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Monday 7th March 2016, 7:40am
Good morning from Nozawa. An early report this morning as I have to make my way to Tokyo today.
Strong winds affected some lifts yesterday but things seem to be and should be calmer this morning.
As expected, it was really warm and there was a lot of melting snow going. There's some patches of 'dirty' snow and ground on show on some lower areas now; up top there's no snow cover issues.
Today starts off mild. Currently it's 6C here in the village and there's lots of cloud around. Some forecasts say sunshine today, with some giving us the chance of a bit of rain. And while it will be another warm day, it won't be as warm as yesterday.
OK so now onto the much more exciting news...
Fresh snow to enjoy this week?
Very possibly according to forecasts and from around Wednesday we might just feel that we're back in winter which of course would be fantastic.
Bring it on, I say.
Official info at time of writing on Monday 7th March 2016 (subject to change):
Good morning from Madarao where early on there's lots of cloud and fog around - can't see much of anything actually. I expect the fog to clear though quite quickly probably leaving us with a cloudy morning.
After the warmth of the weekend, it's not going to be quite as warm today and as we get into mid week colder temperatures are still forecast and even that snowfall that we would really like to see.
For the moment Madarao themselves describe the snow as 'corn snow' (ザラメ雪), so spring conditions - which of course in themselves can be a whole lot of fun. I just hope we can get another blast or two of powder before we finish the season. Let's see what Wednesday onwards brings us.
Madarao Kogen lifts operating (planned at time of writing):
All lifts plan to be open today
Tangram Ski Circus lifts operating (planned at time of writing):
I was up at Mitsumata yesterday lunchtime and the temperature reading by the side of the road said 16 degrees. And that was up at Mitsumata. According to the news last night a high of 18 degrees in Yuzawa and 20 degrees in Minamiuonuma was recorded yesterday. Scarily warm. The snow round the back of my place has all but gone now and there will have been some serious melting going on unfortunately and looking around town you can see patches of earth peaking through the snow in places on some lower runs.
But like I said, happily it's not going to be as warm today and the forecasts even point towards some cold weather this week - and some fresh snow as well.
The 6-day forecast almost looks like mid-winter Wednesday to Friday, as it stands at the moment. Colder conditions and snowfall. And while it may be raining in town to start off with at least, there's a chance of some decent snowfall on the mountains.
So we have that to look forward to.
The somewhat mad weather of this strange season continues.
Resort official snow depths (Monday 7th March 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:
After some very warm conditions over the weekend, there are some patches of ground on view on some lower slopes around town now. Southern facing slopes are generally the worst affected. Snow cover is better the higher up you are.
Details of the 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma. Subject to change due to snow conditions.
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.
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.
Yesterday was something of a miserable day, as we kind of expected.
Rain happened, and we got wet.
And conditions - wind and fog - kept some lifts from opening for those interested in skiing and snowboarding in the rain. The Annupuri Gondola and Hirafu Gondola both also closed mid-morning, though I believe the latter started up again after lunch.
It's still on the warm side this morning with cloudy and overcast skies at the start of the day, and thankfully it is dry. Some sunshine is expected.
It should be getting colder from around tomorrow night and we after that we should be on the receiving end of a delivery of fresh snow as well. Regular snowfall through into the weekend sounds good to me.
For this morning though, how about some time on the groomers? It's spring snow right now I'm afraid (and don't let anyone try to convince you otherwise!)
Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):
Niseko base 6.00am: 0°C, snow melt from rain. Moiwa 838m: -1.7°C, NE2.6m/s, snowpack down 15cm from rain. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 290cm. Hirafu Ridgeline: -3°C, snowpack down from rain. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW9m/s. Kamui Cape WSW 6m/s, 1016hPa, wave 0.8m.
Currently we are experiencing a high pressure system, light winds and mountains and seas are calm. Warm air and rain are flowing into the region, below 500m snow melt will continue. Also at 800m snowpack is observed to be decreasing from rain.
Snow surface has 15cm soft slab which will easily catch your skis. From observation, around 800m the general avalanche risk is low, however around 1000m new cracks are forming and the risk of full depth avalanches is increasing. At this time a small surface avalanche could trigger full depth avalanche. These are extremely dangerous because they travel at high speed and over long distances. They are difficult to predict, be aware and take care. Today the weather is expected to be sunny and warm, do not ride the valley bottoms. This is where the avalanches will travel, taking out everything in their path.
The mountain has suddenly changed to spring conditions. Take care of falling into creeks with rising water levels, cracks and small scale full depth avalanches in valley bottoms. Have a good day.
Official resort snow depths as of Monday 7th March 2016:
Yesterday was (too) warm and cloudy; and then later on it started raining. :(
Earlier on this morning too it was raining, but it has eased off now leaving us with a cloudy morning and also calmer than yesterday. There's a cool looking thin layer of low cloud currently hanging over the village making for some great scenery looking down from higher up.
Now we have that ridiculously warm weekend out of the way, we can look forward to a week of potentially much better weather.
As seems to be always this season, the forecasts are a bit all over the place, but the one I like to trust currently shows snow falling on Wednesday and Thursday along with a return to colder conditions. Cautiously optimistic that we'll be getting a fresh layer of snow to play in.
Before that, it's spring time. And of course spring conditions can be great fun, would just like to have them with us a bit later!
Resort news as of 8:40am on Monday 7th March 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning. All courses set to open this morning. The Tree Riding Zone is closed due to poor conditions. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47. Official snow depth: Upper: 195cm Base: 100cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning. All courses open apart from Snow Diving and Adventure. The Toomi area will be open until 9:30pm tonight for 'nighta'. Official snow depth Alps: 260cm Toomi: 125cm Iimori: 70cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning. All courses appear to be open apart from Kurobishi Off-Piste Area. The lower Nakiyama area is open for 'nighta' every day until 9pm. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 190cm Nakiyama: 50cm Sakka: 30cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning. All courses open apart from Itadaira Ridge, Itadaira Forest and Giant. The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 8pm tonight (9pm on Saturdays). Official snow depth: Top: 165cm Base: 100cm
Tsugaike Kogen: All courses and areas are generally open. Nighta at Karamatsu/Shirakaba on 12th/19th March. Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring (no fixed date yet). Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 230cm Maruyama: 85cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 80cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field: Parts of the Mountain Side not open - View A, View B, Sonezawa, Five Side. Part of the Village Side not open - by4. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake. Official snow depth: Upper: 110cm Lower: 35cm
Hakuba Norikura Onsen: All courses are open. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake. Official snow depth: 100cm
The skies are overcast at Grandeco this morning and it looks like it is going to stay that way for most of the day with the chance of a light shower late in the afternoon.
The trail surfaces are groomed wet snow across the mountain.
There are no crowds or lift lines to worry about, so you have the mountain almost all to yourself. All lifts and trails are open today, and the Nishidaiten backcountry area is open. If you are interested in venturing outside the ski area make sure to inform the information desk and fill out the proper forms.
The Snow Park's has just been re-groomed and shaped. New jib items to come over the week!
Roads up to Deco are mainly clear, but as always drive safely.
Forecasts show a good chance of decent snowfall around Wednesday along with colder conditions, so it will be good to welcome back a layer of fresh.
It was warm over the weekend though and a warm start to the morning again today.
We're told not to worry though as cold and snow are on their way back. Tomorrow we might see sunshine but on Wednesday it's going to get cold, and is that 'heavy snow' I see on the 6-day forecast? As well as a follow up of more snow through into the weekend. Wouldn't that be fantastic?!
We can but enjoy some spring conditions now while looking forward to that and hoping not to be disappointed!
Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Monday 7th March 2016):
Sun Valley 60cm Nighta on Saturdays until 19th March (7pm-9pm)
Takamagahara Mammoth 130cm
Tannenomori Okojo 130cm
Ichinose Family 130cm Nighta daily until 27th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Ichinose Diamond 130cm Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Ichinose Yamanokami 130cm
Yakebitaiyama 150cm Nighta on Saturdays until 12th March (6pm-8pm)
Okushiga Kogen 125cm
Kumanoyu 120cm Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm) Also on 20th March
We did well to avoid rain yesterday though it was a very warm day with temperatures zooming up into double digits. Not doing the snow any favours of course and there was a fair bit of snow melt going on.
Happily it's not as warm this morning, though still mild. The mild conditions are probably going to continue through tomorrow but after that things are looking very interesting...
Snow and cold.
Yes, might we just see a return to winter conditions?
Well the rain arrived last night as forecast. As I type there's some light rain falling and the temperature is +3 on my thermometer.
We're expecting on off rain all day and into tomorrow with the temperature midday to be around +6. Obviously we're not getting any snow today. Tomorrow the wind will pick up and it says we may get some snow showers late in the day. I'm not sure how that's going to happen with the temperature but we can all hope. As far as the conditions on the hill go...get your canoe out. It's wet, slushy and generally bad.
Thursday will bring a freeze and turn things from slush to ice. A great combination if you're in to ice skating which we're not here. We've only got 20 days left till it's nearly done for the year. Expect a not so decent recap fairly soon on the season that wasn't.
Turn in the golf channel, grab a good book or the latest PS4 game because you'll need to do something inside.
Currently planned operating lifts:
- Appi Gondola - Central Number 1 quad - Number 2 lift A - T Bar - Number 3 lift B - Number 3 lift C - Number 4 lift - Sailer Gondola - Sailer Quad - Vista quad
Welcome to your first snow report from Myoko, from the water. It is rainy, gray and foggy today. The snow levels really dropped at base... the driveway and all that buried firewood is now clear again. So, I'm sitting in a boat, on Lake Nojiri, fishing for wakasagi, or lake smelt.
The good news is that heavy rains didn't fall, and the weather was nice over the weekend (nicer than rain, anyway). And there is the chance for some good snow ahead, maybe even heavy on Wednesday. So there are things to look forward to, even as the snow level goes down at the areas.
The report is late today folks so it is more of a wrap up of the day than a report.
About 3pm yesterday it was snowing and I thought great, the rain has missed us. Then by 4pm it was raining moderately and continued throughout the evening. Temperatures were warm yesterday and stayed warm overnight. This resulted in massive puddles around the village and the road turning into slush in the morning, and then a river at night. The temperatures hit +8c in Furano during the day.
The snow on the ski area was like spring corn and the sun was out for the whole day. It was a great day of spring skiing until the sun went down in the afternoon and the chopped up snow started to freeze leading to rough conditions.
Warm weather is forecast again for tomorrow morning but temperatures will plummet back to negatives by evening and we may even get some light snow come through. Read more ...