Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 14th December 2017
Wednesday 18th January 2012, 5:45am
It's a very early report this morning as I will be out for the day...
Yesterday brought us a lot of unexpected sunshine! It was a miraculous day with great snow, amazing light, and smiles all around. Today seems like it will be another sunny one with intermittent clouds. There aren't many days to get out and do the big backcountry tours like Yotei and Shirabetsu, but today would definitely be the day. I know I am going to take full advantage of the light.
The winds don't look to be too bad, overall the day should be very nice.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 350cm Bottom - 185cm
Niseko Village: Top - 330cm Bottom - 210cm
Annupuri: Top - 330cm Bottom - 220cm
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -6C;, 10cm of crystal snowfall since pre-dawn. Coastal data: NW11m/s at Benkei cape, 1.0m waves and 1019hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: wind WNW6.9m/s, temp. -13.6C;. Snowfall transition: WNW11m/s or lower wind stagnated in the past 12 hours. Development of snowdrifts above 800m altitude is small, the snowpack is rounding and stable. A surface hoar layer is forming as Jan 17th layer. Hazard evaluation: General avalanche risk is low. Gates opening: Peak gates 2, 3 & 6 are scheduled to open at 9:30am. Caution: Every skier & snowboarder must be conscious that the sports they practice involves many danger, especially greater in the out of bounds areas. Overconfidence in own skills could ultimately become a critical factor in areas with high natural hazards. Better be prudent and humble when facing the nature. Beware of hitting trees and collapsing cornices. The snow is a bit shallow but good overall conditions throughout the mountain.
The backbowls were rumored to have some fresh tracks today. With no new snow over night and increased visibility, it was one of those "get after it" days. We started climbing Yotei at about 7am and it was a pretty awesome day. Despite the 150KM per hour winds up top, the run down the main S face gully was fresh and surfy powder the whole way down. It was truly an amazing day.
It looks like it will be relatively clear again tomorrow and should start snowing by the end of the week again. Read more ...
Wednesday 18th January 2012, 8:06am
Sun, blue skies - bluebird!
Yesterday turned out to be generally cloudy, apart from a spell around lunchtime when some blue skies opened up and the sun came out. That was relatively shortlived though.
Today is a different story. It looks like we will be treated to beautiful blue skies today right from early on. A lovely morning indeed. It dropped down to about -8 degrees in the town overnight but should soon warm up with a high of around 4 or 5 degrees likely in the middle of today. It should be clear right through until tomorrow.
Tomorrow might see more cloud but looks like it should stay fairly mild and clear.
Rain is still a possibility for Saturday - at town level, anyway. Hopefully it will be snowing on upper slopes and higher up. Fingers crossed.
It's going to be one of those days. The sun is out. Blue skies all around. Oh yes, I'm not quite sure why they call it bluebird, but it's one of them today. Sun, sun and more sun.... a day for sunglasses and the camera as well as the usual gear.
No new snow to report but that doesn't matter on a day like today. It is a cold start at -6 degrees at the base of the hotel but I expect things to warm up considerably during the day as the sun does it's work. It should be a very pleasant day out there.
After today it might cloud over a bit but should still be fairly calm conditions, and we are still looking for snow to be with us on Saturday.
Hope you can get out and enjoy today!
Resort Operations, 18th January (subject to change) Naeba: All areas open apart from Mens/Womens Riesen Slalom and Mens Slalom courses. Some lifts not operating as per normal weekdays. Kagura: Open as planned.
Once again, no new snow. (Don't panic!) But it is a stunning morning in the region with clear skies some low lying fog deep in the valleys down below and a picture to behold.
So it's a bluebird day here in Madarao and with very cold temperatures overnight and this morning, the snow is keeping good and it should be a fantastic day out and about on the slopes today. Inevitably it will warm up during the day but shouldn't creep much over 0 degrees so lets hope it can stay down as low as possible.
The next few days look like they should bring us generally clear-ish conditions, perhaps not bluebird like today, and then snow is forecast for Saturday.
Lifts currently operating: All of Madarao is scheduled to be open today. Connection with Tangram Ski Circus open.
It's absolutely beautiful in Myoko today—this from a person who thinks a good day for skiing is when you can't see for the snow. But after all the snow we've had, a bluebird day looks pretty nice (yes, there really are mountains back there).
Almost no reports are in, and no snow fell overnight (well, a very fine dusting of huge stellar—classic—flakes), I'm leaving things as they were. But it is good and cold again, keeping the snow in very good condition.
Yesterday was a fair day, but this morning takes it to another level. Bluebird! Lovely blue skies and the sun shining down with real conviction this morning in Shiga Kogen. There's really not much to add to that!
Temperatures were down to minus double figures again last night and it is a cold morning but will surely warm up a bit during the day - should stay in the negatives though which is good news.
More clouds due tomorrow, a chance of light snow on Friday and then moderate snowfall is currently forecast for Saturday.
Strong sunglasses and sunscreen if you are not covering your face will be needed today.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 18th January 2012 AM:
It looks like lots of northern Japan is going to enjoy clear, blue skies today - including Zao. Yes, this morning it one of those rather rare days when there's hardly a cloud up there and just blue skies. Excellent visibility and amazing views on offer today, folks. Doesn't get much better than today in terms of clear mid-season in Zao.
No new snow to report and cold temperaturss overnight. It's a somewhat chilly -9 degrees out there but I doubt that is going to dampen the enthusiasm of anyone getting up on the lifts today. It will no doubt get relatively mild in the day especially down in the village, with a high of -1 forecast.
Looks like from tomorrow some clouds will start moving back in, perhaps some light snow on Friday and then potentially decent snowfall due on Saturday.
Official snow depths (18th January 12) Utopia - 170cm Chuo - 165cm Paradise - 165cm Uwanodai - 130cm
Operating lifts (17th January 12) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating. All the runs at Zao are open. Read more ...
Wednesday 18th January 2012, 8:55am
Clear skies with some clouds due later\r\n
And a good morning to you from Hakuba.
Today is brought to you by the word Sun. We will be seeing lots of it throughout the day so be prepared for great visibility and magnificent views of the valley and surrounding mountain peaks. It is expected to remain clear today with a little cloud cover coming in overnight.
The temperature in the valley was -10 C this morning and is expected to get up to a spring like +7 C by afternoon. Up in the resorts the range will be between -3 C and +3 C with a wind chill factor that will make it occasionally feel like -4 C. There will be a light air flow of 2m/s in WSW to SW directions.
Solar radiation will play a factor today and will change the consistency of sun aspects on the slope as will the rising freezing level that is projected to reach 1150m.
Tonight will bring in trace amounts of new snow as the late clouds roll in. Mid-day sun is expected for tomorrow with some cloud cover throughout the day and Friday will once again see blue skies before the next frontal system makes its way in over the weekend.
Please remember that sun rays are double the intensity in snow due to its reflective properties. Apply sunscreen regularly on exposed areas and don't forget under the nose!
Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 18th January 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: No new snow today. Bluebird! All weekday lifts (all except No2/No4 pairs) operating. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 235cm; Toomi - 105cm; Iimori - 105cm.
Hakuba 47: No new snow to report today. All lifts operating and courses open. Official snow depth: Upper - 189cm Lower - 90cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: All lifts apart from Grad quad, Usagidaira pair, Central pair and Kokusai No1 operating early this morning. Official snow depth: Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 140cm; Sakka - 90cm; Nakiyama - 90cm.
Stunning day in Minakami today - not a cloud in the sky and the sun, which has been a rare sight of late, is shining. Temperatures are still cold so the snow is still good. Perfect conditions across all resorts.
It looks as if it will be short-lived though. The forecast has us down for sun for the rest of today with the clouds coming back tomorrow. Light snow from Friday and through the weekend. Read more ...
Wednesday 18th January 2012, 12:23pm
It was another rather cold start to the day here in Furano, however the upper three quarters of the mountain have received 6cm of very light powder. This is currently sitting on top of a firm base and the slopes are skiing fast. It has been snowing lightly since morning and looks set to continue through the day. Visibility is good but there are patches of low light that are hanging around on the lower slopes. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 18th January 2012, 15:20pm
Bright sun shiny day
Finally the Bluebird day we were waiting for in Nozawa Onsen. The forecast had promised us one yesterday but it turned out to be a bit of a greybird. We even had a bit of snow, enough to fill in the lines from the groomers!
Today has been be a picture perfect day on the slopes and pretty quiet again. Was a bunch of kids doing cross-country on the Olympic course this morning for a school meet. There were lots of waves and hellos along the ski road this morning.
Temps are a bit warmer than has been, sitting just above 0 degrees. The next decent dump has come forward a bit too and looks like should begin on Friday night.