Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 14th December 2017
Tuesday 12th January 2010, 8:26am
Hakuba gave us a nice long weekend with clear skies yesterday and great views of the Alps. Packed out resorts but the forests were as desolate as ever which made for some nice snowshoeing and playing in the powder with the mountains as a backdrop.
Carparks and liftlines are back to weekday capacity and we have resorts almost to ourselves again first thing in the morning.
Today started out well crisp with fast groomers and ice-cream headaches at the bottom but the forecast is for some warming today with possible precipitation beginning midday.
Temperatures are set to drop overnight with another decent snowfall forecast for tomorrow keeping things in good shape. See you on the other side of it...
After a day of blue/silver skies yesterday and generally fine weather - and actually fairly busy slopes at some of the resorts on looking round town - this morning the skies are grey and it is cloudy all round.
It is 2 degrees at the moment and feeling fairly mild and we actually have rain forecast for a bit later on in the day, so here's hoping that doesn't happen. Though it does seem likely.
The good news though is that it should turn into snow by the end of the day and then we have some fairly heavy snow lined up for tomorrow and we should be in for a few more days of snowy conditions into the weekend.
The fine weather forecast did come through overnight but not before another 20cm of powder was deposited on the slopes through yesterday. Conditions are still incredibly good out there and this morning it is only partly cloudy with the sun visible at times. Winds are still light and avalanche danger is low so it's definitely a great day to head out through the gates and especially up to the peak to access some of the best powder likely to be found anywhere on the planet at the moment. Some weak areas of low pressure just to the west of Honshu will move NE bringing a bit of instability as they pass through over the next 24 hours. As they move out into the Pacific the area of low pressure is expected to deepen into a significant storm which will direct cold North Westerlie over Hokkaido which will be very strong on Thursday. These stong winds will bring near blizzard conditions to the region. Reasonably heavy snow will start moving in tomorrow and continue right through this week. So make sure you get out there today and enjoy this calm before the storm.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 220cm Bottom - 120cm
Niseko Village: Top - 230cm Bottom - 140cm
Annupuri: Top - 240cm Bottom - 150cm
Niseko Avalanche Info No.28
Moiwa base 6am: -7℃, 20cm of non-wind affected uniform crystal snowfall. Coastal data: 6m/s NW at Benkei cape, 1.1m waves at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak wind: 5m/s W. Mizuno no sawa knoll wind: NW 5m/s. The mountain and the ocean are calm as the atmospheric pressure gradient is gentle. A layer of soft snow has blanketed the whole mountain. No notable development of snowdrifts or cornices can be observed and all data shows no distinguished signs of avalanche hazard, and no prominent weak layer has been observed. Peak gates will open at 9:30am. Always use the gates to access the out of bounds areas. Don’t stop halfway on an open slope or in gully bottoms. Follow the fall line, traversing sideways under cornices or knolls is not right. Beware of sudden weather changes. Don’t be following other people’s tracks, you may end up being lost. Avalanche hazard due to sun effect will start rising during the day in south-east facing steep slopes such as Haru no taki cliff area. Possibilities of a 60cm surface slab avalanche are to be considered in the strictly off-limits areas. Don’t be stepping in there. Have a nice day. Read more ...
Tuesday 12th January 2010, 10:17am
Cloud, light snow
Change again this morning - it's a cloudy start to the day and also a very mild one. Currently it is 0 degrees in the village. Light snow is falling higher up, at the top of the mountain it is a mild -5 degrees. Well, mild for up there anyway!
After the crowds of the long weekend have gone back, today the resort is looking very quiet... not many people around at all.
The forecast is for snow later on and snow clouds to be around Zao for the next 5 or 6 days and colder temperatures so we should be receiving some regular topups to keep things good.
There has been about 3cm of snow in the village over night. The day is crisp and clear with the temperature this morning down to -25deg. The mountain has been well groomed and the snow conditions, as you would expect with this cold weather, are excellent. The weather is currently sunny and should continue through most of the day. The Giant Course is closed today as it is being used for competition. Read more ...
Tuesday 12th January 2010, 11:41am
Cloudy; peaks above 1900 meters obscured by clouds
It's a little warmer than the past week or so in Myoko, and it looks like it's getting ready to snow. A bit gray and gloomy, but at least it stayed nice for the three-day weekend.
A slow newsday! Not much to report, except that everything's going good on the mountain; lifts are running smoothly with none of last year's wind closures (yet), and more snow on the way.
The clouds are back this morning and the sun has gone into retread as we head into another snowy period in the mountains. For this morning though it is just cloudy and a relatively mild -5 degrees at the moment in Maruike. Rain might well be falling lower down the mountains but hopefully soon that will be snow up here in Shiga Kogen and then we have a run of days where snow is forecast - perhaps fairly heavy snow tomorrow.
So look out for a temperature drop later today and hopefully a good report of snow tomorrow morning.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family - Ichinise Diamond
Official resort snow depths as of 12th January 10:
Yesterday was a fine day all the way through and mild.
This morning the mild weather continues and for now it is just cloudy. There's a chance of rain later on in the village but hopefully that will be snow on the mountain, but by late tonight it should be snowing in the region once again and some fairly heavy snow is forecast for tomorrrow with the snow clouds likely to remain in the area until at least Friday.
All resort areas open as normal and today the slopes are looking almost empty compared to how things were looking over this past weekend.
Not a great deal to report from today. Grey skies everywhere with the definite feeling of the calm before the storm. It was a fine day yesterday with blue skies and warmish temperatures. Most of the locals took the opportunity to get on top of the snow clearing in anticipation of more snow falling for the rest of the week.
It still feels a little warmer today and the snow does feel slightly heavier but temperatures are due to drop tomorrow and hopefully the snow comes with it. Read more ...