Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018
Geto Kogen Now!
Saturday 10th March 2018, 7:03am
Rain, rain, go away…
Mainly heavy rain, yesterday, with some moderate winds and temps reaching 4C. By about 3pm, the rain slowly turned to snow and we had some messy flakes blown around by the wind into the evening. The snow became light later on, and continued into the early hours of this morning.
This morning we’ve got 2cm of fresh snow, and we’re expecting a beautiful bluebird on the hill with tops of 0C in the morning, but should hover around -3C at the base for the majority of the day. Winds are nice and light, with a cloud or two expected to pass over, clearing again by this evening.
With the relentless rain we’ve had over the past couple of days (and thank god it has indeed decided to relent for now), we’ve lost a fair amount of snow. This shouldn’t impact the conditions too much, as we’ve still got a fair base as you’ll see listed in the stats above, and after a groom and a weeks worth of sunshine coming up, it should (hopefully, please) be smooth sailing for the rest of the week.
It’s a day for the groomers — they should be pretty slick and soft under foot. We’ve had some colder temperatures and we’re in for some more throughout the week, so whatever damage the rain has done, should be rectified with a good freeze and a good groom (and a good cry from me).
Sunday: mostly clear with late snow showers (5-10cm), light winds & tops of 5C Monday: light snow to clear in the evening, moderate winds & tops of 0C Tuesday: mostly sunny, light to moderate winds & tops of 8C
Official snow depths:
Top: 420cm Base: 280cm
Night skiing operations have finished for the season.
And I am very glad to report a bit of fresh snow on the ground. It's not a lot - just a sprinkling of 1-2cm or so - but it is still better than the rain we had to put up with.
Kagura resort is reporting 3-5cm fresh snow and Maiko Snow Resort are actually reporting 5-10cm, so that's good to hear.
We are expecting clearer skies during the day today and actually a fair bit of sunshine over the coming week if the forecasts are correct. It's colder this morning but early week those spring like temperatures are due back too.
Photos from around 2pm (server stuff complicating things!!)
Updated: Saturday 10th 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.
There's just a dusting of fresh snow to report this morning here at base. Not quite 1cm, but there have been days when there's been an extra few mm, so I'm going to award the reports a mighty 1cm this morning! I am hearing reports of around 3-5cm higher up on the mountain this morning.
It's colder today which is very welcome and hopefully we will see some sunshine. For now it is cloudy with some blue sky.
Hopefully that rain is out of the system now and we can get on enjoying some spring skiing. And indeed, snowboarding.
We need to enjoy what we have as there's not much in terms of snow potential.
You may have noticed a very short time of downtime yesterday with the website. Actually, apparently it only lasted less than 5 minutes.
But hopefully you will this morning notice that the website in general is whizzing around rather quickly and pages are loading nice and faster than before. That's because SnowJapan has moved to a brand new server that is packing a lot more muscle. I hear it is shiny too. The new hardware will let us cope with the annually increasing traffic into the coming years. At times this season there had been a bit of a 'bottleneck' early morning when large numbers of people were checking the reports, but that should not be the case now. In theory, more than triple the number of people can now access the site at exactly the same time.
A big 'otsukaresama' to all the guys involved - it's way more complex and stressful than just a case of copying a bunch of files.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6.00am: -5°, 2cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -7.3°, NW3.0m/s, 5cm new snow, inconsistent snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -8°, NW5m/s, trace new snow. Hirafu peak: -10°, light winds, 3cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNE6m/s. Kamui Cape: SE2m/s, 1021hPa, wave 1.9m.
The warm low pressure system has moved of to the north east and a north west snow wind is now blowing. Snow drift and cornice development at Moiwa peak over the last 12 hours has mainly been from wind blown snow which has settled down now. The warm air and strong winds yesterday have caused irregular snow drift development. From this mornings observation, there is the possibility of surface avalanches on leeward slopes, fracturing on Mar 9th low pressure snowfall layer at about 40cm. Be careful on cornice slopes and around knolls.
Peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice. Be prepared before going out of bounds. Snow drift conditions are not bad, however there is a wet layer below the surface which can easily catch you. Ride carefully and take constant note of snow conditions. There is high possibility of a full depth avalanche at Kozan no Sawa 1000m elev, Annupuri Osawa 1000m elev SE slope. If an avalanche occurs it will be extremely dangerous. Avoid riding in the valley bottom, this is where the avalanche will run. Guides and group leaders remember you are responsible for the safety of your group. Do not lead groups onto cornice slopes or into valley bottoms. Death cookies on the groomers in places today, take care. Have a good day.
Saturday 10th 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: 420cm - Base: 230cm
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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 10th March 2018, 8:12am
Good morning from Nozawa.
And happily here we are today with the weather of yesterday and the day before behind us.
Cloudy with some light snow falling higher up early this morning and a bit of fresh snow on the ground. Nozawa is reporting 5cm at Yamabiko, 11cm at Uenotaira and 3cm on Nagasaka lower down and I can report a few cm by base too. Good to see, even though we'd like to see more than that of course!
The skies might clear up and the sun might come out later on though it should be keeping quite cold today. A little warmer tomorrow with more sunshine expected.
Don't hold your breath for any decent fresh snowfall over the coming week. Rather, early week milder temperatures and sun look like they'll be the main headline.
That doesn't mean that there's not fun to be had of course - there's a lot of spring fun ahead of us. Almost 2 months of it if the snow lasts! I'm still holding on to the idea of more fresh snow ahead of us.
I'm definitely going to try and make the most of it.
Saturday 10th March 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
No fresh snow to report today but generally cloudy with blue skies and some sunshine expected.
We may well get some more snow later on tomorrow with temperatures getting milder once again from early in the week.
Have a good Saturday.
Planned lift operations (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 4 lift - Central number 5 lift - Central number 6 lift - Sailer Gondola - Sailer quad - Vista quad - Nishimori pair
Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays
We will endeavour to keep the reports updated regularly until the end of the season at Appi.
Yesterday the rain persisted right through the day and early evening it turned into light snow. Overnight temperatures dropped and the roads froze. This morning we have blue sky with some cloud and plenty of sunshine. The wind is light to moderate and the temperatures is just below freezing, and will rise to around 0c. With that early morning sun there is a bit of melt starting as the snow sun bakes. The slopes will be firm after the thaw and rain, so take it easy. Read more ...
Saturday 10th March 2018, 8:27am
Good morning from Hakuba.
The rain turned into snow on the mountains around lunchtime but it was generally limited visibility out there and... not particularly nice.
Ah, better this morning and some fresh snow to report:
Hakuba Goryu: up to 3cm Hakuba 47: 2-3cm Hakuba Cortina: 1-2cm Hakuba Happo-one: 1cm
Just a sprinkling down below and I'll be generous adding 1cm to the report.
So expect a thin layer on the slopes this morning. Not enough to cover things up good and proper, but welcome all the same.
And while it's cloudy with limited visibility generally at the start of the day, the sun should be out today. Should keep fairly cold though.
Hakuba Happo-one Super Riesen Competition is being held at Happo-one today and so there's a few course restrictions over there. Good luck to everyone taking part.
SnowJapan moved to a new server yesterday and everything seems to be in place and working as it should. Traffic increases every season and so the site needs more powerful hardware to keep up with it - hence the move. Things seem nice and very fast this morning which is great to see.
Good job guys. And congratulations on the continued growth. :)
Ski resort information on Saturday 10th March 2018 (at time of writing):
That rain turned into snow and this morning the resort is reporting 10cm of fresh snow. It has been snowing early on as well but I'm not measuring quite that much. Still, it's great to see fresh snow on the ground. And it is definitely feeling colder as well. That's what we like.
Clearer skies are forecast though - and not only later today but tomorrow and beyond too. Looks like it's going to be a week of mild and sunny conditions.
Let's spring skiing, as they say. :)
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
Started lightly snowing up here yesterday in the late afternoon. It's still falling and is crisp and cold outside but up on the mountain they are reporting only 1cm and similarly down here, the accumulation didn't happen.
Forecast is for weather to clear this afternoon and tomorrow before some snow Sunday evening. Then a week of clear warm weather. Could be time for some corn skiing.
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 ...
Saturday 10th March 2018, 9:47am
Fog and snow
Snow on the ground this morning - and happy to see more, as the snow walls along the roads are really, really low. Still pretty good levels at most of the ski areas, so no panic just yet (with a little over three weeks left in the season).
Snow today and maybe a bit tomorrow, but spring is coming back in the new week, as that freezing level heads up higher than the peak of Mt. Myoko.
Lots of sun, too, so at least if it isn't going to snow...