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Monday 4th January 2010, 9:02am
Sunny Blue Bird Morning with Snow prdeicted later
Finally a Sunny Day in Nozawa Onsen with a beautiful Blue Bird day on the Menu Some fresh snow has fallen up top over night and clear skies This with the fact the New Years Holiday is over means it could be t best day of the season so far!
Yesterday was bucketing all day and some beautiful pillows of powder all over the resort Temps were cold up top so snow conditions were ideal Funnily it was down low and snow was a bit wetter
Temperatures are set to drop again tonight and more snow forecast for the days ahead with Wednesday showing a huge dump yet again
It's not actually snowing early this morning in Yuzawa - and it might even up up a fine and sunny day. Well, might... right now it is cloudy. I'd say another 20cm or so of snow since yesterday, bringing many of the snow depths to over 2m at resorts. It has kept cold, currently -2 degrees, and probably won't rise to much over freezing during the day.
Those snowy clouds won't be away for long though as snowmen are lined up for the rest of the week. Perhaps not storm conditions for the most part but we are likely to see some kind of snowfall this week and the most on Wednesday night/Thursday.
After a run of snowy and windy days, this morning the sun is out and it looks like we will be treated to a brief spell of fine weather before the snow clouds return to the region tomorrow. It will be a very fine day to be out there enjoying all the new quality snow we have on the slopes.
It has remained very cold, -13 degrees being reported at Kumanoyu.
Superb conditions, great weather. Perfect!
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:
The sun! We had almost forgotten what it looked like, but it's making an appearance this morning. Some cloud lingering on but it's going to be a fine day here after all those snowy ones.
Yesterday brought us perhaps another 30cm or so of fresh snow at Kagura.
The snow looks like it will be back around Wednesday/Thursday, so enjoy the weather conditions while you can. Of course the snow that is lined up for the rest of the week is also most welcome, who dones't want regular topups. Lets hope the season continues in the same way!
For now though, great snow conditions and as the New Year crowds have for the most part moved on and gone back home, not crowded slopes.
The sun is out once more and today will be a great day to be on the slopes, as the snow over the past few days will make conditions just right. The temperature is staying low, which will help to keep the powder fresh, and there will be plenty to be found.
The New Year holiday has now finished, so the resorts will be quieter today until around the 8th of January when another holiday will start. Conditions on the runs will be a mixture of chopped and compacted powder, groomed and plenty of good powder to be found.
Visibility is good and the wind is light, all lifts are open and all resorts are running as normal.
The forecast is predicting the snow to start again tonight and then continue throughout the week, with the heaviest snowfall mid-week. Temperatures will stay low and drop slightly on Tuesday.
Avalanche Conditions: Alpine: Extreme Tree Line: High Below Tree Line: High
The recent heavy snow fall and winds at all elevations have put rapid load on the already weak upper snowpack. Watch for large sluffs in steep and complex terrain. Take caution on wind loaded lee slopes and around cornices. The prevailing winds have been Moderate to Strong from the North West and have left South and East facing aspects loaded. This new storm snow is over riding the faceted sun crust of last week. Take care as wind slabs develop in cross loaded aspects (North and North East). Slab avalanches in the Alpine will come with great size and consequence.
And the snow continues! It's hasn't really let up much this last week and the snow is still coming down this morning with another 25-30cm of fresh snow this morning. It is not windy this morning though and doesn't feel as cold and the light snow is just falling at a slow pace. So it's fine weather to actually be out on the hill.
These regular topups of snow are giving us consistently excellent snow conditions. They are also doing a lot of favors to those "ice monsters" up on the mountain which are taking shape and people going up for the night light up are enjoying some fine views. For the rest of this month the Light Up operations will be just on Saturdays and Sunday, then every day in February and until 6th March.
A bluebird day with powder; don't you hate it when that happens on the Monday after a snowy weekend? (Well, personally I prefer skiing while it's dumping down; the snow is softer, nicer and the bad weather keeps the riffraff off the slopes...). It's a perfect sunny morning, with the first view in more than a week of perfectly white Mt. Myoko, Mt. Kanna and Mt. Kurohime. Lots of snapshots being taken today as people headed up to the slopes.
Conditions are excellent, with cold temperatures and very light snow from a nice overnight fall. Backcountry conditions are also better already than the whole of last season, with small trees and bushes now bent under the snow cover. I'll add some reports after we do some test digging, too, for those who like to climb up as well as just ski down.
Snow fell through last night adding about 10-15cm of some light, dry powder. Today is mostly cloudy with some light, occasional snow showers and winds are fairly light. Another low pressure system is moving up out of the Sea of Japan and will pass through to the SE of Niseko. This will cause snowfalls to develop tomorrow into Wednesday but it appears most of the precipitation from this system will just miss us. There's some great conditions out there currently and now that avalanche danger has subsided, pretty much the entire mountain is ready to ride. With this little break in the weather make sure you get out there and explore a bit. The 4 main ski areas of Niseko offer a lot of variety.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 210cm Bottom - 110cm
Niseko Village: Top - 220cm Bottom - 140cm
Annupuri: Top - 205cm Bottom - 140cm
Niseko Avalanche Info No.20
Moiwa base 6am: -4℃,10cm of irregular crystal snowflakes. Coastal wind: 7m/s N with 3.1m waves. 16m/s NW wind is blowing at upper Mizuno no sawa. 10m/s W, -10℃ at Annupuri peak and the wind is forecasted to remain calm (under 10m/s). Newly formed snowdrifts in leeward slopes above 1000m grew up to 40cm overnight. According to all data and snow observations, the general snow accumulation is stable and there are no obvious aspects of avalanche hazard. However, risks of 1m thick surface slab slides are still to be considered in high altitude steep leeward slopes such as the side-walls (around cornices) of the Backbowl. The total snow accumulation has reached 340cm at 800m Yu no sawa area. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30am. Ask for advices from the ski patrol before you step out. A high self-responsibility consciousness is required to all out of bounds riders. Backcountry riding should never be taken too easily. Always be conscious of the risks involved and make sure you know where you’re going. Someone’s trail is not to be blindly followed, it doesn’t necessarily means there’s a way out. Be also conscious of the consequences of your actions, traversing under cornices or knolls could easily trigger an avalanche, and many people are skiing underneath you. One clueless action could end up in a catastrophe. Ride safe! Read more ...
Monday 4th January 2010, 11:52am
It is looking like another great day in Furano. There has been 5cm of fresh powder overnight. Skies are currently blue and the sun is hitting the slopes nicely. There is some cloud around the tops which looks like it may move in and erase the blue sky later in the day. Read more ...