Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami. Read more ...
Wednesday 28th February 2018, 7:15am
It is another really cold start to the day with the thermometer showing -16c right at this moment. Apparently an hour ago it was -23c in Furano according to the weather data! It will warm up a lot during the day and head up to a high of -3c. It is another day with clear skies but some cloud is expected to move in during the day. With blue skies and sun it should be a great day, although there is no new snow. Yesterday Kitanomine Gondola was closed due to technical issues - hopefully that has all been sorted out for today. Read more ...
Wednesday 28th February 2018, 7:24am
Clouds, fog, but sun trying to peak out east
February is going out like a lion (or was that March that's a lamb or a lion?).
Anyway, we started the day with a pretty stiff north wind, and a light fall of small ice pellets. Almost rain, actually, as it's just about 0°C at the moment. That wind is going to pick up later in the day and into tomorrow; time to watch for possible lift closures, especially the gondolas. That wind is going to switch around to the SSW too, so it will be warmer as the freezing level heads up to 1900 meters or so.
If we're lucky it will be snow up higher; we could use one last snow here before the freezing level really heads up - to something around 3000 meters - on Sunday, when it will be warm, and it will rain.
Lotte Arai remains a question mark, as even quite early this morning it reported that only the Sanroku lifts No. 1 and 2 are open, and only the Myoko Long Run Lower open... we'll ask them what the deal is today.
Good morning from Naeba! It's an overcast start today, with a cooler base air temperature of -3°C to start us off. There is a thick layer of cloud, with it's base at around 1600m shrouding the mountain tops in the Mikuni valley. The air temperature is expected to rise sharply today, with morning highs of up to 5°C, pushing up to 6°C in the afternoon. The snow will be solid this morning, softening up as the temperature increases later on. The wind will remain calm to light all day.
Looking forwards, we can expect stronger winds with rain overnight tonight. This should fall as snow at higher elevations. The wind will peak tomorrow lunchtime, and then begin to tail off, giving way to more settle weather from Friday to Sunday. On Friday, air temperatures will be cooler again, allowing the snow to firm up and hopefully remain in good condition. On Sunday, we are predicted very balmy conditions, with day time highs as much as 12°C on Sunday at the base. Rain is forecast up to the very top station of Naeba on Sunday also, so it looks as though Spring is really making it's mark. Read more ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Wednesday 28th February 2018, 8:22am
Blue skies, sun, some cloud
We’ve seen 15cm of fresh snow hit the ground this morning after moderate snow yesterday and light to moderate winds. Currently we’re seeing fairly light winds with mostly sunny conditions and a chance of some light snow into this evening. Tops of -1C throughout the day, and then the temps should raise to 1C this evening getting ready for a warm one tomorrow.
We’ve got a bit of a wild week ahead, tomorrow we’re not only set to get some heavy rain down the bottom, there’s some heavy snow and some extreme winds. I thought about whether “extreme” was the right word, and yes, with winds that are set to reach 110km/h at the top, I’d say extreme is a great term.
The upside for the winds is that we’re probably going to see about 30cm from tomorrow into Saturday. So there’s that to look forward to…
Thursday: heavy rain/heavy snow, extreme winds, tops of 4C Friday: light snow, strong winds, tops of -5C Saturday: mostly sunny, calm winds & tops of 3C
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 ...
Wednesday 28th February 2018, 8:31am
Snow clouds are back
Morning from Niseko.
And for this last report of February 2018, I have 3cm of fresh snowfall to report. Bringing my total observed snowfall for the month to 299cm and the total for the season so far to 1198cm.
(These numbers can of course always be seen lower down this page, but I'll post my wordy monthly summary in my report on Friday. Will get to putting that together today and tomorrow).
Back to this morning. Oh hold on, before that, back to yesterday. Lovely weather. Beautiful blue skies and sunshine. Excellent.
This morning the snow is back with that 3cm I mentioned earlier and it is coming down now. Visibility also reduced of course.
Tomorrow and Friday things look set to get a bit wilder. Snow and strong winds are likely and it's probably not going to be friendly. Though it might well start March off with a good delivery of snow.
Anyway, I will be here tomorrow morning with the latest.
The isobars are spread out and the weather is calm. No notable snowdrifts development are present and the general avalanche risk is relatively low. All gates are expected to open from the morning. Seek for patrol’s advice before stepping out of bounds. The snow is mostly tracked out. Beware of firm tracks. Look out for cracks and make sure to stay in controllable speed. Do not cross ropes and seek fresh tracks under the lift lines.
An artificial avalanche experiment by Nagoya University, National Snow & Ice Research Center, Norwegian, Austrian and Italian researcher team will be undertaken in Mikaeri Bowl at 10am today.
A large-scale avalanche is not expected to occur in today’s condition, however please stay away of the experiment zone. Thank you for your understanding.
The weather is not so bad, have a nice day.
Wednesday 28th 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 ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Wednesday 28th February 2018, 8:38am
Blue skies, sun, some cloud
It's a beautiful bluebird blue sky morning here in Appi today.
The sun is out, some cloud but lots of blue sky.
And to add to that, there's 15cm of fresh snow to report. Low winds and some fine conditions should be easy to find this morning.
Stormy conditions look set to be with us in the coming days though with rain turning into snow forecast from tomorrow into Friday. Just how windy and stormy it becomes we'll have to see.
Like most (all?) of Japan, we are then expecting some particularly warm conditions around Sunday and maybe some more rain.
Planned lift operations (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 5 lift - Central number 6 lift - Sailer quad - Nishimori lift
Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays
A sunny day yesterday and a real feel of spring in the air. I was out on the slopes in the afternoon and the sun had softened up the snow.
This morning there's a mix of weather already. From light rain and wet roads, to a dusting of snow higher up and now even a bit of sunshine just to the north of Yuzawa.
Kagura resort is reporting up to 3cm of snow higher up and I note that Maiko Snow Resort are also mentioning a light dusting... though none to report from down in town.
It didn't get cold overnight and it is going to be warming up to around 8C later today with these mild conditions expected to continue tomorrow - bit colder again on Friday - and then warming up to Sunday.
Looks like strong winds are forecast for later in the day today and GALA Yuzawa are mentioning that, saying that there is a chance the wind might affect lift operations. Best to check with them if you are planning on being there.
The (66th) Yuzawa Snow Festival is 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 more.
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC (Route 17).
Updated: Wednesday 28th 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.
It's a mix of cloud and sunshine this morning here with the forecasts saying that the sun should win out. It's going to be another mild day after a mild overnight and more of the same tomorrow too with some rain/snow mixed in overnight.
The forecast for the weekend is looking interesting/alarming. Is it really going to warm up to +16C in the village on Sunday?! The Yahoo forecast has it warming up to 19C! Yikes, surely not. The good news is that it looks like once we pass that, we should be back to snow early next week. Phew!
Anyway, let's take it one day at a time and enjoy things while we can.
See you in March.
Wednesday 28th February 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
A few things going on this morning. There's a lot of cloud/gas around but some blue sky in places too. It was noticeably warmer last night - not really that cold at all - and today is going to be mild again, especially if the sun breaks through.
A 'Spring storm' is on the way, looking like starting from tonight. What this actually deals us - rain, sleet, snow, strong winds? - we'll have to see. Colder conditions expected on Friday, but a real warm up due again over the weekend and especially on Sunday when temperatures may rise well into double digits. Hopefully things will settle down beyond that and we can get some more winter before spring takes a strong hold on proceedings. March has the ability to surprise and delight - some of that please!
Anyway, get ready for the ride over the next few days!
Ski resort information on Wednesday 28th February 2018 (at time of writing):
As I write this, the sun is shining through the clouds and casting some big shadows on the slopes of the resort.
Mild conditions continuing now with rain expected tonight, a little colder come Friday and then a warm up again for the weekend - particularly on Sunday. The forecast for Sunday looks a bit nutty right now. 14 degrees and heavy rain. Please no!! Beyond that though early next week shows some fresh snow so hopefully we might get enough there to cover up the damage done.
Official snow depth: 250cm
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
Powder Wave I Powder Wave II River Line Powder Theater Free Ride Park Adventure Aisle Crystal Bowl Ninja Sawa Rabbit Kamoshika Bear
The sun is out again. Or it was. Things seem to be getting more 'overcast' as we approach 10am.
We are still expecting snow (sleet? maybe even rain?) into tomorrow along with perhaps strong winds - and milder conditions. I'll fill you in on that tomorrow.
The thing that stands out on the forecast at the moment is what is in store for Sunday and beyond. Warmth and rain - even up here - but that should be followed by a dip in temperatures again and fresh snow. So while Sunday might be a bit of a nightmare, fingers crossed what follows it will go to make up and give us a reset.
Currently Saturday looks likely we'll see more sunshine.
The seasons are changing. I can feel it!
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.