Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017
Monday 2nd March 2015, 7:35am
We have snow!
Good to see that winters not over just yet, it may of felt like spring was creeping in over the last week or so but this is not so today. 9cm of fresh snow has fallen around the base overnight, nice light powder that is still falling steadily now. Great stuff!
With mild temperatures and light winds it will make for a very enjoyable day of skiing and boarding.
Snow conditions on the trails are powdery as those groomers, like always, worked hard through the night to get everythng smoothed out and the new snow has fallen overtop of that to give us a rather satisfying layer of fresh snow, just begging to be slashed around and thrown up in some high speed powder turns.
Whilst it's only slightly breezy out there, the snow is supposed to stick around most of the day, and looking into the rest of this week it looks like we are in for a decent amount of snow! Perfect.
Yesterday the wind was really quite strong at times and I wouldn't be surprised if there was more lift stoppages around the region than just those reported early morning. By late afternoon rain has started falling and it was pretty heavy at times in the evening. Last time I looked last night it was sleet falling and a thin white layer on the ground.
I was in Yuzawa just a short while ago but back in Minamiuonuma now where there'a just 2cm of snow on the top of the cars that have been parked overnight. There has been more snowfall in Yuzawa, about 10cm in places, and both Kagura and Maiko Snow Resort this morning are reporting 20cm of fresh snow.
The snow is pretty wet and heavy here so hopefully lighter as you get up higher on the mountains. Definitely worth checking out though I'd say.
There's a bit of blue sky over Minamiuonuma now but lots of cloud still hanging over Yuzawa. The forecast is just for cloudy skies for the day but if here is anything to go by it might end up being a fine day.
Moderate winds again this morning, though northerly this time. Tashiro is going to be closed again today and Kagura only open from Mitsumata Ropeway to Kagura Number 1 Romance lift - they might open more if the winds die down.
Other than that places seem to be going to open normally. GALA Yuzawa will be open.
Tomorrow might get warmer again with clear and sunny skies possible.
Nighta 'night skiing' - where some slopes are floodlit for skiing and snowboarding in the evening - is available at the following resorts in the area.
Ishiuchi Maruyama: Every day until 21st March (until 8:50pm) Iwappara: Every day until 22nd March (until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays, 9pm on Saturdays) Joetsu Kokusai: Every day until 22nd March (until 9pm) Kandatsu Kogen: From 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning) Maiko Snow Resort: Every day until 14th March (until 8pm) Naeba: Every day until 29th March (until 9pm) All night on 14th March (10pm until 6am) Yuzawa Nakazato: Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)
15-20cm of new snow and clearing skies this morning.
What more could we want!?
Electricity, for one. Yes, there seems to be some kind of a power cut at the moment and those ski lifts don't run on orange juice and so it looks like there'll be a delay to opening.
I have to post this now though as I am off to Niigata this morning.
Here's to a power driven day.
UPDATE AT 9:20am.... Power On... Lifts are go!
As many of you may well know, the Shinkansen train station down at Iiyama will be opening from 14th March - making Madarao easier to get to from Tokyo... hope on the Shink to Iiyama then a bus up to Madarao. Benri! They are officially saying 25 minutes but it can be done quicker than that. It will sure be interesting to see how many people actually end up using that way to get to Madarao and how many more folk will turn up to the resort.
Lifts planned to be open:
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift Number 3A Number 5 Super quad lift Number 11 lift Number 12 lift Number 13 lift Number 15 lift Moving Walkway Kids Park Freeride Park Tree Run Courses should be open today.
Night skiing at Madarao is every Saturday until 21st March 2015.
Just a thin new covering of snow this morning to report with 5cm being reported higher up the mountain.
It's one of those days when wind becomes an issue unfortunately with some lifts at each of the four main resort areas affected. Below I have added the information as it is at 8:30am.... it may well change of course during the day, best to check with the resorts for the latest if you are going to be out there. The forecasts are telling us to expect quite strong winds during the day though, so if anything the situation may get worse rather than improving. Sorry! I sure don't enjoy writing that kind of stuff! But it is what it is...
Light snow is falling at the moment and the temperature is nudging up to +1C now, so it could be colder. Visibility is going to be limited up there this morning, so know where you're going and take care.
Sunny skies are expected tomorrow with hopefully calmer winds, and we should be back to snow - hopefully decent snowfall - by Wednesday morning.
I have just added this information below but it's worth noting - floodlit night skiing operations are due to continue daily until Sunday 22nd March.
Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day
Niseko Grand Hirafu: Top Ace Number 4, King Number 4 and King Number 3 lifts on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.
Niseko Hanazono: Top Hanazono Number 3 lift on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds. Number 1 lift running at reduced speed.
Niseko Village: Top Wonderland lift on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds. Gondola running at reduced speed.
Niseko Annupuri: Annupuri Gondola, Jumbo 3 and Jumbo 4 lifts on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.
Low pressure system over eastern Japan is bringing warm air into the region. As the low intensifies the northerly wind will increase. From 5am observation the snow is stable, however as the wind increases through the day snowdrifts will fracture more easily and the avalanche risk will increase. Most accidents happen during stormy conditions. Peak gates 2 and 3 will be closed, others yet to be decided. Please respect and follow the patrols decisions.
Niseko Rules are not a suggestion, do not ignore them and duck ropes to go out of bounds. Your safety in Niseko is protected by the Rules, disregarding them threatens the safety of everyone on the mountain. Danger riding or stopping in the valley bottoms, this is where the avalanche will go. Take care, today visibility is bad, beware falling into cracks, hitting trees.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 395cm Base - 140cm
Niseko Village: Top - 300cm Base - 180cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 370cm Base - 180cm
Lifts open for night skiing:
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
Niseko Hanazono Resort No night skiing at the Hanazono area
Niseko Village Community Chair and Banzai Chair
Niseko Annupuri Jumbo Number 1 Quad
Floodlit night operations are due to continue until Sunday 22nd March.
Mountains covered in cloud, blue sky appearing, sun
Limited visibility in many areas yesterday, with snow falling higher up and giri-giri rain at times lower down at base. Hakuba 47 reported 5cm during the day. Not the lightest, but it's certainly better than the see-through stuff!
This morning we have more snow to report and a decent amount as well higher up - up to 20cm in places being reported. Less than 5cm here in the village.
Down here in or should I say above the village we can see increasingly clear and blue skies opening up, though there's still a lot of cloud hanging around the mountains and poor visibility in places. The remaining snowfall is due to stop and if the skies here are anything to go by and those cloude clear we might be left with a day of fine weather.
Strong winds are messing with lifts though this morning with widespread disruption at the start of the day. Details I can find added below. Hopefully that situation will improve as the weather clears.
Weekly forecast is currently a mix of mild-ish conditions, clearer weather and snow showers.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Monday 2nd March 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 20cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira; 10cm on Toomi. All courses planned to be open (except Adventure Course). Strong winds preventing top areas to open early morning.
Hakuba 47: Reporting 5-15cm of new snowfall yesterday. Lifts affected by strong winds. Gondola moving at 8:30am but situation may change. Tree Riding Zone is open.
- Upper - 355cm - Lower - 175cm
Happo-one: Reporting 10+cm of fresh snowfall. Strong winds affecting quite a lot of lifts early on at Happo - check with the resort for latest updates. FIS Continental Cup being held at the Nakiyama area until tomorrow.
Hakuba Goryu: Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm. Hakuba Happo-one: Nakiyama area every day until mid March. 5pm until 9pm. Hakuba Cortina: Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm. Tsugaike Kogen: Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm. Kashimayari: Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm. Read more ...
Monday 2nd March 2015, 8:44am
Morning from Zao and quite a lot of snow to report as well this morning. Strong winds have been blowing it around but putting a number on it I will go for... 20cm. Definitely over 15cm and maybe as much as 30+cm in places where the wind has blown it.
It's not the lightest and driest of snow, more wet and heavy, but we'll take it. Can't say I was expecting that much.
Strong winds are still with us and actually quite a few lifts are affected (I count 10) including both parts of the Zao Ropeway. So it's limited operations this morning. And limited visibility if you decide to go out too.
Not the friendliest of conditions, but that new snow is an appeal.
Today’s weather is currently a bit of a shocker, with very strong winds preventing almost all lifts from running.
We do have between 20-30cms of fresh snow in sheltered areas but any slightly exposed areas will have no fresh snow.
The winds are supposed to start to slow up in the afternoon but then looking like they will crank up again tomorrow late afternoon.
If you are going out today, take your time and take care.
Kagura is managing to open just the Mitsumata Ropeway, Mitsumata Number 1 Quad and Mitsumarta Number 2 Romance lifts.
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 280cm Kagura: 370cm
20-30cm Naeba 20cm Kagura ---
This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 2nd March 2015, 9:34am
Partly cloudy, some blue sky, sun
Here's something novel to report. Blackout! It seems that large areas of northern Nagano have suffered a power cut this morning, including us here in Shiga Kogen. Sometime around 6am it started as far as I can tell, coming back sometime after 9am.
Things seem to be getting back up as normal now but there'll likely be some late lifts this morning. I think they have to warm them up or something ;)
Some sun out now as well and blue skies appearing from behind all the cloud. A moderate wind still blowing some of the snow around.
Not that much snow lined up on the weekly forecast now, perhaps some snow showers here and there but more of a chance of seeing some sun I think. Fingers crossed it'll stay cold.
Resort areas status with official snow depths:
Okushiga Kogen: 270cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yakebitaiyama: 270cm Open
Ichinose Family 260cm Open
Ichinose Yamanokami: 260cm Open
Ichinose Diamond: 260cm Open
Takamagahara Mammoth: 260cm Open
Terakoya: 260cm Open
Higashitateyama: 260cm Open
Giant: 190cm Open
Nishitateyama: 200cm Most open
Happo Bundaraia: 190cm Open
Sun Valley: 190cm Open
Maruike: 190cm Open
Hasuike: 190cm Open
Kumanoyu: 250cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge: 240cm Open
Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:
A fantstic powder day awaits with 20cm of fresh snow overnight in the village and much much more on the upper mountain. Currently there is a light wind blowing which is forecast to increase in the afternoon to strong. Weather is overcast and it is snowing moderately. The snow will continue throughout the day and become lighter tomorrow. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 2nd March 2015, 9:57am
Suddenly, we remember how useful electricity is. When we ain't got it, those lifts aren't rolling!
Power cuts across this region of northern Nagano this morning from sometime early morning until sometime after 9am. Obviously it stopped the resort from opening as normal and as I write this I don't think things are quite back to normal yet even though the eleccy is back with us. Should be very soon though as everything gets started up.
OK anyway, it's a mostly cloudy morning here, snow easing off possibly around the same time as the electicity! Some breaks in the cloud here and there, and even a bit of sun peaking through.
Top Yamabiko area reporting 15cm of fresh and 10cm at Uenotaira. You know where to head to!
Tomorrow will likely be a little warmer and maybe back to some more snow around Wednesday.
Fresh snow to report since yesterday (reported by resort):
Plenty of snow overnight but came with strong winds that persisted up top all day. Heard 30m/second overnight and 20m/second during the day.
It snowed all day up the top too and is snowing quite heavily at the base now also. The cat track at Tenjin remained closed today and they only got two of the lifts running up top but if the wind stays away, tomorrow is shaping up as a large one.
The mountain reported snow number is only 10cm however they had drifts of up to 1m and we got at least 20cm here at the base up until now.