Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017
Wednesday 17th March 2010, 6:50am
Cloud, light snow/sleet
Well, yesterday we had the light rain until later on as the temperatures dropped (as per the forecast). For a while it cleared up but then later on in the evening snow was falling in the town. Not much has stuck and this morning just a sprinkling on cars and around town and at the moment it is light wet snow/sleet falling with fairly decent visibility - just the tops of the surrounding mountains in clouds. It is still snowing properly at Gala and Kagura areas.
It is a fairly cold morning and currently hovering around +1 degrees and there's a bit of a moderate wind at the moment but I would not expect that to affect the operations at resorts this morning. The latest forecast is telling us to expect these snow clouds to clear up around lunchtime and the rest of the day to be just cloudy... perhaps another sprinkling of snow overnight and more cloud tomorrow.
It is worth mentioning that this season we still have good snow cover on the slopes at resorts around town - the last few years places had been struggling towards the end of the season.... right now though surely resorts will be able to all be open until the end of the month and beyond. Expect low resorts around town to close end of March or the first week of April, with Gala Yuzawa staying open longer and of course Kagura through until Golden Week in early May. We will post info on confirmed plans and dates on this page as we get them.
The temperatures dropped on cue and the snow has started to fall. Currently a couple of centimetres at valley level with a few more up top.
The rain came in late in the day yesterday and some pretty strong winds came with it. It started to turn to snow by early evening and it has been snowing lightly on and off throughout the night. It took a while to start to settle but is now blanketing everything in white.
The wind today could cause issues. It is gusting quite strongly at the moment and may disrupt lift operation if it continues.
The forecast is for light snow for the rest of the week.
Up to 5cm or so at Kagura and just sprinklings lower down, the snow is a welcome change from the rain that we saw earlier yesterday.
Fairly strong winds are preventing the whole area to open - from Mitsumata to the No1 quad lift at Kagura and most of Tashiro should be open - though the top Kagura lift is not opening ealry on but if conditions improve it will later.
Conditions should improve this afternoon as the snow clouds disperse and leaving it just cloudy. Fairly cold morning again with the current temperature in the village around 0 degrees.
Well after a fairly poor day yesterday and looking at the local weather forecasts, we were expecting snow this morning -- but it hasn't really happened... just a sprinkling of snow really not an amount that will make much of a difference on the slopes.
Just cloudy at the moment and that is what is forecast for the day. Some lingering fog and it is actually back to being cold this morning with the temperature of around -5 degrees in Maruike just a bit earlier on, so it feels fairly winter like this morning.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area: - Ichinose Family
It was great to see some snow falling in the village when we woke this morning.
Freeze levels dropped across the resort yesterday leaving us with about 10cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes and a few centimetres in town.
It's still snowing lightly at the moment, and the heavy cloud settled on the higher slopes is making for low visibility. Having said this, the snow conditions should be a lot better than yesterday, so it's definitely worth heading up early for some turns.
The forecast for the coming days is predicting a relatively moderate fall of snow, with the best days being Friday and next Monday.
After yesterdays warm temperatures I didn't think there were going to be too many good things to report today - how wrong could I have been. Temperatures cooled down last night and there has been 20cm of fresh powder in the village overnight. Eyewitness earlybirders have reported 30+cm on feild.
Weather conditions are currently good with some wind and good visibility. It is currently snowing and the forecast tomorrow is for more snow!
All up today is looking very very good. Get out there and enjoy it. Read more ...
Wednesday 17th March 2010, 10:24am
Cloudy, light snow
The rapid changes of weather we've seen recently continue today; after warm and rain, it's much colder today, with a light dusting of snow on top of a much harder base. The base continues to decline—well, it's holding up now—while the conditions are definitely less than great in the trees. It's at the stage where we really want either a big dump of fresh, heavy as it might be, or consolidation of the pack for spring skiing.
As always, though, it's nice when fresh snow falls and covers up some of that latte-colored stuff around the base area.
Wintry weather has returned to Niseko with blizzard conditions overnight and snow continuing today. We've had around 15-20cm of new snow since last report and plenty more forecast throughout today. Due to the winds snowdrifts in lee slopes have developed up to 60cm overnight and obviously avalanche danger is high today as a result. It's still quite windy up high and all top lifts are currently close and will likely remain that way throughout the day. Pretty good snow should be found in lee slopes within the trees and once the winds subside and the peak reopens there should be some great snow to be found out there.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 310 Bottom - 170
Niseko Village: Top - 360 Bottom - 150
Annupuri: Top - 350 Bottom - 200
Avalanche Information: (Information as of this morning)
Niseko Avalanche Info No.92
Moiwa base 6am: -6℃, 15cm of snowdrift accumulation and clear visibility. Coastal data: WNW18m/s at Benkei cape, W12m/s, 2.6m waves and 1009hPa at Kamui cape. A westerly 15m/s storm has persisted offshore for the past 12 hours. The peak anemometer recorded WNW24.9m/s at 6am. Hirafu patrol reported a stormy condition, bad visibility, difficult to hike and notable development of snowdrifts around the peak. The atmospheric pressure gradient is steep and cold air is flowing in from the NW, resulting in a strong snowstorm developing snowdrifts above 800m. According to various data, the newly formed snowdrifts grew up to 60cm deep on top of March 16th layer, heavy and unstable. Avalanche risk is high. Peak gates will be kept closed all day and gates 1 and 4 are scheduled to close during the morning. High risk of 40cm surface slab slide is present in Higashi-One and Annupuri Osawa 1000m cornice area. Do not traverse all the way from Annupuri gondola to seek fresh lines around the cornice areas or traverse from gate 5 (Hanazono), across Fujiwara no sawa to get to the backside gullies. It would be very risky to do so today. The closing of the gates is involuntary. High hazard are expected. Relatively good snow conditions can be found in the trees below 800m.