Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018
Tuesday 27th February 2018, 6:44am
It is a true winter morning and right now in the village it is a chilly -16c. It is going to warm up a lot during the day and it should head up to around -5c by midday. There hasn't been any new snow overnight. Conditions are just perfect with deep blue sky over the resort and not a cloud in the sky. There are also clear views over the city to the Daisetsuzan mountain range and the sun is shining in its full glory. Looking up at the resort you can see all the main runs have been groomed. It will be a great morning for photos. Read more ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Tuesday 27th February 2018, 7:01am
It was another fine and sunny day in the Geto yesterday, which is very unlike Geto Kogen. Tops of about -4C with some scattered snow showers but mainly sunny for the most part.
We had some snow showers into the night, but today there's 3cm of snow. We’re in for a pleasant morning on the hill, mostly sunny but some scattered snow showers here and there. Tops of -3C with light winds and into this afternoon we should see the weather turn with heavy snow forecast tonight, and about 20cm of snow into tomorrow morning.
As for my previous report regarding rain on Thursday, it appears that we may only see the lower slopes get hit. But make no mistake, they will get hit with some heavy rain. On the bright side, up the top we’ll see moderate snow with about 35cm falling from Wednesday night into Friday morning - so there’s that!
Get out there and enjoy it today, if you’re getting bored of the groomers you might find you enjoy the park — start small with the little kickers and you’ll be popping double corks in no time.
Wednesday: mostly sunny with light snow in the evening (5cm) & tops of 1C Thursday: heavy rain at the bottom and moderate snow at the top (20cm), extreme winds (110km/h) & tops of 3C Friday: light snow (7cm), extreme winds (85km/h) & tops of -4C
Official snow depths:
Top: 525cm Base: 355cm
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 ...
Tuesday 27th February 2018, 7:14am
Pure blue skies
Powder fans, this is not going to be your week.
It’s a perfect blue sky out there today; it’s likely to start out sunny tomorrow as well, then turning to rain in the afternoon/evening (and it could rain well up the mountain, too). Don’t bother climbing Mt. Myoko on Thursday, too, because the wind is going to howl and blow you right off the peak. Death crust out on the ungroomed as well. There was some talk that we might have some heavy snow after the freezing line comes down on Friday, but it looks more likely that it will be sunny with more rain to follow. I never count out March powder - it happens! - but spring corn is pretty fun, too. There’s more than a month remaining for the ski areas, right, and we should make the most of it...
Another early day out (the cross country races were great yesterday at the Kokutai, the national competition being held in Myoko through tomorrow), so I’ll note where there is no new report yet. Just figure sunny, no change in snow depths, and a bit warmer today.
I have to add that most everything is closed at Lotte Arai, and no reason is given in either English or Japanese. Check with them if you’re planing to go there!
Sunny yesterday, but there was a definite hazy feel to proceedings.
This morning the sun is out again but it feels less hazy; for now. Looks like it is going to be a beautiful morning.
Quite cold overnight but it is quickly going to be warming up during the day.
Friday aside, it seems that temperatures are generally going to be on the rise over the next week with little chance of fresh snow. A high of around 6C today and 8C tomorrow with rain likely still around tomorrow night/tomorrow. Hmmm. It does feel like Nature might be looking at the calendar and thinking that it's about to start making plans for spring.
March often brings a few surprises, let's see what it brings us this time round.
Back to 'winter' news and it is the (66th) Yuzawa Snow Festival this coming Saturday (3rd March).
Events are held by the Nunoba ski hill near Yuzawa Ropeway on the West side of Echigo Station and begin at 6pm.
Expect snow related fun, torch-lit skiing, 'Miss Komako' and fireworks. And, as they say, much more!
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Maiko Snow Resort.
Updated: Tuesday 27th 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.
The sun is out and there's clear - if perhaps a little hazy - skies.
The sea of clouds below us over the valley is looking impressive this morning. It should be a fine day to be outside and sliding down the slopes.
The forecast remains pretty much the same - the chance of some rain tomorrow night or early Thursday, hopefully it'll get colder and be snow - but some generally milder conditions before and after then. It is looking like the weekend is going to be particularly... on the 'warm' side.
Official snow depth: 250cm
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Sunshine and blue skies! Yes, it's a clear and sunny morning here. Just a bit of thin high cloud in places. A beauty.
We haven't had much of this kind of weather of late and so I'm sure there will be lots of people out to take advantage of it. Myself included!
It would be perfect if we had a deep layer of overnight snow, but alas I have just a few cm to report this morning.
All lifts should be moving and gates are expected to be open. It is colder this morning and feels it so get wrapped up and enjoy.
Next decent snowfall due around Thursday if the forecasts are correct.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 5.00am: -11°, slight snow from dawn, light surface hoar frost. Moiwa 800m: -9.7°, NE1.1m/s, trace new snow, no cornice or snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -13°, light southerly winds, trace new snow. Snowpack 1000m: 430cm. Hirafu 1250m: -13°, trace new snow, light wind. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNW9m/s. Kamui Cape: E4m/s, 1023hPa, wave 0.7m.
The isobars are spaced widely apart and weather is calm. There is no notable snow drift development and from observation the general avalanche risk is low. At 800m impact test the snow pack is fracturing on Feb 23rd layer at 60cm down. This layer is light pre low pressure snow and has changed to a frost layer. Above 1000m take care around snowdrifts, cornice slopes and knolls. Snow conditions have changed since yesterday but you can still find deep snow if you look. Be careful of cracks, falling into creeks, hitting trees. Peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and prepare before going out of bounds.
Many people are following the trails in valley bottoms. To help prevent an accident I ask people to avoid doing this because the risk of a large full depth avalanche is increasing daily. Do not strictly off limits area Haru no Taki. The current snow surface (26-28Feb) together with inconsistency's from the next storm is likely to be come an avalanche generation layer in the future. Have a good day.
Tuesday 27th 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: 420cm - 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 ...
Tuesday 27th February 2018, 8:15am
Fair blue skies
Good morning from Grandeco.
Three was no snowfall last night and it is very cold this morning.
Chilly morning with nice fresh air on the mountains, good weather and a gentle wind. Nothing to interfere with a fine day skiing.
A beautiful day yesterday with blue skies, sunshine and some cloud. Dare I say it, especially around lower areas, there was a bit of a 'early spring' feel, though still some very nice snow conditions to enjoy higher up. That's what I experienced anyway.
There appears to be more cloud around early this morning and a bit more subdued, but blue sky and sun are expected today. It has been quite cold overnight and early on but will be warming up to maybe around +5C in the village this afternoon.
And a bit of a warm up looks like what will get over the next week - apart from around Thursday when there's that rain/snow event.
Ski resort information on Tuesday 27th February 2018 (at time of writing):
Fine and sunny weather again early on here though thankfully it's not warming up too much up here.
Would be nice if we could get that snowfall that is on the forecast tomorrow night as beyond that it does look like it is going to start getting a bit warmer. Perhaps even into low positive numbers around Sunday.
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.
Good morning from Naeba! It's a bright and sunny start here today, with the warmest morning air temperature we have had for a while at 2°C. The pistes are crunchy for the time being, but these will soften quickly as the sun breaks further into the valley. The best snow today will be at higher elevations. We can expect today to remain mostly sunny, but there is a chance of some clouds blowing into the valley tonight offering some snow showers. The wind will remain light to moderate.
Looking forwards, things will be hotting up even more tomorrow, with a predicted morning temperature of 4°C. The morning will begin clear, but clouds will push in as the day goes on, bringing a moderate intensity of sleet overnight on Wednesday night. The air temperature is predicted to remain above 5°C overnight on Wednesday night, and Thursday will again start even warmer at 7°C.
Friday will be a little cooler again, with the air temperature dropping below 0°C again, however this isn't predicted to last. Sunday is currently expected to be a balmy 10°C first thing. It might be time to dig out the shorts, tshirts and BBQs! Read more ...