There's definitely 30cm down at base too with cars needing to be found within their new snow coverings.
This is the kind of morning we like! Well, I do. :)
-4C now and not forecast to get any higher for the day. Should be slightly less cold tomorrow but not snowing. Then after that as I think I mentioned yesterday there's some more heavy snowfall due around Tuesday. It should be a very good week.
It goes without saying that conditions should be great today. Visibility is poor especially on the top half of the mountain. Exciting, but remember - care needed.
Just a few cm of snow to report from here in Hirafu village area this morning. It has been a somewhat dull and overcast start to the day here though things have been clearing up away from the mountain and looking out towards Yotei where there's lots of clear blue sky. Some bright areas on the lower mountain as well at the moment... feels like it's going to clear up again?
Fairly strong northerly winds this morning are affecting some of the lifts at resorts including the Annupuri Gondola, Jumbo 3 and 4 lifts; the Niseko Gondola and Wonderland Chair at Niseko Village; the King Number 3, King Number 4 and Ace Number 4 lifts at Grand Hirafu; and the top Hanazono lift. Wind speeds of up to 19m/s being logged by the people over on Annupuri.
Hopefully see some more snowfall later on tonight and then it looks like it'll be on and off for the first half of the coming week, but probably nothing major in terms of snow. Come on now... we want our refills! Snow falling or not, it is going to remain cold.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -10C, trace new snow in the last 12 hrs, falling from 5am.Moiwa 800m -11C, wind W from 5am, Annupuri 1150m -13C, wind NNW 15m/s, some snow drift development. Hirafu 1000m -12C, wind N15m/s, snowfall and snow drift development from 5am. Annupuri Peak 1308m -12.5C, wind N17.6m/s – wind predicted at noon NW15m/s. Cape Benkei SE3m/s, Cape Kamui ESE3m/s, wave 2m, pressure 1014hpa.
Little snowfall in the last 24hrs and the mountain is tracked out. Isobars are moving closer together and snow clouds will develop. Above 800m rapid development of snow drifts is expected. Backcountry conditions are not good, gates 2 & 3 will be closed, others yet to be decided. Please follow Patrols decisions. The Jan 17th frost layer will become possible fracture layer in future snowpack.
Avalanche occurrence and scale are related to how the snow has fallen. During and directly after storms are high risk times for avalanches in Niseko. Today the danger of avalanches is high on steep slopes due to wind effected slabs. The mountain conditions change everyday, dont over estimate your skills, safety first. Dont duck ropes looking for fresh lines, Beware trees, cracks. Have a great day.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
Nice day yesterday, mostly cloudy but bright with some blue sky from time to time. Snow came in the evening and this morning we have a few cm at base and up to 30cm being recorded by Cortina this morning. Take Cortina out of the equation though and it's more like 5-10cm on the resorts around the village. Goryu and 47 both reporting that number for their upper slopes.
Quite strong winds on the mountain this morning with top lifts at Goryu with the Panorama and Grand Prix courses closed. At Happo the Kurobishi Number 3 pair and Skyline Number 2 pair lifts are also not moving due to wind conditions. As far as I can tell other areas are all operating as normal.
There's an ou-yuki (heavy snow) warning out right at the moment for Hakuba, but for the moment while it is snowing it isn't doing so that heavily and just cloud on the forecast for this afternoon, so not quite sure what to make of that. Perhaps later this morning.
Cloudy weather currently forecast for tomorrow and then some heavy snowfall around Tuesday which might bring us some large numbers.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 19th January 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 3cm at Iimori, 5cm at Toomi and 10cm on upper slopes. Upper - 275cm Toomi - 160cm Iimori - 130cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 5cm of new snowfall at base and 10cm on upper slopes. Upper - 280cm Lower - 125cm
And a very good Sunday morning to you all from Yuzawa. A very snowy Yuzawa as well.
Yes, the goods have been delivered to us overnight and there was more than 30cm of snow on top of my car this morning to move. Resorts around the town are reporting similar numbers - Kagura 40cm, Naeba 20-30cm, Maiko 30-40cm... a nice surprise to wake up to though the forecasts late in the day yesterday were pointing to a good amount of snowfall overnight.
It is still snowing this morning and probably will be for the day so we should add to that.
Kagura is experiencing some strong winds and so limited operations there this morning. Looks like Mitsumata Ropeway to the Kagura Number 1 quad and Tashiro Ropeway to Tashiro Number 1 quad areas are open. The top Kagura Number 5 lift, Number 4 lift, Dragondola and connection between Kagura and Tashiro are closed.
Tomorrow the sun might make an appearance but come Tuesday we should be back to snow.
Oh yes, just a quick recap on yesterday. By noon it had turned overcast and by the time it was going dark it was very cloudy. The rest is history with the snow we woke up to this morning...
It's whiteout conditions this morning in Shiga Kogen.
Rather windly and heavy snow falling as I write this, visibility... not good. Snow conditions... should be good. The wind is blowing it about but there was at least 30cm on the roofs of the cars in the car park this morning and it is still coming down.
The wind seems to be affecting lifts at some resort areas, particular Yokoteyama and Okushiga Kogen - at their last updated before 9am there were both waiting for conditions to improved to open.
The only resort areas to increase official snow depth this morning are Terakoya (which was standing on 120cm for what seems like ages), Kumanoyu and Yokoteyama. All of the others have 'updated' weather conditions and temperatures but not moved those numbers. It's as if they are allergic to numbers of 120cm or something! I just don't get it. But anyway... believe me, we have some new snow this morning.
Official snow depth data, as of Sunday 19th January 2014, 9am):