Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017

Myoko Now!

Monday 12th January 2009, 7:12am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A windy night has cleared the clouds away, but the sunny skies will be shortlived. Heavy snows are slated for this afternoon and beyond. So, enjoy the morning while you can.

Today's snowfall will be heaviest at Seki Onsen and all windward resorts.   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Monday 12th January 2009, 8:19am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday the weather cleared up mid morning to make for a cracker of a day, with plenty of fresh snow, blue skies and only mild winds.

This morning it looks like it will turn out to be a similar day with clear blue skies overhead at present and no wind to be seen. There is still plenty of fresh tracks to be had if you know where to look for them.

All fields have all runs open today including the return run under the gondola at Tenjin. It looks like the snow will move in late this afternoon combined with some stronger winds and contimnue through to tomorrow evening. The remainder of the week now looks relatively dry and sunny as high pressure systems engulf Japan from Wednesday onwards.   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 12th January 2009, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's a fine and sunny morning here in Nozawa Onsen. There was no snow overnight, and it is currently -4 degrees in the village. At the top of Mt Kenashi it is -8 degrees and there is 190cm of snow on the ground. There is a moderate southwesterly blowing at around 15km/h in the village and 30km/h at the top.

The clouds are expected to roll in today and bring with them some decent snow falls - light to moderate throughout the day then heavy overnight. The wind will turn westerly and strengthen by tomorrow, with snow showers predicted through to Friday morning.

It is a Japanese public holiday today so the lifts are open from 8:00 AM (or 8:10 for the gondolas) but it will probably be busy on the hill too. Should be a great day to enjoy the sunshine and stunning views early, and maybe some fresh snow later on as well.

All lifts are expected to operate today

All courses will be open except;
Kurokura
Hachiman
Karasawa wave park
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Niseko Now!

Monday 12th January 2009, 9:18am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A bluebird start to the day this morning. Youtei looks amazing with plumes of powder streaming off the summit. The clear skies are not predicted to last all day with cloud moving in later and some more snow later tonight. The low in the Sea of Japan is currently tracking southward but over the next couple of days will move a little east and then northwards again. This will bring more snow back over the region from Wednesday.
The peak gates are expected to open today and the views from up top will be truly spectacular. Avalanche danger is still high and the layer that would slide is up to 60cm thick and is fairly heavy snow. Choose your route carefully to minimise risk. Anyway a great morning to get out there and work on your goggle tan!


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Furano Now!

Monday 12th January 2009, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Blue skies, not too cold, light winds picking up a bit in the afternoon.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Blue Skies!!

Beautiful morning here in Furano. Blue skies, but no new snow. It was nice and cold last night, and the snow is in great shape.

There are now a total of three snow domes open in Kitanomine for your igloo dining experience, and more are being built. The completed domes are two at Bell Hills hotel, and one at Naturvald, while Alpine Center is just putting the finishing touches on theirs. You can enjoy a nice meal or snack on genuine snow benches and tables. Definitely something you have to do at least once.

No real snow forecast for next several days, but temps will remain below freezing, so the snow will not get icy. Locals are saying this is a strange winter. We should have double the snow pack by now, and should also be colder.


Think Snow. Think harder.   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Monday 12th January 2009, 9:54am
Weather conditions: Very cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Today is a very cold and overcast day in the alps. The visibility at the top will be quite low as the sun is hiding behind today. We are predicted a heavy snowfall tonight which will provide us eager snow enthusiast with great runs tomorrow. Our current temperature is -2 at the base of the mountains. The ski lift lines has gone done and they are not as congested since the weekend rush is over. We are looking at a great day on the lifts with a little fresh snow from last night at the top and freshly groomed runs along the bottom.

The sun crust of January 4th is still proving to be a weak layer now under 20 - 60cm of wind effeced new snow. Facets were found above and below the crust Sunday in 3 pit locations all dug on solar aspects in the Tsugaike shizen during and Avalanche Safety Training course. Compresion tests found easy results in the top wind effected new snow and moderate results just above the crust with the new lighter snow not bonding to what might be buried surface hoar or developing facets.

Recent high winds in the alpine from the North West means that all the recent new snow will be wind deposited on to the South and East aspects on top of that bomber sun crust. Be very careful of lee slopes and take due care in cross loaded Northerly terrain and when entering into lee slopes from scoured ridges or convex terrain.

Areas of deep snow pack will have greater stability than the thin shoulders and areas where overnight radiation of heat has created near surface faceting and faceting crystals around the areas of shallow crust. Big alpine bowls may be slow to stablize and may propigate very wide due to the very tensile nature the present wind effected alpine snow pack.

Continued caution around cornices should be practiced and these areas avoided all together. CORNICES ARE VERY FRAGILE!

Possible increases in day time temperatures due to strong solar radiation will effect stability today. Take due caution when on or under solar radiated slopes.

Official resort snow depths on 12th Jan 09:
Happo-one:
55cm (Shirakaba)
70cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
170cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
65cm (Iimori)
65cm (Toomi)
175cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
95cm
Tsugaike Kogen:
90cm (Kanenonaruoka)
90cm (Maruyama)
175cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
50cm (Shomen)
115cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
65cm
Hakuba Minekata:
45cm
Hakuba Highland:
40cm

Nighta tonight is scheduled at:

Hakuba Goryu (Toomi);
Happo-one (Nakiyama);
Hakuba Cortina Kokusai (Ikenoda)   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Monday 12th January 2009, 11:08am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A beautiful morning again with no wind and the temperature sitting just above zero. A look through the binoculars shows the top Takenoko lift at Naeba full of pairs of people on their way to the summit of Naeba with the powder snow already cut to bits - this lift actually opened yesterday - giving a nice little present to any of the lucky bandits that turned up to that vicinity at the right time yesterday.   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 12th January 2009, 13:03pm
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
What a day it has been already!

Overnight the skies were clear though a fair amount of fog in the valley, clearing to make early morning bright and sunny with almost clear blue skies. The first few hours of resort operations were in bright sunlight but since around 10:30am it started clouding over and getting duller and suddenly at around 11:30am it started snowing - and quite heavily at times too, along with some quite strong winds. I don't know how long that will last but it certainly was a big and quick change and may well be affecting some lift operations out there with the side winds.

The forecast is for snow into tonight and through tomorrow with temperatures not rising into positive territory until perhaps Wednesday.

Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa:
Naeba
Iwappara

In Minamiuonuma just to the north, nighta at:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Centleisure Maiko
Joetsu Kokusai

Official resort snow depths @ 12th Jan 09, AM:
Mt Naeba:
160cm
Kagura Tashiro:
180cm
Kagura Mitsumata:
200cm
Kagura:
200cm
GALA Yuzawa:
170cm
Pine Ridge Resorts Kandatsu:
155cm
NASPA Ski Garden:
140cm
Iwappara:
120cm
Yuzawa Kogen:
150cm
Nunoba:
90cm
Yuzawa Park:
135cm
Yuzawa Nakazato:
120cm
Kayama Captain Coast:
130cm   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Monday 12th January 2009, 13:06pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
High winds, the likes of which I haven't seen for some time, are whipping hard through the whole area. And what's worse is that no lifts are closed! Please do take care this afternoon as lift chairs will be rocking more than they should perhaps be allowed to. I was at Suginohara this morning, and the winds have swept up this past hour to send the masses home in droves. This weekend ends with a bang. The big snows are scheduled to arrive at this time as well.   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 12th January 2009, 15:27pm
Weather conditions: Clear, snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The day started off fine with clouds scattered around generally blue skies, but it clouded over and snow started falling late morning. After a generally mild start temperatures have dropped and will likely stay down as we have snow forecast through tonight and tomorrow.... hopefully we'll see a change in those numbers below tomorrow morning!

The following resort plans to be open for nighta tonight:
Ichinose Family
Ichinose Diamond

Official resort snow depths as of 12th January 09:

Yokoteyama:
130cm
Kumanoyu:
120cm
Maruike:
95cm
Sun Valley:
90cm
Giant:
100cm
Mammoth:
95cm
Ichinose Family:
95cm
Yakebitaiyama:
155cm
Okushiga Kogen:
160cm   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Niseko Now
20th Sep, 17:14pm
Minakami Now
17th Sep, 10:23
Madarao Now
22nd Jul, 13:05pm
Hakuba Now
14th Jul, 14:12pm
Myoko Now
01st Jul, 11:49pm
Yuzawa Now
29th May, 14:13pm
Shiga Kogen Now
29th May, 7:35
Furano Now
25th May, 9:01
Appi Kogen Now
18th May, 8:33
Grandeco Now
07th May, 19:56pm
Zao Now
07th May, 19:55pm
Naeba Now
07th May, 19:55pm
Nozawa Onsen Now
07th May, 19:53pm
Kiroro Now
01st May, 9:18am

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