Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th November 2019
Friday 22nd March 2013, 8:26am
Clear and sunny
And a short blast it was, as we are back to feeling like spring today. Only after a cold night though it dipped down quite a fair bit overnight but today we'll likely see temps rise to around 9 degrees here at Naeba and around 7 degrees at Kagura.
The sun is out and it will be a fine day.
Cloud is on the forecast for tomorrow as it stands and it will not be as warm with the sun not due to make an appearance.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 240cm Kagura - 380cm Read more ...
Friday 22nd March 2013, 8:43am
We're back to clearer skies and warming up today.
The new snow was fun while it lasted, though perhaps today will be good too with some leftovers out there. This morning it's a chilly start to the day but the sun is out and we have lovely clear blue skies above Madarao.
Colder again tomorrow and the chance of some light snow, with Sunday promising to the clearer of the two weekend days.
Just over one week to go for the season at Madarao. Read more ...
Friday 22nd March 2013, 8:56am
Cloud, fog up top
Good morning from the Niseko area and we have another 15cm or so of snow to report this morning here in Hirafu since yesterday. Should be some good snow conditions to be found out there this morning.
After the wilder conditions we had yesterday, this morning is somewhat calmer. Here at base level anyway, though the flags around village are still moving about in an at times moderate wind. Seems the only resort disruption today is the top Wonderland Chair lift at Niseko Village not opening up due to poor visibility up there. Dense fog, as they explain. Oh, and also the top King Number 4 and top Hanazono lifts are currently on stand-by due to the same poor visibility and wind conditions.
Visibility generally fine on lower areas of the mountain though. Generally cloudy conditions over the region with a few hints of small clearer patches with sky on show behind the cloud.
We should see temperatures remain low and below zero over the weekend and into next week with scattered snow showers possibly through tomorrow.
Check it out... the Niseko Grand Hirafu official upper slopes snow depth up to 515cm again (up 30cm since yesterday) and it's 22nd March.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 515cm Bottom - 235cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 400cm Bottom - 250cm
Niseko Village Top - 450cm Bottom - 210cm
Niseko base 6am: -5C, 10cm new snow, cloudy. Annupuri peak: -11.1C, expected wind speed at noon: WNW15m/s. Coastal data: wind SSE5m/s, 1.5m waves, pressure 1005hPa.
Below 800m, wind and driving snow is easing and snow layers above 21 Mar layer are stabilising. However on leeward slopes around 1000m the avalanche risk is still HIGH. Cornices are unstable and will fracture easily due dramatic growth recently. They can collapse instantly with no warning. Dont go near cornices.
The snow is good in the trees, although wind effected. Be careful of cracks and other objects under the snow. Avoid steep open leeward faces. The mountain has returned to winter conditions.
Gate opening is yet to be decided, dependent on weather and lift operations. Follow patrols advice. Dont duck ropes, this is prohibited and strictly enforced in Niseko.
Many accidents happen during or just after a storm. Ride cautiously and dont be overconfident. Please carry your own rescue equipment and know how to use it. Warm air is expected to flow in from noon. Get some good powder. Read more ...
Friday 22nd March 2013, 9:02am
Blue skies and sun
The forecast was right. It's a sunny morning here in Zao and not as cold. Not much wind at all, and very good visibility all over the mountain. A fine spring day skiing on offer I reckon.
Weekend weather should be generally fine. It's forecast to remain fairly cold (colder than it will be today) with a mix of decent conditions but the chance of light snow at times. So somewhat mixed forecasts going on there. Stronger winds likely tomorrow though, hopefully won't mess around with lifts.
As below some lifts are entering their last weekend of the season.
Resort plans from now
The following lifts will run through until 24th March:
Onsen Number 3 Parallel A and B Onsen Zao Kokutai Pair Ryuzan Pair Karamatsu Pair Paradise Number 3 Pair Kurihime Number 2 Quad (only on Friday, Saturday, 20th March)
The following lifts will run through until 31st March:
Onsen Number 4 Quad Sunrise Pair AB Nakamori Number 1 Triple Nakamori Number 2 Pair Diamond Number 1 Pair Diamond Number 2 Pair Oomori quad Yokokura Number 2 Pair Astraea Number 1 Pair Astraea Number 2 Pair Astraea Number 3 Pair
The following lifts plan to be open through until 6th May:
All the Ropeways Chuo Number 1 Pair AB (every day) Chuo Number 2 Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April and 27th April until 6th May) Katakai Triple (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April, 27th-29th April, 3rd-6th May) Paradise Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April and 27th April until 6th May)
The Yokokura Number 1 Pair AB will remain open as long as there's enough snow.
Right now it is 4C in town and a high of above 13C forecast for this afternoon, so really going to warm up again today. Lots of sun, don't forget your sunscreen.
Some trails are now closed at Okutone and Norn due to lack of snow but the resorts remain open.
For next days forecast says warm weather and there's the possibility of some snow on higher slopes around Monday night. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Friday 22nd March 2013, 9:15am
Clear and sunny
Clear and sunny this morning with blue skies all around. (The official website has light snow falling at Terakoya and Higashitateyama as of 15 minutes ago, so can only presume that's a typo. Sure doesn't look like it is snowing there from here).
Anyway yes it's a fine morning here, though quite cold - definitely colder than yesterday morning and it should actually remain fairly cold over the weekend. Chances of light snow here and there - overnight? - and stronger winds especially tomorrow, but other than that generally sun and/or cloud seems to be lined up.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort area: Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Friday 21st March 2013 AM:
Here are the latest lift operation plans for the resorts around Shiga Kogen, as of Wednesday 20th March. Please note that they are of course subject to change and in particular snow conditions.
Sun Valley: Number 1 quad open until April 4th, then April 6th and 7th. Number 3 lift open until March 31st March, morning of April 2nd, April 3rd, and morning of April 4th.
Maruike: Number 1 triple lift open until April 2nd. Number 2 pair lift open until March 31st.
Hasuike: Triple lift open until April 1st. Ropetow open until March 31st.
Giant: Open until April 5th.
Happo Bunadaira: Open until March 31st.
Higashitateyama: Open daily until March 31st and then open on April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.
Nishitateyama: Number 1 'hoodie', quad open until March 31st. Number 2 triple open until March 31st and then mornings of April 27th until May 6th.
Terakoya: Open daily until March 31st and then open on April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.
Mammoth: Quad open until May 6th. Number 2 triple lift open until April 7th and then April 25th-27th. Number 3 pair lift open until March 31st.
Tanne no mori okujo: Open until April 2nd and then open on April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th and April 26th until May 6th.
Ichinose Family: Quad open until May 6th. Number 3 quad open until March 31st. Number 2 Pair A line open until March 31st and then open April 10th-15th, April 17th-22nd, April 24th-25th. Number 2 Pair B line open until April 9th and then open April 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd and then April 26t until May 6th.
Ichinose Diamond: Quad lift open until April 7th and then on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th. Triple lift open until March 31st. Moving walkway open until March 31st.
Ichinose Yamanokami: Open until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.
Yakebitaiyama: Number 1 Gondola open until April 7th. Number 2 Gondola open until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May. Number 2 high speed lift open until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May. Number 3 high speed lift open until March 31st and then April 5th-7th. Number 4 romance lift open when the Number 2 Gondola is not running.
Okushiga Kogen: No details yet.
Kumanoyu: Number 1 pair lift open until May 6th. Number 2 pair lift open until May 12th. Number 3 quad lift open until March 31st and then April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge: Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky lift open until 6th May. Yokoteyama Number 2, 3 Sky, Shibutoge romance lifts open until late May (basically as long as they can open).
From 7th May onwards, special individual lift tickets are required at Kumanoyu and Yokoteyama - season tickets and all Shiga Kogen tickets not valid. At Kumanoyu they are 3000 yen (children 1500 yen) for a full day and 2000 yen (children 1000 yen) for half day. At Yokoteyama and Shibutoge they are 3000 yen (children free) for a full day and 2000 yen (children free) for half day. Read more ...
Friday 22nd March 2013, 9:18am
I feel like I could pull out some of my earlier reports for March and just use them again: it was snowing yesterday, it's perfectly blue and sunny today. At least we're not going back to rain, at least until the beginning of next week.
It is nice out, though - a perfect day for a slide.
Conditions cleared up good and fast yesterday and by lunchtime it was clear blue skies though clouds did come back later on in the afternoon but for the most part the sun was out. A fine day, and good to enjoy that new snow up top too.
Temps dipped to -5 overnight but this morning but will be rising today - it's already about 7 degrees at base. Not much of a wind.
But the headline has to be those lovely clear blue skies again over Hakuba and Otari.
Should be fairly fine weather over the weekend on the resorts, and hopefully this weekend the wind will stay away. Fingers crossed for that.
Over the last week or so lots of the snow down around village has quickly dried up and gone and on some lower slopes some patches of earth can now be seen here and there.... always happens quickly when it happens and kind of sad to see of course. But them there be big mountains and there's plenty of snow up of course still.
Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 22nd March 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: 0cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba Goryu. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 240cm; Toomi - 90cm; Iimori - 70cm
Hakuba 47: 0cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday. Official snow depth: Upper - 165cm Lower - 75cm
Yesterday the snow was falling during the morning but eased off and by early afternoon it has started to clear up - ended up a fine sunny afternoon. Cold last night down to -5C and it is a cold start to the day today as well, though it is warming up fast with a high of around 10 degrees likely today. Only a slight wind and clear skies. The sun is out and it's a great day to be outside.
Tomorrow is not going to warm up as much and the local forecast is for generally cloudy conditions. If you want sun over the weekend, Sunday is the better bet.
Official resort snow depths @ Friday 22nd March 2013, AM:
It is the calm after the storm today. The weather is great and the slopes are in fantastic condition for March.
Main runs have been groomed but there is a lot of fresh untracked powder on the mountain for the powder seekers.
The last day of the season for the Kitanomine Zone of Furano will be Sunday 24th March. The last night skiing of the season will be Saturday 23 March. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 22nd March 2013, 10:15am
It's another lovely morning in Nozawa. Light winds, clear skies and still plenty of fresh snow on offer. Great day for a ski or board!
No new snowfall to report this morning. The best riding will be had on the upper slopes where continual below freezing temperatures have maintained excellent snow quality, with the odd powder stash. Groomed runs will be silky smooth and remain that way as the day draws on. Lower pistes will be firm and fast early, becoming slushy around lunch.
Reports suggest that the spectacular cherry blossoms are coming out in Tokyo at the moment, a sight well worth checking out. Not here though yet of course.
Yesterday was perhaps one of the best this March, or at least the past few weeks. Windblown powder stashes that were fairly deep at times in the gullies were on offer. Not many people out there once again combined with cold temperatures ensured the powder remained in good condition and provided fresh tracks well into the afternoon.
We expect further snow to fall overnight tonight up top and again on Monday. In the mix well also expect some cool sunny weather on Sunday. It's nice to have a prolonged period of cooler weather forecast after the very warm conditions we have experience for much of March so far.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating except: Hikage No2 pair B line
Courses open: All courses open except: Grand Prix Hachiman Challenge 39 Kandahar East Kandahar West