Beautiful clear skies here in Madarao this morning. Not a cloud to be seen. Well not in the region anyway. Just nice clear skies and it's a calm morning. No new snow to report.
Temperature is at -2C.
If the forecast is to be believed we are in for a ride from tomorrow with temperatures dropping, strong winds blowing around and more importantly.... a lot of snowfall. That would be good. The storm is due to continue into Saturday with things calming down by Sunday but when they get going sometimes they like to stick around. Of course, we'll let you know.
All planned to be open today.
Lifts planned to be operating: Number 1 Number 2 Number 3 Super quad Number 5 Number 11 Number 12 Number 15 Kids Park --- FreeRide Park Powder Wave I Powder Wave II Usagi Riverline Powder Theater Adventure Read more ...
Thursday 24th January 2013, 8:22am
Clear and sunny
We did see some of the sun yesterday in the end but we are going to see a lot of it today. Blue skies above Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma early this morning and it will probably stay like that for most of the day.
It is a mild -1C start to the day and likely to warm up to around 4C this afternoon. Without a topup and the recent warmer conditions and that rain/sleet we had, snow isn't in the best of conditions at the moment. Groomers are probably the choice today, unless you want a real thigh workout.
New snow is just around the corner though and we may get some overnight. It should really get going tomorrow though and the forecast is very promising with moderate-heavy snow on Friday and Saturday. It will probably get very windy as well. Looking forward to the new delivery!
No new snow to report, but it is a cold -5 early on here.
So very nice clear conditions this morning with some patches of cloud at the back of the Alps. It's very calm out there this morning as well.
The calm before the storm, as they say. As we wait for our topup of fresh snow to play in, it looks like it is probably just around the corner.
The snow is due to start falling late today and then dump on us through into Sunday. Heavy snow and potentially very strong winds are likely, especially tomorrow and Saturday. If the winds happen as forecast, lifts at resorts very likely will be affected so keep that in mind.
We'll see how things develop tomorrow and bring you the latest.
One thing that I was meaning to mention in the reports was the opening of Hakuba 47's Tree Riding Zone. As the name suggests, it's a few tree areas of the resort that are officially opened up to ride. As the resort says it's for "customers who want to enjoy a different, even more genuine ski/snowboard experience". In order to get to ride these areas you need to sign a consent form, take responsibility for your actions -- and wear a rather fetching bib which needs to be returned at the end of the day. Usually, of course, bibs don't equate with gnarliness, but in this case perhaps it's something to show off! The resort only asks that people of a certain level and experience use this and recommend carrying a beacon, shovel and wearing a helmet with the resort stressing that they do not take responsibility for any accidents or rescues that may be needed. It may not be open each day as well, depending on the condititions. If you take advantage of this service, take care and have fun. Have a word with the people at the resort if this interests you...
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 24th January 2013 noon:
Hakuba Goryu: No new snowfall reported by Hakuba Goryu this morning. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 290cm; Toomi - 150cm; Iimori - 110cm
Hakuba 47: No new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 this morning. Official snow depth: Upper - 222cm Lower - 160cm
Blimey, another Niseko Now report without any new snow to report. What's going on!? Bit lost for words.
Yesterday was another day to enjoy some sun and spectacular scenery. Which is great, but I think most of us just want more snow.
It got real cold last night, down to around -15C but as we are approaching 9am it is about -7C now.
This morning it's a more cloudy and overcast start to the day, but having said that the sun has been peeking through in places. But I reckon the clouding over will continue as I bring some...
The snow we are waiting for is nearly here. Probably starting before the end of the day today and then looking likely to set in once more through into next week. Heavy snowfall is likely tomorrow and Saturday, though it will probably be accompanied by strong winds as well, so we can totally expect lift operations on the mountain to be affected.
It might even get real windy later on in the day today, but for now lifts on the mountain seem to all be opening as normal.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 385cm Bottom - 200cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 330cm Bottom - 210cm
Niseko Village Top - 365cm Bottom - 210cm
Niseko base 6am: -6C, calm and no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: SW5m/s, -10C. Annupuri peak: SW9.6m/s, -11.1C. Coastal data: SSE4m/s, 0.6m waves and 1013hPa.
The weather remains calm as atmospheric pressure is stable before the next low-pressure system approaches. A southerly wind is forecasted to pick up in the afternoon followed by snow. The general avalanche is low except in deep areas of Higashione. NE facing knolls and open 40 degree slopes are still possible to slide from deeper weak layers.
The whole mountain is tracked out. Do not seek fresh tracks in Harunotaki/Yunosawa strictly off-limits areas. Skiing/riding these slopes are severely restricted by the Niseko Rules.
Snow surface is difficult to see due to flat light. Beware of loosing control and hitting trees. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30am. Come back early, the weather will soon get bad. Fresh snow is on its way. Read more ...
Thursday 24th January 2013, 10:17am
Blue skies above Minakami this morning and it will probably stay like that for most of the day.
Right now it is 1C and likely to warm up to around 5C this afternoon. Groomers are in great conditions today but outside of those.... well, could do with a top up.
Clear conditions will continue until tomorrow in the morning.
A new cold front is coming and hopefully also bringing some potentially heavy snowfall - with strong winds - for the weekend. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 24th January 2013, 10:56am
Sunny and clear
It is a perfect clear blue sky day here in Nozawa Onsen, the best clear day of the month so far.
Not a cloud in the sky.
Bring the cameras up as there will be some pretty special views to take in.
Today looks like it will remain clear till the afternoon when some high cloud should move through preceding the much talked about frontal system. It's warm up there at the moment, temperatures should reach above freezing across the whole mountain. The snow will be slushy and fun, especially on the groomers.
Yesterday saw fast conditions across the mountain (some say icy) which was excellent for laying down a few high speed carves as long as moguls were absent. Off piste offered a few quality lines early with the dusting of snow the night before.
Everyone in Nozawa at the moment should be very happy as the forecast looks very impressive indeed. We should see snow showers commence tonight before becoming heavy tomorrow and maintaining intensity till early Sunday morning.
A good sized dump is more than likely and possibly some very strong winds with it too. So keep that in mind if you plan to be here Saturday.
Afterwards isolated snow showers and cold temps should persist till Tuesday morning.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating except: Yunomine pair Mizunashi triple Challange pair Utopia pair Higake Number 2 pair B line
It is sunny today - a clear, beautiful day, just a few fluffy clouds in the sky, and a light breeze from the southwest (it's always hard to tell here at the base at Akakan, because the winds pass around Mt. Myoko and the gap around Mt. Maeyama, and seem more southerly than they probably really are. On the top of Maeyama, you'lll often have winds blasting from one direction, then suddenly have them switch). But nice weather, of course, makes us look froward to the next blast of snow, which looks likely over the coming days. Suntan today; face shots in a few more days. A perfect combination.
It is another chilly day here in Furano but the early morning temperaure of -21c did rise as the sun started to warm things up. The pistes are firm packed powder which is skiing quite fast at the moment. With not a great deal of snow over the last week it would be good to get a top up and the forecast is now for light snow this evening and then more starting Friday afternoon. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 24th January 2013, 16:33pm
Fine, light cloud moving in
Apologies for the late report today.
Sun today indeed and nice clear skies though some clouds thin clouds been forming and sneaking up on us this afternoon.
Warming up after a cold start too.
The forecast is unchanged and we should be seeing new snow fall from the skies tonight, with tomorrow and Saturday due to be cold, snowy and windy. It's hopefully going to be a really strong winter storm bringing us lots of new powder.
If you have a choice for the weekend, Sunday would definitely be the better choice if the forecast pans out.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 24th January 2013 AM: