Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 23rd March 2018
Saturday 3rd March 2018, 7:00am
Clear blue skies
Good morning from Yuzawa.
There was more light snowfall during the day on and off yesterday and it didn’t really amount to much in terms of new cm, and there was even some sunshine at times in places. It remained quite cold too and didn’t get too far above zero which was a good thing. Visitors for the weekend (and the ski resorts themselves) will be thankful for that delivery of snow after what we got yesterday!
This morning, it is sunshine from the start. A beautiful day is on the cards.
We have been expecting warmer conditions this weekend and it still looks like what we are going to get. By lunchtime it might be as warm as 10C in town as the sun gets to work.
On Sunday the freezing level will zoom right up to around 3500m and we might experience temperatures even above 15C! That’s going to melt some snow and boggle some minds.
Very happily, come Monday it should start getting colder and we might get some fresh. Possibly even heavy snow in higher elevations. That’s more like it!
It’s the 66th Yuzawa Snow Festival in town tonight. If you are interested in checking it out, head over to the West side of the station and follow the people towards Yuzawa Kogen and the Nunoba slopes. Festivities are due to begin at 6pm with fireworks around 8:40pm.
The official snow depth info below has not been updated today. Those updates will resume tomorrow.
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC (Route 17).
Updated: Friday 2nd March February 2018
Ski resorts in Yuzawa:
Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.
Good morning from Nozawa and it is an early report from me today. So, I’m happy that we have settled conditions this morning.
After a few days of rather mixed and sometimes ‘unsettled’ conditions, we got to see some sunshine in the afternoon yesterday – and it was actually pretty nice up there, and I feel there was more fresh snow than the resort actually reported. But there you go.
This morning we have clear skies over the mountain. Early morning so there's still shadows over the slopes but it is going to be a fine day. And as we have been expecting, it’s going to warm up to perhaps close on 10C down at base this afternoon. And then warmer still tomorrow.
Tonight, the ski resort is holding the what they call the ‘Festival of Lights’ at the base Hikage area of the resort. And this is what they say about it:
"There will be a candle and lantern display up by the magic carpet and a large snow stage in the centre of the base area. Starting with a large game of 'Rock, Paper, Scissors', prizes will be on offer for the last player standing! Afterwards, fire dancers will perform an exciting spectacle before the crowd will move to the base of the Hikage Quad slope.
Under the bright floodlights on the piste, our ski school will then showcase the progression of skiing technique and equipment from the 1920's up until today, demonstrating how the skis were used differently throughout the years. Finally the lights will dim and a long line of our torch bearing instructors will snake down the mountain before the evening culminates in a big fireworks display under the night sky.
After the ceremony the grooming machines will park by the beginner area for you to sit in and take pictures!"
So now you know!
“Rock, Paper, Scissors”. Gnarly! ;)
I hope you have a good Saturday, wherever you decide to spend it.
Saturday 3rd March 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
*** Too early for resort updates this morning! ***
It’s been a chaotic couple of days on the mountain here at Geto Kogen. In the past 48 hours we’ve seen some significant heavy rainfall. Yesterday we saw some significant heavy rain, as well we saw winds reach 120km/h, staying high into the evenings with winds still going at a strong 75km/h toward 1am. With the winds this strong, we saw the mountain closed yesterday. But I guess you’ve got to have some rain to see a rainbow, or in this case snow. We also saw some heavy snow falling into the afternoon, so it’s looking up.
Today, fine and dandy by the looks of things — mostly clear skies, tops of 4 degrees and light winds. All lifts should be spinning again tomorrow with the resort back in operation, though keep in mind that with these hectic winds we’re definitely going to be seeing some sparse patches in some areas — particularly A1 toward the top, and any other area with open terrain and a lack of tree cover… Though this also means wind drift — so keep an eye out for those slashable spots…
3 days into the first week of spring and we’ve got some terrifyingly high temps on our way for the weekend. We’ll see some moderate rain come Monday by the looks of things, but with the temps to drop this should turn to snow fairly quickly, with about 30cm to fall by Tuesday morning...
Sunday: mostly sunny, moderate winds & tops of 9C Monday: some moderate morning rain, turning to heavy snow around lunch time, a light breeze & tops of 4C Tuesday: snow showers, moderate winds & tops of -4C
Official snow depths:
Top: 505cm Base: 345cm
Night skiing operations have finished for the season. Read more ...
Saturday 3rd March 2018, 7:15am
There was a great big white moon right over Mt. Myoko early this morning (I guess yesterday was the full moon), and the skies are clear and blue this morning.
Should be pretty warm today, definitely warm tomorrow.
The interesting things happen on Monday, when the freezing level (the 0° point) will fall from an insane 3450 meters to 750, bringing the possibility of heavy snow. In short, the weather is slightly crazy, but it’s been that kind of year.
Only Akakan and Lotte Arai have reported thus far; no change in snow but warmer than yesterday.
The whole resort was a whiteout yesterday with severe winds throughout the day. The double good news is that there is another 25cm of snow at village level and the storm has passed. The gondola is moving, so that should be good to go at the official opening time of 9am. It is warm again, just below zero at the moment and will head up to +2c today. The weather is mainly cloud but plenty of sun is coming through. It will be a good day with lots of fresh snow. Early lifts will be a must do. Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Saturday 3rd March 2018, 8:50am
Clear and sunny
The snowstorm has finally passed, leaving lots of fresh snow with us and blue skies this morning.
It's going to get 'mild' today with temperatures expected to rise into low positive numbers. And tomorrow, warmer still as with what seems like all of Japan. It should be colder sometime on Monday though and while we might see some rain it should be turning into snow and hopefully we'll get another good reset by Tuesday.
Some lift stuff to explain this morning...
The Sailer Gondola is having some technical trouble it would seem and as such isn't moving this morning. Also, the Central Number 4, Sailer quad and Nishimori lifts are also not moving today as the resort copes with the snow after the storm. Hopefully they should be going again tomorrow.
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 - Vista quad
Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays
Good morning from Naeba! After a very blustery day yesterday, you will be pleased to hear that the weather has calmed significantly in the Mikuni Valley. Strong winds throughout yesterday scrapped the pistes as bar as they could, revealing ice for those who braved the skiing through into the late afternoon. Overnight, we have had clear skies, leading to a cool start here today at -6°C. The weather is expected to remain stable for the next couple of days, with daytime highs pushing up today to as much as 7°C. These warmer temperatures will melt up any remaining hard pack from yesterday wind scouring meaning there will be spring conditions across the mountain as off around 11am. There will be little wind to note and all lifts are open.
Looking forwards, we still have a variable forecast ahead. Temperatures are expected to rise as high as 13°C in the valley tomorrow, with clear skies and no wind. On Monday, temperatures will push up even further to 14°C, but this is accompanied with a moderate wind which will bring in some moist air from the north west. The will initially fall as rain during Monday afternoon, but rapidly turn to snow overnight, with significant accumulations currently predicted. Read more ...
Saturday 3rd March 2018, 9:26am
Blue skies, clear, sunny
Beautiful clear blue skies over the region this morning.
And as expected, it's mild. And I think we need to bring out the 'warm' word for tomorrow too (if not today).
Monday is looking interesting. It should be colder and there's snow on the forecast. Quite a bit of it too possibly. That sounds good.
Tree Runs back open and feel-good weather. I am all for making the most of it and enjoying this early spring weekend.
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 Powder Theater Free Ride Park Adventure Aisle Crystal Bowl Ninja Sawa Rabbit Kamoshika Bear
Not much to say this morning other than --- beautiful weather with blue skies and no clouds.
More of the same expected tomorrow along with warmer still conditions... possibly venturing easily into high single digit numbers, even up here in Shiga Kogen. It'll be positively toasty down in the valleys (with a lot of snow very quickly melting away). So let's just hope it trends lower rather than higher!
I like the look of some forecasts for Monday. They give us a chance of decent/heavy snowfall. Some of that please!
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.
Beautiful clear blue skies this morning. The Hakuba mountain backdrop is looking stunning.
No fresh snow being reported... rather sun and warmth.
And warm is the word. Just about double digits expected today with a high rising above that tomorrow. It's really going to feel like 'spring'. So let's just make the most of that particular feel-good feeling.
Earlier on some lifts were affected by wind in places, but things seem to generally all be open as normal now.
Ski resort information on Saturday 3rd March 2018 (at time of writing):
Oh dear, I'm a bit late this morning aren't I? Gomenasai!
OK so I'll try to get this up as quickly as possible.
14cm of fresh snowfall and happily the worst of that storm has now passed... though it's still quite windy and top lifts are not open at the moment (see below for resort specifics). I reckon there'll be more snow in places, but less in others too so variable conditions. Let me add I have not been out there to check on that yet.
It's mild today and tomorrow milder still. Happily, it won't be as warm as some places to the south of us look set to be. (Yikes!)
I will try to be back to my usual time tomorrow.
Temperatures below are from early morning
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -3℃, 20cm snowfall. Moiwa800m: -6.4℃, SW7.5m/s, large snowdrift development. Annupuri1150m: -9℃, SW15m/s, cornice and snowdrifts development. Hirafu1250m: -10℃, strong NW wind with snowdrifts developing. Benkei cape: WNW16m/s, Kamui cape SW16m/s, 1010hPa, 2.9m waves.
The storm has passed, however the development of the snowdrifts has been drastic in the past 24hours. The course and chair-lift maintenance will take longer than usual. So much snow deposit that the terrain has changed in some areas. The snowpack is starting to stabilize, but 2 uneven bonding and one deeper weak layer (Mar 1st low pressure snow) has been observed in the morning pressure test. The snowpack is relatively stable, however if a slide happens, it could be in a very large scale. The avalanche risk in areas above 800m is high. Gates opening is undetermined, please respect the patrol’s decision.
Avalanches caused by collapsing snowdrifts that developed thick during strong storms are the most terrifying. Many of the accidents occur during and just after storms and most of then could be avoided if all mountain-goers were paying more attention to the recent weather transition.
An avalanche experiment will be undertaken at Mikaeri Bowl this morning. A large slide is expected to occur, please stay away from Moiwa bowl and Mikaeri area. The snow in the trees is dense, but in good condition. Have a nice day.
Saturday 3rd March 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - Top Wonderland Chair lift on hold and Gondola moving at slow speeds currently due to strong winds
Official snow depth: - Top: 420cm - Base: 280cm
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 Read more ...