Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 18th December 2017
Tuesday 10th January 2012, 7:48am
Cloudy with no snow
Last night it snowed quite a bit here at the foot of Niseko village. I personally removed 15cm of snow which fell from about 10:00 PM last night. Today should be a very good day to hit anywhere in the Niseko area. All the resorts will be good and the snow should be fun. There are still some deep places to be found and untracked to be slain. We have about a 50% chance of snow today which means intermittent weather. There will be patches of visibility amongst moments of snowfall.
Get out there and enjoy the new snow!
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 335cm Bottom - 180cm
Niseko Village: Top - 290cm Bottom - 190cm
Annupuri: Top - 295cm Bottom - 190cm
Niseko Avalanche Report Reads:
Niseko base 6am: -7℃, 25cm of crystal snow in the past 12hours. Coastal wind: NW11m/s at Benkei cape. Annupuri peak wind: NW10.6m/s. A moderate wind with snowfall (<15m/s) is persisting above 800m altitude. 40cm thick surface slab avalanche hazard is raising in leeward slopes with newly developed snowdrifts. Potentially hazardous areas are north of coordinates C4D4 in Moiwa & the knolls of Mikaeri areas, south of F5 O-sawa cornice areas, north of E6F6 Backbowl sidewalls and east of G7 Higashi-One area. Be conscious of the risks involved in backcountry riding. The snow surface has been lightly reset and is in good condition. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30am. Listen to the ski patrol’s advices before stepping out of the gates. Crossing boundary ropes is strictly prohibited. A single track left across a rope may lead many others to do the same and increase the possibilities of accidents to happen. A crack is starting to form in Fujiwara no sawa (NW of H7), however is not visible from above. Be careful not to fall into it.
There has been a little fresh snow overnight in Madarao. About 10cm was on the ground this morning and more light snow is forecast to continue falling throughout the day. With the rest of the population back supporting the economy, there are no lift lines, making it a great day to get some easy turns in.
Visibility is quite poor at present and will likely stay that way for the rest of the day.
Tomorrow moderate to heavy snow is forecast for the region.
Lifts currently operating: All of Madarao is scheduled to be open today. Connection with Tangram Ski Circus open.
Yesterday conditions cleared up a bit by mid-afternoon and we even saw some sunlight over the village for a while, though lots of cloud remained up on the mountains.
It was one of those mornings where it's easy to get out of bed as it didn't feel that cold. The temperature in the valley this morning was around -3 to -1 and there has been no overnight snow in the village, though both Goryu and Hakuba Cortina resorts are reporting up to 5cm of freshly fallen snow on the slopes and 47 is reporting 7cm.
The weather should stay generally cloudy today until later tonight with 1 to 2 m/s of light SW to W wind in the valley and mostly foggy up on the hills with -7 to -5C with 1 to 2 m/s, NW to SW wind. It looks like the clouds may stay on the hills for most of the day with this calm wind. Having said that, there's a definite hint of blue sky behind the cloud up there in some places and it looks like some of the upper slopes have got some sun on them at the moment. So perhaps a day of changeable conditions.
The forecast is looking good... starting tonight, or overnight if there's any 'delay', it should be snowing in the village, and we can look forward to a good amount of snowfall tomorrow into Thursday morning. It seems like the temperature should stay nice and cold too. After that clearer conditions look likely for Thursday.
Be carful with snow stability when you are out in the BC area - this up and down with temperatures is a recipe for slides.
Stay safe, and enjoy the snow.
Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 10th January 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: 5cm of new snowfall on upper slopes. All lifts apart from No2 and No4 pair are operating. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 215cm; Toomi - 100cm; Iimori - 100cm.
Hakuba 47: 7cm of fresh snow reported, all lifts apart from Line D operating and all courses open. Official snow depth: Upper - 196cm Lower - 90cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: All lifts apart from top Grad lift operating at Happo (hopefully that will soon be able to operate). Official snow depth: Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 150cm; Sakka - 90cm; Nakiyama - 90cm.
Clear from the get-go we said yesterday, but that isn't the case. Last night light wet snow started falling later on in the evening and this morning it is just cloudy really all around with grey skies. Actually, it's quite similar to how yesterday started off and as I reported yesterday quickly turned into a fine day. Taking a quick look at the webcams from Naeba and Kagura I can actually see cloudy conditions there as well but some sun poking through as well, sp perhaps we will see clearer conditions once again later on. The local forecast has us down for just 'cloud', so we'll just have to wait and see.
There has been no new cm of snow to report but Kagura have said that they got up to 10cm of fresh snow overnight.
It's looking like a very high chance of snow tomorrow though, and perhaps a moderate snowfall to look forward to as well. Temperatures look set to drop as well over the next 5-6 days - in fact, it hasn't actually seemed to be that cold here over the last few, I have thought. Looks like that might be about to change.
Light snow, but some blue showing up between the clouds
It's heard to tell which way the weather is going to turn today; we had some nice light snow overnight and into the early hours of the morning, but right now things are moving to partly cloudy with a little lingering haze over the mountain. A few stray flakes keep coing down, though, so maybe the powder will get a bit of a reset. Tomorrow looks promising for a little heavier snow, too, which would be great, but conditions in general are remaining very good.
Yesterday was a fine day to be out on the hill, clearing up into a sunny day and only really clouding over later on last night. Just a sprinkling of snow this morning, though up at Kagura they are reporting 10cm of snow overnight.
This morning it is mostly cloudy, though here and there the sunshine is coming down only to be covered by cloud again quickly. The forecast is for cloud during the daytime today. There is only a slight wind and it doesn't feel too cold.
The Mens Riesen Slalom course is closed due to 'poor conditions' according to the resort, but other than that it looks like the whole of the mountain is open as normal. Some lifts are being rested though for the weekdays this week it would seem - the Prince No1 Gondola, No2 and No8 quads and Daishamen pair. I'll mention any updates on that situation if there is any change during the week.
Snow conditions out there remain good. Conditions should be even better come tomorrow - snow is due to be falling by the end of today and moderate to heavy snowfalls are forecast through Wednesday.
Resort Operations, 10th January (subject to change) Naeba: All courses apart from Mens Riesen Slamom course are available - some lifts rested. Kagura: A few courses between the No2 pair and No1 quad at Tashiro closed; the downhill course back to the car park at Mitsumata is not open yet today, but apart from that pretty much all of Kagura is open early on.
There's a bit of sun and blue sky over Zao this morning. After a run of days when we didn't see much of that, it's a welcome change. No new snow to report for you this morning and calm conditions for the start of the day here. There is still a lot of fast moving cloud around but more blue sky is appearing and the sun is currently casting shadows on the lower slopes here at the moment.
By the evening snow clouds should be back with us and it will very probably be snowing by tonight and through tomorrow.
Official snow depths (10th January 12) Utopia - 155cm Chuo - 145cm Paradise - 150cm Uwanodai - 115cm
Operating lifts (10th January 12) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating. All the runs at Zao are open. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Tuesday 10th January 2012, 9:57am
Cloud, fine, sunny
This morning Shiga Kogen looks very much like it did yesterday morning. Cloud, some blue sky, the sun shining down. Earlier on there was light snow lazily falling from the sky again but that has cleared up at least in the Maruike area where I am writing this. It isn't quite as cold as well this morning. Things look set to change though as tomorrow should bring with it snowy conditions with some decent snowfall likely as well as colder temperatures that should stick with us for at least a few days. Hopefully wind won't cause too much of a problem.
In the meantime though today is a top day to be out on the snow. It all feels very quiet here now after that long weekend with the slopes looking very uncrowded. Not many people out there this morning. I'll let you know how my day went on the snow in tomorrows report!
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond
Official resort snow depths as of 10th January 2012 AM:
Grey skies and a bit of light snow falling today. It is a milder one day with temperatures just above 0 in most places. Still cold enough to keep the snow in great condition but as you come further down the hill any snow off the groomers will start to feel a bit heavy.
Similar conditions expected over the next few days with light snow showers and cloud most of the time but a chance we might see some sun on Thursday. Read more ...
Tuesday 10th January 2012, 15:17pm
There has been some light snowfall over the last couple of days which has over time built up and left us with a nice 10cm fresh layer on the slopes. The piste is now soft and forgiving and providing plenty on bite for those of us who are not on racer skis. The weather is clear today with some cloud rolling down the mountain at times and flattening the light. Luckily this cloud is on the move and soon goes away. Not too many people on the ski area today, so there are no queues. Night skiing should be great if these clear skies hold out. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 10th January 2012, 16:56pm
Snowing lightly at times and sunshine too
Sorry for the late report today has been a busy one. This morning started off with some light snow in Nozawa and we had a nice dusting of about 10cm of fresh snow up on the top slopes.
The sun came out at about lunch time so made for a really nice day on the slopes. The hounds tell me there was still a bit of powder to be had in the low traffic areas and there were not many people on the slopes at all. Back to normal weekday mode.
It is still fine outside now as we go into evening and the dump we were expecting tonight has been put back until tomorrow afternoon when heavy snow is expected. Then there is some more not far behind that so happy days ahead.