Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 11th December 2017
Monday 15th February 2010, 6:39am
Yesterday was an absolute stunner in terms of weather. It would have to be one of the best days I have had on the mountain recently. Overnight there has been 6cm of very dry powder - I would expect up to double this amount on the mountain itself. Currently it is cloudy, but the sun should be able to poke through the clouds. Some light snowfall is expected later in the day. Read more ...
Monday 15th February 2010, 7:17am
The promised cloud failed to materialize yesterday which left us with blue skies and sunshine all day. The temperature remained cold though so the snow stayed in great condition all day, just softening slightly towards the afternoon.
It's overcast this morning and feels cold again with the forecast for some precipitation up in the resorts. Hopefully it is cold enough that it will be of the good kind.
The forecast for the next week looks to be predominantly overcast with the possibility of either some clear, sunny spells or snow showers on different days. The temperature is staying low which is one of the reasons that the slopes have been in such fine condition of late, though for the powder hounds there hasn't been much to celebrate recently.
Yesterday was indeed a fine day - more silvery blue than deep blue, but hardly any cloud around - and felt rather spring-like. By around mid-afternoon the temperature had risen to around +5 degrees in town.
This morning clouds are back and it's a fairly dull start to the day. Right now it is +1 degrees and the forecast is for a high of around +4 degrees before it starts to cool down again. By this evening hopefully we will be seeing some snow, but it might be raining and/or sleet before then. Even if we get snow though, we can't really expect more than a sprinkling and tomorrow is forecast cloud/sun.
Cloud for Wednesday and mixed weather on Thursday before snow on Friday and Saturday is the lastest for the weeks forecast.
The slopes of Zao were fairly busy over the weekend but today things should be back to a weekday normal. It was great weather for those that made it to the resort though.
This morning it is cloudy. There is no new snow to report and right now it is 0 degrees in the village so fairly mild again. Just a slight breeze and while it is cloudy there's pretty good visibility on the mountain.
Hopefully later on in the day the temperature will drop and we might see some fresh snow.
In the coming week it looks like we can expect cloudy conditions for the most part with snowfall at times, though no real heavy snow on the forecast right now. Temperatures looks set to remain low though so hopefully snow conditions will keep decent.
After the fine and sunny weather of yesterday, this morning the clouds are back and we have complete cloud cover and light snow falling. It isn't as cold as yesterday morning with a current temperature of -4 degrees in the Maruike area. It looks like we can expect changeable conditions today and indeed over the next few days... perhaps some decent snow tomorrow evening and then again later on in the week. Things should get colder though from tonight for the week so at least helping keep the snow conditions we currently have.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 15th February 10:
After the bright and sunny conditions we saw yesterday, this morning is a very grey and dull start to the day. Just cloudy right now and -3 degrees in the Naeba village area and not that much colder up top. It looks like there is a chance of snow later on in the day, but we shouldn't expect much - it'll just be a sprinkling.
All of the areas are opened as planned this morning and all the Ropeways and Gondolas at both Naeba and Kagura operating.
As for the forecast, there's a good chance of snow tomorrow and then again later on in the week but generally changeable conditions. Lets just hope that the temperatures stay low.
Great snow out there over the weekend; some good falls of powder every day erased memories of the rain and ice. A nice, sunny day yesterday, too, brought out the mountains throughout the morning. Today, too, light snow is falling, although there was an earlier forecast for rain.
Light snow looks likely to keep falling for the rest of the week, so mid-February should mean good skiing. It would be nice to get one good, deep fall during colder weather (think overhead powder....)
Today we woke to a light dusting of snow, around 2cm of snow fell early this morning and light snow will continue throughout the day. The temperature will feel a lot colder today than yesterday, and conditions on the slopes will be icy with some light snow on the the top. This morning you can enjoy groomers, and hopefully some fresh snow as the day continues, watch out for hard crust, compacted powder at the sides of the runs.
The slopes will continue to be very busy throughout the week as the holiday period is now in full swing. Throughout the week the temperature should continue to drop and snow falls will hopefully be getting heavier towards the end of the week. The weather will stay generally calm, with only light winds and continued cloud cover for the rest of the week.
Sorry about the late report but I was out the door quite early this morning to get some turns in. Again we'd had another 15cm or so overnight and is was snowing when I left for the mountain. After a quick warm up run in Blueberry's headed straight up to the peak and although I missed the queue at the single chair there was already 100 or so people walking their way up. Got to the summit hut and most of the people were heading off towards the Annupuri bowls or the North bowl so I decided to head down Jackson's. The snow was up to just over knee deep and was pretty fast. Got out to the cornice and it really is getting quite large. It didn't look too stable so headed down skiers left and dropped in and the whole slope was untouched. Seems I was the first down this area! Anyway all up an awesome morning. The snow is certainly better quality up high and it's not super deep but overall very good conditions and I can only be critical because being here all season I do get very spoiled. Currently it's still snowing lightly and this should continue on and off through the rest of the day. Currently it's looking like a bit of a storm may cross the region on Thursday with strong winds and milder temperatures. A reasonable amount of snow is expected with it.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 330 Bottom - 205
Niseko Village: Top - 385 Bottom - 240
Annupuri: Top - 335 Bottom - 210
Niseko Avalanche Info No.61
Moiwa base 6am: -8℃, 15cm of overnight snowfall. Coastal data: WNW7m/s at Benkei cape, WSW7m/s, 1m waves and 1022hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak data: NW8.9m/s, -13℃. The wind is forecasted to remain within 15m/s. Yesterday afternoon’s snow and wind have made some snowdrifts to develop and possibilities of 30cm surface slab avalanche are considerable in 1000m 40°slopes in Higashi-One or the Backbowl. Although stabilization is progressing, the risk will remain relatively high in the morning. Don’t drop into knolls or steep slopes all at once. Cornices are soft and easily collapsible, better stay away. The snow in the trees below 800m is good, light and fast. Be careful not to hit trees or falling in creeks or ponds at the bottom of the gullies. The “minimum” safety and freedom of out of bounds riding in Niseko is based on the respect of the Niseko Rules. Stay away from off limits areas designated by the Rules. Any ropes should not be ducked. Peak gates will open at 9:30, listen to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out the gate.