Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 23rd March 2017
Monday 13th March 2017, 7:56am
Sunny and bright, hazy skies
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Fine spring weather and conditions yesterday and it looks like it will be more of that today... just a bit warmer still, with temperatures rising up to around 10C this afternoon. It is a bright, sunny and hazy start to the day. And the day is starting off mild.
It looks like there might be a chance of light rain later on today according to some forecasts - and still a bit of snowfall around Wednesday. Potential snowfall does seem to have been 'downgraded' though over the last few days, so unless things change again I don't think we can expect much. We might be surprised though.
Just in case you have not noticed yet, we have added 'planned closing dates' for resorts in the region on the report below. We'll be checking and updating that a few times a week.
Official snow depth information as of Monday 13th 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
Thick layer of cloud about halfway up the mountain
Good morning from Naeba everyone.
Today is looking overcast and a little dark at the moment. Conditions on piste will be fairly firm and smooth to start with, however, later on, we are expecting temperatures to rise above freezing meaning we should get some slush on the go.
Looking on we are expecting rain later today which should turn into snow sometime in the evening as temperatures drop back down below freezing. After that point, we should see snow every day although not in outrageous quantities it seems.
Mostly blue skies and sunshine (just a bit of cloud)
Well, I had a fun morning yesterday - a rare early morning start too, afforded to be my the stable weather conditions (and so a relatively easy report!)
This morning early on it was rather cold outside though it's destined to quickly get warmer today with a temperature rising above zero. Similarly fine weather is forecast for tomorrow.
There's not much snow potential on the forecast just at the moment - perhaps some light snow at times later in the week - and there's now a definite feel of 'spring' in the air.
There's still a fair while to go yet of course though, with some lifts planning to be operating through until Sunday 7th May. I have added the planned season closing dates for each of the areas below for your reference.
And of course, I plan to be here with you with a new report every day until the end of the season.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Mountain base : -6°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -7°, no new snow. Annupuri 1150m, no new snow. Hirafu 1250m, -7°, no new snow. Coastal data: Kamui Cape: light winds, 1022hPa, wave 0.5m.
We are currently under the influence of a high pressure system and the pressure gradient is shallow. There is no new snowfall and below 800m there is thin surface frost layer has formed. From observation cornices and snowdrifts are stabilising. General avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open. Do not duck ropes to enter strictly off limits areas.
Cracks are starting to open on south facing steep slopes around 600m. The possibility full depth avalanches is increasing. Slopes with wrinkles downhill from cracks show tension in the slope has released and the immediate avalanche risk has lowered on that slope.
In Niseko area volcanic activity causes holes to form in the snowpack from the ground up. They can be covered with thin bridge of snow and collapse under a person's weight. Take care, open holes and cracks are hard to see from above.
Cornices are stabilising, however there is always the risk of sudden collapse. Do no stand around on the top of cornices. Today's snow is good, have fun in the sun.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
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.
Planned closing dates Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May. Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April. Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April (and then from 28th April until 7th May). Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May. Read more ...
Monday 13th March 2017, 8:42am
Fine and sunny, bit of thin high cloud
Yesterday the skies got more blue during the daytime and then started to get more overcast again later on. A fine spring day though generally and conditions remained pretty decent higher up. Lots of fun still to be had...
This morning the sun is out and it looks like it is going to be another fine one. More fine weather is due tomorrow too. (Though is that a chance of some rain later on today?)
Still, let's keep an eye on the forecast - and my reports of course - for the chance of fresh snow mid week.
Things feel rather quiet this morning. Gets like that as we get into the middle of March...
Oh yes, from today it's 'spring' ticket prices time at Hakuba 47/Goryu.
Resort news as of 8:30am on Monday 13th 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. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Upper: 330cm Base: 170cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Alps: 320cm Toomi: 170cm Iimori: 115cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 275cm Kurobishi: 340cm Lower: 150cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 365cm Han-no-ki: 375cm Maruyama: 160cm Oya-no-hara: 140cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 145cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Top: 370cm Base: 230cm
There was no snowfall last night but the snow condition is not icy - good conditions for March. Grandeco hopes to continue to be open for the ski season until early May.
Weekdays in March are especially quiet, at times it can almost feel like your own private ski resort.
Some ski grounds around Bandai area will close in the end of March, see the information below.
Here's some info on planned closing dates of nearby ski resorts:
Alts Bandai - until 20 March Urabandai, Inawashiro Minero, Numajiri - until 26 March Inawashiro, Inawashiro resort ski ground and Listel Ski Fantasia - due to close after 2 April Nekomo, Minowa, Grandeco - continue until May
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 ...
Monday 13th March 2017, 9:01am
Good morning and here we are - another Monday morning.
It's a calm and mild morning. Bright but overcast. Spring-like.
Things should be getting colder tonight though and there's a chance of snow (rain before it?) overnight tonight and snow tomorrow. There's further snow later in the week on the forecast as well, so we can look forward to the chance of a fresh top-up.
Closed for the season: - Paradise Number 3 pair - Diamond Number 1 pair - Karamatsu pair
Course info: Closed for the season: - Kotan
Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself): Summit - 150cm Paradise - 220cm Chuo - 220cm Utopia - 180cm Uwanodai - 130cm Yokokura - 120cm Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Monday 13th March 2017, 9:04am
High thin overcast layer with the sun trying to break through
Hello from Appi,
Another nice day here at Appi with calm winds at the moment and a temperature of -2. No snowfall yesterday but we’re expecting a significant amount tomorrow afternoon and evening so standby for the good news another few days.
The rest of the week may bring us a few cm or so. The clouds should be back in full force starting tomorrow and through the week and temperatures stable enough around -2.
The slopes are all in great shape and you can expect very little traffic on them here this week.
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 ...
Monday 13th March 2017, 9:07am
It is a cold start to the morning with -11c in the village. At the same time you can't help but feel spring is here with the snow gone from the roads and no longer on the trees. The day is set to be a good one with full sunshine, skies and no wind. With nightime freezes and daytime thaws on the lower half of the mountain, the slopes are likely to be frosty early on and softening in the sun later on. Read more ...
Monday 13th March 2017, 9:10am
Hello and good morning from Madarao.
It's another spring-like morning here in the region. Fairly mild and probably going to warm up a bit more too. There was a lot of thin cloud around earlier on this morning but that has been clearing up somewhat and it's more blue now, and the sun is out.
Will we get some fresh snowfall this week as per forecasts? I'll let you know.
Lots of people around over the weekend; not so much this morning.
Less than 3 weeks of the season to go!
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
- Powder Wave I - Powder Wave II - River Line - Powder Theater - Adventure Aisle - Crystal Bowl - Ninja - Sawa - Rabbit - Kamoshika - Bear
- Nighta at Madarao Kogen on Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th and Saturday 25th March.
There actually was a lot of good snow out in the backcountry yesterday; it was getting heavy, it was getting sunburned, it put on the sudden brakes in sunny spots down low, but that March powder continued to provide. It's probably a little too warm out there today for the there to be great conditions - but if the views are anything like they were yesterday, it's a good day just to be up in the hills.
Down lower on the slopes, people seemed to be enjoying some fun early spring skiing. Probably a little sticky here and there, but sun and skiing is fun...
Now, did I really say that? Snow is ahead, and that's what we really want. Blowing snow. Get comfy in our helmet and goggles, zip everything up and plow through the pounding snow. It could still happen, and that's what we want!
Cloudy, a little warmish, haven't been up on mountain today but likely icy early, a brief patch of Spring corn on the sunny spots before things get sticky and snowball-y this afternoon.
Forecast is for rain down low and snow up high tonight and tomorrow's temps are forecast to be colder.
It's likely to get colder still on Wednesday and then it looks as though we have snow up top from Wednesday night through Saturday. If so it will add something extra to the best March I've seen in years.
0cm Tenjin 0cm Hodaigi 0cm Okutone
Temps at 8am
Official snow depth:
420cm Tenjin 250cm Hodaigi 210cm 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 ...