Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017
Monday 6th March 2017, 7:05am
Morning, an early report and so the snow depth information has not been updated today.
It was very much a spring-like day in the region yesterday, with things gradually getting somewhat hazy and overcast in the afternoon. The sun was still just about visible through thin cloud later in the afternoon.
It warmed up to close-on double digits as well in town. As you might expect with the warm temperature, there was a fair bit of visible snow-melt going on.
This morning has started off overcast-cloudy and it is going to be another mild one (perhaps slightly warmer than yesterday) and we’re still expecting precipitation by tonight. Very probably rain at first, turning into snow overnight in town – but hopefully straight to snow at higher elevations. And importantly we can look forward to a good chance of snow in my report tomorrow.
I just noticed on the local Yahoo weather forecast pages - they have started adding pollen forecasts! A sure sign of spring – and not one that hay fever sufferers look forward to! The forecast shows the number of grains (?) of pollen per square centimeter – the forecast for today is in the 10-30 level (less than yesterday). It drops right down from tomorrow with the forecast colder temperatures and snow forecast.
Official snow depth information as of Sunday 5th March 2017
The below data will be updated again on Tuesday.
GALA Yuzawa The upper part of $2,600,000 closed today due to avalanche danger but otherwise GALA is open as planned. Official snow depth: 370cm
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 ...
Monday 6th March 2017, 7:08am
Good morning from Hakuba. I have to post an early on today and so this is going out earlier than most resort info is available (sorry!)
The blue skies in the morning gradually turned into rather grey and overcast conditions. Still, it remained bright and the sun was trying to get through the thin clouds through mid-afternoon.
A very spring like feel to the day, feeling rather mild and snow conditions quickly softening up.
But let’s get back to winter, shall we?
We are starting off the day with dull and grey overcast/cloudy conditions. My friend down in Omachi (to the south of Hakuba) just said there were a few spots of rain, but it's dry here right now.
All things going well, I will be reporting fresh snow in my next report – and the few days after that too. Yes, regular snow is on the forecast for most of this week which is rather exciting to see. It doesn’t look like wind should be much of an issue either, so potentially it might be a really good week ahead.
(Don’t get too disheartened if there’s a bit of rain tonight before the snow – it shouldn’t be lasting long as things start getting colder later today).
Resort news as of 7:10am on Monday 6th March 2017:
Early report means that lots of info is not yet available - but there's no fresh snow.
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: 310cm 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: 240cm Kurobishi: 305cm Lower: 135cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Uma-no-se course is closed. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 360cm Han-no-ki: 340cm Maruyama: 160cm Oya-no-hara: 135cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 135cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Top: 355cm Base: 225cm
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 ...
Monday 6th March 2017, 7:55am
It is a nice morning, partly cloudy and sunny. Visibility is almost perfect and there is no wind in the village at the moment. There has been a further 9cm of new snow since yesterdays report. The pistes will be nicely groomed fresh powder, while the ungroomed areas will have plenty of snow to play in with yesterday and todays snowfalls combined. Heavy snow is forecast from this evening. Read more ...
Monday 6th March 2017, 8:13am
Grey cloudy overcast skies
I spent the day yesterday in Nozawa actually – was able to have a good chat with my ‘Nozawa Now’ friend and we did some comparing of notes!
I think things were pretty similar both in Nozawa and Madarao yesterday – the day ending rather cloudy - and things will likely be very similar today.
It’s cloudy at the start of today and we have that promised snowfall due tonight. The forecast is still looking very promising for regular snow this week, so let’s sit back and see if nature delivers.
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
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)
The wind remained an issue yesterday which was a bit annoying (with the Jumbo Number 3 at Niseko Annupuri stopping just after 11am, and the Niseko Gondola at Niseko Village not managing the full afternoon), but there you go. I haven’t kept any ongoing notes on this but I don’t feel there has been more wind-related lift stoppages than usual this season; perhaps even less so. I’ll look back and check on that for my end-of-season round-up review in at the end of the season (in early May).
I wasn't out myself but my friend told me there was a bit of light snow falling at times yesterday.
No fresh cm to report this morning though and none on the Avalanche Report either.
It's a fine morning actually with the sun out and blue skies. A cold very early morning though it will likely warm up to somewhere around zero during the day, perhaps slightly above. There's a bit of a hazy feel to things looking over towards Mt Yotei, and we should be on for a day of fine weather. Finishing it off with the snow that is on the forecast would be a good way to end the day, so perhaps in my report tomorrow I'll have some fresh to report.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base -8℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -9℃, no snowfall, snowdrifts development. Annupuri 1159m: -14℃, W8m/s, no snowfall, 220cm snowpack. Hirafu 1250m: -14℃, W5m/s, no snowfall. Kamui cape lighthouse: W4m/s, 1009hPa, 1.6m waves.
The barometric pressure gradient is low and the weather is calm. Clear morning under a high-pressure zone. The new snowdrifts that developed overnight with the wind is relatively stable this morning. No notable instability has been observed. The cornices are heavy and are prone to fall. Better not make light of the risk. Highly wind-affected steep slopes have packed and soft slabs and shallow slides are likely to occur from March 3-4th and 6th layer. Caution is required when touring in Kozan no sawa (Backbowl), Nishi-One (West ridge), Higashi-One (East ridge). Better not traverse under cornices. The overall avalanche risk is low and all gates will open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol before stepping out of the gates.
The avalanche risk varies from the slope’s aspect, altitude and terrain features. The snow conditions changes everyday. Better be prudent and not underestimate the hazards. Deep layer avalanches (Feb 23rd or Feb 17th) are also to be considered in south facing strictly off-limits areas around 800m due to sun-affect. Leave those areas untouched.
This information is issued daily in hope to keep minimum safety in the out of bounds areas around the resorts.
Have a nice day.
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. Read more ...
Monday 6th March 2017, 8:26am
Grey, with thin cover letting the sun shine partly through.
It's the waiting game right now; something is going to be falling from the sky - wet or white?
The wind is from the south, which says the former; it doesn't feel that warm, which says the latter (although Suginohara's report for the morning, with +4°, has me rethinking this).
If you're here, and you're wondering about what's about to hit, look to the south at Mt. Kurohime. If it's wearing a cap of clouds sliding over towards us, rain is really likely. Another is to look at the Coast Guard's website for the coast (http://www6.kaiho.mlit.go.jp/09kanku/niigata/) and look at the wind directions. If you click right now it's all south winds; before the snow comes, those will shift to the north and west.
Will we really get some good, deep snow over the next few days? Pretty interesting to watch and see what comes along.
Another weekend has come and gone and what a nice weekend it was too. Today brings something a little different with cloudy skies, light winds and a temperature of -2 outside. We can expect the snow to start falling this afternoon and with a little luck continue throughout the week. We may see around 15cm if we’re lucky today.
The weekly forecast remains the same with clouds blanketing the area and snow falling on all days. Temperatures around -4 most of the week will certainly help too.
Don’t expect any people here this week either as the season slowly starts to wind down. That doesn’t mean it’s won’t be a great day out because it will be.
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
- Gondola - Number 1 quad lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3 quad lift - Number 4 quad lift
All courses now open
Official snow depth: 280cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: dry Goshukinuma through Grandeco: dry Read more ...
Monday 6th March 2017, 10:59am
Generally clear with some clouds
Same weather here, warm, generally clear and no precipitation but that looks to be changing this evening with any luck.
The forecast for 1500m at Tenjindaira is a return to cold temps and consistent snow from this evening through Saturday morning. The Minakami town weather is also calling for snow tomorrow and temps below zero. It would be uncharacteristic, during what has been a great season, for Tenjin not to hit the 5m snow base mark but we are in with a chance here.
My suggestion to you is, tell the boss you have norovirus, pack a snorkel and get out to the mountains this week. The majority of overseas tourists are gone but mother nature doesn't care and is about to initiate full Winter reset!
0cm Tenjin 0cm Hodaigi 0cm Okutone
Temps at 10am
Official snow depth:
390cm 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 ...
Monday 6th March 2017, 16:13pm
(** Report originally written at 8:45am this morning)
A hazy but fine start to the day today here in Zao - after some limited visibility in the afternoon yesterday. Good visibility and mild conditions.
The forecast is still looking good with the snow due to start perhaps tomorrow (perhaps tonight) and then through the rest of the week.
Will it happen? And will we get decent snowfall?
All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating today:
Paradise Number 3 pair Diamond Number 1 pair Karamatsu pair (closed now for the season)
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 - 130cm Read more ...