Thursday was the first day this week we didn't get a lot of sunshine. The skies were cloudy most of the day with visibility ranging from average to poor, depending how high up the mountain you ventured. There was a light dusting of snow in the late afternoon, but I'm still waiting for a fairly deep low that should begin to move over us in about 36 hours (Saturday).
By late Sunday we should be getting some nice cold air and precipitation too. If we don't, I'm going to bust an aneurysm.
The avalanche report also suggests some pre-frontal warm wind will cause a bit of melting and hazards for those seeking cliff drops or steeper off-piste/out-of-resort thrills. Number 3 Annupuri gate is also officially opening today which will offer up some nice terrain.
Glum Grey skies are cloaking the area this morning. Now a Blue sky turning to Grey over-night around these parts usually means something other than misery - it means snow. So let's hope so. BUT, it's hard to believe right now what with a freezing start to the day at -3 in the village - that there may be a temperature spike looming into the area over-night tonight which may cause an undesired effect of rain. Shame.
However. Reversing back to the snow side again - there ARE mutterings and twittering's filtering through from the long range weather fore-cast of a big dump coming through over New Year's Eve. This is only being mentioned here as there are further rumours of potential Shinkansen cancellations and people being stranded - So watch out. Looking at the satellite pictures tells us that it may be true, but who knows? This is all just peoples speculation.
So, Gondola No2 is open this morning along with the Dragondola and normal operations at Kagura, Mitsumata, Tashiro and Asagai. Asagai has seen some dressing of the kickers (Jumps) recently, with snow being shipped in by truck over the last few days. Read more ...
Friday 28th December 2007, 10:14am
Good morning from Yuzawa, where things early on are looking quite similar to how they were yesterday - though there is more cloud today. (Yesterday ended up being a very fine blue sky day with very mild temperatures). The sun is out again this morning and it might get to be as warm as 10 degrees around noon.
Rain clouds look set to move in later today though and we have rain forecast for most of tomorrow at town level and with the current forecast temperature tomorrow it looks unlikely that it will be snowing... we can only hope. There is a better chance of snow higher up the mountains of course. Strong winds as well tomorroe morning so looks like it won't be the best day to be out there.
The snow is still lined up for Sunday and there is a good chance that it will snowy conditions through the week. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Friday 28th December 2007, 10:19am
It's a cloudy start to the day this morning with mild temperatures once again - spot on 0 degrees outside here at the moment.
No new snow to report, but it is looking like the snow will start tonight or tomorrow. Hopefully we will avoid rain and it will get straight into snow, so lets hope for those temperatures to drop enough...
For the New Year period lots of the nighta areas will be open and today the following nighta will be open:
- Mammoth - Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamon - Kumanoyu Read more ...
Friday 28th December 2007, 10:42am
clear with clouds rolling in
Yesterday`s sunny skies have cloudied up today, with the week-long snows scheduled to arrive this evening. There will be excellent snowboarding and skiing this weekend. I especially recommend Sunday for powdery conditions as the temps are expected to continue dropping over the next few days.
Today, however, is a different animal altogether, and although the vis is good, the snow quality is rather crispy.
Today`s pick is the top of Suginohara and/or Seki Onsen.
Late report today as we waited to see how the day would turn. High cloud this morning obscured above around 2000m and the precipitation that was forecast for Hakuba this weekend has come bringing snow above around 1500m.
Winds from the South-West, a big low coming in, and temperatures of -1 at present set to begin dropping over tomorrow and especially from Sunday means the New Year could see a much-needed decent snowfall...
Backcountry Travel Advisory:
Weather rolling in today and snow starting to fall up top...visibility will be limited and conditions could turn extreme quickly. Exercise extreme caution if heading back country today.
It is a cloudy and warm morning in Nozawa village this morning. It is one degree at the top of the mountain. We are expecting rain today and tomorrow.
The good news is that after the rain will come snow, and hopefully lots of it. From Sunday until Thursday next week the forecast is saying snow.
Yesterday was a great day for views, not so good for snowsports. The top of the mountain was okay, but from the top of Uenotaira down was very icy. Read more ...
Friday 28th December 2007, 12:22pm
A slightly warmer day today as clouds roll over from the South. There is rain forecast in the valley from late tonight which will most likely cover most of central Japan and continue through to tomorrow evening. This will hopefully turn into snow above 1500m but plan for the worst. (maybe don't hit the slopes tomorrow)
Sunday brings a change in weather with a cold front pushing in from Russia and bringing with it SNOW! It is expected to snow for at least 3 days. The first real snow storm of the season so far. Read more ...