Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 21st March 2018
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Tuesday 6th March 2018, 7:35am
Mainly rain yesterday, with tops of 4C and fairly calm skies. We’ve lost a bit of snow with the rain, but hopefully our luck with the weather gods changes soon.
Lost snow or not, we also gained a little. This morning we’re recording 3cm of fresh stuff, though it fell on some fairly wet frozen ground yesterday, so don’t expect anything too fluffy. Should start out a little heavy, but with the temps expected to stay well below zero it should stay put.
Tops of -8C today with some moderate winds and some afternoon snow showers, that should continue into the evening, though we’re not expecting much to report on.
As for the next few days, I wish I could say the weather’s changing, but its stubbornly continuing to tell me that from Thursday evening into Saturday morning we’re going to get over 140mm of rain. I’ll keep you updating, and I ask you to pray to whoever/whatever you believe in, for a miracle. Because that’d be neat.
Wednesday: clear and sunny, calm skies & tops of -1C Thursday: cloudy with late heavy rain, light winds & tops of 3C Friday: heavy rain, calm skies & tops of 4C
Official snow depths:
Top: 460cm Base: 300cm
Night skiing operations have finished for the season. Read more ...
Tuesday 6th March 2018, 7:46am
While there has been a dusting of snow in the village it hasn't been enough to repair the icy roads which are extremely slippery. Conditions on the slopes are also hard and icy in places. Cloud is rolling down the face of the mountain but it looks like it will lift soon and it should be pretty good for visibility today. Some light snow may occur but the next significant event on the radar is heavy rain on Thursday and Friday rather than snow. Read more ...
Tuesday 6th March 2018, 7:54am
Lots of cloud, fog
Morning from Yuzawa.
I was hoping for the chance of reporting some fresh snow on the ground this morning.
It was raining lightly before the end of the morning yesterday and more heavily at times later on. I think I did hear the sprinklers starting up late last night so it may well have been snowing a little, but there's no fresh cm of snow to report on the ground in town.
Last night Kagura was mentioning a forecast of 'up to 20cm' of snow overnight... but the actual snowfall they are reporting is 1-2cm.
I just noticed that Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 5cm.
So it sounds like there has been a light dusting at higher elevations.
So, while that is somewhat disappointing, we are just going to put that out of our mind and play with what we got!
For now it is cloudy and colder than the last few days. It's actually snowing very lightly in some places early on, but that isn't expected to last and if the forecasts are right we might even get to see some sunshine during the day.
Sun is expected tomorrow - slightly warmer than today but not as warm as over the weekend thankfully!
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC (Route 17).
Updated: Tuesday 6th March February 2018
Ski resorts in Yuzawa:
Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.
I have some fresh snow to report but just 1cm of it.
It is snowing very lightly (indeed) as I put this report together and it is keeping pretty cold which is of course a good thing.
Keeping cold will be good as it doesn't look like we should expect much snow over the next few days. I would be more than happy for that to be wrong.
It looks like the Hirafu Gondola is having some issues at the start of the day.
One thing I would like to point out once again. My snow measurements come from close to Niseko Grand Hirafu base and are done by myself (and sponsored by - or should I say fuel(l)ed by - toast). There is often more snowfall higher up on the mountain than at base. In early and late season in particular, this can easily mean the difference between no snow on the ground here at base and snowfall delivered to the mountain.
Having said that, today the Avalanche report is not reporting more than trace at each of their points.
I'll comment on it when I feel there is going to be any notable difference on a given day.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6.00am: -8°, trace new snow. Moiwa 800m: -10.1°, W8.6m/s(overnight 17m/s), trace new snow, cornice development. Annupuri 1150m: -14°, NW15m/s snow wind, trace new snow, poor visibility. Hirafu peak: -13°, snow wind, trace new snow, poor visibility. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: N9m/s. Kamui Cape: WNW7m/s, 1020hPa, wave 1.5m.
The barometric pressure gradient has steepened and a strong westerly wind blew overnight. Only a small amount of snow has fallen however new cornice development from wind blown snow is collapsing easily. In the past in similar conditions 3 high school students were buried by an avalanche caused by a cornice collapsing in Mikaeri Bowl. Take care on cornice slopes above 800m. An avalanche happens when conditions are right regardless of the amount of snow and only becomes an accident if people are involved.
Overall the general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are expected to be open. Follow the patrol's decisions. To avoid getting caught in a full depth avalanche you should reconsider your habit of riding in the valley bottoms. On the south east side of Annupuri where there are steep slopes with large elevation changes, full depth avalanches can have a major impact on the topography and vegetation. Large avalanches like these have come down onto the forest road in the past. From the snowfall this winter strict precautions are needed for spring. Spring is here now with these freeze/thaw cycles. Have a good day.
Tuesday 6th March 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts should be operating as planned (Country Road Chair lift not operating)
Official snow depth: - Top: 450cm - Base: 280cm
Floodlit 'nighta' skiing - until Sunday 18th March
Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):
* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair * Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift * Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair Read more ...
Tuesday 6th March 2018, 8:34am
Cloud, some blue sky
Good morning from Grandeco.
Temperatures are getting colder once again but it was raining yesterday so the surface of the course snow especially around base area is a little icy.
There was no snowfall record on the base area but the mountains looks white so maybe some snowfall on the high elevation areas. An investigation is required!
There is no snow forecast for a while, but everyone is hopeful that we will get some. It's too early to be full-on spring... and March can sometimes give us some surprises. We shall see!
We got the rain, we got the wind, but we didn’t get the heavy snow some sites were predicting. It’s basically dust on crust today, with the soft snow of the weekend now hard and just 4 cm of ice pellets and soft hail on top.
Not a great day off the piste, for sure, although it could be just fine on the courses.
The wind is occasionally kicking up as well, so, as always, watch for lift closures.
There is snow falling, but it’s pretty small soft hail and ice pellets, and not building up very quickly... Sunny tomorrow? That might be nice….
Then rain again Thursday and Friday? Not such good news.
The snow that fell overnight followed sporadic moderate rain throughout the day. It fell with strong winds up to higher elevation than we have here and the result is a solid, hard, crust. Nasty stuff and not enough snow even in the gullies.
The forecast isn't good with no snow on the horizon till Saturday and potentially more rain beforehand...
Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami. Read more ...