Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 17th February 2020
Saturday 29th December 2012, 8:02am
There has been more snow at Madarao overnight, resort reporting 15-25cm on the mountain. It is a relatively mild morning and will be all weekend.
The visibility isn't poor at the moment, but once the fog lifts, it will be game on for a great powder day. Clearer weather is actually forecast for the day. The powder is a little heavier than perfect, but great really for this time of the year.
Today also brings the opening of Madarao's new tree run called "Powder Theater". So you can not only get first tracks, but 'first ever' tracks. Something to tick off the old bucket list. First ever tracks. Check! All of the other tree runs are now open too.
Nighta from tonight as well.
A good chance of rain (please no!) tomorrow before it turns (hopefully quickly) into snowfall.
Lifts planned to be operating: Number 1 Number 2 Number 3 Super quad Number 5 Number 11 Number 12 Number 15 Kids Park --- Powder Wave I Powder Wave II River Line Usagi FreeRide Park Powder Theater Adventure Isle Read more ...
Saturday 29th December 2012, 8:44am
10cm of new snow at Kagura this morning and about 5cm here in Naeba. The forecast was for a clearer start but we have a cloudier and foggy start to the day but nothing is falling from the skies. The clouds might clear though and we might get to see the sun. As we expected, quite a mild morning and tomorrow should be more so. Still looking like rain might fall but it will turn into snow and then hopefully snow through well into the week. Even if it does rain lower on the slopes, Kagura will probably escape.
If you are interested in the chance of winning a few lift tickets that are valid at any ski resort in Yuzawa town, may I point you in the direction of this weeks Giveaway on SnowJapan for this season. Yuzawa Town have very kindly provided us with 20 one-day lift tickets, valid until the end of March 2013, to distribute to SnowJapan members. The tickets are valid at any of the ski resorts in Yuzawa town - including Naeba and Kagura.
More details on how you can win two of these can be found here and hopefully it's a good opportunity to get involved in our Forums. This Giveaway will be running until Thursday next week, and after that each week we have lift tickets for other ski resorts around Japan to give to SnowJapan members. Good luck!
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 130cm Kagura - 270cm Read more ...
Saturday 29th December 2012, 9:03am
Cloud over village, clear higher up
Lots of lovely fresh snow to report from Hakuba this morning. It started snowing yesterday around mid afternoon and as a result of that continuing overnight we have about 25-30cm or so down in the village. Hakuba Cortina wins in the new snow stakes with up to 35cm reported on their slopes.
It's not that cold though definitely a milder feel to the morning and +1C here in central Hakuba and likely to rise to around 5C. Thick clouds cover the village this morning but hop on the ski lifts and go high up to be treated to some incredible views of that sea of cloud covering the valley and clear blue skies above it. The clouds will probably move on this morning and leave us with a fine day.
It will stay mild tomorrow and rain is forecast for the village. Higher slopes to escape that and it should be snowing everywhere later and the snow clouds will be with us through into mid week. Heavy snow anyone?
So there is lots of new snow to play in this morning - it's not the driest variety, but there should be some fine and very fun conditions to be found out there.
With New Year now just around the corner, expect lifts and slopes to get busier from today.
Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 29th December 2012 AM: Please note that resort lift operations are subject to change at any time.
Hakuba Goryu: 15-20cm of new snow reported from Hakuba Goryu. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 210cm; Toomi - 110cm; Iimori - 80cm
Hakuba 47: 30cm of new snow reported by Hakuba 47 this morning. Official snow depth: Upper - 157cm Lower - 80cm
It's not quite as cold this morning and only 5cm or so of snow to report since my last report. The sun is out. Yes, it's one of those days in Niseko. The skies have cleared and we are being treated to beautiful views of the surroundings and a lovely contrast of the blue on the white. Time to get out there and enjoy those things for a change.
All operations on the lift open as normal. It looks like the Country Road lift at Niseko Village will be moving today from 10am (first time this season?) no doubt helping out with more and more people on the mountain.
New Year is just around the corner now and so it's going to be another very lively few days. Hope you got your reservations in the restauraunts sorted out otherwise you will be out of luck. Actually, that applies for lots of days now here in Niseko! Luckily there's a good choice of fine places to dine and so it's usually worth it.
Just going back to the forecast for the next few days. Tomorrow is going to be a mild one. Even a chance of rain (noooo!), but it should soon be snowing again and from Monday temperatures set to drop back to where they should be once again.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 290cm Bottom - 140cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 235cm Bottom - 190cm
Niseko Village Top - 270cm Bottom - 170cm
Niseko base 6am: -6C, no snowfall and calm. Coastal data: NE8m/s at Benkei cape and ESE3m/s, 1.4m waves and 1025hPa at Kamui cape. Predicted wind at 1500m: SE15m/s.
No snowclouds are presently generating any snowfall and the development of snowdrifts has ceased. The Dec 26-27th snowfall has made cornices develop up to 300cm in Annupuri west-face around 800m altitude and newly formed snowdrifts reached depth of up to 150cm in leeward 1100m area. According to various data and observations, the slabs are stabilizing and the general avalanche risk is low. Todayâ€™s surface will form a notable Dec 28th layer in the future snowpack.
Although yesterday's tracks remain, the snow is good from peak to bottom. The groomers are also in excellent condition this morning. Be careful to remain in controllable speed and not to hit trees.
Although the overall hazard is lowering, avalanche risk is still to be highly considered in south facing steep slopes below 800m, namely Harunotaki and other strictly off-limits areas. Respect the Niseko Rules and stay away from those areas.
Gates 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 are scheduled to open at 9:30. Ask the ski patrols advice and step out of the gates. Do you have your avy-beacon switched on? Read more ...
Saturday 29th December 2012, 9:19am
We are being treated to some beautiful blue skies over Minakami this morning. A perfect day to go skiing and have fun on the slopes. No new snow to report, just fine clear weather.
The forecast is for good weather all day today, for tomorrow rain is expected in the afternoon at the valley level but hopefully it will be turning into snow later on and into Monday. Read more ...
Saturday 29th December 2012, 9:29am
Clear and sunny
OK back to normal service this morning and my apologies for the lack of report yesterday. Yesterday morning there was just a few cm of new snow in the village and this morning nothing new to report in terms of new snow.
It is a relatively mild -2C at 9am, hardly and wind and there are some nice clear blue skies over Zao.
Tomorrow will be milder still and we might even go into the positives. We might even have a few spots of rain. But hopefully not. Generally cloudy with snow later on and into the week is the forecast. From Monday decent snowfall along with possibly strong winds are on the current forecast.
All lifts moving. All ready for New Year. All ready for the crowds? It's going to be a busy weekend here although actually looking out of the window now things don't seem too bad just now. Quite a lot of people will be arriving for the New Year though today and so perhaps we can expect tomorrow to be the start of the really busy period.
Just a sprinkling of new snow in town this moring with higher elevations reporting up to 10cm or so. The day started off cloudy and while there are still lots of cloud up there, there's more blue sky opening up and the sun casting shadows in places. The forecast has the sun doing it's job today and conditions clearing up with a high of around +5C later on.
Tomorrow is going to be milder still and that chance of rain in the afternoon, hopefully quickly turning into snow later. From Monday it's cloud/snow every day late into the week so we can hope for some decent topups each day.
The resorts around town were busier yesterday but it wasn't too bad. As more people arrive this weekend to enjoy their last ski of the year and people staying for New Year, it's going to get busier at the popular resorts.
If you are interested in the chance of winning a few lift tickets that are valid at any ski resort in Yuzawa town, may I point you in the direction of this weeks Giveaway on SnowJapan for this season. Yuzawa Town have very kindly provided us with 20 one-day lift tickets, valid until the end of March 2013, to distribute to SnowJapan members. The tickets are valid at any of the ski resorts in Yuzawa town. More details on how you can win two of these can be found here and hopefully it's a good opportunity to get involved in our Forums. This Giveaway will be running until Thursday next week, and after that each week we have lift tickets for other ski resorts around Japan to give to SnowJapan members. Good luck!
Just a fairly thin layer of new snow from yesterday but this morning it's blue skies over Shiga Kogen and while it's still below zero, it's not too far under and so quite a mild start to the day. More of that tomorrow, probably even more so, before temperatures plummet from Monday and we see snow as well. The local forecast tells us to expect a snowy New Year.
It is getting noticeably busier today with lots of people making their way up to Shiga Kogen on Route 292 this morning.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family Ichinose Diamond Yakebitaiyama Kumanoyu
Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 29th December 2012 AM:
Variable: cloudy to sunny and now cloudy with fog)
The threatened rain for today hasn't materialized--yet. Things started cloudy, turned to perfect blue skies, and now things are clouding up again, with some fog appearing up the hill. It looks more like the rain will be falling tomorrow; but it is definitely warmer today, so we could get some wet today (ignore Suginohara's temperature report for today--no way it was -7Â°, except maybe at the top of Mt. Myoko). Still good snow out there, though! And more to follow.
As expected, a bit of a spike in the temperature today with warmer air and sunshine up top.
Had another surprise snow fall last night with 15cm gracing the upper slopes but no fresh on the lower slopes. Should make for good conditions up top but a bit heavy going down below.
There is a bit of motion about town today with the New Year crowd starting to roll in. Most of the town is now fully booked for the New Year period so should be a great vibe in town over the next few days. Will also be a bit of a change of speed on the slopes have had it pretty much like a private resort up until now.
Temperatures are due to start dropping tomorrow then the snow show should continue into the New Year with lots of festivities on and off the slopes. Still might rain before it snows on the lower slopes but hopefully soon turn into snow and the upper slopes will probably avoid the 'r'.
All lifts operating today, including Kandahar.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating.
Courses open: All courses open except: Kandahar West
Official snow depths Yamabiko 200cm
Official new snowfall 10cm (Yamabiko) 15cm (Uenotaira) 0cm (Karasawa) Read more ...
Saturday 29th December 2012, 17:06pm
It was an absolutely gorgeous blue-sky day today. A few flurries over night, and then the clouds cleared out for the whole day. After all the snow clouds we've been seeing for the past few weeks, the sun was a welcome sight in Furano. Thanks to the beautiful weather, temperatures topped out at a balmy -8, making it an excellent day for skiing. Things are starting to cool off a bit now, but it looks like the bitterly cold air we've been experiencing for the last week won't be returning tonight.
Tomorrow promises snow, snow and more snow as a system works it's way across Hokkaido. The clouds should move in over night, and the snow is forecast to start just before dawn. They're calling for significant accumulations, so perhaps this will be a chance to catch some fresh powder! Read more ...