Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Friday 21st February 2020, 6:32am
Sunny and clear
A very early report today; cross-country race for primary school students, and your reporter will be out on the course checking the bib numbers of the contestants as they pass a checkpoint.
I have to apologize (if it's true) that Seki Onsen was closed yesterday, but we didn't report this. Of course, they're not on the city's listing, and they didn't have any information up on their site. I'll ask around and see what the story was, and will report anything we discover. They claim 350cm of snow, so that can't be the cause (yes, I am being sarcastic).
A real dusting only of snow overnight, less than one cm. I wanted to give the real situation on the ground for today, so most resorts probably haven't reported yet, but things will not have changed a lot since yesterday (I'll mark new reports below).
It stayed fairly cold on the runs, so we didn't lose much snowpack. It's sunny again, and the freezing level is going up, so things may change by tomorrow. Getting worried about the resorts on the southern side of Myoko, like Kurohime, which has closed a couple of times already because of low snow.
A burst of snow late afternoon yesterday has resulted in 4cm of new snow at the base of the resort. The slopes are in very nice condition with the snow over the last couple of days. This morning is clear and sunny. Clouds are expected to move in later with some snow in the afternoon. The next couple of days have snow forecast and mild temperatures.
All courses normally open apart from the following courses:
- Grand Prix - Hachiman - Mukobayashi - Kandahar (closed to public apart from 2nd and 16th March)
Nighta until 8:00pm
- Nagasaka Four lift operates during nighta - Every Saturday until 28th March - 23rd February - 20th March - Subject to change Read more ...
Friday 21st February 2020, 8:04am
Sunny and clear
Today is clear and sunny with temps forecast to hover around zero at around 1000m. Riding conditions are average at best with a prominent rain crust in places and pockets of powder, along with the odd ice cookie thrown in.
Weather is forecast to be clear till tomorrow when snow is expected. Doesn't look like a particularly robust snowfall but you never know.
Strong winds are expected at higher elevations on Sunday with more snow before things clear Monday. From Tuesday onward, looks like a solid snowfall... lower elevations are starting to look quite depressing so some fresh white stuff is what the doctor ordered.
Akasawa Normally part open Note: closed on Tuesdays
Fujiwara All lifts running; all courses open Official snow depth: 80cm
Originally planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows; subject to change, so please check with the resorts. Note that separate lift tickets are required.
Ichinose Diamond 22nd-23rd February 2020 20th-21st March 2020 Quad lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Ichinose Family Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays until 21st March 2020 Number 2 pair B lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Kumanoyu Every Saturday until 28th March 2020 23rd February 2020 20th March 2020 Number 1 pair lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Takamagahara Mammoth Saturdays until 21st March 2020 23rd February 2020 20th March 2020 Number 2 triple lift 6:30pm until 8:30pm
Sun Valley 22nd-23rd February 2020 Number 1 quad lift 7:00pm until 8:30pm
Yakebitaiyama Every Saturday until 29th February 2020 23rd February 2020 Number 3 high speed lift 6:00pm until 8:00pm
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 ...
Friday 21st February 2020, 8:24am
Blue skies and sunshine
The skies have cleared and it is a beautiful morning here in Zao Onsen.
Definitely a feel-good morning and I'm sure a lot of people will be heading up to make the most of it.
While today is starting off cold, it will end up being a mild day and milder still tomorrow. We should be back to snow for Sunday though as it gets colder once again. Might need to expect some strong winds too early week...
All lifts are now normally operating apart from the following:
- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair - Diamond Number 1 pair - Karamatsu pair - Yokokura Number 2 pair
- All courses are now mostly open; some restricted areas
** Subject to change. Please check with the resort! **
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:
February 2020: all days apart from Tuesdays, subject to conditions.
Note: there is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation. Read more ...
Friday 21st February 2020, 8:31am
Cloud, some blue sky and sun
Good morning from Niseko.
Just a bit more snowfall to report to you this morning. There is a lot of cloud around at the moment but some blue sky as well and the sun has been making itself seen too at times this morning.
All lifts are scheduled to be operating as planned this morning.
Tomorrow is still looking likely to be rather mild but it should not last too long with snow due again for Sunday.
And that's about all I have for this morning! I hope you have a good day.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Moiwa Mountain Base: -5°, 5cm in last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: measured NW 6m/s(equip failure), -7.0°, 30cm snowdrift development. Yu no Sawa 1000m: WNW 293deg 3.3m/s, -10.4°. Niseko Village 900m: WNW 293deg 3.3m/s, -9.6°. Hirafu 1000m :WNW 291deg 0.7m/s(propeller icing?), -10.8°. Hanazono 720m: NNW 324deg 3.4m/s, -7.0°. Annupuri 1100m: Wind meter failure Annupuri 1000m: snow depth 180cm Coastal data: Benkei Cape: 12m/s. Kamui Cape WNW 9m/s, 1031hPa, wave 1.5m. Kutchan Weather Station:-2.2°, 5cm new snow in last 24hrs.
We are on the edge of a high pressure system, moderately strong westerly winds that have caused snowdrift development above 800m. With little snow overnight, yesterday's tracks are still visible. From data and observation snowdrifts have stabilized and general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are expected to be open. Off-piste snow extremely variable. Be careful falling into cracks or hitting trees. Today's snow is shallow but good and winds have dropped from yesterday. Moiwa Gate 6, the upper Moiwa Bowl area is starting to crack from ground heat, take care.
When going out the gates carry a beacon, shovel, probe, short rope and some emergency food. Next winter a beacon and helmet will be compulsory to use the Niseko gates system. Have a good day.
Ski resort operation information: Friday 21st February 2020
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 190cm - Base: 110cm
All lifts normally operating EXCEPT: - Country Road Chair (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 ...
Friday 21st February 2020, 8:32am
Clear and sunny
Good morning from Madarao.
It's quite chilly early morning and the sun is out with beautiful blue skies.
No fresh snowfall but it should be a good morning to be outside and enjoying the mountain.
We might not be able to avoid some rain later on in the day tomorrow, but some forecasts show that turning into snow by night time as it gets cooler after a mild day.
Current operations: Friday 21st February 2020
- All lifts apart from Number 5 should be operating - Powder Wave and Crystal Bowl tree run courses closed - Other tree run courses open - Official snow depth: 100cm
Tangram Ski Circus:
- All lifts are operating - Most courses open - Official snow depth: 80cm Read more ...
Friday 21st February 2020, 8:40am
Clear blue skies
Good morning from Yuzawa.
After a day indoors pushing keys on a keyboard, I ventured out to walk my imaginary dog last night and was surprised to have some spots of rain falling. Wasn't expecting that, I thought it ended up being just mostly cloudy for the day.
But anyway, this morning there are clear blue skies over Yuzawa and it is a beautiful morning. And that is what we are expecting for the day today. Temps are hovering around zero now with a high of about +7C forecast for later this afternoon.
Tomorrow? Bit warmer than today with mostly cloudy forecast and the chance of rain later in the day, which may change to snow by Sunday morning. (I wouldn't expect too much from it - but would be extremely happy to be wrong with that comment!)
Anyway, it's a lovely morning. Time to get away from the keyboard I think.
The Audi FIX Alpen Ski World Cup 2020 event will be held at the Naeba resort on Saturday (22nd) and Sunday (23rd).
Individual ski resort information: Friday 21st February 2020 All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.
- The top area via Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway is fully open - The base areas are also open - The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is operating - Official snow depth: 150cm (Kogen); 30cm (base)
It is quite cold early morning but will be warming up to be a mild day... more so tomorrow, when the big World Cup event starts.
For now it looks like mild temperatures and mostly cloudy conditions are forecast with the chance of rain later in the day, changing to snow overnight into Sunday morning.
The Audi FIX Alpen Ski World Cup 2020 event will be held at Naeba on 22nd and 23rd February.
Preparations are being made.
Planned course restrictions for the above event and others are as follows:
Daishamen: 18th-22nd February
Mens Riesen + Number 3 course: Until 22nd February
Mens Riesen Slalom 24th-28th February
Number 1 course: 24th February - 1st March
Number 2 course: 24th-25th February
Number 3 course: Until 1st March
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:
- 19 of 22 courses are normally open - The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort Read more ...
Friday 21st February 2020, 8:53am
Clear and sunny and beautiful
Good morning from Hakuba.
A cold and frosty start and it is a beautiful morning.
Just check out those images below...
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
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: - Nakiyama Number 2 pair - Shirakaba Number 1 pair - Shirakaba Number 2 pair - Central pair - Sakka Number 2 pair - Sakka Number 3 triple
Courses open: - All courses apart from the following are at least part open: - Central - Olympic II - Kita-one - Kokusai - Nakiyama Wall/North - Shirakaba North - Sakka - Kurobishi off-piste - Nakiyama South and Shirakaba South base areas are open; others closed - You can also take the Gondola or other lifts back down to base
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 reportRead more ...
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Friday 21st February 2020, 9:00am
Cloud, blue sky, sunshine
Nekoma are reporting 4cm of fresh snowfall this morning but I can't report any from over here at Minowa base.
It is a cold morning and a mix of cloud, blue sky and sunshine. Beautiful.
Milder conditions are forecast for tomorrow with a return of colder times in the later part of the weekend. More fresh snow would be most welcome.
Grandeco Snow Resort: - 4 (of 5) lifts operating - 10 (of 13) courses open - Normal weekend operations - Official snow depth: 145cm