Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Sunday 26th February 2017, 8:03am
Overcast and snowing
Good morning from Naeba everybody.
We have snow again! Not an awful lot of it but it is still snowing even now.
Temperatures are a little cooler today and thanks to this morning and yesterday's snow conditions should be fairly fresh on the piste. Definitely not a powder day but some good turns to be had still.
Looking on, the weather forecast is predicting snow every day except for Tuesday and Wednesday which are predicted to be clear. A little rain is predicted for Thursday, however, this is followed by snow so shouldn't be a big issue.
It’s a beautiful morning here at Appi with some fairly light winds, clears skies for now and a temperature outside my door of -4. Things should stay this way all today if we’re lucky and the winds may even die down slightly to make the afternoon thoroughly enjoyable for those who are coming. To topic off we had around 7-10 cm of fresh snow last night to make those morning runs a little more pleasurable.
Monday and Tuesday should be bluebird days with mostly sunny skies coming and light winds. Temperatures steady around -5 or so.
The mountain overall is in great shape with the groomers doing a super job and if the temperatures remain low we can expect a decent rest of the season.
Get out of bed and get up here. Bring your camera and some sunscreen!
Planned operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):
Appi Gondola Central quad Central number 2 Central number 3a Central number 4 Central number 5 Central number 6 Sailer Gondola Sailer quad Vista quad Nishimori
And after those fireworks and quite a lot of drink last night, I woke up to the sun shining through my window.
Lovely blue skies with a bit of cloud - though it is forecast to cloud over and possibly start snowing sometime soon this morning.
Perhaps I'll have some new cm to report tomorrow morning.
Look for clearer skies in the first half of the coming week and then hopefully they'll be followed up with more fresh snow.
Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):
- Number 1 lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3A lift - Number 5 lift - Super quad lift - Number 11 lift - Number 12 lift - Number 13 lift - Number 15 lift - Moving walkway - Kids Park - Free Ride Park - Snow Mobile Land
Tree runs should be open
- Powder Wave I - Powder Wave II - River Line - Powder Theater - Adventure Aisle - Crystal Bowl - Ninja - Sawa - Rabbit - Bear
- Nighta at Madarao Kogen is every Saturday until 25th March (and also on 19th March)
The morning a similar amount of snow on the ground and another cold morning. Snow conditions should be really good out there but visibility remains generally limited and winds are causing top lifts to be on hold at the start of the day again.
Forgive me for being a bit quiet this morning as I have just heard the news in the Avalanche Report (below). While I don't know any more details myself, it is of course extremely sad to hear such things and thoughts are with his family.
A westerly wind with snowfall is persisting as a cold front passed and barometric longitude shifted and delivered 20-30cm of fresh snow at the base overnight. The snow drifts have developed slowly around 800m elevation. Avalanche risk remains high around cornices and knoll terrains at Annupuri Osawa, Backbowl and Higashi-One. Potential trigger layer is Feb 23rd’s low-pressure snowfall. The stabilization of the newly formed snowdrifts is progressing, however hazard level remains high and caution is required at all times. Do not enter the south facing strictly off-limits areas. Traversing across cornice or steep slopes and/or many people dropping into the same slope at the same time is a very bad idea. Peak gates’ opening is yet to be decided. The snow in the tree runs is very good. We strongly demand everyone to play by the rules.
We would like to express our deepest condolences for Sam Armstrong who passed away in an avalanche in Haru No Taki area south-east slope yesterday and offer our heartfelt sympathy for his family and friends.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
Niseko Grand Hirafu The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds and poor visibility.
Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area. Read more ...
Sunday 26th February 2017, 8:42am
Cloud, blue sky, sun mix!
Good morning from Hakuba on this last Sunday of February.
Snow conditions may not have been top draw, but the weather was fantastic yesterday. A real stunner with a fair bit of cloud hanging around again - especially in the morning, less so in the afternoon - with lots of blue skies and sunshine too.
Resorts this morning are reporting dustings up to a few cm of snowfall at higher elevations.
This morning a bit more grey cloud added into the mix but it's a fairly similar kind of picture with a mix of blue skies, cloud and sunshine.
The forecast tells us to expect a bit of snow later on and then perhaps a few days more of sunnier skies. Decent snowfall should be back with us later in the week.
Resort news as of 8:40am on Sunday 26th February 2017:
All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall, just a dusting. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Upper: 265cm Base: 130cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0-2cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Alps: 325cm Toomi: 170cm Iimori: 120cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 255cm Kurobishi: 315cm Lower: 150cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. (Uma-no-se closed). Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 370cm Han-no-ki: 370cm Maruyama: 170cm Oya-no-hara: 150cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 145cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 2cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Top: 350cm Base: 230cm
Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:
Hakuba Goryu: Planned to be open daily from 6pm until 9:30pm
Tsugaike Kogen: Planned at the Katamatsu-Shirakaba area on March 4th, 11th, 18th, 19th (6pm until 9pm)
Hakuba Cortina: Planned to be open daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)
Hakuba Happo-one: Planned to be open daily until 9pm on the Nakiyama area.
Kashimayari: Planned to be open daily.
There is no night skiing at the other resorts in the area. Read more ...
Sunday 26th February 2017, 8:51am
Snow clouds have moved in
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Yesterday was a fine day weather wise and hearing varying stories on snow conditions - from decent to 'crusty'. A fresh layer would be most welcome... but isn't it always!!
This morning is once again showing us some varied conditions in a short space of time. When I got up it was sunny and the skies were fairly clear. I thought it was going to be a fine and sunny day. But then just a while back snow started falling and the skies have almost completely clouded over. It has gone from being sunny blue skies to grey over the period of about one hour.
Kagura is reporting 1-3cm of fresh snow by the way.
Snow is actually on the forecast for the day today though it's not going to be too cold so I imagine a bit on the wet side of things.
We're then expecting a few days of generally fine and sunny skies and happily they should be followed up by what looks like more snowfall due later in the week.
Official snow depth information as of Sunday 26th February 2017
GALA Yuzawa Upper part of $2,600,000 closed today due to avalanche danger. Otherwise open as planned. Official snow depth: 370cm
Below are details of the planned 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma this season. This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions. *** Please note that this section will not be updated every day.
Ishiuchi Maruyama Daily until 19th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 8:50pm. The Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2 and Kanko Number 3 Express lifts are open daily. The Kanko Number 1 Express lift, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift and Hatsukaishi Number 2 pair lifts are also open on weekends and holidays.
Iwappara Daily until 20th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays. The Main course, Grand course and West courses are open during nighta.
Joetsu Kokusai Daily until 20th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm. The area in front of the main base hotel is open for nighta.
Kandatsu Kogen 'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night') is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.
Maiko Snow Resort Daily until 19th March 2017. Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm. The Maiko center quad lift on the Maiko Side of the resort operates for nighta.
Naeba Daily until 26th March 2017. Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.
NASPA Ski Garden 'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in January and February. On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.
Yuzawa Nakazato Every Saturday until 11th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm. The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 26th February 2017, 9:01am
Mix of blue sky and cloud
Morning from Nozawa.
The sun is out with lots of blue sky on view from here at base and more cloud as you go higher. Clouds are due and some snowfall likely as well, maybe even this morning. Though I wouldn't expect much.
This morning the resort is reporting 0-5cm of snow so if you want to hit that fresh, head high!
The region is expecting a period of clearer skies early in the coming week with the next snowfall due towards the end of the week.
Ichinose Family: Every day until 25th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Ichinose Diamond: Every Saturday until 25th March and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Yakebitaiyama: Every Saturday until 4th March (6pm-8pm)
Kumanoyu: Every Saturday until 25th March and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm) Read more ...
Sunday 26th February 2017, 9:06am
Cloudy, some blue sky
Good morning from Grandeco.
Some blue skies this morning though lots of cloud too. 8cm of fresh snow has fallen last night and it is very light powder snow, good quality stuff so the courses are getting soft again rather than icy.
Many hikers are climbing up to Mt. Nishidaiten this morning with snowshoes. Don't forget to bring your maps, GPS, foods and extra warm clothing when you hike up. The mountain climbing report sheet is located in ski centre, so please apply before start climbing. The snow around the Mt. Nishidaiten peak will be very soft powder snow that your foot will considerably sink in, even you are wearing snowshoes.
Snow should start falling again around Tuesday, with sunshine forecast until then.
- Gondola - Number 1 quad lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3 quad lift - Number 4 quad lift
All courses now open
Official snow depth: 300cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: icy in parts Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow Read more ...
Sunday 26th February 2017, 9:22am
This morning started off with light snow and cloudy conditions but we're expecting the snow to ease off leaving us with generally cloudy skies for the day.
A few cm of snow to report this morning at base so hopefully there'll be a bit more than that at higher elevations.
No snow on the forecast over the next few days and generally a tendency for clearer skies by the looks of the forecast, with the next snow due later in the upcoming week.
Just a few more days left in February and a week of the night time light-up Ropeway operations.
All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating today:
Paradise Number 3 pair
All courses apart from Kotan should be open.
Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself): Summit - 145cm Paradise - 220cm Chuo - 220cm Utopia - 175cm Uwanodai - 130cm Yokokura - 145cm
Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations
Every day until 5th March 2017. Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm. Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children. In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled. Read more ...
Sunday 26th February 2017, 9:23am
There has been a solid dump of snow overnight with 19cm accumulation at the moment and still snowing. Despite the continued precipitation visibility is pretty reasonable. There are currently only light winds and temperatures are warm. The snow at village level reflects that warmth and is relatively heavy. For Monday through Wednesday, winds should be almost non existent, no fresh snow is on the forecast, but we should see some nice sunny days. Read more ...
Sunday 26th February 2017, 18:06pm
Same weather conditions here in Minakami this morning but snow started sporadically through the day and as of late afternoon its falling moderately at the base of Tenjin so potentially looking good for tomorrow.
5cm Tenjin 0cm Hodaigi 0cm Okutone
Temps at 8am
Official snow depth:
420cm Tenjin 260cm Hodaigi 260cm Okutone
Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):
Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available. Read more ...