Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Friday 15th February 2019, 7:32am
Blue sky, some cloud
Good morning from Yuzawa.
It feels like it is going to be a lovely sunny day here.
There is some cloud early on but already lots of blue sky and sunshine and I imagine more as the morning goes on. Another 11cm of snowfall to report since yesterday morning with light snow falling for lots of the day yesterday.
It is another cold start to the day, so first tracks should be really great this morning. (I really wish I could be out there this morning!)
This report is a bit early, so some of the snow depth numbers have not been updated for the day, because the updated info is not yet available.
The snow clouds are forecast to be back tomorrow with snow likely during the day.
Looking ahead a little further along it looks like we are going to have another relatively warm spell early next week...
The Tokamachi Yuki Matsuri (Snow Festival) is being held this weekend over in Tokamachi city, which is about 45 minutes drive from Yuzawa. It is one of the larget in the region. Unfortunately, when we had that warmer spell recently there was some melt going on and an accident due to a stage becoming unstable and for that reason they have cancelled the Carnival event. All of the other events are still going ahead though including lots of snow sculptures around the central area which are always worth a look.
The Festival starts today and continues until Sunday.
Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama.
Updated: 7:30am, Friday 15th 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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 15th February 2019, 7:45am
Cloud, fine, sun
Morning everyone from Nozawa.
I'm up for first tracks this morning (in the name of research for good reporting of course), so it's an early report. There's cloud around at the start of the day but there's sun shining down on the upper slopes as well. It is very cold again. I reckon it's going to be a fine day and expect some sun and blue skies.
About 10cm of fresh snow to report since yesterday morning, most of that during the day yesterday.
We'll be getting snowed on once again tomorrow, less so on Sunday and then things due to get a little warmer early week.
Have a great day wherever you might be!
Friday 15th February 2019
Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday 3pm):
All lifts apart from the following planned to be operating:
- Yunomine pair - Mizunashi pair - Challenge pair - Utopia pair - Kandahar pair (open for general public on 1st Mar 2019)
All courses open apart from the following planned to be open:
- Grand Prix - Kandahar (open for general public on 1st Mar 2019)
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 ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Friday 15th February 2019, 7:58am
Good morning from Geto.
Yesterday we went from fine conditions in the morning to cloudy and then to snow by evening - and this morning there's another 16cm of fresh snowfall to report.
It is a cloudy morning this morning and that's basically what we have forecast for today and tomorrow.
All open as normal!
[** Earlier typo fixed up: apologies]
Official snow depths:
* Top: 430cm * Base: 300cm
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
It got a bit windy yesterday in the afternoon but as far as I can tell lift operations were mostly unaffected (unconfirmed, but I don't suppose it matters now!).
8cm of snow to report this morning. It's fairly calm and while there is a lot of cloud around there is also some blue sky and sun (increasingly) shining through in places. It should be a good day and I expect everywhere to be open so I'll get this report up quickly.
Clearer skies are still due early in the week along with milder conditions. Hopefully not too much.
Now that we are in the second half of February - ! - let's take a quick look back.
I have recorded 175cm of snow over the first 14 reports of the month here at base, and the total for the season so far sits at 877cm. Add a chunk to that for what there'll be at higher elevations.
The last day I wasn't able to report any new cm of snowfall was on 30th January, so including today we are now on a run of 16 days of recorded snowfall.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Mountain base 6am: -6℃, 4cm snowfall in 12h. Moiwa 800m: -9.6℃, WSW6.4m/s, cornice and snowdrifts developments. Snowdrift developments observed at Mikaeri junction. Annupuri 1120m snow depth 250cm. Hirafu peak: -12℃, NW15m/s, snowdrift developments, W5-8m/s at 1000m. Mizuno no sawa: -10.93℃, W4.9-8.3m/s, 170cm snow depth at base. Suttsu weather station: -2.2℃, 59cm snow depth, NW14m/s at midnight. Kutchan town: -8.4℃, 192cm snow depth. Benkei cape lighthouse: NW13m/s, Kamui cape: WSW10m/s, 1022hPa, 1.8m waves.
Yesterday afternoon’s storm made cornices and snowdrifts develop drastically in slopes above 800m elevation. The storm settled down in the morning. The newly formed snowdrifts are stabilizing and the general avalanche risk is lowering. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions.
The weather in Niseko is highly influenced by the climate of the Sea of Japan. The snow stabilizes quickly after the wind calms down and distinguished hoar/facet weak layers are less likely to form due to small temperature changes throughout the winter. However everybody shouldn’t forget that Niseko was once the place to experience the most avalanche accidents in Japan. The Niseko Rules and this avalanche information started as a necessity from those bitter experiences and not for tourism promotion. Overconfidence and preconceptions are the main causes of accidents. Have a great day.
Ski resort operation information: Friday 15th 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 (Ace Number 1 and King Number 2 lifts rested) - 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 (Country Road lift rested) - 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 ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Friday 15th February 2019, 8:24am
Clear blue skies
Good morning from Urabandai.
It is a sunny morning with blue skies above. 6cm of fresh snow has fallen overnight, so the mountains around this area are looking very white and enticing!
It is also very chilly morning again today and the snow is in good conditions. The forecast says it should be a sunny day today, so those snow condition may change by the afternoon. Skiing in the morning will be the best choice.
All three ski resorts in Urabandai (Nekoma, Urabandai and Grandeco) are open today.
There is a snow festival tonight and tomorrow night in Kita Shiobara this village - the festival will start from 6pm near Kyukamura Urabandai Hotel. Might be worth checking out if you are around.
The photos for today are from Nekoma (first two) 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 3/3, course 3/3 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 25/25 open Inawashiro - lift 8/8, course 18/18 open Inawashiro resort - lift 3/4 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 ...
Friday 15th February 2019, 8:27am
Overcast and grey
Morning from Hakuba everyone.
It was another very cold night and it's another cold morning. Hakuba 47 are reporting -10C at base. Happo-one are reporting -14C at base Nakiyama. Cortina are reporting -8.6C at base. Cold! That is a good thing.
I have no fresh snow to report this morning - either from the ski resorts or observed myself. It is an overcast/cloudy early morning but there are good chances of clearer skies during the day.
Hopefully there will be some fresh snow on the slopes for early birds tomorrow morning and we do have light snow on the forecast for the day (tomorrow). And then probably some sunshine on Sunday and Monday and a milder spell due early week.
There's a fun typo over on the official Tsugaike website this morning. They have an official snow depth of 3350cm at Han-no-ki. Now wouldn't that be fun!
Actually, come to think of it, that might just be too much. ;)
(I have mailed them to let them know. Everyone can make typos, and I am totally not mocking. I'm just imagining soooo much snow...!)
Ski resort information on Friday 15th 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 ...
Friday 15th February 2019, 8:28am
It is another very pleasant morning in the resort with a nice clear view of the ski hill looking back from Furano city. At -10c now, it is a milder morning, and the high should shoot up to around -4c by early afternoon. Overnight there has been a top up of 4cm of fresh snow at base level and this will probably equate to about 10cm at the top of the resort. There is only the slightest breeze and the sun is starting to hit the slopes.
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
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 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 20th March 2019 Number 1 pair lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Sun Valley Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019 Number 1 quad lift 7:00pm until 9:00pm
Yakebitaiyama Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019 Number 3 high speed lift 6:00pm until 8:00pm Read more ...
Friday 15th February 2019, 8:49am
Good morning from Naeba.
The cold conditions continue. -5C early on this morning. And 6cm of further snow to report too.
The snow has stopped and early on there is a lot of cloud but fine weather is expected today, before a return to snow falling during the day tomorrow.
Look for some sunshine early in the week as well as milder temperatures. Fingers crossed not too mild.
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 ...
Friday 15th February 2019, 9:26am
Sun and clouds
A little more reasonable on the snowfall, after the huge dump over 24 hours yesterday (see photo).
A few people asked about the 91cm; because I reported early and the test board was actually out for more than 24 hours, we got a pretty big number that might have been divided by others.... but that total remains, right at 4 meters, which is right in line with the resorts.
A nice day to end the work week, with some sun and fresh white out there to enjoy!