Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 18th March 2018
Friday 12th March 2010, 8:16am
After the few days of winter this morning sees another change in conditions.
It is sunny early on with blue skies all around. Fairly strong winds early on and unfortunately that will once again be affecting resort operations with Gala Yuzawa closed and operations limited at Kagura (up to the Kagura quad from Mitsumata with Tashiro closed as things stand early on).
Right now it is 3 degrees but it may rise to around 8 degrees during the early afternoon so we are back to the milder weather today. Currently the forecast for tomorrow is cloud with a chance of sleet/snow later on, with fine weather forecast for Sunday.
It is a bright and sunny start to the day in Naeba. Mild too as we go back to those conditions we were having a fair bit of before this last snow over the last few days... difference is that snow conditions have improved considerably of course.
Sadly we won't be able to access all of the snow today as due to some fairly strong winds again on the mountain parts are closed. At Naeba the gondolas are moving but the Dragondola is closed as is the Tashiro area of Kagura.... Kagura today open from the Mitsumata side from the Mitsumata Ropeway to the main quad lift.
Fine weather today, perhaps some slight snowfall tomorrow and then more sunny weather forecast for Sunday.
Some great spring skiing this weekend though with the snow of the previous few days.
The sun is out this morning andit is going to be a fine and sunny day here in Zao. It's a cold start with a temperature currently of -2 in the village but I expect it to warm up a fair bit during the day. There is hardly any wind at all to speak of and fantastic visibility on the mountain.
Not much more to report there - with the fresh snow of recent days there are good conditions on the mountain for today and hopefully the weekend which will see mixed weather but nothing extreme with perhaps the finer weather on Sunday.
After the period of winter like weather this morning is bright sunshine from early on and blue skies. There is no more new snow to report this morning and it is a much more mild morning than yesterday. -1 degrees in Maruike, with Kumanoyu reporting a temperature of +1 degrees at 8am.
Today will be fine all day. Tomorrow we might see clouds and a chance of some light snow followed by perhaps another few days of clear sunny weather and mild temperatures.
We still have excellent snow cover here and that new snow of late was most welcome so it should be a good weekend out there.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area: - Ichinose Family
It is a beautiful morning today in Hakuba, with warm weather and blue skies after a cold night. There is not a cloud in the sky and the nice white Hakuba peaks clearly visible.
The snow will have hopefully dried out a little more and stayed light, so there will definitely be some decent snow to be found.
Lots of sunshine is expected today so the slopes will definitely be softening up as the day progresses. First thing in the morning you can still expect to find some remnants of the powder of 2 days ago, however the warming trend will make that powder heavy and wet pretty quick. Also the wetter snow from yesterday will still be hard and icy until 11AM or so.
Over the past few days Hakuba received approximately 30-40cms, which gave everyone that was on the mountain yesterday some great powder especially up high. The forecast for the rest of the day is clear, calm and sunny - enjoy it today because tomorrow there is a little rain on the forecast. Temperatures are soaring over the next couple of days and by Monday it's predicting double figures, so it will probably be back to the soft slush spring conditions.
Alpine: HIGH Tree Line: HIGH Below Tree Line: Considerable
The accumulation of the past 3 days of snow atop an unstable melt/freeze and rain crust are creating instability in almost all aspects. Steeper unsupported terrain, around rocks and outcroppings and convex rolls are likely spots to see avalanche activity. Combine this current layer and add in high solar radiation and the risks of a slide will increase.
Expect sluffing and sluffing propagating to avalanches in steeper terrain. Expect more avalanche activity on south facing solar radiated slopes.
Things are looking very good for today. The sun was coming out strong early in the morning. It is currently blocked by some cloud that has moved in, but I would expect it to reappear at some stage later.
Snow conditions are on the rough side due to warm temperatures yesterday and then refreezing. The temperatures are expected to push well through zero today so correspondingly things should soften up on the mountain.
The race competition on the Furano Zone continues. Because of the competition the following courses are closed: Panorama, Technical, Spies, Ropeway Course and Shirakaba. Access to New Furano Prince Hotel is available via the Spies Course.
After two days of snow, we've now been blessed with a blue-bird day. Perfect Spring skiing conditions, with some powder still around for those who go hunting. There's a 235cm base up the top of the hill and a little over a meter in town.
The forecast shows light snow tomorrow and another sunny day on Sunday.
Dress for warm conditions and get up the mountain!
This morning is cloudy and pretty windy and there's been a little dusting of fairly wet snow at lower levels. Temps have started to warm up and currently it's a little over freezing at village level. The winds are out of the south and mild air will continue to move up over the region through the day and we can expect a little rain later today. Cooler air will move in tomorrow and we should see a return of snowy weather over the weekend. Monday will see temps spike higher again briefly with some more rain before turning back to snow for much of the rest of the week. Conditions are not overly pleasant out there currently with strong winds putting top lifts on hold and a bit of an icy drizzle at village level. Conditions off-piste are not great being quite crusty in most areas. Overall not a great day out there.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 290 Bottom - 170
Niseko Village: Top - 370 Bottom - 170
Annupuri: Top - 350 Bottom - 210
Avalanche Information: (Information as of this morning)
Niseko Avalanche Info No.87
Moiwa base 6am: -3℃, no snowfall and overcast. Coastal data: SSE6m/s at Benkei cape, SSW15m/s, 1.4m waves and 1018hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: WSW14m/s, predicted to pick up to SW25m/s at noon. A strong SW wind and temperature rise is forecasted, even above 1000m, due to the approaching Low. The snow will start to melt and full depth avalanche hazards will rise in the Backbowl’s 1000m area, west face, Higashi-one and Mikaeri no sawa. Extra caution should be considered especially in slopes without cracks. Cracks are made because the snow slope releases its tension and stabilizes as wrinkles forms below it. A sudden warm up inducing a crack could trigger a full depth slide without warning signs. Those slides are extremely devastating, destroying everything on its way down. Stay away from gully bottoms in order to minimize the chance to get caught in one. Peak gates will be closed today and peak lifts operations are still undecided. The visibility is very bad above 1000m. Better stay within the course today.
Spring is back. Pretty warm outside right now and snow is melting here in the valley. Conditions up the hill are a bit better as it is colder up there and the higher slopes especially are really nice. Lower slopes are becoming increasingly stickier throughout the day.
The warmer temperatures started yesterday afternoon and the snow started to soften up then. It was a cold clear night last night so lots of ice around this morning, but it didn't take long for the temperature to rise and the dripping to begin. Still some fresh, untracked snow around this morning but it soon became heavier with only the shady aspects remaining good.
Warmer temperatures seem to be the norm for the next few days so expect soft, spring snow. It's good to see the sun again and there are plenty of folk enjoying a long, slow lunch basking in the warmth. Read more ...
Friday 12th March 2010, 16:35pm
Clear, with some very high cirrus clouds
Yesterday's fresh is today's heavy and wet (still better than ice, though). Pretty high winds through the day, although lifts kept going.
Offpiste it was pretty heavy going today; it wasn't powder and it wasn't spring snow, but something sticky in between. The forecast has things getting colder, with the possibility of rain tonight, turning to snow tomorrow. It seems, at least for the moment, that winter is hanging on in Myoko!
One note (discovered the hard way): the No. 3 lift at Suginohara Ski Area does not run on weekdays; if you want to hike up Mt. Mitahara (a popular backcountry course), be ready for a three-hour or more hike tot eh top. Or wait for the weekend and join the crowds (although the area seems to be doing all it can to discourage people from going out, even up the hill).