Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Monday 27th February 2017, 7:38am
Cloud, sun trying to appear, increasing blue sky, clearer weather forecast
Morning from Hakuba.
It did get cloudier as the day went on yesterday. While I was over at Hakuba Iwatake snow started falling from early afternoon - initially at the same time as the sun was out, but by later in the afternoon it was close to white-out conditions... couldn't see a thing!
Resorts this morning are reporting up to 8cm of fresh snow on upper areas (Cortina).
This morning there is still a lot of cloud up there but it's quite bright and it feels like it is going to quickly clear up. That's what the local forecasts say too. Right now there's a bank of greyer lower cloud with the sun lighting up the backdrop making for some interesting scenery.
Enough of scenery, what about snow as we approach the end of February. Well, we probably shouldn't expect much (if any) over the next few days but snowfall due again on Thursday/Friday though there looks to be a good (or is that bad) chance of rain before snow once again (on Thursday). We'll just have to wait and see how that develops and hopefully changes for the better.
In the meantime, it should be a good day to be out today. That's where I'm heading right now.
Resort news as of 7:30am on Monday 27th 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 3-5cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Upper: 270cm Base: 130cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0-8cm 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 5cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 250cm Kurobishi: 315cm Lower: 150cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. 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 5cm 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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 27th February 2017, 7:44am
Cloudy, light snow - clearer skies forecast
Morning from Nozawa.
Very light snow falling early this morning but the forecast says clearer skies are due today.
The resort is reporting up to 5cm of snowfall on the upper areas this morning with none down below, so a similar kind of situation as yesterday morning in that respect.
We're expecting a few days of generally clearer skies with the chance of a light snow shower here and there and the next potentially decent snowfall looks to be around Thursday. There's mention of rain before the snow on that day, so let's keep an eye on that...
Just a few more days and it will be March. Inevitably, talk of spring increases once we get into March but let's hope that winter sticks around with us for as long as possible. March can be somewhat unpredictable in terms of snowfall, and it can also bring some decent snowfalls. Let's have lots of that this season please.
Nozawa likes to be open until the first part of May, so there's a long way to go yet!
Today is looking like it could potentially be a super beautiful day. It is cloudy and snowing right now however it looks as though this cloud will burn off pretty quick.
Conditions today are relatively soft due to a small amount of new snow received overnight.
The weather forecast is currently predicting clear weather tomorrow and the day after with the snow starting again on Wednesday night. There is some rain predicted on Thursday morning which will then turn into snow by the aafternoon and night time.
And wow, after the snow clouds clearing yesterday to give us a clear evening, it is a lovely morning. Almost totally clear blue skies all around - just a few white clouds hanging on for the scenery in places - making for a beauty of a morning. (The snow added to the report this morning fell during the day yesterday).
It's really cold too. Very cold.
A mix of sunshine and cloud is forecast over the next few days with the next snow apparently due later in the week.
That means that we probably have our 'snowfall total' for February as it stands now. I will of course go over the numbers and do a season update - that will probably appear on Wednesday or Thursday.
Extra layer, check. Time for me to go---!
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base: -12℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -11.3℃, NW2.3m/s. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, NE8m/s, no snowfall. Hirafu 1250m:-16℃, light NE breeze and some dust. Sea of Japan Kamui cape lighthouse: WSW3m/s, 1026hPa, 1.2m waves.
A high-pressure system is dominating and barometric gradient is flat. Calm condition over the mountain and the ocean. According to observations, the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are opening from the morning. The slabs are mostly stable, however strong stimulations can make the Feb 23rd layer to slide and cause a large avalanche. Beware especially in south facing steep slopes where sun affects the snow the most. Today’s surface will remain as a hoar layer under the future snowpack and is highly likely to become the next trigger layer. Keep an eye on the snowfall transition.
Please respect the Niseko Rules and stay away from the strictly off-limits areas.
Nobody wants another accident.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
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 ...
Monday 27th February 2017, 8:28am
Cloudy now, but due to clear up quickly
Some snow falling yesterday at times but it was generally rather wet - here in town anyway - and not adding up to much. Just a dusting outside here this morning.
This morning this is what resorts are reporting:
Kagura: 3-5cm Maiko Snow Resort: 5cm
So you can probably expect between 0cm and 5cm of fresh out there this morning.
When I first got up it was snowing lightly. Right now it is snowing very lightly indeed and probably about to stop. There are a few small patches of blue sky to be seen at times behind the clouds and we're expecting lots more of that... sunny clear skies are forecast for today.
And for tomorrow too, probably from the start of the day.
So nice weather conditions, let's hope it keeps fairly cold.
Next decent snowfall? Probably late Thursday into Friday (but best to be prepared for some rain before it turns into snow).
Official snow depth information as of Monday 27th 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 ...
Monday 27th February 2017, 8:34am
Cloud, clearing up?
Good morning from Zao.
Monday once again. And after a busy weekend, things are quieter once more.
It's a mix of cloud and some parts clearer conditions this morning - at base anyway. I can see the webcam for Chuo area is looking 'limited visibility'. Perhaps it will clear up there as the day goes on.
A cold start to the day.
Sunny skies forecast tomorrow and Wednesday along with some milder conditions, but we should be back to snow by the end of the week.
All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating today:
Paradise Number 3 pair Karamatsu 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 ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 27th February 2017, 8:48am
Mostly clear skies and sunshine, bit of cloud
We did in the end get a bit of fresh snow yesterday but this morning we are back to blue skies and sunshine with a bit of cloud.
Not really much else to report... may be a snow shower here or there tonight and tomorrow but generally calm weather and a chance of sun over the next few days. Next snowfall due Thursday.
The weekend crowds are gone and things are quieter.
Oh yes, I heard that the weather folk have announced their 6 month forecast. What's most important to us of course is what happens in March and April and the forecast generally seems to be for temperatures to be a bit higher than average. That's all very vague of course, but thought I would just share it.
We'll take it day by day here right through until May!
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish. Also that they often don't update daily and don't reflect the amount of fresh snow falling!
The sun is out this morning with spots of clouds. Only 1cm of fresh snow has fallen since last night, but we had 8cm the day before, so the overall trail conditions have improved greatly since the last rain fall. The sun should stay with us for most of the morning and hopefully into the mid-afternoon as well to help soften up the snow.
Many hikers have been climbing up Mt. Nishidaiten over the weekend. If you decide to make the trek don't forget to bring maps, GPS, foods and extra warm clothing. Also please be sure to sign into the mountain climbing report sheet, located in at the ski centre information desk, before start climbing.
The snow around the Mt. Nishidaiten peak should be soft powder snow, however the areas lower down may be crusted-over just under the 10 or so cms of new snow that has fallen over the weekend. Proceed with causation.
Snow should start falling again around Tuesday, with sunshine forecast until then.
It`s a good day to get out on the slopes, but be sure to bring some sunnies and sun cream.
* New Bowl Park in the works so stay posted for details on that.
- Gondola - Number 1 quad lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3 quad lift - Number 4 quad lift
All courses now open
Official snow depth: 290cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: relatively clear Goshukinuma through Grandeco: relatively clear Read more ...
Monday 27th February 2017, 9:15am
We have awoken to a cracker of a day. There has been plenty of wow factor with the great snowfalls that have been received recently, and today rather than a pow WOW, it is a weather WOW. The skies are crystal clear deep blue with not a cloud in sight over the resort. With -21c recorded at the top of the resort this morning, and a not much warmer -19c at base, you may just be feeling a bit chilly even if you are bathing in the full rays of the morning sunshine.
Snow wise there is not much exciting to report with only a dusting of a couple of centimetres at base. All main trails have been nicely groomed overnight and the ungroomed areas, although all tracked, have great amounts of powder in them from the last few days.
Blue skies and a brisk -4 right now. It’s actually a beautiful day here at Appi and the views that you’ll get today will be spectacular if you’re coming. Tomorrow should be even sunnier with the temperatures rising slightly with the winds being ever so light too.
The forecast for Thursday and Friday look promising for more snow. The clouds will roll in on Wednesday night and stay until Sunday or Monday. Winds are expected to remain relatively calm all week thankfully.
The mountain is in good shape overall and the groomed runs should be a lot of fun this morning.
Sunscreen is a must. See you out there.
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
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 ...
Monday 27th February 2017, 10:04am
Occasional sun, but cloudy over the mountains
Not a lot of snow through the day yesterday.
It was pretty nice with some sun out there in the hills; the snow that started to fall later looked like it might just amount to something. But in the end we only got about 5cm of fresh. Could really use more in the natural world to cover over that big layer of wet stuff below (knowing that does bring some potential issues as fresh snow accumulates on that old wet, potentially hardening stuff).
It's trying to be sunny at the moment. The streets are pretty wet and nasty, but the temperature at base level is still in the minus numbers.