Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017
Sunday 30th March 2014, 7:03am
An early report this morning. Feel sorry for your reporter on this last regular day of the season, out there in the heavy rain (yes, rain) and occasional wind (yes, wind will be up through the day).
It's been a real March of a March, and today is no exception. I'm only out there because of a race that needs gatekeepers and such; more of the joys of a tight community and civic pride etc.
The only interesting thing is heavy snow up high, the forecast says, as the freezing line starts to come back down the mountain one more time. Looks like it will continue to yo-yo a bit; the SnowJapan forecast even has the possibility of snow next Friday (yow!).
I'll sum up the season a bit tomorrow, after I've dried off.
Akakura Kanko: 250cm Spring operations: Currently all lifts except Champion No. 1 are operating. From this weekend the Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out. Spring rates from March 24 are adults ¥2,500, junior high students and seniors ¥2,000, kids ¥1,500.
Akakura Onsen: 170cm Open until Sunday 30th March; no night skiing.
Ikenotaira: 160cm Planning to stay open until Sunday 6th April.
Myoko Suginohara: 160cm Back in the game until the 30th; gondola and No. 2 lifts operating.
Seki Onsen: 390cm Says it hopes to stay open until mid-May—at least for Golden Week, snow allowing.
Myoko Ski Park: 225cm Open until Sunday 6th April.
Myoko Kyukamura Runrun 245cm Closing Monday, March 31.
Tangram Ski Circus 155cm Running the No. 3 lift only from March 31 until April 6. Read more ...
Sunday 30th March 2014, 7:58am
It is colder this morning and while we have no new cm of snow, resorts are reporting some snow falling higher up it seems. Down here it's rain/sleet/snow kind of stuff at the moment, though we weren't really expecting that until later on today.
There's a bit of a wind this morning and top lifts at Grand Hirafu and Hanazono are on standby and waiting for those to hopefully ease off.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: +3C, no snowfall, overcast. Moiwa 800m: no data. Annupuri peak 1308m: S14.1m/s, -3.9C. Coastal data: cape Benkei S15m/s, cape Kamui calm, 1012hPa. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 360cm. Hirafu 1000m: +1C, no snowfall.
Southerly wind as picked up with a Low traveling along the Pacific coast. New cracks and slides have formed due to high-temperature. Spring skiing can be appreciated once the slides mostly fall and stabilizes, but the conditions are still quite unstable and sketchy. Spring slides from the ground are likely to occur from around 1000m altitude. The slides sometime occur as the slope cracks and are very difficult to predict. It is highly recommended not to ride the valley bottoms natural halfpipes of the Backbowl, Osawa and Mikaeri sawa. Flat light today and obstacle are hard to visualize. Snow is pretty bad too. Beware of hitting trees. Peak gates will open in the morning, please listen to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out. Freedom too ride out of bounds is respect in Niseko, but we are always concerned about all skiers’ and riders’ safety.
Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 30th March 2014, 8:30am
Good morning from Nozawa, though the weather isn't so good. After that warm and balmy day yesterday - when some locals seemed more keen on getting ready for spring and farming stuff than winter sports - it's a grey and cloudy morning here. With rain falling.
The resort has just updated me with the following lifts:
...apparently all waiting for weather conditions to improve before moving this morning. Not quite sure on the details there, but anyway hope they that gets sorted quick as it means the top chunk of the resort is not open yet today.
Anyway, as forecast not the best day weather wise. We are expecting rain for the day and maybe into tomorrow too. Whether we'll see snow up there or not... well, I'll let you know how that turns out in my report tomorrow.
As of around 8am though, the resort reports a temp of +5C up top and (curiously!) +4C at base.
Lifts All lifts operating except: Hikage Number 2 pair A
Courses All courses open except: Grand Prix Hachiman Kandahar West Read more ...
Sunday 30th March 2014, 9:04am
Greetings from a bit of a wet and frankly miserable morning here. Rain is coming down and it seems to be rain higher up too. For the moment anyway, we're still holding out on the promise of snow later or perhaps overnight. But for today it might be a day best enjoyed soaking in an onsen, though it doesn't look busy at all out there this morning so you have large areas to yourself if you brave the weather.
Once things clear tomorrow morning, tomorrow should end up being much more pleasant.
It's the last day of the season tomorrow for Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuba Norikura Onsen.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 30th March 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Plans to be open until early May. Upper - 225cm Toomi - 90cm Iimori - 50cm
Hakuba 47: Plans to be open until early May. Upper - 175cm Lower - 35cm
Happo-one: Plans to be open until early May. Usagidaira - 170cm Nakiyama - 30cm Sakka - 35cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Plans to be open until early May. Tsuganomori - 271cm Maruyama - 60cm Kanenonaruoka - 100cm
Hakuba Cortina: Plans to be open until 6th April. Upper - 260cm Lower - 140cm
Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuba Norikura plan to be open until 31st March.
Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Minekata are already closed. Read more ...
Sunday 30th March 2014, 9:30am
Sun yesterday and very warm conditions. It almost felt like an official 'first day of spring' somehow, with lots of people out and about their houses and fields sorting things out in preparation for the spring season. Lots of diggers moving snow about to try and have it melted as quickly as possible so that they can start their farming.
Which is all well and good, but we have a ski/board season to keep going!
We still have rain forecast here but keeping dry for the moment. Cloudy and windy too. Seems that strong wind is affecting Kagura with the Tashiro part closed for the day and Mitsumata open from the Ropeway to Kagura Number 1 quad.
GALA Yuzawa is also affected by the strong winds and unfortunately closed for the day.
All of the resort official snow depth numbers have been on the way down the last week and in particular the last few days (apart from Kagura of course which seems to be stuck on it's season-long 350cm!)
Here's the latest on when Yuzawa skijo intend to be open until: