Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 4th May 2018
Geto Kogen Now!
Wednesday 21st February 2018, 7:31am
Yesterday was a stunning day, mild temps with tops of -4C, some moderate winds and sun in the sky for the majority of the day. We saw some very light snow showers during the day, but it added more to the scenery than it did to the ground. Overnight however, we’ve got 5cm to report.
Should be a pretty nice day out there again today. No forecasted sunshine, though you never know what could happen — tops of -5C with light snow to fall throughout the day and winds to dip up and down but stay light to moderate.
Snow condition is fantastic at the moment, dry temps with bearable winds means it is pretty light and fluffy, and it’s been staying like that for the past couple of days which means even if we have to wait for the next snowfall, at least we’ve got some great leftovers to enjoy.
Since our last mammoth snowfall, they’ve had to close the quad lift as of late — due to too much snow (the chairlift can’t quite clear the growing level of snow beneath it. The resort has been working on it, but you’ll have to check the conditions board for updates on when it will be open. Or ask a member of staff, I’ve prepared this for you — "Chearifuto wa aiteimasu ka?” (Is the chairlift open?)
Thursday: light snow with a bit of sunshine, a light breeze & tops of -4C Friday: partly cloudy & late snow showers, winds increasing & tops of 1C Saturday: light-moderate snow, strong winds & tops of -2C
Official snow depths:
Top: 530cm Base: 385cm
Night skiing operations are scheduled at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018
The Number 2 Gondola is currently open on weekends and national holidays Read more ...
Wednesday 21st February 2018, 7:35am
Overnight, snow has been falling and continues to do so as I write this. There has been a total of 14cm since yesterday and it is currently snowing moderately. It is forecast to snow lightly throughout the day. The cloud is low this morning so visibility won't be perfect but hopefully it will lift. With all this fresh snow it will be a great powder morning and first lifts are a must do. Read more ...
Wednesday 21st February 2018, 7:45am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Yesterday light snow continued in the morning but by late in the afternoon we had beautiful clear skies over Yuzawa and the sun shining. A beautiful end to the day. Out of the wind it felt fairly mild (and surprisingly 20+cm of snow has disappeared off the top of my garden shed by evening), colder when there was some wind on your face.
But this morning, snow is back. Here's how much the ski resorts are reporting:
This morning I have 13cm of fresh snowfall to report with most of that coming during the day yesterday.
With that being adding to my totals, I have observed 237cm for the month of February up until today, and the total for the whole season rises to 1136cm.
We have a week left in February and with regular snow on the forecast it seems very likely that we are going to surpass the number for February 2016 (266cm). Can we get up to the 316cm observed in February 2013?
And how about those season totals. Already I have observed more than each of the previous four seasons - and close on double what I observed during that 'Epic' season ;) last year - and the numbers are creeping up on the 2012/2013 season.
The snowfall usually slows down and there's not as much during the month of March of course, but we can still usually expect around 100cm more or less.
It's noticeably colder this morning and - without wanting to sound boring - it's snowing. :)
Top lifts appear to be opening as planned this morning. Yey!
Oh hold on (as I am about to post this)... it looks like the Gondola and top lift at Annupuri are affected by windy conditions over there. Doh!
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6.00am: -8°, 5cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -13°, NW12m/s, 20cm new snow, cornice development. Annupuri 1150m: -16°, NW20m/s, 30cm new snow, cornice and snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -18°, SW10m/s, 20cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNW15m/s. Kamui Cape: WNW13m/s, 1013hPa, wave 2.2m.
We are in the middle of a typical winter weather pattern and a westerly snow wind 10-15m/s is blowing above 800m on west side, cornices and snowdrifts are slowly becoming very large. Snowdrift development is not uniform and breaks easy from an inconsistent surface. Beware of cornice collapse or rider stimulated avalanche at following locations: Mikaeri bowl cornice slope, Osawa cornice slope, Kozan no sawa side wall cornice slope, Fujihara no sawa cornice slope and Higashi One cornice slope.
Cornice growth is has been massive and they are breaking much further back than you would expect. Do not get too close, if you go down with one when it collapses you will get hurt, or worse. From observation and data, the general avalanche risk is low. Below the tree line in the forest snow is good. Avoid the valley terrain under cornices and steep knolls.
Gate opening is yet undecided and dependant on lift operation. Please listen to the patrols advice. Entering strictly off limits areas is prohibited under Niseko Rules. Do not duck ropes to go out of bounds. Beacons are recommended, they may save your or your friends life. Beware bad visibility and frostbite. Have a good day.
Wednesday 21st February 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts (apart from the Country Road Chair lift) should be operating
Official snow depth: - Top: 400cm - Base: 280cm
Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:
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 ...
Wednesday 21st February 2018, 8:35am
Good morning from Hakuba.
Lots of blue sky in the morning yesterday with cloud gathering once again in the afternoon, temperatures dropping and and some light snow falling in places. Quite windy too. A bit of a contrast in conditions during the day and also base to higher up.
And there is fresh snow to report this morning. So here we go:
So just looking at those numbers in themselves, looks like the places to the north got a bit more.
It's the 48th Happo-one Fire Festival on Friday and you'll be able to find that over on the lower Nakiyama area. There will be lots of events and entertainment going on including Taiko drums and ski/board demonstrations... and it will apparently the finale will 'end with a bang'. So there you go! It all starts at 7:30pm (on Friday).
Ski resort information on Wednesday 21st February 2018 (at time of writing):
Night time skiing (nighta) at resorts in the region - weather & conditions permitting The below 'nighta' information will not be updated every day - please check with resorts if you plan to go!
Hakuba Happo-one Daily from 5pm until 9pm in the Nakiyama 2 area Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen
Hakuba Goryu Daily from 6pm until 9:30pm in the Toomi area until 31st March The Sky Four quad operates daily; the Number 2 pair mostly on Saturdays and holidays Adults - 1,900 yen; children - 850 yen
Hakuba Cortina Daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays) Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen
Tsugaike Kogen Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 17th February; 3rd, 10th March Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen
There are no other nighta operations at other ski resorts in the region Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 21st February 2018, 8:49am
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.
Cloudy skies at the start of the day here. A bit of a fresh snow covering though not major (I noticed Kumanoyu are reporting 10cm) and it is actually snowing lightly at the moment. Visibility is generally decent though.
Forecasts seem to generally be showing the chance of some sunshine tomorrow morning. Should be a good one.
Keeping nice and cold so snow conditions keeping good.
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.
Good morning from Naeba! After a clear afternoon and evening yesterday, the snow is back! We have had 5cm already, and the clouds are still rolling in. We can expect light snow to continue throughout today, with modeset accumilations of a few centremeters. The wind will be light to moderate today. The air temperature will remain just below 0°C at the base, which will feel cool without the sun. The pistes will be a little slower today than yesterday, due to the fresh snow.
Looking forwards, we can expect a clearer day tomorrow with mild air temperatures. There will be some snow later in the afternoon and into the evening. Temperatures will stay mild until at least Saturday, when conditions are expected to become cooler after a potentially small snow deposition on Saturday night. The wind will remain moderate to light throughout the week, with the exception of Saturday night, with stronger winds accompanying the snow. Read more ...
Wednesday 21st February 2018, 9:15am
Our reporter is down at the doctors with is possibly influenza.
So we are covering and this morning going with what the resort is reporting. Will edit later if required.
Reporting 5cm of snow and light snow this morning.
The forecast shows a decent chance of sunshine tomorrow morning. Should be good!
Official snow depth: 270cm
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 Powder Wave II River Line Powder Theater Free Ride Park Adventure Aisle Crystal Bowl Ninja Sawa Rabbit Kamoshika Bear
Currently cloudy here on the mountain with snow falling and a fairly chilly temperature. The wind has picked up again today unfortunately making conditions less than ideal. The winds will be with us until tomorrow then should ease up somewhat into the weekend when they’ll increase considerably.
Not much forecast in the way of snow until the weekend when we may get another 20+cm of it. Steady temperatures and cloudy skies will reign throughout the weekend.
All the runs are in great shape after the snow fall we’ve had and are ready for action.
Planned lift operations (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 5 lift - Central number 6 lift - Sailer quad - Nishimori lift
Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays