Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 24th March 2017
Saturday 11th March 2017, 7:44am
Mainly clear this morning, cloud expected later
If you had other plans today you may want to abandon them, it might well be a bluebird powder day! There has been another 22cm in the past 24 hours at the peak adding to the already deep snow from the past few days. About half this snow fell since the lifts closed, so even the inbounds tracks will be relatively filled in. The wind is calm and temperatures remain seasonably wintery. However, some weather forecasts are predicting cloud later in the day, so get it while it`s hot! Read more ...
Saturday 11th March 2017, 7:55am
Cloudy in some places, blue skies in others.
Good morning from Naeba everybody.
Today is looking like it could go either way. There is a fair amount of cloud around and some snow still falling, however, in some parts of the sky blue skies and sunshine are showing through.
As of yesterday, we have another 7cm of snow so there should be some powder to be smashed during the morning.
For this coming week, we are expecting snow most days with mostly clear weather on Sunday. There is, unfortunately, some rain forecast for Monday, however, this should become snow later on in the night so don't worry! At the moment it seems that Wednesday will experience the best snow so get those powder planks ready.
Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area. Read more ...
Saturday 11th March 2017, 8:37am
Blue sky, cloud
Good morning from Madarao and what a great start to the weekend.
Fresh snow (20cm being reported by the resort, 18cm measured by me) on the ground and a mix of blue sky, sun and cloud at the time of writing.
It's perhaps not the driest of peak season snow quality, but we are approaching mid-March! (I feel bad even kind of mentioning that). ;)
That's about it really. Should be a great morning and tomorrow fine weather is forecast again.
AND... there's snow on them there forecasts mid week.
Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April. I want it to keep open longer!
Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):
- Number 1 lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3A lift - Number 5 lift - Super quad lift - Number 11 lift - Number 12 lift - Number 13 lift - Number 15 lift - Moving walkway - Kids Park - Free Ride Park - Snow Mobile Land
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)
Fabulous day on the slopes yesterday with that good layer of fresh snow to play in, and I am hearing some excited reports from people going backcountry... talk of up to 60cm out there.
This morning just a bit more snow being reported from mostly upper resort areas, just a bit outside here.
Still conditions should remain very nice for the start of the weekend and while there is still quite a bit of cloud around there's an increasing amount of blue sky and the sun is out. Less cloud as the morning goes on I reckon and it is going to be a fine day and importantly not like it is going to warm up too much.
More fine sunny weather is on the forecast for tomorrow though it will be getting a bit warmer.
Just check out the forecast too... some good potential around mid-week.
Have a fun Saturday wherever you may be.
Resort news as of 8:40am on Saturday 11th 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 0cm of fresh snowfall since yesterday evening, 5cm during the day yesterday. 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 10cm of fresh snowfall on upper slopes. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Alps: 330cm Toomi: 170cm Iimori: 120cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 2cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 280cm Kurobishi: 360cm Lower: 160cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 385cm Han-no-ki: 380cm Maruyama: 175cm Oya-no-hara: 150cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 150cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 5-15cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Top: 380cm Base: 252cm
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 ...
Saturday 11th March 2017, 8:48am
Clear blue skies
Amazing blue skies around Grandeco this morning.
It was fair in the morning yesterday but it change to snow in the afternoon until evening. In the end there is a 15cm of new snow at base this morning making for a very good start to the weekend.
This weekend should will be fair occasionally cloudy. All together, 59cm of new snow has fallen in Grandeco over these last four days though it looks like we might have to wait until around Thursday for the next lot.
For those of you visiting for the rainbow weekend event - have fun! Lots of cosplay going on here at the moment!
- Gondola - Number 1 quad lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3 quad lift - Number 4 quad lift
All courses now open
Official snow depth: 320cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: snow Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow Read more ...
Saturday 11th March 2017, 8:49am
The sun's out at the moment, but lots of clouds
Powder! Yes, that March snow has come again, just when a lot of people have left the country (and the Japanese start getting distracted by the cherry blossoms starting to come up from the south and west. It's not spring yet!).
A good fall overnight of pretty wet snow, we have to say, but it's going to be good up there.
It's hard to believe we're really in the last three weeks for the ski areas...
Not as much as that on the ground in town - we are measuring 6cm - but it is snowing still now. It's not expected to continue much longer though with something of a clear up of conditions forecast by this afternoon.
Tomorrow should be fine and sunny and getting slightly milder again.
We can look forward to more snow next week though probably around Wednesday and Thursday. Let's keep the regular top-ups going...
Official snow depth information as of Saturday 11th March 2017
Kandatsu Kogen 'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night' from 6pm-4am) is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nighta before holidays from 7th April until 22nd April
And it's a good start to the weekend. Up to 10cm of snowfall on mountain yesterday morning and some more overnight gives us 10-30cm across the mountain since my report yesterday and I am measuring 16cm here near base.
It means that there's a good refresh from base up to top and there should be lots of fresh snow to play in especially at higher elevations this morning. It's keeping pretty cold up there too which is all good.
As you might notice from the images below, as of 9am it's a mix of conditions. Poor visibility and light snow still falling up top, and some clearing clouds and sunshine lower down. The forecast is for clearer weather so I expect things to go that way during the day today - with sunny clear skies expected from early morning tomorrow.
Snow is forecast in the coming week too, so another refresh is on the way.
Less people around too now that we are approaching March. Perhaps they don't know what they are missing!
Ichinose Family: Every day until 25th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Ichinose Diamond: Every Saturday until 25th March and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Kumanoyu: Every Saturday until 25th March, and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm) Read more ...
Saturday 11th March 2017, 10:25am
Fine, some cloud
Good morning from Zao.
There's a mix of blue sky and cloud this morning with the sun breaking through the cloud at times. A fine morning.
Fine weather conditions are what are forecast for the weekend, with a chance of some snowfall in the first part of the coming week.
More people around this morning than on weekdays of course, but not nearly as many as in January and February.
Closed for the season: - Paradise Number 3 pair - Karamatsu pair
All other lifts operating as normal
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 ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Saturday 11th March 2017, 11:29am
Partly cloudy skies
Sunny skies with the clouds rolling in and a temperature of -1 outside. We did get more snow yesterday but not enough to be significant. Today the clouds should be on and off again all day and with the winds being relatively light it should be a fun start to the weekend.
Tomorrow should be equally nice with no snow forecast and a temperature of around -4 on the slopes. Looking ahead for next week we may see a deluge of snow coming our way on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. It’s promising nearly 50cm of snow - I hope you’re as excited as I am about that!
All the runs are open and in good shape too.
Get out there and have some fun before it all ends.
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 quad Vista quad Nishimori
Official snow depth:
Appi plans to be opening until Sunday 7th May this season Read more ...
Saturday 11th March 2017, 11:44am
It is a wintery start to the day with -10c in the village but daytime temperatures will rise to around 0c. It is full sunshine and nice clear skies with only the odd cloud floating about. There has been a dusting of snow overnight, but not enough to make one centimetre. The resort itself did receive some accumulation which is nice and powdery due to the cold overnight temperatures.
The outlook for tomorrow is sunshine and calm conditions. Enjoy the spring conditions... Read more ...
Saturday 11th March 2017, 18:09pm
Cloudy with occasional snow flurries
Excellent day up at Tenjin with enough snowfall overnight to completely refresh everything.
On-piste the recorded snowfall wasn't all that much but we were cutting tracks at least 20cm deep.
The weather stayed cool with either snow or clouds all day. The cat track was shut due to avalanche risk so tomorrow should be good too.
Next snowfall due on Monday and then some significant snow due on Wednesday and Thursday.
Definitely one of the best starts to March I've seen in years.
15cm Tenjin 0cm Hodaigi 0cm Okutone
Temps at 10:45am
Official snow depth:
420cm 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 ...