Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 23rd March 2017
Sunday 19th March 2017, 7:29am
Good morning folks!
The clouds from yesterday have disapated and it is bluebird out there with great views down to the sea. While we have no new snow, clear skies are always welcome after a white winter.
We temperatures around -8 at the peak again. It is expected to warm up today, with base temperatures likely to rise over 0.
Stable NW winds continue, gusting to 40k/m at the peak.
Cloud is expected later today so get out early and make the most of the weather. Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Sunday 19th March 2017, 7:53am
Clear sunny skies
Hello from Appi,
It’s a beautiful bluebird day here at Appi with light winds and unrestricted visibility. Expect some fantastic views from the summit and for that matter all over the mountain. We did get a few cm of snow yesterday which might help today. This afternoon the clouds should roll in with the winds picking up slightly. The temperature’s relatively stable at -2 or so on the mountain and should remain that way for most of the week too.
As far was the forecast goes we can expect mostly sunny skies all week with perhaps a few cm of snow on Wednesday or Thursday with temperatures in the -2 zone most of the week.
I’m sure the runs are in great shape today but bring your sunscreen if your coming!
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 ...
Sunday 19th March 2017, 8:24am
The report this morning is coming to you from SnowJapan base in Minamiuonuma, helped along with a phone call with Yuzawa friend.
An odd start to the day really. (Were we expecting this?!) I was woken up by thunder not too long ago along with the sound of some heavy rain. It's still raining now but not supposed to continue for long. And I am seeing that GALA Yuzawa were reporting snow falling at 7:30am, and so were Mitsumata Ropeway base. So it seems rain lower down and some light snow higher up early on.
It's forecast to be mild again - up to around 8C in town later on - and similar temperatures tomorrow, though we should be back to sunnier skies.
Official snow depth information as of Sunday 19th 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
It has been raining down in Yuzawa town this morning but up there in Naeba we're seeing light (wet) snow. Some wind has been blowing around as well, though I think things are forecast to ease off and clear up as the day goes on. Or maybe not.
It does look like tomorrow should see clearer skies and sunshine. Beyond that there's some more snow appearing on the forecast around Tuesday-Wednesday, so perhaps we can expect a fresh layer. That would be good.
Just two weeks of daily operations at Naeba left. Details below...
Here's how the rest of the season is planned for Naeba:
- open daily until Sunday 2nd April; - open on weekends and holidays between Saturday 8th April until Sunday 23rd April; - open daily from Saturday 29th April until Sunday 7th May
Nighta will continue daily until Sunday 26th March. Read more ...
Sunday 19th March 2017, 8:43am
Cloudy early this morning but for the past hour or so, winds have been coming in from the North and its alternating between rain and snow. Temps are well above zero at the base and Tenjin resort recorded 0 degrees at 9am so quality up top is going to be questionable but there is quite a bit of precipitation about.
Clear weather forecast for tomorrow and it would be nice to see some Sun as its been a week. Tuesday night they've bumped up the expected snowfall and looks like it could come in some size followed by lighter snow in the following days... Cold temps too, just pinching myself when I look at the calendar these days!
5cm Tenjin 0cm Hodaigi 0cm Okutone
Temps at 8am
Official snow depth:
405cm 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 ...
Sunday 19th March 2017, 8:45am
Clouds with scattered blue sky
Good morning from Grandeco Resort!
8cm of fresh snow to report today and the conditions are fantastic early on.
The weather is relatively warm and should stay this way for the duration of the day.
Snow will soften up over the course of the day so expect early spring conditions.
Spring wax would, for sure, be a good idea.
All courses have been freshly groomed, with the exception of Lavender A.
It's a three-day weekend, so get out in the fresh air and enjoy your holiday.
- 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: wet and icy in parts Goshukinuma through Grandeco: wet and icy in parts Read more ...
Sunday 19th March 2017, 8:45am
Mostly cloudy, bits of blue sky
Resort news as of 8:45am on Sunday 19th 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 5-10cm 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 0-2cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Alps: 295cm Toomi: 145cm Iimori: 105cm
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: 250cm Kurobishi: 315cm Lower: 110cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. 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: 360cm Han-no-ki: 350cm Maruyama: 140cm Oya-no-hara: 125cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 125cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 2cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Top: 355cm Base: 215cm
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 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. Read more ...
Sunday 19th March 2017, 8:49am
Clear blue skies and sunshine
Good morning from Niseko.
The fine weather continues this morning, and it'll very probably be more of the same tomorrow as well.
It's making my reports a bit short at the moment as there's not much to report.
Perhaps I'll have to up the 'toast' reporting (I'm just kidding). :)
Doesn't feel like much wind down here at all but stronger winds being reported at higher elevations. Top lifts appear to be open as normal though.
2 more days (nights) of 'nighta': today (ie. tonight) and tomorrow (ie. tomorrow night).
It's crusty out there in the evenings but I always try to make a point of going out for a bit on last nighta, even if it's just for 30 minutes before a good soak in a bath.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Mountain base : -2°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -4.2°, W10m/s, no new snow. Annupuri 1150m: Hirafu 1250m: Coastal data: Kamui Cape: N3m/s, 1018hPa, wave 0.6m.
High pressure continues with sunny weather. There is no new snow and strong westerly winds at higher elevations. From observation general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open.
Winter seasons where the snowfall has been average, full depth avalanches can be expected from the snowdrifts formed around Osawa 1100m. This year's much shallower snow pack causes this risk to decrease. However this doesn't mean they won't happen, with the right combination of high pressure, rain or a sudden freezing event, they will slide. To avoid accidents don't wait in the valley bottoms. Avalanches are natural occurrences and wont be in accident if no one is involved.
The amount of water in the creeks is increasing. If a snow bridge collapses and you land in the water, it will quickly become a life threatening situation if you get swept under snow bridges further downstream. Today's weather is good. Be careful hitting trees or falling into cracks. There is still good snow on the mountain.
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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 19th March 2017, 8:56am
Good morning from Nozawa.
Cloudy down here at the moment but the resort was reporting light snow on upper areas at 7am and it does look like visibility is still affected up there - no new cm being reported though.
Local forecasts point to some sun today, so perhaps it's going to clear up. There were a few spots of rain I felt just before, so yes, let's have things clear up!
Tomorrow is due to be fine and sunny too.
A special nighta (floodlit night skiing) tonight at the resort due to the fact that tomorrow is a national holiday. After tonight just one more nighta, next Saturday.
Nozawa Onsen plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May
Remaining nighta: tonight next Saturday (25th March)
Courses not open today are: - Grand Prix - Kandahar East - Kandahar West Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 19th March 2017, 9:18am
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.
Back to snow, sort of! There is just about enough snow for me to give the report 1cm this morning, and light snow is actually still falling as I write this. It may not be much, but always good to see snow falling.
Clearer skies are forecast for tomorrow.
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)
Kumanoyu: Every Saturday until 25th March, and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm) Read more ...
Sunday 19th March 2017, 9:39am
Cloudy, looks like the sun is trying to break through
Good morning from Madarao and it is a cloudy start to the day. Is that a bit of sun trying to break through the clouds? It may well be.
Good luck to everyone taking part in the Madarao Speed Challeng today. Take care!
Sun is expected tomorrow... is that fresh snow on the horizon for mid week though?
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 - 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
- Powder Wave I - Powder Wave II - River Line - Powder Theater - Adventure Aisle - Crystal Bowl - Ninja - Sawa - Rabbit - Kamoshika - Bear
- Remaining nighta at Madarao Kogen - today and Saturday 25th March.
This morning a lot of cloud but some blue sky too. A fine spring morning I would say.
Talking of spring, lift ticket prices are about to get a little cheaper - from Tuesday onwards actually. 'Spring season' lift ticket prices at Zao Onsen come into effect from Tuesday 21st March - most lift tickets getting cheaper, adult charges shown below:
4 hour ticket: from 4,000 yen down to 3,500 yen 5 hour ticket: from 4,500 yen down to 3,700 yen 1 day: from 5,000 yen down to 4100 yen 2 day ticket: from 9,200 yen down to 7,500 yen
Before that, nighta (night skiing) is about to come to a close for the season at Zao Onsen - just tonight and tomorrow night left at the Uwanodai area.
I cannot find any official information yet regarding the planned closing dates of individual lifts at the resort, but all being well some of them will be moving until Golden Week in early May.
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 - 190cm Uwanodai - 130cm Yokokura - 140cm Read more ...