Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Sunday 2nd March 2014, 8:05am
Got a surprise dump yesterday of 7cm to rock the weekend and things will only get better for the week. Currently we have some snow showers which at times will improve into light snow as we roll into tomorrow. Winds are slight but in all should make a good day on piste.
Furano Ropeway 8:30am-4:00pm Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00am-8:00pm Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-4:00pm Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-4:00pm Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm Read more ...
Sunday 2nd March 2014, 9:10am
No new snow again I'm afraid this morning. A sprinkling of light snow falling earlier on but it hasn't amounted to any cm of fresh snow to report. Cloudy.
But. Things are looking potentially promising for mid week onwards. It's going to get a bit colder and stay there and there's a line up of snowmen on the forecasts which means hopefully we will be getting an early March refresh.
Our little graph near the bottom this report page shows that we have gone without any significant snow for about a week now. In fact here's what we have observed from here in the Hirafu Village area:
3cm snowfall in the last 7 days; 178cm snowfall in February 2014; 1,037cm snowfall since the beginning of the season.
The same numbers taken at the beginning of March 2013 last season were:
62cm snowfall in the last 7 days; 406cm snowfall in February 2013; 1,400cm snowfall since the beginning of the season.
So acccording to what we have seen here on the ground, we're over 2m adrift from what we observed last season for the month of February and nearly 4m behind on the total for the season up until the end of February.
Let's take a look at the Japan Meteorological Agency numbers for Kutchan town.
February 2010: 184cm February 2011: 142cm February 2012: 216cm February 2013: 228cm February 2014: 130cm
They don't make for such fun reading!
Numbers for the month of March:
February 2008: 38cm February 2009: 235cm February 2010: 214cm February 2011: 210cm February 2012: 79cm February 2013: 124cm
As you can see numbers for March vary quite a lot. Let's hope that this year March is more like 2009 than 2008!
Last season we observed a total of 1584cm and the JMA number for the whole season was 1051cm in Kutchan.
As always, note that our numbers are observations from the Niseko Village area near the base of Niseko Grand Hirafu and that the JMA numbers are taken from Kutchan town area - more falls on the mountain. We just mention these numbers every now and again as it's interesting to see how things are going compared with other seasons. I think I have got them all right!
There's over two months left for the lifts to be moving but obviously as spring arrives there's less chance of snow than in mid winter. But we'll keep an eye on these statistics as time continues to march onwards.
The weather is calm under a high-pressure system. No snowfall. Crusty & icy conditions above 1000m altitude. The snow condition may not be the best, but good for hiking the mountain. Peak gates will open from the morning. The areas outside the gates are not within the resort anymore and various risks are always present out there. Beware of falling, hitting obstacles or falling into cracks. The courses are hard packed too and some spots are like a potato field (cluster of small ice balls). Better not overestimate skills, be prudent and ski/ride within the limits. Fresh snow is needed. Do not duck ropes and have a nice day.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
A splashing of snow overnight here, though just 1cm on the top of my car where it was parked in the Ishiuchi area just outside of Yuzawa. Resorts around town are reporting from a few cm to up to 5cm of snow overnight.
Earlier on it was actually raining here but that was short-lived and it is just cloudy now.
Hearing varied reports from people out on the slopes yesterday. Ranging from really poor snow conditions to not so bad higher up. Certainly far from great and very spring like conditions at the moment until we hopefully get a March topup. Will it happen? Tuesday aside when it's due to be sunny, there is snow forecast each day to the end of the week and so there are signs of hope. Temps will be borderline mild though until around Thursday when things should get colder again.
Fresh snow! Not huge amounts but fresh snow all the same. Up to 5cm on upper slopes and just a sprinkling to few cm down at base. Good to see some fresh snow on the trees as well this morning. It has eased off for the moment and it's a cloudy morning. Visibility generally ok but poor in places on the mountain.
And you know what, if some forecasts are to be believed, things are looking fairly promising this coming week, especially around Wednesday/Thursday when we could be blessed by some decent snowfall and much colder winter-like conditions.
Courses All courses open except: Kandahar West Kandahar East Read more ...
Sunday 2nd March 2014, 9:50am
Cloud, bit of sun
Some light snow falling this morning and a few cm on the ground with up to 10cm being reported on upper slopes - updates from around the resorts where available below. It is not snowing right now outside my window but there seems to still be a lot of cloud around, but I can see the sun shining through the clouds in some places as well. A high temp of +4C is due in Hakuba this afternoon.
Not a huge amount but good to get a bit of fresh snow, though it will quickly be scraped away I would imagine.
Keep an eye on mid-week though - a decent amount of snow could well be on it's way.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 2nd March 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 3cm of new snowfall at Iimori, 3cm at Toomi and 5cm on upper areas. Upper - 270cm Toomi - 170cm Iimori - 120cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 5cm of new snowfall at base, 10cm up top. Upper - 235cm Lower - 70cm
Happo-one: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Usagidaira - 225cm Nakiyama - 70cm Sakka - 90cm
Seems a while since I have mentioned snow falling. It has been though not much in terms of fresh on the ground.
Cloud, light snow and poor visibility this morning. Not too cold but keeping below zero for now. More decent snowfall to come tonight? There's also a decent looking winter storn due to be over Zao in the middle of the week which could bring us a good amount of snow.
Tonight is the last night-time 'light up' Ropeway operations for the resort. Always a sign that spring is on the way. But the monsters are doing well.
Official snow depths (2nd March 14): Utopia: 295cm Chuo: 260cm Paradise: 290cm Uwanodai: 180cm Read more ...
Sunday 2nd March 2014, 10:01am
A small delivery of fairly heavy (consistency) snow overnight and 5cm or so on the mountain according to the resort.
Less fog this morning as well though the mountain is still covered in cloud so visibility is improved but still limited in places.
I dare not mention it just in case it changes but this coming week we might get to see some snowfall on a few days mid week. I will update you on that nearer the time.
Operating lifts (planned):
Number 1 Number 2 Number 3A Number 2 quad Number 5 Super quad Number 11 Number 12 Number 13 Number 15 Moving walkway Kids Park
Back in the snow column today. Not a lot, but it's better than rain and declining snowpack!
The temperatures being reported are interesting, though: Seki Onsen says it was -5, Akakura Onsen 2. The latter looks more likely, with my trusty car thermometer telling me it was 1 degree down in town near the highway.
More extremes in the weather look likely ahead, too, form rain mid-week to much colder temperature and the chance of some more serious snow a little later. It seems like it's been crazy most everywhere, and Myoko is no exception!