Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 14th December 2017

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 31st January 2008, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Snow flurries
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Soft straight-falling snow flurries continued through yesterday and the night. The temperature is mild (-2 in Wadano) with not a huge amount of accumulation in the valley this morning with snow similar to yesterday, plenty of powder. Will update later today with base depth measurements from Goryu, Happo and Tsugaike. Hard not to smile when looking at the weather report for the upcoming week with snow flurries forecast everyday for the next seven days.

Quote from yesterday just as valid today: "Expect soft and fluffy out there today and all day long as the slopes are full of snow but very scarce on people riding in it. Lift lines, No... Sweet Lines, Yes!"

Roads are even slippery than yesterday even, take it easy on the roads and go hard on the mountain.

Backcountry Travel Advisory as at Jan 30th:

Steep Alpine bowls and steep slopes at Tree Line are still very unpredictable and should be avoided if you are not willing to accept the large risk that is associated with these slopes at this time. For areas of better stability and less risk look to moderately angled slopes in simple terrain at or bellow tree line. Settlement and bonding below tree line have created a relatively stable pack across the board in the Hakuba valley but that does NOT include steep open terrain or gullies that may produce slab avalanches and will definitely produce slides in the new snow that has fallen over the last 2 days. The 30 + cm of new snow that has come down with no wind and is laying over a layer of surface hoar frost that was produced 3 nights ago pre the new snow falling. The surface hoar is sitting on sun crust on southern slopes and will produce slides that run far and fast with continued accumulation of new snow. Be aware of increases in wind speed and the associated loading of lee slopes as wind changes direction to North Westerlies and picks up as the High pressure system that is approaching hits some time early tomorrow morning.


Avalanche Hazard:

Alpine: High
Tree-line: High
Below tree-line: Considerable   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Thursday 31st January 2008, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Overcast, Snowing on and off
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There was excellent trail skiing yesterday but with low visibility. Last night it started snowing extremely heavily and continued on and off through the night. We woke up this morning to a white winter wonderland. As at 8:30 this morning, most of the top lifts are shut but are due to be opened shortly.

It looks like it is going to be an amazing day with not much wind and lots of new snow. The avalanche report is saying be careful of cornices. There is a low swell in the ocean which indicates a lack of wind. All this indicates a fantastic day on the mountain. There will be a rush to the off piste as soon as the lifts and gates open.   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 31st January 2008, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The clouds came back again yesterday afternoon but it stayed fairly fine weather and it was a clear night.

This morning the snow is back and the road sprinklers are back on. A few cm of snow on the car this morning and it is coming down now, with the forecast for snow to continue throughout today and all of tomorrow as well. According to those good weather people, we can expect between 20cm and 40cm of snow from now until tomorrow morning.

While there is some wind, it's not too strong right now but may well become stronger later on in the day.

So - snow today and tomorrow with cloud on the menu for Saturday as the forecast stands at the moment.... conditions will be good!

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Update:

The snow has been falling pretty much all day, and there has been about 10cm of snow on the car this evening. Maybe a bit more. It's still coming down and the forecast still says 20-40cm before the lifts start moving tomorrow morning. It has been a cold day, around -3 at the moment and will probably get a bit colder and stay cold into tomorrow when snow is forecast for through the day.

At the moment it is looking like the snow clouds should clear up for Saturday.   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Thursday 31st January 2008, 8:58am
Weather conditions: heavy snow, icy roads, wind not an issue for lift operation today.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was awesome.

Surprisingly 20cm on the oluntain yesterday morning, and big falt flakes of snow as well.

The snow continued throughout the evening and this morning is more of the same. Expect 30cm in ungroomed areas today.

Heavy snowfalls expected today through into the afternoon.   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 31st January 2008, 9:29am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was reminiscent of a warmish day in mid December with heavy powder up top in the morning and wet slush down low in the afternoon. The front has come through now though, it is much colder and it is dumping in a big way. The flakes are fat and falling very slowly. It has been snowing since early this morning and there was about 15cm on the doorstep this morning. Visibility will be very poor but it will be deep and getting deeper today.

Snow is expected all day today and tomorrow. The long range forecast is for cloudy weather on Saturday then snow on Sunday and Monday again.    Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Thursday 31st January 2008, 9:43am
Weather conditions: Heavy snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
More covering snow for the morning presently, with cloudy (and a bit of sun)weather coming on for the rest of the day.

Last night didn't get very cold; only around -4 on the slopes, so watch for slush at the bottom of the more popular resorts. Otherwise, there's powder at the tops.

That makes today's pick Seki Onsen. It's retained its powdery status the whole of this winter. Let's hope next year does the same.

Your Myoko area levels for today:
265cm (Akakura Kanko);
270cm (Akakura Onsen);
215cm (Ikenotaira);
340cm at the top, 160cm bottom (Suginohara);
260cm (Kumado Snowboard Park);
160cm (Pine Valley);
345cm (Seki Onsen);
175cm (Madarao Tangram Ski Circus);
160cm (Madarao Sympathique);
185cm (Madarao Kogen);
160cm (Cupid Valley);
260cm (Myoko Ski Park);
140cm (Togakushi);
160cm (Kurohime);
130cm (Iizuna);
145cm (Iizuna Kogen)

   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 31st January 2008, 9:54am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It isn't actually that much colder this morning (still cold of course), but more snow is falling in the region this morning and visibility is lower than it was. Only a light wind at the moment but with the potential for stronger later on in the day.

The snow is set to continue all day and there is a good chance of snow tomorrow as well, so all of the runs will be getting another pre-weekend top-up. Nice!

Night operations planned at the following resort areas today:

- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Thursday 31st January 2008, 10:44am
Weather conditions: Grey sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The white stuff is dropping out of the sky nicely this morning. Fantastic, there's about 30cm of satisfying powder on the ground.

The wind is up though and the Dragondola is closed and it looks like there will be fairly strong winds during the day.

Visibility is bad today, the mountain is not visible from the village and it's pretty cold at minus 6 degrees.

The snow is set to continue tomorrow and so it looks like the slopes are stacking up with powder snow for the weekend.   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Thursday 31st January 2008, 11:12am
Weather conditions: overcast and snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow started at around midnight and is still going strong this morning coming down at 3cm/hour. There is currently 25 cm of fresh at the valley level with 35cm above 1300m. The snow is forecast to continue through to mid afternoon Friday and should bring a total of 70cm of fresh snow above 1300m.

The outllok for Saturday is for a cloudy day with no snow (except for Tenjin), with the snow returning on Sunday. The wind is expected to be fairly mild over the weekend, making for great riding conditions.

Backcountry
Watch for sluffs from the new snow not bonding well to the warmer layer caused by yesterdays sun.

Avalanche Hazard:
Alpine: Considerable
Tree Line: Moderate
Below Tree line: Moderate   Read more ...
 

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