Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017
Sunday 17th January 2016, 8:31am
Cloudy; limited visibility in places, bit of sun shining through in others
I'm sitting here writing this with a big grin on my face.
After some heavy snowfall through the day yesterday, how does 31cm of snow since my last report sound? As you can see the Avalanche Report bringing in numbers of 40cm and above.
That's what we have got as it just keeps on piling up. I expect conditions will be... rather good this morning. ;)
Perhaps less snow today and tomorrow (though it has started off snowing at the moment), and maybe we will get a bit of that sun we were promised (actually the sun does seem to be peaking through clouds in some places)... and then back to heavier snow and stormy conditions Tuesday and Wednesday.
It is looking likely that lots of Japan will be getting snow and stormy conditions around then so I hope my friends down there get large amounts as well. With the snow we have been getting the last few weeks, it's hard to imagine that lots of ski resorts to the south of us are still struggling with snow.
I don't actually know what else to say this morning!
I hope you can get out to enjoy it.
Resort specific lift opening news at time of writing - subject to change during the day:
Niseko base 6am: -8℃, 40cm of crystal snowfall, calm. Moiwa 800m: -11℃, mild wind, 40cm of fresh and no snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: -10.8℃, SW0.9m/s. Annupuri 1150m: -12℃, N5m/s, 45cm snowfall. Hirafu 1000m: -13℃, 40cm new snow, no snowdrift development. Benkei cape: N5m/s, Kamui cape: WNW6m/s, 1019hPa, 1.4m waves.
Niseko area is under a high-pressure area and the isobars are spaced out. Good amount of crystal snowflakes have dumped under the calm weather condition. The overall avalanche hazard level is low, peak gates will open from the morning. Please follow the patrol’s instructions and step out from the gates. The snow is deep, beware of falling upside-down and being suffocated. Never step in Haru No Taki strictly off-limits areas. Today’s new snowpack may form a large connected slab under the sun and risks of surface slab avalanche of 60cm thickness, triggered by ski stimulation would raise after 9am. A fatal accident occurred in Haru No Taki area under a similar condition in 1998. The Niseko Rules exist for the sole purpose of protecting people’s freedom and safety of riding. We strongly hope that everyone acknowledge the significance of those Rules. Have a nice day.
Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 17th January 2016:
It was great to see 'proper' snowfall during the day yesterday at times.
By proper, I mean the kind of heavy snowfall that we take for granted here but has been something of a stranger this season so far. The heavy stuff didn't last for that long, often going back to lighter snow, but hopefully a sign of what is to come in the next few days... Was good to see more snow than was on the forecast as well!
It's a cold morning but the sun breaking through some of the clouds that remain and increasing amounts of blue sky on show.
My apologies I was not able to catch any updates the report made yesterday afternoon regarding fresh snowfall on the mountain but they have this morning increased the snow depths on all areas by 5-10cm. The webcams for the upper areas this morning are looking very inviting with some blue skies and sunshine up there and that new layer of snow. Should be good.
Hopefully things will be much better too with snow forecast every day from tonight to the end of the week at least - and at times particularly around Tuesday/Wednesday, significant snowfall is expected. There's a chance that the storm may start with some rain lower down here in the village but quickly change into snow.
We all go up to enjoy the snow this morning with great anticipation for what is about to come.
Official info at time of writing on Sunday 17th January 2016 (subject to change):
Snowed all day yesterday on the mountain though not much at the base.
The peak of Tanigawadake was whited out all yesterday and for patches on Thursday too. I was up there both days and visibility was about 20m at best. Today things have cleared though the forecast is still for a significant snow fall this evening and snow looks set to continue for most of the week.
Hodaigi opened up some of their top lifts yesterday and a crew were over there and had a good time.
All snow resorts in Minakami were at least part open, but with the recent weather some are now closed waiting for more snowfall:
Yesterday’s afternoon winds forced many people off the mountain early with the gusts reaching up to 20M/S in some places. That combined with bone chilling -20 degree temperatures did not make for a pleasant day at all. Thankfully the winds won’t be back for a while as the coming forecast calls for decreasing winds and rising temperatures.
It’s a beautiful sunny day today and temperatures should reach a high of around -6 at the base and -8 at the top. Winds should be light with a possible afternoon increase in typical Appi fashion but will die out significantly into the early evening. Unfortunately no snow fall is predicted today so make sure you’ve got plenty of sunscreen in your backpack !!
No more additional runs are open today but I’m hoping the forecast of a massive amount of snow coming our way Monday and Tuesday (60cm +) will make sure Appi is finally completely open. I hope you’re as excited as I am about the forecast and I’m praying they’re going to be a little more than 50% right this time.
Have a great sunny day on the slopes.
Currently planned operating lifts:
- Appi Gondola - Central Number 1 quad - Number 2 lift A - Number 2 lift B - Number 3 lift B - Number 4 lift - Sailer quad Read more ...
Sunday 17th January 2016, 8:50am
Sunny and clear
Good morning from Grandeco.
We have lovely blue skies above the resort here, it's a perfect morning for skiing and snowboarding.
It's a very cold morning as well with temperatures down to -10 degrees up at the top of the resort (and not much warmer down here at base either), so the snow conditions this morning should be great with another 4+cm since yesterday.
All of the lifts are moving and courses open.
The forecast is still very looking good for heavy snow and strong winds tomorrow and Tuesday and the snow to continue after that as well. Conditions may be pretty difficult for people out on the slopes but the heavy snowfall will be very welcome. Take care.
Morning from Hakuba and what a lovely morning it is as well.
There's lots of blue sky with just a bit of fluffy cloud here and there and a fairly cold start to the day.
We had a fine day yesterday as well with some blue skies and sunshine to enjoy in the morning. Some clouds (or was that 'gas' as they say here) moving in on some upper areas in particular later in the afternoon making for limited visibility in places.
There's no fresh snow to report since my last report, but starting tonight and going through the whole of the coming week there should be plenty of snow to report. Lots and lots of it. I'm so excited about what I might be writing about that I just hope that we are not disappointed - but I refuse to believe that we will be... heavy snow is on the way!
For today though it should be a fine day with some decent conditions to be found on the upper areas this morning with the cold start to the day.
Have a good one. Until tomorrow!
Resort news as of 8:40am on Sunday 17th January 2015 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. All courses are now officially open. Tree Riding Zone not yet open for the season. Official snow depth Upper: 150cm Base: 25cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. Panorama, Grand Prix, Super Course, Champion Dynamic and Woody Courses in upper area. The main Toomi course and the Soft Cream and Merry Land courses in the Iimori area are open. The Powder Snow course is also now part open. Planned lifts: Telecabin Gondola Alps Number 1 pair lift Alps Number 3 pair lift Alps Number 2/4 pair lift Toomi Sky Four lift Toomi Number 1 pair lift Toomi Number 2 pair lift Milky Four lift Iimori Number 1 high speed pair Official snow depth Alps: 150cm Toomi: 50cm Iimori: 45cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Grat (part), Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline, Kita One Number 3 and Riesen Slalom areas are open with lower course areas still closed. Take one of the Gondola, Kokusai Number 1 pair, Sakka Kita-one quad or Nakiyama Number 3 triple lifts to get back down to base. Planned lifts: Adam Gondola Grat quad lift Alpen quad lift Usagidaira pair lift Happo Riesen quad Nakiyama Number 3 triple Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift Kurobishi Number 3 pair lift Skyline Number 2 pair lift Kokusai Number 1 lift Kokusai Number 3 lift Panorama pair lift Kita One quad lift Kita One Number 3 pair lift Official snow depth Usagidaira: 115cm Nakiyama: 35cm Sakka: 15cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. The courses at Cortina that remain closed are: Mt Hieda Ridge, Mt Hieda 2 and 3, Itadaria Ridge and Giant. All other courses are now open. Planned lifts: All lifts apart from Number 7 pair lift now operating Official snow depth Top: 132cm Base: 80cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Most areas of Tsugaike Kogen are now at least part open. Planned lifts: Almost all of the lifts at Tsugaike Kogen are now operating. Official snow depth Tsuga-no-mori: 135cm Maruyama: 40cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 30cm
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field: Reporting up to 0cm of fresh snowfall. The View C, View D, North, East, South and Gezan courses on the Mountain Side are open. Part of the Sunny, Paradise and by1 courses on the Village Side are also now open. Planned lifts: Noah Gondola View 2 3Sen Line North 4Sen Line East Paradise Triple Line Lift Official snow depth Upper: 80cm Lower: 20cm
Hakuba Norikura Onsen: Official snow depth 50cm All lifts apart from Number 8 lift are operating and 8 of the 12 courses are open at Hakuba Norikura Onsen.
Hakuba Sanosaka: Official snow depth 20cm Part open with the Number 1 triple lift, Number 2 quad and Number 5 pair lifts operating. Read more ...
Sunday 17th January 2016, 8:58am
Clear and sunny
Morning from Madarao where there's clear blue skies above the mountain and the sun is out.
It is a very and cold fine morning with the slopes are looking very inviting indeed.
Forecasts still tell us to expect the weather to change from later on today. Tomorrow there may even be a chance of some rain though hopefully we'll avoid that and it will go straight into snow. But after that snow is forecast for the following few days and hopefully heavy sustained snowfall as well. I think we can expect a lot to be falling.
In my report yesterday I was saying how it felt like it might be one of those days when it clears up and turns into a fine day.
Well, that wasn't what happened!
It actually started snowing - and quite heavily for limited periods - and the snow clouds stayed over us for most of the day. It was great to see it really coming down at times, though it didn't really stay heavy for long.
There were some decent conditions to be enjoyed as well. I spent a few fun hours up at the Kagura resort where there was obviously much less snow than usual for mid-January but some decent snow to be found.
Resorts around the area this morning are not reporting any new cm of snow overnight but there was definitely some during the day and I measured 3cm of it here in town.
So what about this heavy snowfall that we have been expecting early week?
It's still looking good to be arriving. Just what kind of snowfall we get and how much... well let's just leave it to nature and see what happens.
One thing the forecasts do agree on is that tomorrow will probably be quite mild and there's a good chance that we will get rained on here in town during the day before the 'main event' arrives. The 'main event' (snow) looks due around Tuesday/Wednesday. Here's hoping!
Resort official snow depths (Sunday 17th January 2016) and any specific news:
All resorts in the area are now generally open for the season, though please note that some areas and courses are not yet open. Generally some steeper slopes that need more snow are still closed and some lower slopes are patchy (to varying degrees).
Morning from Zao where there has been just another small amount of snow since my last report... just about enough to clock in 1cm.
Light snow is falling now and it's foggy with poor visibility up on the mountain I hear.
It is a cold morning too.
All is open.
Now, let's have that heavy snow to really get us in the mood!
We can expect stormy conditions tomorrow meaning hopefully heavy snowfall (very heavy snowfall?!) as well as strong winds that may well affect lift operations. It might be cruel for the people here just now but heavy snowfall is something that I think everyone will want us to be getting. Bring it on!
Information as of Sunday 17th January 2016 (subject to change)
All of the lifts at Zao Onsen are operating today. All areas of Zao Onsen are open. Note that there is still less snow than usual and it is thin on the ground especially on lower course areas of the resort.
Looking up at the resort you couldn't describe the morning as anything other than perfect, with trees and buildings covered in 4cm of new snow and contrasting against deep blue skies. We had one of these days on Friday and now another...Furano is just turning on perfect snow with perfect conditions. Don't be fooled by the sun though, it is very cold out there with -17c recorded at the top of the resort at 7am.
We wont see much additional snow through today and it looks like tomorrow will be sunny at least in the morning. The strong winds are still on the forecast for Monday night and Tuesday morning, and a dusting of snow for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mostly sunny, but with a pretty consistent thin, high cloud layer up there.
The sun is shining again today. Once again the heavy snow earlier predicted for the coming days keeps moving back, and back, and back....
No doubt about it, this is a year for the records. It is pretty out there, and there is plenty of snow at the resorts, so most of us have resigned ourselves to a winter where we don't have to spend a fortune firing up the monster snowthrowers and bulldozers that are our usual winter companions. No snow walls, so people don't wander up to the house looking for one of the local hotels. Maybe it'll come, but it will keep on snowing, even bit by bit, so winter still is good—even with the lowest snow that most anyone can remember. Take a walk in the woods and startle a yamadori (golden pheasant) like I did yesterday. Kind of makes it all OK.
Sun and blue skies over Shiga Kogen at the moment, but it's all set to change from later on today. Let us hope that the forecasts are correct and over the next few days we get some heavy snowfall. (Can't wait!)
In the meantime it is a very fine morning but very cold.
Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Sunday 17th January 2016):
Mostly blue bird today with just enough cloud to qualify as cloudy
Good morning from Naeba everybody and sorry for the late update today.
The weather today is 85% blue bird clear skies with a small amount of fluffy cloud to compliment.
We had small amounts of snow yesterday which will have refreshed the pistes slightly although again there wasn't any significant build up of snow.
The weather forecast is promising us heavy snow tonight and tomorrow morning although potentially turning to rain for a bit during the day tomorrow. The forecast for the coming week is generally looking good. Let's hope it delivers.