After a rather spring-like day yesterday, we will probably get a similar feel going on today.
There's some early morning cloud but the sun is shining through and visibility is good.
My report needs to go online too early for official info updates this morning, but I doubt there's any change to the below...
Current operations: Monday 2nd March 2020
- All lifts apart from Number 5 should be operating - Powder Wave tree run courses closed - Other tree run courses open - Official snow depth: 140cm
Tangram Ski Circus:
- All lifts are operating - Most courses open - Official snow depth: 100cm Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 2nd March 2020, 7:56am
Cloud, some blue sky
Things did clear yesterday and this morning it's a cloudy with some blue sky kind of start to the day.
Feels kind of mild. Feels kinds of... spring. Though we are still due a dip in temps and fresh snow around Thursday this week. Until then we can probably expect more of similar to what we have now or clearer skies.
All areas and connections at Shiga Kogen are now open (with just a few minor exceptions).
Photos: Kumanoyu, Takamagahara Mammoth and Hasuike Junction
Shiga Kogen resort info: Monday 2nd March 2020
The below information is manually checked - but the report is too early for any changes today Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.
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
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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 2nd March 2020, 8:10am
Fine and sunny
Morning from Nozawa.
Another fine day looks to be on the cards today.
Sunshine, mild temperatures, early spring-like snow conditions - come expecting that and you won't be disappointed; and you might find conditions better than those expectations...
Today is one of those rare days when the Kandahar course area is open to the public. The Nishi (West) course is open today so if you want to check it out, today is the day.
Nasuki looked a little deflated as of 8am (see photo below!) but I reckon they'll get up and be genki within no time. That's everyone's favourite bright green skiing vegetable for you!
Monday 2nd March 2020
Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:
All lifts normally operating apart from the following lifts:
- Challenge pair - Utopia pair - Mizunashi pair - Yunomine pair - The above lifts are usually rested on weekdays
All courses normally open apart from the following courses:
- Grand Prix - Hachiman - Mukobayashi - Jumping - Skyline (lower area; the upper area down to Tanuki course is open)
Nighta until 8:00pm
- Nagasaka Four lift operates during nighta - Every Saturday until 28th March - 20th March - Subject to change Read more ...
Monday 2nd March 2020, 8:26am
Fine, some cloud
Morning from Zao.
The sun is out and it is a fine morning, though there is still the chance of snow showing for later today. (And then on Thursday).
The slopes were quiet over the weekend so I expect that to be even more so today now we are back to weekdays.
The low levels of snow and now this coronavirus scare really has shaped the story of this season, unfortunately. Not just for Zao of course but wider through lots of Japan. Let us hope for more positive and exciting news next season.
How long this season will continue is unknown yet of course so let's just keep on going! (The original plan - as always - is until Golden Week in early May).
All lifts are now normally operating apart from the following:
- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair - Astraea Number 3 pair - Diamond Number 1 pair - Ryuzan pair - Karamatsu pair - Yokokura Number 2 pair
- All courses are now mostly open - Yokokura and Omori part open
Night time operations:
** Subject to change. Please check with the resort! **
Nighta in the Uwanodai area is scheduled for 7th, 14th, 20th and 21st March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm.
Nighta in the Yokokura area is scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through 7th March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm. Read more ...
Monday 2nd March 2020, 8:30am
Cloudy, overcast, foggy higher up
It is an overcast morning with just a dusting of snow on the ground, though Niseko Grand Hirafu and Annupuri both appear to be reporting 5cm on the mountain. It is sort of snowing very light again but so lightly that I can't really award a 'snowing' icon above. Just can't, sorry. (Watch it start snowing properly once I post my report... doh!)
Temperatures on the milder side continue this morning, though it looks like it should be colder tonight. (And it's not as if it's major melt off warm, thankfully).
Foggy conditions being reported on upper areas so visibility is limited.
I'm not sure what ruckus in town the Avalanche Report is referring to... things felt eerily quiet to me yesterday in the larger towns I went through.
OK I'll have some toast and then get on with writing my February 2020 recap; I will post it in my report tomorrow.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Mountain Base: -2°, no new snow in last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: S 178deg 0.6m/s, -4.6°, foggy. Annupuri 1100m: SW 238deg 1.1m/s, -7.0°. Yu no Sawa 1000m: W 258deg 1.9m/s, -6.3°. Niseko Village 900m: SW 217deg 0.2m/s, -6.0°. Hirafu 1000m :S 195deg 2.5m/s, -6.3°. Hanazono 720m: SW 206deg 0.5m/s, -4.5°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: light winds. Kamui Cape E 2m/s, 1021hPa, wave 1.0m.
The weather has calmed with fog above 800m. From data and observation there is no obvious avalanche risk. All gates are expected open. Take care in poor visibility from the fog. With the higher temperatures the mountain is starting to change to spring. Never enter strictly off limits areas looking for fresh snow. The mountain is quiet compared to all the ruckus in town. Have a good day.
Ski resort operation information: Monday 2nd March 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 ...
Monday 2nd March 2020, 8:42am
Blue skies, sun, some cloud
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Yesterday ended up being a fine one weather wise; it was a nice spring-like day (and generally snow conditions to match).
This morning the sun is out again with lots of blue sky above Yuzawa. We can expect a high of around 9C again today. Some resorts mentioning some moderate wind conditions though I can't see any sign of lift disruption at the start of the day. Feels fairly calm down here in town.
Tomorrow should be less warm; the mountains might even get a sprinkling of snow.
The forecasts are still showing the chance of some proper snowfall around Thursday.
The resort news I can gather this morning is that the top area of Iwappara appears to be closed - no reason given so not exactly sure why - leaving just the main central chunk of that resort open.
Joetsu Kokusai to the north of Yuzawa are also opening just the main area in front of the base hotel and the adjoining Panorama area on the other side of the mountain this morning.
Individual ski resort information: Monday 2nd March 2020 All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.
- All lifts are operating - All courses in the Central and Northern Area are open - The Batman and Eliza courses in the Southern Area are open - The Ropeway connecting GALA Yuzawa with Yuzawa Kogen is operating - Downhill Falcon course is closed - Official snow depth: 180cm
- 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)
It looks like the sun is out over the main area of Yuzawa town to the north but early morning here we have had some spots of rain and there is a lot of cloud around. Hopefully it will just be cloudy and maybe clear up like in Yuzawa.
Forecast still show fresh snow due mid week, perhaps as we go into Thursday.
Official snow depth:
Planned operating lifts:
- Prince Number 2 Gondola - Takenokodaira romance pair lift - Takenokoyama romance pair lift - Number 4 romance pair lift - Number 3 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:
- 19 of 22 courses are normally open - The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort Read more ...
Monday 2nd March 2020, 8:55am
Good morning from Hakuba.
Things cleared up pretty quickly yesterday morning leaving us with lots of blue sky for lots of the day and getting a bit overcast before it got dark. Which is getting noticeably later, by the way.
A fun spring-like day.
And here is the official data, the only change being that 1cm from yesterday added to the Cortina total number:
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
It will be another mild day today, perhaps less so tomorrow and hopefully there will be some fresh snow later Wednesday and Thursday.
We shall see, as they say.
Have a good day.
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 - Omusubi - 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: 192cm - Maruyama: 45cm - Kane-no-naru-oka: 30cm - All courses areas apart from Uma-no-se and Lower Forest course are at least part open - Lower Kane-no-naru and Champion areas with some restrictions - DBD gates: Closed at the start of the day, may open later
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 report
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: 140cm (top); 80cm (mid)
Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma: - Nekoma is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in February - Open daily from 6th March - 4 (of 5) lifts operating - 11 (of 11) courses open - Walk course connecting Nekoma and Alts Bandai is open today - Official snow depth: 155cm
Inawashiro: - Chuo area part open - 3 lifts operating - 4 courses open - Official snow depth: 30cm
Yesterday the weather cleared up and warmed. Things got slushy at lower elevations as the day progressed but it was a nice day of Spring skiing.
It's raining lightly here this morning and forecast to continue to do so before turning to snow this evening. Looks like better weather tomorrow followed by light rain on Wednesday afternoon. This is expected to usher in a return to Winter temps and a significant snowfall through Friday morning. Looks like lots of wind during the storm and decent weather over the weekend.
Generally speaking, conditions are good at Tenjin and Hodaigi, plenty of snow at both those resorts and only the bottom part of the very lowest run at Hodaigi is shut. Seems like things are patchy just about everywhere else and even around my place, which usually has a 3m snow base at this time of year, the ground is starting to appear in parts. No Yubiso snow festival this year as the park just has small patches of snow on it.
May we not see another season like this again.
Amongst all the uninteresting news, on the plus side, coronavirus does mean that the resorts are really uncrowded. I hear it can't live in the snow but have the experts checking on that.
Fujiwara Number 1 and 2 lifts running and associated courses open Official snow depth: 60cm