Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Wednesday 17th February 2010, 7:19am
The temperature has been steadily dropping over the last few days and the snow is just starting to fall here. It is very light at the moment but due to get heavier throughout the day.
Yesterday the temperature fell throughout the day and the last few lifts were bitterly cold. Some light snow was falling higher up but the slopes were getting a little hard as the cold temperatures set in. The wind also pick up yesterday afternoon which didn't help matters.
There's nothing spectacular weather-wise on the horizon so expect more cloud with the odd sunny spell when the sun manages to break through. It's due to remain cold so wrap up warm.
Slow flakes pretty much all day yesterday but only a few cms of accumulation through the day and overnight in the valley and the road was bare this morning.
Temperatures are relatively cold but freezing level is forecast to rise through the day and tomorrow we should see some sun with clouds coming in later in the day and snow beginning in the afternoon, possibly continuing through Friday. Visibility is reasonable today even at altitude.
Powder lovers are still hanging out for a decent fall or earning their turns but for park rats and groomer zoomers things are looking better.
Sorry but there is no new snow to report today. The good news is the Premium Zone (formally Kumaotoshi) on the Kitanomine side is open. There should be some very good snow there for those that get in early. The forecast for the next few days is predicting some snowfall...fingers crossed for a significant dump. Read more ...
Wednesday 17th February 2010, 9:50am
Better news this morning. We have had some snow overnight. Not a huge amount, maybe 5-10cm in town so a bit more expected on the slopes and up there are Kagura reporting 10-20cm of fresh snow. Welcome news so things will be better this morning though perhaps that top layer of snow will fairly quickly be moved aside and so more snow before the weekend will be welcome and it looks like we should get it on Friday with moderate snowfall expected then.
Cloud is forecast for the day and it seems to be getting brighter as the morning progresses. Tomorrow we have fine weather forecast for early on followed by cloud and then hopefully that snow before the end of the day.
There is just a slight wind in town this morning and a temperature of -2 as of 9:30am.
Snow clouds moved in last night and gifted us a few cm of fresh snow this morning on the mountain but early on it is cloud/fine - more breaks in the clouds appearing and the sun making an appearance for a bright morning.
It's keeping cold with the temperature currently -6 degrees in the village (Utopia area reporting -12 degrees) and there is just a slight wind. Looks like a fine day to be out on the mountain.
More light snow is due from around Thursday evening and possibly on and off into the weekend with finer weather and warmer temperatures returning from around Sunday.
Quite cold this morning after another relatively clear night getting down to -14 in Kutchan. Only about 5cm of fresh snow since last report which is definitely not enough to fill in previous days tracks. So it will be getting fairly tracked out on the mountain currently. This morning has been snowing lightly but we really need another big fall to get things back into normal awesome conditions. Currently it looks like a good system will cross the region tomorrow night into Friday with the sort of snowfall amounts we need. The snowfalls should continue into the weekend making for a great end to the Chinese New Year holiday period. At this stage next week isn't looking that great. A large area of low pressure at high latitude will push the Siberian high south and much milder air will be directed over Hokkaido. Hopefully though as the low moves out in the Sea of Okhotsk and the winds switch around to more colder northerlies again the system could produce very substantial snowfalls and see Feb go out with a real bang. Still a bit early to be definite about how it will progess but we'll keep an eye on it.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 320 Bottom - 210
Niseko Village: Top - 385 Bottom - 240
Annupuri: Top - 340 Bottom - 220
Niseko Avalanche Info No.64
Moiwa base 6am: -10℃, 5cm of fresh snow. Coastal data: NW11m/s at Benkei cape, WNW7m/s, 1.0m waves and 1022hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: NW12.5m/s, -16℃, good visibility. The snow above 1000m has been reasonably reset. Moderate wind and snow has persisted above 800m due to the cold air mass inflow caused by the mild winter weather pattern. Some easily collapsible 20cm soft slabs have formed in certain spots. Beware of shallow soft slab slides in 40°slopes. Yesterday’s tracks are remaining below 800m but the snow is in good condition, suitable for skiing. If deep and heavy (60cm) snowdrifts are present in knolls, they are yet to be stable and could trigger a slide. Avalanches occur in steep slopes with heavy snowdrifts. Beware also of 30°slopes with wind ripples. Many skiers dropping into the same slope at the same time could stimulate deeper layers and slabs, leading to a major slide. According to data evaluation and observations, there are no notable signs of avalanche hazards, but always keep in mind that the mountain is never 100% safe. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30. Seek for ski patrol’s advice before stepping out the gates.
Yes some smiles to find this morning as Kagura report 10-20cm of fresh snow overnight. The village here we got 10cm or so and so there's that new layer of fluffy snow to enjoy this morning.
It's not snowing and just a cloudy grey morning again. Cold too, now -5 degrees and about -12 up top with just a slight breeze. It will likely be a cloudy day perhaps clearing up with a clear start to tomorrow, clouding over and hopefully some snow arriving and it looks like Friday should be a snowy one. Lots please, the more the better as is always the case!
Anyway should be good conditions out this morning.
All resorts and gondolas are open and operating as planned.
And the news is.... about 5cm of fresh snow, maybe more in places. Not a huge amount but welcome all the same.
It's a cloudy but bright start to the day with a few breaks in the clouds seemingly appearing. Cold it is too with the temperature down into the minus double figures in many parts of Shiga Kogen though there is only a slight wind.
The moderate snowfall is still on the forecast for (late Thursday into) Friday and right now the forecast has fine weather over the weekend, so a good few cm of snow before then would be perfect.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 17th February 10:
Nice, light powder — a perfect day in Myoko (OK, it's not bluebird, but we've talked about this; good snow needs to be treated gently....). We've seen (and Akakan is reporting) about 20cm of good snow, and it looks like it will continue on and off through the day, and over the next week or so.
The forecast is for sunnier conditions tomorrow, so for those who think that's great skiing, your day is coming. For those of us who like to bundle up and ski in, not on, the snow, looks like there may be a little wait for a really heavy snowfall. We're only halfway through February, so there's lots of opportunities ahead.
Offpiste, keep checking on the increasing pack on top of the last crust. It seemed to be fairly rough and beginning to bond with the new snow, but it's always best to double check (I haven't poked around any north-facing slopes recently, for example). be careful, but have fun!