Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 17th December 2017

Minakami Now!

Saturday 17th February 2007, 7:31am
Weather conditions: Clear skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
As forecats the sun is out and it is going to be a beutiful sunny morning with lots of fresh snow to enjoy! It snowed for most of the day yesterday in upper Minakami with the upper mounatines receiving around 40cm of fresh snow. It looks like it will cloud over this afternoon so get out there early!

Tomorrow morning will bring more snow and then clear again by lunch time for a another great day. The good weather should continue throu to Wedneeday.

Those heading backcountry should be cautous after last weeks rain which caused a large ice layer to form over which between 30 - 60cm of fresh snow has settled. Loose snow avalanches are possible so chose your terrain wisely.   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Saturday 17th February 2007, 8:37am
Weather conditions: High Cloud.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The winds persisted for a bit longer yesterday than expected. At Annupuri all lifts were operating. I believe the upper lifts at Higashiyama and Hirafu didn't open yesterday. Overnight there was no new snowfall and today has dawned with high cloud, little wind and good visibility.

We should see mostly clear skies down low today, with cloud cover remaining up high. There may be the odd snow shower this afternoon but it will only be light. All lifts should be running today and all gates are expected to open.    Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 17th February 2007, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Scattered cloud cover, nil precipitation.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
With good to excellent visibility this morning there were many fracture lines to be seen. All of the ones so far observed are above tree line and well down from the ridge crests as a reflection of the strong winds that loaded these south-east aspect slopes. Several are almost fully refilled. The snow has settled well (from 90 kg/cubic metre to 150 kg/cubic metre) in the valley.

The weather is forecast to stay clear for the bulk of the day-light period with clouds and snow fall commencing in the late afternoon and early evening.
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The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m a.s.l.) 0700 hr. reading is:

Sky: Scattered clouds (less than 50% cloud cover)
Temperature: Present: -6.0 C
Maximum: 2.0 C
Minimum: -6.5 C
Wind at surface: Light from the west.
Winds aloft: From north-west
Precipitation: Nil
Barometer and trend: 923 hPa and steady
Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): 0 cm
Total depth of snowpack (HS): 82 cm
Foot penetration: 30 cm
Surface: Faceted fragments, 1 to 2 mm
Density of surface snow: 150 kg per cubic metre
Crust: not measured (below new snow)
Cloud ceiling: above topography
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Hazard:

Above tree line: Considerable

Tree line: Moderate

Below tree line: moderate

Travel Advisory:
There are many fracture lines from naturally triggered slab avalanches in the alpine (above tree line). Many are at least partly refilled by wind transported snow. Yesterday's slightly warm temperature and then the overnight colder temperatures have possibly helped to bond strengthen weakness in the storm snow. The melt freeze crust underneath will create a temperature gradient such that a layer of faceted crystals can be expected to be forming at the top and bottom of this crust. Over time this now rather strong and thick crust will break down.

The many fracture lines observed are mostly well down from the ridge crests, a probable reflection of the strong winds associated with this storm. Bear in mind that these are "naturally" trigger avalanches and that there are possibly more slopes potentially ready to react with a suitable trigger. The sudden arrival of 100 kg object travelling at some speed on such a slope may be "a suitable trigger". The second, third, or fourth such object arriving on the slope may also be the "suitable trigger" especially if a fall is executed by the "object".

The travel conditions should be rather good as the snow settles and reduces the ski-penetration.   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Saturday 17th February 2007, 9:42am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
What a great morning, the sun is out, blue skies and they're already tearing down the top face of Naeba, individual lines creeping across the face towards the skiers right hand side of the peak. excellent conditions today - due to all the top lift closures from yesterdays howling winds. So, all the usual stuff is open at Kagura, Mitsumata, Tashiro and Naeba.

It's dead on zero in the village with zero wind. The roads are clear and the punters are being rewarded for making the effort and getting up to Naeba and on the slopes so early. Nice!

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Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 17th February 2007, 10:16am
Weather conditions: Sun, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It was a very cold start to the day with hardly a cloud in the sky and it is still fairly cold now but will warm up slightly this afternoon. Expect the slopes to be fairly crowded today, but conditions should be good - especially in higher areas such as Kagura - due to the new snow we had the last few days.

It seems that Gala will close early today (at 3pm) due to stronger winds forecast later this afternoon but other than that lift operations at resorts should be normal today.   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 17th February 2007, 10:22am
Weather conditions: Sunny blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday the snow kept on falling on and off until the evening and it ended up being very changeable weather. The snow that fell though was really good quality and many of the runs yesterday were in excellent condition (and will be today as well). It will also be fairly busy today as many people come for the good weekend weather and conditions.

Blue skies all around this morning but it will stay fairly cold all day. A fine day to be out on the hills.   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 17th February 2007, 11:26am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A beautiful clear day in Nozawa this morning. The sun is shining, the views are great there is plenty of good snow. At the gondolas, although it’s busy, the lines are moving very well. The base depth on Yamabiko is reduced from yesterday to 190cm. Uenotaira and the lower reaches are constant. Temperatures are a cold -5 to -10C on the mountain and -5C to -8C in the village.

The outlook is for some clouds to develop today and for light snow to fall tonight, but only enough to freshen up the runs a bit. Tomorrow and Monday the light snow will continue.
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Furano Now!

Saturday 17th February 2007, 17:20pm
Weather conditions: Overcast.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
No snow in the last 24 hours and it warmed up today so the snow is getting pretty compacted. We need some snow tonight but unfortunately it isn't predicted untill tomorrow afternoon. It was -10 this morning at 8am and it should get down to -15 tonight.

The snowboard world cup is in Furano at the moment, today was the boarder cross and tomorrow is the half pipe.   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Naeba Now
17th Dec, 15:34pm
Myoko Now
17th Dec, 13:20pm
Minakami Now
17th Dec, 10:38am
Zao Now
17th Dec, 9:20
Nozawa Onsen Now
17th Dec, 8:58
Grandeco Now
17th Dec, 8:51
Shiga Kogen Now
17th Dec, 8:44
Yuzawa Now
17th Dec, 8:40
Madarao Now
17th Dec, 8:38
Hakuba Now
17th Dec, 8:33
Niseko Now
17th Dec, 8:25
Furano Now
17th Dec, 7:56
Geto Kogen Now
17th Dec, 7:46
Appi Kogen Now
16th Dec, 10:02

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