Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 18th January 2018
Wednesday 10th January 2007, 8:04am
Amazing snow here this morning, definitely the biggest dump of the season so far. Yesterday it was snowing heavily for most of the day but still a bit windy sometimes at the top of the mountain. It was perfect snow, 30+cm on the sides of the groomed slopes and the ungroomed areas.
Overnight a good 20-30cm of fresh fell in town and there is no wind at all down here so today should be an awesome day on the mountain with deep powder everywhere. In the last 24 hours we have received 40+cm of powder in town and around 80cm on the mountain.
The temperature this morning is -8 at the base of the mountain and will probably only get to around -5 today.
The light snow stopped yesterday and it ended up being a cloudy afternoon. This morning there are still snow clouds around and very light snow falling from time to time at town level. Higher up it looks like it is snowing (top of Iwappara, Kagura?) but nothing heavy. It's around 0C at the moment and probably won't warm up so much during the day with the forecast telling us it will be cloudy throughout the day with a chance of some snowfall overnight.
The cloud/snow forecast continues through until Sunday.
Snow conditions out there are generally pretty good considering the relative lack of snow that we have, but basically the snow is better the higher up you go.
Gala Yuzawa is closed today but should be open tomorrow as normal. Read more ...
Wednesday 10th January 2007, 9:12am
The snow has stopped with yesterdays new snow accumulating another 10cm at the village level and around 20cm on the upper mountains. The wind in the upper mountains was quiet strong yesterday creating large deep patches in sheltered areas of up to 1.5m of powder.
Today is an overcast but relativley cold day with a current temperature of -2 deg C and some moderate winds from the West. The winds look like they will calm down during the course of the day and there may be some more light snow fall tonight.
The on-piste skiing conditions are now great at all of Minakami's ski areas but the backcountry should be approached with caution. There are still many small trees and creeks that are only just covered in the backcountry that make for good traps. Also, there have been a couple of large natural avalanches on South facing slopes in the last couple of days with the weight of the new snow on an old rain crust. The strong winds of recently have created an unstable wind slab on an exposed slopes, and with the dense new snow now sitting on top of this, it is the perfect recipe for an avalanche. TRavel in the backcountry is not advised!
Looking towards the weekend, it looks like warmer temperatures on Friday that will help with the settling of the new snow and should make for perfect conditions on-piste over the weekend. The forecast for Minakami is sunny with some cloud and temperatures of around 2 deg C. Read more ...
Wednesday 10th January 2007, 9:15am
Overcast, Light snow
Another beautiful day in paradise. The temps are moderately chilly this morning and snow is falling lightly to the valley. Runs are soft packed and in great condition now for some fast cruising. There is not a lot of powder on the fringes of the run as it was eaten up yesterday. Winds during the storm of January 7th really did a number on the snow on any promanant ridge and you should be warned that a lot of that soft looking fresh is actually a dense breakable wind slab. Areas that were sheltered from the winds and hidden from the pow hounds are still light freshies. Enjoy!
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m) the 0730 hr. reading is: Sky: broken clouds Temperature: Present: -5.0 C Maximum: -4 C Minimum: -9 C Wind: calm Precipitation: S -1 Barometer and trend: 920 hPa and steady Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): 3 cm Total depth of snowpack (HS):75 cm Foot penetration: 30 cm
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Hazard: Above Tree Line: High
At Tree Line: Considerable
Below Tree Line: Moderate
Discussion: With the winds calming and temperatures staying steady the snow pack overall is stabalizing. With this bonding there will also be a denser surface slab being created that is 1 metre thick or greater in areas. This slab will be much thiner around ridges and rock outcropings and easier to trigger from these areas. Alpine areas are still rated as HIGH HAZARD because of the reacent high winds, large loading and persistant cold temperatures up high. Suspected -15 or colder in the alpine overnight last night. There is a thin surface hoar (frost) that formed last night all over the mountains that is slowly being burried now with the present snow fall. Travel Advisory: Slopes Below Tree Line (BTL) and at Tree Line (TL) are continuing to stabilize but Alpine (Alp) snow packs are slower to stabilize and travel in Alpine avalanche terrain is not recomended. Steep lee slopes should be avoided all together. Shooting cracks that were witnessed 3 days ago in the backcountry and in in-bound areas indicating poor stability have not been witnessed lately. Slabs are deep, increasing in density and will propagate wide in large Alpine terrain. Forested areas and chutes BTL may also still produce skier triggered slabs on steep tensioned and cross loaded slopes. Back Country users should use general caution taking care not to travel in across or below suspect tensioned slopes and in areas of promanant terrain traps. If you do travel outside of the controlled area be aware of the potential of "remote triggering" of avalanches and that the hazard is still "high" above tree line and that a naturally trigger avalanche starting above tree line can easily come to rest well below tree line.
I have just checked the weather forecast - Last nights dream of a forecasted 13 meter snowfall are completely fictional - it was definitely just a dream!
-3 degrees at 900 meters this morning. Naeba can be seen from Asagai, there's a gray sky with short spells of sunshine and it seems the abundant snowfall we've been having has stopped for the time-being.
We had about 2cm of snow since yesterdays report while conditions on the gelande have been excellent. Very soft landings!
Kagura and Mitsumata have had a lot of the wonderful white stuff. The valleys are full of drifted snow - don't venture there, you will surely get stuck! There are a lot of trees, stumps and rocks about still. Just for reference, the entrance of the restaurant - 'Wadagoya' (the one near the top of the Kagura ropeway -which has the lovely salmon and ikura on top of rice) has stairs! Something which I didn't know existed!
There are also a lot of wind created cornices which are VERY unstable. Specifically I am talking about the bowl that is skiers right to the top quad at Kagura (which can be seen from the bottom of the quad - a person was seen near the top of this yesterday, it then broke away at around 5 meters back from the edge with the whole immediate location sliding, It's a very nasty terrain trap down there at the moment. If something like this happens in an area like this, there is no ride-out, you will very likely get stuck in the trees which are not yet covered. This is the same for all out of boundary areas specifically bowls and valleys- the traps are there, you can not be too careful!
If you DO venture out of boundary, Be careful who you ride/ski with, where you go and as always don't take any risks, stick with your buddies, don't wander off on your own!
All in all, there is a lot of powder out there now, a great amount of fun to be had! The Mitsumata park seems to be taking shape, a couple of nicely shaped jumps near the top, nothing in the middle section as of yesterday but they DO have a couple of rails/objects (if that's your thing) near the bottom of the board X course this year which new to the shape of things in that area.
Once again another awesome day on the slopes yesterday. In fact many of the lifty’s considered it to be the best day on the mountain thus far this year; The snow was deep fresh and soft, there were very few people on the mountain and after snowing heavily in the morning the weather fined up nicely. Today has started snowy again and is likely to continue for the rest of the day. The visibility isn’t good: Yamabiko is a whiteout, although Uenotairo isn’t so bad. The temperatures are – 8C at the top and –2C in the village. The base depths as yet haven’t been updated although it appears they are unchanged.
The forecast is for light snow to continue throughout the rest of the week. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 10th January 2007, 10:16am
Another really cold morning here in Shiga Kogen with the thermometer saying -8 outside at the moment. Brrrr.
A generally cloudy morning on the whole but there are some clear patches in some areas and it looks like it will generally be a fine day. Snow conditions pretty good and the resort is not busy at the moment and so lots of fresh tracks easily found out there.