Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 4th May 2018
Geto Kogen Now!
Sunday 25th February 2018, 7:13am
We saw a fairly calm morning with the sun in the sky yesterday, but fairly quickly it turned into light to moderate snow, and then before we knew it there were 85km/h winds hitting us. Temps got down to about -7C in the late afternoon and those winds certainly packed a punch...
Today we’re in for a far calmer day than what we saw yesterday – though it will be cold with tops of -4C, the winds are light and for the most part, the sun will be out all day, with some light snow showers in the morning.
If you’ve not been reading the daily reports lately (as I’ve said this almost every day, hoping for some snow) our next snowfall is likely Tuesday evening, with about 10cm at least to hit the ground for us come Wednesday morning...
Monday: clear and sunny, light winds & tops of -2C Tuesday: mostly sunny, light snow & tops of -1C Wednesday: snow showers, moderate winds easing & tops of 0C
Official snow depths:
Top: 530cm Base: 360cm
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 ...
Sunday 25th February 2018, 8:02am
Morning from Yuzawa.
After that clear start to the day, the skies quickly got overcast during the morning yesterday.
It was raining for a while just to the north of Yuzawa, but it was quick to snow in Yuzawa itself - though a rather wet variety as it was fairly mild. (I suspect it wasn't quite as mild as we were told to expect it to be).
Anyway this morning we actually have some fresh cm of snow to report and here is what the resorts are reporting:
Kagura: 15-20cm Maiko Snow Resort: 15-20cm
Not bad! Quality needs investigating but the snow on my car this morning looked pretty decent actually. I have measured 7cm to add to the totals for here in town.
It is a cloudy start to the day and that is what the forecast is, with the chance of the sun showing up tomorrow.
There's not much in terms of snowfall on the forecast over the coming week especially at lower levels and we'll need to keep an eye on that chance of rain sometime around Wednesday-Thursday. Hopefully forecasts can adjust in our favour.
Have a good Sunday.
Sounds like Hakkai-san had a problem with their Ropeway yesterday but they have fixed that up and it should be operating as normal today.
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Maiko Snow Resort.
Updated: Sunday 25th 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.
7cm of very light new powder snow has fallen. It is so light you can blow it.
Most of the courses are perfect groomed but as always if you want to enjoy the fresh ungroomed snow, take the Number 4 lift and turn to the right when you get off. The Lavender 28 course is also left ungroomed.
There is no more snow lined up there on the forecast until we get into March, so today is a good day to enjoy the fresh snow conditions.
Well, this morning I have 8cm of fresh snowfall to report to you, mostly from overnight. I believe that takes me to 269cm for the month - would be nice if we could get that up to 3m. (Just for the fun of it; and fresh snow is always fun). But it's not looking like we can expect significant snowfall over the coming few days, more like some regular light snowfall. Let's see.
As you can see from the third image below looking towards Mt Yotei (which is just to the south of the ski resort bases), it's quite bright looking towards the east though currently we can't see the beautiful mountain from there.
And it is generally cloudy here at base now.
The Chinese New Year holiday peak-peak period is now behind us and while Niseko of course remains busy, things are going to start settling into the next phase of the season from this week as we enter March.
Remember, the lifts (* not all of them) move right through until Golden Week in early May. So I have a lot more reports to write! And I will of course let you know the spring plans at a later day.
I don't like talking about spring. So let's not! :)
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 5.00am: -10°, trace new snow. Moiwa 800m: -12.2°, WSW14.6m/s, trace new snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -14°, W15m/s, 10cm new snow, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -17°, trace new snow, strong intermittent westerly wind, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW14m/s. Kamui Cape: W10m/s, 1024hPa, wave 2.1m.
From this mornings observation the general avalanche risk is low. All peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice. Prepare before going out of bounds. Take care around new cornices, they are fragile and will break easily. Although only a little snow has fallen, leeward slopes are reset and snow is good in the forests. Is your beacon switched on? Probe and shovel? Do you have a map?
Be careful of falling into creeks, the water is cold. Also be careful of falling into cracks, they are everywhere and deep. Always make cautious decisions when out of bounds. Don't duck ropes to enter strictly off limits areas like Haru no Taki. Have a good day.
Sunday 25th 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 ...
Sunday 25th February 2018, 8:46am
Morning from Hakuba.
Apparently, today is 'Snow Day'. I must admit, I don't know what that means and have not had the chance to look into it. I promise I will for next year.
It would be a perfect day then to report a foot or so of snow; here's how much is actually being reported:
Hakuba Goryu: 2cm up top Hakuba Cortina: 5-10cm
I can just about add 1cm to the reports from base.
So not a whole lot but it was snowing during the morning - and quite heavily with nice big flakes at times - while I was up at Hakuba 47.
Less wind this morning than yesterday and improved visibility.
Sunshine is likely tomorrow and a few days of generally milder temperatures. Watch out for rain around mid-week at base which will - all being well - turn into snow.
Anyway, time to enjoy today!
The Happo Banks part at Happo-one resort will be closed from Monday 26th February until Friday 2nd March for maintenance/renewal
Ski resort information on Sunday 25th February 2018 (at time of writing):
Night time skiing (nighta) at resorts in the region - weather & conditions permitting The below 'nighta' information will not be updated every day - please check with resorts if you plan to go!
Hakuba Happo-one Daily from 5pm until 9pm in the Nakiyama 2 area Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen
Hakuba Goryu Daily from 6pm until 9:30pm in the Toomi area until 31st March The Sky Four quad operates daily; the Number 2 pair mostly on Saturdays and holidays Adults - 1,900 yen; children - 850 yen
Hakuba Cortina Daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays) Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen
Tsugaike Kogen Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 17th February; 3rd, 10th March Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen
There are no other nighta operations at other ski resorts in the region Read more ...
Sunday 25th February 2018, 8:52am
Good morning from Naeba! It's a mild start here, but with the 13cm of fresh snow accumilation from yesterday the pistes are in excellent condition. There is some high, watery cloud sheltering the valley from the sunshine currently, but this will likely burn off in the next couple of hours. There is a chance of some light snow showers later in the day, with very modest accumilations predicted for overnight. The air temperature will push up to just above 0°C today, however it is predicted to drop back below overnight tonight. There is little wind forecast.
Looking forwards, the weather seems to be stablising somewhat as the forecast is remaining more consistent day to day. Tomorrow is predicted to be a warm, clear and windless day, much more like the spring conditions we would expect at this time of year. Snow showers mixed with sun are expected on Tuesday. The next major weather shift will occur on Wednesday, with the air temperature pushing up to 5°C in the afternoon, and remaining there overnight and into Thursday. This warm band of air will bring with it a potentially significant rainfall at 900m, however this is predicted to fall as snow on the peaks. The wind will also pick up significantly at this time, and continue to blow until at least the weekend. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 25th February 2018, 8:58am
Good morning from Nozawa.
Some fresh snow to report this morning - the resort is saying 5cm across the mountain - though it isn't snowing now and is generally cloudy.
It looks like the forecast for tomorrow is sun from the start of the day, so it should be a good one. Beyond that, hmmm, not so much snow and around Wednesday the freezing line goes up and rain looks likely. Beady eye on that + hopefully it'll adjust.
Sunday 25th February 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
Yesterday’s strange weather resulted in a little more snow than the forecasted 10cm, so we have some nice soft stuff on top of a good solid base.
The winds of yesterday morning picked up a little last night, with some drifting and blowing snow - perhaps why Lotte Arai has closed much of its avalanche-controlled areas. Got to keep in mind if you area heading offsite, too; there may be some accumulation of wind-blown snow on lee slopes that can cause troubles.
Otherwise a nice day.
Some runs at Akakan are closed for the national competition now underway (but you get to check out the ski jumping, which is always a fun diversion in the day’s skiing).
This morning we have more fresh snow here in the village measuring in at 5cm. I would expect about double that at the top of the resort, so that will be another great topping of powder on top of yesterdays big dump. There is some light low cloud hovering on the resort so visibility will be a little affected at least. With no wind at base and a reasonably mild high temperature of -6c it should be a pleasant day. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 25th February 2018, 9:14am
Morning from Shiga Kogen.
We had some clearer skies very early on this morning, but there is lots of cloud around now and that seems to be what we are expecting for the day.
The region looks set to enjoy some clearer and sunny skies during the day tomorrow.
Mid week some milder conditions are likely and rain lower down in the valleys but while it might not be as cold we should be getting snowed on.
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.
Currently cloudy skies here at Appi with very light winds and a few flakes falling. The next few days should offer the same weather with Tuesday the start of a warming spell arriving in full force on Thursday with dare I say +3 degrees on the temperature.
With the sudden rise in temperature we’ll also see a massive increase in the wind velocity. It’s forecast to be blowing at 24m/s which to the average person is upwards of 85kmh…I certainly wouldn’t be advising anyone venture up top that day but lets hope in typical Appi forecast fashion it’s wrong.
The mountain is in great shape and relatively quiet on the piste even though it’s the weekend.
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 quad - Nishimori lift
Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays