- Gondola - Number 1 quad lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3 quad lift - Number 4 quad lift
All courses now open
Official snow depth: 200cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: wet road Goshukinuma through Grandeco: some part icy Read more ...
Monday 30th January 2017, 8:47am
Morning from Niseko.
There is no fresh snowfall to report and it is just a cloudy kind of morning. There is a bit of some wind but not enough to stop lifts from moving, and they all appear to be opening as planned.
On Wednesday I'll be posting my round up of the season so far and month of January. Please nature, bring us some more snow before then!
I'll leave you to take a look at the forecast; and I will of course report the latest tomorrow morning.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -7℃, no snowfall. Moiwa800m: -7.6℃, NNW2m/s, no snowfall, 170cm snowdepth. Annupuri 1150m: -11℃, W10m/s, no snowfall. Hirafu 1250m: mild wind, -13℃, some dusts. Kamui cape lighthouse: E4m/s, 1010hPa, 0.5m waves.
There are no new snowfall nor snowdrift developments. The snowpack is stable and the general avalanche risk is low. Gates opening is undecided, please follow the ski patrol’s decisions.
There are many people stepping into strictly off limits areas to seek fresh tracks. Some entered Haru no taki area through the broadcast tower. Some long term visitors use daypasses in case they get it confiscated. All we can say is, please acknowledge the situation and abide the Niseko Rules.
Today’s system has been set in place in order to reduce the deadly accidents that consecutively occurred 20 years ago. These bitter experiences were the foundation to create the Niseko Rules and they were founded solely for accident prevention, not for tourism promotion. One track under the rope will lead many others to do the same and eventually end up in an accident. There were more than 1000 people that went riding out of bounds yesterday. We’re simply relieved that no accidents were reported.
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 30th January 2017, 8:51am
Morning from Nozawa. Unfortunately I can't really call it a 'good' one.
Yes, it's raining (even up top apparently) and it's wet, after a fairly mild overnight and early morning. It should be getting colder through the day though with this hopefully changing to snow sooner than later.
A good day for a soak in an onsen, methinks.
Anyway I should have fresh snow to report tomorrow morning so we can look forward to that.
Lifts operations: All lifts plan to be operating apart from: - Yunomine pair - Mizunashi triple - Challenge pair - Utopia pair
Most courses at Nozawa Onsen are open. Courses not open are: - Grand Prix Read more ...
Monday 30th January 2017, 8:55am
Rain > snow
Morning from Hakuba.
I had some fresh (though rather heavy and wet) snow to report, from myself and from the resorts themselves:
My observation at base: 3cm Hakuba 47: 5-10cm Hakuba Goryu: 3-10cm Hakuba Happo-one: 0cm Hakuba Cortina: 0cm
...but unfortunately, it's now raining here in the village. But, happily it is snowing at higher elevations.
Yesterday by around mid-afternoon cloud have covered most of the sky above the village with snow starting to fall once dark.
And so here we are this morning. We are hoping and expecting things to get colder as the day progresses and remaining rain to turn into decent snowfall down to base once again. Hopefully sometime this morning - with me being able to report more snow in my next report.
Resort news as of 8:55am on Monday 30th January 2017:
All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 5-10cm of fresh snowfall. All planned lifts are operating. Tree Riding Zones closed today. Official snow depth Upper: 290cm Base: 145cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 3-10cm of fresh snowfall. All scheduled lifts plan to be operating. Official snow depth Alps: 320cm Toomi: 150cm Iimori: 130cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. All courses open. The Kurobishi off-piste area is open. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 175cm Kurobishi: 190cm Lower: 110cm
Tsugaike Kogen: All courses open. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 275cm Han-no-ki: 270cm Maruyama: 180cm Oya-no-hara: 135cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 140cm
Hakuba Cortina: The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. Official snow depth: Top: 285cm Base: 185cm
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 ...
Monday 30th January 2017, 9:01am
Rain. We were hoping to avoid it, but unfortunately that wasn't to be. It's even raining up at Kagura and raining fairly hard at times here in town.
Yesterday it was a fine morning with clouds gradually increasing during the day. With the warmer conditions over the weekend snow conditions have generally taken a hit, and this rain of course won't be helping on that score.
Onto the good news!
The good news is that come this time tomorrow I should be able to report some fresh snow on the ground as it is expected to turn to snow during the day today. Hopefully by early afternoon. And there's more snow around mid-week, so we should be enjoying freshen-ups soon...
Official snow depth information as of Monday 30th 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 ...
Monday 30th January 2017, 9:09am
Well, unfortunately we have been unable to avoid rain... it's raining. Pretty poor visibility out there too - looks like thick fog out there.
Not the nicest of conditions to be out skiing or boarding, for sure. If you do venture out though, be sure you know where you're going and take care.
But, we're expecting it to be snowing by sometime this afternoon; quickly please!
I should have fresh snow to report tomorrow morning.
Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):
- Number 1 lift - Number 2 quad lift - 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
- 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)
When I got up this morning it was raining but I'm glad to report that it has by now turned into snowfall (wet still) and should be snowing through today - if things get colder as forecast the snow quality should improve too.
I should have some fresh to report by this time tomorrow, fingers crossed for a decent amount.
All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating today: Paradise Number 3 pair Karamatsu pair
All courses apart from Kotan are open.
Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself): Summit - 100cm Paradise - 170cm Chuo - 170cm Utopia - 125cm Uwanodai - 100cm Yokokura - 110cm
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 ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 30th January 2017, 9:36am
It's snowing again
We almost avoided rain up here in Shiga Kogen - but not quite. Rain earlier on turned into sleet and is now snowing. A fairly wet and heavy kind of snow, but it's much better than rain so we'll take it. With the forecasts telling us to expect temperatures to drop and the chance of heavy snow overnight tonight, I am hoping that in my report tomorrow I might be able to talk of a decent amount of fresh snowfall on the ground.
Fairly regular snowfall seems to be lined up on the forecast through the week as well with a return to much colder conditions.
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.
With the big snow falls over the last few days the pistes are in great condition and the off piste areas have plenty of powder to play in. There is no new snow to report this morning but we are expecting some light snow fall on the resort during the day. The morning has started off fairly misty with cloud rolling more than half way down the mountain. Light snow is expected to fall continuously over the next 6 days. Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Monday 30th January 2017, 10:11am
Good morning from Appi,
It's snowing outside my door and we can expect around 25cm of the stuff if the forecast is correct. Unlike last year where the forecasting was poor at best it seems we have a new keen bunch helping us out and so far they’ve been spot on... keep it up. Around 5cm last night and early this morning so far.
The temperature is -2 outside but that’s going to sink like the Titanic tonight and we should see -14 or so by Wednesday. Not a pleasant time to be skinny dipping for sure. The good news is lots more snow is heading our way so whenever you get here I can guarantee you’re going to be smiling.
All the runs are in good shape although Appi is doing things on the cheap again and tends not to groom most of the runs after the weekend. Lets hope Chinese New Year celebrations will lift their spirit and get them out there grooming what needs to be groomed.
See you up on the slopes.
Currently planned operating lifts (subject to change due to weather conditions):
Appi 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
Light rain throughout the day, heavy snow this evening
Light rain throughout the day here but snow has been falling heavily this evening since dusk and we are already looking at 30cm at the base with little to no wind. Temps still a little warm but the snow is decent quality at 600m and probably awesome higher up.
The forecast is for this to be a big one and its looking that way at the moment.
0cm Tenjin 0cm Hodaigi 0cm Okutone
Official snow depth:
300cm Tenjin 190cm Hodaigi 180cm Okutone
Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):
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 ...