Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Tuesday 4th February 2020, 7:41am
A snow front arrived late afternoon and dumped big time for a few hours. The result is a beautiful 23cm of Central Hokkaido powder. Just remember this is 23cm in the Kitanomine village and I would expect at the top of the resort that new snow number could be in the 40's. The weather is another bonus with broken cloud and some sun coming down. The wind is light and temperature is -8c, which will stay pretty much around that level. Snow is forecast to fall from around midday.
Very good news this morning with over 30cm of fresh snow on the ground. I am measuring 34cm of it since my last report.
And it is still snowing so there should be more being added.
Visibility is fairly limited at the moment but I don't think that will be bothering too many people.
Take care out there if you are, er, here!
Official snow depths:
* Top: 300cm * Base: 200cm
Planned operating lift information - subject to change:
* Number 1 Gondola * Number 2 Gondola (operates on weekends and holidays only) * Number 1 pair lift * Number 2 pair lift * Quad lift
Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change:
* All of the main official courses are available * Rabbit, Summit, Beech and Stream tree run course are open * Extreme and Shooter tree run courses not yet available
Nighta skiing operations
* Weekends and holidays from until 24th February 2020 Read more ...
Tuesday 4th February 2020, 8:19am
Good morning from here near Hirafu base.
Good news this morning with a decent amount of fresh snowfall on the ground. I have measured 15cm of it and it is light, dry and fluffy.... lovely. With probably a bit more than that higher up the mountain I would expect that it will be a good morning. For what its worth, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko HANAZONO are both adding 20cm to their upper snow depth this morning. The other two seem less reluctant to make changes to those numbers.
Varied visibility as of 8:15am with a rather grey palette here in Hirafu and light snow falling, but there's actually some blue sky and sunshine out over in the direction of Mt Yotei.
It doesn't feel too windy down here at base though the resorts are reporting moderate NW on the mountain; lifts are starting the day as planned.
It does feel cold (and Annupuri are reporting -16C at their summit) so I'm going to wrap myself up well before heading out.
Regular snow top-ups remain likely though until the weekend. Yey!
It's 4th February and that means that the Sapporo Snow Festival official begins today. No doubt lots of people will be scheduling in a visit to the famous festival with their time in Niseko.
Hope you have fun.
If you were naughty and missed my report and recap yesterday: I do forgive you, and you can find it here.
20cm of snow fell overnight to dawn as the winter type atmospheric weather pattern strengthened. Around 800m on leeward slopes, snowdrift development has been up to 50cm depth. Wind strengthened to a max of 20m/s at 4am, then dropping to dawn. From observation at 900m snowdrifts are starting to stabilise. However the avalanche risk remains high around 1000m on leeward cornice slopes and knolls, with a fracture face of 50cm on the Feb 3 low pressure snowfall layer or weak layers within snowdrift. Better not get on Kozan no Sawa sidewall or Osawa cornice face today. Strictly off limits area Haru no Taki: avalanche danger is high. Respect Niseko Rules and Do Not Enter.
Snow in the trees is good. Have a fun day and avoid riding steep cornice and knoll slopes. Peak gate opening are undecided. Please listen to the patrols advice. Beacons and helmets are recommended. The Avalanche report will not be issued tomorrow and day after. Avalanche accidents occur when unstable snow fractures. Don't overdo it in the wind and snow. Be cautious and take care. Have a good day.
Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 4th February 2020
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 185cm - Base: 100cm
All lifts normally operating EXCEPT: - Country Road (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 ...
Tuesday 4th February 2020, 8:30am
Good morning from Madarao and it has started snowing again this morning. I wouldn't expect too much out of it with clearer skies due later on.
The forecasts still show some exciting snowfall due later tomorrow/Thursday and then around Saturday - we could be on for a really decent amount and some very cold conditions. Don't know about you but I like the sound of that.
Back to this morning, and visibility is quite limited for the moment. If the forecast is right and it does clear up by afternoon we should expect visibility to improve.
Quite cold. Wrap up well and take care out there.
I am seeing that the Kamoshika tree run course at Madarao is scheduled to be open; that would make 5 of those open.
Current operations: Tuesday 4th February 2020
- All lifts apart from Number 13 scheduled to be operating today - 22 courses open - SAWA II, Bear, Rabbit, River Line and Kamoshika tree run courses scheduled to be open this morning - Other tree run courses not currently available - Official snow depth: 110cm
Tangram Ski Circus:
- All lifts are operating - 12 courses open - Official snow depth: 65cm Read more ...
Tuesday 4th February 2020, 8:34am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Yes, it was pretty mild yesterday and I had spots of rain falling when I was out for a bit of a walk last night.
But I am pleased to have more fresh snow on the ground to report this morning.My car was parked close to Ishiuchi overnight and I just measured 7cm of snow on the top, and there was 5cm at our measuring spot here in Yuzawa (so that is what is recorded as 'the number').
Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall and Kagura are reporting 5cm.
So we can generally expect 5+cm on the slopes this morning.
It is still snowing now but we are told to expect it to ease off later in the day and be clearer by this evening.
The really great news is that snowfall should be back from tomorrow morning, through the day and Thursday too - and there looks like a good chance we'll get a decent amount of it too.
I am continuing to be cautiously - and increasingly - excited at the way the weekly forecast is looking more like how we expect it to look in early February.
Bring on that snow!
Individual ski resort information: Tuesday 4th February 2020 All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.
- All of the Central Area and Northern Area courses are open - The Eliza and Batman courses in the Southern Area are open - The Ropeway connecting GALA Yuzawa with Yuzawa Kogen is operating - Take the Gondola back down at the end of the day (Falcon downhill course not yet available) - Official snow depth: 150cm
- The Gondola, Nagamine Number 2 quad and two top Okusoechi lifts are operating with 12 courses open on that gondola side. - Take the Gondola back down to base. - The Maiko Area is open with 1 lift operating and 3 courses open. - Official snow depth: 100cm (upper); 15cm (base)
- Yuzawa Ropeway operating - All Kogen lifts now operating and Kogen Snowland is open - The base Family lift is planned to be operating; the base Nunoba area is not open - The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is operating - Official snow depth: 80cm (Kogen); 20cm (base)
- Number 1, 3 and 7 lifts operating - Official snow depth: 35cm
Photos (below) from around 8:30am on Tuesday 4th February 2020:
- GALA Yuzawa (2) - Yuzawa Kogen (2) - NASPA Ski Garden - Ishiuchi Maruyama (2) - Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit - Maiko Snow Resort Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 4th February 2020, 8:50am
Hello from Nozawa.
It's snowing again and as of 8:30am the resort is reporting 3-5cm across the mountain. The forecast shows clearer skies due later on in the day today so we probably can't expect it to continue for too long. (Actually even now there seems to be some possibly breaks in the cloud down by base).
But! The snow clouds are due back with us from tomorrow, and they may well be bringing with them a proper decent amount of snowfall over the region. It is going to be cold over the next few days too. Good proper winter like weather - yes, I like that a lot.
I'm not sure why, but on the official site it seems to be showing the lower part of Skyline as not fully available. I just thought I'd share that...
The Challenge Course will be closed to the general public between 4th-8th February due to an event being held there.
Tuesday 4th February 2020
Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:
More snow again, as it looks very much like Myoko should. The snow has tapered off, and some fog has rolled in as the report goes up. The freezing level is supposed to go up today a bit before going way down tomorrow, and lots of snow is predicted. We are excited. Should be a lot of fun today, and more so as the week goes on. In the backcountry, there still is a lot of brush and small trees (and vines) in a lot of places, and particularly high up. A few days ago there was some trouble with the snow breaking on an ice layer down 50-60cm or so when people were offpiste on steep slopes; haven't heard anything today but I see some local testers heading out to probe around. Will let you know what they find.
I have also removed the individual lift information from each resort; all the main lifts are going (and many that are shown as not operating never do get used anyway!). If there are closures, I will add those to the individual resort reports. But I think I can say that the season is now officially on and we're back to somewhat normal (OK, not really, but the skiing is, as always, fun).
Good weather in the morning yesterday. We got some light snow falling on mountain later in the day (and I hear some windy conditions affected a few lift operations as well).
This morning we have a mix of blue skies and cloud over the village and there is just a light northerly wind. It actually generally brighter now than it was when I took the images presented below.
Visibility limited early morning in some upper areas but perhaps that will improve as the morning progresses.
Hakuba Goryu and 47 are both this morning reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall on their upper areas with Hakuba Cortina reporting 2cm across the mountain. No cm of snow is being reported on the official Happo-one site this morning (but I might add they seem to be saying 3cm at the top of the Riesen quad on their facebooks page).
Anyway, here is the data table from official sites:
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
Snow is expected tomorrow. :)
Individual ski resort information This information is checked and manually adjusted each morning
Operating lifts: - All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating: - Kurobishi Number 3 pair - Nakiyama Number 2 pair - Shirakaba Number 1 pair - Shirakaba Number 2 pair - Central pair - Sakka Number 2 pair - Sakka Number 3 triple
Courses open: - Riesen Grat - Panorama - Usagidaira - Kurobishi - Skyline - Riesen Slalom - Kita-one 3 - Kita-one - Nakiyama South - The base Nakiyama South area is open - The base Sakka areas are part open - Otherwise, take the Gondola or other lifts back down to base
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 reportRead more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Tuesday 4th February 2020, 9:20am
Cloudy > fine and sunny
Good morning from Appi and it is a good one....
30+cm of fresh snowfall!
And right now the snow has eased and there's even some sunshine.
Conditions should be really nice out there this morning with this fresh layer of lovely snow. It's cold out there. Wrap up well and enjoy.
APPI is open with the following lifts normally operating (subject to change):
- Appi Gondola - Central quad lift - Central Number 2 lift - Central Number 3A lift - Central Number 5 lift - Nishimori lift - Sailer quad lift - Vista quad lift
- Most normal courses at APPI are open - Dragon tail, Cruise 1, Cruise 2 and Bravo tree run courses are open
Snowfall numbers The below numbers are reported by the resort
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 22nd-23rd February 2020 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 23rd February 2020 20th March 2020 Number 1 pair lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Takamagahara Mammoth Saturdays until 21st March 2020 (not 7th February) 23rd February 2020 20th March 2020 Number 2 triple lift 6:30pm until 8:30pm
Sun Valley 22nd-23rd February 2020 Number 1 quad lift 7:00pm until 8:30pm
Yakebitaiyama Every Saturday until 29th February 2020 23rd February 2020 Number 3 high speed lift 6:00pm until 8:00pm
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 ...
Tuesday 4th February 2020, 9:46am
Hello and good morning.
Just a little snow down at base here (I note that Kagura resort is reporting 5cm), but we are expecting more from tomorrow... and perhaps a good amount of it too.
Let's not jinx it!
Before that though the skies might clear a bit later on in the day today.
The Audi FIX Alpen Ski World Cup 2020 event will be held at Naeba on 22nd and 23rd February.
There's even an official song! Apparently, it's called 'That's The Way It Is' and is performed by Ayaka Hirahara.
Official snow depth:
Planned operating lifts:
- Prince Number 1 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:
- 21 of 22 courses are now open - Splash Bowl currently not open - The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort Read more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Tuesday 4th February 2020, 9:46am
5cm of fresh snow down base at Minowa this morning.
Lots of cloud around this morning, sun breaking through at times in places. Quite cold.
More snow and colder still due tomorrow.
As I mentioned yesterday, Nekoma is closed today and will be through Thursday - back with us on Friday.
Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma: - Nekoma is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in February (apart from 11th) - 4 (of 5) lifts normally operating - 10 (of 11) courses normally open - Official snow depth: 120cm
Inawashiro: - 3 lifts operating (one is for connecting to upper area) - 4 courses part open - Official snow depth: 20cm