Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Tuesday 12th February 2019, 7:08am
It was a great day yesterday with the clear weather and sun staying with us through the day. This morning, the good weather continues with clear sky above and the sun beaming down. Conditions are calm outside with no detectable wind. There was been only the slightest dusting of snow overnight, barely enough to cover the paint color on the cars outside.
Open lifts: Prince Romance chair Downhill Romance #2 chair Downhill Romance #3 chair Furano Ropeway
Kitanomine quad chair Kitanomine #2 chair Kitanomine Gondola Link chair Read more ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Tuesday 12th February 2019, 7:43am
Good morning from Geto Kogen.
Clearer weather in the morning yesterday with snow falling from the evening... result? 18cm on the ground at base this morning.
This morning snow is falling and visibility is limited - and it's a bit windy too. And that's what we are expecting for the day. For the moment it seems that all lifts are going to be starting the day as planned but we might need to keep an eye on the wind situation.
Conditions should be good though. Just go out prepared for the weather.
Official snow depths:
* Top: 380cm * Base: 260cm
Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:
* Number 1 Gondola * Number 1 pair lift * Number 2 pair lift * Quad
* The Number 2 Gondola is usually rested on normal weekdays
Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change due to weather:
* All of the main official courses are available * All tree runs open
Yesterday slowly cleared up and ended up with lovely clear skies by later in the afternoon.
We're back to snow this morning and 13cm of new snow just measured here in town. It's actually coming down really nicely at the moment; big flakes. Light snow seems to be the forecast for the day and tomorrow too, so we should be seeing more cm pile up.
Both Kagura and Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 15cm of fresh snowfall.
It's not as cold as it was yesterday morning and currently about -1C and probably won't get much higher than that during the day.
Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit.
Updated: 8:15am, Tuesday 12th February 2019
** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information. Information is checked manually each morning but sometimes official information is updated later than the time of these reports.
Night time 'nighta' operations (listed in alphabetical order)
Below is information on night time floodlit skiing operations at ski resorts in the area. Subject to change due to weather and snow conditions.
Ishiuchi Maruyama Open daily until Saturday 16th March 2019 The Chuo Area is open daily for nighta The Hatsukaishi and Kanko Areas only open for nighta over New Year and nights before holidays 4:00pm until 8:30pm
Iwappara Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019 Part of the mid and lower area of the resort 5:00pm until 8:00pm on weekdays; until 9:00pm on Saturdays
Joetsu Kokusai Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019 Area in front of the base hotel, Osawa and lower Atema 5:00pm until 9:00pm
Kandatsu Kogen 'Hobo (Almost) All Night' every Friday, Saturday and night before holidays until 30th March 2019 6:00pm until 4:0am the next morning
Maiko Snow Resort Open daily 'one-coin nighta' (500 yen) until Saturday 16th March 2019 Maiko Center Quad lift in the Maiko Area 4:00pm until 8:00pm
Naeba Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019 Number 3 and 4 high speed and Number 4 romance pair lifts 4:00pm until 8:30pm
NASPA Ski Garden NASPA extends opening for the Number 1 lift on the following dates: 19th, 26th January 2019 2nd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 23rd February 2019 Extended until 6:00pm
Yuzawa Nakazato Every Saturday until 9th March 2019 Sunday 10th February 2019 Number 2 romance pair lift 5:00pm until 8:30pm Read more ...
Tuesday 12th February 2019, 8:25am
Good morning from Madarao.
After the long weekend we have... fresh snow and another cold morning.
There's a good 20cm of snow overnight which should make for an excellent morning. It's coming down nicely as well now so just get wrapped up and the right googles before heading out.
Seems the Super Quad lift is going to be a bit delayed getting going but apart from that all lifts (apart from the rested Number 5) should be moving.
Snow clouds due to be over us through tomorrow.
Planned operations for Tuesday 12th February 2019
Official snow depth at Madarao:
All lifts apart from Number 5 plan to be open All 31 courses should be open including tree run courses
Nighta operations at Madarao: - Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019
Tangram Ski Circus info:
All lifts operating All course areas open
Nighta operations at Tangram: - Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019 Read more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Tuesday 12th February 2019, 8:28am
Fair, some clouds
It is a beautiful morning. Blue skies and 5cm of new snow measured at the base of Grandeco. It is keeping cold too. All of the areas will likely be quiet today after the busy long weekend so it should be a very fine morning to be out there.
According to the forecast, it will be a bit windy this afternoon so better conditions likely in the morning.
Protect your eyes from the sunshine and keep warm in the afternoon!
The photos for today are from Alts Bandai, Nekoma and Grandeco.
Nekoma - lift 4/5, course 11/11 open *Closed on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28 Grandeco - lift 4/5 include one gondola, course 12/13 open Urabandai - lift 0/3, course 0/3 open *Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Minowa - lift 3/3, course 10/11 open Numajiri - lift 4/4, course 11/11 open Alts Bandai - lift 8/8 include one gondola, course 23/25 open Inawashiro - lift 8/8, course 18/18 open Inawashiro resort - lift 4/4 include one gondola, course 7/9 open Listel - lift 2/2, course 5/7 open Family Bandai Bandai - lift 0/2, course 0/7 open *Only open on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays. Read more ...
Tuesday 12th February 2019, 8:31am
Good morning all.
The consistent snowfall continues. This morning I have measured 17cm of snow down here close by Hirafu so we can expect 20+cm on the slopes. Another nice overnight reset, just what we want. And yes it does look like the snow should be continuing over the next few days as well as the very cold conditions.
I really hope all this consistent snow isn't getting boring. ;)
We're past the busiest Chinese New Year holiday period now, so... what's next. Valentines Day! I'm kidding (sort of). Though there may well be some free chocolate on Thursday to celebrate this most traditional of Japanese traditions. Just as long as it's from the heart, and not 'giri-choco'.
But seriously: we're now almost in the middle of February, which means that we are now slap bang in the middle of the snow season and I am half way through my commentary of the season. It has been a pleasing and mostly drama-free first half. Let's try to not forget how lucky we are to be able to enjoy all of this. And here's to a similar second half...
By the way, SnowJapan has some interesting 'new stuff' news coming soon, so keep your eyes out for that!
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Mountain Base 6.00am: -8°, 20cm snowfall in the last 12hrs, calm. Moiwa 800m: -11.5°, W6.2m/s. Mikaeri Weather Station: 15cm new snow, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 240cm. Hirafu Peak: -16°, snowfall 20cm in last 12hrs. Mizuno no Sawa: -13.01°, NW3.8-5.6m/s, 11cm snowfall in last 12hrs, mountain base: snow depth 180cm. Cape Benkei: NNW12m/s, Cape Kamui: WNW9m/s, pressure 1022hPa, wave 1.3m.
10-20cm new snow until early morning with no significant snowdrift development. Snow quality is varying dependant on elevation. Snow pack is not showing any obvious inconsistent layers and general avalanche risk is low. Above 1100m a weak slab 30-40cm has formed from the NW wind and there is the possibility of fracture from rider stimulation. Be careful on leeward steep slopes. Do not wait halfway down or in the valley bottoms. Avoid traversing under knolls and cornices. All gates are expected to be open. Be aware of a sudden weather change.
Parents or guardians taking children into out of bounds areas carry a heavy responsibility. Children (or beginners) cannot bear this responsibility. There are many dangers lurking in the winter mountains. Playing around cornices and other dangerous features can end in a very serious accident. Always act with safety in mind. Snow is good today. New cornice growth is easily collapsing, be careful.
Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 12th February 2019 Subject to change due to weather conditions
Ski lifts operating: - All lifts planning to be operating as normal at the start of the day - The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 320cm - Base: 170cm
Ski lifts operating: - All lifts planning to be operating as normal at the start of the day - The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening
Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area. Read more ...
Tuesday 12th February 2019, 8:33am
Hello from Zao.
Some strong winds are forecast today and there's a good 10+cm of snow on the ground. I imagine less or more in places.
Hopefully a bit more into tomorrow though I don't think we can expect any big numbers.
Operation info from official sources:
- All lifts operating apart from Yokokura Number 2. - All main courses open
In the Uwanodai area: Daily until 3rd March 2019 Friday 8th March until Sunday 10th March 2019 Saturday 16th March 2019
In the Yokokura area: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between until 10th March 2019
Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the upcoming dates:
February 2019: every day apart from every Tuesday March 2019: 1st-3rd Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 12th February 2019, 8:42am
Good morning from Nozawa.
It doesn't feel quite as cold this morning (still cold though) and we're back to snow falling from the skies and 20+cm on the ground. Visibility might be limited in the higher areas this morning, but there should be some very good conditions to be found up there. Snow is due through today and into tomorrow.
So yes, the Kandahar lift and slope is open to the general public today. That area - the far left as you look to the mountain from the village - is only open to the general public on limited days during the season (it is usually used for competitions and training), and today is one of those days.
Let's Kandahar! Chansu! I bet Nasuki is going to be checking it out.....
Tuesday 12th February 2019
Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday morning):
All courses open apart from the following planned to be open:
- Rinkan (part, not sure what's going on with that) - Grand Prix ---
Lift operation times until end of March:
Nagasaka Gondola - until 4:00pm (time of last one down) Hikage Gondola - until 4:20pm (time of last one down) Yamabiko Number 2 Four - until 4:10pm Skyline connecting pair - until 4:30pm Base lifts - until 5:00pm Yu Road - until 5:10pm Read more ...
Tuesday 12th February 2019, 8:50am
Cloud, snow, blue sky mix
Good morning everyone.
The long weekend is over and today we are back to something like normal. Though of course it is still peak season.
Fresh snowfall headlines as I can find them:
Hakuba Cortina: 10cm (base); 15cm (top) Hakuba Norikura: 10cm Hakuba 47: 0cm (but saying that blowing winds stole the measuring point of 5-10cm of fallen snow!) Hakuba Happo-one: 10cm (top of Riesen)
Some snow falling later in the afternoon yesterday though nothing major and this morning we seem to have around 10cm of fresh on the mountain. Earlier snow has eased away and right now there's actually an increasing amount of blue sky over the village, though still a lot of cloud around the mountains and snow falling along with very limited visibility in places. So a real mix of weather conditions over the region this morning, as you sometimes get of course.
Hopefully we'll be getting some more snowfall tonight.
I know the numbers are far from the whole story and as always I encourage people to not dwell on them. Just to dwell on them for a moment though (doh); I just wish that I could have more days when I was able to report some really big silly mad snow numbers to you. They're always fun and exciting. We're just not seeing many of those days this time... BUT, I have had some excellent days out there and I plan to have many more. And I hope that you can too!
Ski resort information on Tuesday 12th February 2019: The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report. All ski resorts in the area are currently open. Any further resort specific notes made below.
Night time skiing (nighta) at resorts in the region - weather & conditions permitting The below 'nighta' information will not be updated every day - please check with resorts if you plan to go!
Hakuba Happo-one Daily from 5:00pm until 9:00pm in the Nakiyama base area (Nakiyama Number 2 pair lift) Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen
Hakuba Goryu Daily from 6:00pm until 9:30pm in the Toomi area until 31st March The Sky Four quad operates daily; the Number 2 pair mostly on Saturdays and holidays Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,000 yen
Hakuba Cortina Daily from 5:00pm until 8:00pm (until 9:00pm on Saturdays and certain holidays) Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen
Tsugaike Kogen Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on 9th, 10th, 16th February; 2nd March Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Tuesday 12th February 2019, 9:07am
Mostly cloud and...
Morning from Shiga Kogen.
The long weekend was... busy! Lots of people around, as you might expect. Things are of course quieter this morning but we have some fresh snow to play in. Bit windy overnight and that perhaps explains why Kumanoyu are reporting 5cm of snowfall and Yakebitaiyama are reporting 20cm. Perhaps somewhere in the middle of that is a fair representation of how me we have got. (I have measured 12cm).
Less windy now and even some breaks in the clouds though it is still snowing here in Maruike. Not quite as cold though it is still well under zero. And long may it stay there! The forecasts show the chance of snow over the next few days so fingers crossed we'll get some more cm building up.
Shiga Kogen resort info: Tuesday 12th February 2019
The below information is manually checked for each report. Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.
Planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows. Please note that separate lift tickets are required.
Ichinose Diamond Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019 10th February 2019 Quad lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Ichinose Family Daily until 23rd March 2019 (except Mondays and Tuesdays) Number 2 pair B lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Kumanoyu Every Saturday until 30th March 2019 10th February 2019 20th March 2019 Number 1 pair lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Sun Valley Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019 10th February 2019 Number 1 quad lift 7:00pm until 9:00pm
Yakebitaiyama Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019 10th February 2019 Number 3 high speed lift 6:00pm until 8:00pm Read more ...
Tuesday 12th February 2019, 9:19am
After clearer skies, overnight we have another 9cm of snowfall on the ground and another cold morning. Bit of a blowy wind but it doesn't seem to be affecting lift operations at the moment. Might need to keep an eye on that.
Snow clouds are forecast to be with us for a few days so more cm to report tomorrow I think.
Naeba is somewhat quieter this morning after the busy weekend. If you can get here on weekdays, make it so!
Official snow depth:
All lifts plan to be operating apart from the following (some lifts rested on weekdays):
- Number 1 Gondola - Number 8 high speed - Daishamen romance pair lift
All courses now open apart from the following:
- Splash Bowl
Planned night-time operations:
- Daily until Sunday 24th March 2019 - 4:00pm until 8:30pm - Courses open: Number 5 - Lifts operating: Number 5 high speed lift Read more ...
Tuesday 12th February 2019, 10:23am
Cloudy with snow
Another day of unexpectedly deep snow.
I had a quiet day planned, so thought about sleeping late (the stars were out last night; the 3am plows didn't wake me up, either). And woke up to a buried house.
It's nice snow again; lots of stellar flakes that put air and lightness into your snowpack.