Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 18th December 2017
Sunday 8th February 2015, 7:40am
Bright but mostly overcast
After that beautiful start to the day yesterday, it remained a fine day. It was a real feel good day. I wish there was snow all year so we could enjoy this...
Once again though, as so often has been the case this season, thin wispy clouds started to form and by late afternoon the skies ended up rather overcast. Have we had any days that have remained totally cloud free?
Still, like I said it was a real feel good day with the snow keeping pretty good too. Popular resorts had a very busy day and I would imagine the same will be the case today as well.
There's no new snowfall to report.
This morning the sun has been out again actually. It wasn't cold overnight and it's nice and bright now and quite a mild morning. There was some blue sky around before but it has been gradually getting more overcast (again).
The forecast for the morning is cloudy conditions so perhaps that will continue. It should get colder this afternoon and we're expecting snow by tonight - we'll just have to see if we get any rain or sleet before it turns to snow like some of the local forecasts tell us. Surely it'll be straight into snow at least at higher elevations.
Snow and low temperates are lined up for tomorrow and beyond, so it'll be back to new fresh snow on the slopes once again.
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 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.
An early report from me this morning, I'm off to pick up some friends from Nagano this morning... here's hoping that they'll soon be enjoying lots of fresh snow.
There's none since yesterday as expected - it was a fine day, gradually getting overcast as the day went on.
This morning once again a beautiful sunrise early on. There's more cloud around though this morning but it's still pretty clear and quite bright with the sun shining through at times. Quite a chilly start to the day.
We are expecting things to change this afternoon or this evening and snow to be falling by the end of the day. Fingers crossed straight into snow. Tomorrow should be altogther much colder and it's looking promising for a decent amount of snowfall to come our way. That's what we like.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Sunday 8th February 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. 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 ...
Sunday 8th February 2015, 8:09am
Cloud, blue sky
Fine weather through the day yesterday, mild conditions and a relatively mild night too.
It's a mix of cloud and blue skies above Madarao Kogen this morning, and a fairly crisp start to the morning.
Things should be changing later on this afternoon and snow is due sometime before the end of today; and through tomorrow as well. I'd say we are going to have some decent refresh over the next 2 days.
In the meantime should be a fun Sunday morning - probably end up being quite mild again this morning and cloud over if the forecast is right.
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.
Well we didn't get much out of yesterday (in terms of fresh snowfall) in the end, but I said not to worry didn't I, because it was coming today? So here's what is happening this morning...
No new cm of snow to report here at base, though I'm hearing that there may have been some very slight dustings higher up. I feel like I'm scraping around reporting that though!
The day has started off cloudy, mild (+1C), and with strong winds affecting upper lifts of all of the resorts on the mountain - the situation as of 8:30am is noted below.
Some forecasts even have a bit of rain in town forecast along with the mild conditions during the day today... but I am happy to report that snow has started falling here near Hanazono base where I am posting this report from this morning. It is mild though still so let's hope the snow can continue. We might have to wait until tonight for temperatures to really drop though.
Things ARE looking very good for some Niseko-like sustained snowfall, with that starting from today and continuing through the coming week. (Honest!) I say bring it on.
Do be sure to check out the Avalanche Report below.
Unfortunately the wind conditions prevented Niseko Village from running their early morning Gondola this morning. As far as I know that's the end of that particular service for this season. It sounds way too early to be saying something like that doesn't it. Just checking... yes, we do actually have (almost) 3 full months of lift operations left to go!
I really enjoyed checking out the Sapporo Snow Festival - very interesting. Those sculptures really are very impressive indeed. Otsukaresama, snow sculptors!
Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day
Niseko Grand Hirafu: King Number 3, King Number 4, Ace Number 4, Swinging Monkey lifts on hold due to strong winds.
Niseko Village: Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lifts on hold due to weather conditions.
Niseko Annupuri: Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lifts on hold due to strong winds.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: 0C, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: E10m/s, -5C, no snowfall, 30-50cm of wind-blown snowdrifts. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 280cm. Hirafu 1000m Peak 1308m: SSE26.8m/s, -6.2C. Coastal data: Benkei cape WSW5m/s, Kamui cape S8m/s, 1008hPa, 1.2m waves.
Strong SE wind is blowing above 800m due to approaching low-pressure system. There are no snowfall, however the strong wind is drifting snow and drastically developing snowdrifts in leeward slopes. The cornices around 800m altitude are extremely unstable and would collapse with the slightest stimulation. The general avalanche risk is still low, however will change with the future snowfall transition. Peak gates will be kept closed today. Many of the accidents happen during poor weather.
The light is weak and the surface is hard to see. Beware of falling head-first into cracks. Once the warm air inflow passes, a strong north-westerly storm is forecasted to pick up which will rise the avalanche hazard drastically. Adjust your touring plans with the weather. This information is published in hope to protect the safety of all Niseko locals and visitors.
A BCA beacon checker has been installed at Moiwa gate no.6. Carrying an avalanche beacon is not mandatory but is seriously recommended.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 370cm Base - 125cm
Niseko Village: Top - 280cm Base - 180cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 285cm Base - 160cm
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
Fine weather day yesterday and warming up to to around +3 degrees in the afternoon. It got chilly overnight but today will probably also see the temperature rise to low positive numbers again. Maybe not as much as there's more cloud up there this morning.
The resort is reporting a temperature of -3C up on the top Yamabiko area as of 7:30am this morning.
It's time for fresh snow I reckon. Look to tonight and overnight for temps to take a drop and snow to start, hopefully avoiding wetter conditions before then, and decent snowfall into tomorrow.
This coming week Wednesday (11th) is a national holiday - 'National Foundation Day' in fact. That sounds like a good day to slide on the snow. Should be a decent refresh by then too.
Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday afternoon:
It was a beautiful day yesterday, with lots of people in Zao as well... some busy lift lines there!
It's more cloudy this morning but another relatively mild start to the day.
Forecast is looking good for the next few days in terms of snowfall, should be falling sometime today and into mid week. Chance of stormy conditions as well though with strong winds so need to look out for that. Hopefully won't cause lift problems.
Temperatures to take a big drop from tomorrow too.
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!
Sunday 8th February 2015, 9:25am
Fine start but clouded over
Today started off fine as well with some fine blue skies and a lovely sunrise as well, but since then it has been clouding over quite quickly and it's generally cloudy-overcast now. The forecast is for snow later on today though not sure when to expect it to start... it's still relatively mild, though cold enough for snow of course.
So should get some fresh tonight and snow is forecast through the day tomorrow as well and it should be much colder. A return to mid-winter like conditions.
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:
Today had a sunny start and it is starting to cloud over with the forecast to start snowing in the afternoon. The temperature is currently -2, with low winds.
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’s weather was fantastic, with blue skis and plenty fresh lines to go around!
Looking onto tomorrow, its forecast to be sunny spells in the morning and then to start snowing again in the afternoon, turning into heavy snow in the evening.
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 ...
Sunday 8th February 2015, 10:19am
Cloudy, with fog/snow covering some of the peaks
We're in for something today in Myoko. I hope it is the forecasted moderate to heavy snow.... We could use a good reset after some sun the last few days.
It's warm today, warmer than the resort reports from earlier in the day.
It's looking good; the snow has started to come over the top of Kurohime to the southwest; the barometer is falling and the wind is beginning to shift on the coast. All good signs—but nothing just yet!