Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 16th January 2018
Wednesday 28th December 2011, 9:15am
Light snow, cloud
Yesterday it was snowing for pretty much all day. And at times really coming down as well. Having said that, overnight we don't seem to have had a huge amount of new snow, perhaps 10cm or so (Kagura reporting 20cm), but we're not complaining as we have done very well out of the last week or so. Take a look at the snow depth numbers that resorts are reporting... some resort around town even over the 2m mark. That's some good going for December and lets hope it continues to build nicely into the new year.
It is still snowing this morning but only lightly as I write this report and the forecast has light snow clearing up later on as the day progresses so we might actually see things clear up today. Less of a wind this morning and resort operations seem to be pretty normal early on apart from some delays over at Naeba but hopefully that will quickly be cleared up.
With all that new snow we have got in the last week, and keeping in mind the sad news from yesterday as well, it's a good time to keep the sensible hat on out there right now. There's lots of powder on the courses of resorts and as was proved yesterday even those areas can pose risk.... really right now no need to venture out beyond. Take care out there.
The sun is starting to poke through the clouds this morning and it looks like it is trying to become a blue bird day today in Hakuba. There was no new snow overnight but with yesterdays high winds the upper slopes are going to be filled in quite nicely with wind deposited snow. No one was able to ski the upper parts of Happo yesterday so there will be some freshies for sure for the first folks to get out there.
Conditions on the hill today are packed powder, groomed and some fresh powder if you get up there early and can find some secret spots. There are also some sweet moguls forming if that is your style as well. Presently the resorts are open top to bottom and there is some great skiing all over the mountain. We had some really strong winds yesterday so a lot of the lifts were closed, hopefully the wind will subside today.
We are looking forward to some snow on Thursday night and some more sunny days for the New Year weekend. So get your sliding apparatus and get our there, it is going to be a good one.
Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 28th December 2011 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting just a few cm of snow on the upper slopes. Early morning skiing will start from December 29th. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 200cm; Toomi - 90cm; Iimori - 90cm.
Good morning.... another 10cm of snow in the village here this morning. Hardly any wind but it is still snowing lightly but forecast to perhaps clear up later on and tomorrow looks like it might be a clearer day. For now the mountains is once again mostly covered in cloud.
From Friday (30th) there will be a special early "Light Up" - you can take the Ropeway/Gondola up to the top of the mountain to see the floodlit 'juhyo' snow/ice monsters. They are still 'growing' but still a sight to behold even at this early stage. That runs through until the 3rd January. After that it is generally weekends and then every day from 21st January until 29th February. You need an extra lift ticket to use this and while it is not cheap (adults @ 2500 yen, children @ 1250 yen for return ropeway/gondola), it is an experience worth trying especially on a clear evening.
Official snow depths (28th Dec 11) Utopia - 135cm Chuo - 100cm Paradise - 110cm Uwanodai - 75cm
Operating lifts (28th Dec '11) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) and all scheduled lifts operating. All the runs at Zao are now open/accessible. Read more ...
Wednesday 28th December 2011, 9:25am
Sunny, alternating with occasional light flurries
The snowfall has slowed down today, with some sun alternating with softly-falling, big flakes of snow (sounds lovely, doesn't it... it is). After all this snow in such a short time, I'm actually at a loss for words. After lots of wow! it's now very...nice. OK, for most everybody, this is the day you will want to be up here skiing. It's a perfect day, and you can actually see the mountains. The snow reports are still a bit interesting—some added up to 20cm, while Onsen says it lost 5cm. There's a good base, and some really good snow out there—I think that's the main thing.
West North-West 10m/s. Currently cloudy but the sun is set to make an appearance later in the day.
Well, the peak gates have opened for the first time this season, what more is there to say? Get boot packing and enjoy some super fresh tracks!
The snow is calming down for the next few days, the official word is that 10cm fell overnight on the hill. We observed at least that at village level. Skies should be clear for most of today, should be perfect conditions for the hike to the peak.
Tomorrow we are expecting more snow, watch this space for the latest on developments. For those interested, that official snowfall number for Kutchan town for the month of December currently stands at 337cm.
All lifts are running today and the whole of the Niseko area is waiting to be explored. If you are unsure of your knowledge/ability then it is always a good idea to go up with a guide or get yourself on an avalanche awareness course in town. Getting some local knowledge can turn a good day into an incredible unforgetable experience.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 305cm Bottom - 175cm
Niseko Village: Top - 260cm Bottom - 170cm
Niseko Hanazono: Top - 305cm Bottom - 175cm
Annupuri: Top - 265cm Bottom - 170cm
Niseko Avalanche info reads:
Niseko base 6am: -5℃, 10cm of crystal snow in the past 12hours, development of snowdrifts is minimal. Coastal data: WNW10m/s at Benkei cape, 1.9m waves & 1021hPa at Kamui cape. A moderate snowfall is persisting above 800m altitude, no drastic development of snowdrifts can be observed. The snow is stabilizing and the avalanche risk is relatively low. Peak gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open today, respect the ski patrol’s instructions and use the gates to step out of bounds. All areas outside the gates is not controlled or managed by any means. It is strongly discouraged to easily follow others hikers and ride down from the peak if you are not experience and comfortable with the terrain orientation. Out of bounds riding involves many dangers and risks, if you decide to go out, you do it at your own risk.
The avalanche hazard at the Backbowl (around coordinate F6 on the Niseko Rules map) is higher than other areas at all times. Surface slab avalanches in midwinter are extremely devastating and runs at high speed. Refrain from traversing cornice slopes or resting at the bottom of the valleys. Have a nice day. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 28th December 2011, 9:55am
Cloud, light snow
Yesterday was a day of snow and it is still snowing this morning. That snow base is slowly and gradually growing, maybe 10cm or so since yesterday.
So right now light snowfall but the forecast tells us to expect weather conditions to clear up later on today and apart from snowfall later on tomorrow into Friday, we can expect a fair few days with clearer conditions in the region. Temperatures will always be staying well under zero though, so conditions should keep good.
Shibutoge opened up today as well so now we have every area of Shiga Kogen (at least part) open. We are still in need of more significant snowfall to get some of the steeper slopes opening up for the season though.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Takamagahara Mammoth - Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond
Official resort snow depths as of 28th December 2011 AM:
Some lifts were on standby later than usual earlier but it looks like now most lifts at Naeba are moving including both the Gondolas and the Dragondola... all apart from the top pair which is closed. Weather conditions are forecast to improve during the day and we might even end up seeing the sun later on. Right now at the moment even it does look like it is getting brighter. More snow forecast for later on tomorrow though before what looks like might be calm and clear conditions over the New Year weekend.
Here in Naeba I would guess at about 10-15cm of new snow on the hills while Kagura is reporting another 20cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes since yesterday.
Watch out for those deep conditions. One might even say... bottomless! ;)
Resort Operations, 28th Dec (subject to change) Naeba: Most of the resort open this morning. Kagura: Apart from the course going down to the car park at Mitsumata, normal operations at Kagura.
Some cloud, some blue sky - looks like clearing up
Good morning from Madarao, where we have had another 15-20cm of fresh snow again. We're getting used to this!
Actually while we have had the snow since yesterday right now the sun is out and it looks like clouds are moving on and we should have a fine day here... can actually see the whole of the mountain this morning, first time in a while.
A few lifts and the Powderwave, Usagi and Riverline are due to open today but still waiting to. With only a slight wind I can't see why they won't soon be open for the day.
Looking at the forecast, apart from some more snow tomorrow afternoon and night, it looks like New Year should be brought in with some clearer skies as we take a break from all of the snowfall we have had the last week or so. Time to catch a breath and get out there to enjoy the snow.
Lifts currently operating: Most lifts scheduled to be open. Kids Park and Zipline are open. Powderwave I, II, Usagi and Riverline are due to open today.
Mixed bag today some blue skies, some clouds and some light snow
It looks like we are finally getting a break in the snow fight here in Nozawa. After days of continual dumps this morning was relatively clear and everyone has breathed a slight sigh of relief.
The ski conditions have been nothing short of superb on the Mountain and yesterday were delivering chest-deep powder on many of the runs with the snow just continuing to come down all day. One of the guys just did a run down Skyline and said it was amazing snow quality. We have not been delivered the blue-bird day we were hoping for, but there are patches of blue and even some light snow falling at the moment.
The rest period looks like it will be short lived though with another heavy dump of snow expected from tomorrow afternoon so the powder hounds will be in their element yet again.
Looking further ahead it looks like Saturday the last day of the year will be good with some sun and snow on the menu for the New Year. Will be a great buzz in the Village with a good number of people expected to arrive for the New Year period.
Stay safe and see you on the slopes.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Current Lift operations: All but Kandaha
Current courses open: All but Kandaha Yu Road is also open the moving walkway from the Village Read more ...
Wednesday 28th December 2011, 14:41pm
There was no new snow overnight but there was light snow from early morning for a couple of hours. There is a light breeze out on the mountain but conditions are clear and all runs are in great condition. Read more ...
Wednesday 28th December 2011, 18:38pm
More snow this morning but definitely a milder day today though the wind has kept the temperatures down. It cleared up a bit this afternoon but there was a bit of mist around that made the visibility a bit close at time. Still great snow conditions around with plenty of fresh snow around to play in and perfect conditions on the groomed runs. Read more ...