Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 4th April 2020
Geto Kogen Now!
Saturday 18th January 2020, 7:45am
Blue sky and cloud
Good morning. It's the weekend again!
And there is just a slight dusting of snow on the ground from overnight (after a fine day)... just about able to add 1cm to my report this morning.
Early on this morning the sun is out and there is blue sky and cloud above us.
It is a cold morning with the resort reporting -10C up top and -8C at base, though I would expect that cold-ness to ease off somewhat
A special sledding event will be held at the resort today over at the chibbiko childrens area and up to 120 people can take part. IF you are interested in taking part, you can sign up from 10:00am (in the Center Dome).
I hope you have a good Saturday.
Official snow depths:
* Top: 210cm * Base: 140cm
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 and Summit Tree Run course open * Other tree run courses not yet available
Nighta skiing operations
* Weekends and holidays from until 24th February 2020 Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 18th January 2020, 7:57am
Good morning from Nozawa.
There is a lot of cloud around early this Saturday morning. I can see some blue sky too. Hopefully it will remain quite cold during the day.
All lifts apart from the Kandahar pair and Karasawa pair should be operating today.
Perhaps some flakes of snow tomorrow but more promising is later on Monday into Tuesday.
I think that's it for this morning. Have fun and take care if you are hitting the slopes.
Saturday 18th January 2020
Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:
All lifts normally operating apart from these lifts:
- Kandahar pair - Karasawa pair
All courses open apart from the following courses:
- Kandahar - Skyline (the lower section is closed; upper area down to the Tanuki course is open) - Grand Prix - Jumping - Mukobayashi - Hachiman - Karasawa - Nagasaka link - Usagi Read more ...
Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:02am
Blue sky and cloud
Is it Saturday already again. The season is whizzing by...
Some cloud, some blue sky and the groomers are looking inviting before people get out there to mess them up! It should be a nice day; I hope it keeps quite cold.
No fresh snow to report. But the day after tomorrow looks good for some fresh to be falling.
Today and tomorrow there's an event at Madarao where you can test ride some 'BLASTRACK' gear (it always seems to be in capital letters, so that's why!). It's free though you will need to show identification to take part. Open from 9:30am until 2:30pm today and tomorrow. Head over to the Super Quad lift if you are interested.
Just to recap. Almost all of the normal courses at Madarao are open; tree run courses not yet available apart from SAWA II. Over at Tangram, about half of the courses are available and all lifts are operating.
More snow please!
Current operations: Saturday 18th January 2020
- All ski lifts apart from Number 13 lift are operating - Courses appear to be mostly open - SAWA II is open - Other tree run courses not currently available - Official snow depth: 65cm
Tangram Ski Circus: - All ski lifts are operating - Some courses are not yet open - Official snow depth: 45cm Read more ...
Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:03am
Another cloudy day, which is good for the snow. No snow falling, which is bad. There's a light but variable wind coming out of the north, which is also good.
The scary thing is that next week the freezing level is predicted to go way up to 2200 meters, with rain all the way up to the top of the resorts.
The good thing is that longer forecasts have snow following that nationwide warming trend. Which means the crazy weather continues (where are our Siberian winds?)
It is a true bluebird morning with brilliantly clear sky. Clear sky like this in the morning means a cold start to the day, and it is -17c as I write this. It will warm up to around -8c by midday. The last few days have seen daytime snow flurries deposit a few centimeters at base level, but on the upper half of the resort there has been more and the trails on the upper mountain have some really good snow on them. If you haven't tried night skiing yet I highly recommend giving it a go - the Kitanomine side gets a great night view over Furano City.
Mostly blue skies with just a few wispy clouds around.
Very cold too, which is good for keeping the snow in decent condition.
So it should be a fine morning to be out there.
Today the 'APPI JAZZY SPORT 2020' event is happening today and nighta is being extended to midnight.
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 4 lift - Central Number 5 lift - Central Number 6 lift - Nishimori lift - Sailer quad lift - Vista quad lift
- Most normal courses at APPI are open (* Upper Otaka and Kakkou areas closed) - Bravo, Dragon tail, Cruise 1 and Cruise 2 tree run courses are open
Snowfall numbers The below numbers are reported by the resort
The untracked snow from a few days ago is still excellent quality here and in the middle of a decent day on mountain. Tenjin's cat track to the bottom has opened as of yesterday. It's seven days after last season but with such a tiny snowpack there's a world of difference.
Forecast is snow showers tonight and looks more promising on Monday and Tuesday.
Good to see all lifts and courses at Norn now open...
Updated photo from late morning from Tenjin
Akasawa Normally part open Note: closed on Tuesdays (apart from 11th February, when it will be closed on 12th February)
Fujiwara Part open Number 1 and 2 lifts are running
Cold air is flowing in from a high-pressure system. The isobars are spread out and the weather is calm over the ocean and the mountains. There are no notable developments of snowdrifts. Observations and data evaluations show that the general avalanche risk is low today. Peak gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s advice and “always” use gates to access the out of bounds areas. Do not cross boundary ropes.
10cm of fresh snow can be found around 800m elevation. A fast kind of snow, unaffected by the wind, in contrary, wind-blown storm-snow is slower. The snow amount is still small, beware of falling into creeks. It’s recommended to carry at least a shovel and a short rope just in case. Snow sports are inherently dangerous, even more in unmanaged mountain areas. Better not underestimate the risk, being prudent is key to avoid accidents.
Have a nice day.
Ski resort operation information: Saturday 18th January 2020
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 165cm - Base: 105cm
All lifts normally operating EXCEPT: - Country Road (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 ...
Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:26am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
It is a generally cloudy morning, with an impressive looking sea of clouds over the Minamiuonuma valley, as you can see on the image below.
More ski lifts and courses appear to be opening for this morning, even though there's no fresh snow to report. See below for adjustments made. But still, it is of course good to see more open and it being the weekend there will be more people around. I would expect the popular places to be rather busy.
The next snowfall looks likely later on Monday into Tuesday (with a bit of a warm bump scheduled beyond that, which hopefully will be followed by snow again). Who knows. I give up!!
Let's just enjoy what we have. I hope you have a fun day wherever you are.
Individual ski resort information: Saturday 18th January 2020 All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.
- All of the Central Area and Northern Area courses are open - All lifts are now operating apart from the Ropeway lift connecting with Yuzawa Kogen in the Southern Area - The Southern Area is part open - Batman and Eliza courses are open - Take the Gondola back down at the end of the day (Falcon downhill course not yet available) - Official snow depth: 120cm
- All areas of Kagura are open - Both the Mitsumata Ropeway and Tashiro Ropeway bases ropeways are operating - The top Number 5 lift and top gate are normally open >> but apparently temporarily closed this morning - The Dragondola connecting with Naeba is operating - Official snow depth: 110cm
- Gondola and top Okusoechi quad and pair lifts are operating - 7 courses in the top Okusoechi area are open. Take the Gondola back down to base. - 1 course and 1 lift (Center quad) open in the Maiko Area - Official snow depth: 75cm (upper); -cm (base)
- Yuzawa Ropeway operating - All Kogen lifts now operating and Kogen Snowland is open - Base area not currently open - The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is not yet operating - Official snow depth: 80cm (Kogen); -cm (base)
- Number 1 and 7 lifts operating - Official snow depth: 25cm
Photos (below) from around 8:30am on Saturday 18th January 2020:
- GALA Yuzawa (2) - Yuzawa Kogen (2) - NASPA Ski Garden - Ishiuchi Maruyama (2) - Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit - Maiko Snow Resort Read more ...
Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:41am
It's a mostly overcast start to the day. No fresh snowfall to report. And hopefully it will remain fairly cold.
We can probably expect the next snowfall around Monday-Tuesday.
A few more lifts are moving this morning for the weekend with three lifts scheduled to be open for nighta tonight. Details below.
It's that 'Subaru Gelande Taxi' event thingy today and tomorrow. I remember that from last year. So there's some cool looking Subaru cars parked at the base of the resort ready to zoom you around on the snow. You'll find details if you are in Naeba.
Official snow depth:
- 70cm (not updated this morning?)
Planned operating lifts:
- Prince Number 1 Gondola - Prince Number 2 Gondola - Takenokodaira romance pair lift - Takenokoyama romance pair lift - Number 4 romance pair lift (open for nighta until 8:30pm) - Number 3 high speed lift (open for nighta until 8:30pm) - 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:
- Almost all courses are now open - The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort Read more ...
Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:55am
Thin cloud, blue sky, sun
Good morning from Hakuba.
We have a mix of thin cloud, blue sky and sunshine this morning over Hakuba and that is probably what we can expect for the day today and hopefully it will keep fairly cold.
It seems to be looking good for fresh snowfall early week, so let's enjoy the weekend and look forward to that.
The data table is unchanged today.
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
The new Tenbo course, aimed at very skilled folk, at Hakuba Happo-one has opened.
I think that is about all I have for today.
See you tomorrow.
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: - Kurobishi Number 3 pair - Nakiyama Number 2 pair - Shirakaba Number 1 pair - Shirakaba Number 2 pair - Central pair - Sakka Number 2 pair - Sakka Number 3 triple
Courses open: - Riesen Grat - Panorama - Usagidaira - Kurobishi - Skyline - Riesen Slalom - Kita-one 3 - Kita-one - Nakiyama South - Olympic Course - Sakka South - Sakka North - The base Nakiyama South and Sakka areas are now open - You can also take the Gondola or other lifts back down
Operating lifts: - All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating: - Han-no-ki Number 4 - Tsuga-no-mori Number 1 - Han-no-ki Number 3 quad - Han-no-ki Number 2 pair - Han-no-ki Number 1 quad - Champion quad - Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I - Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner IV - Kane-no-naru-oka Number 11 romance
Courses open: - Most course areas are now at least part open - Lower course through the forest cloded - DBD not available yet
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 report Read more ...
Saturday 18th January 2020, 9:04am
Good morning from Zao.
Welcome to the weekend. It is a cloudy start and quite cold. The resort was reporting a temperature of -11C up top and -7 at Uwanodai as of 7am.
It looks like the Astraea Number 3 pair lift as well as the Onsen Number 4 quad are both operating this morning. It will likely be a busy day out there.
I'm trying not to get overly-excited just yet but some forecasts are looking pretty good for around Monday in terms of potential snowfall. Let's have some of that!
Have a good Saturday.
Lifts normally operating:
- Zao Paradise pair A B - Shobunuma Number 2 pair - Katakai triple - Chuo Number 1 pair AB - Chuo Number 2 pair AB - Mikaeri pair - Diamond Number 2 pair - Utopia Number 2 pair - Astraea Number 3 pair - Onsen Number 1 pair - Onsen Number 2 quad - Onsen Number 3 parallel A B - Onsen Number 4 quad - Kokutai pair - Zao Chuo Ropeway / Zao Ropeway / Sky Cable
** BELOW ARE THE PLANNED DATES - PLEASE CHECK WITH RESORT FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION **
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 dates:
January 2020: 17th-19th, 24th-27th, 29th-31st February 2020: all days apart from Tuesdays
There is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation. Read more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Saturday 18th January 2020, 9:14am
Grey overcast clouds
We have lots of grey clouds over the regions this morning, though it feels fairly bright out there.
It is a cold morning but no fresh cm of snowfall to report.
I notice that Alts have increased the number of courses open from 12 to 16 )(and reporting 1cm of snowfall). Nekoma also have all their lifts operating this morning.
Official snow depths need to be taken generally with a pinch of salt, but it's all information and so I have added them to the information below and I will keep on checking and updating that each morning. Let's hope they can get bigger quite soon...
It is a cloudy start to the weekend. Happily, a cold one too.
Looking ahead, we can hope for more snow maybe Monday night into Tuesday.
It looks like the freezing point is going to be rising after that which might be bad news for lower regions... one of the advantages of being high up. Anyway, let's deal with that when we have to, hopefully it might change before then.
Almost all courses and connections at Shiga Kogen are now open with just a few minor exceptions.
Photos: Takamagahara and Hasuike Junction
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 ...