Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 21st November 2019
Sunday 8th March 2015, 8:00am
Morning from Naeba.
Lots of cloud hanging over the middle section of mountain early this morning with light snow falling. It's keeping quite mild with the temperature keeping just around freezing point... for now. Visibility limited in places, so care needed.
Resort is actually reporting 10cm of snow on the Daishamen course, with just a dusting here at base.
The number 3 course area is hosting a race event today and so that area be closed to the general public until that finishes.
Apart from that, both Naeba and Kagura areas look open as normal.
Weather forecast shows a real drop back down to cold winter like temperatures around Tuesday along with hopefully what might be a fair amount of fresh snow.
That would be good!
In the meantime have a good and safe Sunday.
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 280cm Kagura: 370cm
dusting Naeba dusting Kagura
This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region. Read more ...
Sunday 8th March 2015, 8:02am
Hello and good morning from Hakuba.
Yesterday it warmed up once again and we went from the fine start to clouding over and then some rain unfortunately - though it was snowing higher up and a few resorts are reporting a few cm or so higher up.
It's currently around +2C here in the village and we seem to have had some sleet/rain overnight with a dusting to be seen in places. Very cloud with a lot of fog around, so limited visibility in many areas.
Saw a few accidents on the slopes yesterday, hopefully nothing too serious. Check your speeds, there'll be some more fast runs out there this morning and with the limited visibility as well...
Another mild day tomorrow, to be followed by that line-up of snowmen on the forecasts from Tuesday. They look really happy too. Fingers crossed they'll be making us happy!
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Sunday 8th March 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 3cm of new snowfall higher up. All courses planned to be open (except Adventure Course).
Hakuba Goryu: Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm. Hakuba Happo-one: Nakiyama area every day until mid March. 5pm until 9pm. Hakuba Cortina: Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm. Tsugaike Kogen: Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm. Kashimayari: Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm. Read more ...
Sunday 8th March 2015, 8:17am
I wasn't around for the festival last night, hope it was fun if you managed to go.
By mid morning yesterday it was generally overcast.
This morning rather than just cloud, unfortunately it's raining here in town.
Snow is falling in higher areas with GALA Yuzawa, Kagura and Naeba reporting so. I even see that Naeba report up to 10cm of fresh snow on their Daishamen course this morning.
It wasn't really expected and shouldn't be lasting, with just cloud forecast for the day and mild conditions again - up to around +7 degrees.
There's hardly any wind at all.
Tuesday onwards is still looking promising and we're all eager to see what happens there.
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 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (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) All night on 14th March (10pm until 6am) Yuzawa Nakazato: Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)
Clearer weather is forecast for today, but the day has started with a thick fog reducing visibility to, well, very low, to say the least!
It is snowing lightly - wet snow, but better than rain. Hopefully it won't warm up too much...
It's the Speed Challeng this morning of course and entries will be accepted from 9am. Good luck to all those taking part and do take care. It's not the softest of conditions out there now and with the reduced visibility. Gambatte!
The resort plans to have the tree run courses open this morning too. Will be interesting to see how they are shaping up right now.
Lifts planned to be open:
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 today.
Night skiing at Madarao is every Saturday until 21st March 2015.
Poor visibility this morning here at base with fog engulfing lots of the mountain. Once it clears up though we should be left with a day of sunshine and indeed in some places around the region that is what we got already.
Looking at the different webcams from around Niseko, it's as if they are all in completely different places or some are not updating or something... some show not much of anything at all other than fog, others showing clearer sunny conditions.
Around Tuesday we hope to see the current milder conditions take a turn with cold and snow returning. Interesting forecasts for around mid-week, so fingers crossed it brings with it the decent snowfall that some are indicating.
In the meantime have a good Sunday.
Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day
Niseko base 6am: -5C, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: mild wind, -6C, no snowfall. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 325cm. Hirafu 1000m: mild wind, -7C no snowfall. Annupuri peak 1308m: W4.7m/s, -8.1C. Benkei cape: light breeze. Kamui cape SSW9m/s, 1025hPa, 1.0m waves.
Sunny and mild weather under the high-pressure system. Sea of clouds. The snowdrifts have stabilized and the general avalanche risk is low. The trees are covered with rimes. Loose snow avalanche are likely to occur in south facing slopes as the temperature rises. Caution is required in steep open slopes. Today’s surface will develop into a hoar layer in the future snowpack and potentially become the next trigger layer. Deeper snowpack is stable. Climax avalanches from around 1100m are to be expected early this season. Always stay away from valley bottoms. Cracks are forming and getting larger. Those cracks are the result of the slope releasing its tension and may not slide right away, however sudden rise in temperature and/or rainfall could lead to a climax slide. Cracks are also difficult to notice from above, beware not falling in them. The ridgeline is crusty due to the wind, but the snow in the trees remains good. Beware of hitting trees. All gates are expected to open as soon as they’re ready.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 420cm Base - 140cm
Niseko Village: Top - 300cm Base - 180cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 370cm Base - 180cm
Night skiing will continue until Sunday 22nd March. Lifts open for night skiing:
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
Niseko Hanazono Resort No night skiing at the Hanazono area
Niseko Village Community Chair and Banzai Chair
Niseko Annupuri Jumbo Number 1 Quad
Floodlit night operations are due to continue until Sunday 22nd March.
Can't say I was expecting to be reporting rain this morning but unfortunately that's what is happening. Resort reporting light rain on lower slopes and light snow on the top Yamabiko area. Looks quite foggy up there too. Not the kindest of conditions then this morning.
This rain/snow thing this morning will surely stop fairly quick time as the forecast is still just cloudy skies for the day.
Let's see how the forecast is looking. Yes, still snow Tuesday and Wednesday.
The big question is... how much!
Fresh snow to report since yesterday (reported by resort):
Not much to report this morning. Cloudy, no wind, rather mild. Bit of fog on the mountain by the looks.
Snow expected sometime late tomorrow and into Tuesday and quite possibly somewhat stormy conditions. Should definitely be getting colder and snow is expected. We might get rained on a bit before the snow down in the village.
Looks like a potentially interesting week ahead. Hope to be bringing you snowy news.
Hello from a Moyko of varying conditions this morning. It's a mix of cloud, fog, light rain lower down and apparently light snow higher up this morning.
Take a look at the webcam images below... not much to see, hey? Limited visibility out this morning, so make sure you know where you're going. Things ahould improve as the day goes on and we might even get to see some sunshine later.
It's going to remain mild today and tomorrow too, more so tomorrow than today in fact, before temperatures will hopefully 'plunge' (sounds dramatic doesn't it) come Tuesday to bring us this fresh snow and cold that we are now fully on expecting after the forecasts persist with it.
We will of course be here to excitedly tell you about it. (And be jolly annoyed if it doesn't quite happen!)
Akakura Onsen (Kumado): until 10pm every day until 22 March Tangram Ski Circus: until 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March Madarao Kogen: until 9pm on Saturdays until 21 March Read more ...
Sunday 8th March 2015, 19:24pm
Overcast early, clear later
Pretty good day on the mountain, warmer temperatures turned all the snow to Spring corn and while there was a tiny bit of drizzle in the morning, the afternoon saw blue skies and excellent conditions.
Forecast is calling for rain tomorrow night but a weather change is coming in and looks like a lot of snow forecast for Monday night, all day Tuesday and light snow Wednesday with cold temps throughout.