Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017
Thursday 29th December 2011, 9:34am
Currently cloudy and expecting snow this afternoon.
I didn't think it was possible but no snowfall overnight! Snow shovellers rejoice. One snowfall obesrver has reported that as of yesterday December has averaged 17.4cms/day.
The lucky ones who hiked the peak were greeted with sun and deep deep turns. The sun did affect the south faces so expect a thin layer of crust in those areas. Luckily when Niseko does see the sun it's usually not long enough to bake everything. There will still be some great powder pockets to be found all over the mountain. Good day for groomers or to explore Moiwa. The snow and wind is expected to pick up later toady so if you're planning on exploring the back country, you might want to get at it as early as possible.
Tomorrow we are expecting more snow, strong winds and general blizzard like conditions. After that it will be rather warm with temps hanging just above zero and scattered snowfall. All lifts are running today.
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: -6C, no snowfall over the past 12 hours.
Coastal data: SSE5m/s wind at Benkei cape, 0.5m waves, 1018hPa at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak wind: SE3m/s.
There are no new developments of snowdrifts, the snowpack is stable and the avalanche risk is low. Pre-low pressure system snowfall is forecasted to begin in the afternoon, which will potentially form a notable layer in the future snowpack (layer 12/28).
Most avalanche accidents happen during and just after storms. The next storm is approaching. The mountain condition is ever changing, pay attention to the coming snowfall transition.
Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30am. Respect the Niseko Rules and always use gates to step out of bounds. All ski resorts are deeply concerned about all visitors’ safety
After skiing today, there is a noticeably hard crust underneath some of the more powdery snow. Looks like some sun affect happened, but fear not! It looks we could get another nice blanket over the snow we currently have. The base is already ridiculous compared to last year as we have mentioned before.
With more snow coming before the end of December it is easy to say this could be one of the best early season months Hokkaido has ever seen. It doesn't look to change as low pressures are swirling around this magnificent winter wonderland. Read more ...
Thursday 29th December 2011, 9:52am
High broken cloud
Conditions are looking excellent out on the mountain this morning with all lifts operating and night skiing on both sides. It looks like we won't receive as much snow tonight as intially thought but there should be light snowfall from tonight through until tomorrow morning. Winds will increase around the tops in the afternoon.
It's another beautiful sunny morning here in the village. No new overnight snow to report and really really low temperature since we got almost no clouds up there. Very cold.
Conditions up on the slopes should be very similar to how they were yesterday. Groomed runs will be a bit harder than yesterday, but you should be able to find some stash from a few days ago between the trees and some spots on the side of the runs.
Calm NE wind and visibility is clear.
We are looking forward to some more snow starting this evening and then some more sunny days over the New Year weekend.
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 29th December 2011 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: All lifts moving. Early morning skiing (6:30am) started from today. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 195cm; Toomi - 90cm; Iimori - 90cm.
Hakuba 47: All Routes (1-8) open. Official snow depth: Upper - 196cm Lower - 60cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: All lifts apart from the top Grad Quad are open. Official snow depth: Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 110cm; Sakka - 50cm; Nakiyama - 50cm.
Yesterday things did clear up eventually in the afternoon and it turned out to be a fine evening. Very cold overnight though and early on this morning the sun was out and bright blue skies all around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma. While it did start off very cold it has become milder quite quickly and right now is about +3 degrees out there. Clouds started forming over the region a short while back and things are starting to quickly look much greyer as we approach lunchtime, starting to the north and soon Yuzawa should also be covered in cloud.
The slopes have generally been relatively quiet up until now but from today more people are going to be starting their New Year holidays and so we can expect things to start getting busier. A quick look round the resorts around town though and it doesn't look like the slopes are particularly busy for the moment. I would say surprisingly not busy actually.
Anyway, later on we should get snow - there's even a chance it might be rain in town, hopefully not of course - but it shouldn't be like the kind of snowfall we saw over Christmas. It should be a relatively calm New Year with some forecasts telling us to expect some snow showers and others saying glimpses of the sun. Let's hope things stay cold... snow conditions out there are generally really great, let's keep it that way!
Yesterday we had light snow but it cleared up as the day went on. No new snow to report this morning and after a really really cold night (very brrrrr), this morning started with bright sunshine and a fair few people itching to get out on the first lifts of the day. Great start to the day and some lovely snow conditions out on the slopes.
It seems to have got a bit warmer and while the sun is still shining down on Naeba, apparently clouds are moving in from the north and indeed for the forecast is for some snow to be falling later on in the day. Whether that will be tonight or in a few hours, we'll just have to see but conditions have been known to change very quickly. Right now though, great conditions.
So some snow forecast for tonight and into tomorrow but probably not huge amounts. As the forecast stands at the moment looks like we can expect some decent weather over the New Year weekend but it should stay cold and so conditions should keep. A good way to end the year.
Resort Operations, 29th Dec (subject to change) Naeba: All of Naeba is skiable. Kagura: Apart from the course going down to the car park at Mitsumata, normal operations at Kagura.
Conditions did indeed clear up yesterday and this morning there is no new snow to report overnight. There was a few cm during the day yesterday but nothing that is really changing those resort snow depths.
We had cloudless skies late last night and this morning so after a cold early morning we are now being treated to some clear blue skies. Temperatures are rising but they will stay below zero and keep cold so the snow conditions should keep. The cloudless skies may not last that long though as we do have snowfall forecast for tonight and into tomorrow so expect to see clouds moving in this afternoon.
Right now it is -6 degrees in Maruike. Yakebitaiyama reporting a temperature or -12 degrees at 10:30am this morning.
The slopes are gradually getting busier today as people turn up for the New Year holidays. Still, I wouldn't say it was busy out there and there's certainly untouched snow still to be found. One of the good things about Shiga Kogen covering such a large area. If you are staying in Shiga Kogen, ask the locals or your hotel staff and they may be able to share some secret tips!
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:
This is something of a change - there's no new snowfall to report in Madarao this morning! It was very cold overnight though and so snow conditions this morning remain excellent. Today started with great weather the sun out but keeping cold (perfect) but it has definitely started to cloud over and snow is forecast for tonight and into Friday. After that, the weather forecast for New Year looks like it should be a calm one.
Nighta at Madarao this evening and every day through until 3rd January. Then after that there will be nighta on January 7th, January 8th and then every Saturday from 9th January and also on 10th February.
Lifts currently operating: All of Madarao is open. Connection with Tangram Ski Circus open.
Started off Blue bird morning now some snow clouds rolling in
Seems like quite some time since have posted a snow report for Nozawa without any new snow! Yesterday was the day, we did not get the blue bird start we had been hoping for, even got a bit of snow in the morning but in the afternoon the sun burst through the cloud and was magnificent.
The light was perfect the ice-covered trees were glistening and the powder was still plentiful if you knew were to look. With the New Years crowd starting to filter in some popular stashes under the lifts were getting tracked out but on piste the snow condition was superb.
Today was a blue bird start to the day but the clouds are creeping back in now and once again some decent snowfall is expected for this afternoon and into tonight. Light snow on the menu for tomorrow followed by some sun on Saturday then heavy snow forecast for Sunday night.
So anyone coming up will be pretty happy with the conditions ahead. Don't forget the Fireworks display on Saturday night on the Nagasaka Slopes just above the Gondola Station, as always it is sure to be spectacular.
Today is one of those glorious days that come around so rarely over winter. Fresh snow on the ground from the non-stop snow over the last few days and blue skies and sunshine. It looks as if the cloud is coming back in but it has been a stunning morning here in Minakami. A perfect start for the beginning of the Japanese holidays and it looks as if plenty of people are out to enjoy it. Read more ...
Thursday 29th December 2011, 17:32pm
Sunny, alternating with occasional light flurries
A beautiful day in Myoko; really cold overnight (I bet it hit -10°), some sun but not too warm during the day, and then some snow in the late afternoon. Looks like it could really come down again tonight, sort fo refreshing the groomed slopes with some more coverage to take away any icy sections (and as wise telemark skiers always say, "Ice is for cocktails").
Sorry not to write early in the day, but it was one of those early-season good-weather, last-minute, please teach ski lessons today! (now) mornings. They tend to be less common as time goes on, so I'll try and be a faithful reporter.
An evening report today. It has been a busy one. Not only for me but more people out on the slopes as more people turn up for the New Year holidays.
Not much of a wind today and just a few cm of new snow to report. The snow soon thinned out though and ended up being a cloudy day in Zao. Still cold but not as cold as it has been and absolutely every single lift out there moving now in time for this very important part of the season.
More cloud and light snow overnight and into tomorrow but nothing major and it looks like we may have a clear and peaceful New Year. It will be staying cold though so wrap up well.
Official snow depths (29th Dec 11) Utopia - 135cm Chuo - 100cm Paradise - 110cm Uwanodai - 75cm
Operating lifts (29th Dec '11) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) and all lifts operating. All the runs at Zao are now open/accessible. Read more ...