Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 14th December 2017
Thursday 30th January 2014, 7:41am
Almost blue bird, just a few clouds
The clouds cleared yesterday leaving us with a very nice afternoon. Blue skies, sun, some cloud still around.
This morning it's sunny from early on. Lots of blue sky, some thin high cloud but it looks like it is quickly going to cloud over this morning. It's going to warm up today though, local forecasts tell us to expect a high of +7.
Cloudy conditions expected for most of the day, then maybe rain to sleet to snow overnight into tomorrow.
Yesterday's epic powder conditions will probably be etched in the memory of many as the best day of their ski holiday in Furano. There are still plenty of powder stashes out on the mountain, so if you couldn't make it yesterday then today is still not too late.
There is a light wind around the base and this increases towards the tops. The wind will reduce as the day progresses. Temperatures are relatively warm with -2c at base and we hope they don't break 0c, which according to the mountain forecast they wont. It is overcast with some very light snow falling at the moment.
This evening another significant snowfall is expected and temperatures tomorrow will be a lot colder again.
There's another 10cm to report this morning at Hirafu base, but that's not the headline this morning.
It's windy and warm. Well, warm for Niseko mid winter - currently just hanging around just under zero but due to warm up beyond that. As you might expect, that will affect snow conditions this morning.
The south westerly winds are preventing the top Jumbo 4 lift at Annupuri, the Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair at Niseko Village and the King 3 and 4, Ace 4, Hanazono 3 lifts at Hirafu and Hanazono from moving early on. Wind is expected to play with the lifts for the day, so that may well change.
Snow showers expected through the day with more snow due overnight. Hopefully tomorrow will be colder and that's what the forecasts promise.
Oh yes, looks like poor visibility today on the mountain with a foggy start to the day.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -4C, 15cm low pressure snowfall in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -6C, wind , 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -7C, wind WSW15m/s, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: no data. Annupuri peak 1308m: -6.1C, wind WNW8.6m/s. Cape Benkei: SSE6m/s, Cape Kamui: SSW24m/s, wave 2.1m, pressure 1004hPa.
Temperature and SW wind rose with the passing of low pressure system. From observations this morning, till about 9am, the avalanche risk is low, but as the temperature rises today, the risk becomes HIGH from warm temp surface slabs. Below 1000m, steep slopes, under steep lift lines, narrow gullies should be avoided. Dont remain in the valley bottoms. Snow will be good this morning. Gate openings are yet to be decided. Please respect the Patrols decisions. Yesterday in Mizuno no sawa, there was large avalanche travelling approx 1000m. When conditions are right an avalanche will happen, if people are there it becomes an accident. You always need to make wise decisions in the mountains. This information is to help minimise accidents in uncontrolled areas out of the ski areas.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
Lovely day yesteday (well, for those that like the views!), that early morning cloud gradually disappeared and by noon it was mostly clear. Blue skies and sunny.
It's a much greyer start to the day and very cloudy. Temperature dipped to around -7 degrees overnight, and as we approach 9am it's around -2C. Going to warm up though and a high of +5C is forecast for later on. Hate to have to mention it, but rain is likely as well later but it should be snow on upper elevations and hopefully as far down towards the village as possible. Tomorrow is forecast to keep around zero and be dry, perhaps a bit of sun on Saturday and then more rain on Sunday I'm afraid as we warm up again.
Every season has one or two warm spells with rain 'events', looks like we're on that bumpy path at the moment. Snow conditions are as you might expect them to be after this mostly dry spell we have been having. Best higher up.
Of course we want to get right back to cold and consistently snowy as quickly as possible. Early next week? I'll keep you posted each day.
It's the Chinese New Year this weekend and lots of visitors coming to celebrate in Hakuba this year over the coming week or so. Would be nice to show them a good old traditional Hakuba snowfest!
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 30th January 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 275cm Toomi - 160cm Iimori - 140cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 260cm Lower - 95cm
Happo-one: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Usagidaira - 230cm Nakiyama - 70cm Sakka - 90cm
Yesterday ended up with nice blue skies and it was a fine afternoon.
This morning it's much cloudier. OK so here's what the forecasts tell us to expect today - a high of around 5 degrees, cloud, rain or sleet later on this afternoon/evening and sleet/snow overnight into tomorrow morning. Tomorrow should be colder, keeping on the right side of freezing down to the village.
We'll take another look at the weekend forecast tomorrow - currently mostly unchanged since I talked about it yesterday - and see how that has updated.
Lifts All lifts operating except: Yunomine pair Mizunashi triple Challenge pair Utopia pair Hikage Number 2 pair B
Courses All courses open except: Kandahar East Kandahar West Read more ...
Thursday 30th January 2014, 9:10am
Turned out to be a very fine day yesterday. Or as the resort called it, a 'Puchi The Day', which I think kind of means like a 'mini' version of a fine fine day.
Anyway on to today and it is much cloudier at the moment. Unfortunately, good chance of rain later on today, but fingers crossed it'll be snowing at least higher up. I'm hopeful of being able to report new snow tomorrow morning.
Still, we're in a kind of mild stretch at the moment, with Sunday looking like it will warm up as well (and perhaps more of the 'r' stuff). Hmmm.
In more exciting news.... look out, it's fireworks! On Saturday night, after nighta, there will be a fireworks display to enjoy at the resort. Just get yourself over to near the Madarao Kogen Hotel and enjoy. (There's another fireworks display on 1st March too).
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
It's a fine morning in Zao Onsen. Blue skies and just a few clouds. The sun is out. All is calm. It's rather mild though and now about +1c here in the village area.
No new snow to report.
It should be snowing overnight tonight though, but we may get a bit of rain before that in the village. While tomorrow should be much colder, forecasts tell us to expect more warm on Sunday. And perhaps some rain. Yuck. Strong winds probable overnight too.
Event time on Saturday. It's the annual Snow and Fire event, the main part of the Zao Juhyo Festuval. As well as watching torchlit skiing down the slopes, and fireworks, the 'yuru-character performance' has to be a highlight! Or perhaps just looking at some of the fine snow statues that have been made. Anyway the main event is from 7:30pm over in front of the Base Center in the Uwanodai area. Worth a look and hopefully the weather will co-operate.
Official snow depths (30th January 14): Utopia: 250cm Chuo: 195cm Paradise: 225cm Uwanodai: 140cm Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 30th January 2014, 9:30am
It was sunny earlier on, but has quickly clouded over and we have mostly grey skies over Shiga Kogen now.
Has been quite mild overnight and this morning. We are expecting some snow late on and overnight and a colder day tomorrow though warming up again over the weekend and possibly even some rain here on Sunday.
Looking at the forecasts, Saturday would be my choice for this coming weekend.
Official snow depth data, as of Thursday 30th January 2014, 9am):