Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018
Geto Kogen Now!
Saturday 17th February 2018, 7:02am
A calm day on the hill yesterday for the most part, we saw tops of -4C and mainly light winds, with some light snow falling throughout the day.
Today, we’ve woken up to 20cm of fresh snow, and the winds have picked up quite a bit, we’re looking at some mainly strong winds throughout the day and some moderate snow to continue into the afternoon. The winds are going to be particularly nippy, with the wind chill getting down to -21C.
The moderate snow should turn to heavy snow into tonight, with hopefully about 25cm to fall from now, into tomorrow morning. As for the next couple of days — this is the only snow we’re going to see for what looks like another few days, but with these chilly forecasted temps it should stay right where it is…
Sunday: light snow, moderate winds, tops of -10C Monday: snow showers, moderate winds tops of -5C Tuesday: clear with a chance of snow showers, light/moderate winds, tops of -7C
Official snow depths:
Top: 520cm Base: 380cm
Night skiing operations are scheduled at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018
The Number 2 Gondola is currently open on weekends and national holidays Read more ...
Saturday 17th February 2018, 7:20am
Clear for now!
It may well have been the best day of the season up there yesterday, perfect weather, excellent snow quality with about 30cm of fresh in the backcountry and about 30 people on the mountain to get it. There are still plenty of fresh lines up there if anyone is planning a trip to Tenjin today. At some point this morning though, it looks like big snow and strong winds are on the way. Solid snowfall is expected to continue right through tomorrow.
Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami. Read more ...
Saturday 17th February 2018, 7:45am
Sorry for the missed report yesterday.
It has been a snowy few days and it's snowy morning with quite a lot of people around.
Limited visibility and a moderate wind this morning along with cold conditions. Not helping my mild case of flu I seem to be suffering from at the moment... there's lots of it about.
Snow might continue through the day today and into tomorrow too, though perhaps less so.
Chinese New Year weekend and quite a number of visitors from overseas here at the moment.
Lifts and course info:
- All lifts appear to be opening as scheduled - Note: the Karamatsu pair lift usually only operates on weekends - All areas open
More fresh snow this morning with 21cm measured and added to my reports.
Not bad... not bad.
(I'm just kidding - it's really great!)
But forgive me for refraining from my head overheating and exploding (or is that imploding?) due to overuse of cheesy over-the-top descriptions. It's kind of amusing in a weary kind of way, but I'll leave that kind of stuff for bar talk and marketing dudes.
Some heavier snow was falling earlier on this morning. That had eased a little while ago, but as of 8:20am it is snowing lightly again. Is that the sun breaking through some clouds again? Confusing!
Anyway, bottom line - lots of people around with exciting regular snowfall that is filling in tracks. All is good and I'm glad that Niseko is delivering for this very busy period. Hope some of you are out enjoying it.
You might notice that the official snow depth for the upper part of Niseko Grand Hirafu has now bust through the 5m mark. Let's comparing:
Niseko Grand Hirafu: 510cm Niseko Village: 390cm Niseko Annupuri: 390cm
Why the big difference some of you ask? Well, that's best asked of the people providing such numbers - ie. not me or SnowJapan.
In my humble opinion, official snow depth numbers are an interesting 'background number' looking at the season as a whole. A big base is of course great for a potentially long season: but it's always the amount of freshly fallen snow that is the much more important bit of info. You might notice that some resorts in Japan almost never change their official snow depth, over long periods when there are milder conditions and also fresh snowfall. Check out Kagura (in Yuzawa, Niigata) as a good example. That has to be one of the most unrealistically static bits of data out there!
Calm morning, with typical pre low-pressure snowfall since before dawn. Looking at the past 12 hours snowfall transition and test results, the snowdrifts that developed until yesterday are now mostly stable. The general avalanche risk is relatively low. Gates opening is yet to be decided. Please follow the patrol’s instructions.
Many uneven layers are still present in the snowdrifts that developed in the past 4 days. Avalanches from deeper layers caused by strong stimulations, such as falling cornices, are to be highly expected. Stay away from cornice slopes and gullies even if the gates open. Many of the past avalanche accidents occurred when skiing unstable wind-loaded steep slopes during and just after stormy conditions.
Today’s snow is quite better than yesterday’s. Avoid cornices and drop in from the ridges. Do not cut/traverse knolls. Stay alert as heavy low-pressure snowfall can cause loose snow avalanches in the forests. Beware of hidden cracks. The snowfall will pick up again as the low-pressure passes.
Have a nice day.
Saturday 17th February 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts (apart from King Number 2) should be operating - Top Ace, King Number 4 and Hanazono Number 3 lifts on hold at the start of the day due to weather conditions
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts (apart from the Country Road Chair lift) should be operating
Official snow depth: - Top: 390cm - Base: 280cm
Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:
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 ...
Saturday 17th February 2018, 8:34am
Good morning from Naeba! It's a clear start in the Mikuni valley today. After a cold night last night, ice is rife around the resort, with temperatures plummeting to as low as -10°C. The skies are currently clear, but do not expect this to last long. Moderate snowfall should commence this afternoon, and continue through the night. Strong winds of up to 45kmph are predicted in the valley tonight, with gusts as high as 65kmph at the top of the mountain. Snow accumulation are predicted to be a moderate 20cm over the next 24 hours. The air temperature will drop significantly after lunch, so be sure to pack some layers today.
Looking forwards, we can expect the snow to continue until Monday morning, but with far lesser accumulations tomorrow. The wind will continue to play a significant role until Monday also. The air temperature will struggle to pass -6°C through this stormy period, but things should warm up again on Monday to a more temperate -2°C. From Monday onwards, the forecast indicates a mix of light snow, cloud and clear skies. Winds are expected to remain below 20kmph and the air temperature will be hovering around just below 0°C. Read more ...
Saturday 17th February 2018, 8:34am
Earlier clearer skies clouded over
Good morning from Yuzawa.
A fine morning yesterday with the sun coming out and then more cloud moving in again later in the day.
This morning started off with clearer skies again, but it has clouded over pretty quickly and as of 8:30am snow has started falling close to town level and snow is forecast for the day and into tomorrow.
GALA Yuzawa is going to be closed today due to forecast windy conditions through the day. Hopefully they will be back up and open tomorrow.
Other resorts appear to be opening as normal.
It's not particularly cold this morning but we are expecting winds to increase as the days go on and possibly some quite heavy snowfall too.
See you tomorrow.
Update about 30 minutes after above initial report was posted:
That snow has stopped and there's even a bit of sun. Difficult to read what is going to happen today - I'll update you tomorrow!
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC exit (Route 17). ---
Updated: Saturday 17th 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.
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 17th February; 3rd, 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!
Saturday 17th February 2018, 8:41am
Hello from Appi,
Cloudy skies this morning with some moderate snowfall and a fairly light breeze. The forecast calls for 30cm again today and it looks promising already. We can expect the clouds to stay with us all day and unfortunately we’ll be seeing the afternoon winds again. The forecast is for 20+m/s winds, that’s around 70kmh and with the snow you can expect unfriendly condition to reign late in the afternoon.
The weekend we’re expecting cloudy skies, stable temperatures around -8 to -10 at the base and fairly light winds. Overall the next few days should be fairly nice and the conditions on the mountain excellent for a little fun.
The Central Number 4 lift is not operating today due to 'snow removal'.
Planned lift operations (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 5 lift - Central number 6 lift - Sailer gondola - Sailer quad - Vista quad - Nishimori lift
Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays
I have no new cm of snowfall to report this morning, but it looks like the snow clouds are back for today and into tomorrow along with some forecast stronger winds later on today. It doesn't feel that cold this morning though with the expected winds perhaps it will during the day.
Here's to a snowy weekend.
Official snow depth: 230cm
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 Free Ride Park Powder Theater Adventure Aisle Crystal Bowl Ninja Sawa Rabbit Kamoshika Bear
And it is good to see some snow falling outside my window, though I'm keeping wrapped up and inside myself over the weekend. I can see 1cm of snow on the top of my car outside so it looks like it could be quickly building up. (All this considering that it was actually much clearer very early on this morning).
The forecasts seem to be pointing to snowy (maybe windy) conditions into tomorrow.
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.