Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017
Sunday 19th February 2012, 8:10am
Some surprise snow snuck up on us last night. Looks like about 20cm fell in most spots around here as it came down pretty quickly last night. Since it is Sunday, the resort will be a busier than a usual day today. Today would be a good day to start getting into the backcountry as things are settling down from that wind layer. Cornices are still questionable in their stability.
The peak should still make for good times today. There should be some snow left around there if you do some digging. They were closed for almost 2 weeks, so there are still a lot of preserved lines. The Annupuri bowls looked to have some good snow as I drove past them yesterday afternoon. Jackson's area is also a great potential for fresh tracks. It should be a good one to get out there and explore!
It looks like Tuesday could bring us some snow and then a couple clear days after that. Hopefully we can get enough to make it a deep base with some good light and sunshine. Those are the most ideal days here in Japan. "White snow, Blue skies".
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 420cm Bottom - 230cm
Niseko Village: Top - 440cm Bottom - 250cm
Annupuri: Top - 450cm Bottom - 240cm
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Mountain base 6am: -7C, 30cm of snow crystals in the last 12 hours. Japan Sea: Benkei Cape NW 7m/s, Kamui Cape wave 0.9m, pressure 1016 hpa, Annupuri 1308m Peak WNW 7.7m/s, temp -16.5C. Moiwa Peak, no new snowdrift development, 30cm of heavy snow crystals in the last 12 hours. temp -7C Snowfall: Currently Niseko is sitting between weak high and low pressure system to the east and west respectively. 20cm-40cm of snow crystals have fallen overnight, above 800m snow drifts continue to develop slowly on SE faces. Below 800m temperatures are increasing. Snow Pit Data: 16 Feb layer: low pressure snowfall, 13 Feb and 4 Feb layer contain dust and dirt from the mainland. Depending on aspect and elevation frost type layers are forming around these layers due to increased temperature gradient Hazard Evaluation: Leeward slopes 800m - 1100m there is 60cm soft slab above the 16 Feb layer. Around coordinates E6, F5, H8, 35 degree slopes and 40 degree knolls will fracture easily. General avalanche risk is low. The snow is good in the trees. Gates: Gates are expected to open today at 9.30am. Please respect ski patrols decisions. Caution: Beware of jumping onto cornice slopes and skiing under knolls. Once you pass through the gates you are not in the ski resort anymore. Listen to the ski patrols advice, they are there to help you. Have a safe day. Read more ...
Sunday 19th February 2012, 8:24am
The sun is out--at least for the morning. Nice to see that after all the gray and snow, and it's the perfect combination: great snow, sun and good visibility. Not a lot of new snow overnight, in fact, after the big fall yesterday.
The official totals aren't in yet, but I wanted to get the good news about a bluebird day out early today. I'll put up the snow totals later today.
And indeed the sun is out this morning after that snowy day we had yesterday. Perhaps an additional 10-20cm of snow since the report yesterday morning in places but it was generally quite windy out there as well yesterday. This morning Kagura are reporting 10cm and Naeba 5cm of snow overnight.
So today is a different story. Perhaps not as 'blue bird' as some forecasts had us thinking it might be, but still a fine start to the day in Yuzawa with more cloudy conditions to the north in Minamiuonuma early on.
Tomorrow does look more likely to be ever so clear and blue and sunny and it looks like we are going to have a mild week ahead of us (with even some rain due later on in the week).
For now though, should be a fine day out on the mountains today.
It was indeed a fine and sunny day - light snow falling at times even when the sky seemed mostly blue, but the sun was out for the most part and some lovely scenery in the early evening. A high of around 0 degrees.
Tomorrow, the forecast is still for sun and mostly clear skies with temps rising to perhaps +1 or +2 degrees.
Our report tomorrow will very likely be late evening as there is some technical work going on. This may well affect reports from other regions as well, but hopefully by the end of the day they will all be in place as usual. Sorry for the late timing though. Read more ...
Sunday 19th February 2012, 8:46am
After the snow and wind of yesterday, this morning is a sunnier start. Clearer and less wind today. But still cold though from tomorrow we should be getting milder conditions in Naeba.
Due to the 2012 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup events that have been here since yesterday, those central Mens and Womens courses used for the event will be closed again today.
Tomorrow looks like it will be sun, sun, sun!
Resort Operations, 19th February (subject to change) Naeba: All open apart from Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom course. Kagura: Open as normal.
10cm more snow or so since yesterday and this morning as per forecast the sun is out. It's going to be a treat for those sticking around for the day. It's staying cold this morning and so snow conditions should be top notch, as well as the views this morning.
From tomorrow things will warm up a bit and really through until the end of the week it looks like it will be mild and generally fine weather. There is no snowfall on the forecast until right at the end of the week.
Lifts currently operating: All lifts and courses due to be open today. Official snow depth: 280cm Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 19th February 2012, 9:07am
Blue skies, just some cloud
As I said in the report yesterday, a bit of a wild day out there.
It's totally different picture this morning. The winds have calmed down, all but a few small clouds have moved on, the snow has stopped falling, the sun is out and we have lovely bright blue skies above us in Shiga Kogen. Lovely. Definitely a huge contrast for those staying over the weekend. It's keeping cold though for today, though that will also change from tomorrow with warmer (though still in the negatives) temperatures - especially around Wednesday. There's no real snowfall lined up for the week as well so a stretch of clearer days will make a change.
Somewhat frustratingly, none of the snow depth numbers of resorts have changed at all. There was definitely snowfall though - I saw it and I moved it! Admittedly it was being blown about a lot, but there you go. As always it is probably best to treat those official numbers as a 'big picture' rather than a day by day movement!
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 19th February 2012 AM:
It's still very cold, -11 outside my place earlier on, and a few cm of snow to report overnight. There's a bit of a wind still but not as much as yesterday. It was apparently snowing up top earlier on but right now the clouds are clearing and there's a fair bit of blue sky on view.
Lookin forward, we might get to see some fine, clear conditions this week together with milder conditions. It might even rise above 0 at times mid-week.
Official snow depths (19th February 12) Utopia - 275cm Chuo - 240cm Paradise - 260cm Uwanodai - 185cm
Operating lifts (19th February 12) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating. All the runs at Zao are open. Read more ...
Sunday 19th February 2012, 10:43am
It started off sunny today in Minakami but the clouds seem to be gathering at the moment and the forecast has changed to say that there may be some light snow. There was a decent snowfall yesterday which has left a 20 odd centimetres of fresh snow everywhere. Nice cold temperatures today and perfect conditions to enjoy the powder or the freshly groomed runs.
The next few days are supposed to remain cold with a mix of sun and overcast weather. The temperature will rise slightly into next week and it looks as if snow showers are possible towards next weekend.
After a cold morning, things are finally starting to warm up just a little bit. I took a few turns out on the Kitanomine Zone side of things, and after all the grooming they did last night conditions were hard, packed, and fast. Not the best day to be out if your in the market for fresh powder. All the usual treasure troves were either groomed over or crusted with ice after the dry day yesterday and -24 temperatures over night. I didn't make it over to the Furano Zone, but after looking at the grooming schedule from last night, it's safe to say you can expect more of the same.
The good news is, all the runs are looking great. It's a great day for skiing, and the weather is cold but absolutely beautiful. It was pretty dry all morning, but the forecast is calling for a few flurries to find their way through this afternoon, so don't be too surprised if you meet with a snow shower or two while practicing your technical turns.
The ground crew was out around 10am working on the snowboard park, which got pretty blasted by all the snow we had the last two weeks. They were out digging a small halfpipe, so that's something to look forward to for those of you in the quest for big air.
It's -10 now, which is quite the jump from the overnight low, but we'll see if it makes it up to the -6 they're calling for today. Winds are pretty light, and again the weather is absolutely beautiful. Just watch out for the icy patches! Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 19th February 2012, 13:20pm
Bright Sunny Day
Bam, someone turned on the light here in Nozawa this morning with a beautiful blue bird start to the day. It snowed most of the day yesterday and there is 10cm of fresh recorded since close of lifts so reckon we got at least 60cm out of that last system.
It has made for some magnificent conditions today on the slopes. Will have been a bit of competition for lines early on this morning, but most of the Tokyo sliders should depart by lunchtime and will have left ample stashes for the stayers.
Yesterday was challenging with limited visibility but a real winters day and some great powder to be had for the hearty.
It looks like we are in for a few sunny days ahead and a warm late February spike on the radar. There is a lot of snow on my roof, so am asking the question should I get up there or hope that the sun will do the job? As we have seen many times this season you never know what Mother Nature has in store for us in the mountains!
Well today has so far been a fine day. Lots of blue sky and varying amount of cloud up there but generally very bright and great visibility out there. It was very cold overnight last night (down into minus double figures even down at village) but has since warmed up and it is about -2 degrees now this early afternoon.
Tomorrow looks set to be a clear and sunny one, perhaps with less of the remaining cloud that we have today and it might get milder too venturing into positive number territory. Shouldn't be as cold tonight as well. We should actually see our fair share of the sun this coming week, especially in the first half and it will remain mild as well - look for Wednesday and Thursday to be the warmest for a while before hopefully things getting colder for next weekend.
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 19th February 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu was reporting 5cm of new snowfall early this morning. All lifts operating. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 335cm; Toomi - 185cm; Iimori - 145cm
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 was reporting 15cm of new snowfall earlier this morning. All open. Official snow depth: Upper - 248cm Lower - 145cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: All lifts apart from Happo No1 pair and Kurobishi No3 pair lifts operating at time of writing. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 210cm; Sakka - 130cm; Nakiyama - 110cm.