Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 17th December 2017
Saturday 12th January 2008, 7:52am
bitterly cold morning. overcast. snowing on and off.
Another 15cm of fresh fat flakes in the last 24 hours. Only 5cm since the groomers went through last night, so not a huge accumulation on course today but there is plenty of fresh around up there.
Kuma Otoshi has been getting a work out during the week, and being the weekend, the Ski Patrol have closed it to give it a break from traffic for a few days.
The Halfpipe is the talk of the town at the moment. It is cut very well and in perfect condition. The large amounts of fresh snow in the last week have meant it has been maintained more than usual to keep its shape and clear out extra snow. Make sure you register at the Ropeway ticket office before dropping in.
The first of the weekly Cultural Events is tonight at the Furano Hiroba from 6pm. The Governor of Hokkaido will be attending tonight, with the associated press coverage, so it is sure to be the best show of the year. Make sure you get down there to see the talented local traditional artists perform.
The Furano Theatre Company has started their performances of Kanashibetss (this year's play). Ask at the tourist office for session times. Every year they put on an excellent production and it is definately worth checking out an evening session after a day on the slopes. Read more ...
Saturday 12th January 2008, 8:27am
Heavy rain down to who knows what altitude from last night to 7:00 this morning. Temperatures have dropped and snow has started falling wet and fast. Conditions today should be a mixed bag of powder up top and ice further down with some mix of those two in between. Shwoosh (^_^), crunch (>_<).
First day of the long weekend today so lots of people around...good to have some snow for that. No word yet from the ski-fields on the amount of snow last night so depth figures are not yet changed. Will update later in the day.
Temperatures have dropped, expect snow through the day. Falling wet and fast in the village so there should be some nice powder up top.
Backcountry Travel Advisory:
The storm snow over new years has definately settled and bonded well to the rain crust of December 29th. The 20cms of new snow on January 8th was sliding off in covex areas of 35 degrees plus durring the storm. Wind from the south west durring the storm of Dec. 8th loaded Northern lee slopes. Tests today showed that the new snow is bonding well to the new years storm snow.
Warm temperatures at low elevation could produce instability in the surface snow and at higher elevations on Sothern slopes with direct solar radiation.
Those traveling in the back country should take general caution and still watch out for steep lee slopes, loaded gullies and solar radiated slopes.
Snow is coming down hard with very cold temperatures. Presently -4 and the powder is high. Yesterday's snows melted as soon as they fell as La Nina licked up to the Japanese mainland , but the cold front is here for a while.
Yeaterday, it rained in the valley, but presently they're getting inundated with snowfall as well.
Today's pick is Togakushi. Besides the fact that it had freezing temperatures all day to maintain snow integrity (well, 0.05C), it had quite a bit of snow last night and is now only partly cloudy while Mt. Myoko is getting dumped on. Great vistas at the Toga.
Here are your Myoko area snow levels for this morning:
No new snow to report early this morning - BUT, it is snowing now! Light and rather wet snow at the moment, but snowing all the same and if the forecast is correct we can expect snow today and all through tomorrow as well.
While today it will likely hover around 0 degrees, tomorrow looks set to be rather colder, and probably stay in the minus numbers all day.
We'll bring you an update on this page later this evening with the latest...
I was hoping to update this page tonight with news of lots of new snow but a bit disappointed to report that the snowfall was weak today. It has been snowing for a fair while during the day, but it was wet snow and didn't really add much in terms of cm. Only a few cm on the car late this afternoon.
10-20cm of snow is forecast to fall overnight and tomorrow still looks likely to be a cold one with a good chance of dry snow (the good kind!) falling throughout the day and temperatures forecast to be around -4 and staying below zero all day.
It is also looking likely that there might be some strong winds blowing about tomorrow during the day, which may affect resort lift operations. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 12th January 2008, 10:12am
Good news today in Nozawa, it's snowing again. It started as rain this morning, turned into sleet and then became quite heavy. It is due to continue for most of today and then on and off tomorrow. It is going to be very cold, with temperatures dropping over the weekend down to -19 at the top of the mountain on Monday night. It is going to be busy on the mountain with skiers and boarders coming in for the long weekend.
Yesterday a small amount of snow fell in the Village but there was more on top. There was powder in the trees for those who wanted to find it. Around 10am the sun appeared for a while. Temperatures warmed up a bit with the sun. After lunch, the clouds came in causing temperatures to drop. At 2pm the thermometer at Ace Hill read -12 while at the bottom of the King gondola was -5. Snow fell gently in the Village in the afternoon and early evening.
The day has started with freezing conditions in the Village and moderate snow fall. There are high winds on the top of the mountain but all lifts are open this morning. Hokkaido is sitting between two highs which is causing these windy conditions. The wind is suppose to moderate but the cold temperatures should remain.
Moderate snowfalls are predicted for the area but Niseko seems to get more than elsewhere. I am heading out now to find out the best powder staches on the mountain. It should be quite an adventure. I will not know how much powder is out there until I am amongst it! Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 12th January 2008, 10:22am
Rain was actually falling in Shiga Kogen earlier on this morning - something that is fairly rare in mid-winter and of course most unwelcome - but that has thankfully now changed into snow and the temperatures are now dropping.
Right now the temperature is just under 0, but look for the temperatures to drop further as the day progresses and hopefully we will be entering into a prolonged colder spell which would be welcome after the milder weather of the last week or so.
So it looks like it is snow lined up for the day and also the next few days - so if you are planning to be in Shiga Kogen come prepared for the cold and snow. With a fresh snowfall, conditions should be good out there and improving as more falls.
Nighta for today is planned at the following resort areas:
- Sun Valley - Maruike - Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond - Yakebitaiyama - Kumanoyu Read more ...
Saturday 12th January 2008, 11:47am
Blue Skies with meandering clouds
Yesterday saw wonderful conditions at Kagura - it certainly was a powder day up there with a good 50cm on the angles with plenty more in the valleys if you were unfortunate enough to ride in to those terrain traps. The Lake at Tashiro which is visible from Kagura is still not frozen, not even a hint of ice on the expanse of water nestled in there next to the top of the Tashiro Rope-way, I believe this to be quite unusual for this time of year - the lake usually looks a lot, lot smaller by mid January.
Pretty cold out there this morning, though it looks like it will warm up as the hours tick by. The sun is out and so it looks like to be another bright and cheery sunny day, although there are a few nomadic clouds lumbering around the peak as I type. The temperature at 900m at 9am is sitting on a pretty chilly -4.
The snow has hit Minakami this morning around 9:00 after a small amount of rain in the earlier hours. The snow is now starting to become heavier at the valley level looks like it has set in for the next 24hours. The wind has also started to pick up and it is blowing quite hard in the alpine and at higher ski areas at present. i.e. Tenjin.
The outlook for tomorrow is for a solid day of snow and then clearing on Monday. The storm should bring around 20cm to the valley and up to 50cm above 1300m. This is a saviour for the lower ski areas that are starting to look very patchy on lower runs.