Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017
Sunday 6th March 2011, 7:07am
Clear blue skies to start the day in Myoko. The forecast is for a bit more clouds through the day, but it's bluebird in the early morning. There's a fairly strong wind coming in from the west right now, although that also should taper off through the day. Should be warm today, but not exactly springlike, need-a-beer warm.
The other good news is that the snow should start falling again from tonight, putting a little more fresh on the pack. For the backcountry, these alternating patterns of sun and snow do make things a little trickier on snow safety, so study hard and get some local information.
No snow reports from the resorts yet, but no snowfall overnight.
Blue sky day here this morning but the cloud is supposed to come in later. No new snow overnight but the conditions are still great after the snow of the last few days. They'll still be some nice patches around if you are willing to hunt them down and the conditions on-trail will be near perfect.
Yesterday was another great day for the powder hounds with 30cms of fresh snow everywhere and perfect weather. It didn't take long for the weekend crowds to make the most of it and leave their signature on the mountain.
The week ahead seems to be cloud with the possibility of light snow and reasonably cold temperatures so another good week to look forward to in the mountains. Read more ...
Sunday 6th March 2011, 8:07am
Sunshine and minimal cloud
It's another morning of clear sky and warm sunshine over Madarao resort. Today is predicted to reamain clear, with no snowfall expected. Not to worry though, there is still plenty of it left over from Fridays enourmous dumping!
With all this sunshine visibility conditions are currently excellent, while the temperature is currently sitting at a mild -3.0 C, which will vary between -6.0 C and 5.0 C on the mountain and in the village.
Today is the first day of the Madarao Speed Challenge event, also held on the 13th and 20th of this month. This event is held on 'giant' course, almost beneath lift number two, so even by just catching the lift you are likely to see some of the action.
Great weather, excellent visibility and an overall fantastic day forcasted on Madarao mountain to finish the weekend.
Lifts currently operating:
No 1 lift No 2 quad lift No 3 a lift No 5 lift Super Quad No 11 Lift No 12 Lift No 15 lift Tangram No 2 Lift
Moving Belt at Kids Park Snowboard beginner course
The snow simply will not let up! The white stuff has kept coming all through yesterday, over nigh, and into the morning. The warmer temperatures accompanying March have kept too much from accumulating in the village (around 10cm), but up on the ski slopes it is a different story. There is at least 20cm of fluffy, fresh powder in so many places, and the ones to get out there early this morning are in for a treat.
After yesterday's report, I went out on the mountain for a few hours, and the snow was absolutely marvelous. The forecast had it winding down through the afternoon, but it kept snowing like banshees off and on through the night. There were so many unclaimed runs on the upper parts of the mountain, it was like a tiny piece of heaven.
All that being said, today should be cloudy and reasonably dry. A few unpredicted snow showers may find their way through here and there, because after all, this is Central Hokkaido. It isn't even that cold outside at -3 currently, and should move just above freezing for the afternoon. Today is going to be a nice, quiet day to get out there and enjoy winter while it is still in full swing! Read more ...
Sunday 6th March 2011, 9:58am
Cloud, fine, sun
A fine day on the slopes yesterday with some great snow conditions and the weather also clearing up as the day went on leaving us with quite a lot of blue skies later in the afternoon.
This morning in Yuzawa we have some light blue skies along with some cloud along with milder temperatures... it is already +3 degrees and will likely rise to around 6 early in the afternoon.
Tomorrow we might see rain lower down in town, hopefully not of course, but there is hope that even if we do it will be snow on the slopes and more snow forecast for the first few days of the week as well.
Gala Yuzawa is now back up to a snow depth of 380cm - when you contrast that with last season when it was 230cm on the same day you can see the difference between this year and last. We're doing well!
It was a fanstastic day out there yesterday with all the new snow to play in. The clouds moved on during the day opening up some nice blue skies and it turned into a generally fine afternoon.
It's blue skies again this morning - bright, sunny and no wind to speak of. So going to be another good day out on the slopes. After a chilly night it is definitely milder than yesterday though and will likely get up to around +2 degrees at the base area.
Excellent visibility and still a fair bit of untouched snow to find, especially if you know where to look, so I would think that weekend visitors will be very happy with their weekend.
Looking forward, light snow showers likely tomorrow and then some moderate snowfall lined up for Tuesday night into Wednesday, so the good conditions we are experiencing now look set to continue.
A few snow showers persisted through the afternoon yesterday and overnight adding a light dusting to the slopes. So far today it has been fine and partly cloudy with a bit of sunshine poking through at times. It is fairly mild and temps are expected to get slightly above freezing at the base of the mountain. A low pressure system is expected to develop and move up through Honshu tomorrow. By Tuesday it should be moving up to the east of Hokkaido and start directing a NW airstream over the island. This should bring good consistent snowfalls for the remainder of the week.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 390 Bottom - 190
Niseko Village: Top - 380 Bottom - 180
Annupuri: Top - 370 Bottom - 210
Peak gates are scheduled to open between 9:30 and 10am depending on top-lifts operations. Please get further advices from the ski patrol before stepping out the gates. The ridges above 800m have been exposed to the westerly wind and are in a crusty/tricky condition. The snowdrifts depths in leeward slopes are uneven however have reached up to 60cm in some areas. According to various data, snowfall transition and snow observation, the general avalanche risk is relatively low, however stabilization of slopes with heavy snowdrifts in high altitude (above 1100m) such as the Backbowl and Osawa is delayed and extra caution is required when dropping into those slopes. Traversing slopes under cornices or carelessly dropping into knolls could stimulate the unstable layers within the snowdrifts and trigger an avalanche at anytime. Keep space between each skier. Do not remain underneath cornices as they could collapse. Avoid riding the valley bottoms as avalanches run through the bottom line. Always be careful of what coming from above you when riding in natural half-pipe terrains. Coastal wind: W10m/s at Benkei cape. Annupuri peak 7am: WSW4m/s, -7.3℃. Very slight overnight snowfall at the base and the peak. Weather is pretty good, have a nice day.
It is definitely milder than yesterday but somehow feels cold - perhaps that's just me I feel a cold coming on - but this morning generally just cloudy (light snow up top?) with a light wind and visibility ranging from decent to poor depending on where you are on the mountain. Looks to me like conditions are fairly quickly changing this morning.
The Monsters up top are still in decent condition and lots of people going up to visit them and say hi... lasting much longer than last year and with more snow and cold weather in the coming week I would say we will have them with us for a while longer.
Like I said above it seems that snow can be expected most days in the coming week. Perhaps nothing heavy but temperatures should remain in the negative and we might see regular thin layers added to the slopes. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 6th March 2011, 10:53am
No more fresh snow since yesterday but this morning the sun is out and it is a fine morning in Shiga Kogen. It's much milder than yesterday as well. If you remember we had some really cold temperatures yesterday morning but this morning the thermometer is giving positive readings and it should be a relatively mild day here.
We're destined to see colder temperatures here though as early as tonight again and snowfall likely between tonight and Wednesday once again with conditions once again clearing up and getting warmer by the end of the coming week.
Great conditions remain and with topups due this week the first half of March is shaping up to be really good.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 6th March 2011 AM:
Another great day in Nozawa this morning with a thin layer of cloud but blue sky poking through.
No new snow to report overnight but it will still be nice conditions on the mountain. Maybe a little icy early but sure to soften as the day goes on.
Yesterday saw good snow conditions up top, the last few days have been as good as any day of the season. Things were getting a little warm down low with the sunshine.
The outlook is still good with some light snow forecast for tonight and then possibly heavy falls on Monday and Tuesday night followed by sunshine later in the week. Freezing level should stay relatively cold too.
Last night we had a Lantern Festival up on the Hikage slopes with drummers, fireworks and fondue. A good turn out and an awesome display.
All except the following Kandahar Hachiman Uenotaira Half Pipe Karasawa Wave Park
Yesterday was a great, clear and sunny but cold day in Hakuba.
We have thin white cloud over Hakuba today and warm - 9.4 degrees in the valley, though up at 1400m it's holding around 0. Winds seem to be gusting though the weather stations aren't recording more than 6 m/s - but there are definitely gusts stronger than that.
Visibility is good and there are a lot of people out there being a Sunday. From tomorrow we'll be back to weekday styles with hardly any people around and no lift lines.
Weather for the week looks to be light snow showers Monday to Wednesday with Wednesday seeing the most snow, though currently not forecast to be heavy.
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 6th March AM:
Hakuba Goryu Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 280cm; Toomi - 160cm; Iimori - 120cm.
Hakuba 47: Normal operations today. Snow depth (upper) - 188cm.