Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 20th January 2018
Saturday 23rd January 2010, 8:26am
Hakuba is presently sitting under cloudy skies and a few snowflakes are falling. Approximately 10-12 cm of new snow in the valley overnight which will definitely make the crusty conditions out there a little softer underfoot.
You can expect powder, chopped powder and crud as well as smooth groomers out there today on the hill. Quite cold atop the Hakuba peaks today with a -14 C on Happo, this is good though as the rain we had really penetrated the snowpack, but the re-freezing has firmed things up a bit.
The forecast is calling for light snow throughout the day today, then clearing overnight.
Current Avalanche Bulletin:
Alpine: Considerable Tree Line: Moderate Below Tree Line: Moderate
The recent rain crust of two days ago has now been buried under fresh snow of approximately 30-40cm depending on altitude and aspect, this layer seems to be boning well with the new snow and recent tests in the field have shown no major results or layers to be overly concerned about. High winds though have created some good wind slabs and wind packed snow, and due caution should be taken on wind loaded slopes especially around cornices. Solar radiated slopes will also be more unstable and one might expect to see sluffing/sliding off steeper alpine terrain. Take care around rocks and points of tension (convex rolls and unsupported slopes).
So the snow is falling again and coming down in nice, thick flakes. There's about 10 cms lying at valley level right now which bodes well for the resorts.
Yesterday we had a bit of everything from light rain, snow and clear blue skies. About 15cms fell yesterday up at Houdaigi so this latest fall should mean there is a nice layer of fresh up there for the weekend.
The recent high temperatures have been replaced by another cold snap with high winds which has made the base a bit hard but with the recent fresh snow it shouldn't be a worry.
Roads could be a bit tricky this morning so take it easy and have a good weekend.
It's a perfect day in Myoko: about 30cm or so of nice fresh snow, occasional sun and light snow showers. There's no wind, the temperatures are not too cold but not warm enough to make things too soft either.
The rain crust reported yesterday is now under about 50cm of snow, meaning that the danger has increased significantly; backcountry skiers should be aware and choose slopes carefully. Hopefully it will consolidate and not linger in the snowpack.
It started cloudy this morning but right now blue skies are appearing up there and it seems like it might end up being a fine day, even though the forecast is for cloud/snow. Earlier on there was a bit of snow falling but only lightly. It isn't as cold as yesterday out there.
Tomorrow is looking likely to be a fine sunny day, so the resorts will be happy (it being a weekend and all!)
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond - Yakebitaiyama - Kumanoyu
Official resort snow depths as of 23rd January 10:
As is usually the case here quite a bit more snow fell than what was predicted. Even though there appeared to be little precipitation in the area on the radar a look out the window confirmed it was dumping for most of the day. Overnight the snow did ease but this morning it's back and has been pretty heavy for the last few hours. Up on the mountain conditions are rapidly improving. It's still possible to feel the icy base underneath but only just. Currently the winds up high are still strong enough to keep all top lifts closed and most of the gates accessing the bowls, where the really deep stuff will be, are also closed. Temperatures have become a little milder with the temp at village level around -4 currently. Snowfalls are expected to continue throughout much of the day. Hopefully the winds will ease enough at least tomorrow to get all lifts running again and allow access to the peak. Tomorrow will be awesome if this happens.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 270 Bottom - 160
Niseko Village: Top - 290 Bottom - 160
Annupuri: Top - 280 Bottom - 190
Niseko Avalanche Info No.39
Moiwa base 6am: -7℃, slight overnight snowfall. Coastal data: W13m/s at Benkei cape, SW14m/s, 2.2m waves and 1006hp at Kamui cape. Ice accretion on the peak anemometer, data not available. Predicted wind at noon at the peak: W15m/s. Hirafu patrol reported -10℃, SW20m/s at the peak at 7am. Last night’s moderate wind and snow developed some snowdrifts (soft-slabs). Cornices are soft, 50cm thick and easily collapsible. Extra-caution is required around the cornices of Higashi-One. The newly deposited snow (up to 80cm) on top of the Jan 21st layer is slowly stabilizing, however avalanche risk will remain high during the morning in leeward slopes around 1100m. Traversing under cornices of Osawa or skiing the sidewalls of the Backbowl remains dangerous all day. Possibilities of a 60cm surface slab avalanche, triggered by the pre-Low snowfall (jan 21st) layer, is also to be considered in SE facing steep slopes around 800m. The snow is gradually turning better. Peak gates will open at 10:30. Seek advice from the ski patrol. Always remember that outside the gate is not the resort any more.
-6 earlier this morning with a fairly strong wind blowing and a few cm of fresh snow on the ground in Zao. It has turned into a fine day though. While clouds are still hanging on, there's a fair amount of blue sky on show and the sun making guest appearances and so a fine day for the people visiting the resort today. The mountain is looking very fine and the snow's not too bad either.
Perhaps more of the same tomorrow according to the forecast.
Today the whole area is open as things calm down and it has been a day of cloud and clear skies. There was about 15cm of snow up at Kagura overnight but the snow has moved on this afternoon and right now it is bright and the sun shining through. There is still quite a lot of cloud around but good visibility.
Throughout the morning we saw fairly steady light snow finally beginning to taper off around noon, with the occasional snow shower dotting the early afternoon hours. I spent the day up on the slopes, and while we've been seeing a lot of powder here in Furano for the last few days, the further down the mountain you go, the more likely you are to run into some icy, gritty snow, most likely left over from Wednesday's short-lived warmup. Up on the top half of the mountain, everything was beautiful, with ample deep powder on most of the main runs. Needless to say, the lesser-used side runs were absolutely gorgeous, with what seemed to be at least 20cm of the fluffy white stuff practically untouched for as far as the eye could see. The temperature is great, around -3 degrees, with a bit of wind blowing the snow around on the edges of the Link Course connecting the two sides of the resort. You can expect slightly cooler temperatures and spotty snow showers for any Night Skiing you might be inclined to do. All in all, despite some icy patches down towards the bottom, it is not a bad day to be up on the mountain. Read more ...