There's cloud and blue skies above the region on this Sunday morning.
According to the forecast, it should be a cloudy day today and we shouldn't be expecting any new snowfall. It is keeping cold though and the snow conditions should generally be nice and soft and light with the best conditions found on the upper area of Nekoma and Grandeco today.
It doesn't seem too busy for a weekend.
The photos for today are from Nekoma (first two) and Grandeco.
Nekoma - lift 5/5, course 11/11 open *Closed on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28 Grandeco - lift 5/5 include one gondola, course 13/13 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 4/4 include one gondola, course 7/9 open Listel - lift 2/2, course 5/7 open Family Bandai Bandai - lift 2/2, course 7/7 open *Only open on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays. Read more ...
Sunday 17th February 2019, 8:13am
Cloudy with snow
Nice snow yesterday: perfect snowflakes, falling gently in the morning.
A nice, light coating of 23cm on top of the considerable base we now have built up, so things are jsut about perfect.
Shock, horror... no cm of fresh snow to report this morning. Doh!
Yesterday we got to enjoy some nice clearer blue skies and sunshine too. It's back to cloudy-overcast this morning.
Looks like the top lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to fairly blowy winds up there. Details below.
Sun is expected tomorrow and actually seems like it going to be a regular feature in the coming week. We should get used to and accept that we can't be expecting much in terms of fresh snow over the coming week or so... so let's just enjoy it and think of any surprise delivery as a bonus.
Although scientists have denied weather based avalanche forecast for a long time, the forecast in Niseko emphasizes mainly in accidents prevention, not the mechanical aspects of avalanche occurrences and have been observing the weather transition as the main hazard evaluation. Surface slab avalanches slides from weak layers, and those weak layers forms mainly due to large temperature clines. The temperature change in Niseko during winter is small and weak layer evaluation is difficult. Most accidents occur during bad weather. If people venturing into the mountains pay attention to the danger of the snowdrifts development during storms, and avoid being in leeward slopes/valleys during and just after storms, then many of the accidents could be avoided.
A thin hoar layer (Feb 16th) formed due to yesterday noon warm air-flow, however the general avalanche risk is low as no new snow has fallen on top of it. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions before going out of the gates. Sun affected slabs are forming in south facing strictly off-limits Haru no Taki area and avalanches hazard from deeper weak layers should be considered. There is no avalanche control done in Haru no Taki. The wind is forecasted to pick up in the morning. Have a good day.
Ski resort operation information: Sunday 17th February 2019 Subject to change due to weather conditions
Ski lifts operating: - The top Ace and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day - 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: 330cm - Base: 180cm
Ski lifts operating: - The top Wonderland Chair is on hold at the start of the day - 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 ...
Sunday 17th February 2019, 8:44am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Light snow through the day yesterday and there wasn't so much in terms of cm on the ground but this morning we just cleared away 17cm which was good to see. It is still snowing now and light snow is forecast for the day, with a chance it might stop sometime before late afternoon.
Kagura are reporting about 25cm and Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 15-20cm of fresh snowfall. (Just to explain once again; the reason why we mention the fresh snowfall being reported by those two ski resorts is simply because they put those numbers out in a morning. And good on them, I say. If other ski resorts put those numbers out into the world, we'd mention them too!)
Sunshine is currently forecast for tomorrow and as we approach mid week some warmer conditions are likely. Temps may even get into double digits around Tuesday and Wednesday which won't be great for the snow. Let's hope it's a blip and we can get back to winter by the end of February... keep an eye on that.
Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit.
Updated: 8:45am, Sunday 17th 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!
Sunday 17th February 2019, 8:48am
Morning from Nozawa.
About 10cm of fresh snowfall to report to you this morning with the resort reporting just a bit more than that up top since yesterday.
Light snow is falling this morning - fairly decent visibility lower down, a bit more restricted on the upper areas.
OK so sunshine is expected tomorrow along with milder conditions, but warmer still is forecast for around Tuesday and Wednesday. I'm hoping not too much, but there's definitely at least a bit of a warm bump ahead in the coming week. Let's just hope that it is just a bump.
Sunday 17th February 2019
Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday 3pm):
All lifts apart from the following planned to be operating:
- Kandahar pair (open for general public on 1st Mar 2019)
All courses open apart from the following planned to be open:
- Grand Prix - Kamoshika (part) - 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 ...
Sunday 17th February 2019, 8:49am
Cloudy with fog this morning and 7cm of fresh snow to report (the resort itself is reporting 5cm this morning). Hopefully visibility will improve as the morning goes on and we might see clearer skies. Definitely a good chance of that tomorrow and as mentioned in other reports we are expecting warmer conditions in the region over the coming week. Especially around Tuesday and Wednesday. Fingers crossed it doesn't warm up too much. Keeping cold is important when that sun comes out to protect the snow we have.
Planned operations for Sunday 17th February 2019
Official snow depth at Madarao:
All lifts plan to be open All 31 courses should be open including tree run courses
Nighta operations at Madarao: - Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019
Tangram Ski Circus info:
All lifts operating All course areas open
Nighta operations at Tangram: - Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019 Read more ...
Sunday 17th February 2019, 9:02am
Cloud, increasing blue sky and sun
Good morning from Hakuba.
And here's the new snowfall that I can find being reported by ski resorts this morning:
And just a little bit down below so I'd head up to hit that fresh on the upper slopes.
Lots of cloud around early on but blue sky and sun has been appearing places and it feels like we'll get more of that as the day goes on.
No-one could truthfully claim that this season has been 'classic' in terms of the amount of snowfall in this region, and we are all ever-hopeful for decent dumps of fresh snow. It's not looking like we are going to be able to celebrate that scenario over the coming week though. If anything, it is looking like the whole wider region is going to be warming up a bit with more sun than snow either side of Tuesday and Wednesday - when there's a good chance of some rain. Hmmmmm. Damn, I so don't want to have to report that kind of thing. :(
Anyhow. Swiftly recovering my mood, it's pretty cold this morning and so I'm going to go and enjoy the nice morning conditions. :)
Have a fun Sunday.
Photos today from Happo-one, Hakuba 47 and Hakuba Iwatake.
Ski resort information on Sunday 17th 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 ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 17th February 2019, 9:09am
Lots of cloud. Some sun. Bit of fresh snow on the ground since report yesterday. Varied weather early on this morning. I am guessing the sun might win through today. It's cold though so conditions should be very nice this morning.
Warmer conditions are ahead. Look to around mid-week for that. Everyone hopes not too much. With us being good and high up here in Shiga Kogen, we can often escape mid-season warmth and wet that places lower down can get. Just how this coming week will pan out... we'll just have to wait and see. Fingers crossed everyone.
Shiga Kogen resort info: Sunday 17th February 2019
The below information is manually checked for each report. Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.
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 ...
Sunday 17th February 2019, 10:05am
It snowed a lot here over the past 24 hours. I cleared 15cm from my car park yesterday afternoon and another 45cm this morning. Had a day off from riding yesterday but the word was that the 10cm that was recorded up on Tenjin during the morning, provided a full reset. Then it snowed heavily all day. Last runs were apparently the best of the day.
It's still snowing here at nearly 11am this morning but lightly and the sun is poking out from between clouds down in the valley. Not sure tenjin will open their cat track today. They have recorded 45cm up top but they measure from the least snowy place and it will be at least 1m up on the ridges. Snow showers are forecast all day here and Monday and Tuesday are set to be blue skies.
Potential for some rain Tuesday evening. Lets hope we dodge that bullet. It's been lurking on the forecast for a while but given it's 2 days out now, there is a chance it's really coming. Read more ...
Sunday 17th February 2019, 11:30am
It is snowing moderately with large flakes coming down. Looking at my thermometer it is showing +1c, and that warmth is evidenced by the fresh snow on the cars going to water and the sound of drips coming off roofs. Despite the warm temperature the snow is still surprisingly light and there has been a respectable 8cm of accumulation so far. Looking up at the mountain visibility does not look good, but there will be plenty of fresh snow to enjoy as long as you can see where you are going.
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 Read more ...
Sunday 17th February 2019, 12:32pm
Apologies for the late report.
18cm to add to the report today and a cold morning but it might get fairly mild during the day. And there's mild weather on the way in the coming week.
Official snow depth:
All lifts plan to be operating apart from the following (some lifts rested on weekdays):
- 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 - Lifts operating: Number 5 high speed lift Read more ...