Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017
Monday 22nd February 2010, 7:44am
Overcast >> Clearing
Yesterday the sun shone all day with clear blue skies and temperatures reaching +3 deg. C. at the valley level. A clear sky night last night meant temperatures dropped to -6 and have created an ice crust on the dusting from yesterday at the valley level.
The clouds have rolled in this morning but it is forecast to clear from midday to reveal the sun once again but temperatures should remain low.
There is no snow on the forecast for the next 5 days warm temperatures and a possibility of rain on Friday of this week. The Met. office is predicting temperatures to drop again from early March. This will hopefully bring a top up of snow that Honshu needs. Read more ...
Monday 22nd February 2010, 7:54am
Sun, blue skies, some wispy cloud
It is a bright and sunny start to the day in Zao with blue skies and just some wispy clouds. So a great start to the day and the forecast has it clouding over later on this afternoon or evening.
It is about -5 degrees at the moment and no new snow to reports - and just a slight breeze. After the crowds of yesterday, things should be much quieter today though with just a few weeks left of the evening "Light Up", perhaps some people coming to check that out.
Yesterday was a generally fine day and today looks like being even bluer with clear skies and the sun out early on.
The mild - almost warm - period I have been mentioning is with us and it is certainly a mild start to the day here. Right now it is +3 degrees and it seems likely to rise to perhaps around 7 degrees during the day... and even higher tomorrow perhaps approaching double figures. At least it doesn't look like we are on for much heavy rain as had been forecast a while back, but it does look like the next week will be a generally dry one - with little snow expected. So we will have to make do with the snow we have for the time being.
So great visibility, mild and once more after the weekend uncrowded slopes to enjoy.
Clesr blue skies again in Shiga Kogen this morning.
It's still below zero but not as cold as it has been and fairly mild for this region and with the sun out doing it's tricks will likely warm up a bit as well... not only today but over the next few days as we enter this milder spell. It seems unlikely that we are going to see much fresh snow fall for a while.
Not much else to report really other than it's a day for the camera as well as the usual gear!
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 22nd February 10:
The skies are overcast today and it is expected to stay like this throughout the day. Temperatures are relatively warm at -7deg, and Furano is expected to hit a high of +1deg during the day. Normally I would say it will be warm out there, however there is a moderate wind which is making things feel quite cold. Unfortunately there is no new snow to report. Visibility is okay, but the light is a bit flat due to the overcast conditions. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 22nd February 2010, 8:51am
Clear blue skies and light winds.
We woke up this morning to another sunny blue-bird day and now that the weekend crowds have left the mountain will be nice and quiet. It's going to be reasonably warm today, so the best bet will be to get up there early and enjoy the groomed runs whilst they are still firm.
The forecast shows warm sunny days until Friday, whereby things take a turn for the worst and rain is expected.
Yesterday remained fine and only partly cloudy throughout the day. There has been no new snow since last report and this morning it is cloudy and fairly mild. Conditions on the mountain are not the best. The sun yesterday has caused a crust to form on most aspects and even where there is no crust it's all pretty much tracked out. Due to an approaching storm the very top gates will not open today either and currently winds are strong enough that all top lifts are on wind hold anyway. The gondola in Hirafu is also currently closed so expect significant queues on the Ace quad. We can expect snow later today but I doubt there'll be enough to see great conditions return tomorrow. Hopefully there's more than I'm expecting. Pretty much definite now that we can expect rain from Thursday for a day or so. Although it's been a cold Feb up until now with overall very good snow quality the last few days of the month are not going to be the best. Much cooler and snowier weather should return though for the first week of March.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 320 Bottom - 210
Niseko Village: Top - 390 Bottom - 230
Annupuri: Top - 355 Bottom - 230
Niseko Avalanche Info No.69
Moiwa base 6am: -5℃, no new snowfall. Coastal data: SSE7m/s at Benkei cape, SSW8m/s, 0.7m waves and 1019hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: S18.8m/s at 6am. A southerly wind has picked up from 3am and is predicted to blow up to SE25m/s at noon. Relatively mild wind last night and no snowdrift development can be observed. The avalanche risk in the morning is low, however a storm is forecasted to pick up soon. Gate 2 (Annupuri peak), 3 (Hirafu peak) and 4 (Fujiwara) will be closed. Other gates are scheduled to open. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. The snow surface has become wet, heavy and tracked out yesterday and is now frozen. The mountain’s condition is bad. Many cracks are forming in leeward slopes with a lot of snowdrifts. The access gates have been set as an entry point to the surrounding quasi-national parks and Niseko has been tolerating out of bounds skiing. The surrounding mountainous areas aren’t managed by the ski resorts, however the resorts officials are strongly concerned about the safety of the people stepping out through the gates. The Niseko Rules has been established in order to respect as much freedom as possible while keeping the minimum of safety. We strongly demand everyone to respect the Rules. Refrain from ducking ropes to seek fresh lines.
Sunny skies and already warming up this morning again here in Hakuba as the sun beams down on the resorts.
Some clouds will be probably coming in later this afternoon and the possibility of light rain later tonight.
Expect to find nice spring conditions on the lower slopes today and still find good dry packed powder up higher. The mogul fields are still forming out there on the resorts for those of you who enjoy the bumps, but also good chopped pow and crud on non-groomed runs.
The sunshine is expected to continue throughout today and tomorrow the temperature will be rising again and continue throughout the week. Possibly getting into double figures by Thursday.
Enjoy the weather and the quiet resorts as the busy holiday period is now coming to an end.
The ski day is almost over and a fine one it has been again. Clear skies and very good visibility - and views. It hasn't been as busy as perhaps expected for this peak weekend and I didn't have to wait long for the lifts today up at Kagura - especially at 'lunch time' which old hands will know to be one of the best times to be out there!
But a nice day - decent snow especially up at Kagura and the sun out. After a cold start to the day it quickly warmed up and has ended up now at around +3 degrees. Tomorrow might start off cloudy but it seems we are all set for another day of sunny weather and warmer temperatures.... down in the main Yuzawa town area it might reach around 10 degrees during the early afternoon. After that a few more days of the same with those warmer conditions set to continue for a while yet.
Another sunny day on the slopes; the snow was pretty slushy in places on the courses; up on the mountains there was still powder on north-facing slopes, but things got pretty heavy down lower. It was pretty warm, too; the temperature below is at the beginning of the day, obviously.
Things look to continue to be unseasonably warm, with even a small threat of rain for tonight. Some cirrus clouds did start drifting in from the west, so maybe change is ahead. Let's hope for better news toward the weekend.