Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 23rd November 2017
Tuesday 18th February 2014, 8:01am
An early report this morning as I need to get myself to Sapporo today.
It's a similar story of strong winds this morning in Niseko. I don't have the updates in yet but I would expect similarly distupted lift services on the mountain today, with the top lifts probably not moving. And like yesterday, very likely some long queueus forming for the popular lifts and areas that remain open - perhaps another day to try out some of the less busy areas?
About 10-15cm of snow outside my place this morning, with the report below recording 30cm in places. Wind has been blowing it all about.
It's cloudy at the moment and is that even some sunlight trying to bust through the cloud in places (?), but snow is likely to continue on and off for the day says the forecast. It should keep cold, with similar conditions expected tomorrow. Less wind please, if possible.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -7C, 30cm new snow in the last 12hrs, snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -9C, wind and snow from West, major snowdrift development. Annupuri 1000m: -9C, wind W15m/s, heavy snow, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: -8C, snowdrift development. Annupuri peak 1308m: -13.3C, wind NW16.8m/s. Cape Benkei: N17m/s, Cape Kamui: NNE8m/s, wave 4.0m, pressure 1014hPa.
We are continuing to be effected by winter weather pattern bringing blizzard conditions here and at the sea with rapid snowdrift development all over the mountain. The avalanche risk is HIGH on steep slopes regardless of elevation or orientation. Beware snowdrifts have hidden cracks and newly formed cornices are unstable. All peak gates will be closed, please follow the patrols advice. The snow in the trees is heavy and deep today due to the high winds. Take care not to get stuck in the bottom of a gully or fall in deep snow and suffocate. Best not to venture too far today.
Do not duck ropes to ride fresh lines. From snowpack analysis there is high possibility that strictly off limits area HarunoTaki will have a large scale avalanche. Snow conditions change everyday. After the storm breaks the snowpack will stabilise over time. Avalanches are a natural phenomenon and are only an accident if people are involved. Dont overestimate your knowledge and equipment. Have a safe day.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
It hasn't stopped snowing much at all recently, though the snowfall is less intense than it was on Saturday in particular. This has definitely been the strongest showing for snow - and continued snow - this season though and it has been piling up.
This morning Kagura report 10-20cm and Maiko are reporting 30cm. They are the new snow numbers coming in so far from resorts, and there's 20cm or so where I am. So there's another decent refresh on the slopes out there. As mentioned before with the transport issues, resorts have generally been less busy than you'd expect them to be, so there's lots of untouched snow out there right now.
Still quite strong winds and Tashiro is once again closed today. Mitsumata Ropeway to Kagura Number 1 romance lift is what is open at Kagura this morning. GALA Yuzawa still has the Central and North areas open, but the South Area remains closed. From what I can tell early on other resorts are opening as planned.
It is about -3 degrees now at 8:30am.
Mixed forecasts for tomorrow. Snow easing off to just cloud; or the potential for a sunny day?
There are strong winds blowing around the base area and these are forecast to continue throughout the day. Although temperatures are not particularly cold the wind chill factor will be high. There has been 7cm of snow so far and the snow will continue through until tomorrow evening which is good news.
Kitanomine Gondola operation is on hold at the moment and it is expected it will not be able to operate at all today due to the wind.
Operating lifts: Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-3:50pm (operation currently suspended due to wind) Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-8:00pm Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-3:50pm
Link Lift 9:00am-3:50pm
Furano Ropeway 8:30am-3:50pm Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00am-8:00pm Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-3:50pm Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-3:50pm Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm Read more ...
Tuesday 18th February 2014, 8:51am
Mostly cloudy for now
The snow I mentioned yesterday didn't end up much in terms of new cm - most since yesterday being reported by Hakuba Cortina (5cm) - though it did get windy during the day and some lifts are resorts were affected.
It's mixed early this morning. Snow clouds over the mountains and poor visibility in places but some clearer conditions over the village and even blue sky in places. The snow should ease off today and it will end up just being cloudy or clear up and be sunny according to different forecasts. It's -5C as of 9am and should only rise to about -3C this afternoon, so it's keeping cold.
Snow is not forecast for tomorrow - rather clearer weather conditions.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 18th February 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall at Iimori and Toomi; 1cm up top. Upper - 290cm Toomi - 180cm Iimori - 160cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall at base; 2cm on upper areas Upper - 275cm Lower - 110cm
[Edited: official new snowfall numbers adjusted for Hikage and Karawasa after initial posting]
More snow in Nozawa. Yes, the last run of days since late last week has really felt more like a 'normal' Nozawa with the consistent snowfall. We&re even getting the 'too much snow' comments from some people - always a good sign!
Since yesterday the Yamabiko area has reported 25cm; Uenotaira 35cm; Hikage 5cm; Nagasaka 30cm; Hikage 25cm; Kawasawa 20cm. Whatever the numbers, there's more fresh out there this morning and it is continuing to snow this morning.
If the forecasts are to be believed, snow should dry up during today and tomorrow should be a cloudy day; perhaps even clear and sunny.
Roads around Nozawa are ok but there are still some roads that people use to get here not open - still! - and warnings of more snow for Tokyo before the weekend. Hopefully that will not affect peoples plans like it has done since last weekend.
For those able to be here.... great conditions to be found. Hope you can get to enjoy it.
Lifts Weekday operations - all lifts operating except: Yunomine pair Mizunashi triple Challange pair Utopia pair Hikage No2 pair B
Courses All courses open except: Grand Prix Kandahar West Kandahar East Kamoshika Tanuki Read more ...
Tuesday 18th February 2014, 9:30am
Morning from Zao as the cold and wintery conditions continued. It might be fun for all the powder hunters on the slopes, but the resort is having to play catch up a bit - I am told that the Kurohime lifts for example are closed due to the road being blocked over to that area. But hopefully they will open that sometime during the day today. Most of the resort is open though now.
Cloudy at the moment with a moderate wind.
Clearer conditions tomorrow?
Official snow depths (18th February 14): Utopia: 310cm Chuo: 260cm Paradise: 300cm Uwanodai: 180cm Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Tuesday 18th February 2014, 9:35am
As the snow continues to fall here in Shiga Kogen.... the sun is taking a brief chance to make an appearance. Short lived perhaps, but also perhaps a sign that the current storm is on the way out. (There it goes back behind a cloud and again the snow is falling heavily).
There's still some winds about today, though not as much as yesterday. Still, limited visibility out on the slopes.
Clearer conditions should be up next, and we all hope of course that is keeps cold. Once the sun comes out it should be great to get out there.
Official snow depth data, as of Tuesday 18th February 2014):
That snow just keeps on falling, and today it's nice and light (another frustrating day for knee-impinged writer—no ski for me).
The wind has come down a bit, which is very welcome. There are big cornices all over, and not just on the peaks. It's hard to tell just how much snow fell, in fact, with huge drifts in some places and just a few centimeters in others. Right now it's snowing pretty steadily, with nice big flakes—the kind we like and haven't seen enough this season.
Lots of reports from the hills, with some people having seen and/or started avalanches; others not seeing anything and thinking it's safe. Listen to the first group! There's always a risk, of course - right now it's still very high.