Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Tuesday 11th February 2014, 7:39am
Another sunny day in Myoko; for once we're the clear spot, with clouds out to the north over the ocean and Joetsu city. They may well be moving in though fairly soon though.
We had a nice dusting of light snow in the evening, not enough to build up anything remarkable, but it adds a nice sparkle to the surface. It was such a nice sunny day yesterday, in fact, that I saw a lot of people opening up their cars to try and dry out the inevitable Myoko wetness (as did I, with my trusty van deciding to leave an interior light on for some reason, and killing the battery. The joys of winter).
Few reports are in yet, but no particular change in snow levels. Thanks, Ikenotaira, for posting the temperature early!
The slopes are sparkling in the morning sun and it is looking like it will be a great day here in Furano - quite a contrast to the greyness of yesterday.
There is some high cloud hanging around but that will move on as the morning progresses. Overnight there has been 4cm of new snow which has freshened up the mountain and will mean some of the off piste runs will be worth a look early morning.
The grooming team has been busy overnight and all main runs have been perfectly groomed.
Well, maybe not the best of mornings as I can't report any snow... other than another light dusting not amounting to 1cm.
So we had very light snow on and off yesterday, but it really didn't amount to much of anything.
This morning it doesn't look like it's going to pretend to try to snow much. While intermittent snow showers are there on the forecast, it seems more likely to turn into a fine and sunny day.
It's not much fun having to report no new snowfall in a morning, but I'm afraid I might have to get used to it over the coming days as there really doesn't seem to be any big refresh on the radar at the moment unfortunately. Tomorrow the forecast is from sun from early on.
So we need to make do with what we have for the moment. Keep in mind the good things too - it is remaining cold and there's no sign of rain either.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -10C, no new snow in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -13C, trace new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -13C, wind N7m/s, no new snow. Hirafu 1000m: -11 , no new snow. Cape Benkei: NNE3m/s, Cape Kamui: ENE3m/s, wave 2.0m, pressure 1016hPa.
Niseko is between weather systems at the moment and weather is calm. Without new snowfall the snowpack is stable and the avalanche risk is generally low. Peak gates are expected to open this morning. Once you pass through the gates you are not in the ski areas anymore – no patrol. Please listen to the patrols advice before leaving. The mountain is tracked out, dont duck ropes looking for fresh lines. Niseko Rules strictly prohibit entering Haru no Taki, Mizuno no Sawa Special Control Area and Yu no Sawa. Your pass will be confiscated.
There are many other dangers off piste. Everybody can ride faster with newer technology but you still need to be careful hitting trees, crashing into cracks - it will just happen faster. If you want to explore some of the other peaks in the Niseko areas it is recommended to use a guide. Have a nice day.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
Light snow falling early in the morning on the top slopes of Nozawa and they report just a few cm since yesterday. 3cm up on Yamabiko, 1cm on Uenotaira - along with temperatures down into the minus double digits.
Down here at base it's a complicated mix of blue sky and cloud for the moment and while there's no cm of fresh snowfall it is cold down here too. -6 degrees in fact at 9am.
The forecast for the day is cloud and clearing up later on. Cold overnight and then sunny clear skies due for the whole of tomorrow. Some forecasts say perhaps some snow overnight. What's looking more promosing though right now is the forecast snow going into the coming weekend. There's potential there, so we'll keep an eye on that.
It's National Foundation Day in Japan today and so that means - holiday! There were quite a lot of people waiting for the first gondola up this morning and it'll be busier than usual. I would guess that some people who had to cancel plans to be here on Sunday might be making the most of the holiday to get here and enjoy the conditions today.
No snow through the day yesterday and mostly a sunny day with just a dusting overnight on some of the slopes being reported this morning.
And this morning the sun us out and we have lots of blue sky above Hakuba. Cloud here and there but for the most part it's a fine, sunny morning. Remaining suitably cold which we're happy about and at 9am it is around -7 degrees in the village. A high temp of about -2 degrees is forecast down here.
We're expecting similar weather conditions tomorrow actually though while it should get very cold overnight tonight it might warm up to over zero during the day tomorrow.
We all want to know about snow of course. That still looks due to be with us later on Friday through Saturday.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 11th February 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall at Iimori and Toomi and 5cm up top. Upper - 280cm Toomi - 165cm Iimori - 140cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 275cm Lower - 90cm
Happo-one: Reporting 1cm of new snowfall at Usagidaira. Usagidaira - 225cm Nakiyama - 90cm Sakka - 105cm
Periods of sun yesterday but mostly it was cloudy and we even got a bit of wet snow falling later on in the afternoon and evening. Result is a few cm or so on the ground this morning.
Kagura are reporting 5-10cm, while resorts around town reporting up to 5cm or so.
There's a lot of cloud around this morning but as I am writing this report the sun is peeking through as well and there is more and more blue patches of sky opening up before us. The forecast had cloud clearing up later on in the day so perhaps it's just happening sooner than expected.
Tomorrow should be clear and sunny from early on in the day.
The next decent snowfall is forecast for the weekend.