Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 20th May 2019
Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 7:59am
Partly cloudy, sunny and bright
Good morning from Yuzawa.
After a day of snow and sometimes strong winds yesterday -- 20cm more fresh on the ground around town (I kind of thought it would be more than that, but wind may be playing a part) -- this morning has started off calm and sunny.
Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 10cm from yesterday evening; and Kagura 5cm. Interesting.
There's some silky looking thin cloud up there along with blue sky, and somehow the sky and cloud is almost indistinguishable in the early morning light from some angles. So it is a bright and sunny start and that (and/or more cloud) is forecast for the day today.
It's going to be milder once again during the day today so I would imagine then that conditions will be best for the first tracks of the day while it is still cold... and it does feel cold outside at the moment.
Milder still tomorrow with temperatures currently forecast to be approaching 10 degrees, along with rain in town which should eventually turn back into snow.
It seems to be something of a pattern this season - decent amount of snow, but warming up more than we would like in between the snowfalls and more rain than we would like.
Anyhow, let's just see how things turn out.
For this morning at least, conditions should be very nice!
Official snow depth information as of Wednesday 22nd February 2017
GALA Yuzawa Upper part of $2,600,000 closed today due to avalanche danger. Otherwise open as planned. Official snow depth: 380cm
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.
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 ...
Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 8:22am
Blue sky and some cloud, sunny
Good morning from Niseko.
Some blue skies and sun at times through the day yesterday and just slightly over 1cm of fresh snow on ground by base to report to you all this morning. I see the Avalanche Report is reporting 10-15cm in places higher up.
It was very cold overnight and is keeping cold at the moment which is all important. And after just saying that, it does seem to be the case that tomorrow will be milder during the daytime but with snow starting to fall once again later on. And then fingers crossed we'll see some consistent snow through Friday and over the weekend.
There's quite a lot of blue sky now and the sun is out. It should be a lovely morning. Things seem calm this morning and all lifts will be opening so I expect a rush to get up top.
That's about it really for today I think.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -9℃, light snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -8.6℃m, W2.9m/s (20.2m/s at 2pm and 16.2m/s at 6pm yesterday), 10cm snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, W13m/s, 15cm snowfall. Hirafu 1250m: -9℃, light breeze and light snowfall. Kamui cape lighthouse: SW9m/s, 1022hPa, 2.0m waves.
The isobars are spreading out and the wind is calming down, The wind’s peak reached 20.2m/s at 2:20pm yesterday at 800m elevation in the west-side of the mountain, stagnating below 12m/s after 6pm. The snowdrifts that developed under this storm is consolidating and no outstanding instability has been observed during this morning’s pressure test. The general avalanche risk is lowering, however slides are still to be expected in leeward knolls and cornice slopes with large snowdrift development around 1100m elevation. Extended stimulation could trigger an avalanche any time. Expected sliding layer is Feb 17th hoar layer. Gate 1 and 4 will be kept closed during the morning, but 2, 3, 5 and 8 are expected to open. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Do not duck ropes to enter O-sawa, Fujiwara-no-sawa, or any other area that are restricted. Today’s snow is fantastic.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
No fresh snow this morning, but a cold start to the day and lots of blue sky and sunshine. Just some wispy cloud here and there over our mountain backdrop.
It is a great morning to be here indeed.
Resort news as of 8:35am on Wednesday 22nd 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 0cm of fresh snowfall (and 5cm during the day yesterday). The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Upper: 280cm Base: 150cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Alps: 345cm Toomi: 180cm Iimori: 130cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 265cm Kurobishi: 310cm Lower: 160cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The resort appears to be mostly opening as planned this morning. Part of Lower Han-no-ki and Champion not open; Uma-no-se closed. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 390cm Han-no-ki: 350cm Maruyama: 170cm Oya-no-hara: 170cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 150cm
Hakuba Cortina: The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Top: 380cm Base: 250cm
- 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 ...
Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 9:38am
Thin clouds cover most of the sky; increasing
The day is starting sunny in Myoko, not too warm, not too cold.
The snow continued on and off through the day yesterday, for a few added cms of white. The clouds are building up, though; off the coast the winds are light and from the south — a clear sign of what lies ahead (that is, rain again). In fact, the forecast has gotten worse over the past few days, with the freezing line predicted to go higher to 2,250 meters on Thursday morning. I guess this isn't that uncommon for February; powder snow often comes back in March!
I got an interesting call from a local friend and crazy skier. Apparently he set off a pretty sizeable avalanche in the sidecountry yesterday, and wanted to share the warning with everyone - and much appreciated, too! After the winds of a few days ago, there is a lot of wind-deposited snow that may be holding together in slabs. He also said there was a lot of whumphing - the snow dropping suddenly as a weak layer under the top layer of snow collapses, a definite sign to be careful. Could be caused by the rain layer, the new snow, changing conditions.
Regardless, it's a good day to be a little cautious in areas where snow has gathered, on lee slopes, on big steep and open faces.
Furano has received a solid amount of fresh snowfall overnight and it is extremely light and dry, even at village level. Weatherwise it couldn't be a better day with little in the way of wind and nice blue sky over the resort. With all this snow in the last few days the groomers are skiing superbly and likewise the off piste areas have plenty of unpacked powder to play around in.
Tomorrow is looking like it will be sunny again and the cream on the pudding will be a good dump of snow tomorrow evening if the forecast proves to be correct. Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 12:15pm
Hello from Appi,
What started out as a sunny morning has now turned into overcast skies and light winds. A temperature of -3 right now. As far as snowfall goes we’re not expecting a lot of it today, perhaps 5 cm but tomorrow should bring another 10-15 hopefully.
Unfortunately the winds tomorrow will pick up an offer some of those gale force conditions we occasionally get here. Yesterday was windy too and with the windchill it was a fairly chilly day especially at the summit. The forecast for the weekend looks promising but I’d rather wait a day or so before committing to anything.
There's not much traffic at all on any of the runs and they are on very good shape right now. ---
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 Central number 5 Central number 6 Sailer Gondola Sailer quad Vista quad Nishimori