Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017
Friday 11th January 2013, 8:11am
Nice snowfall to report this morning, very light dry snow fallen overnight and up to around 20cm on Naeba. I'd say more like 15cm on the cars in village, and I am hearing that Kagura has seen up to double that amount since yesterdays report.
Whatever the number, conditions should be very good today. Amazing what a good old dump of snow can do isn't it. The official snow depths haven't changed, so just ignore those for the moment!
It continues to snow this morning but the skies are due to clear up later on. Good chance of the sun out tomorrow, so weekend visitors should be especially happy.
It's a 3 day weekend coming up in Japan with Monday as a national holiday.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 150cm Kagura - 320cm
All runs at Naeba open apart from Splash Bowl (though some lifts rested for weekdays including Prince No1 Gondola). Read more ...
Friday 11th January 2013, 8:19am
Add another 20cm or so the what we got yesterday, and the resort are saying up to 30cm of new snowfall on the slopes.
Yes, some lovely new snow has been deposited on the slopes of Madarao, making for some very likely nice conditions this morning that I'm keen to check out.
Another cold morning, minus seven degrees and that snow continuing to fall.
Clearer conditions are likely tomorrow and Sunday so it has the makings for a good weekend.
Fireworks tomorrow night which should be fun.
Lifts planned to be operating: Number 1 Number 2 Number 3 Super quad Number 5 Number 11 Number 12 Number 15 Kids Park --- FreeRide Park Powder Wave I Powder Wave II Usagi Riverline Powder Theater Adventure Read more ...
Friday 11th January 2013, 8:49am
Mostly cloudy, variable
Good morning from Hakuba. The clouds stuck around for the most part yesterday
Early on it seems to be a case of cloudy on the south side of the valley and patches of blue to the North. Some shadows and the sun peeking through at times again.
New snow of 1-5cm depending on your location around Hakuba. I would have thought more than that on upper slopes but apparently not, in Hakuba anyway. The Hakuba Cortina resort just to the north in Otari this morning is reporting up to 40cm of new snowfall this morning, so if that is to believed - and I have no reason to doubt it - then I know where I would be heading if I were having a day on the slopes. Tsugaike Kogen also apparently got a decent amount.
It is a cold -6 degrees at the moment with a wind at 2m/s. It looks like it will clear later today with the sun beaming through the clouds over the mountains. The upper parts of the mountains should be lovely to ski and ride on today especially if that clears up.
Clear skies tomorrow but it should hopefully stay cold. Still doesn't look like there's much snow on the horizon well into next week so we will have to make the most with what there is out there.
Tomorrow is the first day of a three day weekend here in Japan, as Monday is a national holiday. We can expect things to get pretty busy out there. Early start recommended! Should be a fun weekend.
Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 11th January 2013 AM: Please note that resort lift operations are subject to change at any time.
Hakuba Goryu: 1cm of new snow reported on lower slopes and about 5cm upper areas at Hakuba Goryu this morning. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 255cm; Toomi - 120cm; Iimori - 90cm
Hakuba 47: 3cm new snow at base and 5cm new up top reported by Hakuba 47 this morning. Official snow depth: Upper - 190cm Lower - 100cm
Snow was forecast for the day yesterday, and that's what we got.
And overnight too.
So much so, that this morning have 30-40cm of new snow to deal with. You'll see that in the Avalance report (below) 20cm is reported, and as noted in that it seems that there has been more over on the Hirafu side here.
It is another cold morning of course, -7C at the moment here and it probably won't change much throughout the day. Only a slight wind here at base though it does look like stronger winds higher up will prevent the top Wonderland Chair lift at Niseko Village. Other lifts around the mountain seem to be scheduled to operate as planned, perhaps some at reduced speed where necessary.
Light snow and generally cloudy this morning with similar snow on/off conditions due in the coming week.
This weekend is a long weekend in Japan with Monday being a national holiday - the 'Seijin no Hi', or Coming of Age Day.
Those visiting this weekend will certainly not be disappointed. We avoid using hyperbole on these here reports, but when there's totally awesome conditions on the slopes... what else can you say? :)
Tomorrow's report will possibly be online later than usual as there's some server work scheduled for the morning.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 380cm Bottom - 190cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 330cm Bottom - 195cm
Niseko Village Top - 295cm Bottom - 190cm
Niseko base 6am: -11C, 20cm of overnight snowfall and no snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: WNW12m/s, -16C with moderate snowdrift development. Annupuri peak: WNW15.1m/s, -18.3C. Coastal data: NW13m/s, 1.5m waves and 1018hPa. Annupuri 1000m snowpack: 285cm. Heavier snowfall in Hirafu side of the mountain.
The winter pressure pattern is persisting and intermittent snowfall is continuing. Relatively rapid snowdrifts development in areas above 1000m is forming unstable snow slabs in leeward slopes; according to the wind transition the avalanche risk is rising especially in slopes with slabs of heavy wind-blown snowdrifts. The risks are being measured by evaluating various data and observations of present conditions. The wind speed transition in combination with the snowfall amount and the temperature is an important factor to evaluate the slabs stability in various location of various altitudes.
Peak gates are scheduled to open, time to be determined. Ask the ski patrols some advice before stepping out of the gates. Always keep in mind that outside the gate is not the resort any more. Stay cautious and be conscious of the risks. Open steep slopes and knolls are dangerous at all time. Have a safe day and beware of frostbites. The snow is good again today. Read more ...
Friday 11th January 2013, 9:14am
Sunny, some cloud
Those cold temperatures are staying with us and it's a nice -8C this morning in the village. A temperature of -13C being reported from the Chuo area of the resort this morning. Certainly keeping the snow in good condition.
This morning some cloud but lots of blue sky up there and the sun shining down on the mountain. It seems a while since I have been able to clearly see the top of the mountain - good visibility all round today, and hardly any wind as well.
The forecast for the weekend is a variable mix of clear, cloud and snow showers. Suitably vague?! We'll just have to see what nature brings us.
It will probably be busy out there as it's a three day long weekend as Monday is Coming of Age Day in Japan. So lots of weekend visitors expected. It applies to every weekend (and every day I suppose) but more than ever... early start is a good idea if possible!
There was some light snow yesterday and overnight which has amounted to around 4cm. Conditions are low cloud today which will mean at least some periods of flat light but visibility will generally be okay. Temperatures are again very cold and it is snowing lightly at the moment. Tomorrow looks to be a good day with clear conditions on the forecast for morning and afternoon. Read more ...
Friday 11th January 2013, 10:01am
In my report I said 'nothing major' when talking about the snow lined up over the week. That's what the report said yesterday morning but the snow came and we have had a decent amount fall since then. Reports from around town vary, as they do of course, but I would say 20cm around town and the most being reported is from Kagura where up to 40cm has fallen.
A bit unexpected but a nice surprise and it will certainly have made conditions much better for today and of course in time for the upcoming weekend as well.
Snow still falling but only about 5cm due before it gets dark. According to the forecast the skies should be clearing up by evening as well and tomorrow is set to be a clear and sunny day in the area. Hopefully not warming up too much.
After today hardly any snow forecast for the coming week. I'm partly saying that in the hope that it will encourage the snow gods out there to bring us lots of snow, and we can only hope they are wrong.
For now though, renewed good conditions and it should be a fine long weekend. (Monday is a holiday in Japan).
Unexpectedly moderate snowfalls persisted overnight delivering an excellent surprise this morning. From last lifts till midnight last night we saw about 15-20cm gather on top of railings and by morning 30cm had accumulated in the village, with even more up high. It looks like there should be some outstanding and deep riding on offer today.
A clearing trend is expected during the day, but this is hard to imagine as the snowfalls show no signs of letting up. Like the past week crowds are looking like they will be minimal.
Yesterday there were many happy faces on the mountain with knee-deep snow through the trees and tiny crowds. There were perfect conditions for practicing riding in the powder, as it was still easy to feel the solid base beneath. The trees were really the place to be with the limited visibility and plentiful fresh.
Looking further ahead, the current forecast is very unusual for this time of year. We are expecting some spring-like conditions for at least the next three days. Light snow is possible on Saturday night, but the temperatures are quite warm with a freezing height hovering around 400-800m above sea level. The next chance for a good solid dump is looking like it may occur around the 17th.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating except: Yunomine Pair Mizunashi Triple Challenge Pair Utopia Pair Higake No2 Pair B line
Courses open: All courses open except: Kandahar West
Snow, snow, snow! We are definitely back to Myoko-style snowfalls. I measured 73cm on the trusty study plot boards this morning (trying to be more scientific, you know). Pretty dense below nice fluffy stuff on top, so it will be a bit of a slog on those steep climbs today.
Onpiste things should be great, and word from the patrol early on was that there aren't a lot of people out on the hill (tomorrow is the start of a three-day weekend, so that will change!). Out of bounds, be careful of the hard layer below the new snow; we need to go out for a dig, but just in cleaning around the house there is a pretty solid level of frozen wet snow down below the new that could cause the new snow to slide. Take your avy gear, even if you're just sneaking off from the lifts--too many people are out there unprepared (the locals are shaking their heads about this).
Now, after two hours of digging and writing this report, time for me to check it out in person!
Operations and official snow depths
Akakura Kanko (Akakan) 220cm, -5C
Akakura Onsen 170cm (something is not right here in these depths), -5C
Ikenotaira 170cm, -3C
Suginohara 170cm, -11C (at the top of the gondola)
Perhaps somewhat unexpected snow to report this morning, but I'm pleased about that. 10cm or so since yesterday I'd say and more higher up I would think.
Light snow is still falling as we approach lunchtime here in Maruike, but in places around the resorts some blue skies have been appearing and the sun as well shining down. It looks and feels like it will clear up as the forecast told us to expect.
Good chance of the sun out over the weekend, especially tomorrow. As you may well know it's a long weekend this weekend with Monday as a Japanese national holiday and so it should be lively out there. Certainly much more than weekendays like today, when the slopes are very quiet indeed.
Hope you have a good weekend wherever you may be.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family Ichinose Diamond
Official resort snow depths as of Friday 11th January 2013 AM: