Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017
Saturday 19th January 2008, 6:55am
Yesterday the snow came down very lightly for most of the day but only amounted to around 5 cm with much of the snow being transported form exposed places by moderate winds.
This morning the snow is coming down at about 3cm/hour at present but the forecast is for it to clear by mid-morning. The wind that was forecast to ease today is still moderate at the valley level and is expected to be strong on the upper mountains that are exposed (Tenjin).
Houdaigi and White Valley would be good choice's today for riding in Minakami. Read more ...
Saturday 19th January 2008, 8:15am
Blue sky with a few clouds over the alps
Yesterday saw cold temperatures all day with cloud cover in the morning turning into blue skies around lunchtime then snow coming in (very lightly) for a while in the afternoon. More of the white stuff forecast through next week but thats not stopping the Happo snow makers who've been working all night every night for the last week. And no they're not making another nighter-lit half-pipe.
This morning finds us with a blue sky with a few clouds hovering around 2000m and cold temperatures. A dusting of snow in the valley with 5 cms or so up top but not enough to affect today's base level. Nice day for getting some groomers.
Backcountry Travel Advisory as per January 15th:
There has been a lot happening in the mountains lately. We had rain to 2400 meters through the night on January 11th that turned to snow on the morning of January 12th. That snow fell hard in the AM and tappered off in the afternoon. Cool temperatures through the night of the 12th made everything crisp and turned the rain layer into a hard ice crust. The morning of the 13th brought strong cold winds and more snowfall out of the North West that scoured the Northern slopes and deposited large amounts of wind affected snow on the Soutern slopes. This wind deposited snow rested over the rain crust of the day previous and although bonding faily well at low elevation below tree line the wind deposited snow has not been as quick to bond at tree line and in the Alpine areas of the Hakuba Mountains.
Use extreme caution when moving on or under South and South East aspects at tree line and in the alpine as unstable wind slab is present on these slopes. Be aware of solar radiation on these slopes today and temperature increases.
The wind slabs that were created on the 13th remain unstable and are not bonding to the ice crust below them. One large Size 3 avalanche from the peak of Hakuba Norikura Dake was observed and investigated by students on a recent Advanced Avalanche Awareness Course. The crown fracture was an average of 70 cms over a width of 200 meters and ran close to a kilometer to it's run out on the flats of the Tsugaike shizen. There were massive blocks of high density wind slab and debris that was piled 5 meters deep in places. The avalanche is presumed to have happened in the early hours of January 14th.
Snow profiles showed that the wind slab found on the South Eastern aspects of the Tsugaike area are over-riding a lower density layer of new snow composed of needles and decomposing snow that has started to facet right above the ice crust of Jan. 12th. Moderate; sudden colapse, compression test results were found as well as a Reusch Block 4 on the same Ice crust / new snow interface that reconfirmed the instability of the newly created wind slab.
Clear skies and cool temperatures overnight will have only continued to decrease stability with increased faceting at the ice crust new snow interface.
Be increasingly careful as new snow that is forcasted this week acumulates on north facing wind scoured slopes, that may have a layer of surface hoar on the crust after last nights clear skies, will not be stable and should not be ventured on to with out reasing there stability.
Wind-slabbed south slopes with increased weight of new snow may produce large destructive avalanches and large alpine bowls and non-supported slopes should be avoided.
Conditions have been getting better every day and yesterday was the best. More snow fell the night before and the wind over the last week has filled in troughs and trees. The sun came out yesterday morning and riding couldn’t have been better. The only problem is that it did not snow as heavily last night as during the rest of the week. There is a dusting of about 5-10cm in the Village with a bit more on top.
The morning is clear with no wind in the Village. All lifts and outside gates will be open for a great day of skiing and boarding. The ocean is calm which indicates that the wind has subsided.
The forecast is for more of the same with very cold temperatures and not a lot of snow. But is seems that Niseko has a weather pattern of it's own and can get a lot more fresh than elsewhere on Hokkaido. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 19th January 2008, 9:19am
Same old same old, another snowy day in Nozawa. Once again cold temps, light dry snow. Life really could be worse, and when I think about it, for some people it is.
You will have to be out early today, there is the usual influx of people into town for the weekend. Also, the Nagano prefectural ski-championships are in town.
Yesterday saw elementary school kids flying 40 metres down the ski jump, today mens and womens grade events will be held.
The forecast is for more light snow today and cloudy weather tomorrow.
In other news, tomorrow children will be able to use the lifts at Nozawa for free. Read more ...
Saturday 19th January 2008, 9:29am
Sunny with some clouds
Sunny skies yesterday with snow in the late afternoon to smooth things out on the slopes. The temps seem to be stuck well below zero for the duration of the season now. Sunny to partly cloudy now with slight winds at the bottom and moderate winds at the top.
The pick of the day: With the sunny weather and great conditions all the way down to the galaende, SUGINOHARA has definitely got the best views today.
No fresh snow overnight but a perfect blue sky day again. The piste is still in excellent condition despite the last few days with minimal snowfall. Overnight the temperatures are getting down to about -30 in the village the last few nights, and the snow is super cold. Make sure you get the coldest wax on the market, or you may find your skis or snowboard is a little sticky.
The Super Giant Course in Kitanomine today is closed for ski racing.
Tonight there is a cultural event in town. Make sure you get down there to see it as the performances are memorable.
There is another 5-10cm or so of new snow to report this morning. (Kagura are reporting 20-30cm of snow, but at the same time not changing the official snow depths).
It is snowing at the moment and hovering around 0 degrees and so actually not quite as cold as it has been. There's only a slight wind this morningThe forecast also has the snow weakening early afternoon.
Cloud is forecast for the afternoon and then also for all of tomorrow.
It has been another snowy start to the day with the snow quietly falling - about 10cm outside - but it is fairly light snow and looks like it may well be starting to clear up - there is even a hint of sun at the moment and it is quite bright. The forecast also has things clearing up later in the day. It is still cold though with the thermometer seemingly not keen to show us minus numbers in the single digits - most areas recording temperatures of around -10 with some as cold as -14 this morning.
Tomorrow there probably shouldn't be any snow clouds around with cloud on the forecast. It should be less cold than it has been of late as well.
The fresh snow of the last few days and cold temperatures are giving us excellent conditions out there.
With the weekend brings more resorts offering floodlit slopes in the evening. Night operations today at the following resort areas:
- Sun Valley - Maruike - Mammoth - Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond - Yakebitaiyama - Kumanoyu Read more ...
Saturday 19th January 2008, 17:28pm
Flurries of snow, sporadic cloud and sunny spells
We battled through another cold one last night, well at least those of us without the electric blankets, carpets or heaters that don't suffocate you during the night.
A nice breezy and sunny start to the day with a pretty cool temperature lingering around the 5 below zero region. There's a few clouds lingering around creating a blue-gray camouflage sky this morning. If blue-grey camouflage ski-wear was in this season then maybe we'd be having problems - trend spotters watch out!
Both the gondolas are already lifting people up the hill and on to the top for their early descents.
It's the weekend, time to let go of the breaks get the wind in your hair and so flush the body through with adrenaline and all those other natural chemicals our bodies create to get us high on life.
It's all about powder this morning, left overs from the week and of course a little dusting to keep the smiles alive. Watch out for wind-blown icy patches please, we do not want any accidents! Read more ...