Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Monday 7th March 2011, 8:18am
Snowfall throughout the duration of the day, continuing until Wednesday
After a full weekend of sunshine, it's only expected that the snowfall returns Monday morning to top up the mountain's coverage. Over night the resort received around 5-10cm of fresh snow, while the snowfall is predicted to last on and off until Wednesday. So a lot more fresh stuff is expected for weekday riders.
With that said, visibility conditions are going to vary between average and quite poor accross the mountain. Although a good pair of goggles will aid and allow more comfortable riding throughout the duration of the day. Currently the temperature is a mild -2.0 C and will remain in the minuses today on the mountain and in the village.
Also today many of the treeland courses will be re-opened as well as well as 'the bowl' in the free ride park; now open to public. Definately somewhere to position yourself on the mountain if your looking for some entertainment.
While somewhere not to position yourself is outside of the ski area or closed courses as a neighbouring mountain has reports of an avalanche occurance last weekend. Scary, not to worry if you plan to stick to the courses.
Yesterday was the first day of the Madarao Speed Challenge event, with even Darth Vader clocking an impressive time on his ski's! Overall a thrilling event, with two more to be held on the 13th and 20th of this month.
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 13 Lift No 15 lift Tangram No 2 Lift
Moving Belt at Kids Park Snowboard beginner course
A brief couple of snow showers yesterday but overall it remained mostly fine. Today is much the same. It's partly cloudy with a bit of sun now and then and the possibility of a couple of light snow showers. The system moving up the eastern side of Honshu which is currently bringing snow to low levels around Yokohama and Tokyo will move up to the east of Hokkaido tomorrow. This should get the winds coming out of the right direction for good snowfalls right through into the weekend. Nice day up on the hill today with good snow to be found still out through the gates.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 385 Bottom - 180
Niseko Village: Top - 380 Bottom - 180
Annupuri: Top - 370 Bottom - 200
All gates are scheduled to open, peak gates at 9:30 am. Please follow the ski patrol's instructions. Annupuri peak 6am: -12 ℃, average wind W 6m / s. Annupuri 800m: -8 ℃, WSW 4m / s. Very slight overnight snowfall. The wind above 1100m has stagnated around 15m / s westerly and slowly calming down from around dawn. There are no drastic developments of snowdrifts and yesterday's tracks aren't recovered. High altitude slopes are affected by the wind, rugged, crusty but with patches of slightly packed thick wind-drifts. Surface snow has refrozen in south facing and low elevation slopes. Instability factors in the snowpack is diminishing, however many slopes are in a tricky skiing condition. Whether there are many tracks left, outside the gates is not the ski resort anymore. There are no signs or patrol. You are responsible to know the terrain and how to come back. Just following tracks will not necessarily take you to a desired place.
Good weather yesterday - clear and sunny, some cloud with more moving in later on in the day.
This morning, the mountains are hidden behind cloud and some rather wet snow is falling at the moment in Yuzawa. Just a few km to the north it is more like rain. There has actually been a white sprinkling down at town level in Yuzawa but it isn't the kind of snowfall that is likely to bring us much in terms of cm. So we can just hope for snow rather than rain for today I would guess. Tomorrow and Wednesday look more likely to bring us some more decent snowfall along with colder temperatures.
All change again this morning and I can report some fresh snow in the resorts here - perhaps up to 10cm in places. There's almost no wind and we still have some snow slowly and lazily falling from the sky. It's in no rush!
As you might expect it is colder than what we had yesterday and right now the thermometer is telling me -3 degrees. The coldest temperature this morning is coming from Yokoteyama which is saying -9 degrees.
The outlook for the coming days, including today, is good for more snow. We might even see another fairly decent amount out of these next few so the slopes should be seeing daily topups keeping conditions good out there.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 7th March 2011 AM:
Clouds are still with us this morning and snow falling on the upper slopes but not really anything coming down here in the village as I write this. Snow is forecast though especially later on today and also on and off over the next few days right through until Friday. Great to see the snow keep on coming as conditions are doing really well out there, helped by these regular topups.
Right now it is 0 degrees, cloudy, hardly any wind and fairly decent visibility on the lower slopes, less slow higher up/
I have some news on the night skiing operations at Zao. The nighta in the Uwanodai area of the resort plans to be operating every day until Sunday 27th March. Over at the Yokokura area, nighta will be operating only on holidays now, specifically 12th/13th March and 19th/20th/21st March. Read more ...
Monday 7th March 2011, 10:04am
Light snow, cloud
After the fine weather conditions over the weekend this morning we are greeted to snowy conditions early on. There has been around 5cm or so of snow on the cars here and it is snowing lightly at the moment.
The local Niigata forecast is estimating 10cm of snow to fall between now and 9am tomorrow (with a 'maximum' of up to 25cm) so it would seem the snow is set to continue for the day. In fact, we are probably going to see snowy conditions continue up until the end of the week.
At the moment it is -1 degrees at the base of Naeba, just a slight wind and clouds covering the top of the mountain.
From today, 'Sunrise' operations at Naeba which means that the Gondolas (or just the No2 Gondola on weekdays) start operating at 8am which is earlier than normal.
Woke up to snow falling gracefully from the sky in Nozawa this morning.
They had expected it to come in last night but it only really started at about 6am.
A few centimetres have already collected on the ground but not much has gathered as yet. The outlook has improved though with consistent snow due all week before another sunny weekend.
Yesterday was another great day on the slopes with some fresh pockets of snow on offer up high. Down low was a bit hard early. A few of the young guns were building a kicker on the top and enjoying the sunshine.
Anyway the winter vibe and good snow conditions are set to continue in Nozawa.
All except the following Kandahar Hachiman Uenotaira Half Pipe Karasawa Wave Park
The day started off with a good amount of snow falling which deposited a nice 5cm around the village. On mountain the 5cm of fresh seemed consistent from the top to bottom - no heavy falls on the upper mountain this time. This new snow is sitting on top of a slick base, which is a bit rough in certain places. The snow stormed passed by 9:30am and the valley cloud lifted to leave a nice warm and sunny day. Read more ...
Monday 7th March 2011, 15:22pm
Cloud, light snow
Yesterday saw some fairly strong winds out there on the slopes and conditions were mild and all that brings with it. The morning seemed to be fairly crowded out there but as usual things started to thin out once we got into the afternoon.
Snow started falling this morning and Hakuba 47 were reporting just over 10cm at 8am. There will be more since then on the slopes but not much - earlier this morning there was new snowfall down to village level but it has since disappeared for the most part. Pretty good conditions higher up then but very poor visibility on the mountains today but there's not much of a wind... and not many people out there. Be careful not to get lost out there!
Wednesday is looking good for some decent snowfall in the region but in general it is looking like we should see snowy conditions from now until around Friday, clearing up in time for the weekend.
Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 7th March AM:
Hakuba Goryu Just a few cm of fresh snow up top earlier on Monday morning. Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 275cm; Toomi - 155cm; Iimori - 120cm.
Hakuba 47: 47 was reporting 12cm of fresh snow on uppper slopes at 8am this morning. Normal operations today. Snow depth (upper) - 195cm.
Sorry to be late today, but its Monday, the snow started falling, and our trusty Jimny slid (fast) into a roadside post (your correspondent was not driving or riding; enough said there). It's slick this time of year; oh, yes, remember to shift back into 4WD after going shopping in the big city....
Anyway, it did snow a bit on this gray, car-eating day. It started slow in the morning, then began to pick up, along with the wind, in the afternoon. It's kind of dust on crust, with the weekend's soft crust now hardening under the new snow. Probably makes for a little bit icy conditions on the piste (I was out hiking in the woods, which was better up than down, to be honest). Looks like snow will be continuing, along with some pretty steady winds tomorrow and especially Wednesday.