Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018
Saturday 3rd February 2018, 7:11am
It is a milder start to the day with temperatures warmer than the last couple of days. The significant factor is the wind which was gusting around the village an hour ago, but is more constant now and will stay through the day. There has been no overnight snow and it looks like at best the resort will receive not much more than a dusting over the weekend. It is clear this morning with high overcast and good views across town, but no blue sky. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 3rd February 2018, 7:21am
Good morning from Nozawa.
Another early report today.
And it looks like it is going to be another lovely morning here in Nozawa. I expect quite a few people are currently on their way to Nozawa to enjoy it this morning... it's probably going to be a very popular and busy weekend.
It's a cold start but it will be warming up a little - though not too much, perhaps just rising into low positive numbers.
Still expecting snow later in the day tomorrow and early week.
Have a good Saturday, wherever you find yourself.
Saturday 4th February 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
Yesterday during the morning it was so foggy that it was virtually impossible to get around at Tenjin. That all changed from around 11am and the previous night's snowfall was enough to refresh the resort and backcountry. Soft, fluffy snow, prone to sluffing and in the end it was a great day on mountain. Average depth of what we were riding in was about 30cm so not bad. We had a little more of that same, Pacific weather system influenced snow last night but very little here at the base.
The skies are clear, the winds are calm and temps are just below zero. Looking like another good day.
Forecast is for snow each night through Wednesday morning.
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 ...
Saturday 3rd February 2018, 7:45am
Cloud, blue sky, sunshine
Good morning from Yuzawa.
It was a fine day yesterday - sunny at times, though not clear deep blue skies with cloud sticking around.
There is less cloud around at the start of the day than there was yesterday, though since I started putting the report together there's less blue sky and a bit more cloud. So who knows how the day will turn out! But it kind of feels like we are going to be treated with bluer skies and sunshine this morning.
Temperatures area expected to rise to around +5C or slightly more during the day today, so it is going to be a little milder.
It's going to be a busy weekend!
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Maiko Snow Resort.
Updated: Saturday 3rd February 2018
Ski resorts in Yuzawa:
Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.
With 5-10cm of snow being reported overnight (and 10cm observed for this report) and along with fairly cold conditions - not as cold as it has been - it should be a good day.
Limited visibility early on but all lifts appear to be operating as planned scheduled including the Sailer gondola and Vista quad. Weekend!
The forecast is looking for some good heavy snowfall and we enter next week with regular snowfall all the way through the week.
Planned lift operations (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 normal weekdays
It was a pleasing mix of cloud, blue sky and sunshine over Hakuba yesterday. A fine day to be out on the mountain.
There's no fresh snowfall to report but what we do have is sunshine. It's another mix of cloud and blue sky - this time the cloud that we have is generally high and thin. There's actually a bit more of it around than there was when I got up about an hour ago - is it perhaps starting to cloud over?
The Happo Banks park at Happo-one opens from today.
It's going to be a busy weekend.
Ski resort information on Saturday 3rd February 2018 (at time of writing):
Night time skiing (nighta) at resorts in the region - weather & conditions permitting The below 'nighta' information will not be updated every day - please check with resorts if you plan to go!
Hakuba Happo-one Daily from 5pm until 9pm in the Nakiyama 2 area Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen
Hakuba Goryu Daily from 6pm until 9:30pm in the Toomi area until 31st March The Sky Four quad operates daily; the Number 2 pair mostly on Saturdays and holidays Adults - 1,900 yen; children - 850 yen
Hakuba Cortina Daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays) Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen
Tsugaike Kogen Kane-no-naru-oka area from 6pm until 8:50pm on 3rd, 10th, 11th February Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 10th, 11th, 17th February; 3rd, 10th March Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen
There are no other nighta operations at other ski resorts in the region Read more ...
Saturday 3rd February 2018, 8:22am
Good morning from Naeba!
It's a crisp, clear morning here in Mikuni valley. The sun is just rising above the mountains now to break into the valley, likely warming the valley air as soon as it hits. Air temperatures are expected to be just above 0°C during the day time today, dropping just below freezing over night. There is little wind to report today also, meaning it will be a pleasant day to be out in the sunshine. The pistes are in excellent condition due to the cooler temperatures recently and fresh snow over the past few days. Tonight, we can expect the skies to cloud over, and we may possibly get a dusting of new snow.
Looking forwards, we can expect much the same tomorrow as we will have today; temperatures around freezing and sun followed by cloud and light snow. Temperatures are expected to drop on Sunday night, and not get above freezing again until at least Thursday. Overnight highs of -9°C are currently predicted on Wednesday night. The wind is predicted to pick up a little early in the week, with wind speeds of around 15 - 20 kmph. We can also expect a block of moisture bearing air to pass through from Monday afternoon until Wednesday morning, with a little snow predicted to accumulate. Read more ...
Saturday 3rd February 2018, 8:30am
Fine and sunny
Good morning from Zao.
I feel things are pretty similar to yesterday. The sun is shining down on us and it's a lovely morning and not quite as cold.
Everywhere open and lots of cars coming up to Zao. It feels like it's going to be a bustling weekend here; as you might expect early February.
Lifts and course info:
- All lifts appear to be opening as scheduled - Note: the Karamatsu pair lift usually only operates on weekends - All areas open
As expected, yesterday was a beautiful day. Ah, it is so good to be here. :)
It's a cloudy and calm start to the day this morning and there is no fresh snow to report to you. It's cold early on but will likely be milder than it has been during the day today and tomorrow.
The forecasts show a chance of some snowfall before the end of the day and into tomorrow.
And I think that's about it for this morning!
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 5am: -14℃, no snowfall, calm. Moiwa800m: -17.5℃, light breeze, no snowfall. Annupuri1150m: mild breeze, -12℃, no snowfall. Hirafu1250m: mild wind, -16℃, no snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape no wind, Kamui cape: S5m/s, 1029hPa, 0.9m waves.
The winter pressure pattern has passed, isobars are spread out, the mountains and the seas are in a calm condition. No new snow has fallen and the slopes are mostly tracked out. The overall avalanche risk is low and all gates are expected to open from the morning. Be well prepared for the backcountry, anybody can step out of the gates, however carelessly following other people’s track could make you astray or end up in a dangerous situation.
South facing strictly off-limits areas such as Haru no Taki zone is being affected by the sun and dangerous slabs are drastically forming. Riding stimulations could trigger a large slide. Strictly off-limits areas are closed for good reasons. Please respect the boundaries.
The large temperature difference during the day will form a notable surface hoar layer, leading Feb 1st-2nd layer become a weak layer in the future snowpack. Surface slab slides from Jan 25th layer are still to be expected in highly wind-loaded steep slopes above 1200m. Better avoid concave terrains in Chisenupuri and Mt Yotei.
The snow is still deep, but a little denser, good conditions continues. Beware of sudden weather changes. Have a nice day.
Saturday 3rd February 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts (apart from the Country Road Chair lift) should be operating - 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola) - last day tomorrow (Sunday). 1,400 yen special ticket required.
Official snow depth: - Top: 360cm - Base: 240cm
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 ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 3rd February 2018, 8:33am
Fine weather, sun, some thin cloud
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.
It's looking like we are going to have generally fine weather conditions over this weekend.
A little snow and slight reset overnight tonight would be great; some forecasts do point to that possibility.
More decent snowfall is still there on the forecast for Monday-Tuesday.
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.
Hello and good morning from Madarao on this first Saturday of February.
And the weekend is off to a fine start - not new snow, but sunshine and blue skies. A lovely morning and it is going to be a little milder today.
There will be a special "Setsubun" event held at the resort today. It's a cultural thing, and may well involve throwing beans at a demon. Yikes! This is what Wikipedia says:
"Setsubun (節分) is the day before the beginning of spring in Japan. The name literally means "seasonal division", but usually the term refers to the spring Setsubun, properly called Risshun (立春) celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival (春祭 haru matsuri). In its association with the Lunar New Year, spring Setsubun can be and was previously thought of as a sort of New Year's Eve, and so was accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come. This special ritual is called mamemaki (豆撒き, literally "bean scattering"). Setsubun has its origins in tsuina (追儺), a Chinese custom introduced to Japan in the eighth century."
If you find that intriguing, you can go check it out at 1pm by the Restaurant Shirakaba.
Not sure I like the mention of "spring" at this stage of the season, but we'll ignore that for now!
Night operations tonight too, so it's full on today.
Official snow depth: 230cm
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift Number 3A lift Super quad lift Number 11 lift Number 12 lift Number 13 lift Number 15 lift
Powder Wave I Powder Wave II River Line Free Ride Park Powder Theater Adventure Aisle Crystal Bowl Ninja Sawa Rabbit Kamoshika Bear
Planned nighta operations this season:
Every Saturday until 24th March 2018 11th February 2018 Read more ...
Saturday 3rd February 2018, 8:53am
Starting the weekend out sunny, but (hopefully) the snow will start up again in the afternoon.
It’s pretty crusty wherever you’re on natural snow, except in the shade and on north-facing slopes.
The ski areas, of course, will be nicely groomed and ready for some speedy descents - and we all need to work on those turns, right?
Snow ahead, which makes us all happy (especially with the pre-plowing all completed).
Beautiful blue skies yesterday with some pristine groomed terrain to enjoy, and then some nice cold, dry powder to find on the sides and in the trees as well. Though we’ve only seen 3cm of fresh snow overnight, I have some better news — the main Gondola debuts this morning after its repairs. This means we now have access to the whole mountain, and plenty of fresh tracks still available I have no doubt, in the areas untouched due to lack of access.
Today we’re looking at clear skies for the most part, then a snow shower or two and tops of 2 degrees, with calm skies. As for the rest of the weekend, we’re meant to see a chance of a snow shower or two but nothing major, perhaps 10cm on Sunday into Monday, but It looks like the real snow is coming around Tuesday.
Sunday: snow showers, light to moderate winds, tops of -2C Monday:snow showers, moderate winds, tops of -4C Tuesday: light to heavy snow, strong winds, tops of -2C
All tree run areas are currently open. Please adhere to the resorts’ rules of access — you must wear a helmet when entering these runs, or risk the cancelling of your lift pass. Other important things include a charged and available mobile phone with an emergency contact number for the resort. Know your skill and ride accordingly.
Official snow depths:
Top: 450cm Base: 310cm
Night skiing operations are scheduled at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018