuzawa:
340cm
Iwappara:
210cm
Yuzawa Kogen:
270cm
Yuzawa Nakazato:
200cm
Yuzawa Park:
200cm
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Maiko Snow Resort:
295cm
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
270cm
Joetsu Kokusai:
250cm   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2013, 10:18am
Weather conditions: Grey skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
We did get some light rain earlier on, but it has eased off now mid-morning. It's warm though with temperature at around 6C here in Maruike area at the moment. Way too warm for the beginning of February!

It's generally grey and cloudy. With the warm conditions and the rain this morning the roads are generally a bit wet and slushy as we get to see the tarmac once again. A chance of snow overnight tonight though I wouldn't expect anything major.

Tomorrow should be much colder but generally clear conditions forecast, then a bit more mildish weather on Monday before we dip back down into nice and cold negatives from Tuesday.

Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas:
Ichinose Family
Ichinose Diamond
Kumanoyu

Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 2nd February 2013 AM:

Yokoteyama:
210cm
Shibutoge:
215cm
Kumanoyu:
215cm
Sun Valley:
160cm
Maruike:
160cm
Giant:
170cm
Mammoth:
170cm
Terakoya:
190cm
Ichinose Family:
190cm
Ichinose Diamond:
190cm
Yakebitaiyama:
220cm
Okushiga Kogen:
220cm   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2013, 10:42am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 290cm
It's a very damp day in here today. We had quite a bit of rain overnight all the way to the top and subsequently, lost a bit of cover. Thankfully the rain stopped around 7am in the morning but it is still very warm, well into the positives across all elevations, and there is a chance of rain on and off during the day today.

Today the snow will be wet, slushy and slow in places... waterskiing conditions. Should not stop people from having fun, going by the old there is never a bad day on the slopes saying.

Yesterday was another very nice day. Blue sky and sunshine lasted the morning before some high cloud and wind rolled through during the afternoon. Temperatures were warm but the snow remained in relatively good condition up top.

Pretty much all areas that still held good snow off piste became totally tracked out by the afternoon. Some people were even making tracks down the ski jump, not something you see too often. Unlike today, crowds were pretty minimal.

It looks like temperatures will gradually cool off during the day today with some fresh snow possible overnight and tomorrow. On Monday we expect another less intense warm front to pass through. Lower slopes will be rain affected but the upper areas look cool enough for snow at this stage. Following that it's back to winter temperatures in Nozawa Onsen.

Lifts operating:
All lifts operating

Courses open:
All courses open except
Kandahar West
Kamoshika

Official snow depths
Yamabiko
290cm

Uenotaira
255cm

Hikage
160cm

Nagasaka
155cm

Karasawa
120cm   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2013, 10:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
This morning feels more like early April than the beginning of February. It's currently 5 degrees ABOVE freezing with a light, but steady rain. This is hardly the sort of weather you would expect from what is usually the coldest time of the year. The roads are going to be a lot slushier today, so please take extra caution when out and about. Winds are also a problem, with strong gusts of over 7 m/s.

This warm spell is supposed to end abruptly this afternoon when the front passes through. Snow and cold temperatures downwards of -10 are in the forecast for this evening. Tomorrow promises to bring more snow and cold; hopefully we'll see some substantial accumulations to bulk up the places that are taking a hit from this rain right now.

In other news, the 48th Annual Furano Ski and Snow Festival is being held February 2nd and 3rd (tonight and tomorrow.) The festivities run from 7:00pm to 9:30pm tonight, and from 10:00am to 2:00pm tomorrow.   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2013, 11:47am
Weather conditions: Foggy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
A day for ski....videos, maybe. Actually, the rain isn't falling that hard, and people are out there having fun. The wind isn't blowing as hard as was predicted--yet--so it's not a terrible day. Just not great.

Last night's wind and rain, though, have really eaten up the snowpack. Nice around the house (the asphalt has emerged on its own), not so great for the mountain. It's still early in the season, though, and it's going to turn around over the coming days, with colder temperatures and snow.

Operations and official snow depths (all for 01/30

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
260cm, 7C

Akakura Onsen
260cm, -2C (they didn't really check today....)

Ikenotaira
210cm, 2C

Suginohara
210cm, 2C

Seki Onsen
430cm, 4C

Kyukamura
320cm, 2C

Myoko Ski Park
275cm, 5C

Tangram
200cm, 4C

Madarao
195cm, 6C   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2013, 12:38pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
The sun is out and we have some blue sky, it's about 10C on the valley at the moment so very warm and for afternoon we can expect some rain.

Tomorrow should be a little bit colder, but there's no snow forecast until next Wednesday.    Read more ...
 

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15th Dec, 8:58am
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15th Dec, 8:56
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15th Dec, 8:54
Appi Kogen Now
15th Dec, 8:47
Zao Now
15th Dec, 8:44
Hakuba Now
15th Dec, 8:36
Niseko Now
15th Dec, 8:35am
Nozawa Onsen Now
15th Dec, 7:55
Geto Kogen Now
15th Dec, 7:31
Yuzawa Now
15th Dec, 7:27
Furano Now
15th Dec, 7:21
Naeba Now
14th Dec, 9:28am
Madarao Now
14th Dec, 9:25
Minakami Now
14th Dec, 8:34

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