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Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 26th March 2010, 8:11am
A beautiful snowy morning here in Nozawa. Snow fell consistently since yesterday and as such there has been a 20cm increase in the base depths on the mountain. Visibility is Average, and the temperature at the summit is -6C. There is a 10km/h south-westerly wind blowing.
The outlook is for snow to continue to fall steadily until Tuesday. Temperatures will remain low.
Hakuba is presently sitting under cloudy skies and it is snowing very lightly. It doesn't look like the snow is going to get any heavier, so don't expect too much in the way of fresh powder on the lower slopes especially. Not much down low but there will have been more at higher elevations. It is expected to continue to be in the minus range and keep snowing all day and probably also into the weekend.
Conditions on the hill will be soft and slushy at the bottoms, harder and firmer conditions above 1500m and groomed conditions on green slopes. Even some good turns in the trees were reported yesterday.
Still there is very good coverage top to bottom and virtually nobody on the hills so it is all to yourself!
After the rain that we saw yesterday in town, there has been a slight dusting of snow in town overnight. More on the mountainside though with Kagura reporting 10cm of fresh snow. That will surely be the most of any resort so expect somewhere between 1cm-10cm on the resorts around town.
Right now it is 0 degrees in town with lots of low cloud and light snow falling higher up.
We can expect the chance of light snow from now through the weekend according to the latest local forecast.
We have 10cm or so of fresh snow to report this morning in Shiga Kogen!
It is snowing lightly in the Maruike area at the moment, but cloudy in other parts and the forecast for the day is cloud with snow at times. Temperatures are staying low and will do until early next week and we can expect a good chance of fresh sprinklings of snow over the next few days as well.
For the end of March, conditions - spring as they are - are good and the regular new snowfall is welcome. Come Tuesday and Wednesday, things should warm up with a few days of fine weather lined up.
A classic Furano day today. It is currently snowing with blue sky and sunshine - I kid you not. There has been 7cm of snow in the village over night, and it is beautiful light Furano powder - not a hint of wetness at all. There is a little broken low cloud on the upper mountain but it is lifting and all but gone as I write this.
Tonight and tomorrow are the last nights of night skiing for the season. It is now just about April, and the ski area is in amazing condition and we are still experiencing true powder days - it has been a good season and it is far from over yet. Read more ...
Friday 26th March 2010, 9:16am
Light snow, cloud
The same conditions continued yesterday, with more snow overnight and the Kagura resort reporting 10cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes this morning. That will be less lower down on the mountain area with just a sprinkling in the Mitsumata village. Naeba has seen a few cm.
It's a cold morning too. -2 in Naeba village are, -7 at the top of the mountain and -5 at Kagura. With these cold temperatures and the new snowfall, conditions will be pretty good out there this morning.
Snowy conditions should continue through the weekend - nothing heavy - until early next week followed by some finer weather and warmer temperatures around Tuesday/Wednesday.
All resort areas appear to be open as planned this morning.
The sun's out at the moment but it is still a bit chilly, and yesterday's snow is still on the ground thanks to the colder temperatures last night. With more cold temperatures due today there is a good chance of some snow in the resorts both tonight and tomorrow.
Yesterday's snow was pretty wet and alternated with sleet and rain throughout the day but the resorts received a few more centimetres throughout the day but it was pretty heavy.
There was some light snow early this morning but it didn't amount to much and the clouds soon moved on.
The weekend looks good at the moment with the possibility of snow overnight on Friday and Saturday which should leave the slopes in great condition.
Just 1cm or so of snow in Zao since last nights report. It's keeping cold, currently -3 degees, but right now it is just cloudy in Zao with a slight wind. Up at the top of the mountain, the resort is reporting a temperature of -9 degrees, so winter-like coldness going on up there.
We can perhaps expect somelight snowfall again later today and into tomorrow morning and then more Sunday into Monday as the colder temperatures continue. Around Tuesday it will likely get milder and there's a good chance of clearer skies with the warmer weather.
So for the weekened it looks like cloud and snow showers at times. Have a good one!
A bit of fresh snow overnight and this morning there are continuing snow showers with the sun poking through now and again. Temperatures are pretty cool and the snow that fell is reasonable quality. Winds are fairly strong up high and there's been drifting on lee slopes which is where the best snow will be found. The exposed ridges up high are stripped back to solid ice in the bowls and down in the trees some nice turns can be found. The snow should intensify later today and overnight hopefully setting us up for some very nice late season conditions for the weekend.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 330 Bottom - 170
Niseko Village: Top - 335 Bottom - 140
Annupuri: Top - 345 Bottom - 200
Avalanche Information: (Information as of this morning)
Niseko Avalanche Info No. 101
Moiwa base 6am: -5℃, slight snowfall, 5cm of newly formed snowdrift from 5am due to the wind picking up. Coastal data: W14m/s Benkei cape, WNW9m/s, 0.9m waves and 1007hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak 6am: WNW18.2m/s and picking up. The atmospheric pressure gradient is temporarily steepening, making a NW wind to pick up. Snowdrifts are starting to develop in SE facing slopes above 800m, such as Mikaeri no sawa, Osawa, Backbowl and Higashi-one. A shallow (less than 20cm) slab avalanche is to be considered in high altitude cornice slopes, steep leeward faces and knolls. The mountain is back to winter and shallow powder snow can be found in some spots. The snow above 1000m is hard pack/icy and a thin layer of fresh snow is scattered about on the surface. Be careful not to hit ice blocks or frozen tracks. The snow in low altitude tree-runs and wind-protected slopes is good, but refrain from skiing all the way down to the bottom. Avalanches happen when various conditions come together, and many other dangers are also lurking in winter mountains. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30am. Listen to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of bounds. ...Where is the Spring gone? Read more ...
Friday 26th March 2010, 11:53am
Snow! There is this feeling of deja vu going on; is this March, or is it December? You think it's spring, and then real snow starts falling.
Temperatures are down this week, and the forecast is for more snow through the weekend. It's not super-cold, of course; temperatures are around 0°C. One caution outside the areas is for the cracks, broken snow bridges over streams, etc., that are now covered by fresh snow. A little care, and there are lots of places to enjoy some good solid powder.