Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Wednesday 25th March 2015, 7:38am
Cloudy, hint of sun even in some areas
We are being treated to a good old late season blast of winter at the moment.
Snow fell for the day yesterday and there has been another 5+cm since last night. I think that it is safe to say that we can add at least another 20cm to add to what I posted yesterday morning, and there is certainly going to be more than that up on the mountains. Yesterday at the end of the day, for example, Kagura reported +30cm during the day, and this morning Maiko Snow Resort are saying that there is a fresh layer of 30cm. Kagura is also reporting this morning another 30cm of fresh (I hope it's not the same lot they reported yesterday evening!)
Whatever, these are very fine numbers indeed and the people lucky enough to be here today and tomorrow should be in for something of an unexpected treat.
It has been snowing lightly this morning still, but the last of the snowfall (this time anyway) should be falling this morning, with clearing up conditions expected. There's even a slight hint of sun shining through the clouds in places just now.
This snowfall might well be the last fresh hurrah of the season - if you can, do try to get to enjoy it.
Tomorrow onwards it's going to start warming up again and a lot of sun is forecast daily into next week.
Ahhh late March, don't you just love it (....when it gives us snow!)
According to the trusty resort folk, some upper areas of the mountain have been on the receiving end of up to 50cm of snow in the last day! Just think how warm it was last week and then re-read that. Mad.
Still a decent amount lower on the mountain as well giving us a refresh we can only have hoped for.
The sun will be back with us by tomorrow so we need to make the most of these fresh conditions while they last. Expect it to warm up by the weekend.
Fresh snow to report since yesterday (reported by resort):
Niseko base 6am: -2C, 20cm of humid snowfall in the last 12 hours. Moiwa data n/a. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 345cm. Hirafu1000m -7C, heavy wind. Peak data: N23.3m/s, -7.3C. Coastal data: Benkei cape ENE11m/s, Kamui cape ENE5m/s, 1019hPa, 3.3m.
Isobars are close together, generating heavy wind above 800m. Snowdrifts are developing in leeward slopes and gullies. Looking at the snowfall and various other data, the avalanche risk is high today, especially in alpine steep slopes. Peak gates will be closed. Do not duck ropes to step out of bounds. Wind and snow will clam down soon, but the hazards will remain high for a while. Most avalanche accidents are caused by snowdrift slabs sliding during or just after storms. Remember this term as a common sense and most accidents can be avoided. Climax (ground) avalanche risk from 1100m area is also rising. Stay away from valley bottoms. The snow along the course and in the trees is in good shape. Beware of hidden cracks and holes and they might have been covered and hard to notice from above. Have a nice day.
Strong winds are hitting the resort right now and it is really gusty around the base area. The winds will gradually reduce during the day and should be light by the evening. Cloud is sitting just above the peaks of the resort so visibility is good and there may be some snow flurries during the day. Temperatures today are significantly colder than yesterday. The sub zero overnight temperatures mean that the slopes will be firmer than yesterday especially during the morning. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 25th March 2015, 9:45am
Mid winter style conditions remain this morning with a lot of new snow - one of the bigger amounts of the season actually... over 30cm.
Can you believe we are nearly at the end of March.
From tomorrow, the skies should be clearer; the temperatures should be warmer; and we'll start to get reminded that it is actually spring right now.
For now though it should be an excellent morning.
Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:
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 ...
Wednesday 25th March 2015, 10:02am
The snow let up by this morning, with the sun now shining on Myoko.
We saw a few lightning flashes last night—something that can mean pretty heavy snowfall—and Akakan is reporting an additional 50cm, more than we got at base level (let's add on 20cm today, just to be conservative). Very strong winds earlier in the day; snow was really flying off the high ridges around 8 am. A little more settled now, although the wind is now coming from the east down in town, while the Coast Guard tells me it's form the northwest on the coast—signs the high pressure is moving in.
It continued to snow heavily through the day yesterday and all the way through the night aaannndd it’s still snowing this morning.
It looks like it will stop snowing possibly later in the afternoon, but currently every run will be a fresh one.
It is around -4 degrees with weak to moderate winds currently.
All lifts are running as planned.
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 260cm Kagura: 370cm
30cm Naeba 30cm 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 ...
Wednesday 25th March 2015, 11:01am
Lots of cloud today with some clearer skies as well but good and cold too.
Warmer conditions going to make themselves known starting tomorrow as we switch back from winter to spring again... maybe for the last time this season?
Over the next week it's mostly sunny and warm that is forecast.
Zao Onsen is generally open as planned (* note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).
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
Heavy snowfall overnight and though it is still snowing, the accumulation has taken a break which is good for those of us who need to move it.
85cm reported up top and Tenjin is closed due to high wind.
At the lower elevations winds are moderate and the snow quality is excellent. The gondola will hopefully get moving this afternoon but the chances of the cat track opening today are zero. Tomorrow should be very good though as the snow appears to have largely abated and is forecast to finish by tonight before slightly warmer temperatures tomorrow.
If the forecast comes to pass, the upper elevations should be frozen all day though we shall see.
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