Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 12th December 2017
Thursday 13th February 2014, 7:48am
Snow! The Myoko reporter nails it again, with that prediction of gray turning to snow paying off (he scores!).
OK, the fact is that mountain weather is pretty tricky, and you try your best. And we needed some snow, so it looks great. Not a lot yet, but the forecast is for an increasing rate over the next few days. It's even picking up at the moment, promising that today's hike in the hills will be on soft snow, and not as much of the slightly sun-crusted stuff we've been seeing in some spots over the past few days.
No official snow reports up yet.... add a centimeter or two to the below.
More sun and blue skies yesterday in the area. Lovely weather. I'm guessing lots of people don't come here for the sun though... ;)
No new cm of snowfall to report (just a very very slight dusting) as the mostly dry spell continues. It's about -5 degrees now, so not quite as cold as it has been this morning. It was more overcast earlier on when I got up but more blue sky has been appearing since and the sun peeking through in places. The forecasts tell us that there's a chance of some light snow showers later on and perhaps overnight too, though I wouldn't get too excited about it.
The weekend looks like it might be a bit more promising in terms of snow, so we'll keep an eye on that.
Interestingly, I have been hearing some stories of fresh snow and better conditions over in some other places to the north east of Niseko between here and Sapporo over the last few days - like Kiroro and Teine. Check out some of the threads on our SnowJapanForums for some first hand reports.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -8C, no new snow in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: Wind N10m/s, 40cm snow drift development without new snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: wind N10m/s, no new snow, minor snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: -12C, no new snow. Annupuri peak 1308m: -13.9C, wind N14m/s. Cape Benkei: N7m/s, Cape Kamui: NNE3m/s, wave 0.5m, pressure 1023hPa.
A winter weather pattern is expected to move into the area with increasing northerly winds.
Although there is no new snow there has been some snowdrift growth due to wind driven snow and cornices are unstable and easy to collapse. They can collapse anytime regardless of snowfall if the conditions are right. It only becomes an accident if people are involved. Peak gates are expected to open this morning.
Please listen to the patrols advice even if you are just riding on the other side of the ropes. The general avalnche risk is low, however there is chance of shallow surface avalanche on steep slopes above 1000m. Although small, these could lead to a more serious accident such as crashing you into a tree.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
The sun did make it out at times yesterday but it ended up being more cloudy than was forecast for most of the day.
I said that today was due to be dry as well, though this morning we were actually greeted to a thin layer of new snow and it is snowing lightly as we approach 9am. Some local forecasts are still insisting on just cloud through the day today, but I'm hoping this snow might stick around.
Resorts are reporting just a dusting up to a few cm of snow, with Kagura reporting 0cm.
There's not a whole lot yet on the ground - as of 7:30am the resort was reporting 2-3cm on the upper areas of the mountain and 1cm lower down. Heavy snow isn't forecast for today - most local forecasts are giving us more just cloudy conditions than snowfall - but it's all looking more exciting from late tomorrow and over the weekend when we can hopefully expect some decent snowfall in the region.
All fingers crossed please! Bring it on, oh yes please.
Morning from Hakuba and as expected it wasn't as cold overnight and this morning as what we had yesterday.
The clouds that were hanging around in the morning yesterday were for the most part gone by noon leaving us with a beautiful blue sky day. Some clouds had started to appear again by late afternoon.
No new snowfall to report from most places this morning though I see Hakuba Cortina are reporting 2cm.
It is a much cloudier morning and some mixed conditions early on. -3C in the village at 9am. A bit of snow trying to fall, mostly cloudy, but also some areas of blue sky and sun as well. Looks like it is snowing on the mountains at the moment and limited visibility in some places as well.
We're all hoping that we're on the front end of a new delivery of snow that is due tomorrow and Saturday. Let it be heavy (but light and dry) please!
Let's see how things are looking tomorrow morning...
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 13th February 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 275cm Toomi - 165cm Iimori - 140cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 265cm Lower - 80cm
Happo-one: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Usagidaira - 215cm Nakiyama - 80cm Sakka - 90cm
Snow is back this morning and Madarao is saying there's 5-10cm of fresh on the slopes.
Limited visibility right now as the mountain is covered in cloud and the snow continues to come down. Light snow showers on the forecast for today and perhaps some decent snowfall over the next few day - especially Saturday.
So I'm looking forward to the next few reports and hope to bring news of lots of fresh snow to play in over the weekend.
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Cloud over the mountain this morning after a clearer start early on and light snow falling, though no new cm to report.
Not much forecast for today either but potentially heavy snowfall is coming our way over the coming weekend. Looks for some decent cm late tomorrow and through Saturday. Strong winds are also likely, so they may cause problems with lifts. We'll just have to see how that turns out, lets see how that changes tomorrow.
Official snow depths (13th February 14): Utopia: 270cm Chuo: 220cm Paradise: 240cm Uwanodai: 160cm Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 13th February 2014, 10:17am
It is snowing this morning in Shiga Kogen - coming down pretty hard at the moment actually - and hopefully this is the first of a few days of snowfall.
Looks like it started this morning as there's not much in terms of new cm to show for it but if it continues like this then things should be good.
More snow is forecast for tomorrow and Saturday in particular so it should be a good weekend. Come prepared!
Official snow depth data, as of Thursday 13th February 2014):
Furano is having a stellar run of weather - if you like the sun! Once again the resort is surrounded by blue skies and there is no wind out on the mountain. In short things look absolutely perfect.
The runs are packed powder and have been extensively groomed overnight so wil be great for carving. There are still powder stashes to be found all over the mountain and the good news is that there will be some snow overnight.
After that the next snow is predicted to be from Saturday evening and last for 2 days.