Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 21st March 2018
Friday 9th March 2018, 7:22am
The predicted rain front has arrived and it is raining heavily. The rain is expected to continue throughout the day. Moderate winds are whipping around with trees moving quite a bit. The temperature is already +4c and the high for the day will be +12c. Those roads have turned into into steams of water and cars are getting stuck in the slushy snowpack as people try to head off to work. Those who decide to hit the slopes today will fall into the truly dedicated category. The others will head to an onsen of cafe. Read more ...
Friday 9th March 2018, 7:42am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
It was more about the wind during the day yesterday. The wind messed around with an increasing number of ski lifts at different resorts as the day went on.
But by late night the howling winds had calmed down and overnight it was more about the mild conditions and rain. Heavy rain at times. :(
This warmth, wind and rain will inevitably not have been kind to the snow.
And indeed it is very noticeable how much snow has disappeared around my neighbourhood in the last day. You can probably notice the same thing on the webcam image from near the Yuzawa IC today (see below and compare it with a few days ago).
It is actually forecast to get colder as the morning goes on and we hope that this rain might turn into sleet and then snow by tonight and overnight. The best case is that we might get a bit of a fresh layer of snow by tomorrow morning. That is more likely to happen at higher elevations.
Anyway, sorry for brining this somewhat gloomy news this morning.
We might not have any fresh snow, but weather conditions should be more settled from tomorrow into early next week with quite a lot of sunshine forecast. So while the snow conditions may be 'spring', we should be able to enjoy the pleasant spring weather.
All of the ski resorts should be opening this morning.
Updated: Friday 9th March February 2018
Ski resorts in Yuzawa:
Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.
Warm air with rain is entering the region with the passage of a low pressure system. Above 1000m there is positive temperatures and strong easterly winds. Out of bounds areas are in dangerous condition today and all gates will be closed as an accident prevention measure. Cold air is expected to re-enter the area tonight with a westerly snow wind. Pay attention to the snowfall transition. Accidents occur easily in bad weather. Rain and warm air are able to enter the snowpack through cracks, making full depth avalanches more likely to occur. Also be careful under lift lines and other clear cut areas. Avalanches are a natural occurrence when conditions are right and are only an accident when people are involved.
Although Niseko Rules are not perfect they are based on bitter experiences from the past to protect your freedom to ride safely. The Rules treat everyone fairly and if the gates are open anyone can go out of bounds. You must not force your skills and knowledge on others. You are free to criticise the rules but remember these rules allow your freedom to ride out of bounds. Beacons have never been mandatory. Today is good day to read a book. Have a good one.
Friday 9th March 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts should be operating as planned (Country Road Chair lift not operating)
Official snow depth: - Top: 450cm - Base: 260cm
Floodlit 'nighta' skiing - until Sunday 18th March
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 Read more ...
Friday 9th March 2018, 8:22am
Good morning from Grandeco.
It was raining all night and it is still falling this morning.
It is really hard to say something good today because of this rain and strong winds - perhaps the best thing is that all lifts and courses should be open!
It will be rain until this afternoon and tomorrow should be fair. There is even a bit of snow on the forecast for Sunday afternoon which would be nice. So the weekend will be good for skiing but expect spring conditions.
After a bit of a wild day yesterday with strong winds and lifts being rested, this morning we also have fog and cloud.. and some wet sleet falling - ranging from rain to snow depending on where abouts you are in the region.
There seems to be a chance of some (decent?) snow tonight before clearer weather tomorrow and over the weekend.
That would be very welcome.
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.
Strong winds messed with the ski-jo operations yesterday - the Number 1 lift was rested and people had to get back up to the hotel using a bus from the Number 8 car park. Not the nicest of days, and today isn't particularly friendly either.
I am actually writing this from Matsumoto city and so what I say now is going on info from the resort this morning - and they seem to be saying it is snowing this morning, with a temperature of 5C (?). Interesting. But definitely sounds better than rain for sure.
I'll be back in Madarao later tonight. Looks like the weather should be clearer and sunnier from tomorrow into next week.
Official snow depth:
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 Powder Theater Free Ride Park Adventure Aisle Crystal Bowl Ninja Sawa Rabbit Kamoshika Bear
There was actually a bit of snow to be seen falling yesterday, but this morning it's rain and wet. And it is warm after a particularly warm overnight. It's going to be getting colder as the day goes on and we can hope for some (wet) snow. Come on, let's have it!
From tomorrow the forecast looks more sun than snow as things start to get warm into mid week again.
Repeat after me: spring skiing is fun! ;)
Ski resort information on Friday 9th March 2018 (at time of writing):
Night time skiing (nighta) at resorts in the region - weather & conditions permitting The below 'nighta' information will not be updated every day - please check with resorts if you plan to go!
Hakuba Happo-one Daily from 5pm until 9pm in the Nakiyama 2 area Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen
Hakuba Goryu Daily from 6pm until 9:30pm in the Toomi area until 31st March The Sky Four quad operates daily; the Number 2 pair mostly on Saturdays and holidays Adults - 1,900 yen; children - 850 yen
Hakuba Cortina Daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays) Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen
Tsugaike Kogen Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 10th March Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen
There are no other nighta operations at other ski resorts in the region Read more ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Friday 9th March 2018, 8:31am
Started off fairly cloudy yesterday with some looming clouds in the distance. They got close enough in the afternoon to start raining on our parade (no parade I don't think, though it definitely did, literally rain. A lot). We saw tops of 11C (hence the rain, not snow) and winds that climbed to 90km/h in the evening.
The rain was heavy overnight, and unfortunately still heavy this morning. Into this afternoon the temps are set to get below zero, alas, the precipitation will have moved on and we're going to see maybe a cm of snow if we're lucky. Headed for tops of 7C in the morning, with the temps dropping in the evening to a top of -4C.
We have lost a bit of cover after last night, though the groomers have been out there as always getting it nice and slick. I believe the banked slalom is coming up soon (Early this coming week), so get practicing and enjoy your Friday.
Though we're not set to see any snow until maybe Monday morning, the sun is out tomorrow and after a good freeze, the snow quality should sharpen up...
Saturday: clear, sunny skies with light winds & tops of 0C Sunday: sunny with some afternoon snow showers, light winds & tops of 3C Monday: light snow to clear by the evening, moderate wins & tops of -1C
Official snow depths:
Top: 450cm Base: 300cm
Night skiing operations have finished for the season.
Good morning from a very wet Naeba! It's been raining and sleeting for 24 hours now. The air temperature this morning is a relatively cool 1°C, however due to the current rain being brought up in from the south east, this is cool enough to change the precipitation into snow at the base. The forecast indicates that it is in fact snowing at the top of Naeba resort, however due to today being the second day of top lift closures, we have no way to find out just yet. The precipitation is expected to continue for the day, with the wind swinging around to the north west. Winds should remain moderate. The pistes are, of course, sticky and damp, but with cooler weather on the horizon they should begin to firm up a bit.
Looking forwards, we can expect a sunny, clear day tomorrow, with temperatures around 2°C during the day time. There will be little wind. Temperatures will remain around 0°C until approximately Tuesday, when things rapidly warm up to around 11°C again. There will be some precipitation on Sunday, however we must wait to find out if this will fall as rain or snow. There is little to note about the wind this week either. Read more ...
Friday 9th March 2018, 9:56am
Took an evening out from the mountains and returned around noon yesterday to light, sporadic rain.
Overnight the mountains have seen heavier rain and the river is running through the valley this morning with more light rain and light to moderate winds from the North.
It was 2.5C above zero at 1300m which means our freezing level is somewhere above 1600m.
Grim stuff but temps are forecast to drop and snow to fall this afternoon before clear cool weather over the weekend.
This weekend is a gamble on conditions but best hunt out some Southerly aspects which should soften up in the sun.
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 ...
Friday 9th March 2018, 10:00am
Fog with snow
Heavy rains overnight, with some really strong winds that threw shovels all over the yard and really seemed like it would remove roofing panels (we didn’t even light the wood stove).
The heavy rain tapered off this morning, and is now turning to snow. Which is much more pleasant - and needed; note the continuing loss of snowpack.
Off to the Yama no Kami (Mountain God) event, where we will all be doing our best to plead for a little less exciting weather. Oh, and expect those positive temperatures to go negative as the freezing line comes down the mountain; it’s already given us a good, thick fog as the air cools.
I'm afraid it's rain today. Rather wet and not very appealing.
Looks like the Paradise Number 3 lift and Diamond Number 2 lifts are currently on hold - with all others moving as planned.
Still got fingers crossed for a little snow - particularly higher up - before tomorrow. It does look like the clouds are going to clear up and the sun will be with us from tomorrow. Keeping chilly on Saturday but gradually warming up again early week. Not much chance of snow by the looks...
Lifts and course info:
- Most lifts moving as planned - All areas open as planned - Note: the Karamatsu pair lift has now closed for the season
In the Uwanodai area: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until Sunday 18th March 2018
In the Yokokura area: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until Sunday 11th March 2018
Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates: Now finished for the season Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Friday 9th March 2018, 11:38am
Cloudy and raining
Good morning from Appi,
Spring has officially arrived here with quite the rain showers yesterday and today. The temperature has risen sharply and is now 9 degrees on my thermometer. We’ll see rain most of the day here variable westerly winds.
The weekend will hopefully bring another freeze to make the weekend at least semi pleasurable. Now that it’s March we’re going to have some fairly wide temperature swings and next week promises anything from -6 to plus 10 degrees.
The slopes are, well... they’re wet. You can expect a fair amount of thick, slushy wet snow out there today and for that matter most of next week too.
Lets face it though after the amount of great snow we’ve had this year it’s still not a bad way to end.
We will endeavour to keep the reports updated regularly until the end of the season at Appi (though it won't be daily).
Planned lift operations (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 5 lift - Central number 6 lift - Sailer quad - Nishimori pair
Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays