Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 14th December 2017

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 5th March 2009, 7:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud/fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday I talked about the chance of new snow but there's none to report here early on this morning. Unfortunately we had a bit of rain yesterday later on changing into sleet.

It is currently 0 degrees with light blue/grey hazy skies at the moment but looking likely to turn into one of those fine sunny days, with a high temperature forecast of 6 degrees later on this afternoon. Right now tomorrow looks like it will be bringing rain or snow to us - hopefully the latter though it seems it might be just too mild for that.

I am hearing some reports of people I know in the area already succumbing to hayfever.

Tomorrows report will be posted late afternoon.....

Strong winds are forecast for tomorrow with a really good possibility that they will affect resort operations particularly at places like GALA Yuzawa and Kagura. Please check with the resorts if early on if you plan to be up there.

Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa:
Naeba
Iwappara

In Minamiuonuma just to the north, nighta at:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Centleisure Maiko
Joetsu Kokusai

Official resort snow depths @ 5th Mar 09, AM:
Mt Naeba:
180cm
Kagura Tashiro:
230cm
Kagura Mitsumata:
250cm
Kagura:
250cm
GALA Yuzawa:
170cm
Pine Ridge Resorts Kandatsu:
165cm
NASPA Ski Garden:
110cm
Iwappara:
115cm
Yuzawa Kogen:
150cm
Nunoba:
90cm
Yuzawa Park:
105cm
Yuzawa Nakazato:
110cm
Kayama Captain Coast:
120cm   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 5th March 2009, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a very fine start to the day here in Shiga Kogen - no clouds in the sky and currently some hazy blue skies but I would say we are in for some fine weather today. It is cold early on but will no doubt warm up during the day. Clouds to move in later tonight, hopefully bringing some new white stuff with them.

The official snow depth numbers have remained generally unchanged for a while now - with the mild weather we have been having and lack of fresh snow I can't herlp but think there is decreasing amounts of snow.... there sure is where I live anyway!

The following resort plans to be open for nighta tonight:
Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 5th March 09:

Yokoteyama:
185cm
Kumanoyu:
185cm
Maruike:
120cm
Sun Valley:
120cm
Giant:
100cm
Mammoth:
150cm
Ichinose Family:
150cm
Yakebitaiyama:
180cm
Okushiga Kogen:
180cm   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Thursday 5th March 2009, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well, the weatherman was slightly off yesterday. Okay, he missed by a mile. The fog hunkered down and thickened up and visibility was nearly zero most of the day. A few flakes fell early in the afternoon, but there was no new snow to speak of overnight.

This morning, not a cloud in the sky and the wind is calm. Visibility is excellent and the views from the upper slopes should be spectacular. The temperature dropped to -4º earlier, but is currently 3º and set to soar through mid-afternoon so it's probably best to get out early before the snow softens up.

Ski school is closed today at Kumado.

Local roads are drying out quickly, but don't forget your chains, just in case.

Rain is forecast for tomorrow evening and Saturday, but the sun should peek through the clouds on Sunday. All of this is speculation, of course, since the weather can change from one minute to the next in the mountains, so stay tuned.

Official resort snow depths:

Suginohara:
110cm
Ikenotaira:
135cm
Akakan:
205cm
Akakura Onsen:
162cm
Madarao:
170cm
Seki Onsen:
270cm   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Thursday 5th March 2009, 10:08am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday afternoon saw low cloud with wet misty conditions and then it got quite cold overnight, well at least in my room anyway. Sunny blue skies this morning, not completely blue though as there appears to be a white tinge to the hue.

So we have hard pack out there this morning - meaning the slope is very hard and icy, care is needed before lunchtime in that case - just so as to let things soften up a bit.

No Gondola No1 running again today, No2 will get you up there thought whilst again the Dragondola throws people across the ridges to Tashiro.   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Thursday 5th March 2009, 10:53am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny with maybe increasing cloud later
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was pretty much as forecast with a mostly fine, partly cloudy day and temps on the lower mountain got slightly above freezing making the snow reasonably heavy. Overnight temps dropped to well below freezing again and there was a dusting of snow. The sun and warmth affected snow of yesterday will have frozen to a breakable crust on the lower slopes. On piste though the groomers will have prepared some very nice and fast slopes. Up high in sheltered areas some nice snow should still be found and today it is mostly clear so an ascent of the peak is definitely recommended to enjoy the best snow and incredible views.
Rain is still forecast for tomorrow but I'm hopeful that there will be a reasonable amount of snow to follow on Saturday.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 355cm
Bottom - 175cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 390cm
Bottom - 180cm

Annupuri:
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 200cm
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Furano Now!

Thursday 5th March 2009, 11:16am
Weather conditions: Mostly overcast, partly sunny.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Welcome to March! Spring Skiing is now in session.

Overcast with valiant periods of sun breakthroughs. Winds are very light. Excellent day for spring skiing. Temps will rise to just above freezing today.

Think Snow. Think Powder. Think spring skiing.   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Thursday 5th March 2009, 12:56pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A blue sky sunny day today with a current temperature of 10 deg C! It is definitely feeling like Spring.

The weekend snow has now disappeared and it looks like only cloud for the weekend with relatively warm temperatures (3+ deg C). Temperatures look set to keep rising for most of next week so it is time to hit the park, or hike up high in the alpine to get some Spring BC lines in.   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 5th March 2009, 14:44pm
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Fantastic conditions on and off the resort today with blue skies, great quality snow, excellent groomers and powder left over from yesterday ripe for the smashing. Bit of touch and go this coming weekend; depending on where you look we're getting snow...or is that a little bit of rain, or was that another rainstorm? If the rain shies away we'll have some decent groomers and resort runs for awhile now...if the rain hammers the resort I'll be shying away till everyone carves the ice out.

8 degrees outside right now (2:45 PM)...   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 5th March 2009, 16:54pm
Weather conditions: Becoming cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It has been a beautiful sunny day here in Nozawa. After a relatively cold night it has been a warm day and is currently 4 degrees in the village and 3 degrees up on Yamabiko where the snow depth is reported to be 235 cm (a fall of 5 cm from yesterday). The firm conditions of this morning gave way to soft and slushy conditions, with lots of sunshine and great views of the surrounding peaks.

Light snow is forecast to fall at the top of the mountain later this evening, but the warmer conditions will lead to the precipitation falling as rain throughout the night. The rain is predicted to continue until Friday night when it should turn to snow as the freezing level falls to around the altitude of the bottom lifts.

All lifts will operate except Challenge, Utopia, Mizunashi and Yunomine.

All courses are open except Challenge, Challenge 39, Kurokura and Hachiman.


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14th Dec, 9:55am
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14th Dec, 9:47
Naeba Now
14th Dec, 9:28am
Madarao Now
14th Dec, 9:25
Appi Kogen Now
14th Dec, 9:07
Hakuba Now
14th Dec, 8:59
Grandeco Now
14th Dec, 8:58
Furano Now
14th Dec, 8:51
Myoko Now
14th Dec, 8:44am
Nozawa Onsen Now
14th Dec, 8:43am
Minakami Now
14th Dec, 8:34
Shiga Kogen Now
14th Dec, 8:26
Niseko Now
14th Dec, 8:23
Geto Kogen Now
14th Dec, 7:50

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