Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 15th December 2018
Sunday 28th January 2018, 7:35am
Cloudy - might it be clearing up?
Good morning from Yuzawa.
It was snow and mid-winter conditions through the day yesterday once again and light snow was falling when I got up earlier on this morning... but it has eased off now and is just cloudy with signs of a possible clear up.
Here is how much snow is being reported from around the ski resorts:
Blue skies, light wind, meters of fresh snow accumulated and with the wind last night the snow should be a little wind packed on the ridges and pretty fast as opposed yesterday when their were Gofers popping their heads out above chest deep snow on resort.
Tenjin opened yesterday and in a timely manner with the top lifts running by 10am. The exception the far left one which was closed for wind.
Hodaigi also opened their top lifts. Conditions were excellent with easily a meter of soft fresh snow in many places.
I took a compilation of photos of people getting ready to dig their way out.
Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 28th January 2018, 7:55am
Mostly cloudy still but may clear
Morning from Nozawa.
It is a cold morning again but it feels like we are now past the peak of that storm we have had. There's some more snow from yesterday and overnight. The fresh snowfall numbers below are from 3pm yesterday and overnight - sorry, I missed the numbers the resort was publishing during the day yesterday... so the totals will be more. My own observation is 12cm of fresh snowfall here at base.
All should be open this morning and if things clear up like they seem likely to, we should be in for an all round fantastic day. I'm off out to enjoy it.
Sunday 28th January 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
Visibility is a little more forgiving today with temps warmer as well. We saw 10cm of fresh snow overnight and about 5 during the day yesterday, and today we’re heading for tops of -4C with some light snow in the mix and moderate winds.
With 100cm of fresh snow in the tree area zones, there’s a possibility we could see the resort open these areas today, but don’t take my word for it — keep an eye out on the resort info. Otherwise, there’s still plenty of powder to be found on the runs.
In the coming days we’re going to see a few cm of snow most days with conditions calming throughout the week before it looks like some clearer skies on Thursday…
Monday: light snow, light winds, tops of -7 Tuesday: light snow, moderate winds, tops of -8C Wednesday: light snow, light winds, tops of -3C
Official snow depths:
Top: 410cm Base: 305cm
Night skiing operations are scheduled at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018. Read more ...
Sunday 28th January 2018, 8:02am
Cloudy some blue skies
Good morning from Grandeco.
Finally the wind has calmed down. It is a calm morning with some new snow - I have measured 18cm.
Most of the courses will be perfectly groomed this morning.
If you are looking for ungroomed goodness, head for the Number 4 lift and Lavender A course.
Temperatures are keeping cold, so it should be a very fine day to enjoy riding the fresh snow.
If you wondered why the Kitanomine lights were on all night it was because they were having an all night skiing event until 5am this morning which is part of the ski festival running this weekend in Kitanomine. There will be lots of fun events today and it attracts lots of local kids. Be sure to check it out.
It is a very still morning here in the Kitanomine resort area. There is snow falling from the sky but it is very very light and overnight it has accumulated to a 2cm dusting. There will be a bit more that that on the slopes but nothing major. The good news is this evening the resort is forecast to receive a moderate dump of new snow. There is still plenty of nice light powder all over the resort from yesterday - enjoy! Read more ...
Sunday 28th January 2018, 8:14am
Blue sky, sun, some cloud
A very good morning to you from Madarao.
The sun is out!
Yes, the snow clouds have at last cleared (not that I didn't like them of course) and it looks like we are on for a top notch Sunday.
Increasingly blue sky with some cloud with the sun shining down on the main slope area as I write this.
I know where I'm heading this morning... and so should you too! It's still very cold so wrap up well and enjoy.
And if you like take part in the 'Madarao Speed Challenge' that is happening today. Go to the Information Center from 9am to sign up.
Official snow depth: 230cm
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift Number 3A lift Super quad lift Number 11 lift Number 12 lift Number 13 lift Number 15 lift
Powder Wave I Powder Wave II River Line Free Ride Park Powder Theater Adventure Aisle Crystal Bowl Ninja Sawa Rabbit Bear
Planned nighta operations this season:
Every Saturday until 24th March 2018 11th February 2018 Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Sunday 28th January 2018, 8:23am
Partly cloudy, blue sky, sun
The snowstorm has now passed, and with only a light dusting of 5cm last night, there is not too much fresh powder left out there, however the slopes have enough to be nicely groomed, so the piste should be great.
Visibility is very good, and with a high of -4 it will feel little cold. Little to no wind makes it a nice day to be up on the mountain.
Planned lift operations (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 4 - Central number 5 lift - Central number 6 lift - Sailer Gondola - Sailer quad - Vista quad - Nishimori lift - affected by wind
Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays
In the Uwanodai area: Daily until Sunday 4th March 2018 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018
In the Yokokura area: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until Sunday 18th February 2018 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 2nd March until Sunday 11th March 2018
Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates:
January 2018: 27th-31st February 2018: every day March 2018: 1st-4th Read more ...
Sunday 28th January 2018, 8:30am
Snow clouds above us
Good morning to you all.
And how are you doing on this Sunday morning?
This morning I have 14cm of fresh snowfall to add to the reports so another fairly nice layer of good quality snow.
It is snowing as this report goes up and the forecast is looking good over the coming week for regular resets. Sounds good.
There's a bit more wind around than yesterday, and it seems some lifts are affected at the start of the day - see below for info at 8:30am. Doh.
I think that's about all I have for you today. Have a good one!
Oh yes, today was the last scheduled 'early morning' gondola service at Hirafu; so there's just one more weekend (next week) of early operations over at Niseko Village.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 5.00am: -7°, 10cm new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: -8°, W12.1m/s, 15cm new snow, cornice, snowdrift and ridge line skovla development. Annupuri 1150m: -16°, W10m/s, 20cm new snow, cornice and snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -13°, W10m/s, 20cm new snow, cornice and snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW14m/s. Kamui Cape: SW12m/s, 1012hPa, wave 1.9m.
The winter weather pattern remains unchanged with snow and a westerly wind under 15m/s continuing, cornice and snowdrifts are growing even more. Wind crust has formed on ridgelines above 800m. Around 1100m Kozan no Sawa sidewall, Osawa cornice face and far East Ridge area avalanche risk is still high, propagating from Jan 25th layer or deeper. Until the wind drops and slab development settles down it is best not to ride these areas. Traversing cornice slopes is dangerous.
Snow in the trees is reset and in good shape. All gates are expected to open. Please listen to the patrols advice. Prepare before going out of bounds. Beacon and helmets are recommended. Being aware can prevent many accidents. Have a good day.
Sunday 28th January 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair lift should normally be operating - Top Wonderland Chair lift is on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds - 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola). On February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.
Official snow depth: - Top: 300cm - Base: 180cm
Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:
Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):
* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair * Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift * Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair Read more ...
Sunday 28th January 2018, 8:31am
Partly cloud, sunny, blue sky
Good morning from Hakuba.
I'm keeping it fairly short this morning because too many words are unnecessary.
There's no cm of fresh snow being reported this morning, but it is remaining very cold and the sun is out. Thin high cloud but blue sky too, and it should just be an excellent day all round.
If you're not excited about the prospect of what's today should be like, you're just... silly!
No excuses allowed. :)
Hope to see some of you out there.
Ski resort information on Sunday 28th January 2018 (at time of writing):
Night time skiing (nighta) at resorts in the region - weather & conditions permitting The below 'nighta' information will not be updated every day - please check with resorts if you plan to go!
Hakuba Happo-one Daily from 5pm until 9pm in the Nakiyama 2 area Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen
Hakuba Goryu Daily from 6pm until 9:30pm in the Toomi area until 31st March The Sky Four quad operates daily; the Number 2 pair mostly on Saturdays and holidays Adults - 1,900 yen; children - 850 yen
Hakuba Cortina Daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays) Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen
Tsugaike Kogen Kane-no-naru-oka area from 6pm until 8:50pm on 3rd, 10th, 11th February Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 27th January; 10th, 11th, 17th February; 3rd, 10th March Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen
There are no other nighta operations at other ski resorts in the region Read more ...
Sunday 28th January 2018, 8:39am
Good morning! It's a very different morning in Naeba today than it has been for the past few days. There are significant patches of blue sky, with some low, fluffy clouds clinging to the valley sides and peaks. The air temperature is still chilly, reading -7°C but without much wind it will feel pleasant compared to the last couple of days. Another 10cm of new snow in the past 24 hours will keep the pistes fresh as well. The sun will likely win out as the morning pushes on, so it will likely be a fantastic day to explore everything that Mt Naeba has to offer after the prolonged "Storm Finn". With the Dragondola open for the first time in a number of days.
Looking forwards, we should expect clearer conditions for the remainder of today, with another squall of snow and cloud blowing in early tomorrow morning. This should stick around and gift us a little new snow through until Wednesday, when we should expect another break in the cloud for a day. Temperatures are expected to remain just below 0°C during daylight hours until at least Wednesday, meaning the snow should stay fresh on the pistes. Later in the week, it appears that our next significant storm system may blow into Mikuni valley on Friday, but we will need to wait and see what materialises over the next couple of days.