Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 23rd January 2020
Saturday 25th December 2010, 7:31am
Overcast. Occasional snow showers
A cold one last night and temperatures are still low this morning. The roads are pretty icy so drive carefully if you are heading this way.
The snow continued throughout yesterday - never particularly heavy but it was consistent, meaning a decent snowfall at the higher resorts.
Today is supposed to stay cold with snow on and off throughout the day.
It is definitely looking more like a ski town now with the sprinklers on and snow everywhere. There is the possibility of light snow up until the New Year so hopefully things will keep improving from here.
There is a lot of new snow to report this morning. Kagura are officially reporting 20-40cm, I would say there is perhaps 15cm or so in the village area, so perhaps not quite as much as expected but still enough to give the whole area a nice new blanket of fresh snow and excellent conditions for Christmas.
All of Kagura is now open - and surely now will be right through until spring - and now most parts of the Naeba resort are open with only the steeper slopes in the central area closed. A bit more snow should see them open up too.
It's a cold morning and currently light snow falling. We should see snowy conditions during today and perhaps overnight though right now it looks like there's a chance of clearer weather tomorrow before more snow clouds from Monday.
So it's good conditions all round now and hopefully people will be out there enjoying a good Christmas day ski. Read more ...
Saturday 25th December 2010, 8:05am
Cloudy. The snow is still falling lightly.
Merry Christmas everyone! All our Christmas dreams have come true at Madarao. Another 30 cm of dry powder has fallen overnight to give a great powder day.
Three lifts at the resort are in operation with the Super Quad lift planning to open from tomorrow meaning that a fair part of the main area of the resort is open. Thunderbirds are go for a big day skiing and boarding.
Today is the first big day of the season so there is plenty of untracked area to play in if you can get here early.
Ho, ho, ho!
The local forecast is for more snow today on and off and then easing off for tomorrow. We should be getting back to colder temperatures again around Tuesday evening with some heavy snow forecast into Wednesday and Thursday.
It took a while to get going yesterday but it was snowing from the afternoon through into the night and this morning we have perhaps 10cm or so of snow on the ground in places in town areas. So I've got to say that isn't as much as we were hoping for.
All of Kagura is now open and this morning more areas of Naeba have opened meaning that large parts of that resort are now open.
Over at Gala Yuzawa, from today they are opening the North Area of the resort.... so now both the Central and North areas of Gala are open.
What is happening at other resorts isn't confirmed right now.
Iwappara and Kandatsu are also planning to open part of their resort areas today but at the time of writing it isn't clear whether that will be possible or not. Basically all of the resorts are now on standby and will be opening up as soon as they can so there will be resorts making some decisions over the next couple of hours. I would guess that we will see some part openings at some places, though it won't be a full on open... we will need more snow for that. That means that the pick of the bunch will surely remain Kagura, Naeba or Gala Yuzawa for now.
I will update this report section later on today with all the latest from around Yuzawa.
Right now it is cloudy really with very light snow falling just before though holding off at the moment - though snowy conditions are forecast for the rest of the day.
Official snow depths @ 25th December 2010
Gala Yuzawa: 60cm
Yuzawa Kogen: 30cm - now closed until more snow
OK here's the afternoon update for Yuzawa. Hearing some reports from other areas, there's a real feeling here that there hasn't been as much as we had hoped for in this particular part of Niigata. Still, was do have new snow and there is another 5-15cm or so forecast overnight before 9am tomorrow morning.
With the snowfall as it is though, many of the resorts hoping to open today weren't able to. Yuzawa Kogen has opened again and part of Iwappara was open but other than that there just isn't quite enough snow yet, so it's the waiting game again.
Just to the north in Minamiuonuma, the Gondola at Centleisure Maiko was moving as well as the top bowl area of the resort. Ishiuchi Maruyama, Joetsu Kokusai and Muikamachi Hakkaisan are also now all part open. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 25th December 2010, 8:24am
Well, first of all good morning and Happy Christmas! Santa will be out there on the slopes this morning so see if you can spot him. If you're lucky he might also give you a present.
So, how was the snowfall overnight? We got snow for sure - perhaps 10-15cm or so - though it wasn't perhaps as heavy as we were thinking or hoping it would be. It is snowing now though and so hopefully we will get more cm as the day progresses. It is certainly cold and right now -10 degrees out there (Terakoya reporting an early temperatue of -12 degrees) with fairly poor visibility in general as the mountains are covered in cloud.
More snow forecast for the day and into tomorrow though there is a good chance it will ease off tomorrow and clear up. After that though, more snow lined up for the coming week so slowly but surely it is building up.
Nighta this evening at the following resort areas:
- Sun Valley - Ichinose Family - Kumanoyu
Official resort snow depths as of 25th December 10:
Seasons greetings from Zao! Christmas has surely turned white!
It had been delayed but starts from tonight - yes, the night skiing operations at the resort begin today at the Uwanodai and Yokokura areas of Zao.
We have had some more snowfall overnight and with that fresh snowfall I would guess that new snowfall, pretty much all of the Zao resort will be open and operating from today - including of course the Chuo Ropeway which will re-open today after a short break.
Snow and cold temperatures are lined up for today, tomorrow and into the coming week so if you are planning on being in Zao soon, come ready for cold and snowy conditions and some quality snow. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 25th December 2010, 9:07am
Amazing how quickly the landscape can change in Nozawa Onsen Christmas day was welcomed in with a beautiful blanket of white fluffy snow Something special about a white christmas, enhanced with an onsen and a day on the slopes
The snow has been falling for over 24 hours now and pretty heavy at times There has been almost another 20cm up top in places and looks set to continue the rest of today Then a break for a day or two and a return of heavy snow fall
More lifts and courses have opened up now and can basically get to half the mountain Hopefully the bottom half is not too far away
Temperatures are down to -10 degrees up top so better rug up Have a very Merry Christmas from all of us in Nozawa Onsen
Yamabiko cours A Yamabiko course B Yamabiko course C Yamabiko course D Yamabiko course E Kogenashi A course Kogenashi B course Uenodaira
Nagasaka Gondola (both sections) The two Yamabiko quad lifts and Uenodaira 4 Hikage Gondola Skyline connecting pair Yu Road connecting up to Hikage Paradise 4 Yunomine Pair Mizunashi Triple Read more ...
Saturday 25th December 2010, 10:21am
Christmas is here at last, and thanks to yesterday's fresh gift from Santa, there is plenty of powder for all the good little girls and boys to enjoy. I suppose even the bad ones too, if they get out on the slopes early enough. We received quite a few centimeters from the storm yesterday, and things are looking cold and quiet for the rest of the 25th. With a current temperature around -7 and a Saturday sun just beginning to peak through those morning clouds, today is shaping up to be a nice one for those planning to celebrate with a trip up the mountain for some winter weather fun. Be sure to take advantage of the newly opened Kitanomine Zone and grab this season's firsts while you can!
The forecast isn't calling for any more snow today, but as we move into the overnight hours expect to see quite a few snow showers heading our way. Read more ...
Saturday 25th December 2010, 10:25am
Merry Christmas from Niseko!
Snow continued through much of yesterday getting heavy at times through the afternoon. In the evening though it mostly cleared up and remained mostly fine throughout the night. So not quite as much snow as we were hopeing to wake up to this morning. It is very cold though at around -8 degrees in the village currently after getting just below -10 overnight. It is currently snowing lightly but hopefully it will get heavier throughout the day. The snow that has fallen is excellent quality and there'll definitely be some nice turns to be had out there today. Once again Merry Christmas to everyone from a very cold and white Niseko.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 185 Bottom - 70
Niseko Village: Top - 95 Bottom - 60 Annupuri: Top - 100 Bottom - 70
Mountain base 6am: -11℃, slight overnight snowfall. The wind above 1100m is blowing at about 15m/s SW. Yesterday morning’s humid snow froze due to the following cold temperature and 20cm of relatively dry and light (deeper in east facing slopes) snow deposited on top of that layer during the day yesterday. There are no notable instability factors except in high elevation steep slopes this morning, however depending on how strong the wind & snow pick up today, avalanche hazard may drastically rise. It would be best to carefully follow today’s wind & snow transition. Many avalanches are observed even when bushes aren’t covered. Whether there is a lot of snow or not, avalanches occur if the conditions are right. Under stormy weather, weak/unstable accumulations can form due to a slight change in the direction/strength of the wind for a short period of time. It is strongly recommended to be especially cautious in poor weather conditions. Ride carefully and enjoy your Christmas day.
Sorry for the delay this morning — the town and my fax machine decided not to talk. But when we connected, it was worth it! Snow, people! Real snow. The everything's white, it-keeps-on-falling kind of snow.
All areas except Ikenotaira have at least some runs open; they should open tomorrow (12/26). Seki, Myoko Snow Park and Kyukamura are all completely open; Akakura Onsen and Akakura Kanko have several runs open, with more possible as grooing continues. Tangram has one lift operating; it's a bit unclear at Madarao but they promise to have all runs open soon.
Happy Christmas from a snowy Hakuba. And a very snowy Hakuba it has been as well. After a relatively late start to things, we have suddenly become Snow Central! All of the resorts in the village have reported considerable snowfalls since yesterday and as you can see from the snow depths below, there has been a pretty big jump there.
Smiles all round as lots of people have been out on the slopes to enjoy the excellent snow conditions. Lots of untouched runs especially this morning and from today many of the main resort areas are now fully open, or at least close to being fully open.
With snowy conditions set to continue right through the coming week, impressively heavy at times and keeping very cold, winter sure has turned up in style.
Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 25th December AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Goryu is reporting further snowfall and is now fully open. Alps daira - 170cm; Toomi - 60cm; Iimori - 50cm
Hakuba 47: Snow depth (upper) - 170cm.
Happo-one: Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 170cm; Lower slopes - 60cm. Most of the resort is now open after the heavy snowfall.
Tsugaike Kogen: Snow depth - 185cm Maruyama area - 50cm