Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 21st January 2020
Friday 10th February 2017, 8:07am
Snowing and overcast
Good morning from Naeba everybody.
Well, today is definitely going to be a cold one! Relatively strong winds and heavy snow combined have created partial blizzard conditions on the mountain. This, unfortunately, means that some of the mountain will not open today with The Dragondola and Prince Gondola No. 2 both currently on wind hold. However, the good news is that there will be awesome powder to ride all day long!
There should be powder in most places on the mountain, however, there will be a degree of drifting and wind accumulation going on as well meaning that you may have to hunt a little bit to find the best powder.
Looking onwards, this heavy snow is predicted to continue all week until Wednesday when there is expected to be a break in the weather.
There's 18cm of fresh snow this morning at base. Nice.
It should stop falling later and there's a chance that the sun will appear.
Center 33 course is the advanced course and usually the course is not groomed but this morning it has been groomed as a flat surface. No doubt it will soon be carved up by eager skiers and snowboarders.
It will be snowing again tonight probably with snow still lined up on and off over the coming week.
Enjoy the powder snow!
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: 280cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: snow Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow Read more ...
Friday 10th February 2017, 8:49am
Morning from Niseko.
We did get some sunshine yesterday morning, it turned into a cracker weather wise. Very nice.
There's no fresh snow to report this morning and all the resort areas appear to be opening as planned.
The day has started mostly cloudy but again it looks like the sun might just break through.
Next fresh snowfall? Tomorrow perhaps. Fingers crossed!
There is an obviously frustrated message from the Niseko Avalanche folk this morning though - see below.
Unfortunately some people come here and seem to think that 'their rules apply', rather than the other way round. All I want to say is that if you are visiting, please remember that you are the visitor. I don't know any specific stories but it's particularly disappointing to hear that apparently some people who are based here (even doing business here?) and really should know better and be co-operating are being naughty in this respect.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -4℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -6℃, moderate northerly wind, no snowfall. Hirafu 1250m: -8℃, strong northerly wind, no snowfall. Sea of Japan Kamu cape lighthouse: ENE6m/s, 999hPa, 1.1m waves.
A moderate NE wind is blowing, however no snow has fallen and according to observations, the general avalanche risk is low. All gates will open, however the out of bounds area is tracked out. Be careful.
Too many people are crossing boundary ropes and stepping into strictly off-limits areas to seek fresh tracks. Although, we feel sorry about anyone getting hurt, seeing people not caring at all about entering strictly off-limits areas is reaching the end of the ski patrol’s patience. Using day passes as a measure to avoid having long-term passes confiscated, and thinking it’s ok to duck ropes as long as you’re not being seen by ski patrol. Such a wrong idea to think that you’re allowed to do whatever you want in a small mountain in a small country in the far east.
People who deny the Niseko Rules and talk about introducing the western system seems to have no idea that this Rules is a rare case that strikes a balance between the freedom and safety of ski resort users. Disagreeing with it is pure ignorance. Is there any just reason why you shouldn’t respect Japanese regulations? Accommodations and tourism related operators also have the duty and responsibility to correctly explain the Niseko Rules to their guests.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
The only downer this morning is that strong northerly winds are preventing lots of top lifts from opening and so access to some areas not possible right now. Hopefully the wind conditions may ease off, though snow and wind is forecast for the day. And snow through the day tomorrow too. Actually regular snow looks set for the coming week. :)
Should be a great weekend. Take care out there, and have fun.
Resort news as of 8:40am on Friday 10th 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 30-35cm of fresh snowfall. Strong winds affecting top area at the start of the day. Official snow depth Upper: 280cm Base: 150cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 20-30cm of fresh snowfall. Strong winds affecting top area at the start of the day. Official snow depth Alps: 335cm Toomi: 175cm Iimori: 140cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). Strong winds affecting top area at the start of the day. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 230cm Kurobishi: 255cm Lower: 155cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Strong winds affecting top area at the start of the day. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 350cm Han-no-ki: 340cm Maruyama: 180cm Oya-no-hara: 170cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 160cm
Hakuba Cortina: The resort is reporting 30cm of fresh snowfall. Official snow depth: Top: 350cm Base: 230cm
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 - Kamoshika - Grand Prix Read more ...
Friday 10th February 2017, 9:06am
After a warmish day yesterday we are back to true February weather with -15c recorded at base. There is no new snow to report for today. A top up to freshen the slopes would be great but there is not much on the forecast for the next 6 days excpet for a very light dusting on Saturday and Sunday. However, putting all this in perspective we have received a total of 99cm at village level over the last 14 days which is very impressive in itself.
Wind! Right now in the village there is merley a breeze, but the resort is reporting moderate to strong winds at the top and because of this has made the decision not to operate Kitanomine Gondola.
It is another snowy morning in Madarao with a nice new fresh layer of snow on the ground.
The resort is reporting 20cm of fresh and I am measuring just less than that, but snow continues to fall and it should be increasing through the day today. It was actually snowing more earlier on, just lightly for the moment.
The weekend is approaching of course and so many people will be making their way here. We can expect further snow but it probably won't be heavy and there might even be some changes of clearings at times. It should remain cold though so come prepared for mid-winter conditions.
And come expecting some nice snow conditions!
Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):
- Number 1 lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3A - 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)
Our measurement for the day down in town is also 10cm.
It is still snowing and probably will be for all today and tomorrow too. (Is that a chance of sunshine tomorrow morning I see on some forecasts?)
The Tashiro area of Kagura is closed today, as are some of the lifts up at the main area of Kagura - the resort is open from Mitsumata Ropeway to the Kagura Number 1 pair lift.
The South Area section of GALA Yuzawa is not open yet this morning and they are going to keep an eye on the conditions regarding that. Other lifts may be running at slower than usual speeds but the resort is open.
Thank you to everyone who entered the lift ticket giveaway. Winners will be notified later today!
Official snow depth information as of Friday 10th February 2017
Some data not updated for today due to the early report.
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 ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Friday 10th February 2017, 9:43am
Another 28cm of fresh light snow this morning.
And guess what - it's still snowing... and coming down pretty heavily right at this moment, with a gusty wind as well for good measure.
Not best conditions for everyone but once this calms down we should be in for another treat with the conditions.
Can't think of much else to say really. Should be an excellent weekend. Just wrap up well and bring your goggles. If we are lucky we might see some breaks in the clouds at times...
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish. Often they don't update daily and don't reflect the amount of fresh snow falling!
I got called out by some visitors yesterday for missing a few days (thanks for reading, boys!), and, as promised, I got out snowthrowing at 5 am. OK, 5:30, to be completely honest, but your reporter is out there in the snow, gathering data, making life possible for the people of our fair city....
OK, let's talk snow. A pretty good fall overnight, but once again it's hard to tell total fall due to the pretty strong winds out there. The really strong winds have tapered off a bit, but we're still seeing some big gusts and blowing snow. There's a good chance of some lift closure, although nothing has been posted except for the top No. 3 lift at Suginohara, which will open at 10:30.
Extra care should be taken offpiste, though, with the wind very likely depositing a lot of snow on lee slopes. Slide danger is definitely higher, and even sluffs shouldn't be ignored (loose sluffs of lots of snow in the wrong place can be a real problem...).There's plenty of powder out there to enjoy, so choose a safe line, have fun and be safe.
It’s only -1 outside right now with some very light snow falling and it certainly feels warmer after the -15 or so we had last week. The forecast snowfall has seemingly dropped off the cliff which is too bad. We can expect another 15-20cm throughout the day today which will certainly help over the weekend. Stable temperatures for the next few days hovering in the zero to -3 range at the base.
The clouds and overcast sky will stay with us for the next three to four days with the sun making an appearance perhaps on Tuesday.
All but one run is open and they’re in great shape with the groomers doing a wonderful job.
Come and join us before the crowds come.
Planned operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):
Appi Gondola Central quad Central number 1 Central number 2 Central number 3a Central number 4 Central number 5 Central number 6 Sailer Gondola Sailer quad Vista quad Nishimori
It doesn't seem as cold this morning (though still just under zero here are base) and while it was just cloudy earlier the snow is back now.
Regular snowfall still on the forecast for the weekend, along with some moderate winds at times. It's going to keep cold and with any wind probably feel colder than the headline numbers, so if you are coming for the weekend come prepared for mid-season snowy conditions.
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 ...
Friday 10th February 2017, 11:37am
Filthy weather here today with extremely strong winds. The snow at the base of Tenjindaira is the same stuff we had a few days ago. Feels light and fluffy and great to ski but despite the lightness there is a significant water content to it and it was very prone to avalanche a few days ago. It also settled extremely quickly too though so tomorrow could be a good one.
Was over at Hodaigi where they have a healthy 25cm and lighter winds. It's all systems go there and Okutone is looking great too.
Forecast is for light snow tomorrow and possibly the day to get Tenjin if you're able. Saturday night they are forecasting heavy snow which is actually the last thing we need. That said, the longer range forecast is for smaller dumps all next week which is the perfect scenario for this area.
25cm Tenjin 20cm Hodaigi 20cm 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 ...