Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 19th November 2017
Monday 17th January 2011, 8:28am
Again we will endure snowfall throughout the course of today
It's Monday morning in at Madarao and we prepare ourselves for a full day of snowfall, again. Over night the resort received a top up of 10cm accross the mountain and village. Making todays conditions perfect for rental of those much talked about powder skii`s!
The temperature throughout the day will vary between -8 and -10 degrees on the mountain and in the villiage, while the wind will hit a maximum of 15m/second. So again today, for those in need of a challenge and need a break from the snowfakes (without having to part with your skii`s or snowboard) seeking coverage amoungst the the trees on Madarao`s open tree run courses is an idea. Although, today our Air Wave Course will be closed in preparation for the Air Wave Session Event on the 23rd of this month. -How exciting!
Today visibility conditions remain poor and those trusty googles are the most fasionable and practical accessory you could have on you today!! Enjoy.
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 13 Lift No 15 lift Tangaram No 2 Lift
Still dumping in Minakami this morning after another 30cm of fresh snow since yesterday. The forecast is for the snow to continue until midday tomorrow, bringing up to 40cm of further snow. This takes the total snow from this storm to over 70cm and counting....
It looks like the snow will continue intermittently until Thursday with cloud forecast from Friday to Saturday but temperatures should remain reasonably low. Hopefully this will settle the snow pack down as it is getting too deep at some resorts. Read more ...
Monday 17th January 2011, 9:18am
Yesterday saw the snow continue but temps continued to warm to just below freezing late in the evening. This morning it has cooled again and currently it is only snowing lightly. All up since last report we've had around 40cm of new snow, some of it quite heavy. There's been a real mix of snow types from sago to stellar dendrites and just about everything in between which should make for an interesting consistency out there today. There's been quite a lot of wind as well and there's been significant drifting around the mountain. As the avi report states below some lee slopes have accumulated up around 2m of drifting snow in the last 12 hours. This translates into high avalanche danger on many lee slopes. Gates 2, 4 and 6 may not open today as a result.
A very strong low pressure system is developing in the north Pacific and with high pressure over Siberia a north westerly airflow is moving across Japan and will continue to bring snow for the foreseeable future. We've now had 15 days straight of snowfalls with an average of 25cm per day bringing the total snowfall to around 3.8m already this month.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 320 Bottom - 180
Niseko Village: Top - 270 Bottom - 180
Annupuri: Top - 225 Bottom - 170
The wind is shifting irregularly, making warm air flowing in, due to the movement of the low-pressure system in the Pacific Ocean. Drastic snowdrifts development has been observed in Mikaeri sawa, 200cm in the past 12 hours. A layer of hail can observed under the snowdrifts in eastern side of the mountain around 900m and a notable low-pressure influenced layer (Jan 16th) was observed in western side of the mountain. Avalanche risk is high especially in western areas at 800m elevation in Osawa and Mikaeri sawa’s leeward slopes. Do not stimulate cornices, knolls and open steep slopes. Avoid riding gully bottoms as avalanches would run through there. Gates 2 (Annupuri), 4 (Fujiwara) and 6 (Moiwa) opening is yet to be decided. Please respect and follow the ski-patrol’s decision and refrain from ducking ropes. Mountain base 6am:-3℃, 30cm of wind-affected snowfall in the past 12 hours. No drastic snowdrift development can be observed at the base.
There is about 30cm or so of freshly fallen snow on the tops of cars overnight and add a bit more than that to get an idea of how much we have had since my report yesterday. Indeed Kagura resort are reporting 40-60cm of snow overnight up there. Nice. (That doesn't seem to have been reflected really on the snow depths posted below, but it's definitely there. Sometimes you get the feeling that resorts don't want to give the impression of their being 'too much snow' there - seems strange to this writer, but there you go!).
GALA Yuzawa is this morning seeing a 50cm rise in the snow and that seems about right. Conditions up on the mountain will be some of the best there can be - unless you want clear skies and views of course.
Anyway it is still snowing and seems set to continue throughout the day. Visibility is pretty poor even down in town so it will be poor on the slopes. All resorts do seem to be open and operating as normal though this morning.
More snow is forecast for tomorrow and further into the week.... so no clear sky days lined up in the coming few it seems.
Snow levels around town are now looking very healthy - it had been a case of catch-up to the usual amounts until now but I would say we are looking more like normal now... perhaps not quite as much as we had this time last year but if the snow continues over the next few days we might get there.
The good news continues and overnight there has been a further 10cm of fresh powder snow. At the time of writing this report it is still snowing heavily and looks set to continue through the day. Visibility is okay on the lower mountain but expect the heavier precipiatation further up the mountain to limit visibility. For those of you who got some good face shots yesterday, get out there and get some more. For those of you that are new to the powder thing there will be lots of opportunity to refine your technique. If the queue of zero people at 8:30am for the opening of the lifts on the Kitanomine Zone is anything to go by, it shouldn't be crowded out there. Read more ...
Monday 17th January 2011, 9:59am
Today is another day of snowy skies, as the white stuff is currently falling down and is forecast to do so throughout the day. This is expected to continue through to tomorrow but not as heavy as today.
Although winds are light right now, they are expected to reach moderate strenghts of up to 25 km/h during the day. Visibility is okay, although the top of the mountain looks somewhat misty from the bottom. The temperature has already hit -4 degrees with the windchill to strike a possible low of around -14.
Several lifts at Naeba are currently undergoing safety checks but are expected to open (more information below). Parts of the Hiuchi #1 Ski Slope are closed due to it being a weekday.
At Kagura, the Forestry Expert Course and Downhill course will be closed.
Lastly, due to competitions being held, the Kagura Main Ski Slope is fenced off from 1/11 - 1/19.
Yesterday I said it might calm down a bit for today. Well, it's not as windy but it is still snowing. It just keeps on coming at the moment. Perhaps around 40cm or so since yesterday morning.
Early on this morning a few resorts are only part open or closed again as they cope with the new snowfall again.... as I write this Shibutoge is waiting for conditions to improve and there's limited operations at some of the major areas including Yokoteyama and Kumanoyu. Resorts are asking people to not go out of bounds especially now as there is a good chance of avalanche and it's pretty dangerous. With all of the fluffy powder on resort slopes and everywhere you look though, there really isn't a need to be overly adventurous at the moment.
Weather conditions should slowly start clearing up later on today and into tomorrow though snow clouds may hang around until around Wednesday. As the forecast stands at the moment we can perhaps expect some clearer conditions with the sun around Friday.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 17th January 2011 AM:
It isn't quite as cold this morning as it was yesterday, though it is still -6 degrees in the village. The snow has continued falling here making for continued excellent conditions on the slopes. So another 30cm or so of snow I would say once again. It is still quite windy out there so some lifts are either moving slower or in the case of the ropeways not taking as many people up at once.
But in terms of snow quality, the last few weeks really have been top quality.
People coming back from a day out there have also been commenting on how uncrowded the slopes are and it's true. Weekdays there really are no issues with crowds and sometimes you almost seem to have a run to yourself. With conditions like this, could things be any better?
Similar snowy conditions are lined up on the forecast for most of the week.
The Zao Ropeway will be operating again tonight to take people up the mountain to view the Snow Monsters. After tonight the next time will be on Saturday and from then on daily until 28th February. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 17th January 2011, 11:34am
I always find it funny when people tell me there is too much snow!
There's a real bottomless powder feeling in Nozawa at the moment and the snow just keeps on coming. I spent a part of the morning just watching people just floating down the steep slope of Mukobayashi. They were going pretty straight but the deep snow was naturally slowing their glide.
Great conditions for powder hounds and even nice on the fresh groomed runs with a light layer of fresh snow on the top. I have a feeling that people are hoping for some sun to break thru soon though. Especially all the lodge owners and businesses here as they wage a constant battle with mother nature to keep the snow of the roofs and driveways.
The outlook is for continued snow but getting lighter and a possibly a bluebird day on Friday.
Anyway it is going to be another magic day in the powder so grab the powder boards and hang on for the ride of your life...
All except the following Kandahar Hachiman Uenotaira Half Pipe Karasawa Wave Park
Time to shake my finger at all you out there—there is outstanding snow on the mountain, and not nearly enough people out there enjoying it. The snow continues to fall, and it's colder (and the wind is down) so the snow is really good. Really good.
It looks like the snow might lighten up a little tomorrow, but the way things are going I almost doubt it. It's been falling steadily through the day with very light breezes, so it's going to be good no matter what.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Akakura Onsen: 250cm
Akakan (Akakura Kanko): 270cm
Myoko Suginohara: 230cm
Seki Onsen: 340cm
Myoko Ski Park: 270cm
A quick wind update (none of the information has changed, except regarding the wind). As soon as I uploaded the earlier news, the wind really started to kick in from the north. Probably not enough to cause lift closures, but enough to makes driving a little more challenging. Be careful and drive carefully if you're in the Myoko area.
Well, the snowy conditions continue in Hakuba and the constant topups means that tracks are quickly being filled in making for excellent conditions all round. It doesn't get much better than this!
Wondering when we might next be able to see the mountains and some blue sky? It's looking like tomorrow might be slightly clearer but there is a chance of the snow conditions continuing on and off through until Thursday - but nothing major. There might be more visibility out there. Friday looks like it might bring with it some clearer conditions, probably with colder conditions again.
It is currently -3 degrees in Hakuba.
Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 17th January PM:
Hakuba Goryu: Now over 3m of snow reported at Goryu. Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 320cm; Toomi - 150cm; Iimori - 130cm.
Hakuba 47: The resort and park at the resort are fully open. Snow depth (upper) - 218cm.
Happo-one: All of the Happo-one slopes are now open and the report is now officially reporting 3m of snow on the upper slopes. Nakiyama nighta now operating. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 300cm; Sakka - 180cm; Shirakaba - 175cm; Nakiyama - 175cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: The Karamatsu nighta operations are now open. Snow depth - 300cm Maruyama area - 165cm Champion - 210cm
Hakuba Iwatake: All of the Iwatake resort is now open. Upper - 160cm Lower - 105cm
Hakuba Cortina: All of the resort is currently open. Upper - 350cm Lower - 240cm
Hakuba Sanosaka: All lifts at Sanosaka are now operating. 125cm