Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 10th April 2020
Thursday 13th February 2020, 7:00am
Kitanomine quad chair is closed today for maintenance - this means that the only lift from the base of Kitanomine is the Gondola. There are no beginner courses from the top of the Gondola. It will be another warm day and we are starting off at -6c but things will warm up to +4c by midday. Yesterday's warmth melted snow in the village which became very icy by afternoon, so expect firm conditions on the lower mountain. The sky is clear at the moment but clouds are expected to move in as the morning progresses.
No fresh snow again and it is a fairly mild morning. As expected, a few days of milder/warmer conditions are forecast.
Yesterday was generally fine weather.
Alas, I have to report some light rain falling this morning. It's never fun having to do that. But we are hopeful for snow. Hopefully that hope is not in vain. Hopefully.
Anyway, we'll just have to see what nature has planned for us...
Official snow depths:
* Top: 310cm * Base: 170cm
Planned operating lift information - subject to change:
* Number 1 Gondola * Number 2 Gondola (operates on weekends and holidays only) * Number 1 pair lift * Number 2 pair lift * Quad lift
Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change:
* All of the main official courses are available * Rabbit, Summit, Beech, Stream, Shooter 2-4 tree run course are open * Shooter 1 and Extreme tree run courses not yet available
Nighta skiing operations
* Weekends and holidays from until 24th February 2020 Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 13th February 2020, 7:55am
Mostly cloudy, but some blue to be seen
Clouds clearing and blue skies and sunshine!
Good morning from Nozawa
As expected, it's mild this morning.
The resort itself was reporting a temperature of +4C up on the top Yamabiko area as of 7:30am (as well as some spots of rain). We have some of that down here too now - was a little brighter just a short while ago; looks like it's brighter up top now, so changeable conditions. The chance of rain should go away as the morning goes on; so, quickly please.
These warmer temperatures are unfortunately going to be bugging us through until around Sunday with colder conditions and the chance of snow on the forecast for Monday.
The only courses not open at Nozawa at the moment are Kandahar (which is of course often the case, see below) and Kamoshika which is closed due to avalanche risk.
The Kandahar course is often used for official events and mostly closed to the public. However they do sometimes open it for everyone and for the rest of this season it will be open to the public on the following dates: 25th February, 2nd and 16th March
Thursday 13th February 2020
Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:
Originally planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows; subject to change, so please check with the resorts. Note that separate lift tickets are required.
Ichinose Diamond 22nd-23rd February 2020 20th-21st March 2020 Quad lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Ichinose Family Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays until 21st March 2020 Number 2 pair B lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Kumanoyu Every Saturday until 28th March 2020 23rd February 2020 20th March 2020 Number 1 pair lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Takamagahara Mammoth Saturdays until 21st March 2020 23rd February 2020 20th March 2020 Number 2 triple lift 6:30pm until 8:30pm
Sun Valley 22nd-23rd February 2020 Number 1 quad lift 7:00pm until 8:30pm
Yakebitaiyama Every Saturday until 29th February 2020 23rd February 2020 Number 3 high speed lift 6:00pm until 8:00pm
The section of road connecting the southern area of Shiga Kogen (from Yokoteyama onwards) with Gunma Prefecture is now closed for the season. It will be closed until 24th April 2020. Approach Shiga Kogen using Route 292 from the west (Nagano/Nakano/Yamanouchi) Read more ...
Thursday 13th February 2020, 8:28am
Good morning from Zao.
Some rain at the moment, I'm afraid, and as we have been expecting some mild conditions.
The resort is actually reporting snow on the summit area as of 7:15am.
So not great but lets hope the rain stops soon... it isn't due to continue that long.
Next snowfall? Early week.
All lifts are now normally operating apart from the following:
- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair - Diamond Number 1 pair - Astraea Number 3 pair - Yokokura Number 2 pair - Karamatsu pair
The day is starting off mild and it's going to be a warm day today, with temperatures possibly rising up to around +8C. That is way higher than we would like of course, and it will certainly be melting some of our precious snow. Naughty.
As you would expect, there's no fresh snowfall to report to you either down at base or higher up.
So it is far from being an inspiring morning, for sure, and hopefully we will be back to fresh snowfall come Sunday and beyond as it gets colder again.
I would expect some hard and icy conditions this morning. A different kind of... fun!
Visibility here by Hirafu base looks fairly decent; looks more limited at the moment over at Hanazono. Is that fog?
Please check out the Avalanche report below.
Take care out there!
Niseko Avalanche Report
Mountain base: -+1.5℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: NW315°4.8m/s, +2.5℃, no snowfall/snowdrifts. Yu no sawa 1000m: WSW255°3.3m/s, -1.7℃. Niseko Village 900m: W273°4.5m/s, -2.2℃. Hirafu 1000m: SW229°4.5m/s, -2.2℃. Hanazono 720m: WSW265°3.3m/s, +3.5℃. Benkei cape: SSW14m/s, Kamui cape: SSW14m/s, 1013hPa, 1.3m waves. Annupuri 1000m snow depth 175cm.
The wind and waves at Kamaui cape of the Shakotan peninsula is winding down between two low-pressure system. The snow has frozen overnight under 700m elevation. The groomers are firm and difficult to groom. The temperature will rise during the day and thaw. 40cm thick surface slab slides from Feb 8th layer are still to be expected in south facing slopes above 800m elevation. There is no fresh snow and the out of bounds area is tracked out.
Block avalanches are highly probable to occur in steep slopes as in Haru no Taki that has been highly affected by the temperature change. Do not enter strictly off-limits areas to seek fresh snow. A small avalanche is powerful enough to kill a human. Some cracks are forming in upper Higashi-One, beware. All gates are opening rom the morning. Have a great day.
Ski resort operation information: Thursday 13th February 2020
There has been some rain last night and early morning but I am happy to report that has cleared and currently there's blue skies above the mountain.
The rain easing off is good though it is going to continue to be mild and some might say 'warm' over the next few days (nudging up to close on double digit C), so don't be surprised to see that snow depth number take further dips.
Still, still all open and it should be a feel good morning.
Current operations: Thursday 13th February 2020
- All lifts should be operating - All main courses open - All tree run course open apart from Powder Wave - Official snow depth: 175cm
Tangram Ski Circus:
- All lifts are operating - Almost all courses open - Official snow depth: 130cm Read more ...
Thursday 13th February 2020, 8:57am
That fresh snow of two days ago got pretty soft through the day yesterday.
Rain overnight really brought the snow level down at base (we saw almost a 50cm drop at our measuring point here at the base), although the resorts probably won't see as much loss with machine-compacted snow. So we just need to get through another cycle of insanely high freezing levels before it takes a big jump down and the snow again falls.
Much warmer today than yesterday; anyone reporting minus figures must have their gauge way up on the hill.
I did get a chance to get out and dig a pit, for all you backcountry fans, and the snow itself was nice and stable way down into the pack. An icy layer way down, but nothing to be too concerned about. Of course, it's now all warmed up and even heavier. The last two times we've had the major temperature shifts from unusually warm to cold with heavy snow things have bonded really well, so let's hope the same thing happens early next week when the snow starts falling again.
Rain since last night. But hopefully it will ease off this morning. That would be good.
Annoying as it may be, we are going to have to put up with current warmer conditions over the next few days.
It was a lovely day yesterday actually, if a bit - dare I say it - 'spring-like'. Hakuba 47 were reporting a 'honto-ni?!' double-take-required temp of +12C in the afternoon yesterday. I want to complain to someone!!
It's a bit mad how quickly it has switched from being really very cold to really very warm.
The information in this table is data reported by the ski resorts
New snowfall (lower)
New snowfall (upper)
TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data
Unchanged data for today.
Individual ski resort information This information is checked and manually adjusted each morning
Operating lifts: - All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating: - Nakiyama Number 2 pair - Shirakaba Number 2 pair - Central pair - Sakka Number 3 triple
Courses open: - All courses apart from the following are at least part open: - Kokusai - Nakiyama Wall/North - Base areas apart from Nakiyama North and Kokusai are open - You can still also take the Gondola or other lifts back down to base
Operating lifts: - All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating: - Han-no-ki Number 4 - Tsuga Number 1 pair - Tsuga Number 2 pair - Han-no-ki Number 2 pair - Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I - Tsugaike Ropeway
Courses open: - All areas now open - DBD: Gates 1, 2, 3 and 4 are open
About the data in the above ‘snowfall as reported by ski resorts’ table * The table within the above report contains data that is published by individual ski resorts * The data shown is the amount of snowfall that the ski resorts are themselves reporting each 24 hour period on the upper areas of their mountain * The source ‘new snowfall’ data and ‘total accumulation’ data is not updated at the same time * The ‘new snowfall’ data is updated in the morning * The ‘accumulation’ data is apparently updated/refreshed at midnight * That means that there is a time lag between the two numbers being updated * We manually check and update the data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report - so the data in each Hakuba Now report table is what is available at that time * Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We are not responsible for and have no control over the data. We are simply sharing the data with you * Just to be extra clear, unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data from base that we show at the top of each report, the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan * A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this report Read more ...
Thursday 13th February 2020, 9:03am
Blue sky, sun, some cloud
Morning from Naeba.
I waited a bit this morning. Glad I did because the earlier rain has eased off and the sun is out with increasingly blue skies.
The main issue now is not rain but warmth - let us just hope it doesn't get too warm, though we are forecast rather mild few days.
Colder conditions still forecast from Monday again.
The Audi FIX Alpen Ski World Cup 2020 event will be held at Naeba on 22nd and 23rd February.
Official snow depth:
Planned operating lifts:
- Prince Number 2 Gondola - Takenokodaira romance pair lift - Takenokoyama romance pair lift - Number 4 romance pair lift - Number 3 high speed lift - Number 4 high speed lift - Number 5 high speed lift (open for nighta until 8:30pm) - Hiuchi Number 1 romance pair lift - Dragondola
Courses planned to be open:
- 21 of 22 courses are normally open - Splash Bowl currently not open - The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort Read more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Thursday 13th February 2020, 9:22am
No fresh snow, rather some light rain on and off this morning in the region.
Mild conditions as well. These milder conditions are forecast to continue for at least a few more days with temperatures in low positives.
Clearer skies are likely tomorrow and Saturday.
The next fresh snowfall we can expect should hopefully be late weekend/early week.
Grandeco Snow Resort: - 4 (of 5) lifts operating - 11 (of 13) courses open - Normal weekday operations - Official snow depth: 170cm
The weather turned warm yesterday reaching highs of around 15C down in Minakami town. There was an emergency on the mountain which worked out fine in the end, great result. The snow was excellent in the morning and started to deteriorate around 1pm. Temps were above zero overnight and light rain fell for a couple of hours this morning.
From then it's been a fantastically clear but very warm day. Spring time in mid-Feb.
On the positive side, forecast heavy rain has been downgraded and pushed back.
A return to Winter temps and more agreeable freezing levels is now expected Monday night along with some snow.
Akasawa Normally part open Note: closed on Tuesdays (apart from 11th February, when it will be closed on 12th February)
Fujiwara All lifts running; all courses open Official snow depth: 80cm