Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 23rd February 2019
Monday 14th March 2016, 8:22am
A dusting of snow in places this morning but also the sound of sleet (borderline rain in places) as well - a bit wet at the moment really.
Snow is forecast for the day with temperatures remaining about where they are just now. I wouldn't expect much in terms of cm but maybe tonight there's a chance of more, so I might be able to report something tomorrow.
Come Wednesday and Thursday, sunny skies are forecast along with quickly rising temperatures through until the end of the week.
Let's hope not too much.
Resort official snow depths (Monday 14th 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 is not a problem higher up.
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.
Good morning from Hakuba where we are enjoying some fresh snowfall. It's probably a bit on the heavy side, but I don't care... it's fresh snow! About 4cm outside my place and resorts this morning are reporting up to around 10-15cm of fresh early morning.
It's really great to see some fresh snow on the ground in the village, and think of how much more of it up there might be on the slopes. Even better to strap on the board(s) and get out playing in it!
It's also great to see the official numbers going up at most resorts this morning. Much better than seeing them go down.
But anyway fingers crossed we might get a bit more during the day today - snow is forecast - as today we're expecting more of a chance of clearer conditions and sunshine. It has been a cold day today and tomorrow temperatures will probably be slightly higher... and beyond tomorrow through until the weekend it will probably warm up further with temps reaching double digits down here in the village around Friday.
Back to the fresh snow today and I hope you can get to enjoy it.
Resort news as of 8:25am on Monday 14th March 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall this morning. All courses set to open this morning. The Tree Riding Zone is also open. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47. Official snow depth: Upper: 200cm Base: 90cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall on lower slopes and 15cm on upper slopes 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: 260cm Toomi: 120cm Iimori: 70cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Parts of the lower areas of Happo-one are now closed due to insufficient snow - still lots of upper mountain open though. Night skiing has now finished for the season. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 175cm Nakiyama: 55cm Sakka: 35cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 10cm 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 19th March. The top Tsugaike Ropeway is now open for spring season (extra charge required). Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 240cm Maruyama: 60cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 60cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field: Insufficient snow means that only limited areas of Village Side remain open - by3, Shinden connecting. Sunny Valley 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: 120cm Lower: 40cm
Hakuba Norikura Onsen: Closed courses are Kamoshika, Highway, Snake, Expert, Skyview and lower part of Satomi Ridge. There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Norikura. Official snow depth: 80cm
Good morning from Niseko and there's just a dusting of snow to report to you today.
It's feeling milder this morning and the thermometer is confirming that with the temperature just hovering under zero at the moment. Cloud and a bit of blue sky as well appearing at the moment, and the chance of some (wet) snow later in the day. But perhaps the clearer weather will hold on - I think it might.
Tomorrow should be a bit colder but a bit sunnier as well... and actually there's a whole lot of sun forecast for a large part of this week. And unfortunately not a whole lot of snow. Perhaps a bit more before the weekend starts but warmer temperatures are due and with them a chance of rain instead. I'd prefer just the sun if possible!
Anyway, not a lot of fresh to play in this morning but it should be fun all the same. Bring that spring 'hat' with you and keep from being disappointed. Spring has to come sometime and it kind of feels like it's going to be turning on a bit more this week.
Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):
Niseko base 6.00am: -5°C, 1cm snow. Moiwa 838m: -4.5°C, SW1.6m/s. Mikaeri 800m: 10cm new snow, snow drift development from east. Annupuri 1150m: -6°C, NW7m/s. Hirafu Ridgeline: -6°C, light winds, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:S3m/s. Kamui Cape S11m/s, 1017hPa, wave 1.0m.
Very little in the way of new snow and general avalanche risk is low. West faces received a bit of drifted snow from a small blizzard from the east and conditions there are good. The number and size of cracks are increasing. Cracks form as the snow pack tension releases on steep slopes, wrinkles below the crack indicate slope stability after the tension has released. However, at the time cracks form there is a possibility that an instantaneous full depth avalanche could occur. On the south face of Annupuri west ridge around 1000m many cracks have formed and slopes below are not wrinkled, indicating the slope is still under tension. Do not ride in this area-> there is a high possibility that a large scale avalanche could occur.
All peak gates are expected to open. Listen to the patrols instructions before going out of bounds. Do not duck any ropes to go out of bounds. Always hoping for no accidents. Have a good day.
Official resort snow depths as of Monday 14th March 2016:
It's White Day today (like a second Valentines Day, for men to give chocolate back to the ladies. A tradition going back thousands of years; or maybe not). There may be some free chocolate fondue on offer around the Hikage Information Center mid-morning so I hear!
Official info at time of writing on Monday 14th March 2016 (subject to change):
It's snowing this morning at Grandeco Resort. It was forecasted to snow on Tuesday, but it's started to snow earlier than expected and it looks like it will continue throughout the day into tonight. Inawashiro Ski Resort is also reporting new snow on the front side of Bandai. With luck there might be some decent new snow accumulating in the coming days before the warm up expected later in the week.
There is no wind today and visibility is still good, but bring your light lens goggles.
All the trail surfaces are freshly groomed packed snow with a mix of new snow.
All the Grandeco lifts are open and lift lines shouldn’t be a problem. Roads up to Deco are snowy and icy in places so be sure to come prepared.
Have fun and be safe out there.
All lifts operating
All courses open except [H] Center 33 and the Snow Park
A bit wet? Yes, but still we have got a few cm at least and it is still falling with hopefully today remaining cold. There may be some more to get out of today before things start clearing up and warming up as well.
If you like clear sunny skies, Wednesday and Thursday may be the days for you!
I'd recommend sooner than later as temperatures are forecast to start rising from Wednesday.
Conditions are just looking perfect this morning. The area is surrounded in deep blue sky with not a hint of wind in the village. It will be a great day to take some photos with the blue sky providing a vivid contrast to the whiteness of the snow. There has been a couple of centimetres of new snow overnight and there is a little more expected later this afternoon.
Tomorrow is also looking good but will be more of a cloud/clear mix with a slight breeze and 6cm of snow forecast tomorrow evening. Looking further ahead in the week we are going to jump into a period of warm weather from Thursday onwards, and significantly there is moderate rain from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon. Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Monday 14th March 2016, 10:17am
Another bluebird day here at Appi with bright sunny skies and a base temperature of -5. The winds are very light and variable making it a lovely day to get out there and have a little fun. Although the runs may be a little icy again this morning any day spent on the mountain is a day not spent wishing you were on it.
Yesterdays predicted snowfall, in typical fashion this year, did not arrive. It ended up being a nice overall day but we would have preferred a little snowfall with sunny skies, relatively warm temperatures and very light winds.
We will see a steady rise in temperatures over the next couple of days with the winds picking up tomorrow night and into Wednesday. The bad news here is that the temperature increase will continue into the weekend and may hit +6 bringing with it……..yes you guessed…….rain. It’s still 5 days away so keep your fingers crossed it will stay away.
Get out there while the going is good and as always on days like today don’t forget the sunscreen.
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
Woke up to some fresh, if very wet, snow. It's still coming down, light but steady, although it's piling up as slush rather than snow at our location here (about 670 meters, just below Akakan). We have about 5cm on the ground, which looks about the same up on the hill (Akakan and Suginohara both added another 5cm to their snowpack figures today, too).
We could be getting more light snow through the week, until that freezing line does start heading up again. At least there might be some sun before the possibility of rain on the weekend. At this point, it might as well be sunny and pleasant, since we most likely aren't going to see any major snowfall again this season.
It's getting pretty foggy at the moment, too, but at least snow is involved.