Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 18th January 2018
Saturday 5th February 2011, 8:03am
snowfall and sessions of cloud
Saturday morning in Madarao has broken the trend of sunshine and is currently covered by a sky of cloud, although this cloud is predicted to clear and the sunshine will be back for both days of the weekend.
Last night the slopes did not receive any fresh snow, and no snowfall is predicted throughout the day or for tomorrow.
The temperature at the moment is sitting at a warmer -1.0 degrees in the villiage. While visability conditions are currently good on the mountain, varing between excellent and good as the sunshine and cloud spend the day in Madarao.
Another warm day ahead in Madarao, similar conditions are expected for tomorrow.
Lifts currently operating:
No 1 lift No 2 quad lift No 3 a lift No 5 lift Super Quad No 11 Lift No 12 Lift No 13 Lift No 15 lift Tangram No 2 Lift
As forecast it cleared up yesterday in the afternoon, getting warm in the sunshine during the day but the clear nights are still cold.
Snow has been melting off in the day, forming thin puddles and freezing overnight causing some major slippages to pedestrians around town.
Beginning to warm up today already, 1 degree at the Ski Jumps and 0 at Happo's Usagidaira (1400m). Again we have no real wind to speak of, just light Easterlies around 2m/s.
The sun is poking through at times but we mostly have overcast skies with pretty flat light at elevation. This weather looks set to persist over the weekend though we may see some light snow showers tomorrow evening. We could see pretty warm temperatures in the day tomorrow, cooling again into the start of the week.
Busy weekend this one with full car-parks at Happo by 8:00AM, play safe and enjoy!
Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 5th February AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 315cm; Toomi - 170cm; Iimori - 150cm.
Hakuba 47: Normal operations today. Snow depth (upper) - 200cm.
Today greets us at Naeba with sunny and clear skies, and of course no new snowfall. There is a possibilty that it might actually snow a little during the afternoon according to one forecast, but I highly doubt that myself. I looks more likely to stay clear all day and with similar conditions continuing for the next two days as well.
Temperatures are going to be a little warm again today with it hitting a positive 2 degrees and a windchill of -3. At night, it will drop to a top of -3 and a windchill of -11.
Over at Kagura, the conditions are similar to Naeba once again. It's expected to be silvery cloudy skies with the chance of a slight sleet/snowfall later on in the day. For now though the sun is out up there and it will be a fine morning out there.
It almost feels like spring weather conditions out there are the moment - though thankfully the snow is still in winter mode. But too many days of warm temperature won't help in that respect so we would prefer it to keep colder. Cold weather, come back!!
Yesterday was borderline warm again with a high of around +5 degrees in town. Phew, almost t-shirt skiing weather. Or maybe not quite. Anyway, we are going to see a fairly similar start to the day today - bright, but silvery skies - and another high of around 4-5 degrees. A local forecast is saying there is a chance of sleet later on this afternoon, so not sure about that. In fact there seems to be a few conflicting forecasts out there for the next few days but the consensus seems to be fairly clear and probably sunny weather continuing for the most part.
Inevitably with these conditions, the snow is going to be starting to melt away and yesterday there was that sound of melting snow falling from the roof of the building here. Stop it! It didn't get through that much though thankfully.
I was out skiing yesterday afternoon in Joetsu Kokusai and the snow was really good actually and I was able to still find some good pockets of untouched snow, so I'm sure that people out this weekend will be having fun on the slopes.
It does look like it should start getting colder again as we enter the new week, but there isn't much snowfall on the forecast in the next week.
After a generally fine day yesterday this morning started off a bit clearer than it is now as I write this report - it has become generally very cloudy now and I am hearing that snow is falling on the upper slopes, but not confirmation on that. It might be back to cloudy and snowy but it is still keeping relatively mild, but thankfully keeping below the freezing level. Right now it is -2 degrees in the village.
There's not a whole lot of snowfall looking likely in the next 4 or 5 days, with generally cloudy/fine at times conditions on the local forecast. It looks like it will be at least later on in the week before we can see temperatures drop significantly and a chance of more decent snowfall.
For now though, still very good conditions to be found so have a fun weekend out there.
Cloudy start but mixed bag ahead with some sun and snow showers predicted later
Quite a buzz and a bit of traffic around the village this morning with the weekend crowd filtering in. It looks like it could be a busy day on the slopes.
There is no new snow to report overnight and the base has come back a bit but still great snow quality generally all over the mountain.
Yesterday turned out to be pretty sunny after the early fall and there was a dusting on the groomers that made for a fun day.
On the long term forecast looks like a decent dump has raised its head for next Friday night which should be good timing for the long weekend if it eventuates. But before then we can expect a fair amount of clearer conditions and relatively mild temperatures.
Anyway have a great day up there and stay safe on the slopes
All except the following Kandahar Hachiman Uenotaira Half Pipe Karasawa Wave Park
So not much snow really yesterday as it quickly moved on and milder temperatures prevailed.
This morning after some thin clouds earlier on, the sun is winning out now and it almost feels like a lovely early spring morning here in Shiga Kogen. Better snow conditions than sprink of course, but mild and clear. Just as long as the winter returns fairly soon, we're ok with that! So the sun is casting shadows down on the runs and some of the main slopes fairly busy mid-morning. Looks like a lot of people having fun out there.
The outlook? Generally fair conditions likely to continue until at least mid-week with things gradually looking to get colder as the week progresses. No big snowfall likely until at least the end of the week though.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Sun Valley - Maruike - Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond - Yakebitaiyama - Kumanoyu
Official resort snow depths as of 5th February 2011 AM:
Partly cloudy with some snow showers and sunny periods
A bit of snow overnight. Not enough to turn thing back into a powder paradise but the slopes will feel a little softer today. Currently partly cloudy with a few snow showers about but a bit of sun coming through as well. Plenty of snow expected over the coming week though so may as well enjoy the little sun whilst is lasts.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 385 Bottom - 200
Niseko Village: Top - 380 Bottom - 210
Annupuri: Top - 310 Bottom - 220
Annupuri peak 6am:-9℃, WNW9.6m/s. Annupuri 800m: -5.5℃, W7.3m/s. Variable snow condition all around the mountain: from rugged wind-scuffed or hard wind-pack surface in higher altitude and sun-affected crusty surface in lower slopes. Some flakes fell overnight and slightly covered the surface in some slopes, however a westerly wind picked up during the night and blew the new snow leeward and formed some patches of snowdrifts in east facing face. Thin surface slab slide is to be considered in typical avalanche terrains. But also beware of slip-drops on steep hard surface. Old tracks are not fully recovered and snowblocks fallen from trees are lurking underneath a thin layer of soft snow. Overall condition is not quite suitable for pleasant riding. Although it will depend on the chair lift operation, all gates are scheduled to open this morning. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. All areas outside the gates are uncontrolled and unsupervised backcountry area. Having the gates open does not mean in any sense that it is safe to go out. It is each individual’s responsibility to know where to go, how to come back and what is dangerous when venturing out. Read more ...
Saturday 5th February 2011, 14:45pm
The snow of yesterday did not amount to much, with only about 5cm settling by the end of the day. Another blue sky day this morning with a possibility of light snow this evening.
The next week still looks like sunshine and temperatures hanging around 0-3 deg C. with no snow storms in sight. The snow conditions up high on North slopes is still holding but some new snow will be needed soon to top things up. Read more ...
Saturday 5th February 2011, 15:36pm
Scattered Snow Showers
Things have cooled down a bit today after a front passed through overnight, bringing with it slightly colder temperatures and snow showers that have been dotting the slopes with a few extra centimeters off and on throughout the afternoon. The good news is that the above-freezing temperatures seem to be gone for good. The low tonight should fall back down to a seasonal -15, meaning the roads are going to be somewhat slick out there, so please be careful if you have to do any traveling.
Tomorrow looks like it's going to be another clear and dry day, but starting Monday and continuing every day next week, we should finally receive our fair share of snow. Sure things may be a bit icy out there right now, but things are looking up for next week! Read more ...
Saturday 5th February 2011, 19:19pm
Currently overcast, very fine snow
Today was a great day to be on the slopes (apart from some pretty deep fog at times); less so up on the mountain. Some good snow conditions throughout the day on the slopes, with sun through the morning, clouds in the afternoon, and then the sun came out to finish up the day.
Those who hiked up today were treated to some pretty strong winds and snowfall. There actually was some accumulation of fresh up high, especially where the snow hadn't blown it away. Going lower, though, the hard surface underneath became a pretty nasty crust that made things, up, challenging. Not a lot of grinning (or turning, for that matter). Oh, well; we've been spoiled by that sweet, sweet powder for too long; now it's time for noble suffering (it makes you a better skier).
There's a little bit of wet-feeling stuff falling now; hopefully that might really turn white — but clear is the word for tomorrow.