Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017
Thursday 4th March 2010, 8:53am
Yesterday we got some more rain in the region unfortunately, fairly heavy at times too. By the evening it was holding off and this morning it is just cloudy.
Windy too as well apparently higher up though down in town it doesn't feel particularly windy... perhaps it's more of a sure thing for a little later on. However those reported winds are affecting resort operations today - Gala Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen are closed and it's limited operations at Naeba and Kagura - the No1 Gondola and also the Dragondola aren't moving today and the whole of the Tashiro area is closed. Over at Mitsumata, the Ropeway and Mitsumata area is open as normal with Kagura open up until the No1 quad lift.
After that we might get some more rain overnight, cloud tomorrow and more rain on Saturday. I don't like talking about rain, but sadly that's what is on the various forecasts. The hope is still there though for snowfall from Saturday night asnd it really does look like we can expect colder temperatures and perhaps decent snowfall from Sunday into next week.
It's a cloudy morning in Naeba. A slight wind though with strong winds forecast for later on in the region and because of those winds the resorts are affected today.
First of all the No1 Gondola and also the Dragondola aren't moving today and the whole of the Tashiro area is closed. Over at Mitsumata, the Ropeway and Mitsumata area is open as normal with Kagura open up until the No1 quad lift.
So cloudy now but it looks like we won't escape some rain later on in the day and overnight. Snow is still on the forecast for Sunday into next week.
High cloud in the morning with rain expected this afternoon.
Still no new snow to talk about, however visibility is good across the mountain and cold conditions over night have made way for firm packed groomers this morning. There is rain predicted for this afternoon, so your best bet is to get out there early before the bad weather hits.
Whilst March hasn't been great so far we have a good fall of snow forecast for Sunday/Monday and early next week, so hopefully we'll see a return of our beloved powder days early next week.
It's a cloudy morning in Shiga Kogen and about 0 degrees in Maruike now. No nw snow to report.
There is just a light wind at the moment but stronger winds are expected later in the day and may very well affect lifts, so be prepared for that if you are out there. Some hard and icy conditions out there. Great for speed but take care, nearly had a nasty crash myself yesterday!
Things are looking quite positive for some decent snowfall starting on Saturday and through Tuesday and beyond with temperatures getting down low again and back where we want them to be - minus double digits. Let's look forward to a new blast of winter, keep those fingers crossed.
The forecast for tomorrow is clear and perhaps sunny weather.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area:
Colder again today but the sky is still dominated by the grey clouds that are looming threateningly above us. The lower temperatures are good for the slopes which are managing to remain firmer for longer over the past couple of days. They're running fast this morning with some ice around up top.
The forecast is for this cloud to drop a bit of snow this afternoon but the temperature is due to rise for Friday and then get cold again over the weekend and into next week. It has been so up and down recently that it is hard to tell what is going to do so we'll just take it as it comes. Read more ...
Thursday 4th March 2010, 9:55am
Overcast, calm and warm morning today, with the sun trying it's best to shine through, making it very bright out on the snow this morning.
At the top lift today at Goryu it is recording a temperature of 0 degrees, therefore the lower slopes are going to soften up pretty quickly today.
Later on this afternoon the rain clouds will be coming in and we can expect moderate rain fall throughout the afternoon and evening.
The precipitation that is coming in over the weekend is going to start off as rain and will possibly turn into snow, but with the temperature as it is at the moment we will have to keep our fingers tightly crossed! More promise for later in the weekend and perhaps early in the week though.
Today on the slopes you can expect hard groomers this morning and soft spring like conditions as the day progresses. Highly recommended to get out there early before the rain sets in.
The good news continues for Furano with a light snowfall overnight of 2cm and nice clear conditions on the mountain today. There is light cloud cover at the moment but the sun is starting to break through. It was a reasonably cold start to the morning but already temperatures have risen and there is a bit of melt starting to happen on the roofs and roads. Overall it will be a great day to be out there putting in some turns. More snow is forecast for Friday and Saturday. Read more ...
Thursday 4th March 2010, 13:34pm
High cloud increasing
The snow that failed to materialise on Tuesday night finally hit the region yesterday. Good snowfalls occurred through much of the day although it did clear a little in the afternoon allowing people to enjoy the fresh in sunshine. In the evening a bit more light snow continued and we've ended up with around 20cm falling since last report. Today has dawned mostly clear with some incresing high cloud and little wind. We've now had close to half a metre of new snow on top of the icy base and except for exposed areas conditions are pretty good out there at the moment. Today has got a little mild and slightly above freezing at village level ahead of an approaching low pressure system. Snow is expected from this system starting in the early hours of tomorrow morning and continuing through tomorrow. Still little snow expected over the weekend but next week is looking good with sustained cold temps and snow.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 310 Bottom - 170
Niseko Village: Top - 380 Bottom - 205
Annupuri: Top - 350 Bottom - 220
Avalanche Information: (Information as of this morning)
Niseko Avalanche Info No.79
Moiwa base -5℃, slight snowfall early this morning. 20cm of overall snowfall in the past 24hours. Coastal data: SSW2m/s at Benkei cape, SW10m/s, 1.3m waves 1026hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: SSW5.9m/s, topped NNW23.9m/s at 7pm last night, predicted to blow at SSE10m/s at noon. A moderate storm has persisted yesterday and has left snowdrifts of up to 50cm on top of the Feb 27th layer. This new layer has now turned into a slab and easily collapsible soft cornices have developed. The snow above 1100m got blown away in slopes exposed to the wind and hard crust surface is left behind. According to the snowfall transition and data evaluations, the slabs are now starting to stabilize and the avalanche hazard is lowering. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10:00. The snow got better, however is hiding many potentially dangerous features just underneath it. Refrain from traversing 1000m slopes in Osawa, Backbowl, Higashi-one steeps and knolls. It could easily trigger a slide by cutting the slope sideways, keep ample space between skiers and ski the fall line. Avoid the gully bottoms, escape to safety zones before you reach the very bottom. The resorts are always concerned about the safety of all resort users.
A dusting of snow overnight; it was nice to see real flakes fall during the afternoon/evening on Wednesday, even if it didn't mean any accumulation.
Today the word is wind; it's picking up from the west/southwest, which means the snowpack will go down a bit. There looks to be some snow ahead, however, especially next week. For now, watch for gondola stoppages due to wind, but so far so good.