Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017
Tuesday 7th March 2017, 8:31am
Good morning from Niseko.
And good news this morning with 9cm of fresh snow on the ground outside my place near the base of Hirafu. It's cold too. Yey.
From what I can gather a lot of that has been since early morning (pre-toast) and hopefully it will continue to build up during the day today with snow showers forecast - though the forecasts don't seem to be forecasting major dumpage. They are sometimes wrong of course. It has been coming down quite nicely post-toast and I am guessing that is the reason that I am seeing more than what is in Avalanche Report below.
Snow clouds should be with us through this week though so regular top-ups should be happening. Whether they will be enough for a proper reset or not is something we'll have to wait on. Let's see.
In fact, I will be a responsible reporter and go out there to do some investigating myself this morning. :)
First snowfall in a while and the mountain is blanketed by a thin coat of fresh snow. According to the observations, the avalanche risk is low, however shallow slides from March 6th are to be expected in 35+ grade slopes above 800m elevation. Please do not underestimate the risks as, although shallow, these slides are fast and powerful enough to sweep you down the slope. All gates are scheduled to open however will be subject to the wind and visibility. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions.
The ski patrols and avalanche institute are working hard for maintaining a balance between accident prevention and freedom to ride.
Sorry to hear that people are complaining to the town office about what we do.
Beware of sudden weather changes.
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 ...
Tuesday 7th March 2017, 8:31am
As forecast, after a mild yesterday it is colder this morning and there has been some fresh snow. I was out of Hakuba last night so I can't report first hand on what happened there - but I am happy to see some snow this morning.
Not a huge amount - around 2cm - and resorts reporting between that and up to 10cm at higher elevations but hopefully we will see more falling today and tomorrow and indeed the snow clouds are due to be on hand right through until Friday so it will be interesting to see what we can get out of them.
Looks like some restricted visibility out on the slopes early morning - close to white-out in some places. Take care out there.
Resort news as of 8:40am on Tuesday 7th 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 3-5cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Upper: 275cm Base: 130cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 1-3cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Alps: 305cm Toomi: 160cm Iimori: 105cm
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: 230cm Kurobishi: 300cm Lower: 130cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Uma-no-se course is closed. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 355cm Han-no-ki: 335cm Maruyama: 155cm Oya-no-hara: 130cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 130cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 5-10cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Top: 345cm Base: 220cm
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 ...
Tuesday 7th March 2017, 8:35am
Good morning from Grandeco and it is snowing lightly in the area early on.
Snow start falling this morning and there is 1cm of new snow at this moment (8:00am).
According to the forecast, it will be a heavy snow tomorrow so that should be good, with snow on and off through Friday.
Temperatures are getting cold again, maybe snow condition will be a powder again from this afternoon.
After the snow fall, the weather for next weekend will be nice for the "Grandeco Rainbow Weekend" event. Some snow sculptures and many candles will be placed around ski ground area, with a lot of skiers and snowboarders waving rainbow flags and dressed up in cosplay!
Fluffy pow falling out the sky here since last night though its coming in a little light at the moment. Accumulation is 15cm at the base of Tenjin and just a little more reported up top so a good start and its forecast to intensify this afternoon and this evening.
Nothing warms my cockles more than a mid-week pow fest in March and one day storms are great but 5 day storms are significantly better! Apart from the truckloads of fresh snow forecast for this weekend, Yubiso park will be hosting the annual Yuki Matsuri which is free and geared toward small children.
Work to commence today on shaping the giant mounds of snow into Anpanman and various other fun stuff.
15cm Tenjin 0cm Hodaigi 0cm Okutone
Temps at 10am
Official snow depth:
410cm 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 ...
Tuesday 7th March 2017, 9:00am
Morning from Madarao.
Some fresh snow this morning - the resort seem to be reporting up to 10cm on the mountain. I'm only measuring a few cm myself so a thin layer. I would expect some icy and hard conditions still this morning, but the forecast is still good for regular snow over the coming days.
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)
It's nice and colder this morning and there is a dusting of snow on the ground... just about enough for me to add 1cm to the report. I would expect more higher up so there might be a light top-up to enjoy this morning, though surely nothing like a reset.
Good looking forecast still with snow expected daily through until the weekend, and it should also be keeping cold.
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 - 125cm Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Tuesday 7th March 2017, 9:14am
Cloud, light snow, bit of sun in places
Morning from Shiga Kogen.
Just a few cm of snow this morning. There's a lot of cloud around but just as I write this there's actually a bit of sun shining through the clouds in places. And a few patches of blue sky to see. But at the same time, it's snowing. So a real mixed bag of weather conditions this morning.
Snow is what is on the forecasts for the next few days, so perhaps it'll set in and I'll have some decent numbers to report over the next few days.
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)
Yakebitaiyama: Every Saturday until 4th March (6pm-8pm)
Kumanoyu: Every Saturday until 25th March, and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm) Read more ...
Tuesday 7th March 2017, 9:46am
Snow continues to fall
The snow is back, and a little more than the prefecture's forecast of 10cm. Some wind, as usual when the wind changes and the snowy weather blows in, and a bit of drifting. But it's nice to have things white again (it was getting pretty dirty along the roads. My car is shocking; don't lean against it).
Looks like the snow will continue for several days now, maybe not a whole lot every day, but bit by bit works well, too. Easier to keep up with than that three meters in less than two weeks that we got in January. Winter's not completely dead yet...
Currently cloudy with some light snow falling and a temperature of -2. We can expect about another 15cm of snow today and a lot more coming tomorrow and Thursday. Great news for all heading this way.
Relatively light winds the rest of the week and stable temperatures of around -4 all week too. Let's all hope the snow arrives as planned.
The runs are in decent shape but you can expect the upper runs to be cloud covered most of the day with reduced visibility. Still any day on the slopes is better than a day in the office.
Have a great day out there.
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 - *** actually looks like this Gondola affected by wind at the moment Sailer quad Vista quad Nishimori
March is turning out to be good for snow with a further 5cm of fresh to report. It has been snowing all morning, although it has eased off to snow flurries in the village at the moment. It is an overcast day but still quite bright with strong sunlight breaking through. Wind around the base is light, but is gusting to moderate at times. The outlook for tomorrow is much the same as today with light snow and light winds, but there should be more direct sun with broken cloud conditions. Read more ...
Tuesday 7th March 2017, 14:32pm
Overcast and snowing
Good afternoon from Naeba everyone.
Many apologies for the late report today. As of this morning, there was 7 cm of fresh snow on the ground, however, this will have increased during the day as it has been more or less non-stop.
Conditions today were very much dust on crust. Nice cruddy snow on the off piste sections. Conditions on piste were powdery and smooth in places and very icy in other places. All in all a day to enjoy but not to push it too hard.
Looking on there is no end in sight for this snow. Light to moderate snow is predicted for every day this week.