After the massive snowfall I reported yesterday, 'just' 14cm this morning.
It is still very cold and cloudy early on with a bit of snow falling as I write this... without much wind.
It should be a great morning to get out and sample the goods!
For the moment cloudy skies forecast for tomorrow.
Official snow depths:
* Top: 365cm * Base: 240cm
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 ...
Friday 7th February 2020, 8:10am
I have 14cm of fresh snowfall to report to you this morning - I have had to up that since an hour ago - as it is coming down quite heavily at the moment which will be affecting visibility at the start of the day.
Still, as you might expect there are quite a few people ready and lined up for those first lifts, ready to check out the snow.
And more snowfall is on the way over the coming days.
I think that's it for this morning.
Take care and have fun.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Mountain Base: -7°, 20cm new snow in last 24hrs, calm. Moiwa 800m: NNW 332deg 8.0m/s (10min average), -9.8°, minor snowdrift development. Yu no Sawa 1000m: WSW 253deg 3.6m/s, -12.8°. Niseko Village 900m:WNW 3.0m/s, -11.9°. Hirafu 1000m : NNE 42deg (speed:no data) , -13.0°. Hanazono: NNW 328deg m/s, -9.8°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW16m/s. Kamui Cape W12m/s, 1021hPa, wave 2.0m. Annupuri 1000m: snow depth 170cm.
The atmospheric pressure gradient has mellowed, although winds are gusty above 800m, there has been no significant snowdrift development and 20-30cm new snow has fallen. Today will be good. Peak gates are expected to be open. Be prepared before going out of bounds. To avoid avalanche risks when riding, do not traverse cornice slopes or under knolls. You may stimulate a deep layer and trigger an avalanche. Annupuri Gondola side gate No 8 Gate will open today. Moiwa Gate No. 10 open today, watch out for the cliffs at the bottom. Please follow the patrol instructions. Do not duck ropes.
Over 1000 people went out the gates yesterday and thankfully no accidents were reported. It is appreciated people are reading and thinking about the avalanche information and following the Niseko Rules. Watch out for falling into holes and hitting trees. It is strongly recommended to wear a helmet. Is your beacon on? Have a good day.
Ski resort operation information: Friday 7th February 2020
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 200cm - Base: 120cm
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 ...
Friday 7th February 2020, 8:22am
Snow kept dumping yesterday and by 1pm we'd received another 40cm. Tenjin remained shut all day and Hodaigi were unable to open their top lifts so the Minakami fields will be in fine shape this morning.
The skies are clear, the winds are non-existent and as of yesterday morning the snow base at Tenjin had tipped the scales at over 2m so will see what the final count is shortly. It remains nice and cold here today.
More snow tonight and throughout the weekend!
Akasawa Normally part open Note: closed on Tuesdays (apart from 11th February, when it will be closed on 12th February)
Fujiwara Part open Number 1 and 2 lifts are running Official snow depth: 60cm
The snow continued falling into the evening yesterday, longer than we were perhaps expecting according to the forecasts. Not complaining! By 4pm I had wiped 15cm off the measuring point and this morning there's an additional 14cm on there. So that's a total of 29cm since my report yesterday morning.
It was coming down very nicely. It was cold. Large icicles forming. Trees laden with snow. Brilliant.
And this morning the sun is out and we are treated to blue skies and sunshine. It is a beautiful morning. Nice and cold. I am in awe!
Kagura eventually reported over 50cm yesterday and this morning they are reporting another 15cm. Maiko are only reporting 10cm of snow, but that is from 'last night'. (I often wonder why some ski resorts seemingly just ignore snow that falls in a daytime and only report 'overnight'...)
With snow now piled up on the side of the roads, at last it now looks and feels like mid-winter.
Conditions this morning should be excellent.
The individual ski resort information below has all been checked and updated. More lifts and courses are opening up now and probably more still for the weekend. Places need a bit of time to get things prepared ready - including calling on lift staff who will be very happy to get those calls.
Might I soon be able to just say 'all open'? Hope so.
OK, so we have sun today but more snow is due over the weekend and we might get another decent amount too. Another few days of good snow would really get things running smoothly.
Individual ski resort information: Friday 7th 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: 200cm
- The top Okusoechi area is open - The Nagamine Number 2 quad is open today - The Nagamine Number 1 quad and Shuttle Pair lift will be open from tomorrow - The Maiko Area is open with 3 lifts operating - Nighta starting from tonight! - Official snow depth: 170cm (upper); 65cm (base)
- Yuzawa Ropeway operating - All Kogen lifts now operating and Kogen Snowland is open - The base area should also be open with a new 100m covered snow escalator - The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is operating - Official snow depth: 120cm (Kogen); 30cm (base)
And after all that snow yesterday with more to add to the report this morning, conditions should be excellent this morning.
I'm almost giddy with excitement looking out at the mountain.
The Number 13 single lift, affectionately known as 'pizza box' (or 'the tray' and possible other names) should be moving this morning for some fun who--ah!! moments. Luckily it's not windy. Remember to hold on tight!
Wrap up well - it's cold.
PS More snow due over the weekend.
Current operations: Friday 7th February 2020 - Subject to change
- All lifts are operating - All areas open - All tree run course open apart from Powder Wave, Ninja and Sawa - Official snow depth: 180cm
Tangram Ski Circus:
- All lifts are operating - Most courses open - Official snow depth: 110cm Read more ...
Friday 7th February 2020, 8:47am
Cloud and sunny in places
What we all love and need. And we have got a decent amount yesterday.
The resort doesn't shout about these things but hidden away on their site is them saying that the mountain got 10-30cm of fresh snowfall yesterday... with all courses now open. Wind has been blowing it around and I expect there to be varying amounts depending on where you look, but there's a decent increase in snow on the ground at base since my report on Wednesday.
The official snow depth numbers aren't huge (yet) but have been increasing and snow cover is definitely improved.
The mountain is in the best shape of the season so far.
This morning there's cloud around but the sun is breaking through in places too. It is keeping cold.
Nighta in the Yokokura area begins - at last -from tonight and is due to be happening on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday. The Number 1 pair lift will be operating.
All lifts are now normally operating apart from the following:
- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair - Diamond Number 1 pair - Astraea Number 3 pair - Karamatsu pair - Yokokura Number 2 pair
Nighta in the Uwanodai area is scheduled daily until 1st March 2020 and then 7th, 14th, 20th and 21st March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm.
Nighta in the Yokokura area is scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through 7th March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm.
The Zao Ropeway opens in the evenings on the below dates for 'Light Up' sightseeing purposes - to go and see the Juhyo monsters (not for skiing or boarding) on the following upcoming dates:
February 2020: all days apart from Tuesdays
Note: there is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation. Read more ...
Friday 7th February 2020, 8:51am
There has been good accumulation of new snow on the ground since yesterday, and this has measured as 7cm. It is snowing moderately with very fine flakes coming down - this combined with some low cloud means visibility will be varied. Conditions are calm with no wind at base. The weekend looks promising with sun forecast on both Saturday and Sunday.
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: - All courses apart from the following are at least part open: - Central - Kokusai - Nakiyama Wall/North - Shirakaba South/North - Kurobishi Off-Piste - 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
Operating lifts: - All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating: - Han-no-ki Number 4 - Tsuga Number 1 pair - Han-no-ki Number 2 pair - Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I - Tsugaike Ropeway
Courses open: - Most course areas are now at least part open; lower slopes part open - 'Lower course through the forest' is closed - DBD: Gate 1 is open
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 ...
Friday 7th February 2020, 9:13am
Clear and sunny
It's a very cold morning and the sun is out.
Get wrapped up well and enjoy the lovely conditions we should have this morning.
More snow is due to be falling over the region over the weekend. Perhaps heavy at times. :)
The Audi FIX Alpen Ski World Cup 2020 event will be held at Naeba on 22nd and 23rd February.
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 4 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 ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Friday 7th February 2020, 9:18am
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.
After the stormy weather, it's sunny this morning and I think it's safe to say it will likely be the best morning of the season so far.
It is very cold so need to get wrapped up well, but people venturing out should be rewarded with excellent conditions... with more snow likely over the weekend.
Pretty much all courses and connections at Shiga Kogen are now open (with just a few minor exceptions).
Photos: Kumanoyu, Takamagahara and Hasuike Junction
Shiga Kogen resort info: Friday 7th February 2020
The below information is manually checked. Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.
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 ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Friday 7th February 2020, 9:49am
Blue sky, sun, cloud in places
The sun is out this morning though there is still some cloud around. More fresh snow in places, though it isn't uniform over the region.
It is interesting to see that Alts are now reporting 170cm up top - they have gone from being closed a short while back to having (officially) the deepest snow. Please see the general message posted on this report a few days ago for a bit more on those 'official snow depth' numbers. Still, good to see larger numbers of course.
After having a few days rest, Nekoma is back open this morning.
Lovely images from Grandeco and Nekoma this morning.
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: 165cm
Inawashiro: - 3 lifts operating (one is for connecting to upper area) - 4 courses part open - Official snow depth: 30cm