Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020
Saturday 30th March 2013, 8:47am
It remained a cloudy day yesterday for the most part with varying conditions up and down the valley. I was up on Hakuba Goryu and the sun was out up there, but it looks like some places remained firmly in a bank of cloud through the day with poor visibility. It was warm too but it managed to cool down to just under 0 degrees overnight.
No fresh snow to report though Hakuba 47 are actually reporting some some very fine light snow falling higher up on the mountain. It definitely feels colder. Lots of 'gas' fog and cloud hanging about again this morning with the top half or more of the mountain covered and not visible from base.
The forecast does predict conditions improving as the day goes on though...
Other signs of us entering the last part of the season include Hakuba Goryu closing down their nighta operations as of last night - not enough snow (and also probably not enough people as well!).
The other day I posted info on Hakuba Happo-one lift operation plans for the rest of the season.
Here's the news from the Hakuba Goryu resort:
Open until 31st March Toomi Number 1 and Number 2 pair lifts Iimori area
Open until 7th April Toomi Sky Four lift
Open until 6th May Top area lifts (via Gondola)
Hakuba 47 and Tsugaike Kogen also plan to be open in some capacity until 6th May. How much can remain open over the next few weeks will depend on the snow of course.
Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 30th March 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: No new snowfall reported by Hakuba Goryu. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 230cm; Toomi - 65cm; Iimori - 40cm
Hakuba 47: 0cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday. Official snow depth: Upper - 140cm Lower - 55cm
New snow until the end! 2cm of snow is being reported by the resort this morning and light snow falling. A trace on my car to brush off early on. It's still foggy too so can't really see where you are at all. Not often we have 2 days on the trot of conditions like this. Nice for it to feel colder again though.
Let's hope that tomorrow for the last day of the season conditions will clear up a bit and we'll see the mountain. Unfortunately at the moment the forecast is for cloud and possibly rain.
Just when we thought those resort snow depth numbers were on their way down, we get some new snowfall and we're back up to 5m at Grand Hirafu. Yes, another 10+cm here in Hirafu this morning which is a nice start to the weekend. Decent snow too by the looks so it should be a good morning out there.
No wind problems either this morning and resorts look to be open as planned.
This morning for weather conditions Annupuri resort has 'snow', Niseko Village has 'cloud' and Niseko Grand Hirafu has 'fine'! From where I'm looking 'cloudy with snow falling' seems to be the best description.
Perhaps those differing reports only goes to demonstrate how varied weather conditions can be in the same region.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 500cm Bottom - 220cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 400cm Bottom - 240cm
Niseko Village Top - 430cm Bottom - 200cm
Niseko base 6am: -3C, 10cm new snow, broken particles. Yesterday 4pm windspeed at 1000m: SW18m/s, 8pm: 14m/s. Coastal data 6am: wind NW12m/s, 1.3m waves, pressure 1016hPa. Annupuri peak predicted windspeed at noon: W18m/s. Snow depth at 1000m: 400cm.
Cold air has been flowing into the area with wind and some snow. Above 800m, leeward slopes, snow drift development turning to slabs. These are weakly bonded and will easily collapse this morning. Avalanche risk is High this morning. Be careful on steep slopes and around knolls, shallow(20cm)rider stimulated surface slabs avalanches sliding on 29th Mar layer will easily occur.
All peak gates are expected to open at 9.30. Listen to patrols advice before passing through gates. It is recommended to carry self rescue equipment. Avoid riding alone.
Avoid getting caught by a deadly full depth avalanche, dont ride in valley bottoms. Cornices are large and will easily collapse, dont get too close. Be careful of cracks. Snow is heavy but good. Read more ...
Saturday 30th March 2013, 9:11am
After a week of seemed like the return of Spring, the temperature turned south of the freezing mark and snow started to fall yesterday. It has continued snowing off and on throughout the night, covering over everything with a fresh blanket of white. It looks like Old Man Winter is not quite yet finished with Furano.
It's currently -3 and snowing, with about 5-10cm of accumulation, with higher accumulations in the upper elevations. Today looks like it will make it just above the freezing mark, with cloudy and cold skies overnight with temperatures bottoming out around -7. Tomorrow looks to be more of the same fine, white powder coming down off and on throughout the day. Fairly typical weather patterns for Furano Winter season, but it's nice to see the snow lasting so late into the season. With this much snow on the slopes (180cm official), it's hard to believe that April is only two days away! Read more ...
Saturday 30th March 2013, 9:21am
Light snow at the top of Naeba and up at Kagura this morning though nothing in terms of new cm to report.
Good that it's fairly chilly though, always better than warm. 0 degrees at base and about -6 up top. Down here at base now it is generally just cloudy though we might see clouds clearing a bit later in the day and the sun making an appearance.
Tomorrow? Cloud and a chance of light snow (light rain if we are unlucky).
Have a fun weekend.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 180cm Kagura - 370cm
Planned closing dates: Naeba - April 7th Kagura (Tashiro Ropeway) - May 6th Kagura (Mitsumata Ropeway) - May 26th Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 30th March 2013, 9:23am
Cloudy, thick fog higher up
So much for the sunny day that was on the forecast for today! It sure hasn't started that way here in Nozawa.
In fact, the resort is even reporting light snow falling up on Yamabiko and Uenotaira! What about that then.
From the looks of the webcams, visibility up there seems to be very poor as well down to around Paradise. The lower slopes just have cloud hanging over them but I would think most people visiting today will be wanting to quickly get up to the better conditions on the upper slopes rather than hang around base.
It definitely feels colder this morning which is good too. Perhaps it will clear up later on...
I'm almost hesitant to report what the forecast says after the miss yesterday, but here goes. Looks like it should be slightly warmer, cloudy and a chance of rain. A bit further ahead things look set to warm up again next week.
Remember tomorrow is the last day of the season for the lower areas of the resort. Plans for the rest of the season as posted below...
Lifts operating: All lifts operating except Hikage Number 2 Pair B line
Courses open: All courses open except: Grand Prix Hachiman Challenge 39
Official snow depths Yamabiko 260cm
Nozawa Onsen opening dates from 1st April to the end of season:
From 1st April until 6th May: Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift Yamabiko Four lift
From 1st April until 7th April 12th April until 14th April 20th-21st April 27th April until 6th May Uenotaira Four lift Snow Park
6th-7th April 13th-14th April 20th-21st April 27th April until 6th May Paradise Four lift
Until the Skyline course closes Skyline connecting lift Read more ...
Saturday 30th March 2013, 9:26am
It's colder this morning with temps down below freezing. No snowfall to report and just at the moment cloudy conditions above Zao but I can see the top of the resort from base here. A light breeze.
Icy and hard conditions on the slopes this morning though if the forecast sun appears later perhaps it will warm up a bit. There's chance of a bit of snow overnight into tomorroe actually. Would be nice!
Current lift operations:
The following lifts will run through until 31st March:
Onsen Number 4 Quad Sunrise Pair AB Nakamori Number 1 Triple Nakamori Number 2 Pair Diamond Number 1 Pair Diamond Number 2 Pair Oomori quad Yokokura Number 2 Pair Astraea Number 1 Pair Astraea Number 2 Pair Astraea Number 3 Pair
The following lifts plan to be open through until 6th May:
All the Ropeways Chuo Number 1 Pair AB (every day) Chuo Number 2 Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April and 27th April until 6th May) Katakai Triple (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April, 27th-29th April, 3rd-6th May) Paradise Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April and 27th April until 6th May)
The Yokokura Number 1 Pair AB will remain open as long as there's enough snow.
It's colder this morning. Even got a bit of fresh snow!
Here in Maruike we have some thick fog making visibility down to 10m or so - can hardly see a thing. And it is snowing too though no new cm to report. But a nice surprise all the same especially as looking at the forecasts yesterday this was not expected.
I have added the planned closing dates for lifts at the Okushiga Kogen resort area this morning - see below.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort area: Ichinose Family Ichinose Diamond Kumanoyu
Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 30th March 2013 AM:
Here are the latest lift operation plans for the resorts around Shiga Kogen, as of Saturday 30th March. Please note that they are of course subject to change and in particular snow conditions.
Sun Valley: Number 1 quad open until April 4th, then April 6th and 7th. Number 3 lift open until March 31st March, morning of April 2nd, April 3rd, and morning of April 4th.
Maruike: Number 1 triple lift open until April 2nd. Number 2 pair lift open until March 31st.
Hasuike: Triple lift open until April 1st. Ropetow open until March 31st.
Giant: Open until April 5th.
Happo Bunadaira: Open until March 31st.
Higashitateyama: Open daily until March 31st and then open on April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.
Nishitateyama: Number 1 'hoodie', quad open until March 31st. Number 2 triple open until March 31st and then mornings of April 27th until May 6th.
Terakoya: Open daily until March 31st and then open on April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.
Mammoth: Quad open until May 6th. Number 2 triple lift open until April 7th and then April 25th-27th. Number 3 pair lift open until March 31st.
Tanne no mori okujo: Open until April 2nd and then open on April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th and April 26th until May 6th.
Ichinose Family: Quad open until May 6th. Number 3 quad open until March 31st. Number 2 Pair A line open until March 31st and then open April 10th-15th, April 17th-22nd, April 24th-25th. Number 2 Pair B line open until April 9th and then open April 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd and then April 26t until May 6th.
Ichinose Diamond: Quad lift open until April 7th and then on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th. Triple lift open until March 31st. Moving walkway open until March 31st.
Ichinose Yamanokami: Open until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.
Yakebitaiyama: Number 1 Gondola open until April 7th. Number 2 Gondola open until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May. Number 2 high speed lift open until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May. Number 3 high speed lift open until March 31st and then April 5th-7th. Number 4 romance lift open when the Number 2 Gondola is not running.
Okushiga Kogen: Gondola until May 6th. Number 2 and 3 pair lifts until 6th May. Number 1 pair until April 7th. Number 4 pair lift until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th. Number 6 pair lift until 31st March.
Kumanoyu: Number 1 pair lift open until May 6th. Number 2 pair lift open until May 12th. Number 3 quad lift open until March 31st and then April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge: Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky lift open until 6th May. Yokoteyama Number 2, 3 Sky, Shibutoge romance lifts open until late May (basically as long as they can open).
From 7th May onwards, special individual lift tickets are required at Kumanoyu and Yokoteyama - season tickets and all Shiga Kogen tickets not valid. At Kumanoyu they are 3000 yen (children 1500 yen) for a full day and 2000 yen (children 1000 yen) for half day. At Yokoteyama and Shibutoge they are 3000 yen (children free) for a full day and 2000 yen (children free) for half day. Read more ...
Saturday 30th March 2013, 9:58am
A dusting of snow on some higher mountains areas overnight, though none down to town level and as we approach 10am it is just cloudy here in Yuzawa after a spell of sleet and light snow falling. The local forecast still insists that we might be seeing the sun later on this afternoon so perhaps it is going to clear up. For now though upper slopes at lots of the resorts around town are covered in cloud with fairly poor visibility.
Tomorrow it's cloud and a chance of rain.
Last day of the season for a few of the small resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma tomorrow including Hakkaisan, Muikamachi Ski Resort, Mt Granview and Chateaux Shiozawa.
Planned closing dates for resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma
Resorts in Yuzawa:
Iwappara - until 7th April Naeba - until 7th April NASPA Ski Garden - until 7th April Kandatsu Kogen - until 14th April (and then weekends until Golden Week in early May) GALA Yuzawa - until 6th May Kagura (Tashiro) - until 6th May Kagura (Mitsumata) - until 26th May
Resorts in Minamiuonuma:
Mt Granview - until 31st March Chateaux Shiozawa - until 31st March Maiko Snow Resort - until 31st March (and then 6/7th April and 13/14th April) Muikamachi Hakkaisan - until 31st March Muikamachi Ski Resort - until 31st March Ishiuchi Maruyama - until 7th April Joetsu Kokusai - until 7th April
Of course, all are subject to snow conditions and may change.
Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 30th March 2013, AM:
March continues to be confusing; fair weather was on the schedule, but we woke up instead to a vey light dusting of snow and more gray, foggy conditions. It's also a little bit colder today, with many areas reporting temperatures in the minus range. It's brightening up a bit right now, so maybe things will be a little more inspirational later in the day (as you can tell, I'm not highly motivated to get out on the hill...).
The good news of the day came from the local news, which reported that Niigata saw an extra 200,000 skiers this season - thanks to everybody for that!
Some season-end news:
Akakura Onsen: last day 3/31 Suginohara: last regular day 3/31; will re-open on April 6 & 7 Ikenotaira: last day 4/7 Madarao: last day 3/31 Kyukamura: last day 4/7 Myoko Ski Park: last day 4/4