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Wednesday 10th February 2010, 8:48am
Average conditions with heavy cloud in the morning and light winds.
It's another average day at Nozawa Onsen with heavy cloud and relatively warm conditions. The good news is that the temperatures are dropping and there is a moderate fall of snow forecast for Wednesday evening.
For those heading up this morning try out the lower slopes where the visibility should be better. The groomers have been weaving their magic overnight so the runs will be fresh corduroy early on.
The next few days should see a moderate fall of snow, with the heaviest currently forecast for Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Not the best of reports to post this morning. Yesterday we had light rain and drizzle for most of the time and it looks like we are in for more of the same today. Right now we have drizzly rain falling from the sky and the mountains are covered in cloud. It might even be (wet) snowing higher up but it's not going to be giving us cm of new snow today thats almost certain.
It is +3 degrees in town now but probably won't get much higher and we do actually have snow forecast on and off later on today and into tomorrow though it doesn't look like it will be that much colder.
Nice weather for ducks. Warm and cloudy here with drizzle falling both at valley level and at the base of the resort. This weather pattern looks set to continue for the rest of the week so the temperature is going to dictate what falls. The forecast has the possibility of snow but we will need a significant drop in temperature if that is going to happen. It's going to be a case of looking to the clouds today and hoping for the best.
The weather report was changing up the vibe every few hours with today's forecast changing from rain to snow and back again but the bare feet in the kitchen test proved that the barometer doesn't lie and we are firmly in the plus temperatures today as well. Currently light to moderate rain is falling on the valley and with positive temperatures measured higher than the top lifts and Goryu reporting 0 cms new snow we can assume it just wasn't cold enough up there for popsicles to stay lickity-sick.
The good news is that the freezing level is lowering through the day and we can expect snow from late afternoon/evening with flurries continuing through the week.
RAIN! Rain! rain…
Over 24 hours of fairly solid rain up to 2000 metres here in the Hakuba Valley. 36 hours of rain come 0700; 100210. This has of course seen deep penetration of the dry virgin powder that we had only 2 days ago turn into a metre of wet and moist (↓0-100cm) riding on top of a stiff slab (↓100-150cm) over a low density sandwich with the old rain crust (210110 / 280110 MFcr ↓150) that continues to grow facets and loose cohesiveness. The mountains will be flushing the weighted wind and soft slabs that did not come down in the last storm now that they have been super saturated by the present stationary front.
There were multiple natural slab avalanches on all aspects but the east, north east aspects, in steep convex terrain below trees, rocks and cornices have proved the least stable of the slopes pre the rain. Due to low visibility from valley bottom today not many avalanches, other than Roof slides that proved to be fast, heavy and sets up very quickly, were observed but are expected through the duration of the rain and after until the surface re-freezes.
Stay out of the backcounrty, stay to the groomed piste or make it a clean up the house and have an onsen day. But if you must go into the backcountry stay to very low angle slopes, stick to the ridges and be aware of hazards above you. Stay well back from cornices as they are heavy and will step back at least twace as big.
Alpine: High Tree Line: High (Trending to Extreme with continued rain) Below Tree Line: High
The day has started off with blue skies, sunshine and no wind. What more could you want? Well how about 6cm of fresh powder - and that is what we have recieved overnight. Summing all that up...it is a great day to be on the mountain. Just a reminder that night skiing is operating on both sides of the mountain until 8:30pm. Read more ...
Wednesday 10th February 2010, 11:14am
Yesterday was a 'warm' one (by Zao's standards) and the rain did not help matters. It was snow higher up on the mountain but generally a wet feeling to the day.
It is back to being a colder morning, though not as cold as we are used to (right now about -1 degrees) and cloudy though we have snow forecast for later on in the day.
No new snow to report, hopefully I will be able to tomorrow morning. Tomorrow is a national holiday in Japan and so will be busier than a normal Thursday but still not too crowded I would think.
It's a cloudy morning in Shiga Kogen. There were a few spots of rain falling earlier on but that is holding off at the moment. It is another mild one too with even Kumanoyu reporting a temperature of +5 degrees. A bit too warm for this time of year and we are all now looking forward to tonight because temperatures are forecast to drop and we will hopefully be seeing snow fall tonight and into tomorrow. Perhaps we can expect up to 20cm or so by this time tomorrow in place and that would be a welcome new blanket of snow to play on. Conditions out there today aren't going to be too much fun unfortunately....
Official resort snow depths as of 10th February 10:
Curious situation this morning. It is currently 0 degrees outside but the resort is saying it is +4 up on the mountain. Whatever, it's another mild morning and while we are happily avoiding the drizzly rain that they have down in the main Yuzawa town, it's a foggy morning and we hope that we can avoid it.
Light snow is forecast for tonight but we can't be expecting too much.
There is less wind today and the resorts are open as normal for a weekday with both the Gondolas and Dragondola moving and all of Kagura open.
It is foggy over at Mitsumata but the main Kagura area is rising above that and fairly clear conditions up there.
Today is a day for a traffic warning, not a snow report, because today's special is freezing rain. It seems cold enough to be snowing, but it must be warm up in the clouds, because rain is falling and coating a lot of things — including lift cables. The Akakan lifts, at least, were stopped due to glazing (haven't heard from the others yet), although everything except the top lift was running by 11 a.m. The roads, too, are not as bad as the ice-covered cars would indicate.
It seems like mostly the massive school groups who are out today in the gloomy fog and rain. It's not much of a day for skiing, with poor visibility, icing and that lovely wet cold of the maritime region. The weather report is for this all to start turning back to snow by the afternoon, which would be a very, very welcome sight!
The temperature yesterday after the mild start got down around -5 and it has stayed there. Light snow has been falling on and off and up to around 5cm has fallen since last report. Conditions are hardly epic out there but they are good and the snow is dry. The winds have abated a little and all lifts are open today but the wind has been whipping up significant drifts on lee slopes and avalanche danger is still reasonably high and the peak gates will remain closed today. Still out in the bowls there should be good snow and a little deep in areas that have received drifting. So overall not bad but also not exactly waist deep with face shots every turn either. At least we seem to have dodged the rain that is hitting some resorts further south. Similar conditions are expected throughout the rest of the week.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 310 Bottom - 195
Niseko Village: Top - 370 Bottom - 230
Annupuri: Top - 315 Bottom - 210
Niseko Avalanche Info No.57
Moiwa base 6am: -6℃, slight overnight snowfall. Coastal data: NW10m/s at Benkei cape, W8m/s, 2.2m waves and 1015hPa at Kamui cape. The wind at sea is picking up. The wind at Annupuri peak is predicted to pick up around 15m/s NW at noon. Hirafu patrol reported W25m/s, poor visibility at the peak at 7am. Snowdrifts are developing in leeward slopes above 800m, up to 120cm below the ridgeline at 1000m. According to the weather transition until this morning, the snow is starting to stabilize, however 60cm avalanche is still to be highly considered in knolls and 40°slopes. The risk will remain high in the morning in Higashi-One, Kozan no Sawa, O-sawa cornice slopes and Mikaeri no Sawa. Predicted trigger layer is Feb 9th. Gate 3 (Hirafu peak) will be closed today. Gates 2, 4 & 6 are scheduled to open at 10:00, but peak hike from gate 2 will be restricted. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions at the gates. Do not cut across cornice slopes and knolls as it could trigger a slide. Do not remain in gully bottoms (avalanche path). Beware of crevasses, they are difficult to see from above. Please respect the Niseko Rules in order to keep the freedom of riding and the minimum safety of all skiers.