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 ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Thursday 22nd February 2018, 7:16am
Cloud, some blue sky
Some pretty light but consistent snow throughout yesterday, with tops of -6C and a moderate wind that cooled down into the evening.
3cm of snow overnight, but we’re in for a pretty pleasant day out there conditions wise. Tops of -4C with barely any wind (<10km/h). Also, the sun should be out for the majority of the day, a few clouds as well and some possible snow showers.
I wish I had more to say today, but conditions have been fairly similar for the past few days. Same rules apply — put on a helmet and hit the trees, or get out the all-mountain skis and carve up the groomers. For the weekend, as we have a bit more sunshine heading our way with some light snow Saturday night, maybe 10cm into Sunday morning if we’re lucky.
Seems as if we’ll have to wait another week for any decent snowfall, but as March looms closer, as does our biggest month of snowfall so stay tuned...
Friday: snow showers, light winds & tops of 0C Saturday: light snow, strong winds & tops of -2C Sunday: snow showers, moderate winds & tops of -6C
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 ...
Thursday 22nd February 2018, 7:52am
Blue sky and sun, some cloud
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Snow was falling for much of the day yesterday though it was generally fairly light and didn't end up with much in terms of a fresh layer on the ground.
Kagura resort is reporting up to 5cm of fresh snow and Maiko Snow Resort are reporting just a little without any numbers. There is a thin layer of snow on the top of cars parked since yesterday.
There is some cloud around as of 7:30am but blue sky too and we can probably expect more of the blue skies and sunshine during the day today.
It's a chilly start, -4C, and will likely rise to around +2C later this afternoon. It seems quite windy as well, though not enough to affect ski lift operations.
More sunshine is forecast for tomorrow along with slightly higher temperatures.
For those planning for the weekend, there might be some fresh snow falling on Saturday though it doesn't appear to be heavy snow.
Can hardly believe that this time next week we'll be in March. Too fast!
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama (looking north).
Updated: Thursday 22nd 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.
After yesterday's overcast weather today is a total contrast with clear blue sky sitting over the resort. There is nothing in the way of wind at the moment and just a light dusting of snow. The temperature is cold at -15c but it should warm up to around -7c by midday. There is still plenty of fresh snow around the resort from yesterday and with the cold temperatures it will still be in great condition today. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 22nd February 2018, 7:57am
Some low cloud, blue skies
Good morning from Nozawa.
Looks like it's going to be a lovely day.
A cold start but the sun is shining down and there is a lot of blue sky around - still some low cloud hanging on but I am guessing that will be gone pretty quickly this morning.
The resort is reporting up to 3cm of snow at Uenotaira.
Tomorrow looks set to be sunny too with slightly warmer conditions forecast for the afternoon. Still, it shouldn't be rising too much above zero so the snow should keep good.
More snow on Saturday?
Thursday 22nd February 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
And this morning I have 5cm of fresh snow to report.
And, yes, it is snowing. Quite bright though this morning (at least here in the village as I write this; not so much by looking at the webcams) and it feels fairly calm, so I expect the top lifts should be able to open as normal.
So there's not quite as much fresh this morning, but the forecast still shows consistent snowfall over the coming week and into March. If the sun does get to make a guest appearance sometime, make the most of it because it isn't due to stick around for too long!
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 5.00am: -11°, trace new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: -12°, WNW2.5m/s, cornice and snowdrift development until midnight. Annupuri 1150m: -13°, NW10m/s, snow wind is calming down. Hirafu 1250m: -15°, light wind, snow wind is calming down. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW11m/s. Kamui Cape: W9m/s, 1018hPa, wave 1.4m.
The pressure gradient is levelling out and the sea and mountains are finally calming down. Cornice and snowdrift development are starting to settle down. From observation snow has stabilised, the general slope avalanche risk is low. No 2,3 peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and be prepared before going out of bounds.
The weather is expected to deteriorate after lunch. Plan accordingly. Leeward slopes in the forest have good snow. Be careful falling into cracks, hitting trees or getting lost. Following someone you don't know is easy way to get lost, always know your current location. From data and analysis the avalanche risk at Kozan no sawa sidewall, Osawa cornice slope near 1000m, Higashi One far side continues to be high. Ride the fall line, don't ever traverse steep slopes under cornices. Many people are stopping in the valley bottoms so be careful near and under cornices they may collapse suddenly without warning. When above them stay a save distance (10m) from the edge.
This report is published daily to try and prevent accidents of ski resort users. Hoping there is no accident today. We are getting a little tired. Have a good day.
Thursday 22nd 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 ...
Thursday 22nd February 2018, 8:07am
The snow kept on coming through the day yesterday - nice, big flakes. It just have done something to the resort’s collective brains, though; a lot don’t have new reports ready yet (at 8 am plus).
There is some cloud around but lots of blue sky and the sun breaking through too.
I think we can expect more sunshine tomorrow with the next snow still due later in the day on Saturday. There's not a whole lot of snow there on the forecast (into next week) other than that though, but as long as temperatures remain low we should be in good conditions through the end of the month.
Hope you can come and enjoy it.
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
Snow was falling during the day yesterday while I was out (at 47) - there wasn't much wind at all and visibility was pretty decent.
Not much cm of snow to report from the resorts this morning though; here's the numbers that I can find being reported
Hakuba Cortina: 5cm Hakuba Happo-one: 2cm
There is a lot of cloud around early on but an increasing amount of blue sky. We can expect to see the sun today and tomorrow but it should be keeping fairly cold (or at least not warming up too much).
The next snow appears to be due on Saturday.
It should be a good few days to be outside and enjoying the mountains.
Ski resort information on Thursday 22nd February 2018 (at time of writing):
It's a crisp, icy start today. Temperatures dropped to -12°C overnight last night, meaning that even the water in the carparks is in a deep freeze! The sky is blue and the sun is just breaking over the top of the mountains. The air temperature is expected to rise rapidly once the sun is fully in the valley. The pistes are crunchy with the fresh snow from yesterday, and well-groomed. The remainder of the day will be bright and warm, with little wind to concern us. There is a chance some cloud will push in later in the evening, depositing some snow overnight tonight, however accumilations will be modest.
Looking forwards, we can expect a relatively warmer week, with much more Spring-like conditions. Little snow is forecast now through until Tuesday, however the wind is likely to pick up a little and blow some clouds through on Saturday. Daytime air temperatures are likely to remain above 0°C for the week. It looks as though Spring is starting to get fired up! Read more ...
Thursday 22nd February 2018, 10:14am
Fine and sunny
Good morning from Zao.
It's a lovely calm morning after a fine day yesterday once those earlier clouds cleared. The Snow Monsters are looking good! Feels like we haven't had that many chances to take some blue sky photos of them this season...
Expecting more sunny skies tomorrow for most of the day and perhaps a little snow going into Saturday; doesn't look like there's much snow after that into early week.
So remember the camera!
Lifts and course info:
- All lifts appear to be opening as scheduled - Note: the Karamatsu pair lift usually only operates on weekends - All areas open