Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017
Tuesday 9th February 2016, 7:20am
Cloudy, with that bit of sunrise space now filled in
Red in the morning, sailors take warning But that sight, is the skier's delight
Or something like that. That's what I saw earlier this morning, with a red sunrise just peeking out under some black clouds, especially toward the ocean. And, sure enough, it's starting to snow right now in Myoko.
The winds offshore are coming from the southwest right now, but as those swing around to the west and north we're likely to see some good snow today, possibly even some heavy snow.
We'll need all the additional we can get, as the weekend forecast now has the freezing line moving up as high as 3150 meters, with heavy rains. Combine that with winds, and our already-shallow snowpack could take a beating (I know, visitors from abroad, this is great compared to home but it hasn't been enough to make the backcountry really fun/safe, or to ensure that we can ski until early April! We're warm and maritime here, and that snowpack almost disappears before your eyes when we get strong warm winds).
Only Ikenotaira and Kyukamura are reporting so far this morning; Ikenotaira's -3° is more representative than the colder temperatures we had yesterday, and which are still in the list below.
After yesterday providing great weather and snow, today looks a bit depressing in comparison. Winds have been pretty strong through the night and are now moderate in the village.
Operation of the Kitanomine Gondola is on hold due to the wind. The intensity will reduce in the afternoon and then get stronger again in the evening. We should receive a reasonable dump of snow later tonight but the winds will probably not let much of that settle on the main courses very well and it could end up in the trees.
Temperatures are mild with -4c in the village right now. Tomorrow looks windy as well but will also bring more snow. Saturday is forecast to be tropical and the resort will see above zero temperatures. Read more ...
Tuesday 9th February 2016, 7:55am
Lots of sunshine for now
Good morning from Yuzawa.
After that beautiful day yesterday, no new snowfall to report this morning... but it's on the way.
Yes, while there was some cloud to be seen at times it was generally clear blue skies yesterday with the sunshine warming things up after that cold start to the day.
This morning we are starting once again with sunny blue skies but things are due to change and as soon as the late morning or early afternoon. Snow should be falling by this afternoon and maybe - hopefully - some heavy snow will be falling from the skies tonight. Bring it on!
The 2016 Alpine Skiing World Cup event will be held on the slopes of Naeba between 12th-14th February. Let's hope we get lots of snow to help those folk with their preparations. (Unfortunately, right now it is still looking like temperatures are going to rise over the weekend with rain falling. Please... no!
Fingers crossed everyone.
Please note that some of the reports may be posted later than usual tomorrow morning.
Resort official snow depths (Tuesday 9th February 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:
Details of the 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma.
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.
NASPA Ski Garden Extended opening until 6pm (Number 1 lift) on Saturdays until 27th February. There is no special ticket available just for the extended time.
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.
Today brings stormy conditions to Kiroro. A southerly storm has moved in bring strong and gusty winds along with a sharp rise in temperature. Presently the Gondola, Asari #2 and Nagamine #2 are on hold until the wind drops.
There was no snowfall overnight, warmer temperatures (-2°C at the base) will make the snow smooth and creamy, expect a sun crust on higher elevation south facing slopes. Colder weather, along with more snow are expected to return tonight, however the wind may increase as it swings around to the north. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 9th February 2016, 8:10am
Hello from Nozawa and while I can't report any new snowfall - beautiful day yesterday - and it isn't snowing just yet, we are all expecting the goods over the next two days.
Hopefully snow will be falling sometime from this morning and continue through tomorrow with potentially heavy snow tonight.
Things still expected to warm up over the weekend, and rain is still looking likely - perhaps even higher up the mountain. Let's deal with that nearer the time.
For now, loads of snow please!!
Please note that some of the reports may be posted later than usual tomorrow morning.
Official info at time of writing on Tuesday 8th February 2016 (subject to change):
Good morning from Niseko and... did you get to enjoy the day yesterday? Great weather to be out in, though perhaps not the kindest to snow conditions. Sun-baked I believe is the word.
I'm afraid that today I have unfortunately have to add 0cm into the report with no new cm of snowfall... just a dusting.
It is definitely feeling considerably milder this morning but light snow has been falling this morning (hence the dusting) with snow forecast to be falling through the day today and tomorrow. So I should have news of a fresh layer in my report tomorrow. Let's see how much Nature decides to send us this time.
You may have noticed that towards the end of the week and Saturday lots of Japan will be experiencing warmer conditions. There's a chance of some rain on Saturday, even here, according to some forecasts. Some attractive but hopefully wrong weather people were on the telly throwing about the word 'spring' (not when talking about Hokkaido I might add), which should of course be banned along with 'rain'. Until April.
But don't worry, it will surely (hopefully) just be a blip for us up here.
Back to today and poor visibility is preventing top lifts from opening early morning - hopefully that will improve but there also a good chance of strong winds causing lift issues today.
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Resort specific lift opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
Niseko Grand Hirafu The top Ace Number 4, King Number 4 and King Number 3 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to poor visibility.
Niseko HANAZONO Resort The top Hanazono Number 3 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to poor visibility.
Niseko Village The top Wonderland lift is on hold at the start of the day due to poor visibility.
Niseko Annupuri The top Jumbo Number 4 lift is on hold from the start of the day due to poor visibility.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 5am: -1℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -2℃, E10m/s, no snowfall but development of snowdrifts. Mikaeri 740m: -4.4℃, NE7.6m/s. Annupuri 1150m, Hirafu Peak Ridge: data n/a. Benkei cape: S4m/s, Kamui cape: E3m/s, 1002hPa, 0.7m waves.
An easterly wind is picking up above 800m elevation as a new low-pressure system is approaching, making snowdrifts develop on top of the Feb 8th sun-baked face of the west-facing slopes. Warm air is also flowing along with the wind, unexpected avalanches are to be considered in slopes above 800m. Newly formed cornices are especially unstable. The snow & wind is likely to pick up as the Low moves east, better pay attention to the weather when going out touring. Gates opening is yet to be decided due to heavy winds, please respect the patrol’s decisions.
There have been 2 avalanches reported yesterday. Both caused by collapsing cornices. No human casualties. Stay away of cornices and don’t ski-cut carelessly. People below wouldn’t escape it. Patrollers will be doing some research in Yu no Sawa today, stay away from there or get busted and have your pass confiscated. Icy roads this morning, drive safe.
Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 9th February 2016:
Yesterday was a real beauty. Splendid Hakuba scenery was on tap for those who were here.
Now for some fresh snow!
And yes, it is snowing this morning with resorts already reporting up to 5cm on slopes and 5cm here in the village as well. Coming down nicely too, let's hope it can keep on coming. Moderate to heavy snowfall forecast for today and hopefully still snowing into tomorrow, so let's see how much we can get to report tomorrow morning.
The weekend forecast still shows some alarmingly warm temperatures along with rain due as the freezing line rises to above 3000m. Yikes. We can certainly be doing without any of that lot! Here's to the forecast changing, though I see that it's something that is due to be affecting large parts of Japan not just here.
Anyway today should be good, tomorrow should be better. Let's enjoy what we have. Take care out there.
Please note that some of the Now reports may be posted later than usual tomorrow morning.
Resort news as of 8:40am on Tuesday 9th February 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall. All courses are open. Part of the Tree Riding Zone is open. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47. Official snow depth: Upper: 210cm Base: 95cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0-2cm of fresh snowfall earlier this morning. All courses except Snow Diving are open. The Toomi area will be open until 8:30pm tonight for 'nighta'. Official snow depth Alps: 225cm Toomi: 105cm Iimori: 105cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Happo-one is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall on mountain. All open (apart from the Kurobishi Off Piste Area). Happo Banks Snow Park is now open. The lower Nakiyama area is open for 'nighta' every day until 9pm. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 190cm Nakiyama: 80cm Sakka: 55cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall as of 7am, but it's snowing now! All courses are open. The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 8pm tonight. Official snow depth: Top: 200cm Base: 124cm
Tsugaike Kogen: All course areas are open. Nighta at Kane-no-naru-oka on 13th February; at Karamatsu/Shirakaba on 13th/20th February and 5th/12th/19th March. Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 226cm Maruyama: 90cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 70cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field: All of Village Side is now open but parts of the Mountain Side not yet available (Sonezawa, View A, View B). There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake. Official snow depth: Upper: 130cm Lower: 50cm
Hakuba Norikura Onsen: All courses except Snake are now open. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake. Official snow depth: 110cm
Today is relatively overcast although the cloud cover is at a higher level than the mountains so visibility should be fine.
Good morning from Naeba everybody.
Today is a relatively overcast day with perfectly smooth groomed conditions on slope. The snow yesterday stopped falling around mid morning so conditions are less fresh today than yesterday but as a result the groomers have managed to lay some fresh corduroy all over the mountain.
The snow forecast is still predicting snow all today and a bit of snow to come tomorrow although that hasn't started falling just yet.
Temperatures forecast to rise for the weekend and the big event here at Naeba. Everyone is really hoping for the weather to co-operate!
In preparation for the World Cup, the lower half of Daishamen run is now netted off with a small section that you can cross only when Ski Patrol waves you through
Yesterday was one of those days when you get up there to the top of the lifts and look out for a few moments to take it all it. Absolutely beautiful. Clear skies and sunshine through the day with no clouds in the sky.
No new snowfall to report as you would expect, and while we are starting the day with some sun this morning we are expecting things to be changing quite soon. Snow is forecast, and we can hopefully expect quite a fair bit of it as the day goes on with light snow forecast for tomorrow as well.
Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Tuesday 9th February 2016):
Sun Valley 60cm Nighta on Saturdays until 19th March (7pm-9pm)
Takamagahara Mammoth 95cm
Tannenomori Okojo 95cm
Ichinose Family 95cm Nighta daily until 27th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Ichinose Diamond 95cm Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Ichinose Yamanokami 95cm
Yakebitaiyama 100cm Nighta on Saturdays until 12th March (6pm-8pm)
Okushiga Kogen 90cm
Kumanoyu 85cm Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm) Also on 12th February and 20th March
Blue skies right now with relatively warm temperatures of -3. Expect the clouds to come in this afternoon bringing what we hope is a fair amount of snow. Yesterday was on/off snow showers depositing 2cm.
The next few days should be a mix of sunshine and clouds with tomorrow being cloudy most of the day. You’ll also see a decrease in temperature with it dropping back to -10 on Wednesday evening. Thursday the sun should pop back out raising temperatures with it but bringing no snow.
The runs are in fair shape given the amount of traffic they’ve seen over the last 4 days but you can expect some of the upper runs to be a little worse for wear given the original meagre snow covering. Fingers crossed again for the forecast snow today.
Enjoy the sunshine and don’t forget the sunscreen.
Currently planned operating lifts:
- Appi Gondola - Sailer Gondola - Central Number 1 quad - Number 2 lift A - Number 3 lift B - Number 3 lift C - Number 4 lift - Sailer quad - Vista quad - Nishimori lift Read more ...
Tuesday 9th February 2016, 9:49am
Fine weather conditions yesterday making for some beautiful scenery and some fine looking ice monsters, even if they may generally be smaller than usual.
Earlier on this morning some snow was falling but since then it has eased off and there's been a bit of sunshine.
Snowfall is expected though today and overnight tonight; hopefully quite a lot of it as well so I look forward to reporting that in my report tomorrow morning.
Information as of Tuesday 9th February 2016 (subject to change)
All planned lifts are operating this morning. The Karamatsu pair lift does not operate on weekdays.
Volatile day on the weather front here. The base at Tenjindaira was cold over night, -6C at 8am before spiking to +3C at around 10:30am. The sky was clear and blue but the late morning saw clouds roll in and this afternoon it started to snow heavily. Winds are currently fine at the base but audibly powerful up top where it is no doubt blowing a gale.
The forecast is calling for heavy snow tonight and for strong winds to persist all day tomorrow. That sort of talk can make a ski bum want to stay curled up in bed but forecasts have been so unreliable this year, a punter would be taking a punt on the fluffy stuff with Hodaigi as a backup in case they can't open at Tenjin.
Regardless of when, there is a really great powder day in the works up here.
All snow resorts in Minakami now all (at least part) open: