Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017
Thursday 3rd March 2016, 7:48am
Clear blue skies
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Yesterday was mostly cloudy with a few flakes of snow falling here and there but nothing major.
After a clear night and temperatures dropping to around -2C, it's a fine and mild start to the morning early on. Clear blue skies above and the sun is out - beautiful.
There's a thick bank of cloud to the north of our region and later on today clouds are expected along with the chance of some rain, I'm afraid.
Today is when things start to warm up again, with a high today of around 9C degrees expected in town. It's going to get gradually warmer still through Sunday, when we might even see temperatures rising to 13C and possibly even above. (Please no!) Happily it does look like it should be cooling down again come early next week, but there's definitely going to be melting going on over the next 3-4 days. We can only hope the damage is minimised somehow.
Anyway, early this morning should be a good time to be out on the slopes before it starts warming up.
Tomorrow we expect sunshine and temperatures of around 10C in town during the day.
Resort official snow depths (Thursday 3rd March 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:
Details of the 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma. Subject to change due to snow conditions.
Ishiuchi Maruyama Open daily until 8:50pm (until 20th March). The Chuo No 1 and Chuo No 2 lifts are open daily. The Kanko No 1, Kanko No 2, Kanko No 3, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift, Hatsukaishi No 2 pair lifts are open on weekends and holidays. The basic charge is 2000 yen but various tickets are available.
Iwappara Open daily until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays (until 21st March). The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.
Joetsu Kokusai Open daily until 9pm (until 21st March). The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors. On weekdays the area in front of the main hotel is open - a larger area (including Osawa and Atema) is open on weekends.
Kandatsu Kogen Open from 6pm until 4am on Fridays, Saturdays and evenings before holidays through 26th March. Open from 4:30pm until 11pm on weekdays until 24th March. Various tickets are available starting at 2000 yen for adults, 1700 yen for seniors and 1000 yen for children.
Maiko Snow Resort Open daily with the Maiko Center quad lift operating from 4pm until 8pm. The charge is 500 yen for everyone.
Naeba Open daily until 27th March. From 4pm until 8:30pm on weekdays and Sundays (2000 yen); until 9pm every Saturday and on 20th March (3000 yen). 'All Night' opening is planned for Saturday 26th March when Naeba will be open from 10pm until 5am.
Yuzawa Nakazato Open on Saturdays from 5pm until 8:30pm (until 12th March). Tickets are 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.
(Report originally written just after 8pm, apologies for it appearing later!)
Good morning from Zao and snow is falling, with limited visibility up on the mountain this morning. At the start of the day anyway.
There's been 6cm of fresh snow delivered down here at village base and it's coming down as I write.
Today should be good - just be sure you know where you're going with the visibility like it is.
After today it's going to really start warming up over the next few days, with the peak of the warmth being Sunday. Not only warm but probably rain too, so Sunday may not be the best day to be planning on being here.
Tomorrow and Saturday (first half at least), lots of sunshine is on the forecasts at the moment.
Information as of Thursday 3rd March 2016 (subject to change)
The Karamatsu pair lift is generally closed on weekdays. The evening light up ropeway service has now finished for the season.
4cm of snow in 24 hours. The temperatures are -10℃ at the peak and -5℃ at the base. The weather forecast is cloudy at times snow. All weekday lifts will be open. Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Thursday 3rd March 2016, 8:16am
Good morning from Appi.
Well it snowed yesterday and overnight again giving us some snow that’s stayed around. The official depth has gone up to 150cm and we should see another 10cm throughout the day too.
This morning it’s fairly chilly outside at -7 with a bunch of fresh powder covering everything. The snowblower can wait till this afternoon as it looks like another morning session on the hill. Temperatures will remain steady and the wind may drop in intensity throughout the day.
Yesterday was a fun day on the hill. The fresh snow on the runs added to the excitement but the gusty winds in the 60kmh zone spoiled things after lunch somewhat not only making it a little chilly but stopping the chair lifts and gondolas from time to time.
Todays forecast still shows gusty winds until noon-ish then it should taper off somewhat through the night hours. Tomorrow, if you like the sun, should be great with light winds forecast coupled with sunshine all day. Temperatures are forecast to increase somewhat into the -2 zone. The good news is the rain is supposed to wait until Saturday night now before it ruins the rest of the weekend. Sunday will be bring more rain and windy conditions so if you’re heading out you better do it today, tomorrow or early Saturday morning.
That’s all for now, I’ve got some runs to inspect.
Currently planned operating lifts:
- Appi Gondola - Central Number 1 quad - Number 2 lift A - Number 3 lift A - Number 3 lift C - Number 4 lift - Sailer Gondola - Sailer Quad - Vista quad
Lots of blue sky and sunshine, but there is some cloud around. It was quite cold overnight dipping to around -5C but it will be a mild day with a high of 5-6C forecast for the village later on in the day.
Early turns will be the best today.
We're expecting sunshine tomorrow and Saturday and the temps to rise each day through until Sunday. If the forecasts are right on Sunday it might rise to above 13C and there's a high chance of rain. That doesn't sound very good does it!?
Temps should start to dip again after that thankfully, but just now there's not much sign of snow on the forecast.
There are a few course closures (to the general public) in the coming days due to some ski races being held, as below:
Until Friday 4th March: the Yamabiko A course will be closed. Saturday 5th March until Tuesday 8th March: the Mizunashi A course will be closed.
Official info at time of writing on Thursday 3rd March 2016 (subject to change):
More fine weather again here in Naeba this morning with clear blue skies and sunshine from early on.
Another lovely day.
Taking a look at the latest forecast, it's going to be warming up over the coming run of days through until Sunday/Monday. Probably lots of sun tomorrow and perhaps Saturday as well, and then unfortunately a good chance of rain on Sunday as well as temperatures reaching double digit numbers at base. With the freezing point rising up to well over the top of the resort there seems little chance of expecting any snow. Just less rain would be good.
After Monday though it will be getting colder again and there is some light snow on the longer range forecast early next week.
When I wrote the report yesterday morning the snow was really coming down nicely. There was more snow during the day and a bit more overnight, giving me another 9cm to report this morning.
Fantastic conditions out there yesterday, everyone I spoke to seemed to have had a very fine day indeed. Let there be more like it this March!
It's another cold morning and light snow is falling as I am writing this. Temperatures may rise to around zero or slightly above at base today. Limited visibility by the sounds of things on the upper areas of the mountain which are covered with fog and for that reason some top lifts are not opening at the start of the day, so keep an eye on that situation, hopefully things will get clearer during the day.
There's a good chance we'll see some clearer skies and maybe sunshine at times tomorrow and Saturday in particular.
It still looks like we should expect warmer conditions over the weekend (5C at base?) and possibly some rain around Sunday.
Once the weekend is over though it is forecast to get colder again and a return to some fresh snowfall hopefully by Tuesday.
Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):
Niseko Grand Hirafu The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to thick fog.
Niseko Village The top Wonderland lift is on hold at the start of the day.
Niseko Annupuri The top Jumbo Number 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to poor visibility.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -5℃, 5cm snowfall and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: -6℃, 15cm snowfall and moderate development of snowdrifts. Mikaeri Cat track: -6℃, SW5m/s, 15cm snowfall with moderate snowdrift development. Hirafu peak ridge: -10℃, SW8m/s, 10cm snowfall. Benkei cape: SSW7m/s. Kamui cape: E6m/s, 1014hPa, 0.7m waves.
About 10cm of new snow fell overnight as a small low-pressure system rolled in. The snow is in crystal form almost not affected by the wind, and there are no notable developments of snowdrifts. The snowpack above Feb 24th’s temperature change layer is stable, a notable Mar 2nd layer will form as well as today’s layer will be a noticeable one in the future snowpack. According to today’s observations, the general avalanche hazard level is low, however stabilization in areas around cornices, knolls and steep drops in 1000m elevation and higher is delayed. Be prudent and be ready. Peak gates will open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions before stepping out of the gates. Inform the patrols early in case you need help, going out of bounds in late afternoon is not recommended, search and rescue operation becomes difficult and dangerous a night. This information is released for the sake of resort users going out of bounds. Today’s snow is not bad at all.
Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 3rd March 2016:
And while we have a mix of cloud and blue sky this morning, the main headline this morning is the strong winds on mountain that are affecting lifts at many of the resorts.
At the time of writing Hakuba 47 hasn't got open yet, and only lower parts of Hakuba Goryu, Happo-one and Tsugaike Kogen are opening as planned with upper areas closed due to the blowy winds up there. Hopefully things will calm down to allow places to open up soon.
(Is it just me or have strong winds been more of an issue this season?).
The forecast is looking rather spring-like over the coming week. Sun expected tomorrow as temperatures start to rise to a high around Sunday when they may hit double digits at base. And it might rain. Oh dear, Sunday might be a day to skip! While it should be getting a bit colder again early week there isn't much promise of snowfall.
Today it's the 70th Happo-one Riesen Slalom Race & Event which means that the Riesen course is closed to the general public. Let's hope they can go ahead with it and not be affected by the early morning wind lift disruption. Good luck to everyone taking part. Let's racing.
Resort news as of 8:35am on Thursday 3rd March 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning. All areas on hold at time of writing due to strong winds. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47. Official snow depth: Upper: 225cm Base: 125cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning. The Hakuba Goryu Gondola remains closed as they deal with an incident in the station. Lower Toomi and Iimori areas open - upper areas closed early on due to strong winds. The Toomi area will be open until 8:30pm tonight for 'nighta'. Official snow depth Alps: 265cm Toomi: 130cm Iimori: 110cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning. Only lower lifts open at the start of the day due to strong winds on mountain. The lower Nakiyama area is open for 'nighta' every day until 9pm. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 225cm Nakiyama: 80cm Sakka: 50cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning. All courses set to open (Giant currently being confirmed at time of writing). The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 8pm tonight (9pm on Saturdays). Official snow depth: Top: 235cm Base: 145cm
Tsugaike Kogen: All courses and areas are generally open but top lifts on hold at the start of the day today due to winds. Nighta at Karamatsu/Shirakaba on 5th/12th/19th March. Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 260cm Maruyama: 80cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 100cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field: Parts of the Mountain Side not open (Sonezawa, Dangan, Kamo 4, Five Side, View A, View B). An event is currently being held on areas of the Village Side. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake. Official snow depth: Upper: 150cm Lower: 60cm
Hakuba Norikura Onsen: All courses are open. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake. Official snow depth: 140cm
It's blue sky and cloud over the mountain this morning.
We are probably going to see quite a lot of sunshine over the next few days and while it should keep fairly cool today, those temperatures are going to be on an upwards curve through until Sunday when it will be frankly way too warm and probably wet as well.
Today and tomorrow (and possibly Saturday too) will surely be much better than the weekend if you can make it here! With the increasing temperatures though you'll be able to enjoy better snow conditions the sooner you can get here.
Madarao Kogen lifts operating (planned at time of writing):
All lifts plan to be open today
Tangram Ski Circus lifts operating (planned at time of writing):
It is pretty much perfectly calm outside and the morning will have at least some sunshine beaming down on the slopes. The sun is forecast to turn to high cloudy conditions by the afternoon. There has only been a dusting of snow overnight and temperatures have started off very cold with -11c recorded at the base of the lifts and -13c at the top of the resort.
The calm weather will remain through to Saturday and it should be partially sunny as well. It does not look like there will be much snow for the next couple of days. Sunday is expected to be quite warm with above 0c temperatures and moderate rain in the afternoon. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 3rd March 2016, 10:00am
Fine and sunny
It should be a good day today.
Yesterday there was a bit of snow falling at times and it kept cold.
It's starting to get a bit warmer though and as expected will be more so come the weekend. Some rain showing up on the forecast for Sunday along with temperatures creeping up above zero point. We can just hope that it stays colder. Still, like I said before we are better off up here than lower regions which will be seeing a really warm weekend.
So expect quite a lot of sun between now and Sunday, then cloud and worst case some rain on Sunday.
After the weekend and early next week temperatures look likely to get lower again, and light snow but nothing significant on the forecast just now.
Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Thursday 3rd March 2016):
Sun Valley 70cm Nighta on Saturdays until 19th March (7pm-9pm)
Takamagahara Mammoth 130cm
Tannenomori Okojo 130cm
Ichinose Family 130cm Nighta daily until 27th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Ichinose Diamond 130cm Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Ichinose Yamanokami 130cm
Yakebitaiyama 150cm Nighta on Saturdays until 12th March (6pm-8pm)
Okushiga Kogen 125cm
Kumanoyu 120cm Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm) Also on 20th March
I rate yesterday as the best all round of the season on Tenjindaira.
Deep fluffy pow was tracked pretty quickly on the piste but the backcountry is alive and well.
Solid, stable snow, lots of it and managed fresh tracks all day. Looks like the mountain got a little 5cm touch up last night too though nothing at the base.
This morning was looking rather grim for this time of year, warm and sunny. The mountain has clouded over now though and things are cooling off again with snow showers expected this evening and a clear day tomorrow.
The weekend sees the Tenjin Banked Slalom event on the mountain which is organized by the same crew who do the Legendary Mt Baker Banked Slalom along with TJ Brand and Twelve, the local snowboard company. Heats and races on Saturday and Sunday respectively plus a general carnival atmosphere on the mountain.
All snow resorts in Minakami now all open except Oana (which is open weekends in March):