Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Tuesday 21st February 2017, 7:58am
A thick cloud cover
Good morning from Naeba everybody.
So yesterday's dreaded rain did come through and it rained fairly hard for a large proportion of the day. The good news though is that this rain turned to snow in the evening and it has snowed hard all night! Even now the snow is still coming down pretty hard. I believe the technical term is "puking it down"!
As a result, we have fresh snow all over the mountain. Please do take care as this is fresh snow on top of ice so you definitely don't want to misjudge a turn today.
At the moment the gondola to the top and the lifts at the top of the mountain are on hold waiting to be cleared to open once ski patrol gives the all clear. These lifts may or may not open today depending on ski patrols safety judgment.
The weather forecast is currently predicting snow for the next couple of days with potentially some ran on Thursday morning. Fingers crossed it doesn't come to that!
I enjoyed some very fine conditions yesterday. It didn't clear up like we thought it might early on, keeping cloudy but generally visibility was decent and a nice day to be out. For one quad lift ride there was me, a guy from Australia, a lady from Argentina and a teenager from Thailand. How about that for a fun mix? I even saw some Japanese people out on the slopes yesterday. (I think). ;)
There were some very strong and noisy winds starting yesterday evening and some pretty wild conditions overnight. I have 3cm of snow to report but it's very likely going to be more than that in places due to the wind. That also means that it's not going to be an even layer of fresh this morning so do take care.
Earlier it was snowing lightly but for now that has stopped and it is quite bright actually - some blue sky starting to appear as of 8:30am.
It is not as windy this morning but still some top lifts are affected at the start of the day.
Wind has dropped now but strong winds overnight have caused major snowdrift development. Around 800m elevation, snowdrifts on knolls have grown by 120cm. General avalanche risk is high. Gates 1,2,3,and 4 will be closed, other gates yet to be decided. Snow is deep and heavy in the trees. Cornices on the ridge lines are getting big. Although the snowdrifts are starting to stabilize it will take more time because of the amount of snow. Today it is best to stay away from steep open slopes on Annupuri and the surrounding mountains.
An avalanche is just a natural occurrence, accidents don't happen if there are no people involved. The mountain will get better soon, have a safe day.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
Niseko Grand Hirafu The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are not moving at the start of the day due to wind conditions.
Niseko HANAZONO Resort The top Hanazono Number 3 lift is not moving at the start of the day due to wind conditions.
Niseko Village The top Wonderland Chair lift is not moving at the start of the day due to wind conditions.
Niseko Annupuri The Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lift is not moving at the start of the day due to wind conditions.
Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 21st February 2017:
Unfortunately, it's still a bit mad out this morning and top lifts are again affected - bit more on that in the individual info below but best to check directly if you plan a day out in this lot.
Perhaps it will all ease off later on today, and the forecast seems to point to clearer and sunny skies tomorrow morning at least (to be followed by more snow).
That sounds good to me.
Extra layer, goggles, and extra care - I'm out there.
Resort news as of 8:40am on Tuesday 21st February 2017:
All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 30cm of fresh snowfall this morning on upper slopes from last night (and reported 10cm in the day yesterday). Opening of top areas delayed due to weather conditions. Official snow depth Upper: 280cm Base: 150cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 10-40cm of fresh snowfall bottom-top. Opening of top areas delayed due to weather conditions. Official snow depth Alps: 330cm Toomi: 170cm Iimori: 130cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top) and 40cm reported by groomers very early morning. Opening of top areas delayed due to weather conditions. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 265cm Kurobishi: 310cm Lower: 165cm
Tsugaike Kogen: All upper lifts on hold at the start of the day due to weather conditions. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 360cm Han-no-ki: 340cm Maruyama: 170cm Oya-no-hara: 150cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 140cm
Hakuba Cortina: The resort is reporting 10-20cm of fresh snowfall. Appears to be generally opening at the start of the day - a few lifts maybe delayed. Official snow depth: Top: 360cm Base: 240cm
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 Katamatsu-Shirakaba area on 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 ...
Tuesday 21st February 2017, 8:49am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
After putting up with quite a lot of rain and wet yesterday here at town level, it is very nice to be able to report a good layer of fresh snow on the ground - and snow still falling this morning, and forecast for the day.
Here's how much fresh snow is being reported:
Kagura: 30cm Maiko Snow Resort: 30cm
I am measuring 22cm.
So yes, it's still snowing and should be through the day but clearing up sometime perhaps late afternoon or evening. Tomorrow we might well get to enjoy a sunny start to the day. The forecast is threatening some rain again before snow comes back on Thursday...
Back to this morning and only the Mitsumata area of Kagura is open - Tashiro is closed for the day and the main Kagura area, or part of it, may open later depending on conditions.
All other ski resorts in Yuzawa and the region appear to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth information as of Tuesday 21st February 2017
GALA Yuzawa Upper part of $2,600,000 closed today due to avalanche danger. Otherwise open as planned. Official snow depth: 370cm
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 until 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. On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.
Yuzawa Nakazato Every Saturday until 11th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm. The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta. Read more ...
Tuesday 21st February 2017, 8:52am
Snow clouds over us
Morning from Madarao.
And it's a windy morning here after a windy night (and I almost forgot, wet conditions in the day), but with a good 25+cm of fresh snow on the ground too. I think that's a decent number to report given the wind and that it'll be less/more in places.
The wind is actually affecting resort operations with the Super Quad lift currently on hold and the Number 13 lift resting out the day. The Number 2 quad lift looks like it will be opening but has been delayed.
Conditions should calm down later on and we're likely to get some sun tomorrow at least for part of the day. Looks like things will be settling down again once this storm passes.
It's mad to think that we have just one more week left in February. The winter season flies by way too quickly. Slow down please!
Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):
- Number 1 lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3A lift - Super quad lift on hold - Number 11 lift - Number 12 lift - Number 15 lift - Moving walkway - Kids Park - Free Ride Park
Tree runs should be open, currently being checked
- 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 on 19th March)
The sound of strong wind could be heard overnight, and stepping outside this morning the fresh snow on the ground showed clearly that there had been a wind effect. There was a decent top up of 4cm at village level but due to the wind it is likely to be a bit firm and inconsistent on the mountain on exposed runs but potentially better where there is shelter. Wind in the village is still moderate at the moment but should reduce in intensity during the day. Sky conditions are clear with mostly blue sky, and the sun is out. Light snow is forecast for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and then Thursday night could provide us with a significant dump. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 21st February 2017, 9:19am
Snow clouds over Nozawa
Good morning from Nozawa.
It's good to be back to winter this morning after the mild and unfortunately wet day that we had yesterday. The wind calmed down enough for the Nagasaka Gondola, Uenotaira quad and Skyline connecting lifts to open in the afternoon. But not the best of days... but quickly forgotten with 20cm or so on the ground this morning.
It's interesting to see the snow reports from the resort this morning. 40cm at Yamabiko (top), 30cm at Uenotaira, 20cm at Hikage and 10cm the lowest reading from Karasawa base. So 10-40cm, bottom-top.
Most lifts are back to normal as well today though at the time of writing it does look like the Uenotaira and Paradise quad lifts are on hold due the weather.
Snow is still falling here and is forecast for the day, clearing up later with cloud (or possible fine clearer weather) lined up on the forecast for tomorrow.
I'm heading up to Yamabiko. Perhaps see a few of you up there.
Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available. Read more ...
Tuesday 21st February 2017, 9:22am
Oh yes, it is a good morning.
20+cm of fresh snow is always very good of course, though it's a bit wild out there at the moment. Enough for some lifts to be affected - see below.
Should be fun if you like braving the conditions. If not, things should be calmer come tomorrow and we may get some sun too.
There's a return to more snowfall from Thursday though so we are looking at further top-ups.
Visibility limited today; take extra care and know where you're going.....
All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating today:
Paradise Pair AB Paradise Number 3 pair Shobunuma Number 2 pair Katakai pair Diamond Number 1 pair Diamond Number 2 pair Nakamori Number 2 pair Karamatsu pair
All courses apart from Kotan should be open when available lifts moving.
Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself): Summit - 145cm Paradise - 220cm Chuo - 220cm Utopia - 190cm Uwanodai - 130cm Yokokura - 160cm
Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations
Every day until 5th March 2017. 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 ...
Tuesday 21st February 2017, 9:23am
Good morning from Grandeco.
It continued to snow from yesterday and this morning we have 14cm of fresh at base... and the official snow depth has jumped up to 320cm.
According to the weather, conditions should be variable today with strong winds from the NW; however it is fairly calm at the moment.
Already the Gondola is operating, but other quad-chair lifts may be delayed due to moving snow and the conditions this morning.
The snow conditions today are not as light not as usual, due to the air humidity, but this heavier snow will make for a stronger core in the late part of the season.
Both snow park areas couldn't open early on and they are currently busy digging themselves out!
Snow Park Information:
[Dekodaira E park] CLOSED 21st Feb 7m kicker and 8m kicker.
[Deokoboko park] MAY BE DELAYED OPENING 21st Feb 6m straight wide box, 6m straight box, Wave, Volcano, 6m straight box, 8m straight rail, 6m arch box, 3m table top and 6m table top.
- Gondola - Number 1 quad lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3 quad lift - Number 4 quad lift
All courses now open
Official snow depth: 320cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: snow Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Tuesday 21st February 2017, 9:44am
Wow! I have another impressive amount of snowfall to report this morning.
The official Shiga Kogen website is reporting 55cm. I am measuring (on average) about 50cm, but seriously I would say the wind conditions would make it difficult for two people to agree on a number this morning. But I think mine is probably a fair representation.
It's full on blizzard conditions this morning. Can hardly see a thing, even the building next to mine.
Yesterday the snow was of the more heavy wet kind but it's more Shiga Kogen-like this morning and really coming down right now.
If you really want to be out in this -- not for me! -- I'd check with resorts for the latest as there will surely be a number of lift disruptions due to the wind and blowing snow this morning. It looks like operations are generally quite limited so there's not a full choice anyway.
Once this storm clears though things should be again fantastic.
Only a few of the official snow depth numbers have updated this morning and only by a bit. I think they are probably a bit too busy 'coping' just at the moment.
It's a good problem to have, of course, and far preferable to there not being enough snow. We sure don't have that problem this season!
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish. Also that they often don't update daily and don't reflect the amount of fresh snow falling!
Ichinose Family: Every day until 25th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Ichinose Diamond: Every Saturday until 25th March and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Yakebitaiyama: Every Saturday until 4th March (6pm-8pm)
Kumanoyu: Every Saturday until 25th March and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm) Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Tuesday 21st February 2017, 10:20am
Good morning from Appi,
Cloudy skies today with some light snow falling and a temperature of -5 outside my door. The wind is picking up and you can expect a nice breeze most of the day here especially at the summit. We can expect a few cm of snow fall today. Yesterday brought us another good dump and it’s actually stayed making those heading out today extremely happy. Mt.Nishimori was a great place yesterday with very little traffic on the runs at all. In fact that goes for the whole mountain.
The forecast for the next few days will bring us a dusting of snow and maybe higher temperatures on Thursday. Winds will die down throughout the week until Friday when they return to spoil our fun. Overall the mountain is in great shape and you’ll be missing an awful lot of new powder if you’re not here for the next day or so.
Come and join us.
Planned operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):
Appi Gondola Central quad Central number 2 Central number 3a Central number 4 - affected by wind at time of report Central number 5 Central number 6 Sailer Gondola Sailer quad Vista quad Nishimori - affected by wind at time of report
Wind and pretty heavy snow, after a day of heavy rains yesterday (the hut roof was a'ringin with the sound of raindrops through the day).
Lots of snow out there; just heard from a local guide who reported waist-deep high on Akakan. Apparently yesterday's rain was snow up high. The official Niigata prediction of 35cm was almost right on the mark; I'm estimating 33cm, considering the blowing and drifting and low spots.
Still some pretty strong winds out there; it's tapered off a bit, after near whiteout conditions around the Akakan base until 9 or so. In fact everything has quieted down at the moment, as we've moved to light snow, calmer conditions and even a hint of the sun trying to come through (although experiences says this could just be a momentary break in the storm).
The gondolas are running; No. 3 at Suginohara, which is quite allergic to wind, started the day closed.