Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 20th May 2019
Sunday 3rd February 2019, 7:33am
It is a nice calm morning here in the Kitanomine village, and it is most satisfying to step outside and see that the wind of yesterday has now passed. While there is no new snow to report, the day is going to be a really good one with full sun and blue sky. The clouds will come in later in the afternoon, so best to grab so photos in the AM. From Monday there is continuous snow on the forecast.
Open lifts: Prince Romance chair Downhill Romance #2 chair Downhill Romance #3 chair Furano Ropeway
Kitanomine quad chair Kitanomine #2 chair Kitanomine Gondola Link chair Read more ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Sunday 3rd February 2019, 7:42am
Good morning from Geto Kogen.
Limited visibility during the day yesterday with a rather strong wind blowing around. Some very light snow in the morning and a bit of blue sky in the afternoon. So it was a day of mixed weather.
This morning starts off cloudy with breaks in the clouds expected.
As with most regions of Japan we are expecting some warmer conditions over the next day or so but hopefully we'll soon be back to snow early week.
Official snow depths:
* Top: 375cm * Base: 260cm
Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:
* Number 1 Gondola * Number 2 Gondola * Number 1 pair lift * Number 2 pair lift * Quad lift
* The Number 2 Gondola is normally rested on weekdays
Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change due to weather:
* All of the main official courses are available * All tree runs open
Cloud and some light snow (and a bit wetter in places at times) yesterday but this morning it's almost completely clear skies and sunshine.
And also as expected, it's going to be rather mild / unseasonably warm today. (We'll see what the verdict is on the news this evening but temps might be approaching 10C later on). Rain is due overnight and into tomorrow. Let's hope that by this time tomorrow we might be starting to see things getting a bit colder again and back to snow by the end of the day.
In the meantime though, a very lovely morning!
Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama.
Updated: 8:00am, Sunday 3rd February 2019
** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information. Information is checked manually each morning but sometimes official information is updated later than the time of these reports.
Night time 'nighta' operations (listed in alphabetical order)
Below is information on night time floodlit skiing operations at ski resorts in the area. Subject to change due to weather and snow conditions.
Ishiuchi Maruyama Open daily until Saturday 16th March 2019 The Chuo Area is open daily for nighta The Hatsukaishi and Kanko Areas only open for nighta over New Year and nights before holidays 4:00pm until 8:30pm
Iwappara Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019 Part of the mid and lower area of the resort 5:00pm until 8:00pm on weekdays; until 9:00pm on Saturdays
Joetsu Kokusai Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019 Area in front of the base hotel, Osawa and lower Atema 5:00pm until 9:00pm
Kandatsu Kogen 'Hobo (Almost) All Night' every Friday, Saturday and night before holidays until 30th March 2019 6:00pm until 4:0am the next morning
Maiko Snow Resort Open daily 'one-coin nighta' (500 yen) until Saturday 16th March 2019 Maiko Center Quad lift in the Maiko Area 4:00pm until 8:00pm
Naeba Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019 Number 3 and 4 high speed and Number 4 romance pair lifts 4:00pm until 8:30pm
NASPA Ski Garden NASPA extends opening for the Number 1 lift on the following dates: 19th, 26th January 2019 2nd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 23rd February 2019 Extended until 6:00pm
Yuzawa Nakazato Every Saturday until 9th March 2019 Sunday 10th February 2019 Number 2 romance pair lift 5:00pm until 8:30pm Read more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Sunday 3rd February 2019, 8:12am
Good morning from Urabandai.
I am happy to report that the wind has calmed down (at last) and it is a generally cloudy morning in the region.
There was no snowfall last night.
It is a little warm this morning and so that will surely be affecting snow conditions. I'd personally recommend the area to the north of Mt. Bandai in the morning.
Unfortunately it will likely be raining this afternoon, let's hope it is short lived and we can see a return to more winter-like conditions early week.
The photos for today are from all from Alts Bandai.
Nekoma - lift 5/5, course 11/11 open *Closed on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28 Grandeco - lift 5/5 include one gondola, course 13/13 open Urabandai - lift 3/3, course 3/3 open *Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Minowa - lift 3/3, course 10/11 open Numajiri - lift 4/4, course 10/11 open Alts Bandai - lift 7/8 include one gondola, course 19/25 open Inawashiro - lift 7/8, course 18/18 open Inawashiro resort - lift 3/4 include one gondola, course 8/9 open Listel - lift 2/2, course 5/7 open Family Bandai Bandai - lift 2/2, course 7/7 open *Only open on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 3rd February 2019, 8:14am
Low lying early cloud, sunny up top
Good morning all.
There is some low lying cloud and foggy like conditions early on (see photo below - Nasuki knows that it'll clear up, just look at that charismatic smile!)
Up top it is already mostly clear and sunny and I expect that early cloud to quickly clear leaving us with a fine and sunny day. Or morning at least.
And yes, very mild.
And sadly, probably rain sometime tonight/overnight. (At least down in the village).
Let's see how it all shapes up. Before all that lot though, it should be a very nice morning.
Sunday 3rd February 2019
Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday morning):
All lifts apart from the following planned to be operating:
- Mizunashi triple - Kandahar pair (open for general public on 12th Feb and 1st Mar 2019)
All courses open apart from the following planned to be open:
- Grand Prix - Kandahar (open for general public on 12th Feb and 1st Mar 2019)
Lift operation times until end of March:
Nagasaka Gondola - until 4:00pm (time of last one down) Hikage Gondola - until 4:20pm (time of last one down) Yamabiko Number 2 Four - until 4:10pm Skyline connecting pair - until 4:30pm Base lifts - until 5:00pm Yu Road - until 5:10pm Read more ...
Sunday 3rd February 2019, 8:22am
Clear blue skies
All clear blue skies this morning. Hurray!
It's keeping pretty cold early on and it is no surprise that a lot of people are lining up waiting for the first lifts of the day to take them to all that lovely snow on the mountain. We should be 'all open' today after a few days of lift disruption.
A lot of folk are coming to enjoy their Chinese New Year holidays here in Niseko at the moment. Today is a fine day to be arriving!
I will post my excite look back at January in the report tomorrow.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Mountain Base 6.00am: -4°, no new snow in the last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: -5.9, W6.5m/s, cornice development settled. Mikaeri Weather Station: snowdrift development, calm. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 2105cm. Hirafu Peak: -10°. Mizuno no Sawa: -8.73°, no new snow in last 12 hrs, snow depth 157cm. Suttsu Weather Station: -0.9°, snow depth 44cm. Kutchan Weather Station: -2.0°, snow depth 158cm. Cape Benkei: NW12m/s, Cape Kamui: W10m/s, pressure 1008hPa, wave 2.3m.
The isobars have moved further apart and the sea and mountains are calm. Leeward snow drifts development is stable, on impact there is no obvious weak layer. From observation the general avalanche risk is low. Cornice growth has been massive (bus size), no room for a careless attitude under one of them. If they collapse, giant block avalanche will occur. Do not traverse under or on top of cornices, this could trigger a surface avalanche and with so many people in the valley bottom a serious accident could happen.
Osawa cornice face and Kozan no Sawa 1000m line, avalanche risk is hard to predict. Better not to ride there. Snow conditions are good everywhere. Is your beacon switched on? Niseko respects your freedom to ride outside the resort areas, but has a serious interest in your safety. Please listen to the patrol's advice before going through the gates. Do not stay at the bottom of the valley. Have a nice day.
Ski resort operation information: Sunday 3rd February 2019 Subject to change due to weather conditions
Ski lifts operating: - All lifts should be operating as normal (Ace Number 1 pair and King Number 2 quad lift rested) - The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 300cm - Base: 160cm
Ski lifts operating: - All lifts should be operating as normal (Country Road lift rested) - The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening
Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area. Read more ...
Sunday 3rd February 2019, 8:32am
Fine, blue skies
Good morning from Hakuba.
It is a stunner of a morning. Beautiful blue skies. You know I love a morning like this...
Cold early on but it's going to mild up during the day and tonight. Unfortunately, rain is due later on and overnight, as the freezing level zooms right up. Let's just hope that it doesn't last long.
Anyway, I am going to get out and enjoy this fine morning and I'll be back with you tomorrow.
Have a great Sunday.
Photos today from Hakuba Happo-one (first two) and Hakuba Iwatake.
Ski resort information on Sunday 3rd February 2019: The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report. All ski resorts in the area are currently open. Any further resort specific notes made below.
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 5:00pm until 9:00pm in the Nakiyama base area (Nakiyama Number 2 pair lift) Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen
Hakuba Goryu Daily from 6:00pm 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 - 2,000 yen; children - 1,000 yen
Hakuba Cortina Daily from 5:00pm until 8:00pm (until 9:00pm on Saturdays and certain holidays) Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen
Tsugaike Kogen Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on 9th, 10th, 16th February; 2nd March Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen Read more ...
Sunday 3rd February 2019, 8:34am
We expected clear and sunny skies this morning and that's what we have got.
Warm conditions are expected throughout the region today and into tomorrow along with a good chance of rain.
(I'll report on the 'damage' tomorrow morning).
Fingers crossed while you enjoy the lovely morning, everyone.
Interested in seeing a traditional mame-maki 'bean throwing' setsubun event? I thought you might be.
Get yourself over to the Restaurant Shirakaba at 1pm to check it out. 'Oni wa soto!'
Planned operations for Sunday 3rd February 2019
Official snow depth at Madarao:
All lifts apart from 5 plan to be open All 31 courses should be open including tree run courses
Nighta operations at Madarao: - Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019 - 10th February 2019
Tangram Ski Circus info:
All lifts operating All course areas open
Nighta operations at Tangram: - Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019 - 10th February 2019 Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 3rd February 2019, 8:56am
Blue sky, sun, some cloud
The sun is out and it is a beautiful morning across the region.
Let's just hope that it doesn't warm up too much. The day is starting off cold enough... but, it is due to quickly get warmer during the day.
Rain is due down in the valley but we might be able to avoid that up here. Snow for us? Wet snow would be preferably to rain. We shall see.
For now though - great morning to be outside.
Shiga Kogen resort info: Sunday 3rd February 2019
The below information is manually checked for each report. Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.
Planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows. Please note that separate lift tickets are required.
Ichinose Diamond Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019 10th February 2019 Quad lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Ichinose Family Daily until 23rd March 2019 (except Mondays and Tuesdays) Number 2 pair B lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Kumanoyu Every Saturday until 30th March 2019 10th February 2019 20th March 2019 Number 1 pair lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Sun Valley Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019 10th February 2019 Number 1 quad lift 7:00pm until 9:00pm
Yakebitaiyama Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019 10th February 2019 Number 3 high speed lift 6:00pm until 8:00pm Read more ...
Sunday 3rd February 2019, 8:59am
Clear and sunny
Good morning from Naeba.
Clear blue skies up above this morning, it's a beauty!
And as we have been expecting it is going to quickly be warming up today and not feel particularly winter-like.
We are being warned of the chance of rain later today and tonight. We'll have to see how that turns out and what happens on the mountain. I hope we can be seeing snow again tomorrow as things get colder again...
Official snow depth:
All lifts plan to be operating apart from the following (some rested on weekdays):
- Number 8 high speed lift - Daishamen romance pair lift
All courses now open apart from the following:
- Splash Bowl - Men's Riesen Slalom (closed due to event being held there today)
Planned night-time operations:
- Daily until Sunday 24th March 2019 - 4:00pm until 8:30pm - Courses open: Number 5 - Lifts operating: Number 5 high speed lift Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Sunday 3rd February 2019, 9:01am
Clear, some cloud
Good morning from Appi,
If you’re being up the mountain today I suggest you get up there now while the sun is out and the winds are calm otherwise you'll be looking at clouds this afternoon that are dispensing rain. That's correct! Afternoon temperatures approaching 6 degrees on the positive side coupled with the clouds will deposit around 2cm of rain here.
The next few days aren’t looking that good either with a freezing spell overnight and gusty winds to greet us tomorrow morning. Wednesday is supposed to offer a little reprieve from the winds then we’re in for another rainy day. All in all not a fun few days here.
The slopes today are in great shape with the snow that’s been deposited the last week so make the most of it.
Planned lift operations & course areas (subject to change due to weather conditions):
- Appi Gondola - Central Quad lift - Central Number 2 - Central Number 3A - Central Number 4 - Central Number 5 - Sailer quad - Sailer Number 2 - Vista quad - Nishimori
* Bravo, Cruise 1, Cruise 2 and Dragon Tail tree runs should be open as normal when the lift operations allow - register to use them at Plaza 1st Floor
Official groomed snow depth (as reported by resort):
In the Uwanodai area: Daily until 3rd March 2019 Friday 8th March until Sunday 10th March 2019 Saturday 16th March 2019
In the Yokokura area: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between until 10th March 2019
Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the upcoming dates:
January 2019: 25th-27th February 2019: every day apart from every Tuesday March 2019: 1st-3rd Read more ...
Sunday 3rd February 2019, 9:49am
Blue skies (for now)
Another sunny day - actually a beautiful sunny day - in Myoko today.
The formerly fresh snow around me is pretty crusty this morning; it got cold enough to firm up yesterday's warm, soft end to the day, but it should be softening up again shortly.
Might as well enjoy it, as the freezing level goes up to 2700 meters (even higher than previously forecast) and the rain comes in. Blech.
But it will go away quickly and be replaced once again with snow, so consider this as a sign taht you need to sit in the onsen and sip a saké or do some other non-strenuous thing for a day or so before heading back for more fun on the white (OK, there may be some extra risk outside the resorts with a potential ice layer and fresh snow, but let's cross that ski field when we get there).