Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 21st March 2018
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Wednesday 7th March 2018, 7:20am
Mostly snow showers throughout the day yesterday with tops of -6C and some pretty hefty winds here and there.
Today, clear blue skies with tops of -1 and some clouds to roll in around afternoon, with calm winds. After snow showers here and there, overnight there’s a couple of fresh cm’s on the mountain — two to be exact. The groomed terrain should be getting better everyday since the rain, with the chilly temps giving it a nice freeze. Though we are still in for a bit of rain...
Thursday: heavy evening rain, winds increasing and tops of 10C Friday: heavy rain, moderate winds and tops of 11C Saturday: afternoon snow showers, light to moderate winds and tops of -1C Read more ...
Wednesday 7th March 2018, 7:46am
Fine and sunny
It is a cold early morning in Zao but fine weather and nice blue skies.
No fresh snow to report but the morning in particular should be decent.
Not sure how to react to the forecasts for tomorrow and Friday. Warmer and rain shouldn't be a surprise tomorrow, turning into snow? I'll let Nature just deliver.
Lifts and course info:
- All lifts open as planned - All areas open as planned - Note: the Karamatsu pair lift has now closed for the season
In the Uwanodai area: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until Sunday 18th March 2018
In the Yokokura area: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until Sunday 11th March 2018
Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates: Now finished for the season Read more ...
Wednesday 7th March 2018, 8:00am
Blue sky, cloud
Morning from Yuzawa.
And there is a mix of blue sky and cloud over the region this morning. There's even a dusting of snow on the ground to start the day off, though it really is just that - a dusting. Kagura is reporting 0-2cm of fresh snowfall but I see no other reports of fresh cn.
It should be a fine and sunny day here with a high of around +5C this afternoon - a nice day to be out.
Tomorrow through Saturday is looking... interesting. Variations on what to expect with different forecasts but it looks like a mix of rain and snow. All going to depend on how cold it can remain.
I'll be back with you tomorrow with another update.
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC (Route 17).
Updated: Wednesday 7th 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.
Some high thin clouds this morning and a chilly -9 outside my front door. The sun is starting to make an appearance and we should have sunny skies most of the day as soon as it breaks through. We’ve certainly had our fair share of strange weather here lately. Yesterday brought us near white out conditions with the wind making any activity outside nearly impossible.
Tomorrow we’re going to see a massive swing in the temperature up to +10 degrees outside. Rain is forecast and the winds will pick up considerably again. Light crowds on the mountain will certainly make for a great day out there.
Looking at the end of the week and into the weekend the temperatures will up and down and hopefully stay in negative territory with a light dusting of snow.
The snow reported today is 5cm for today and 25cm from Monday morning through yesterday morning. (Total 30cm)
Planned lift operations (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 5 lift - Central number 6 lift - Sailer quad - Nishimori pair
Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays
A strong cold airflow is brought on the edge of the high-pressure system. Intermittent snowfall with 15m/s wind is persisting through the morning. Snowdrifts are slowly growing in leeward slopes. There were no notable instability observed in the snowpack around 800m elevation. The avalanche risk below treeline is low. The wind stayed relatively strong in higher elevation and the new snowdrifts (soft slabs) could easily slide from March 5th layer. Avalanche hazard is relatively high in long and wide open steep slopes.
Peak gates are expected to open depending on the peak chair operation. Listen to the patrol’s instructions, be well prepared and step out from the gates. The new snow in the trees is a bit shallow, but very good for this time of the season. Glide avalanche (full depth slides) hazard is rising in upper west-ridge’s Backbowl side and Annupuri O-sawa 1100m. Glide avalanche does not necessarily occur in warm temperature and visible cracks are not the only signs to evaluate the risks. It is strongly recommended not to ride the valley bottoms in order to avoid being caught in case it slides. Thaw & freeze, the mountain is slowly shifting to Spring. Today’s still like winter. Enjoy your day.
Wednesday 7th 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 ...
Wednesday 7th March 2018, 8:16am
Blue sky, sunshine, cloud
Good morning from Hakuba.
First of all - check out the webcam image from Happo-one this morning below. Impressive 'sea of clouds' there. Awesome scenery. (But it probably won't last long).
Sounds like there has been a dusting of snow at higher elevations but not much - and no numbers. Oh, apart from the 1cm that Goryu are reporting up top.
So yes, today should be fine and sunny and be fairly mild after the chilly start. Temps in the village to rise to around 5-6C this afternoon.
Colder conditions expected tomorrow with a mix of rain and snow seemingly lined up on the forecast for the last few days of the week. Obviously, we'd much prefer the latter.
Ski resort information on Tuesday 6th March 2018 (at time of writing):
The sun is out. It's a lovely morning here in Nozawa. Quite cold too actually at least for now - it's going to warm up during the day, maybe up to around +4C later in the day.
The forecast for the region is looking curious tomorrow into Saturday. Rain looks likely to be on there but snow as well later on Friday. Some forecasts saying decent amounts of it too, particularly in higher areas of the resort. Going to be interesting to see how that turns out.
Today though things are pretty quiet and it's a good day to be on the mountain.
Tuesday 6th March 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
Lovely morning here and there's a good frosted look in the morning sunshine. It's quite cold actually but should be warming up a bit during the day time.
Nice blue skies for now.
Tomorrow and Friday is looking like it will generally be rain (warmer tomorrow) turning into snow (colder on Friday). Just how fast it gets to snow is the big question mark and obviously we hope it'll be sooner than later.
Let's see how things look in the morning.
For now, a very nice morning to be out on the slopes.
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It's pretty cold this morning actually. But the sun is out and there is a lot of blue sky up there making it a very fine morning to be out and about sliding. It feels kind of winter-like this morning. Forecasts show things warming up a little during the day, but hopefully not by too much.
Tomorrow, warmer and rain in lower areas with hopefully snow higher up here in Shiga Kogen. Fingers crossed we miss out on rain, but we might not. Though snow seems to be what we should be getting come Friday.
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.
Good morning from Naeba! It's a bright start here today, with clear blue skies and the sun beating down into the valley. The air temperature at the base is currently reading -6°C, but this will rapidly rise as the sun takes a hold of the mountains. Highs of 4°C are predicted for today. There is little wind and no imminent clouds to concern us today. The pistes will likely be spring-like and slushy.
Looking forwards, we have a large block of warm, mist air heading our way from initially the south east. This will push air temperatures well above 0°C, meaning that it is likely we will get some more rain tomorrow through until Friday lunch time, when the wind direction swings 180° and brings cooler air from the north west. The precipitation will subsequently turn to snow fall from Friday evening onwards, as is currently predicted. Accumulations at the base are currently predicted to be moderate, but only time will tell. The wind will be more noticeable in the days ahead, accompanying this more unsettles spring weather. Read more ...
Wednesday 7th March 2018, 9:49am
Sunny and nice today, a little fresh snow on top.
A fairly cold start, too, although the sun is pretty warm and the streets are already wet. Once again we’re going to see the freezing level go up over 3000 meters, and more rain - maybe heavy down low on Friday morning. It’s still early March, though, and snow could fall again...
Hope so, because those snow walls are pretty low this year - saw a photo from the same time last year, and there is no comparison. Four meters or more last year, maybe two plus now?
Light snow last night but not enough for any real accumulation.
I'm helping to sculpt the likes of Anpanman and a Panda for the Yubiso Yuki Matsuri which will be held this weekend. No entry fee, plenty of slides and cool stuff for kids. Highly likely a snow mobile will be doing the rounds too.
Anyway, the rain crust is one foot thick and quite hard going on the Northern faces.
Southerly slopes will be softening up as it's warm and sunny.
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 ...