Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 13th December 2017
Thursday 24th December 2009, 9:12am
The snow just keeps on falling and thus far temperatures have remained enough below freezing that it's still great quality powder. Up around 20cm has fallen since last report which will have mostly covered up yesterdays tracks. Today gate 6 at Moiwa is expected to open so it's a great time to check it out if you've never been. Probably be able to find freshies all day long. The snow is expected to continue today but probably clear a little overnight allowing temps to drop back to an expected -10 degrees. So a chilly start to Christmas tomorrow morning. Some snow is now expected later tomorrow which is great as it's always nice to see a little snow falling on Christmas day. There was some concern earlier in the week that there might have been some rain this weekend down low but currently that's looking very unlikely with further snowfalls expected right to village level. It will get a little milder though and the snow will definitely not be the same blower powder we've been getting the last week and a half.
The rain predicted for yesterday fell last night, after sun in the morning and increasing cloudiness through the day. Luckily it was snow up on the higher levels of the hill, although very light. It's snowing very lightly this morning, warmer than it's been, but at least it's not rain!
So far good conditions on the hills; no ice, and no bare spots.
Akakura Onsen: Ginrei No. 3, No. 5; Kumado No. 1, No. 2 No. 4, No. 6; Yodel Super Quad; Chuo Lift. Operating 8:30 to 4. Night skiing at Kumado, 5 to 9 p.m.
Akakan (Akakura Kanko): All lifts open. Operating 8:30 to 3:30.
Ikenotaira: Kayaba Capsule; Chuo Pair; Alpen No. 2
Myoko Suginohara: Gondola 8 to 4; Suginohara No. 1 Romance, 8:15 to 4:30; Mitahara No. 2 9 to 4.
Seki Onsen: Open
Myoko Ski Park: Open today
Kyukamura: Open today
Tangram: Lift Nos. 3, 4 and 6. Operations 8:30 to 6.
After a clear day yesterday, it started to rain last night and the last I heard it was coming down with some force. Not good. This morning it was raining but perhaps now more like wet sleet.... actually I'd still call it rain! There are some confusing reports from around the reports this morning with some reporting 'snow' - I can't see it, and I think that's a bit of a stretch! It looks like there might be light snow up at Kagura but it also looks like up there it is clearer than down here in Yuzawa town - even bright.
Anyway down here it's poor visibility with clouds completely covering the mountains and this rain / sleet currently falling. Rain of course isn't good for the snow and later on today the forecast is for just cloud, so we can hope that it just clears up soon. Tomorrow it may well be a fine and sunny day once again with a high of around 5 degrees.
As prediceted it is colder today but pretty grim. Low grey cloud is obscuring the top of Tenjin though it looks as if there might have been a light dusting higher up last night.
Early this morning some light rain fell but it was trying to turn to snow at valley level at about 9am. It's now given up on both and the cloud is starting to lift slightly.
The lower temperatures last night have put the pistes back in to good condition after the bashing they took from the heat yesterday, and they are fast and grippy this morning. Yesterday's sun has also managed to melt all the snow on the roads, though slightly too late for the driver heading to Tenjin yesterday who managed to put his car through a fence and roll it down the bank onto a lower road, within sight of the lodge - a sobering reminder that even when the sun is out the roads can be tricky.
Furano has blue skies and sunshine with passing cloud today. There is some wind around today, so although the temperatures are mild, it feels quite cold with the wind chill. There has been about 5cm of fresh powder fallen since yesterdays report. All of Furano Zone is open. In the Kitanomine Zone, Kitanomine Swift Lift No.1 and Kitanomine Romance Lift No.2 and the Link Lift are operating.
Yesterday it was said night skiing will start in Kitanomine from today. This has changed and there will be no night skiing on the Kitanomine side tonight. Santa will hit the slopes today and tomorrow.
Just a reminder that the night shuttle service is in operation making it easy to get into town at night. The timetable is on page 11 of the dining and entertainment guide.
It is snowing lightly in Nozawa at the moment, although from last night up untill this morning light rain fell in the village. It appears light snow fell on the mountain most of last night but base depths are actually dowm from yesterday. There is currently 110cm at Yamabiko and 105cm at Uenotaira. Temperatures are -4 at the summit and 2C in the village.
The forecast is for snow showers this morning but for the skies to clear this afternoon. Tomorrow will be mostly fine with low winds so a great day for christmas day.
Hakuba is presently sitting under cloudy skies and it is fairly warm out there on the resorts today. Still great skiing on packed powder and groomed runs, however the warming trend over the past 2 days has compacted the snowpack and moistened the dry powder we once had. Expect wind packed powder and wind slab on exposed ridges in the alpine. Still hardly anyone out there on the hills so hardly any lift lines and still pockets of powder to be found on the edges of runs and in the trees
New snow overnight not significantly enough to make much difference, although at 10PM last night big flakes were falling. Only added up to a centimeter or two over the night.
Partly cloudy skies expected tomorrow (Christmas) and rain in the evening, maybe Santa can bring snow instead!!
Present avalanche conditions: High (in the alpine) Considerable (in the tree line) Considerable (below tree line)
Lots of wind transport over the past two days has created a thick wind slab on lee-ward slopes. Expect cornices and wind slab on NE facing aspects. The warming trend of the weather will create a heavier wetter snowpack and some melt freeze crust will also be found on lower solar radiated aspects. Due caution should be taken entering steeper start zones in the alpine as snowpack will be variable and possible instability around convex ridges and rocks.
It's a clearer morning here in Zao early on. There is still a fair bit of cloud hanging on but some blue skies as well. The clouds are moving fast and with the sun out at times there are some dramatic shadows being case over the resort at times. With the recent snowfall the trees are looking good and it's all very pretty. One of those days when you want to have a camera with you.
Anyway how about the snow? Yesterday it was snowing in the resort and we have a bit more since then but it was relatively mild and so the snow out there isn't the class of snow we might expect at Zao this morning. A bit wetter than usual. But still pretty decent and still most areas of the resort and lifts are open.
It is currently around -3 degrees in the village.
Nighta (night skiing) will be open at Zao from this Saturday.
Yesterday after a fine day with blue skies, the clouds rolled in later on in the day and by night time we were seeing some (don't say it out loud)... rain! Oh dear. We can do without that.
This morning it's basically just cloudy with some light snow falling on the top of the mountain at the moment apparently. It's -1 at the base of the mountain and no new snow to report.
Up at Kagura it is cloudy but fairly clear at the moment with good visibility and a north westerly wind, 5-8m/s. Temperatures are keeping low up there with it being -4 a bit earlier on this morning on the main area.
Tomorrow looks like it will start off cloudy but we might expect it to turn into a fine and sunny Christmas day.
The Dragondola will be open from Saturday 26th thereby linking up the Naeba resort with Tashiro and the Kagura areas. It really will be "fully open" then!
Yesterday stayed cold all day but was generally a fine day in Shiga Kogen. It was a national holiday but not too busy at all. It stayed cold all day though. This morning it's not quite as cold but the clouds are back with us and right now it's a mixture of fog, cloud and light snow falling at times. In these conditions visibility isn't very good.
The forecast for tomorrow is cloud and perhaps clearing up to make way for some blue skies once again.
For more snow we should be perhaps looking towards Monday to Wednesday of next week when the next cold front seems due to bring snowfalls in the region.
Today look out for Santa on the slopes.... he might have something for you!
Official resort snow depths as of 24th December 09: