Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 13th December 2017
Thursday 14th February 2013, 7:34am
High cloud cover
No official snow reports out yet, but we got very little snow since yesterday--just a light dusting. The forecast had sunny skies, but right now we have very high cloud cover and very good visibility (maybe we'll get some more snow?). Snow definitely is forecast for the coming days, even heavy as we move into early next week.
Out early today to check the conditions up high; will let you know if there's anything going on in the snowpack (but generally things are looking good; some windpack from high winds yesterday afternoon).
Operations and official snow depths (all from 2/14
Snow indeed for lots of yesterday but it was only light snow and didn't pile up in the way that brings us lots of new cm to report. In fact, new snow is 5cm at most and more like just a think layer down in the village area.
This morning has started off cloudy. There's a chance we might get to see some clearing up today, but to start off with it's cloud cover. A calm morning with just a slight breeze and currently -6 degrees at base.
Snow due back tomorrow and we could be on for a decent amount before the weekend starts. Yikes, I can't believe we are already close to the weekend!
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 280cm Kagura - 380cm Read more ...
Thursday 14th February 2013, 8:23am
Yesterday we ended up with a very fine day in Niseko. The sun was out and we got some very nice blue skies.
Snow clouds moved in and by late afternoon it was snowing. The result is up to 20cm or so of lovely fresh dry light snow on the ground this morning in the village area. No doubt more than that up on the mountain. Snow is still falling now and visibility is pretty low this morning. A small price to pay.
It's not as cold this morning, right now around -4 degrees in the Hirafu area, and it's fairly calm with a light north westerly wind, so no worries about lift operations this morning - they should all be up and running as planned at the resorts.
The forecast for the coming week looks like we should see pretty consistent snowfall on and off and temperatures remaining suitably low. Sounds good to me.
Should be a good day. See you tomorrow.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 480cm Bottom - 205cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 365cm Bottom - 220cm
Niseko Village Top - 390cm Bottom - 220cm
Niseko base 6am:-6C, 15cm of crystal snow. Moiwa 800m: -8C, 20cm of new snow, calm wind and no development of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak:W5.8m/s, -11.6C. Coastal data: WNW11m/s, 0.8m waves and 1019hPa.
A notable layer (Feb 13th) has formed due to yesterday's sunshine and 15-30cm of new snow has blanketed it. The pressure isobars are spaced out and the no notable development of snowdrifts can be observed under 800m. A moderate westerly wind (10m/s) is stagnating above 1000m and slowly forming soft slabs in leeward slopes. Large surface slab slide from Feb 13th layer is to be taken into consideration in 40°leeward slopes, however the general avalanche risk is low. The snow in the trees has been reset. Another magical day in Niseko.
Gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open at 10am. Be equipped and well prepared for backcountry riding. Intermittent snowfall is forecasted during the morning and the visibility will remain bad. The are no indications in the out of bounds areas, ignorantly following other people or unknown tracks may lead you straying in the middle of nowhere. Carry at least a map. One easy mistake can lead to serious consequences in the backcountry. Beware of hitting trees and falling into cracks. Cracks are forming everywhere now and cannot be seen from above. Have a nice day. Read more ...
Thursday 14th February 2013, 8:27am
Morning from Madarao.
It's a cloudy start to the day and an impressive looking sea of cloud lower down in the valley - always looks impressive.
5cm or so of snow since yesterday and a current temperature of around -4 degrees c. Clouds may well clear somewhat during the day today, though we are due to get back to snow later on today and tomorrow with some decent snowfall due just before the weekend. So the weekend gang should be happy if the forecast is right.
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 ...
Thursday 14th February 2013, 8:31am
We have blue skies above Minakami early on this morning and it will probably stay like that for most of the day.
Right now it is -2C and likely to warm up to around 4C this afternoon. Groomers should be in great conditions today. Clear conditions will continue until tomorrow in the morning.
For tomorrow night more snow is expected, so all fingers crossed that we get some nice powder for the weekend. Read more ...
Thursday 14th February 2013, 10:06am
No new snow being reported around the valley this morning. The windy and snowy conditions of yesterday are not with us this morning and all is calm once again in Hakuba. Visibility remained generally poor yesterday on the mountains though late afternoon some areas were treated with a short period of sunshine through the clouds. Very dramatic it was up on Happo, where I was enjoying the snow.
It is an overcast cloudy start to the day here this morning but visibility is good and we can see the mountain range backdrop to the village. It's just all grey, or is that silver? Silver sounds more cool. The forecast is telling me that we might see some sun later on. Doesn't seem likely as things are now, but as we all know conditions can quickly change in these here mountains. Light snow possible overnight and then snow again Friday night, so looks like we are going to get a topup of conditions once again just before the weekend.
It's a fairly mild feeling morning and actually we are into the positive numbers at the moment - just. Still keeping in the negatives higher up with Usagidaira reporting a temperature of around -5C now.
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 14th February 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: No new snow reported by Hakuba Goryu. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 295cm; Toomi - 155cm; Iimori - 130cm
Hakuba 47: No new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47. Official snow depth: Upper - 260cm Lower - 180cm
A bit clearer this morning. The sun is trying to make an appearence and visibility is generally good - can see the top of the mountain from base. Forecast is for clear conditions today so maybe the clouds are on the way out.
Just 1cm or so of snow since yesterday and this morning there is no wind and it's about -3 degrees in the village.
Clouds due back though soon with more snow due later on tomorrow. So if that pans out it'll be fresh snow conditions for the weekend.
We've had some overnight snow to refresh the slopes.
5cm has fallen up top and 10cm was recorded at Uenotaira though none lower down and in the village.
We expect fine, sunny weather today corresponding with light winds.
Groomed runs should be firm and fast early, but will soften during the day. The trees will be refreshed from overnight falls.
Avalanche conditions have very much improved. Warmer weather yesterday ensured snow from the recent dump to bind to the icy layer beneath, increasing stability.
Yesterday some great weather and an abundance of deep powder made for many happy riders. The snow remained in good condition, staying light and dry on north facing slopes and turning slushy during the afternoon on the south facing slopes. Groomed runs were silky smooth and remained that way all day with the low crowd levels.
Friday's forecast is looking very good with a nice upgrade overnight. Based on current projections snow should commence tomorrow morning before becoming very heavy overnight. Moderate snowfalls should continue on Saturday. At the moment, Saturday will be a very good skiing day even with the weekend visitors. Following that, Sunday should see snowfalls clear to blue skies and sunny weather.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating except Yunomine Pair Mizunashi Triple Challange Pair Utopia Pair Hikage Number 2 Pair B line
Calmer this morning and just generally cloudy and overcast at the moment.
It is bright and perhaps there's a chance of us getting some blue skies above later on.
Temperature is currently hovering around 0 degrees and it does feel pretty mild. Almost spring-like, dare I say it. Hopefully that won't last for long and tomorrow we should be back to snow later on (after a mild start to the day) and overnight into Saturday it is looking like there's a good chance of decent snowfall as well, so conditions on Saturday should be fresh and hopefully deep again. Fingers crossed.
Blue skies made an appearance very early in the morning but disappeared by 9am and have been replaced by high cloud.
There has been a light dusting of a couple of centimetres of very light powder snow in the village overnight which will help freshen up the runs. Light snow is forecast from this afternoon. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 14th February 2013, 10:43am
Overcast but bright
An overcast but bright start to the day in Shiga Kogen with the sun trying to break through and some patches of blue sky starting to show in places around the region. No new snow to report but after milder conditions today, it should start getting colder again tomorrow and a decent amount of snowfall is forecast into Saturday. Here's to new powder for the weekend.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 14th February 2013 AM: