Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 12th December 2017
Wednesday 6th February 2013, 7:55am
Last night the forecast said we could perhaps expect up to 15cm of snow overnight and before 9am this morning. It's not 9am yet, but that's definitely a miss. We just got a slight sprinkling. Kagura resort reporting 1-2cm.
Right now light snow falling, and a temperature of -3C. Moderate winds here and stronger up top preventing Tashiro area to open again today, and similarly Kagura restricted to the Kagura part up to the top lift.
Naeba haven't published any intentions for the day yet and so hopefully the Gondola can be working and we get open as normal. I need to get up to Niigata today and so get this report off early.
So hopefully snow during today, tomorrow might start off clear before more snow on Friday. Clearer Saturday and then more snow from Sunday. Changing day by day by the looks of things.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 260cm Kagura - 370cm
The top lift at Kagura is now open (though might not be operating today due to wind). Read more ...
Wednesday 6th February 2013, 8:53am
Later on in the morning yesterday a few more lifts did open up but the top ones remained closed with the strong winds persisting. This meant for some rather long queues for the lifts that remained open at times.
I'm glad to be able to report a much calmer morning here in Niseko. Wind speeds of between 2m/s and 6m/s reported from around the mountain, so all the lifts should be open as planned this morning. With the snow until yesterday and the 5cm or so of fresh snow to add to that at village level, there should be some decent conditions up there this morning. As reported below, Gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open at 10:30am this morning.
Earlier clouds have been clearing and as I write the report now the sun is shining through the window. Looks like it is going to be a fine day.
Snow should be back in style from tomorrow and hopefully through into the weekend. Would be good, so let's hoping!
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 420cm Bottom - 180cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 345cm Bottom - 220cm
Niseko Village Top - 360cm Bottom - 200cm
Niseko base 6am: -11C, light dusts overnight, surface hoar and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: 15cm of crystal snow, WNW5m/s, -9C, snowdrifts are packed and break in large chunks. Annupuri peak: NW7.8m/s, -14.3C. Coastal data: WNW4m/s, 0.6m waves and 1017hPa.
A high-pressure system overlaying and the weather is calm. The snowpack is stable and the general avalanche risk is low. Gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open at 10:30am. Always keep in mind that outside the gates is outside the resort management. Listen to the ski patrols advice before stepping out of bounds.
According to observations, the new snowdrifts are stable, however the cornices and slabs around 800m altitude are likely to collapse largely if strongly stimulated. Pick your route carefully.
The cracks have been hidden with the last snowfall and are hard to notice from above. Be careful not to fall in them. Always remain in controllable speed and beware of hitting trees.
Hazards of 80cm thick surface slab slides are still present in 1000m big open slopes during the morning. It is strongly advised not to remain in valley bottoms and not to stimulate cornices and knolls. Have a nice day. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 6th February 2013, 9:09am
Well, after a colder start to the day yesterday, it's a milder picture this morning and around -3 degrees here in the Maruike area as of 9am. The good news though is that... it is snowing. Light earlier on but it's actually coming down quite nicely now as I sit here writing this report. Not much accummulation as of yet perhaps a cm or two in places but hopefully if the snow continues like this we can get a nice new layer today. Visibility looks generally ok out there.
Tomorrow might be a sunny one so if we can get a decent amount of snow today, fab conditions.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 6th February 2013 AM:
Some good news this morning. The resort is saying it has 10-20cm of fresh snow on the slopes and I can confirm the former underfoot in the base village area.
Not much to see this morning with white out conditions from where I can see now. Or perhaps I should say grey out as it is much greyer than white out there. Got to know where you're going this morning.
Clearing up later today for tomorrow is on the forecast. For now though, let it snow!
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 ...
Wednesday 6th February 2013, 9:23am
Yesterday was a beauty. Some wispy white cloud here and there but generally clear, blue skies.
All change this morning. Poor visibility and snow is coming down. A few cm on the ground since it started earlier on. It's about -4 in the village and Utopia only -6, so not the coldest of days by far but this kind of snow will hopefully bring us a decent amount of cm by the end of the day if it continues.
Just a slight wind.
Tomorrow we might have clearer skies above us once again but a return to snow after that. Seems the snow clouds will never be far away in the coming week.
The clouds lifter yesterday and we ended up with a fine afternoon - by mid afternoon the poor visibility of the morning in places had turned into nice clear views and all was calme. Before it went dark the skies went all 'silver' (sounds better than grey!) on us again.
Snow clouds moved in overnight and this morning it is snowing. There's a bit of snow on the ground with the resorts reprting varying amounts - Goryu 3-5cm, Hakuba 47 5-8cm, Cortina 2-5cm - so that should give you an idea.
It's snowing pretty good at the moment, nice big flakes, down to the village and the roads are getting a nice white covering. Drive carefully! Having said that, for now visibility on the slopes looks to be fairly ok - it's not totally whiteout. Let's hope these conditions continue for the day.
An easing off later on and we might get to see the sun tomorrow. Then more snow into Friday. More sun on Saturday, then more snow on Sunday. See a pattern here? All forecast of course, so we'll just have to see how it all turns out.
For the moment, fingers crossed we get a decent amount fall today.
Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 6th February 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: 3cm of snow reported on lower slopes, 5cm on upper slopes at Hakuba Goryu this morning. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 270cm; Toomi - 135cm; Iimori - 110cm
Hakuba 47: 8cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 this morning. Official snow depth: Upper - 225cm Lower - 170cm
The cold temperatures continue this morning in Minakami and there is a light dusting of snow falling at the moment. This seems to be the weather that will be with us for the next week or so, and the light snow will be a nice refresh for the slopes. There are sure to be plenty of people out for the upcoming long weekend so cold temps and a bit of snow will be very welcome. Slight breeze blowing but nothing to worry about. Read more ...
Wednesday 6th February 2013, 10:56am
The snow is falling again - just in time to cover the icy chunks left over from the rain and the following high winds and increasing cold. We could use a good reset, after watching the snowpack really get eaten up. Although it is handier for the wind to clear off roofs and woodpiles than using a shovel (and the wind dries the firewood! Bonus points....).
A little bit concerned about the ice layer and its effect on the steep slopes outside of the area, but I'll have more data in the coming days.
Light somewhat wet snow earlier this morning in Yuzawa, but actually some bigger flakes of snow are falling right now outside. Just a dusting really at town level and a bit more on the mountains but with snow forecast for the day hopefully it can build up a bit.
At the moment it is about 0C in town with a slight SE wind. It's probably not going to last long though and by tomorrow we will probably start the day with the sun shining. Friday is set to be snowy and windy though so hopefully we'll be primed for the weekend. Actually things looking good for decent snowfall from Friday into next week, so fingers crossed.
Light snowfalls commenced in Nozawa Onsen during the early hours of this morning and have continued without a break since then. So far we have had 3cm fall on the upper slopes of the resort, 2cm lower down. Just a dusting so far but snow is set to continue for the rest of the day hopefully building to a significant amount of fresh by the days end.
Riding at the moment is dust on crust material and crowd levels a very low indeed. Visibility even up high is better than expected.
Yesterday was an excellent surprise. With only light snowfalls the night before and marginal weather forecast we were not expecting too much. By lunchtime the clouds moved away and we saw beautiful sunshine all afternoon. This caused base to soften into great spring snow, but still remain in excellent quality high up. With the spectacular backdrop of the Japanese Alps, it was a great afternoon for some skiing action shots!
We expect a clear, sunny day tomorrow, but following that we should see light to moderate snowfalls persist into the long range area of the forecast (at least 5 days).
Monday looks like it will be the pick of the days with very heavy snowfalls on Sunday night looking likely. Temperatures are set to be very cold, below sea level freezing point, nice! Everyone is very keen for the return of hopefully epic powder.
The day turned out to be great with morning cloud lifting early and the sun breaking through to make a typically cold Furano day quite pleasent. There was a dusting of snow overnight which refreshed the nicely groomed pistes. Given that the Kitanomine Gondola was closed yesterday there was plenty of side powder waiting for those that ventured over to the Kitanomine side. The remainder of the week could be brillaint if the snow that is forecast from Thursday to Saturday stays on the radar. Read more ...