Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Saturday 29th February 2020, 7:04am
It is a nice clear morning with the sun beaming down on the village and a few clouds above. At-17c it is a chilly start to the day but later on around midday we will see a high of -3c. Conditions should stay clear and at least partially sunny through the day. Although the base on the trails is firm there was a good fall of snow yesterday afternoon which was 6cm in the village and about 10cm on the upper mountain.
No fresh snowfall this morning but conditions should remain very good this morning.
All open as normal.
Might get a bit of snow early morning tomorrow but not prolonged with a good chance of more sun in the afternoon.
Current operations: Saturday 29th February 2020
- All lifts should be operating - Powder Wave tree run courses closed - Other tree run courses open - Official snow depth: 160cm
Tangram Ski Circus:
- All lifts are operating - Most courses open - Official snow depth: 110cm Read more ...
Saturday 29th February 2020, 8:23am
Fine, thin cloud, sun
Good morning from Niseko.
Cold conditions continue this morning with 3cm more fresh snowfall to report. While the day started off with those lovely blue skies, it did get to snow during a fair bit of the daytime yesterday.
This morning we once again have blue skies, but there's more of a kind of hazy thin cloud look going on. Still, it is a fine morning indeed.
It's March tomorrow. Yikes! (Recap coming on Monday or Tuesday).
As much as I have explained how I am not comfortable going into this kind of thing in the last few reports, I do feel that it would be almost irresponsible of me to not mention the Hokkaido-related news this morning as people are very naturally wondering about it.
I think the most appropriate thing for me to do is to share the official Hokkaido Prefectural non-Japanese information pages:
As far as I can tell, this morning none of the ski resorts here in Niseko have posted anything about the situation on their websites ---- so from their point of view it is 'business as usual'.
Lifts are opening as planned. I think I'm going to catch a few hours myself.
I would expect things to be quiet today though so people heading out should be able to enjoy that rather novel situation!
Niseko Avalanche Report
Mountain base: -7℃, 2cm snowfall in 12h, sunny. Moiwa800m: ENE 58°2.8m/s, -9.4℃. Annupuri 1100m: W 259°1.4m/s, -13.1℃. Yu no sawa: NW 310°1.2m/s, -12.8℃. Village900m: N 338°1.1m/s, -11.3℃. Hirafu1000m: NW 329°3m/s, -12.7℃. Hanazono720m: W 282°1.5m/s, -9.8℃. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: S3m/s, Kamui cape: SE2m/s, 1022hPa, 0.6m waves.
A northerly wind persisted from yesterday and momentarily picked up during the night. 20+cm snowdrift patches can be found in leeward slopes above 600m. According to reports and observations, there seems to be no notable avalanche hazard today. All gates will open as they’re ready. A thin blanket of fresh snow can be found throughout the mountain, but the conditions can drastically change depending on elevation and aspect of the slope. Beware of over-speeding and hitting trees. A low-pressure system is approaching from the west; beware of sudden weather change. Always keep in mind that the area outside the gate is not within the resort management anymore. Better make conservative decisions.
Good groomers conditions. Have a nice day.
Ski resort operation information: Saturday 29th February 2020
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 190cm - Base: 110cm
All lifts normally operating EXCEPT: - Country Road Chair (normally rested)
Lifts scheduled for late operations: - Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm - Village Express until 8:00pm - Banzai Chair until 8:00pm Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Saturday 29th February 2020, 8:35am
Sunny, some high cloud
Good morning from Appi!
It’s a still, sunny day here at Appi, with some high cloud lurking around the top of the mountain.
Another 2cm of fresh snow has fallen since the last count. Yesterday the sun peeked out around mid morning, but light snow showers appeared consistently all day. Fingers crossed for more snow soon.
Today all lifts are operating as normal - weekend operations.
APPI is open with the following lifts normally operating (subject to change):
- Appi Gondola - Central quad lift - Central Number 2 lift - Central Number 3A lift - Central Number 4 lift - Central Number 5 lift - Central Number 6 lift - Nishimori lift - Sailer quad lift - Vista quad lift
- All normal courses at APPI are open - Dragon tail, Cruise 1, Cruise 2, Bravo, Attack tree run courses are normally open - Subject to lift operations & weather conditions Snowfall numbers The below numbers are reported by the resort
Quite a lot of cloud around early this morning but it has been getting clearer over the last hour or so and there's lots of blue sky now. It should be a fine day and mild once again with a high of around 8C forecast for this afternoon.
We enjoyed that snow as reported over the previous two days. It felt pretty cold in the morning yesterday when I went out, but it was milder for a spell when the sun came out and quite a bit of the snow around my place seemed to dry up quite quickly rather than being good and just hanging out.
The next potentially decent snowfall looks due for around Thursday, with perhaps a bit around Tuesday. It does look like I'll be having to use the 'm' word fairly regularly before then. (Hopefully I can keep the 'r' word out of the reports!)
Anyway I think we should have decent conditions this morning, and there will likely be less people around than you would expect for a Saturday in (just about) February.
See you in March!
Individual ski resort information: Saturday 29th February 2020 All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.
- All areas of Kagura are open - Top Kagura Number 5 lift is now open until 2pm and the Kagura-Tashiro course open until 3:30pm - The Dragondola connecting the Tashiro Area with Naeba is operating - Official snow depth: 220cm
- The top area via Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway is fully open - The base areas is also open - The downhill course is closed - The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is operating - Official snow depth: 120cm (Kogen); 30cm (base)
All lifts normally operating apart from the following lifts:
- None! All lifts are running
All courses normally open apart from the following courses:
- Kandahar - Grand Prix - Hachiman - Mukobayashi
Nighta until 8:00pm
- Nagasaka Four lift operates during nighta - Every Saturday until 28th March - 20th March - Subject to change Read more ...
Saturday 29th February 2020, 9:06am
Mostly blue skies, sunshine, some cloud
Good morning from Naeba.
The sun is out, blue skies, some cloud. It's a very nice morning.
With everything that is going on in the news, lots of folk are apparently deciding not to get out. That means that for those who are venturing out, a relatively quiet Naeba weekend can be enjoyed. I'll be one of them.
Take care everyone and have fun.
Planned course restrictions due to events:
Number 1 course: 24th February - 1st March Number 3 course: Until 1st March
Official snow depth:
Planned operating lifts:
- Prince Number 1 Gondola - Prince Number 2 Gondola - Takenokodaira romance pair lift - Takenokoyama romance pair lift - Number 4 romance pair lift (open for nighta until 8:30pm) - Number 3 high speed lift - Number 4 high speed lift - Number 5 high speed lift (open for nighta until 8:30pm) - Hiuchi Number 1 romance pair lift - Dragondola
Courses planned to be open:
- 21 of 22 courses are normally open - The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort Read more ...
Saturday 29th February 2020, 9:20am
Mostly blue sky, some cloud
Good morning from Hakuba.
Yesterday started off with the blue skies though it clouded over and ended up being more overcast.
I had a great few hours out there. Snow was good. Felt good.
On to this morning and it's another beautiful start to the day. Mostly blue skies with a bit of cloud. Topped off with sunshine. I know I sometimes go on about how beautiful our mountains are, but I just love 'em so much. Their beauty never gets old.
Anyway, there is no fresh snow to report, alas but it is pretty cold early on and it should be a good morning getting a bit milder as the day goes on.
Here is the official data table:
The information in this table is data reported by the ski resorts
New snowfall (lower)
New snowfall (upper)
TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data
Next snowfall due around mid week? One day at a time!
I hope you have a fine weekend. Take care everyone.
Individual ski resort information The below information is checked from official sources and manually adjusted each morning.
Operating lifts: - All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating: - Nakiyama Number 2 pair - Shirakaba Number 1 pair - Shirakaba Number 2 pair - Central pair - Sakka Number 2 pair - Sakka Number 3 triple
Courses open: - All courses apart from the following are at least part open: - Central - Olympic II - Kita-one - Kokusai - Nakiyama Wall/North - Shirakaba North - Sakka - Nakiyama South and Shirakaba South base areas are open; others closed - You can also take the Gondola or other lifts back down to base
Official snow depth: - Tsuga-no-mori: 205cm - Maruyama: 55cm - Kane-no-naru-oka: 40cm - All courses apart from Lower Forest are open (lower Kane-no-naru part open) - Some restrictions on lower courses - DBD gates: Gates 1, 2 and 3 open
About the data in the above ‘snowfall as reported by ski resorts’ table * The table within the above report contains data that is published by individual ski resorts * The data shown is the amount of snowfall that the ski resorts are themselves reporting each 24 hour period on the upper areas of their mountain * The source ‘new snowfall’ data and ‘total accumulation’ data is not updated at the same time * The ‘new snowfall’ data is updated in the morning * The ‘accumulation’ data is apparently updated/refreshed at midnight * That means that there is a time lag between the two numbers being updated * We manually check and update the data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report - so the data in each Hakuba Now report table is what is available at that time * Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We are not responsible for and have no control over the data. We are simply sharing the data with you * 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 * A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this reportRead more ...
Saturday 29th February 2020, 9:25am
Good morning from Zao.
A generally cloudy morning with a light south westerly wind.
There is a chance of some scattered light snow overnight but I wouldn't expect much from it and then sunshine tomorrow.
Perhaps a little snow Monday and then the chance of more around later Wednesday into Thursday.
Tonight is the last planned 'Light Up' night operations.
Originally planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows; subject to change, so please check with the resorts. Note that separate lift tickets are required.
Ichinose Diamond 20th-21st March 2020 Quad lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Ichinose Family Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays until 21st March 2020 Number 2 pair B lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Kumanoyu Every Saturday until 28th March 2020 20th March 2020 Number 1 pair lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Takamagahara Mammoth Saturdays until 21st March 2020 20th March 2020 Number 2 triple lift 6:30pm until 8:30pm
Yakebitaiyama Every Saturday until 29th February 2020 23rd February 2020 Number 3 high speed lift 6:00pm until 8:00pm
The section of road connecting the southern area of Shiga Kogen (from Yokoteyama onwards) with Gunma Prefecture is now closed for the season. It will be closed until 24th April 2020. Approach Shiga Kogen using Route 292 from the west (Nagano/Nakano/Yamanouchi) Read more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Saturday 29th February 2020, 9:28am
No fresh snow to report and generally cloudy conditions to start the day off today.
We might get some light snow overnight, nothing major expected, and clearer skies tomorrow.
Minowa nighta operations tonight are unconfirmed at the moment due to some technical issue - check with them this afternoon if you want to check that out
The next fresh snowfall looks set to be here around Wednesday/Thursday, perhaps a dusting around Monday too.
Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai - 6 (of 8) lifts operating - 18 (of 25) courses open - Walk course connecting Alts Bandai with Nekoma is open today - Official snow depth: 145cm (top); 90cm (mid)
Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma: - Nekoma is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in February - 5 (of 5) lifts operating - 11 (of 11) courses open - Walk course connecting Nekoma and Alts Bandai is open today - Official snow depth: 160cm
Inawashiro: - Chuo area part open - 4 lifts operating - 6 courses open - Official snow depth: 40cm
Here we go again, with a sunny and increasingly warm period coming in until we get colder temps and more snow around Thursday.
Things have definitely gotten better way up on the hill; some people found some really deep snows yesterday (read that, almost unski-ably deep first thing in the morning), although the new snow did settle through the day.
It's blue skies and pretty pleasant out there now; the vent on the south side of Mt. Myoko is really pouring out the steam this morning, so there must be a lot of melt water flowing down.
It's also not terribly crowded, but Nagano City was almost ominously quiet for a Friday night last night.... are people staying home because of the infection threat? If so, this has really become a tough year for the snow industry.