Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 4th April 2020
Monday 20th January 2020, 6:46am
It is cloudy, and looking up at the mountain there is low valley fog down to about half way. Around the base the wind is light but it may be stronger higher up on the mountain. The forecast today is for snow, which hasn't started yet, but it looks like it could anytime soon. The day high will top out at -2c which is pretty warm compared to the recent cold days that we have had.
A quick early report today. It is cloudy, not particularly cold, the resort is reporting snow falling up top (and 2cm of it since yesterday) and we ARE expecting snow today and tomorrow. The likeliest heaviest is due overnight tonight.
So I'll see you tomorrow, hopefully with good news.
Monday 20th January 2020
Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:
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 ...
Monday 20th January 2020, 7:33am
Good morning from Madarao.
There's lots of cloud around this morning, I hear that very light snow is falling just over to Myoko. Forecasts do show the chance of some light snow this morning and then again from tonight and through tomorrow... I am hopeful that there'll be a number to report tomorrow morning. The bigger the better. Let's see what nature provides.
In the meantime it should be a fairly quiet Monday morning.
Current operations: Monday 20th January 2020
- All ski lifts apart from Number 13 lift are operating - Main courses appear to be mostly open - SAWA II appears to be closed today - Other tree run courses not currently available - Official snow depth: 60cm
Tangram Ski Circus: - All ski lifts are operating - 8 courses open - Official snow depth: 45cm Read more ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Monday 20th January 2020, 7:50am
Morning from Geto.
Just under 10cm of snowfall to report this morning with more due overnight tonight. It's not the lightest of snow and temperatures are on the mild side, but snow is snow and we of course welcome it. More please.
Three tree runs at Geto are now open - Rabbit, Summit and Beech.
Stream, Exteme and the four Shooter courses remain unavailable for now. I wonder when we'll get to see them opening up.
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, Summit and Beech Tree Run courses plan to be open * Other tree run courses not yet available
Nighta skiing operations
* Weekends and holidays from until 24th February 2020 Read more ...
Monday 20th January 2020, 8:00am
It’s kind of gloomy, to be honest, with low clouds hanging over the area.
Very light snow is falling, and has been falling, but has amounted to just a white coating on the car windows. It’s still falling, but it doesn’t look like we’ll reach 1 cm (and I hope I’m wrong)... and actually as this report is about to go online at 8am it seems to be picking up which is a good note to end on.
Hopefully tomorrow will bring news of fresh cm.
Apologies: individual ski resort info will return tomorrow. Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Monday 20th January 2020, 8:22am
Mostly cloudy, some breaks
Good morning from APPI.
Fresh snow! 5-10cm being reported by the resort and as you can see a nice new layer on top of vehicles (below); I can report an observed 6cm to add to my base report.
It doesn't feel as cold as it has been this morning.
Earlier snowfall has eased off for now and while there is still a lot of cloud around there's also a bit of sunshine breaking through. Whether that is just temporary or not, don't know.
It should be a good morning out there and not as busy too being a Monday morning. Weekday operations with 8 lifts moving.
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 5 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
A layer of fresh on the ground this morning and the promise of more to come today and more so overnight tonight into tomorrow.
There's a milder spell due later in the week so let's see how much we can get out of this!
Official snow depths have all risen by 5-10cm this morning
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 - Zao Kokutai pair - Zao Chuo Ropeway / Zao Ropeway / Sky Cable
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 upcoming dates:
January 2020: 24th-27th, 29th-31st February 2020: all days apart from Tuesdays
Note: there is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation. Read more ...
Monday 20th January 2020, 8:30am
Good morning to you all.
Well, I was hoping for (expecting?) more, but we will just have to make do with just about 2cm of fresh snowfall at base this morning.
That ain't going to fill in tracks from a busy weekend, so we will have to look forward to upcoming deliveries to do that which will be... heck, I don't know! But hopefully later today so I can bring you a fun report tomorrow. Stronger winds are expected too.
Right now it is mostly just cloudy. There is some very light snow still falling in some places (but it is very light indeed). There even seems to be some light blue sky trying to show through the thin cloud in places.
All lifts that plan to be 'go', are go. I hope you have a good day.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Mountain Base 6.00am: -3°, 2cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: 3.1m/s92 deg ENE, -4.7°. Hirafu 1000m: 1.4m/s 339deg NNW, -7.1°. Hanazono 720m: 0.8m/s 313 deg NW, -4.9°. Niseko Village Mizuno no Sawa 900m: 1.5m/s 7 deg N, -5.9° Coastal data: Benkei Cape:SSE3m/s. Kamui Cape NE2m/s, 1009hPa, wave 0.7m.
Warm pre-low pressure snowfall has begun. As the volume increases, a "flow-type" avalanche with an unclear fracture surface is likely to occur, even on a forested 30-degree slope. Be careful around 1000m Osawa and Kozan no Sawa left side forested areas. Following the low pressure, wind will pick up and expect a hard wind slab to develop on leeward slopes. The avalanche risk around 1000m will increase. Accidents are more likely to occur during snowfall. A major avalanche disaster has also occurred in Annapurna Mountains in the Nepal Himalaya. Always be aware of future snowfall trends.
Hanazono gate 9 is expected to open today. The left side is a better course to take due to lack of snow. Please use the gate to go to out off bounds areas and listen to the patrols advice. With the low light the snow surface is hard to read. Helmets and beacons are not mandatory but are recommended. Gate openings are yet undecided. Beware of a sudden change in weather. Best to not go too far today.
Ski resort operation information: Monday 20th January 2020
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 165cm - Base: 100cm
All lifts normally operating EXCEPT: - Country Road (this lift is 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 ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 20th January 2020, 8:40am
Morning from Shiga Kogen.
Light snow has started falling this morning though no new cm yet, just a dusting.
I just took a look at the webcam from over at Okushiga Kogen (at 8:40am) and it looks like it is snowing very nicely over there (see Webcam page). That's what we want to see. Come on......!
Fingers crossed for snow to report tomorrow morning ---- and the need to shovel snow. That is something that hasn't been needed much this season so far. People complain about having to shovel or move snow, but I think most of us are now very eager to get going and have the need to do it!
Almost all courses and connections at Shiga Kogen are now open with just a few minor exceptions.
Photos: Kumanoyu, 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 ...
Monday 20th January 2020, 8:43am
Good morning to you all from Naeba.
Light snow is falling early on this morning, just a dusting so far, but we are expecting a day of light snow with a good chance of heavier snow later on tonight and tomorrow morning.
Weekdays lift operations once again, though all of the courses open at the weekend remain open this morning, 20 of 22. Just the top Takenokoyama and Splash Bowl are not available.
Snow cover is good though we could obviously do with much more. Let's see what I can get to report tomorrow morning.......
Official snow depth:
Planned operating lifts:
- Prince Number 2 Gondola - Takenokodaira romance pair lift - Takenokoyama romance pair lift - Number 4 romance pair lift - Number 3 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:
- 20 of 22 courses are now open - Takenokoyama and Splash Bowl are currently not open - The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort Read more ...
Monday 20th January 2020, 8:45am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
OK so the good news is that as you go higher up this morning it is snowing.
Kagura are reporting 3cm of snowfall and Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 1cm. I can clearly see that it is snowing on the webcams from GALA, Yuzawa Kogen and down to NASPA Ski Garden close to town too. Great.
It's borderline snow/sleet/rain as you get into town. As has (frustratingly) often been the case this season, it's not particularly cold which means that as you get lower down and to the north of Yuzawa it is raining. Temperatures are stubbornly remaining too mild for our liking - what we would give for a full on cold snap........
Tomorrow should actually be colder and we should all be enjoying a fresh layer of snowfall down to town - the forecast is so far looking good for it.
As much of a waste of time as it may be, let's all will it to happen everyone!
Individual ski resort information: Monday 20th 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
- The Gondola and top Okusoechi quad and pair lifts are operating with 8 courses in that top area open. - Take the Gondola back down to base. - 1 course and 1 lift (Center quad) open in the Maiko Area - Official snow depth: 70cm (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 Monday 20th January 2020:
- GALA Yuzawa (2) - Yuzawa Kogen (2) - NASPA Ski Garden - Ishiuchi Maruyama (2) - Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit - Maiko Snow Resort Read more ...
Monday 20th January 2020, 8:52am
Good morning from Hakuba.
I am happy to be bringing you news of fresh snowfall this Monday morning.
I have 4cm of fresh to report - been at both Goryu base and Happo base earlier on) and the ski resorts generally seem to be reporting 5-10cm of snowfall from base to upper areas this morning.
Here is the data table:
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
More snowfall is expected before my next report, particularly overnight, so I'll all revved up for that.
After another busy weekend it is Monday morning so there will be less people around today.
The Chinese New Year holidays are just ahead of us now with many good folk planning to be here to celebrate their holidays. It's going to be getting busier again... decent mountain-wide layers of fresh snow would be most welcome.
That's always welcome, of course! Doh.
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 Number 1 pair - Han-no-ki Number 1 quad - Han-no-ki Number 2 pair - 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 ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Monday 20th January 2020, 9:02am
Cloud, some breaks in cloud appearing in places
Good news this morning!
I have 12cm to report from here at Minowa base and I note that Nekoma are this morning reporting 17cm of fresh snowfall (and their official snow depth has hit 100cm at last!)
That's something a bit more like and will have breathed some new lift into proceedings.
We can also hope for more cm to report tomorrow morning with decent snowfall possible tonight. :)
There is also good news from Inawashiro (and I apologise for not catching this). At last, they are able to part open the upper part of their Chuo area - they have 2 lifts operating and 4 courses open as noted below.
As I mentioned in the report yesterday, Alts Bandai is closed from today. They will re-open as soon as there is enough snow.
Grandeco Snow Resort: - 4 (of 5) lifts operating - 9 (of 13) courses open - Kids Park open - Official snow depth: 95cm
After a clear, cool night, it started snowing this morning from around 8am and hasn't let up. I hiked to the peak of Tanigawa and it's really building up there, completely whited out too so a waste of a trip really. The snow is fine, dry, sugary sort of stuff and sluffs pretty easily. The forecast for this evening looks like quite a bit of snow with heavy snow forecast for tomorrow morning too. I'd be giving Tenjin a wide berth in the backcountry and we might actually see a decent avalanche in the valley which would be most welcome and set this season on the right track. The resort is really quiet during the weekdays and conditions are actually pretty good compared to what I'm seeing in other areas on my occasional road trips.
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