Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 20th January 2018
Wednesday 4th February 2015, 7:40am
* 8:30am update below
Light snow on and off during the day yesterday, but not much in terms of new cm... 2cm actually here, and right now very light snow is lazily falling from the sky with the forecsst for the day being just cloudy conditions and more of the same tomorrow as well.
It feels and looks like it might clear up and be quite bright today actually.
Not a whole lot of snow forecast until Sunday really going into early next week. Temperatures should remain generally low though and so snow conditions should keep good.
Below are two photos taken yesterday in the Ishiuchi area just to the north of Yuzawa, some of those impressive walls of snow on the side of the roads. Fairly typical scenes at the moment.
8:30am update - clouds clearing, more blue sky and the sun coming out!
Nighta 'night skiing' - where some slopes are floodlit for skiing and snowboarding in the evening - is available at the following resorts in the area.
Ishiuchi Maruyama: Every day until 21st March (until 8:50pm) Iwappara: Every day until 22nd March (until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays, 9pm on Saturdays) Joetsu Kokusai: Every day until 22nd March (until 9pm) Kandatsu Kogen: From 23rd January, 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning) Maiko Snow Resort: Every day until 14th March (until 8pm) Naeba: Every day until 29th March (until 9pm) All night on 17th January; 14th February and 14th March (10pm until 6am) NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only): Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm) Yuzawa Nakazato: Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)
Chateaux Shiozawa also have nighta but only on certain days - no fixed schedule available. Resorts not mentioned above do not operate 'nighta' (or do not plan to have more this season). Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a special lift ticket.
Just a fairly thin layer of snow since yesterday - that early snowfall didn't really end up amounting to much in the end. Likely more higher up than down here of course. Light snowfall has been easing off this morning with clearer conditions now expected during the day today. So we might get some sunshine and clear skies today and tomorrow as well. Temperatures will hopefully remain in negative numbers. Looks like the wind isn't going to be a problem and there should be a calmer feel to proceedings over the next few days.
That should be nice, but what about the snow?
Well, look towards later in the day on Saturday for the start of what might potentially be a very decent snowfall coming out way.
Anyone see the piece that NHK TV did last night after the 7pm news about the increase in popularity of backcountry in Japan? I didn’t know that it was going to be - would have mentioned in advance if I had, so sorry about that.
With more people going out of bounds – and sadly in many cases without the knowledge and equipment needed to be safe - there has been an increase in unfortunate accidents, and even fatalities this season down in Nagano and Niigata.
As well as giving some background to the situation and appeal of backcountry, they mentioned the Niseko Rules and gate system as a success story in avoiding fatalities since it started. They also showed Shinya-san up there at 5am in the morning checking on the snow and safety situation, making the decisions about gate openings, and him and his colleagues out there taking the time to communicate with folk venturing out of the gates. Otsukaresama deshita to all involved.
Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day
Niseko base 6am: -6C, light snowfall in the past 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: NNW10m/s, 5cm snowfall with 40cm snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: N10m/s, -12C, large development of snowdrifts. Hirafu ridge: strong northerly wind, -13C, light development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape NE10m/s, Kamui cape E4m/s, 1022hPa, 1.3m waves.
Intermittent northerly gusts continue above 800m. Cornices and snowdrifts are growing large in western areas above 800m. According to observation and snowfall transition, the snowpack is stabilizing, however avalanches are still likely to occur in heavy snowdrift loaded slopes such as 900m Osawa cornice slopes, Kozan no sawa (Backbowl). DO NOT traverse under cornices, it will trigger a slide. Hard-slabs slides triggered by collapsing crust layer are also to be expected in Higashi-One cornice slopes. A thin slide can easily carry a person all the way down to the bottom of the valley. Peak gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open. Listen to the ski patrol’s instruction before stepping out of the gates. Avalanches are natural occurrences, they only become an accident when a human being is involved in it. Better not underestimate the consequences, always think safety first. Niseko respects the freedom to ride the out of bounds area, however is also deeply concerned about all users’ safety. The snow in the tree is mostly reset and in good condition. Have a nice day.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 370cm Base - 125cm
Niseko Village: Top - 280cm Base - 180cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 280cm Base - 170cm
Lifts open for night skiing (planned):
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
Niseko Hanazono Resort No night skiing at the Hanazono area
Hello and good morning from Hakuba and it's one of those easier days to report on.
No new to report from around the valley, but it's another cracker of a morning. Bright blue skies all round and the sun shining down on us. It was much cloudier when I got up a few hours ago, but cleared up very quickly and now there's hardly any clouds around at all. Beautiful morning.
Which is all well and good of course but we could do with a good delivery of light snow to freshen things up. Maybe some snow tomorrow into Friday but more promising looking is due on Sunday into early next week. Could be a decent dump lined up there.
It's keeping cold which is good, hopefully the sun won't warm things up too much. High of around 0C forecast for today and tomorrow daytime.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Wednesday 4th February 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. All courses planned to be open (except Adventure Course).
Hakuba Goryu: Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm. Hakuba Happo-one: Nakiyama area every day until mid March. 5pm until 9pm. Hakuba Cortina: Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm. Tsugaike Kogen: Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm. Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm. Kashimayari: Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 4th February 2015, 8:08am
Early morning low cloud, blue skies above
Few cm of snow on the mountain since yesterday (up to 10cm higher up, just a bit lower down) and mixed weather conditions at 8am this morning. Cloudy low down and higher up too (fog) with some clearer conditions mid mountain. I think the cloud will clear up this morning and the sun break through for a fine day. That's what the forecast says and it feels like that's what will happen today.
Maybe some light snow at times Friday but other than that generally calm and fine weather through until Sunday. Temperatures might be nudging into positive (but low) numbers over the next few days down at village level but remaining firmly in the negative up top.
Next snow storm looks set to arrive over Nozawa sometime Sunday.
Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday afternoon:
Morning. No fresh cm of snow this morning, rather a day of fine weather in store.
Some cloud this morning but looks like it's quickly dispersing leaving us with lots of blue sky.
It's a cold morning and fingers crossed will keep chilly for the day.
Next snow? Next decent snow is forecast for late weekend and early week.
Lifts planned to be open:
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift Number 3A Number 5 Super quad lift Number 11 lift Number 12 lift Number 13 lift Number 15 lift Moving Walkway Kids Park Freeride Park Tree Run Courses should be open today.
Night skiing at Madarao is every Saturday until 21st March 2015.
We have a very fine layer of fresh snow this morning (between 2-5cms). The sun is currently trying to poke its head out and looking like it might succeed as the day continues, with blue skis forcast! The wind has dropped right down allowing all lifts to be open at Naeba today.
It is currently cold (-5) and cloudy this morning.
All lifts are open at Naeba today currently, weather permitting.
The Dragondola over to Tashiro/Kagura is open and all lifts are open at Tashiro and Kagura.
It’s definitely a day to get your carving skis out and hit the slopes.
Looking onto later in the weak…..it looks like we are in for some more snow on Saturday so definitely get out and enjoy the clearer conditions over the next couple days.
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 260cm Kagura: 340cm
This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 4th February 2015, 8:44am
Blue skies and sunny
It's a beautiful morning here in Shiga Kogen.
Blue skies, the sun shining brightly, good and cold. I love the heavy snowfall but days like today are something to look forward to as well.
Next few days forecast is calm conditions, quite a bit of sunshine with the next significant snow expected on Sunday.
Resort areas status with official snow depths:
Okushiga Kogen: 250cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yakebitaiyama: 250cm Open
Ichinose Family 230cm Open
Ichinose Yamanokami: 230cm Open
Ichinose Diamond: 230cm Open
Takamagahara Mammoth: 240cm Open
Terakoya: 200cm Open
Higashitateyama: 200cm Open
Giant: 160cm Open
Nishitateyama: 180cm Most open
Happo Bundaraia: 160cm Open
Sun Valley: 150cm Open
Maruike: 150cm Open
Hasuike: 150cm Open
Kumanoyu: 200cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge: 210cm Open
Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:
Zao Onsen is fully open (* note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).
Night skiing operations at Zao this season
Uwanodai area: Daily until 22nd March
Yokokura area: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from until 15th March
Open times from 5pm until 9pm.
Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations
Every evening now until 28th February
Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm. In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled. Read more ...
Wednesday 4th February 2015, 9:17am
It is an absolutely stunning morning with perfect blue sky all around and amazing views of Mt Tokachi in the distance. The sun will stay for the day and the rest of the week through until Saturday. Clear blue skies in Furano usually mean cold temperatures and today is no exception to that with -22c recorded at the top of the resort this morning. Needless to say wrap up warm and use a hot can of coffee as a hand warmer once in a while. The pistes are firm and well groomed. There is almost no wind forecast for the next few days. Snow is still on the radar for Sunday night. Read more ...
Wednesday 4th February 2015, 9:58am
Just a dusting of light snow overnight and bluebird conditions today.
The top of Tenjindaira is open and I expect Tajirisawa courses to open for the first time in a few days around noon.
The snow was wind packed during the recent storm so very fast with plenty of fluffy stuff in the gullies and a lot of people are looking to charge the peak. Going to be a day to remember.