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Monday 23rd January 2012, 8:02am
snowy conditions building to a blizzard
[Please note: The following report was posted at 8:01AM on Sunday 22nd January. The time stamp above shows an incorrect time due to the complexities of a server move]
There has been a little new snow fall overnight, but curently it is snowing quite heavily and it seems that it may build into a blizzard later in the afternoon. There is not much action out on the slopes today, but if the forecasters are right we may be digging our cars out of snow tomorrow morning.So get ready for a powder week.
Lifts currently operating: All of Madarao is scheduled to be open today. Connection with Tangram Ski Circus open.
The strong winds that we experienced over the weekend have died down this morning and we currently have some mild temperatures, which is a pleasant change to the recent face freezing weather. There was little in the way of new snow late last night and we have woken up to a dusting of around 2cm in the village. The winds are forecast to pick up from this afternoon and continue through until Thursday. It will be good riding out there today with the mild temperatures and yesterdays new snow. Kitanomine Gondola was closed all of yesterday so that will be the place to head for a good serving of untouched snow. Read more ...
Monday 23rd January 2012, 12:50pm
Cloudy, obscured skies
[Please note: The following report was posted at 8:03AM on Monday 23rd January. The time stamp above shows an incorrect time due to the complexities of a server move]
This morning we are experiencing overcast skies and we are already seeing the start of the snowfall for the day. This is a mini weather front that will ease up for tomorrow but bring in constant precipitation mid week onwards. Still looking good for Wednesday onwards.
The valley temperature in the morning is -1 C and is expected to finally stay below freezing throughout the day, finishing off this spring-like weather we have been experiencing. Trace amounts of new snow have been recorded. The resorts are projecting to range from -3 C to -7 C with a wind chill factor making it feel like -13 C. Light winds from NNW are bringing in the cooler temperatures and are followed by the weather system that should bring us more fresh snow.
2-5 cm of new snow have been recorded in the resorts with this change in weather patterns. Today will continue to bring now and tomorrow will be drier with some sunny patches while maintaining a low freezing level. The weather system bringing new snow should hit us Tuesday night and continue throughout the week.
Happy Chinese New Year and welcome to the year of the Dragon.
Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 23rd January 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: 1cm of new snow reported at Goryu today. All weekday lifts operating (not No2 and No4 pair lifts). Official snow depths: Alps daira - 225cm; Toomi - 100cm; Iimori - 90cm.
Hakuba 47: 3cm fresh snow reported at 47. All weekday lifts operating (not Line D pair lift). Official snow depth: Upper - 183cm Lower - 90cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: All lifts apart from Usagidaira pair, Happo No1 pair, Central pair and Kita One No3 pair operating. Official snow depth: Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 140cm; Sakka - 90cm; Nakiyama - 90cm.
[Please note: The following report was posted at 8:31AM on Monday 23rd January. The time stamp above shows an incorrect time due to the complexities of a server move]
Not a bad day in Minakami today - coldish temperatures, bit of cloud around but also some blue sky. We've had some milder temperatures of late but the thermometer is back in the minuses today though with only a very light wind about it doesn't feel too cold. The best skiing is to be had on the groomers which have are in great condition at the moment, with the snow off the sides being a bit heavy due to the wetter snow we've had recently.
Tomorrow is still slated to be a sunny one and then the rest of the week is supposed to be overcast with the possibility of light snow showers. Read more ...
Monday 23rd January 2012, 13:14pm
Due to some technical complexities with our current server move, we seem to be missing the Niseko Now report that was posted earlier this morning. We will try to post another report later in the day. Sorry the the disruption. Things should be back to normal by tomorrow.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 335cm Bottom - 170cm
Niseko Village: Top - 330cm Bottom - 200cm
Annupuri: Top - 340cm Bottom - 200cm
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -2C, 10cm of new snowfall since predawn. Coastal data: S4m/s at Benkei cape, no waves and 1017hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: SSE19.9m/s and -8.2C. Snowfall transition: Snowfall picked up from early morning and left 10cm of fresh snow as of 6am. The snow is typical of a pre low-pressure system snowfall. A southeasterly wind 12m/s is blowing at 800m altitude. Snowdrifts developments cannot be observed, but is seen to start developing quickly as the storm picks up today. Hazard evaluation: Shallow surface slab slides are to be expected in steeps, cliffs and under lift lines below 800m altitude. The hazard level will rise, especially in leeward slopes, as the storm picks up in the afternoon. Carefully follow the snowfall transition. Gates opening: Gates 2 & 3 will be kept closed. Please respect the ski patrol's instructions. Caution: The mountain condition is ever changing. Many of the avalanche related accidents are happening during poor weather. Better not push it too far in conditions like todays. Visibility is very bad.
Unfortunately, we have actually had two reports posted up on here today but due to those technical issues that we are experiencing at the moment they have not turned up online. So we are very sorry about that and very much hope that things will be back to normal from tomorrow.
Anyway, overnight last night there was possibly 10-15cm of fresh snowfall to enjoy and probably not much more than 5cm or so more during the day today. We're looking at the chance of more snow tomorrow and the next few days - though only light, nothing major - and perhaps some stronger winds to add to the mix.
Well, yesterday we saw cloudy skies generally though it remained quite bright.
This morning it has been another cloudy day with rain/sleet lower down and in the valley with wet snow falling higher up. Early on this morning Kagura reported a just a dusting of new snow and hopefully during today it will increase. This isn't the main event though with that looking likely to arrive on Wednesday still when we should be seeing some decent amounts of snow through until the weekend.
Due to some technical problems arising from our server move, it's a shorter than usual report today. Things should get back to normal tomorrow - apologies for the interruption.
The resort is reporting 4cm of snow on the upper slopes overnight and another up to 5cm or so since then, so up to 10cm of fresh snow on the slopes this morning with just a dusting down below in the village. Wednesday to at least Saturday is looking good for more Nozawa-like heavy snowfall to be with us.
It has been a cloudy day here with some sleety, snowy kind of stuff falling at times and hopefully proper snow by the time tonight arrives. Snow seems to be moving in from the north this afternoon. It may ease off tomorrow but as I have been mentioning it is looking good for some heavy snowfall Wednesday onwards.
Sorry for the late report - server stuff - hopefully things should be back to normal by tomorrow. Read more ...
Monday 23rd January 2012, 19:47pm
Cloud, light snow at times
Apologies for the very late report - as you no doubt know a few technical issues with the server move going on.
This morning there was just a think dusting of new snow in the village and a temperature of -2 early on. It has just generally been a cloudy day here really today. Fog early on and cloud hanging about for the day but not any snowfall. Wednesday is still the day to look at for the heavy snowfall. It has got colder today and we expect that continue into tomorrow as well with a mixed bag of conditions forecast for the day.
Official snow depths (23rd January 12) Utopia - 180cm Chuo - 165cm Paradise - 175cm Uwanodai - 135cm
Operating lifts (23rd January 12) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating. All the runs at Zao are open. Read more ...