Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017
Tuesday 5th January 2010, 8:23am
Snowing, with fog moving in from the west/southwest
We're back to snow again today, after a bit of sun yesterday that faded into clouds by the end of the ski day. With the snowman mark up for most reports for the rest of the week, conditions should stay good.
A first casual snowpit dig yesterday on a south-facing slope shows that things are pretty stable now; there was some rain crust way down at about 120cm, but it's well consolidated with the snow above, which, in typical Myoko style was nice and increasingly firm all the way down. A little suncrust yesterday to keep an eye on in the coming days, as it was cold and clear last night before the snow started coming down. But we're already ahead of most of last year as far as those bushes and small trees are concerned (meaning they're disappearing under the snowpack).
Yesterday's blue skies made for a fantastic day on the slopes but also gave all the locals a chance to clear some of the snow that had been piling up all over the place. It was nice to see the sun again.
Today the cloud is back in although there is the occasional patch of blue sky. It is trying to snow at the moment and the forecast is predicting some light snow this afternoon.
Conditions at the resorts are fantastic at the moment with both the groomed and ungroomed runs in perfect condition. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 5th January 2010, 9:21am
Cloudy at present, with snow forecast to start falling mid morning.
After a beautiful day yesterday the clouds have returned and the next dump of snow is on its way.
Flakes should start coming down mid morning and get heavier as the day goes on. This dump should continue until Friday morning ensuring another dose of fresh powder. A great reason to head up to Nozawa Onsen for the coming weekend.
Winds will be quite strong from the west today so head up to the A, B or C courses for a bit of protection.
Temperatures will drop during the day, so dress warm and get up there to experience some fantastic snow.
Light snowfalls continued through much of yesterday adding another 5-10cm and keeping surface conditions pretty nice. Overnight it cleared and temperatures dropped back to -12 in the valley. There's a low pressure system moving up from the SW today and this morning it's overcast with snow starting to fall. Although the heaviest precipitation from this system will likely move through more eastern Hokkaido it looks like we'll still get some reasonable amounts over the next 24 hours. Strong winds though will also develop as the system moves through and tomorrow it is likely upper lifts will be on wind hold again. The peak gates will be open today so get up there before the gales hit the region later.
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: -6℃, 5cm of crystal shape snowflakes over the past 12 hours. The Sea of Japan is calm. Avalanche risk is relatively low today. 12m/s NNE wind is predicted at Annupuri peak at noon. The snow surface in eastern slopes in Hanazono area that was crusty due to wind effect is gradually changing into better condition. Soft snow layer is thin, but relatively comfortable to ride. However, conditions are much better in the trees in the lower half of the mountain and the groomers conditions are beautiful this morning. Peak gates will open from 9:00am. Do not ignore the ropes and nets, anyone that deliberately enters into strictly offlimits areas will have their lift pass confiscated. The minimum safety of out of bounds riding is being secured by respecting the Rules. Listen to the ski patrol’s opinion. Blindly following somebody’s tracks without knowing where it’s heading is not a very wise idea. You could end up being lost in the woods. Cracks are starting to form in leeward steep slopes, be careful not to fall into crevasses. They are difficult to see from above. The weather is forecasted to turn bad from this afternoon, beware of sudden changes. Read more ...
Tuesday 5th January 2010, 11:00am
Cloud, light rain
Don't tell anyone but, we've had a bit of light rain fall here this rather mild morning in Yuzawa. That somewhat spoils all of the recent snowy fun a bit, though it is actually forecast to soon be snowing and we also still have some rather heavy snow lined up into tomorrow and the snow to continue after that for the rest of the week so that should make up for it. Actually some resorts around town are reporting light snow (and Kagura reporting up to 5cm), though it will be of the rather wet variety right at this moment no doubt especially lower down the hills. Hopefully the flakes will be falling fairly soon so we can get back into snowy mode.
It is fairly windy this morning and because of those winds Gala Yuzawa is closed today, as is the connecting course from Tashiro to Kagura.
As I said it is quite mild early on and around +3 degrees at the moment.
Great conditions yesterday with the sky showing itself for the first time in a while. It must have been a little warmer yesterday as the 2m of snow slid off my roof onto the street and almost knocked a K-car right off the road.
Back to business today with snow falling - only a little overnight but this has since picked up and looks set to continue decently through today and tomorrow with continuing flurries through the week and Hakuba has become the sea of white we remember and love.
Enjoy the relatively quiet days on piste and lap those powder runs if you know them before the long weekend Saturday-Monday.
The snow clouds are back today though curiously it is much milder than it was with the temperature in Maruike currently at -4 degrees.... other resorts are posting similar temperatures as well.
We have perhaps a few-5cm of fresh snow and currently there is light snow falling in various parts of the Shiga Kogen region. It's a bit on and off this morning and will vary by where you are so the snow really isn't making visibility poor or either making much of a difference re: adding new cm though that seems like it will change as the day progresses. The new snow is sticking to the roads again so care is needed driving.
Snow is forecast to continue today and indeed through until at least the end of Thursday with a good chance of fairly heavy snowfall in the later part of tomorrow into Thursday morning.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:
It is a mild morning in Zao, with it just on 0 outside in the village at the moment, but the snow clouds are still with us and snow is falling. Perhaps up to 5cm in places since yesterday though stronger winds that we had later on in the day yesterday were blowing snow all over the place so it's hard to tell with accuracy.
More snow forecast for today and tomorrow and then for over the weekend after a chance of decent weather on Thursday.
The sun lasted for most of the day yesterday with things clouding over later in the afternoon though it stayed bright and was a fine day to be on the hills.
Decent visibility lower down the mountain though the top of Naeba is covered in clouds as I write this. Just a short while ago visibility up at Kagura seemed good but the clouds have rolled in there as well and currently it is snowing up there. Light snow, nothing major though they have reported 5cm of fresh snow since last night.
It is a fairly mild morning and even up at the top of Kagura just -2 degrees and a north-westerly wind of 3-5m/s. Those winds are forecast to get stronger and this morning Mitsumata is open from the Ropeway to the Kagura No1 quad lift, with Tashiro open from the Ropeway to the No6 pair lift -- this basically means that the Tashiro > Kagura connecting course area is closed.
Dragondola is moving though early on along with both of the Gondolas at Naeba.
Yesterday was busier than a normal Monday, with some people still enjoying the last of the New Year holiday, but not a problem. With most people back to work from tomorrow things should really be back to normal, though the coming weekend is a 3-day one with Monday a national holiday in Japan.
Snow forecast each day from now until at least the weekend, with the heaviest snow likely tomorrow night into Thursday.
Winds are currently strong to very strong on the resort. Lift operations are very likely be affected by wind at times. Expect a cold day up on the mountain, if -15 isn't enough, then you can factor in the wind chill factor. It would be wise to wrap up very warmly and head to the vending machines once in a while to warm up the fingers with a can of hot coffee. All in all the cold conditions today will sort out the keen from the not so keen. Read more ...