Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 19th February 2018
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 31st January 2018, 7:44am
Good morning all.
It's a beautiful morning here in Nozawa. Some cloud to be seen but not over our mountain; a bit of low cloud hanging around lower areas, but that will surely disappear quickly.
Local forecast shows possibly snow tonight again but will probably be cloudy/clear during the daytime tomorrow too.
With the snow we got mostly in the morning yesterday as well, it should be a quality time out there. And that is where I am headed right now. I have someone to meet up there you see... don't have much choice. ;)
Wrap up well - it's still cold - and enjoy!
Wednesday 31st January 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
So we got more snow yesterday morning and it gradually eased off during the day. By evening there were clearer skies, and this morning we have beautiful clear skies over Yuzawa. It looks like there's some wind out there, but not enough to affect resort operations and otherwise it should be an excellent morning. (While the forecast on our site is spot on, some local forecasts have 'cloud' for this morning and then snow again by late afternoon; though they are certainly wrong with the former part of that! The clouds seem to be lingering over the northern part of Minamiuonuma, but leaving our region out for now).
Maiko Snow Resort aren't reporting any fresh snow, but that's 'from last night'... we got snow during the day which is what I am recording below. I don't have any early numbers from Kagura or Ishiuchi Maruyama either this morning.
We are expecting possibly clearer and calmer weather conditions tomorrow and Friday too, with snow likely to return from the weekend.
The last week has seen a very large amount of snow arrive which has really built up the base. What would be great now is regular topups with some days like today dotted in between!
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Maiko Snow Resort.
There was some fresh snow falling on upper slopes yesterday morning (47 reporting 5cm) and not much of a wind, and by early afternoon the sun was starting to appear at times from the clouds. It remained cloudy but we enjoyed some blue sky and sunshine during the afternoon.
Temperatures are keeping cold so the snow is keeping really good.
This morning there is light snow falling on upper elevations, but no fresh snow to report and generally cloudy conditions. Cloudy with light snow at times seems to be what we can expect today, with perhaps clearer skies due tomorrow and Friday.
Looking forward towards the weekend - it's looking promising for decent snowfall.
Ski resort information on Wednesday 31st January 2018 (at time of writing):
Night time skiing (nighta) at resorts in the region - weather & conditions permitting The below 'nighta' information will not be updated every day - please check with resorts if you plan to go!
Hakuba Happo-one Daily from 5pm until 9pm in the Nakiyama 2 area Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen
Hakuba Goryu Daily from 6pm until 9:30pm in the Toomi area until 31st March The Sky Four quad operates daily; the Number 2 pair mostly on Saturdays and holidays Adults - 1,900 yen; children - 850 yen
Hakuba Cortina Daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays) Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen
Tsugaike Kogen Kane-no-naru-oka area from 6pm until 8:50pm on 3rd, 10th, 11th February Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 10th, 11th, 17th February; 3rd, 10th March Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen
There are no other nighta operations at other ski resorts in the region Read more ...
Wednesday 31st January 2018, 8:11am
At -14c in the village it is a true winter morning that leaves a cold dry sting on your face. It is going to warm up substantially as the day rolls on though, so going out a bit later in the morning will make a difference if you don't like the cold. The sky is nice and clear affording views right over the town through to the smoking volcano of Mt Tokachi. There is no new snow to report and the slope conditions will be firmly groomed powder while off piste areas will be similar to yesterday. Tomorrow this weather will continue - very cold and clear. Read more ...
Wednesday 31st January 2018, 8:12am
Blue skies, sun, bit of cloud
Good morning from Madarao.
No snow overnight but some from yesterday since my report...
Unfortunately I have to miss out on some mountain fun this morning. And I'm not happy about it. The sun is out - there's a bit of cloud but mostly it's blue skies, cold and really inviting snow conditions. I really, really wish I could be out there today. I'm guessing some of you are thinking the same reading this from somewhere other than Madarao.
Don't worry, hopefully there will be lots more days like this in the season - two full months left.
See you in February.
Official snow depth: 230cm
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift Number 3A lift Super quad lift Number 11 lift Number 12 lift Number 13 lift Number 15 lift
Powder Wave I Powder Wave II River Line Free Ride Park Powder Theater Adventure Aisle Crystal Bowl Ninja Sawa Rabbit Kamoshika Bear
Planned nighta operations this season:
Every Saturday until 24th March 2018 11th February 2018 Read more ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Wednesday 31st January 2018, 8:14am
We saw mainly clouds and fog yesterday, but with some snow falling throughout the day. Overnight tonight 20cm has been recorded with more on the mountain most likely. Heading for tops of -4C with some light winds and light snow here and there.
Remember to make sure to follow the safety rules — wearing a helmet when you’re in the trees is a must, and you might find ski patrol waiting for you at the end if you don’t.
Thursday: light snow, little winds, tops of -4C Friday: clear and sunny, little to no winds, tops of -3C Saturday: moderate snow, little to no winds, tops of -1C
Official snow depths:
Top: 460cm Base: 310cm
Night skiing operations are scheduled at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018.
The Number 1 Gondola is out of action at the moment - hopefully back online early February. Read more ...
Wednesday 31st January 2018, 8:21am
No new snow last night; beautiful sunny day today.
Like we always say, pounding snow is more what we like, but it is nice to see the world out there.
Not much to add this morning, because I need to get out there (oh, except that we really did get 54cm of snow at base, less up high. It's scientific).
Pretty stable conditions in the backcountry as well; some sluffing on steep slopes, but this should be settling down with the sun today.
Just a dusting of snow to report this morning, I can just about justify 1cm for the report.
And it is just cloudy at the moment. Perhaps some fresh snow today with clearer skies forecast tomorrow and Friday.
If you plan to be here for the weekend though, come prepared for potentially good snowfall Friday night into Saturday.
You might have seen on the news about the volcano alert level at the nearby crater being raised yesterday. Hmmm. No other information for you on that, other than... life goes on as normal and there has been no 'events' to relay. Zao Onsen village is about 5km away from the area concerned and the tourism office has issued an announcement that we are 'unaffected'. We live with these things here in Japan!
Lifts and course info:
- All lifts appear to be opening as scheduled - Note: the Karamatsu pair lift usually only operates on weekends - All areas open
It was snowing through the day yesterday and rather heavily at times too. Oh yes, and overnight too. And it is still snowing now.
I am measuring 45cm (and counting) of fresh snowfall here at base this morning since my last report, and you will notice that the Avalanche Report below is reporting a whopping 60cm. There may well even be more out there. And what's more, it's excellent quality snow too.
We do often get lots of snow here in Niseko, of course, but it is rare that I get to post numbers like that.
Visibility is limited but that shouldn't stop you. There appears to be a moderate westerly wind in upper areas, but as of 8:30am all top lifts look set to be opening as planned.
Just be sure to be extra careful whilst enjoying these deep conditions.
--- ' What an excellent way to end the month January... this 'last bit' is definitely making up for the 'earlier bit'! Actually, I had almost forgotten about that; but the super computer is currently crunching the numbers and I plan to post my monthly review in the Niseko Now report on Friday.
I hope you can get to enjoy these super conditions.
Deepest condition of the season. Over 50cm snowfall from base to peak in the last 12 hours and still growing. A moderate westerly wind is blowing in western areas above 1100m elevation, making cornices and snowdrifts grow. The avalanche risk is high in open steep slopes and under cornices above 1100m. Upper elevation gates (G1 to 4) will be closed for the day.
The snow below 1000m is good but almost too deep. Better not venture too far from the groomers today. Rescue will take time & effort. Snowboarders are recommended to carry poles and snowshoes and skiers should put a leash or a colored string in order to prevent loosing their skis. Cracks are also hidden under the new snow and visibility is bad, be mindful of where you drop in.
The new snowpack has not formed notable slabs in areas lower than 1000m and in the trees, and the avalanche risk is relatively low in there. However, it is strongly recommended to avoid cornices and snowdrifts and ride one by one. Avalanches run through the bottom of the valleys, better not stay in potential paths. Cornices above have grown large and very unstable, falling cornices can easily trigger a large slide. Stay away from them.
Very unstable slabs are present in slopes above steep area of Haru No Taki strictly off-limits area. The fatal accident in 1998 has occurred in similar conditions. Please respect the rules and stay away from off-limits zones. Have a nice day.
Wednesday 31st January 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair lift should be operating - 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola) - on February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.
Official snow depth: - Top: 340cm - Base: 210cm
Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:
Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):
* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair * Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift * Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Wednesday 31st January 2018, 9:17am
Sunny, thin cloud
A cool, crisp morning, clear skies and minimal wind should make for a great day of riding.
We've had a 6cm layer of fresh snow overnight, and the sun looks to be out all day. This should soften up the pistes towards the afternoon.
Planned lift operations (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 5 lift - Central number 6 lift - Sailer quad - Nishimori lift
Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays
Good morning from Naeba! It's a warmer start than it was yesterday, with the air temperature reading -4°C. There is little wind and the skies are mostly clear. Visibility is good and the pistes are well-groomed. The pistes which aren't groomed are still in fabulous condition, if a little tracked out. But worry not - another good dump of snow is forecast on the horizon for the next couple of days. For the remainder of today, we should expect the skies to remain clear until nightfall, when a small accumulation of snow is likely occur.
Looking forwards, we can expect light snow throughout tomorrow, yet clearing overnight on Thursday night. Temperatures are likely to stay around 0°C, with overnight lows no lower than -7°C. Friday is when the real action kicks off again, with moderate to heavy snowfall predicted to begin Friday afternoon and persist through until at least Monday morning. The wind will pick up somewhat to bring this moist block of air in, but forecast are predicting that this won't be as much of a problem as it was during "Storm Finn". Temperatures are expected to drop to below -5°C consistently for the latter part of the coming storm cycle.