Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 20th January 2018
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 12th March 2009, 7:55am
Winter like conditions continue today with it snowing still and a cold wind blowing making the -10 feel even colder early on. I'd say I have moved about 30cm of snow all told since the snow started yesterday and it certainly is making a big difference to the slopes now which will be in fine condition. (Strangely the resorts aren't seeming to be updating their snow depth info....)
The snow will likely ease off as the morning progresses with fine weather forecast for later on this afternoon. Good news again though in that we are likely to be seeing more snow fall Friday afternoon/evening through Saturday.
Feels like winter again! A good time to come and enjoy the snow.
The following resort plans to be open for nighta tonight: Ichinose Family
There was 20cm or so of snow to move off the car this morning since last night. The perhaps surprising cold spell with much wanted snow continues. And get this - Kagura are reporting a whopping 50cm of fresh snow. I can't verify that first hand, but it sure sounds like they have had a decent dump up there overnight. Due to strong winds up there only parts of Tashiro and Mitsumata are opening early on today.
The winds don't look like they will be affecting other resorts in the town at the time of writing, but with the snow of the last few days conditions should be pretty good anywhere and even deep if you go high.
It is currently -1 degrees but will warm up a bit this afternoon as the snow clouds move on with milder weather on the forecast for tomorrow.
This is more like it! :)
(Official snow depth numbers will be updated later this afternoon). Read more ...
Thursday 12th March 2009, 9:00am
After the snowstorm that continued until the late evening, we awoke this morning to find evrything crusted and iced over. Not exactly the kind of snowfall we were all after, but we did record 5cm of new snow.
The weather is set to clear up nicely this afternoon, with light south easterlies coming in and bringing some low clouds for tonight. Then tomorrow we are expecting some light rain fall in the afternoon, but don't despair, the good news is we're expecting some fresh snow Friday night and Saturday morning. Not a lot, but at this stage in the season, beggars can't be choosers....
Official resort snow depths on 12th Mar 09: Happo-one: 40cm (Shirakaba) 55cm (Sakka/Kitaone) 175cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira) Hakuba Goryu: 80cm (Iimori) 100cm (Toomi) 200cm (Alps daira) Hakuba 47: 138cm Tsugaike Kogen: 125cm (Kanenonaruoka) 125cm (Maruyama) 260cm (Tsuganomori) Hakuba Iwatake: 50cm (Shomen) 155cm (Sancho) Sun Alpina Sanosaka: 80cm Hakuba Minekata: 40cm Hakuba Highland: closed for the season Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 12th March 2009, 9:04am
A beautiful snowy morning here in Nozawa. Another 20cm fell across the mountain last night and so with yesterdays good fall and cold temperatures it should be an epic day on the hill! The current base depths are 255cm at Yamabiko and 195cm at Uenotaira. Visibility is poor at present but should begin to clear as the morning progresses. Temperatures are -9C at the summit and -2C in the village. There is currently a 20km/h North-westerly blowing.
There will light snow for the rest of the morning but winds will ease, and the snow should slow in the afternoon. The outlook is for a warmer day tomorrow and the possibility of some rain as well as snow at the summit. Saturday however should bring colder temperatures once again and good snow throughout the day. Up to 16cm is expected. Sunday should be cold and partly cloudy.
All courses are open except Challenge 39, Kurokura and Hachiman.
Was a little bit cautious yesterday when I thought about voicing the snow forecast for the afternoon. Well, you know, sometimes the forecast is a little bit early or late. But the forecast was right! Snow came in again yesterday afternoon - and although the forecast was right about the snow, we can say it was like usual, rather conservative at an 8cm prediction.
So it dumped yesterday and although it seemed to peter off last night but with remaining high winds through the night, it was snowing again this morning.
Still a bit blowy out there this morning, but the snow seems to be stopping and the sun is now shining. Due to the high winds there's no action on the gondolas but the dragondola appears to be open. Limited operations at Kagura too, though if things loosen up on the wind front then we might get some top mountain access.
40-50cm of fresh at the valley level this morning! Back to mid Winter! It is still snowing lightly with moderate gusts of wind that will becmoe stringer throughout the day.
Tomorrow now looks like the rain will be minimal and maybe not hit at all. Saturday is still forecast for a mixture of rain and snow which should be snow all day at the higher resorts. Read more ...
Thursday 12th March 2009, 10:37am
Winter refuses to go quiet into that warm spring and seems to be working overtime to make up for the lack of snow early on as the end of the season approaches. If this keeps up we'll be skiing until July (local lore has it that August is the only month it's never snowed, doubtless a slight exaggeration).
Looking back in history, the archives reveal that it was still snowing on Myoko at the end of March last year and that Seki Onsen still had six meters of snow on the 12th. But then, last winter was a "normal" winter.
Meanwhile, crocuses are already blooming in the flatlands this year.
It snowed in fits and starts all afternoon yesterday and the wind was gusting, almost turning into a full-fledged blizzard. A few more centimeters fell overnight. Off Route 18, which stays fairly dry because of all the traffic, roads were slippery with packed snow earlier this morning, but the sun has already melted most of that away. This morning's strong winds have turned into mild breezes.
Today, quoting the Akakan home page, conditions are good even though it's March. It's sunny, but temperatures around the area are hovering near zero. There's powder for first couple of runs in the morning, but wax is definitely required as the sun turns things slushy very quickly. Even night skiing was apparently pretty sloppy last night. Visibility is superb except at the very top. No lines for the lifts, either.
Warmer temperatures and sun are forecast for tomorrow morning, but it looks like another low pressure system moving in from the west will bring rain tomorrow afternoon and more snow and lower temperatures over the weekend.
Speed demons may be interested in Madarao's "speed challenge," scheduled for Sunday morning. Kumado ski school is closed today and tomorrow.
Snowfalls continued through all of yesterday and through the night adding up to 30cm of new snow across the resort although it was fairly wind affected in places. This morning was only partly cloudy and fresh tracks were to be found all over the mountain. The snow was a little heavy down low but still pretty nice for this time of year. Today will remain only partly cloudy with occasional snow showers. The avalanche danger is rated as extreme and all gates will be kept shut throughout today. Still there's plenty of good snow in the trees within the resort boundary. A high pressure system will strengthen to our east tomorrow and a low pressure system will approach from the west. In between these two systems mild air will be dragged up from the south and the next couple of days we can expect above freezing temps with a snow/rain mix at lower levels. The rest of the outlook is for the mild conditions to continue with freeze thaw conditions on lower parts of the mountain.