Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Tuesday 28th February 2012, 7:42am
Snowy, clearing at times
Another overnight snowfall hit last night. It wasn't much, but 15cm will definitely be better than nothing! Yesterday we had an overnight snowfall of 20cm or so. In conjunction with this snowfall and some higher terrain, there will be really good snow out there. Those official resort snow depth numbers below aren't reflecting this, but definitely it's here!
The avalanche danger will be about exactly the same as it was yesterday. Lots of micro-climate storms and patterns have made all aspects worth consideration.
The backbowls should be pretty good today. They were closed yesterday and avoided the lower elevation warmth. If you can get out there it will definitely be worth it. Other than that it looks like it is supposed to get pretty warm over the next few days. Hopefully March can give us some last hoo-rahs where February ran out of steam a bit towards at the end. A good last bit though now!
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 420cm Bottom - 215cm
Niseko Village: Top - 470cm Bottom - 240cm
Annupuri: Top - 465cm Bottom - 230cm
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -7C, 15cm of crystal snowfall in the past 12 hours. Coastal data: NW7m/s at Benkei cape, 1.1m waves and 1023hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: NW12.5m/s, -15.3C. Moiwa peak: -10C, 20cm of broken particles snow with no snowdrifts development. Snowfall transition: A notable Feb 27th layer is seen to form due to mix-graupel snowfall and temperature rise. The wind has stagnated around 10m/s NW in the past 12 hours and snowdrifts development is small. Hazard evaluation: A surface slab avalanche risk from Feb 23rd or 27th layer continues in steep faces such as the Backbowlâ€™s sidewalls (coordinate E6), Osawa cornice slopes (F5) and Higashi-One (H8). Avalanche risk from Feb 23rd or deeper layers will also raise due to the sun-effect in south facing slopes around 800m altitude. Gates: Peak gates will open at 9:30. Caution: The only way to guarantee the freedom and minimum safety of out of bounds skiing in Niseko is to respect the Niseko Rules. Ropes must not be crossed and entering the strictly off-limits areas is outrageous. The Rules must be respected by everyone; age, gender, nationality or experience does not matter at all.
Evening update: We got some snow falling throughout the day today. It looks like tomorrow is going to be a warmer one followed by an even warmer day. Tomorrow will be an awesome day to get out and enjoy the snow that fell today. There are lots of good spots left. My last run was at 4:30 down a back bowl with absolutely no tracks in it! An early night could make for a great day tomorrow.
Avalanche danger seems to be getting better. The snow has been settling pretty well and winds have stayed down. The south facing aspects around Niseko were pretty stable today. This is not inclusive of anything other than select areas. Factors range drastically, and there could be heavily loaded areas. With the past two very windy weeks, there have been some major cornices developing. Heads up in the backcountry around them!
More good news actually this morning. Yesterday snow continued to fall for a good part of the day. Wet at times down at town, but still snow, and there is a nice new fresh layer on top this morning. I would say that around town we have seen at least 25cm of new snowfall in the last few days which has sort of sneaked up on us - in a good way though! This morning resorts around town are reporting around 10-15cm of new snowfall. So conditions should be pretty good out there early on, a welcome return to decent conditions.
The early morning snowfall has cleared up quickly and we have been being treated to some lovely blue skies opening up above us. The sun is out. There is still quite a bit of cloud still around and it's moving fast so it's unclear how today will end up - to confuse matters some forecasts say cloud while others say sun. I reckon it'll be one of those! Looks like Naeba is getting some really nice blue skies early on.
It does look like there is not much snow on the horizon though now until at least the weekend. Perhaps some tomorrow morning? Unclear. Thursday and Friday look set to be warmer again.
For now it is -5 degrees in Yuzawa with a high of around 0 degrees according to the forecast.
Well, I bring good news - as we have had more snowfall. About 10cm here in Naeba and 15cm being reported by Kagura. There are some lovely blue skies over Naeba early on this morning - one of those mornings that you just simply want to get out there. Going to be a great day out on the mountain. It's a cold -9 degrees at base here with a top of mountain -13 degrees, so nice and cold too.
Might get some more snowfall tonight but after that looking quite dry until late weekend at least.
Resort Operations, 28th February (subject to change) Naeba: All open apart from Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom course. Takenokoyama No2 might be restricted today. Kagura: Open as normal - top Kagura No5 lift now open. Official snow depths Naeba: 290cm Kagura: 380cm Read more ...
Tuesday 28th February 2012, 8:16am
Clear blue skies
It is a cold morning in Madarao. -8 degrees, 5-10cm of new snowfall overnight, blue skies and it all looks good enough to eat. This morning should be good after the recent snowfall, the cold temps and the views on offer. Very nice. A big contrast to yesterday as well which saw snow through the day, though it didn't amount to many new cm.
We might see a bit more snowfall overnight tonight though the trend seems to be one of warmer temperatures again over the next few days - perhaps snow on Friday? It's not really clear so we'll just have to wait and hope for it to at least keep as cold as possible as we approach March.
Lifts currently operating: All lifts apart from 3B should be open today and all courses open. Official snow depth: 280cm Read more ...
Tuesday 28th February 2012, 8:44am
Sun, blue skies
Good morning and what an early morning it is here in Hakuba. Hardly a cloud to be seen into the distance and lovely blue skies above the Hakuba region making for a spectacular early morning backdrop this morning. It's all looking very inviting. There's going to be a lot of people out there today with cameras, that's for sure!
Temperatures were right down overnight and it's a cold start to the day at about -7 degrees but it will probably rise to around freezing point later on in the day today. It may well also cloud over though right now as I said there's none out there so surely for at least the morning it is going to be a gloriously fine day in Hakuba.
There is no new snow at any of the resorts around the villages. We might get some slight snowfall especially higher up overnight tonight but like I mentioned in a previous report it looks very likely it's going to be a mild week with generally clearer and dry conditions. Thursday in particular looks set to make it a warm start to March.
March often brings with it some good blasts of winter though, and of course the season stretches on until May and so there's plenty left yet.
Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 28th February 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: No new snowfall reported this morning. All lifts operating. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 290cm; Toomi - 170cm; Iimori - 125cm
Hakuba 47: No new snowfall reported this morning. All courses and weekend lifts (not Line D) open. Official snow depth: Upper - 236cm Lower - 120cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: All lifts apart from Usagidaira, Happo No1 pair and Central pair plan to be operating today. Looks like the Skyline No2 lift might be closed for a time today for maintenance. The Central pair lift should be operating from 1st-11th March. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 190cm; Sakka - 90cm; Nakiyama - 90cm.
Nothing to report in terms of snow but, my oh my, it's one of those days! Blue skies all around, hardly a cloud to be seen (and those that are are just friendly wispy ones).... the sun is out and Zao is looking spectacular. I wasn't quite expecting this.
It's a cold morning, before I left my home earlier the thermometer was telling me close to -10 degrees, so icy out and about this morning - keep your eye on the road as you walk around the village, however tempting it is to look up this morning!
There's just a breeze. And that's about it. Perfect weather conditions.
Next snow of significance? Perhaps at the end of the weekend? Before then it seems we are due for a mix of clearer skies with the odd snow shower scattered around. Around Thursday and Friday we should see temperatures creeping up to around the 0 mark as well, so relatively mild.
Two more evenings of Light Up!
Official snow depths (28th February 12) Utopia - 275cm Chuo - 220cm Paradise - 260cm Uwanodai - 175cm
Operating lifts (28th February 12) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating. All the runs at Zao are open. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Tuesday 28th February 2012, 9:08am
Clear blue skies
Generally the cloud and snow won out yesterday, though it didn't really add up to much in numbers of cm of snowfall - the snow was just lazily falling and not making that much of a difference really.
There's a frosted look to the trees this morning as we are greeted to lovely blue skies over Shiga Kogen. I don't think I can see a cloud at all from where I am this morning. Just blue skies. Happily it is very cold as well this morning and has been keeping down into minus double figures early on.
The local forecast is telling me to expect some clouding over later in the day and then perhaps a bit of snowfall tonight. After that though a bit of a warming up again - perhaps to above 0 at times - around Thursday, but thankfully there doesn't seem to be rain on the menu. I'd say generally clearer conditions until the weekend.
Very quiet out on the slopes weekdays now - at times and in places you feel like you have the place to yourself.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 28th February 2012 AM:
We put in an order for sunshine and it has been delivered this morning. Beautiful sunny day here with about 20cm of fresh on top of yesterdays fall, it is going to be an amazing day on the slopes.
It snowed most of the day yesterday getting heavy at times and eased after dark. So will be plenty of fresh tracks up for grabs today. The base has hit the 400cm mark again, which is terrific with just one more day to go until March! Had a bunch of people glowing when they came down from the mountain yesterday saying it was the best day riding they had ever had. Today may be even a touch better with the great visibility.
On a down note another boarder was lost in the backcountry two days ago and is yet to be found. The rescue efforts have been hindered by the heavy snow, and are going to make it very hard to find any tracks now. Will have been two very cold hard nights in the elements. We are hoping the clear weather today will assist and he can be found but not looking great unfortunately.
So apologies for the late reports the last few days have been assisting with some of the rescue attempts.
The outlook is pretty good with a bit of snow and a bit of sun, though more dry than things falling from the sky I think for the time being. Temperatures are looking a bit warmer too.
It was back to those super cold Furano winter temperatures this morning which had me scrambling to crank up the heater in the early hours of the morning. As the morning has progressed the temperatures have risen to a more reasonable sub zero level and the sun is breaking through the clouds and really making things feel pleasant. I am not sure if it is official snow clearing day here in Furano or not, but if it isn't there is a random occurence of many old people on roofs shovelling snow. It will be a good day to be out on the mountain with a nice top up of fresh last evening and the main trails have been nicely groomed. Read more ...
Tuesday 28th February 2012, 15:32pm
Clear; some high clouds moving in
A perfect, cold, sunny day; I plead guilty to taking advantage fo the sun to do some of those things around the house that just don't get done when the snow is coming down (rewiring a snow thrower, extracting firewood from snowdrifts, sun-cleaning iced-up automobiles) rather than file my report. Seriously blue skie started the day, with some very cold temps as well--the car showed -10 at 8 am, and it felt like it, too.
There seems to be a chance of some light snow ahead, but also more sun as well. Nice to get out for a ski when the visibility's nice, I have to admit (pounding snow and deep powder is more exciting, but cruising with a view is nice, too).
And, being late, I have the official snow reports, in all their varied glory (please note sarcasm).
A bright, blue sky day in Minakami with the sun coming out early. It was cold first thing and we woke to a few centimeters of fresh snow that had fallen overnight. The groomed slopes were pretty hard first thing but softened up with the sun on them.
Light snow predicted for tomorrow morning but the temperatures are due to rise with some nice days on the way . Read more ...