Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 13th December 2017
Monday 9th February 2015, 7:50am
Guess what... it ended up overcast and cloudy again yesterday!
Another very busy day out there by the looks, and happily the rain waited until late on to start. Then it turned into snow.
This morning at my place here in Minamiuonuma, there's 35cm of snow on the top of my car. Seems we generally got more than Yuzawa as my colleague has just called with his observation of 20cm. Maiko Snow Resort nearby is saying 20-30cm, as is Kagura higher up. So 20cm goes on the report (but there's definitely 35cm on my car!)
Snow forecast all day today along with moderate wind, but all resorts are going to be open as normal. Kagura are not posting any wind-affected news just yet anyway.
Snow forecast for tomorrow too with some forecasts giving us a bit of a break from it around Wednesday - before a return to snow late week.
Limited visibility and colder than the weekend. Currently -4C in town.
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.
The resort is reporting 15-20cm of fresh this morning and I can vouch for that on this very cold morning with a bit of a wind as well.
Going to need to get wrapped up proper today if you are venturing out there with similar conditions forecast for the day and possibly into tomorrow as well.
Some heavy snowfall brewing up in time for the weekend as well, so we shouldn't be short of fresh this week.
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.
I'm happy to report some fresh snow this morning. I have just got back from Hakodate and so I missed out on most of yesterdays warmth and (apparently) bit of wet as well.
Would like more than the 10cm there is here, and it should be here today. Snow is being blown around though as well so difficult to put one number on it... the Avalanche Report this morning is recording up to 25cm of fresh snowfall.
Right now though there's actually some breaks in the cloud, some blue sky and a bit of sunshine which wasn't quite expected, but the next snow clouds should be over us and delivering pretty quickly. Still hoping/expecting/praying for decent snow to fall over the next 2 days.
It's very cold this morning as well which is good after the warmth of yesterday but alas, I need to mention the wind again as we have top lifts on hold at the start of the day because of them.
Come on Niseko.... deliver, please! If not for me, for all the good folk visiting.
Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day
Niseko base 6am: -6C, moderate storm, 25cm snowfall in 12 hours with snowdrift and cornice developments. Moiwa 800m NW18m/s, -11C, strong wind and snowfall, poor visibility and developed snowdrifts. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 280cm. Hirafu 1000m: -11C, strong wind with developing snowdrifts. Peak 1308m: unmeasurable, -15.8C. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW24m/s, Kamui cape WSW17m/s, 996hPa, 3.2m waves.
A strong storm has made windload/snowdrifts develop in all areas. The newly formed snowdrift slabs reached up to 140cm thickness in some leeward knolls around 800m altitude, sitting on top of warm temperature (Feb 8th) layer. Those slabs are still very unstable and the avalanche hazard in leeward steep slopes is high. According to snowfall transition and observations, possibility of a large-scale avalanche is high in 700m leeward valleys. All gates above 800m will be closed. Avalanche risk is similarly high in all areas around Niseko. The storm is forecasted to continue and the avalanche risk will remain high a while after the wind calm down. Many of the avalanche accidents occur during and just after storms. Better stay away from cornice slopes, knolls and valley bottom even if the chairlifts starts running. The snow will get better soon. Have a safe day.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 380cm 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
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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 9th February 2015, 9:15am
Mostly cloudy, some blue sky
Back to a Monday morning after a very busy and lively weekend in Nozawa.
It's much colder this morning and there's some fresh snow on the ground - Nozawa is reporting 10-15cm across the mountain.
Snow forecast for all day today though right now there's actually a bit of blue sky on show and the sun peeking through as well in places. Almost feels like it could clear up but the clouds should be back and delivering sooner than later and I expect to bring you some more numbers in the report tomorrow.
Maybe a break from snow around Wednesday, but back to it before and over the coming weekend. Looks like there's going to be lots. :)
Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday:
The snow storm we have been waiting for has arrived with the first signs being the increase in wind in the early hours of the morning. It has been a bit of a disappointment so far with only 4cm of fresh snow in the village this morning and the snow has almost stopped for now. There is still more on the forecast through today and tomorrow, so fingers crossed that it does eventuate. The upper slopes have received more than the village and there will be some nice fresh powder to be skied. At the moment the resort is getting buffeted by strong winds which may interfere with some lift operations. The winds reduce to light winds by Wednesday morning. Read more ...
Monday 9th February 2015, 9:23am
Coldest morning of the season. And by the looks of the other reports it seems it's a very cold start to the day Japan-wide!
Just a few cm of fresh snow to report this morning but snow is due today.... and lots of it. Get ready for some impressive numbers tomorrow morning.
Visibility low this morning with snow, fog and cloud. The village was in the cloud and fog early on, but that has improved since then. Still a lot of cloud around. And like I said, really cold.
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 ...
Monday 9th February 2015, 9:45am
Overcast, glimmers of sunshine
It's a Naeba-tastic morning report today.
Today we have had glimmers of sunshine after some heavy snowfall last night. The weather in the afternoon is going to get very wintery again with forecast for snow showers, getting heavier as the day goes on. Todays temperature is a chilly one (currently -9) with low winds so be sure to wrap up warm today when you head outside!
Yesterday’s weather was a mixed day with sunny and cloudy spells turning into heavy snow later on in the day.
Looking onto tomorrow, it’s forecast to have light snow showers through the day then a clear evening...
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 270cm 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 ...
Monday 9th February 2015, 10:55am
Clear, sometimes light snow
25cm of fresh snow overnight has given way to a pretty clear day, moderate but gusty winds and the top of Tenjin is currently open with the bottom expected to follow suit around noon.
It is cold and we have a big snowfall predicted tonight.
Nice powder on the hill today, after some pretty strong winds overnight.
Cold, too; Akakan shows -10 early this morning (same as the trusty car thermometer). Hard to tell with all the drifting, but there's probably 30cm of fresh, and the possibility of even heavier snow late today and into tonight. Not too bad.
It's bright now, though—not sunny, but not gloomy either.