Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 20th January 2018
Monday 8th January 2018, 7:04am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
There's no new snow on the ground this morning, though it did continue snowing past my report yesterday morning so that is where the 1cm is coming from in the report today.
We start the day today with cloudy skies.
I need to post my report early today, which unfortunately means that much of the ski resort information below has not been updated (as it is not yet available!)
The main news I can find at this early hour is that GALA Yuzawa will not be open today - apparently due to windy conditions due today.
Kagura appears to be planning on opening as normal, as are other resorts.
It is going to be a (very) mild day today but perhaps we can survive without getting rained on until late tonight or early tomorrow morning. But rain seems inevitable and possibly heavy rain at times too along with a borderline 'warm' night tonight. Temperatures are going to gradually increase during the day into tonight with up to +10C temps due tonight on some local forecasts!
Hopefully we'll be getting back down to more winter-like conditions and snow from Wednesday.
I will of course update you tomorrow morning with the latest.
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama.
Updated: Monday 8th January 2018
...but many resorts not yet reporting at this early hour
** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information. Note that while we manually check this information each morning, sometimes official information is updated later than the time of these reports and so at times there may be an apparent delay.
There has been no fresh snowfall overnight, but yesterday some more falling across the mountain with the resort itself reporting up to 6cm. It remained mostly cloudy but we enjoyed a bit of sunshine and blue sky in the afternoon as well.
This morning is mostly cloudy and that is what is on the latest forecast for today.
It is a fairly chilly start to the day but as the day progresses today things are going to warm up, perhaps rising to around 8C later tonight (!)
I'm afraid rain really does look like it is going to happen overnight tonight; we can just hope it doesn't last too long and that we perhaps get back to snow in the day tomorrow; it is actually supposed to not be as warm tomorrow.
All fingers crossed!
And the snow forecast around Wednesday looks promising. :)
Today is the last day of the long weekend and a national holiday in Japan. It will be busier than a normal Monday but should start getting quieter in the afternoon.
Monday 8th January 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
There has been no new snow overnight and today, stepping outside feels very mild. Checking the temperature I got -4c and later in the day this is expected to rise to +1c. So expect the snow to get heavy as the temperature increases. The cloud is quite high and still affords views across Furano town. The rain that was expected today looks like it will arrive tomorrow and the winds are forecast to get stronger tomorrow.
Unfortunately I was unable to post a report yesterday but there was an impressive dump of 16cm of snow, meaning yesterday was a fantastic powder day. So don't get confused, the "new snow" figure of 16cm happened yesterday not today! Read more ...
Monday 8th January 2018, 8:14am
Cloudy and somewhat moody
Good morning from Hakuba.
A nice day yesterday with just a bit of wind, lots of cloud and the sun breaking through at times too.
It was generally very busy out there - as is to be expected on one of the most popular weekends of the season.
Ski resorts sometimes like to throw around phrases like 'best conditions' way too easily and such comments sometimes need to be taken with several grains (or large bags) of salt. They certainly were not 'best conditions', but I enjoyed some good snow yesterday in a few of my fave off-the-beaten-path areas. Still, we always want fresh snow to play in and look forward to the next to cover up all the tracks that have been laid over the last few days.
Alas, we're going to get rained on before that happens.
Early this morning we have cloudy conditions. Bit of a moody feel actually.
As today warms up, expect rain - possibly heavy rain - by the end of today or over tonight but hopefully it will turn into snow sooner than later. The good news here is that potentially heavy snow is due once we get past this mild blip with Tuesday night through Wednesday looking good.
Today is a national holiday in Japan - Coming of Age Day. Congratulations to all those who have 'become adults' (definition: 20 years old).
Hey, how about 'Adult' lift ticket prices only being valid for those age 20 and over?
Ski resort information on Monday 8th January 2018 (at time of writing):
Good morning everyone on this 'Coming of Age' national holiday.
No fresh snow overnight and as we have been mentioning, it looks like after a chilly start this morning the temperatures are due to rise during the day today and overnight. Bit of a wind at the start of the day.
We are still very likely to endure some rain later on.
We can just hope it is less rather than more and that by tomorrow it will get colder again and turn into snowfall. The forecast does look positive on that front so we can look forward to that.
Official snow depth: 210cm
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift Number 3A lift Super quad lift Number 11 lift Number 12 lift Number 13 lift Number 15 lift
Powder Wave I Powder Wave II River Line Free Ride Park Powder Theater Adventure Aisle Crystal Bowl Ninja Sawa Rabbit Kamoshika Bear
Kids Park Snow Mobile Land
Planned nighta operations this season:
7th January 2018 11th February 2018 Every Saturday between 4th January and 24th March 2018 Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 8th January 2018, 8:25am
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.
A bit of snowfall since my report yesterday, the snow eased off and we enjoyed some clearer weather conditions for a while. There is no fresh snow to report from overnight.
We start the day today with cloudy skies.
Higher temperatures today into tomorrow... can we avoid rain here and go straight into snow? Whichever it is, snow is lined up on the forecast from tomorrow.
Today is a national holiday in Japan and so will be busier than a normal Monday.
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.
I have just a 3cm of fresh snowfall to report to you since my report yesterday.
It looks like most - all? - regions of Japan are going to experience something of a warm up today, tonight and into tomorrow.
Temperatures are going to rise and... we might get rained on tonight. Nooooooo!
The good news is that snow is due back tomorrow and possibly heavy snow on Wednesday. Yes!
We shall see. The hope is for rain to be limited and be snow quickly.
For now, Hirafu are reporting sleet at base and snow higher up and Annupuri are reporting snow. It won't be the light and fluffy kind though. It will be interesting to see what we get over the next 24 hours
I will of course let you know how things are going this time tomorrow.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6.00am: -2°, trace new snow. Moiwa 800m : -3.4°, W3.8, trace new snow, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -5°, trace new snow, minor snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -6°, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:WNW11m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW12m/s, 1014hPa, wave 1.4m.
Currently we are under influence of low pressure system, the pressure gradient is shallow and weather is calm. Expect the temperature to rise as the low pressure system approaches from the Japan Sea. At 800m, 30cm of snowdrift growth on leeward slopes was observed at the 4am survey. In some areas yesterdays tracks are also covered. From tests there is no obvious weak layer and with other data general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are expected to be open.
Although it didn't snow much, the resorts groomers are in fantastic condition. Off the runs is tracked out from yesterday still, be careful going fast and hitting trees. Also careful falling into holes. Yesterday at Waterfall Gate 9 someone had to be rescued.
Do not ever enter Strictly Off Limits areas Haru no Taki and YunoSawa. If one person ignores the rules and enters others will follow their tracks leading to increased chances of an accident. Under Niseko Rules it is prohibited to ride in these areas. In Niseko we respect your right to ride safely out off bounds. Make sure if you are going out of bounds you do so through a gate. Beware of a sudden weather change. Have a good day.
Monday 8th January 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts are operating - 'Early Morning' services from 8:00am until 8:20am (Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift). Until 28th January. 500 yen special ticket required.
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating - 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola). January 8th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-28th; February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.
Official snow depth: - Top: 260cm - Base: 160cm
Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:
Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):
* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair * Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift * Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair Read more ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Monday 8th January 2018, 8:28am
Mostly sunny, scattered cloud cover
Moderate winds and indecisive clouds described the day at Geto Kogen yesterday, with little to no snow falling and temperatures around -3C across the resort.
Scattered cloud cover today, with light winds and temps to hover above zero, expected to reach a top of 4 degrees at the base. Keep in mind there’s some precipitation set to fall, possibly around lunchtime, and a high chance for some moderate rain into the evening, so if you’re heading out for night skiing — pack the poncho.
Snow cover is hard packed but set to soften as the day warms a little.
Road cover: hard packed, icy in places due to wind.
Tuesday: light snow, moderate winds, top of 4C Wednesday: moderate to heavy snow, winds calming, tops of -2C Thursday: possible light snow, little to no winds, tops of -5C
Zones open include Summit, Rabbit, Beech & Stream. At this stage Shooter will remain closed until the main gondola is open.
News on Main Gondola:
At this time unfortunately the Main Gondola (Gondola 1) is closed for repair. The resort is working on the repairs, but it will require the next few weeks until it is back in operation. They estimate late January, early February for it to be back in action.
Official snow depths:
Top: 330cm Base: 250cm
Nighta skiing operations are planned at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018. Read more ...
Monday 8th January 2018, 8:33am
Good morning from Naeba! It's a cloudy, overcast start to day today. The weather's plans for today are rather disappointing, with the rain that has been on the radar for a few days coming this afternoon and into the night. The temperature is expected to suddenly rise to well above 0°C overnight, to possibly as high as 5°C, which is giving way to the rain! The pistes will be in good condition this morning, profiting from the 20cm of fresh snow from yesterday. However, this is likely to change with the addition of rain!
The forecast looking forwards suggests that "Storm Ezaruza" will cool down tomorrow, meaning that the rain will turn to snow later on Tuesday. Snow is then expected through until Friday, with the heaviest falling on Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to settle back below 0°C on Wednesday night, and stay firmly there until at least the weekend. The wind is predicted not to pick up above 20kmph all week.
Floodlit night skiing for the 2017-2018 season is planned as follows:
In the Uwanodai area: Daily until Sunday 4th March 2018 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018.
In the Yokokura area: Daily until today Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 12th January until Sunday 18th February 2018. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 2nd March until Sunday 11th March 2018.
Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates:
January 2018: 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-31st February 2018: every day March 2018: 1st-4th Read more ...
Monday 8th January 2018, 10:26am
It’s windy and getting warmer out there; the barometer is going down. Not great signs for the coming day. If you want to slide, best to get out there early and enjoy, before things get wet and nasty.
Heavy rain is still forecast for tonight, after which the freezing level will come way down quickly, meaning icy and nasty for a short time until we get refilled with a good serving of that Myoko powder. Which won’t take long.
We did have an avalanche reported up on Mt. Mitahara, on one of the chutes down to the base of Mt. Myoko. Very likely wind-loading, although people on the spot say it was really hard to tell from higher up. Could get dicey again if this rain followed by cold creates an icy layer; hopefully it will snow, not rain, high up on mountain, but the freezing level is predicted to rise to 2,700 meters. Higher than the peak of Mt. Myoko.
In short, be extra cautious, and maybe stay lower down in the trees. If it’s not too unpleasant.
Another mostly clear day here at Appi with light winds. We can expect this most of the day. Unfortunately temperatures are on the rise today but as soon as the sun sets we can expect a return to normal temperatures in the -4-8 zone tomorrow.
The winds will pick up Tuesday morning bringing a new covering of snow. We’re expecting around 30-40cm of fresh powder tomorrow and Wednesday.
Cloudy skies to prevail most of the week with light and variable winds.
Appi has surprisingly opened all of the runs and lifts again today which is welcome news for everyone. Enjoy the mountain and don’t forget your sunscreen.
Planned lift operations on Monday 8th January 2018 (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 1 lift - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 4 lift - Central number 5 lift - Central number 6 lift - Sailer Gondola - Sailer quad - Vista quad - Nishimori lift
Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays
My sincere apologies for the tardy posting of today's report dear reader. The rigors of mountain town living were too much for me this morning and with the busiest time of year safely in the rear view, I thought I'd best check conditions more thoroughly before taking up my quill.
What better way then to hike Mt Tanigawa and ride the South face. Snow was great up top but slightly warmer temps have made it heavy at elevations below 1000m. There was also quite a bit of debris in the gullies.
Weather wise it was lovely all morning but clouds rolled in around 1pm and it's actually snowing now. Big fat flakes, definitely the biggest I've seen all season.
The forecast is for the possibility of rain starting now but looks like the snow has trumped it. Tomorrow Minakami town has a forecast high of 10C which would not be good, next snow forecast to begin Wednesday and continue as far as the forecast stretches.
Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami. Read more ...