Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018
Geto Kogen Now!
Sunday 11th March 2018, 7:05am
A mostly clear day on the hill yesterday with tops of -2C and some light winds. The sun was out throughout, and it was all round a pretty calm one.
Today, more of the same with tops of 3C in the afternoon, mostly clear skies and some light snow into this evening. Winds should start off light and pick up to 50km/h in the evening, with the temperatures dropping down to -5C. Groomers were out overnight as usual, and with these nice sunny conditions and perhaps some more warmth today (though, not dangerously warm), the snow should be a bit of fun as the day goes on.
Tomorrow we should wake up to about 5cm or so of snow, hopefully. Here’s what this week’s looking like so far...
Monday: light snow, moderate winds & tops of 0C Tuesday: mostly sunny, light winds increasing & tops of 9C (come on now) Wednesday: … light rain, moderate winds easing & tops of 8C
Official snow depths:
Top: 420cm Base: 280cm
Night skiing operations have finished for the season. Read more ...
Sunday 11th March 2018, 7:45am
Clear and sunny
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Some good fun to be had yesterday, especially with that little bit of fresh snow higher up. And it kept fairly cold too.
And this morning the sun is out, the skies are clear and it is going to be a beautiful day.
The local forecasts seems to show the chance of some light snow overnight to be followed by more sun during the day tomorrow.
Updated: Sunday 11th 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 not much to report this morning other than it's is a beautiful morning here. The sun us out and there's blue skies above. Going to be a good one. Chilly start but should warm up to around 8C down at in the village during the day. And then a bit colder tomorrow, hopefully after a sprinkling of snow on the mountain overnight.
Have a good Sunday.
Sunday 11th March 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
It is an easy report for me today, and I'm posting early so I can get outside. Hope you don't mind!
The sun is out, blue skies above, calm. And just a dusting of snow (but not enough for me to contemplate 'rounding up'!) The lifts should all be open as normal and we're expecting gates to be open.
Toast eaten. Check. Gear ready. Check!
I hope you all have a good day wherever you are.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6.00am: -5°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -7.4°, W2.3m/s, no new snow or snowdrift development, good visibility. Annupuri 1150m: -10°, light winds, trace new snow. Hirafu peak: -10°, light winds, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: SW2m/s. Kamui Cape: light winds, 1020hPa, wave 0.7m.
The sea and mountains are both calm, there is little atmospheric pressure gradient and there has been almost no snowfall in the last 12 hours. From observation the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and prepare accordingly before going out the gates. Beacons and helmets are not mandatory but are recommended. Cracks are increasing everywhere. They cannot be seen from above and are very deep this year. Avoid riding on cracked slopes.
From this winters snowfall trend the risk of full depth avalanches is getting high in Kozan no Sawa and Osawa. When deep snowdrifts fracture down to the ground they release a huge amount of snow into an avalanche, running at high speed down to and along the valley bottom for long distances, pulling out boulders and trees, leaving devastation in their path. Its easy to ride out the valley bottoms, but should be avoided.
This information is published for the safety of resort users who want to ride out of bounds. Locals are always on the lookout for everyone’s safety. The deep fresh snow has finished this year, but spring skiing is still fun. Have a good day.
Sunday 11th 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 ...
Sunday 11th March 2018, 7:59am
Fair blue skies
Good morning from Grandeco.
It is a beautiful Sunday morning here with lovely blue skies above us.
Chilly and no wind so it feels very quiet and calm.
The snow condition is not hard even in this weather, it is not powder either but soft conditions this morning.
It is difficult to imagine right now with this sunny morning but according to the forecast, it may well be snowing this afternoon through tomorrow morning. That would be nice actually.
Anyone make it out yesterday? It was generally mostly cloudy and actually remaining pretty cold.
This morning the sun is out and we have lots of blue skies. It's quite cold again early on, but due to warm up more than yesterday during the daytime. So we can probably expect harder earlier snow conditions to be softening up.
There is a lot of sun on the forecast through Thursday, along with some warmer-than-usual temperatures particularly mid-week.
Is that a chance of a bit of snow overnight tonight?
Ski resort information on Sunday 11th 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 ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Sunday 11th March 2018, 8:27am
Clear and sunny
Morning from Appi.
It's beautiful blue skies and sunshine this morning.
Perhaps some snow overnight tonight (?) and then mid week slightly warmer conditions again with some rain possible before turning into snow hopefully around Thursday.
Anyway, let's see how that develops. For now, a lovely day.
Official snow depth:
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. Read more ...
Sunday 11th March 2018, 8:34am
Good morning from Madarao.
It is one of those lovely mornings again with blue skies and sunshine.
Beautiful weather conditions including a chilly start though it will be warming up somewhat during the day.
No excuses not to make the most of this. Remember there's only 3 more weeks left. Wow, I'm almost shocking myself just saying that.
Winter goes way too fast! I suppose that must mean that we are having a lot of fun. :)
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
The clouds cleared up during the afternoon yesterday turning into a fine day to be out sliding down the slopes. And this morning it is clear skies and sunshine above Shiga Kogen. Another cold start but it should be warming up with the sun.
There is a lot of sunshine on the forecast for the coming week along with some rather warm temps too.
My friend was mentioning that there are now only 3 weeks left with all of the Shiga Kogen areas open. Of course there are some areas that are open until Golden Week in early May and even beyond that. But still...
I will bring you more details on planned closing dates sometime soon.
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.
Good morning from Naeba! It's a bright start today, with just a few fluffy clouds clinging to the mountain tops in the Mikuni valley. The sun is up and over the peaks, meaning that despite the cool air temperature of -4°C, the feels-like temperature will increase to comfortably above 0°C this morning. We can expect some thicker cloud to roll in later today, possibly bringing with it some snow showers at higher elevations, however accumulations will be very modest. Overnight tonight the temperature will just dip below 0°C. The pistes today will be a mix of hard up top and soft down towards the base. Make sure those edges are nice and sharp if you plan to explore the whole mountain.
Looking forwards, we have very much a spring outlook. Temperatures are expected to peak above 0°C on Monday morning, and remain there until at least the weekend. There is a block of high pressure moving in over us, deflecting any moist, low pressure systems that might have wanted to push into the area this week. This means we will have warm, settled, sunny weather for the week. Time to crack out the BBQs and deck chairs to enjoy a bit of spring skiing. Read more ...
Sunday 11th March 2018, 10:51am
Sun is shining through thin clouds
Not much to report, really. No new snow on the ground; sun shining; not too warm (yet).
Didn’t even bother plowing up the 12 cm of fall yesterday - the sun will be shining a lot in the coming days, and that temperature is going to keep on going up.