Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 22nd February 2018
Monday 10th January 2011, 8:21am
Today the snowfall is predicted to last well into the night. Cold with plenty of fresh snow on its way.
A morning of pure whiteness on the mountain of Madarao, with continuous snowfall being predicted to last throughout the day and well into the night. In effect providing all us keen skiiers and boarders with more powder snow to exhaust ourselves in for the day.
While visability conditions are poor, and the temperature is well into the minuses, a good pair of googles and an extra layer (or two) will fix all your possible problems and allow you to enjoy carving the many courses of the mountain comfortably.
Today also all the tree runs are now open at Madarao! As well as the kids park and snowboard park being open for the day. So with plenty to do, and plenty of fresh snow, get your gear together and enjoy your day!
This morning eleven lifts will be open and are expected to remain open through out the course of today.
Lifts currently operating:
No 1 lift No 2 quad lift No 3 a lift No 5 lift Super Quad No 11 Lift No 12 Lift No 13 Lift No 15 lift
Not sure what other way to say it, it has been snowing heavy all night and the official report is showing new snow of 50cm up top and a massive 65 cm at Uenotaira.
We have smashed our way thru the 2m mark and the base up top is currently 230cm. Everyone is clambering for powder boards and trying to get up and amongst the thick of it for what promises to be a very memorable day for the powder hounds.
On piste should have been groomed last night and have a nice soft layer of fresh snow on top. Anyway grab the snorkel and go deep.
Outlook is for a bit of brief sun tomorrow morning followed by heavy snow again on Wednesday night.
The shovels will be working overtime to clear the roofs and roads.
Anyone driving up or home after the long weekend should take it very easy on the roads tonight.
Lots of snow - the machines were even clearing the heated roads in town this morning as they could not keep up!
All except the following Kandahar Hachiman Uenotaira Half Pipe Karasawa Wave Park
Yesterday there was around 10cm of freshly fallen powder to play in. This had been left ungroomed over much of the Furano Zone providing many with an opportunity to hone their powder skills with a nice smooth base underneath.
Currently it is snowing lightly with a very fine snow that could almost be described as dust. Visibility is good on the lower half on the mountain and is a little compromised on the upper half. The entire mountain has been extensively groomed, and is a beautiful carpet of white to lay down some nice smooth turns on. Over the next few days we should see even more snow hitting the resort. Read more ...
Monday 10th January 2011, 9:27am
Semi clear. Sun is partially out and we can see the peaks at times.
Cold cold air this morning in Hakuba. There is not much snow accumulation overnight as at 7:30 am this morning. It seems like there has just been a small amount of overnight snow - just enough to cover footprints outside of my doorstep. Even though there hasn't been much of overnight fresh snow, thanks to the dumping of snow for pretty much all day yesterday, there should be tons of sweet stash of powder today.
Goryu is reporting 15cm of new snow this morning and a base of 250cm. Moreover, there are still some untouched fresh from last Thursday dump.
The slopes were crowded yesterday but by this afternoon things should have quietened down somewhat as we approach the end of the long weekend, and things should be back to normal from tomorrow.
The weather forecast says we should be having some more snow showers today with a low temperature of -13 degrees, though it looks like things may well clear up and we will see more blue skies and brighter conditions.
We might see some clearer conditions tomorrow morning but the snow showers probably won't be far away until around Friday, when we have a clear day forecast at the moment.
Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 10th January PM:
Hakuba Goryu: Goryu reporting 15cm of fresh snow overnight on the upper slopes and just a few cm. Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 250cm; Toomi - 120cm; Iimori - 100cm
Hakuba 47: The resort and park at the resort are fully open. Snow depth (upper) - 168cm.
Happo-one: All of the Happo-one slopes are now open. Nakiyama nighta now operating. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 190cm; Shirakaba - 110cm Nakiyama - 110cm
Tsugaike Kogen: A few courses closed this morning due to safety checks - should be back open and available soon. The Karamatsu nighta operations are now open. The Jib Park is fully open. Snow depth - 270cm Maruyama area - 125cm Champion - 160cm
Hakuba Iwatake: All of the Iwatake resort is now open. Upper - 130cm Lower - 85cm
Hakuba Cortina: All of the resort is currently open. Upper - 280cm Lower - 165cm
Hakuba Sanosaka: All lifts at Sanosaka are now operating. 90cm Read more ...
Monday 10th January 2011, 9:47am
Overcast, with a light snow.
The weather gods at Naeba have swung again to the snowy side, bringing in 20cm of the good stuff since the last report. Right now, there is a light snow falling down with a light wind of around 10km.
Visibility is okay, although the top of the mountain is not visible from the base. The temperature is expected to hit a top of -8 degrees, with a windchill hovering around -15. This is expected to drop to -25 during the evening.
In regards to the runs at Naeba, the Men's Slalom bahn and the area that is to the lower east of Hiuchi #1 slope are closed. In addition, the Takenodaira Romance lift, the Takenokoyama Romance lift and the Prince Gondola lift are expected to close around 3:30pm. They are currently undergoing safety checks and will be opened aftert these have been completed. In addition, the Hiuchi No. 1 high speed lift is closed for the day.
The snow keeps on falling adding another 20-25cm since last report. It was falling quite heavily earlier this morning but currently it is light. Snow is expected throughout the day and should continue up to the weekend which at this stage is expected to mostly fine up. Might actually be nice to see the sun again, if only briefly! Gates 1, 4 and 6 will open again today and will offer some very deep turns. Just be aware that avalanche danger is still quite high so keep this in mind when selecting your route down the mountain. Will be another epic powder day out there today.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 295 Bottom - 170
Niseko Village: Top - 210 Bottom - 160
Annupuri: Top - 195 Bottom - 160
Annupuri 800m 6am: -14.7 ℃ and 20cm of overnight snowfall. The NW wind picked up again yesterday afternoon, blowing up to 16-20m / s above 900m with heavy snowfall. Cornices and snowdrifts are continuously developing in high elevation leeward steep slopes and surface slab avalanche risks remain high today. Deeper layer major scale slides are also to be considered in very steep slopes, as dodgy layers are still present above and under the pre-storm (Jan 5th) crust layer. Depending on the lift operations, gate 1 (L-ji), 4 (Fujiwara) and 6 (Moiwa) are scheduled to open at 10am. However, traversing across to leeward (SE facing) steep slopes in Osawa, Backbowl, Higashi-One , other knolls and cornice slopes are extremely dangerous. Stay away from potential avalanche terrain and valley bottoms. Read more ...
Monday 10th January 2011, 10:28am
A snowy day today and the snow is in perfect condition. The cold temperatures continue but the wind could blow some parts of the groomy make them quite icy. We had a bit of everything yesterday with a light dusting of snow giving way to clear blue skies for the afternoon. There was a slight melt in the afternoon which means the roads are icy in places this morning.
Myoko was officially pounded last night, and the snow keeps on falling. All those early-season worries were for nothing; it doesn't always fall when we want, but eventually it falls. Sorry, sort of the Zen snow report today (relax, breath, breath...)
I'm still confused by our official snow reports; all the figures dropped way too much yesterday following the sunny day Saturday. I don't think it consolidated the way it was being reported. Anyway, I'll start putting in the new results, becasue the are starting to go back up again, even if lower than what we're seeing around the base area of Akakan.
Snow started falling in the area yesterday around lunchtime and continued on and off (mostly on) for most of the day.
This morning there is another 20-25cm or so of fresh snow in town and resorts are mostly reporting about the same increase in the snow depth numbers this morning. It's a cold morning too, and won't be rising into the positive during the day.
As I write this it is still snowing on the higher mountainsides but in town the snow has eased off and there are people now out moving the snow. It's great to see some decent snow around town - that's the Yuzawa we all know and love!
So conditions out there should be very good once again today. Some stronger winds higher up are affecting resort operations at Kagura this morning - Tashiro and Kagura aren't connected today so it's a choice of Tashiro or Mitsumata/Kagura for anyone going up there.
It looks like over the next 5-6 days we should be seeing regular topups to the snow with cloud/snow on the forecast for most days, including tomorrow.
After the dull start yesterday, the snow did arrive and overnight we have received a considerable amount of fresh snow... perhaps 30-40cm or so. Great quality powder as well, so the runs this morning are in tiptop condition.
The snow is still coming down lightly at the moment but it does seem to be easing off and in places it is brightening up.
It is a very cold morning (-11 degrees at the moment) and these cold conditions will very likely continue this coming week and it looks like it will be Friday before we see some clear skies again. Until then we will probably see a mix of cloud and light snow showers.
Nighta this evening at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond
Official resort snow depths as of 10th January 2011 AM:
It's a mixed bag of weather this morning. We've got it all - snow, sun, cloud, strong winds....
Earlier on it was -7 degrees outside in the village, so I suspect bitterly cold up on the top of the mountain. More importantly, more than 30cm of fresh snow greeting us on the ground. As the morning has progresses there has been more sun on show too and right now there are some shadows being cast on the lower slopes of the mountain while up top darker clouds are hanging on. Good visibility though for the most part and with the fresh topup once again - excellent snow conditions.
Today is the last day of the 3-day weekend and so busier than a normal Monday, though things should get quieter this afternoon and then we will be back to a normal weekday tomorrow.
A reminder about the evening "light up" operations.... tonight, Saturday, Sunday and Monday next week and then every day from 22nd January until 29th February. The Snow Monsters are coming on well and even now worth a look. Hopefully by the time the daily operations kick in, they will be looking suitably big moster-ish.
The forecast? Perhaps some light snowfall tomorrow but generally calm conditions, then more snow on Wednesday. Read more ...