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 ...
Saturday 4th March 2017, 8:31am
Good morning from Naeba everyone.
Today is looking like it's going to be hot and sunny. Groomers will be in good condition for the morning, however expect them to get slushy by the time the afternoon comes around.
Today is a good day for taking pictures and enjoying life in the mountains.
Excellent news as the rain that was predicted in the weather forecast has been massively downgraded. Now we are expecting just minimal amounts of rain on Sunday evening. Then from Monday onwards we have snow every day again.
By lunchtime yesterday the clear up was well underway and we enjoyed an afternoon of lovely weather - less cloud as the evening approached - along with a bit of snow on the upper slopes that had fallen earlier. Fairly strong winds at times but I found some really good areas of fresh snow to play in... it was a good day.
This morning it's (almost totally) clear skies and sunshine.
Quite chilly too early on, but destined to warm up to around 7C here in the village. We're expecting sunshine tomorrow morning too, so it should be a weekend of calm and fine weather.
Keeping an eye on the forecast, looking good for fresh snow from Monday and during the week.
Resort news as of 8:40am on Saturday 4th 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: 280cm Base: 135cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Alps: 315cm Toomi: 165cm Iimori: 110cm
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. Some course restrictions at the moment due to racing events. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 245cm Kurobishi: 315cm Lower: 140cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Uma-no-se course is closed. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 370cm Han-no-ki: 350cm Maruyama: 160cm Oya-no-hara: 140cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 135cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Top: 360cm Base: 235cm
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 4th March 2017, 8:44am
Just a slight snowfall to report this morning along with colder conditions as well which is good.
There is just about enough for me to very kindly award 1cm to the report this morning. Within my own strict self-imposed guidelines, I'm feeling generous!
Generally cloudy skies.
Temperatures should be keeping quite cold through the coming week with just a bit of snow on the forecast at times, perhaps the best chance of something being around Tuesday.
When we get into March and on the way to 'spring' (I still don't like using that word yet, it's too early!), it is often the case that there'll be none or little snow down here at base but more higher up on the mountain. That seemed to be the case yesterday; I really enjoyed it out there and was happy to find some fresh snow. I also feel that once we get into this part of the season it is best to expect 'spring' rather than mid-winter conditions -- and then potentially be positively surprised when things surpass that. They often can. It's a cunning plan, and actually it works. For me, anyway.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base: -6℃, light snowfall. Moiwa800m: -7.9℃, WSW9m/s, 10cm snowdrifts. Annupuri1150m: -13℃, W6m/s, 10cm snowfall, 30cm snowdrifts, 220cm snowpack at 1000m elevation. Hirafu1250m: -12℃, light snowfall with snowdrift developments. Sea of Japan Kamui cape lighthouse: W7m/s, 1012hPa, 2.1m waves.
After the warm air inflow on March 2nd, a cold air mass rolled in and made a layer of ice and hoar (March 3-4th), making 40°slopes prone to avalanches in the current conditions. The newly formed snowdrift slabs at 800m elevation seemed relatively stable during this morning’s impact test, however unstable activities are still to be highly expected in leeward slopes between 750 and 1100m elevation. Do not enter south facing strictly off-limits areas. Gates are scheduled to open. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions. Beware of falling into cracks, collisions and sudden weather changes.
Many of the accidents occur during and just after storms. There are many things we can all learn from last week’s accident. Think about it and remember how and in what situations it all happened.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
Courses not open today are: - Grand Prix - Kandahar West - Kandahar East Read more ...
Saturday 4th March 2017, 9:02am
Sunny and clear
Hello from Madarao.
The sun is out and it's blue skies all around.
It is a beautiful morning and there's some fantastic scenery on offer.
It was pretty cold overnight and a chilly start to the morning as well, though it will be warming up a bit with the sun.
We're still seeing snow on the forecast over the coming week so fingers crossed that turns up.
In the meantime, a fantastic day to be out on the mountain.
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)
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 ...
Saturday 4th March 2017, 9:15am
Morning from Zao.
No new cm to report unfortunately and this morning we have fine weather.
I would expect some icy conditions early on perhaps softening up as it gets slightly warmer during the day, particularly lower slopes. At 9am they are still reporting a temperature of -8C at the summit so it's keeping nice and cold up there!
I just took a look at the forecast and it looks like it has been 'upgraded' and showing some good potential especially Tuesday onwards.
We could do with a nice new layer of snow and of course as spring approaches proper, it all matters. It's all precious!
All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating today:
Paradise Number 3 pair
All courses apart from Kotan should be open.
Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself): Summit - 145cm Paradise - 220cm Chuo - 220cm Utopia - 170cm Uwanodai - 130cm Yokokura - 135cm
Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations
Every day until tomorrow! Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm. Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children. In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled. Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Saturday 4th March 2017, 10:13am
Cloudy skies light snowfall
Hello from Appi,
Another cloudy day today but at least we have a little snow falling to make things a little better. The temperature is -2 outside my door. The wind is still fairly light this morning but you can expect it to pick up this afternoon somewhat.
The rest of the weekend offers cloudy skies with some light snowfall on and off again. Stable temperatures around -2 or so at the base and fairly light westerly winds should make it an enjoyable weekend for those coming.
Next week should be interesting with quite a bit of snow in the forecast. If it arrives it'll be a great week for those coming here. We may even see over 20cm each day.
Get your gear on and come and play. The season is winding down here so get some snow while you can.
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
There has been a a nice top up of snow overnight with around 10cm at the top of the mountain and 3cm at base. The new snow is very supportive and the upper mountain is kising nicely while the lower mountain is quite frosty underfoot. From halfway to the top was covered in early morning valley fog. This is lifting now and the day is light overcast with the sun penetrating the thin layer of high cloud. Read more ...
Saturday 4th March 2017, 12:43pm
Plenty of snow yesterday and howling winds but Tenjin opened as they were prepping the banked slalom course for the weekends racing.
The piste was constantly refreshed which was cool but there is a punchy ice layer underneath everything and the bare patches are hard work.
Today's blue skies and warmer temps should get to work softening things up and the banked slalom course will be around for a while.
Looks like more snow on the way Tuesday through Thursday.
0cm Tenjin 0cm Hodaigi 0cm Okutone
Temps at 8am
Official snow depth:
400cm 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 ...