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Tuesday 25th March 2014, 7:21am
Good morning from Nozawa Onsen and it's going to be more of the same today with the sun out from early and a high temperature reaching around +12 degrees this afternoon.
The sun is expected to be interrupted tomorrow as we have cloud and rain on the forecast, and it should be slightly cooler (but still warm).
It will continue to get back to properly warming up though at the end of the week with the warmest temps of the year yet expected. It's still hard to accept that just one week after that snowfall it might be hitting 20 degrees this weekend.
Monday 24th March 2014: Snow depths not updated today (too early!)
It's a warm start to the morning here with the temperature remaining in the positive overnight in town and a high of around 8-9 degrees forecast for Kutchan and Niseko town today. So following on from yesterday, it's going to be a warm one.
Though in contrast to yesterday, this morning is starting off cloudy and there is a moderate wind that seems to be affecting some early lifts. The latest I can confirm is that Swinging Monkey, King 3 and King 4 at Grand Hirafu and the top Hanazono lifts are waiting for winds to reduce. We'll have to keep an eye on that during the day to see if that situation changes.
A bit of resort news. At Grand Hirafu, the Shirakaba course is closed until tomorrow as they get to work making 'Spring Park'. Also tomorrow due to a competition the lower part of the Kokutai course will be closed to the public.
Niseko base 6am: +1C, no snowfall, overcast. Moiwa peak 800m: no data. Annupuri snowpack 350cm. Hirafu 1000m: -1C, no snowfall. Peak 1308m: W9.4m/s, -2.9C. Coastal data: cape Benkei SSW4m/s, cape Kamui SSW18m/s, 1.6m waves, 1004hPa.
A low pressure system is traveling north of Hokkaido, making the pressure pattern south High, north Low. A strong W-SW wind is blowing, making warm air flowing into Hokkaido area. The temperature is forecasted to raise above 5C. Snow will melt and cornices around 800m are likely to collapse, new cracks will open and spring climax avalanche hazard will rise. Stay away of Osawa and Backbowl’s valley bottoms as avalanches will run along there.
Snowbridges are also likely to crush. If you fall in one, you may be flushed downstream with icy cold water and could end up in a critical situation. Peak gates will open from the morning. Get some guidance from the ski patrol before you step out of bounds. Plan your tour reasonably to the weather and snow conditions.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
A fair bit of cloud casting some large shadows on the mountainsides this morning, though there's still lots of blue sky and the sun at times. Forecasts tell us to expect warm temperatures again today, around 12 degrees later on. Cloud forecast tomorrow with rain in the afternoon and it won't be quite as warm.
Bring your best t-shirts for around Friday though because the warmth is about to take another step upwards, with freezing levels rising to over 3000m.
Someone asked us about this - snow cover on the mountain is good, lower slopes included. There's a few patches here and there but close to 100% good still. With the warmer temperatures taking hold now it probably won't be long before we start to see more brown than while on the lower areas of course...
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 25th March 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Plans to be open until early May. Upper - 245cm Toomi - 110cm Iimori - 80cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Plans to be open until early May. Upper - 210cm Lower - 50cm
Happo-one: Plans to be open until early May. Usagidaira - 220cm Nakiyama - 50cm Sakka - 60cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Plans to be open until early May. Tsuganomori - 315cm Maruyama - 105cm Kanenonaruoka - 150cm
Hakuba Cortina: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Plans to be open until 6th April. Upper - 315cm Lower - 185cm
Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuba Norikura plan to be open until 31st March.
Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Minekata are already closed. Read more ...
Tuesday 25th March 2014, 8:30am
A lovely day yesterday with the sun out and things warming up... borderline t-shirt weather. Beautiful sunset last night and a mild evening and it's warming up again this morning. More sun and more blue skies.
Not much else to report really. Tomorrow is forecast to be cloudy and it might rain, but from Thursday onwards it is back to sunny skies as temperatures continue to rise.
Operating lifts (planned):
Number 1 Number 2 Number 3A Number 2 quad Number 5 Super quad Number 11 Number 12 Number 13 Number 15 Moving walkway Kids Park
Clear and sunny yesterday; sunny this morning but quite a lot of cloud. Quite windy too -- and it looks like early on the top Ropeway is not operating, though that may just be a delay.
+5 degrees as of 8:30am here at base and a high nearly getting as high as +10 later in the day.
Cloud and rain forecast for tomorrow, but the warming trend seems likely to (for the most part) continue.
The top area trees still have snow on them and they still look good, but with these conditions the next few days are surely going to see the end of them for the season.
Operating ski lifts at Zao (* subject to change):
Until 6th April: Onsen Number 1 Pair Onsen Number 1 Quad Nakamoro Number 1 Triple Mikaeri Pair
Sometime in April: Yokokura Number 1 Pair Kurohime Number 1 Quad
Until 6th May: Ropeways and Gondolas (open through the year) Chuo Number 1 Pair AB Chuo Number 2 Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then holidays) Katakai Triple (every day until 14th April, then holidays) Paradise Pair AB Utopia Number 2 Pair
Official snow depths (25th March 14): Utopia: 290cm Chuo: 260cm Paradise: 290cm Uwanodai: 180cm Read more ...
Tuesday 25th March 2014, 9:16am
Light cloud cover
The warm spring front continues and overnight and it did not freeze in the village. Weather conditions over the resort are clear with a very light layer of cloud blocking the sun from breaking through. Snow conditions will soften on the lower half of the mountain quickly this morning with the best snow being at higher elevations. If you haven't done it yet, it may be a good time to wax up for the spring conditions.
Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course. Read more ...
Tuesday 25th March 2014, 10:04am
Clear and sunny
Another nice, real spring day in Myoko!
Warm sun, white snow... not much more we need to say on a day like today, just get out and enjoy. Especially as we might have some rain tomorrow.
Akakura Kanko: 290cm Spring operations: Currently all lifts except Champion No. 1 are operating. From this weekend the Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out. Spring rates from March 24 are adults ¥2,500, junior high students and seniors ¥2,000, kids ¥1,500.
Akakura Onsen: 210cm Open until Sunday 30th March; no night skiing.
Ikenotaira: 190cm Planning to stay open until Sunday 6th April.
Myoko Suginohara: 180cm Back in the game until the 30th; gondola and No. 2 lifts operating.
Seki Onsen: 400cm Says it hopes to stay open until mid-May—at least for Golden Week, snow allowing.
Myoko Ski Park: 255cm Open until Sunday 6th April.
Myoko Kyukamura Runrun 280cm Closing Monday, March 31.
Tangram Ski Circus 160cm Running the No. 3 lift only from March 31 until April 6. Read more ...