Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 20th January 2018
Thursday 24th February 2011, 8:01am
Sunny and clear
Fine, clear, sunny weather will be around the mountain once again today. Today will play out a lot like yesterday and is predicted to be the same again tomorrow.
The re-shaping and re-making of the free ride park is well on it's way and is expected to be open sometime next week. Boarders and Skiers of skilled ability can look forward to the challenges of a bank, wave, jump and a natural bowl! Yes, Madarao bowl is coming! Something to look forward to in the spring.
We are still holding out hope for some powder this coming weekend and the forecast is still looking fairly encouraging for later on Saturday though it is unlikely to bring any real significant snowfall.... more just a thin layer. But that is better than what we have had in terms of fresh snow this week so far!
Lifts currently operating:
No 1 lift No 2 quad lift No 3 a lift No 5 lift Super Quad No 11 Lift No 12 Lift No 13 Lift No 15 lift Tangram No 2 Lift
Moving Belt at Kids Park Snowboard beginner course
Shocking news this morning... the sun is out and we have clear blue skies. OK, well, it's not so shocking, though the number of consecutive days that we have seen with these conditions in February is getting to be a bit that way. But it does look like this is going to be the last day of the sunny run of days.
Right now is it 5 degrees and today we have a very mild 10 degrees forecast for the early afternoon. Yikes. Happily that will surely be the highest temperature for a while as things cool down a bit. Tonight we may well see rain and hopefully that will be falling as snow higher up on the mountain, if the temperature can dip enough. Cloud/rain/snow is forecast for tomorrow to be followed by clear weather again on Sunday and perhaps more cloud on Sunday and the chance of a new layer of snow around Monday.
Official snow depths @ Thursday 24th February 2011 AM
And yet another blue sky start to a day in Zao. Amazing. And today is warmer still. The resort is reporting positive temperatures early on for the first time since winter started proper and a temperature of +1 in the Utopia area. I don't have stats with me but it feels more like April than February right now. I see many areas of Japan are saying the same kind of thing at the moment.
The good news I bring is that after today the temperatures should be dropping back down to something more like, though it will still be keeping relatively mild. We might well see some rain/snow in the village and in the mountain before the end of today and hopefully see a sprinkling of new snow tomorrow. Other than that the weekend is looking set to give us some fairly fine weather conditions with some potentially quite decent snowfall on Monday. I'm just hoping this warm spell moves and and we get back to some colder temperatures. Some icy slopes out there at the moment along with softer heavier conditions in the afternoon once the sun has done it's thing on the snow.
One really cool thing about this week has been the beautiful sunsets that people have enjoyed from the top of the resort. The sunsets have been happening around 5:30pm and once the sun goes down that is when they put the "light up" lights on. Beautiful. Not may days of the Light Up left now.... the last one is on Monday 28th.
Wow, I can actually see some cloud overhead this morning and actually masking the sun as I write this. There are blue skies behind that though and so generally fine weather once again this morning in Shiga Kogen. It is a mild morning though with some resorts reporting a temperature above zero.... Terakoya reporting +4 degrees.
Things are changing though today I think and we should see more cloud later on and a fair chance that we will see some snowfall before the end of the day or at least overnight and into tomorrow. It won't be the 30+cm that we would like, but any snowfall will be most welcome at the moment along with those colder temperatures. More snow due around Monday but before then fairly decent weather lined up for the weekend (sun/cloud/light snow).
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 24th February 2011 AM:
It is another warm morning today with temperatures currently sitting just above 0deg and the melting of snow starting to be apparent on footpaths. Most snow on the roads has melted away over the last couple of days. Expect the snow conditions on the mountain to be firm/frosty early on, and then softening up later mid morning. Skies are clear today with some passing high cloud. There should be some light snow tonight through until sunday afternoon. By Friday morning temperatures should have plummeted to more wintery conditions. Read more ...
Thursday 24th February 2011, 9:23am
Sun, blue skies, some cloud
Things are pretty much more of the same once again this morning... what a run of weather this has been.
So to recap - no new snow of course, sunny, blue skies, just a few clouds and a mild to medium strength wind though nothing that is affecting the resort operations this morning at both Naeba and Kagura. Excellent visibility and a temperature of 0 degrees down at the hotel at Naeba and just -1 up at the top of Kagura. Today temperatures may rise to around +6 degrees in the village area and base of Naeba.
It still looks like we may see some rain later on but we can just hope that it will be falling as snow at least higher up. Light snow is forecast for tomorrow and then a return to sunny conditions for Sunday as the forecast stands at the moment. Happily it looks like today will be the peak of the warmer conditions with temperatures dipping from tomorrow.
Spring like conditions with the snow out there, but very fine to be out on the mountain all the same.
Yesterday remained mostly cloudy over the resort even though Mt Yotei was free of cloud throughout the day. With a fairly strong wind it actually felt quite cool up there regardless of the mild temperatures. Today is partly cloudy with a high overcast moving in with the approaching low pressure system and strong winds up high have some lifts in the Grand Hirafu area on wind hold. The temperature is already well above freezing and it feels more like April than February! Later today we'll definitely get some rain which will turn to snow overnight. Fingers crossed the follow up snowfalls over the coming days return the resort to more normal conditions for this time of year.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 365 Bottom - 180
Niseko Village: Top - 380 Bottom - 180
Annupuri: Top - 350 Bottom - 220
Warm air is flowing in due to passing low-pressure system. The snow is melting in areas below 800m and loose snow & wet slab avalanches are likely to occur in steep slopes (>35°). The temperature in areas under 500m elevation is forecasted to rise up to 5℃ or higher today. Cornices are likely to collapse and possibilities of a slab avalanche from Feb 18th layer of deeper layers is also present due to this high temperature. If a deep layer slide happens, the consequences would be huge. The mountain might be tracked out, but better remain always prudent. Drastic temperature changes can affect the bond within the snow-pack. Stay away from gully bottoms to prevent accidents. Gate 2 & 3 will be closed today. Do not duck ropes to step out. Follow the ski patrol’s instructions. The snow conditions will turn better soon. Read more ...
Thursday 24th February 2011, 10:26am
A few clouds are rolling into the valley today which are hinting that the weather forecast is correct and we may see some precipitation overnight and continuing through tomorrow. The valley forecast is for rain/snow - snow overnight and rain as it warms through the day.
It is not as cold overnight, -3 degrees in the valley, currently 7.5 degrees at 760m so its warming up fast. Temperatures on the resort are in the positive also, 2.5 degrees at 1400m, but up high at 2080 its still holding in the minus at -2.
Winds are pretty much zero, snow will be good quality groomers but may get a bit icy later in the day with no sun out there.
The weather forecast is for a mixed bag of weather over the upcoming week with snow, rain, cloud and patches of sun all thrown in there - though importantly the snow bit doesn't look like it will bring much more than modest sprinklings.
Make the most of the good weather and here's hoping for some cooling and another dump early in March!
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 24th February AM:
Hakuba Goryu Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 290cm; Toomi - 165cm; Iimori - 135cm.
Hakuba 47: Normal operations today. Snow depth (upper) - 200cm.
Fun in the sun again today in Nozawa today. Still in the same pattern that has been dominating for the past few days with clear skies and warm temperatures during the day. Although we are ready for some fresh snow now people have been having a great time in the spring conditions.
It is looking like we are in for a change from tonight with the winds changing to a westerly direction and temperatures dropping from later tonight some snow forecast too.
Then showing a snow then sun type rhythm kicking in again so lets hope it comes to fruition as there is a decent fall predicted for a bit further down the track.
In years gone by March has often been snowier than February so may be the case this season too. Time will tell. Until then enjoy the great views and sunny days.
All except the following Kandahar Hachiman Uenotaira Half Pipe Karasawa Wave Park
I guess it's not a bad year when you spend most of the first month and a half basically trying to come up with variations on, "Gee it's snowing a lot," and then spend the last week or so writing, "Awfully good sun we have out there." I guess, between those two, you pretty much have everything every skier wants—one or the other—so while I prefer the former, seeing the sun isn't so bad, either....
Another nice day in Myoko, although we do have some clouds over the peaks today. Still sunny everywhere down below, though. The west/southwest wind is a little strong today, and that can really munch into the snowpack (hey, even Seki lowered the total depth!). It looks like there might be a little fresh coming in the next week or so, so no panic yet.
Still warmish here in Minakami. Beautiful blue skies this morning, then around lunch time the wind picked up a bit and some clouds blew in. It started to spit with rain in the valley and looked threatening for a while but it has cleared up again now, with the blue skies and sun very much in evidence.
The warm temperatures have made the snow on the lower parts of the resort very slow and sticky though the upper sections still have good spring conditions - not something we want to report in February! The warm temperatures are set to last for a few more days but hopefully there is a possibility that it will drop significantly at night. Read more ...