Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017
Monday 7th January 2008, 8:10am
Cloudy & Snowy
Yesterday was the best powder day of the year and it keeps getting better with cold temperatures and more snow every day. It is snowing again with more expected today. All the runs are open and the riding through the closed gates has been fantastic. Lots of riders are climbing the peak.
More snow is predicted for the rest of the week, so if you will be in Niseko, consider yourself lucky.
After some rain yesterday evening (Kagura reported 1-2cm of snow), that thankfully seemed to stop by very early morning and we woke up to fog earlier on. It is still foggy out to the north in Minamiuonuma, but that has generally cleared up in Yuzawa and it is currently overcast. It is fairly bright and the sun can be seen through the thin clouds.
Once again it is fairly mild, with the temperature at around 3 at the moment but likley to rise to somewhere around 7 degrees later on in the day. That will likely mean more snow melt as has been the case in the last few days, with most of the resorts showing lower snow depths than they were before the weekend.
Tomorrow looks like there is a chance of snow but not prolonged with sun also forecast for later in the day. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 7th January 2008, 9:39am
After an overcast start to the day the sun is out again this morning and while it may not turn out to be as fine a day as yesterday, it looks like it will be sunny and fine throughout the day. Yesterday was a mild day but it is starting out milder still this morning, though the temperature is below zero in all resort areas as of 9am.
Snow depths remain largely unchanged as there hasn't been any new snowfall in the last few days.
While tomorrow looks set to be another fine day, we can maybe expect more snow the day after and mid-weeek.
Nighta for today is planned at the following resort areas:
Cloud cover for most of the day, with breaks of sunshine and possibly some snow this afternoon.
Light cloud cover with the sun breaking through occasionally, this afternoon the cloud will settle in. It's been a bright good visibility morning on the ski fields. There was light rain last night which will cause the lower slopes to be a bit icy in the morning. Settlement down low has brought the base on the lower slops down to around 100 cms.
Cloud cover for most of the day with a possibility of snow this afternoon.
Backcountry Travel Advisory:
The large snow fall over the new years has been settling and although there are still weak layers in the surface snow recent days have seen increased bonding occurring in the new snow. The rain crust of December 29th is also starting to bond to the new years storm snow, however, be careful around rocky outcrops and shallow snow pack areas where faceting may be occurring around the crust. There will still be stresses in the snow pack in convexing areas so do take caution on steeper complex terrain. Winds over the last week have created multiple medium sized cornices that are very fragile and easy to dislodge therefore take due care around corniced ares.
Be aware of temperature rises and direct solar radiation on slopes.
Compression tests in the Tsugaike area on a north facing start zone at 1900 metres produced very easy compressions at 20cms from the surface in the new snow over riding the new years storm snow. Moderate compressions were found with in the storm snow 50 - 60cms from the surface, many of the compressions from with in the storm snow were progressive compressions or breaks and would signify bonding. Mild temperatures should continue to support bonding.
Heavy snow for a few hours yesterday afternoon has bought close to 30cm of fresh snow to the resort. It started as sleet as the temperature was a bit warm, but within about 15 minutes turned to big fat flakes for around 4 hours of snowfall.
The snow is a little heavy, but nothing to complain about.
Big News for the resort is that Kuma Otoshi is open! The Ski Patrol will open the run for 10 minutes only 3 times a day. They did this last year as well. They man the run either side with staff who watch each guest go down the run and are there to make sure any avalanche danger is dealt with immediately. This is the first step in getting Kuma back into full operation mode.
The sun is out again this morning, and the shogatsu crowds have gone. A certain quietness has descended on the village as folk are finding themselves back in the cities, at their desks and in their jobs - with holidays over and thoughts of breaking New Years resolutions lurking in and out of every hour. Meanwhile the locals are quizzically looking at the weather forecasts and wondering about the next dump of snow.
It's been a splendid couple of days if you like the warmth and the sun. Although the sun is out at the moment, the sky is predominantly grey today - a contrast from yesterdays blue skies.
The temperature is sitting above zero and as if reflecting the quietness and non existence of people there is absolutely no breeze. It is still. A slight drizzle of rain last night with a frosting of snow - not enough for the measuring stick though. Read more ...
Monday 7th January 2008, 11:55am
Sunny to partly cloudy
Another sunny day here in Myoko. But with all the sun, eventually the piper has to be paid, and today 20cm in snow was his fee. A beautiful day on the slopes, though. And record crowds are out at Suginohara.
Colder temperatures are in store tomorrow.
Here are your Myoko area levels for today: 160cm (Akakura Kanko); 150cm (Akakura Onsen); 115cm (Ikenotaira); 230cm at the top, 100 bottom (Suginohara); 140cm (Kumado Snowboard Park); 100cm (Pine Valley); 250cm (Seki Onsen); 110cm (Madarao Tangram Ski Circus); 90cm (Madarao Sympathique); 115cm (Madarao Kogen); 100cm (Cupid Valley); 135cm (Myoko Ski Park); 110cm (Togakushi); 130cm (Kurohime); 100cm (Iizuna);
Another warm day in Minakami with a current temperature of 4 deg C. There are a lot of bare patches showing at the valley level after a couple of warm days. The snow at higher ski areas; Hodaigi, Tenjin, Minakami Kogen is still in decent condition but the lower ski areas are starting to suffer.
There is some snow forecast for tomorrow morning with some more predicted to fall the following day (Wednesday). The weekend looks like it will bring more cold weather, with snow forecast from Saturday through Monday. Should be great on-piste conditions for the long weekend. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 7th January 2008, 14:16pm
It is pretty clear with just a haze high up in Nozawa today. The exodus is over and Nozawa is back in the hands of the lucky few! Yep, it's pretty much a ghost town. Conditions up on the ghost-slopes this morning were good. It is pretty much slush from top to bottom but with few people around you can really have a good time.
I guess the game plan for now is to get over the last few weeks of madness and hope for snow (expected to come on the weekend - always the way). Also coming up next week is the fire festival Read more ...