Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 24th March 2017
Wednesday 8th March 2017, 7:27am
This is the fifth consecutive day of snow, and this morning there is 9cm of accumulation in the village. Pleasingly it is light dry powder, so it will be a good day on the slopes with all main runs being groomed powder. Sky conditions are broken cloud with large patches of blue sky and sunshine, and little in the way of wind. Tomorrow looks like it will be overcast but the snow is forecast to continue. Read more ...
Wednesday 8th March 2017, 8:02am
bluebird skys at the moment
What a beautiful day! A fresh 16cm fell over night and then the sun is back. Amazing visibility and little wind. Perfect day for photos #kirororesort Read more ...
Wednesday 8th March 2017, 8:12am
Cloud, blue sky, sun! For the moment!
Wow, what an early morning it should be today!
Yesterday it was snowing pretty much all the day, but it didn't amount to much - just a few cm by the time it got dark. But it snowed overnight and there's 22cn of fresh snow on the ground now. Here's what resorts are reporting:
What's more, as of 8am, there's some blue sky up there as well as the hanging-on cloud. That wasn't expected with snow still forecast for the day, so it may well cover up and continue fairly soon. Indeed, there's more cloud to the north of Yuzawa.
But first tracks at least should be really great this morning.
There can't be many more mornings like this left this season, so we need to make the most of it!
Official snow depth information as of Wednesday 8th March 2017
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: 350cm
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 ...
Wednesday 8th March 2017, 8:30am
Cloud, blue sky, sun
And a good morning to you all!
And it most certainly is a very good morning. It feels like a long time since I have reported over 20cm in one report, but happily today is one of those days.
26cm since my last report.
Really nice quality snow too. Oh yes!
It is surely going to be a great day, and the lines of people waiting for early lifts on this March morning show how excited we all are.
Actually right now there's some blue sky appearing through the clouds, and the sun is shining through in places, casting big shadows in others. Changeable conditions early on, will be interesting to see if we get any more today...
Anyway, I hope you can be here to enjoy this! Have fun and take care.
The wind is calming down but snowdrifts are still slowly developing. 30cm of good snow can be found below treeline. Snowdrifts are growing, however no notable layer activities has been observed and it seems the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are scheduled to open, please follow the ski patrol’s instructions.
We suggest paying more attention to slabs as a whole rather than just the layers. Layers can be found everywhere anytime. Avalanches occur in slopes with snowdrifts that became slabs. The wind or the sun can affect the cause of these slabs formations. If fissures appear when you run into a snowdrift, it is a red signal, or might even be too late. Fissures instantly transmit through a wide surface and triggers a slide.
Many of the accidents have occurred during or just after storms. Pay good attention to the past weather transition. The snow conditions changes everyday. Better not stay put on a steep slope, ride simultaneously or traverse knoll terrain and under cornices. Epic snow conditions this morning. Have a great 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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 8th March 2017, 8:31am
Blue sky sun, some remaining clouds
Good morning from Nozawa.
It's a very good morning as well.
Snow yesterday though it wasn't really the kind where the cm mounted up - but it got into another gear overnight and this morning there's 20-30cm of fresh snow being reported by the resort. Great to see a good fresh blanket of snow at base too, not just higher up.
We were expecting snow through the day today as well, but for the moment there's actually quite a bit of blue sky appearing and the sun is shining through my window now. Very bright.
That means that it should be an excellent morning here and I'm going to make my own way up to the top of the mountain as soon as this report is sent off.
Latest local forecasts seem to say the snow should be back falling by tomorrow.
It's almost perfect out today; nearly 30cm of fresh snow overnight on top of what we got through the day yesterday, the clouds lifting to let the sun in; a forecast that says more snow ahead.
Was it really raining a little while back?
March has a way of doing this, giving some great powder just when most of the international crowd has given up and headed home.
I'm not sure if this sun will hold, too; there are some pretty good cloud banks off to the north. Well, the sun is nice, I guess, but cloudy days don't give you sun crusts (and snow isn't delivered in the night by pixies).
Hakuba 47: 25cm since yesterday evening (plus 15cm during the day yesterday) Hakuba Goryu: 5-15cm Hakuba Happo-one: 10cm top Riesen; 20cm by groomers Hakuba Cortina: 10-20cm
So there's a mixed bunch of numbers there but the most important thing being that there's a decent layer of fresh snow out there on the slopes.
We are measuring 12cm to go on our report.
Great to see snow on the ground again - but (as always of course) we want more!
Clouds still over the mountains and still snowing up there with limited visibility in many resort areas, but latest local forecast seem to indicate any snow falling on mountain should ease off though we're due more snow overnight and through tomorrow.
Resort news as of 8:40am on Wednesday 8th 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 25cm of fresh snowfall since yesterday evening. And apparently 15cm during the day yesterday. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Upper: 300cm Base: 150cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 5-15cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Alps: 305cm Toomi: 165cm Iimori: 105cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). And groomers reporting 20cm. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 250cm Kurobishi: 325cm 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: 155cm Oya-no-hara: 140cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 140cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 10-20cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Top: 375cm 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 ...
Wednesday 8th March 2017, 8:52am
God morning from Grandeco.
8cm of fresh snowfall fell last night and it is still falling now - very light and powder-like. Nice. A very good day to enjoy the fresh snow on Lavender A course. All courses except for Lavender A are groomed and ready to go.
Temperatures are remaining quite low, and happily it feels like middle of winter again.
According to the forecast, it will be snow until Friday. Let's hope we can enjoy the fresh snow every morning!