The sun is out again today, but it seems that this will be for the morning only.
And it was clear and very cold last night, with a very frozen car around 10pm (all the doors very reluctant to open), and sparkly frost forming on the surface of the snow. There is some wind now, too, moderate down low, but the clouds are really streaming over the peak of Mt. Myoko. Don't see snow blowing off the peak at moment, but stronger winds are likely as the next storm cycle (and more heavy snow?) moves in.
Don't know why the town website was down for much of the morning; we have data today. But I'm wondering why some are showing such a large drop in snow depth.... 60cm down after a day of clouds and fog? I think we have different people submitting from different locations (same with temperatures that vary too much day to day).
Blue sky and cloud, some sunshine. Changeable early on.
Good morning from Niseko and a bit of a nice surprise with just over 9cm of lovely fresh snowfall to report to you.
Most welcome! Hopefully there'll be a bit more than that up on them there slopes, and so I will be heading up myself very soon. Just so that I can check.
There was cloud over the mountain an hour or so ago (and clearer over towards Mt Yotei) but it's the other way round now as this report is about to be posted and the sun is out over the mountain. Should be a nice early morning.
The forecast now seems to be showing snowfall from Sunday through Tuesday, so all fingers crossed we get both quality and quantity.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -6℃, mild wind, 10cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -8℃, NW8m/s, 15cm new snow with no snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m:-13℃, W10m/s, 15cm snow without snowdrifts. Hirafu 1250m: -11℃, light breeze, 10cm new snow and no snowdrifts development. Kamui cape lighthouse:ENE3m/s, 1014hPa, 1.7m waves.
The isobars are spread out and the weather is calm. 10-15cm light crystal snowfall fell overnight and is blanketing the mountain. New snowdrifts and cornices development is minimal, the snowpack seems stable and the general avalanche risk is low.
All gates are scheduled t open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol and step out of the gates. Wearing a beacon and a helmet is highly recommended.
The snow is shallow but good. Very light and dry snow this morning. Sluffs are to be expected, however slab slides are less probable. More emphasize should be put on weather and snowfall transition for evaluating hazard levels in the mountains. We would like to remind that most accidents occur during and just after foul weather. Snowdrifts and slabs that formed during storms and high winds are the cause of many surface slab avalanches. Keep an eye on the snowfall patterns. There are many other hazards lurking in the out of bounds area. Better not over-estimate your knowledge, skills and equipment. Always be prudent and humble in the mountains.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area. Read more ...
Friday 20th January 2017, 8:39am
Blue sky, some cloud
Good morning from Yuzawa.
The sun is out at the moment over Yuzawa - (more and more) blue sky with some of thin cloud in places. A lovely morning.
Cold overnight but things will warm up a bit during the day with a high of around 4C forecast.
There's no fresh snow on the ground as expected but we are expecting to be able to report some in the report tomorrow with snowfall due overnight along with some strong winds at times. Some forecasts are labelling it as heavy snowfall, so it should be a good start to the weekend (and there's more forecast from late Sunday into next week).
Moderate winds are forecast at higher elevations this morning too, though it feels fairly calm down here in town at the moment.
All resorts do appear to be open as planned at the start of the day.
Good news from GALA Yuzawa - from today the South Area will re-open. (It has been closed due to avalanche danger during the heavy snow last week).
Official snow depth information as of Friday 20th January 2017
Some resorts have not yet updated their numbers as this report was posted and so unchanged.
GALA Yuzawa The South Area re-opens from today. Official snow depth: 290cm
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 between 29th December 2016 and 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 and also from 30th December until 8th January 2017. On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.
Yuzawa Nakazato Every Saturday from 7th January until 11th March 2017, 8th January 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm. The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta. Read more ...
Friday 20th January 2017, 8:41am
Beautiful blue skies for the moment
It is a beautiful morning here in Madarao.
Nice and cold too so it should be a great morning, so let's get wrapped up and go enjoy it.
Look for clouds to move in later on and snowfall tonight into tomorrow and there's further topups on the 6-day forecast.
Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):
- Number 1 lift - Number 2 quad 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 8th January and 19th March)
It was very cold last night but today should be a fairly mild day with temps getting up to maybe 4 degrees at base early afternoon.
Blue skies and a bit of cloud this morning above Nozawa - there's an early morning mist down here at base but that should clear soon.
Sounds like there's some gusty wind higher up as well and at the time of this report the Uenotaira quad is on hold.
We're expecting snow by the end of today and overnight so there should be a fresh layer awaiting anyone visiting tomorrow. Doesn't look like it'll be that cold though and the heaviest of the snow should be done by the time the lifts open in the morning. Come prepared though.
Lifts operations: All lifts appear to be operating apart from: - Yunomine pair - Mizunashi triple - Challenge pair - Utopia pair - Kandahar pair
Most courses at Nozawa Onsen are now open. Courses not open are: - Grand Prix - Kandahar East - Kandahar West - Kamoshika Read more ...
Friday 20th January 2017, 9:01am
Blue sky + thin cloud
After a cold night it's going to actually end up being quite mild during the day today and while this morning is starting off with some blue skies (and thin cloud), we are expecting snow to be falling sometime before the end of today - and overnight tonight.
Expecting some potentially strong wind conditions over night as well.
Resort news as of 8:50am on Friday 20th January 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. Info: - All planned lifts are operating. - Tree Riding Zones scheduled to be open. Official snow depth Upper: 280cm Base: 145cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. Info: - All scheduled lifts plan to be operating. - Nighta from 6pm until 9:30pm on the Toomi area. Official snow depth Alps: 315cm Toomi: 145cm Iimori: 120cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. Info: - All courses open - including now the top Riesen Grat. - Kurobishi off-piste area not open. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 210cm Kurobishi: 230cm Lower: 105cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Info: - All areas open. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 290cm Han-no-ki: 280cm Maruyama: 180cm Oya-no-hara: 120cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 120cm
Hakuba Cortina: The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. Info: - Number 7 lift is not operating. - Nighta (Number 2 pair lift) from 5pm until 8pm. Official snow depth: Top: 270cm Base: 180cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field: Info: Most of the Village Side is open and about half of the Mountain Side courses are open. Official snow depth: Top: 160cm Base: 90cm
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 Kane-no-naru-oka area on January 21st, 28th; Febraury 4th, 11th (6pm until 8:50pm) Planned at the Katamatsu-Shirakaba area on January 21st, 28th; February 11th, 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 ...
Friday 20th January 2017, 9:13am
Blue sky, thin cloud
Good morning from Grandeco and there's blue skies around us this morning.
There was no new snowfall last night but gentle wind, low temperature, perfect groomed slopes, blue skies mean it should be a fine morning.
According to the forecast, snow should be falling this weekend. Check the forecast page for the latest.
The snow park is getting bigger by the week now.
Lifts Operating: - Gondola - Number 1 quad lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3 quad lift - Number 4 quad lift
All courses now open
Official snow depth: 200cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: snow Goshikinuma through Grandeco: snow Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Friday 20th January 2017, 9:32am
Blue sky, some cloud
It's sunny this morning with some cloud and a southerly wind.
Fresh snow is due tonight and into the day tomorrow so there should be a nice new fresh layer on the slopes for people coming for the weekend. After that more regular snow on the forecast into next week.
Looks like a good pattern.
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Most of ski lifts and courses in Shiga Kogen are now open. Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.
Another sunny day here at Appi Kogen and views that will take your breath away. Although it’s cold at the summit, around -10 plus the windchill, the views of surrounding area and especially Mt.Iwate are spectacular. So what does that mean on piste? Not much but at least you’ll have something else to enjoy today.
Sunny skies most of the day with the clouds creeping on late afternoon and hopefully more snow this evening and early tomorrow. Sunday does look promising and the snow forecast calls for up to 25+cm so fingers crossed everyone.
As far as the runs go it’s in fair shape. Expect most of the runs to be groomed today and light traffic on them. Yesterday was an adventure, especially on the Second and Sailer runs where no grooming took place overnight. Today they should have a little corduroy on the especially this morning. A few of the ski only runs are also closed because of racing. Good luck to all the competitors!
Come and join us before the weekend crowds and bring sunscreen.
Currently planned operating lifts (subject to change due to weather conditions):
Gondola Central quad Central number 2 Central number 3a Central number 4 Central number 5 Central number 6 Sailer gondola Sailer quad Vista quad
Good morning from Zao and not much to report this morning other than fine and sunny weather conditions.
There should be some more snowfall to report tomorrow morning but weather looks like it should be decent for the weekend, with more snow lined up in the first half of the coming week.
A fine day to be out on the slopes.
The following lifts are not operating: Karamatsu pair Paradise Number 3 pair Yokokura Number 2 pair
Official snow depths: Chuo - 140cm Utopia - 140cm Uwanodai - 95cm Paradise - 140cm
Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations - upcoming dates
January 2017: 21st, 22nd, 27th-31st February 2017: 1st-28th March 2017: 1st-5th
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 ...