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Thursday 28th January 2021, 7:55am
Yesterday ended up being a cloudy day with some light rain and sleet.
We start this morning with cloudy skies and some windy conditions... and there is no new cm of snow to report.
The snow is coming... tomorrow!
Official non compacted snow depth (as reported by the ski area):
Top: 330cm Base: 210cm
Planned operating lifts:
Number 1 Gondola Number 1 pair lift Number 2 pair lift Number 2 Gondola [* weekends & holidays only] Quad lift
Planned open courses (subject to change):
- All open
Tree Run course:
- All should be open after checking for safety
- Planned for weekends and holidays until 28th February Read more ...
Thursday 28th January 2021, 8:02am
Morning from Madarao.
A cloudy start to this Thursday morning but if the forecasts have got it right it should be clearing up to some degree and the sun will say hello. So things are looking up. It really should be snowing tomorrow (starting tonight over overnight) and Saturday. Let's hope for a decent amount!
By the way, you may have heard that the Naeba, Kagura and Hakkaisan ski areas over in Niigata are currently closed. Well, if you happen to have a season ticket covering those areas you can buy a one day lift ticket at Madarao for the reduced charge of 2500 yen. That offer is available as long as those ski areas are closed.
- Official snow depth: 170cm - New snow reported by ski area (24 hours): 0cm - All lifts operating apart from Number 3A and 5 - All main runs open - Snow Park open - Kids Park open - Tree Run: all open apart from Powder Wave
- Official snow depth: 120cm - 3 of 5 lifts operating
No fresh snow to report from base, though I see the ski area is reporting 1cm up top.
After the less than brilliant day yesterday (I stayed inside all day!) things are going to be improving now. Hopefully by the time we get to 'tomorrow' there should be snow falling and then snow tomorrow and Saturday. This snow storm is apparently going to be bringing with it some windy conditions, though perhaps we might avoid the worst of that. Snow without the wind... yes please!!
For the moment it is cloudy and we might even get some spells of sunshine during the day.
Check out the Hikage webcam image below (next to last). You can see Naski 'waking up'. Usually just after 8am, after breakfast. Always with a big smile. :)
Thursday 28th January 2021
Fresh snowfall recorded by the resort (since yesterday afternoon):
All courses apart from the following plan to be open:
- Challenge 39 Wall - Yunomine A - Grand Prix - Kandahar area not open to the public this season
Ski lift information:
- The following lifts are normally rested on weekdays: - Utopia pair, Challenge pair, Yunomine pair and Mizunashi triple - The Kandahar area is not open to the public this season - The Shinyu pair lift will be closed for the remainder of the season due to obstruction by fallen tree
The ‘total snowfall accumulation so far’ table in this report shows the amount of snowfall that has been reported on the upper areas of Nozawa Onsen. The numbers used are reported each day by Nozawa Onsen. They are manually updated for this report with any new snowfall reported by the resort. This table was first introduced in this report, including a longer explanation Read more ...
Thursday 28th January 2021, 8:32am
Kind of cloudy but bright with hints of blue
Good morning from Niseko.
Interesting weather this morning. Kind of bright with hints of blue sky and sun, but an overcast kind of feel too. Perhaps I'm not choosing the best words this morning...
It definitely feels colder once again with the thermometer outside my place currently saying -7C. Local forecasts to seem to be telling us that we should expect a cloudy day with periods of sunshine.
(Just for the record, on the official site this morning Niseko Grand Hirafu is saying 10cm of snowfall over the last 24 hours and Hanazono is saying 2-9cm. 0cm being reported by the other two).
All the ski lifts are lined up to open as planned at the start of the day and top gates should be opening.
Anyway, it has been about a week now since we have received any decent snowfall, so I think everyone is ready and eager for a fresh layer to arrive. And it does look like we should be getting back to consistent snow once again, starting overnight tonight. Yey!
Niseko Avalanche Report
Coastal Data 6:25am. Cape Benkei:NW7m/s. Cape Kamui:WSW8m/s, 1019hPa, wave 2.3m. Hanazono 1000m: -13.8℃, NNW7.5m/s. Hanazono 720:-10.7℃, NNW4.8m/s. Moiwa 800m: -10.8℃, NNE7.3m/s(max 8pm NNE30m/s). Annupuri 1100m: -13.9℃, WNW7.9m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -13.4℃, NNW2.4m/s. Mizuno no Sawa Top: -12.5℃, NW5.1m/s. Kutchan Town:-5.6℃, NW1.8, snow depth 134cm, 1019.4hPa. Moiwa base: -8, trace new snow in last 12hrs, light winds, frozen road.
Above the treeline at 800m the hard snowdrifts developed late yesterday have stabilized, then following the wind dropping under 12m/s overnight, development continued slowly on leeward slopes until dawn. From the snowfall transition, there is the possibility of avalanches on knolls, under cornices and on creek sidewalls, fracturing 40cm on Jan 26 layer. From observation and data, the general avalanche risk is falling, however above 1000m on SE faces, Hanazono aspect knoll terrain or under cornices rider stimulation could trigger avalanches. Take care. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrol's advice and prepare before going out of bounds. Be careful falling into cracks, they cannot be seen from above.
This information is published to prevent accidents in out of bounds areas. Knowing the cause of an accident after the fact wont bring anyone's life back. There is no safety in the winter mountains, be cautious to prevent accidents. You shouldn't be riding the mountain without a helmet and beacon. Some snowdrifts are hard, be careful hitting trees. Don't head out of bounds alone.
Planned ski area operations: Thursday 28th January 2021 The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report. The numbers in brackets show the change in the official snow depth numbers since the previous report.
Official snow depth (reported by the ski area): - Peak: 240cm (+0cm) - Base: 160cm (+0cm)
Ski lifts operating: - Planned: Niseko Gondola, Community Chair, Mori no Chair, Banzai Chair and Wonderland Chair - Community Chair and Banzai Chair lifts operate for night skiing
Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas until 7th March 2021. There is no night skiing in the Niseko HANAZONO area.
The Ace Pair Number 1, 3 and 4, King Pair Number 1 lift and King Quad Number 2 lifts are being rested for the season at Niseko Grand Hirafu. There may be other lift operation changes at the moment due to coronavirus situation. Do be sure to check for details with ski areas.
Now that we got the damp and wet of yesterday out of the way, we can look forward to improved conditions. This morning is starting off generally overcast and grey but there are increasing signs that it is brightening up and some blue sky starting to appear to the north. (Actually as I write this some sun is breaking through in places...)
So while snow conditions might not be great at the moment, today should be a much more feel-good kind of day than yesterday.
With the weather over the last week or so, quite a lot of snow has disappeared. One of the great things about having a season where we get a huge amount of of snow early on is that we can cope with a dry/melt period like this... there is a still a lot of snow around. And of course, we can now look forward to more snow incoming.
It should be snowing tonight (overnight) and during the day tomorrow and Saturday - possibly quite a lot of it, and possibly quite windy too (but hopefully not enough to affect operations).
There are also signs of a return to more consistent snow beyond that in the coming week.
Bring on the snow! :)
Individual ski area information: Thursday 28th January 2021 Information on a selection of the larger ski areas in the region, listed in alphabetical order. All information is checked with official sources and updated manually every day. Subject to change.
GALA Yuzawa All courses are open Official snow depth: 260cm
Ishiuchi Maruyama All areas open; Green Lift and Chuo triple lifts closed weekdays Official snow depth: Mid: 190cm
Iwappara Number 2 and 3 pair lifts in central area open today Official snow depth: 190cm
Joetsu Kokusai 9 courses open in the main Nagamine and Panorama areas Official snow depth: 210cm
Various changes to operations at various ski areas at the moment:
GALA Yuzawa: The Sociable lift will be closed on weekdays for the time being, with slightly earlier closing times. These lift changes will not affect the ski runs that are open.
Ishiuchi Maruyama: The Green Lift and Chuo triple lift will be closed. Currently no confirmed re-opening date.
Iwappara: On weekdays only the Number 2 pair lift in the central area of Iwappara will be open. This change is planned until 10th February. Weekends unchanged.
Kagura: All areas of Kagura will be closed from until early February. Currently no confirmed re-opening date.
Joetsu Kokusai: The Atema and Osawa areas are currently closed for the time being. On weekdays the area in front of the hotel is open. The Panorama area is open on weekends and certain weekdays. These changes planned until 10th February.
Muikamachi Hakkaisan: Currently closed and will closed be until early February. Currently no confirmed re-opening date.
Naeba: Closed until early February. Currently no confirmed re-opening date.
NASPA Ski Garden: The Number 3 lift will be rested on weekends but all courses will remain available. The Number 2 and 3 lifts will be rested on weekdays, when the C course will be closed (all other courses open). This change is planned until 7th February.
Yuzawa Park: Yuzawa Park will be closed Mondays through Thursdays until 19th February (though open on Monday 25th January).
Floodlit night skiing at ski areas in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma Below are the general plans for night skiing during the 2020-2021 season - this information will be checked periodically for any major changes. All are subject to change at short notice.
Ishiuchi Maruyama Time: 4:00pm until 8:00pm [*adjusted] Dates: Daily until 28th February; then 6th-7th, 13th-14th March 2021 Lifts: Sunrise Express, Tyrol triple, Kanko Number 3
Iwappara Time: Until 8:00pm Dates: Weekends only [*adjusted] Lifts: Number 2 and 3 pair lifts
Joetsu Kokusai Time: 5:00pm until 9:00pm Dates: Adjusted to only on Saturdays until 7th Feb; unconfirmed beyond that Lifts: In front of the base hotel and Nagamine
Kandatsu Snow Resort Time: 6:00pm until 2:00am Dates: Saturdays and nights before holidays until 3rd April 2021
Maiko Snow Resort Time: 4:00pm until 8:00pm Dates: Saturdays until 14th March 2021 Lifts: Maiko Center quad, Maiko Number 1 pair
Earlier this morning it looked like a day where it's supposed to snow (a nice dark sky, some dramatic light coming in), while now it's just kind of a nondescript gray morning.
We did get a light dusting of tiny soft hail crystals, now sitting on a nice crunchy breakable crust layer. Ouch. Saw the neighbor who is a well-known backcountry skier heading up this morning; EH-san, I hope the snow is a lot more forgiving up on the hill than it was down here! (just a little nod to him, as he often gives us good information from the hill on current conditions).
Tomorrow the snow will start, the national broadcast said, with Saturday the time for a heavy fall. Hope it sticks really well to that nasty crust, or the avalanche risk could go way up.
Akakura Kanko: 240cm, 3° Myokokogen Sky Cable gondola is not running today
Some light snowfall apparently on the mountain overnight though none to report from down at base.
It is a mostly cloudy kind of morning but it might well clear up during the day.
That's all well and good but we really want snow, right? It's still forecast for tomorrow and Saturday and we should be on the receiving end of a decent delivery. I will be ready to sign for it!
TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION SO FAR (UPPER AREAS)
Individual ski area data: Thursday 28th January 2021 All ski areas in the region are now open. The below information is checked from official sources and manually adjusted each morning. There are currently various adjustments to operations in effect at some ski areas due to the coronavirus situation. Please check with ski areas before you go just to make sure of exactly what is open.
Sanosaka Official snow depth: - Top: 150cm - Base: 70cm
Floodlit night skiing at ski areas in the Hakuba area Below are the general plans for night skiing during the 2020-2021 season. Subject to change at short notice.
Hakuba Goryu Daily apart from Wednesdays Toomi Sky Four quad lift 6:00pm until 9:30pm
Tsugaike Kogen 6:00pm until 9:00pm 23rd, 30th January 2021 13th, 20th, 27th February 2021 Karamatsu and Shirakaba areas
Night skiing is not planned at other ski areas during the 2020-2021 season
The 'total snowfall accumulation' data shown in the table on this page (above) is the total amount of snowfall that the ski areas have themselves reported from the upper areas of their resort since the beginning of the season. We manually check and update this official data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report. Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We have no control over the data. Just to be extra clear, unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data from base that we show at the top of each report, the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan.
It was more cloudy earlier on and has been clearing up this morning. Currently the sun is out and it's a fine morning.
After the warmer day yesterday this morning is more chilly, though not mid-winter like cold.
A storm looks to be on the way but it remains to be seen how much of the wind we might get. Would be good if we could avoid wind and just get some decent snow. We shall see. Expect it to be colder too.
Good news here in Kiroro this morning as the power outage which caused yesterday’s full lift closure has been fixed and the resort will operate as per usual today.
Conditions are calm, clear and cold. 3cm of snow fell overnight. Temperature at base level is -10, so throw on an extra layer today. Due to the power outage yesterday, the temperature gauge at the peak is temporarily out of service. Visibility is perfect. The Kiroro Gondola, Yoichi 1 and 2, and Family lifts are spinning.
A storm is on its way, scheduled to arrive overnight delivering a lot of snow but also strong winds and persisting throughout the weekend.