Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019
Thursday 22nd January 2015, 7:29am
Cloud cover, overcast
As you might recall we were pretty excited about the prospect of a day of clear blue skies yesterday morning after that lovely start to the day.
Those blue skies didn't last for long though with clouds starting to appear not too long after the report was posted and by 10am it was almost completely overcast/grey. Sure did change quickly! Probably because the sun wasn't allowed to do much, it remained cold for the whole day.
Early afternoon the skies started to clear again and for an hour or two late afternoon we were treated once again to some sunny conditions.
The day has started with grey clouds all round this morning. No fresh snow to report.
It's not going to be as cold today - well, that's what the forecast tells us anyway with a high of around +6C expected later.
Unfortunately, there's a good chance of rain here in town but lets hope not for long as it should be snowing by the end of the day with snow forecast for the day tomorrow as well. Should go straight into snow at higher elevations.
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) All night on 17th January; 14th February and 14th March (10pm until 6am) 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.
Yesterday didn't end up being the bluebird that it looked like it might early in the morning - there was lots of cloud around for most of the day in the end with a few sunny spells at times and in places through the valley.
Overnight there has been a bit of snow up at higher elevations overnight and a dusting down below and it's snowing now as I write this report... slightly heavier variety at the moment from what I can see here near the base of Goryu.
This morning it's noticeably not as cold as it has been early mornings and currently just under freezing. As it gets slightly warmer later on we are expecting sleet and very possibly rain down here at village and lower levels, though it should remain snowing higher up on the mountains.
Snowfall due to continue through tonight and into tomorrow morning and should clear up by the afternoon.
Looking ahead to the weekend, for now on the forecast it's a good chance of sunny and fine weather conditions.
Would be good if we could get in a good refresh before then, as is always the case.
See you tomorrow.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Thursday 22nd January 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. All courses open (except Adventure Course).
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.
Morning from Nozawa and in contrast to the start of the day yesterday it's much cloudier this morning. With a bit of snow starting to fall to boot.
It's not as cold this morning with the temperature now just over freezing and our forecasts give us a chance of sleet or rain down at base during the day at times. Let's hope it keeps on the colder side. Higher up it will surely be snowing and possibly quite heavily at times later today/tonight.
Let's see what I can get to report come tomorrow morning!
Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday:
It's just a cloudy-overcast kind of start to the day here, with foggy conditions holding up most of the top lifts apparently. Gates are scheduled to open again though today.
A calm morning with not much of a wind.
Fresh snowfall isn't far off of course and it should be snowing from today through until Saturday and hopefully a decent amount of fresh coming overnight, so I'm looking forward to bringing you news of that tomorrow morning.
For the moment take care out there, know where you're going and have a fun day.
Resort specific news at time of writing - subject to change during the day
Niseko Grand Hirafu: Top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts delayed opening due to foggy conditions. 'Early Morning' lift available daily until 1st February (for 500 yen, Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).
Niseko Village: Top Wonderland lift delayed opening due to foggy conditions. 'Early Morning Gondola' available Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).
Niseko Annupuri: Top Jumbo Number 4 lift delayed opening due to foggy conditions.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -5C, no snowfall and calm. Moiwa 800m: calm, -7C, no snowfall. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 230cm. Hirafu 1000m: mild wind, -7C, no snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape SSE2m/s, Kamui cape SSW8m/s, 1020hPa, 0.6m waves.
A calm morning without wind or snowfall. About 2000 people stepped out of the peak gates yesterday, but not a single accident has been reported. Hard to believe it, it’s almost a miracle.
According to observations and snowfall transitions, the general avalanche risk is low today. Gates will open from the morning. There is no 100% safety in the mountain, but most accidents can be avoided with modest and respectful attitude towards the mountain.
A storm is forecasted to pick up tonight, make sure to be back in time.
Official snow depth numbers and any notes at time of writing:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 355cm Base - 155cm
Niseko Village: Top - 270cm Base - 180cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 250cm 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
Niseko Hanazono Resort No night skiing at the Hanazono area
Zao Onsen is fully open (though note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).
Night skiing operations at Zao this season
Uwanodai area: Daily until 22nd March
Yokokura area: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from until 15th March
Open times from 5pm until 9pm.
Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations
January 2015: 17th-18th, 24th-31st February 2015: Every day 1st-28th
Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm. In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled. Read more ...
Thursday 22nd January 2015, 8:42am
Yesterday the clearer skies didn't last for the day, but it was still a good one I reckon.
No new cm of fresh snowfall yet to report this morning but it has started snowing now.
It's somewhat milder this morning and the snow is wetter - it seems to be raining down lower - so hopefully we will avoid the rain here and get more snow.
Which I will of course report tomorrow morning.
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.
Akakura Onsen (Kumado): until 10pm every day until 22 March Tangram Ski Circus: until 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March Madarao Kogen: until 9pm on Saturdays until 21 March Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 22nd January 2015, 9:02am
Mild start to the day here in Shiga Kogen, but snow is falling... we're avoiding the rain that is falling at down in the valley. Not the best snow ever, some 'moisture' going on there, but I'll take it over rain any day.
Cloud covering lots of the mountains so generally quite limited visibility this morning.
There's a bit of wind blowing as well and it probably feels a bit colder than it actually is.
Snow is expected to continue falling today through into tomorrow morning.
Weekend visitors might be happy to hear that the forecast for Saturday and Sunday is currently fine and sunny. Should be a good one especially if we can get a decent amount of snow in the next 24 hours.
Resort areas status with official snow depths:
Okushiga Kogen: 180cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yakebitaiyama: 180cm Open
Ichinose Family 160cm Open
Ichinose Yamanokami: 160cm Open
Ichinose Diamond: 150cm Open
Takamagahara Mammoth: 160cm Open
Terakoya: 160cm Open
Higashitateyama: 150cm Open
Giant: 140cm Open
Nishitateyama: 140cm Most open
Happo Bundaraia: 140cm Open
Sun Valley: 110cm Open
Maruike: 110cm Open
Hasuike: 110cm Open
Kumanoyu: 185cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge: 175cm Open except for Jumbo Course.
Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas: