Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 18th March 2018
Saturday 26th December 2009, 7:03am
Hakuba received a light snowfall overnight of about 2cm. Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day in Hakuba, sunshine, hardly any wind and hardly anyone on the slopes!
Current conditions on the resorts will be mostly chopped and packed powder, hard pack and groomers. The powder of last week has really compacted over the past few days. As well as the sun yesterday really did a good job of melting any south facing slopes. Expect a melt freeze crust on any south facing aspects.
Still a great base for early season and with light snow expected over the week it should add to the already good conditions and push down some of those bushes still poking through.
Present avalanche conditions: Considerable (in the alpine) Considerable (in the tree line) Considerable (below tree line)
More settlement in the snowpack over the past few days have decreased the avalanche level from high to considerable. Still there is a good wind slab out there and leeward slopes will have inconsistent depths in the snowpack. South facing aspect will have had a lot of solar radiation and thus in afternoons will be softenin up, wet snow slides will be possible on these 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.
Yesterday it was wonderful weather for the most part with hardly a cloud in the sky and blue skies all around. Clouds moved in a bit later on in the day but people out there will have had a good Christmas day on the slopes. Conditions holding up pretty well, especially on higher resort areas.
This morning we were expecting cloud and perhaps rain/sleet but at the moment whilst it is cloudy, it's also dry. Nothing falling from the sky just as yet. The sun is out as welland it is fairly mild - right now it is 4 degrees with a high of around 7 forecast.
A mix of cloud/rain/sleet/snow over the next few days on the forecast with the very good news being that we can expect heavy snow over the new year.
Iwappara is fully open for the first time this season today and also up at Mt Naeba the Dragondola is open.
Yesterday turned out to be one of those fantastic days when we enjoy clear skies with the blue contrasting brilliantly with the white of the snowy mountains. It was a wonderful Christmas day for the people visiting Zao.
This morning there is more cloud around but the weateher is remaining generally fine.
The resort is now fully (completely, totally, fully!) open with all the lifts operating and all the runs open, and I would say we are enjoying some very fine snow conditions.
This morning it is not as cold as it has been and just 0 degrees in the village area. Lets hope it doesn't warm up much at all, we don't want the snow to be affected by warmth!
The next significant snowfall seems to be due around New Year.
After a very sunny and clear day yesterday for Christmas, it looks like we might be enjoying similar conditions today. The forecast for that we might get some light snow last night (it didn't happen) and for cloud today. While there is more cloud around than there was yesterday, the sun is out as I type this, I can see a fair bit of blue sky and it is noticeably warmer this morning as well... hovering around the 0 degree point at the moment which is very mild for a late December Shiga Kogen!
Snow conditions? We're doing good, though there's still some rather thin looking bare patches around as of course the snow isn't too deep just as yet.
The forecast is for mixed conditions over the next few days, but likely that the next decent snowfall will be with us around the end of the week over New Year.
In the meantime today marks the start of holidays for some people and so we can expect more people to be out and about. After that, a further increase will be around 29th for the New Year holidays.
Official resort snow depths as of 26th December 09:
Brilliant skies yesterday and a fine weather show for Christmas Day. The slopes weren't crowded either... with New Year fast approaching now though expect things to get busier.
Fairly strong winds early on was preventing Tashiro to open as normal but they are expected to calm down and things should get back to normal later this morning.
This morning the sun is still with us, though there is more cloud around than there was yesterday. It is also warmer than it was and right now the temperature in village is rising just above the freezing mark and will likely rise a bit more.
From today the Dragondola is operating, as is the Mt Naeba Shuttle Bus.
It's the day after Christmas but there is no new snow to report this morning. It is mostly sunny and unfortunately quite warm. The snow condition at the top is still holding quite well but may begin to melt today and ice up over night. The base depths are 100cm at Yamabiko and Uenotaira.
The outlook is still for light snow today but as yet it hasn't arrived. Tomorrow is looking sunny.
Christmas passed with pretty warm weather for this time of year. It was blue skies all day and instead of snow falling we had the constant drip of melting snow down in the valley. Temperatures were slightly colder up in the resort so the snow condition remained good.
Today is slightly colder as the cloud stayed in until mid-morning with the sun just coming out now. It looks as if it will be blue skies for the rest of the day and temperatures likely to stay on the warm side for the next few days, though the blue skies are set to disappear on Monday and Tuesday - temperatures will dictate what falls. Read more ...
Saturday 26th December 2009, 10:49am
Cloudy with increasing winds
Yesterday remained mostly sunny and the clear skies continued through much of the night. This allowed the temperature to get down to -17 degrees in the valley in the very early hours of the morning. This morning though the winds and cloud have been increasing and temperatures rising quickly as the warm front approaches. Within the next hour or two the front should hit and we can expect quite a lot of snow to accompany it. The milder air behind the front is expected to push the temperature up to near freezing so it will not be the driest of snow at village level. For much of the next week we can expect snowfalls to continue but also temperatures remaining a little mild, getting up near or even slightly above freezing at the base most days. Hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas. Got what you wanted from Santa and ate more than you should have. As well as skied powder in perfect sunshine like we got to in Niseko!
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 180cm Bottom - 110cm
Niseko Village: Top - 190cm Bottom - 120cm
Annupuri: Top - 195cm Bottom - 130cm
Niseko Avalanche Info No.11
-9C, no new snowfall. The Sea of Japan is calm with mild westerly wind and small wind chops. There are no new development of snowdrift and no notable instability in the snow accumulation. The avalanche risk is low today. However, the weather will turn to a storm later today due to an approaching Low. Beware of the weather transitions. Most avalanche accidents happen during or just after storms. Gate 5 (Hanazono) has opened yesterday, Gate 4 (Fujiwara) may open today depending on snow conditions. The peak gates should open within a week. One track left under the rope induces many people to do the same, and as a result, rises the possibility of accidents to happen. The Niseko Rules are required to keep the freedom and the safety of out of bounds riding. Trust the ski patrol’s instructions. Today’s groomers condition is beautiful. Read more ...
Saturday 26th December 2009, 11:58am
Sunny and clear
The ongoing sunny weather is bringing down the snow levels. It's fair again today, although it's gray and cloudy over Myoko—maybe some of the promised snow will fall later in the day(?). It seems pretty warm out there, though...
Most areas have all or most of their lifts operating; just need some more snow to make sure it's a fun New Year.
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: All lifts open.
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
Tangram: Lift Nos. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Operations 8:30 to 6.
After a bone-chilling -23 degree morning, cold enough to bring on the Diamond Dust phenomenon that makes Hokkaido particularly charming during the long winter nights, the clear skies have given way to heavy clouds and a bit of a break from the bitter cold. Things have warmed up rather nicely to a balmy -5 with an approaching front to the south promising to bring a fresh layer of snow along with it. Unfortunately it has also brought a stiff south-westerly wind blowing at a brisk 5m/s, carving away the precious fresh powder from the middle of the slopes and stowing it away on the sides of the runs and on the courses fortunate enough to have decent tree cover.
I was up there this morning on the Kitanomine Zone, and it was like glass in a few patches, but hopefully in an hour or so it will start snowing and give us winter weather enthusiasts something to bite our skis or boards into, respectively. Night Skiing started in the Kitanomine Zone yesterday, and I for one am looking forward to the extra string of illumination running down the mountainside, because it looks so nice from the town below. Read more ...