Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Thursday 23rd February 2017, 7:45am
Gray and rain
It is just as nasty out as the forecast said it could be.
Rain and wind - really strong wind during the night. It's still coming down pretty hard.
We watched the prediction of the freezing line move all the way up to 2,450 meters, meaning all the way to the top of Mt. Myoko.
At least we can look forward to this changing to snow later in the day and into tomorrow, and there's no major change in that freezing line at least into early next week, and some snow along the way to hopefully reset things.
Up early this morning, so only Akakura Onsen is new for today! Assume positive temps and rain (and a slight drop in the snowpack)
Sorry to report that it is raining this morning here in Madarao. And mild. It has got a bit lighter for the moment but it was really coming down earlier on as well. And it was windy overnight too. Not nice conditions unfortunately.
However, there is good news! It is possibly going to stop and then snow is due by the end of the day and into tomorrow so by tomorrow I will fingers crossed be reporting a nice new fresh layer of snow again and we'll have a reset by the weekend.
Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):
- Number 1 lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3A lift - Super quad lift on hold - Number 11 lift - Number 12 lift - Number 15 lift - Moving walkway - Kids Park - Free Ride Park
Tree runs should be open, currently being checked
- Powder Wave I - Powder Wave II - River Line - Powder Theater - Adventure Aisle - Crystal Bowl - Ninja - Sawa - Rabbit - Kamoshika - Bear
- Nighta at Madarao Kogen is every Saturday until 25th March (and also on 19th March)
Just a little bit of snow to report from later on in the day yesterday... not much more than a dusting really, but I will be on the generous side and give the report a 1cm. Whoo-hoo!
Yes, while today is milder from the start, it is going to get colder later on with snow forecast into tomorrow and hopefully over the weekend too.
For the moment it is cloudy and fog is covering the upper areas too with poor visibility halting the top Annupuri and Hanazono lifts, wind also being mentioned by Hanazono. Doesn't feel windy down here at base though.
I have observed 107cm of snowfall here at base in February so far - we need a lot of snow over the next 6 days to catch up with February in previous recent seasons. More on that below and on the 'Snowfall Analysis' page.
Being in between two high pressure systems, the wind stays low and not much snowfall. Thick fog and low visibility above 800m elevation. Looking at the snowfall transition and observations, the snowpack is stable and the avalanche risk is low.
More than 1000 people went out the gates, but no accidents or lost people were reported. We are grateful that people are acting with common sense. All gates are expected to open today, please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Please refrain from entering strictly off-limits areas to seek fresh snow. One track left under the rope would lead many others to do the same and increase the chances of accidents to happen. There are strict rules regarding out of bounds riding in Niseko. Today’s freedom to step out of bounds rely on those Rules, please respect them.
Yesterday’s tracks are still present. Beware of falling & crashing. The light is flat. Today’s surface layer will turn into a hoar layer in the future snowpack (Feb 23rd low-pressure system snowfall) and potentially become a notable weak layer. Beware of sudden weather changes. Have a safe day.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
Niseko Grand Hirafu The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to wind and fog/poor visibility.
Niseko HANAZONO Resort The top Hanazono Number 3 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to wind and fog/poor visibility.
Niseko Village The top Wonderland Chair lift is on hold at the start of the day.
Niseko Annupuri The top Jumbo 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to poor visibility.
Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 23rd February 2017:
Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area. Read more ...
Thursday 23rd February 2017, 8:36am
Raining and overcast
Good morning from Naeba everybody.
Well, today could be nicer, unfortunately, the forecast rain has come through and things are relatively grim outside. This rain is predicted to turn to snow in the afternoon so I don't believe it will have too much detrimental effect overall.
Today lift operations may be limited by the weather. Currently, the top of the mountain is not open although they may decide to open it if things get a little nicer weather wise.
Looking on snow is predicted every day this week although not in massive quantities. Should be enough to keep things fresh but I wouldn't expect any massive powder days etc.
And after the fine (and fairly mild) weather that we had yesterday, rain clouds are over us this morning and it is mild, +6C at the moment.
It is actually fairly bright right now with just a few spots of rain - in some places it has stopped - but the forecast is generally for rain this morning and into this afternoon. Even higher areas like Kagura and GALA Yuzawa are reporting rain.
Good news is that it shouldn't be lasting long with snow due into tomorrow. There's not a whole lot of fresh snow on the forecast past tomorrow with more sun likely for a few days. (The important thing is that we want/need it to keep colder rather than warming up...)
It doesn't feel windy here in town but strong winds are forecast for higher up. Because of that the Tashiro Area of Kagura is closed today with just the Mitsumata Area opening at the start of the day. GALA Yuzawa and other resorts appear to be opening as normal, though there may be some lifts moving slower than normal at times.
Official snow depth information as of Thursday 23rd February 2017
GALA Yuzawa Upper part of $2,600,000 closed today due to avalanche danger. Otherwise open as planned. Official snow depth: 390cm
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. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 23rd February 2017, 8:43am
Morning from Nozawa.
And it's not a very good one sadly.
Rain is falling base to top early on, so 'escape to the top' at the start of the day. The resort is reporting a temperature of +1C up at Yamabiko and down here at base it is about +4C now. Today a high of around +8C might happen down here.
You want the good news right? Well, it should be starting to get cold later this afternoon and we can expect snow overnight. Just how much remains to be seen, but it doesn't look particularly 'major'. Would be happy to be wrong!
Anyway let's see. It's a good morning for a leisurely soak in an onsen or temple visit or something.
If you are cool with the conditions, do note - just noticed this - that top lifts are actually on hold as of 8:45am. Not exactly sure on the reason - perhaps the lifts are complaining about the rain. ;)
I also just noticed the resort mentioning yesterday about the season being exactly at the half way point of the (planned) season, if they can remain open until the planned 7th May last day.
The more snow we get, the better the chances of a long and decent spring season. (Obviously!)
Lifts operations: - All lifts operating except: - Top lifts on hold at start of the day? - Yunomine pair (usually closed on weekdays) - Mizunashi triple (usually closed on weekdays) - Challenge pair (usually closed on weekdays) - Utopia pair (usually closed on weekdays)
There were a bit of new snow last night, but it has already gone due to the rain.
Temperatures are in low positive numbers - feels a bit like April (someone from the resort said that by the way!)
According to the forecast, it will be raining until afternoon and then turn into snow by this evening.
It's difficult to say that today is good day for skiing today - it isn't! - so a good time to check your gear or do some shopping or something. Maybe a swim. If you do decide to ski today, a good waterproof jacket is recommended!
- 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: wet snow Goshukinuma through Grandeco: wet snow Read more ...
Thursday 23rd February 2017, 9:12am
Hello from Hakuba.
There is a bit of fresh snow being reported by Goryu (5cm), Happo-one (3cm) and Cortina (10cm) and some fresh to be seen to areas around base levels too... but rain is what is happening now, even at higher elevations.
Hopefully it will sooner-than-later changing into snow and in my report tomorrow I will have some fresh cm down to village to report.
Resort news as of 9:00am on Thursday 23rd 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. 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 but top lifts may be opening late. Official snow depth Alps: 340cm Toomi: 175cm Iimori: 120cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 265cm Kurobishi: 330cm Lower: 150cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The resort appears to be 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: 395cm Han-no-ki: 355cm Maruyama: 160cm Oya-no-hara: 160cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 150cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Top: 370cm Base: 240cm
Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:
Hakuba Goryu: Planned to be open daily from 6pm until 9:30pm
Tsugaike Kogen: Planned at the Katamatsu-Shirakaba area on March 4th, 11th, 18th, 19th (6pm until 9pm)
Hakuba Cortina: Planned to be open daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)
Hakuba Happo-one: Planned to be open daily until 9pm on the Nakiyama area.
Kashimayari: Planned to be open daily.
There is no night skiing at the other resorts in the area. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 23rd February 2017, 9:21am
It's raining. No, it can't happen! But it is. Sadly, it's a wet morning even up here in Shiga Kogen. And here was me thinking we might avoid it...
There was actually a bit of snow falling before it turned into rain.
There has also a strong wind blowing around and so I would expect some exposed lifts and gondolas might be affected. Not sure how many people would want to be out skiing or snowboarding in these conditions, but keep an eye on official word if you are!
Otherwise I would expect other activities to be popular today. I bet those monkeys are chilling out in the onsen, cooling ignoring all the folks pointing cameras at them!
Snow coming back sometime later today and so maybe something of a reset tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed!
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish. Also that they often don't update daily and don't reflect the amount of fresh snow falling!
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 ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Thursday 23rd February 2017, 9:29am
Hello from Appi,
Cloudy skies, moderate snowfall as I type this and a temperature of -2 outside my door. We can expect the same conditions here most of today with the wind picking up late this afternoon and evening. Snowfall wise we may see 12cm today and another 5 or so tomorrow. The rain that we may have expected today thankfully started away with the just below freezing temperature.
The temperatures are supposed to fall overnight and into tomorrow to about -8 with cloudy skies forecast until Sunday afternoon with the winds abating somewhat Saturday and Sunday.
Overall the mountain is in good shape with Mt.Nishimori showing some patches of brown through the snow. We may only have a few weeks left on those particular runs but the Second and Sailer runs are great with the snow today certainly helping.
Enjoy the snow and get out there and have some fun.
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
The top of the resort is reporting snow this morning but all other areas are reporting rain. And yes, it's raining.
As you can see from the webcam image below though visibility is pretty good this morning if you don't mind the wet.
We're expecting it to be snowing later on today and into tomorrow too, and there's a chance of some stronger winds blowing around.
All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating today:
Paradise Number 3 pair Karamatsu pair
All courses apart from Kotan should be open.
Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself): Summit - 145cm Paradise - 220cm Chuo - 220cm Utopia - 190cm Uwanodai - 130cm Yokokura - 160cm
Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations
Every day until 5th March 2017. Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm. Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children. In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled. Read more ...
Thursday 23rd February 2017, 14:39pm
The day started off with clouds rolling a little way down the resort from the tops, but creating flat light conditions down to base. The flat light lifted mid morning improving visibility. Despite seeming like a light breeze at base, the wind was fairly strong further up the mountain and this meant that the Kitanomine Gondola was not able to operate today. There was a couple of centimetres of accumulation of new snow overnight, and then another couple later on mid morning. The pistes are in very nice condition, and the off piste areas are a little more challenging with a firm layer under the fresh dusting.
Temperatures have certainly risen during the day and it was +3c in the village a short time ago with much melt evident on main roads. The wind is expected to increase tonight and be extremely strong tomorrow morning but the good news is there should be a decent amount of snow fall overnight. Let's hope that it doesnt all blow away! Read more ...
Thursday 23rd February 2017, 18:50pm
Missed report yesterday - apologies - on the back of all time conditions at Tenjindaira. One of the best days of the season but unfortunately followed today by rain, valley fog and warm sticky conditions. It did turn to snow this afternoon though the wet stuff rather than the good stuff.
Was over at Hodaigi this afternoon though and the pistes weren't too bad and the precipitation much lighter. The forecast is calling for snow and a return to Winter temps this evening so am cautiously optimistic about tomorrow.
The photo is from yesterday.
10cm Tenjin 0cm Hodaigi 0cm Okutone
Temps at 8am
Official snow depth:
450cm Tenjin 240cm Hodaigi 250cm Okutone
Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):
Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available. Read more ...