Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017
Sunday 6th January 2013, 8:44am
Clear blue sky, becoming cloudy later in the day.
It is another clear morning in Madarao today. With no cloud cover it was a particularly brisk start to the morning (in other words, extremely cold). But as the sun rises, it looks like it will be another great day on the mountain. A little snow is forecast for the afternoon, but nothing to really trouble the bean counters.
All in all, the powder is still around, the curry is in the pot, the ramen is steaming, the beer is on ice - another fine day basically.
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 ...
Sunday 6th January 2013, 9:34am
Yesterday was a very fine day in Hakuba - clear blue skies all round, just a few wispy thin clouds forming from time to time midday but then clearing up again before things got dark making way for a lovely evening.
There's no new snow to report this morning. Other than the 1cm that Goryu are reporting on upper slopes. Get up there!
The blue skies that I was seeing above the village early on have gradually been covered by cloud and visibility on upper areas of most resorts has changed from good to poor over the last hour or so. It's still sunny in the some lower parts of the valley but the clouds seem likely to take over and the forecast for the day is snow to be falling. I wouldn't expect too much though, more like light snow showers. Right now it is about -3C in Hakuba village area with a slight wind.
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 6th January 2013 AM: Please note that resort lift operations are subject to change at any time.
Hakuba Goryu: Just 1cm of new snow reported on upper slopes of Hakuba Goryu. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 260cm; Toomi - 125cm; Iimori - 100cm
Hakuba 47: No new snow reported by Hakuba 47 this morning. Official snow depth: Upper - 185cm Lower - 95cm
Good morning from Niseko. The clouds cleared yesterday but returned again overnight and I have another 20cm of snow to report this morning. Always good to be able to share such news in a morning and don't you just love how consistent it is?
Seems like very nice dry snow quality too so I think people will be in for another great day out on the slopes today.
Wind is affecting some of the top lifts on the mountain this morning. At the time of writing, the Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are Grand Hirafu; the Wonderland Chair at Niseko Village; and the Jumbo Number 4 top lifts are not operating due to the wind. The three lifts at Hanazono seem to be moving, though the top two at reduced speed.
Wind aside it's a familiar story with cloud and light snow falling at the moment and snow forecast for the day. Temperatures are unlikely to rise much during the day from the current -7C my thermometer is at now. Less wind and mostly just cloudy conditions likely tomorrow.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 350cm Bottom - 170cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 310cm Bottom - 190cm
Niseko Village Top - 270cm Bottom - 190cm
Niseko base 6am: -7C, 20cm of new snow; broken crystal snow due to passing cold front. Moiwa 800m: WNW16m/s, -12C. Annupuri peak 1308m: WNW16m/s, -16C.
The current snowfall, generated by the passing low-pressure system, is forming a thick slab of unstable snow in leeward slopes above 800m altitude. The avalanche risk is rising. A slope that was good & safe yesterday is unstable and dangerous today. Avalanches often occur in slopes with heavy wind-drifted snow deposit that forms slabs. This type of snow is dense and wonâ€™t let much spray blowing off. It may be fun condition to ski/ride, but could easily collapse & slide with skiing stimulation. Watch behind you and ski/ride carefully.
Osawa cornice slopes, Backbowl's high-walls and Higashione cornice slopes should be avoided today. Most avalanche accidents occur during stormy weather. Avalanches are also to be expected in steep treeruns of any orientation, especially in inland mountains such as Mt. Shiribetsudake.
Gates 2 & 3 will be closed. Gate 1, 2 & 6 opening to be determined. Respect the ski patrol's instructions. Read more ...
Sunday 6th January 2013, 9:52am
Cloud, light snow
Yesterday clouded over fairly quickly actually, though it remained bright through the day. This morning there was no new snowfall to report in the region but it is snowing lightly this morning there's a moderate wind blowing in higher resort areas though not so much lower down at the moment.
Winds mean that the Dragondola is closed this morning connecting Naeba with Tashiro. Other than that, all lifts are moving. The resorts are hoping to get that open again if the winds calm down.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 150cm Kagura - 320cm
Interesting weather over the region yesterday. Thin wispy clouds developed mid morning and it all went more silvery than the early blue, though later in the day the skies cleared somewhat again for a lovely evening. It didn't warm up too much yesterday but there was inevitably some melt going on.
There has been no fresh snowfall overnight but snow started to fall earlier this morning. Looks like it is coming down quite nicely in some resorts now from the webcams from around town. The snow clouds will probably clear up by tomorrow though with a few days of clearer weather lined up early in the week.
Grey skies today over Minakami and light snow dusting down up high.
Still masses of snow out there and with the cold temperatures of last night there is some ice around on the roads this morning. The forecast is for snow showers on and off today and that looks as if it will be the weather for the most of next week too. Groomed slopes are in great condition and still patches of nice snow to be found, especially in shady spots.
There's a bit of wind blowing today which will make it feel colder than the -4 on the temperature gauges at the moment.
After the clearer conditions we got yesterday this morning we are back to darker cloudier clouds hiding most of the mountain here in Zao. It's -3 degrees and just a slight dusting of snow overnight to report. Light snow falling in places at the moment, not the kind that will be bringing us a new deep layer of snow, and mainly just cloudy with fairly limited visibility out there.
There's a moderate wind but all lifts on the resort are operating as normal.
Next snowfall that will bring us new cm due around Wednesday. Until then cloudy skies, chance of the sun making appearances and/or light snow showers.
Variable weather here in Shiga Kogen this morning.
From where I am writing in Maruike, there is a bit of sunlight peeking through the clouds every now and again. There is a lot of cloud around this morning though and in places light snow is falling. Only light though, nothing major at all.
Clear and sunny conditions are very likely tomorrow and perhaps the day after. It's going to be around Wednesday before we can expect the next potential decent snowfall.
Surprisingly quiet on the lifts this morning when I took a quick drive around earlier on...
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family Ichinose Diamond
Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 6th January 2013 AM:
It's a return to snowy conditions here in Nozawa Onsen this morning. After a spectacular clear starry night, a cloud front moved in around breakfast and we are currently experiencing some light snow which should continue for the rest of the day.
There are still quite a few fresh tracks to be found around the resort if you know where to look and the skiing is excellent in all areas of the resort.
Yesterdays partly cloudy blue skies and light winds prevailed throughout the afternoon. Cold temperatures ensured the snow remained in top quality even with the sun.
Current forecast suggests tomorrow we should see a mixed bag in terms with snow showers and possibly even a bit of sun across the resort. The following day should deliver similar conditions.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating.
Courses open: All courses open except: Kandahar West Kandahar East Mizunashi A
Official snow depths Yamabiko 250cm
Official new snowfall 0cm (Yamabiko) 0cm (Uenotaira) 0cm (Karasawa) Read more ...
Sunday 6th January 2013, 11:41am
Snow cloud cover
The snow is again falling; nothing too heavy, it seems, but a nice, ongoing fall of beautiful flakes. yes, I'm feeling poetic on this last day before most of Japanese have to head back to the daily grind. Good job guys; we'll be thinking about you out here in the snow!
Anyway, while they're busy rebuilding Japan's economy, we have snow to deal with. Looks like a little more today on top of that dense base that is settling pretty well. Should be good conditions ahead. A little sun, and slightly warmer temperatures ahead, but no worries about rain or anything that drastic. There is a low pressure system moving in from the west that may settle in over the area in the next 48 hours - hope that means one of those un-predicted heavy falls. You just never know for sure (cross fingers).
Furano got slammed with 15-20cm+ of snow last night, quite the welcome sight to wake up to for those of you headed out on the mountain today. Things have quieted down to the occasional snow shower for now, but today is going to be a monster day out on the slopes. The ski resort has raised the official snow depth to 140cm, a nice jump from yesterday's 120cm.
Winds have shifted to the North, and a stiff breeze is blowing with stronger gusts at times. On the plus side, the sun is starting to come out, and it looks like it's going to turn out to be a really beautiful day. The weather is shaping up to be much better than yesterday's, especially with the milder temperatures, which are currently sitting at an easy to manage -7.
With all that fresh powder lying around, today is definitely going to be a good one. Read more ...