Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 14th November 2019
Thursday 25th December 2014, 7:40am
Cloud, poor visibility
Good morning from Yuzawa and Merry Christmas!
It's a White Christmas too, with snow coming down very nicely at the moment.
First of all back to yesterday. Those early morning clouds lightened up and by mid morning there was some blue sky around and for a few hours before noon we enjoyed lots of sun and lots of blue sky. Lovely morning it turned out to be, and not cold either. The sun softened up the snow a bit too. More cloud just after lunch but it stayed generally fine for the day.
The photos on the report this morning were taken yesterday morning at the Joetsu Kokusai resort in Minamiuonuma.
So back to this morning and there's around 15cm or so of fresh snow on the top of my car.
(By the way, someone asked why we only report the 'new snowfall' for a few resorts. Basically we want to post any useful information that we can find. Unfortunately lots of resorts don't mention the new snowfall every morning. If the info is available, we'll post it... as simple as that!)
It's not too cold, in town at least hovering around zero, and so definitely colder than yesterday. The forecast for today and tomorrow is basically... snow.
Once we get into the weekend some clearer skies are due and milder conditions as well.
Just to remind Kagura fans that the too Kagura Number 1 Romance pair lift will be starting up for the season on New Years Day. Sounds good to me.
Good snowfall to report this morning from Madarao. Nice and cold, nice light snow, and still coming down.
Should be great conditions on the slopes this Christmas morning. Snow clouds set to be over Madarao today and tomorrow with clearing and milder weather conditions due from the weekend and towards New Year.
The famous Number 13 single pair lifts opens today! Always worth a ride that one. Though maybe not when it's too windy!
Normal full season lift ticket prices from today as well with the resort now fully open.
Nighta at Madarao over the New Year, from this Saturday (27th December). After the New Year, it's nighta on Saturdays and 11th January.
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift Super quad lift Number 11 lift Number 12 lift Number 13 lift Number 15 lift Moving Walkway Kids Park Freeride Park
A cold Christmas morning - no wonder Santa has that big bushy beard - and not so much wind this morning. It's still snowing though only lightly, with more due during the day today and tomorrow.
So, top lifts open at Niseko Grand Hirafu (well, the Ace Number 4), Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri. All should be moving this morning with Gate 4 also scheduled to be open today as well.
Looking ahead, from Saturday we can expect the snow clouds to clear and maybe we'll have some sunny conditions to enjoy. Looks like a milder spell from the weekend too, hopefully it won't warm up too much.
Have a great day everyone and all the best for the holidays wherever you are reading this from in the world.
Resort specific news at time of writing - subject to change during the day
Niseko Grand Hirafu: From today, the Ace Number 4 Pair lift will be open. Original plan was for King Number 4 lift to open but due to the 'discouraging' (!?) condition of the Dynamic Course, they've changed that plan. Curious to know more on that! Anyway, the Large Course and Miharashi Courses are now open. Dynamic Course aside, not 'fully open', I do believe.
Moiwa base: -8C, 30cm of snowfall in 12 hours, calm morning. Moiwa 800m: -12C, 20cm of fresh snow and development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -13C, 30cm and development of snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: -13C, 20cm of fresh snow and development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW12m/s, Kamui cape WSW10m/s, 1008hPa, 1.2m waves.
A mild winter weather pattern with a moderate westerly wind is prevailing, making snowdrifts develop in areas above 800m. The snow under treeline is in good shape, but 40cm slides from 23rd depth hoar layer are to be expected in steep slopes along the valley. Gate 4 is scheduled to open today at a lower elevation, however avalanche hazard still remains high in NE areas of 1000m altitude. High-traversing all the way to the slopes under Higashi-One (east ridge) cornices is strongly discouraged. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions and always use gates to step out of bounds. Carrying and knowing how to use avalanche gears (beacon, probe & shovel) is strongly advised. The visibility is fluctuating.
Official snow depth numbers and any notes at time of writing:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 280cm Base - 130cm
Niseko Village: Top - 170cm Base - 120cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 150cm Base - 120cm
Lifts open for night skiing (planned):
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift (There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)
It's a white Christmas here in Hakuba. Most new snowfall being reported by Hakuba Cortina resort who say there's been up to 40cm of fresh on the upper slopes over there. Goryu reporting 25cm, 47 reporting 30cm higher up and 10-15cm at base, Happo-one reporting 10cm.
And my eyes report about 5-10cm or so on the ground in the village. It's not as fluffy and dry as it has been; a bit heavier and wet earlier on, but some good looking flakes coming down outside the window just now. Fresh snow is fresh snow, I'm sure it will be fine conditions out on the mountain this morning.
Looks like it's really coming down out there now looking at the webcams from around the resorts - very poor visibility with nothing to see other than a sheet of grey/white.
Snowfall is forecast on and off for the day today and tomorrow along with the continued cold conditions. Come Saturday the forecast is saying clearer skies and milder conditions through into at least early week.
Have a fun Christmas day folk and take care on the slopes.
Official snow depth numbers and operations as of 25th December 2014. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 25cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira, 15cm on Toomi. All lifts operating except Alps Daira 2&4 and Toomi Number 2 Pair lift. All courses open except Adventure Course. Night skiing at Toomi every day until 31st March.
Hakuba 47: Reporting 10-15cm at base this morning and up to 30cm higher up. All courses open. Tree Riding Zone not open yet.
- Upper - 245cm - Lower - 135cm
Happo-one: Reporting 10cm of fresh snow this morning. Kokusai Number 1 Pair lift still out of action due to damage to the snow nets - they hope to have it fixed up before the end of the year. Almost all areas of Happo-one are now open. The top Grad Quad lift is now open. Snow Chao Kids Park open; Happo Banks The Snow Park not yet open.
Hakuba Cortina: Reporting 40cm of new snowfall on upper areas and 30cm on lower areas. Lifts 5 and 7 not open - resort now mostly open. Heavy snow so Lift 5 closed due to Avalanche danger. Night skiing every day until 31st March.
- Upper - 290cm - Lower - 200cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Most areas of Tsugaike Kogen are now open, most notably the Uma-no-se course not yet open. Next night skiing is from 27th December through 1st January in both Kane-no-naru-oka and Karamatsu-Shirakaba areas.
Fine weather conditions yesterday made for somewhat crusty snow conditions in places on the slopes, and this morning there's about 5-10cm of fresh on top of that.
Intermittent snow showers forecast for today and tomorrow. From the weekend, somewhat milder weather is due for the region - it'll still be cold here and below zero of course! - with more sun than snow lined up.
Happy Christmas to everyone from here in Shiga Kogen.
Resort areas status with official snow depths:
Okushiga Kogen: 100cm Almost all open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yakebitaiyama: 100cm Almost all open
Ichinose Family 100cm Most open
Ichinose Yamanokami: 100cm Open
Ichinose Diamond: 100cm Open
Takamagahara Mammoth: 90cm Open
Terakoya: 120cm Open
Higashitateyama: 100cm Open
Giant: 100cm Open
Nishitateyama: 90cm Most open
Happo Bundaraia: 100cm Open
Sun Valley: 80cm Open
Maruike: 80cm Open
Hasuike: 80cm Open
Kumanoyu: 115cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yokoteyama: 110cm Most open. Shibutoge now open.
Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas this season:
Sun Valley: December 29th-30th; January 1st-2nd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd to March 21st
Maruike: December 29th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 10th, 11th
Takamagahara Mammoth: December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd
Ichinose Family: Every day until March 29th
Ichinose Diamond: December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd until March 28th
Yakebitaiyama: December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd until February 21st
Kumanoyu: December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd; Every Saturday from January 3rd until March 28th Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 25th December 2014, 9:01am
After some clearer skies yesterday, it's a snowy Chrismtas morning here in Nozawa, which always seems just so fitting.
The resort reports 20cm of new snowfall across the mountain (curiously a bit less at the top), and I can indeed confirm such amounts as once I finish this report I'm going to have to go and shovel that lot off the top of my Nozzlemobile.
Not too cold this morning just under freezing point and snow falling from the skies still so limited visibility especially on the higher slopes but the fresh powder to play should make up for that.
Snow might ease at times during the day.
Doesn't look too busy actually this morning, after all it isn't a national holiday here, but I would expect things to really start getting busy this coming weekend.
Outlook for the weekend is for the snow clouds to move on and the start of a run of perhaps clearer skies and it won't be as cold either. Maybe get some sunshine from Sunday into next week.
Also to mention this Christmas morning is the second part of the prize draw running on SnowJapan, with Nozawa tickets to win.
Just a few more cm of snow to report this morning from Zao where it is snowing on and off at the moment and quite foggy in places. That's basically what the forecast is saying as well for the day today and for tomorrow as well, before the skies clear up by maybe Saturday or more definitely Sunday. We're not seeing that many clear days this month so far, so it will be good to have a run of them when the resort is busy.
Unfortunately, the famous Yokokura-no-kabe steel mogul course is closed due to avalanche danger at the moment. No word on when that will be able to re-open.
Other than that and the Ryuzan area, all of the areas of Zao are now open and enjoying some fine conditions.
Yokokura area: From Friday 26th December until 4th January; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Friday 9th January until 15th March
Open times from 5pm until 9pm.
Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations
December 2014: 27th-31st January 2015: 1st-4th, 10th-12th, 17th-18th, 24th-31st February 2015: 1st-28th
Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm. Ropeway return charges are 2600 yen for adults and 1300 yen for children. In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled. Read more ...
Thursday 25th December 2014, 10:01am
Snowing with moderate winds in the Upper Mountains this morning.
Snow is expected to continue through until Saturday evening, with clearer skies forecast for Sunday.
Some really nice snow overnight and continuing to fall in Myoko. Big, crystally flakes; can we say it's perfectly Christmassy? (Merry Christmas, readers!) Nice stuff that's easy to shovel—and, of course, to ski on/in. Hopefully it will keep going through the day, as we can still use a bit more base, particularly for those who want to head into the backcountry. It's still pretty bushy out there, and valleys are not completely filled in yet—be careful with this light snow on a firm base.
Madarao: 150cm, -5° No. 1, No. 2 Quad, Super Quad, No. 11, No. 12, No. 15 Read more ...
Thursday 25th December 2014, 14:12pm
Conditions in Furano have been great so far today. A cold day, but early morning cloud lifted to reveal some nice sunshine and spectacular views. More of Kitanomine opened today with Family being skiable for the first time this season. The day looks like it will stay clear and provide good skiing on the groomed runs. Read more ...