Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017
Monday 10th December 2007, 8:11am
The 4cm of snow was somewhat deceiving yesterday as it covered up the hard uneven surfaces lying underneath but didn't cushion any impacts of piste. The groomers weren't bad with some icier patches underneath and hopefully, today, the weekenders will be gone and once again the hill will quiet down.
There's a large high system to the west and winds coming in from that direction. There's most likey going to be some passing snows and the temperature should be -2/-7.
The local onsens are a great place after the hill to sit and warm up and work the day out of skied muscles. Try it if you're not the shy type. Read more ...
Monday 10th December 2007, 9:15am
Cloud, very light snow
Well, we haven't got much new snow since the last report - certainly not that sticks down at town level. Just a sprinkling then. Right now very light (wet) snow is falling and the latest forecast is for things to clear up today and it just be cloudy. There is lots of low cloud around this morning so visibility is fairly poor. Kagura is however reporting snow falling higher up on the slopes and it is also snowing up at Naeba as well.
The weeks forecaast looks like a mix of cloud/rain at the moment, hopefully with temperatures dipping giving us snow rather than nasty rain...
Snow this morning, but nothing to get too excited about right now as it isn't sticking so much at least here in the village. It's a cold morning here but quite bright and looks likely to actually clear up as the day progresses.
After opening for the weekend Tashiro is now closed until Saturday when it plans to open for the season proper.
If things are similar to last week, expect Kagura and Mitsumata to be not busy at all during the week. Read more ...
Monday 10th December 2007, 9:51am
Cloudy and light Snow fluries
Continued light flurries overnight have brought another 5 cms of light powder to add to the already great early season slopes. The ski hills operating in the valley are still only running their top lifts as there is still not enough of a base on the lower slope. This being said, all resorts with snow making are keeping busy blasting out the man made snow on the lower slopes as temperatures are remaining low.
Temperatures at 09:00 this morning were -1 in the valley and -4 at 1500 metres. This past weekend saw the slopes fill up with more skiers, riders and families sledding with their children still making use of early season lift prices that will continue until the 14th of December.
The reports from locals who were out shredding up the fresh pow was that there was indeed 40 cm or more of great powder at the sides of the runs and in other stashes that only those locals in the know were making use of. Looks as though we will just be receiving light occasional flurries until the weekend when it looks like it will start snowing again.
There's enough snow now to produce large scale avalanches big enough to bury a person. Travel with caution if going back-country/off-piste. Also watch for partially buried rocks/stumps etc. under fresh powder. potential human triggered slides in wind deposited convex rolls and gullies. Be especially cautious with possible warming and rain mid week as well as solar radiation on southern aspects.
Hmmm, not really much snow to report this morning unfortunately. It was snowing on and off over the weekend but nothing that brought a lot of new cm to the slopes - almost half-heartedly falling from the sky.
This morning after a cloudy start with a sprinkling of snow, those clouds have started to clear and currently the sun and there's a fair bit of blue sky.
Temperatures still nice and cold, and the condition of the snow out there is pretty good, even though it's not yet deep. Read more ...
Monday 10th December 2007, 12:21pm
A great day for snowboarding and skiing. It's sunny with cloudy patches today until late afternoon and the slopes are still uncrowded. The snow is powder at the top and fairly slushy at the gelaende. The cloudy weather this afternoon should keep the melting at a minimum.
The odd warm day that showed its face now and then up to now may be a thing of the past as seasonal cold fronts are pushing well over the Northern Alps and Myoko now.
All Myoko resorts will be in full operation from Friday!
Another fantastic skiing day yesterday. We have had a top up of fresh snow over night and around 20+cm in the car park this morning. It's still snowing through lunchtime and the forecast is for it to continue until this evening.
With most of the resort open there's lots of fun to be had out there. The Panorama Course off Top Chair Number 3 in Furano Zone is ungroomed, so powder lovers enjoy!
The temperatures have been a little warm during the day. Even today it's only -2 in town. The forecast is for a bit of a warm spell this week with temps getting above zero over the next few days in town, but hopefully the mountain will stay below freezing.
The snow pack for the season is excellent so far. We have had constant snow now pretty much since opening weekend, and the cold temperatures have meant it has settled really well. There has been 1 melt/freeze so far, which has well and truly been covered.
If my predictions are correct the Kitanomine Gondola should open up this coming weekend on the 15th, as with most of the new restaurants and businesses in town.