Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 11th December 2017
Thursday 4th February 2010, 8:06am
While there has been no new snow overnight the cold weather continues. At 9pm last night the temperature reached -20deg in Kitanomine village. This morning it is a much more reasonable -16deg. The mountain is looking awesome this morning having been extensively groomed. Expect the snow to be in great condition with these consistenly cold temperatures. The forecast is predicting substantial snow in Hokkaido today - lets hope that comes to be. Giant Course will remain closed for ski competition through until Feb 7. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 4th February 2010, 8:55am
Fresh powder. Cold with limited visibility up top.
Yesterday was an great powder day for those lucky enough to be up on the mountain. And the good news is that today should provide more of the same with some more snowfall overnight, though not a huge amount.
Visibility will be quite poor up top however on the lower slopes it should improve. For those looking for some fresh powder turns head into the trees around Yamabiko. Otherwise stay lower down the mountain and enjoy the freshly groomed trails.
The forecast for the coming days is for a heavy fall of snow beginning on Friday afternoon.
Wickedly cold this morning and the snow is just starting to fall again. Yesterday's sun melted just enough snow to make walking a very tricky affair on the way to work today.
It looks as if the sun will fight its way out again today but we don't anticipate that the temperatures will get above freezing.
There was a bit of snow last night up high but nothing down at valley level. Should be a great day up on the slopes. Read more ...
Thursday 4th February 2010, 9:32am
Cloud, light snow
Yesterday it was snowing for most of the day but there wasn't that much fresh snow to have to shovel up in the evening - one of those days when you think 'where did it go?'
Anyway this morning there was perhaps 5-10cm of new snow. That's somewhat disappointing after the forecast was telling us to expect more, but it's all welcome of course. Right now it is snowing lightly and it actually seems to be brightening up and the lastest local forecast has cloud lined up for the day. So not so much snow to expect today but... tomorrow and Saturday look like we might get some heavy snowfall in the area with the heaviest overnight on Friday so the weekend is shaping up to be a good one.
Currently it is -4 degrees in the town so it's a cold start.
50cm between yesterday morning and this morning the forecast said. They got that one wrong sadly. Just a 5-10cm at most to report since yesterday mornings report. It did snow yesterday for the most part but didn't amount to much in terms of cm on the ground. This morning it is snowing lightly and visibility is fine though it is a cold morning.
I dare the forecasts to get it right this time! They are saying heavy snow tomorrow night into tomorrow which would make for a perfect start to the weekend. So lets hope they get that right. Looks like it will be a snowy weekend, especially on Saturday though as you well know things change quickly.
Should be pretty good conditions out there today if you can get out.
The heavier snow might have missed some regions of Japan last night but here in Zao we have another 20cm or so of fresh snow to celebrate this morning.
It is a cold and cloudy morning here, currently -7 degrees in the village, with just a slight wind. Up on the mountain it is closer to -12 degrees.
While today is cloudy we may well see snow by the end of the day and then we have some faily heavy snow and cold temperatures forecast for tomorrow night and into Saturday with perhaps clearer weather on Sunday.
So basically excellent conditions at the moment for those lucky enough to get out on the mountain.
Yesterday things cleared up a bit and we could see the stars last night but this morning we are welcomed with some more fresh snow, perhaps 10-15cm or so and it is still falling as I write this. It's a very cold morning here - minus 15 just a bit earlier in Maruike - but only a slight wind and so get wrapped up and it doesn't feel that cold. Or perhaps I'm just used to it!
So snow now and we have snow on the forecast for tomorrow and Saturday as well, perhaps faily heavy snow later on in the day tomorrow and into Sunday.
All this means that if you are planning to be in Shiga Kogen this weekend - should be excellent conditions.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 4th February 10:
Another 15-20cm of very dry snow since last report and this morning around first lifts the sun actually made a brief appearance. So for those up early there were perfect fresh lines in bright sunshine, it doesn't get much better than that! The snow has returned now though. Today has warmed a little and it's currently around -10 at the base and -16 up high. Hopefully we'll get up to a balmy -8 at village level later! A weak low is going to develop just to the NW of Hokkaido later today which will intesify the NW airflow tomorrow continuing the cold and snowy weather for the next couple of days. The snow should taper off later on Sunday and Monday will be a little mild (temps getting up around freezing) ahead of the next system moving through. Will be a great day up on the mountain today with fresh tracks all over the resort. Still need to rug up if heading high or especially if climbing the peak as windchills up there will still be down around -30.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 310 Bottom - 190
Niseko Village: Top - 360 Bottom - 220
Annupuri: Top - 305 Bottom - 200
Niseko Avalanche Info No.51
Moiwa base 6am: -13℃, 15cm of fresh snow in the past 12 hours. Coastal data: WNW11m/s at Benkei cape, WNW 11m/s, 1.6m waves and 1013hp at Kamui cape. The atmospheric pressure gradient over the Sea of Japan is gently shelving today and moderate wind and snow is persisting. The snowdrifts development is irregular due to on and off wind and could slide at 20cm or 60cm depending on slopes, however is stabilizing with time. According to data evaluation, the general avalanche risk is moderate. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10:00. Riding one by one is strongly recommended in deep & steep knoll terrain or in widely open slopes with heavy wind affected snow. Annupuri peak report: -18℃, WSW10m/s, relatively calm but very cold. According to overall snowfall transition and slope characteristic, possibilities of a major slide from near ground level if rising in the west face of Annupuri around 1000m. Predicted scale, 200cm+ thickness, running all the way down to the road, extremely destructive. Always ride one by one, keep space between skiers and avoid skiing along the avalanche path. Rescue cannot be expected all the time. Keep in mind that you’re stepping out to a severe mid-winter mountainous area once you step out of the gates. Nice and fast snow today.
Hakuba had a good snow fall last night, between 15~20CM. This added to the snow fall of the previous few days makes for great conditions on the mountain today. Temperatures overnight were around -5 keeping the snow fluffy, and there should be enough to put a small smile on the powder fiends faces today.
Within the resort conditions will be good, with powder to be found on the sides of the runs and the smooth groomers will have had a nice amount of snow last night, making the conditions this morning a lot of fun.
The forecast over the past week has been predicting heavy snowfall but as yet we haven't had what we had hoped for, again the forecast is predicting that Friday is the day. The snow is set to continue over the weekend and then next week the temperatures are on the rise once again.
Beautiful, continuous fall of light snow... I woke up this morning with found memories of the season of heavy snows three years ago, where it wasn't always heavy snow, but it almost never stopped. Kind of the same feeling in the a.m.—light snowfall that just doesn't seem to want to stop
It's cold as well, so the powder is keeping its high skiability; lots of people coming off the mountain with big smiles on today. More snow is forecast ahead, too...