Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017
Saturday 2nd February 2013, 8:43am
Good morning from Niseko.
Actually, it's not really a good morning. It's quite miserable really. Wet, grey and windy.
Let's go back to yesterday. It was warm and grey, a showing of light snowfall from time to time. Rain started to come down properly earlier this morning and it continues now, agonisingly further spoiling our precious snow! It's +4C here at the moment which is obviously way too warm.
What's more, strong winds are affecting lift operations with the top lifts at each of the resorts on hold this morning due to the conditions. The gondola at Niseko Village is also not moving this morning.
All the signs really of one of those rare days when a fair few people will opt out to do something else.
If you do wish to venture out, be aware of the risks. Avalanche warnings are out and as the report below suggests, it's probably a day for the groomers.
Or an onsen.
I know you want some good news and I have some of that as well. Hurray!
Yes, looks like it should get cold later on today quick quickly to be followed by snow. Possibly heavy snowfall. That's more like it. At the risk of being a bit gloomy today, I need to also add that strong winds are very likely tomorrow as well as the snow.
Take care and have fun where you can find it.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 390cm Bottom - 170cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 330cm Bottom - 220cm
Niseko Village Top - 360cm Bottom - 200cm
Niseko base 6am: +3C, rain melting snow. Moiwa 800m: SE10m/s gusts, -1C, wet snowfall and bad visibility with development of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak: WNW14.9m/s, -38C. Coastal data: S23m/s, 1.5m waves and 998hPa.
A strong warm air mass is flowing in due to the approaching low-pressure system. Rain below 500m altitude and wet snow above 600m. Heavy snowdrifts are developing in various areas and heavy slabs are likely to slide in areas above 800m. Cracks are forming and enlarging in steep slopes below 500m. Full-depth avalanches risk will rise as the rain infiltrates between the ground and the snowpack. Wet & heavy slabs are likely to slide under lift-lines and gullies. All gates will be closed today due to high risk of avalanches. The snow is heavy and difficult to control; be prudent. Better stay on the groomers today. Do not duck ropes and have a safe day. Read more ...
Saturday 2nd February 2013, 9:08am
We had a dose of rain last night I'm afraid. The good news is that it is holding off now at the moment for this morning. There is a fair bit of cloud up there, lots of it threateningly grey, but also some breaks in the cloud. We'll just have to see which way it goes. We could get more rain, but later on in the day temperatures are forecast to drop and hopefully tomorrow it will be snow.
So, some rain on the snow and so not the best of conditions for this Saturday morning. But I'm sure lots of fun to be had nevertheless. Don't get too wrapped up though it's a rather warm 6C.
Tree runs should open after their morning check.
Nighta tonight of course with all the fun of the fireworks.
Lifts planned to be operating: Number 1 Number 2 Number 3 Super quad Number 5 Number 11 Number 12 Number 15 Kids Park --- FreeRide Park Powder Wave I Powder Wave II Usagi Riverline Powder Theater Adventure Read more ...
Saturday 2nd February 2013, 9:15am
No new snow to report this morning from Naeba or Hakuba.
It's a warm one, already +4.
And happily no rain as there has been that risk we would get a bit wet today. Happily I can report cloud above but also some break in the cloud and even a bit of blue sky above Naeba early on and the sun breaking through so hopefully we can avoid it.
Chance of snow later on and into tomorrow according to the local forecast.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 260cm Kagura - 370cm
It has been wet this morning. The rain has eased off right at this moment where I am (*updated as I write the report - it's raining again) but rain is on the forecast for the day so I don't think we are out of the woods so far, so to speak. If anything does fall though, it will be rain. At least for the moment, as it is a very warm morning - about +7 degrees in the village with a light south westerly breeze. Usagidaira part of Happo-one is reporting a temperature of +7 degrees even up there with a southerly wind. A warm one for sure.
Lots of cloud around, but some patches of blue visible as well. A real mix up this morning as the weather decides what to do from here and different conditions depending on where you are in the valley.
I'm inclined to go with the forecast that says it should get colder later today and bring with it some snow overnight. Tomorrow should be colder but another milder day on Monday before we get back to a more regular run of colder temps after that.
In resort news, Happo-one are opening their 'Happo Banks' park today. At 10am in fact. To quote the resort, Happo Banks is 'a totally new & scaled up concept snow park', park design by Hayato 'Bubbles' Maruyama. Sounds exciting. I wonder why he's called Bubbles. If such things interest you, Happo Banks can be found by the Kita-One Number 3 pair lift. Let's Park!
On a more serious note, rain on the snow is making conditions fast today. The rain has put load on all the slopes, increasingly the likelihood of avalanche. Any new snow that is due later on today and into tomorrow will be unstable on top of that layer. Dangerous avalanche conditions and travel in backcountry and of-piste is very much not recommended at this time.
Take care out there and have fun.
Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 2nd February 2013:
Hakuba Goryu: No snow reported up top from Hakuba Goryu this morning. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 300cm; Toomi - 150cm; Iimori - 120cm
Hakuba 47: No new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 this morning. Official snow depth: Upper - 220cm Lower - 170cm
Well, not much good to report this Saturday morning I'm afraid.
No snow, light rain, temps well above zero and strong winds!
A fair few lifts not operating this morning because of the winds. The Kurohime and Utopia areas are closed this morning and part of Paradise as well. Hopefully the wind might ease off to allow them to re-open but the forecast is for a generally windy day so perhaps no luck with that. Tomorrow will hopefully be better though moderate winds are still likely to be with us. Just hope that the lifts can get moving again.
Light rain on and off this morning around town, with grey skies above the region. At the moment it isn't raining here in central Yuzawa but just a short while I was over near Yuzawa Park and it was raining. So changeable conditions this morning though more consistent rain is likely this afternoon.
Overnight it was very warm up to around 8 degrees. It's about 7 at the moment and hopefully overnight we can expect that to drop back down into the negatives and bring with it snowfall later on and into tomorrow. The forecast for tomorrow as it stands is snow>cloud.
We did get some light rain earlier on, but it has eased off now mid-morning. It's warm though with temperature at around 6C here in Maruike area at the moment. Way too warm for the beginning of February!
It's generally grey and cloudy. With the warm conditions and the rain this morning the roads are generally a bit wet and slushy as we get to see the tarmac once again. A chance of snow overnight tonight though I wouldn't expect anything major.
Tomorrow should be much colder but generally clear conditions forecast, then a bit more mildish weather on Monday before we dip back down into nice and cold negatives from Tuesday.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family Ichinose Diamond Kumanoyu
Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 2nd February 2013 AM:
It's a very damp day in here today. We had quite a bit of rain overnight all the way to the top and subsequently, lost a bit of cover. Thankfully the rain stopped around 7am in the morning but it is still very warm, well into the positives across all elevations, and there is a chance of rain on and off during the day today.
Today the snow will be wet, slushy and slow in places... waterskiing conditions. Should not stop people from having fun, going by the old there is never a bad day on the slopes saying.
Yesterday was another very nice day. Blue sky and sunshine lasted the morning before some high cloud and wind rolled through during the afternoon. Temperatures were warm but the snow remained in relatively good condition up top.
Pretty much all areas that still held good snow off piste became totally tracked out by the afternoon. Some people were even making tracks down the ski jump, not something you see too often. Unlike today, crowds were pretty minimal.
It looks like temperatures will gradually cool off during the day today with some fresh snow possible overnight and tomorrow. On Monday we expect another less intense warm front to pass through. Lower slopes will be rain affected but the upper areas look cool enough for snow at this stage. Following that it's back to winter temperatures in Nozawa Onsen.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating
Courses open: All courses open except Kandahar West Kamoshika
This morning feels more like early April than the beginning of February. It's currently 5 degrees ABOVE freezing with a light, but steady rain. This is hardly the sort of weather you would expect from what is usually the coldest time of the year. The roads are going to be a lot slushier today, so please take extra caution when out and about. Winds are also a problem, with strong gusts of over 7 m/s.
This warm spell is supposed to end abruptly this afternoon when the front passes through. Snow and cold temperatures downwards of -10 are in the forecast for this evening. Tomorrow promises to bring more snow and cold; hopefully we'll see some substantial accumulations to bulk up the places that are taking a hit from this rain right now.
In other news, the 48th Annual Furano Ski and Snow Festival is being held February 2nd and 3rd (tonight and tomorrow.) The festivities run from 7:00pm to 9:30pm tonight, and from 10:00am to 2:00pm tomorrow. Read more ...
Saturday 2nd February 2013, 11:47am
A day for ski....videos, maybe. Actually, the rain isn't falling that hard, and people are out there having fun. The wind isn't blowing as hard as was predicted--yet--so it's not a terrible day. Just not great.
Last night's wind and rain, though, have really eaten up the snowpack. Nice around the house (the asphalt has emerged on its own), not so great for the mountain. It's still early in the season, though, and it's going to turn around over the coming days, with colder temperatures and snow.
Operations and official snow depths (all for 01/30