Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 18th February 2019
Saturday 12th March 2016, 8:20am
Good morning to Saturday. The day is looking really good out there with a whopping 9cm of light powder in the village overnight. There is no wind and it continues to snow moderately at the moment. Temperatures are pretty warm, but importantly the resort is still sitting below freezing, meaning the pow will be good this morning. Cloud is rolling three quarters of the way down the hill but it should lift as the morning progresses.
Tomorrow's forecast is positive with largely clear skies and no wind. Read more ...
Saturday 12th March 2016, 8:34am
What a lovely Saturday morning it is.
I don't mean that the sun is out and it's clear blue skies... no, we have 24cm of fresh snow on the ground here at Hirafu base and surely more than that up on the mountain. Just about right that isn't it, 20+cm. Fantastic to see so much snow overnight and here on the 12th March, must admit I was not expecting this.
There was a hint of sun just bit earlier on, but right now it's back to snowing with limited visibility.
The skies might just clear up though during the day today.
It does look likely to get a bit warmer from tomorrow - sunshine tomorrow morning? - but there is some more snow lined up on the forecast for Monday-Tuesday.
We can't escape the fact that it is indeed approaching mid-March now so spring is inevitably going to start winning through sometime soon.
In the meantime though, it's a fab mid-winter like morning here now!
I hope you can get to enjoy it.
Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):
Niseko base 6.00am: -6°C, light winds, 25cm new snow. Moiwa 838m: -8.9°C, light winds, 30cm new snow. Mikaeri: 35cm new snow, no snow drift development. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 300cm. Hirafu Ridgeline: -11°C, light winds, 20cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NNW10m/s. Kamui Cape W5m/s, 1020hPa, wave 1.0m.
Atmospheric pressure gradient is shallow and winds are calm. However cold air at higher elevations is continuing to produce snow. From observation there is no notable snowdrift development. Under 1000m avalanche risk is low. On north faces, steep slopes above 1200m and leeward cornice slopes the slab on top of the Mar 9th layer is stabilsing, but due to the increased weight from the continued snowfall these slabs could fracture from sudden stimulation, such as a cornice breaking, fracturing up to 50cm. Avoid riding in the valley bottoms-> this is the avalanche path. There are many cracks appearing just below ridgelines, many are hidden by new snow. Use caution. Do not enter strictly off limits areas. Do not duck any of the ropes. All peak gates are expected to be open. Snow in the forest is good. Have a good day.
Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 12th March 2016:
Resort news as of 8:40am on Saturday 12th March 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning. All courses set to open this morning. It appears that the Tree Riding Zone has re-opened. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47. Official snow depth: Upper: 195cm Base: 90cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning. All courses open apart from Snow Diving and Adventure. The Toomi area will be open until 9:30pm tonight for 'nighta'. Official snow depth Alps: 252cm Toomi: 125cm Iimori: 70cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Part of the lower Kokusai and Kitaone areas are closed. Night skiing has now finished for the season. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 180cm Nakiyama: 50cm Sakka: 25cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 1cm of fresh snowfall this morning. All courses open apart from Itadaira Ridge, Itadaira Forest and Giant. The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 8pm tonight (9pm on Saturdays). Official snow depth: Top: 155cm Base: 90cm
Tsugaike Kogen: All courses are generally open. Nighta at Karamatsu/Shirakaba on 12th/19th March. Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring (no news yet). Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 230cm Maruyama: 60cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 50cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field: Areas of Village Side that remain open - Sunny Valley, by2, by3, Shinden connecting. Kometsuga and Paradise remain part open. Parts of the Mountain Side that are closed - View A, View B, Kamo 4, Dangan, Sonezawa, Five Side. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake. Official snow depth: Upper: 110cm Lower: 35cm
Hakuba Norikura Onsen: Closed courses are Kamoshika, Highway, Snake, Expert, Sky View and lower part of Satomi Ridge. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Norikura. Official snow depth: 85cm
A bit more snow to report since yesterday morning and light snow falling early morning.
It's remaining cold too which is good for the snow conditions so things are relatively pretty decent at the moment for the start of the weekend. (Obviously I'd prefer 40cm of deep fresh...!)
There's some blue sky to be seen here and there at the moment so perhaps it's going to clear up during the day. Or will there be more snow to come? Still some there on the forecast for today and especially tomorrow night as well, so we may not have seen the last of it for the moment.
As we get into next week especially around Wednesday we can expect some warmer conditions to arrive.
Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Saturday 12th March 2016):
Sun Valley 60cm Nighta on Saturdays until 19th March (7pm-9pm)
Takamagahara Mammoth 120cm
Tannenomori Okojo 120cm
Ichinose Family 120cm Nighta daily until 27th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Ichinose Diamond 120cm Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Ichinose Yamanokami 120cm
Yakebitaiyama 120cm Nighta on Saturdays until 12th March (6pm-8pm)
Okushiga Kogen 85cm
Kumanoyu 120cm Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm) Also on 20th March
It was an odd mix of conditions yesterday with some sporadic snowfall at times into the evening as well.
There's just a dusting of snow being reported by the higher resort areas this morning.
As I write this report some of the early morning cloud and fog has lifted and while there is still a lot of cloud around there's also an increasing amount of blue sky as well and the sun is out. It feels like it's going to turn into a very fine day, with a high of around +6C forecast for town.
We might get some more sporadic light snow at times over the next few days, though it might end up being rain as well especially lower down in town - though some have things completely dry through until Tuesday.
Into next week and come Wednesday temperatures are going to be rising further.
I've noticed some people start to take down the winter protection surrounding trees and the like; even see some tulips pushing up through the soil at the side of my house... both people and nature seems to be thinking it's 'spring'!
There's a few events going on at both Maiko Snow Resort and Joetsu Kokusai tonight, both finishing off with fireworks. The firework times are 8:20pm in the Maiko area of Maiko Snow Resort, and at 9:30pm at Joetsu Kokusai. Looks like the weather should be ok for both of those.
Resort official snow depths (Saturday 12th March 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:
After some very warm conditions recently, there are some patches of ground on view on some lower slopes around town now. Southern facing slopes are generally more affected. Some courses at resorts are closed due to the snow situation - best to check with the individual resorts for their up-to-date details. Snow cover remains good higher up and is not a problem.
Details of the 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma. Subject to change due to snow conditions.
Ishiuchi Maruyama Open daily until 8:50pm (until 20th March). The Chuo No 1 and Chuo No 2 lifts are open daily. The Kanko No 1, Kanko No 2, Kanko No 3, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift, Hatsukaishi No 2 pair lifts are open on weekends and holidays. The basic charge is 2000 yen but various tickets are available.
Iwappara Open daily until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays (until 21st March). The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.
Joetsu Kokusai Open daily until 9pm (until 21st March). The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors. On weekdays the area in front of the main hotel is open - a larger area (including Osawa and Atema) is open on weekends.
Kandatsu Kogen Open from 6pm until 4am on Fridays, Saturdays and evenings before holidays through 26th March. Open from 4:30pm until 11pm on weekdays until 24th March. Various tickets are available starting at 2000 yen for adults, 1700 yen for seniors and 1000 yen for children.
Maiko Snow Resort Open daily with the Maiko Center quad lift operating from 4pm until 8pm. The charge is 500 yen for everyone.
Naeba Open daily until 27th March. From 4pm until 8:30pm on weekdays and Sundays (2000 yen); until 9pm every Saturday and on 20th March (3000 yen). 'All Night' opening is planned for Saturday 26th March when Naeba will be open from 10pm until 5am.
Yuzawa Nakazato Open on Saturdays from 5pm until 8:30pm (until 12th March). Tickets are 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.
Today there's a relatively thick fog just above the base area.
Good morning from Naeba everybody.
Well today is a little colder than yesterday with a small amount of snow (totaling approximately 1 cm) having fallen overnight. The snow is still falling now though so we should see a bit more accumulation by the end of today.
Weather going forwards is for small amounts of snow for the next few days and then a mix of sun and cloud from then on.
Right now its a little chilly with the temperature outside my front door of -6. Currently mostly sunny skies with very light winds. We can expect that to continue most of the day today with the temperature remaining the same.
Yesterday was quite uneventful with a sprinkling of snow and mostly sunny skies. The base has remained at 130cm mainly due to the cold temperatures and clear nights. The next few days we should have fairly favourable conditions, if you like sun and no snow that is. The winds should stay relatively light and variable over the weekend with perhaps a little snow heading our way at the beginning of the week.
The run conditions are average at best with a lovely icy layer greeting most people in the mornings and the sun doing it’s best to make it a little easier in the late morning and early afternoon. We’ve literally got 15 days till Appi starts winding down it’s operations so I suggest you head our way and get whatever fun you can in while we still have some snow left.
Currently planned operating lifts:
- Appi Gondola - Central Number 1 quad - Number 2 lift A - T Bar - Number 3 lift B - Number 3 lift C - Number 4 lift - Sailer Gondola - Sailer Quad - Vista quad