Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017
Monday 2nd January 2017, 7:19am
A few clouds in a nice blue sky.
Good morning from Naeba everybody.
Today is shaping up to be a warm but hopefully not overly warm day with temperatures expected to be somewhere between 0 and 4 degrees C in the base area.
Exciting news as well, as today is the first day for this season that the top of the mountain "Takenokoyama Pair Lift" will be open! Please note that only the "Takenokoyama Skyline Trail" will be open at the top.
Conditions look like they are going to be nicely groomed with a nice consistency. Should be good to get out and practice your carving.
In the forecast snow is predicted to start tonight and continue on for the rest of the week. Fingers crossed everybody. Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Monday 2nd January 2017, 7:58am
Good morning on this second day of the New Year,
We saw a few very light snow showers yesterday but nothing significant enough to add to the base. Today is promising more snow, perhaps up to 10cm but lets wait and see if that actually transpires.
4 lifts in operation today as well as the main gondola which should alleviate some of the pressure off the lower slopes and it should be a decent day out there. Anyone heading up the gondola today should do so in the morning as the only Sailer run that's open becomes quite bumpy come noon time. The other runs are in good shape and well groomed.
Weather wise for the next few days should see decreasing temperatures well into the -10 zone by Thursday with a smattering of light snowfall. Winds relatively stable at around 10-13m/s.
Have an Appi Day.
Currently planned operating lifts:
Gondola Central quad Central number 3a Central number 2 Central number 5
As expected, there's no fresh snow to report this morning (apart from what looks like a very slight dusting). This morning looks kind of similar to how yesterday was... generally cloudy. It us currently -2C here at base.
Actually there's not really much to report this morning, so this will be one of my shorter reports. I won't make any comments about the forecast either; please go take a look yourself it's that big blue button at the top of the page that says '6-Day Forecast'.
Later on today I will put together my 'analysis' of the season so far (it sounds ever so scientific, doesn't it*), and I will post that in the report tomorrow.
So until then, I hope you have a fun day wherever you may be.
(* it won't be)
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -3℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -5℃, no snowfall, light development of westerly wind snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -11℃, NNW12m/s, no snowfall with small snowdrifts. Hirafu 1200m: -8℃, no snowfall, calm. Cosatal data: Kamui cape SW13m/s, 1015hPa, 1.5m waves.
There are no snow clouds over the Sea of Japan and snowfall cannot be expected. Some soft and unstable snowdrifts have developed with the westerly wind, and covered some of yesterday’s tracks above 800m. Warm air will flow in during the day and the wind is forecasted to pick up. Today’s surface will remain as a notable layer under the future snowpack. The general avalanche risk is low. Some gates are scheduled to open, please ask for ski patrol’s advice at the gates. Be geared up and well prepared for backcountry travels.
This information is the official information for Niseko Rules and is drafted based on 5am on site conditions, meteorological agency information and coast guard information.
Light is weak and the slopes undulation are hard to notice. Beware of falling into cracks/holes and hitting trees. Most accidents can be avoided by being prudent. Don’t duck ropes, violators will have their lift passes confiscated.
Have a nice day.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during 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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 2nd January 2017, 8:31am
Generally cloudy skies
Morning. I'm actually posting this from Nagano and wasn't in Nozawa yesterday, so anything I say is from my trusted friend over there (and the official sources for numbers of course).
It is a cloudy start to the day in the region. Perhaps the clouds will break up and there'll be some sunshine later on. Fairly chilly start but a high of around 5C is forecast for this afternoon, so it's going to be kind of mild once again.
The more exciting news is that tomorrow should see a drop in temperature and snow falling - and with snowfall on the forecast from late tonight through Thursday. Come on!!! Get colder and snow, please.
Looking at the official course open status, I noticed that the lower part of Skyline is back open, as is Kitsuki. I'm not exactly sure why they were closed - perhaps maintenance - as there's no fresh snow on them this morning. Anyway, latest status updated below.
Monday 2nd January 2017
Lifts that are planned to be operating: All lifts appear to be operating except for: - Kandahar pair
Most courses at Nozawa Onsen are now open. Courses not yet open are: - Kurokura - Grandprix - Jumping - Hachiman - Mukobayashi - Kandahar East - Kandahar West - Usagi
Happily it is a much drier feeling this morning. It is generally overcast and cloudy with some blue sky in places and the sun trying to break through.
As expected it is going to get warmer than we would like today - up to around 7C later on - but there's promise in the forecasts beyond today.
A chance of me being able to report fresh snow on the ground tomorrow, though it's going to be borderline again if it doesn't get cold enough so all we can do is cross as many fingers as possible and hope for the best. The good news is that there's snow on the forecast beyond tomorrow as well through Thursday so let's hope it delivers.
In the meantime, lower slopes are struggling. Maiko is having to close the lower Nagamine area and part of the Maiko area again, but conditions up at the higher Okusoeji bowl area remain decent. Similar stories at other places... basically the better snow conditions are found higher up.
Here's to the snowfall this week!
Resort-specific info as of Monday 2nd January 2017
GALA Yuzawa 11 courses in the Central and North areas are open as well as the sledding area. Official snow depth: 130cm
Ishiuchi Maruyama Lifts from all three base areas are now operating. All but one lift operating and most course areas are available. Nighta operations have also started. Official snow depth: 70cm
Iwappara Iwappara is part open. 7 lifts and 14 courses are open - mostly mid to upper areas. Nighta is now available. Official snow depth: 45cm
Joetsu Kokusai 13 lifts are operating and 11 courses are open in front of the hotel and in the Panorama and Atema areas. Official snow depth: 40cm
Kagura All areas of Kagura are open. The top Kagura Number 5 lift is now open (from 9am until noon on holidays and weekends and from 9:30am on weekdays). Official snow depth: Kagura - 170cm Mitsumata - 150cm Tashiro - 130cm
Kandatsu Kogen Kandatsu Kogen is now mostly open and five lifts operating. Nighta from 6pm until 4am tomorrow morning. Official snow depth: 80cm
Naeba Most lifts operating. Please see Naeba Now report for more specific details. Official snow depth: 90cm
Maiko Snow Resort Due to the snow conditions, Nagamine area is now closed again but the Okusoeji area and a small part of the Maiko area remain open. 10 lifts and 14 courses are available. 'Nighta' (floodlit night skiing) operations at Maiko Snow Resort have started. Official snow depth: Upper - 100cm Base - 20cm
Muikamachi Hakkaisan The Ropeway, Number 1, 2 and 3 romance pair lifts are operating. Official snow depth: 60cm
NASPA Ski Garden NASPA Ski Garden is open. All lifts are operating and all courses (apart from the mogul course) are open. Official snow depth: 65cm
Yuzawa Kogen Yuzawa Kogen is mostly open including the lower Nunoba area. All lifts operating. Official snow depth: Top - 100cm Base - 40cm
Yuzawa Park Yuzawa Park is part open with the Number 1, 2, 3 and 7 lifts operating. Official snow depth: 35cm
Yuzawa Nakazato Yuzawa Nakazato is part open with all operating. Official snow depth: 45cm
'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)
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 between 29th December 2016 and 1st April 2017. The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.
Maiko Snow Resort Daily from 28th December 2016 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. Part of the lower area of the resort is usually open for nighta.
NASPA Ski Garden 'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in December, January and February and also on 23rd December and from 30th December until 8th January 2017. On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.
Yuzawa Nakazato Every Saturday from 7th January until 11th March 2017, 29th December until 3rd January, 8th January 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm. The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta. Read more ...
Monday 2nd January 2017, 8:56am
Good morning from Grandeco.
There was no snow fall last night I'm afraid, it just isn't falling...
The snow condition out there is fair, but it's not wet snow or slushy.
3000m length of course is available at Grandeco at the moment and suitable for intermediates and beginners - the advanced course at Grandeco is not open yet.
Each ski ground will be crowded today because of the New Year's holiday; and also because of the not-fully-open limited terrain.
Snow park information: 5m straight rail, 4m straight rail, 4m down box, 4 formed cask, drum can, 6m straight box, 8m straight rail, 6m down box and 6m wide box.
- Gondola - Number 1 quad lift - Number 2 quad lift
[A-a] Rainbow 3500 [A-b] Rainbow 3500 [B-c] Mint C [C] Center [D-b] Lavender B
Official snow depth: 70cm
Road condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: wet Goshikinuma through Grandeco: wet snow Snow tires are necessary Read more ...
Monday 2nd January 2017, 9:00am
Blue sky, generally thin cloud
Hello from Hakuba.
Yesterday was a fine day weather wise. Hardly any wind, blue skies, sunshine with some cloud. It looked pretty busy as well out there on the slopes as you might expect - and today will surely be a lively day too.
Earlier there was more cloud around but the sun is out now with quite a lot of blue sky and some thin cloud up there. It's going to be another fine day with temperatures rising to around 6C at base this afternoon.
We'd all prefer temperatures in the negative numbers and more blizzard-like weather, right? (Yep, thought so!)
Some lower slopes are looking a bit sad right now as the snow gets real thin on the ground. Luckily we have decent vertical here in Hakuba, so there's decent snow cover on upper areas and not a worry there.
Tomorrow should be colder. And there should be snow in the mix too. And after that the forecast has more snow lined up on Wednesday and Thursday as well - so it could be what we are waiting for.
In the meantime, it might be busy today but there's fun to be had and it sure beats sitting in front of a computer screen. See you out there.
Resort news as of 8:50am on Monday 2nd January 2017:
All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.
Hakuba 47: The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. The top connection with Hakuba Goryu is open. Operating lifts and course info: - All lifts operating. - All courses now open apart from Route 7. - The Tree Riding Zones are not yet open. Official snow depth Upper: 110cm Base: 20cm
Hakuba Goryu: The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. The top connection with Hakuba 47 is open. Operating lifts and course info: - All lifts apart from the Iimori Number 1 lift and the Cosmo quad lift are operating. The following courses are open: - Grand Prix - Panorama - Super - Toomi - Soft Cream - Powder Snow Official snow depth Alps: 120cm Toomi: 30cm Iimori: 20cm
Hakuba Happo-one: The upper areas of Hakuba Happo-one are open. You can now ski or board back down to base via the Riesen Slalom and Nakiyama courses. Downloading via Gondola or lift required in the other areas. The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. Operating lifts and course info: - Most lifts are now operating with just a number of base area lifts still to get moving. The following courses are open: - Kurobishi - Usagidaira - Skyline - Riesen (part) - Panorama - Nakiyama South (part) - Kita-one 3 Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 90cm Kurobishi: 110cm Lower: 25cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Tsugaike Kogen is now mostly open. Operating lifts and course info: - Most lifts are now operating. The following courses are open: - Most areas of Tsugaike Kogen are now open apart from Uma-no-se and Champion areas. The lower Kane-no-oka areas are only part open. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 110cm Han-no-ki: 100cm Oya-no-hara: 25cm Maruyama: 30cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 10cm
Hakuba Cortina: The resort is reporting up to 0cm of fresh snowfall. Operating lifts and course info: - Hakuba Cortina is now mostly open. Official snow depth: Top: 112cm Base: 70cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field: Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field is currently part open. Operating lifts and course info: - Gondola - Paradise triple - 3-sen North lift - 4-sen East lift The following courses are at least part open: - View C (part) - East - North - Paradise (part) - by1 Official snow depth: Top: 55cm Base: 30cm
Kashimayari: Kashimayari is currently part open. Operating lifts: - Number 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 lifts. Official snow depth: Top: 30cm
Hakuba Norikura Onsen: Hakuba Norikura Onsen is mostly open. Lift info: - All but one lift are now operating with most courses planned to be open today. Official snow depth: Top: 85cm
Hakuba Sanosaka: Hakuba Sanosaka is now part open. Official snow depth: Top: 20cm
Please note that Yanaba ski hill will not be opening for the 2016-2017 season Read more ...
Monday 2nd January 2017, 9:06am
Good morning to the second day of 2017!
We have cloud and foggy covering the resort this morning so I would expect there to be areas of low light at the least, if not reduced visibility due to fog. So take care out there and ski to the conditions as bumps and variable snow conditions may not be easy to spot.
On the temperature front it is pretty mild with the resort recording -4c at base earlier this morning. As I write this now the temperature has already risen and is sitting just below freezing. There is some light snow coming down and 1cm has accummulated overnight and snow flurries are expected through out the day.
The snow coming down today will be the last we may see through until next Saturday according to the forecast. That seems like quite a dry spell to have thrown at us give all the snow we have had so far this season. Let's hope that the weather system can deliver something else between now and Saturday. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 2nd January 2017, 9:07am
Mostly cloudy, some blue sky
It is a calm morning here in Shiga Kogen.
Lots of cloud around though in the last hour or two there are more breaks in the cloud and some blue sky and periods of sunshine as well. Feels like it may well continue clearing like that during the day.
By the time I post my report tomorrow snow should be falling again and we are expecting a few days of snowfall. It could be good.
Actually I was looking back at the numbers from the past few seasons and we did rather well up here in Shiga Kogen - compared with last season and compared with lots of other regions this season, which so far again seem to generally be 'disappointing' so far in terms of snowfall.
Shiga Kogen has an advantage over lots of ski resorts in Japan of the 'base' areas being at high altitudes, so there's none of the town level snow disappearing thing going on, and temperatures remain relatively low even in mild runs of weather.
We still need and want more snowfall of course - we never stop wanting more snowfall - but I hope we will see a great January and February. And of course I'd also like to see decent snowfall everywhere else too.
See you tomorrow.
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
The majority of ski lifts and courses in Shiga Kogen are now open.
The sun is out this morning though there's a fair bit of thin cloud up there too; it looks like it should be a fine day weather wise, if not getting a little too mild for our liking...
Fresh snowfall is still forecast by the end of today and into tomorrow and beyond so we're all hoping for a fresh top-up of snow soon.
Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):
- Number 1 lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3A lift - Number 5 - Super quad lift - Number 11 lift - Number 12 lift - Number 13 lift - Number 15 lift - Moving walkway - Kids Park - Snow Mobile Land - Free ride Park
- Number 1 - Number 2 - Number 3 - Number 5 - Number 6 Read more ...
Monday 2nd January 2017, 10:31am
Hello and there's not much to report to you this morning.
No fresh snowfall and just cloudy conditions but the forecast looks improved with snow dotted around over the coming week.
Today is quite mild with temperature a few above zero at base but we're looking at colder temps from tomorrow.
>b>The following lifts are not operating: Kurohime Number 1 quad Zao Kokutai pair Ryuzan pair Karamatsu pair Sunrise pair AB Nakamori Number 1 triple Nakamori Number 2 pair Zao Paradise Number 3 pair Omori quad
Official snow depths: Chuo - 60cm Utopia - 35cm Uwanodai - 25cm Paradise - 50cm
Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations
January 2017: 1st-3rd, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 27th-31st February 2017: 1st-28th March 2017: 1st-5th
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 ...
Monday 2nd January 2017, 14:00pm
Clouds early but clear and sunny now
Started cold this morning but things have warmed up here today.
Tenjin opened the cat track to the bottom yesterday and conditions are pretty good with snow forecast for the rest of the week starting this evening.
Tomorrow is the last day they'll open Tenjin at 7am and things should quiet down somewhat in town when from Wednesday when national holidays finish up.
Hodaigi still going strong but Okutone is looking a bit patchy. May the snow be with you...
Official snow depths:
110cm Tenjin 80cm Hodaigi 45cm Okutone
Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):