Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Geto Kogen Now!
Tuesday 7th January 2020, 7:41am
Fine and sunny
The sun is indeed out early morning with just a light breeze. It feels like it is going to be a fine day.
No fresh snow to report, but plenty of goods to enjoy.
It's cold. Wrap up well...
Tomorrow is still looking like it'll be milder, but snow is forecast. Borderline rain. I know which side of the border I hope it'll be...
Official snow depths:
* Top: 200cm * Base: 130cm
Planned operating lifts - subject to change:
* Number 1 Gondola * 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 Tree Run course open - other tree run courses closed
Nighta skiing operations
* Weekends and holidays from until 24th February 2020 Read more ...
Tuesday 7th January 2020, 7:46am
The resort was able to complete the maintenance on Kitanomine Gondola yesterday morning and it is back in service, starting at 9am this morning. There is only a dusting of new snow to report from the snow flurries and strong winds that occurred during the daytime yesterday. Today is partially cloudy and we should get a fair amount of sun later in the morning. It is quite mild compared to recent temperatures and the daytime high is forecast to go up to -3c. Resort staff were busy preparing the Kitanomine Snow Escalator yesterday, building up snow around the sides to ensure safe operation - I expect this will be operating by the weekend.
Kitanomine Gondola Kitanomine Romance Chair Kitanomine quad chair Link lift
Early morning report with some lovely blue skies over the region with some cute looking wispy clouds in places.
Going to be a beautiful day to be outside and on the slopes.
Tomorrow will be a little milder and we may get some rain from later tonight but we are due snow - the heaviest due later tomorrow night.
Let's hope it is enough to help the ski resorts that are still not yet open to get going.
Grandeco Snow Resort: - Number 1 quad lift operating - Number 2 quad lift operating - Gondola operating - 3000m of course available - Lavender B course - Center course - Rainbow 3500 (upper area) - Connecting course - Hotel connecting course - Kids Park also open
It is cloudy but generally quite bright this morning.
The forecasts look mixed and there are variations out there. There is a good chance of rain tomorrow morning with milder conditions - something that all of Japan appears to be getting tomorrow - but that should (please) be changing to snow later on.
Lifts normally operating:
- Zao Paradise pair A B - Shobunuma Number 2 pair - Katakai triple - Chuo Number 1 pair AB - Chuo Number 2 pair AB - Mikaeri pair - Diamond Number 2 pair lift - Utopia Number 2 pair lift - Onsen Number 1 pair - Onsen Number 2 quad - Onsen Number 3 Parallel A B - Zao Chuo Ropeway / Zao Ropeway / Sky Cable
** BELOW ARE THE PLANNED DATES - PLEASE CHECK WITH RESORT FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION **
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 between 10th January and 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 dates:
January 2020: 10th-12th, 17th-19th, 24th-27th, 29th-31st February 2020: all days apart from Tuesdays
There is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation. Read more ...
Tuesday 7th January 2020, 8:18am
Lots of cloud, some blue sky
Good morning all.
After a windy day with the wind affecting some lifts and snow falling on the mountain yesterday, there's no fresh to report at base this morning and it is noticeably not as cold. The wind shouldn't be an issue this morning which means we should have full access to the mountain.
Lots of cloud around but some breaks in the cloud in places and some sunshine too; we will probably see more of that as the morning progresses.
We can perhaps expect that to continue into tomorrow, and while there is a chance of some fresh snow overnight I wouldn't expect anything significant. (I would be happy to be wrong there, of course!)
There's more sunshine on the forecast for later in the week so it is looking likely that we might have to play with what we got for at least the next few days which is pretty good, though fresh refills are always required to fill in tracks. More excite news is to hear that gates 4 and 5 are apparently going to be opening today. Hurray!
Should be a good day. Take care and have fun, and I will see you tomorrow.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Mountain Base 6.00am: -5°, no new snow in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -5.2°, 2.8m/s 50 deg, snowdrift development. Mikaeri 800m: N10m/s, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: 11.4m/s 356 deg, -7.8°. Hanazono 720m: -5.1°, 5.3m/s 337 deg. Annupuri 1000m: snowdepth 140cm. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NE6m/s. Kamui Cape ESE2m/s, 1028hPa, wave 1.6m.
Above 1000m a strong wind blew until dawn, the north side is covered with a wind crust and the south side has snowdrift development. Snowdrift development has generally stabilised, however above 800m on knolls and cornice slopes the risk of 60cm surface fractures continues through the morning. The snow is a bit wind pack and heavy. The snow in the trees is good.
Gates 4 and 5 are expected to open today. Please listen to the patrols advice before going out of bounds. Be careful on your return route, at lower elevations it is easy to get caught in bushy terrain. Be careful falling into creeks, there is still a lot of cold water in them. The poor snow conditions are making accident rescues difficult. Make cautious choices. Recommended to carry beacon, probe, shovel and wear a helmet.
Is your beacon switched on? Is today the day you will you need it? Have a good day.
Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 7th January 2020
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 7th January 2020, 8:25am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
There was snow falling during the morning and beyond in some places higher up yesterday, but it didn't amount to any cm of snow down at base areas.
This morning it is mostly cloudy and there is a bit of a southerly wind (Kagura appear to be reporting a northerly wind, for the record) - though all resorts appear to be opening as planned this morning.
Unfortunately, it does look like we will get some rain tomorrow and warmer conditions, possibly even rising to close on 10C in town. Please no! It might well be a day for some other activities like an onsen... different forecasts are showing slightly different stories; let's hope the ones that show less rain turn out to be correct.
The good news is that snow does seem due beyond that on Thursday.
Kagura appear to be saying that the top gate (top of the Number 5 lift) will be open from Saturday 11th January. You need the right gear (becaon, food and drink, backpack - they'll check it) and sign in to venture out up there.
Individual ski resort information: Tuesday 7th January 2020 All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.
- All of the Central Area courses are open - All of the Northern Area is now open apart from Super Broadway - All lifts are now operating apart from the Waggonette pair lift and the Ropeway lift connecting with Yuzawa Kogen in the Southern Area - Southern Area not yet open - Take the Gondola back down at the end of the day (Falcon downhill course not yet available) - Official snow depth: 150cm
- All areas are open with most courses now available - Both the Mitsumata Ropeway and Tashiro Ropeway bases ropeways are operating - The lift/course connection between Tashiro Area and Kagura Area is available - Top gate not yet operating - should be open from 11th January - The top Number 5 lift is operating - The Dragondola from Naeba is operating - Official snow depth: 110cm
- Gondola, Okusoechi quad and pair lifts and Nagamine Number 2 quad lifts are operating - 11 courses in the top Okusoechi area and Nagamine area are open. Take the Gondola back down to base. - The Maiko Center quad lift and Number 2 pair lifts are also operating on the other side of the resort with the Paradise and Kinder courses open - Official snow depth: 100cm (upper); 20cm (base)
Check out the cool clouds on the Madarao image from earlier on below. It has gotten a bit more 'cloud cover' since then, so generally cloudy conditions this morning.
No fresh cm of snowfall to report.
We've got to expect rain sometime from tonight into tomorrow (and be very happy if it doesn't actually happen). It should be turning to snow later on tomorrow into Thursday.
Current operations: Tuesday 7th January 2020
- All ski lifts apart from Number 5 and 13 lifts are operating - All normal courses appear to be open - SAWA II tree run course open - Other tree run courses are not yet open - Official snow depth: 100cm
Tangram Ski Circus: - All ski lifts are operating - Sky Love Line course - Primary Line course - Hard Line course - Zigzag Line - Queens Downhill - Forest Line - Pantan Line - Green Line - Official snow depth: 60cm Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 7th January 2020, 8:44am
Morning from Nozawa.
No cm of fresh snowfall to report this morning but the resort continues to do a fine job in opening things up. More of the courses coming off Skyline are now open, leaving us with just a handful of courses not available. We are close to being 'fully open' which is of course very good to see.
There's the chance of rain looming still on the forecast for later tonight and tomorrow; it may be snow higher up, or at least quickly turn to snow up there. A bit unclear. We'll just have to see what we are dealt with our fingers crossed.
In the meantime it is a mostly cloudy morning but there is good visibility on mountain.
Time to get up there I think!
Tuesday 7th January 2020
Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday:
All courses open apart from the following courses:
- Challenge 39 - Kandahar - Grand Prix - Mukobayashi - Hachiman Read more ...
Tuesday 7th January 2020, 8:47am
Cloudy over the area, sunny far off to the south
Nice and cold this morning, even as the wind swings around to the south.
The sun is just barely shining through high, thin clouds (it was a bit sunnier earlier in the morning), with some fog now just starting to form along the middle section of the mountains. We can still see blue skies to the south over Nagano City, but things are going to change very soon.
The freezing level is jumping a bit before heading way up above Mt. Myoko (forecasted up to 2,800 meters, vs. 2,454m for Mt. Myoko). Heavy rain, heavy snow, lots of wind. It's all on the forecast, so it will be an interesting few days coming up.
Tomorrow is very likely another good onsen day (and be sure to try the saké from the three breweries within Myoko City, all excellent and guaranteed to take the bad-weather blues away).
I mis-typed that but thought it was quite funny, so left it there. Small minds...! ;)
Anyway, back to the serious stuff. No fresh snow this morning.
Good news is that the Daishamen course is set to be open this morning from 10am.
Less good news is that tomorrow is going to be... warm. Or perhaps I should say very mild. With the freezing line going up above the top of the mountain, rain is expected. We can just hope that by tomorrow night it might turn to snow.
We shall see.
Official snow depth:
Planned operating lifts:
- Prince Number 2 Gondola - Takenokodaira pair lift - Number 4 romance pair lift - Number 5 high speed lift (open for nighta until 8:30pm) - Number 3 high speed lift - Number 4 high speed lift - Hiuchi Number 1 romance pair lift - Dragondola
Courses planned to be open:
- Most of Naeba is now open - Areas not open yet include the top lift and course and some central areas - All base areas now available - The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort Read more ...
Tuesday 7th January 2020, 10:02am
Good morning from Hakuba.
It was a fine day yesterday with a lot of cloud still around especially in the morning but also lots of blue skies and some nice periods of sunshine too.
This morning it is a more overcast feel and we are hoping for some snow to be falling later this afternoon. It is calm for the moment.
Unfortunately it looks like overnight tonight and tomorrow is going to be milder and we are probably going to have to endure some rain overnight and tomorrow morning, but it's due to get colder again by the end of tomorrow so we can hope it will click back into snow by the end of the day tomorrow.
Who knows, we'll just have to sit back and see.
You can now ski or snowboard back down to base at Hakuba Happo-one via Riesen Slalom and Nakiyana South or Kitaone and Sakka North on the other side of the resort. You can also still get the gondola or lifts back down.
No fresh snowfall to report myself or from around the resorts, so here's the data:
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
Sorry - please ignore the first Tsugaike Kogen image today, just noticed it is not current and I cannot re-adjust.
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: - Panorama - Usagidaira - Kurobishi - Skyline - Riesen Slalom - Kitaone, Sakka North and Nakiyama South also now part open so you can ski/board back to base in those side areas
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 ...
Tuesday 7th January 2020, 17:14pm
Clear, cold morning followed by light snow this afternoon which is getting heavier.
Down in the village its quite wet and all eyes are on the forecast calling rain tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed it doesn't eventuate. The freezing level is expected to be well over 2000m... very bad when combined with precipitation.
Longer term we are expecting snow tomorrow night and the next day but it doesn't look like we can expect much.
Akasawa 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