Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017
Thursday 17th January 2013, 8:16am
Yesterday did indeed clear up to be a fine and sunny one with some fine blue skies above.
Snow clouds must have moved back in overnight though as we are happily surprised with a decent amount of new snow. Another 20cm or so I'd say. Noice.
It's still snowing at the moment, about -6C here at village level and not much of a wind.
The Takenokoyama pair lift will be closed due to maintenance today but other than that we should be normal-weekday ready with both the Dragondola and the Prince Number 2 lifts getting ready to start up for the day.
Snow likely to continue through tomorrow as well, so all fingers and toes crossed that we get some nice new deep.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 170cm Kagura - 330cm Read more ...
Thursday 17th January 2013, 8:35am
I have about 10cm of new snow to report this morning with the resort saying up to 20cm in places. The snow continues and the top part of the mountain is covered in cloud at the moment. Fair visibility lower down but thick cloud higher up. Nice snow all over.
It's about -5C at the moment and only a slight wind. Good day to be smashing that there powder!
Lifts planned to be operating: Number 1 Number 2 Number 3 Super quad Number 5 Number 11 Number 12 Number 15 Kids Park --- FreeRide Park Powder Wave II Usagi Riverline Powder Theater Adventure
Powder Wave I is closed until 20th January. All other tree courses are open. Read more ...
Thursday 17th January 2013, 9:18am
Clear and sunny
Good morning from Niseko.
How about another 20cm or so of new snow this morning? Sounds good? It just keeps on coming. It's cold, cold morning in Hirafu here with temperatures down to minus double digits.
Not much of a wind and all lifts on the mountain resorts opened as planned. The sun is out and we have some nice clear blue skies above us. The forecast has clouds and possible snow later on today so it may well not last. For now at least it is a very good day to be out playing in the snow.
All is good.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 390cm Bottom - 210cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 345cm Bottom - 200cm
Niseko Village Top - 315cm Bottom - 190cm
Niseko base 6am: -11C, 20cm of crystal snow and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: N8m/s, heavy snowfall and moderate development of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak 1308m: NW11m/s, -16C. Coastal data: NNW10m/s, 1.3m waves and 1014hPa.
A moderate winter pressure pattern is generating intermittent snowfall. Snowfall is especially heavy around 800m altitude, making snowdrifts develop slowly. According to all data evaluation, observation and snowfall transition, the avalanche risk in general is relatively low and the snow in the trees is in good condition. Cracks are forming in steep slopes and are difficult to notice from above. Falling into these crevasses, reaching up to 4m depths, can cause serious injuries.
Although critical accidents are not happening, many minor cases such as fractured bones and people getting lost are being reported daily. Be extra prudent in the out of bounds areas. Gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open at 10am. DO NOT traverse steep slopes of the Backbowl, Osawa and Higashione. Traversing obvious avalanche terrain is extremely risky and repeating it on a routine basis would eventually end up in a tragedy. Imagine the consequences of a large avalanche in Osawa (Annupuri bowl) on a busy day. How many people would get buried? How many people are really ready and equipped for rescuing? Ski/ride the fall-line to minimize stress. Beware of sudden weather changes and have good day. Read more ...
Thursday 17th January 2013, 9:18am
Yesterday was a fine day with some nice clear skies above town.
We're back to the snow though this morning - it is snowing again in Minakami.. Cold temperatures are helping the snow quality, around 5cm of fresh snow at Tenjindaira. Just a dusting lower down in town. Poor visibility on the slopes this morning, so take care out there.
The roads are also pretty slippy today so caution advised if driving.
For tomorrow more snow is expected, so all fingers crossed that we get some nice pow tomorrow on the slopes. Read more ...
Thursday 17th January 2013, 9:29am
It is extremely cold in Furano today but at the same time very beautiful with clear skies. The cold has brought with it diamond dust which is currently sparkling in the morning sun. Despite no snow for the last few days the official base depth as provided by the resort has increased by 10cm since yesterday. Snow conditions today will be firm packed powder with a dusting of snow likely at higher elevations. The forecast is for light snow from tonight through to Sunday - fingers crossed that it arrives. Read more ...
Thursday 17th January 2013, 9:29am
It was a blue sky start to the day yesterday but clouds gradually increased as the day went on and by evening we had mostly cloud cover over the mountains.
Did they bring us some snow this morning?
Yes they did!
There's 10+cm here in the village areas this morning and resorts around town are reporting up to 25cm on the upper parts of the mountains. Somewhat predictably, the Hakuba Cortina resort area in Otari wins the 'most new snow' award this morning with up to 30cm fresh reported by the resort.
It's a cloudy and grey morning in the village, light snow falling, temperature of around -4C and about 2m/s wind. Reduced visibility out on the slopes but generally shouldn't be fairly ok.
Snow showers likely through today and tomorrow before the skies clear once again for the weekend when we are due another likely spell of milder conditions.
For now though, some very nice fresh snow to enjoy.
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 17th January 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: 15cm on lower slopes and 20cm of new snow on upper slopes reported by Hakuba Goryu this morning. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 280cm; Toomi - 135cm; Iimori - 90cm
Hakuba 47: 15-25cm of new snow reported by Hakuba 47 this morning. Official snow depth: Upper - 220cm Lower - 160cm
Another small amount of new snowfall in Zao Onsen this morning. I'd say about 3-5cm or so. Right now it is -3 degrees and cloudy. Not much of the mountain to see this morning as all but the lower slopes is covered in cloud. There's just a slight wind.
Chance of snow showers today and tomorrow with clouds clearing for the weekend, according to the latest local weather report.
About the evening 'Light Up' operations when the Zao Ropeway and top gondola take people up to the top of the resort in the evening to view the lit up snow monsters.... It will be operating this weekend Saturday and Sunday and then from Saturday 26th January it will be open daily until 3rd March. Please remember that you need a special ticket for this - a normal ski ticket is not valid. The return tickets cost 2500 yen for adults and 1250 yen for children and it is open from 5pm until 9pm with the last one taking people up at 7:50pm. If you can try to pick a day when it's clearer weather... it makes such a difference.
Change again this morning as Shiga Kogen is covered with cloud and we have perhaps around 5cm of new snowfall in places. Visibility is ok out there generally, it's just one of those silver.grey days. Just a slight wind.
Tomorrow the forecast is for very cold temps dipping down to perhaps as low as minus 20 on the mountain along with more snow and a good chance of strong winds as well. Once we get into the weekend though fine conditions are probable and set to continue into the week as well.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 17th January 2013 AM:
After a brief hiatus heavy snow returned to Nozawa Onsen at about 1am last night and was still falling as of 730am this morning. Unusually, more snow collected in the lower reaches of the resort than the summit. 30cm was recorded down low while the top received 20cm. Areas that were mostly tracked out yesterday afternoon have been almost completely refreshed so it should be another good days riding.
Sun, light winds and cloudless blue sky remained for the duration of yesterday. Those who got up were rewarded with deep dry snow, numerous untracked areas and an unbeatable backdrop including views of the soaring Japanese Alps. Yesterday was a good day to be on the mountain.
It looks like snow is set to continue today and tomorrow so riding should be outstanding over the next few days. Following that, we should experience some good weather for around three or four days as an area of high pressure moves over the region. The next chance of snow looks possible around the 22nd/23rd of this month.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating except: Yunomine pair Mizunashi triple Challenge pair Utopia pair Higake Number 2 B line
Courses open: All courses open except: Kandahar East
More snow this morning though not a huge amount. Perhaps 5-10cm or so in places with resorts around town reporting anything from 10cm to up to 30cm once again at Kagura. It is still snowing lightly this morning but not the kind of snow that is building up the cm - the roads are clear and visibility is decent.
At lunchtime now it is -2C in Yuzawa town area. Snow is forecast to continue snowing today and all tomorrow as well, when it should be colder too. A good chance of heavier snowfall than today as well, which would be good.
From Saturday onwards a number of days of milder conditions and clearer skies is forecast for the region.