Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 25th November 2017
Sunday 5th January 2014, 8:23am
The weather was true to its word with falls right through to around 10pm last night. The powder was really light and dry so we had a great day on the slopes. Today the day has broken into sunshine with little cloud at this stage. There will be great photo opportunities if you get up there early today with views across the ranges.
With the cloud lifting the temperature was a chilli -19 this morning but it should stabilise well to a minus 6C day.
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Sunday 5th January 2014, 8:55am
10cm of new snow at the valley level with currently cloudy skies and no wind. The snow is forecast to start again around midday and continue through until late tonight.
The sun comes out tomorrow so it should be a great day to enjoy the new snow. There may be some rain on Wednesday at the valley levelas the temps rocket up to possibly 5 deg C before the next snow storm, which looks like it will start on Thursday and stick around for 3-4 days.
Brrrrr, it's an extremely cold morning here in Hirafu. Niseko Village reporting a temperature of -14C a bit earlier this morning on upper slopes. It's about -7 degrees at the moment even here in the village. Be sure to go out wrapped up well today!
Good news. More than 20cm since yesterdays report. It was snowing heavily in the afternoon, in real style, thankfully quickly filling in tracks. It's snowing in style right at this moment on the mountain as well, though over the village there's also a bit of sunlight so mixed weather conditions early on. Which was will it go?
More good news. All lifts are go this morning, so there's no 'w' affecting things.
Monday to Wednesday we might see the snowfall easing off - though as almost always, never too far away - with the next decent snowfall after today forecast for later in the week.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -7C, 20cm of fresh crystal snow. Moiwa 800m: NW10m/s, -12C, 30cm of fresh, slow development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m:NW15m/s, -13C, 40cm of fresh, development of snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: 40cm of fresh, moderate storm until late night, development of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak 1308m: NW14m/s, -15℃. 12pm forecast: NW15m/s. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW10m/s, Kamui cape WNW9m/s, 1.1m waves, 1012hPa.
Snowdrifts and cornices are developing in leeward SE facing slopes above 800m. According to snowfall transition, they are forming slightly heavy soft-slabs. Although the avalanche risk is considerable in slopes above 1000m with highly wind-affected snowdrifts development; namely Backbowl sidewalls and Higashi-One cornice slopes, the general avalanche risk is moderate to low. The snow in the tree is deep.
There has been 2 search & rescue cases in upper North face and strictly off-limits Haru no taki area yesterday. Critical accidents are being prevented in Niseko by explaining the dangers of out of bounds skiing and calling for people’s awareness. Please be aware that out of bounds skiing involves high risks. Always be prudent. Strictly of limits areas are not to be entered at any time and any reasons. One selfish thinking will increase the number of people ducking ropes and eventually end up in an accident. We strongly demand everyone to respect the Rules. Peak gates are scheduled to open, please pay attention to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of bounds. Beware of sudden change of weather.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
It didn't end up much in terms of cm yesterday, though the poor visibility on the slopes continued through the day. Couldn't see much of anything late afternoon up on Iwatake and a friend came back from Happo with a similar story.
Anyway, resorts in Hakuba are just reporting a slight snowfall, with the most coming from the Hakuba Cortina in Otari, which is logging in 10-15cm of fresh. So that would be where the fresh is today.
It's -6 degrees at the moment, with just a light breeze. Quite a bit of cloud around but blue sky as well and the sun shining through at times. It should keep cold today and overnight, with more cloud/sun forecast for tomorrow.
Even after that serious dumpage a few days ago, in the never ending wish for fresh snow to fill in tracks left by holiday masses, we would like some more snow now! Looks like we are going to have to wait a short while. Around Tuesday/Wednesday it will get a bit warmer, with the next snow forecast for Thursday. More sun than snow though before then.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 5th January 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall on Iimori, 0cm at Toomi, 3cm on upper slopes. Upper - 280cm Toomi - 170cm Iimori - 120cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 240cm Lower - 120cm
Happo-one: Reporting 2cm of new snowfall at Riesen. Usagidaira - 230cm Nakiyama - 75cm Sakka - 120cm
Last day of the new year holidays and today will likely get less busy with people returning home. There's still a lot of people around this morning though and those going up onto the slopes will be greeted by a new layer of snow.
OK so how about that snow? Well, including the snowfall during the day yesterday the resort is reporting new snowfall since my last report of 18cm on Yamabiko, 15cm on Uenotaira, 16cm at Hikage and 6cm on the lower Karasawa.
Light snow early this morning but the forecast for the day is for mostly just cloudy conditions.
Temperatures should be keeping cold, perhaps warming up a bit around Wednesday to be followed by another dip and possibly decent snowfall from Thursday.
Cloudy and sort of snowing on and off yesterday, and overnight too.
Result - resorts around town are reporting 10-15cm of fresh snow since yesterday. I had 10cm to clear off the car this morning.
Feels a bit the same this morning with light snow falling and cloudy but there have been glimpses of sunlight and signs that clouds might clear up a bit. Even some patches of blue sky over Minamiuonuma a bit earlier, but as I write this it has clouded over again and that light lazily falling snow is back with us. It's not going to give us much in terms of new cm though falling like it is.
A quick look at the forecasts. Some have this kind of light snow on and off over the next few days, others give us more of a chance of sun. All a bit mixed really. What does look promising is from Thursday onwards with decent snowfall and colder temperatures. That's what we'll need to keep our eyes on.
Last day of the holidays and typically less busy as people check out and go back home. From tomorrow, just a normal Monday for most people.
The busy holidays mean that generally courses are tracked out, so that upcoming snow refill would be very welcome.
This morning starts as we had yesterday. Some cloud, some blue sky, some sun. Nice.
A few cm of snowfall overnight and another cold start to the day in Zao. -5 at base, -11 at top station.
Still quite busy this morning.... last runs of the holidays for lots of people I would guess.
Similar conditions forecast for tomorrow and maybe a clearer day on Tuesday?
Official snow depths (5th January 14): Utopia: 195cm Chuo: 160cm Paradise: 185cm Uwanodai: 125cm Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 5th January 2014, 10:30am
Snow is falling still here in Shiga Kogen. It's a steady light snowfall, not the stuff that brings us half a meter overnight, but steady all the same. Visibility is pretty decent here in Maruike actually, can see right over to Higashitateyama.
Are we on for a few days of clearer weather from tomorrow? Perhaps. Doesn't look like there'll be much in terms of snow that's for sure. But overnight into Thursday is looking much promising. After the forecast milder conditions Tuesday and Wednesday, it should be getting back to being really cold come Thursday and more snow forecast.
Official snow depth data, as of Sunday 5th January 2014, 9am):
A pretty good snowfall overnight - not as great as a lot of us would have liked, but maybe 30-40cm in places, though resorts posting smaller updates. The snow keeps on falling this morning, and it was pretty cold for the daily ritual of using heavy machinery to clear frozen water; about -5 at 6 am.
Light winds from the north, some fog higher.
No heavy snow on the forecast until later in the week, but some sun around Tuesday for those who like that shiny stuff. Your writer awaits zero visibility due to snow and the need for snorkels.