Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 14th December 2017
Wednesday 12th February 2014, 7:51am
A fine morning yesterday but became somewhat cloudy in the afternoon. No fresh snowfall to report this morning.
The local forecast for today is sunny and clear, but as I write this report it's cloudy. Signs of the sun trying to break through some cloud but not doing so just yet. Supposed to warm up to around +3C as well this afternoon.
Another dry day due tomorrow, with a return to snow by late Friday and during Saturday.
I'm pleased to be able to report 5cm of fresh snow this morning. Even with the chance of there being a bit more than that higher up (though not at 1150m according to the Avalance Report this morning), it's not enough to refresh the mountain after the run of days we have had without any new snow - but it's definitely better than 0cm!
We have clear blue skies over the Niseko region, the sun is out, it's calm and it's keeping cold. Actually I am seeing that it apparently dipped down to minus 16 degrees overnight in Kutchan. Currently it is around -11 degrees.
There's not much else for me to report this morning.
Weekly forecast is still not looking like there's any major snow on the into next week. We might have to make do with smaller top-ups like the overnight one we got.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -10C, 5cm new snow crystals in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -13C, 5cm new snow, light winds. Annupuri 1150m: -12C, wind W7m/s, 5cm new snow. Annupuri peak 1308m: -14.2, SW0.3m/s Cape Benkei: SW3m/s, Cape Kamui: SW9m/s, wave 1.2m, pressure 1027hPa.
Isobars are spaced widely apart over Niseko and high pressure system is bringing calm weather at the sea and mountains. 5cm of light snow crystals fell overnight. There is high probability of shallow surface avalanches on steep south facing slopes, general avalanche risk is low though. Peak gates are expected to open this morning. Please listen to the patrols advice before passing through the gates.
Lately there has been increasing numbers of people ducking ropes and claiming no knowledge of Niseko Rules. Accommodation providers, guides, instructors and everybody involved in snow tourism have a duty to pass on the correct information about Niseko Rules. The rules are there to maintain a minimum safety level and protect our freedom to ride out of bounds. Beware there are many dangers on the mountain .
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
After a busy day on the slopes yesterday, we should be back to normal today.
New snow wasn't expected and I don't have any to report this morning. It was cold overnight with a low of -9C, and just after 8am this morning it's -7C here in the village. Sun is expected today and a warm up to around freezing point at base.
It's a mix of blue sky and grey/white cloud this morning over Nozawa but like I said the forecast is for clear conditions today. Perhaps a dusting of snow overnight tonight, but more decent snow is due later Friday and Saturday - though on Saturday we need it to keep on the colder side of the forecasts. It does seem that it will be a bit warmer on Saturday, so down in the village it may be giri-giri borderline wet rather than the snow - though likely the upper part of the mountain will be straight into snow. But we need to keep an eye on that.
The weather somehow still doesn't seem to want to stay in the mid-winter heavy snow mode for a prolonged period of time which is unfortunately becoming something of a theme for this season.
But anyway, it might not be knee-deep powder out there today but there's tons of fun to be had. Go find it, that's what I'm going to do!
A very cold Hakuba. Overnight it was as cold as -15 degrees apparently and it's still down close to -10C. Very cold early on. It is due to warm right up to low positive numbers this afternoon though as we are in for another day of sun and blue skies.
Lovely clear afternoon yesterday, though I think most of us would give up some of them for a couple of days of deep dumpage! We can't control that though of course so we have to play in what we got.
So yes today, blue skies over the peaks, quite a bit of cloud over in the other direction again but clear conditions on the forecast.
Less of the temperature swings due into tomorrow with a mostly cloudy day forecast. It will get milder in time for the weekend but we do actually have snowfall due overnight into Saturday - a good refresh for the weekend would be just the ticket.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 12th February 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 275cm Toomi - 165cm Iimori - 140cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 270cm Lower - 85cm
Happo-one: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Usagidaira - 220cm Nakiyama - 85cm Sakka - 100cm
A fine day yesterday and this morning it is bright but there is more cloud around and less blue sky to see above the mountain.
It's another cold and calm morning though and no new snow to report.
Some people have apparently been asking about the conditions of the Ice Monsters. Rain that we had earlier in the month spoilt them somewhat unfortunately and so I get the feeling that this season the Juhyo peak conditions are going to have been the last part of January when they were in really excellent condition. Though I would happily be proved wrong!
Official snow depths (12th February 14): Utopia: 280cm Chuo: 220cm Paradise: 240cm Uwanodai: 165cm Read more ...
Wednesday 12th February 2014, 11:03am
It's back to gray again today, which doesn't mean gloomy so much as fresh snow is hopefully back on the menu ahead. Just in time, too, as we've had some excellent powder, but we're in need of a little refill.
The temperatures have stayed pretty cold, which has kept the snow in good condition, and it looks to stay that way up until the weekend, when it will get warmer, but the snowfall should get heavier (as is often the case).