I'm calling it clear, since the sun is shining, but thin high clouds above
An early report today, as I'm going out there in the hills and away from suitable computing devices.
Another sunny day, although with higher thin clouds today and a light breeze—a hint that the freezing line is going to come falling down the mountain from late today, and we can expect...wait for it... snow for a few days.
Hard to believe, as warm as it was yesterday, good to remember that we have had pretty good dumps right into early April (not time to change those snow tires just yet....)
The figures below are all from yesterday; the temps are probably all about right; subtract 10-20cm from total snow depths and we should be pretty accurate.
It was a lovely fine and warm day yesterday and today is probably going to be more of the same.
More hazy I would say early on this morning, but sun is forecast with the temperature again expected to rise to just over 10C this afternoon.
So... tomorrow. What's going to happen?
Latest forecasts still point to a cool down with colder conditions, and also some snowfall. It seems down at town level at least, it might well be giri-giri (borderline) rain or sleet at times - so we are just going to have to hope that it gets as cold as possible and we'll see the snow. Snow possible through until Wednesday though so we can be hopeful. Difficult to read though, so we'll just have to sit back and see what we are given.
Before we get any possible fresh, it's full on spring conditions out there of course with the usual thing where better snow conditions the higher you go.
Still lots of fun to be had.
And lots of snow still. With the warmer conditions it is melting of course, but there is still between 1.5m - 2m of snow round the side of our building!
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 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning) Naeba: Every day until 29th March (until 9pm)
Planned closing dates for resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region Information as currently available and of course subject to change depending on conditions.
Open until Saturday March 28th:
Open until Sunday March 29th:
- Ishiuchi Hanaoka (open on March 27th, 28th, 29th) - Itsukamachi - Muikamachi Hakkaisan - Muikamachi Ski Resort
Hurray, it is actually snowing this morning! Can't help but smile seeing fresh snow fall outside at the moment.
Don't get overly excited, there's just a thin layer on the ground and it's hardly peak season quality... but still, it's snow. And it's a good sign that things are getting colder... hold on though... sun was forecast for this morning, along with a high of around 6C later on. Still is actually, so perhaps it will stop and clear. It's all very confusing!
Limited visibility on mountain this morning at the moment, but like said above that may well change quickly as things are forecast to clear.
Anyways, we should get some more snow tomorrow and perhaps Tuesday as well and it should be colder and keep colder for a few days anyway.
I suppose the best thing is for me to shut up for now and just report again in the morning! Have a good day.
It's the last nighta of the season tonight.
Expect fireworks around 9:30pm. Clear weather for that would be nice.
Resort specific news as of 8:10am - subject to change during the day
Niseko base 6am: 0C, 2cm snowfall from predawn. Moiwa data n/a. Annupuri snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: -2C, wet snow and bad visibility. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW6m/s, Kamui cape WNW7m/s, 1010hPa, 0.7m waves.
Block avalanches from cracked slopes are likely to occur in 700m and lower Mikaeri bowl and Osawa. Avalanches always happen without warning. Stay away from valleys with cracked or wrinkled slopes. Most accidents occur due to repeated carelessness and can be avoided by being cautious. All gates are expected to open. Listen to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of the gates. Niseko community is concerned about all guests’ safety and operates accident prevention practices. The Niseko Rules are not implemented to regulate the freedom to ride out of bounds, but to protect it. Please respect those Rules to protect everyone’s freedom to enjoy snow riding.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 450cm Base - 135cm
Niseko Village: Top - 310cm Base - 160cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 390cm Base - 170cm
Lifts open for night skiing:
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
Very fine day yesterday in the area and this morning the sun is out again but it's more generally hazy out there. Still, temperatures probably rising to about 8-10 degrees this afternoon so another mild one.
OK so tomorrow then and that snow we were 'promised'! It is certainly still forecast to get colder and still snow is expected though it might start off at least rather wet. But snow clouds may bring the goods tomorrow and Tuesday and possibly even through into Wednesday. Let's hope it's a worthy delivery and not just a tease!
Fresh snow to report since yesterday (reported by resort):
More fine weather here in Shiga Kogen this Sunday morning, but it's about to change from tomorrow.
If that forecast is right, it will be snowing by tomorrow morning and snowfall possible through until around Wednesday. Yes please, I say!
Going to be colder too so don't be fooled by the warmth of the last few days; that layer will be needed once again.
Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:
Sun Valley: Every Saturday until March 21st
Ichinose Family: Every day until March 29th
Ichinose Diamond: Every Saturday until March 28th
Kumanoyu: Every Saturday until March 28th
PLANNED RESORT CLOSING DATES
Open until Tuesday 31st March
Hasuike Kidoike Nishitateyama
At least part open until Wednesday April 1st
Maruike: Number 2 pair lift open until March 31st, Number 1 triple lift open until April 1st)
At least part open until Sunday April 5th
Bunadaira: The Bunadaira quad lift will be open until March 29th; the quad open until April 5th
Sun Valley: The Housaka Number 3 lift will be open until March 31st
At least part open until Sunday April 12th
Ichinose Yamanokami: Open daily until April 5th and then open on April 11th and 12th
At least part open until Wednesday May 6th
Ichinose Diamond: The Diamond triple lift will be open until April 3rd. The Diamond quad lift will be open until March 31st, and then open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th.
Ichinose Family: The Ichinose Number 3 quad will be open until 29th March. The Ichinose Quad and Ichinose Number 2B pair lifts will be open daily until May 6th.
Takamagahara Mammoth: The Takamagahara Number 3 pair lift will be open until March 31st. The Takamagahara Number 2 triple lift will be open until April 5th. The Takamagahara Quad will be open daily until April 12th, and then open on April 18th, 19th, and from April 25th until May 6th.
Okushiga Kogen: The Okushiga Number 6 lift will be open until March 31st. The Okushiga Number 1 pair lift will be open until April 5th. The Okushiga Number 4 pair lift will be open until April 5th, and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th. The Okushiga Number 2 pair lift and Okushiga Number 3 pair lift and Gondola will all be open daily until May 6th.
Tannenomori Okujo: Open daily until April 5th; and then on April 11th, 12th and April 25th until May 6th
Terakoya: Both lifts open daily until March 31st. After that, they will be open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th
Yakebitaiyama: Open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th The Yakebitaiyama Gondola will run until April 5th.
Beyond Wednesday 6th May
Kumanoyu: Kumanoyu Number 3 quad open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and April 25th until May 6th Kumanoyu Number 1 and 2 pair lifts open until May 6th and beyond
Yokoteyama-Shibutoge: Probably open until at least the end of May Read more ...
Sunday 22nd March 2015, 8:36am
Bright and the sun out, but hazy/overcast
A fine morning yesterday, the skies getting a bit overcast in the afternoon but another warm day here with just a slight wind. Very spring like of course.
This morning starts off with bright but hazy skies and it might be just me but it feels a bit more chilly outside early this morning.
While it's set to warm up during the day, tomorrow is still expected to be much colder and hopefully in my next report I'll be reporting that along with news of snow as well...
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Sunday 22nd March 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm. Hakuba Happo-one: Nakiyama area every day until 22nd March. 5pm until 9pm. Hakuba Cortina: Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm. Read more ...
Sunday 22nd March 2015, 8:39am
Bright and hazy
More sunny weather this morning, though hazy. Proper spring weather.
How much of a return to winter can we expect tomorrow? Just been looking at the forecasts. Colder weather is a definite, and we are all hoping for some snowfall as well over the period Monday to Wednesday. Stronger winds look like a possibility too.
I will fill you in on the latest tomorrow morning.
Zao Onsen is generally open as planned (* note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).
Current night skiing operations at Zao:
Uwanodai area: Daily until 22nd March Open from 5pm until 9pm.
Planned lift operating dates and closing dates
Subject to change. This is what the plans are currently...
Until Sunday 22nd March Onsen Zao Kokutai Pair Karamatsu Pair (only 21st and 22nd March) Paradise Number 3 Pair
Until Sunday 29th March Onsen Number 3 Parallel AB Onsen Number 4 Quad Ryuzan Pair Nakamori Number 2 Pair Diamond Number 1 Pair (every day until 22nd March, then 28th and 29th March) Diamond Number 2 Pair
Until Tuesday 31st March Shobunuma Number 2 Pair Oomori Quad Yokokura Number 2 Pair Astraea Number 2 Pair Astraea Number 3 Pair
Until Sunday 5th April Onsen Number 1 Pair Onsen Number 2 Quad Sunrise Pair AB Nakamori Number 1 Triple Mikaeri Pair
Until Sunday 12th April Yokokura Number 1 Pair AB
Until Sunday 19th April Kurohime Number 1 Quad
Until Wednesday 6th May Chuo Number 1 Pair AB Chuo Number 2 Pair AB Katakai Triple (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week) Paradise Pair AB (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week) Utopia Number 2 Pair
Last day of the snow season currently planned for Wednesday 6th May.
Operating through the year (for general tourism) Sky Cable Chuo Ropeway Zao Ropeway Read more ...
Sunday 22nd March 2015, 8:54am
Surprise to wake to snow this morning as it wasn't expected till later tonight. With temps up and the snow being quite wet it hasn't made much impact at village level. Great to see it is still lightly snowing and giving us a fond farewell to the Kitanomine Zone which closes today. Snow should lighten off before lunch before trying to give us some more snow tonight. Read more ...
Sunday 22nd March 2015, 9:22am
Today’s weather is yet again fantastic with clear blue skies.
Temperatures are currently around 3 degrees, but it's looking like they will decrease as the day continues. As the temperatures start to decrease, it looks like we could be in for the start of a small snowstorm as well... with the main part of the snow looking like to be through the day on Tuesday.
Get out and enjoy the good weather while it lasts.
Both Naeba and Kagura areas are open as normal this morning.
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 260cm Kagura: 370cm
0cm Naeba 0cm Kagura
This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region. Read more ...
Sunday 22nd March 2015, 21:08pm
Another very fine Spring day here in Minakami.
Rain was forecast for the afternoon but didn't turn up though for the next 3 days we are looking at a return to Winter temperatures and a constantly falling snow.
Lets hope so anyway.
Planned closing dates of ski resorts in Minakami (subject to change):
Until 29th March Norn Minamaki Okutone Snow Park White Valley
Until 30th March Minakami Kogen
Until 5th April Minakami Kogen Ski Resort Minakami Hodaigi