Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 20th May 2019
Tuesday 28th February 2017, 7:49am
Some clouds in a blue sky
Good morning everybody.
Today is shaping up to be a super nice day. There is a little cloud with a lovely blue sky behind it.
Conditions will be nice and groomed to start off with potentially getting a little slushy and choppy later on. My recommendation is to get out early and enjoy the corduroy.
Looking on we are expecting light snow starting on Wednesday night, then, unfortunately, rain on Thursday during the day which will then turn into snow by night time. Hopefully more snow than rain! Stay tuned to find out what happened!
It's a bluebird day here. Clear skies, -5 degrees and very little wind. You can e pact a nice sunny day if you're venturing out on the slopes today.
Not much change in the forecast either with the clouds rolling in tomorrow with a possibility of some light snow showers. The slopes are in great shape too so get out there earlier to enjoy the morning groomers.
Sunscreen is a must today .
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
- 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: dry Goshukinuma through Grandeco: dry, icy in parts Read more ...
Tuesday 28th February 2017, 9:34am
It is another great morning in Furano with very cold temperatures to start but it will warm up quickly as the day progresses. There is high cloud over the ski area and then blue skies immediately to the east. There has been no new snow overnight. The next snowfalls will be from Thursday evening through to Saturday evening, and expect them to be light rather than heavy dumps. Temperatures will be pretty mild on Wednesday and Thursday breaking into positive figures. Read more ...
Tuesday 28th February 2017, 10:37am
Blue sky, sun, cloud
Something of a later report today as I knew there were some technical things going on. (Honest!)
There's not a whole lot to report really, other than the current fine weather conditions... both yesterday and this morning.
Right now as of 10:30am it's a nice mix of blue sky, sunshine and cloud. It was a cold start to the day but temperatures down at base might be getting to just over 0C later on.
Not a whole lot of snow on the forecast, the next expected on Friday and Saturday.
Anyway, I might go and enjoy this weather for a few hours now. Which base to start from. Oh, the dilemma!
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base: -10℃, no snowfall. Moiwa800m: -6.5℃, WSW1.6m/s, no snowfall. Annupuri1150m: slight breeze and no snowfall. Hirafu1250m: -12℃, SW10m/s, no snowfall. Sea of Japan Kamui cape lighthouse: SSW10m/s, 1026hPa, 0.9m waves.
Calm weather under a high-pressure system. Observations shows that the avalanche risk is low. Gates will open from the morning. Surface hoar due to radiative cooling are forming under 500m elevation. The mountain is pretty much tracked out, beware of bumps and stay in control. Stay away from strictly off-limits areas. The temperature will rise during the day and slabs will form with radiation heat.
There are suggestions to strengthen the enforcement of the Rules. But we believe that it would only lead to further restrictions of the current freedom. People who are beneficiating from the current Niseko Rules system should be careful of what they say.
The Japanese Law prohibits snowmobiles in the Niseko Shakotan Quasi National Park mountain areas. People who violate it are subject to 5 months imprisonment and maximum of ¥500,000 penalties. Better not make light of it.
Have a nice day.
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 ...
Tuesday 28th February 2017, 10:41am
Clear blue sunny skies
The last day of February. Winter, or spring? There's a certain feel of spring in the air at the moment it must be said. Though another blast of winter would soon put us back into winter gear...
Yesterday didn't quite clear up as we thought it would with a fair amount of cloud hanging around for the day.
This morning, it was clear from the start. Lovely blue skies over Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma and as it's going to be rather mild once again. A beautiful day though and one where you just want to be outside.
So, any blasts of winter due soon? Looks like Thursday is the day when precipitation arrives, but as it is going to be relatively warm it will very likely be in the form of rain before turning into snow... with a snowy Friday forecast.
I think I mentioned this before recently but March can be very unpredictable. It can really click into spring mode, or we can have numerous of those blasts of winter and some very nice conditions. Or somewhere in between of course. It will be interesting to see how the March part of the season story goes.
Official snow depth information as of Tuesday 28th 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 ...
Tuesday 28th February 2017, 10:58am
Sunny blue skies
(Apologies for the report appearing late today - technical stuff. The report itself was written before 9am)
It's going to be fantastic weather today. Not just over Madarao but the whole wider region.
Just a bit of cloud at the beginning of the day but I suspect that won't last and it'll be clear blue skies; we're probably going to be having more of the same tomorrow too so be prepared for bright conditions and sunscreen is highly recommended.
Hopefully it won't get too warm, but it's definitely not going to be that cold out there.
Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):
- Number 1 lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3A lift - Super quad lift - Number 11 lift - Number 12 lift - Number 13 lift - Number 15 lift - Moving walkway - Kids Park - Free Ride Park
Tree runs should be open
- Powder Wave I - Powder Wave II - River Line - Powder Theater - Adventure Aisle - Crystal Bowl - Ninja - Sawa - Rabbit - Kamoshika - Bear
- Nighta at Madarao Kogen is every Saturday until 25th March (and also on 19th March)
And the whole region this morning is cloud-free with clear, blue skies and sunshine.
Sunscreen and strong sunglasses/goggles a must today.
A great day to be outside and sliding down the slopes, though there's no fresh snow to report.
We're not doing badly though!
Next snow? Probably Thursday-Friday.
Parts of Shiga Kogen are usually able to open through until early May (with some even until the end of May). Some areas start closing once March has finished though, so we have one more full month to go for 'fully open' status. Blimey, it's scary to think how fast the season whizzes by us. Slow down... please!!!
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!
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 ...
Tuesday 28th February 2017, 11:10am
Clear blue skies
A sea of clouds early on over the village but mid morning they have gone and it's a white-blue contrast-y kind of beautiful morning.
No fresh snow, so we have to play with what we have for the moment - and basically more of the same is expected tomorrow.
The forecast still shows snow due late Thursday into Friday, with it raining before the snow at lower elevations...
A beautiful day to be outside today tomorrow though and likely so tomorrow too. Let's make the most of it while we can!
Resort news as of 11:10am on Tuesday 28th 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. The resort is open as planned this morning. Official snow depth Upper: 270cm Base: 130cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. The resort is open as planned this morning. Official snow depth Alps: 320cm Toomi: 170cm Iimori: 115cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). The resort is open 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: 365cm Han-no-ki: 360cm Maruyama: 160cm Oya-no-hara: 140cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 140cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. The resort is open 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 ...
Tuesday 28th February 2017, 11:25am
Lovely blue skies
There's really not much to report today other than the lovely blue skies this morning.
And while it is hovering close to 0C at the moment at base, the resort is still reporting a temperature of -11C up top as of 11am. So it's cold up there!
It's nice to have clear skies again but I think lots of us would currently prefer a good dose of fresh snow. We're probably looking at later Thursday through Friday for the chance of that as the forecast currently stands.
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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 28th February 2017, 11:35am
Sunny clear skies
(This report was written at 8:30am - apologies for the delay in the report appearing)
It's a beautiful morning here in Nozawa.
No fresh snow to report... just clear, blue skies on this last day of February.
The next chance of decent snowfall (rain before it) is still there on the forecast for Friday.