Floodlit night skiing for the 2017-2018 season is planned as follows:
In the Uwanodai area: Daily until Sunday 4th March 2018 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018.
In the Yokokura area: Daily until Monday 8th January 2018 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 12th January until Sunday 18th February 2018. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 2nd March until Sunday 11th March 2018.
Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates:
January 2018: 1st-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-31st February 2018: every day March 2018: 1st-4th Read more ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 7:25am
More good fresh snow to report this morning. The snow clouds moved in during the day yesterday and this morning it is snowing lightly and there is a light wind. We are expecting generally cloudy weather during the day today.
Number 1 Gondola news
Regarding the Number 1 Gondola. Unfortunately, it sounds like some repair work is needed to get that operating again and it may well take about another month or so (as of the end of December), according to staff at the resort. The resort will of course be doing all they can to get it back up and running and I will of course keep you up to date on that as things happen.
With the Number 1 Gondola out of action it means that some areas of the resort are 'hike-up' - this includes the upper area of A1 course, A4 course and A6 course. They are available but you need to 'hike up' - and the same rules/restrictions as per the tree run courses apply. Please contact the resort about those. The Shooter 1-4 areas will be closed as long as the Number 1 Gondola is not moving.
Official snow depths:
Top: 300cm Base: 240cm
* All lifts scheduled to be operating apart from the Number 1 Gondola
Courses & Tree Runs:
* All main courses open apart from B2 today * The 'Rabbit' tree run course open - others yet to open
Nighta skiing operations are planned at Geto Kogen over New Year, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018.
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The second day of 2018 has me looking at least 30cm of fresh snow. It should be an excellent day on the mountain today even though it may be a little cold and windy at the top.
More snow coming our way throughout the day, around 10-20cm worth by the looks of the forecast. Winds should be steady all day and hopefully drop somewhat tomorrow and stay relatively modest throughout the week. Steady temperatures all week to in the -5 to -12 zone.
All runs are open today again and although there’s a chance of a little ice beneath the surface hopefully the fresh snow and groomers have done a sufficient job of making it a non issue.
Enjoy the fresh snow.
Planned lift operations on Monday 1st January 2018 (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 4 lift - Central number 5 lift - Central number 6 lift - Sailer gondola - Sailer quad - Vista quad - Nishimori lift
Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on weekdays
Yesterday was a fairly gusty day but there were some nice breaks in the clouds allowing for some blue sky views. Given that it was New Years Day, you really had to wonder where all the skiers were as the slopes were very very quiet. It was also warm yesterday breaking into positive temperatures and this was evidenced by very slippery roads in the afternoon.
This morning is mostly cloudy but during the morning we should at least get some sun beaming down. Temperatures are warm again, currently -1c and heading to a high of 0c, so not much variation during the day. It is snowing lightly but there is no accumulation on the ground and the snow is forecast to ease off and then return in the evening. The big question is will the Gondola operate today....it was shut down all yesterday for maintenance...fingers crossed on that one. Read more ...
Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 7:47am
Good morning! It's looking like "Storm Dougle" has well and truly hit town last night, with 21cm of new snow in the past 24 hours. It's quite breezy today, so there are a number of lifts on standby, but the pistes will be in good condition with that layer of fresh snow topping them. The temperature is just below 0°C, however it feels a little cooler due to the wind.
The forecast looking forwards indicates that "Storm Dougle" will continue to blast us with snow for a good few days to come, with the heaviest snow falling tonight and throughout Wednesday day and night time. The wind will pick up a little more overnight tonight and into tomorrow, but it should ease off once the bulk of the snow has fallen tomorrow night. Temperatures are expected to remain just below 0°C at the base of Naeba, however the wind chill will make things feel a little chillier than the air temperature suggests. "Storm Dougle" is expected to head off on Friday, when we will once again get a day's respite from storm mode before the next storm rolls in for the weekend.
Yesterday was not the most impressive way to start the New Year, weather-wise. All a bit wet come the afternoon. The folk with hangovers, clutching for straw-like excuses for not having to get up, sort of had their good excuse! Having said that, it was busy out there on the slopes and I am sure people were having their fun. Remember, unless you live in Marketing Brochure Land, it can't be 'amazing conditions' all the time.
I am not able to add any new cm to my report this morning though I notice the Avalanche Report is mentioning new (wet) snow on the mountain.
Earlier on, pre-toast, it was kind of wet sleet-y snow coming down, but things seem to have improved with snow currently falling outside with a slight dusting of snow on the top of my car now. It's not the light and fluffy variety, but it is certainly better than rain.
So when do we get back to fresh light and fluffy? That will be tomorrow hopefully. And hopefully more to fall than is on the forecast. I know, I'm greedy.
I plan to post my season recap in the report tomorrow morning.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6.00am: 0°, 5cm wet new snow. Moiwa 800m : -1.6°, NE2.6m/s, 10cm new snow, easterly large snowdrift development yesterday afternoon. Annupuri 1150m: -4°, SE10m/s, 5cm new snow. Hirafu 1250m: -5°, E10m/s, 10cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:WSW4m/s. Kamui Cape: E4m/s, 1005hPa, wave 0.7m.
Mixed snow and rain falling at the mountain base, the mountain is covered in wet snow and trees look beautiful. The low pressure system has remained near Shakotan. Above 800m there is E10m/s winds and snow, with slow snowdrift development covering old tracks. From test and observation, avalanche risk is low below 1000m. However in lower Kozan no Sawa and SE facing steep slopes like West Ridge there is risk of flow type avalanche, particular to this type of low pressure snow. Take care. Around 600m under lift lines and in steep cliff areas, full depth avalanches from cracks starting to open can easily occur. If there is a lot of snow a full depth avalanche will occur even in the middle of winter. Dont stand around under these slopes.
Peak gates are expected to be open. However may close due to bad weather or bad visibility. Listen to patrol and plan ahead. Never enter Haru no Taki. The risk of avalanche from the surface layers and also from deeper layers persists. Do not disregard the danger.
Niseko Rules respects your freedom to ride safely. Respect for Rules. Snow is not too bad. Have a good day. Winter will begin its return tomorrow, the temperature will drop and the snow will be back.
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating ** But top Wonderland Chair lift on hold at 8:30am
Official snow depth: - Top: 250cm - Base: 170cm
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, Banzai Chair Read more ...
Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 8:39am
Cloud and some blue sky
Morning from Hakuba.
Fairly strong winds yesterday with snow falling on the mountains.
And this morning here are the fresh snowfall headlines, as reported by the ski resorts:
Hakuba Goryu: 2-5cm Hakuba 47: 5cm (they were reporting 10cm on the upper slopes yesterday. Unclear.) Hakuba Happo-one: 2cm at top of the Gondola Hakuba Cortina: 25-30cm
Check out the numbers from Cortina. I'm sure there will be more than a few people heading out there after seeing what they are reporting this morning. Looks like the resorts to the north of the valley got the best deliveries.
It's quite windy this morning too in upper areas, not so down in the village, and so some higher lifts may be operating at reduced speeds. I can see that the Gondola and top lifts at Happo-one are on hold at the start of the day as well due to the wind. Fingers crossed that will ease off and the lifts can get moving.
There is lots of cloud around this morning - light snow falling earlier on but right now mostly just cloudy with some blue sky appearing in places. Feels like it might be clearing up...
We're still seeing potential heavy snow on the forecast for tonight and tomorrow though.
A nice deep fresh layer of snow is always welcome of course, so bring it on.
Ski resort opening status on Tuesday 2nd January 2018:
Yesterday it was snowing on and off during the day - clearer skies in places at times. The snow was a bit wet really down in town, but overnight we have more fresh snow on the ground around town. I am measuring 24cm.
So we can expect around 20-30cm of fresh snow out there on the slopes around town this morning.
Light snow is falling at the moment, and it is expected to get heavier later on with a decent amount of snow due to fall overnight and through tomorrow; possibly with strong winds too.
Big number potential!
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC.
Updated: Tuesday 2nd January 2018
** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information. Note that while we manually check this information each morning, sometimes official information is updated later than the time of these reports and so at times there may be an apparent delay.
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 ...