Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017
Saturday 15th March 2014, 8:00am
Cloud/fog early, clearing later?
Icy conditions this morning when I was out early.
No new snow this morning to report but cold temperatures and poor visibility... the mountain was covered in thick fog/cloud.
It's expected to clear though later this morning, might even see the sun.
Official snow depths (14th March 14): Utopia: 320cm Chuo: 260cm Paradise: 290cm Uwanodai: 180cm Read more ...
Saturday 15th March 2014, 8:36am
Sun and cloud
Good morning from Furano. It is a good start to the weekend with clear weather and no wind. There is high broken cloud over the resort with the sun poking through. Although cold at the moment the temperatures will rise as the morning rolls on. There is no new snow to report. All runs have been extensively groomed overnight. Snow conditions will be firm in the morning and softening on the lower mountain during the day.
Due to ski competitions the following courses are closed: Spies and Ropeway courses are closed until 16/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 ...
Saturday 15th March 2014, 8:40am
Just a couple of cm of fresh snow to report this morning in Niseko.
Light snow is falling this morning though and it feels a bit more winter-like. It is colder this morning but there's much less wind than there was yesterday, so the ski lifts should all be operating as nornal today. The forecast for the day is cloud and snow at times, with a similar look to the forecast for tomorrow as well. The sun may pop in for greetings from time to time as well through the clouds.
So we are now half way through March of course. I have observed 104cm of snow since the beginning of the month which it turns out is almost the same as what I observed at the same point of last season. Last year 164cm was observed for the whole of the month of March (with over 60cm in the second half of the month).
JMA are so far recording 99cm of snow in Kutchan town this month. The total snowfall recorded by JMA in Kutchan town for March last season was 124cm.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -5C, 5cm of crystal snow in 12 hours. Moiwa peak: n/a. Annupuri 1000m: NW8m/s, -11C, 5cm of new snow and development of snowdrifts, snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: mild wind, 5cm fresh snow, -9C. Peak 1308m: NW8.9m/s, -11.4C. Coastal data: cape Benkei NW13m/s, cape Kamui WSW2m/s, 0.8mwaves, 1-14hPa.
Northerly wind picked up during the night and cornices are slowly developing above 1000m altitude. Feathery crystal snow started to fall since early morning and the snow in the trees is getting better. According to observations and data evaluation, the general avalanche risk is low, however shallow slides are to be expected in Higashi-One cornice areas and Backbowl 1100m sidewalls. Ride one by one, be conscious of the risks and avoid riding the bottom of the valleys. Peak gates will open from the morning. The snow around the courses is really good. Sun-baked surfaces are forming slabs in south facing slopes under 800m. Thin slides from March 14th layer are to be expected around cliffs and under lift-lines in the afternoon. Do not duck ropes to access the out of bounds areas, always use the gates. Have a nice day.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
Some more fresh snow this morning so good timing for the weekend. Blue skies above Madarao Kogen as well early on and so it should be a fine morning out there. Sunny, calm, just a slight breeze, new snow, tracks have been filled in.... sounds good to me.
Quite a lot of sun on the forecast at the moment actually. Perhaps a slight snow refresh here and there, or a spot of rain if we are unlucky, especially mid week. But we do need to be prepared for a spring-y warm spell in the coming week before hopefully another blast of winter later in the week. He says hoping!
For now though, it should be a good weekend! I'm off out to enjoy it.
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
After a cold night the sun is shining and we have blue skies above Nozawa.
Oh yes, some new snow to play in too! The resort is reporting 15-18cm of fresh up on the top areas of the mountain this morning, up to 10cm on lower areas, so there will be some good tracks to be made up there as I sit down here writing this.
So it is a cold start to the day and with the fresh snow conditions should be great. There's hardly any wind and it's just a really fine morning.
Sunny conditions are expected tomorrow as well, and while it will get cold again tonight it's expected to warm up considerably during the day tomorrow and we may well get some precipitation later. Hopefully the white kind.
It's expected to be warm over the next week or so. Is that a dip in temperatures I can see on the forecast for later in the week?
Courses All courses open except: Grand Prix Kandahar East Read more ...
Saturday 15th March 2014, 9:38am
A sunny start to the day with 3-5 cm of new snow on the ground from last night. The sun is expected to shine all day today and the majority of tomorrow with temps climbing close to double digits tomorrow.
Tenjin may remain in cloud today.
Spring snow conditions will very likely prevail from now.
Good morning from Hakuba, and a fine morning it is as well. Lots of blue sky above Hakuba village this morning, some clouds still hanging on around the peaks of the mountain backdrop, but mostly fine and sunny. A splattering of snow on the mountains though a few cm at most.
It got quite cold overnight with a low of -5C, but by mid afternoon today it should have risen to perhaps around +5C.
Tomorrow should continue with the sun in the morning and it's due to get warmer than today and rain is expected later on. Hopefully once the lifts have stopped for the day, and there might be some snowfall at higher elevations at night.
Warmer temperatures through at least the first half of the coming week and more chance of rain than snow. Though, there's some promise around Thursday of the chance of a cold snap and more snowfall so let's keep an eye on that.
For now though, best to come expecting spring conditions and enjoy them for what they are.
Quite a few events going on today on the slopes - at Happo-one alone they have the All Nihon Technical Competition at Usagidaira, Ladies Snowsurf Day at Happo Banks and the Hakuba Snowshoe Trail run at Nakiyama. Gambatte everyone!
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 15th March 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall on Iimori; 1cm at Toomi and 2cm on upper slopes. Upper - 260cm Toomi - 150cm Iimori - 105cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 2cm of new snowfall on lower slopes; 5cm of on upper slopes. Upper - 240cm Lower - 70cm
Some forecasts still have us down for snow this morning, but looking outside the window now the sun is out and it's a beautiful blue sky morning. A few clouds remaining but mostly clear, blue skies.
A bit of new snow too. Up to around 5cm around town but resorts reporting between that and around 15cm (Kagura). After the rain we had yesterday, that is most welcome and while it won't be enough to fully cover the damage it
The warm up begins tomorrow if the forecasts are correct. Chance of rain/sleet later on in the day tomorrow and then sun again on Monday.