Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 17th January 2018
Thursday 14th January 2010, 8:40am
Big fat flakes are falling this morning in Hakuba! With approximately 15 cms of accumulation over the past 24 hrs in the valley, conditions on all the resorts in Hakuba will be fantastic today. Expect light dry powder and chopped powder all day today!
Yesterday, high winds made the upper slopes very cold and some inaccessible so hopefully the lifts will open all the way to the top today and people can ride the whole resorts.
The forecast is calling for snow all through today and Friday, so come the weekend the hills will have heaps of pow pow for the masses!
Button down the hatches, zip up your hood and let it rip!
Yesterday remained mostly fine through the day but in the evening snow started moving in which rapidly turned into a raging blizzard. There was plenty of falling and blowing snow into the early hours of the morning but then it all moved through almost as quickly as it had appeared. First thing this morning there is cloud and snow around the mountain but it is fairly clear just away from it in the valleys. Winds are still strong up high but most lifts are currently open and the snow is deep and light. Heavier snowfalls and probably stronger winds can be expected later today so get up there early to enjoy all the fresh powder. Wind chill factors up high will be below -25 so beware frostbite and make sure you have something to cover your face. Plenty more snow over the coming days so the excellent conditions should continue and get even better when the wind abates.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 230 Bottom - 130
Niseko Village: Top - 250 Bottom - 150
Annupuri: Top - 240cm Bottom - 160
Niseko Avalanche Info No.30
Moiwa base 6am: -9℃, 40cm of overnight snowfall. Coastal data: 12m/s W at Benkei cape, 12m/s WSW, 2.4m waves and 1004hp at Kamui cape. Hirafu ski patrol reported a southerly 10m/s wind, -18℃ at the peak. The snow in Higashi-one is deep. Niseko Village patrol reported 10m/s westerly wind and 60cm of snow deposit at Mizuno no sawa’s knoll area with many avalanches occurring. The wind at the peak is picking up suddenly from 7:00am. Yesterday’s pre-low pressure system snowfall (10cm at the base) is highly probable to become the sliding layer today. All data analysis shows high avalanche hazard (60cm thick) in leeward steep slopes, cornice/knoll areas above 800m, such as in the Backbowl, Osawa, Mikaeri, Mizuno no sawa, Yu no sawa and Haru no taki. All gates are schedule to open at 9:30am, however would close depending on lift operations and weather condition. DO NOT stimulate cornices or knolls today, avalanche will happen. Carefully choose your route and ride one by one. Stay away from the gulley bottom. The snow in the trees is good and deep. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions.
After a day when all the lifts were closed except at the sheltered Myoko Snow Park, things quieted down during the evening, with a nice fall of fresh to cover the packed small particles that fell during the day (although not the 80cm that was predicted). The areas are all reporting sub-zero temperatures this morning, but my trusty car's indicator (which is usually right on the mark) says it's just around 0°. Let's just say there aren't the windnip issues of yesterday.
Snow continues to fall, so it's time to get out there and check the conditions on the ground (and up a little high). A layer did form due to wind and some sun yesterday, so it will be important to see how that develops as more fresh snow falls. I'll let you know if we find anything interesting over the coming days....
The snow is back. I would say at least 30-40cm of snow on top of the car this morning and Kagura are reporting 40-50cm of new snow. It is still coming down and falling heavily as well so we can surely expect those snow depth numbers to make further increases.... indeed, 40-60cm of snow is forecast to fall between now and 9am tomorrow morning. Nice.
Winds aren't so bad this morning and so resorts are all open, though with very poor visibility out there this morning it isn't for everyone!
Traffic on the roads is moving slow and I noticed a few accidents as well on Route 17 so it's pretty wild out there at the moment.
I'll post another report later on today with the latest.
It has been snowing very heavily in Yuzawa all day. There was probably about 50cm of new snow on the car last this afternoon (since this morning) and it is still coming down. It is forecast to continue as well with up to another 40cm from now until 9am tomorrow morning. The snow on the side of the roads is quickly building up and in places is now well over 2m tall. All looking very impressive. Take a look at some of the photos we uploaded today to the YuzawaNow photo galleries.
As you might imagine, even a place like Yuzawa that expects lots of snow struggles to manage so much snow falling so quickly. The Expressways in Niigata have been closed (though not to Yuzawa apparently) as have train lines and the traffic on roads is moving very slowly and carefully as visibility is bad and there's just so much snow about. Not the best time to be driving. Having said that, it's amazing that traffic is moving at all and all the snow moving machines are out in force working overtime to keep the roads as clear as possible.
So all a bit crazy really. More snow tonight and into the weekend so it's not over yet! Taking a look at the forecast, it might be early in the week before we see clearer skies and the sun. Of course, we'll keep this page updated with the latest. Read more ...
Thursday 14th January 2010, 10:13am
And yes we do have lots of fluffy snow to report this morning!
Kagura is boasting of up to 50cm of new snow at the resort there and down here in the village I would say there's at least 30cm or so since yesterday. Lots and lots of snow to play in today. But only if you like whiteout conditions though as visibility is pretty poor higher up on the mountain with all this snow falling. If you like to see where you're going, the lower slopes are the safest bet today.
The good thing though is that the winds aren't as strong as they have been and so the resorts are pretty much open as normal it seems early on. More and more snow forecast for the rest of today and into tomorrow, so we have nothing to complain about right now and lots to enjoy!
It's a very cold -8 in town this morning and minus double figures on the mountain. Brrr.
The light snow turned into heavier snow and this morning we have about 20cm of new snow in Zao. It is a very cold morning at -10 degrees outside but there isn't much of a wind and right now the snow is still coming down, with more on the way as the snow clouds are still forecast to be with us through the weekend perhaps things clearing up a bit by Sunday and good weather back with us on Monday.
All this new snow of course means great conditions once again out there on the slopes. Not crowded either as well. Visibility today is not the best with the snow falling.
Mid-winter! Yes, winter is back and so is that snow we were expecting. It is snowing heavily this morning and I would guess at around 30cm or so of new snow. Winds are fairly strong at times though I would say less than yestderday but with the snow falling heavily it is poor visibility out there - hard to see more than a few meters in front of you. As you might imagine conditions on the roads are fairly dangerous too so real care is needed.
These blizzard like conditions are obviously putting some people off as I can see very few people out on the hill this morning. That means lots of powdery goodness for those happy to be out in this weather.
It seems the snow should be with us perhaps into the weekend, though probably less extreme conditions than we have now.
So the good January continues....
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 14th January 10:
There has been 5cm of nice ligth fresh powder over night. The weather is looking good, predominently cloudy with the sun coming through and just a light breeze. The Giant course has ski competitons today and there are some school groups on the lower slopes of Kitanomine as well. Pick of the day would be to ski on the Furano side to avoid the crowds. Read more ...