Yesterday afternoon the resort was reporting 1cm of fresh on the top Yamabiko and Uenotaira areas and this morning they are adding 3cm to that - so 4cm up top since yesterday. No fresh cm to report from down below.
This morning early on the sun is shining on the top of the mountain with more cloud blocking it down in the village as yet but I would expect some clearer skies and sunshine during the day.
Tomorrow? Cloud, perhaps some very light snow, nothing major and not much really through the end of the month. We're going to have to enjoy what we got for a while and hope that early March brings the goods.
Don't come expecting peak season fluffy powder and you'll be good.
Friday 22nd February 2019
Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday morning):
All lifts apart from the following planned to be operating:
- Yunomine pair - Mizunashi triple - Challenge pair - Utopia pair - Kandahar pair (open for general public on 1st Mar 2019)
All courses open apart from the following planned to be open:
- Grand Prix - Kandahar (open for general public on 1st Mar 2019)
Lift operation times until end of March:
Nagasaka Gondola - until 4:00pm (time of last one down) Hikage Gondola - until 4:20pm (time of last one down) Yamabiko Number 2 Four - until 4:10pm Skyline connecting pair - until 4:30pm Base lifts - until 5:00pm Yu Road - until 5:10pm Read more ...
Friday 22nd February 2019, 7:57am
Some early cloud around but there's also blue sky and the sun as we approach 8am. I guess it is going to turn into a fine day.
We might get some light snow tomorrow, but if it happens I would not expect much from it. And then it is going to be a bit warmer early next week.
None of us wants spring to arrive yet. And, March can definitely deliver decent snowfall - just look at previous years. Let's hope it does this year too to give us more fresh goodness.
In the meantime, the mountain is looking good this morning.
Planned operations for Friday 22nd February 2019
Official snow depth at Madarao:
All lifts apart from Number 5 plan to be open All 31 courses should be open including tree run courses
Nighta operations at Madarao: - Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019
Tangram Ski Circus info:
All lifts operating All course areas open
Nighta operations at Tangram: - Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019 Read more ...
Friday 22nd February 2019, 8:23am
Cloud, blue sky
Anyone up here feel that earthquake last night? There was some pretty strong shaking going on over there to the south of Sapporo, in the same area that was hit last September. It doesn't look like there was any major damage, which is a relief. Though no doubt it was a scary experience for many people. It wasn't strong over here but I still felt it and it is not a good feeling. Earthquakes = nasty. Definitely one of my least fave things about Japan.
Anyway. Lots of blue sky and some fluffy clouds yesterday.
There's more cloud around this morning but some blue sky and that will probably increase during the morning. (The blue sky bit). Currently -2C here at base with temperatures forecast to rise to around +2C later in the day. I have no fresh snow to report to you and I'm a little concerned at the lack of snow potential on the forecast. It feels a bit too 'spring' for late February and I want my winter back.
We may now be in the last week of February but there is still well over two months left to the season. I might not always have much to report to you, but as always I will be here posting a report every day right through until the last day of the season in early May. I feel it's important for that complete picture of the season - start to finish. Yey!
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Mountain Base 6.00am: -3°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -3.9°, WSW3.61m/s, no new snow. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 259cm, Annupuri 1100m: -6.5°, W7.2m/s. Hirafu Peak: -7°, Hirafu 1000m: -6.4°, SE5.4m/s. Village Mizuno no Sawa: no data. Cape Benkei: WNW10m/s, Cape Kamui: WSW8m/s, pressure 1015hPa, wave 1.1m.
The last few warm days and cold nights has been perfect conditions for the grooming machines to start leaving death cookies all over the runs, be careful riding. There has been no new snow, do not enter strictly off limits areas looking for untouched snow. From observation the general avalanche risk is low. Be careful of the cracks below the Annupuri sub peak. The risk of a full depth avalanche will increase with a sudden rise in temperature and rain. Because the ground surface underneath is slippery bamboo, once the avalanche starts it wont stop. The strap in point from gate 2 is high pines on the left.
All peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and be prepared before going out of bounds. The mountain is moving into spring. Have a good day.
Ski resort operation information: Friday 22nd February 2019 Subject to change due to weather conditions
Ski lifts operating: - All lifts should be opening as planned (Ace Number 1 pair and King Number 2 quad lifts rested) - The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 330cm - Base: 160cm
Ski lifts operating: - All lifts should be opening as planned (Country Road lift rested) - The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening
Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area. Read more ...
Friday 22nd February 2019, 8:24am
Mostly clear blue skies, some cloud
Morning from Yuzawa.
It's mostly blue skies over Yuzawa this morning with just a bit of cloud. Temperatures around 0C overnight and likely to rise to about +5C and above today.
Cloud is due tomorrow with the chance of some light snowfall in the afternoon/evening. Beyond that, lots of clearer skies due... it's looking a more spring-like than I think most of us would like to see at this stage of the season. Still, we can hold out for fresh snow in March.
Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Maiko Snow Resort.
Updated: 8:30am, Friday 22nd February 2019
** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information. Information is checked manually each morning but sometimes official information is updated later than the time of these reports.
Night time 'nighta' operations (listed in alphabetical order)
Below is information on night time floodlit skiing operations at ski resorts in the area. Subject to change due to weather and snow conditions.
Ishiuchi Maruyama Open daily until Saturday 16th March 2019 The Chuo Area is open daily for nighta The Hatsukaishi and Kanko Areas only open for nighta over New Year and nights before holidays 4:00pm until 8:30pm
Iwappara Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019 Part of the mid and lower area of the resort 5:00pm until 8:00pm on weekdays; until 9:00pm on Saturdays
Joetsu Kokusai Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019 Area in front of the base hotel, Osawa and lower Atema 5:00pm until 9:00pm
Kandatsu Kogen 'Hobo (Almost) All Night' every Friday, Saturday and night before holidays until 30th March 2019 6:00pm until 4:0am the next morning
Maiko Snow Resort Open daily 'one-coin nighta' (500 yen) until Saturday 16th March 2019 Maiko Center Quad lift in the Maiko Area 4:00pm until 8:00pm
Naeba Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019 Number 3 and 4 high speed and Number 4 romance pair lifts 4:00pm until 8:30pm
NASPA Ski Garden NASPA extends opening for the Number 1 lift on the following dates: 19th, 26th January 2019 2nd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 23rd February 2019 Extended until 6:00pm
Yuzawa Nakazato Every Saturday until 9th March 2019 Sunday 10th February 2019 Number 2 romance pair lift 5:00pm until 8:30pm Read more ...
Friday 22nd February 2019, 8:31am
Blue skies, sunny
Good morning from Hakuba.
Fine weather yesterday, though quite a lot of cloud hanging around for the day.
This morning there's no cloud around our mountain backdrop. It's a beautiful morning.
No fresh snow to report of course either down below or on the mountains. It does feel colder early on though will probably warm up to around 5C during the daytime in the village. The snow will be softening up as the day goes on after a likely hard start.
Ski resort information on Friday 22nd February 2019: The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report. All ski resorts in the area are currently open. Any further resort specific notes made below.
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 5:00pm until 9:00pm in the Nakiyama base area (Nakiyama Number 2 pair lift) Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen
Hakuba Goryu Daily from 6:00pm 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 - 2,000 yen; children - 1,000 yen
Hakuba Cortina Daily from 5:00pm until 8:00pm (until 9:00pm on Saturdays and certain holidays) Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen
Tsugaike Kogen Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on 9th, 10th, 16th February; 2nd March Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen Read more ...
Friday 22nd February 2019, 8:47am
The sun is out, and crust is on the snow. A pretty nasty breakable crust, in fact; it will hold you for a second and then crack and let you drop about 20cm.
In short, an ideal day for resort skiing! Warm sun and cold beer (or something like that).
There's not a lot of new snow on the forecast coming up, unfortunately.
Planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows. Please note that separate lift tickets are required.
Ichinose Diamond Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019 Quad lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Ichinose Family Daily until 23rd March 2019 (except Mondays and Tuesdays) Number 2 pair B lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Kumanoyu Every Saturday until 30th March 2019 20th March 2019 Number 1 pair lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Sun Valley Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019 Number 1 quad lift 7:00pm until 9:00pm
Yakebitaiyama Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019 Number 3 high speed lift 6:00pm until 8:00pm Read more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Friday 22nd February 2019, 9:12am
Fair, some clouds
It is a bright and mostly sunny morning on the Grandeco side of Urabandai and a bit cloudy on the Nekoma side. The forecast seems to tell us to expect a sunny day through the day today.
Snow conditions will be a bit hard and crusty early on and it will change it to sorbet-like condition if the sunshine warms things up. In this case, waxing is important to keep things sliding along nicely.
A part of the slopes (include off-piste course) and the No.4 lift in Grandeco is closed today.
If you are looking for a tree run course, Nekoma should be a good choice.
The photos for today are from Nekoma (the first two) and Grandeco.
Nekoma - lift 4/5, course 11/11 open *Closed on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28 Grandeco - lift 4/5 include one gondola, course 10/13 open Urabandai - lift 0/3, course 0/3 open *Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Minowa - lift 2/3, course 10/11 open Numajiri - lift 4/4, course 11/11 open Alts Bandai - lift 8/8 include one gondola, course 25/25 open Inawashiro - lift 7/8, course 18/18 open Inawashiro resort - lift 3/4 include one gondola, course 7/9 open Listel - lift 2/2, course 5/7 open Family Bandai Bandai - lift 0/2, course 0/7 open *Only open on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays. Read more ...
Friday 22nd February 2019, 9:13am
Clear and sunny
Morning from Naeba.
It's a beauty of a morning with mostly blue skies and sunshine. Snow conditions aren't perfect due to the mild conditions and lack of fresh, but it's certainly a feel-good morning.
There might be a bit of light snow tomorrow but beyond that... fine and mild weather in the coming week. There's not much fresh on the horizon. I am hoping that March will deliver, as it has done in the past.
Have a fine day.
Official snow depth:
All lifts plan to be operating apart from the following (some lifts rested on weekdays):
- Prince Number 1 Gondola - Number 8 high speed lift - Daishamen romance pair lift
All courses now open apart from the following:
- Splash Bowl
Planned night-time operations:
- Daily until Sunday 24th March 2019 - 4:00pm until 8:30pm - Lifts operating: Number 5 high speed lift Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Friday 22nd February 2019, 9:18am
Sunny skies, some cloud
Hello from Appi,
Another sunny day here at Appi with relatively calm winds. No snow overnight may make the mountain a little icy today especially in the afternoon when the sun sets.
The weekend should bring much of the same with temperatures stable around -4 at the base.
This weekend should be fun up here with a sponsored event from the famous energy drink company. Things will kick off at 3pm tomorrow with an event that’s not to be missed. They’ll certainly be a little mayhem as a few hundred skiers and boarders make a dash for their gear, strap in and race to the bottom.
Hope you can come on up and enjoy the slopes and the weekend activities.
Planned lift operations & course areas (subject to change due to weather conditions):
- Appi Gondola - Central Quad lift - Central Number 2 - Central Number 3A - Central Number 5 - Sailer quad - Vista quad - Nishimori
* All 5 tree run areas should be open as normal when the lift operations allow - register to use them at Plaza 1st Floor
Official groomed snow depth (as reported by resort):
Yesterday I was probably overly negative on the situation when I sent out my report. The piste was horrible at Tenjin but the backcountry was actually somewhat manageable for a small group and it snowed all day and into the early evening at the top.
The resort today was partially healed and took a couple runs down the face off the Toge lift. It was soft with a crust underneath, sinking about 10cm but the problem is the sunny weather and warm temps. It was snowballing on piste at 10am so that will only get worse as the day rolls on.
Snow showers are forecast tomorrow, last week that meant bottomless at the top of the resort but we need quite a bit of snow to fall without much wind to get things back in good shape. My guess is that doesn't happen but who knows.
Temps are supposed to cool right down tomorrow which is a good thing. All in all, with the weekend coming up, I'd be heading for mellower resorts with lots of piste and Hodaigi is probably a good option.