Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 23rd November 2014

Furano Now!

Monday 27th January 2014, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 180cm
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.

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Operating lifts:
Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-3:40pm
Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-8:00pm
Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-3:40pm

Link Lift 9:00am-3:40pm

Furano Ropeway 8:30am-3:40pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00am-8:00pm
Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-3:40pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-3:40pm
Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm

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Hakuba Now!

Monday 27th January 2014, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy for the moment
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 160cm
The mountains remained shrouded in cloud for the day yesterday and it was snowing during nighta last night. This morning though perhaps less than I was expecting.

This morning Cortina wins the most new snow contest, reporting 25-30cm of fresh while others around Hakuba are reporting 1-7cm as noted in the list below.

A lovely sunrise this morning but there's lots of cloud around even though some local forecasts tell us now that today should be sunny. The sun does seem to be trying and may well break through.

I'm happy to report it was a cold night down to minus 8 degrees and today it might rise to around zero down at village level.

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Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 27th January 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 3cm of new at Iimori, 7cm at Toomi and 3cm on upper slopes.
Upper - 280cm
Toomi - 160cm
Iimori - 140cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 5cm of new snowfall at base and 5cm on upper areas.
Upper - 260cm
Lower - 100cm

Happo-one:
Usagidaira - 245cm
Nakiyama - 80cm
Sakka - 100cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 205cm
Lower - 70cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 310cm
Maruyama - 150cm
Kanenonaruoka - 150cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 25-30cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 325cm
Lower - 175cm

Hakuba Minekata:
60cm   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 27th January 2014, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: 155cm
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.

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Monday 27th January 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 285cm
Uenotaira - 245cm
Hikage - 155cm
Nagasaka - 150cm
Karasawa - 110cm

Lifts
All lifts operating except:
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B

Courses
All courses open except:
Kandahar East   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Monday 27th January 2014, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 180cm
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.

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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.

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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 375cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 330cm
Base - 220cm

Annupuri:
Top - 280cm
Base - 200cm   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Monday 27th January 2014, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Clouds cleared and now blue skies
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: 190cm
It is a very fine morning from Madarao Kogen.

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!

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Operating lifts:

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

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All tree run courses should be open.

Nighta every Saturday night until 22nd March.   Read more ...
 

Rusutsu Now!

Monday 27th January 2014, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, sun at times
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 350cm
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.

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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

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Official snow depths:
Isola - 350 cm Isola
East - 300 cm
West - 300 cm
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Yuzawa Now!

Monday 27th January 2014, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 180cm
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.

So should be a good day out on the slopes today.

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Official resort snow depths @ Monday 27th January 2014, AM:
Naeba:
190cm
Kagura (Tashiro):
260cm
Kagura (Mitsumata):
310cm
NASPA Ski Garden:
225cm
Gala Yuzawa:
300cm
Iwappara:
180cm
Yuzawa Kogen:
270cm
Yuzawa Nakazato:
160cm
Yuzawa Park:
170cm
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Maiko Snow Resort:
280cm
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
250cm
Joetsu Kokusai:
220cm   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Monday 27th January 2014, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 190cm
The day ended up with some fairly wild conditions yesterday - enough to have the night time "light up" cancelled unfortunately.

Just a few cm outside this morning though I'm sure there will be more on the mountain.... the wind was really blowing it about.

It's calmer this morning, -7 degrees, light wind, lots of cloud but kind of bright at the same time.

Snow showers on and off forecast for the next few days. Strong winds likely tomorrow. Next decent snowfall due around Friday.

Have a good day!

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Official snow depths (27th January 14):
Utopia: 245cm
Chuo: 190cm
Paradise: 225cm
Uwanodai: 135cm

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 27th January 2014, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 140cm
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.

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Official snow depth data, as of Monday 27th January 2014, 9am):

Sun Valley:
140cm

Maruike:
140cm

Hasuike:
140cm

Giant:
140cm

Higashitateyama:
140cm

Hoppo Bundaira:
140cm

Takamagahara Mammoth:
150cm

Nishitateyama:
140cm

Ichinose Family:
150cm

Terakoya:
160cm

Ichinose Diamond:
150cm

Yakebitaiyama:
180cm

Okushiga Kogen:
170cm

Kumanoyu (skiers only):
165cm

Yokoteyama:
170cm   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Monday 27th January 2014, 11:10am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 230cm
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).

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Official info:

Akakura Kanko:
230cm

Akakura Onsen:
220cm

Ikenotaira:
200cm

Myoko Suginohara:
200cm

Seki Onsen:
380cm

Myoko Ski Park:
245cm

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun
250cm

Madarao
200cm

Tangram Ski Circus
190cm    Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Myoko Now
23rd Nov, 19:19pm
Kiroro Now
23rd Nov, 15:38pm
Hakuba Now
23rd Nov, 9:57am
Nozawa Onsen Now
23rd Nov, 9:54
Niseko Now
23rd Nov, 9:23
Yuzawa Now
23rd Nov, 9:21
Rusutsu Now
20th Nov, 9:50
Madarao Now
18th Nov, 11:57
Shiga Kogen Now
18th Nov, 11:34
Zao Now
18th Nov, 11:10
Furano Now
15th Nov, 17:14am
Minakami Now
06th May, 10:21
Mt Naeba Now
20th Nov, 13:31

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