Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 23rd February 2019
Friday 25th March 2016, 8:31am
Sunny, blue skies, partly cloudy
Good morning once again from here in Hirafu.
And there's some more snow to report this morning... another 4cm here at base. Yey!
The top of Mt Yotei is covered with cloud but right now we are enjoying mostly blue skies and sunshine with just a bit of other cloud here and there. Lovely morning. And that small top-up should be fun to ride on.
It's calm here at the moment though some stronger winds are expected this morning.
Keeping pretty chilly too.
The forecast gives us the chance of light scattered snow here and there through the next couple of days (some mention rain too, hopefully we can avoid that), and then quite a lot of sunshine late weekend and early in the week when we can expect things to start warming up a bit.
Time to strap the snow tires back on, wax up the boards or skis and pack that snorkel because its dumping outside and this is the 3rd day in a row of cold, cold weather and soft fluffy pow. Accumulation up top is 25cm overnight but there will no doubt be plenty more in the gullies.
The snow base at Tenjin is back up to 150cm and the heavy snow falling now is set to continue all day before things clear up for what could be one of the best late season days you'll see tomorrow.
After the snow up high mentioned in my report yesterday, it's an even better one this morning.
Snow falling yesterday for periods though it didn't really amount to anything at town level, but this morning I woke up to the sound of sprinklers and looked out of the window to see... 5cm of snow on the ground! That was a good surprise.
And here's what the 'resorts that report' are reporting:
Naeba: 30cm of fresh snowfall up top! Kagura: 20cm of fresh snowfall Maiko: 15cm of fresh snowfall
Not bad at all! I think it's fair to say that all slopes will have got a layer of 10-30cm of fresh on them which is most welcome indeed.
What's more, it's actually still snowing - though it's not really expected to continue beyond this morning.
So yes, it is probably a very good morning to be heading up high and enjoy this late March snowfall.
From tomorrow, we're expecting more in the way of sunshine and temperatures starting to gradually rise again.
Naeba have announced that they will be open until Sunday 3rd April, which will be the last day of their season. Yuzawa Nakazato have announced that they will be open until Sunday 27th March. Ishiuchi Maruyama have announced that they will also be open until Sunday 27th March.
Resort official snow depths (Friday 25th March 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:
There are now lots of patches of ground on view showing on lower slopes around town - though covered up temporarily this morning with some fresh snow! Some more than others. The snow situation means that some courses/areas at resorts are now closed. If you are planning on visiting, I recommended that you check with the individual resorts for their up-to-date details. You can find their websites from the links below. Note that snow cover is not a problem higher up so there's still a lot of skiing and boarding left.
Planned official closing date information - there's a good chance some of these will change
Ishiuchi Maruyama - daily until Sunday 3rd April Maiko Snow Resort - daily until Sunday 3rd April and then 9th/10th April Ishiuchi Hanaoka - until Sunday 27th March (Saturday, Sunday only) Mt Granview - until Sunday 27th March (Saturday, Sunday only) Joetsu Kokusai - daily until Sunday 3rd April Chateau Shiozawa - until Thursday 31st March Muikamachi Ski Resort - daily until Sunday 3rd April Muikamachi Hakkaisan - now closed
More snow falling on mountain yesterday during the day. I spent a bit of time at 47 where visibility was rather limited while I was up there, and it kept pretty cold too.
Great to see the snow hanging from the trees and of course feel it under the board(s).
It's a mix of conditions this morning again. Depending on where you are in the valley you might be getting snowed on (higher up), have the sun shining down on you and/or just have lots of cloud hanging around. Generally it's mostly cloudy at the moment, but it doesn't quite seem to be able to make up it's mind. Currently -1C here at village base area.
There's a bit of light snow hanging around on some forecasts - especially for higher elevations - at times over the next few days, with others telling us to expect sun all the way through tomorrow.
Temperatures should start getting slightly higher from tomorrow, though not by too much thankfully (high of about +5C?)
Resort news as of 8:45am on Friday 25th March 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 reporting 2cm of fresh snow this morning. All courses at Hakuba 47 remain open. The Tree Riding Zone is closed. Official snow depth: Upper: 185cm Base: 70cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu reporting 2-3cm of fresh snow this morning. All courses open apart from Snow Diving, Adventure, Cosmo River, Sunny Way and Straight Whisky. The Toomi area will be open until 9:30pm tonight for 'nighta'. Official snow depth Alps: 238cm Toomi: 95cm Iimori: 50cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one reporting 2cm of fresh snow this morning. The lower Nakiyama, Shirakaba North, Central Course, Kokusai, Sakka, Olympic Course II and Kita One areas are closed. The Nakiyama South and Shirakaba South lower courses remain open to get back down to base. All of upper mountain courses remain all open. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 160cm Nakiyama: 40cm Sakka: 5cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina reporting 10cm of fresh snow this morning. Courses open - Ikenota, Mt Hieda 1, Itadaira and Ipponmatsu. Mt Hieda Ridge, Mt Hieda 1, Mt Hieda 3 open as 'self-responsibility area'. Official snow depth: Top: 150cm Base: 70cm
Tsugaike Kogen: All areas open except part of Champion. The top Tsugaike Ropeway is now open for spring season (extra charge required). Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 216cm Maruyama: 50cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 30cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field: Just the 5 line and Gondola lifts remain open. Open courses: by1, Sunny and Paradise (part), South, Gezan (part) Official snow depth: Upper: 100cm Lower: 20cm
Hakuba Norikura Onsen: Open courses: Hakunori Family, Wakaguri Central, Rabbit and Wakaguri Rinkan. Official snow depth: 50cm
Good morning from Nozawa and I have excellent news this morning folks!
It has been snowing and we have received a 'mid-winter' like amount of snow as well with an impressive 35cm of fresh snow on the top Yamabiko runs and 30cm on the Uenotaira area I said 'mid-winter' like, I should also add 'Nozawa-like' as that is the kind of number we are often used to here.
But anyway, I suspect there was a mini-race to the gondola to get up there this morning and I am certainly going to be going up myself to play in all that snow.
This fresh snow over the last few days will certainly help freshen things up for the weekend as well, which is just... brilliant. It should be sunny tomorrow too.
Can you tell I'm happy?
From tomorrow there's more sun than snow on the forecasts, so could this latest delivery be the last significant snow of the season? There's a good chance.
It does look like things will generally start warming up from this weekend and increase more as we get into next week.
For now though, hope you can come to enjoy this fresh snow we have.
Official info at time of writing on Friday 25th March 2016 (subject to change):
Today is a fairly thick cover of low level cloud just a little higher than the base area.
Good morning from Naeba everybody.
Excellent news today as we've received a 20 cm + dump of fresh powder overnight. This means that conditions today are better than they have been in a fair while on piste. With the end of season drawing in as well this could potentially be the last big dump of snow that we get so today you should definitely make the most of it and get out and shred.
The weather looking forwards is still set for snow from now until Sunday and then a small amount of rain followed by some more snow on Sunday night.
Naeba has announced that it's season will end on Sunday 4th April - no opening beyond then due to the low snow levels this year - and so there's just over a week and a half to go. Kagura will of course be continuing beyond that date, accessible via the Mitsumata and Tashiro Ropeways
Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Thursday 31st March. Tangram Ski Circus plans to be open until Sunday 3rd April. Read more ...
Friday 25th March 2016, 9:14am
Cloud, some blue sky at times
There are scattered snow showers with some blue skies and sun at Grandeco this morning again. The recorded accumulation at the base is 2cm of new snow since last night, but there's more up at higher elevations. This might well be one of the last snow storms of the season.
The wind is light this morning, but again cold. All the courses are powder and freshly groomed packed powder.
The Junior Olympic Mogul Team is practicing for an upcoming contest being held this coming Sunday, so the Lavender 28 course area in now open only to participants until further notice.
The Snow Park team is working on a full renewal in the coming days with a new 50m spring session halfpipe, flat table top and skate style obstacle park presently being built. This is scheduled to open on the 1st of April.
Roads up to Deco this morning are icy and snow covered in places, so be sure to come prepared and take care around curves.
All lifts operating
All courses open except [H] Center 33 and Lavender 28
Ski resorts around Mt. Bandai are announcing their planned closing dates:
Alts Bandai / Urabandai ski resorts - until 27th March.
After 27th, resorts that remain open in the region will be Grandeco, Nekoma and Minowa.
Nekoma will be closed between 19th-21st and 26th-28 Apr but these resorts all plan to be open until 5th May ---- but whether they can do that or not will totally depend on the snow levels of course, which are less than usual and less than expected. We'll just have to see how things develop over the coming weeks.
It has been a good few days with snow falling and giving us a decent refresh of the slopes.
It feels more like mid-winter than it does late March (kind of the opposite of many days during mid season!)
Snow is still falling from the skies as I write this though it's also quite bright and good visibility for the moment.
It probably won't last beyond today though with sun forecast over the weekend and while it will not be as cold as today it should be keeping pretty cold tomorrow especially.
Spring season dates for Shiga Kogen resort areas (subject to change):
Sun Valley Both Sun Valley lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
Maruike The Number 1 triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April. The Number 2 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March.
Hasuike The triple lift and ropetow plan to be operating until Sunday 27th March.
Giant The pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
Higashitateyama The Gondola plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
Bunadaira The Hoppo quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April. The Bunadaira quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March (* closed on 22nd and 23rd March).
Takamagahara Mammoth The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 11th April until 28th April). The triple lift plans to be operating until Thursday 31st March. The pair lift plans to be operating until Thursday 31st March (* Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only in March).
Nishitateyama The Nishitateyama lifts plan to be operating until Thursday 31st March.
Tannenomori Okojo The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
Ichinose Family The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May. The Ichinose Number 2 pair A lift plans to be operating until Thursday 31st March. The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May. The Ichinose Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March (* closed Tuesdays).
Terakoya The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 4th April until 28th April).
Ichinose Diamond The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 4th April until 28th April). The Ichinose Diamond triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March (* Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).
Ichinose Yamanokami The Ichinose Yamanokami plans to be open until late March, depending on snow conditions.
Yakebitaiyama Currently details are unconfirmed.
Okushiga Kogen The Okushiga Kogen Number 1 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April. The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3 and 4 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May. The Okushiga Kogen Number 6 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 24th April. The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
Kumanoyu The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April. The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May. The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April; and then on 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th April and from 29th April until 8th May.
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May. The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May (and perhaps beyond depending on snow conditions). The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Thursday 5th May. The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (and perhaps beyond depending on snow conditions).
It is a rather chilly start to the morning with temperatures well into the negatives. The cold has brought with it a welcome dusting of snow at village level and a little bit more on the resort itself. Early morning fog was rolling down the top half of the resort, but it has quickly lifted to reveal another day with nice blue skies. There is nothing significant in the way of breezes.
The sunny days are forecast to continue into next week, which will make for some great spring skiing. Read more ...
Friday 25th March 2016, 9:31am
Cloud, some blue sky, some sun
Good morning from Zao and there's a few cm of snow to report this morning which is very good to see.
There's currently still a lot of cloud around but blue sky as well and the sun making appearances from time to time.
We're expecting things to start warming up gradually over the coming run of days, but it should keep quite cold over the weekend and sun is expected.
I have added (below) all of the planned closing dates for the lifts at the resort... they are all of course subject to change due to snow conditions.
Information as of Friday 25th March 2016 (subject to change)
Planned closing dates of lifts at Zao Onsen (subject to change due to snow conditions)
Open until Sunday 27th March: Onsen Number 3 Parallel AB lift Onsen Number 4 quad lift Ryuzan pair lift Nakamori Number 2 pair lift Diamond Number 1 pair lift
Open until Thursday 31st March: Nakamori Number 1 triple lift Diamond Number 1 lift Omori quad lift Yokokura Number 2 pair lift Astraea Number 1 pair lift Astraea Number 2 pair lift Astraea Number 3 pair lift
Open until Sunday 3rd April: Onsen Number 1 pair lift Onsen Number 2 quad lift Shobunuma Number 2 pair lift
Open until Sunday 10th April: Mikaeri pair lift Yokokura Number 1 pair AB lift
Open until Sunday 17th April: Kurohime Number 1 quad lift
Open until Thursday 5th May: Chuo Number 1 pair lift AB Chuo Number 2 pair lift AB (daily until 3rd April and then Sat/Sun and holidays only) Katakai triple lift (daily until 3rd April and then Sat/Sun and holidays only) Paradise pair AB lift (daily until 3rd April and then Sat/Sun and holidays only) Utopia Number 2 pair lift
The Zao Ropeway, Sky Cable gondola and Chuo Ropeway are all open throughout the year (apart from specific maintenance periods)
Lifts not mentioned in the above list have already closed for the season. Read more ...
Friday 25th March 2016, 10:56am
Nature has a way of surprising us, doesn't it?
I had to leave early yesterday, didn't think much would happen (so neglecting the report for one day is OK, right?) and then it decides to snow.
And it's still snowing!
I got a report from a friend high up on the mountain: 60 to 70cm of light powder up there. This could be the best snowfall of the year. After most people have left, and we thought it was time to get the canoe out. He did add that it's pretty sluffy, too, lower down in the backcountry, so be a little careful (don't go alone, have all your safety gear). Should be great on the groomers, too, even if it is a little bit heavy.
The wind has picked up a bit as well; there's a pretty strong north wind blowing offshore and up over the mountains (and therefore snow). I guess we should enjoy this while we can; the freeze level will be heading back up to around 2,000 meters, and rain is back on the forecast around Wednesday.
Happy to say it, but the snowpack reports are in the positive.
Akakura Kanko: -4° / 180cm; all lifts running until the 27th, then Sky Cable, No. 2 and 3 lifts
This morning brings cloudy skies and fairly nice -3 outside my door. There’s a very, very light snowfall but hopefully we’ll get a few a few centimetres of it throughout the day.
The few days are again similar with cloudy skies forecast until Tuesday. The temperature may rise a little bit but not enough to do damage to the little snow we have left on the mountain. As far as the run conditions go it’s actually nice and I hate that term but it describes todays conditions well. Some of the runs are still closed and if you didn’t already know we’ve only got 3 days left until the Sailer and Second lifts are pretty much closed for the season.
Get up, get out and have some fun.
Currently planned operating lifts:
- Appi Gondola - Central Number 1 quad - Number 2 lift A - T Bar - Number 3 lift B - Number 3 lift C - Number 4 lift - Sailer Gondola - Sailer Quad - Vista quad