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.
A few cm of snow overnight but the main thing today is those clear blue skies above Madarao.
Perfect weather for the beginning of the weekend.
What more to say really on a morning like this.
It's Saturday, so nighta fun to be had tonight.
Hope you can enjoy today. We're still expecting that switch back to snow clouds sometime from tomorrow.
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.
After the fine day yesterday and no snowfall last night, we have been snowed from early this morning and it's continuing to snow now. 15cm at Moiwa 800m from 4am according to the Avalanche Report (below), just a few down here so far. Lots more of that please.
Forecasts seem to say that the main event - in terms of snowfall - is from tomorrow onwards. Today is more cloud and milder conditions with temperatures set to dip to proper cold from tomorrow evening. So don't worry if we don't get much out of it today because it does look like it really is on the way. I'm hoping to be able to get back to reporting impressive numbers to you.
Anyway, I hope you have a good day and I'll update you with the latest tomorrow morning.
I'm off to the Sapporo Snow Festival today with a few friends. I hear the Star Wars one is particularly impressive, even if I'd prefer Trek myself. ;)
This famous and very popular snow festival is held in Sapporo City and for the 66th this year, running through until Wednesday 11th February. Can't be missed in Odori Park, the grounds at Community Dome Tsudome, and along the main street in Susukino. Usually well worth a visit. Actually I think that Sapporo is well worth a visit even without the snow festival!
Resort specific news as of 8am - subject to change during the day
Pre-low pressure system snowfall started from predawn and left 15cm of snow around 700m altitude. The course condition is a little softer/better, but the tracks in the trees haven’t been recovered. The general avalanche risk is low, however shallow slides are to be expected in south facing steep slopes once the sun warms up the surface. Peak gates are scheduled to open, seek for the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of the gates. Always stay alert; one moment of inattention can end up in an accident. Beware of trees and cracks. One injury can put an end to your season. Niseko community respects all visitors’ freedom, but is also deeply concerned about their safety.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 370cm Base - 135cm
Niseko Village: Top - 280cm Base - 180cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 285cm 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
Good morning as U2 once said it's a beautiful day!
Today it is blue bird day, with not a cloud in the sky, with a covering of 5cms at the base and 10cms of fresh snow at the top of the mountain. The temperature is currently -4, with a very slight breeze.
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.
Yesterday the weather held in the morning, with sunny spells. Then in the early afternoon snowflakes started to fall fairly heavily, giving us some fresh snow to ski.
Looking onto tomorrow, its forecast to be mainly sunny with some snow showers scattered throughout the day.
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 ...
Saturday 7th February 2015, 8:21am
Mostly clear and blue skies, just some wispy thin cloud
It's another beautiful morning here in Hakuba with clear bright blue skies all round and the sun out from early on. Early runs up there are going to be fantastic this morning and I'm jealous of the folk already up there!
No new snow this morning overnight. Hakuba 47 reporting 3cm of snowfall on the mountain before the end of the day yesterday (and none overnight), but that's the only number I can get from places this morning.
Cold start but the sun will warm things up today so expect snow conditions to change during the day. High of around +4 forecast for village base areas later on in the day.
Today should be a feel good day, but we I think we'll all feel better with a great big stonking large delivery of fresh powder to put some big grins on faces. As we patiently (or not) wait, how much longer? I'm hoping from tomorrow.
In the meantime, I think it's time to get out and enjoy what we have today.
Have a great Saturday and see you tomorrow.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Saturday 7th February 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 1cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira and 0cm lower. 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 ...
Saturday 7th February 2015, 8:26am
Another fine day but the great thing is it won't be as cold out there today and if we are lucky it may even get close to the 0c mark. All changes from tomorrow with the clouds starting to move in and we are expecting 10cm tomorrow night. Snow conditions are actually quite nice even with them being fairly iced up. Next report will be Monday Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 7th February 2015, 9:01am
Clear and sunny
It's a beauty of a morning in Nozawa and by the looks of it in wider areas as well.
Blue skies, sunny, hardly any cloud at all. All looking very tempting.
The resort is full on this weekend with no lifts taking a break and no doubt it's going to be a busy few days.
It is a cold start to the day but it should start to feel warmer as the day goes on especially if the sun stays out for the day. Low positive temperature numbers expected later on today and tomorrow too, though generally more cloud tomorrow.
Fresh snow by the end of tomorrow as well hopefully.
Have fun and take care.
Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday afternoon:
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 ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 7th February 2015, 9:12am
Bluebird or thereabouts
It's cold this morning early on but the sun is out and I can't see any clouds at all. Picture postcard beautiful wherever you look. The sun is out and should warm things up a bit during the daytime today but it's all relative it should stay in negative numbers.
Enjoy today while you can - snow is on the way back and should be falling again tomorrow.
Good mix of conditions for the weekend.
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: 205cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge: 215cm Open
Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:
A few clouds off in the distance, but we're not going to worry about them. Yet.
Regular readers will know that a perfect day for your writer is when the snow is really coming down; bundled up, goggles in place, flying through snow with no edge sound, terrible visibility—this is perfect skiing.
If you like blue skies, great visibility and pretty good cold (meaning the snow will be very nice), well, this is your day in Myoko. It's beautiful out there, with only a light west wind, a few clouds here and there but the mountains sparkling with the little bit of snow that fell overnight. I have to admit, I wouldn't mind cruising around on a day like today....
The heavy snow forecast for tomorrow night has been pulled back to moderate snow, but let's keep fingers crossed (and hope the sun doesn't cause another layer to be laid down in the snowpack). Just keep an eye out, go with good people, have all your gear, and be ready if we do swing around to heavy snowfall after this nice day.