Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 14th December 2017

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 3rd March 2010, 9:17am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, light rain town, snow higher up
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday just after I posted the report the clouds cleared up and we had a short while where there was a lot of blue sky up above Yuzawa, but the clouds soon came back and by the end of the afternoon there was lots of low cloud and at times spots of rain falling.

Overnight it seems that higher areas have had a sprinkling of snow and in the last hour the tops of the mountains have become covered in cloud once again --- it may even be snowing up there. Light snow and perhaps rain lower down in town on the forecast for the day with things clearing up again later in the day and into tomorrow.

That cold snap I mentioned yesterday still seems to be on the way but perhaps pushed back to around Sunday/Monday... before then it looks like a mix of cloud/sleet/light snow higher up is on the cards.

Right now it is 3 degrees in town and has actually started to drizzle.

It's the Yuzawa Snow Festival on Saturday night centered around the main onsen road from the west exit of the station. There should be a fair few events going on for that - fresh snow would be good!

Official resort snow depths @ 3rd March 10, AM:
Mt Naeba:
250cm
Kagura:
350cm
Kagura - Tashiro:
310cm
GALA Yuzawa:
240cm
Kandatsu Kogen:
230cm
NASPA Ski Garden:
180cm
Iwappara:
210cm
Yuzawa Kogen:
240cm
Nunoba:
140cm
Yuzawa Park:
180cm
Yuzawa Nakazato:
180cm
Kayama Captain Coast:
190cm   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 3rd March 2010, 9:23am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Strong winds today and with clouds overhead moving fast the weather has been fairly changeable - blue skies and sunshine this morning, overcast with some blue patches right now. It is not so cold with Goryu recording -1 at 1500masl this morning, but with strong N/NW gusts exposed areas at altitude are several degrees lower than this and the air temp outside is on the chilly side.

Rain or snow is forecast tomorrow depending on where you look but the freezing level isn't too low so its more of a fingers crossed thing.

For the weekend ahead it looks like precipitation is coming in on Saturday but temps will still be faily warm, just beginning to drop, so we will be lucky if everything falls as snow; temperatures dropping back into the minuses Sunday/early next week.

Official resort snow depths on 3rd Mar 10:

Happo-one:
80cm (Shirakaba)
90cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
280cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
100cm (Iimori)
120cm (Toomi)
285cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
215cm
Tsugaike Kogen:
140cm (Kanenonaruoka)
115cm (Maruyama)
320cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
70cm (Shomen)
200cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
145cm
Hakuba Minekata:
80cm
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Zao Now!

Wednesday 3rd March 2010, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is -2 degrees in Zao village this morning so it is colder than it has been, and another cloudy start to the day. We have 1-2cm or so of fresh snow to report as well. Not much else to report this morning, I would say today will be very similar in conditions as yesterday.

Snow or perhaps even rain especially lower down the mountain is expected tomorrow night but after that it looks like we can look forward to some proper colder conditions bringing more snowfall around Sunday into Monday.

Chuo area:
215cm

Paradise area:
220cm

Utopia area:
220cm   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 3rd March 2010, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Periods of cloud and sun with relatively cool temperatures.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We're still hanging out for some more fresh snow, with good spring conditions and a 200cm base up the top of the mountain after snowy conditions up there yesterday.

Today's conditions should be quite cold, with decent visibility and moderate winds. Best conditions will be early on the firm packed groomers.

The 6 day forecast is still looking good with some colder weather and snow forecast over the weekend and early next week.

Let's hope we get another big dump!

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:

Yamabiko:
200cm

Uenotaira:
195cm

Higake:
110cm

Nagasaka:
95cm.
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Naeba Now!

Wednesday 3rd March 2010, 9:37am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Put a hold on that snowy weekend - looks like it has been delayed, though we can perhaps still expect the snow to be with us on Sunday along with some colder temperatures. Come on bring it on!

Yesterday ended up being cloudy after a brief clear up in the morning and Kagura are reporting another 1cm of snow this morning. Down in the village no snow to report but some wet roads so it was either raining or sleeting overnight. Right now it is just cloudy both down here and on the mountain with poor visibility up there at the top covered in cloud. It is -1 degrees in the village and according to the forecast there is a chance of snow later on... if it does it won't be anything significant.

The resorts are all open as planned this morning.

Official Snow Depths:

Naeba:
250cm

Kagura:
350cm

Kagura (Tashiro):
310cm   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 3rd March 2010, 9:37am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Late last night it started to snow and I was hopeful we'd awake this morning to plenty of fresh powder but unfortunately it was not to be. Most of the snow missed our area and moved through a bit further south and east of us. Hakkodate and Chitose actually had quite reasonable falls but that doesn't help us here. We ended up getting a few cm's it's currently snowing but conditions on the mountain haven't really improved much at all. Up high reasonably strong winds have actually stripped the surface back to ice. Some of the protected gullies may have some reasonable snow but overall the off-piste is not great and the groomers will be the best choice today. The peak gates are open but with cloud, strong winds and little prospect of any good snow it's probably not worth the effort. Hopefully the snow will continue throughout today and the predicted falls tomorrow night are bigger than expected.
At this stage it looks like next week will be cold and snowy with a much more normal winter pattern looking likely to establish itself over the region.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 290
Bottom - 165

Niseko Village:
Top - 380
Bottom - 205

Annupuri:
Top - 350
Bottom - 220

Avalanche Information:
(Information as of this morning)

Niseko Avalanche Info No.78

Strong southerly breeze (15m/s+) has persisted during the night at the peak and fresh snow is blown away in most places.
The surface is mostly rock hard ice crusts in high altitude slopes and a thin layer of fresh snow is covering re-frozen sun crusted slopes in slopes below 1000m.
Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30, however the out of bounds condition is horrible. Yesterday’s tracks remain and are frozen, not suitable for pleasant skiing.
Some cracks/crevasses have been covered with a thin layer of fresh snow and are not visible from above.
Please ride carefully.







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Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 3rd March 2010, 9:46am
Weather conditions: Sun, some cloud hanging on
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a cloudy morning early on with some dark clouds but bright skies behind them - all looking very dramatic out there as I write this! Having said that I was driving through the area this morning and there were pretty variable conditions in different places - so there's a feeling that we are in a period of really easily changing weather conditions at the moment.... though the clearer skies may wellwin out today.

It certainly feels more chilly this morning even though temperatures are still hovering just below freezing. (We expect colder here!)

Before that promised (!) snowfall on Sunday, the variable conditions like like they will continue. Cloudy with possible light snow tomorrow followed by cloudy/clear on Friday.

Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 3rd March 10:

Yokoteyama:
175cm
Shibutoge:
180cm
Kumanoyu:
180cm
Maruike:
160cm
Sun Valley:
150cm
Giant:
150cm
Mammoth:
160cm
Terakoya:
170cm
Ichinose Family:
170cm
Ichinose Diamond:
160cm
Yakebitaiyama:
180cm
Okushiga Kogen:
200cm   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 3rd March 2010, 10:22am
Weather conditions: Fog
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's soupy out there, but at least it's not rain. You can call it snow—it's more like tiny ice particles—but what's falling from the skies is not immediately wet, at least.

Temperatures are down, which is good news at least for the snowpack, as the melting has stopped for the time being. The long-term forecast is for some more snow, a reminder that the season certainly isn't over, and there is good skiing out there. Today just might not be the best time to try it out....

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:
205cm

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):
215cm

Ikenotaira:
220cm

Myoko Suginohara:
150cm

Seki Onsen:
470cm

Myoko Ski Park:
240cm

Kyukamura:
250cm

Tangram:
150cm

Madarao:
170cm
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Furano Now!

Wednesday 3rd March 2010, 12:27pm
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Things just keep getting better in Furano. There has been 5cm of new snow in the village over night and it is still snowing. The quality of the fresh snow is very good; light dry powder. On the ski area itself there is up to 10cm in certain places on top of a packed powder base. The skiing this morning was very good for this time of year. There is a moderate wind on the upper part of the mountain, and this has meant that operation of the Kitanomine Gondola has had to be suspended until the wind quitens down. Lower mountain visibility is good while on the upper mountain it is varying between good and fair. With a firm base underfoot an edge sharpen will add quality to your day.   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 3rd March 2010, 13:22pm
Weather conditions: Low cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday's "glorious spring weather" didn't last for very long at all as the clouds quickly came in as well as some low mist which led to some of the resorts closing the higher slopes due to bad visibility.

Today continues in much the same vein with cloud everywhere and even some light rain falling down in the valley. It feels colder than yesterday and when some sleet started late morning a few people got excited about the possibility of snow but it soon turned back to rain again.

The forecast for the run up to the weekend continues to be dominated by cloud and the odd shower.
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