Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 10th April 2020
Tuesday 18th February 2020, 7:31am
Things never really got going yesterday and the lifts were shut down before they got going due to the wind, however the afternoon turned out to be quite pleasant with clear skies. Today the winds are still with us and blowing moderately around the base area. There is 7cm of new snow but with the wind effect some areas will have significantly more, while some will have less. Visibility looks limited with moderate snow mixed in with the wind.
All courses normally open apart from the following courses:
- Skyline (upper part to Tanuki is open; lower part is closed) - Grand Prix - Jumping - Hachiman - Mukobayashi - Kandahar (closed to public apart from 2nd and 16th March)
Nighta until 8:00pm
- Nagasaka Four lift operates during nighta - Every Saturday until 28th March - 23rd February - 20th March - Subject to change Read more ...
Tuesday 18th February 2020, 8:02am
Moderate snow has fallen since sometime early this morning and it's snowing heavily here at the moment.
Winds forecast to be strong at higher elevations but at this point there's no sign of them at the base of Tenjin and I can't hear them ripping over the ridges at higher elevations. Should they strengthen, all bets are off but for now this is shaping up to be a good day with clear weather forecast for tomorrow and light snow the next day.
Temps are back to Winter levels and expected to stay that way till Saturday, more snow forecast for Sunday. The situation certainly appeared dire yesterday but it doesn't look too bad going forward.
Akasawa Normally part open Note: closed on Tuesdays
Fujiwara All lifts running; all courses open Official snow depth: 80cm
We have woken up to what is expected to be an very good powder day. There has been another 12cm since the last count, and the snowfall is getting much stronger. The wind is gentle at present but this is also expected to increase in intensity. Thanks fully weather has accompanied this snow, with a temp of -4 degrees at the base.
Yesterday we had intermittent snow throughout the day, with a decent layer of powder atop icy conditions across the mountain. It made for a bit of a slip n slide in places but entertaining nonetheless.
The central gondola is delayed until 11am due to maintenance, and Nishimori lift is closed all day for maintenance.
APPI is open with the following lifts normally operating (subject to change):
- Appi Gondola DELAYED - Central quad lift - Central Number 1 lift - Central Number 2 lift - Central Number 3A lift - Central Number 5 lift - Nishimori lift CLOSED TODAY - Sailer quad lift - Vista quad lift
- Most normal courses at APPI are open - Dragon tail, Cruise 1, Cruise 2, Bravo, Attack tree run courses are normally open
Snowfall numbers The below numbers are reported by the resort
The temperature is still in the minus category at 8:30, also something nice (get that bracing, almost winter feel of the cold again). Not a whole lot, to be honest, but the snow is still falling, and could keep going through the day. Some pretty strong winds are also predicted, and the wind pattern offshore looks like there should be some breezes hitting us, but so far nothing.
The sun is trying to peek out from time to time, too, something that's happened far too often this season. What happened to week-long spells of snow, with no sun at all. Pale skin; happy skiing.
There is a pretty nasty breakable crust layer on the surface of natural snow, at least at the base, the result of the cooling over the past day. The groomed slopes should be fine, but the crust could be unpleasant for people on boots. Maybe on skis, too.
So it was rather windy yesterday and that means that there's going to be some wind blown conditions this morning, meaning there'll probably be some deeper fresh in places and hard and icy conditions in others. And difficult to know what's where. That along with the recent changes in temperatures mean we really need to be aware and take care out there.
Down here at base I can only report (slightly over) 1cm which is a bit disappointing.
It feels kind of milder again this morning, maybe it's just me; generally cloudy-overcast with some light snow falling in places. Those stronger winds have eased off and we are starting the day with all lifts scheduled to start up as planned.
We can still expecting some more fresh snow over the coming few days.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Mountain Base: -2.0°, trace new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: SSE 165deg 3.8m/s , -5.2°, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1100m: SSE 154deg 10.5m/s, no temp data. Yu no Sawa 1000m: SW 227deg 3.3m/s, -7.5. Niseko Village 900m: S 174 deg 5.2m/s, -6.7°. Hirafu 1000m : S 179deg 11.4m/s, -7.5°. Hanazono 720m: SSW 191deg 8.7m/s, -5.4°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:SSE 8m/s. Kamui Cape E 2m/s, 999hPa, wave 2.2m.
In places above 700m there is large amounts of snowdrift development on the Niseko Range due to an easterly wind yesterday from a slow moving low pressure system. Snowdrifts are weakly bonded due to hail mixed with the low pressure snowfall and snowdrift stability will be delayed. Although the wind is starting to weaken it is still strong at higher elevations. Avalanche risk is continues to be high above 900m on steep open slopes and knolls. Gate openings are expected to be delayed. Please follow the patrols advice.
Most accidents happen during or right after a storm. Be cautious today. The snow in the trees is a bit unusual, a bit heavy but not too bad. Watch out for hidden snow bridges collapsing. We never know where an avalanche will occur. Is your beacon on? You have your probe and shovel? Wear a helmet. Have a good day.
Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 18th February 2020
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 190cm - Base: 110cm
All lifts normally operating EXCEPT: - Country Road Chair (normally rested)
Lifts scheduled for late operations: - Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm - Village Express until 8:00pm - Banzai Chair until 8:00pm Read more ...
Tuesday 18th February 2020, 8:33am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
And good news this morning.
After some wet conditions later on in the day, it was snowing by evening and overnight we have a fresh layer on the ground. 19cm measured here (and just as an extra note, 24cm just to the north of Ishiuchi Maruyama).
Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 30cm of snowfall on their upper area. Ishiuchi Maruyama are reporting 20cm. And the Kagura resort is reporting 15cm as of 7:30am.
So it sounds like there should be a decent amount across the mountains this morning. A very welcome refresh.
It is still snowing too, though only lightly at the moment. We can expect more cm to build up during the day with it forecast for the day and tonight.
Great to feel the colder temperatures as well after that period of warmer conditions. It's not crazy cold, more like just under zero for the moment, but Kagura are reporting a temperature of -10C on the mountain.
The snow doesn't look likely to continue beyond early tomorrow morning so we want to get as much as possible today. Come on!!
Individual ski resort information: Tuesday 18th February 2020 All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.
- All lifts are operating - All courses in Central and Northern Area are open - In the Southern Area, the Batman and Eliza courses are open - The Ropeway connecting GALA Yuzawa with Yuzawa Kogen is operating - Official snow depth: 130cm
- The top area via Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway is fully open - The base Family lift and course is operating - Downhill course is closed; the lower Nunoba Snowland is closed - The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is operating - Official snow depth: 150cm (Kogen); 30cm (base)
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 ...
Tuesday 18th February 2020, 8:52am
Morning from Naeba.
It is good to see fresh snowfall this morning. Not a huge amount, 8cm being measured, but fresh snow all the same. Looks like Kagura and the main Yuzawa town area got more this time...
But hopefully we will get more today.
It's colder too which is good.
The Audi FIX Alpen Ski World Cup 2020 event will be held at Naeba on 22nd and 23rd February.
Preparations are being made.
Planned course restrictions for the above event and others are as follows:
Daishamen: 18th-22nd February
Mens Riesen + Number 3 course: Until 22nd February
Mens Riesen Slalom 24th-28th February
Number 1 course: 24th February - 1st March
Number 2 course: 24th-25th February
Number 3 course: Until 1st March
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:
- 17 of 22 courses are normally open - The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort Read more ...
Tuesday 18th February 2020, 9:02am
Good news this morning...
The information in this table is data reported by the ski resorts
New snowfall (lower)
New snowfall (upper)
TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
15cm at Kurobishi 20cm at Usagidaira
IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data
So, resorts are reporting 10-20cm of fresh snowfall on their upper areas and 5-10cm down at base. And I have measured 8cm.
Should be a good morning!
Back to being cold too, so get wrapped up well.
Hopefully there'll be more to report tomorrow too as it continues to snow.
Less good news is stronger winds affecting lifts at the Happo-one resort. As of 9am, the gondola and upper lifts are on hold. It appears that just the Nakiyama triple and Kokusai Number 1 pair are going up from base. Cortina has some restrictions too but other resorts appear to be opening as normal, which brings me to....
Regarding details of individual ski resort operations - I continue to do my best providing as many details as possible each morning, but operations change literally every day; and sometimes during the day. Such changeable conditions means that is unavoidable.
I highly recommend that if you are here in Hakuba and heading out to a ski resort, you check with your chosen destination before going. If you are staying at an accommodation I am sure the staff there will be able to help too.
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 1 pair - Shirakaba Number 2 pair - Central pair - Sakka Number 2 pair - Sakka Number 3 triple
Courses open: - All courses apart from the following are at least part open: - Central - Olympic II - Kita-one - Kokusai - Nakiyama Wall/North - Shirakaba North - Sakka - Kurobishi off-piste - Omusubi off-piste - Nakiyama South and Shirakaba South base areas are open; others closed - You can also take the Gondola or other lifts back down to base
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 reportRead more ...
Tuesday 18th February 2020, 9:11am
Good morning from Madarao.
This morning a bit of fresh snow on the ground and it is snowing so there should be more to report tomorrow.
Visibility fair at the moment but the snow clouds should be sticking around and hopefully delivering.
Sunshine is forecast for tomorrow.
Current operations: Tuesday 18th February 2020
- All lifts apart from Number 5 should be operating - Powder Wave and Crystal Bowl tree run courses closed - Other tree run courses open - Official snow depth: 100cm
Tangram Ski Circus:
- All lifts are operating - Most courses open - Official snow depth: 85cm Read more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Tuesday 18th February 2020, 9:16am
After a spell of warmer weather - not the best of friends with snow - I am happy to report that it is noticeably colder this morning. And we have some fresh snowfall too.
Here at Minowa base there's 6cm.
Alts is back open as planned after that scaled back operation yesterday morning.
And because it's Tuesday, Nekoma is unfortunately closed.
Chance of sunshine tomorrow. Let's hope it remains on the colder side.
Grandeco Snow Resort: - 4 (of 5) lifts operating - 11 (of 13) courses open - Normal weekend operations - Official snow depth: 130cm