Wet spring-like snow has fallen overnight and up to around 10cm of wet snow on Tenjindaira this morning.
Forecast says we might get rain in the valley for this afternoon, but later in the evening and overnight good snow is expected. A moderate fall of snow is expected over this week.
A kind of a week of on-and-off snow starting from today. So fingers crossed. Read more ...
Monday 14th January 2013, 9:41am
Some snowfall to report overnight this morning with about 10cm or so on the ground in the village area here and resorts around Hakuba and Otari reporting between 5cm and 15cm of snow on the mountain. The snow continues as I write this.
Visibility very poor this morning with the village covered in fog / cloud and actually seems to be better in places higher up. Currently it is -1C in Hakuba.
Snow quality is quite heavy (as in 'moist') this morning and should change to lighter drier snow later on this afternoon and tonight as temperatures gradually drop throughout the day.
Hardly any wind this morning but again the wind will probably pick up later in the day as well.
Hopefully we'll get a good amount of snow today. Snowfall will likely ease off tomorrow followed by clearer conditions on Wednesday... quickly to be followed by more snow.
Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 14th January 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: 5cm of new snow on lower slopes and 10cm reported by Hakuba Goryu this morning. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 255cm; Toomi - 115cm; Iimori - 85cm
Hakuba 47: 10cm of new snow reported by Hakuba 47 this morning. Official snow depth: Upper - 194cm Lower - 110cm
No blue skies this morning. In fact we have snow. Lots of people in areas that don't usually get snow are excited this morning it seems because of the heavy snow falling there. Does that mean we got 90cm overnight? Alas, no it doesn't... the snow has just been falling in the wrong place!
We did get about 5cm here in the village area and Naeba resort are reporting 'between 5cm and 20cm' on the slopes.
Kagura are saying 5cm.
Work that lot out if you can!
Generally poor visibility this morning with the snow still coming down.
It is snowing now though and fingers and toes crossed we'll get a decent amount to be able to report tomorrow morning.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 160cm Kagura - 320cm
Splash Bowl is due to be open for a limited time today. Read more ...
Monday 14th January 2013, 10:02am
Cloud, clearing up
5cm of snowfall since yesterday.
Right now a temperature of -7C outside. Earlier on it was snowing lightly but right now it has stopped and we are increasingly seeing clouds clear up and more blue sky appear. The sun is out and we look set to have a fine day here.
Snowfall is never that far away though and we might get another sprinkling tonight, but generally we look set to enjoy a few days of calm conditions.
Not much wind about means all the lifts are up and running and gates should be open.
Let's take another look at snowfall numbers. So far, adding up the numbers on these reports we come to over 8m of snow fallen here in the Hirafu area since the beginning of the season. 800cm! For Kutchan town, the official JMA snowfall number for January 2013 stands at 159cm at the moment. Remember, for the whole of January 2012 the number was 290cm, and January 2011 it was an impressive 420cm. We'll keep you updated on that from time to time.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 380cm Bottom - 200cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 330cm Bottom - 195cm
Niseko Village Top - 305cm Bottom - 190cm
Niseko base 6am: -9C, light overnight snowfall and calm morning. Moiwa peak 800m: -12C, slight development of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak: NW9m/s, -15C. Coastal data: WNW4m/s, 0.8m waves and 1019hPa.
The atmospheric pressure gradient is small and the weather is calm. No notable development of snowdrifts can be observed. The general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are scheduled to open from the morning.
The Annupuri ski patrol has spotted a group ducking the rope under Gate 2. The group seemed to be lead by a chronic violator and if this group is spotted doing the same thing, not only the leader but also all group members will be refused to use the resort's facilities any more. Why is it necessary to duck ropes when you can use gates to access the same slope? Having people respecting the Niseko Rules is protecting all resorts-users' minimum safety and freedom to ride the out of bounds area. Whether a pro, amateur, tourist, local or no matter how experienced he/she might be; We strongly ask everybody to respect the Niseko Rules to insure the freedom to ski/ride the out of bounds area. Have a nice day. Read more ...
Monday 14th January 2013, 10:32am
Mostly cloudy yesterday with some sunny periods from time to time.
This morning we are back to snow though. Perhaps not as much as some places nearer Tokyo (!) but around 5cm being reported from ski resorts around town and Naeba saying up to 20cm of fresh snow in some places on their resort slopes.
The snow falling in town is of the wet variety and right now it is around +1C in Yuzawa. With temperatures forecast to drop during the day we can hopefully expect drier snow to be piling up later on. Up to 10-15cm of snow is forecast to fall in the region before evening today.
Hopefully it will be snowing for most of the day here, though by later tomorrow the clouds are set to clear up and be followed by sunny weather on Wednesday. Back to snow on Thursday and Friday though so hopefully this week we can stack up a fair amount of fresh powder to play in.
Well, new snow we have though perhaps not as much as we were thinking.... about 5cm of snowfall fallen since early this morning, but it is continuing to snowing now. Not crazy cold either, with the thermometer hanging around 0C at the moment, so hopefully it will drop later on and we can get a good amount of new snow during the day today and this evening.
I will surely let you know tomorrow!
Last day of the long weekend in Japan here, though not as many people out on the slopes this morning as there were yesterday.
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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 14th January 2013, 10:48am
It's snowing down in the village at Nozawa Onsen this morning! Light falls commenced in the early hours and have gradually increased in intensity producing a heavy dusting since then.
5cm of new snowfall reported by the resort on the upper slopes of the resort this morning.
As expected, the temperatures are marginal this morning; the village is currently at 0C. With -5C up top, the snow should improve in quality around the higher reaches of the resort. The temperatures should continue to drop throughout the day as snowfalls persist.
Yesterday was a very busy day on the mountain- the gondola lines were impressive during the morning rush. Today looks like crowds will be slightly less based on the amount of cars arriving to the village during the morning.
Warm temperatures yesterday meant the snow was spring-like in quality, but still fun to ride in. During the evening a low level fog moved up the valley and the village was cloaked within a matter of minutes. In combination with the fire festival preparations, it made for an atmospheric experience.
The logs were carried through the town yesterday and today should see the construction of the tower. Well worth a look for tired skiers and boarders taking break.
Nozawa Onsen is set for it's Fire Festival tomorrow!
The current forecast looks good for snowfalls throughout Japan, especially the 17th and 18th. After today's falls have subsided we should see a clear day on Wednesday, before a classic NW winter flow becomes established delivering a potentially sizeable dump.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating
Courses open: All courses open except: Kandahar West Kandahar East
Somewhat strange weather at the moment. It has gotten all mild on us this morning and with just a sprinkling of new snow overnight and a temperature of 0C here in the Zao Onsen village area, it's kind of disappointing as we were expecting more.
Even up at Utopia this morning it is only down to -3C, so a rather mild start to the day for Zao. It is snowing though and we are told to expect it to get colder later on. I'm hoping to bring good news tomorrow morning.
Snow is coming down nicely now here in the Marike area. It started early on and we just had a dusting overnight but has since got colder and it's really falling from the skies nicely now. Hopefully we will get a decent build up of fresh snow on the slopes today and with temps due to drop this afternoon it should be good quality as well. Right now it's relavitvely 'mild' for Shiga Kogen, though still around -5C as of 11am.
This snowfall is forecast to continue overnight and ease off tomorrow. Then more snow due later in the week.
Poor visibility out there in all areas of Shiga Kogen this morning. Lots of snow please!
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family Yakebitaiyama
Official resort snow depths as of Monday 14th January 2013 AM:
Early morning there was low cloud covering the mountain but this soon lifted by the time the lifts started up and it has been a clear day with fantastic views. Not a lot in the way of fresh snow overnight but there was a dusting which has helped refresh the pistes. There have been a lot of people skiing the ungroomed areas over the weekend so they are well tracked at the moment - another decent snowfall is needed to return them to top condition. Read more ...