Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 17th January 2018
Wednesday 23rd November 2011, 8:52am
As I write this there will be some eager skiers and boarders making their way up to the slope that will be open at Kagura - the Mitsumata Ropeway opened at 8:30am this morning. And here I am sitting at a computer! Oh well, my time will come. But it's a lovely morning and no doubt they are excited at the prospect of their soon to be had first tracks. (The journey to get to the open slope via Ropeway, bus and Gondola takes 30-40 minutes)
No new snow overnight after a fine day yesterday and what looks like will be another lovely day but the snow blowers have been busy overnight and the setting is looking good. Kagura are even managing to open up a 'park' area as well with a narrow box and two wide boxes to play with.
It should be a fun day for those venturing up there.
Temperatures down in Yuzawa town area will likely rise up into the double figures today, perhaps a high of around 12 degrees.
Tomorrow should bring with it some snow as temperatures drop again, but after that there doesn't look like much prospect for snowfall until into next week. Kagura should be ok though.... Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 23rd November 2011, 9:24am
Sunny and clear
Kumanoyu is the first resort area of Shiga Kogen to open.
The number 2 pair lift is up and running and we have fine blue skies on this national holiday. Real snow mixed up with artificial snow is on the slopes out there... but it's not what you would call 'deep'. The resort are giving it 15cm, and the course length at 600m. Kumanoyu always try to open up as soon as they possibly can and this year is no different! No other areas have got lifts moving yet with most waiting until there's more snow around.
Most areas still have a sheet of white but the roads are dry and the sun today may well clear up some of that whiteness by the end of the day. That will likely be covered again though tomorrow as we should be seeing more snowfall. Nothing major and it will clear up again into the weekend with no real snowfall due until at least the beginning of next week. In fact, the forecast is for things to warm up a fair bit early next week.
It is still very early though of course so no need to fret!
As I said it is a lovely morning this morning - chilly (around +2) but clear and lots of sun rays shining down. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 23rd November 2011, 9:41am
Clear and sunny
There was snow closer than ever (this season) yesterday morning but it turned out to be a fine day and today is more of the same early on with the sun out and doing it's thing. Inevitably, the snow that was closing in on the village has been retreating and there's now white down to around 700m once again with perhaps 20cm or so up top. In fact a quick look at the Nozawa webcams shows some lines on the Yamabiko course that look suspiciously like ski trails and so someone has obviously been up there and got in some early sliding. Nice.
There should be more snow on the upper slopes tomorrow (rain in the village?) but after that temps are set to rise and it might get quite mild late weekend and early next week.
For today though we can expect a high of around 11 degrees in the village.
Nozawa plans to open for the season on Saturday 3rd December.
...and yesterday we had about 5cm of snow in the village - the snow movers were out for the first time.
Things have changed round this morning though and the sun is out and we have blue skies all around. Another change is due tomorrow though once again as we will see some more snow falling from the ski. And then, yes, yet another change as the forecast is telling me to expect milder conditions over the weekend and into next week. If things go as per forecast at the moment we might even be experiencing temperatures back over 10 degrees on Monday.
For now though expect a high of around 7 today in the village. Read more ...
Wednesday 23rd November 2011, 11:56am
Day Two of Ski Season in Furano!
It's a holiday all over Japan today, and many people are just getting their skis and snowboards out for the first time. Today is a great chance to dust off that gear and grab some of that light and fluffy powder Furano is so famous for that dumped last night. We had at least 10cm overnight, and even more in some places. As cold as it was last night, things are warming up nicely for the afternoon. Even though temperatures are still below freezing, the sun is doing its best to take the edge off of early Winter's chill. Snow is sliding off roofs as heaters are turned on full blast and people snuggle into their kotatsu.
However, all this winter can't last forever. It looks like a system moving through the area late tonight will start out as snow due to all the cold air in place over Central Hokkaido, and then transition to a mainly rain event until tomorrow evening when the front passes through and things change over to some big, fluffy flakes before tapering off. It's a delicate line to walk between autumn and winter, so we'll keep you posted here at Snow Japan as things unfold.
After that, all eyes are on Friday now, where forecast heavy snows could bring us some big accumulations.
It never ceases to amaze how quickly Niseko's landscape changes throughout the year. A look around the area today and you would be forgiven for not remembering that we were in autumn just a few weeks ago.
The countdown to the 26th continues with more snow, the contrast to the very late start last season is remarkable. There looks to be a slight rise in temperatures with possibly some showers on Thursday morning but falling again through the afternoon with snow showers expected through until the evening of the 26th.
The opening should go ahead as planned on Saturday with Sunday being a slight concern in the outlook though as temperatures look to warm up to around 4 celsius and heavy rain expected overnight. Read more ...
Wednesday 23rd November 2011, 18:22pm
The snow eased up by the afternoon on Monday and in the end didn't amount to anything really in the village areas but the tops of the mountains had a fair dose of snow... reports of 40cm or so on Hakuba 47.
Yesterday the sun was out and while there was a fair bit of cloud around, it was a fine day and interesting to watch the snow line move slowly back up the mountainsides as the sun did shone and melted the thin layers away during the day.
It was a beautiful start to the day here today with blue skies and the sun out giving us a high temperature of around 11 degrees. It has gradually clouded over during the day though and as we head into tomorrow and tomorrow evening it should gradually be getting colder with snow - possibly as rain in the village? - due later on tomorrow along with colder conditions over the next few days. Would be good if we could get more added to that base on the mountains in the run up to resorts opening.
After that though it looks likely to clear up and get milder once again until at least the beginning of next week. Read more ...