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Geto Kogen Now!
Tuesday 11th February 2020, 7:39am
Yesterday was a mostly fine day with a bit of snow falling in the evening.
I have 5cm measured this morning to go on the report today.
Right now it is cloudy with a chance of some snow again later in the day. It is keeping cold for the moment.
Today is a national holiday today - National Foundation Day - so I presume the Number 2 Gondola will be spinning.
Official snow depths:
* Top: 340cm * Base: 210cm
Planned operating lift information - subject to change:
* Number 1 Gondola * Number 2 Gondola (operates on weekends and holidays only) * Number 1 pair lift * Number 2 pair lift * Quad lift
Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change:
* All of the main official courses are available * Rabbit, Summit, Beech, Stream, Shooter 2-4 tree run course are open * Shooter 1 and Extreme tree run courses not yet available
Nighta skiing operations
* Weekends and holidays from until 24th February 2020 Read more ...
Tuesday 11th February 2020, 8:21am
Cloudy with blue skies
I have a (just about) 1cm dusting of snow to report this morning from base.
It is cloudy but there's some blue sky as well over on this side - Mt Yotei currently has some thick grey cloud over the top third.
Feels fairly calm too so all lifts should be opening as planned from the start of the day.
After this spell of some very cold conditions, somewhat milder temperatures are likely in the coming days - probably from tomorrow through Friday - but hopefully we will see a return to the cold come the weekend.
The isobars got a little tight for some time and made a northerly wind pick up and developing cornices. Snowfall is scarce and no drastic development of snowdrifts can be found in leeward slopes. The general avalanche risk is low today. All peak gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Be prepared before going out of bounds. Old tracks remain throughout the mountain. Beware of collapsing cornices and obstacles under the surface. Better wear a helmet.
The Niseko Rules applies to any person and there should be no exceptions or special cases. Regarding what happened at Gate 6 yesterday, we’d first like to apologize to the guests who were treated unfairly. Second, the Avalanche Institute, responsible for the mountain safety within the all mountain committee, severely alerts the resort management members that forcefully requested a special treatment to the ski patrol at the gate.
The impartial application of the Niseko Rules for the past 20 years reduced the number of accidents and as a result took a key role in the current prosperity of the snow business in Niseko and Resort business members should not forget about this reality.
Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 11th February 2020
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 200cm - Base: 120cm
All lifts normally operating EXCEPT: - Country Road Chair (normally rested)
Lifts scheduled for late operations: - Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm - Village Express until 8:00pm - Banzai Chair until 8:00pm Read more ...
Tuesday 11th February 2020, 8:42am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
There's more snow to report this morning after it started in the afternoon yesterday.
The Kagura resort are this morning reporting 40cm of fresh snowfall and I am hearing similar from over at Naeba too. Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 20cm. Other resorts are reporting... actually, we wish they did!
On our trusted measuring spot and nearby I can report around 20cm.
It is snowing still as this report is about to be posted, but due to ease off later on by this afternoon.
It might well be another busy day today -- today is National Foundation Day and a holiday in Japan.
We are still forecast warmer conditions tomorrow through Friday (with some rain in the mix too unfortunately), but the good news on that front is that there seems to be a return to colder conditions and more snow lined up next week.
The Number 5 top lift at Kagura is closed today due to avalanche risk.
The GALA Yuzawa webcams seem to be having a few issues - we'll post those again once they are back up and running.
Individual ski resort information: Tuesday 11th February 2020 All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.
- All courses (apart from $2,600,000) are now open, including the downhill Falcon course - All lifts are operating - The Ropeway connecting GALA Yuzawa with Yuzawa Kogen is operating - Official snow depth: 240cm
The resort is reporting another 45cm up top and 30cm down at base; I can report a bit less than that but still a very nice layer of fresh across the mountain. It is still snowing but probably won't last beyond lunchtime.
It is National Foundation Day today - meaning that today is a national holiday, so it will likely be busy like a weekend. Especially as we have all this lovely fresh snow to play in.
Tomorrow is a normal weekday and we are forecast sunshine along with rising temperatures and the warmer spell will go on through at least Friday. It looks like it is going to go from being really cold to being warmer than we'd like, but hopefully we'll be back to cold and snow by the beginning of next week.
I'm guessing there are more than a few people reading this with big grins on their faces having planned to be here round about now - and worrying through a lot of January. Congratulations!
Tuesday 11th February 2020
Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:
At present we have cloudy conditions and it is a bit breezy at the base.
The cold weather seems to be holding today, which is great news for carvers. The piste is firm and fast.
Today is a national holiday so it might be quite busy. The Sailer Number 2 lift is joining in the fun!
APPI is open with the following lifts normally operating (subject to change):
- Appi Gondola - Central quad lift - Central Number 2 lift - Central Number 3A lift - Central Number 4 lift - Central Number 5 lift - Central Number 6 lift - Nishimori lift - Sailer quad lift - Sailer Number 2 - Vista quad lift
- Most normal courses at APPI are open - Dragon tail, Cruise 1, Cruise 2, Bravo, Attack tree run courses are open
Snowfall numbers The below numbers are reported by the resort
Morning from a snowy Madarao, complete with a fresh thick new layer of light snow. Lovely.
The resort is reporting 35-40cm of fresh and increasing the official snow depth up to 240cm. Tangram is taking a good jump up to 170cm too.
It doesn't feel quite as cold this morning and Mr Thermo confirms that. It will be cold overnight tonight and sunshine is due in the morning (kicking off a general warm up for a few days), so I recommend planning for an early start tomorrow.
I also recommend right now; today will likely be quite busy though due to it being a national holiday. And guess where I'm heading...
Current operations: Tuesday 11th February 2020
- All lifts are operating - All areas open - All tree run course open apart from Powder Wave - Official snow depth: 240cm
Tangram Ski Circus:
- All lifts are operating - Almost all courses open - Official snow depth: 170cm Read more ...
Tuesday 11th February 2020, 9:05am
Cloud, increasingly blue sky
Good morning from Hakuba on this national holiday (National Foundation Day).
Due to it being a holiday, it will probably more feel like a weekend than a Tuesday.
Anyway some good numbers to report this morning with Happo-one, Goryu and 47 all reporting 15-20cm across the mountain, Cortina reporting 30cm and I am noticing a Tsugaike source reporting 35cm.
Oh yes, here's the table (complete with fixed up Happo-one numbers!)...
The information in this table is data reported by the ski resorts
New snowfall (lower)
New snowfall (upper)
TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data
Good to see them break through the 5m mark. May the increases long continue!
Early morning we have a bunch of visibility conditions - it's still limited up on the upper areas of Happo-one and Goryu right now, but in other areas it's much clearer and there is quite a lot of blue sky opening up above us and the sun is out.
It should be a really good day.
From tomorrow it will be getting much milder than it has been - and more than we would like - for a few days. Let's hope it doesn't warm up too much.
I'm heading out now. The biggest problem is choosing where to go...
Individual ski resort information This information is checked and manually adjusted each morning
Operating lifts: - All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating: - Nakiyama Number 2 pair - Shirakaba Number 1 pair - Shirakaba Number 2 pair - Central pair - Sakka Number 3 triple
Courses open: - All courses apart from the following are at least part open: - Central - Kokusai - Nakiyama Wall/North - Shirakaba South/North - Kurobishi Off-Piste - The base Nakiyama South, Shirakaba South and Sakka South areas are open - Sakka North is part open - Otherwise, you can take the Gondola or other lifts back down to base
Operating lifts: - All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating: - Han-no-ki Number 4 - Tsuga Number 1 pair - Han-no-ki Number 2 pair - Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I - Tsugaike Ropeway
Courses open: - All areas now open - DBD: Gates 1, 2, 3 and 4 are open
About the data in the above ‘snowfall as reported by ski resorts’ table * The table within the above report contains data that is published by individual ski resorts * The data shown is the amount of snowfall that the ski resorts are themselves reporting each 24 hour period on the upper areas of their mountain * The source ‘new snowfall’ data and ‘total accumulation’ data is not updated at the same time * The ‘new snowfall’ data is updated in the morning * The ‘accumulation’ data is apparently updated/refreshed at midnight * That means that there is a time lag between the two numbers being updated * We manually check and update the data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report - so the data in each Hakuba Now report table is what is available at that time * Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We are not responsible for and have no control over the data. We are simply sharing the data with you * Just to be extra clear, unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data from base that we show at the top of each report, the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan * A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this reportRead more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Tuesday 11th February 2020, 9:16am
Cloudy but bright and clearer in places
And it is a good one too!
Both Minowa and Nekoma are reporting 20+cm of fresh snowfall and I can indeed report an observed 21cm myself.
Alts are reporting 10cm and Grandeco are using pretty words but not giving a particular number!
I'd say we can expect at least 10cm over the mountains and more like 20cm and beyond higher up.
Conditions should be very good this morning.
Today is Tuesday and so normally Nekoma would be closed but it is a national holiday... so it is open.
Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma: - Nekoma is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in February (apart from today -- open today!) - 5 (of 5) lifts normally operating - 11 (of 11) courses normally open - Official snow depth: 190cm
Inawashiro: - 8 (of 9) lifts operating - 17 (of 18) courses part open - Official snow depth: 60cm
Originally planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows; subject to change, so please check with the resorts. Note that separate lift tickets are required.
Ichinose Diamond 22nd-23rd February 2020 20th-21st March 2020 Quad lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Ichinose Family Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays until 21st March 2020 Number 2 pair B lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Kumanoyu Every Saturday until 28th March 2020 23rd February 2020 20th March 2020 Number 1 pair lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Takamagahara Mammoth Saturdays until 21st March 2020 (not 7th February) 23rd February 2020 20th March 2020 Number 2 triple lift 6:30pm until 8:30pm
Sun Valley 22nd-23rd February 2020 Number 1 quad lift 7:00pm until 8:30pm
Yakebitaiyama Every Saturday until 29th February 2020 23rd February 2020 Number 3 high speed lift 6:00pm until 8:00pm
The section of road connecting the southern area of Shiga Kogen (from Yokoteyama onwards) with Gunma Prefecture is now closed for the season. It will be closed until 24th April 2020. Approach Shiga Kogen using Route 292 from the west (Nagano/Nakano/Yamanouchi) Read more ...
Tuesday 11th February 2020, 9:30am
Good morning from Naeba.
It might be Tuesday, but it's a national holiday and so we can probably expect a busy Naeba today.
Some good deep conditions to enjoy too. I am seeing one source at the resort saying 40-50cm of fresh snowfall; I can report a good 35cm.
After snow overnight, it is snowing early on but likely to ease off either later this morning or early afternoon. Top lifts do appear to be delayed due to wind.
Tomorrow sunshine is forecast for the region so it should be a great morning to check out the first runs of the day.
A few days of milder conditions are still on the cards too - but it looks like more cold is coming early next week.
The Audi FIX Alpen Ski World Cup 2020 event will be held at Naeba on 22nd and 23rd February.
Official snow depth:
Planned operating lifts:
- Prince Number 2 Gondola - Takenokodaira romance pair lift - Takenokoyama romance pair lift - Number 4 romance pair lift - Number 3 high speed lift - Number 4 high speed lift - Number 5 high speed lift (open for nighta until 8:30pm) - Hiuchi Number 1 romance pair lift - Dragondola
Courses planned to be open:
- 21 of 22 courses are normally open - Splash Bowl currently not open - The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort Read more ...
Tuesday 11th February 2020, 10:01am
Good morning from Zao.
More snow this morning and it is snowing quite nicely now - though visibility remains fairly good at least here by base.
The snow should ease off with somewhat warmer conditions expected from tomorrow and for a few days. Not too much please!
All lifts are now normally operating apart from the following:
- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair - Diamond Number 1 pair - Astraea Number 3 pair - Yokokura Number 2 pair
Nighta in the Uwanodai area is scheduled daily until 1st March 2020 and then 7th, 14th, 20th and 21st March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm.
Nighta in the Yokokura area is scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through 7th March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm.
The Zao Ropeway opens in the evenings on the below dates for 'Light Up' sightseeing purposes - to go and see the Juhyo monsters (not for skiing or boarding) on the following upcoming dates:
February 2020: all days apart from Tuesdays
Note: there is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation. Read more ...
Tuesday 11th February 2020, 10:15am
It is another clear blue sky day. While there is no new snow to report, the snow on the mountain is in great condition. With such a good day it is surprising the there are not many people out there today and almost no queue for the lifts. A few clouds are expected to move in by noon. The resort plans to shut down operation of the Kitanomine quad lift this week for one day on Thursday 13th Feb for maintenance.