Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 13th December 2017
Thursday 9th February 2017, 7:31am
Grey cloud cover
Morning from Yuzawa.
Yesterday it was snowing lightly for lots of the day but it really didn't amount to any new cm of snowfall at our measuring point - just 1cm since it was cleared after the report yesterday morning.
Uniform grey clouds cover the sky this morning above the region and while it is a chilly start to the day the temperature is forecast to get up to around +3C later on this afternoon in town.
Precipitation is possible later on - hopefully snow, possibly of rain/sleet in town - but it should be snowing from the early hours of tomorrow and through the day tomorrow, and potentially be quite windy too. Need to keep an eye on that as it might affect lifts are some resorts.
For the moment things seem calm this morning.
I have to post an early report this morning, meaning that I am posting this before most ski resorts have published any information for the day - but I expect ski resorts to be open as normal this morning.
Below are details of the planned 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma this season. This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions. *** Please note that this section will not be updated every day.
Ishiuchi Maruyama Daily until 19th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 8:50pm. The Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2 and Kanko Number 3 Express lifts are open daily. The Kanko Number 1 Express lift, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift and Hatsukaishi Number 2 pair lifts are also open on weekends and holidays.
Iwappara Daily until 20th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays. The Main course, Grand course and West courses are open during nighta.
Joetsu Kokusai Daily until 20th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm. The area in front of the main base hotel is open for nighta.
Kandatsu Kogen 'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night') is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.
Maiko Snow Resort Daily until 19th March 2017. Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm. The Maiko center quad lift on the Maiko Side of the resort operates for nighta.
Naeba Daily until 26th March 2017. Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.
NASPA Ski Garden 'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in January and February. On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.
Yuzawa Nakazato Every Saturday until 11th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm. The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 9th February 2017, 7:55am
Good morning from Nozawa.
There's another 6cm of snow to report from the yesterday morning and the resort is reporting 5-7cm with none further overnight.
I had an amazing morning enjoying some excellent conditions and had a chance to meet a few like-minded folk visiting from overseas. They seemed happy with their Nozawa experience.
This morning as expected it is calm and cloudy with grey clouds all around. There's a chance of snow later on this afternoon or this evening and then snow is forecast to be falling throughout the day tomorrow --- potentially heavy snow. I would expect some good numbers once again in my reports tomorrow and/or Saturday. There's a chance there'll be a moderate wind tomorrow but hopefully not enough to mess about with lift operations.
Lifts operations: - All lifts apart from the following lifts are operating - Yunomine pair - Mizunashi pair - Challenge pair - Utopia pair
Most courses at Nozawa Onsen are open. Courses not open are: - Kandahar West - Kandahar East - Grand Prix Read more ...
Thursday 9th February 2017, 8:19am
Good morning from Grandeco.
Only 4cm of new snow has fallen last night and it is a very calm start to the morning.
The latest forecasts say that it may actually snow in the Tokyo region today - but not many snow here in Bandai! The opposite of the usual pattern, of course.
Temperatures are keeping cold and snow conditions are good - light powder.
Hopefully the snow will come back by this evening and the forecast has regular snowfall lined up over the coming week so we should be on the receiving end of regular top-ups.
Hope you can come and enjoy the fine conditions.
Snow Park Information:
[E-Park] Waves, bank, 7m kicker, 8m kicker
[Decoboco-Park] 6m straight wide box, 6m straight box, wave, volcano, drum can, 6m straight box, 8m straight rail, 6m arch box, 3m table top, 5m table top and bank
- Gondola - Number 1 quad lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3 quad lift - Number 4 quad lift
All courses now open
Official snow depth: 270cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: wet snow Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow Read more ...
Thursday 9th February 2017, 8:30am
Mostly cloudy, some blue sky
Good morning everyone.
A bit of snow falling on the mountain yesterday at times, but there's no new cm of fresh snowfall to report to you at base this morning.
There is lots of cloud up there this morning but an increasing amount of blue sky as well. We might even get some sunshine.
There's still not a huge amount of snow on the forecasts with maybe a chance of light to moderate snowfall at times over the 3-4 days. I wouldn't expect much today or tomorrow though, more is likely for over the weekend.
I just noticed yesterday that I have up until now observed exactly 5m of snowfall this season, here by Niseko base.
A friend of mine has just spent a few weeks down in Niigata - Myoko and Yuzawa - and we were and doing some 'let's comparing' talk about the snow. If you look at the daily reports for those regions you will notice that they have had a fair bit more snow than we have. But as is so often the case, the raw numbers perhaps don't always give a full picture. Happily up here even when we don't get fresh snow, for the most part temperatures usually remain low enough to keep snow conditions decent. He enjoyed some fine conditions down there and some periods of very heavy snow, but one of the things that he mentioned was how it warmed up in between the snowfall - and when that happened the snow conditions suffered.
Obviously what we all really want is lots of regular snowfall, and for it to keep really cold even when going through a dry spell.
Quality, quantity, cold temperatures!
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -7℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -8℃, light breeze and no snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, SW5m/s, no snowfall. Hirafu 1250m: WSW5m/s, no snowfall. Sea of Japan Kamui cape lighthouse: WSW8m/s, 1007hPa, 1.3m waves.
The atmospheric pressure chart is flat and no snowfall is expected. A mild SW wind is blowing due to the influence of a small low-pressure system present over the seas of Japan. Looking at the observations, the snowdrifts are stable and the overall avalanche risk is low. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Listen and follow the ski patrol’s advice. Wearing beacons and helmets is strongly recommended. Do not duck ropes.
Those of you going touring, remember to always check your position and the snow. A shallow surface slab slide from Feb 7th layer is to be expected in steep slopes and/or gullies above 1000m. Some of the slopes above treeline are wind-blown, packed with ripples, but the snow in the trees stays relatively good.
Stay vigilant and have a nice day.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area. Read more ...
Thursday 9th February 2017, 8:37am
Morning from Hakuba.
Yesterday the clouds continued to clear leaving us with some bright sunshine and mostly blue skies in the afternoon. Lovely.
The skies have clouded over again by early this morning and light snow has started to lazily fall. We probably can't expect much during the day today but some forecasts are calling for potentially heavy snowfall overnight tonight, and then regular snowfall through the weekend as well.
There is just a light southerly wind this morning and all resorts look like they are opening as normal.
It has been cold overnight and it is a cold start to the day - so it should be a good morning!
It's going to be interesting to see how the next 24 hours turn out, and of course I will fill you in on that this time tomorrow. Lots of snow and it should be another great upcoming weekend.
Resort news as of 8:30am on Thursday 9th February 2017:
All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned. Official snow depth Upper: 260cm Base: 130cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned. Official snow depth Alps: 320cm Toomi: 155cm Iimori: 130cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 1cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). The resort appears to be opening as planned. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 215cm Kurobishi: 230cm Lower: 145cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The resort appears to be opening as planned. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 320cm Han-no-ki: 310cm Maruyama: 170cm Oya-no-hara: 150cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 150cm
Hakuba Cortina: The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. Official snow depth: Top: 350cm Base: 225cm
Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:
Hakuba Goryu: Planned to be open daily from 6pm until 9:30pm
Tsugaike Kogen: Planned at the Kane-no-naru-oka area on February 11th (6pm until 8:50pm) Planned at the Katamatsu-Shirakaba area February 11th, 18th; March 4th, 11th, 18th, 19th (6pm until 9pm)
Hakuba Cortina: Planned to be open daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)
Hakuba Happo-one: Planned to be open daily until 9pm on the Nakiyama area.
Kashimayari: Planned to be open daily.
There is no night skiing at the other resorts in the area. Read more ...
Thursday 9th February 2017, 8:45am
It's light snow this morning in Madarao and light snow forecast for the day... possibly heavy snow overnight tonight.
While it is snowing, visibility is pretty decent still at the moment and a fine conditions to be out on the slopes.
If that forecast is correct we should be on for another decent reset before the weekend and the chance of more snow through the weekend too. The main event looks set to be tonight into tomorrow morning though, so currently not a stormy weekend likely... just very nice conditions to enjoy.
Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):
- Number 1 lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 5 lift - Super quad lift - Number 11 lift - Number 12 lift - Number 13 lift - Number 15 lift - Moving walkway - Kids Park - Free Ride Park
- Powder Wave I - Powder Wave II - River Line - Powder Theater - Adventure Aisle - Crystal Bowl - Ninja - Sawa - Rabbit - Kamoshika - Bear
- Nighta at Madarao Kogen is every Saturday until 25th March (and also on 19th March)
It is a grey start to the day with cloud cover and very light snow currently falling. At the same time, I can see the sun trying to shine through the grey clouds at the moment. So a bit of mixed conditions at the time of my report.
Forecast says snow though for overnight tonight and tomorrow in particular - another decent delivery? - and the chance of snow showers through the weekend as well.
Temperatures should remain cold and so the very good snow conditions should be continuing.
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.
It is a fairly mild morning and the thermometer should rise to around 0c during the day. It is mostly cloudy at the moment with scattered breaks letting blue sky and sunshine through. Unfortunately there is no new snow to report. On Saturday and Sunday there should be some light snowfall, but over the next 6 days there is nothing significant on the snow front heading this way. Read more ...
Thursday 9th February 2017, 10:19am
It's a gray day out there today.
One of those days that seems like something is about to happen, and, with heavy snow on the forecast from later today, that something is once again about to arrive.
A low-pressure cell is about to move over the area; right now the winds are from the east off the coast, which is unusual and, again, a sign that things will be shifting soon. The sun is even trying to peek out at the moment.
Great snow out there, though, and hopefully we'll at least get enough for a good reset in the backcountry (and not so much that things become impossible).
Another cloudy day today with a temperature of -2 outside right now. The sky is threatening snow but we’ll be lucky to see any today.
Tomorrow however looks different altogether and without getting too giddy we may see another 50cm !! day here. Yes that’s correct, maybe 50cm of snowfall tomorrow if the forecast holds true. The winds should remain relatively light too with temperatures stable at -4 at the base. It certainly bodes well for Saturday and Sunday here if we get that amount.
The sun may come out for a brief visit on Sunday afternoon but it’s really a little early to tell. The runs are in good shape and the crowds remain relatively light so you’ll have the mountain to yourself at least for the next 2 days anyway.
Planned operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):
Appi Gondola Central quad Central number 2 Central number 3a Central number 4 Central number 5 Central number 6 Sailer Gondola Sailer quad Vista quad Nishimori
It was snowing lightly early this morning but has stopped now and is just cloudy at the moment here in the village but still seems to be snowing in places on the mountain. The forecast still shows that snow clouds will probably be with us for most of the coming week though we can probably expect bit by bit rather than any major dumps. There is also a good chance of stronger winds tomorrow and Saturday.
All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating today:
Paradise Number 3 pair Karamatsu pair
All courses apart from Kotan are open.
Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself): Summit - 125cm Paradise - 210cm Chuo - 210cm Utopia - 160cm Uwanodai - 125cm Yokokura - 135cm
Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations
Every day until 5th March 2017. Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm. Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children. In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled. Read more ...
Thursday 9th February 2017, 18:01pm
Tenjin opened at noon yesterday and has been in excellent form since with clouds covering the mountain the whole time.
More snow is falling here this afternoon though its light so far.
Forecast is for a sizeable dump tonight and hopefully it arrives minus the wind though that is forecast too.
Tomorrow may well be a Hodaigi day though that place has been cranking whenever Tenjin is closed.
5cm Tenjin 0cm Hodaigi 0cm Okutone
Temps at 8am
Official snow depth:
380cm Tenjin 200cm Hodaigi 230cm Okutone
Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):
Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available. Read more ...