Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 20th January 2020
Tuesday 28th December 2010, 8:10am
Clear blue sky\r\n
Good morning from Madarao. Yesterday there was light snow all day, but the expected dump didn`t come and this morning there are beautiful blue skies. It should be a good day to enjoy the sunshine, though the powder has mostly gone. Some runs have also become a little patchy, though there is still top to bottom coverage. All the tree run courses are closed.
There is still access to seven of the fifteen lifts at Madarao.
The kids park and free ride park are open today. Only the box and rail are open in the free ride park. Kids park entry fee is 500 yen, so bring the kids a long for some fun in the sun. Night skiing will also begin tonight for those people who are keen to brave the cold!
There was no snow last tonight so there has been no grooming completed overnight. The forecast is talking more snow tomorrow, so lets hope the powder gods are kind.
Lifts currently operating:
No 1 lift No 2 quad lift No 5 lift Super Quad No 11 Lift No 12 Lift No 15 lift Read more ...
Tuesday 28th December 2010, 8:21am
Clear and sunny
It is a beautiful Hakuba morning.
The snow had stopped falling late last night, and gave us this beautiful sunny Tuesday morning. There is no overnight fresh snow to report, but we are expecting snow fall starting later on this evening and again until tomorrow afternoon. It could be a bit windy out there later on in the day.
The lowest temperature today is forecast as -6 and highest is -1 degrees at base areas.
There are still some runs here and there that are not yet officially open, but operations are now generally close to fully open at most of the ski resorts in the Hakuba and Otari area.
Let's hope for more freshies out there later on this evening.
Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 28th December AM:
Hakuba Goryu: The Toomi area of Goryu is now open for night time operations, from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 185cm; Toomi - 70cm; Iimori - 60cm
Hakuba 47: The resort and park at 47 are now officially fully open. Snow depth (upper) - 165cm.
Happo-one: Most of the Happo-one slopes and lifts are now open. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 150cm; Shirakaba - 85cm Nakiyama - 85cm Lower slopes - 50cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: More of the remaining areas of the resort are opening up now... most of the resort is now open. Snow depth - 200cm Maruyama area - 75cm Champion - 100cm
Hakuba Iwatake: Most of the Iwatake resort is now open. Upper - 95cm Lower - 55cm
Hakuba Cortina: Most of Cortina is also now open. Upper - 152cm Lower - 100cm
Hakuba Sanosaka: All lifts at Sanosaka are now operating. 65cm
A sunny day yesterday lead to a good deal of settling in the snow pack. Another sunny blue sky day in Minakami today with the weather expected to change this evening to snow. Tomorrow should be a full day of snow with around 10cm expected at the valley level and up to 30cm in the upper mountains.
A large cold front has been forecast over the new years period (Dec 31- Jan 3) which should bring over 60cm to the valley and top up all ski areas. The wind may be stonr on som,e days so sheltered area looks like the best go. Read more ...
Tuesday 28th December 2010, 9:16am
Clear, some high clouds moving in from west
No real accumulation of new snow yesterday (interesting that some areas are reporting higher depths while others are losing snow). The day started with bluebird skies today, with some high clouds starting to appear and occasional gusts of winds from the west. The forecast remains for some heavy snow tonight, which we'd really like to see, to be followed by ongoing, if not particularly heavy, snowfall into the new year.
All areas are at least partially open:
Suginaohara: Mitahara No. 2, No. 3 lifts Ikenotaira: Most lifts open Akakura Kanko: All slopes except Champion A Akakura Onsen: Most lifts open Tangram: No. 1 and 3 lifts open; also open for night skiing Madarao: All lifts operating Kyukamura: All slopes Seki: All slopes Myoko Snow Park: Open
Yesterday turned out to be absolutely perfect. Cameras were clicking away to capture amazing photos with blue sky backgrounds.
Night skiing started last night on the Kitanomine Zone. That means night skiing is now operating on both side of the mountain until 8:30pm. Be sure to take the opportunity to go out at least once, as skiing towards the blackness contrasted with night lights of the city is an experience not to be missed.
The Kitanomine Gondola is operating from today. This will provided access to more terrain on the Kitanomine side and make it faster and easier to get to where one is going. Alternative thinking may say it is also a good way to avoid the school groups using the chair lifts.
Weather today is high cloud with patches of blue sky and sun trying to break through the cloud. Read more ...
Tuesday 28th December 2010, 9:52am
Only a little snow overnight and a few flurries around this morning. Still good snowfalls expected to start overnight tonight and continue through to the weekend. Up on the hill things are getting pretty tracked out but there's still a few fresh tracks to be found (if you know where to look). A bit of advice for those near the Ace Family Lift, if possible avoid using it! It's a very slow lift and there are huge queues there most of the day at the moment. With all the ski schools and nearby accommodation it gets incredibly busy. You'd be better off catching a shuttle up to the welcome centre to start from there. Anyway currently a little sun is poking through so get out there and enjoy it as it may be the last time we see it for awhile.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 215 Bottom - 90
Niseko Village: Top - 120 Bottom - 80
Annupuri: Top - 130 Bottom - 90
Mountain base: -2℃, 5cm of fresh crystal snowfall since pre-dawn. Coastal data: SW6m/s at Benkei cape, SSW10m/s, 1004hPa and 1.4m waves at Kamui cape. The wind is forecasted to remain calm in all elevation. The temperature is relatively high at the base, but went down to -8.3℃ around 800m. Snow clouds are covering the Sea of Japan, however not much snow is falling in Niseko area. There are no new developments of snowdrifts and the avalanche risk is small. There still is not enough snow to open the gates. It will take a few more dumps before the out of bounds area opens. Whether there is a lot of snow or not, avalanches happen under the right conditions. Drastic development s of snowdrifts is one of them. Always evaluate the hazards of the slope you’re about to ride before you drop in it. Better not underestimate the risk you’re taking. Do not duck ropes. Groomed slopes condition is beautiful this morning.
A blue bird start to the day here with some awesome views across the valley this morning. There are some nice conditions up top but we are still light on snow down on the lower areas.
But the resort is pushing ahead opening some of the lower runs, probably in anticipation of the dump that is due tonight and the New Years rush of guests.
They opened Utopia late yesterday afternoon for a while, reports were it was doable but in need of some more snow.
Today the resort has opened up the Challenger and Hikage slopes so there's something for everyone there now.
Enjoy the sunshine while it last as it looks like things will turn snowy from tonight with heavy snow predicted. Bring it on!
Yamabiko cours A Yamabiko course B Yamabiko course C Yamabiko course D Yamabiko course E Kogenashi A course Kogenashi B course Uenodaira Paradise Yunomine A Yunomine B Mizunashi A Mizunashi B Bunabayashia Paradise Link Challenger
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 Skyline Challenger Read more ...
Tuesday 28th December 2010, 15:44pm
Clear - cloud
Anyone taking a look at the webcam pointing out from our base here in Yuzawa will see clearly that the snow down at town level is getting very thin on the ground now.... certainly not how we want to see things on 28th December.
Will today (or tonight) be the start of the snowfall we are all waiting for? Things are still looking good for snow tonight and into tomorrow. Then more snow over the weekend. I almost don't want to put a prediction on it - we will just have to hope that Yuzawa gets it's dumping on!
Today has been a generally clear day with a high of around +6 degrees in town just a bit earlier on this afternoon, so altogether too mild. After a clear blue sky morning, the skies have become more grey later on, hopefully in preparation for that snow!
We did have some strong winds today meaning that Gala has been closed. Hopefully, once the season gets going, even when there are strong winds Gala Yuzawa will be able to remain open due to the new downhill course that they have made (but they need enough snow to get that course open).
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
There has been about another 20cm or so since yesterdays report (though I am hearing of some places saying they were shovelling more!) and on the official snow depths as we keep getting new layers of snow.
Today, though, the weather has generally been calm and clear. There have been some fanstastic views up on the mountain today with the fresh snowfalls on the trees contrasting with the blue skies. And of course some great sliding down the slopes to be had as well.
All in all a great day to be here.
The sun is shining through at the moment with some late afternoon shadows being case across parts of the resorts. There's some cloud up there and we will maybe see some slight snowfall overnight - nothing major - and then look out for the next on Friday.
The courses at the resort are now 100% open with some fabulous snow conditions out there. Hurray!
About those Snow Monsters:
Many people who come to Zao are looking to give the Snow/Ice Monsters ('juhyo') a visit - the fantastic snow/ice formations around the trees at the top of the resort and a truly impressive site. The resort operates the Zao Ropeway in the evening times during the season to take people up there and see the floodlit trees.
The Ropeway will be operating from tomorrow (29th December) until Monday 3rd January. At this time the juhyo are of course not in their prime yet. After that, operations will be from 8th January to 18th January on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays and then after that every day between Saturday 22nd January and Monday 28th February. Please note that you need a separate ticket for that special evening operation.
If you are in Zao on one of those days, it's well worth a look on a clear evening. Read more ...
Tuesday 28th December 2010, 16:20pm
This morning Kagura was reporting 'less than 1cm' of fresh snow, and as you might expect that meant that there was nothing down at village level.
It has been a fairly clear and bright day, clouding over a fair bit later on in the day Lift operations at Naeba and Kagura remain unchanged.
Just a recap on the resort operations. Kagura remains fully open while Naeba is mostly open - the only courses that are officially closed still are the few steep courses in the central area of the resort that need a bit more snow... other than that it is pretty much all skiable. The Dragondola is of course open and connecting Naeba to the Tashiro area of Kagura.
Will the run up to New Year bring us that dump of snow we all want so much? It still looks like we can expect some decent snowfall tonight into tomorrow and then, after maybe another break for clearer weather, more decent snowfall later on Friday into the weekend. Fingers crossed!
This morning we were treated to some fine clear blue sunny skies in the area, though things have clouded over as the afternoon has progressed. It's a good sign and the forecast is for some potentially fairly heavy snow overnight and snow tomorrow along with some cold temperatures on the mountain, well into the minus double digits... bring it on!
Things are looking good from Friday into the weekend too in terms of snowfall.
Nighta this evening at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond - Kumanoyu
Official resort snow depths as of 28th December 10: