Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017
Monday 3rd January 2011, 7:47am
Cleae blue skies, sun
As per the forecast, the sun is out early on and it looks like we are set for a clear day with fine weather and blue skies. A high temperature of around 2 degrees is forecast for later on today.
Kagura are reporting 5cm or so of fresh snow, though there hasn't really been anything more than a sprinkling lower down the mountainsides. Kagura is still the pick of the bunch in terms of open terrain and of course snow depth as they do report 1.5m of snow up there. Resorts around town lower down are still struggling with less snow, though mostly almost fully open and there is of course fun to be had.
When is this huge fun dump of snow coming to Yuzawa, I hear you ask. Well, we want to know that too, it is certainly overdue. But it still doesn't look like we are on for that in the coming week - though we still have some semi-decent looking snowfall hopefully arriving around Wednesday into Thursday.
The forecast for today was 'fine and sunny' but early on things are still cloudy though it looks like there is a good chance that it will clear up as the morning moves on.
The New Year holidays will be over for many people now, or by the end of today anyway, and so I would expect things to be less busy today and more so from tomorrow.
The evening time light up will be running tonight and then from the 8th it will be Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.
A quick look at the forecast and we should be in for the next snow perhaps later on tomorrow evening and into Wednesday. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 3rd January 2011, 8:02am
Clear, bright, sunny, blue skies
A good morning from Shiga Kogen.
It's going to be one of those clear, fine, sunny blue sky days -- and cold with it. Early on in Maruike it is -12 degrees and Kumanoyu is also reporting -12 degrees.... one of the coldest days of the season so far I would say. No new snow to report though and like I said it will be a clear day today. A fine day to be out on the slopes for sure.
Tomorrow will perhaps also be fairly clear with just a small chance of some light snow showers, followed by more clear conditions early Wednesday that will hopefully cloud over quickly and bring us snow by the end of the day on Wednesday... and into Thursday.
Official resort snow depths as of 3rd December 2011:
Today the weather is clear and warm in Madarao. The snow has stopped and the sky is blue. A great way to finish the New Year holiday break. The snow yesterday fell all day leaving a good base and top to bottom conditions. A little snow is forecast for tomorrow, but today will be blue sky all day!
Today will be the first day for No 13 lift to open at Madarao, which will pretty much open the whole mountain. Only the tree runs are left to open and they will still need another 50 cm or so of snow. The snow groomers have been working over night so the bumps will be few and far between early, allowing a perfect day for top to bottom runs on the groomed courses.
Today twelve of the fifteen lifts and the kids park will be open at Madarao. The snowboard park will also be open today. The last night of Night Skiing will be tonight. After tonight Night skiing will only be available on weekends.
Lifts currently operating:
No 1 lift No 2 quad lift No 5 lift Super Quad No 11 Lift No 12 Lift No 13 Lift No 15 lift No 3 Lift Moving Belt at Kids Park Snowboard beginner course Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 3rd January 2011, 8:30am
Some low cloud expected to clear later
It's shaping up to be the best day of the season so far in Nozawa.
Official reports are showing 20cm of fresh snow overnight but there is probably that much on the roof of the cars so figure it is more like 30cm plus up top.
The sun is peaking through and temperatures are pretty cold so snow quality should be excellent on the mountain.
Yesterday saw consistent snow falling throughout the day.
All the lifts are now open including Karasawa and most of the slopes too, except for the lower steeps.
A few sunny days are on the menu then a good size dump due on Wednesday night. Great time to be in the mountains.
All except the following Schneider Challenger 39 degrees Kandahar Grand Prix Jumping Mukobayashi Hachiman Uenotaira Half Pipe Karasawa Wave Park
Nice and sunny with a calm wind this morning, but later on today and into tonight we are expecting snow showers or perhaps frozen rain. Thanks to the stable temperature and steady snowfall of late, we have a good stable base pretty much all the way down to gondola base now.
Most of the groomed runs are fast snow, and you could still find some powder stash here and there off piste and in the side country.
There has been no new snow over night, lowest temp today is -9 and highest is -2.
We are expecting some new snow over night and tomorrow after noon. Keep on praying for more snow.
Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 3rd January AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 210cm; Toomi - 100cm; Iimori - 80cm
Hakuba 47: The resort and park at the resort are fully open. Snow depth (upper) - 140cm.
Happo-one: All of the Happo-one slopes are now open. Nakiyama nighta now operating. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 160cm; Shirakaba - 90cm Nakiyama - 90cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The Karamatsu nighta operations are now open and the Jib Park is now partly open. Snow depth - 225cm Maruyama area - 110cm Champion - 110cm
Hakuba Iwatake: All of the Iwatake resort is now open. Upper - 100cm Lower - 65cm
Hakuba Cortina: All of the Cortina resort is also now open. Upper - 195cm Lower - 110cm
Hakuba Sanosaka: All lifts at Sanosaka are now operating. 70cm Read more ...
Monday 3rd January 2011, 8:48am
Yesterday saw a few flurries of snow hit to the valley level, but it did not amount to much. Tenjin has now opened the Tajirisawa course meaning you can ride to the bottom of the ropeway. This opens up a lot of great terrain!
Today will be cloudy with some patches of sun but the temps should stay under 2deg C which will aid in some settling of the pack to create a good base.
The remainder of the week looks like 5 days out of 6 will bring snow with moderate falls expected for Thursday and Friday this week. Read more ...
Monday 3rd January 2011, 9:19am
High broken cloud
There was a bit of excitement last night as it started snowing lightly - now, while the words lightly and snowing would not normally be connected to the emotion of excitement, given the lack of fresh snow recently, villagers were indeed excited. Total fresh snow accumulated to 4cm in the village.
The day looks good with clear weather and not much in the way of breezes. The light has a hint of flatness about it due to the high cloud conditions. All lifts are operating.It is looking like a system bringing snow will hit us late Wednesday or early Thursday. This will indeed be welcome and could bring more excitement. Read more ...
Monday 3rd January 2011, 9:44am
Clear, some clouds moving in from the west
I's a bluebird morning, after a day of some good snowfall. The snow tapered off late in the evening yesterday, but left about 20 cm of fresh on top of the snow from the day before. We can always use more, but the base is building up, and snow conditions have been very good at the resorts.
It's also stayed pretty cold, which is helping to keep those good snow conditions. Not a lot of heavy snow in the forecast, but it looks like there will be continued fall over the next week.
Most ski areas continue to be conservative in their reporting (apart from Tangram, which suddenly gained 60cm, and Ski Park). Let's just say there was at least 20cm since yesterday midday, which means some good sliding on the slopes.
Today the skies are bright and blue with not a cloud in the sky. Usually, when we report bright blue skiies the trend is for the weather to turn windy and it to be snowing strongly by the afternoon. However, it appears today will be different, with the wind to remain very weak throughout the day and with the possibility of a light snow falling at night time.
Visibility is excellent, with winds of only 5km. The temperature is expected to hit -1 with a windchill of -4 degress. This is expected to drop to around -9 by the end of the day.
In terms of the lifts, all are currently in operation both in at Naeba and Kagura.
In regards to the runs, the Women's Riesin and the lower eastern section of the Hiuchi #1 slope are still closed.
Finally some fresh snow across the resort! Not a whole lot fell but certainly more than was expected and although it's not exactly going to be bottomless there's a nice layer of light, fluffy powder once more on the slopes. It is currently still snowing moderately and this should continue well into the afternoon. Tonight is expected to fine up though and tomorrow also should be mostly fine. Still looking good for sustained snowfalls to start from Wednesday onwards. So hopefully by next weekend the resort will be back to it's normal deep, powdery goodness!
The avi report today is regarding an avalanche that occurred on the 1st in the Annupuri backbowl. Not sure how the person accessed the bowl as the gates are closed but it's a tiimely reminder to respect the rules and not duck ropes.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 185 Bottom - 70
Niseko Village: Top - 125 Bottom - 85
Annupuri: Top - 145 Bottom - 90
Report of the avalanche accident on January 1st.
Although unconfirmed, the starting zone is seen to be the top of the Backbowl sidewall (NW ridge from the summit) around 1250m elevation. The crown could not be identified but the avalanche type would have been a shallow surface slab avalanche. The victim has been found unconscious and CPA in the bowl at 950m at 10am on the 2nd Jan, 60cm under the surface and roughly 500m from the estimated starting zone. Although there was no clear signs of debris, sasa bamboo were unnaturally thick in the potential track area at 1100m, probably due to the avalanche scraping snow blocks off the slope. A mixed team of Hokkaido Police and Niseko ski patrollers did the search and rescue operation on the 2nd. One ski was found at 9:45am, followed by beacon search and identified the victim. He has been dug out and taken to Sapporo hospital by the police helicopter. The estimated causes of the avalanche are: 1. Skiing stimulation made unstable snowdrifts (developed by strong 25-30m/s ENE wind) collapse. 2. Sliding of depth hoar layer that formed and developed above 1200m area due to sun reflection effect. According to the companion, the accident would have happened at 11:10am on the 1st Jan. 300m of altitude difference between the start and rescued point. The whole slope seemed to have composed a big slab with partial hard-packed snowdrifts of windblown snow. The cause of the accident would be that this person tried to ski Backbowl’s sidewall without considering the poor weather and strong wind consequences. No matter the amount of snow, avalanches happen in the right conditions. We would like to offer all our sincere condolences to the victim and his family.
All access gates are kept closed due to insufficient snow; do not duck ropes to seek fresh lines. Mountain base 6am: -4℃, light snowfall and no notable development of snowdrifts. The snow in the trees seems good.