Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 11th December 2017
Sunday 4th January 2009, 7:26am
A clear sunrise over a white earth today promises to keep the viz and fun levels high. Snow is slated to arrive again this evening to smooth things out again and keep the snow plows in good practice. The crowds will thin out gradually throughout the day. Afternoon boarding and skiing will be good on the crowd front, but watch for slight icing at the bottoms today.
Today's Japanese: Kodomo no asobu tokoro arimasu ka? = Is there a place for kids to play? Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 4th January 2009, 9:27am
Light cloud, occasional snow showers
It is an overcast morning here in Nozawa Onsen. No new snow fell overnight (first time for the last four or five nights!) and the snow depth is still reported as being 190cm on Yamabiko, where it is currently -9 degrees. In the village there is still plenty of snow lying around and the temperature is -1 degree.
The current westerly wind is expected to weaken over the next few days and bring some snow Tuesday before clearing conditions on Wednesday. Looking further ahead, there is moderate snow predicted from Thursday night into Friday.
It is the last day of the New Year holidays here in Japan so the crowds will be out in force - keep your wits about you and stay in control (and look out for those who aren't)
All lifts are expected to operate today (Kandahar only for race training :( )
All courses open except; Kurokura Kandahar (only for race training :( ) Grand Prix Jumping Mukoubayashi Hachiman Karasawa wave park Uenodaira halfpipe Read more ...
Sunday 4th January 2009, 9:38am
Cloudy with light snow
The milder air of the last few days has been replaced by much cooler and drier air out of the NW today. The little snow last night has topped things up with some of the light, fluffy stuff that's more normal for this time of year. There's not been enough to really make much difference but there's plenty more in the outlook so things should just keep getting better each day. A typical winter weather pattern with low pressure to our NE and high pressure to the NW will see N-NW winds continuing throughout the outlook period. So the snow/rain cycle we had through December looks to be well and truly over. Kutchan received 246cm of snow in December and a fair portion of this came in the last 10 days of the month. This is still somewhat below the Dec average of 320cm but considerably more than was received in Dec for the last 2 seasons. The peak gates have still not opened with significant avalanche danger persisting but gates 2 & 4 will open today.
A Sunny & cloudy morning up here today. Temperatures sit below zero whilst all lift operations run normally. There seems to be a few less bodies around as well, as maybe some people leave the mountains early to beat the traffic on route back to their normal lives. Read more ...
Sunday 4th January 2009, 10:17am
Snow was the forecast for today and while early on it was very cloudy, it gradually seems to be clearing up and right now the sun is making a bit of an appearance. It feels pretty mild too and right now the temperature is +3 degres at town level. The forecast still actually has us down for cloud/snow so it may well end up being a day of changeable weather.
Cloud/snow lined up for tomorrow too, but with temperatures forecast to stay above zero, perhaps it will be similar to what we have today.
Looks like a mixed bag for the coming week with days of cloud snow or even rain on the forecast.... right now though it does not look likely that we will see considerable snowfall.
Nighta tonight at the following resorts in Yuzawa: Naeba Yuzawa Nakazato Iwappara
After a sprinkling of snow last night, it is a fine morning here in Shiga Kogen. Temperature outside currently at -5 degrees but with only a slight wind it feels relatively mild (if you can call -5 mild!)
No new snow overnight and it does not look likley that we will see any today, though there is a chance of snow overnight and tomorrow.
It's the last day of the New Year holidays for most people of course, so the crowds will be thinning out as people make their way home. Tomorrow should be a case of 'back to normal'.
The following resorts plan to be open for nighta tonight: Ichinose Family Ichinose Diamond Yakebitaiyama
A beautiful bluebird sky day in Hakuba with temperatures warming up down in the valley to +2 degrees and -3 degrees at 1500 m at 10:30am. There is no wind to speak of on the resorts today but a light to moderate West to North Westerly wind at 2000m at present. The runs are soft groomed up top but getting a little icy at the base areas and in areas of artificial snow making. Southerly slopes will be getting softer during the day and freezing up again at the end of the day. Northerly runs on all resorts will be the best bet for nicely groomed for soft carving turns.
Roads in and out of town are clear and traffic has greatly reduced since yesterday and the New Years rush so driving is not a problem. This may change tonight as snow at the side of the roads melt today and freeze again tonight.
Light to moderate snow fall up in the mountains all day with strong winds predominantly from the North West on Friday the 2nd. Temperatures were relatively cold at around -10 C at 2000 meters.These strong winds and new snow along with cool temperatures are not helping to stabilize the snow pack.
Friday afternoon at tree line in the Tsugaike area there were multiple skier triggered surface slab avalanches on North East faces. The skiier triggered slides were size 1 to size 2‚ with failures in the new surface snow. These slides were easy to release on steep and convex terrain. These avalanches did not step down to produce larger releases from buried weak layers.However‚ there may be the chance of larger slides releasing from the melt freeze crust of Dec 23rd today with the addition of the new snow and vibrations increased load due to small surface slides.
Saturday there was a rider triggered size 2 involvement in the Tsugaike area on a South East exposure.
Surface loose avalanches as well as slab avalanches with in the new snow are probable. South slopes that were affected by strong solar radiation wednesday morning will find the new snow riding over wind effected decomposing snow that over rides a thin melt freeze layer. These south faces will again be warming in today's strong solar radiation.
Recent strong winds up top mean increased size of cornices and deep wind deposits on South Easterly slopes. Extreme caution around cornices and below cornices on steep convex terrain and areas leading in from scoured ridges and rocky outcroppings.
Danger level: High Natural and human triggered avalanches likely. Danger level ratings are set for conditions at tree line and may varry from below tree line and High Alpine areas. Use this information as a guideline only.
Yesterday the winds became quite strong towards midday and continue to blow thoughout the night, transportain much of the newly fallen snow to sheltered areas.
This morning the winds calmed down considerably and are currently mild to moderate in most of Minakami. The snow has subsided after 3.5 days of precipitation which has brought over 1.2m of new snow to the valley level. Because of the winds transporting and compacting effect on the snow pack there is currently an average of around 100cm of snow at the valley level (up to 150cm in places) and over 200cm (up to 300cm in places) in the upper mountains and ski areas. This has set up a great base for the start of the season.
Tenjindaira opened all of its lifts today but has still not opened the return course under the ropeway. It is expected to open during the following week. All other areas have all lifts and runs now operating.
The outtlook for the comming week is for more snow to fall tonight through to the early hours of Monday morning, followed by 3 day of relatively stable weather with some sun appearing from Tuesday through to Thursday. Friday and next weekend looks like another 3 days + of snow. Read more ...