Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017
Wednesday 15th March 2017, 8:31am
Mix of cloud and blue sky,
Morning from Niseko.
It looks like we're on for another day of generally fine weather conditions here.
There's more cloud this morning early on, and perhaps they will clear up leaving us with clearer skies.
A chance of light snow on the forecasts for tomorrow to Friday.
That's about all I have to report this morning, so I'll leave it at that and see you tomorrow.
(Actually, check below for individual resort info - looks like wind at higher elevations might be affecting some lifts...)
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Mountain base : -6°, sunny, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: no data. Annupuri 1150m: -7°, NE8m/s, no new snow. Hirafu 1250m, -7°, light winds, no new snow. Coastal data: Kamui Cape: ENE4m/s, 1014hPa, wave 0.7m.
The high pressure continues, light winds and sunny today. There is no new snow and all the mountains are tracked out. Apart from strictly off limits areas on the south side, general avalanche risk is low. Cornices are stable but there is always the risk of collapse, and in that situation, rescue is often impossible. All gates are expected to be open. Off the groomers the snow surface will be icy in the morning, so take care falling or hitting trees.
The Niseko Rules are official land use rules and must be followed by all mountain users. These rules were created to prevent accidents on the western Prefectural Forest (Niseko) and eastern Nation Forest(Kutchan) sides of the mountain. It was recognised that just creating the off limits areas would not be a deterrent to accidents, but also that recognising the freedom to ride out of bounds was equally important. This is the basis of the rules and they have been successful stopping what at the time was the worst backcountry accident records in Japan.
Without knowing the history of the area it is foolish to casually disregard the rules. The recent Haru no Taki accident shows the ultimate price can still be paid. The Niseko Rules were set up to provide a minimum level of safety while at the same time protecting your freedom to ride out of bounds. Follow the rules. Have a good day.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
Niseko Grand Hirafu The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to wind conditions. Also looks like the lower Holiday Number 1 pair lift is undergoing some kind of maintenance.
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 ...
Wednesday 15th March 2017, 8:32am
Lots of cloud around this morning but the roads are looking wet after some rain overnight... not raining just at the moment though. Just cloudy.
There was the hope of some snow today and tomorrow though it doesn't quite feel like that is going to happen - and if it does, it won't be much. I'd be glad to be wrong on that score of course, so let's see how conditions change. Both today and tomorrow the local forecast is for a high of 4C-5C in town.
We should be back to clearer skies by the weekend.
So we definitely feel like we are into spring season now. There's lots of fun still to be had... just a different flavour of fun from peak season conditions.
And remember, Kagura is open for another two and a half months!!
Official snow depth information as of Wednesday 15th 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
The forecasts still give us a chance of snow today and tomorrow, but for the moment it is mostly cloudy over the region... bit of clearer sky, no precipitation falling from it!
We're probably going to see a high temperature of around +4C in the village today (and tomorrow also), so it's not a winter-like cold. Still, if it can't snow then it would be best if there's not 'other kind of precipitation'. ;)
For those looking to come here for the weekend - we will probably be back to sunny skies.
Bit of sun and blue skies showing through later in the day yesterday and what was that... some decent snow falling late on. It didn't last long though and there's no fresh to report from base this morning.
Resorts are reporting 0-3cm of snow on mountain this morning.
There is a fair bit of cloud around this morning, but the sun is out too over the village and I can also see areas of blue sky. I can see some of the webcams showing poor visibility (is it snowing up there in places?!)
Forecasts still do talk about snow today and tonight.
I realise that might all sound a bit confusing. I will of course let you know what actually ends up happening in my report tomorrow!
Resort news as of 8:40am on Wednesday 15th 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: 325cm Base: 165cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 1-2cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Alps: 310cm Toomi: 165cm Iimori: 110cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 270cm Kurobishi: 330cm Lower: 130cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Uma-no-se course is closed. The Tsugaike Ropeway is now operating for the spring season. (Climbing notices need to be filled in, ropeway charge also applies) Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 355cm Han-no-ki: 350cm Maruyama: 150cm Oya-no-hara: 130cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 135cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 3-5cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Top: 365cm Base: 220cm
I am measuring just over 20cm of fresh snow here at base, so there's surely that and upwards at higher elevations. A very nice new layer of fresh snow and even though it's heavier than peak season dry snow, it should really liven things up for mid March.
Taking a look at the forecasts and there seems to be the chance of regular refreshes in the coming days as well. Can't be bad.
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 - 240cm Chuo - 240cm Utopia - 195cm Uwanodai - 130cm Yokokura - 140cm Read more ...
Wednesday 15th March 2017, 9:44am
The forecast seemed to be talking about cold winter like weather, but it's fairly calm here in Naeba this morning. Fairly chill start but not too cold.
Cloudy skies with some light snow falling at higher elevations by the looks, but no fresh cm of snow to report. A slight dusting, that's all.
The forecast for today remains a mix of cloud with light snow at times.
Let's hope I might have a bit of fresh to report tomorrow morning... Read more ...
Wednesday 15th March 2017, 9:49am
Good morning from Grandeco.
Fresh snowfall! And good quality snow too - measuring 16cm to go on the report this morning.
Something of a surprise really, but we'll very happily accept it.
And there's still snow on the forecast through until the weekend too so it's exciting to think we might get some regular top-ups over the coming run of days.
- 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 and ice Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow and ice Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Wednesday 15th March 2017, 10:15am
Cloudy skies with...
Hello from Appi,
Well the snow came yesterday but not as much as we would have hoped but nonetheless it came and as opposed to last weeks it’s back to the dry snow we all love around here. Cloudy skies right now with light winds and a temperature of -2.
The clouds will stay around for the next few days with the temperature a stable -2 to -4 on the slopes. We may see another cm or so of snow but nothing really significant. After that it’s partly cloudy skies into the weekend with winds hardly picking up which should make conditions fairly good on the mountain.
It should be a great day up there today with relatively little traffic to speak of.
Planned operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):
Appi Gondola Central quad Central number 2 Central number 3b 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 ...
Wednesday 15th March 2017, 10:43am
Clear over the mountains, cloudy around
As bad it was yesterday, it's really nice today.
It was trying to snow earlier, even though the sun was shining. The mountains are beautifully white under a deep blue sky. There are more clouds to the east and south, but I don't think we can look forward to much snowfall until later today and into tomorrow.
I also discovered that the Niigata snow forecast which has been our best source for snowfall figures has an English page. Don't forget, though, that as helpful as that is, you still need your source on the ground here in Myoko for the real local story....
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 ...
Wednesday 15th March 2017, 12:43pm
It is a very wintery start to the day with morning temperatures into double digit negatives, even in the village. There is low cloud rolling right down the mountain meaning visibility is limited but this should lift later in the morning. There was a dusting of snow overnight in the village but it was closer to 1mm rather than 1cm. Light snow is on the forecast right through until Sunday, so hopefully we will get some decent accumulation somewhere in there to give us another powder day!