Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 18th February 2018
Saturday 21st January 2012, 16:39pm
Cloud, overcast but fairly bright
[Please note: The following report was posted at 9:10AM on Saturday 21st January. The time stamp above shows an incorrect time due to the complexities of a server move!]
Well, early on this morning it is just cloudy and actually quite bright out there. A hint of some wet on the roads from overnight, but it is not snowing or raining as I write this report. It remained quite mild overnight and it now as well at about +3 degrees with a high of around +5 forecast for the middle of the day. There is a chance of some light snow falling in higher areas but apart from that I think the best we can hope for weather wise is for rain to hold off. Tomorrow looks like it might be much of the same really and we are going to have to wait until early in the week for temperatures to drop and get back to more winter-like conditions. Wednesday onwards is looking good for potentially decent snowfall coming in.
So not the best weather/snow conditions for the weekend by any stretch of the imagination. There's certainly a lot of snow about but we could really do with that nice new thick layer of soft fluffy goodness. Can't have it like that every single day though - and we are generally spoilt here - and I'm sure it will be lots of fun out there anyway! I would say that better conditions the higher up you go.
[Please note: The following report was posted at 7:30PM on Saturday 21st January. The time stamp above shows an incorrect time due to the complexities of a server move!]
I'm not able to bring the best of news this evening -- after a generally cloudy day, it is raining in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma this evening though in higher areas it is sleet/snow. The local Niigata forecast has mountain regions expecting up to 5-10cm of snowfall overnight, so there is hope that it will turn into snow overnight and we will be nicely surprised by snow in the morning. Fingers crossed folks! Read more ...
Saturday 21st January 2012, 16:41pm
[Please note: The following report was posted at 7:53AM on Saturday 21st January. The time stamp above shows an incorrect time due to the complexities of a server move!]
It will be hard, but not impossible, to find new snow today. North facing aspects will be the ones with the deepest and freshest snow. Most of the resort is pretty well tracked out and the snow is stable. It's an awesome day to get out into the backcountry and sidecountry if you have the gear.
Today is looking to be cloudy and calm weather wise; not too cold either. Monday and Tuesday are expected to get the heavier snowfall, but the amount isn't looking much more than 20-30 cm. It is important to remember that this could change abruptly and snowfall could increase. With a maritime and dry-air climate like this one, anything can happen rather quickly.
There will also be a lot of events going on for the Chinese New Year. The town of Hirafu may be a bit more crowded than normal with more to do. This is a busy weekend/week and you can avoid it or embrace it...whichever you choose! I hope everyone has an awesome day and gets out to find the secret stashes of pow.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 320cm Bottom - 170cm
Niseko Village: Top - 330cm Bottom - 200cm
Annupuri: Top - 335cm Bottom - 200cm
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -7â„ƒ, no snowfall. Coastal data: SE5m/s at Benkei cape, 0.5m waves and 1024hPa at Kamui cape. Snowfall transition: No new snow for 48 hours. Surface hoar is forming on the snow surface due to the sun exposure and temperature change. Its thickness depends on the slope orientation and elevation. This layer formed between Jan 17th and 21st is seen to form a notable hoar layer underneath the next low-pressure system snowfall. Hazard evaluation: Todayâ€™s general avalanche risk is low. Slopes with crusty surface may be tricky to ski. Wind-blown/hard-packed surface can also be found in areas around 1000m altitude and small-scale slab slides are also to be expected in steep slopes. Potentially dangerous if caught in the slide. Gates opening: Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30. Caution: Do not enter strictly off-limits areas to seek fresh lines; Haru no taki area (coordinate G3) and Yu no sawa area (K4) is closed at all times. New snow is coming shortly. Read more ...
Saturday 21st January 2012, 16:43pm
Cloudy, obscured skies, snowing lightly
[Please note: The following report was posted at 2:48PM on Saturday 21st January. The time stamp above shows an incorrect time due to the complexities of a server move!]
An afternoon report this Saturday.
It has been a cloudy and grey color day here after a mild night last night. But we did start off with some snowfall overnight, with resorts reporting around 5cm or so on the mountains. Gradually during the day the cloud has cleared from lower slopes though there is still a fair bit of cloud shrouding the upper areas of the resorts around and some light snow falling in places. Hopefully we will get a bit more snowfall later on and overnight though temperatures are remaining in that 'mild' zone right now.
Come Monday we should see the temperatures drop once again and then from Tuesday/Wednesday things are looking promising for some good snowfall to arrive and put smiles on our faces. Hopefully it should be snowing through until the end of the week. Fingers crossed.
Good news about the top Grad quad lift at Happo - they plan to have it operating from tomorrow.
Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 20th January 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: 5cm of new snow reported at Goryu today. All lifts operating. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 235cm; Toomi - 105cm; Iimori - 105cm.
Hakuba 47: 10cm fresh snow reported. All courses and lifts open/operating. Official snow depth: Upper - 190cm Lower - 90cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: Just the Grad quad and Kita Happo No 3 pair lift not operating. Happo plans to have the Grad quad moving from tomorrow. Official snow depth: Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 140cm; Sakka - 90cm; Nakiyama - 90cm.
[Please note: The following report was posted at 9:20AM on Saturday 21st January. The time stamp above shows an incorrect time due to the complexities of a server move]
No new snow overnight again, making it about 4 days now since we last had some snowfall on the mountains here. Hey, come back here! We had a fabulous run up until then though so overall we can't complain, especially if more snow is just around the corner. There might be some light snow fall later on today/tonight and perhaps again tomorrow but it doesn't look like it will be anything significant. Temperatures are still rather mild.
Make a note for early Wednesday as the beginning of a run of at least a few days of decent snowfall in the area, with things getting colder before then early in the week. Hopefully we will soon be back into winter mode.
In the meantime, have fun! It's just grey and cloudy really at the moment this morning with fair visibility on the slopes and a temperature of about -1 degree at the base early on.
Resort Operations, 20th January (subject to change) Naeba: All areas open apart from Mens/Womens Riesen Slalom, Mens Slalom and Takenokoyama No2 courses. All lifts planned to be operating today. Kagura: Open as planned.
[Please note: The following report was posted at 10:08AM on Saturday 21st January. The time stamp above shows an incorrect time due to the complexities of a server move!]
Not a whole lot to report this morning from Zao as we didn't really get any snowfall overnight and this morning it is cloudy - and actually quite similar to how things started off yesterday really. I'm hoping that will change tonight as we are due for some decent snowfall overnight and things are starting to look good for mid-week onwards as well.
Looks like a welcome return to mid-winter conditions is just around the corner. It might still be relatively mild but come Monday morning temps are due to take a drop and go back down into minus double digit territory.
Official snow depths (21st January 12) Utopia - 170cm Chuo - 165cm Paradise - 165cm Uwanodai - 130cm
Operating lifts (21st January 12) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating. All the runs at Zao are open. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 21st January 2012, 16:57pm
Light snow, cloud
[Please note: The following report was posted at 9:28AM on Saturday 21st January. The time stamp above shows an incorrect time due to the complexities of a server move!]
The snow yesterday didn't amount to much apart from scenery really, not adding anything meaningful to the base we have here. It's snowing this morning again, and once again lightly, and is a generally grey and cloudy start to the day. Fingers crossed that the snow may get heavier later on tonight as the local forecast is currently saying it might. It's all still a bit too mild though.
Looking ahead, from Monday temperatures look set to take a drop back down to more normal territory and we can look forward to some decent snowfall from around Wednesday.
For the eagle-eyed out there you might have noticed a big jump in the snow depth info for the Ichinose resorts this morning. No, we didn't get 40cm unfortunately... I think they were just playing catch-up or something. As always, these numbers I think are best taken with a pinch of salt!
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family - Yakebitaiyama
Official resort snow depths as of 21st January 2012 AM:
[Please note: The following report was posted at 12:10PM on Saturday 21st January. The time stamp above shows an incorrect time due to the complexities of a server move!]
Temperatures have been warmer in Nozawa the last few days and no major snowfalls have developed as yet. Yesterday just as I finished writing the report the snow stopped and we didn't get much at all overnight. Light snow has been falling this morning and we should get a bit more tonight.
Tomorrow is looking fairly clear then a bit of snow expected Sunday night when the freezing level is set to drop down to below sea level. The snow show should kick in from Tuesday night with some serious snow expected after that.
Just in time for the Chinese New Year with quite a few guests from overseas expected to roll into town from today. The good luck has already started for one young couple that got engaged on the top of Yamabiko yesterday. We have had quite a few proposals in Nozawa over the years - not sure if it is the mountains, the flowing water or the flowing sake but something sets the scene perfectly. We wish the happy couple all the best.
Today there was another light dusting up top and condition on piste were good, off piste too. Just the sides were getting a bit crusty. The guys are still finding lots of fun spots all over the mountain! It has just started to snow pretty big flakes out the window now.
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year from all in Nozawa Onsen.
[Please note: The following report was posted at 3:12PM on Saturday 21st January. The time stamp above shows an incorrect time due to the complexities of a server move]
The only thing to report on today is the cold temperatures we've been experiencing lately. We are definitely in the grips of Old Man Winter. It got down to -24 last night, but it's been relatively dry so there's not to much to report in the way of new snowfall. The sun has been doing its job today, and we are currently sitting at -13 with little to no wind. Be sure to dress in layers if you're out there on the slopes today.
However, things should change drastically with a system that's supposed to be heading our way tomorrow. Significant snows along with a slight warming trend (in Furano terms) are in the forecast for most of tomorrow, especially towards the evening hours. Hopefully this will end the relatively dry spell we've been seeing over the past few days. Read more ...
Saturday 21st January 2012, 17:01pm
[Please note: The following report was posted at 9:00AM on Saturday 21st January. The time stamp above shows an incorrect time due to the complexities of a server move!]
Light snow still falling in Minakami again today. It is pretty consistent but not added up to much at the moment. It was the same yesterday with a dusting falling throughout the day with a couple of spells of heavy snow that didn't last for long. Temperatures are still mild and the snow felt a little heavy yesterday.
Same again for tomorrow and the next few days - grey clouds and a light dusting of snow falling. Read more ...
Saturday 21st January 2012, 17:03pm
Cloud, light snow
[Please note: The following report was posted at 10:01AM on Saturday 21st January. The time stamp above shows an incorrect time due to the complexities of a server move]
Hurray! A bit of snow to report this morning. 5cm or so on the resort, less than that in the village area, and it is snowing lightly this morning. It was about -2 degrees earlier on and so still on the milder side of things for mid-season but we can hope that the temperature remains low during the day. Snow showers on and off for the weekend, though it doesn't look likely to be a big dump as such. Things should start getting back down to be colder as we enter the new week and we can then look forward to some decent snowfall from Wednesday onwards.
Lifts currently operating: All of Madarao is scheduled to be open today. Connection with Tangram Ski Circus open.
[Please note: The following report was posted at 1:42PM on Saturday 21st January. The time stamp above shows an incorrect time due to the complexities of a server move]
Apologies for the missing report yesterday. Nothing too exciting to report unfortunately as this mild spell we are going through continues.
It's a dull, grey and cloudy day in Myoko today with light snow falling in areas at times, but it's nothing that is going to bother the snow depths out there (real or official!). Not the best visibility out there and even in places that are out of the clouds the grey colour is making it hard to see the roll of the land, so to speak.
A bit more snow tonight and a chance of snow showers tomorrow amongst changeable conditions, but then all eyes are on that more winter-like weather that is due around Tuesday onwards that will hopefully - probably - bring some decent snowfall with it.