Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Thursday 19th February 2009, 6:44am
Somebody come dig us out! Another 60cm last night has buried the village and fluffed up the slopes to puffy proportions. The snow plows are having trouble keeping up this time, and have been humming all night.
Suginohara will be closed due to the snowboard championships, funnelling any and all traffic into Akakura and Ikenotaira (which has very good powder boarding on days like today). Watch for avalanche warnings. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 19th February 2009, 8:40am
Cloudy, light snow
It is cloudy and snowing lightly here in Nozawa this morning. Around 20cm of new snow has fallen up on Yamabiko since the last report, and 15cm on the lower slopes and in the village. This brings the snow depth back up to 220cm up the top, where it is currently -11 degrees, and 170cm on Uenodaira where it is currently -4 degrees.
The current West-Northwesterly wind of around 25km/h is expected to weaken throughout the day and the weather should clear somewhat. This evening the wind will turn Southwesterly and strengthen again bringing with it light snow throughout Friday and heavy snow that evening at the top of the mountain. Unfortunately the rising freezing level will mean some of this precipitation will fall as rain on the lower slopes. It should, however, turn to snow on Friday night and Saturday morning even in the village.
Conditions are looking great up on the hill at the moment with plenty of fresh snow to play in today.
All lifts will operate except Yunomine, Mizunashi, Challenge and Utopia
Yesterday the snow did continue on and off, though not much new snow to report really. Things are a bit different this morning as it feels more like mid-winter and we have more snow to report, so happy people all round this morning.
I'd say there was up to 15-20cm or so on my car to move off this morning since last night and it is still coming down and a cold -2 at the momemt. Brrrr. But no complaints, let it be cold and dump a lot of snow on top of us! It doesn't look like it will be lasting that long though as the forecast has it clearing up later on this afternoon and then things getting warmer again as we get into the weekend.
Until then, lets enjoy this snow. Should be great conditions out there now.
Kagura is reporting 30cm or new snow by the way.
Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa: Naeba Iwappara
In Minamiuonuma just to the north, nighta at: Ishiuchi Maruyama Centleisure Maiko Joetsu Kokusai
Overcast with some rays of sunshine poking through
Some primo powder fell overnight with around 20cms in town and 35cms or so on top got me excited but the visibility on top of Goryu meant it was just pointing the board in a direction I hoped was down and hoping for the best...seriously only 2 or 3 metres visibility up there.
The powder is great, light and dry, if you're somewhere with better visibility you'll have a sick day out there.
SNOW STABILITY INFORMATION (AS AT WEDNESDAY 18TH):
The February 15th ice crust has formed to be anywhere from 2 ~ 5 cm thick across the mountains and is locking everything down below it. The interface between the ice and the new snow is proving very unstable in snow tests and slope tests. There have not been many natural avalanches noted but with the sudden decrease in air temperature the chance for faceting at the ice / new snow interface is high. This would mean that the snow resting on top of the crust could become easier to fracture and create an avalanche. Most likely soft and firmer wind slab avalanches depending on aspect to wind and sun. Yesterdays solar radiation has created a thin melt freeze crust at the surface on solar aspects that will become buried with new snow today and tomorrow.
South aspect on Happo One @ 1915 metres elevation on a 32 degree slope @ 14:55. CTE(3)RP down 7cm CTM SC down 45cm (irregular shear) @ ice / new snow interface CTH(21)SC down 45cm Same layer as above
Test pit back wall ski cut found SC results on a knee shock (like a RB2 or AK Block 2)
North aspect on Nishi Hiyodori @ 1910 metres elevation on a 35 degree slope CTE(1‚3)RP down 45cm @ ice / new snow interface.
Travel in unsupported steep terrain with the 30 plus cm of new snow on top of the rain crust should be avoided until bonding of the new and old snow layers takes place. Recent cold weather is supporting the creation of facets at the ice crust / new snow interface. Areas below tree are still retaining the warmth from the rain and warm weather aand solar radiation could rapidly loosen the present wet isothermal snow pack. With this in mind it is still possible that weak layers with in the wet snow may produce a wet slide when with warm temperatures or solar radiation. Slides with in the new snow once snow amounts increase is also a concern. New snow on the Feb. 18th sun crust may also prove to be a concern with increased snow fall
Avalanche Hazard Rating:
Below Tree Line: Moderate trending to Considerable with warming. Tree Line: Considerable Alpine: Considerable trending to Poor with faceting at crust / new snow interface and added snow and wind effect at elevations above freezing level.
Rapid air temperature decrease Cornice fall Use caution if crossing solar radiated slopes. Increased instability of solar aspect start zones especially under cornices and very steep slopes. Increased caution advised around rocky outcroppings‚ cliffs and well spaced trees in start zones. Development of cornices in lee slopes Lee side loading Windward scouring of ridges and rock out-crops creating uneven loading of slopes Due caution on cross loaded slopes Poor bonding at or around buried crust Facet layer around buried crust Wide propagation due to wind slab Stay away from steep and convex terrain
Danger level 3 : Considerable
Natural avalanches possible. Human triggered avalanches probable. Danger level ratings are set for conditions at tree line and may vary from below tree line and High Alpine areas. Use this information as a guideline only.
Lot's of snow everywhere this morning. Kagura reports 30cm whilst Naeba 20cm. I report at least 30cm on the table outside - so maybe they are being conservative. White, skies, white mountains, white everything. And it's cold! No Naeba mountain to be seen today as the snow that is still falling shields it from the town. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 19th February 2009, 10:11am
More new snow to report this morning as we continue in winter mode. 15cm of snow to move this morning and very nice and light and fluffy it was too. It's also very cold out there with a cold wind blowing about too, so anyone braving the slopes today will be in for a lot of fun if they wrap up doubly well!
The snow might ease off later on today but looks like we might be in for some more tomorrow night before temperatures rise again in time for the weekend. There's a good chance that it will get considerably warmer once again so here's hope for as much snow as possible this time round....
The following resort plans to be open for nighta tonight: Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 19th February 09:
Some strong winds this morning closed lifts at Tenjin but all other areas in Minakami were open as usual. Tenjin managed to open around lunch time.
Fresh snow overnight brought an extra 15cm to the valley but the winds carried much of the fresh snow from exposed areas. In many places the snow depth has not changed since the previous days fall (due to wind).
Tomorrow looks like more snow in the morning easing in the afternoon and more snow expected for Saturday. It is shaping up to be one of the best weekends so far this season (and maybe one of the last) so get into the mountains! Read more ...
Thursday 19th February 2009, 18:03pm
Well today was definitely up there with one of the best days skiing I've ever had. Rusutsu had knee to waist deep powder and fresh tracks were to be found throughout the whole day. Every run was epic! In Niseko I'd think there'd be similar stories after we had another 15cm last night and probably another 5-10cm through the day. Conditions just don't get much better than this. Tomorrow the next low pressure system will start affecting the region and temps will get warmer, up to near freezing, and the snow down low will get a little heavier. The milder temps won't last long though and plenty of snow is expected through tomorrow and over the weekend. Winds will pick up again though and by Saturday it will most likely be blizzard conditions and I doubt too many lifts will be able to operate. Throughout the coming week more snowfalls are forecast but temps will be a little warmer than they've been this last week.