Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017
Wednesday 30th January 2013, 8:28am
Just a few cm of snowfall to report this morning and it is snowing now as I write this. Kagura say 5cm of fresh up top.
Wind is affecting things a bit early this morning with the Tashiro part of Kagura closed (and also the Dragondola) today. Looks like Mitsumata Ropeway is open and lifts up until the Kagura Number 1 pair lift operating. Other than that, as normal.
Not as cold today but from tomorrow that getting to be almost warm spell is due. Sunny tomorrow and then really getting too mild for comfort on Friday into Saturday. Rain may well be on the cards.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 250cm Kagura - 370cm Read more ...
Wednesday 30th January 2013, 8:49am
Not a huge amount of snow since yesterday and probably no more than 5-10cm on the slopes. Down in the village just a few cm in the end but it is snowing again this morning and cloudy/foggy out there with poor visibility. A moderate wind but all lifts are operating as planned.
It's the annual big festival in Zao Onsen this coming Saturday. Snow statues are in the process of being build around the village in preparation for the event. There'll be torchlit skiing, performances, fireworks and, as they say, much more. The main event is from 7:30pm until 8:30pm in the Uwanodai course area with a special stage area made just for the event. Should be fun.
I have around 10cm or so of very nice quality snowfall to report in the village area this morning - a light delivery both in terms of cm and quality of snow.
The sun is out for the moment and while looking over in the direction of Yotei I can't see that particularly mountain, there is lots of blue sky above the resorts here in Niseko with just a bit of cloud hanging around up there.
Wind on the mountain again today, I'm afraid, with wind speeds of up to 20m/s. Somewhat inevitably, lifts are affected and the top lifts at each of the resort areas are not operating this morning.
At Grand Hirafu it's the top Ace Number 4, King Number 3 and King Number 4 lifts that are affected as well as the Hanazono Number 3 quad over on the Hanazono side. At Niseko Village, the Gondola and Wonderland Chair are not moving at the time of writing. Over at Annupuri, the Annupuri Gondola, Jumbo 3 and Jumbo 4 lifts are on hold with just the Jumbo 1 and Jumbo 2 lifts open. All subject to change of course if conditions allow, but strong winds are forecast for the day...
Friday and Saturday look set to be somewhat warmer, with a return to colder conditions hopefully from Sunday.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 400cm Bottom - 190cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 330cm Bottom - 230cm
Niseko Village Top - 375cm Bottom - 220cm
Niseko base 6am: -6C, 5cm of crystal snow. Moiwa 800m: -8C, moderate development of snowdrift and the slopes are recovered. Annupuri peak: N16.1m/s, -12.7℃. Annupuri 1000m snowpack: 330cm. Coastal data: N11m/s, 1.3m waves and 102hPa.
Although the atmospheric pressure gradient is relatively flat, a moderate northerly storm is persisting in areas above 1000m. The weather is forecasted to calm down in the morning. 30cm thick surface slab avalanches from Jan 28-29th layer are likely to occur in Kozannosawa (Backbowl) 1200m area, Higashione 900m area. The newly formed snowdrift slabs will remain unstable in the morning, but the overall avalanche risk is moderate.
Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10am, feel free to ask advice from the ski-patrol before stepping out the gates. Ducking ropes is prohibited at all time.
It seems more and more schools are taking children skiing in the out of bounds areas, we strongly hope that the group leader is teaching the kids the Rules as well as the risks involved in going in such areas. It is good to give the kids adventurous opportunities, but it is the mentor's responsibility to explain the dangers and have them understood by the kids.
Do not traverse under cornices, beware of cracks/crevasses, and better not overestimate technology, experience or skills. Think safe! Read more ...
Wednesday 30th January 2013, 9:08am
Today is a little bit of a change from the clear days that we have been having recently. Last night brought some snow but not quite as much as we were hoping for and accumulation in the village is only 2cm. However, this will provide a nice top up to the base and on the mountain itself accumulation will be significantly more than 2cm. The day is overcast with clouds rolling down over the tops. There is some flat light particularly on the upper mountain but overall visibility is reasonable and should be an issue. Currently there are light winds around the base area and these will pick up in exposed areas on the mountain. Read more ...
Wednesday 30th January 2013, 9:37am
Cloud, light snow higher up, some clearer patches
Good morning from Hakuba.
No new snowfall to report from this area, other than a sprinkling of snow by Hakuba 47.
Clouds predominant this morning over the village and mountains, though once again areas of blue sky on show. It is snowing though at higher elevations it seems. A mixed bag for sure.
A temperature of -3C right now with a high of around +2 later on in the day forecast.
Let's take a look at the forecast. Unfortunately, there seems to be more chance of rain than snow over the weekend, perhaps even higher up on the mountains as well with the freezing level rising over 2000m. We might get balmy temperatures closing in on double digits Friday-Saturday. Before then clearer conditions are likely.
So it looks like we'll have to make do with what we have out there for the weekend. Forecasts have been known to be wrong, let's hope that's the case here...
Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 30th January 2013:
Hakuba Goryu: No snow reported up top from Hakuba Goryu this morning. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 325cm; Toomi - 170cm; Iimori - 140cm
Hakuba 47: 2cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 this morning. Official snow depth: Upper - 235cm Lower - 190cm
It looked like it might be getting sunny early in the morning, but the light snow turned back on again, so hopefully there will be a little fresh powder out there (we could use a little reset in places). Looks like some very strange weather ahead, though; tomorrow should be sunny and a little warmer, and then the freezing level is going to start moving up almost to the peak of Mt. Myoko. Meaning we could have some rain (blechhhh) on Friday into Saturday. Then the temperature is predicted to drop very fast with snow returning. That could mean the formation of an ice layer which would then be loaded with snow, so it's a good time for anyone heading off the piste to keep an eye on things, go prepared, and be ready to not go if things get very sketchy.
You just never know! Let's see what happens over the next few days.
Operations and official snow depths
Akakura Kanko (Akakan) 300cm, -2C
Akakura Onsen 290cm, -3C
Ikenotaira 220cm, -3C
Suginohara 245cm, -5C
Seki Onsen 460cm, -5C
Kyukamura 390cm, 2C (why are they in the plus range? I think the thermometer is too near the onsen)
Grey skies in Minakami this morning and variable weather depending on how high up you go. Sleet at the moment in the valley with the top of the resorts reporting snow. It is pretty cold and the wind is blowing, especially up high. It could cause some disruptions to lift operations today, with a couple of chairs on wind-hold up at Tenjin early this morning.
The snow is supposed to continue through today and then we are promised a couple of fine days from tomorrow. More precipitation due over the weekend so with a bit of luck that will mean snow in all resorts for Saturday and Sunday - touch wood. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 30th January 2013, 9:59am
Apologies for the missing report yesterday. A mix of technical problems and then me being away...
Anyway good news. It's snowing. Coming down nicely here in Maruike was well, with a moderate wind blowing it around - though the wind does not seem to be preventing any lifts that should be moving from doing so this morning. Oh hold on, seems the Shibutoge lift is not moving yet...
This snowfall at the moment though is the kind that will quickly lead to new cm.
Weather set to clear up by tomorrow and then a run of days with milder temperatures... even perhaps rising into positive numbers.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 30th January 2013 AM:
It is a foggy, cloudy morning in Yuzawa with light snow falling in places. Just a dusting really around town with resorts telling of up to 5cm or so of new snowfall. It didn't dip below 0C overnight so rather mild and at the moment it is still around 0C in town. The skies will probably clear up later on today and it should be cold overnight followed by clearer and sunnier skies tomorrow. If the forecast is correct it will be very sunny in fact and Friday may well also start off similar.
With warm temperatures forecast on Friday and Saturday - up to around 10 degrees on Saturday?! - there's a good chance of rain later on Friday into Saturday, but hopefully we can avoid that.
Earlier this morning I could see the mountain and while there was a lot of cloud around it was fairly clear and good visibility. That soon changed and while we have no new snow until this morning it is coming down now. Snowing and poor visibility outside now with the report actually reporting 5cm.
It's currently -3 degrees here at base with a 3m/s wind. All of Madarao is open as normal.
Sun is due tomorrow and it's going to warm up on Friday and Saturday in particular. Going to get very mild over the weekend by the looks and we might even get some rain. Let's try not to think about that just yet though!
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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 30th January 2013, 10:49am
It's an interesting morning here in Nozawa Onsen. We have some light snow falling across the mountain with quite a large variation in temperature from top to bottom. Up high it is still cold, sitting at -8C but down low is positively balmy at about +1C. Therefore we should expect a high degree of snow quality variation across differing altitudes today.
Interestingly we have also had more snow down low than up high. 10cm was recorded on the lower slopes while up high only received 2cm.
Yesterday was a quiet day on the hill. Thanks to cold morning temperatures the snow was very nice in quality with many powder pockets on offer through the trees. The groomed runs were nice to begin before becoming firm and fast in the afternoon, icy in stretches. Snow clouds moved away at midday and it remained partly cloudy with even some sun during the afternoon. Lower slopes became sun affected with a crust forming off piste as the day wound up.
Tomorrow we should expect a nice clear sunny day. No new snow is expected. Following that there should be a bit of warmth moving over the region on Friday and Saturday, possible even some dreaded rain. Thankfully the warm temps should not linger with a cool front breaking through on Saturday night.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating except Yunomine pair Mizunashi triple Challenge pair Utopia pair Higake Number 2 pair B line
Courses open: All courses open except Kandahar East Kandahar West