Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 17th November 2019
Saturday 23rd March 2013, 8:38am
There was even a bit of light snow falling earlier on with a slight dusting but for now and probably the rest of the day it's going to be cloudy conditions.
0 degrees here at base and a light wind.
Excite events today with the Naeba Snow Festival Fireworks from 8:15pm tonight.... more than the usual fireworks, so it should be a good display.
Sun likely tomorrow.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 230cm Kagura - 380cm Read more ...
Saturday 23rd March 2013, 8:47am
It's a cold morning down to about -2 and light snow has been falling this morning. Just a dusting of snow really, but always welcome. Poor visibility out on the mountain. The tree runs will be closed early because of that but the resort will try to open if conditions improve.
It's the last 'nighta' of the season tonight, followed (hopefully, all being well with the weather) by a fireworks display.
Overcast skies with light rain at the valley level this morning with sleet in higher areas. Right now it is 3C in town and a high of above 6C forecast for this afternoon.
Some trails are now closed at Okutone, Norn and Houdaigi due to lack of snow but the resorts remain open.
For tomorrow we can expect a warm sunny day. A dusting of new snow is expected for Monday night on higher slopes. Read more ...
Saturday 23rd March 2013, 9:03am
Another Saturday morning. Just a dusting of snow in Hirafu this morning to report though I expect more wind driven snow to be found on the mountain. It is around -4 degrees at the moment and generally cloudy. Actually at the moment I am over in Hanazono and the sun is poking through the clouds here with good visibility though is seems much duller over on the other resort areas. In fact Niseko Annupuri were reporting snowfall as of 10 minutes ago.
Unfortunately only the Jumbo Number 1 lift at Annupuri is operating at the moment due to wind conditions. At Niseko Village the Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lifts are not moving. Niseko Grand Hirafu has the top King Number 3 and King Number 4 lifts closed at the time of writing. All lifts are moving at Hanazono.
In other resort news, today is the last day of 'nighta' operations which will be sad to see.
While we are on the subject, let's remind ourselves of the planned season dates for each of the resort areas:
Niseko Annupuri - until May 6th Niseko Village - until May 6th Niseko Grand Hirafu - until May 6th Niseko Hanazono Resort - until April 7th
We are of course now into the 'Spring Ski' lift ticket price band, and from April 8th we'll be entering the cheaper 'Final Season' ticket prices.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 500cm Bottom - 240cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 400cm Bottom - 250cm
Niseko Village Top - 450cm Bottom - 220cm
Niseko base 6am: -5C, trace new snow. 800m elevation, trace new snow, wind driven snow and snow drift development. Annupuri peak: -13.8C, snow depth at 1000m: 400cm. Coastal data: wind WNW13m/s, 2.4m waves, pressure 1007hPa.
Warm, wet low pressure snowfall has been followed by influx of cool air. Below 1000m this has resulted in a thin crust. Above 800m on cornice slopes and knolls, from 21-22 Mar layer, the risk of up to 40cm surface slab avalanche continues. Peak gates are expected to open provided peak lifts are running. Please follow ski patrols advice.
Although there has been only a small amount of new snowdrift development it is weak and will fracture easily on steep slopes. No matter how much snow has fallen avalanches occur when the conditions are right. If there are people involved it becomes an accident. Be careful of yesterdays tracks in the trees, they will be hard and make control difficult. Also beware avalanches, cracks and trees. Caution is required.
The risk of large scale avalanches from deep within the snowpack is rising. Avoid riding in the valley bottoms. Its not spring yet, have a good weekend. Read more ...
Saturday 23rd March 2013, 9:18am
Generally cloudy, clearing up?
It got very overcast by the end of the day yesterday and this morning there's a lot of cloud lingering about. We actually got a dusting of snow down to lower slopes and resorts around the valley reporting 0-5cm of snowfall this morning. The 5cm award going to Hakuba 47.
After rising to around 15 degrees yesterday, temps dipped to around +4 overnight and interestingly it is actually colder now at around 0 degrees as of 9am.
Visibility out on the resorts seems to vary greatly this morning. Some places it's thick cloud and in others it even looks like the sun is managing to break through some clouds. The forecast does actually tell us to perhaps expect conditions to clear and it feels like that may well happen.
More of a chance of sun from the get go tomorrow along with warmer temps as well.
Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 23rd March 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: 1cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba Goryu. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 240cm; Toomi - 85cm; Iimori - 65cm
Hakuba 47: 1-5cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday. Official snow depth: Upper - 165cm Lower - 75cm
Early on this morning it has been raining here at town level, with sleet and light snow falling at higher elevations. It's still a bit wet but hopefully things are going to quickly clear up this morning.
Not the best start to the weekend and wasn't quite expecting it.
Right now it's 2 degrees and there's a light wind.
Tomorrow will be warmer and clear and sunny conditions are forecast.
Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 23rd March 2013, AM:
It's a pretty gray day out there today; not a problem if there's a good snowfall along with the clouds and fog, but we've just got a light dusting of pretty wet snow and a cold wind coming out of the north.
Alright, this deep snow fan admits it: once spring is here, it might as well be nice weather if serious snow isn't coming down.
Could get a little bit brighter later in the day; might see some rain tomorrow and Monday, too...
Some season-end news:
Akakura Onsen: last day 3/31 Suginohara: last day 3/31 Ikenotaira: last day 4/7 Madarao: last day 3/31 Kyukamura: last day 4/7 Myoko Ski Park: last day 4/4
Earlier on it was clearer but right now snow is actually falling here in the Maruike part of Shiga Kogen. I have just come back from Kumanoyu as well where snow was coming down. It's not sticking right at the moment and so the roads are clear. It is colder this morning but not much wind. Visibility is poor though at the moment and kind of foggy.
Variable conditions it would see, so I think this might soon clear up and leave us with the mostly cloudy day that the forecast told us to expect today.
We can expect tomorrow to warm up a bit once again and bring us clearer skies over Shiga Kogen.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort area: Ichinose Family Kumanoyu
Nighta will continue every day until 31st March at Ichinose Family. Next Saturday is the last planned nighta for Ichinose Diamond and Kumanoyu.
Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 23rd March 2013 AM:
Here are the latest lift operation plans for the resorts around Shiga Kogen, as of Saturday 23rd 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 ...
Saturday 23rd March 2013, 10:03am
We have had that forecast light snow this morning but very light - not going to give us new cm of snow to report. Right at the moment it's just cloudy and winds aren't causing a problem at all. Colder than it has been on the upper slopes in particular this morning.
Weather conditions are forecast to clear up this afternoon and tomorrow should be clear and a bit warmer.
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.
And winter continues to trudge drearily along this late into the ski season. There was a small threat that a snow storm passing through the area yesterday afternoon would transition over to a wintry mix/rain combination, but Old Man Winter held his grip. While the rest of Japan may be digging out and into spring, we received yet another all-snow event. This means that the slopes are still in prime condition, and snowfall totals haven't budged a bit from the 190cm we've been looking at for a while (actual snowfall totals are still much higher in places.)
Yesterday we saw about 5-10cm of the fluffy white stuff, and this morning saw a few more lingering snow showers. The forecast calls for this to continue throughout the day and into the evening, with temperatures staying a few degrees south of the freezing mark. Winds were gusting about a bit at the 10:00am mark, but on the whole they should stay relatively light today.
Tonight marks the end of Night Skiing Season - so for those of you who have yet to experience the thrill of a few runs under the stars, this evening is for you. Also, don't forget that tomorrow (Sunday the 24th) is the last day for ski lift operations in the Kitanomine Zone! Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 23rd March 2013, 11:54am
At the moment we have some overcast conditions in Nozawa Onsen. There were some very light flurries down in the village earlier, but these seem to have stopped for the time being. As expected, we received only very light snowfall, with just a dusting being recorded overnight. Temperatures are cool with -4C at the summit and just above freezing in the village.
Groomed runs will be good with firm and fast conditions lasting all day. The trees will be better than yesterday, although icy with the freeze thaw conditions we had recently. It's pretty quiet on the mountain considering today is a Saturday. That's late March for you...
Poor visibility up on the top courses of the the resort as we approach noon.
Yesterday was good in the morning, but intense spring sunshine heated the snowpack more than expected. Off and on piste were both decent early on, but by the afternoon became very slow, especially at lower elevations. It seems the best runs are to be had in the morning at the moment with conditions after lunch generally slushy.
Looking at the current predictions we should see the weather gradually clear through this afternoon. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy and warmer than today. Monday we expected light snowfall perhaps and cold temperatures beginning sometime around lunchtime.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating
Courses open: All courses open except: Grand Prix Hachiman Challenge 39 Kandahar East Kandahar West