Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 21st November 2019
Friday 25th December 2009, 8:35am
Sunny with blue sky
Amazing blue sky and bright sunshine with not a cloud to be seen. With 20cm of fresh powder since yesterday, this will be the best all round day of the season so far. Looks like there is a good chance the Kitanomine Gondola will operate today, as it was been test run yesterday. Extremely cold, so wrap up well. Santa will be on the slopes again today.
Just a reminder that the night shuttle service is in operation making it easy to get into town at night. The timetable is on page 11 of the dining and entertainment guide.
Gotta go, there are freshies waiting on the mountain. Merry Christmas Furano!
The clouds and (at times) rain of yesterday has all cleared up and this morning from early on the sun it out and we have blue skies all around - hardly a cloud in the sky around Yuzawa. No new snow to report of course and at the moment it is +1 degrees with a high of around +6 on the forecast for the day.
That rain yesterday surely didn't do the snow any favours, but remember that there have been years when resorts were struggling to open at Christmas... so this year so far we're doing pretty good.
There will be a number of Santas out there on the slopes again today, spot them if you can!
Here's a run down of what is operating today:
Naeba: Number 1 and 2 Gondolas, three quads, two pairs.
Kagura Tashiro: Ropeway, one quad, six pair lifts. The Dragondola will be open from tomorrow.
Kagura Mitsumata: Ropeway, one quad, one pair lift, Kagura Gondola, Kagura No 1 quad, No 4 pair lift
GALA Yuzawa: All courses open (Central + Northern areas)
Kandatsu Kogen: All courses apart from the advanced course
NASPA Ski Garden: All 5 lifts and Kids Garden area open
Yuzawa Kogen: All open
Iwappara: Part open - top area plans to be open from tomorrow
Yuzawa Park: Most of the resort areas open
Yuzawa Nakazato: 1 quad and three pair lifts
Kayama Captain Coast: Most areas open
Just to the north in Minamiuonuma....
Ishiuchi Maruyama: Most areas are now open
Centleisure Maiko: Most runs are now open
Joetsu Kokusai: Part open
So when's the next snow due? Looking like we can expect some perhaps tomorrow and then late Monday, but not looking like anything more than a few cm here and there as the forecast stands at the moment.
Yesterday things cleared up later in the day after that poor visibility start to the day.
It's Christmas Day (seasons greetings!) and the sun is out.... one of those deep blue sky days when it really feels good to be out there sliding on the snow. It's colder again this morning but the sun will surely warm things up as the day progresses.
Over the next few days is seems we might have a fair share of this kind of weather as there is no real cold snowy snap on the short range forecast. With the temperatures keeping low though the snow conditions keep pretty decent up here and the slopes aren't busy at the moment.
Official resort snow depths as of 25th December 09:
Clearer still this morning as the sun shines down on Zao early on, but generally it looks like today will be more of the same here. No new snowfall to report, but the temperatures are remaining down below freezing and keeping the snow we have out there in decent condition.
It does not look like we can expect any considerable snow falls between now and the middle of next week - more like a mix of fine weather and cloudy weather with perhaps some light snow every now and again.
Nighta (night skiing) will be open at Zao from tomorrow.
It's Christmas morning and the sun is out in Naeba and Yuzawa. Bright sun and blue skies. A fine morning. It is keeping cold though with Kagura reporting -7 degrees and it -3 here in the village area. There's not much really else to report other than that - the people out on the slopes today should really be enjoying themselves.
We can probably expect the lifts to be busier tomorrow and Sunday and then again perhaps from 29th when many people start their New Year holidays.
As I mentioned in yesterdays report, the Dragondola will be open from tomorrow connecting up the whole of Mount Naeba.
A light dusting overnight as temperatures dropped a bit. Thursday saw pretty heavy fog on the slopes above 800 meters or so, but with the snow conditions remaining pretty good. It's a beautiful, clear day today, with the temperatures not too warm. The intermittent sun and light rain over the past few days has seen the snowpack decrease, though, so we're hoping for more to make sure there's a solid base for the New Year crowds.
But we can't complain; Christmas is often iffy—in that, if we're lucky there's a white Christmas, and if not, the snows normally start falling from now on. There's some possibility in the forecast for the weekend, so we'll be watching the skies.
Have a great holiday!
Akakura Onsen: Ginrei No. 3, No. 5; Kumado No. 1, No. 2 No. 4, No. 6; Yodel Super Quad; Chuo Lift. Operating 8:30 to 4. Night skiing at Kumado, 5 to 9 p.m.
Akakan (Akakura Kanko): All lifts open. Operating 8:30 to 3:30.
Ikenotaira: Kayaba Capsule; Chuo Pair; Alpen No. 2
Myoko Suginohara: Gondola 8 to 4; Suginohara No. 1 Romance, 8:15 to 4:30; Mitahara No. 2 9 to 4.
Seki Onsen: Open
Myoko Ski Park: Open today
Kyukamura: Open today
Tangram: Lift Nos. 3, 4 and 6. Operations 8:30 to 6.
A beautiful sunny morning here in Nozawa for Christmas day! Snow conditions are still very good with pockets of powder reported at the summit. Base depths are largely unchanged; There is 110cm at Yamabiko and 100cm at uenotaira.
The forecast is for snow showers this evening and for light snow to continue through the day tomorrow. Sunday will be sunny again after light snow in the morning
An absolutely beautiful Christmas morning in Niseko. Currently mostly sunny although the clear skies did allow the temperature to plummet to near -18 in the valleys last night. Will be a great day up on the mountain with extensive views and this morning gate 7 in Annupuri will be opened so head over for some fresh turns. Can't think of a much better way to enjoy Christmas than deep powder turns in brilliant sunshine. An approaching low from the West will see a warm front pass over Hokkaido tomorrow with strong winds, milder temperatures and what will be comparatively wet snow at village level. The clear skies last night has seen significant hoar frost development on open slopes which may become a weak layer in the weeks to come. Currently though avalanche danger is low. The resort is holding off on opening other gates currently because of concerns over obstacles buried just under the snow. Another good fall or two and we should be able to get pretty much all sidecountry terrain opened. I'd like to wish all SJ people a very white and merry Christmas!
From today, as well as our normal Niseko Now reporting we will also be bringing you the latest Avalanche Information, courtesy of the Niseko Avalanche Institute. Please see below. Many thanks to Shinya-sama for making this happen.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 180cm Bottom - 115cm
Niseko Village: Top - 190cm Bottom - 120cm
Annupuri: Top - 195cm Bottom - 130cm
Niseko Avalanche Info No.10
Moiwa base 6am: -8℃, no overnight snowfall and clear sky. Coastal wind: mild 5m/s NNE with 1.5m waves. Today’s weather will probably form a notable surface hoar layer in some areas today. Snowdrifts from yesterday are now stable and the general avalanche risk is low. Beware of trees and losing control in offpiste terrains as yesterday’s tracks are not filled in. The Mizuno no Sawa educational program is scheduled to start from next week. Gate no.6 (Moiwa) and 7 (Ee-sawa) will open from the morning. Still need one more dump to open the other gates. Snow is still insufficient. Be careful not to injure yourself and waste the season. Beware of thick bushes and stumps. Read more ...
Friday 25th December 2009, 11:18am
Blue Clear Sky
It's a beautiful Christmas Day here in Hakuba. The skies are blue and the temperature is warm, which will make it a great day to be out on the slopes. The hard pack snow will soften by mid-day and make the slopes enjoyable today. The powder of last week will have well and truly compacted by now, and what once was soft could now be hardened. So be careful when heading into areas of snow that may look soft! The warm weather over the past couple of days has caused snow melt therefore, possibly causing icy patches in shaded areas on the mountain.
The slopes are still relatively quiet and it should be a calm day on resort, so make the most of it before the New Year rush. Conditions in the alpine are much the same as yesterday, with wind packed powder on exposed ridges.
There has been no new snow overnight and it doesn't look like there will be any snow coming our way tomorrow either. You can expect to see another beautiful day, with sunshine and light winds.
Present avalanche conditions: High (in the alpine) Considerable (in the tree line) Considerable (below tree line)
Lots of wind transport over the past days has created a thick wind slab on lee-ward slopes. Expect cornices and wind slab on NE facing aspects. The warming trend of the weather will create a heavier wetter snowpack and some melt freeze crust will also be found on lower solar radiated aspects. Due caution should be taken entering steeper start zones in the alpine as snowpack will be variable and possible instability around convex ridges and rocks.