Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018
Thursday 22nd March 2018, 6:44am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
It's not particularly good news though, because it is raining. Bit wet. And mild too, so not feeling like there's much chance of better news from higher up. Early on GALA Yuzawa are also reporting rain. Temperatures are set to rise to around +12C here in town later on in the day today. Tomorrow should be less warm though more rain is likely with perhaps a better chance of snowfall at higher elevations.
Clearer skies still due over the weekend and it will be warm again into next week so the chance for further fresh snow towards the end of the month is looking unlikely.
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC exit (Route 17).
Updated: Thursday 22nd 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.
Kitanomine will close for the season this Sunday, so there are only a few more days left to ski that side of the mountain. Yesterday was a brilliant spring day with perfect blue sky staying all the way through until evening and great spring snow conditions that didn't make it to the sticky stage. This morning it is fairly cold but it will rise up to +3c. It is high overcast and we won't see the sun break through, so the snow won't soften up so quickly today. Read more ...
Thursday 22nd March 2018, 8:01am
It's rather foggy and a bit wet this morning with still a chance of rain/snow into tomorrow. After that though it looks like it is going to be sunny and generally clearer skies.
There is now just 11 days to go in the season here at Madarao.
Official snow depth:
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift Super quad lift Number 11 lift Number 12 lift Number 13 lift Number 15 lift
Powder Wave I Powder Wave II River Line Free Ride Park Powder Theater Adventure Aisle Crystal Bowl Ninja Sawa Rabbit Kamoshika Bear
Yesterday was a beauty but this morning it's all much duller - at the start of the day at least.
It seems there is going to be a lot of sun over the coming week though with the chance of further snow getting less and less now. Think full on spring conditions and enjoy it while you can. And surely we will be able to enjoy it right through until the planned closing in early May as there is a very large amount of snow still out there.
It means that we have over 6 weeks left!
I will be with you every day, even if there might be less to say over the coming weeks.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: +1℃, no snowfall, cloudy. Moiwa800m: -2.3℃, E3.9m/s, no snowfall. Annupuri1150m: no data, 440cm snowpack at 1000m elevation, almost double of last season’s. Hirafu peak: -6℃, light breeze, no snowfall. Benkei cape: SSE4m/s, Kamui cape: ENE5m/s, 1013hPa, 0.9m waves.
Dominant high pressure area before the approaching Low. The mountain and ocean is calm. The wind will pick up in higher elevation, however not a lot of snowfall is expected in Sea of Japan side. All gates will open today. Ask the patrol’s opinion, be prepared before stepping out of bounds. Light is weak and visibility is poor. Be careful.
A low pressure is moving along the Honshu pacific coast and making damages. It was under similar conditions that the avalanche accident in Nasu occurred on March 27th last year. The swirling wind created by Low pressures can make snowdrifts grows drastically in a short period of time and critically rise the avalanche hazards. Keep in mind that many of the avalanche accidents occurs during stormy weather, weather in Winter or Spring.
Artificial avalanche experiments will be taking place in Mizuno no Sawa from today. Please stay away from the valley. Glide avalanche risk is rising in 1000m Backbowl & Osawa, 700m Mikaeri middle ridge. Stay away of the valley bottoms. Lukewarm air today… beware.
Thursday 22nd March 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Good morning from Grandeco. There was some snow falling yesterday but we just got a thin covering.
Unfortunately it is a rainy morning here with some strong southern winds blowing about. The resort has announced that it is going to be difficult to open the gondola today and maybe the Number 1, 2 and 3 lifts will be operating at slow speeds.
The course conditions are very slippery because of the rain.
Good morning from Naeba. I am happy to report that we got 6cm of fresh snow yesterday evening accumilating at the base. Sadly, however, the snow has turned to rain and things are looking quite damp out there! The wind has dropped off significantly, so it's quite calm today in the valley. We can expect the rain to continue until lunch time, with it easing off into the afternoon. The air temperature will be comfortably above 0°C today, remaining there until the skies clear on Saturday.
Looking forwards, we can expect precipitation through until Friday night, with above freezing air temperatures. From Saturday onwards, a belt of high pressure will move in from the north west bringing calm, clear and warm weather until at least Tuesday. Read more ...
Thursday 22nd March 2018, 9:49am
Gray low and fog high
The wind really blew through the day yesterday, closing the gondolas at both Suginohara and Akakan. A few other lifts closed as well (we didn’t have official reports, but heard from people out on the hill). Then the rain - pounding, wind-driven rain during the night and into the early morning. It’s quiet and gray now, with no precipitation but fog below and above base level. Clearing a little bit to the east/southeast at the moment, but no blue skies or anything.
The good? The snow has certainly settled nicely and it’s soft, so with the sun predicted for the weekend and beyond it’s looks like good spring skiing for the last week for most resorts. Could be fun out in the backcountry as well with some good corn snow skiing….the next best thing to powder, or something like that.
Lotte Arai Resort: 406cm, 4.2°; Exciter and Discovery permanently closed; Be Free, Mamushigaeshi closed, Rindou Lower possibly closed; Funaishi-zawa, Happy Place and Benzaku-zawa in the avalanche-controlled areas open; others closed (see website for updates); closing May 6
After some very strong winds yesterday that affected lift operations, today I introduce to you...
Fresh snow! Sleet! Rain! The official site is reporting 10cm of fresh snow this morning though I didn't see that much - I am reporting a few and I see so are the Kumanoyu area. And that has disappeared now with the wet that has been falling since then (but has since eased off).
Snow clouds may stick around until tomorrow but beyond that clearer skies and increasing temperatures are forecast from the weekend onwards.
'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.
Details of ski lift operations during the months of April and May will be posted by the end of March Read more ...
Thursday 22nd March 2018, 11:06am
Snow and wind
It is snowing (with some on the ground) and strong winds are blowing this morning... affecting a number of higher lifts and gondolas.
We may get some more fresh snow by tomorrow morning too. Might it be the last of the season? It may well be - conditions from the weekend are due to calm down and get brighter with sunny skies on the forecast into next week.
Come on let's get some more cm!
Lifts and course info:
Most course areas remain open. Some lifts affected by weather this morning.
The following lifts have now closed for the season:
- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair - Diamond Number 1 pair - Zao Kokutai - Ryuzan pair - Karamatsu pair
Snow arrived yesterday afternoon and continued till late last night but it was the same soft, slightly wet stuff that Tokyo was hit by and not enough fell to really have any impact. What did fall was trumped by the rain that came in this morning. Skies are still overcast here and having just come back from the mountain, conditions are not good. The rain seems to have combined with what snow did fall, to create a slushy mess that it's really hard to keep speed on; As the water percolates through the snow pack and once things harden up this evening, I expect we will be back to decent Spring corn by tomorrow but lets see.
There is still plenty of weather about in the form of clouds and the forecast is potentially for snow this afternoon and tomorrow but I'll believe it when I clear it off the car park. The weekend weather forecast looks good with blue skies and light winds predicted for the weekend.
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 ...