Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Friday 14th February 2020, 7:29am
It is bluebird over the resort with some low valley fog sitting over downtown through to the Daisetsuzan range. Yesterday was very warm and felt very much like a spring day. Snow during the morning was also spring like, while being soft but not slushy, but by around midday the lower mountain snow got heavy and vey soft. As it is already -1c and sunny the slopes today will be a bit spring like again. From tomorrow we are in for a few days of snow and cooler temperatures.
So, yes, it's mild and we had rain yesterday. No snowfall.
This morning it is just cloudy and that is what is on the forecast.
That's about it really.
I am just going on what is on the official site early morning but it looks like all the tree run courses are closed. If you are here - check with the resort.
The good news is that cold and snow is due early next week. Just a few more days of mild to go before that...
Official snow depths:
* Top: 295cm * Base: 150cm
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 normally open - closed this morning (unconfirmed) * Shooter 1 and Extreme tree run courses not yet available
Nighta skiing operations
* Weekends and holidays from until 24th February 2020 Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 14th February 2020, 8:02am
Good morning from Nozawa.
So yes as I updated yesterday it turned out to be clearer and sunny fairly soon after my early report, though cloudy again later on.
Good to avoid prolonged rain, though definitely a mild day.
We are going to have to put up with this mild spell through Sunday; Monday still shows a good chance of a return to colder conditions and snow potential./
Today is that most traditional of Japanese festivals, dating back from ancient times, called 'Valentines Day'. ;)
And to celebrate, if you are over at the Hikage area around 10:30am you might be able to sample some free chocolate fondue. I like the sound of that.
I wonder if Nasuki/Naski likes chocolate fondue. I can't imagine many vegetables enjoy eating chocolate. Even very special ones that ski.
Friday 14th February 2020
Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:
All courses normally open apart from the following courses:
Nighta until 8:00pm
- Nagasaka Four lift operates during nighta - Every Saturday until 28th March - 23rd February - 20th March - Subject to change Read more ...
Friday 14th February 2020, 8:13am
Morning from Zao.
Actually, I am not in Zao - I needed to be away - but have just spoken to someone who is and going off official information as well.
The resort is reporting cloudy conditions. Looks like limited visibility up on the mountain.
For the weekend we are expecting sun tomorrow with the chance of rain on Sunday. Next chance of fresh snow remains later on Monday... we will certainly be in need of a fresh layer.
The Light Up night time operations had to be cancelled yesterday due to strong winds and unfortunately it looks like it has been cancelled from today until (at least) Sunday too due to the poor conditions of the ice monsters. :(
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 - Karamatsu pair
- All courses are now mostly open; some restricted areas
A cold front passed around 3am with strong gusts. The wind calmed down, however remains strong in higher elevation. The temperature is forecasted to rise during the day and snow melt will continue. The snow is very sticky, not the kind of day for backcountry today. A cold airmass will flow in in the evening and will refreeze the mountain through tomorrow.
Many of the accidents occur when forcibly pushing something during bad weather. Better stay away from steep slopes today. Climax slides are expected in south facing steep slopes under 800m elevation. Gates opening is undecided, please respect the ski patrol’s decision and the Niseko Rules. The community is always concerned about all guests safety. Snow bridges are also likely to collapse, beware of falling into creeks. Treacherous road conditions too, drive safe!
Ski resort operation information: Friday 14th February 2020
We ended up with some lovely blue skies above the village yesterday with a bank of cloud bunching up around the mountains. It made for some impressive and varied scenery in places. I spotted a very cool rainbow too when I was at Hakuba 47 early afternoon. I wish I had taken a camera! Rather windy too. With the rain earlier in the day, it's not the most friendly mix of weather for the snow.
This morning we start the day with a lot of cloud cover and it's a bit dull. I'd expect some early icy and hard conditions, softening up as it gets warmer during the day.
Sunshine is forecast for tomorrow. Mild conditions will be continuing through Sunday (when there is a chance of rain). So Saturday looks like it will be the best pick for the weekend. Kind of spring-like conditions, but of course still tons of fun to be had.
And we can look forward to fresh snow come Monday/Tuesday.
Here is the data table for today, unchanged:
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
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 2 pair - Sakka Number 3 triple
Courses open: - All courses apart from the following are at least part open: - Kokusai - Nakiyama Wall/North - Kurobishi off-piste - Omusubi off-piste - Base areas apart from Nakiyama North and Kokusai are at least part 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 - Champion quad - Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I - Tsugaike Ropeway
Courses open: - All main course areas are open - DBD: All gates closed
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 ...
Friday 14th February 2020, 9:07am
Overcast but bright and sunny
We're in the middle of this rather warm spell - there's a few more days to go.
Fresh snow on Monday? That would be nice.
For now though, it's going to be rather spring-like conditions out there.
The Audi FIX Alpen Ski World Cup 2020 event will be held at Naeba on 22nd and 23rd February.
There are a few course restrictions in place as the resort prepares for the event.
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 ...
Friday 14th February 2020, 9:12am
Getting less sunny
It was so warm yesterday (how warm was it?). Well, there was a lovely little stream running down the road here though most of the day as the snow decided to change into liquid (and can you blame it, with such balmy weather?). We lost another 30cm off the snowpack in our test area. And good wet, almost slushy snow conditions.
The worst is ahead, as that freezing level goes up over 3000 meters (in February?!). Probably will see some rain over the next day or so; it's looking a little more gray right now that it was earlier in the day.
So no skiing for me today; it's off to check out the ocean, seafood, saké.... it's a great area to be in, even if you're not doing what you'd really like to be doing.
It's... warm. Yes, we have been expecting it, but it's a downer all the same.
I see snowfall there on the forecasts for around Monday, so I'm excited about that.
Before then, if you are coming over the weekend expect mild conditions and associated snow conditions. Sunshine is likely tomorrow with a good chance of rain on Sunday, so keep that in mind if you are choosing a day for the weekend.
Current operations: Friday 14th February 2020
- All lifts should be operating - All main courses open - All tree run course open apart from Powder Wave - Official snow depth: 150cm
Tangram Ski Circus:
- All lifts are operating - Almost all courses open - Official snow depth: 120cm Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Friday 14th February 2020, 9:35am
Fine thin cloud overcast and bright
Yesterday would have been a nice day if it were April, not the middle of February.
It got a bit colder at night, though we have some more mild to live through before it gets proper cold again.
Until we get that fresh snow (early next week?) expect spring like conditions, rather than fresh and fluffy. A different kind of fun...
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: Friday 14th 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 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 ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Friday 14th February 2020, 9:36am
It's an all-Japan thing, but yes, it's mild/warm here too.
We have a few more such days to endure before colder conditions (hopefully) return. That means that if you are here for the weekend, expect mild and a somewhat spring-like feel to conditions. There's a chance of rain on Sunday, so Saturday is looking like the best pick for the weekend.
Today is Friday and that means that Nekoma is back up and running this morning.
There is snow due later on Monday into Tuesday and so hopefully we'll get a fresh layer then.
Grandeco Snow Resort: - 4 (of 5) lifts operating - 11 (of 13) courses open - Normal weekday operations - Official snow depth: 170cm