Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 18th December 2017
Saturday 11th February 2012, 7:13am
Snow, overcast, clearing at times
Good morning from Hakuba! It is snowing lightly early on this morning with a current temperature of -6 C. 5cm of new snow has fallen over the past 24 hours in the valley and we are experiencing cold temperatures with clearing skies today. We will probably get to see some blue skies and maybe also the sun appearing from behind the clouds later on.
More snowfall has fallen on the slopes overnight with for example Goryu reporting 20cm and Hakuba Cortina reporting up to 35cm. More details on that below.
Up on the resorts it is projected to range from -4 C to -11 C near the bottom lifts with a wind chill of -15 C and reach -12 C to -17 C at the top of the mountains with a wind chill of -28 C. So bundle up and keep warm. The freezing level will remain low and winds will be coming in from the WNW and WSW at a rate of 2m/s.
We should see light snowfall through the morning with skies clearing as the day progresses. This should provide great visibility and nice ski conditions out there. Sunday is forecast to start with light cloud cover and sunny patches throughout the day and similarly with the beginning of the new week. However for the first half of next week, it is projected to start warming up with the freezing level creeping up the mountain side.
Hope you have a fun weekend.
Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 11th February 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Goryu reporting 20cm on upper slopes and just a few cm of new snowfall on lower slopes. All lifts operating. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 330cm; Toomi - 180cm; Iimori - 140cm.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 report 15cm of new snowfall this Saturday morning. All lifts operating. Official snow depth: Upper - 246cm Lower - 155cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: All lifts apart from Happo No1, Central pair, Skyline No2 pair and Kita One No3 pair operating this morning. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 200cm; Sakka - 120cm; Nakiyama - 110cm.
Some more snow overnight (15-20cm) put another nice layer over the snow we already got. We're looking at a lot of fresh snow here! Yesterday the lifts had been suspended quite a bit due to wind. Since the lifts weren't operating much, there will be more fresh tracks today. It looks like it is supposed to snow pretty heavily today with some intermittent periods of rest and the occasional hole in the clouds sunshine. However, Monday and Tuesday look like the visibility should be pretty good. That will surely open a gateway into some awesome backcountry conditions.
There are definitely some safety concerns in the backcountry with the amount of wind we got. Some areas may be heavily loaded. The wind will often times load slopes with a more "Slabby" layer. This means that the snow doesn't bond right away and wants to slide off any steeper slope with the given contact of some unlucky human being (or furry woodland creature).
The next few days should be cold enough that the snow will stay good. I would do some resort skiing for now until it settles a bit. If you do want to go out to the backcountry, stick with slopes that are somewhat mellow and still fresh! Glide cracks are everywhere this season compared to past. Skiing over-the-head deep powder and falling 3 meters into a crack is never fun for you or your body. With those things in mind you should probably be heading out the door by now to get the fresh snow that's everywhere out there.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 395cm Bottom - 220cm
Niseko Village: Top - 410cm Bottom - 240cm
Annupuri: Top - 440cm Bottom - 230cm
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Mountain base 6am: -9C, 15cm of broken snow crystals in the last 12 hours. 40cm in the last 24 hours. Benkei Cape NW 14m/s, Kamui Cape wave 2.2m, pressure 1015 hpa, Mountain Peak NW15.4m/s, temp -18.5C Snowfall: Since yesterday afternoon driving snow has persisted and will continue throughout the day. At 800m elevation snowdrift development is 150cm and unstable. Hazard Evaluation: Coordinates C4-D5(Moiwa Bowl, Mikaeri Bowl),E6(Back Bowl Sidewall), F5(O-Sawa SE face) and H8(Higashi One) the avalanche risk continues to be HIGH. If an avalanche occurs from the 22 Jan or 4 Feb layer it will be large and devastating. The slab is not stable and a fracture will easily propagate from a weak layer. Caution: Many accidents occur on leeward slopes when there is wind driven snow. Sometimes its better to wait for conditions on the mountain to improve rather than getting out there and having an accident. The snow in the trees is better today. Above 1100m elevation strong wind and snow will persist today. Keep an eye out for frostbite on you and your partners. Gates: Peak gates are expected to closed today. Please respect the ski patrols decision. Dont duck the ropes. Have a safe day.
Today was rather windy. It's looking like it may be windy as well tomorrow and mixed weather. The peak gates haven't been opened for a bit and it looks like the trend will continue tomorrow as wind holds steady. We saw the gondola in Niseko Village close for a bit several times today and run on slowed conditions.
Hopefully the wind will die down and temps settle so we can enjoy all the snow that fell. Once it settles, the backcountry will be safer. As of right now there are a lot of conditions making it difficult to travel safely. Visibility, wind loading, buried unstable layers, and general cold temps are all things to consider. Tonight would be a good one to practice your "kampai" and get a little extra sleep in the morning. Hopefully I'll see some of you out and about! Read more ...
Saturday 11th February 2012, 9:59am
Well yesterday it did stay snowing for the most part but it was fine snow that didn't add up to much on the ground. It was just 'there'. Heavier snowfall later on in the evening and the good news is that this morning we have 20cm or so of new snow and it is coming down nice and heavy right now - the good meaning of heavy, as in big flakes coming down fast. The local just-released Niigata forecast tells us to only expect 5cm or so from now until 4pm this afternoon, so perhaps it is going to ease off a bit.
More light snow tomorrow followed by somewhat milder conditions early in the week and a good chance of seeing the sun. Tuesday in particular right at this moment looks like it should be mild.
A look around the resorts and things seem to be open as normal this morning. Should be a decent weekend, I hope you have a good one wherever you are.
Well no sun just as yet as it is a cloudy start to the day here in Zao with perhaps 10cm or so of new snow to report. A cold one down to minus double digits earlier on but not much of a wind. Decent visability on the mountain too - as I write this I can just about see the top of the mountain from base here as clouds make a clearing..... and actually I can even see some bits of blue sky as well up there. Still a chance of light snow today and tomorrow though.
Taking a look at the forecast, it looks like we are going to have a period of clearer weather conditions starting Monday and towards the end of the week. We may get to see a fair bit of sun and Tuesday in particular looks like it might be quite mild out there. Even so, fingers crossed temperatures might stay on the right side of zero.
All the best for the weekend.
Official snow depths (11th February 12) Utopia - 275cm Chuo - 230cm Paradise - 260cm Uwanodai - 185cm
Operating lifts (11th February 12) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating. All the runs at Zao are open. Read more ...
Saturday 11th February 2012, 10:26am
I have more snow to report from Naeba this morning. 10-20cm or so in Naeba itself and up to 30cm of fresh snow in Kagura.
There's a light wind this morning and snow is continuing to fall. Similar conditions are currently forecast for tomorrow.
Looks like there have been some problems with the Prince No2 Gondola starting yesterday and early on it was not moving - they will try to get that operating if at all possible today. Other than that all lifts at Naeba are open. All courses apart from the Splash Bowl course and Mens Slalom open.
Look to Tuesday for a spike in temperatures and getting quite mild but the weather looks set to be fairly steady over the coming week with no storms due to be with us and a good chance of the sun shining down at least from time to time.
Should be good conditions out there this morning, have fun!
Resort Operations, 11th February (subject to change) Naeba: All lifts planned to be operating today. All courses apart from Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom course open. Kagura: Open as normal.
This is more like it! And perhaps unexpected as well because we have a healthy 30-40cm of fresh snow to report this Saturday morning. Great timing for the weekend and all the runs are open today for the weekend and with this new snow some great conditions once again.
The snow started coming down in style later on in the day yesterday with 10cm or so by late evening and of course that extra portion of white fluffy snow since then.
There's some events going on this weekend to celebrate 100 years of skiing. Rumor has it that Darth Vader is out there on the slopes today?! I kid you not. If you are one of the first 100 people to find him, he will give you a present as well. Apparently. As he will stick out quite a lot, I imagine that 100 people will quickly find him!
It looks probable that tomorrow will be a bit clearer than today but still a chance of snowfall. Brighter conditions lined up for early in the week.
Lifts currently operating: Lift No3B aside, all lifts look set to open today. Official snow depth: 300cm Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 11th February 2012, 10:45am
There has been some snowfall since yesterday and perhaps more than we were expecting. I would say 20cm and the official Shiga Kogen site is reporting up to 30cm in places. As you can see below the resorts themselves aren't really adjusting their snow depths with this new snowfall, but it's there!
It is still a snowy and cloudy morning so none of that sun that I was mentioning yesterday just as of yet. Doesn't seem likely with the snow coming down as it is and an at-times moderate wind blowing - feels very wintery - but the forecast still tells us that it is a possibility.
It's a Saturday and so nighta at more of the resorts - as can be seen below today planned at Ichinose Family, Diamond, Yakebitaiyama and Kumanoyu. I think I might get out there for a bit of nighta myself today, haven't been yet this season. Always nice when there's some new snow to enjoy.
Milder conditions should be with us Monday to Wednesday.
In the meantime wrap up well and enjoy the snow.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond - Yakebitaiyama - Kumanoyu
Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 11th February 2012 AM:
Was not expecting this when went to bed last night! It was snowing lightly but has taken off and we have 50cm on the front door and should be even more up top.
Didn't even see anyone at breakfast this morning with everyone racing out the door to get amongst the fresh snow. Feels like a while since we have had to dig out the cars in the morning and it was beautiful to see!
Yesterday was a terrific day too with reports of about 20cm of fresh up top. But today should be deeper and the powder hounds hunger should be well catered for out there. Quite a bit of movement around town this morning so may have to share a few of the lines with the weekend crowd.
Looks like Uenotaira around the middle section received the most with the base there now over the 4 Meter mark at 410cm. Still big flakes floating down out there at the moment so get up there and make the most of the great conditions.
The outlook is for light snow and even a bit of sun but who knows may get another unscheduled dump! Anything is possible in the mountains so take care on the slopes and the roads and have a great weekend.
Snow again today in Minakami. It snowed a lot last night with 25cm up and Tenjin and a good layer on all the other resorts. The snow is coming in fits and starts today with some clear spells as well as heavy snow falls from time to time. The colder temperatures continue today and there is a bit of a cold, gusty breeze around.
Snow for the rest of the weekend but the temperature will rise on Monday and Tuesday with the chance of some sunshine. From Wednesday onwards the temperature drops again and there is talk over another big snowfall starting from Thursday. Read more ...
Saturday 11th February 2012, 14:12pm
And the snow just keeps coming down. We've had a good 10cm overnight, and it's still snowing buckets out there. The powder has been relentless for almost a week now, and no matter how hard the skiers and boarders try to grab all the fresh powder, there always seems to be more waiting in the wings. If you're a fan of deep powder snow, you really have no excuse not to get out there right now.
The runs I did this morning on the Kitanomine side were all phenomenal. The moguls are absolutely blasted with snow, so it's more like a bumpy black diamond with plenty of face shots than a technical ride. The snow seems to be a little bit heavier today than it was yesterday, but hopefully that will change overnight. All that snow coming down means limited visibility, so be sure to bring some goggles and something to cover your face.
Snow is in the forecast for every day for the next week, so it looks like this winter wonderland is going to continue. Be safe out there, and happy skiing to you all! Read more ...
Saturday 11th February 2012, 21:23pm
Sorry for the late report.... we got about 20-30cm or so of snow overnight waiting for us once again this morning and it has been a day of continued snowfall here in Myoko. Lightish snowfall really down in town areas but on the mountains visibility conditions have not been as good - though interestingly at times it was better higher up.
The forecast for overnight into tomorrow is, well, it's more snow. Up to 20cm or so according to the local Niigata forecast.
Needless to say, snow conditions for riding out there should be pretty top notch again tomorrow. There may be a small chance of the sun making a show as well, and the same for early in the week with conditions it would seem set to get milder again for a short period.