Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018
Saturday 17th March 2018, 7:01am
Lots of cloud but due to clear
Good morning from Yuzawa.
It was much colder yesterday, with light rain for most of the day in town but trying to snow as well, especially in higher areas - it even succeeded in snowing last night lower down too... though there is no new cm of snow to report in town this morning. And I notice that Kagura are reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall so a thin layer in higher areas.
There is a lot of cloud around early morning but we are due clearer skies and sunshine during the day today. It shouldn't warm up too much either... more sun but higher temperatures are expected tomorrow.
It should be a fine weekend.
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC exit (Route 17).
Updated: Saturday 17th 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.
As of 3pm yesterday, the resort was reporting 4cm of fresh snowfall up on the top Yamabiko area of the resort and 2cm on the Uenotaira area (none at base level). Another 4cm is being reported in those upper areas since then, so 6-8cm of fresh since the last report. None to report from base - so you know where to head!
There is a lot of cloud this morning, though clearer sunny skies are still expected for the day. And while it likely won't be as cold as it was yesterday, it shouldn't warm up too much either.
More sun and rising temperatures (around 10C?) during the daytime tomorrow.
Saturday 17th March 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
And there's some more fresh snow for me to report this morning. 5cm of it in fact here near base and no doubt more than that at higher elevations on the mountain. I wonder how much. Investigations are required.
It does feel rather more wintery and it is generally a cold and cloudy start to the day. Temperatures are forecast to not quite rise to zero during the day. Perhaps a little milder tomorrow and more sunshine.
There are just two more days of night time skiing operations left now - today and tomorrow.
The isobars gradient became a little steep during the night and generated 15-20cm new snow fall overnight. Snowdrift development is small, wet snow through to 20cm. The surface below 800m is frozen and the groomers are having a hard time maintaining the slopes. So called “potato fields” are present in many spots.
30cm of smaller wet surface slab slides are to be expected in leeward knolls and steep slopes above 900m. Better not stimulate knolls and cornices.
Decent snowfall since a while, the mountain is back to winter. Peak gates are expected to open. Listen to patrol’s advices, be prepared and step out of bounds from the gates. Beware of creeks, holes and cracks. Stay away from valley bottoms and in order to avoid glide avalanches. Quickly move away from steep slopes. No chances to outrun an avalanche. Avalanches are naturally happening, and would not be a problem as long as nobody is caught in one. The is not bad. Have a nice day.
Saturday 17th 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: 430cm - Base: 220cm
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 ...
Saturday 17th March 2018, 8:31am
Fair blue skies
Good morning from Grandeco.
It is a chilly morning with clear blue skies.
There was a little snowfall yesterday but it just about covered on the course, so now cm for the report - maybe a little more higher on the mountains.
The wind is blowing about a little strong today so pay attention to the ski ground announcements with any news of possible disruptions to lift operations.
Strong north winds through the day and especially in the evening yesterday. Colder than recent days as well, with minus numbers posted, We got about 2 cm of round pellets at base up to the morning; it was trying to snow earlier but we’re now seeing some blue patches here and there. I actually hope the forecast are correct and we get some sun to warm up that snowpack; it’s a bit crusty out in the natural snow and looks like it would be hard to get some nice, elegant turns in (more like hop and hope?). It would just be nice on the resorts, too, to go back to some sunny spring skiing for a few days before we go back to rain and snow. Or so it appears.
And there has been a bit of fresh snowfall and even though it hasn't amounted to much it was good to see after all of the clearer skies and warmth of the last week. Most definitely colder as you would expect.
Clearer skies are again expected today but it should be keeping colder. (Warmer again tomorrow).
Some courses/runs were closed this morning due to conditions but the staff have been busy and were able to open them up pretty quickly. Otsukarasama deshita!
Should be a fun weekend on the slopes. And remember just over 2 weeks left now. Got to make the most of it.
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 Free Ride Park Ninja Sawa Rabbit Kamoshika Bear
Quick report for the weekend and we are enjoying fine weather today with a mix of sun, blue sky and white cloud.
A fine day to be on the slopes.
It appears that the Nishimori lift and area is now closed. It is currently unclear if that is just temporary or more final for the season...
I'm liking the look of the forecast showing a fair chance of snow around Thursday next week. Keep an eye on that.
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
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 ...
Saturday 17th March 2018, 12:55pm
Clear and sunny
Snow last night but not enough! Story of the Spring thus far however the weather here is nice today, a little warmer than forecast and the snow on mountain is once again, creamy, soft corn and plenty around still.
I'm not holding my breath but the forecast looks somewhat promising with snow through the week and a decent dump scheduled for Thursday at this point. We are certainly due a meaningful lug of snow so fingers crossed.
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 March 2018, 13:24pm
Cloud, blue sky
Winter has returned - if feels like that, for the moment at least with some cold temperatures being reported... -12C at the summit at the start of the day and well below zero here at base too. It has got less cold by lunchtime but still the need for layers.
Last chance to get in some night time 'nighta' tomorrow evening.
Is that snow I see lurking on the forecast for mid week? I think it may well be!
Lifts and course info:
- All lifts should be moving as planned - Exceptions are the Diamond Number 1 and Karamatsu lifts which are now closed for the season - All main areas apart from Karamatsu are open