Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 14th December 2017
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 4th February 2009, 8:48am
Fine and sunny
It is a fine and sunny morning here in Nozawa Onsen. No new snow fell overnight, and it is currently -2 degrees in the village and -9 degrees up on Yamabiko. The snow depth is now 150cm on Uenodaira and 190cm on Yamabiko. There is currently a weak southwesterly breeze of around 5km/h. Temperatures should stay below zero for most of the mountain, but may rise above freezing at the bottom lifts.
Clear conditions are expected to continue through until tomorrow night, when heavy snow is predicted to bring 15cm overnight. Friday morning will also bring snow showers before clearing Saturday morning and then more snow Saturday night. Another 16cm is predicted to fall over Saturday night and Sunday.
Enjoy the sunshine and stunning views...
All lifts are expected to operate today except: Mizunashi. Yunomine Hikage #2 B Challenge Utopia
All courses will be open except Jumping, Mukoubayashi, Kurokura and Hachiman. Read more ...
Wednesday 4th February 2009, 8:53am
Overcast with snow showers.
The snow continued off and on, and another 5-10 cm has fallen since yesterday morning. It's nothing major, but it is fresh snow and so we'll take it.
This Saturday and Sunday is the Furano Snow Festival. There will be games, activities, food throughout the day, and fireworks (Saturday night) in the Kitanomine parking lot.
It is a fine morning in Shiga Kogen with the sun out early on. There are some clouds remaining in the sky but there's more blue than those and it should be a good day weather wise through until this evening. Temperatures about as they were yesterday though it will probably warm up a bit more than it did yesterday.
Tomorrow looks like it will start off fine again though hopefully we will be seeing some snow fall by the end of the day.
Some great views of Mt Asama this morning from the top of Yokoteyama.
The following resort plans to be open for nighta tonight: Ichinose Family Ichinose Diamond
Official resort snow depths as of 4th February 09:
It was snowing on and off for a good part of yesterday, though it didn't amount to much on top of the car in the late afternoon (none actually!)
This morning the sun is out. There are lingering clouds and a fair amount of fog to the north by Ishiuchi Maruyama early on, but it looks set to be a fine sunny day --- and more of the same on the forecast for tomorrow too.
Currently it is -1 in Yuzawa with a high of around 3 degrees later on in the day.
Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa: Naeba Iwappara
In Minamiuonuma just to the north, nighta at: Ishiuchi Maruyama Centleisure Maiko Joetsu Kokusai
A sunny day round the mountain, with more sun tomorrow. The slopes are quite crowded as weekdays go today, and the car parks are quite packed. Snow is slated for Friday all the way through to Monday night. Read more ...
Wednesday 4th February 2009, 10:56am
Cloudy day yesterday but as forecast today is bluebird as.
January was all about waiting for snow...hopefully February doesn't give us more of the same; as fun as it is out there the fun factor would be amped up by another dump or three.
Not much to say otherwise at the moment.
Play safe and have fun.
Snow Stability Information
The storm snow of last weekend is settling and continuing to bond to the rain crust below at treeline and below treeline areas. Solar radiated south slopes in the alpine in the Tsugaike / Korenge area proved to be very unstable on Monday with multiple large scale slab and loose slides due to the intense radiation putting stress on the new snow / Feb 1st crust interface. The story has been different in the Happo and Goryu areas as these two areas saw much less snow and just as much or even more wind that scoured northern aspects. Information and observations of alpine terrain in the Happo area have been limited and will be updated after observations today.
The forecast of snow for yesterday did not amount to much accumulation and should not be adding much stress to the snow pack. It is however wise to use due caution in steep solar exposed leeward aspect terrain. The weather forecast is for sunny skies and warm mid day temperatures over the next 2 days which will allow for warming of the surface snow and increase avalanche hazard.
As the recent weather has been very variable and the amounts of new have also varied greatly across the Hakuba range it is imperative that the stability of the area that you are entering into is reassessed using observations of avalanche activity and snowpack tests. It is advised to stay in well supported terrain away from solar radiated rocks and trees on steep wind loaded terrain.
Steadily increasing air temperature Cornice fall Warming of surface snow causing instability in surface and near surface layers Solar radiated cornices becoming weak with direct solar radiation. Increased instability of solar aspect start zones especially under cornices and very steep slopes. Increased caution advised around rocky outcroppings‚ cliffs and well spaced trees in start zones. Lee side loading Windward scouring of ridges and rock out-crops creating uneven loading of slopes Due caution on cross loaded slopes Poor bonding at or around buried crust Facet layer around buried crust Wide propagation due to wind slab Due caution in steep and convex terrain
Danger level 3 : Considerable
Natural avalanches possible. Human triggered avalanches probable. Danger level ratings are set for conditions at tree line and may vary from below tree line and High Alpine areas. Use this information as a guideline only.
A beautiful blue bird sky this morning in Minakami with a current temperature of 7 deg C at the valley. The weekly forecast is not looking promising for snow with a lot of sun and temperatures above 0 deg on the forecast.
There is still some nice snow to be had but you have to climb for it. Above 1700m there is still nice nice powder to be found, so if powder is your thing then getting up high in the backcountry is your best option. Read more ...
Wednesday 4th February 2009, 14:54pm
Sun, some cloud
Things cleared up yesterday eventually after a generally cloudy day but not much to report in terms of cm of new snow.
So, the sun it is this morning! It has been a fine and sunny day here in Naeba today from early on. Right now, it's looking like we can expect more of the same tomorrow as well. No new snow to report but hopefully we will be seeing snow later on tomorrow night as a new cold front moves in. Doesn't look like it's going to be heavy snow though at the moment.
All Gondolas and courses at Naeba and Kagura are open as planned. Read more ...
Wednesday 4th February 2009, 16:19pm
Snowfalls continued on and off through yesterday and into the evening. Today has had a few snow showers but the afternoon has been mostly fine and there were plenty of sunny periods. Temps have remained cool though and the snow is still in great condition. Reasonably strong winds have persisted over the higher ridges making a hike to the peak rather invigorating. The bowls though have collected plenty of snow and bottomless turns can be found out there. A weak low pressure system is expected to develop just to the west of us tomorrow and temps will rise to around freezing at the base with snowfalls developing later. The snow will should then continue through till early next week.