Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 14th December 2017
Thursday 5th March 2015, 7:45am
Happily that early rain stayed just being early and we had a generally cloudy and sometimes windy day.
This morning started off cloudy but I'm happy to report that snow has now started snowing. :)
Snow is forecast for the day today so lets hope that tomorrow there's be something decent to report. (Though this isn't likely to last much into tomorrow according to the forecast. It's all about what we can get from it today!)
Temperatures will probably hover around the zero mark in town today, perhaps get into low positive numbers, but definitely a bit colder than it has been.
There may also be a moderate wind again during the day but for now resorts all seem to be preparing to open as normal.
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 '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 14th March (10pm until 6am) Yuzawa Nakazato: Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)
An earlier than normal report this morning and today we could be in for snow.
It feels like it is trying, and being successful as well at times with light snow being reported up top, hopefully it might set in and we can get some kind of delivery today. Let's see. For the moment, no new cm to report.
Looking ahead, it's going to warm up a bit once again for the weekend but there's an interesting looking bit of weather currently lining up for early next week. Keep an eye on that, it looks promising (in terms of potential snow).
Anyhow, let's see if we can get some cm today. Head up top is what I'd say for today.
Fresh snow to report since yesterday (reported by resort):
The mountain has been glorious over the last couple of days except for the winds and again overnight we were rewarded with another 6cm. Its a really nice morning with less wind and visibility is good with the sky only partly cloudy. Not a great deal of snow s expected today and the temps are pleasant. Read more ...
Thursday 5th March 2015, 8:31am
Cloud cover, limited visibility
So yesterday I think I might have mentioned that we were expecting some snow.
And this morning we are the proud recipients of a good 15cm of new snow on the ground. It is still snowing now with snow forecast on and off during the day today and perhaps tomorrow as well. It's staying relatively mild and just under the zero mark.
Mountains are covered in cloud and I suspect more limited visibility the higher you get. And talking about higher up on the mountain...
Northerly wind is affecting lifts at the start of the day unfortunately, with all of Annupuri not opening yet and top lifts at the other three areas on standby. The forecast tells of less strong winds later on today, so hopefully that situation will change. Keep an eye on the latest from the resorts there...
That aside, it should be a good morning.
Have fun and take care.
Calmer and clearer weather conditions are still forecast for the coming weekend. Back to snow early in the week perhaps.
As we are now into March, things are starting to feel a bit quieter. Or am I imagining that? No, don't think so.
Still, I can still say at this point that there is just over two month of ski season left here.
Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day
Niseko Grand Hirafu: Top Ace Number 4, King Number 4, Ace Number 3, King Number 3 and Swinging Monkey on hold due to winds.
Niseko base 6am: -1C, 15cm snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: NNW15m/s, 20cm of fresh with large snowdrift development. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 320cm. Hirafu peak: N21.2m/s, -8.1C. Benkei cape: ENE10m/s, Kamui cape: ENE5m/s, 1006hPa, 2.4m waves. Mikaeri cat track 700m: 45cm of unstable & heavy snowdrifts. Potential trigger layer: March 4-5th low-pressure system snowfall.
A northerly wind picked up since pre-dawn and snowdrifts are developing, notably in the western areas. Avalanche risk is high in western slopes above 700m. Peak gates will be closed. Knoll (convex) terrain are typical avalanche terrain, better not stimulate these slopes. The snow in the trees is in good shape. Surface slab avalanche are still likely to occur in open steep south facing slopes above treeline of Chisenupuri and Nitonupuri. Carefully choose your touring route. Better not traverse wide-open slopes. Customers’ safety must be the number one priority for all commercial tour operators. Please be safe. The snow condition is getting better.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 400cm Base - 140cm
Niseko Village: Top - 300cm Base - 180cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 370cm Base - 180cm
Lifts open for night skiing:
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
Niseko Village Community Chair and Banzai Chair
Niseko Annupuri Jumbo Number 1 Quad
Floodlit night operations are due to continue until Sunday 22nd March.
Some beautiful views to be seen yesterday with an awesome sea of cloud looking very mysterious.
There's no new snow on the ground in the village this morning but some resorts are reporting in snow up there on those hills. Strong winds have been blowing any new snow around so numbers vary from 0cm to 10cm. I would say there's some to be found though. Seek out and find!
We have some sun as well this morning in places. Some blue sky and some cloud - a mixed bag at the moment and colder too. I would say another fine morning to be up there.
The famous and suitably excite 69th Riesen Slalom Competition is being held today and tomorrow. Gambatte everyone taking part! The Riesen course will open in the afternoon after the event, they reckon by 2pm.
Looking ahead at the forecast... slightly warmer again for the weekend and a good chance of sunshine. Entering early next week there's a chance of decent snow on Monday so let's keep an eye on that and see how it develops.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Thursday 5th March 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 2cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira and 1cm at Toomi. 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: Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm. Kashimayari: Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm. Read more ...
Thursday 5th March 2015, 9:01am
Cloud, blue sky
Mixed weather conditions at the moment with some blue sky over Madarao Kogen amongst the cloud and snow likely any time. It does feel colder this morning.
All of the tree run courses are closed this morning due to the conditions unfortunately.
The groomers look good though so I think I'll go have a few runs down them.
Fireworks after nighta this coming Saturday. Yey!
On this coming Sunday (and the Sunday after - 8th and 15th), it's time for a Madarao Speed Challenge again over on the No1 Paradise Course.
As you might expect, it's all about speed and none of this messing about with silly turns. There's a number of categories and anyone can enter. It's free too. Up to 200 folk allowed. Entries accepted from 9am in the morning.
I might say 'don't go too fast', but that wouldn't be much god would it! ;)
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 closed today.
Night skiing at Madarao is every Saturday until 21st March 2015.
Today’s weather is a colder day than yesterday, currently around -3 degrees, with winds looking like they will decrease as the day continues. We also have some slight snowfall currently, providing a slight dusting of snow.
Tomorrows forecast is looking like we will have minimal winds and sunny spells all day.
Normal weekday lift operations (all lifts at Naeba are moving apart from the Prince Number 1 Gondola, High-speed Lift #2, High-speed Lift #8 and Asagai High speed lift). All courses are open except Splash Bowl. The Dragondola over to the Tashiro area of Kagura is open as normal; as is the Kagura resort area. The Asagai area is open on Saturdays and holidays until 22nd March.
The very top lift of Naeba ‘takenokoyama pair lift’ is closed because of maintenance.
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 280cm Kagura: 370cm
2cm Naeba 2cm Kagura
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 March 2015, 9:18am
Morning from Zao.
Another day of poor visibility in store it looks like especially on the higher areas of the mountain.
Some new snow this morning and I would expect 10cm or so up there.
Cloudy, colder, and no wind to talk of. Snow might fall today but we don't expect much.
Snowise it is an excellent day on the mountain with 10cm of new fresh dry snow having fallen overnight at the base of the mountain. Light snow is expected throughout the day. Winds are blowing moderately and whipping up quite a bit of the new snow. Read more ...
Thursday 5th March 2015, 10:10am
Higher elevations warmed right up yesterday hitting a high of 2 degrees at one point.
Cold has come in since then turning the base to ice and wind has blown away most of the fresh snow that fell overnight and is continuing to fall here now.
Conditions aren't good but weather is expected to improve tomorrow, warming up with light winds and hopefully some blue skies.
Our year of highly variable weather continues; last night the melt of the day turned the driveway to a sheet of ice; today very light snow is dancing around on a shifting wind.
The coming weekend looks a lot better for weather than it did a few days ago - it's going to be warm, for sure, with the freezing line going way up above the ski area, but the chance of rain is going down. I sense an early spring ski day (think sunscreen, light clothes, cold beer
Then we may have more snow coming again - the winter (in the broadest sense of the word) is not over yet.