Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 9th October 2020
Saturday 25th January 2020, 8:09am
Cloud, blue sky, sun
Hello from Naeba.
This morning the sun is out, there is a lot of blue sky around, some fast moving cloud and the sun making appearances - and hiding at times too. Nice morning and quite cold too.
Kagura are reporting 5cm on their upper slopes; I reckon there might be some fresh up top here too though the resort isn't saying anything. I need to check!
It is a particularly busy week in terms of 'inbound' visitors from overseas. In particular, people celebrating the Lunar New Year.
There are of course concerns and worries regarding that nasty virus news, so let us all hope that can be controlled quickly. Those worries aside, Happy New Year and enjoy yourself in Naeba and Yuzawa.
Official snow depth:
Planned operating lifts:
- Prince Number 2 Gondola - Takenokodaira romance pair lift - Takenokoyama romance pair lift - Number 4 romance pair lift - Number 3 high speed lift - Number 5 high speed lift (open for nighta until 8:30pm) - Hiuchi Number 1 romance pair lift - Dragondola
Courses planned to be open:
- 20 of 22 courses are now open - Takenokoyama and Splash Bowl is currently not open - The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Saturday 25th January 2020, 8:15am
Good morning from APPI --- more blue skies this morning.
We do actually have a little fresh snow on the ground, couple of cm, as it started snowing later in the day. And it is a cold start.
It should be a nice morning out there; rather windy conditions aside which might just affect some lifts.
At the start of the day it looks like unfortunately the Gondola and Nishimori lifts are on hold due to the wind. Let's hope that changes.
APPI is open with the following lifts normally operating (subject to change):
- Appi Gondola ON HOLD - Central quad lift - Central Number 2 lift - Central Number 3A lift - Central Number 5 lift - Nishimori lift ON HOLD - Sailer quad lift - Vista quad lift
- Most normal courses at APPI are open - Bravo, Dragon tail, Cruise 1 and Cruise 2 tree run courses are open
Snowfall numbers The below numbers are reported by the resort
Good morning, and a Happy New Year to our friends here celebrating the Chinese New Year. And of course those reading from afar.
过年好 I hope I got that right, forgive me if I didn't.
It is a cold morning here. Brrrrr. -9C, Mr Thermometer says. An extra layer kind of day. (Yesterday was very cold out there too).
Talking of layers, I have 8cm of fresh snowfall to report from base which is good. It was snowing quite heavily for a while just a little earlier; 'light snow' more accurately describes what I am seeing right now as I am about to post this report.
Hopefully the lifts will fare better today as a fair few were put on hold due to strong winds yesterday. As of 8:30am, all lifts appear to be scheduled to be operating as normal.
There just seems to be so many major things to be genuinely worried about right now doesn't there, the latest one being this new virus which is obviously very concerning not only for our friends in China.
Let us all hope that it can be contained quickly...
A wintery pressure distribution is persisting and wind-affected snow is accumulating in leeward slopes. The newly formed snowdrifts are unstable and are prone to slide in some slopes above 800m elevation. The avalanche risk will remain high during the morning in slopes with heavy snowdrift development such as the Kozan no sawa (Backbowl) & O-sawa (Annupuri bowl) 900-1000m SE aspects slopes. The same conditions applies in surrounding peaks.
All peak gates are scheduled to open, however it will remain dependant on lift operations and ski patrol’s final decision. Please follow the instructions. Do not ski off-limits areas such as Haru no Taki to seek fresh tracks. Your lift pass will be confiscated if you get caught. Resort managers will come find you even if you run away. The snow in the trees is not in bad shape. It’s cold today, beware of frostbites. Have a nice day.
Ski resort operation information: Saturday 25th January 2020
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 175cm - Base: 100cm
All lifts normally operating EXCEPT: - Country Road (this lift is normally rested)
Lifts scheduled for late operations: - Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm - Village Express until 8:00pm - Banzai Chair until 8:00pm Read more ...
Saturday 25th January 2020, 8:31am
Yesterday saw light snow during the morning above 900m. This intensified to moderate snow during the afternoon but at the very bottom of the resort it fell as rain unfortunately. We did get a little snow here at the base of Mt Tanigawa overnight but it was negligible. Today was clear but winds were pretty strong. The resort was not in good shape but up around the peak of Mt Tanigawa there was fresh snow. It's forecast to stay relatively clear till Monday when it looks like we have a multi-day storm on the way. May it come and bring lots of snow. The forecast for 1000m and above looks good, still looks questionable at the base of the mountain so we'll see. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 25th January 2020, 8:32am
Lots of cloud, some blue sky, some sun
Good morning from.... Tokyo.
Yes, I am not actually in Nozawa this morning and so having to report from afar using official info and a phone call to a friend. It seems a fairly easy one though so here goes.
Yesterday, the resort was reporting rain at base areas, with snow falling up on the top Yamabiko and Uenotaira areas (with 1cm being reported). This morning they are reporting an additional 5cm on the top Yamabiko and Uenotaira areas and the trees up there do look nicely frosted on the webcam images, as you can see below.
The sun is out too in some places, though a lot of cloud still remains as of 8:30am. A temperature of -7C is being reported by the resort up top so it's pretty cold up there. Let's hope it keeps so.
Looks like the lower part of Skyline is closed this morning... it is open down to the Tanuki course turn-off. But almost all of the resort is of course open and there is lots to enjoy.
It should be a very nice morning and I wish I was there.
I'll be back tomorrow.
And Happy Chinese New Year to everyone celebrating!
Someone apparently asked why I mention rain (when it rains, because that's when I will mention it).
Does that person want me to lie? Or just conveniently avoid mentioning it because it doesn't sound good?
(That would be intentionally misleading, wouldn't it?)
That's not what these reports - and the other daily reports on SnowJapan - are about. I'll tell you what's happening; that's it.
To that person: if you want to read marketing messages that only tell you what you want to hear, there's plenty of them out there to 'enjoy'!
Saturday 25th January 2020
Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:
- All of the Central Area and Northern Area courses are open - All lifts are now operating, including the Ropeway link with Yuzawa Kogen - The Southern Area is part open - Batman and Eliza courses are open - Take the Gondola back down at the end of the day (Falcon downhill course not yet available) - Official snow depth: 130cm
- The Gondola and top Okusoechi quad and pair lifts are operating with 7 courses in that top area open. - Take the Gondola back down to base. - 1 course and 1 lift (Center quad) open in the Maiko Area - Official snow depth: 80cm (upper); 10cm (base)
- Yuzawa Ropeway operating - All Kogen lifts now operating and Kogen Snowland is open - Base area is currently closed - The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is now open - Official snow depth: 90cm (Kogen); 20cm (base)
- Number 1 and 7 lifts operating - Official snow depth: 25cm
Photos (below) from around 8:45am on Saturday 25th January 2020:
- GALA Yuzawa (2) - Yuzawa Kogen (2) - NASPA Ski Garden - Ishiuchi Maruyama (2) - Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit - Maiko Snow Resort Read more ...
Saturday 25th January 2020, 9:04am
Blue sky, cloud
Good morning from Madarao and happy new year to our friends who are celebrating the Lunar New Year.
A bit of fresh snow to start the weekend off which is good. The resort is reporting 5cm on their social media, but curiously 0cm on the official site. I can add just a bit as my observed number.
It's a cold start too, which is also good.
There's another 'try some skis' demo thing going on by the Super Quad lift today and tomorrow from 'Blue Lab Project'. It's free but you will need identification to partake.
Nighta at Madarao today from 5pm until 9pm; unfortunately Tangram have cancelled theirs due to the snow conditions on that course.
Current operations: Saturday 25th January 2020
- All ski lifts apart from Number 13 lift are operating - Main courses mostly open - SAWA II, Bear and Rabbit tree run courses scheduled to be open this morning - Other tree run courses not currently available - Official snow depth: 70cm
Tangram Ski Circus: - All ski lifts are operating - 9 courses open - Official snow depth: 50cm Read more ...
Saturday 25th January 2020, 9:22am
Cloud, fine, sun at times
Morning from Zao.
Good news this morning in that all but two lifts are now operating --- including the Oomori quad --- and the resort declaring that it is 'almost all open' in terms of skiable courses.
Obviously that is a very good thing.
Now we have gotten to that point, some consistent snowfall to build up base would be just the ticket. Next snow due from Monday if the forecasts are correct.
All lifts are now normally operating apart from the following:
Nighta in the Uwanodai area is scheduled daily until 1st March 2020 and then 7th, 14th, 20th and 21st March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm.
Nighta in the Yokokura area is scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through 7th March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm.
The Zao Ropeway opens in the evenings on the below dates for 'Light Up' sightseeing purposes - to go and see the Juhyo monsters (not for skiing or boarding) on the following upcoming dates:
January 2020: 24th-27th, 29th-31st February 2020: all days apart from Tuesdays
Note: there is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation. Read more ...
Saturday 25th January 2020, 9:32am
Lots of cloud
Good morning everyone.
This morning Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall on it's upper Kurobishi and Usagidaira areas; Hakuba Goryu are reporting 10cm on upper areas; Cortina are reporting 2-5cm.
Here's the table;
The information in this table is data reported by the ski resorts
New snowfall (lower)
New snowfall (upper)
TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data
There were some periods of sunshine yesterday with clouds added into the mix; more limited visibility and some light snow falling later in the afternoon in upper areas.
This morning there is still a lot of cloud around. The fresh snow on the upper areas is making the trees look lovely and 'iced' (see the Iwatake image below), and there's limited visibility in some areas. We might well see more sunshine as the day progresses though, and tomorrow too. Let's just hope it keeps cold.
I hope that everyone here from overseas enjoying their Chinese New Year holidays enjoy their time in Hakuba. Best wishes to you all!
Individual ski resort information This information is checked and manually adjusted each morning
Operating lifts: - All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating: - Kurobishi Number 3 pair - Nakiyama Number 2 pair - Shirakaba Number 1 pair - Shirakaba Number 2 pair - Central pair - Sakka Number 2 pair - Sakka Number 3 triple
Courses open: - Riesen Grat - Panorama - Usagidaira - Kurobishi - Skyline - Riesen Slalom - Kita-one 3 - Kita-one - Nakiyama South - Olympic Course (partially closed) - Sakka South (partially closed) - Sakka North (partially closed) - The base Nakiyama South and Sakka areas are now at least part open - You can also take the Gondola or other lifts back down
Operating lifts: - All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating: - Han-no-ki Number 4 - Tsuga Number 1 pair - Han-no-ki Number 2 pair - Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I - Champion quad - Tsugaike Ropeway
Courses open: - Most course areas are now at least part open; lower slopes part open - 'Lower course through the forest' is closed - DBD: Gate Number 1 closed early on; may open depending on conditions
About the data in the above ‘snowfall as reported by ski resorts’ table * The table within the above report contains data that is published by individual ski resorts * The data shown is the amount of snowfall that the ski resorts are themselves reporting each 24 hour period on the upper areas of their mountain * The source ‘new snowfall’ data and ‘total accumulation’ data is not updated at the same time * The ‘new snowfall’ data is updated in the morning * The ‘accumulation’ data is apparently updated/refreshed at midnight * That means that there is a time lag between the two numbers being updated * We manually check and update the data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report - so the data in each Hakuba Now report table is what is available at that time * Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We are not responsible for and have no control over the data. We are simply sharing the data with you * Just to be extra clear, unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data from base that we show at the top of each report, the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan * A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this reportRead more ...
Saturday 25th January 2020, 9:34am
Bright, some sun
It's kind of a bright, almost sunny day in Myoko today.
Once again, a light application of snow overnight - just at 5cm of little soft hail pellets, not really great stuff - and a sunny day to follow. The heating bills haven't changed that much, but the diesel cost for running the snow clearing equipment is the lowest I've ever had. Carbon reduction, good; snow condition, bad.
I wish we had something interesting in the weather ahead. Well, it will be interesting, or at least unusual, with the freezing level going up and down like crazy, maybe some snow ahead and almost surely some more rain. I'm thinking about dragging the canoe out of my storage area (it's not blocked in by much snow!) and head out to Lake Nojiri... backcountry where you can get some linked turns in! It's still bush and grape vines out there beyond the ski areas.
It has been a cold start to the day - a real contrast to yesterday (and a good one too) - but the sun is out and I don't actually have any fresh cm of snow to report to you other than a bit of a dusting.
Would love to have more snow, but it should be a very fine morning to be out and about.
Almost all courses and connections at Shiga Kogen are now open with just a few minor exceptions.
Photos: Kumanoyu, Takamagahara and Hasuike Junction
Shiga Kogen resort info: Saturday 25th March 2020
The below information is manually checked for each report. Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.
Planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows; subject to change. Note that separate lift tickets are required.
Ichinose Diamond 22nd-23rd February 2020 20th-21st March 2020 Quad lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Ichinose Family Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays until 21st March 2020 Number 2 pair B lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Kumanoyu Every Saturday until 28th March 2020 23rd February 2020 20th March 2020 Number 1 pair lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Takamagahara Mammoth Saturdays until 21st March 2020 (not 7th February) 23rd February 2020 20th March 2020 Number 2 triple lift 6:30pm until 8:30pm
Sun Valley 22nd-23rd February 2020 Number 1 quad lift 7:00pm until 8:30pm
Yakebitaiyama Every Saturday until 29th February 2020 23rd February 2020 Number 3 high speed lift 6:00pm until 8:00pm
The section of road connecting the southern area of Shiga Kogen (from Yokoteyama onwards) with Gunma Prefecture is now closed for the season. It will be closed until 24th April 2020. Approach Shiga Kogen using Route 292 from the west (Nagano/Nakano/Yamanouchi) Read more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Saturday 25th January 2020, 10:34am
So from this morning all of the lifts at Grandeco are spinning and all but the Center 33 course are open. Most of Nekoma is also open and all lifts are moving at Nekoma. 6 lifts are moving at Inawashiro which now has 9 courses open.
It has been a cold morning but while there is cloud around there is blue sky and it is generally bright and sunny.
There's some snow still there lined up on the forecast for Tuesday onwards... let's see it happen please!
Grandeco Snow Resort: - 5 (of 5) lifts operating - 12 (of 13) courses open - Kids Park open - Official snow depth: 130cm
Morning, 3cm of snow at base and the resort reporting 8cm at higher elevations. It has been a cloudy morning, but there's much more blue sky now and the sun is out. Good and cold too so a fine morning to be on the slopes.
Good morning from Geto and sorry for the delay this morning.
No cm on the ground this morning but there will be places where there is a few cm and perhaps up to 5cm due to being blown around by the wind last night. It was windy out there.
Some very light snow falling (very) early but right now there is quite a lot of cloud around at the moment but blue sky in places and the sun casting shadows from time to time. And it looks like it'll be a similar kind of thing tomorrow too.
I'm not seeing confirmation of Stream opening this morning; will keep an eye on that and report when I have the info.
Official snow depths:
* Top: 225cm * Base: 150cm
Planned operating lift information - subject to change:
* Number 1 Gondola * Number 2 Gondola (operates on weekends and holidays only) * Number 1 pair lift * Number 2 pair lift * Quad lift
Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change:
* All of the main official courses are available * Rabbit, Summit and Beech Tree Run courses plan to be open today * Other tree run courses not yet available
Nighta skiing operations
* Weekends and holidays from until 24th February 2020 Read more ...