Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 13th December 2017
Friday 14th March 2014, 8:50am
Morning from the Hirafu area. The mild spell continues, and it's a cloudy and overcast morning here. Temperatures just under zero at the moment.
The wind is making itself known again this morning and at the start of the day top lifts at all of the resort areas have not been moving, along with the Niseko Gondola at Niseko Village.
Some snowfall on Sunday? Perhaps, though I wouldn't expect anything significant.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -4C, no new snowfall. Moiwa 800m: n/a. Annupuri 1150m: N15m/s, -9C, light snowfall and development of snowfall, 340cm snowpack. Hirafu 1000m: strong northerly wind, -11C, no snowfall. Peak 1308m: N17.8m/s, -10.2C. Coastal data: cape Benkei NNE11m/s, cape Kamui E4m/s, 0.9m waves, 1004hPa.
A low pressure system is passing along the pacific coast, making northerly wind blow in the Niseko range. The mountain is frozen. Peak gates opening is undecided, please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. South facing slopes have melted and re-frozen repeatedly and the snow condition is bad. Beware of route finding, falls & slipdrops, falling into cracks and hitting trees. Do not duck ropes to seek fresh lines, always use the gates to access the out of bounds areas. The area outside the gates is quasi-national park areas; no controls, no patrols and no sweeps. Always be aware of the risks and stay prudent out there.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
Hard conditions out there this morning I expect after the rain of yesterday. Temps dipped just below freezing overnight and we're pretty much at around that point now as well. Lots of cloud around this morning (looks foggy up on some of the slopes) but it's just cloudy... it isn't raining. Not snowing either, though we are told there's a chance of light snow falling at times today. Indeed a few resorts got a bit of a dusting overnight with just a cm or two to show.
There is a moderate wind this morning but all resort areas look to be open as normal.
Sun tomorrow perhaps.
There might be some chocolate around today for the world famous 'White Day' dating back to, well since the chocolate companies started that one up. Still, I'll always take a bit of chocolate. For those not in the know, it's like the return gift from Valentines Day the previous month, when the blokes are supposed to give the ladies some chocolate. Fun hey?!
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 14th March 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall on lower slopes; 1cm on upper slopes. Upper - 265cm Toomi - 150cm Iimori - 105cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall on lower slopes; 3cm of on upper slopes. Upper - 240cm Lower - 70cm
The moderate wind from yesterday has reduced and now there are only light breezes blowing. There is around 3cm of new snow on the ground this morning and this is sitting on top of a firm base - piste conditions will be firm and fast. The ski hill itself has high cloud sitting over it but the sun is breaking through. All up it looks like a great day to head out and carve some turns.
Due to ski competitions the following courses are closed: Spies and Ropeway courses are closed until 16/March, Panorama & Technical closed until 14/March.
Furano Ropeway 8:30am-4:00pm Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00am-8:00pm Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-4:00pm Downhill Romance #3 chair CLOSED Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 14th March 2014, 9:41am
After what turned into a wet day yesterday, it's good to be able to report some snow this morning. Wet snow for sure, certainly down here near base (borderline sleet at times), but definitely better than rain!
The resort is this morning reporting 8cm on the upper slopes and 5cm on lower slopes here around base. Just a few cm on my car this morning.
Snow is forecast through the day today, would be good if we could get some dryer snow up there before the weekend - which looks set to start off with some sun.
We escaped the rain until later on in the day yesterday, but it arrived and at times late night and overnight it was raining heavily unfortunately.
This morning it has still been raining, though sleet and even wet snow at times down at town level... and it does seem to be snowing higher up on the mountains. I would expect it to be pretty wet lower down, so the better conditions the higher you go. Which is a very spring thing to say, I suppose!
Snowfall due for the day today so if we are lucky we might get some overnight and make it a good start to the weekend. The weekend looks set to be generally cloudy, perhaps clearing up and the sun making an appearance. Sunday there's a chance of rain/sleet/snow again. After that, as we approach mid week we expect warmer conditions, perhaps as spring starts to take a hold on things.
A bit more like winter this morning and a bit of new snow on the ground as well. Up to 5cm where I was at base and the resort is saying up to 10cm on the slopes. Bit wet I imagine as it's not that cold this morning but yes it's better than the rain we experienced yesterday. Snow expected through the day today, let's see how much we can get.
Tomorrow, weekend ahoy, and we're expecting to be able to see the sun - and the sun shouldn't be much of a stranger into next week as well.
A real warm up is due by mid week...
Operating lifts (planned):
Number 1 Number 2 Number 3A Number 2 quad Number 5 Super quad Number 11 Number 12 Number 13 Number 15 Moving walkway Kids Park
Yesterday, it rained. Not nice and obviously not good for the snow out there on the slopes.
The much better news is that today it is snowing. Not the lightest or driest snow, as temperatures remain relatively mild (though still in the negatives), but it is actually falling quite heavily at the moment and a wind blowing around as well. Here's to a nice new layer to cover up the icy snow underneath.
Clearer skies are forecast for tomorrow.
Look for a warmup as we enter the new week and a sunny start to the week.
Official snow depth data, as of Friday 14th March 2014):
Hello, and sorry to have been out for a day! Local obligations - sitting at a checkpoint for the cross country events of the Junior Olympics, held these two days in Myoko - and the fact that it was miserable, cold, bone-chilling rain all day yesterday. T
oday we were sitting in snow and some pretty brisk winds, but it's always better in snow.
And it is snowing today, occasionally pretty heavily. Good news, as we move into the last weeks of the season. It sounds like most of the ski areas will be closing at the end of the month; more information when we get it!