Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 7th March 2020, 7:09am
Fine and sunny, some thin cloud
Morning from Nozawa.
An early report this morning (and too early for an update from the resort). I am meeting some friends at the start of the day and today I really just want to get out on the mountain, breath in some fresh air and escape the news.
It looks like it is going to be a fine day to do that.
Sunny skies and mild with likely more of that tomorrow too.
And perhaps Monday too.
It might be a chilly start to this morning but we have a warmer spell ahoy.
Take care everyone and have fun.
Saturday 7th March 2020
Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:
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 ...
Saturday 7th March 2020, 7:44am
Partly cloudy, blue sky and sun
Morning and welcome to the weekend.
It is looking likely that we will enjoy some clear skies and sunshine this morning and perhaps more cloud later and tomorrow.
I wonder how many people will turn up today...
Tuesday still looking like it will be t-shirt wearing warm (though the chance of rain).
Have a good day and stay safe.
Current operations: Saturday 7th March 2020
- All lifts apart from Number 5 should be operating - Powder Wave closed - Other tree run courses open - Official snow depth: 130cm
Tangram Ski Circus:
- All lifts are operating - Most courses open - Official snow depth: 85cm Read more ...
Saturday 7th March 2020, 7:44am
Fine, some thin high cloud
Good morning from Naeba.
Ah, the weekend once again.
And this morning the sun is out and it is a fine morning. It is pleasingly cold too. I like a cold morning.
As I think I mentioned, we are looking at some warmer conditions again over the next 3 or 4 days with Tuesday being the biggest bad boy.
This morning should be good.
I wish you a fine Saturday and let's all taking care whilst living our lives.
Official snow depth:
Planned operating lifts:
- Prince Number 2 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:
- 19 of 22 courses are normally open
Planned lift operations at Naeba from 16th March 2020:
- Prince Number 2 Gondola - Number 5 high speed lift - Takenokodaira pair lift Read more ...
Saturday 7th March 2020, 8:07am
Blue sky and cloud
Good morning from Niseko.
We are starting this Saturday morning with quite a lot of blue sky over our lovely mountain and the sun is shining through my window here. There's more cloud out towards Mt Yotei. Will it clear up, or will it stay like this? Exciting!
There is just a dusting of snow really since yesterday, so no new cm to report.
The next chance of fresh snowfall looks likely to be on the other side of the warm bump that is expected on Tuesday. Generally milder conditions should be expected until then.
All lifts should be running as scheduled and the mountain is open.
Have a good one!
Niseko Avalanche Report
Mountain base: -2℃, 1cm snowfall in 12h. Moiwa 800m: NNW 345° 3.9m/s, -5.9℃, sunny. Annupuri 1100m: NW 322° 3.3m/s, -9.4℃. Yu no sawa: N 6° 3.1m/s, -9.1℃. Village 900m: NW 312° 1.2m/s, -8℃. Hirafu 1000m: N 346° 4.8m/s, -9.1℃. Hanazono 720m: N 358° 2.6m/s, -5.8℃. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: NE5m/s, Kamui cape: ENE2m/s, 1023hPa, 0.9m waves.
Many of the avalanche accidents are caused by collapsing snow-slabs that formed during storms. The avalanche risk evaluation in Niseko bases on studying the development of those snowdrifts and take accident prevention manners by opening/closing the gates depending on the hazard level. Although we are unaware of the details regarding the accident in Panorama Line the day before yesterday, there have been accidents in the same zone under similar weather conditions in the past. It is very unfortunate to see a handful of people venturing out in the backcountry when thousands of others acknowledge the hazards and remained in-bounds. This Avalanche Information shouldn’t be used just to check gates opening. We do not deny all-weather mountaineering and riding, however nobody should over-estimate their experiences and/or knowledge. Overconfidence causes accidents. Ideally, the backcountry should be reserved for good weather conditions.
All gates are scheduled to open, however avalanche risk remains considerable.
Have you switched your beacon on? Have a nice day.
Ski resort operation information: Saturday 7th 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 ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Saturday 7th March 2020, 8:16am
Good morning from Appi!
Bluebird powder day! Unfortunately no new snow since yesterday’s fall, but today is looking great; no wind and crystal clear blue sky.
Yesterday saw intense wind all morning and many lift closures remained so throughout the day. A few snow showers drifted through, but mostly a grey, overcast day. Things started to calm down in the afternoon and the weather cleared completely overnight.
Today all lifts are operating as normal.
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 4 lift - Central Number 5 lift - Nishimori lift - Sailer quad 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
- All areas are open - The downhill course may open after checking - The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is operating - Official snow depth: 120cm (Kogen); 30cm (base)
- All lifts are operating - Official snow depth: 60cm
Photos (below) from around 8:15am on Friday 6th March 2020:
- Yuzawa Kogen - NASPA Ski Garden - Ishiuchi Maruyama (2) - Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit Read more ...
Saturday 7th March 2020, 8:29am
Good morning from Zao.
It's a mix of cloud and clearer skies this morning over Zao. A fine morning that is starting off cold.
Temperatures are going to be rising over the next few days, so the pick of the weekend is... this morning! It is a very pleasant morning to be out and about... and the slopes are much quieter than you would normally expect for a weekend.
Weekend operations and so the Ryuzan and Karamatsu lifts are operating.
All lifts are now normally operating apart from the following:
- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair - Diamond Number 1 pair - Yokokura Number 2 pair
- All courses are now mostly open
Night time operations:
** Subject to change. Please check with the resort! **
Nighta in the Uwanodai area is scheduled for 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. Read more ...
Saturday 7th March 2020, 8:40am
It is a very pleasant morning with clear conditions. Blue sky is above and the sun is beaming down on the resort. Already the sun is causing melt on roofs despite the -7c temperatures. Views are pretty amazing with the mountain range across the valley looking very picturesque. All lifts are operating except Furano Ropeway.
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: 200cm - Maruyama: 40cm - Kane-no-naru-oka: 35cm - 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 depending on conditions
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!
Saturday 7th March 2020, 8:53am
Fine and sunny
It is a beautiful morning in the region.
Cold early morning though very likely to end up being rather mild. But definitely a beautiful morning to be out on the mountains, whichever mountain you choose.
As with all of Japan - by the looks - it is going to get warmer still as we head towards Tuesday when we might get rained on.
Temps should be dropping once we get to Wednesday though. Whether it will be enough to get some snow, we shall see.
It is the last day of the season for Inawashiro tomorrow.