Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Geto Kogen Now!
Wednesday 4th March 2020, 7:40am
Hello from Geto Kogen.
The resort is reporting 5cm of snow this morning. There is a lot of cloud around but it is quite bright in places.
Forecasts are looking encouraging for snowfall still, though perhaps some strong winds through tomorrow so look out for that. I'd personally be looking to Friday for my fix of fresh snow... let's see how it plays out.
Official snow depths:
* Top: 305cm * Base: 150cm
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:
* All of the main official courses are available * All tree runs currently closed
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 ...
Wednesday 4th March 2020, 8:02am
A bit windy this morning meaning that the Prince 2 Gondola and the top Takenokodaira and Takenokoyama lifts are on hold at the start of the day.
Cloudy but bright at the start of the day with snow still expected tomorrow along with a dip in the temperatures.
If the snow does come, Friday might be a good day to find yourself here! Let us hope so as lower slopes have suffered somewhat in the last few days with this mild thing going on. (Grrrrr).
Official snow depth:
Planned operating lifts:
- Prince Number 2 Gondola ON HOLD - Takenokodaira romance pair lift ON HOLD - Takenokoyama romance pair lift ON HOLD - 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, depending on lift operation - The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort Read more ...
Wednesday 4th March 2020, 8:07am
The sun is out again today, after a day of a very light fall of wet snow turning to almost rain.
The surface of the snow is really hard to start the day, with melt/sun cups all over the surface. No problem on the groomed slopes, of course. Could be pretty nice to have a firm base of well groomed corduroy. Out in the woods? Maybe not so much.
A sprinkling of frost around but no real snow to report.
It’s cool and breezy today at Appi with a temp of -3. It definitely feels like an extra-layer day. There is a trickle of cloud lurking around the summit at present, but it looks to clear up, with blue sky in the distance.
Yesterday was a heavy powder day, more moisture and a warmer night meant it wasn’t the fluffy powder we know and love, but still good fun. It was cloudy most of the day with occasional, light snow showers.
Today all lifts are operating as normal.
The Sailer quad lift will not be operating through Thursday this week - some kind of maintenance. In the meantime, the Sailer Number 2 lift will be operating.
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 Number 2 lift - Vista quad lift
- All normal courses at APPI are open - Dragon tail, Cruise 1, Cruise 2, Bravo, Attack tree run courses are normally open - Subject to lift operations & weather conditions
Snowfall numbers The below numbers are reported by the resort
It is a mostly cloudy morning and quite calm. A few bits of blue sky I can see right now. But mostly cloudy. All areas and gates should be open.
By the time I come round to posting my next report, hopefully there'll be fresh snow to tell you about and it should be snowing. This upcoming snowfall doesn't look likely to continue beyond Friday with some milder conditions due over the weekend and into early next week.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Mountain base: -2℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: E 91°0.3m/s, -6.6℃, clouds. Annupuri 1100m: E 97°2.5m/s, -9.4℃. Yu no sawa: E 79°1m/s, -8.9℃. Village 900m: E 100°0.5m/s, -8℃. Hirafu 1000m: SSE 156°0m/s, -8.8℃. Hanazono 720m: SE 137°0.5m/s, -6.5℃. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: NNE2m/s, Kamui cape: calm, 1025hPa, 0.6m waves.
Calm morning. Avalanche risk is low today. All gates will open as they’re ready. New cracks are forming as the average temperature is rising and they’re difficult to see from above. Mountain conditions are never the same, always be prudent. Have a nice day.
Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 4th 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 ...
Wednesday 4th March 2020, 8:47am
Cloudy, some blue sky
Good morning from Yuzawa.
As I put this report together there is a lot of cloud around but it is a bright morning with some areas of blue sky at times. Quite windy too. Top lifts at Naeba are affected by wind but as far as I can tell Kagura is open. Ishiuchi is saying that the Sunrise Express posh gondola/6 person combo lift is on hold at the start of the day and you should use the Kanko Entrance quad to get up to the open lifts.
Over at Maiko Snow Resort, the top Okusoechi area is open though the lower Nagamine runs and lifts are closed. You'll need to get the Gondola up (and back from) there. They also have one lift moving over on the Maiko Area, though that's rather limied. Okusoechi is surely the pick at Maiko.
OK so it is mostly cloudy, mild and a bit windy this morning.
Cool looking sea of clouds over the Minamiuonuma valley early morning (see photo below).
Tomorrow we can still expect a welcome blast of winter. And we might even get some quite heavy snowfall for a short while later in the day. That would be very nice.
Noticing that a few resorts are now specifically mentioning the coronavirus situation on their official websites - mainly precautionary things like staff wearing masks, alcohol hand wash and some non-essential facilities being adjusted.
The ski resorts themselves though are operating.
And if you are here you can enjoy some very quiet slopes.
Individual ski resort information: Wednesday 4th 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: 150cm
- 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 Okusoechi area is open; take the Gondola up there and back down to base - The Nagamine runs and lifts are closed today and tomorrow - The quad lift is operating in the Maiko Area - Official snow depth: 120cm (upper); 10cm (base)
- The top area via Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway is fully open - The base Family lift is also open - The downhill course and base Snow Land areas is closed - The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is operating - Official snow depth: 120cm (Kogen); 30cm (base)
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
- 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: 20cm - All course areas apart from Uma-no-se and Lower Forest course are at least part open - Lower Kane-no-naru and Champion areas are part open - 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 reportRead more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Wednesday 4th March 2020, 9:04am
The main thing this morning is limited visibility in the mountains.
Cloudy and fog with some stormy conditions coming up tomorrow. Hopefully involving snow. Lots of it please.
This current coronavirus situation is definitely affecting ski resorts - well, it's affecting everyone isn't it. Things are generally very quiet. Lets hope that story can become less of a story quickly...
Humid morning here and the odd bit of rain but it is sporadic and when it does fall its so light I don't know how to categorize it. Lighter than a light mist. That said it feels quite cold on account of the humidity.
Took some turns at Tenjin yesterday around midday and it wasn't too bad. A few pockets of dust on crust, mostly icy but soft enough to be pretty easy and forgiving. Not highly recommended to anyone without a season pass but we have snow on the way.
The storm is expected to start tonight and run through Friday afternoon and if it comes in as forecast it's expected to be a solid snowfall and stay quite cold too. That's the good news.
Looking down the track, the Minakami Vibes (bowl event) will be held the weekend of Mar 28-29 at Tenjindaira and the resort will wind down the ski season at the close of business on Sunday March 29. That will be a full 40 days before the usual finish at the end of Golden Week.
Fujiwara Number 1 and 2 lifts running and associated courses open Official snow depth: 60cm