Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017
Wednesday 26th February 2014, 7:50am
Clear and sunny
It's another mostly clear and sunny morning here in Niseko. Calm, sunny, blue skies. Unfortunately as expected of course no fresh snow to play in this morning. Temperatures due to rise to low positive numbers today.
More sun probable tomorrow too - and even warmer conditions forecast. How about a high of +6C forecast for Kutchan town tomorrow... nooooo!
Enough sun already? Yes, me too. Maybe some fresh snow on overnight Thursday into Friday? Or maybe over the weekend or early next week. Hmmm. At least there's no rain forecast for the moment! It's unclear, but after the warm up which will hopefully (surely.. please..) peak tomorrow, then we are due to get back to colder temperatures.
Well anyway, we get slightly grumpy when the fresh snow isn't on tap as we expect and perhaps we shouldn't. There's still lots of fun to have. It's just not as fun as deep fresh powder. Obviously! Until tomorrow - put that sunscreen on today though.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -7C, no snowfall, bluebird. Moiwa 800m: -7C, calm, bluebird and no snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: n/a. Hirafu 1000m: -7C, no snowfall. Peak 1308m: N11.6m/s, -10.3C. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNE2m/s, Kamui cape S2m/s, 0.5m waves, 1028hPa.
A moving High is covering the area, resulting in a bluebird morning. The avalanche risk is low above 800m. Peak gates will open from the morning. The Mizuno no Sawa program has ended yesterday, however avalanche control will continue for another while. Do not duck ropes to enter the area. Also remember to keep off from Yu no Sawa and Haru no Taki strictly off-limits areas. Full-depth avalanche hazard is rising in south facing steep slopes below 800m. The mountain is tracked out but it’s good to be out in the sun. The snow gets good in south facing bowls in the afternoon and in the trees. The groomers are hard in the morning. Beware of overspeeding, falling and hitting obstacles. Have a nice day. ---
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
It's already just over zero and going to warm further today. The sun is out and we have blue skies over Madarao Kogen. Sunscreen, sunglasses and one less layer than usual is called for today I reckon, and also tomorrow too as we expect similar conditions - perhaps more cloud and even the possibility of rainfall but the warmth will remain. If we are lucky it might cool down enough for a sprinkling of snow but back to clearer conditions for Saturday.
All feels a bit 'spring' just now.
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
Sun. Cold start but warming up fast and already there's some snow melting making the roads a bit wet outside. Going to be an unseasonably warm few days and I hope it might get colder before we hit the weekend.
Official snow depth data, as of Wednesday 26th February 2014):
A few cm of snow during the day on the slopes here and there, but no resorts reporting any this morning. And we are back to sun and blue skies this morning. Getting a bit overcast as the day progresses and warming up from a cold overnight to perhaps as warm as +9 degrees here in the village. That's one big swing.
Tomorrow clouds should be back tomorrow and in the afternoon something should be falling from the skies. With temperatures of +5 forecast, I'm guessing rain in the village but hopefully it will be snowing higher up where it matters most.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 26th February 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 280cm Toomi - 175cm Iimori - 150cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 250cm Lower - 90cm
Happo-one: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Usagidaira - 240cm Nakiyama - 90cm Sakka - 100cm
1pm report today. Hold on, let me take off my jacket... there, that's better.
Yes, it's warm. Way too warm.
+7C down here in the village and the resort has posted that it's +5C even up on Yamabiko.
Today it feels more like late March than late February. It is sunny though somewhat hazy in some directions.
It is very probably going to be similarly warm tomorrow (though more cloudy than sunny if the forecast is to be believed). Rain even late on tomorrow? Forecasts seem confused.
As you might expect the warm conditions are not exactly helping snow conditions and they also feel rather spring like today and will of course tomorrow too. Best conditions found higher up.
Sorry I can't sound more excited at the moment. There comes a time in a season when you need to accept that it's becoming spring but I don't feel quite ready for that. So let's take a look at the forecast. It should be getting colder again as we get into early next week. We'll keep an eye on that.
Good afternoon and sorry for the late report(s) today - work on the server.
It has been a bright day so far and overcast blue skies. Right at the moment it's odd in that it's almost hard to make out the mountains - it's very hazy. We don't use that word in winter really, it's more of a spring word.
Of more concern is the temperature and at the moment it is over 6 degrees and likely to warm up a bit more still. Melt in progress. Tomorrow is not going to help either as it's also due to be warm but cloud rather than sun.... and the chance of rain too. Talking of which, we did get rained on for a bit yesterday. Sorry, had to mention it.
So a warm patch again and we're hoping that we'll pull through and out of it by the weekend.
Today is pretty much a repeat of yesterday's great weather. There is no wind and clear conditions. The day started off with cold temperatures but those cold temps rose quickly as the morning set in and have continued to melt the snow pack in the village.
Most roads in town have burned through to the seal for the first time in months. Slope conditions are still generally good with the lower slopes getting a little heavy in the mid day sun. There is new snow forecast for the weekend, the refresh would be good.