Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 19th January 2018
Saturday 6th February 2016, 7:55am
Thankfully the wet at the start of the day yesterday didn't last much past my report - which was something of a relief!
While there's no cm to add to the tally this morning - not from myself or from the resorts that report either - there's a dusting of snow in places and it has been snowing this morning (lightly), but is not just at the moment. It's actually quite bright at the moment and there's also a few breaks in the cloud in places especially to the north of Yuzawa.
Light snow is on the forecast for the day but perhaps it'll be another of those days where the snow clouds miss us and it ends up being fine? We'll just have to see.
The heavier snow that the forecasts had been telling us about seem to have been downgraded, though snow is still forecast (as I said) for today and hopefully heavier in style tonight and through tomorrow as well.
This season is proving to be a difficult one - just in simply trying to report what's going on with the weather!
Anyway, hope you have a good weekend wherever you choose to be.
Resort official snow depths (Saturday 6th February 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:
Details of the 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma.
Ishiuchi Maruyama Open daily until 8:50pm (until 20th March). The Chuo No 1 and Chuo No 2 lifts are open daily. The Kanko No 1, Kanko No 2, Kanko No 3, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift, Hatsukaishi No 2 pair lifts are open on weekends and holidays. The basic charge is 2000 yen but various tickets are available.
Iwappara Open daily until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays (until 21st March). The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.
Joetsu Kokusai Open daily until 9pm (until 21st March). The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors. On weekdays the area in front of the main hotel is open - a larger area (including Osawa and Atema) is open on weekends.
Kandatsu Kogen Open from 6pm until 4am on Fridays, Saturdays and evenings before holidays through 26th March. Open from 4:30pm until 11pm on weekdays until 24th March. Various tickets are available starting at 2000 yen for adults, 1700 yen for seniors and 1000 yen for children.
Maiko Snow Resort Open daily with the Maiko Center quad lift operating from 4pm until 8pm. The charge is 500 yen for everyone.
Naeba Open daily until 27th March. From 4pm until 8:30pm on weekdays and Sundays (2000 yen); until 9pm every Saturday and on 20th March (3000 yen). 'All Night' opening is planned for Saturday 26th March when Naeba will be open from 10pm until 5am.
NASPA Ski Garden Extended opening until 6pm (Number 1 lift) on Saturdays until 27th February. There is no special ticket available just for the extended time.
Yuzawa Nakazato Open on Saturdays from 5pm until 8:30pm (until 12th March). Tickets are 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.
Good morning from Nozawa where currently it is just generally cloudy though snow clouds are close by and light snow is forecast on and off for the day. Early this morning just a dusting down below and not much more than a dusting up top either (2cm).
Are we going to get the decent snowfall that is on some forecasts for later today? We can but hope, though different forecasts tell different things... so I'm confused.
I think I'll just have to strap on the skis to clear my mind.
It will be a busy weekend out there with lots more visitors coming in to Nozawa to enjoy their Chinese New Year holidays.
Official info at time of writing on Saturday 6th February 2016 (subject to change):
After the relatively fine weather over the last few days, light snow has started to fall here this morning and just a cm of so on the ground so far. Snow is forecast for today of course and tonight too - possibly getting heavier later in the day - though it probably won't last long into tomorrow.
After some clearer skies, more snow is forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Not much else to report really this morning - it's looking quite busy out there this morning.
Until tomorrow when I hope to bring news of fresh snow.
Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Saturday 6th February 2016):
Sun Valley 60cm Nighta on Saturdays until 19th March (7pm-9pm)
Takamagahara Mammoth 95cm
Tannenomori Okojo 95cm
Ichinose Family 95cm Nighta daily until 27th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Ichinose Diamond 95cm Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Ichinose Yamanokami 95cm
Yakebitaiyama 100cm Nighta on Saturdays until 12th March (6pm-8pm)
Okushiga Kogen 90cm
Kumanoyu 85cm Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm) Also on 12th February and 20th March
Good morning from Niseko and the very fine start to the month continues this morning with another good 15cm of fresh snow and the good Avalanche folk reporting up to 30cm on mountain. That brings up my total observed snowfall in my last six reports to 77cm. Yey!
And, it continues to snow at the time of writing - rather heavily at the moment too. Note: the snow itself isn't heavy! It's lovely and light.
Sunshine is still looking likely for Monday. Before and after that though just expect snow to keep on falling.
It's surely going to be a busy weekend here in Niseko, and so it's great that everyone will be able to enjoy fresh conditions each morning. There's lots of visitors here now and also arriving for the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Enjoy your time here everyone!
Yesterday was the opening day of the ever-popular Sapporo Snow Festival.
This year it's the 67th time that this event is being held and it's going to be running until 11th February at the main Odori site in downtown Sapporo, and until 18th February at the Tsudome site. It's highly recommended, and no doubt already in the plans of a fair few of you reading this.
Apparently about 2 million people visit each year! That's a lot of people.
I haven't been myself yet but hope to get to see it in the next few days. I saw on the news last night that one of the snow sculpture attractions this year is of the new Shinkansen train that is going to be opening next month (the first time a Shinkansen bullet train line comes up to Hokkaido, initially to Hakodate). Looks like they have lots of images beaming onto the ice to make it almost like a cinema experience.
Resort specific lift opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
The atmospheric pressure gradient is small, but snow clouds are flowing in Niseko area, dropping 30cm of crystal snowflakes above 800m elevation. According to observations and weather transition, the development of snowdrifts is minor and the avalanche risk under 1000m elevation is low. However, 60cm surface slab slides are to be considered in area above 1100m elevation where relative strong westerly wind has been blowing, namely Annupuri’s Osawa cornice slopes and the Backbowl sidewalls. A slide triggered at the top of the slope, will clean everything on its way down, including people at the bottom of the valley. The snow is in really good shape, overhead blower condition in some areas. Beware of hitting trees and falling into cracks. Uncontrolled speed range can be very dangerous; do not overestimate the performance of the skis and boards. Many cases of people entering Haru no Taki strictly off-limits area from the Mizuno no Sawa area are being reported. It is very unfortunate to have a minority always disregarding the Rules wen most people are respecting it. We hope for a safe and enjoyable day.
Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 6th February 2016:
Morning from Hakuba where we have some fresh snowfall for the beginning of the weekend.
It has been snowing pretty good as well this morning. 5cm on the ground so far and resorts around the valley are reporting generally 10cm of fresh on mountain, with Hakuba 47 going up to 20cm. If it carries on snowing like this the cm will soon be adding up as well.
This is what we like!
With heavy snow falling especially on upper areas of resorts, expect limited visibility at times - but some very nice conditions! I'm sure people will be able to accept the visibility thing - just be sure to know where you're going.
This snowfall is forecast to ease off during the day today. Or is it? The below forecast gives us heavy snow tonight, while others say just cloudy. Who knows. Let's just see - and in the meantime enjoy the moment.
All of the forecasts do agree on Monday probably being a fine day to be followed by more snowfall on Tuesday-Wednesday.
Resort news as of 8:30am on Saturday 6th February 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall across the mountain. All courses are open. Part of the Tree Riding Zone are open. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47. Official snow depth: Upper: 210cm Base: 90cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall on lower areas and 10cm on upper areas. All courses except Snow Diving are open. The top Alps 2 and 4 lifts are rested on weekdays. The Toomi area will be open until 8:30pm tonight for 'nighta'. Official snow depth Alps: 220cm Toomi: 105cm Iimori: 105cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Happo-one is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall on mountain. All open (apart from the Kurobishi Off Piste Area). Happo Banks Snow Park is now open. The lower Nakiyama area is open for 'nighta' every day until 9pm. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 190cm Nakiyama: 80cm Sakka: 60cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall across the mountain. All courses are open except Giant. The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 9pm tonight. Official snow depth: Top: 190cm Base: 120cm
Tsugaike Kogen: All course areas open. Nighta at Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturday 6th, 13th February; at Karamatsu/Shirakaba on 13th/20th February and 5th/12th/19th March. Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 222cm Maruyama: 90cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 70cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field: All of Village Side is now open but parts of the Mountain Side not yet available (Sonezawa, View A, View B). There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake. Official snow depth: Upper: 140cm Lower: 70cm
Hakuba Norikura Onsen: All courses except Snake are now open. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake. Official snow depth: 75cm
It's snowing again this morning. 5cm on the ground around my base area here and more falling as I write this - I think it's going to be limited visibility up on the slopes once again this morning.
It might well be snowing right now but not a whole lot of snow is expected over the next few days, so says the updated forecast.
After Monday when sunny skies are expected, the next decent snowfall would seem to be due around Tuesday/Wednesday and we might get some strong winds blowing about as well then. Still it should keep cold each day.
Tonight it's the Juhyo Matsuri (festival) tonight with amongst other things a firework display from 9pm.
And welcome to all of the guests who are now here in Zao for the Chinese New Year.
Information as of Saturday 6th February 2016 (subject to change)
Today is yet another fine day weather wise to be out and about on the slopes. Although there are some clouds in the sky there is also plenty of blue to go along with it.
Since yesterday's report there was a little snow during the day although unfortunately not enough to record any cm figures today. In general conditions on piste are relatively hard although not ice hard as the snow is still relatively fresh.
The weather forecast is still predicting snow each day with larger amounts of snow supposed to fall on later on today and then again on Tuesday. Let's see how it goes.
It is all good news to report from Furano this morning. There has been a significant dump of snow with total measured accumulation of 17cm in the village. Out on the mountain it would be reasonable to expect 30+cm I think. Summed up in 2 words...powder day. If you have access to fat skis this is definitely the day to strap them on and go looking for some face shots. You shouldn't have too much difficulty finding the pow though.
The wind is non existent, and in the last half hour the skies have gone from full overcast to broken cloud, and the sun is now beaming through. Temperatures are nice and cold and back to wintery norms. There is no snow falling at the moment but light snow is predicted to fall during the day. Strongish winds are still on the forecast for tomorrow, but the wind forecasts havent come true for the last couple of days. There is also the possibility of another good dump of snow from Sunday afternoon onwards!
It is the last day of ski competitions for this week. Course closures are:
Well it's the weekend here at Appi. Sunny skies await the weekend warriors who are heading up the slopes today. A little snowfall yesterday but nothing that will help much.
The temperatures have certainly dropped overnight and will continue that way throughout the weekend. Light winds over the rest of the weekend shouldn't mean a bone chilling time on the mountain but you never know here.
We're hoping the clouds roll back in again bringing something we desperately need. Well that's the forecast anyway so I have to believe it will be right sometime this year or am I dreaming.
The runs are in decent shape. Icy as usual this morning but that'll get better as the day goes on. Come on up, sunscreen in hand and enjoy what we have up here.
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Saturday 6th February 2016, 11:46am
It's a gray day at the moment
A bit of a late start today (some bad news in the avalanche world here today, but some good too - please have fun but be wise out there!).
It's a bit warm today, with temps right around freezing. The snow keeps trying to fall, with some nice big flakes at all too few times. Heavy snow is still forecasted for later today, so time for extra enthusiastic snow dancing, chanting, etc.
The snow is safe offpiste at the moment, but that could change fast if there is heavy snow. Think about sluffs if you enter those steep areas that are relatively free of brush, and remember exactly why those places are free of brush!
Snowing nightly the past couple of nights, filling in tracks and was apparently 30cm up there today but the base remains largely unchanged.
Was clear early today, slightly heavier snow than usual at lower elevations but good up top. Clouded over and started snowing this afternoon.
The base of Tenjin is seeing very little snow this season, it's largely confined to up top.
Forecast is more snow tonight and appears as though patterns will continue as its very light down low. Tomorrow is forecast to be more of the same, clear on Monday and then biggish snow set for Tuesday. Fingers remain crossed.
Spent the day at Hodaigi today and all pistes are in good shape. Okutone is running as normal too.
All snow resorts in Minakami now all (at least part) open: