It is one of those mornings where there's mostly clear and sunny skies from Paradise upwards, but low cloudy conditions around base areas. That low cloud will surely clear up fairly quickly and we do have a clear and sunny day on the forecast along with mild temperatures. Perhaps reaching mid-teens centigrade in the village this afternoon.
The Rinkan course down the side is still open down to base. Otherwise take the Gondola back down. Other base areas are closed.
Tuesday 31st March 2020
Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday:
- Yamabiko (1407m): 8cm - Uenotaira (1230m): 9cm - Lower areas are not reporting any more
Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):
- Yamabiko (1407m): 185cm - Uenotaira (1230m): 105cm - Lower areas are not reporting any more
The following lifts are operating:
- Nagasaka gondola [8:10am until 3:00pm; last one down 3:40pm] - Yamabiko quad [8:30am until 3:20pm] - Yamabiko Number 2 quad [8:25am until 3:30pm] - Uenotaira quad [8:30am until 3:30pm] - Paradise quad [8:30am until 3:40pm]
The following courses remain open:
- Yamabiko A - Yamabiko B - Yamabiko C - Yamabiko D - Yamabiko E - Kogenashi A - Kogenashi B - Uenotaira - Paradise - Bunabayashi - Schneider (to mid point) - Rinkan
About the coronavirus situation and our daily reports:
- The Gondola, Barouche, Phaeton, Coach, Victoria and Tilbury lifts are operating - All courses in the Central Area are open - The Broadway, Super Broadway, Swan and Roman Holiday A courses and Snow Park are open in the Northern Area - The Southern Area and downhill course are closed - Official snow depth: 150cm - Planned closing date: 6th May
What a beautiful morning it is. I couldn't see a cloudy in the sky on my early morning walk just before. Even Mt Yotei isn't wearing a funny little cloud-hat thingy this morning.
Clear blue skies and sunshine.
I'll post one of my season recap updates either in my report tomorrow or the day after.
A very big thank you and otsukaresama deshita to the good people involved in providing the Avalanche Reports. Thank you very much.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Mountain Base: -4°, no new snow, sunny. Moiwa 800m: NNW 3.9m/s, -0.4°. Annupuri 1100m: WNW 7.8m/s, -1.0°. Yu no Sawa 1000m: WNW 5.1m/s, -1.0°. Niseko Village 900m: WNW 3.5m/s, -0.6°. Hirafu 1000m : -0.3°. Hanazono 720m:NNW 5.9m/s, -2.9°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: SSE 3m/s. Kamui Cape: S 10m/s, 1022hPa, wave 1.1m.
The mountain base is frozen due to radiative cooling overnight, above 900m temperatures are warmer. From observation the risk of full depth avalanche around 900m is high in the Kozan no Sawa area and on west ridge sidewall cracked slopes. Do not enter creek areas below 800m. If you get caught in one of these avalanches you will loose your life. Warm air is flowing in from the Japan Sea, there are no snow clouds, and the weather is good. However above 1000m a strong westerly is blowing. The temperatures will rise through the day causing even more snow melt. Peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice before going through the gates to leave ski area.
This is the last Avalanche Report for this season. Thank you to all ski resort patrol, groomer operators, Climatec and The Institute of Disaster Prevention Science who contributed to the daily reports.
Planned ski resort operation information: Tuesday 31st March 2020
Giant: Open on Saturday 4th April and Sunday 5th April
Takamagahara Mammoth: Quad lift open until Sunday 5th April and then on 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May
Tannenomori Okojo: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th April and 29th April until 6th May
Ichinose Family: Ichinose quad and Ichinose Number 2 pair B line open until 6th May
Terakoya: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May
Ichinose Diamond: Until 5th April and then 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May
Yakebitaiyama: Number 1 Gondola until 6th May Number 2 Gondola until 5th April Number 2 high speed until 5th April and then 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May
Okushiga Kogen: Number 1 pair lift and Gondola until 5th April Number 2 and 3 high speed pairs until 6th May Number 4 and 6 pairs until 5th April and then 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th April and 25th April until 6th May
Kumanoyu: Number 1 pair until 5th April Number 3 quad until 5th April and then 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th April and 29th April until 6th May Number 2 pair A line until 10th May
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge Until 6th May and possibly beyond that
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)
About the coronavirus situation and our daily reports:
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
It is 31st March and that means that it is the last day of the 2019-2020 season at both Madarao and the connecting Tangram Ski Circus.
The sun is out and it should be a good way to finish up.
Given the rather odd nature of this winter season - not just here, but in Japan generally - I think that Madarao and Tangram have done really well. We are actually finishing the season with decent snow cover. That is something that at times seemed... rather unlikely. So well done, and thank you for the good times.
This is my last report of the 2019-2020 season.
If you don't mind, let me just make comment on my two wishes:
- that the world can get sorted out quickly (meaning as quickly as possible) and we all stay safe - that we can enjoy a 'normal' season from December 2020
Right now, 'normal' sounds amazing.
And it is.
Perhaps we will appreciate 'normal' all the more.
More snow than usual that gets us all super excited is always welcome, but so is 'normal'.
In the meantime, I want to thank you for reading. Please take care. And let's meet again refreshed, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed later in the year.
It's a real spring day, with a hazy blue sky and a light west wind coming around. Not so strong that it will eat up a lot of the snow (I hope).
The ski areas that are open keep going, but it seems like the warm weather is making some of the reporters sleepy. Haven't heard from Ikenotaira for a couple of days, so I can't guarantee what's going on there.
And as I mentioned, those guys still reporting way over 2 meters aren't really doing you any service. If your bottom lifts aren't even running, how can you claim almost 3 meters to ski on? My gripe for the end-season.