Very fine snow is falling at the moment and there is 3cm so far in the village. It is expected to snow very lightly for the remainder of the day so there may be another few centimeters to come. The windy weather from yesterday has passed and it is nice and calm this morning. Visibility will be a bit limited due to low cloud cover. The forecast for the remainder of the week is for light snow off and on. Read more ...
Monday 5th February 2018, 7:40am
Blue sky, some cloud
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Clouds moved in over Yuzawa during the day yesterday but it remained generally fine for the most part - with snow starting to fall in places while lifts were still moving.
And this morning we have a nice surprise - a decent amount of snow and (for now) sunny skies.
Here is what is being reported by the ski resorts:
I don't have quite such impressive numbers to report, measuring 24cm; still a very decent number and first tracks should be great this morning.
So right now the sun is out and there are clear skies again over the region. The snow clouds are currently to the north of us and appear to be heading this way and we do have snow forecast for the day so perhaps things are going to change quite quickly this morning. I have to get the report up now though so can't wait to see how things change over the coming hour.
I'll let you know how it went in my report tomorrow morning.
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC (Route 17).
Updated: Monday 5th 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.
A very good morning to you and it is a good start to the new week.
I am very happy to report that Nature delivered overnight giving us around 20cm of fresh snow to enjoy this morning. There's some blue sky above us too as well at the moment but I'm not sure it will last with snow there on the forecasts over the next few days.
Whatever, it's a very nice start to the day and early birds really will be rewarded.
Official snow depth: 240cm
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 ...
Monday 5th February 2018, 8:06am
Mostly blue skies with a little cloud.
Good morning from Naeba everybody.
With over 20cm of fresh snow overnight conditions are wonderful out there today. Beautiful surfable powder and nice soft groomers = all the fun!
Looking on we are expecting heavy snow to fall tonight, with light snow falling every day until Thursday.
Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami. Read more ...
Monday 5th February 2018, 8:30am
Hello and good morning from nearby Hirafu base.
I have some fresh snow to report this morning. Not a huge amount - just 3cm in fact - so not enough to fill in those tracks. But welcome all the same of course. It is snowing at the moment and snow showers are forecast for the day today and also tomorrow, though it doesn't look like we can expect too much snow from it.
Anyway all areas appear to be opening at the start of the day --- though I am hearing that the top lifts at Hirafu may be delayed due to poor visibility up there --- and we can expect gates to be open. Let's skiing. Or indeed let's boarding.
Today marks the start of the main Odori/Susukino area of the Sapporo Snow Festival over in... Sapporo city. Many visitors to Niseko and Hokkaido enjoy checking the festival out while they are here, and it is certainly worth a look. Some of those snow sculptures are seriously impressive.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 5.00am: -3°, 5cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -6°, SE7.6m/s(midnight 12m/s), 5cm new snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -11°, ESE9.6m/s (midnight 12.1m/s), 10cm new snow, snowpack 330cm. Hirafu 1250m: -9°, E10m/s, 5cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:S4m/s. Kamui Cape: E9m/s, 1003hPa, wave 2.2m.
The low pressure system over the Sea of Japan is bringing a weak snow wind above 800m, causing snowdrift development on the west side, which are becoming slabs. Although slabs are small they are not bonded well to the low pressure snow below them and will easily fracture. Above 1000m the avalanche risk is high. Depending on location, there is possibility of 40cm deep flow type avalanche on 40deg slopes, fracturing on Feb 3 layer. Kozan no Sawa sidewall, the far Higashi One cornice face and Iwaonupuri where soft snowdrifts are not bonded well, expect shallow avalanches from rider stimulation.
All peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and prepare before going out of bounds. Helmets and beacons are not mandatory, but are recommended. We are currently under a high pressure system between two lows, the wind is not that strong and snow is good. The number of cracks forming on steeper slopes is increasing. There have been fatalities in the past from falling in them, take care. Also the number of cracks is rapidly increasing in strictly off limits area Haru no Taki. The possibility of a full depth or deep layer avalanche is high here. Do not enter.
Snow conditions are good. Niseko Rules strictly prohibit ducking ropes. Don't duck ropes along the sides of the runs. Beware bad visibility and a sudden change in weather. Have a good day.
Monday 5th February 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
Official snow depth: - Top: 360cm - Base: 240cm
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 ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 5th February 2018, 8:35am
Sunshine, blue sky, some cloud
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.
And it's a really very good morning. Where did this come from?! Varying reports from around the area this morning... the official site is saying 50cm of fresh, Kumanoyu are reporting 30-50cm, my friends are reporting 32cm and 45cm. And I am measuring just slightly over 40cm. So hopefully you can get a good idea of what to expect this morning... lots of fresh snow to play in!
What's more, the sun is out at the moment! Folk who are sticking around for this morning are in for a treat. But don't worry, snow is due later on today again so there should be fresh to enjoy tomorrow too.
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.
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 ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Monday 5th February 2018, 8:36am
Bit on and off yesterday, nothing crazy to report with some snow falling here and there (about 5cm), but no real fresh tracks made. Today however, we’ve seen 15cm overnight and with the sun peaking its day through the clouds the vis is set to remain fantastic all day. Tops of -6C today with some light snow throughout the day, but with some moderate winds we’re set to feel that wind chill at -16C.
These colder temperatures should keep the snow nice and dry and maintain its “fluffy” status for at least a few more days until we see some more on the horizon. At the moment, that's looking like maybe mid week, with about 10cm expected on Wednesday night, but hopefully more.
Tuesday: light snow, strong winds, tops of -4C Wednesday: light snow, light winds, tops of -4C Thursday: snow showers, light winds, tops of -5C
Official snow depths:
Top: 445cm Base: 305cm
Night skiing operations are scheduled at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018 Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Monday 5th February 2018, 8:50am
Cloudy with some very light snow falling
Hello from Appi,
Sunny skies right now with the wind picking up already which will continue for the next few days. Temperatures are forecast to drop slightly but by Thursday evening we can expect a warming spell to arrive into the weekend.
Tomorrow we can expect a lot of snow to arrive. Right now we’re looking at 40+cm paying us a visit which is going to make a few people happy who are planning on heading up the mountain. Most runs are open and they are in excellent shape.
At the summit it’s going to be windy and very chilly so wrap up.
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