Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 23rd March 2017
Friday 10th March 2017, 8:15am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
It's snowing again!
First of all back to yesterday, and it was a lovely morning with the skies clouding over and getting overcast by around midday.
And this morning the snow is falling - just 2cm at our measuring point as of 8:20am but for the moment it is coming down nicely - let's hope it continues. It's not particularly cold, currently just slightly above zero, though it shouldn't warm up too much during the day. Not as much as yesterday, perhaps a high of around 3C in town.
Kagura are reporting 5-10cm of fresh snow and our guy in Naeba posted 7cm on the report, so it looks like we can expect around that might at higher elevations. And hopefully more come the end of today.
Snow clouds still might be hanging around tomorrow (yesterday the forecast was saying clearer weather), so let's see if they can stick around. Clearer weather is still forecast by Sunday.
Official snow depth information as of Friday 10th March 2017
GALA Yuzawa The upper part of $2,600,000 closed today due to avalanche danger but otherwise GALA is open as planned. Official snow depth: 370cm
Below are details of the planned 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma this season. This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions. *** Please note that this section will not be updated every day.
Ishiuchi Maruyama Daily until 19th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 8:50pm. The Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2 and Kanko Number 3 Express lifts are open daily. The Kanko Number 1 Express lift, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift and Hatsukaishi Number 2 pair lifts are also open on weekends and holidays.
Iwappara Daily until 20th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays. The Main course, Grand course and West courses are open during nighta.
Joetsu Kokusai Daily until 20th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm. The area in front of the main base hotel is open for nighta.
Kandatsu Kogen 'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night') is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.
Maiko Snow Resort Daily until 19th March 2017. Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm. The Maiko center quad lift on the Maiko Side of the resort operates for nighta.
Naeba Daily until 26th March 2017. Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.
Yuzawa Nakazato Every Saturday until 11th March 2017. Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm. The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta. Read more ...
Friday 10th March 2017, 8:16am
Overcast and a little snow
Good morning from Naeba everyone.
Good news, it's a powder day. 7cm of fresh snow overnight means that whilst we won't be swimming in it today there should be some excellent skiing for the morning.
Looking on we are still expecting snow every day except Sunday. Low wind and clear weather on Sunday means that this day should be an excellent groomer day. After this, we see a return to snow with potentially a big storm rolling in on Wednesday night. Stay posted!
And we are measuring a healthy 20cm. Not bad at all!
It's great to see official snow depth numbers actually going up rather than down as well. Tsugaike Kogen is approaching 4m once again! Nice.
March is often thought of as a bit of a risk compared with January and February, but as we are seeing now it can also bring the goods. With the bonus of things being generally less busy too. So longer untouched time! If you are lucky with your timing, you can really hit the spot with a March visit. Of course, it's easy for a local to say that (I'm not bragging, honest!) :)
Enjoy yourselves and take care. Expecting clearer skies over the weekend.
Resort news as of 8:45am on Friday 10th March 2017:
All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 10-20-30cm (!) of fresh snowfall since yesterday evening. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Upper: 340cm Base: 180cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting up to 10-15cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Alps: 325cm Toomi: 170cm Iimori: 120cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). And groomers are reporting 30cm. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning apart from top lifts affected by wind. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 285cm Kurobishi: 350cm Lower: 160cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 395cm Han-no-ki: 380cm Maruyama: 175cm Oya-no-hara: 150cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 150cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 5-10cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Top: 375cm Base: 240cm
Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:
Hakuba Goryu: Planned to be open daily from 6pm until 9:30pm
Tsugaike Kogen: Planned at the Katamatsu-Shirakaba area on March 4th, 11th, 18th, 19th (6pm until 9pm)
Hakuba Cortina: Planned to be open daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)
Hakuba Happo-one: Planned to be open daily until 9pm on the Nakiyama area.
Kashimayari: Planned to be open daily.
There is no night skiing at the other resorts in the area. Read more ...
Friday 10th March 2017, 8:48am
Cloudy, light snow at times
Good morning from Niseko.
There's another nice top-up of 13cm this morning. Less people around than peak season also means that fresh snow gets to remain untouched for a bit longer, which is always a bonus for the people here outside of the main peak months.
It is not quite as cold this morning but still -3C at 8:30am and temperatures shouldn't venture above zero during the day. The forecast is for a mix of snow/cloud for the day and over the last hour or so it has been snowing on and off.
Tomorrow is likely going to be a bit milder still and there's not much sign of snow on the forecast through into at least mid-week.
Still, we've had good period of regular fresh snowfall over the last four days or so along with some very nice conditions on the mountain. Hope that some of you are here to enjoy it.
And for those reading this report sometime in the future as an 'archive' (hi!!)... see how sometimes March can offer better conditions than in early February?
'Muzukashii desu ne!'
Let's hope there's further refreshes coming after the upcoming finer spell of clearer weather. In the meantime, let's enjoying!
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base: -5℃, 10cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m; -8℃, 15cm snowfall with snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -11℃, W10m/s, 20cm, 230cm snowpack. Hirafu 1250m: -12℃, 20cm snowfall. With snowdrifts. Sea of Japan Kamui cape lighthouse: light breeze, 1003hPa, 0.6m. Benkei cape: WSW4m/s.
The wind is calm and the mountain is blanketed with light snow. The snowdrifts that developed yesterday have stabilized and will form March 10th layer in the future snowpack. Looking at observations, the general avalanche risk is low except for the south facing steep/cliff slopes. South facing aspects are highly affected by the sun and slabs are more likely to form in there, which could trigger deeper layer slides. Please be careful and do not step into restricted areas. All gates are scheduled to open. The snow condition is very good on and off-piste. Please abide by all Rules and have a safe day. Most accidents can be avoided by being prudent and making conservative decisions.
The avalanche information will pause for a while due to mechanical trouble.
Please respect and follow the ski patrol’s decisions.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
- Gondola - Number 1 quad lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3 quad lift - Number 4 quad lift
All courses now open
Official snow depth: 300cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: snow Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow Read more ...
Friday 10th March 2017, 9:12am
Morning from Madarao.
It's snowing again... started from early morning and actually coming down at quite a speed just now and there's 6cm on the ground now.
We're expecting clearer skies over the region at the weekend, so we'd like as much snow falling from the skies as possible today. Come on!
Hard to believe that come Sunday we have just three weeks left in the snow season here at Madarao. How can time go so quickly. When you're having so much fun, I suppose. It's not fair though! I want a longer winter season.
Poor visibility outside at the time of writing and rather chilly.
Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April
Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):
- Number 1 lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3A lift - Super quad lift - Number 11 lift - Number 12 lift - Number 13 lift - Number 15 lift - Moving walkway - Kids Park - Free Ride Park
Tree runs should be open
- Powder Wave I - Powder Wave II - River Line - Powder Theater - Adventure Aisle - Crystal Bowl - Ninja - Sawa - Rabbit - Kamoshika - Bear
- Nighta at Madarao Kogen is every Saturday until 25th March (and also on 19th March)
Cloudy skies some very light snow falling and -3 outside right now. Yesterday brought some more snow and we're expecting another 10cm today. Not too bad for March considering this time last year we were nearly closed !!!
The weekend should bring some sunshine and light winds making it another picture perfect couple of days on the mountain.
As far as the snow forecast goes we might not see any until late Monday or Tuesday. Relatively stable weather conditions most of the week ahead with temperatures still firmly in the negative zone.
Planned operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):
Appi Gondola Central quad Central number 2 Central number 3a Central number 4 Central number 5 Central number 6 Sailer Gondola Sailer Number 2 Vista quad Nishimori
Can't see much of anything outside at the moment as we seem to be completely covered in cloud.
Care needed, be sure you know where you are going this morning.
There's a chance of a bit more snow today but the skies should be clearer over the weekend - and more snow back on the forecast for later Monday into Tuesday and more later in the week so regular top-ups looking likely.
All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating this morning:
Paradise Number 3 pair Diamond Number 1 pair Karamatsu pair (closed now for the season)
All courses apart from Kotan should be open.
Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself): Summit - 150cm Paradise - 220cm Chuo - 220cm Utopia - 180cm Uwanodai - 130cm Yokokura - 125cm Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Friday 10th March 2017, 9:26am
Generally cloudy with...
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.
Very light snow currently falling here in the Maruike area of Shiga Kogen though visibility is pretty decent.
Fine weather is expected for the coming weekend and into early next week though there's more snow there on the forecasts next week. There's more refreshes on the way!
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.
Ichinose Family: Every day until 25th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Ichinose Diamond: Every Saturday until 25th March and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Yakebitaiyama: Every Saturday until 4th March (6pm-8pm)
Kumanoyu: Every Saturday until 25th March, and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm) Read more ...
Friday 10th March 2017, 9:29am
The official snow report from Niigata has regained our trust and support today. It predicted 15cm, and as of earlier this morning there was 13cm and still falling (so I'm going to say 15cm, just to acknowledge them). It is nice snow, too: fluffy big flakes falling very nicely.
Just got a radio call from the top of the mountain, where it sounds even better.
Probably want to keep an eye out for sluffing if the snow continues to fall at a heavy rate.
On-piste it should be great today. Wish I wasn't stuck at the desk....
[** Todays report was written at 8:15am, apologies for the delay in it appearing]
Good morning from Nozawa.
Some more snow this morning with 6-8cm being reported up top and just a few cm down here at base so far.
It is snowing this morning though and there's a decent chance there'll be more numbers to report tomorrow morning; though clearer weather is generally forecast for the weekend once these clouds disperse...
I was just looking back at some of my reports from last year.
Check out the official snow depths on this day last year:
Lifts operations: - All lifts operating except: - Yunomine pair (usually closed on weekdays) - Mizunashi triple (usually closed on weekdays) - Challenge pair (usually closed on weekdays) - Utopia pair (usually closed on weekdays)
Courses not open today are: - Grand Prix - Kandahar West Read more ...
Friday 10th March 2017, 10:24am
Technical difficulties mean a couple of days of missed reports during which Tenjin received 40cm plus of fresh snow.
It has been winter temps all week, plenty of snow and it's falling again moderately here now. The forecast is for this to continue all day, the snowfall is supposed to intensify this evening and continue throughout Saturday before clearing Sunday. Going out further we have snow expected on Monday and Wednesday too.
This weekend we have the local Yubiso snow festival in the park down the road. It's geared towards kids and this year the snow sculptures are a giant Anpanman, a penguin and some creature from Pokemon plus a really cool slide.
5cm Tenjin 0cm Hodaigi 0cm Okutone
Temps at 10am
Official snow depth:
410cm Tenjin 260cm Hodaigi 260cm Okutone
Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):
Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available. Read more ...
Friday 10th March 2017, 19:42pm
Appologies for no report today, the team were too busy skiing powder! It was deep. Read more ...