Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019
Tuesday 30th January 2018, 7:33am
It is very very cold this morning, now -14c but will rise up to about -7c max during the day. Unfortunately I have no new snow to report but it is currently snowing with extremely fine flakes falling, but these won't lead to much accumulation. Plenty of clear sky is showing between the clouds so it will be at least partially sunny this morning, however a large cloud sitting at the top of the resort right now is rolling down - it will likely move on soon though. It looks like a great day! Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Tuesday 30th January 2018, 7:50am
Hello from Appi,
Last night only brought a thin layer of fresh snow but over the past few days we have had some nice snowfall so the less ridden tracks will provide some good conditions.
Snow might be falling during the day today and tomorrow if the forecasts are correct...
Planned lift operations (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 5 lift - Central number 6 lift - Sailer quad - Nishimori lift
Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays
A generally fine day yesterday with lots of cloud around but a few spells of sunshine and blue sky too added into the mix.
And this morning... it's colder and snowing once again! There's some nice big flakes coming down at the moment, and I am measuring nearly 25cm of fresh on the ground.
Kagura (all areas) are reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall. Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 30cm. Yuzawa Kogen are reporting 30cm. (It's nice to see them reporting fresh snowfall number this morning - though the snow depth numbers haven't moved!)
Snow is forecast to be falling through the day, easing off by later this afternoon.
I reckon tomorrow should be good. The forecasts are either cloudy or sun - might it be clear and sunny? I think there's a decent chance that it may be.
Local forecasts have more light snow lined up beyond that until the weekend, but I wouldn't expect it to be major snow like we have had over the last week. More like the chance of light snow at times.
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama.
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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 30th January 2018, 8:28am
Something of a very nice surprise this morning with some very decent snowfall on the ground by base and the resort itself reporting between 20cm and 40cm of fresh snow - and interestingly less on the upper slopes than Hikage and Nagasaka. I am measuring 26cm myself - that's all overnight too, as there was none to report on the 3pm updates.
It will probably ease off by this afternoon and then tomorrow we might perhaps enjoy some sunny skies.
Basically, a very good time to be here. :)
Things shouldn't be so cold from tomorrow for a few days; hopefully it'll keep pretty cold and keep the snow conditions night and fluffy.
Tuesday 30th January 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
We enjoyed some really heavy snow coming down last night and as we wake up and look outside the window, saw that it resulted in lots of fresh snow this morning.
I'm adding another 26cm of quality fresh snow to my reports and you'll notice 40cm being reported at Annupuri below too. Very nice. I really like those numbers.
It's very cold too. I hope all those folk lining up for early lifts - check out the images below as of 8:30am - had an extra piece of toast and are feeling warm and toasty as they embark on their exciting day of fun. And while visibility doesn't look too good, it should be a whole lot of fun out there this morning. I am somewhat jealous sitting here just writing about it! (Cue violins).
Anyway, as I write this report it is continuing to snow lightly. Wind doesn't seem to be causing any issues and all areas should be opening as planned.
Snow clouds might be with us today and tomorrow with the chance of clearer skies Thursday through Saturday; perhaps snow returning around Sunday.
It sounds like a plan!
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6.00am: -11°, 20cm new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: -13°, W6.9m/s. Annupuri 1150m: -13°, WSW9.4m/s, 40cm new snow. Hirafu 1250m: -13°, light winds, 20cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW14m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW9m/s, 1008hPa, wave 1.6m.
The atmospheric isobaric lines are moving further apart and a north west wind around10m/s is blowing over the mountains and sea. From data and observation there is no significant snowdrift development and the general avalanche risk is low. With this light and deep snow, cracks are becoming hidden crevasses. They are very dangerous if you fall and go in one head first. Take care.
At higher elevations the risk of avalanche continues on 40deg slopes where wind and temperature gradient has formed layers in the snowpack. When checking the surface slab for stability it may appear OK but the risk persists from deep layers. Gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice. Be prepared before going out of bounds. Do not duck ropes.
The massive cornices we have at the moment are in constant danger of collapse. Dont stand on top of them or below them. Beware bad visibility and frostbite. Have a good day.
Tuesday 30th January 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair lift should be operating - '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: 310cm - Base: 200cm
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 ...
Tuesday 30th January 2018, 8:40am
Good morning from Hakuba.
The snow clouds remained over Hakuba yesterday and they remain over us this morning. Mostly light snow so not huge amounts to report - I have 5cm to add to the reports. Here is what the resorts are reporting:
Hakuba Goryu: 10cm on upper areas Hakuba Cortina: 10cm across mountain
So we can expect a modest layer of fresh to play in early on.
It's keeping cold and generally limited visibility on the mountain. There's a good chance that tomorrow will be slightly milder and clearer. We might get some sunshine too and it seems we should have a few days of calmer and clearer weather and get back to snow by the end of the weekend.
Ski resort information on Tuesday 30th 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 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 ...
Tuesday 30th January 2018, 8:49am
Morning from Madarao.
The resort was reporting 10+cm about an hour ago; I am measuring 15cm.
Snow is forecast to be falling until this afternoon. Earlier on the sun looked like it might break through the clouds but it has been blocked off again and it's generally limited visibility out on the slopes. Nice snow though, so worth checking out.
Forecasts also show clearer conditions due from tomorrow for a few days - fingers crossed keeping cold - and then more snow clouds moving back over the region come Sunday.
Definitely an agreeable weather pattern. Let's hope it keeps 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 Kamoshika Bear
Planned nighta operations this season:
Every Saturday until 24th March 2018 11th February 2018 Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Tuesday 30th January 2018, 8:58am
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.
After the fine weather we had yesterday, snow started up again early this morning and heavy snow warnings are out. It's moderate to heavy snow falling right now and pretty windy too; at least here in Maruike too. Cold too. Mid-winter conditions once again.
Once this clears up later today, we are forecast a few days of calmer and clearer skies with the next decent snowfall coming in around Saturday night/Sunday.
The next few days should be very nice out there.
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.
It's fairy tale stuff here at Tenjin, yesterday's light snowfall was blown around enough to do a full refresh on the mountain, today we have plentiful amounts of very light, dry pow and it was windy last night up top but super calm and still snowing this morning.
Forecast is for snow all day and clear weather tomorrow.
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 ...
Tuesday 30th January 2018, 9:05am
Fair blue skies
Good morning from Grandeco.
It is a quiet morning with beautiful blue skies.
There was a some more fresh snowfall last night and it is a cold morning with nice conditions - light powder snow.
According to the forecast, it will turn into a snowy day.
Roads to each of the ski hills in the Urabandai area are part icy this morning. Drive safely.
We had a cracker of a day on the mountain yesterday, started with a bit of fresh snow and as the winds eased, it just kept getting better as the skies cleared a little and left us with moment of bluebird slashing the deep pow.
Today, we’ve received 10cm of fresh snow overnight, expecting another 4-8cm today with tops of -8C. We are feeling some pretty gusty wind this morning, set to bring that wind chill down to -20C.
Mid-week on the mountain would be one of the best times, as there’s not much of a fight for fresh tracks. Though I still recommend hiking 5 minutes up the Green run from the 2nd Gondola and picking a point to drop down, you’ll find plenty of freshies down there and get to enjoy the beauty of the trees after fresh snow.
Currently the Quad lift isn’t running. Assuming wind troubles perhaps, though it could be something else. These areas are still available — hop on the second gondola and travel around to the quad chair and once at the bottom, there is an over snow shuttle that the resort has organised and will take you back to the Gondola in a few minutes.
Official snow depths:
Top: 415cm Base: 310cm
Night skiing operations are scheduled at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018.
The Number 1 Gondola is out of action at the moment - hopefully back online early February. Read more ...
Tuesday 30th January 2018, 9:36am
Really snow. High snowing.
Real Myoko snow! More than 50cm on the ground this morning, and the snow just keeps on falling, with a few more centimeters arriving every hour. It’s hard work for the locals (hello), especially when the plows decide not to arrive until after 6 am, so roads were a bit crowded up to the time the resorts opened, but all is good now.
With this much light, fresh snow, people in the backcountry should be careful about sluffing and even falling - a few reports of people crashing upside-down and not being able to get out without aid.
A reliable friend should be in your toolkit today (of course with avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, whenever you head off the groomed courses).
Good morning from Naeba! It's snowing in Mikuni valley, and we have had an accumulation for 19cm in the past 24 hours. It's a chilly morning here, with the air temperature maxing out at -8°C at the base. With very little wind, it shouldn't feel too much brisker than you would expect for that air temperature. The pistes have been repeatedly topped up with fresh snow for the past week, meaning today's new snow will likely reignite some of the tracked out un-groomed trails on the main face of Naeba.
Looking forwards, we can expect the snow to slow into the evening, giving way to a clear start tomorrow morning. Estimated maximum temperatures tonight are -10°C at base, however these should increase significantly with a block of warmer air traveling in tomorrow morning, raising air temperatures to -1°C. We should expect some respite from any moderate snow fall from Wednesday until Friday, when the next storm system is expected to move in over the weekend. Winds are expected to remain calm throughout the week.