Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 20th March 2018
Tuesday 4th March 2014, 7:03am
It's a nice day, after a day of light fresh snow, meaning we have extra-blue skies thanks to the pure white hills below.
Enjoy it today though, because tomorrow the temperatures will go back up and rain will fall. Happy to see that the previously predicted heavy rain has fallen off the report, and snow will be following soon after.
No official reports in yet; these are yesterday's figures which may or may not all reflect the 15 cm or so that fell through the day.
An early report this morning - once this is posted I'm off to Sapporo for the day.
Yesterday was actually quite a lof of fun out there. Well, at least I did and the people I was with seemed to be enjoying themselves. Not classic Niseko of course, but it was just great to get that fresh snow feel back.
This morning there's a bit more snow to report 4-5cm or so. It is cloudy with light snow falling just at the moment. We are still looking on for snowfall through the week into Saturday.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -7C, 3cm of broken particle snow overnight. Moiwa 800m: W12m/s, -11C, 3cm of fresh and development of snowdrifts. Annupuri1150m: W20m/s, -15C, snowdrift development, snowpack 315cm. Hirafu 1000m: -11C, development of snowdrifts. Peak 1308m: NW15.6m/s, -15.1℃. Coastal data: Cape Benkei NNW13m/s, Cape Kamui WNW11m/s, 2.5m waves, 1024hPa.
Although snowfall is small, the wind has been strong and snowdrifts due to moving snow has been developing drastically since yesterday. These new snowdrifts are extremely unstable and could easily cause an avalanche. Avalanche risk is high today. Peak gates will be closed, please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Do not duck ropes. The groomers condition is in good shape, but snow in ungroomed treeruns is tricky. Ice balls, blocks, frozen tracks and cracks are hiding underneath the surface. The slopes are hard to evaluate due to flat light; stay in controlled speed. Newly formed cornices will largely collapse with a slight stimulation. Be prudent! Avalanches are not the only hazards in winter mountains. Have a nice day. ---
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
Light snow continued for lots of yesterday though it didn't end up much in terms of new cm.
This morning we have clear blue skies over Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma from early on. The sun is out, it's going to be a fine day weather wise for sure. It is around -3 degrees right now but a high of up to +5 is forecast for later on today.
We may see rain mixed in with snow to start things off tomorrow but from then on through the week winter conditions are due. Let's hope a decent amount of snow is delivered!
Official resort snow depths @ Tuesday 4th March 2014, AM: Posted too early for many updates below!Naeba: 280cm Kagura (Tashiro): 280cm Kagura (Mitsumata): 330cm NASPA Ski Garden: 225cm Gala Yuzawa: 310cm Iwappara: 210cm Yuzawa Kogen: 280cm Yuzawa Nakazato: 210cm Yuzawa Park: 190cm ---- Maiko Snow Resort: 300cm Ishiuchi Maruyama: 220cm Joetsu Kokusai: 210cm Read more ...
Tuesday 4th March 2014, 9:01am
Cold night last night. Lots of frosting on the trees this morning but it's blue clear skies up above. That won't last long though - snow is due perhaps before my report tomorrow morning and beyond as well with snow forecast for the rest of this week. Just how much we will be blessed with.... well, we will have to wait and see. I'm feeling good about it though.
Operating lifts (planned):
Number 1 Number 2 Number 3A Number 2 quad Number 5 Super quad Number 11 Number 12 Number 13 Number 15 Moving walkway Kids Park
Blue skies and sun shining in Minakami this morning with 5 cm of new snow on the ground from yesterday. Temp currently at -3 deg C but heading for a high today of 4 deg C. Tomorrow looks like snow and sleet with 4 days of snow starting from Thursday as temps plummet back to the mid winter range.
Lovely morning here. Nice and cold too. Sun out, not much wind. Decent snow. Nice.
Hopefully by this time tomorrow though it will be snowing again and the snow might last right up until and maybe even through the weekend! Fairly stormy conditions (ie. wind) are also looking likely esp. Thursday and Friday so it might feel more like mid winter than March.
Which is of course a good thing.
And I look forward to reporting exactly that happening. (Well, maybe not the wind bit!)
Official snow depths (4th March 14): Utopia: 290cm Chuo: 260cm Paradise: 280cm Uwanodai: 190cm Read more ...
Tuesday 4th March 2014, 10:45am
Clear and sunny
It was cold overnight in Hakuba with the temps dropping down to around -10C. Some snow during the day yesterday but the resorts don't seem to be reporting that, apart from Hakuba Cortina with 3cm. (Yesterday afternoon 47 were reporting 5cm during the day).
As of 9am it was -2 degrees in the village and we are headed for a high of about +5 degrees today. A few wispy thin clouds around but mostly it's blue skies and sun this morning.
Tomorrow it should start getting colder though not enough to avoid rain in the village probably though straight to snow higher up. After that, we have reason to be expectant for decent snowfall tomorrow and Thursday and it even looks like the snow clouds won't go to far away through the weekend as well. Proper (nearly) mid winter colder temperarautes are expected from Thursday.
Collective fingers crossed!
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 4th March 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 2cm of new snowfall at Iimori, 1cm at Toomi and 3cm on upper areas. Upper - 265cm Toomi - 165cm Iimori - 120cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 240cm Lower - 70cm
Happo-one: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Usagidaira - 220cm Nakiyama - 70cm Sakka - 80cm
I was just looking at the other reports for nearby areas... it's a similar story here. Nice clear blue skies this morning after a cold night but expecting snow from tomorrow and after the warm up during the daytime today a return to cold and winter-like conditions.
Sounds good to me!
Official snow depth data, as of Tuesday 4th March 2014):
After a cold night, it is nice blue skies over Nozawa this morning with just a few thin clouds in places. Still under zero at the moment but with the sun out this afternoon it will probably warm up a bit and be a few over into positive numbers.
The forecast is still looking positive. Snow due overnight into tomorrow and maybe snow falling each day this week and into the weekend as well. I'll try not to get too excited, for the moment but the potential seems to be there for a decent amount of snow to fall from the skies. There might be some rain on us here in the village before it turns to snow tomorrow, but from Thursday in particular it should be cold enough to rule out the chance of that lasting long.