Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 20th January 2020
Sunday 26th December 2010, 7:48am
I hope everyone can get over their Christmas hangovers early as the weather is perfect here in Northern Nagano this morning.
It snowed all day yesterday and this morning we have woken up to clear blue skies in the region.
Four of the 15 lifts are open today at Madarao allowing access to a good part of the resort.
There might be some slight snowfall in the area tonight followed by clearer conditions on Monday and Tuesday but there is a strong cold front movinng in later on Tuesday which should bring some potentially heavy snowfall. It's looking good for snow to be falling in Madarao from Tuesday to Friday this coming week.
Good conditions everywhere that was open yesterday and plenty of people out making the most of the white Christmas. A couple of light snow showers throughout the day but they didn't amount to anything. It was mostly overcast with a bit of sun.
Today looks to be more of the same. Cold temperatures, cloudy sky and pretty decent snow. Tenjin is fully open. Houdaigi is opening another lift and we are slowly inching towards business as usual.
Not a lot of new snow overnight, but temperatures have stayed low, and it looks like light snow will be falling on the mountain through the day (while it's nice and sunny below). We'll need more snow, but it looks like that will happen over the next few days, particularly Tuesday.
All areas are at least partially open as of today:
Suginaohara: Mitahara No. 2 lift Ikenotaira: Capsule, AB No. 1 lift Akakura Kanko: All hotel slopes; all Champion slopes (except A) Akakura Onsen: Most lifts open Tangram: No. 1 and 3 lifts open; also open for night skiing Madarao: Partially open (no listing as of 9 a.m.) Kyukamura: All slopes Seki: All slopes Myoko Snow Park: Open
Yesterday unfortunately remained mostly fine with little snow falling and things looked to have cleared up in the evening. But then around midnight it started snowing and it hasn't stopped adding around 30-40cm of classic Niseko powder. It is still snowing heavily. Another day or two of this and the mountain should be able to open most of the gates on the mountain. The snow is expected to ease a little this afternoon but then start up again tomorrow and continue through Thurday.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 240 Bottom - 100
Niseko Village: Top - 105 Bottom - 70
Annupuri: Top - 120 Bottom - 90
Mountain base: -7℃, 30cm of fresh snowfall in the past 12hours and no development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: W16m/s at Benkei cape, SW14m/s, 2.1m waves and 986hPa at Kamui cape. Predicted wind at 1500m at noon: WSW20m/s. Cornices and snowdrifts are developing around 800m elevation due to the moderate westerly storm. Although the snow in the trees is getting better, looking at various data and the snowfall transition, the development of cornices and snowdrifts above 1000m is relatively rapid. Caution is demanded when riding leeward ridgeline, steep slopes, knolls and gullies. Most of avalanche related accidents occur during a snowstorm. Be conscious of the risks you’re taking. Do not duck ropes to step out of bounds. Seek for the ski patrol’s advices. The snow is good but yet enough for the gates to open. Have a nice day
Almost a blue bird start to the day here Some scattered cloud but the blue skies are pushing through.
Yesterday was a great day on the mountain with some nice stashes of powder. Everyone was reporting a very happy Christmas.
A bit more of a bustle on the main street last night and a good crowd in some of the restaurants and bars.
There are a lot of people making up to the slopes this morning for some snow and sunshine.
It looks like we have a break in the snow for a day or two then from Tuesday night the snow show continues with 20cm plus expected and continuing right thru until Saturday.
Lower slopes are still closed as there still isn't enough snow down there, but hopefully after this coming week of sometimes heavy snow forecast we will need to pull the shovels out and the whole resort will be able to get going.
Yamabiko cours A Yamabiko course B Yamabiko course C Yamabiko course D Yamabiko course E Kogenashi A course Kogenashi B course Uenodaira
Nagasaka Gondola (both sections) The two Yamabiko quad lifts and Uenodaira 4 Hikage Gondola Skyline connecting pair Yu Road connecting up to Hikage Paradise 4 Yunomine Pair Mizunashi Triple
We went from no snow to a white Hakuba pretty quickly and the snow continues to fall. The night of the 23rd was the biggest fall to date but snow fell slowly and steadily through yesterday continuing today and there was and still is plenty to keep groom-dogs and powder-hounds alike happy.
Not a comparatively large amount of snow overnight but enough to fill up some of the holes and groomed conditions are great.
Things look likely to clear up somewhat later on today.
Temperatures have remained cold so the snow has been light and fluffy and the forecast is for continuing snow for the next week - Tuesday night and the following few days is looking particularly promising for some heavy snowfall on the current forecast - so we can expect a bumper New Years.
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 26th December AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Goryu was again reporting further snowfall overnight and is now fully open, apart from the Expert Course and Adventure Course. Alps daira - 185cm; Toomi - 70cm; Iimori - 60cm
Hakuba 47: The resort is now officially fully open. Snow depth (upper) - 160cm.
Happo-one: Not sure why the snow depth has decreased for the upper slopes, but that's what the official numbers say. Still, good conditions but some lower slopes remain closed. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 110cm; Lower slopes - 40cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: The official snow depth for the upper slopes is approaching 2m. Most areas of the resort is now open with most lifts operating. Nighta has started at the resort too. Snow depth - 195cm Maruyama area - 50cm Champion - 130cm
Hakuba Iwatake: Upper - 85cm Lower - 45cm You can now slide down to the lower slopes from the upper area. Some slopes on the lower area remain closed.
Hakuba Cortina: Upper - 165cm Lower - 100cm The resort has 3 pair lifts and 1 quad operating and more than half of the official courses open. Nighta has started at Cortina.
Hakuba Sanosaka: 50cm From today, Sanosaka is now fully open. Read more ...
Sunday 26th December 2010, 12:50pm
High cloud with some sunshine
Quite a cold day today but some good sun coming through which provides good views across the city. There are lots of kids groups on the mountain having what looks to be lots of fun following each other down in a giant snake like fashion.
The cold temperatures are keeping the snow in very fresh condition. The mountain has been extensively groomed and there is packed powder across the field. Both the Furano and Kitanomine Zone are open today. Kitanomine Gondola is not operating and the ski area has posted a large sigh saying that it is under maintenance. Read more ...
Sunday 26th December 2010, 15:35pm
Clear skies, just some cloud
Well today the weather has been for the most part clear with blue sunny skies... not exactly what we need right now with resorts lower down still not being able to open up yet. Missing Christmas isn't something resorts want to consider, especially on a weekend, so all eyes now turn towards the forecast and when it will bring the snow.
The day started off with a dusting of snow, but nothing major, but by mid-morning the sky was clear and it was sunny.
We can perhaps expect another sprinkling tonight/tomorrow with clearer weather on Tuesday followed by hopefully some heavy snowfall from Tuesday night.
Naeba - most open Kagura - all open GALA Yuzawa - central and north areas open Yuzwa Kogen - part open Iwappara - part open Ishiuchi Maruyama - part open Centleisure Maiko - part open Joetsu Kokusai - part open
Snow all around in Zao at the moment - almost to much for the resort and locals to cope with all at once. Obviously, that's what we want to hear! The Utopia area of the resort has seen the official snow depth jump from 100cm to 150cm in the last 24 hours and it will surely rise more come tomorrow morning. As you can imagine with all this snow we are not properly into the season with everywhere open (or as good as everywhere) and some fine snow conditions out there. You'll probably find that the resort hasn't managed the snow in places that it usually does as well, so there is a lot of deep powder conditions to be found out there all over the mountain.
The snowy conditions are set to continue right through this coming week with some particularly heavy snow forecast once again for just before the New Year.
There was just a few cm of snow reported by Kagura early this morning and after a cloudy start the day quickly turned into a very fine one with clear blue skies for the most part. It was still cold though, starting out around -9 degrees up top and it kept below 0 degrees for the whole day.
We might see another sprinkling or tonight but the next proper snowfall looks due late on Tuesday and into Thursday - and it is currently looking quite promising.
From this weekend Naeba has been able to open up the No 3 gelende and also the Challange Course at the resort.
Just a recap on operations at the Naeba resort, below are the lifts operating this weekend:
Dragondola Prince No 1 Gondola Prince No 2 Gondola No 2 quad lift No 3 quad lift No 4 quad lift No 5 quad lift No 2 pair lift No 4 pair lift Daishamen pair lift Takenokodaira pair lift Hiuchi No 1 quad lift Hiuchi No 1 pair lift