Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 13th November 2019
Monday 24th March 2014, 7:20am
Yesterday was warm with quite a lot of cloud around, but felt very 'spring'.
An early report this morning and an easy one - the sun is out, bit hazy, and about 2 degrees. We are expecting a high temperature into double digits today, so it's going to warm up as expected and continue to do so over the next few days. There's going to be a lot of melting going on!
Courses at resorts aren't short of snow, not at the moment anyway, and so it's going to be a week to enjoy the spring conditions.
Here's the latest on when Yuzawa skijo intend to be open until:
It's a lovely morning here in Niseko - clear blue skies, sun shining, light breeze for now (perhaps more wind later on). No new snow to report and it is a mild start to the day.
Now that the long weekend is done, things get quieter still here; a big contrast to the bustle of the peak season. The snow may not be as good now of course, but much less people is appealing for some.
No snow on the weekly forecast - just lots of sun and warmer conditions, and warmer as the week moves on.
Niseko base 6am: -3C, no snowfall, bluebird. Moiwa peak: no data. Annupuri 1000m: 370cm snowpack. Hirafu 1000m NW5m/s, -5C, no snowfall. Peak 1308m: NW14.6m/s, -7.2C. Coastal data: cape Benkei WNW9m/s, cape Kamui: SSW8m/s, 1.2m waves, 1015hPa.
Although in the clear zone of the high-pressure system, the wind remains strong in high altitude. The snow below 800m will loosen as the temperature rises and the snow conditions in the trees and courses will soften. Some re-crystallized powder could be found in north facing slopes, however heavily wind-affected slopes are icy. Beware of falling and slip-drops. Deep layer avalanche hazard will raise in Kozan no sawa (Backbowl) sidewalls, Osawa sidewalls (1000m) and Higashi-one cornice area (1000m). Better stay away from valley bottoms. Peak gates will be open from the morning. The area outside the gates is not managed by any resorts, always be prudent in the backcountry. The mountain is slowly shifting to Spring.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
It was a warm spring-like day yesterday and with the warmth of course we have the inevitable decline in snow conditions so that fresh snow we had didn't keep for long. There's going to be more of the same today with another warm day and temperatures climbing to over 10 degrees in the village during the early afternoon. As I have been saying, this week it's going to all be about warm conditions, with some forecasts telling us to expect a bit of rain here and there too.
Spring of course brings with it cheaper lift tickets and all of the resorts now offer a lower lift ticket price for the last part of the season.
It was the last day of the season for Hakuba Iwatake yesterday. Just where did the season go?!
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 24th March 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Plans to be open until early May. Upper - 250cm Toomi - 125cm Iimori - 80cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Plans to be open until early May. Upper - 225cm Lower - 60cm
Happo-one: Plans to be open until early May. Usagidaira - 225cm Nakiyama - 60cm Sakka - 80cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Plans to be open until early May. Tsuganomori - 315cm Maruyama - 145cm Kanenonaruoka - 150cm
Hakuba Cortina: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Plans to be open until 6th April. Upper - 330cm Lower - 200cm
Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuba Norikura plan to be open until 31st March.
Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Minekata are already closed. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 24th March 2014, 8:21am
I was just reading some of the other reports already posted today.
Yep, it's more of the same here with the sun out early and already starting to warm up. And warm it is going to be this week.... expect some serious melt.
Not much else to say really! Warm, spring conditions is what we have lined up for the week.
Lifts Weekday operations - all lifts operating except: Yunomine pair Mizunashi triple Challenge pair Utopia pair Hikage Number 2 pair B
Courses All courses open except: Grand Prix Kandahar West Kandahar East Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 24th March 2014, 8:27am
The sun is out and it's already warming up. Welcome to spring proper this week as we expect toasty conditions through the week.
Please note that from this week until the last lifts of the season in early May, the plan is to post a few update reports per week on this Shiga Kogen Now page.
As the official snow depth numbers don't really move much at all, instead I'll keep the planned closing dates of each resort area on the latest Now report, as below.
Maruike: Until 31st March
Hasuike: Until 31st March
Nishitateyama: Until 31st March
Higashitateyama: Until 31st March
Sun Valley: Number 2 lift - closed Number 3 lift - until 31st March Number 1 lift - until 6th April
Tannenomori: Number 8 quad lift - until 3rd April and then 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th April; 26th April until 6th May
Giant: Until 6th April
Happo Bunadaira: Bunadaira quad - until 31st March Happo quad - until 6th April
Ichinose Diamond: Diamond triple lift - until 4th April Diamond quad lift - until 6th April; then on weekends and 26th April until 6th May. Connecting - until 31st March
Ichinose Family: Ichinose Number 2 Pair A - until 31st March Ichinose Number 3 quad - until 31st March Ichinose Number 2 Pair B - until 6th May Ichinose quad - until 6th May
Ichinose Yamanokami: Until 6th April and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Terakoya: Quad lift - until 31st March and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May Pair lift - until 31st March and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Mammoth: Number 3 pair lift - until 31st March Quad lift - until 6th April and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May Triple lift - until 6th April and then weekdays until 25th April; and then 3rd-6th May
Kidoike: Until 31st March
Okushiga Kogen: Number 6 pair lift - until 30th March Number 1 pair lift - until 6th April Number 4 pair lift - until 6th April and then 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May Number 2 and 3 pair lifts - until 6th May Gondola - until 6th May
Yakebitaiyama, Yokoteyama and Kumanoyu are yet to announce details. Yokoteyama is usually able to remain open until late May. Read more ...
Monday 24th March 2014, 8:50am
Blue sky, cloud
We get to see the sun again this morning after a wintery feel to proceedings yesterday.
That might be it though, as we are into clearer conditions this morning and it's still forecast to warm up considerably this week. For now blue sky and some cloud still around but I suspect it will clear more during the day. A quite chilly start but quickly warming. A high of around +6 forecast for the day and warmer than that in the following days.
Sunglasses and sunscreen a must this week.
Official snow depths (24th March 14): Utopia: 300cm Chuo: 260cm Paradise: 295cm Uwanodai: 190cm
esterday was the final day of the season for Kitanomine Zone but the good news is Furano Zone continues, with the plan to remaiin open until May 6 - that's still another month and a half of skiing!
Spring has now definitely arrived and the pattern at the moment is cold mornings with temperatures rising rapidly mid morning. Roads and carparks are seeing the ski receed further and further everyday.
Conditions for skiing this morning are absolutely perfect. It is a bluebird day with not a cloud in the sky, not a breath of wind, and great snow. The slopes will be classic firm and fast early on and softening later, especially on the lower slopes. Lift operating hours have also chaged and the earliest lift of the day is 9:00am including Furano Ropeway.
Just a reminder that there is not way to ski been Furano and Kitanomine Zone now. If you are staying on the Kitanomine side there is no resort transporation to take you over the the Furano Zone.
Spring weather has kicked in with blue skies the sun shining and a current temp of 5 deg C heading for a high of 11 today. The remainder of the week also looks warm with midday temps staying over 10 deg.
Welcome to the post-regular-season, and it's appropriately spring-like this morning to welcome it in.
I'm happy to say that, due to some unclear original reporting, all the resorts are still operating! Suginohara had Sunday as their last day on their website, but in fact they are operating a limited number of lifts until the 30th. Akakan is also basically all open, except the very bottom lift on the Champion side. Should be going, too — there's lots of snow out there, despite the season of ever-changing weather.
Today should be good, though, with a really warm sun and clear skies. You know I like blinding powder days the most, but it should be a lot of fun to just have a cruisy day at one of the resorts and work up that reverse-panda tan (brown faces, white around the eyes).
Akakura Kanko: 300cm Spring operations: Currently all lifts except Champion No. 1 are oeprating. From this weekend teh Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay opena until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out. Spring rates from March 24 are adults ¥2,500, junior high students and seniors ¥2,000, kids ¥1,500.
Akakura Onsen: 220cm Open until Sunday 30th March; no night skiing.
Ikenotaira: 190cm Planning to stay open until Sunday 6th April.
Myoko Suginohara: 210cm Back in the game until the 30th; gondola and No. 2 lifts operating.
Seki Onsen: 420cm Says it hopes to stay open until mid-May—at least for Golden Week, snow allowing.
Myoko Ski Park: 265cm Open until Sunday 6th April.
Myoko Kyukamura Runrun 290cm Closing Monday, March 31.
Tangram Ski Circus 170cm Running the No. 3 lift only from March 31 until April 6. Read more ...