Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 17th December 2017
Saturday 12th January 2013, 7:15am
Clear and sunny
A quick early morning report for you.
Yesterday the clouds cleared and it was a beautiful evening, and it looks like it is going to be a beautiful morning.
The sun is out, soon-to-be-blue skies up above and already the sun out and getting warmed up. It won't get to warm up up too much though as it's a very cold early morning here. -12C in village and -14C up at the top of Naeba.
Should be good!
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 150cm Kagura - 320cm
It's a very early morning report from Hakuba today.
Blue skies on show in places with the stunning mountains + cloudy scenery at times yesterday from the village. Depending on where you were on the mountains yesterday, you either got thick cloud or much clearer views of what was going on. Some very dramatic views on show though if you were in the right place.
It is a cold start to the day, closing in on minus double digits outside, and with no new snowfall to report. The sun is due today though and temperatures may rise to just above the zero point later on in the day. Similar conditions likely tomorrow.
For now though early on there is some thin cloud hanging around the region, but the mountains themselves are mostly clear of cloud. The local forecast does tell us to expect it to cloud over much more though later...
Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 12th January 2013 AM: Snow depths to be updated later today
Hakuba Goryu: No new snow reported by Hakuba Goryu this morning. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 255cm; Toomi - 120cm; Iimori - 90cm
Hakuba 47: No new snow reported by Hakuba 47 this morning. Official snow depth: Upper - 190cm Lower - 100cm
A snapping cold morning this morning to start the long weekend, but clear conditions await for those who can brave the first hour or two. No new snow fell overnight, leaving some well groomed slopes just perfect for burning top to bottom runs.
There is no snow on the horizon at present, but very good conditions none the less.
Tonight should be clear for Madarao's version of the fire festival. There will be fireworks and a bonfire and plenty of warm sake.
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 ...
Saturday 12th January 2013, 9:25am
It is a beautiful sunny morning here in Minakami. The sun is out and the clouds have cleared.
It was really cold overnight and this morning started with -10C on the valley, possibly rising to around 4C later on today. The snow conditions should be great out there.
Clear skies are expected until Sunday night and the forecast tell us to expect snow clouds to move in and snow to be falling on Monday.
Have a nice weekend. If you don't already know, it's a long weekend in Japan with Monday as a national holiday. So one of the busier weekends of the season. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 12th January 2013, 10:48am
Sunny and clear
After a couple of days with some snowfall, the weather has returned to intense sunshine here in Nozawa Onsen. Looks like a great day for skiing with the perfect visibility.
Many of the well known areas became tracked out when the snowfalls stopped around lunchtime yesterday, however with a bit of exploration you would be sure to still find some untracked Nozawa powder. Conditions on the groomers will be fast early, but will soften in the afternoon with the warm temperatures forecast.
The weekend crowds began to roll into the resort early this morning. It will be significantly busier than the past week up on the mountain but Nozawa has a pretty efficient lifting system so lines shouldn't be too bad.
Yesterday was an awesome day on the mountain. Snowfalls persisted for most of the morning before the overcast conditions parted and gave way to some sun, although clouds lingered around the peak for most of the day. South facing slopes in the lower quarter of the resort developed a light crust during the afternoon however areas up high were fine.
We are approaching one of the busier weeks of the season in Nozawa. The world-renowned Dosojin Fire Festival will occur on the 15th January (Tuesday) in Nozawa, and many people make the trip each year to witness the spectacle. It's well worth it.
Preparations are already underway with the villagers carrying logs down the mountain to construct the centerpiece tower, which will be attacked with fire on the night of the 15th. Exciting stuff.
The forecast has improved with the latest updates. We are now expecting a two day bout of warm weather before snowfalls and the cold returns the following days. Significant, quality falls are still looking possible of the 17th.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating
Courses open: All courses open except: Kandahar West Kandahar East
A few centimeters of fresh snow fell overnight, but on the whole it's been a quiet Saturday morning. The cloud cover is thick and heavy, and although they look like it could snow at any second, for the moment they are quiet. The forecast for the day is mostly cloudy skies throughout the evening and into tomorrow, where we will see another chance for snow. I wouldn't be surprised if a few more snow showers made their way through the area throughout the day, but it doesn't look like we will be seeing any significant, new accumulations. It's currently a mild -7, and with the occasional break in the clouds, today is shaping up to be a fine one for skiing. Read more ...
Saturday 12th January 2013, 13:21pm
Apologies for the later-than-usual report from Niseko today.
We are already in the middle of the day and all the mountain is open as planned today. Full speed ahead!
Since yesterday another 25cm or so of soft light fresh snow on the ground. There's not much wind about and I'm sure right now there are many people up there on the mountain enjoying the excellent snow conditions we have.
So much of the same really. Clouds above us and lots of snow to enjoy under our skis and boards... though it is busier today at the start of this long weekend in Japan.
Again, excellent conditions for those lucky enough to be here. Hope you can also get to enjoy it.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 380cm Bottom - 200cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 330cm Bottom - 195cm
Niseko Village Top - 300cm Bottom - 190cm
Niseko base 6am: -7C, 20cm of new snowfall and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: W10m/s, -10C. Annupuri peak:WNW12.8m/s, -15C. Coastal data: WNW10m/s, 1.6m waves and 1020hPa.
According all data, observations and snowfall transition, the snowdrifts are developing slowly and leeward slopes above 800m are widely blanketed with a layer of soft-slab. The temperature is relatively high and although yesterday’s tracks aren’t recovered, the snow is nice and fast and the general avalanche risk is low. Gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open at 10am. Seek for the ski patrol's advice before stepping out of the gates. Always keep in mind that outside the gate is not the resort anymore. Be well prepared for the backcountry and you must know where you're going. Following unknown tracks is not a smart idea. It is strongly recommended to carry a map; the Niseko Rules map can be used as a reference map.
The atmospheric pressure is in a stable stage before the nest low-pressure system approaches. The mountain is in a really good condition. The soft rimes on the trees are fabulous. Be safe, don't duck ropes, don't traverse steep slopes and beware of trees. Read more ...
Saturday 12th January 2013, 13:24pm
Clear and sunny
This morning started off bright and sort of clear but a thin layer of cloud up in the skies above Yuzawa - more blue skies to the north in Minamiuonuma.
As the morning progressed, the clouds cleared and now there are wide open clear blue skies over Yuzawa. There's some great scenery on display this lunchtime. With the snow of the last few days as well decent conditions out on the slopes especially early on - it was a cold start.
Fireworks at Gala Yuzawa tonight.
Tomorrow there is a chance of another bright start though it is forecast to cloud over later in the day.
Sorry for the late report today, technical issues prevented it going up this morning.
Today started off fine with some clouds moving in during the day. Not much of a wind, good visibility and busy slopes for the most part.
'Light up' tonight and tomorrow night with the Zao Ropeway opening to take people up to see the floodlit monsters at the top of the resort. Should be generally clear today and tomorrow, fingers crossed. The monsters are not in full dress as yet, but it's still a sight. Peak season usually later this month and through February.
Of course we'd like heavy snow once that closes each night, but it will probably be Monday when we next see and kind of decent snowfall.