Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 19th January 2018
Thursday 5th February 2015, 7:17am
Mostly cloudy, but maybe clearing like yesterday
Report was too early yesterday morning with conditions quickly changing and by 9am lots of blue sky above the region. It turned into a lovely morning, though by lunchtime there was more grey cloud developing and hiding the sun... by late afternoon it was totally overcase once again.
No snowfall overnight and currently -2 degrees. A mix of cloud, overcast with a bit of clear sky as well with the forecast teasing us with the prospect of more sun during the day today. So perhaps it will change like it did yesterday.
As with many regions it would seem that the next decent snowfall will be with us from Sunday. Perhaps some snow tomorrow as well.
Todays photos below were taken at NASPA Ski Garden yesterday.
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.
It's fairly similar this morning to what we had yesterday - a cold start, some cloud but lots of clearer sky and a fine day on the cards.
No fresh snowfall to report, but with temps staying low snow is keeping good.
Maybe a bit of snow overnight into tomorrow but afer that it's still late weekend for the next big forecast snowfall.
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.
No new cm of snow this morning after that day of generally fine weather yesterday. This morning is also a mix of cloud and clearer sky and we are expecting the sun to make a starring role today. Visibility ok on all mountain from early on today. Should be some very fine views if it clears properly.
Maybe some snow tonight into tomorrow morning but that will probably clear up as well. The main (snow) event to look to is from Sunday when the already pretty cold temperatures will take a drop down further and some significant snowfall probable.
In the meantime, fine weather on Saturday perhaps.
Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday afternoon:
Clear skies, hardly any cloud around, the sun is out. And maybe similar lined up for tomorrow as well. Certainly a few days for getting to enjoy seeing what the surrounding scenery looks like - some people visit Niseko and never get to see it!
For those of us more interested in huge amounts of powder snow falling from the skies, eyes are on the forecast for the weekend with snow starting sometime on Saturday and hopefully setting in for at least the first part of the week as well. Looks like it's going to get very cold and very snowy. Total refresh time.
In the meantime and while we look forward to that, it should be a fine few days. All open including peak gates. Have fun and take care.
The Chinese New Year holiday period is fast approaching. The Chinese New Year is of course this year on February 19th and the period before and after that date are one of the peak times each season here in Niseko with many guests coming from overseas and enjoying their holidays here. Let's hope that conditions are also 'peak'!
The SnowJapan folk showed me something really cool yesterday. Something new that they are working on that people reading these reports will surely be interested in. Hopefully they'll be able to share it with us all sometime later this month. Whenever it is, I'll be sure to mention it here when it's online. O-tanishimi-ni!
Resort specific news as of 8am - subject to change during the day
The wind is calm in the high-pressure system, however intermittent easterly gusts has drifted snow under 1000m and snowdrifts developed in leeward slopes and trees. Surface hoar will form under 800m due to temperature drop and will become a notable layer (feb 5th) in the future snowpack. The general avalanche risk is low today. Peak gates will open, please talk to the ski patrol at the gates. The snow above 1000m has been blown away, the surface is hard-packed in many slopes; be careful riding. Many hazards other than avalanches also reside in the Winter Mountains. Traversing under cornices can easily trigger an avalanche. Ride the fall line, not across it.
Deeper layer slides risk is rising in south facing slopes. Beware of slopes with cracks and/or swells. Cracks are the result of the slopes releasing its tension, however are hard to see from above, be careful not to fall in them. Cracks have also started to open in steep treeruns. Have a nice day.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 365cm Base - 120cm
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
Morning from Hakuba and another fairly easy one to report on!
We had that beautiful start to the day yesterday and it stayed fine for the day, though with thin cloud starting to appear from early afternoon. Still, a very fine day with temperatures keeping low and hardly any wind.
It's another cold start to the day here and more cloud around this morning but still generally blue sky above Hakuba.
No new snowfall and none expected during the day though perhaps we'll get some overnight tonight. That's not going to be prolonged though, probably clearing up for the day again.
The weekend is looking promising for snow, from later on Saturday. Sunday and Monday should be all about the snow.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Thursday 5th 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 ...
Thursday 5th February 2015, 8:23am
Mostly clear and sunny, some cloud
Ah a fine morning with mostly blue sky and a bright sun shining through my window.
Time to get out and up there - days like this are rare this season!!
Forecast tells us a chance of light snow before start of lifts tomorrow morning, then some more fine.
Heavy snow due around Monday, possibly snow clouds starting to deliver before then on Sunday.
It is another picture perfect day in Furano. Full sunshine surrounds the resort and there is not a cloud in sight. Super cold temperatures continue with -23c recorded this morning. If you haven't been outside yet, be warned it does feel really cold. The snow conditions are hard and we really need some new snow to freshen things up. Luckily the forecast for Sunday is for snow and quite a lot of it, so fingers crossed that this does eventuate. Wind conditions are calm this morning and the sunny weather will run right through until Saturday. Read more ...
Thursday 5th February 2015, 9:50am
Cloud, sunny spells
Good morning from Naeba.
Today is a hazy/cloudy day with calm winds.
The temperature is going to stay bellow freezing today with no snowfall to report from last night.
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.
Discounted lift tickets are available today... as its ladies day at Naeba!
Looking onto tomorrow, it looks like we might get some snow tonight/tomorrow morning. Turning into a cloudy day with some sunny intervals in the afternoon.
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 ...
Thursday 5th February 2015, 12:57pm
Sunny with some high thin clouds—looked darker to the west earlier
A very sunny and nice day today, although pretty cold start to the day.
Kind of nice to see the mountains really pop out (but, of course, the sun makes us hope that more snow is coming - wwich looks likely, but not guaranteed over the next few days).