All lifts apart from the following planned to be operating:
- Yunomine pair - Mizunashi triple - Challenge pair - Utopia pair - 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
The sun is out this morning. There's a kind of overcast thin cloud feel to the early morning and while temps were just under zero earlier on we are expecting another mild day. So we're not out of this mild spell just yet.
The snow outside my place this morning is... hard and crusty! I would imagine that nicely prepared groomed courses should be good for the knees early on. Snow conditions will change and soften up as the day warms, but we are really wanting and waiting for a new thick layer of fresh snow now.
The good news on that front is that tomorrow is going to be colder and we should be seeing a return of snow. The first overnight tonight and then a decent amount due around Saturday. That sounds good to me, let's hope it delivers.
Before that, remember the sunscreen and enjoy the morning.
From the weekend, the top Number 5 lift at Kagura will be open for longer - until 2pm.
Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Maiko Snow Resort.
Updated: 8:00am, Thursday 7th 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 ...
Thursday 7th February 2019, 8:14am
Thin cloud, bright
Good morning from Madarao.
It's a bright morning and the sun is sort of shining through thin cloud, so not deep blue skies at the stat of the day.
Groomers will be the pick this morning as we wait for fresh for the tree runs. Well, that's what my body limits tell me anyway.
Today should be the last day of this milder spell of weather we have bene having in the region.
I'm encouraged to see snow on the forecast for tonight into tomorrow and over the weekend too - a return to more winter like conditions will be welcome. (We can enjoy spring-like conditions... when it's closer to spring!)
Planned operations for Thursday 7th February 2019
Official snow depth at Madarao:
All lifts 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 ...
Thursday 7th February 2019, 8:15am
Morning. I'm really not feeling very well this morning, so forgive my short report.
4cm of snow measured, light snow and light wind; and cold conditions with regular snow there on the forecast.
Hopefully back to normal tomorrow morning. Bye!
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Mountain base 6am: -8℃, 1cm snowfall in 12h, calm morning. Moiwa800m: -10.9℃, W2.9m/s, moderate snowdrift development overnight with slight snowfall. Mikaeri CAT track has been groomed. Annupuri11120m: 230cm snow depth, calm. Mizuno no sawa: -11.97℃, NW1.7m/s, 3cm snowfall in 12h, 158cm snowpack at the base. Suttsu weather station: -4.9℃, 53cm snow depth. Kutchan: -7.6℃, 164cm snow depth. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: N6m/s, Kamui cape: NNW6m/s, 1012hPa, 0.7m waves.
The isobars are spaced out and the weather is calm at the ocean and the mountains. According to observations, some shallow surface slab slides are still considerable, however the overall avalanche hazard level is low. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions and be well aware and prepared before stepping out of the gates. The mountain is tracked out, beware of bumps. Do not enter the strictly off-limits areas to find fresh tracks. One track under the rope would lead many others to follow it. Please conform to the Niseko Rules in order to prevent tragic accidents.
Most accidents occur during poor weather. When the resort gates are closed, the surrounding mountains are also in hazardous conditions. Many cases of accidents have been reported when resort gates are closed. Tour guides and group leaders are greatly responsible for their party’s safety, be sure not to underestimate the hazards of winter mountains.
Mountain guides are not bus guides, just knowing the way back does not qualify them as a good guide.
Beware of sudden weather changes and have a great day.
Ski resort operation information: Thursday 7th February 2019 Subject to change due to weather conditions
Ski lifts operating: - All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day (Ace Number 1 pair and King Number 2 quad lifts 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 opening as normal at the start of the day (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 ...
Thursday 7th February 2019, 8:22am
Cloudy and sunny
It is a nice calm morning and there is plenty of early morning action around the village with people heading off on day trips to ski the other great mountains nearby. There is 5cm of new snow on the ground and with all the snow recently the conditions on and off piste are great. There is some high cloud but also big clear breaks, which should make for a pleasant morning at least. Temperatures are colder today and shouldn't go much higher than -6c during the day.
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 ...
Thursday 7th February 2019, 8:23am
Sunny, but with high thin clouds
The sun's out there, but the thin clouds are starting to cover the sky.
The weather is going to change again...but how much snow?
Yesterday, mid afternoon suddenly (or so it seemed, I was busy enjoying myself) we had lovely blue skies and sunshine. Nice.
But, I want a return to fresh snow and colder temperatures.
Happily, we should be having some of that from tomorrow. We might have to endure some rain later today as conditions start to change, and there are mixed forecasts for the chances of snow tonight - with a more certain chance of snow due for the weekend.
This morning there is some thin light thin cloud above us.
Webcam image this morning from Happo-one, Hakuba 47 and Hakuba Iwatake.
Ski resort information on Thursday 7th 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 ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 7th February 2019, 8:43am
Fine, high thin cloud
With the milder conditions continuing there's some rather hard and crunchy conditions out there at the moment especially early on before it warms up during the day.
But I do also have better news - winter should be returning as early as tonight! :)
Monday is a national holiday in Japan and so the upcoming weekend is a long one for many. It is another of the peak weekends of the ski season in Japan.
Would be great if we could have a good decent layer of snow to freshen things up before then. And it looks like that should happen...
Shiga Kogen resort info: Thursday 7th 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 ...
Thursday 7th February 2019, 8:46am
Cloud, some sun breaking through
Good morning from Zao.
A mix of cloud and (increasingly) sun breaking through said clouds and blue sky this morning.
It's still keeping rather mild - as it seems is the case in many regions of Japan at the moment. But we do seem to be set for a change. A good one. Tomorrow should be colder. Hopefully there'll be a bit of snow but there is a greater chance over the weekend.
Fresh snow please!
Operation info from official sources:
- All lifts operating apart from the Karamatsu pair and Yokokura Number 2 pair lifts - All main courses open
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:
February 2019: every day apart from every Tuesday March 2019: 1st-3rd Read more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Thursday 7th February 2019, 9:15am
Fair, some cloud
It is very warm this morning - temps are in the positive numbers at the base of Grandeco. Sunshine above and a warm wind is blowing like spring. Hmmm.
There is snow on the forecast tonight but there is a chance that there'll be some rain before it turns into snow.
Snow conditions are of course being affected by these weather conditions and not in the best of conditions.
A fresh cover of snow would be most welcome... fingers crossed.
The photos for today are from Alts Bandai (first two) and Grandeco.
Nekoma - lift 0/5, course 0/11 open *Closed on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28 Grandeco - lift 5/5 include one gondola, course 13/13 open Urabandai - lift 0/3, course 0/3 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 8/8 include one gondola, course 23/25 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 0/2, course 0/7 open *Only open on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays. Read more ...
Thursday 7th February 2019, 9:21am
Good morning from Naeba.
No fresh snow yet - it's keeping on the mild side. But we should be getting back to cold and snow hopefully as soon as tonight/tomorrow.
It's a bright morning with thin high cloud and some light blue sky in places. A fine morning really.
But I think most of us are now ready for some more "winter"!
Official snow depth:
All lifts plan to be operating apart from the following (some lifts rested on weekdays):
- Prince Number 1 Gondola - Number 8 high speed lift - Daishamen romance pair lift
All courses now open apart from the following:
- Splash Bowl - Men's Riesen Slalom (event being held)
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!
Thursday 7th February 2019, 9:43am
Hello from Appi,
Cloudy skies and moderate snowfall greets us this morning. Warm temperatures are making the snow a little “wet” but we’ll take it nonetheless. Today may bring us around 25cm of snow which we need after the rain on Monday.
Cloudy skies prevail for the next few days with windy conditions arriving tomorrow morning. Temperatures heading south late this afternoon in to minus double digits too.
Most runs are open but you can expect a little ice under the top layer to make it a little more interesting.
Planned lift operations & course areas (subject to change due to weather conditions):
- Appi Gondola - Central Quad lift - Central Number 1 - Central Number 2 - Central Number 3A - Central Number 5 - Sailer quad - 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):