Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 20th December 2014
Monday 27th January 2014, 8:22am
It is a return to good weather after a marginal weekend or warm temperatures and windy conditions that saw the slopes soften up and refreeze to a frosty finish.
There has been 20cm of new snow accumulate in the village since yesterday and the snow radar is looking very encouraging with snow forecast right throughout the remainder of the week with the heaviest falls for tomorrow morning through midday.
Weather is sunny at the moment but clouds will roll over the tops later in the day.
Happily, it turned into snow soon enough and we were left with a few new cm by the end of the day.
More snow overnight in Nozawa with around 10cm across the mountain, from base areas to top so there should be a nice new layer for those making up for first tracks this morning. I'm glad to report a return to colder conditions as well which is of course great.
The light snow early this morning is due to clear up leaving us with a mostly cloudy day maybe some sun. Tomorrow should start off sunny as well.
Back to a Monday weekday, so less busy once again.
Lots of snow to report this morning from the snowy and windy day that we had here yesterday. There was 15cm outside my place this morning though as you can see on the Avalanche Report below they are saying 25-30cm. Definitely more than the 15cm that I have fell anyway. Which of course means that this morning there should be some very agreeable conditions to be found out there.
Cloudy with light snow falling at the moment and just a light wind. Even some signs of the sun trying to peep through cloud in some places though the forecast is for cloud and sometime snow showers.
Forecast for the week ahead is looking good at the moment with regular snow now lined up to the weekend. Might get a bit warmer around Thursday so need to keep an eye on that.
It is of course a weekend but as I mentioned it is a busy period for Niseko with people celebrating the upcoming Chinese New Year arriving in numbers.
Have fun everyone.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -10C, 25cm new snow in the last 12hrs, snow drift development. Moiwa 800m: -13C, wind N10m/s, 30cm new snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -11C, wind W10m/s, major snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: no data. Annupuri peak 1308m: -17.3C, wind NNW12.1m/s, wind predicted to be WSW18m/s at noon. Cape Benkei: N9m/s, Cape Kamui: N8m/s, wave 2.4m, pressure 1020hPa.
As low pressure system passed driving wind and snow from the North cause rapid snowdrift development. Wind is dropping at 1000m elevation, however from snowfall observation and data avalanche risk remains High. Gates 2,3,4 will be closed, others yet to be decided. Please respect the Patrols decisions. Potential fracture layer is expected to be Jan 25-26 layer and scale approx 80cm. Steep temperature gradient and pre-low pressure snowfall combine to make the snowdrifts unstable and easily collapse. Beware loose snow avalanche , avoid open steep slopes, leeward cornice slopes, knolls. It is dangerous to stop at the bottom or in gullies to take pictures from below. Avalanches always come from above. Snow in the trees is wind effected, but still good. Have a safe day. Dont duck Ropes.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
Oh yes, not only have the clouds from earlier on and it is now lovely blue skies over the mountain, but we have a lot of fresh new snow to play in this morning as well. The resort are reporting 40-50cm on the mountain.
Strong winds overnight meaning the snow has blown into those tree areas. The powder Tree Run courses should be particularly good this morning.
Should be a top day. Wrap up well and enjoy!
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
The mild weather in the morning changed drastically in the afternoon. Winds got really strong, breaking a lot of smaller branches, several lifts were put on hold several times. It started snowing later in the afternoon, and snow got heavy in the evening, which together with strong winds result in close to zero visibility.
It's quiet and mostly cloudy at the moment but the sun is trying to show from time to time. There's around 10cm of fresh snow at the moment so it should be a lovely day on the slopes today.
We expect another snow storm over the coming night with a good amount of snow and stronger winds. The wind should ease by tomorrow noon but snow will continue falling throughout the day.
Lifts operating: West: All lifts operating East: All lifts operating apart from Across No 1 pair Isola: All lifts operating apart from Izola No 5 pair
Official snow depths: Isola - 350 cm Isola East - 300 cm West - 300 cm Read more ...
Monday 27th January 2014, 9:20am
The rain continued during the morning yesterday at town level, though it was snowing on the mountain depending on where you were of course. In the afternoon though it was snowing in town as well which was good to see. By night time it was actually snowing quite heavily at times and a strong wind blowing it about as well. I moved 10cm of snow off my car at 9pm last night and this morning there's another 15cm. So that's 25cm since yesterday afternoon.
Resorts around the valley are reporting similar numbers, 20-30cm, and with the high up Kagura reporting 30cm of new snowfall.
It is still snowing here this morning though the forecast has the snow clouds clearing up. Leaving us with either just cloud or perhaps even some sun later on in the day. Certainly looks like a clearing up might happen. Happily, after that mild start, temperatures dropped yesterday afternoon and remain below zero this morning. It was -5C at 9am.
Blue skies over Shiga Kogen this morning, with the clouds maybe clearing up sooner than we expected them to.
But we did have a bit of a wild night with snow coming down and strong winds. It's much calmer now though.
I was just over at Ichinose and saw hundreds of ski school students warming up which certainly was a sight. Wouldn't like to be queueing up behind all them! Fairly easy to avoid though and lots to choose from here.
OK back to conditions. New snow refresh and nice weather means it should be a very good morning here. Looks like we might see quite a bit of sun over the next few days.
Official snow depth data, as of Monday 27th January 2014, 9am):
After a good day of snowfall, and some pretty strong winds, things quieted down this morning for a beautiful, sunny day and just great snow.
Faithful readers will know I like it better when it's snowing, but today it's just perfect on the slopes: soft, sparkly snow, trees loaded with fresh white, a warm sun and a temperature staying in the minus. This could convince me that bluebird days are as good as many people say (of course, we will need more powder again soon....).
The official snow reports are still all over the place; I think Akakura Onsen is the closest to reality with 30cm (I've complained to the town about late/incomplete reports; the ski areas are submitting and putting on their own websites, but it's nice to have them in one place. And early in the morning, too).