Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017
Sunday 26th February 2012, 7:40am
Moderately heavy snow
The snow is back; there's at least 10cm of fresh at the base level (maybe more, but no sense overselling it, right?). Just right to get things nice and soft and less tracked out....
The forecast has the snow continuing through tomorrow, then a little sun. If we're lucky, we're moving towards a repeat of last year, with March even better than February for fresh snow (and we only had a little rain and snow this year in February, so no complaints).
Again, though, if you're heading offpiste, watch all this new snow on the hard layer below; it could get a little slidy. We've seen a lot of avalanche activity this year, but luckily no one has been involved in anything major (and let's keep it that way!).
No reports in yet today; figure all plus 10-20cm, or at least a nice layer of fresh for today's enjoyment.
Yesterday it was trying to snow for the most part during the day - sometimes succeeding and sometimes not (sleet and rain at times). It seems to have been just cloudy overnight but is actually snowing this morning with a sprinkling of snow on the ground and up top Kagura reporting 5-10cm of new snow and Naeba getting 2cm. It's a bit colder as well this morning so it feels a bit more like what it should be. So hopefully today will be a day of snow falling from the skies, bring it on please!
Right now it is -1 degrees in town. There's a slight to moderate wind in places though all resorts seem to be open as normal this morning.
It is looking likely that the skies will clear up again from Tuesday.
Good news in that there has been more snow overnight here. 10cm or so on the tops of cars and the resort is telling us that the slopes got 15-20cm or so of fresh snowfall since yesterday. All good news as we get back to more winter-like conditions after that mild spell. Keeping colder as well with -2 at the moment here and about -5 on the slopes.
It doesn't look like the snowy skies are going to continue for long though as after more snow on the forecast tomorrow, after that it looks set to clear up with sunny skies due on Tuesday followed by milder temperatures again Wednesday onwards. Not a whole lot of snowfall on the radar until then.
For now though, should be a very decent day out there.
Lifts currently operating: All lifts and courses plan to be open today Official snow depth: 285cm Read more ...
Sunday 26th February 2012, 10:43am
It is a little colder again this morning and I have another few cm or so to report in village, so hopefully upwards of 10cm or so on the slopes. The snow clouds have stopped their snowing thing though now and it is just cloudy. I can just about see the top of the resort from base at the moment but it's generally a kind of gloomy grey day. Snow is still on the forecast for today and tomorrow so hopefully we might get a bit more during the day.
From Tuesday onwards there isn't much snow on the forecast for the week and we might get back to feeling mild temps. out there.
Official snow depths (25th February 12) Utopia - 275cm Chuo - 210cm Paradise - 260cm Uwanodai - 175cm
Operating lifts (25th February 12) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating. All the runs at Zao are open. Read more ...
Sunday 26th February 2012, 10:57am
This morning we saw the beginning of the snow flurries we are expecting for the day. They should continue throughout the day with the occasional break. Temperatures have definitely dropped from yesterday - it feels colder - and we will see freezing levels below the valley level.
This morning we saw temperatures of -2 C in the valley with lows reaching -7 C and highs of 1 C perhaps a bit later on. Up on the resorts we are expecting a range of -2 C to -5 C at the lower lifts and -10 C to -12 C with a wind chill of -18 C on the upper lifts. The freezing level will remain below the valley level at 350m with light breezy wind from the NW and W.
3cm of snow has fallen since yesterday but will fall as drier snow throughout the day today. As the day progresses we are expecting perhaps another 3-5 cm or so falling today.
Monday should see light snow showers sporadically during the day and Tuesday we should see the sun again with beautiful clear skies. That's what the forecast is saying anyway. Not a whole lot of snow after that until at least the weekend with warmer temperatures expected again especially around Wednesday and Thursday. Let's ask whoever is in charge to keep the temperatures low!
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 26th February 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Just 1cm reported earlier this morning. All lifts operating. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 290cm; Toomi - 170cm; Iimori - 125cm
Hakuba 47: 47 were reporting 3cm of snowfall this morning. All courses and lifts open open. Official snow depth: Upper - 239cm Lower - 125cm
The snow continues to fall this morning with a similar feel to yesterday - just colder. The roads have that cover of hard-packed snow and it feels more wintery this morning. Again not a huge haul of new snow but perhaps 5-10cm on the hills. There's a bit of a wind as well this morning which is blowing it about a bit. Perhaps some more snow tomorrow but Tuesday looks like it should be one of those clear and sunny days. After that back to milder conditions Wednesday and Thursday and perhaps late in the week before we can expect more snow.
Good luck to the Shiga Kogen runners in the Tokyo Marathon today. And indeed everyone else!
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 26th February 2012 AM:
So in the end not a whole lot of snow to report from yesterday. Naeba is saying it got 2cm while Kagura is reporting 5-10cm of fresh snowfall since yesterday. It is about -3 degrees in Naeba now and still snowing - definitely colder than yesterday and less of a wind especially at base.
All lifts at Naeba are moving this morning and just the Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom courses are closed. Normal operations up at Kagura.
Earlier this morning it seems that part of Route 17 between Yuzawa town and Naeba was closed due to an accident in one of the tunnels around the Futai area near Tashiro. No doubt very frustrating if you are on the wrong end of that. I don't know any details of the accident - hopefully no-one was injured - but they seem to be hoping that they will get the road back open by noon.
UPDATE JUST IN >> reports coming in that the road is now in fact back open in both directions.
Resort Operations, 26th February (subject to change) Naeba: All open apart from Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom course. Kagura: Open as normal - top Kagura No5 lift now open. Official snow depths Naeba: 290cm Kagura: 380cm Read more ...
Sunday 26th February 2012, 11:36am
There was a decent snowfall overnight in Minakami last night with Tenjin reporting 10cms up there this morning. The snow is falling again this morning though lightly. Great conditions at all resorts today with everywhere having a few centimeters of fresh snow. There is not much wind and the temperatures are reasonably cold..
The forecast is for the light snow to continue for the next couple of days with the sun coming back on Tuesday. Temperatures are due to rise on Wednesday when the thaw will start again. Read more ...
Sunday 26th February 2012, 12:50pm
Snow and Strong Wind
It's a windy one out today! Lift operations are staying on the cautious side by slowing down operations to match the current conditions. Upwards of 10cm+ has fallen today, but the wind is blowing it around so hard that it's piling up in the strangest places, so while you might be hard-pressed to find some powder on the center of the runs today, you may very well find several good spots on the sides of the courses.
Winds are currently gusting about from 5-7 m/s, and unfortunately this should continue throughout the day. All in all, not top conditions, mostly due to that nasty wind in your face. Temperatures not to bad at -7 here at the noon hour. Be sure to wear something over your face to fight back that windchill effect! Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 26th February 2012, 16:00pm
Had to clear the driveway again in Nozawa today. It was snowing pretty heavy most of the morning with some big flakes floating from the sky. There were some pretty excited people around at breakfast this morning as the snow started to accumulate. The resort reported about 5cm overnight up top and another 15cm all over the resort top to bottom by lunchtime.
Yesterday was almost two different mountains top and bottom. With the temps a bit marginal down low was a bit slushy but up top was good. The mercury has shrunk down below zero now so should be nice conditions all over.
Last night was pretty special in town with the Lantern and Snowman festival there were some beautiful scenes at every corner and the kids were having a ball. Good vibe around the village too but most should leave later today.
Ahead this evening the snow should lighten but continue into tomorrow then a bluebird day is due on Tuesday.
Apologies for the report showing up late today - technical issues!
Woohoo! Some overnight snowfall! It was a pretty good amount too. The density is super low, meaning that light and dreamy powder snow is just waiting for skis to slash through it. There should be quite a bit up at the higher elevations. It doesn't look like it was windy last night so it will stick evenly. Yesterday we didn't quite see any snow, so this was a breath of fresh air.
The avalanche danger will be about the same as yesterday. The new snow wasn't really heavy enough to make a difference in the snowpack unless it was wind loaded which is highly unlikely. Today's visibility might not be the best so it is looking like tomorrow will be a good one to get out there and do some hiking. Plus, it will give the snowfall from today time to build up to make it even deeper.
We are supposed to see some snow today, but nobody is really sure how much. Numbers are ranging from 10cm-40cm today. It all depends how clouds develop. Somewhere on Hokkaido will be getting some major snow though. As for next week, it looks like it will be picking up in temperatures and clearing up a little.
I hope everyone gets a chance to ski some of this awesome snow!
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 410cm Bottom - 220cm