Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019
Wednesday 14th January 2015, 7:20am
Mostly blue skies, just a bit of cloud early
Almost clear skies for a change this morning!
Yesterday the clouds were hanging on for most of the day and it was even still snowing very lightly at times, especially at higher elevations. Nothing in terms of new cm though.
The forecast told us to expect sun today and that seems to be what we're going to get. Lovely blue skies with just a bit of cloud remaining over Yuzawa, clearer blue skies over Minamiuinuma looking north. Currently -1C but forecast to warm up to +6 degrees at town level during the day today. Getting a bit warmer than we would like, it should be a great day out today.
We haven't had many of these clearer days so far this season so it's a bit of a treat!
Cloud forecast tomorrow with a chance of rain before snow later in the day. Higher up, it should go straight to snow.
Official snow depths (some not updated today due to early report):
Nighta 'night skiing' - where some slopes are floodlit for skiing and snowboarding in the evening, is available at the following resorts in the area.
Ishiuchi Maruyama: Every day until 21st March (until 8:50pm) Iwappara: Every day until 22nd March (until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays, 9pm on Saturdays) Joetsu Kokusai: Every day until 22nd March (until 9pm) Kandatsu Kogen: From 23rd January, 'all night' on holidays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning) Maiko Snow Resort: Every day until 14th March (until 8pm) Naeba: Every day until 29th March (until 9pm) NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only): Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm) Yuzawa Nakazato: Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)
Chateaux Shiozawa also have nighta but only on certain days - no fixed schedule available. Resorts not mentioned above do not operate 'nighta' (or do not plan to have more this season). Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a special lift ticket.
Blue skies over Nozawa! Yes, shocking as it is but it today is going to be fine, close to clear - just some cloud - and sunny... perhaps clouding a bit later on in the day. Temperatures are down there this chilly morning though it is going to warm up somewhat, with local forecasts giving us a high of around +4 later on.
This morning should be fantastic. If only for the somewhat rare sun!
Tomorrow is forecast cloudier conditions and we should see a return of some snowfall (alas with a chance of some rain down at village level before then).
Anyway my slightly selfish quest for first tracks this morning means the resort hasn't updated their info just yet at this early time, for which I apologise.
Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday afternoon:
The sun is shining down early morning in Shiga Kogen. Well it's out, casting big mountain shadows in some places as it starts it's journey higher in the sky.
There is actually a fair amount of cloud up there still but I think we're on for a fine morning.
The cold start and sun should make for changeable conditions during the day today... starting off hard and perhaps softening up with the (relative) warmth. Though we're hoping it won't warm up too much, doesn't look like it will.
Back to some snowfall tomorrow and as we get into the weekend back to really cold conditions.
Resort areas status with official snow depths:
Okushiga Kogen: 180cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yakebitaiyama: 180cm Open
Ichinose Family 150cm Open
Ichinose Yamanokami: 150cm Open
Ichinose Diamond: 150cm Open
Takamagahara Mammoth: 140cm Open
Terakoya: 150cm Open
Higashitateyama: 100cm Open
Giant: 140cm Open
Nishitateyama: 140cm Most open
Happo Bundaraia: 140cm Open
Sun Valley: 110cm Open
Maruike: 110cm Open
Hasuike: 110cm Open
Kumanoyu: 160cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge: 175cm Open except for Jumbo Course.
Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:
It is a nice calm morning with overcast conditions, but we are hoping for the sun to show through later in the day. Temperatures are warm and are expected to hit 0c during the day. There is no new snow to report and piste conditions are firm but will soften if the sun breaks through later on. Read more ...
Wednesday 14th January 2015, 8:00am
Cloudy, blue sky, sun
Morning from Hakuba and it's a fairly easy report this morning with no snowfall to report and a day of fine weather ahead of us.
There's quite a lot of cloud around - and some interesting looking cloud as well, check out the Happo image below - but quite a lot of blue sky on show as well at the moment. All looking very tempting! Forecast for the day is sunny skies until later with a cloudy evening expected and snow clouds will be back over Hakuba sometime tomorrow.
It was cold overnight and has started off very cold this morning but should quickly warm up with a high temp forecast of up to +6 degrees this afternoon.
Anyway it should be a very fine day.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Wednesday 14th January 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 2cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira and 0cm on lower areas. All courses open except Adventure Course.
Kashimayari: All areas now open. Night skiing every day until 15th March.
Night skiing at resorts in the Hakuba area:
Hakuba Goryu: Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm. Hakuba Happo-one: Nakiyama area every day until mid March. 5pm until 9pm. Hakuba Cortina: Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm. Tsugaike Kogen: Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturdays in January (and 11th); February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm. Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January 10th (and 11th); February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm. Kashimayari: Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm. Read more ...
Wednesday 14th January 2015, 8:12am
Sun, blue sky, cloud
The sun has got his/her hat on this morning and shining down through my window here. Yes, the sun does visit Niseko sometimes. And when it does, there is a real need to get out there on the snow and make the most of it.
It looks like it might just turn into a lovely morning here.
There's still quite a lot of cloud around and looking over towards Mt Yotei we can see that particular mountain is covered with a rather grey looking mass of cloud at the moment. But turn round and look towards the runs here on the mountain and it's all looking very inviting.
No new snowfall to report and a relatively mild start to the day with the temperature rising just above 0 degrees as we approach 8:30am.
We're going to have to hold tight and just enjoy things as they are for the next few days as the next fresh snowfall is due for later Friday into Saturday.
Peak gates scheduled to open this morning and all resort areas set to be open as planned.
A very good day ahead I think.
Resort specific news at time of writing - subject to change during the day
Niseko Grand Hirafu: Looks set to be open as planned this morning. 'Early Morning' lift available daily until 1st February (for 500 yen, Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).
Niseko base 6am: -3C, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: W8m/s, -5C and slight development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: NW10m/s, -7C with snowdrift development. Hirafu ridge: SW10m/s, -8C with snowdrifts development. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW12m/s, Kamui cape SW12m/s, 1023hPa and 1.0m waves.
The ocean and the mountain range are in a calm condition as a high-pressure system approaches. There are no notable developments of snowdrifts and the snowpack is stable. The general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are scheduled to open. Please listen to the ski patrol’s instructions before stepping out of the gates. Beware of hard-packed wind-slabs in steep faces around the peak. A fast & shallow slide could be triggered if falling; powerful enough to sweep a person down to the bottom. Do not cut across the slopes under cornices as it could cause an avalanche and bury people that are riding at the bottom of the valleys. Kickers must be destroyed once done with it. It can be a cause for unexpected accidents. Have you turned your avalanche beacon on? There will never be a 100% safe day at the mountain. Always remain prudent and think safety first. Too many cases of people intruding into Haru No Taki area are being reported. It is really a shame to see that people still cannot get their head around the significance of the Niseko Rules. Have a great day.
Official snow depth numbers and any notes at time of writing:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 340cm Base - 140cm
Niseko Village: Top - 250cm Base - 160cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 230cm Base - 180cm
Lifts open for night skiing (planned):
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift (There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)
Niseko Village Community Chair and Banzai Chair
Niseko Annupuri Jumbo Number 1 Quad
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Mostly clear blue skies, with some interesting cloud
It might be cold early this morning but things are going to warm up a bit today. Nice blue skies over Madarao with just a bit of cloud here and there. Curious looking clouds as well.
But the headline of the day is that it will be a fine and sunny one and a day that you don't want to miss.
Cloudy weather expected tomorrow and a chance of fresh snow with more coming in Saturday as well.
Might get rather toasty today in all the ski gear but not to worry as colder temps are due back soon after tomorrow.
Lifts planned to be open:
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift Number 3A Number 5 Super quad lift Number 11 lift Number 12 lift Number 13 lift Number 15 lift Moving Walkway Kids Park Freeride Park Tree Run Courses should be open today
Night skiing at Madarao is every Saturday until 21st March 2015.
A fine start to the day in the region with blue skies and the sun out, but it may well cloud over later on in the day. It is set to warm up a bit during the day and local forecasts tell us to perhaps expect a high of around 6 degrees later on.
Tomorrow cloudy conditions forecast and followed by snow late in the day, possibly with a bit of rain lower down before the snow comes. Please no! Going to be another fairly mild day though.
We should be back to the snow proper for Saturday though.