Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018
Wednesday 21st March 2018, 6:52am
Morning from Yuzawa.
A quick and early report this morning and it is just cloudy to start the day off with the chance of some snow/sleet/rain later in the day along with a high temperature of around +5C. Tomorrow is going to be warmer with a higher chance of rain at base but we do have a chance of getting some fresh snow at higher elevations over the next few days.
Unfortunately it seems like wind is going to be affecting some lifts today. The GALA Yuzawa resort is going to be closed today, as is the Tashiro area of the Kagura resort. Just how much of the main Kagura area (via Mitsumata) will open remains to be seen at the time of this report going live. Check if you plan to go there.
Clear and sunny conditions are expected from the weekend.
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama.
Updated: Wednesday 21st March February 2018
Ski resorts in Yuzawa:
Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.
It might be a weekday, but it's a national holiday here in Japan - Vernal Equinox Day. So weekend operations at the resort with all lifts planning on operating.
A cloudy start to the day with a bit of a southerly wind but I'm feeling optimistic and hoping for some snow today, higher probabilities for higher elevations with the chance of some wet down at base. We shall see. Come on, let's have some fresh snow!
I will let you know how it goes in my report tomorrow morning...
Tuesday 20th March 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
Mostly cloudy on the mountain yesterday with tops of -2C and winds easing into the evening for a very calm night.
This morning its mostly sunny with clouds expected to roll in this afternoon and tops of 2C into this evening. Winds are light for the morning, though will increase a little into this afternoon.
We’re set to see some rain turn to snow overnight, though tomorrow morning the temps aren’t in our favour for the most part of the mountain, so we’re set to see quite a bit of rain fall, around 40mm at the base of the mountain. At the top however, temps should hover around 0C, so if the forecast is telling the truth, we’re in for about 25cm across Thursday as a whole.
After Thursday, we’re back to blue skies mainly, so enjoy it!
Thursday: heavy rain/moderate snow, moderate winds & tops of 3C Friday: light rain, light winds & tops of 4C Saturday: light rain showers, light winds & tops of 3C
It's a national holiday here. The 'Vernal Equinox Day' to be exact. Hurray! Sounds pretty cool doesn't it.
Well anyway, there has been a slight dusting of snow but the skies are now clear and it is a real beauty of a morning. Cold, blue skies, sunny.
Niseko base 6am: -10℃, no snowfall, bluebird. Moiwa800m: -9.3℃, W0.9m/s, no snowfall. Annupuri1100m: -9℃, N2.2m/s, 440cm snowpack at 1000m elevation. Hirafu peak: -9℃, light wind, no snowfall. Benkei cape: WSW2m/s, Kamui cape: W5m/s, 1025hPa, 0.9m waves.
A high-pressure system is dominating, the wind is calm and the sky is clear. Radiative cooling has created some surface hoar on the foothill fields. The temperature is forecasted to rise during the day and thaw will progress. Peak gates are expected to open. Be prepared for snow touring if you’re going out. The area outside the gates is uncontrolled and unpatrolled backcountry zone. Beware of hitting trees and falling into creeks.
There are many hazards lurking in the mountains. The snow condition varies from elevation. It may be Spring condition at the base, however still Winter above 1000m. Avalanches triggered by collapsing snowdrifts/cornices and/or deeper weak layers are still to be considered in steep slopes & gullies above 1100m elevation. Glide avalanche are also to be highly expected in Kozan no Sawa (Backbowl) and O-sawa 1000m area. Always be aware of the hazards and stay vigilant. Do not take a nap at the bottom of the valleys. Have a nice day.
Wednesday 21st March 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 4 lift - Central number 5 lift - Central number 6 lift - Sailer Gondola - Sailer quad - Vista quad
Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays
We will endeavour to keep the reports updated regularly until the end of the season at Appi. Read more ...
Wednesday 21st March 2018, 7:35am
The weather has cooled off here this morning and is just below zero at the base. The recorded temp on mountain is the same which is a bit odd. Looks like it wants to snow and snow is on the forecast but its not happening as yet. This evening rain and warmer temps are forecast right to the top before it potentially cools off and snows again tomorrow and Friday. The weekend is potentially going to be clear and cold on Saturday before warming Sunday. In other words, it will be a roll of the dice. Tenjin opened at 7am this morning due to the public holiday.
Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami. Read more ...
Wednesday 21st March 2018, 7:47am
It is a cool start to the day at -8c and will warm up to 0c around lunch time. It is a sunny day with blue sky all around, and the sun is forecast to stay with us through the day. The snow will be frosty and firm to start but should soften up nicely after a while in the sun. Looks like a great day! Read more ...
Wednesday 21st March 2018, 7:57am
Good morning from Hakuba.
It is a cloudy start to this national holiday with some very poor visibility going on higher up by the looks of the webcams from around the region. Care needed - know where you are going!
So it is not snowing now but we are hoping that it might be today. So all fingers and other bits crossed that I might have some snow news tomorrow morning.
Quite strong winds might also be a feature of the day so look out for that as it might affect upper lift operations.
Ski resort information on Wednesday 21st March 2018 (at time of writing):
It is probably going to be very windy today - maybe enough to be affecting some ski lifts. Which would be a shame really as people would have been looking forward to visiting Shiga Kogen this morning as it is a national holiday. So anyway keen an eye on that.
Oh yes and maybe some snow as well. Onegai shimasu! Let us see.
'Planned closing dates' information for resorts in Shiga Kogen. Basically:
- all ski areas in Shiga Kogen plan to be at least part open until the end of March; - a bunch of resorts will be open on specific dates (usually weekends and Golden Week) once we get into April; - the remaining resorts will be open daily until 6th May and beyond that (they will close when there's not enough snow left to ski or board!)
Once we get to the end of March, I will add specific lift operation plans for the ski resorts that remain open during the months of April and May.
Planned closing date information for the ski areas around Shiga Kogen. Note that all are subject to change.
Limited visibility and potential snow and wind is what we have in store today, this national holiday. The wind may well get to affect the operations of some lifts as well so you might need to keep an eye on that.
Would be great to see a bit more fresh snow sprinkled across the mountain sometime today and tomorrow. Let's hope raindrops stay away.
From the weekend it seems clearer sunny skies are due along with warmer temperatures. And that'll be the last week of the season!
Official snow depth:
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 River Line Free Ride Park Ninja Sawa Rabbit Kamoshika Bear
Good morning from Naeba! It's a snowy start down here in the valley, with some moderate sleety-snow falling. The air temperature is just above freezing at the moment, meaning that the sleet is just about holding out against the potential of rain! The snow should persist throughout today, with a building wind from the south east. Overnight tonight we can expect temperatures to rise to well above 0°C, ensuring that the snow turns to rain overnight tonight and into tomorrow. The pistes are spring-like and slushy.
Looking forwards, we can expect the precipitation to keep hold of the Mikuni valley until Friday night. There will be a mix of sleet, rain and snow at the base, but it will mostly be falling as snow at the top of the mountain. From Saturday onwards, we can expect very warm temperatures again, with plenty of sunshine! Read more ...
Wednesday 21st March 2018, 10:20am
All that talk of heavy snow (NHK!) has not come to anything in Myoko (although the TV did show us the “heavy” snow falling in Kanagawa). The day is still just starting, so things could change… but I doubt that there will be a lot of new snow. There was a band of fresh snow right across the mountain, though, from just above the Akakura Kanko Hotel (about 1000 meters, right in the middle of the hill) up to the top of the lifts, so around 1550 meters. So I’m adding 2 cm just to be optimistic and accurate.
The gondola at Suginohara has closed due to wind, while Akakan’s is still going. Could change if that wind picks up a bit more, so keep an eye on the reports. Looks like precipitation is just coming in from the southeast as we type, with the far mountains now obscured.
Lotte Arai Resort: 410cm, 5.3°; Exciter and Discovery permanently closed; Be Free, Mamushigaeshi and Discovery closed, Rindou Lower possibly closed; Funaishi-zawa, Happy Place, Benzaku-zawa and Small Mamushi in the avalanche-controlled areas open; others closed (see website for updates); closing May 6