Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Tuesday 8th March 2016, 7:53am
The mild weather is back today, it is 0°C at the base and -3°C at the peak. The good news is this should soften up the runs again after a very fast and firm day yesterday. Our snowpack is starting to show some stress from this warm weather. However with 200cm of consolidated snow at the base, 345cm at the peak, we are not worried about a melt any time soon!
Moderate South Westerly winds are responsible for the increase in temperature. Those winds are forecast to increase during the day so keep an eye on lift openings. It is due to cool down tonight and start snowing again, which is excellent news for the remaining powder hounds! Read more ...
Tuesday 8th March 2016, 8:01am
Clear and sunny
Morning from Yuzawa.
There's not a whole lot to report this morning as we start the day with clear blue skies once again. It got a bit chilly (relatively) early morning but should be another mild-warm day with temperatures rising to around 10 degrees during the day.
Things are still looking good for tomorrow. It's still due to get colder and snow is still on the forecast tomorrow, though it may well start out as rain. Snow is also currently on the forecast for around Friday as well.
It will be great to get back to colder conditions after this run of really mild weather. Let's hope we get some decent snowfall on the slopes to freshen things up.
Resort official snow depths (Tuesday 8th 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.
It is an overcast kind of start but bright. There's no fresh snowfall to report this morning.
Snow is due to be back falling soon though, so.. hurray!
Yes hopefully by the end of today, or at least by the time that I post my next report, it'll be snowing. It's still going to be mild during the day today though and it may well start as rain before turning into snow.
Let us see.
Snowfall is on the forecast on and off through into the weekend once it gets started. Anyone's guess how much, though I wouldn't expect anything major - keep expectations on the lower side just in case. But let's hope that we might be able to get a decent amount to give the slopes a good freshening up. And a return to colder conditions will be most welcome.
It's probably a mix of the conditions and the fact that we are into March now but things suddenly seem to generally feel a good deal quieter. Just one example that I have discussed before in these reports - even at 8:25am, just before it opens, there's hardly anyone lined up for the Ace Number 2 quad at Niseko Grand Hirafu.
Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):
Niseko base 6.00am: 0°C, no new snow, frozen snow surface. Moiwa 838m: -0.7°C, SW0.5m/s. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 295cm. Hirafu Ridgeline: -3°C, frozen snow surface, fog, bad visibility. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:light winds. Kamui Cape SSW2m/s, 1013hPa, wave 0.8m.
A shallow pressure gradient preceding the coming low pressure system is giving calm weather at the sea and in the mountains. A cold wind has blown overnight and the mountain is covered with frozen tracks from previous days, making us lose interest in riding. The mountain is moving toward spring conditions with alternating warm and cold air moving through, often making foggy conditions and the snow difficult to ride. Also the frozen snow surface is hard to groom, so there are lots of ice potatoes left on the runs. Take care of hitting ice lumps both on and of the runs All peak gates are expected to open, however be very careful riding out of bounds. Falling into a crack can be a fatal accident. In the afternoon winds and the temperature are expected to rise. Make plans to suit the conditions.
Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 8th March 2016:
A fine day weather wise yesterday, and that sea of clouds in the morning was cool. Conditions were warm and spring like.
And it's another fine spring like morning again today with a mix of cloud and blue skies and temperatures forecast to rise to around 12C in the village this afternoon.
The snow melt has continued and some lower resort courses close to base now have areas of ground showing through.
Fresh snow please...
This time tomorrow hopefully it will be much colder and snow will be falling, though whether it will be giri-giri (borderline) rain at base remains to be seen. It should be snowing higher up on the mountains though at least and from tomorrow until at least the weekend scattered snow showers (or more) are forecast. So there's reasons to be hopeful for a refresh in the coming days.
I'm remaining cautiously optimistic about it all (and of course hope to be pleasantly surprised).
Resort news as of 8:45am on Tuesday 8th 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: 190cm Base: 95cm
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: 255cm 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: 185cm Nakiyama: 45cm Sakka: 20cm
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: 160cm Base: 95cm
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: 228cm Maruyama: 50cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 70cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field: Areas of Village Side that remain open - Sunny Valley, by1, by2, by3, Shinden connecting. Kometsuga and Paradise part open. Parts of the Mountain Side that are closed - View A, View B, Dangan, Sonezawa, Five Side. 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: 90cm
The spring weather, conditions and 'feel' continues this morning.
It really does feel more like sometime later in April than where we are here in March.
What a very strange season it has been. I know, I've said it before, but it needs repeating! Just to reminds us all that this is not normal.
Can we see a return to winter in the coming days? Maybe we can! The forecast is still looking promising. Cold conditions, snowfall. Quite a bit of that from tomorrow and through until the weekend as well.
Knowing how the season has been so far I'm going to try and contain my excitement until I see the snow actually falling from the sky! Then I'll get excited.
Today though it's more spring skiing time. I'm going to get out there myself and enjoy it.
Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Tuesday 8th 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
Hello from Madarao where - once again - it's sunny blue skies above us, and warm conditions. Just a little fluffy white cloud here and there.
It's spring time at the moment, but what about this forecast of snow?
Well, it's still there on the forecast. Starting tomorrow lower temperatures expected along with snow. And there's a chance that the snow clouds might be hanging around for a few days as well, through Saturday.
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):
It feels very warm this morning and the southerly parts of Mt. Bandai are foggy early this morning.
The snow depth is decreasing every day and we're really holding on to the thought of some fresh snow in the coming days - and perhaps it will start snowing tomorrow. According to some forecasts, Grandeco can maybe expect about 20cm new snow. It will be good if this happens and really refresh the slopes.
The snow condition is wet right now, and will change into lighter snow if temperatures get cold from tomorrow.
Winds might get a bit stronger from this afternoon, hopefully not enough to influence lift operations.
The forecast for the coming weekend, 11 Fri. through 13 Sun. is generally cloudy with sometimes snow and colder temperatures.
Snow is still forecast over the next few days, as well as a drop in temperatures from tomorrow, though I can't help but feel that the snow part of the forecast has been downgraded somewhat since yesterday. Anyway, here's hoping for some fresh snowfall to liven things up.
This morning it's very much spring conditions out there. Come with that in mind and it'll be fun.
Information as of Tuesday 8th March 2016 (subject to change)
All lifts are operating apart from the Karamatsu pair lift which is closed on weekdays.
More fine clear blue skies above Naeba this morning... no shortage of them this season!
Can we really be getting back to winter though tomorrow? The forecast still says yes, with snow expected tomorrow (rain before it turns to snow at base perhaps??) and then snow clouds not too far away until the weekend.
It would be fantastic if we could get some decent snowfall in again. Inevitably we are now into 'spring', and there's some patches of earth on show here and there now, but a blast or two of winter would of course be most welcome.
Yesterday's thaw has frozen overnight and is slowly melting again as temperatures rise above 0c. It is cooler than yesterday and a thin layer of cloud is blocking the full amount of sun getting through to the resort. Snow conditions will be firm and frosty to start, and then will gradually soften as the morning progresses. There is moderate wind whipping around the village and this has meant that the Gondola operation has been put on hold.
It looks like the wind will increase in the afternoon and stay strong through until tomorrow afternoon. Temperatures will slide back well below freezing this afternoon and there is continuous light snow on the forecast through until Saturday. Read more ...
Tuesday 8th March 2016, 10:11am
The sun is shining, but it's hazy with very thin cloud coverage
Back on dry land today (great fishing in bad weather yesterday), and it is really and truly spring out there. It feels like a normal April about this time, with really warm winds and bare patches here and there up on the hill (although the lower areas are still well covered, I have to add).
Could be a nice day out therewith some good old sticky snow (we didn't really get a good freeze overnight, so it won't exactly be corn or anything super-fun like that, except maybe up higher).
The stranger thing is that the forecast will again turn to light snow for the rest of the week, as the freezing line again starts coming down the hill from late today. There was the possibility of heavy snow tomorrow, but that has faded (as has been the case throughout the season). Like I have said too often, this is one for the record books...
I notice a number of unchanged reports from yesterday; I think Ikenotaira's drop of 30cm from yesterday is a pretty honest assessment of what's going on out there.
Spring weather here with the river's raging and the sun beating down relentless over the past couple days.
Rain showers are expected this afternoon, however blue skies abound and tomorrow we're forecast to return to a more Wintery environment with significant snow forecast at the mid and top of Tenjindaira and hopefully extending all the way to the base.
Winds are picking up and weather looks like it could be forming to the North so fingers crossed.