Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 19th January 2018
Sunday 16th January 2011, 7:13am
It's hammering down with snow at the moment. Small flakes and lots of them. There's 10cms accumulated outside and the resorts are going to be fantastic first thing.
Yesterday cleared up by mid-morning and we were treated to more sunshine and blue skies, though the temperature remained reasonably cold. The snow started again yesterday evening and has been on and off all night. It is coming down heavier than we have seen all season and the forecast is for more of the same all day.
Sunday Snow, for the second day of the weekend we awake to a morning of whiteness. Unlike yesterday where we saw blue sky for the morning session, today we will endure snowfall throughout.
Last night Madarao received an extra 40cm ontop of the this weeks previous effort. While we are experiencing excellent powder conditions on almost every course in the resort, the temperature thismorning is sitting at a chilling -10 degrees!! Also strong winds are predicted, so seeking coverage amoungst the trees in our many tree run courses looks like the way to play the mountain today.
Today visability conditions are poor as the wind and snow together give Madarao a sky of white, so keep those googles strapped tight and keep warm by carving that awesome pow all day!
Free Ride Park Closed.
Lifts currently operating:
No 1 lift No 2 quad lift No 3 a lift No 5 lift Super Quad No 11 Lift No 12 Lift No 15 lift Tangaram No 2 Lift
Kagura is reporting 30-50cm of fresh snow this morning and I would say I had to move about that much from the top of the car this morning. It is still snowing though fairly lightly as I am writing this and visibility down in town is fair - you can just about see the lower mountains. Things will be different for sure higher up on the mountains.
Strong winds mean that Kagura is only part open today (from the Mitsumata Ropeway to the Kagura No1 pair lift, Tashiro is closed).
The good news is that any winds are not affecting operations at Gala Yuzawa, or indeed any other resorts around town.
Right now it is a cold -4 degrees in town. Wrap up well if you are braving the conditions to go out there and enjoy all that fluffy snow.
Mid-winter conditions in Shiga Kogen this morning and strong winds are at the moment affecting some of the lift operations. In fact it looks like a fair few resort areas and lifts were not moving until just a short time ago as they cope with the bumper snowfall we have received overnight. At the moment it looks like just Terakoya and the upper areas of Nishitateyama are yet to get moving, though I would expect that to change soon.
So, limited operations aside, it is a good morning. There is a lot of new snow to play in, I would guess around 30-40cm in places. And it's light and powdery as well, just what we want.
Snow is likley to continue falling today, along with some fairly strong winds, but looking ahead things will probably calm down somewhat tomorrow and we may see some breaks in the cloud Monday and Tuesday. Having said that, the snowy conditions do look set to continue into the week with no bluebird days lined up just at the moment.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Maruike - Mammoth - Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond
Official resort snow depths as of 16th January 2011 AM:
The snow levels have officially changed with snow levels going up at Naeba and Kagura at 10cm and 40cm respectively. It's definitely fresh as I got caught in the downpour on my way back from the bar early this morning. The weather gods are predicting more snow to fall throughout the day, however at the moment the skies are relatively clear.
Although winds are light right now, they are expected to reach moderate strenghts at around 20-25 km/h during the day. Visibility is quite good at the moment, as I am able to see all the way up the mountain. Although the temperature is expeted to be around -10 degrees today, the windchill is predicted to be at the same level.
Because of the moderate winds and heavy snowfall expected today, several lifts at Naeba are currently undergoing safety checks (more information below). In addition, the Dragondola is closed as well as the Fast Track course at the top of mountain. Also, there is a ski competition being held in the Big Kicker and Fun Rail Course areas, so access to these areas will be limited.
At Kagura, only the Forestry Expert Course will be closed but the Tashiro area is closed due to strong winds and poor weather conditions.
Lastly, due to competitions being held, the Kagura Main Ski Slope will be fenced off from 1/11 - 1/19.
It's another cloudy and snowy start to the day in Zao. The snow clouds are still with us and cloaking the mountain once again and while it has been snowing it's not particularly heavy. It is another very cold January day with the thermometer outside telling me -7 degrees, and of course colder up on the mountain. The is a quite strong wind blowing as well so it feels very cold outside and there's a fair bit of snow blowing around.
The snow seems set to continue into the coming week and as the forecast stands it looks like we are going to see a mix of cloud/snow with some short breaks of clearer weather perhaps at times. But generally, the regular topups will continue.
The Zao Ropeway will be operating again tonight to take people up the mountain to view the Snow Monsters. Read more ...
Sunday 16th January 2011, 11:03am
It's Sunday morning, and the town is digging out from the 15cm+ that fell between 4am-7am this morning. The ski slopes saw even more snow than what we received in the village, and on top of that, today is Kid's Day at the resort! Elementary School-age children and under ski for free all day long!! Games will be held for all the children starting at 1pm, so if you're here with your family, be sure to get out there and take part in the festivities.
Many of the runs have not been groomed yet, so for you fans of fresh powder, now is the time to get out there and enjoy a healthy portion of Furano's world-famous fine powder. The grooming should be done around 1pm, so make sure to be out there early if you want to grab those fresh tracks.
It's currently a chilly -9 outside, but with absolutely no winds it feels relatively mild. The afternoon should be relatively precipitation free, but look for more snow heading our way into the overnight hours. Read more ...
Sunday 16th January 2011, 11:09am
Snow just keeps on falling having continued right through yesteraday to the present. Overnight though the winds moved around to a more southerly direction and temperatures increased to the warmest we've seen in a couple of weeks. The wind also picked up and there's been a reasonable amount of drifting out there. Currently only Hanazono #3 lift is on wind hold and the Niseko Village Gondola is slowed. Other than that all lifts are running. The snow is likely to be a little heavier than what we've had over the last week or so due to the warmer temps and we should see some settling of the snowpack. The somewhat milder air will last for another 24 hours or so before swinging back around to a northerly. Snow is forecast throughout the outlook with some pretty heavy falls expected tonight.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 320 Bottom - 180
Niseko Village: Top - 260 Bottom - 175
Annupuri: Top - 225 Bottom - 170
Intermittent moderate wind and snowfall have made some heavy soft slabs (wind-drifts) to develop on top of Jan 15th (pre-Low snowfall) in steep slopes and cornice/knoll terrain above 800m in leeward western Annupuri area. Avalanche risk is rising today. A developing soft slab transmits stimulations instantaneously and easily triggers a surface slab avalanche. Better not stimulate leeward slopes during a storm. The snow is not quite the same as yesterday’s. Wind-protected Hirafu Gate 4 (Fujiwara) is scheduled to open at 10am, however Gate 2 (Annupuri) and 6 (Moiwa) are yet to be decided. Please respect and follow the ski-patrol’s instructions at the gates as well as in the Muzuno-no-sawa special control area. Hirafu ski-patrol and the groomers team are working on the trail to have the peak ready to go at some stage this week. Have a nice day.
We have huge amounts of fresh snow again this morning in Hakuba.
Goryu is reporting 50 cm of fresh snow at the top and the base cracked the 3 metre mark for the first time this season. Cortina are reporting an official snow depth on the upper slopes today of 350cm. (They are though struggling to cope as a fair few of their courses are closed as they sort it all out).
Visibility is not the best out there and with this much snow you really need some steep angles to keep moving and today is also awash with people stranded in powder. There could be worse things! Have even heard complaints that there is 'too much snow' - it's always a treat to hear that. Is such a thing really possible?!
Winds from varying angles and some really strong Northerly winds at altitude pushing the temp down to close to -20 above 2000m.
Winds are affecting some lift operations at resorts - you don't wanna be the one stuck on skyline for 20 minutes in the 25m/s gusts I tell you! If you are out there best to keep an eye on things with the resort. So generally wind-affected but there is snow everywhere you look today, so it is not hard to find powder wherever you are.
Play safe out there and best to stay on-piste... there's no need to go out of bounds in these kind of conditions!
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 16th January AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 285cm; Toomi - 145cm; Iimori - 125cm.
Hakuba 47: The resort and park at the resort are fully open. Snow depth (upper) - 217cm.
Happo-one: All of the Happo-one slopes are now open. Nakiyama nighta now operating. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 290cm; Sakka - 180cm; Shirakaba - 160cm; Nakiyama - 160cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: The Karamatsu nighta operations are now open. Snow depth - 300cm Maruyama area - 170cm Champion - 210cm
Hakuba Iwatake: All of the Iwatake resort is now open. Upper - 165cm Lower - 105cm
Hakuba Cortina: All of the resort is currently open. Upper - 350cm Lower - 240cm
Hakuba Sanosaka: All lifts at Sanosaka are now operating. 120cm
The snow just keeps on falling in Myoko; we had perhaps 30 minutes of sun, and then it started falling again. It was quite windy during the night, so there was lots of drifting and blowing snow. The other result of the wind is that it's almost impossible to ski in the trees or offpiste without some big skis or a board (and even then it's not easy).