Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019
Wednesday 15th February 2017, 8:09am
The clouds are just starting to part now....
It's still snowing very lightly in Myoko today, but clear skies are ahead.
It almost looks like it could be sunny and clear up high: nothing like a little unkai (the sea of clouds) for those climbing up high. Don't forget, you can see Mt. Fuji if you get a little ways up on Ikenotaira or Suginohara....
Looking at my rather passionate posting yesterday, I didn't want to single out our Antipodean friends too much, but I often hear from Australian instructors that they worry about their countrymen because the concept of snow is so different, At the same time, all the major rescues - and fatalities - in the area over the years have been Japanese. Whoever, though, let's get smart when we go out there. Big grin, high fives, happy smiles....
Not all reports are in, but I'm up the hill myself today.
Well, today is shaping up to be an extremely nice day. Whilst it is not quite a blue bird out there, there is plenty of blue skies to go around.
We have received 8 cm of new snow since yesterday so there will be a little powder to go around. However, in general, the mountain is nice fresh groomers.
Looking on we are expecting potentially a little snow today although this doesn't seem so likely right now. Then tomorrow we should have a nice clear day before we head back into snow on Friday. There is also a little rain forecast for Friday. Fingers crossed it turns into snow before it hits us!
A bit of blue sky in the afternoon yesterday and a bit of snow to report this morning - 2cm. Yey!
There will again of course likely a bit more than that at higher elevations.
Light snow is still falling now but it is not expected to continue for long and something of a clear-up is likely later on today.
We're looking at the prospect of some rather warm conditions tomorrow - into positive numbers - but you really (really) want the good news, don't you? ;)
Yes, from Friday we can expect the temps to drop again... and for snow to start snowing. Fingers crossed it'll be proper decent snow that will continue for at least a few days and into next week.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Mountain base 6am : -5°, light winds, 3cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -7°, minor snowdrift development from westerly wind, 5cm new snow. Annupuri 1150m, -9°, W9m/s, 5cm new snow, snowpack 170cm. Hirafu 1250m, -10°, W5m/s, 3cm new snow. Coastal data: Kamui Cape:WSW8m/s, 1020hPa, wave 0.8m.
At 5am observation light winds above 800m and little noticeable snowdrift development. The mountain is covered in a thin blanket of fresh snow and the overall avalanche risk is low. Around elevation 1000m, East ridge, Back bowl sidewall, 30 degree slopes, there is possibility of snow drifts fracturing on 14 Feb layer. From the snowfall transition and impact test the lower snowpack is stable however take care around knolls and under cornices. Always remember there is never 100% safety in the mountains and make appropriate preparations before going out of bounds. All gates are expected to open. This information is issued to prevent accidents of ski resort users. Have a good day.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
- Gondola - Number 1 quad lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3 quad lift - Number 4 quad lift
All courses now open
Official snow depth: 300cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: some part icy but almost dry Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow Read more ...
Wednesday 15th February 2017, 8:31am
Morning from Yuzawa.
We had mostly calm and fine weather yesterday with snow coming in later on.
And as a result of that there's 12cm of fresh snow on the ground to report.
Kagura are reporting 5-10cm of fresh snow and Maiko Snow Resort reporting 10-15cm. So there is an extra layer of snow on the courses waiting everyone this morning.
We have had some mixed weather conditions already today. The sun was out a bit before, but the snow clouds are moving back in from the north as of 8:30am and snow has started falling in places. It is due to ease off sometime during the day.
I am just looking at one local weather forecast that says tomorrow it will be fine and sunny - with temperatures rising to as high as 10C. We can do without that!
Happily, it does not look like that warmth should last that long with temperatures dropping again on Friday with more snow due as we enter the weekend.
Official snow depth information as of Wednesday 15th February 2017
Some data not updated for today due to the early report.
Below are details of the planned 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma this season. This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions. *** Please note that this section will not be updated every day.
Ishiuchi Maruyama Daily until 19th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 8:50pm. The Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2 and Kanko Number 3 Express lifts are open daily. The Kanko Number 1 Express lift, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift and Hatsukaishi Number 2 pair lifts are also open on weekends and holidays.
Iwappara Daily until 20th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays. The Main course, Grand course and West courses are open during nighta.
Joetsu Kokusai Daily until 20th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm. The area in front of the main base hotel is open for nighta.
Kandatsu Kogen 'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night') is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.
Maiko Snow Resort Daily until 19th March 2017. Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm. The Maiko center quad lift on the Maiko Side of the resort operates for nighta.
Naeba Daily until 26th March 2017. Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.
NASPA Ski Garden 'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in January and February. On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.
Yuzawa Nakazato Every Saturday until 11th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm. The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta. Read more ...
Wednesday 15th February 2017, 8:38am
Blue sky, cloud, sun
Hello and good morning from Hakuba.
After that lovely start to the day yesterday, cloud moved in during the afternoon with light snow falling at higher elevations. The forecast was right, though while a few resorts are reporting a few cm of fresh on mountain there's no fresh cm down at base.
It is a cold start to this morning. There is actually a fair amount of cloud still up there, but also a lot of blue sky and the sun is out at the moment. A nice start to the day and first tracks should be very nice.
The forecast for today is sun with temperatures perhaps rising to just over zero later on.
Tomorrow really does look like it is going to warm up. One local forecast says it'll be as high as 8C in the afternoon in the village. We can only hope that isn't the case!
But still, it doesn't appear that the unseasonal warmth will last too long with temperatures dropping and snowfall due from sometime Friday. Perhaps some rain before that happens at lower elevations.
Resort news as of 8:35am on Wednesday 15th February 2017:
All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Upper: 285cm Base: 150cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0-3cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Alps: 345cm Toomi: 180cm Iimori: 140cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 255cm Kurobishi: 260cm Lower: 160cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 330cm Han-no-ki: 325cm Maruyama: 160cm Oya-no-hara: 180cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 170cm
Hakuba Cortina: The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. Official snow depth: Top: 360cm Base: 249cm
Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:
Hakuba Goryu: Planned to be open daily from 6pm until 9:30pm
Tsugaike Kogen: Planned at the Katamatsu-Shirakaba area February 18th; March 4th, 11th, 18th, 19th (6pm until 9pm)
Hakuba Cortina: Planned to be open daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)
Hakuba Happo-one: Planned to be open daily until 9pm on the Nakiyama area.
Kashimayari: Planned to be open daily.
There is no night skiing at the other resorts in the area. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 15th February 2017, 8:40am
Morning from Nozawa.
There's lots of cloud around this morning and earlier light snow has eased off now. Light snow > cloud is what the forecasts as saying and that seems to be what is happening. They also point to a considerable warm up tomorrow but hopefully that won't last too long with colder conditions (and rain then snow) likely on Friday.
It seems the Nagasaka Gondola is having some maintenance work done on it today and so is not moving at the start of the day. Unclear as to when that might be cleared, but check with the resort if you are out - or going out - today.
Lifts operations: - All lifts operating except - Nagasaka Gondola (maintenance) - Yunomine pair (usually closed on weekdays) - Mizunashi triple (usually closed on weekdays) - Challenga pair (usually closed on weekdays) - Utopia pair (usually closed on weekdays)
Courses not open today are: - Challenge 39 - Kandahar East - Grand Prix Read more ...
Wednesday 15th February 2017, 8:43am
Hello Madarao fans!
Cloud and very light snow slowly falling from the skies this morning over Madarao, though it may well be starting to clear. Visibility is OK out there so early tracks should be good.
The whole region looks like it will be experiencing some rather sudden warm conditions tomorrow which isn't great but it shouldn't be lasting for too long with a return to snowfall due on Friday. There's a chance of some rain in there too before the snow comes back.
Let's hope that there'll be a nice fresh layer of snow waiting for people planning to be here for the weekend.
Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):
- 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 - Moving walkway - Kids Park - Free Ride Park
- Powder Wave I - Powder Wave II - River Line - Powder Theater - Adventure Aisle - Crystal Bowl - Ninja - Sawa - Rabbit - Kamoshika - Bear
- Nighta at Madarao Kogen is every Saturday until 25th March (and also on 19th March)
Ichinose Family: Every day until 25th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Ichinose Diamond: Every Saturday until 25th March and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Yakebitaiyama: Every Saturday until 4th March (6pm-8pm)
Kumanoyu: Every Saturday until 25th March and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm) Read more ...
Wednesday 15th February 2017, 9:07am
Good morning from Zao.
A cloudy and calm start to the day here in Zao and feeling relatively mild outside. There's a dusting of snow down here.
Looks like visibility is poor out there, is that fog covering the upper part of the mountain?
We may see a bit of snow today but clearer conditions are forecast for tomorrow and Friday along with some warmer temperatures too.
Snow should be back by the start of the weekend, though it does not look like we should expect anything more than light snow showers.
All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating today:
Paradise Number 3 pair Karamatsu pair
All courses apart from Kotan are open.
Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself): Summit - 135cm Paradise - 220cm Chuo - 220cm Utopia - 180cm Uwanodai - 130cm Yokokura - 160cm
Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations
Every day until 5th March 2017. Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm. Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children. In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled. Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Wednesday 15th February 2017, 10:35am
Partly cloudy skies
Planned operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):
Appi Gondola Central quad Central number 2 Central number 3a Central number 4 Central number 5 Central number 6 Sailer Gondola Sailer quad Vista quad Nishimori
Today started off at -5c but the temperature has risen to +1c as can be evidenced by water from melt over the roads. Looking around at carparks and seeing the tarseal breaking through the slushy snow, you would think that spring had started. It has been snowing lightly today, but the day's accumulation hasnt amounted to more than 1cm.
Good news looks like it is coming our way though with moderate snowfall tomorrow evening through to Friday morning. Lets hope this does actually happen and we can get back to nice powdery conditions. Read more ...