Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017
Tuesday 5th March 2013, 7:42am
The winds have all gone for now and today is an overcast and relatively mild day.
More snow is forecast for this afternoon and tomorrow, and the next couple of days will see temperatures break zero at town level.
Snow conditions should be good this morning with plenty of overnight grooming and a nice dusting of fresh snow on top. Read more ...
Tuesday 5th March 2013, 7:57am
No new snow to report from Naeba in terms of new cm this morning, though it has actually been snowing lightly - not the kind that will build up. Just a dusting really. And that has eased off now as I am writing this and it's fairly bright at the moment. A light to moderate wind, but all resort areas will be open it would seem as normal.
It's good that it is keeping fairly cold though as it is tomorrow when things start warming up. Lots of sun lined up after today...
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 330cm Kagura - 390cm Read more ...
Tuesday 5th March 2013, 8:05am
Fine, some cloud
Morning from Madarao. And happily it is keeping fairly cold.
It did get warmer during the day yesterday but a cold night and a cold morning again. No new snow to report and lots of blue sky above the mountain. Quite a few clouds hanging around the region for the most part a fine clear and bright morning. Let's hope it doesn't warm up too much.
From tomorrow though a real warming up still seems inevitable.
Lifts planned to be operating: Number 1 Number 2 Number 3 Super quad Number 5 Number 11 Number 12 Number 15 Kids Park --- FreeRide Park Powder Wave I Powder Wave II Usagi Riverline Powder Theater Adventure Read more ...
Tuesday 5th March 2013, 8:23am
Cloud, blue sky
Beautiful blue skies yesterday, and happily it didn't warm up too much during the daytime out on the mountains. Some dramatic looking clouds formed around the mountains later in the afternoon making for some impressive scenery. The days are getting noticeably longer now - it was still fairly light at 6pm yesterday evening.
The skies aren't as clear this morning and the blue skies on show aren't quite as blue. There has been some light snow falling in places until just before, but 0cm clocked on the meter and that seems to have eased off now. The forecast does tell us to expect clouds to clear during the morning though, after which we are going to probably click into that sunny and warm spring pattern for a number of days.
Snow conditions likely to be a rather sugary and moist down on lower slopes but keeping decent higher up.
Currently it is about +0 degrees here in the village, with the Usagidaira part of Happo at 1400m reporting a temperature of -3 degrees.
It still looks like it is going to warm up considerably in the next few days, with temperatures rising above 10 degrees around Thursday. The warm stretch is likely to continue until at least the end of the weekend.
Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 5th March 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: 0cm of new snowfall reported by Goryu since yesterday. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 320cm; Toomi - 160cm; Iimori - 125cm
Hakuba 47: 0cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday. Official snow depth: Upper - 260cm Lower - 160cm
We expected the chance of some light snow overnight and early this morning. It looks as if these haven't shown and we currently have some partly cloudy conditions over Nozawa Onsen. No new snowfall to report.
The riding today will be similar to yesterday with firm and fast surfaces early, grading to slushy by the afternoon. The groomers will be the pick, with the highest Yamabiko reds being of the best quality. Off piste riding will be quite heavy going today, especially in the afternoon.
Yesterday was a very uncrowded day on the hill as many weekdays are. There were still more than a few untracked areas of powder on offer in the morning. During the afternoon these became heavy with the warming temperatures. The groomed runs held classic spring snow which became slushy and forgiving during the afternoon. Partly cloudy to sunny conditions lasted all day and we were greeted with a spectacular sunset during the evening. All in all a nice spring day in Nozawa.
Looking at the forecast ahead we are at the beginning of that gradual warming trend with a series of clear spring days ahead of us. It was forecast to get extremely warm during the next couple of days, but luckily the predictions have backed off somewhat and we now expect a peak freezing level of around 2000 meters Thursday and Friday. Lets hope so. Saturday should see a very brief cool snap lasting only the morning. Sunday should see another more lengthy cool change lasting into Monday. Hopefully we get some more spring powder soon.
Lifts operating: All lifts scheduled to be operating except Yunomine Pair Mizunashi Triple Challenge Pair Utopia Pair Hikage Number 2 Pair B line
Courses open: All courses open except Grand Prix Kandahar East Kandahar West Challenge 39
A beautiful day yesterday in Zao Onsen and some fine 'ice monster scenery' to be had with some deep blue skies as background. Lovely. Yes, it warmed up, but not tooooo much.
This morning there's much more cloud around and it's a chilly morning. Hopefully it will stay so for the day as tomorrow that inevitable warm up seems to still be on the cards. No fresh snow likely through until at least next week (if anything we might see a spot of rain just before the weekend).
Well, can't say I was totally expecting this but we can again add another 10cm or so of fresh snow this morning in Hirafu village area and a temperature of -3C at the moment. There'll be more snow on them there mountains, so perhaps some nice deep places to be hunted down.
Resorts are reporting lower base temperatures of around -3 degrees and upper mountain areas at around -9 degrees as of 8am this morning. Cloudy with light snow showers early on.
What's more, there is hardly any wind at all this morning. Yes, it's all calm here. Niseko Annupuri are even reporting wind speeds mountain-wide of 0m/s! The top lifts should be getting a good work out today and peak gates are scheduled to be open as of 10am.
The forecast seems to be promising more goodies for us than it seemed to be yesterday which is encouraging. Though we can expect tomorrow and Thursday to be milder before temperatures drop once again around Friday. Winter doesn't seem to want to make way for full on spring just quite yet. And you'll hear no complaints from most people here, I'm sure.
Take care and have fun.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 495cm Bottom - 260cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 400cm Bottom - 250cm
Niseko Village Top - 460cm Bottom - 240cm
Niseko base 6am: -5C, calm, 10cm of new snow. Annupuri peak: -11.6C. Coastal data: wind N3m/s, 0.7m waves, pressure 1014hPa. At 1500m the wind is expected to be W10m/s by 12pm. Currently Annupuri snow depth is 400cm at 1000m elevation.
There has been no significant snowdrift development overnight and the overall avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are expected to open at 10am. Please listen to the ski patrol's advice before leaving the ski area. Outside the gates is outside the ski area.
Generally the snowpack is stable, however there is still a possibility of slabs fracturing in some areas. Please use caution on cornice slopes, knolls and open steep slopes. Ski down one by one and avoid riding in the valley bottom. The new snow is fantastic powder and easy to ski. Please be careful going fast and hitting a tree or falling into cracks.
This morning it is actually colder than it was this time yesterday. A cloudy start though the sun is breaking through and casting shadows in places, quickly to be hidden again by the cloud.
Tomorrow is when the warm up seems to start in earnest and last right through until the end of the weekend. I'd be surprised if I was able to report any cm of new snow during this period though it does look like there's some hope for early next week. These things can change though.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 5th March 2013 AM:
Snow keeps trying to fall this morning, with big, fat flakes drifting down even as the sun peeks out from time to time. It could be snowing higher up in the mountains--hard to tell with the peaks again covered in cloud. It should be nice to have a little taste of winter (I mean soft, cold, fresh snow) before things go springlike later in the week. The forecast looks like things won't be s warm as was earlier noted, but rain has suddenly also appeared around Friday and Saturday.
I have to confirm this, but I got word about a foreign skier who decided to go sidecountry, overshot the exit road and ended up in a valley to nowhere. The fire department and police got called in; apparently a successful rescue, but another example of the need to know before you go. Exploring is great; requiring a rescue is not.
Sorry for the late report, posted it earlier but for some reason it did not appear online and so here we go again!
We have actually had some wet snow falling here today, though very lazily not the kind that will bring us any "new snowfall" to report. And it hasn't been warming up that much either really --- that is definitely due tomorrow though with Thursday and Friday in particular looking like they will warm up considerably.