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Sunday 20th December 2009, 8:37am
It is a cloudy morning in Nozawa, alternating between light snow and blue skys.
The current base depths are 120cm at Yamabiko- where 35cm of fresh snow fell during the day yesterday and last night- 100cm at Uenotaira, and around 50cm in the village. Current temperature at the summit is -7C and it is -5C in town. Visibility at the moment is good.
There is a 30km/h Easterly wind.
Yesterday was another great day on the mountain; good quality snow, no lift lines and much more of the resort opened for the weekend.
The outlook is for light to moderatre snow to fall throughout today and tomorrow with the exception of tonight whereas much as 25cm is is expected to fall on the mountain.
Everything is white. A decent snowfall between yesterday and today has left us with a brisk morning, framed by off-and-on flurries and a slight breeze. Furano is still in a sleepy Sunday haze, but on the mountain the lifts have been whirring for at least the last hour or so. The forecast for today calls for cloudy skies and snow showers, so that should be enough to keep any of the steeper windswept spots in a bit of fresh powder.
I was up on the ski slope all day yesterday, and it was fairly wonderful. The snow kept falling all afternoon, and by the time 3:30pm hit, they turned on the floodlights for Night Skiing, and i have to admit i was rather touched by the contrast between the lights on the mountain and the small towns sprinkled in the valley spreading out below. Resting at the very top, I remember thinking it was almost worth the lift ticket just for the view, but I quickly decided I would rather board it than just look at it. The snow was in fairly good condition, as it kept falling through the evening, with only a few icy patches on the sharper inclines to complain about. I will see you on the ski slope again today. Read more ...
Sunday 20th December 2009, 9:34am
Things have changed again since that lovely snowfall over Friday night. From around lunchtime yesterday the snowclouds cleared up for the most part and we were left with a sometimes cloudy and fine day. There were a few flurries of snow here and there last night but only a sprinkling of new snow since then and - get this - bright blue skies this morning. The forecsast for today still says snow, but the weather says sun. So, for now at least, we're not getting that continued snow storm that we were expecting.
Well we did get the snow and it has enabled resorts to open up, and the people out there on the slopes will surely enjoy the conditions today!
Snow still forecast for tomorrow followed by a spell of milder weather.
This morning in Yuzawa it is 1 degree with just a slight breeze.
After the winter spell comes some fine weather. There's blue clear skies today and some fine conditions out there though not much more snow and so still relatively thin on the ground - but most certainly enough to play in. Temperatures remain cold and it's -10 out there at the moment. Fine day to be out there.
It's childrens day today, and so kids under elementary school age can ride the lifts for free.
Official resort snow depths as of 20th December 09:
More than enough snow over the past 3 days have made conditions EPIC here in Hakuba! Plenty of powder to be found out there right on the man runs, one does not have to look far. Make sure you have your powder boards on and are ready to dig yourself out a few times. Many skies and boarders found that the bottomless powder was too deep, or actually the terrain was not steep enough.
Even this weekend the masses have not really made their way to the resorts, so lift lines are virtually non-existent and there is face shots for everyone....does it get any better
With all the new snow, the resorts will be pretty much be fully opened. Groomers have been out there all night smoothing down the pow to make runs and the base should be also great for on-piste carving.
Observed snow over the past 24hrs: 35cms (at Happo Base)
Forecasted weather is for more snow throughout the day with the most snow falling this evening. Cold temperatures continue as well to keep the pow light and dry.
Currently open: Sun Alpina, Sanosaka (pair lift only), Goryu, Hakuba 47, Happo-One, Iwatake (only Gondola and 3 chair), Tsugaike, Cortina (3 lifts open & limited runs)
The weather has seen a real turnaround today. After the snowfall since Friday, we are not been treated to deep blue skies and clear weather. Temperatures remain cold so that will be good news for the snow out there, but it sure will be a fine day to be out on the hills.
Snow is forecast to be back with us tonight with potentially us seeing a nice new fluffy blanket of snow into tomorrow. Read more ...
Sunday 20th December 2009, 10:01am
Snowfalls continued on and off through yesterday and last night keeping things topped up with another 20-25cm of fresh falls. A low pressure system will develop today off the NW coast of Hokkaido and we can expect more heavy falls of snow tonight and strengthening winds. Tomorrow the snow and strong winds will continue and conditions will be close to blizzard like. There is so much unconsolidated snow around the mountain that there is likely to be some massive drifting when the winds pick up. Still fantastic conditions out there today with deep, bottomless turns all over the mountain.
Partly cloudy, light snow showers, snow beginning to fall more heavily at higher elevations
A great opening day in Akakura, with good snow making up for the limited number of open runs. Sunny off to the Japan Sea side, although snow looks to be moving in from the west, with winds starting to increase a bit. There's the possibility of more heavy snow, so perhaps the sign of the changing conditions.
Akakura Onsen: Ginrei No. 3, No. 5; Kumado No. 1, No. 2; Yodel Super Quad; Chuo Lift. Operating 8:30 to 4