Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 17th February 2019
Thursday 10th January 2019, 7:35am
Mostly clear blue skies, bits of cloud
An early report this morning. (Your reporter desperately wants to get out early on the skis this morning.)
After the snow, it's clearer blue skies this morning with just a little cloud here and there. Cold too!
Snow fell during the day yesterday, not as heavily as it had been by the afternoon, but I measured 12cm since morning by 5pm. There's no more to report this morning other than a slight dusting.
All the ski resorts should be open this morning and it's good to see the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa also getting back open and also the Gondola at Maiko.
Also good to see some official snow depths reaching 3m (though the actual snow that has fallen is more important than those numbers).
It should be a fine morning, with perhaps a little wind.
We might even get a little snow overnight, but watch the temperatures - hopefully it's going to keep low enough.
Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama (looking north).
Updated: 7:30am, Thursday 10th January 2019
** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information. Information is checked manually each morning but sometimes official information is updated later than the time of these reports.
Night time 'nighta' operations (listed in alphabetical order)
Below is information on night time floodlit skiing operations at ski resorts in the area. Subject to change due to weather and snow conditions.
Ishiuchi Maruyama Open daily until Saturday 16th March 2019 The Chuo Area is open daily for nighta The Hatsukaishi and Kanko Areas only open for nighta over New Year and nights before holidays 4:00pm until 8:30pm
Iwappara Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019 Part of the mid and lower area of the resort 5:00pm until 8:00pm on weekdays; until 9:00pm on Saturdays
Joetsu Kokusai Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019 Area in front of the base hotel, Osawa and lower Atema 5:00pm until 9:00pm
Kandatsu Kogen 'Hobo (Almost) All Night' every Friday, Saturday and night before holidays until 30th March 2019 6:00pm until 4:0am the next morning
Maiko Snow Resort Open daily 'one-coin nighta' (500 yen) until Saturday 16th March 2019 Maiko Center Quad lift in the Maiko Area 4:00pm until 8:00pm
Naeba Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019 Number 3 and 4 high speed and Number 4 romance pair lifts 4:00pm until 8:30pm
NASPA Ski Garden NASPA extends opening for the Number 1 lift on the following dates: 12th, 13th, 19th, 26th January 2019 2nd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 23rd February 2019 Extended until 6:00pm
Yuzawa Nakazato Every Saturday until 9th March 2019 Sunday 13th January 2019 Sunday 10th February 2019 Number 2 romance pair lift 5:00pm until 8:30pm Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 10th January 2019, 7:36am
Fine, some cloud
There's some cloud but the sun is going to be shining this morning.
There's lots of fresh snow around after the heavy snowfall into yesterday (it got less so as the day went on).
Today should just be superb, and I'm excited. It is a very cold start to the day, so let's get wrapped up and enjoy it.
What more can I say?!
Thursday 10th January 2019
Fresh snowfall recorded by resort (since yesterday at 3pm):
All courses open apart from the following planned to be open:
- Kandahar West - Kandahar East - Grand Prix - Kamoshika (part?) Read more ...
Thursday 10th January 2019, 7:50am
Conditions will be fantastic today on and off the trails with a fresh 15cm of new snow overnight. It is still snowing moderately heavy but may ease up soon. The temperature is a pleasant -5c, not too cold, and overcast skies. The weather for Friday and the weekend looks promising with some nice sunshine in the mix.
Open lifts: Prince Romance chair Downhill Romance #2 chair Downhill Romance #3 chair Furano Ropeway
Kitanomine quad chair Kitanomine #2 chair Kitanomine Gondola Link chair Read more ...
Thursday 10th January 2019, 8:13am
Morning from Madarao.
It's shaping up to be a great morning here. Some cloud still around after the snow-fest of yesterday; the resort is not reporting any fresh but I have some to report since writing yesterday. There's more than that in wind-swept places. Basically, lots of snow - we are doing well at the moment.
A very cold start to the day too.
Looks like there's going to be clearer skies rather than snow for the most part into next week now. As long as it keeps cold, should be good.
Monday is a national holiday in Japan so it's a long weekend upcoming.
The Madarao Kogen Fire Festival is on Saturday 12th January starting from 8:30pm.
Planned operations for Thursday 10th January 2019
Official snow depth at Madarao: 260cm
All lifts apart from Number 5 plan to be open 30 courses available including tree run courses (not Powder Wave)
Nighta operations at Madarao: - Every Saturday from 12th January until 23rd March 2019 - 13th January 2019 - 10th February 2019
Tangram Ski Circus info:
All lifts operating All course areas open
Nighta operations at Tangram: - Every Saturday between 22nd December 2018 and 23rd March 2019 - 13th January 2019 - 10th February 2019 Read more ...
Thursday 10th January 2019, 8:21am
Morning from Zao.
It's a cloudy early morning here in Zao, poor visibility once again especially in higher areas due to cloud/fog. Looking moody!
Hopefully if we don't get snow (which seems likely), we'll be getting clearer skies and better visibility over the coming few days. Would be nice to see the beautiful mountain scenery! We just want temps to remain low keeping good snow conditions.
Operation info from official sources:
- All lifts operating apart from the Karamatsu pair and Yokokura Number 2 pair lifts - All courses open
In the Uwanodai area: Daily from until 3rd March 2019 Friday 8th March until Sunday 10th March 2019 Saturday 16th March 2019
In the Yokokura area: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 11th January and 10th March 2019
Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the upcoming dates:
January 2019: 11th-13th, 18th-20th, 25th-27th February 2019: every day apart from every Tuesday March 2019: 1st-3rd Read more ...
Thursday 10th January 2019, 8:31am
Blue sky, some cloud
Good morning everyone.
Taihen -- no cm of fresh snow to report! I was just looking back - the last time I wasn't able to report any fresh snowfall in a report was on 23rd December. Considering we are now on the 10th January. That really is impressive and I am suitably impressed. Unfortunately, that run has to end this morning as I cannot report any fresh cm to you this morning.
So while the mountain might be tracked and offer variable conditions today, especially after some very windy conditions last night in particular - noisy! - there's blue skies this morning and the sun is out in places; and casting shadows from behind clouds at times.
Maybe a bit of snow tonight into tomorrow but I wouldn't expect much. After that, more clearer skies likely so it does look like we are going to be having something of a break from that relentless snowfall.
At the start of the day all top lifts (apart from the Hanazono top lift) are on standby due to wind.
The Annupuri gondola is operating at reduced speed.
Keep an eye on that situation today.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -3℃, no snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: -7℃, SW4.6m/s, no new snow but snowdrifts have developed. Mikaeri data not available. Annupuri1150m: -7℃, no new snow but wind-packed snowdrifts are present in leeward slopes. Niseko Village Mizuno no sawa: -7℃, W7.3m/s, no new snow, snow depth 129cm. Hirafu Peak: -9℃m W15m/s with gusts, no new snow but snowdrifts have developed. Kutchan weather station: -0.8℃, snow depth 126cm. Benkei cape: N14m/s, Kamui cape: SW12m/s, 1011hPa, 2.7m waves.
A strong westerly wind without snowfall has sustained overnight. Cornices have grown big above 800m elevation due to this strong wind. Wind exposed ridges are crusty and icy and wind-packed snowdrifts have developed in some slope aspects. An unstable uneven layer that formed due to the wind and temperature changes has been observed 30cm under the surface. The avalanche risk is lowering, however slides caused by falling cornices and collapsing snowdrifts are still highly expected in leeward slopes above 800m elevation.
Gates’ opening is undetermined; please respect the ski patrol’s decision. There is no new snow and the mountain is mostly tracked out. Ride carefully. Do not enter strictly off-limits areas to seek fresh lines. A single track left under the rope would lead many others to follow it and increase the chances of accidents to happen. It’s not always perfect powder in Niseko, groomers are in excellent condition today.
Ski resort operation information: Thursday 10th January 2019 The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report. Subject to change!
Ski lifts operating: - Top Ace Number 4 lift on hold due to wind at the start of the day - The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening - The Center Four lift will be open from 8:00am until 8:20am until 31st January 2019. (500 yen charge).
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 240cm - Base: 140cm
Ski lifts operating: - Top Jumbo Number 4 lift on hold due to wind at the start of the day - The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening - Annupuri First run from 7:20am until 8:20am on 12th, 13th, 14th January. (1,500 yen charge).
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 250cm - Base: 140cm
Ski lifts operating: - Top Wonderland lift on hold due to wind at the start of the day - The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening
Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area. Read more ...
Thursday 10th January 2019, 8:36am
Cloud, thin cloud, blue sky, sun
Good morning from Hakuba.
Brrrr, it's a very cold start to the morning.
No fresh snow to report overnight but there I have a bit to record since my report yesterday. I am not finding any reports of fresh snow from the ski resorts.
Things cleared up somewhat by the middle of the day yesterday with some blue sky appearing though some cloud remained.
Maybe some snow overnight tonight but beyond that we can probably expect some clearer weather over the upcoming long weekend (Monday is a national holiday). Next decent snow beyond that brewing up for around Tuesday, so let's keep an eye on that.
Photos today from Hakuba Happo-one (first two) and Hakuba Iwatake.
Ski resort information on Thursday 10th January 2019: The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report
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 5:00pm until 9:00pm in the Nakiyama base area (Nakiyama Number 2 pair lift) Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen
Hakuba Goryu Daily from 6:00pm 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 - 2,000 yen; children - 1,000 yen
Hakuba Cortina Daily from 5:00pm until 8:00pm (until 9:00pm on Saturdays and certain holidays) Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen
Tsugaike Kogen Kane-no-naru-oka area from 6:00pm until 8:50pm on 12th 13th January Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on 12th, 13th, 19th, 26th January; 9th, 10th, 16th February; 2nd March Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen Read more ...
Thursday 10th January 2019, 8:38am
Sunny and cold after the big dump. After a big snow like that it almost seems like there's no more moisture left in the air to make clouds. Of which there are only a few right now.
It was really cold for Myoko, too; the outside thermometer read -9° earlier, but the sun is supposed to warm things up considerably during the day.
I hope it stays cold enough that the snow conditions remain good; OK, let's stick our collective neck out and predict that it will be a great day for getting out in the sun and sliding on great cold snow.
Well, there's some cloud around this morning - some patches of clearer sky earlier on, but generally now it is not as sunny-fine as we thought it might be. Perhaps it will get to be clearer... after the stormy conditions of yesterday it kind of feels like we deserve a bit of sun!
It's cold too this morning. Snow conditions should be really good.
The snow being reported here is what fell after my report yesterday morning. Wind was really blowing it around yesterday - there's some nice deep conditions to be found.
Take care and have fun.
Shiga Kogen resort info: Thursday 10th January 2019
The below information is manually checked for each report. Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.
Planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows. Please note that separate lift tickets are required.
Ichinose Diamond Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019 13th January 2019 10th February 2019 Quad lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Ichinose Family Daily until 23rd March 2019 (except Mondays and Tuesdays) Number 2 pair B lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Kumanoyu Every Saturday until 30th March 2019 13th January 2019 10th February 2019 20th March 2019 Number 1 pair lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Sun Valley Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019 13th January 2019 10th February 2019 Number 1 quad lift 7:00pm until 9:00pm
Yakebitaiyama Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019 13th January 2019 10th February 2019 Number 3 high speed lift 6:00pm until 8:00pm Read more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Thursday 10th January 2019, 9:10am
Cloudy, some blue skies
Good morning from the Urabandai area.
There was no snowfall last night but the snow condition is keeping good this morning.
The forecast shows a bit of snow tonight so maybe some fresh snow will cover on the slopes tomorrow.
It is a cloudy and quiet morning with not many people out on the mountain - some can be enjoyed is if they were your own!
The photos for today are from Nekoma, Grandeco and Alts Bandai this morning.
Nekoma - lift 4/5, course 11/11 open *Close on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28 Grandeco - lift 4/5 include one gondola, course 13/13 open Urabandai - lift 3/3, course 3/3 open *Close on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Minowa - lift 3/3, course 9/11 open Numajiri - lift 4/4, course 10/11 open Alts Bandai - lift 7/8 include one gondola, course 19/25 open Inawashiro - lift 7/8, course 18/18 open Inawashiro resort - lift 3/4 include one gondola, course 8/9 open Listel - lift 2/2, course 4/7 open Family Bandai Bandai - lift 2/2, course 7/7 open
There are shuttle bus services connecting 4 snow resorts (Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai / Inawashiro / Grandeco Snow Resort / Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma) and 4 hotels from January 8th to Mach 15th 2019 running every Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The bus is running early mornings so that you can enjoy fresh snow. Ask your accommodation for details Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Thursday 10th January 2019, 9:20am
Good morning from Appi,
Extremely gusty conditions which started yesterday afternoon have stayed with us this morning. Very strong westerly winds are hampering operations on the mountain again with the gondola remaining closed at the present time. Unfortunately there may be no respite from the winds until late this evening and into tomorrow.
A favorable forecast may make things a lot better for the weekend with winds dying down and the sun paying us a visit on Saturday and Sunday. Not much to say in the snow department but at least the winds will be gone.
Even though the temperature has increased somewhat it’s going to be a very chilly day on the mountain so bundle up
Official snow depth (as reported by resort):
Planned lift operations & course areas (subject to change due to weather conditions):
*** WIND AFFECTING OPERATIONS THIS MORNING - CHECK WITH RESORT FOR LATEST ***
- Appi Gondola - Central Quad lift - Central Number 2 - Central Number 3 A - Central Number 5 - Sailer Quad lift - Sailer Number 2 - Vista Quad - Nishimori
* Bravo, Cruise 1, Cruise 2 and Dragon Tail tree runs open Read more ...
Thursday 10th January 2019, 10:18am
Morning from Naeba.
Less wind this morning and clearer skies - and very cold overnight and early on.
Snow conditions should be great this morning.
Official snow depth:
All lifts plan to be operating apart from the following:
- Prince Number 1 Gondola - Number 4 high speed lift - Number 8 high speed lift - Daishamen romance pair lift - Number 2 high speed lift
All courses now open apart from the following:
- Splash Bowl
Planned night-time operations:
- Daily until Sunday 24th March 2019 - 4:00pm until 8:30pm - Courses open: Number 4 and 5 - Lifts operating: Number 5 high speed lift Read more ...
Thursday 10th January 2019, 15:03pm
Snow fell heavily until mid-afternoon yesterday and today could have been a special one however winds kicked up over night and pressed the snow and then high humidity turned it a little sticky by mid morning.
Forecast is for some more snow this evening and much colder weather tomorrow so hopefully nature delivers. Read more ...