Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 21st February 2018
Tuesday 30th December 2008, 6:34am
A partly cloudy morning in the area with huge dumpings on the way late tonight. Some icing today at Togakushi, Madarao and Suginohara. Akakan will likely have minimal icing, but watch for slow stuff until tomorrow.
The village is difficult to maneuver through if coming by car this weekend, but besides Akakura Onsen, crowds will be centered near the gelandes. Read more ...
Tuesday 30th December 2008, 8:03am
Dark low cloud
Things are looking a little unusual this morning.
It's dead quite (because it's early) with no wind, and there is a dark, heavy, low cloud hanging over the Naeba hill - which runs down even lower than the top of the far right-hand quad lift that runs next to the park.
It IS cold though, which doesn't seem to match the dark cloud. So you know what that must mean? Snow! Check the forecast, we're expecting heavy snow tonight which should trim things up a bit around here - as things just started to get a bit icy in the well used areas of the mountain.
Good powder reports came in last night from Kagura and also the sneaky areas around Naeba and Asagai which surprisingly were un-touched up until yesterday afternoon.
Japanese holidays have started and everyone was treated yesterday to one of the best days of the season so far with bluebird skies after the last snowfall and sweet stashes of windblown powder all over the mountain. Ticket and gondola lines were super busy in the morning as everyone wanted to be the first up there.
Warm last night, no real precipitation but there was a real slight drizzle almost rain-like and water is dripping from roofs this morning with the mercury sitting at 4 degrees at 800m and measured at plus 1 this morning on the top of Goryu.
Forecast for snow today so hoping the temperature drops a few degrees early! Tons of snowmen on the radar though temperatures don't look like they're gonna stay fully in the minuses. The next snowfall is really what we need to get our base on.
BACKCOUNTRY TRAVEL ADVISORY:
Clear skies and warm temperatures today meant rapid settlement in the snow pack allowing bonding to take place. The snow depths are extremely varying over terrain‚ shallow in wind scoured ridges and around rocks and very deep in lee ward pockets. This varying snow depth means that there are areas heavily loaded with thin fragile borders at the ridges. Be very careful entering into steep complex terrain from scoured areas into loaded areas. Stay out of steep conplex terrain as avalanches are likely. Especially on complex lee or cross loaded slopes.
Faceting has been found above and below the melt freeze crust of Dec. 23rd. These facets will be gaining in size in shallow snowpack areas‚ around rocks and on scoured ridges. However should start to bond in areas of deep snow pack. Tests on east facing wind deposits today found Hard or no compressions at the crust at a depth of 110 cm below snow surface.
Due to the strong winds a wind slab varying in thickness can be found across the Hakuba range.
Be aware of rapid changes in the snow related to solar radiation and rising air temperatures.
Extreme caution around cornices and below cornices on steep convex terrain.
High danger of falling snow from rooves High density new snow over lower density snow layer Rapid air temperature decrease Cornice fall Rapid settlement of surface snow causing load on buried weak layers Increased instability of solar aspect start zones especially under cornices and very steep slopes. Development of cornices in lee slopes Lee side loading Windward scouring of ridges and rock out-crops creating uneven loading of slopes Due caution on cross loaded slopes Poor bonding at or around buried crust Stay away from steep and convex terrain
Great day out on the slopes yesterday and relatively mild as well. This morning the weather is still looking fine but clouds are moving in and it should be snowing by the end of the day. It's also fairly mild this morning but temperatures will drop as the day progresses. It's looking like we can expect a fair amount of snow over the next week with cold temperatures.
The following resorts will be open for nighta tonight: Sun Valley Maruike Mammoth Ichinose Family Ichinose Diamond Yakebitaiyama Kumanoyu
Official resort snow depths as of 30th December 08:
The mountain is shrouded in cloud this morning. Visibility is poor up on Yamabiko where there was no new snow overnight and the snow depth is still reported at 120cm. The cloud is just above village level and there is still 15cm of snow on the ground down here.
The wind is expected to strengthen throughout the day and bring with it some light snow, turning to heavy snow in the evening. That should continue on and off until the weekend. With the based growing all over the mountain things are looking better and better - most of the courses are now open, and the biggest worry is the holiday crowds! With New Year holiday makers flooding the slopes be sure to stay safe and ride in control at all times.
All lifts are expected to operate today except Kandahar
Courses open: Yamabiko A, B, C, D and E Kokenashi A and B Uenodaira Paradise Yunomine A and B Mizunashi A and B Bunabayashi Paradise Link Rinkan Skyline Hikage A Nagasaka Karasawa Rinkan Shortcut Nagasaka link Kumataka Kitsune Karasawa link Usagi Kamoshika Read more ...
Tuesday 30th December 2008, 9:21am
Cloud, light rain
After the fine weather of yesterday, this morning the clouds are back with only the bottom parts of the mountains visible. Light drizzle is in some places at the moment so hopefully that will stop (or turn into snow) soon. There is no new snow to report this morning, but this time tomorrow we will more than likely be reporting new snow as the snow clouds are on their way back and the forecast has little snowmen lined up right through until Sunday.
Currently in Yuzawa it is +3 degrees.
Nighta tonight at the following resorts in Yuzawa: Naeba Yuzawa Nakazato Yuzawa Park Iwappara NASPA Ski Garden Nunoba
There will also be nighta at Ishiuchi, Centleisure Maiko and Joetsu Kokusai to the north in Minamiuonuma.
Official resort snow depths @ 30th Dec 08, AM: Mt Naeba: 110cm Kagura Tashiro: 150cm Kagura Mitsumata: 170cm GALA Yuzawa: 100cm Pine Ridge Resorts Kandatsu: 90cm NASPA Ski Garden: 90cm Iwappara: 50cm Yuzawa Kogen: 70cm Nunoba: 40cm Yuzawa Park: 80cm Yuzawa Nakazato: 90cm Kayama Captain Coast: 95cm Read more ...
Tuesday 30th December 2008, 9:48am
moderate snow falling
Light snow fell through much of yesterday and then cleared later in the evening. Overnight there was just a dusting of snow but currently it has started snowing reasonably heavily again. There was not enough snow to fill in yesterdays tracks so fresh lines will be a little harder to find today. The resort is opening gate 4 today allowing access into the slopes below Higashi One ridge. Avalanche danger has decreased considerably but it's probably best not to ride right under the cornice off the ridge. Remember if you go through the gates you are leaving the resort boundary and will be up for a huge wad of cash if you need to be rescued. So only enter these areas if you're an advanced skier/boarder and have avalanche knowledge and equipment.
Good falls of snow will continue today and intensify again tomorrow with some stronger winds returning. So we should see in the new year with plenty more fresh powder. Snow is forecast to continue throughout the outlook period.