Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 17th December 2017
Thursday 20th January 2011, 9:24am
Cloudy and snowing
Snow continued on and off through much of yesterday. The winds also picked up casuing some of the top lifts to close. Some further snowfalls overnight have layed down at least another 20cm snow since last report keeping surface conditions nice and fresh. Currently the winds up high are still strong and all top lifts around the mountain are on wind hold. This also means that it's unlikely the peak gate will be opened today and other gates like 2 and 4 can't be accessed unless the lifts start running. There's a band of storms and heavy precipitation to the west of us currently. They will move inland later today but the heaviest precpitation is most likely to move a little south of us. Still we could get some pretty heavy snowfalls through today at times.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 350 Bottom - 190
Niseko Village: Top - 290 Bottom - 185
Annupuri: Top - 240 Bottom - 200
Strong W to SW wind is blowing above 1000m and the top lift operation as well as the opening of gates 2, 3, 4 and 6 is suspended for the moment. Intermittent snowfall has continued overnight and has mostly covered the tracks in the trees below 800m. The snow is a mix of hail & broken particle new snow, deep but slow. Snowboarders might need snowshoes to get back to track if dropping too far to the bottom of the valleys. Considerable avalanche hazard from Jan 18th layer is present in leeward steep slopes such as Osawa cornice slopes and Backbowl sidewalls. Stay away from there until the weather settles down and the snow stabilizes. A slope that was good yesterday is not necessarily good today. Entering Haru no Taki area is strictly prohibited by the Niseko Rules. The Rules have been established to guarantee everyone’s freedom to access out of bounds areas, but to keep minimum safety of all resort users. The whole area outside the gates is kept open only if the Rules are being respected. Refrain from ducking ropes. Mountain base 6am: -6℃, 20cm of overnight snowfall without snowdrifts development. Coastal data: SW 22m/s at Kamui cape.
It is snowing lightly as of now, with somehwhat strong winds and fair visibility. Even though visibility is fair, the top of the mountain can not be seen clearly from the bottom.
Today it is quite cold, as the temperature is expected to drop to -13 at night, with a current temperature of around -5. The windchill is expected to shift between -12 and -19.
Looking forward, tomorrow and Saturday will be quite cold, with a possible wind chill averaging around -21 at night. We might see some clearer conditions tomorrow though and a glimpse of the sun - perhaps even clear skies.... right now there are varying forecasts.
At Naeba, the courses directly East to the Hiuchi #1 Ski Slope are still closed. The Takenokoyama Romance Lift and Takenokodaira Romance Lift are undergoing safty checks and will resume to operation is there are no problems.
At Kagura, the Forestry Expert Course, the Downhill course and the Shirakaba and Intermediate course will remain closed.
Lastly, due to competitions being held, the Kagura Main Ski Slope is fenced off from 1/16 - 1/19.
The blue sky didn't last long yesterday as by mid-morning the snow clouds had moved back in and it was snowing for most of the day. There wasn't much snow on the car at the end of the day really which was a surprise but I'm sure the slopes will have got another topup. Things were clearer last night but we awoke again to snow falling this morning and perhaps 10-15cm of snow to clear away. It is still snowing but a quick look at one of the Naeba webcams shows a bit of sun poking through again so perhaps another day of changeable conditions here in Yuzawa.
Things still look set to clear up somewhat tomorrow and we might see a clear and fine day, just some clouds hanging on.... and possibly fairly clear weather over the weekend as well.
Right now it is -2 degrees in Yuzawa.
Official snow depths @ 20th January 2010 AM
Gala Yuzawa: 300cm
Yuzawa Kogen: 280cm
Yuzawa Park: 180cm
Yuzawa Nakazato: 180cm
Kandatsu Kogen: 190cm
NASPA Ski Garden: 210cm
Ishiuchi Maruyama: 200cm
Just an evening update today as I want to share what has been happening since this morning. Which is, basically, snowing and snowing quite heavily as well. There was 30cm or so of snow to clear off the SnowJapanMobile at 4pm this afternoon - that's new snow since 9am this morning - and it is continuing to come down. Things are looking suitably snowy and the mountains of snow piling up around town are now looking pretty impressive.
The local forecast has us receiving perhaps 20-40cm more snow between now and 9am tomorrow. Bring it on.
Got to say we weren't quite expecting such snowfall today, but it's always welcome of course.
Tomorrow looks set to be much calmer and perhaps even sunny. The local forecast is for the snow to ease off and be cloudy but surrounding areas seem to have a clear day forecast, so it might turn out to be one of those.
Whatever the weather will be, snow conditions will be top.
The report for tomorrow (Friday) will be online later on in the evening when we will also look forward to the weekend. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 20th January 2011, 9:41am
Things are altogether more cloudy and wintery this morning. It's a grey morning with light snow at the moment with just a sprinkling really since yesterday. At the moment it is -10 degrees but without much of a wind it isn't feeling too cold out there - as long as you're wrapped up of course.
The forecast is telling us to expect a very fine clear day tomorrow (though cold) - a day for the cameras perhaps and there is a good chance of fair weather throughout the weekend as well.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 20th January 2011 AM:
There has been some accumulation overnight, around 5cm observed in the village since 9:00PM last night and Goryu is reporting 20cm up top and 10cm on lower slopes since yesterday. Snow is still falling lightly and visibility on higher slopes isn't the best today with no views above 1500m from the village.
Life has been too easy for the weather forecasters lately, they just put the snowman button on repeat and go back to sleep it seems, a bit of work for them today as tomorrow looks like the sun might show its face for part of the day at least - maybe more.
Higher altitudes are still getting blasted by strong Westerlies which might carry over the ridges and affect some lifts today much like the last couple of days; that said winds on the resorts are registering at <5 m/s at present so we may escape the wrath today.
A bit cooler than yesterday in the village registering -1.5 but much the same up top at -5 (1400masl).
No big snow forecast at present - the weekend looks to be overcast possibly some snow Sunday night but resort conditions are great and there are powder fields galore for those with the training, knowledge, experience and equipment. Take care out there.
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 20th January AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 330cm; Toomi - 155cm; Iimori - 130cm.
Hakuba 47: The resort and park at the resort are fully open. Snow depth (upper) - 190cm.
Once again very similar conditions this morning, perhaps visibility isn't as good as it was yesterday but the mountain is covered in snow clouds and it is snowing.... nothing major just light snow at the moment and a bit of fresh snow overnight. It's another cold morning and currently -8 degrees on the thermometer outside.
And it looks like similar conditions are going to continue through the weekend as well. Cloud, snow, perhaps some breaks in the snow and a glimpse of the sun... it's all a very similar pattern as the last week or so. Monday and Tuesday seems to bring the promise of clearer conditions and no snow, but that is as the forecast stands at the moment and we all know how quickly these things change.
The slopes aren't crowded and very good snow out there. Fine conditions. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 20th January 2011, 12:22pm
Mixed bag but some rays of sunshine and snow flurries
It has been snowing off and on in the Village this morning but nothing heavy, and after the last few weeks it seems almost weird not to have a big dump... has been a few days now! Some people are already getting itchy for a bit of a fresh fix!
Still, terrific conditions to be had all over the resort with great quality snow under foot on the groomers and some secret powder stashes for the inquisitive.
Yesterday was good amounts of sunshine and a fun day on the slopes.
Tomorrow is looking like blue bird Friday to end the working week followed by light snow on Saturday then a good dump on Sunday night.
Crowd wise things have quietened down in the Village and on the slopes with the Fire Festival done and dusted. Last night the was rocking though with a few talented musicians getting together for a serious jam session in one of the bars.
All except the following Kandahar Hachiman Uenotaira Half Pipe Karasawa Wave Park
There was a small amount of snow overnight amounting to 5cm. This is sitting on top of a perfectly groomed packed powder base. Weather conditions are colder than they have been over the last few days. The lack of wind combined with good visibility mean that things are pretty enjoyable out there. Underfoot the groomed base is quite firm and is skiing real fast. The school kids have been venturing to the top of the Gondola to check things out. One group was seen body sliding head first down the slopes sans skis and poles. Once the school kids departed the mountain for lunch it was hard to spot people. Read more ...
Thursday 20th January 2011, 13:28pm
The snow continues here with light snow falling for most of the day so far. The locals are taking the chance to get in some much needed hours of snow clearing and try to get back to life as normal. There are still disruptions as the snow build up is causing problems with the trains and road.
Conditions on-trail are soft and forgiving and in other places there are still pockets of untouched snow around if you are willing to go hunting.
The snow looks set to stay as the forecast for the week ahead is nothing but cloud and snow. Read more ...
Thursday 20th January 2011, 16:26pm
Light snow in the early morning, changing to very heavy snowfall
We are having an unexpected and massive dump of snow on this Thursday afternoon in Myoko. Probably 40cm has fallen over the last hour or two, with some pretty strong winds also causing some drifting and poor visibility. The day started with some light snow, then a big wind from the top of the mountain (which totally obscured vision for about a minute) ushered in some serious snowfall. Great big flakes, and lots of them.
Tomorrow should be an outstanding powder day; the snowpack up in the hills looks pretty stable, although with this much snow falling the danger of sluffing should be kept in mind—stay out of narrow valleys! Be careful, but have fun.
The reports below are as of the first part of the day, so tomorrow should show some much higher figures.