Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017
Monday 28th February 2011, 7:53am
It is grey outside. Grey clouds overhead, low mist in the valley, and to add to that there is light rain falling at the moment. The forecast was for snow this morning but the temperature is still a little warm for that right now but fingers crossed that this will soon change otherwise we are in for a bit of a grim day. A small temperature drop and we should hopefully see some snow at the top.
This morning Madarao is covered in fog and is experiencing light rainfall. This weather is expected until late tomorrow afternoon, although starting Wednesday snowfall is predicted until the weekend. I don't think we can expect anything significant though but we can hope!
While visibility conditions are quite poor and will reamain so throughout the day.
The free ride park and its new features are well on their way to being complete, open to public any day now. While the resort is quiet on this Monday morning, you have plenty of time and space to prepare your self for 'the bowl'. It will not disappoint.
Lifts currently operating:
No 1 lift No 2 quad lift No 3 a lift No 5 lift Super Quad No 11 Lift No 12 Lift No 13 Lift No 15 lift Tangram No 2 Lift
Moving Belt at Kids Park Snowboard beginner course
Snow continued into the afternoon yesterday then mostly cleared in the evening. Overnight there were a couple more periods of light snow adding up around 10cm since last report. This morning though has dawned completely clear so another bluebird day ahead on the mountain. Will be an awesome day to head up to the peak.
Snow is still expected to come in later tomorrow though and continue throughout the remainder of the outlook. So after a pretty low snowfall in Feb it at least looks like March should get off to a good start.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 385 Bottom - 185
Niseko Village: Top - 370 Bottom - 170
Annupuri: Top - 360 Bottom - 210
All gates scheduled to open this morning, peak gates 2 & 3 at 9:30am. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Annupuri peak 6am: -14.8℃, average wind NE 12.4m/s. An intermittent overnight snowfall blanketed the mountain with about 10cm of fresh snow. A northerly wind picked up from last night and stagnated around 15 – 18 m/s in high elevations. This overnight snow & wind made some partially thick patches of snowdrifts to develop on top of the crusty surface of south facing steep slopes above 1000m. Avalanches triggered by these suddenly developed snowdrifts are to be highly considered in south facing steep slopes such as the in Osaw and the Backbowl. Cornices have also drastically developed along the ridges; they are still very unstable and could easily collapse with a slight stimulation. Consider the presence of other people below you and avoid standing on or traverse right under these cornices. Ride safe and enjoy your day. Read more ...
Monday 28th February 2011, 10:10am
Rain lower, wet snow higher
It is raining here in Yuzawa this morning, I'm afraid, and if the forecast is to be believed we will be in for a generally wet day. Not heavy rain at the moment, more that kind of stealth rain that you can't really see but it gets you really wet. Not the best of conditions really. At the moment it is +3 degrees in town with a high of around +6 forecast for later on. Visibility is poor with cloud/fog right down close to town level.
Maybe a bit of rain tomorrow too but hopefully that will soon be snow and from there on we can expect snowfall until Friday so fingers crossed for a decent fall.
Over at Naeba and Kagura they are reporting snow rather than rain which is good news.
Some strong winds apparently are causing the Tashiro Ropeway to be closed today and so access to Kagura is via the Mitsumata Ropeway today. At Naeba early on the Dragondola is closeds due to the wind (and Tashiro being closed) and also the two Gondolas aren't operating, though that might change if the conditions improve.
So, March from tomorrow. Lets hope it brings with it some fresh snow!
Official snow depths @ Monday 28th February 2011 AM
Just a sprinkling of snow overnight in evidence but that has been wiped out by the rather wet conditions we see this morning.
It is overcast, raining lower down (though wet snow being reported higher up on the mountain) and misty at the top of the mountain - though visibility lower down is fine at the moment.
Fairly strong winds are preventing both of the Gondolas to move at Naeba. The same winds are keeping Tashiro Ropeway and the Dragondola closed today and so Kagura can only be accessed via the Mitsumata Ropeway today.
Forecast? Forget today and wait for the snow that is due to be with us sometime later tomorrow into Friday and a potential decent amount of snow with it.
All change again...... snow! Yes, we have some fresh snow in Zao which I am very happy to report this morning.
10+cm or so of snow in the village and so hopefully a bit more than that up top - maybe not enough to give deep conditions but a welcome new layer all the same to topup conditions out there. Right now it is just snowing lightly here though I think still snowing up top fairly heavily at times and we do have snow forecast for the day so... bring it on! Poor visibility on the mountain though this morning as it is fog/cloud covering the slopes.
It's not really crazy cold, though temperatures are staying below zero in the village.
Snow on and off forecast for the whole of this week so things are looking encouraging for a good start to March.
Last chance to go up to the top of the resort in the evening as the last "Light Up" for the season is tonight! Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 28th February 2011, 10:37am
Light rain, cloud, overcast
First rain of the season here in parts of Shiga Kogen this morning. Just light rain, not heavy, and a generally overcast and cloudy start to the day. Snow is on the forecast though, but they said that for this morning and it is unfortunately warmer than the forecast promised. (Who do we complain to!?)
But like I said snow forecast so hopefully the temperatures can drop a bit further and we can have some snow fall here today, or at least rain ease off. Snow is also still on the forecast basically until Friday and so surely we will be soon seeing that beautiful white stuff fall from the skies.
So fairly mild with temperatures above zero and poor visibility in general out there this morning.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond
Official resort snow depths as of 28th February 2011 AM:
Overcast with rain down low and trying to snow up top
It is a pretty ordinary day today in Nozawa with overcast skies and light rain at village level.
Up high is thick fog and hard to tell but looks like sleet is falling up there.
Temperatures are set to drop from here so hope that the precipitation will turn into snow as the charts are suggesting.
Yesterday was in comparison a great sunny day on the slopes. With nice conditions up top but the bottom was getting slushy as the day went on. Scattered bits of powder were still up for grabs high for those in the know.
The outlook is still looking good with some consistent snow over the week and temps getting down to -12 degrees up top by Wednesday night.
So for today it might be a good day to hit an Onsen or relax with a good book. If feeling a bit adventurous could head down to Iiyama just 20 minutes away and check out the temples or new doll museum near the station. Iiyama also has some great culinary delights like the Kappa Sushi Train and the Hirano French Patisserie both well worth the bus ride from Nozawa.
All except the following Kandahar Hachiman Uenotaira Half Pipe Karasawa Wave Park
It's Monday, you're sitting at your desk looking at a picture of big powder and blue skies, wishing you were out skiing.... Well, you're better off there than here, at least today.
Rain, rain, occasionally turning to snow, but it's rain out there (and your cold reporter got roped into a two-hour snowshoe session, so he knows of what he talks). It is wet cold, and looks like it will turn to snow, so today is a day to enjoy creature comforts and all the benefits of civilization. I guess the trees do look nice in the fog, but better seen form inside than out, I'd say.
There is no official word on the snowpack depths, but they're not going up today, for sure....
Today is a combination of fresh new snow and crisp temperatures, capped off with magical skies. There was 5cm of fresh snow overnight and this combined with cold temperatures has meant the slopes are skiing very well and should continue to do so tomorrow. The skies were just pure blue all morning with brilliant sunshine and clear views all the way up the valleys. Read more ...
Monday 28th February 2011, 15:15pm
Well, we were expecting it but never fun to have to report rain. A high of around 5 degrees in the village this afternoon but rain coming down from the skies and apparently too right up on the resorts as well with them all reporting rain this afternoon.
Lots of low cloud/fog hanging around and variable but generally fairly poor visibility out there on the upper slopes.
Lets hope this all clears up as quickly as possible with tomorrow forecast to start cloudy, but then bringing with it snow and hopefully from later on tomorrow through until around Friday we should be on for a potentially decent amount of snowfall. Temperatures should start dropping and then going back into minus daytime terrority from the second half of tomorrow. Can I hear all those fingers being crossed?!
The weekend crowds are gone once again as we start the new week.
Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 28th February AM:
Hakuba Goryu Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 280cm; Toomi - 160cm; Iimori - 130cm.
Hakuba 47: Normal operations today. Snow depth (upper) - 190cm.