Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 12th February 2020, 6:47am
Good morning from Nozawa.
Very early this morning as I am on my way out of the village for the day.
After the snow yesterday, which eased off by afternoon, and no cm being reported, this morning we are starting with some lovely early morning shades (see the images below) and it is going to be a fine day.
It is cold early on but it will be warming up more than we would like it to - perhaps up to around 7C early afternoon. Sunshine and clear skies are expected for the day. Tomorrow and Friday are going to be a bit warmer still, and there's also a chance of rain at times. (Hmmmmm. Please don't get too warm. And please don't rain...)
Happily we should be back to snow and colder conditions once more come Monday.
Have a fun day if you are able to get out there.
Looks like the Kamoshika course is closed/not fully open due to avalanche risk.
Wednesday 12th February 2020
Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:
All courses normally open apart from the following courses:
- Kandahar - Mukobayashi - Hachiman - Kamoshika (limited due to avalanche risk) Read more ...
Wednesday 12th February 2020, 7:32am
It is a mild start to the day and it looks like we are in for a short burst of very warm weather. The high today will rocket up to +3c and the warm temperatures will persist for the next three days until it gets colder on Saturday. Conditions are high cloud with little wind and good visibility.
Just a reminder that the resort plans to shut down operation of the Kitanomine quad lift for one day on Thursday 13th Feb for maintenance.
Some light snow in the afternoon yesterday but it stopped last night and this morning the sun is out again this morning. Some cloud around but blue sky too. Nice morning.
After a busy holiday yesterday it is back to weekdays now and while we don't have a fresh layer to play in I think it should be a good morning. A bit windy at times, but that shouldn't spoil the fun.
Official snow depths:
* Top: 330cm * Base: 200cm
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 ...
Wednesday 12th February 2020, 7:45am
Clear and sunny
Morning from Yuzawa.
And... it's a beauty.
It was snowing during the morning yesterday, though I don't have any new cm to report to you (there was surely a bit on the slopes).
This morning we have almost totally clear blue skies. There are just a few white small clouds in places; the mountains are looking magnificent.
It is cold too at the start of the morning, but it is going to be warming up and a very mild afternoon today - temperatures might be approaching 10C today in town, and will break through that tomorrow. That's much warmer than we'd like it to be, of course, and disappointing after we got our fresh snow on the ground. Let's hope that the forecasts are just a bit too pessimistic. The warmer spell is probably going to last through into the weekend and there is a chance of some rain showers in there too at times.
Happily, the forecasts show snow and cold once again from Monday.
Anyway, it should be a beautiful morning to be out on the slopes.
Individual ski resort information: Wednesday 12th 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
- Number 1, 7 and 8 lifts are operating; most courses open - Official snow depth: 110cm
Photos (below) from around 7:30am on Wednesday 12th February 2020:
- Yuzawa Kogen (2) - NASPA Ski Garden - Ishiuchi Maruyama (2) - Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit Read more ...
Wednesday 12th February 2020, 7:55am
Lots of snow the night before last and strong winds all day yesterday at higher elevations meant only the middle lift was open at Tenjin. Hodaigi was really good apparently. The weather cleared from 3pm, cold night last night but forecast is for things to warm during the day. The backcountry will be closed all day at Tenjin today with a policeman manning the gate due to official activities in the backcountry.
The weather looks to be turning on us here with light rain this evening and freezing levels to stay around 2000m until Sunday night when the next snow is expected.
Monday looking like a big snowfall, though that's translated to about 40cm on my car park this Winter instead of double that or more on a normal season. Remember this is close to Tenjin base.
Good to see most of Okutone now open...
Snowfall recorded in this report is from yesterday; none overnight last night.
Akasawa Normally part open Note: closed on Tuesdays (apart from 11th February, when it will be closed on 12th February)
Fujiwara All lifts running; all courses open Official snow depth: 80cm
A sunny and actually pretty cold start to the morning; lots of sparkly surface hoar on the snow.
There's a little bit of a crust on places where the sun hit yesterday.
Otherwise, it's a nice day, and perhaps the last nice day for a while here. I hate to be the bringing of bad news, so look at the weather pages in here and see how ridiculous the freezing line will be...
It's a cold morning and an early start should be good.
After all that lovely fresh snow, the forecasts are looking a bit... too warm. It will mild-up later on today and from tomorrow for a least a few days there's some warm conditions that we're going to have to ride through. (We might get rained on a bit as well at times).
We can expect a return to snow clouds early week.
Current operations: Wednesday 12th February 2020
- All lifts should be 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: 155cm Read more ...
Wednesday 12th February 2020, 8:30am
Good morning from Niseko.
Enjoyed some blue sky and sunshine yesterday but this morning it is much more of a murky grey look early on this morning. Cloudy and fog being reported on upper areas. Having said that, I can see a few small patches of blue sky...
The next few days the country is expecting some milder/warmer conditions and it is noticeably not as cold this morning.
The top lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri are all on hold at the time of this report going up due to windy conditions up there.
Next decent fresh layer of snow? Maybe from later on Sunday and Monday.
Someone asked about the comments in the Avalanche Report yesterday. And... honestly, I really don't know. I generally try to keep well out of 'politics' (both locally and beyond that), so I'm sorry but I can't elaborate on it.
A strong wind is blowing in northern Sea of Japan as the next low-pressure system is approaching. Strong southerly wind is generating thick fog in south facing slopes above 700m. Surface slabs are forming in south facing slopes above 800m due to the wind and rising temperature. 40cm thick surface slab avalanches are expected to slide from Feb 8th layer. The weather will deteriorate later in the day. Beware. Steep 40°slopes in gullies could slide anytime. Better avoid open terrains today.
Do not step into strictly off-limits areas to seek fresh snow. The gates opening is undecided today. The Niseko Rules are the official rules for this area, they’re not a law. However, resort management has no authority to neglect these rules. Authoritarian behavior will only upset the guests and may lead the Rules to fall apart.
Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 12th 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 ...
Wednesday 12th February 2020, 8:33am
Sunny blue skies
Check out the images below. Photos can't do it justice but you'll get an idea of how amazing the Hakuba mountains are looking this morning.
No fresh snow is being reported since yesterday, but it is a cold start to the day and it should be a great morning. Might be some icy conditions early on.
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
It is however due to warm up and through until around Sunday some rather mild/warm conditions are on the forecasts as well as occasional rain. That will be disappointing after the snowfalls of the last week.
All the more reason to get out and enjoy the conditions this morning.
The good news is that from Monday temperatures should be diving back down and snow is forecast again.
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 2 pair - Central pair - Sakka Number 3 triple
Courses open: - All courses apart from the following are at least part open: - Kokusai - Nakiyama Wall/North - Base areas apart from Nakiyama North and Kokusai are open - You can still also 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 - Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner II (maintenance) - 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 ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Wednesday 12th February 2020, 8:44am
Clear blue skies
Good morning from Appi,
There has been no new snow to report on since yesterday.
We have woken up to a beautiful bluebird day, and significantly warmer weather compared to the last few days. The wind is very light and should be a welcome reprieve on this warm day.
Feels like spring skiing!
All lifts are operating as normal - weekday operations.
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 5 lift - Nishimori lift - Sailer quad lift - 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
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 ...
Wednesday 12th February 2020, 9:01am
Blue skies and sunshine, some cloud
It is a beautiful morning here in Naeba.
The sun is out, there's lots of blue sky, some white clouds.
It's good and cold early on too. Real feel-good.
We are all expecting a mild day as the sun gets to work and the warmer conditions are due to continue for at least a few days.
Colder temps and hopefully some fresh snow will be back from Monday. Just hope there's not too much damage done by warmth and possible rain in the meantime...
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 ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Wednesday 12th February 2020, 9:04am
Clear blue skies and sunshine
It is a very cold start to the day with icy roads to navigate.
The sun is out and we have beautiful blue skies all around.
Should be a very good morning after that fresh snow into yesterday.
And it feels like it is going to warm up... the forecasts tell us it will. Not too much please.....
Nekoma is closed again today after the special open for the national holiday yesterday.
Grandeco Snow Resort: - 4 (of 5) lifts operating - 11 (of 13) courses open - Normal weekday operations - Official snow depth: 170cm
The sun is out this morning and there's mostly blue skies over the region.
It should be a very good morning.
Cold early on but temperatures are on the way up starting today. The next few days are going to see some warm temps recorded. Lower down in the valleys it might hit 10C. Up here in Shiga Kogen hopefully it won't get more than 5C, but that is unseasonably warm. Obviously we don't want the recent snow to be subjected to warmth.
Fingers crossed everyone.
All areas and connections at Shiga Kogen are now open (with just a few minor exceptions).
Photos: Kumanoyu, Takamagahara and Hasuike Junction
Shiga Kogen resort info: Wednesday 12th February 2020
The below information is manually checked. Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.
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 ...