Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Thursday 27th February 2014, 8:12am
Yesterday I mentioned that it was very hazy. Turns out that this was making the news - it wasn't normal haze but the effects of (particulate matter) PM2.5 pollution. As I know next to nothing about this subject, I'll let you go and check up on it but it's not a good thing. There have been warnings for people not to go outside if they can avoid it or exert themselves outside. I have even heard that some ski resorts in Niigata (in the north of the prefecture, not around here as far as I know) were warning people outside of that very message. All very concerning and odd.
One thing's for sure, it certainly looked eerie yesterday afternoon.
This morning it is cloudy here and so perhaps more difficult to tell, though it does look hazy once again. Quite how this will play out I don't know but ski resorts don't seem to be mentioning anything of it and are all open as normal.
OK back to yesterday again - it was warm. Highs of around +8 degrees so a fair bit of melting going on. Today a similar high is forecast and it is already around +6 degrees, but we also have rain later on due. Which might be good for that 2.5PM stuff according to reports on the news this morning. (Again, sorry I'm not in a position to properly comment on that as it's all new to me but you can find information online if interested to read more).
Onto the subject of snow and when can expect fresh conditions. Well, there's not a whole lot on the weekly forecast at the moment. There seems to be more chance of rain over the next few days and then clearer conditions are expected early next week.
This has to be one of the strangest reports we've had to post. Sorry about that, but got to report it. Hopefully it won't be happening much!
After the warmth of yesterday and that haze that I mentioned in the report yesterday (which it turns out is due to PM2.5 air pollution, of which presently I know little - just that it isn't a good thing), it's cloudy this morning. It's not supposed to get quite as warm today and later on we are told to expect rain/sleet/hopefully snow higher up.
So it is the last day of February tomorrow. It has been an odd month, that's for sure. Some amazing days out on the mountain mixed in with the average and dry periods, and finishing off with this hazy thing going on.
The beginning of March isn't looking like much snow due as the forecasts stand now though it should be a bit colder especially up on the upper part of the mountain.
Good morning from the Niseko area. And it's more of the same this morning. The sun is out and blue skies. Hazy towards Yotei (is it still there?!), though I don't know if this has anything to do with the less-than-friendly haze that has been affecting many parts of the main island of Japan since yesterday.
Temperatures down to minus ten overnight and currently around -3 but that will again climb quite quickly into low positive numbers as we warm up.
Chance of a bit of snow overnight into tomorrow? Perhaps. And is that a return to colder temperatures and snowfall I see on the forecast for early next week? Looks like it might be. Onegai shimasu.
Without any fresh for a number of days now and these warmer conditions, we are all tracked out now and need that new snowfall. Refresh please!
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -6C, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: no data. Annupuri 1150m: mild wind, -7C, no snowfall and bluebird, snowpack 315cm at 1000m altitude. Hirafu 1000m: -6C, no snowfall. Peak 1308m: W7.6m/s, -4.5C. Coastal data: Benkei cape S5m/s, Kamui cape SSW11m/s, 0.8m waves, 1022hPa.
Another calm morning under predominant high-pressure system. Warm air is flowing in from the south, making the temperature rise from the morning. Peak gates will open from the morning. Beware of cornice falls or falling into cracks. Spring climax avalanche hazard is rising in south facing steep slopes under 800m. Slopes with cracks, but without wrinkles below are signs of dangers. Those full-depth slides in Niseko are extremely fast and devastating. Too many poachers are sneaking into Haru no Taki strictly off-limits areas to seek fresh tracks. They will have their lift passes confiscated and will be banned from Niseko resorts forever.
The freedom to ride out of bounds in Niseko is barely protected by the Niseko Rules. These rules have been set out of necessity from past bitter experiences and are the foundation to let people freely ride the fresh snow in the out of bounds areas. Reglecting the Rules is absolutely not tolerable. The snow is hard and icy during the morning, watch your speed and remain in control. Have a nice day.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
Beautiful clear skies yesterday once the clouds cleared.
This morning nice start to the day again but looks like it will be clouding over. It's warm too this morning and already into positive numbers. Later on we are expecting something to be falling from the skies - hopefully it will be snow at least higher up but there's a good chance it will be rain here in the village.
After that, there's really very little sign of snowfall on the weekly forecast, though it should be getting a bit colder again early week. I think that going into March we can only be expecting increasingly spring-like conditions though until we get a refresh.
Official snow depths (27th February 14): Utopia: 310cm Chuo: 260cm Paradise: 300cm Uwanodai: 185cm Read more ...
Thursday 27th February 2014, 9:01am
After the very warm day yesterday - temperatures hitting 10 degrees in the afternoon - and a mild overnight, it's not quite as warm this morning.... around +1C at 9am with a high of around +5C forecast for the village later on and we might get some rain today as well (hopefully that will be snow at higher elevations).
Yesterday may well have been the peak of the warmth for the moment but we are expecting the milder temperatures to continue at least into early week. I wish I could but I can't say there's a whole lot of snow on the forecast for the coming week either.
Spring-like snow conditions at the moment, especially on lower slopes, so come expecting those and there's of course fun to be had out there. It goes out saying that we would all like a new refresh to get things kicking again.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 27th February 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 275cm Toomi - 175cm Iimori - 150cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 240cm Lower - 80cm
Happo-one: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Usagidaira - 235cm Nakiyama - 85cm Sakka - 90cm
More warmth this morning after a decidedly mild overnight. No new snow of course but it is more cloudy this morning and we are due... some rain today.
It's not the best way to end the month which has been a real mixed bag for sure. We are looking at colder days from early in the week, though there isn't a huge dump of freshies lined up on the forecast as it is at the moment either. We will surely be getting more snow, but for the moment we are stuck in a spring-like groove.
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
Clouds above and not quite as warm as yesterday but it's still very mild. There was actually a bit of light snow falling in some parts earlier but that has cleared up now as it has got a bit warmer. Later on we are told to expect the chance of rain, though obviously hoping that won't happen.
Nothing more than the chance of the odd snow shower here and there Friday and Saturday, I wouldn't expect much from that. Once we get past today though it will be colder again.
Official snow depth data, as of Thursday 27th February 2014):
It's influenza season in Myoko; not for your writer, luckily, but for everyone around him. So people must be driven to hospitals, rather than sitting down to write a snow report...
....Besides which, the situation is not so great today, with a big cloud looking over neighboring Mt. Kurohime (a common sign of rain on the way). And it has sprinkled very lightly now and again, although we've also seen some blue skies breaking through once in a while.
It's warm and windy as well, so the snowpack is disappearing once again before our eyes. I must say it: blech.