Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019
Friday 2nd January 2015, 8:10am
There has been lots more snow fall over the region since my report yesterday morning. The snow depths may not change much (or change at all in the case of Kagura) but resorts report 30-50cm fresh since yesterday and the snow on my car tells the story too.
It has really been coming down at times!
While there was a bit of a break in the snow earlier on this morning when I first got up, it's back again now and the forecast remains for snow to continue falling today and also into tomorrow as well.
How's that for a snowy start to the year?
Somewhat clearer and milder conditions due around Sunday.
Nighta 'night skiing' - where some slopes are floodlit for skiing and snowboarding in the evening, is available at the following resorts in the area.
Ishiuchi Maruyama: Every day until 21st March (until 8:50pm) Iwappara: Every day until 22nd March (until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays, 9pm on Saturdays) Joetsu Kokusai: Every day until 22nd March (until 9pm) Kandatsu Kogen: From 23rd January, 'all night' on holidays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning) Maiko Snow Resort: Every day until 14th March (until 8pm) Naeba: Every day until 29th March (until 9pm) NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only): 27th December until 3rd January; 11th January; Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm) Yuzawa Nakazato: 27th December until 3rd January; 11th January; Saturdays from 10th January until 14th March (until 8:30pm)
Chateaux Shiozawa also have nighta but only on certain days - no fixed schedule available. Resorts not mentioned above do not operate 'nighta'. Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a seperate lift ticket.
20-30cm more snow on the mountain this second day of the year, and some blue skies as well above Madarao. Some cloud still but it's definitely a good start to the day. Very cold. Early tracks should be awesome too.
Forecast says more snow due later on so those snow clouds should be back. It shouldn't be as cold from Sunday as well.
The resort is talking about a new item for New Year called PowArch located at the top of Powderwave II. Instructions are to shout Pow Pow when you use it. Now you know! Certainly looks worth a try anyway.
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift Number 3A Number 5 Super quad lift Number 11 lift Number 12 lift Number 13 lift Number 15 lift Moving Walkway Kids Park Freeride Park
Tree Run Courses should be open today
Night skiing at Madarao tonight and tomorrow - after that on 11th January and every Saturday until 21st March 2015
Up to 5cm of snow again this morning I'd say and while early morning I could see the mountain.... it's covered in cloud again now. Not the best of timing for people coming hoping to take spectacular blue sky photos, that's for sure!
It remains very cold this morning and snow showers likely through into tomorrow.
From Sunday we can look forward to an easing off of the snow and colder conditions and maybe some sunshine.
Please note that unfortunately the Yokokura wall run remains closed for the moment.
Yokokura area: From Friday 26th December until 4th January; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Friday 9th January until 15th March
Open times from 5pm until 9pm.
Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations
January 2015: 1st-4th, 10th-12th, 17th-18th, 24th-31st February 2015: 1st-28th
Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm. Ropeway return charges are 2600 yen for adults and 1300 yen for children. In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled. Read more ...
Friday 2nd January 2015, 8:40am
Cloud, some blue sky and bit of a sunshine
Morning from Niseko and I have another 25cm of snow to report for you. Just been and moved it out from the front of my place. Always a pleasure! Take a look at the Avalance report too - Moiwa 30cm; Annupuri 50cm; Hirafu 30cm.
So yes, tracks will have been filled in nicely and reset... and it's time to get out once again.
Lots of cloud around still but there's also some sky on show again and as I type this the sun is putting in an appearance too.
The forecast though is for snowfall at times through today and tomorrow.
Generally clearer conditions are expected on Monday, along with 'not as cold' temperatures, followed by the next delivery of snow to come starting later on Tuesday.
Resort specific news at time of writing - subject to change during the day
Niseko Annupuri: Looks set to be open as planned. 'Annupuri First Run' is available from until Sunday and then also on the 11th and 12th January. For 1000 yen, you can get to ride the Gondola from 7:20-8:20am.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base: -6C, 20cm snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: -9C, 30cm snowfall and moderate development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m:W10m/s, -12C, 50cm snowfall with snowdrifts development. Hirafu 1000m: -13C, 30cm snowfall and heavy development of snowdrifts in 1200m NE area. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW12m/s, Kamui cape NW8m/s, 1004hPa, 1.8m waves.
Typical winter weather pattern is generating a moderate snowfall above 800m treeline and snowdrifts are slowly developing. Wide 40cm surface slab avalanches are likely to occur in 40°open slopes above 1000m altitude. Gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open from today but the time yet to be determined. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Moderate to high avalanche hazards in Kozan no Sawa sidewalls (Backbowl), Higashi-One cornice slope and Osawa cornice slopes. These faces should be left untouched until the weather settles down and the snowpack stabilizes.
The snow in the trees has been reset and in excellent condition. Cutting across knolls and/or traversing underneath cornices is total foolishness. Avalanches strikes from above; stay away from gullies and bottom of valleys. It is strongly recommended to carry an avalanche beacon. They are not the ultimate solution, but may save your life.
Official snow depth numbers and any notes at time of writing:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 310cm Base - 180cm
Niseko Village: Top - 220cm Base - 150cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 210cm Base - 150cm
Lifts open for night skiing (planned):
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift (There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)
A bit of sunshine and quite a lot of blue sky this morning actually. There's still a fair amount of cloud around but it's really nice conditions this morning here in Nozawa. Can actually see where you're going!
And there's lots more snow to enjoy as well with the top areas of the resort reporting over 50cm of fresh snowfall once again over the last 24 hours. Check the numbers below. Yamabiko now officially on 3.5m snow depth.
It's a cold start again so that extra layer is still very much needed. It should start getting slightly less cold from tomorrow and then more so on Sunday and Monday when we will probably (maybe?) have lots of sunshine to enjoy. Local forecast says maybe a bit of snow later on today.
Back to fresh snowfall around Tuesday?
Yes... things are good.
Tomorrow (Saturday) is the last day for the lifts opening 30 minutes earlier than normal for the New Year holidays.
Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday (during day + overnight):
There's lots of cloud around on this cold morning. Light snow showers earlier but eased off for now and just a bit of fresh snowfall being reported from around the valley - most from Cortina who have clocked up another 20cm on their upper slopes.
Some snow clouds over the mountains remain but it's somewhat clearer weather down at base and over the village. Feels like it could go either way, and local weather forecasts give us a mix of sun, cloud and snow for the day.
Quite strong winds are affecting some top lifts at Goryu and the top Grat quad at Happo. Hopefully they might get going this morning as the winds ease off.
Should be a very fine day to be out on the mountain. It will remain cold through tomorrow. Milder weather is forecast for Sunday and Monday when we might get to see some clear mountain views worthty of posters.
Official snow depth numbers and operations as of 2nd January 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 10cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira, 5cm at Toomi and Iimori. Snow depth up to 3m at Alps Daira. Strong winds preventing top Alps Daira pair lifts from moving early on. All courses open except Panorama Course and Adventure Course. Night skiing at Toomi every day until 31st March. Early morning skiing from 6:30am until 4th January (and then on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays).
Hakuba 47: Reporting 5cm during the day yesterday on mountain. All courses open. Tree Riding Zone open.
- Upper - 280cm - Lower - 155cm
Happo-one: Top Grat quad not moving early on due to wind. Alpen, Kurobishi and Skyline were on hold too but seem to be moving now as I check the latest. Night skiing at Nakiyama every day until mid March. Happo Banks The Snow Park yet to open.
If you walk outside today and feel cold there is good reason for that with the resort recording -20c at the top of the mountain this morning and a not much warmer -17c at base level. Apart from the cold it is a perfect day on mountain with blue sky surrounding Furano and the slopes are basking in glorious morning sun. There is no new snow to report, but the forecast is showing some snow for today and tomorrow. More terrain in Kitanomine has opened up with WIDE and TRAINING now open. The big news of the day is Kitanomine Gondola will operate from today...however the only run open from the top of the Gondola is the Premium Zone which is only suitable for advanced skiers as it is an ungroomed steep gradient area. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Friday 2nd January 2015, 9:23am
Cloudy, blue sky, some sun
The sun is out!
Hiding behind some of the remaining clouds at times, but it looks like things might well clear today. That certainly looks like what will happen generally over the next few days anyway. Clearer skies, not as cold.
It's keeping very cold this morning though, helping keep the snow conditions in shape.
Resort areas status with official snow depths:
Okushiga Kogen: 130cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yakebitaiyama: 150cm Open apart from Expert Course
Ichinose Family 130cm Most open
Ichinose Yamanokami: 120cm Open
Ichinose Diamond: 130cm Open
Takamagahara Mammoth: 130cm Open
Terakoya: 150cm Open
Higashitateyama: 100cm Open
Giant: 140cm Open
Nishitateyama: 140cm Most open
Happo Bundaraia: 140cm Open
Sun Valley: 110cm Open
Maruike: 110cm Open
Hasuike: 110cm Open
Kumanoyu: 130cm Open (note: skiers only resort area)
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge: 130cm Open except for Jumbo Course.
Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas this season:
Sun Valley: December 29th-30th; January 1st-2nd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd to March 21st
Maruike: December 29th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 10th, 11th
Takamagahara Mammoth: December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd
Ichinose Family: Every day until March 29th
Ichinose Diamond: December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd until March 28th
Yakebitaiyama: December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd until February 21st
Kumanoyu: December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd; Every Saturday from January 3rd until March 28th