Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018
Geto Kogen Now!
Saturday 24th February 2018, 7:12am
Another fairly cruisey day on the mountain yesterday, beautiful sunny skies in the morning with a bit of snow falling here and there (very lightly), then waivered between moderate and light snow into the evening.
This morning, there’s about 10cm of fresh snow on the ground but we’re expecting another 6-10cm by the end of the day, so fingers crossed. What may toy with that however, is that there’s some forecasted 80km/h winds for this afternoon at the top, and depending on when that hits, we may see some wind hold, if not total closure of the chairlifts in the afternoon due to the wind. Keep an eye out for information on that, to save yourself a hike should this be the case.
Temps should start off a few degrees below zero with tops of -3C in the morning, but we’ll see it hit 0C around lunchtime. Though if you’re planning on hitting the slopes for night skiing, rug up as it’ll get back down to -10C.
As for the snow, as I said above, today is when we’ll see the most amount of until at least Tuesday night when it’s looking like about 10cm overnight, but that could change at any moment so as always, take it with a grain of salt...
Sunday: light snow, light winds & tops of -4C Monday: mostly sunny, light winds & tops of -3C Tuesday: mostly sunny with snow developing, a light breeze & tops of -1C
Official snow depths:
Top: 530cm Base: 390cm
Night skiing operations are scheduled at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018
The Number 2 Gondola is currently open on weekends and national holidays Read more ...
Saturday 24th February 2018, 7:23am
Overcast but with significant blue patches about
Yesterday was another reset with nearly half a foot on my car park and much more on mountain. The weather was sunny and really warmed up though with a temp inversion in the bottom of the valley down at Yubiso. Up top saw stronger winds but the valley snow wasn't so good in the afternoon. Last night's snow was very light and there's a possibility the top was reset but doubtful.
Forecast is for more snow this evening and decent weather tomorrow. The trend here has been very little snow for me to deal with at the base of Tenjin, virtually nothing in town but up top and the backcountry has been soft and fully or partially reset most of the time.
Tenjin is open from 7am on weekends and holidays henceforth till end March.
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 ...
Saturday 24th February 2018, 7:28am
Yesterday things went a bit tropical and temperatures pushed through to +2c during the day. This was evident by the heavier snow on the lower slopes and plenty of melt around town on the roads. Today is cooler and it is -6c right now, and will top out at-3c. The really good news is there has been a substantial amount of overnight snow that amounts to a very respectable 19cm. It will be a great powder day all over the mountain. While there is no wind, the cloud is right down to base level, so visibility will be limited until that cloud lifts. Read more ...
Saturday 24th February 2018, 7:35am
Good morning from Naeba! It's a bright and clea morning here again, with a crisp air temperature of -7°C. The temperature today is predicted to get up as high as 4°C this morning, once the sun has risen above the adjacent mountainside. The wind is expected to pick up to a moderate breeze today, leaving the Dragondola is on standby for now. Despite the brief spell of snow yesterday evening, which deposited no more than a dusting. the pistes will become spring-likely rapidly today with the sun shining on them.We can expect a similar dusting this afternoon and into the evening tonight.
Looking fowards seems especially tricky at the moment, as the forecast is widely fluctuating with each new release. Currently, we can expect similar conditions as is predicted for today, until Wednesday. Air temperatures will be above 0°C in the day time, and clouds will blow in in the afternoon and evening to deposit small dustings of snow. On wednesday we see a change, with air temperatures pushing up to as high as 4°C and rain predicted at the base. This will continue until Thursday. The wind will also pick up around this time, causing some unsettle weather conditions.
Lovely day yesterday with lots of blue sky and sunshine. Fairly mild.
And it's another fine morning here this morning. It's sunny and blue skies, though more of a hazy overcast feel to the skies rather than deep contrast-y blue. It feels like it is gradually getting more overcast, so things might change quite quickly.
The local forecasts shows that temperatures are expected to rise a fair bit today (up to around +8 in town?!) and there's some precipitation on there too from this afternoon - starting with rain and hopefully fairly quickly turning to snow as temperatures drop.
I'll let you know how that goes in my next report. Fingers crossed!
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Maiko Snow Resort.
Updated: Saturday 24th 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.
Just a little fresh snow to report this morning though I expect you'll see differences due to the strong winds overnight blowing it all about (example, check out the Avalanche report saying there's 40cm of wind blown snow over at Moiwa). Take care out there especially as that wind will have gone some way to sculpting the mountain to a new shape!
Less wind this morning and lifts appear to be moving as planned at the start of the day.
It is snowing lightly at the moment though it is fairly bright and visibility looks pretty decent.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 5.00am: -5°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -11°, NW7.1m/s, cornice and snowdrift development until early morning, 40cm wind blown snow. Annupuri 1150m: -11°, W11m/s, trace new snow, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -11°, NW15m/s, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW11m/s. Kamui Cape: W11m/s, 1019hPa, wave 2.8m.
A strong southerly wind picked up with the passing of a low pressure system, then from midnight till dawn a strong north westerly blew bring snowdrift and cornice development through wind blown snow. Avalanche risk on leeward slopes above 800m is high this morning. Although the amount of new snow is small, snowdrifts from the low pressure snowfall are easily collapsing. On slopes where new snowdrift growth has occurred be careful of shallow surface avalanches. From tests, fracture face is 23rd Feb low pressure layer. Cornices are fracturing with very little stimulation, keep well back from the edge.
All peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice. Prepare before going out of bounds. The mountain has been savaged by the wind and in rough condition. Be careful riding. Do not cut under cornices and knolls. Today’s snowdrifts will easily fracture. Beacons switched on? Got your probe and shovel?
Moiwa Quad lift is still broken but expected to be running by tomorrow. Gate 6 will be closed and there is no access from ski area to Mikaeri/Goshiki area. A change in atmospheric pressure can be violent and the change in weather quick. Beware of strong winds and frostbite above the tree line. Visibility is poor. Take care. Being aware can prevent most accidents. Have a good day.
Saturday 24th February 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts (apart from the Country Road Chair lift) should be operating
Official snow depth: - Top: 410cm - Base: 280cm
Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:
Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):
* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair * Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift * Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Saturday 24th February 2018, 8:40am
High thin overcast skies with the sun peaking through
Hello from Appi,
It’s the weekend here and it’s starting off in good fashion. Some high thin clouds and little to no wind this morning will make going pleasurable for those venturing out. We’re forecast to get some snow later this afternoon and into tomorrow which we certainly won’t say no to.
Mostly cloudy skies for the rest of the weekend and into early next week. We may see a slight warming trend by the end of the week but that’s a long way off right now.
All runs are open today along with all lifts so if you’re out early take advantage of the groomers.
Planned lift operations (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 4 lift - Central number 5 lift - Central number 6 lift - Sailer Gondola - Sailer quad - Vista qud - Nishimori lift
Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays
It was snowing by the time those Taiko drums got going during the Fire Festival last night and this morning just a little snow being reported by the resorts:
Hakuba Cortina: 2-3cm Happo-one: 1cm
It has started snowing again this morning and there is a few cm on the ground to report.
It's going to be a little warmer today so expect snow conditions to match.
The Chinese New Year holidays have passed now and we are in the last weekend of February. Regular as clockwork, once we get into March we'll start hearing mention of 'spring' and less people will be inclined to ski --- many times, regardless of the weather and snow conditions. March can definitely deliver - so let's hope March 2018 does just that!
Ski resort information on Saturday 24th February 2018 (at time of writing):
A little later this morning so there's already folk up there on the top courses.
A sunny start but it feels more subdued now and an overcast feel to the skies and feels a bit windy. It is going to be fairly mild today and this afternoon we are expecting something to be falling. Hopefully it'll get colder and we'll be straight into snow, and we should get some snow by tomorrow morning; hopefully I'll be able to report that.
Saturday 24th February 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):