Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 14th December 2017
Tuesday 8th February 2011, 7:48am
Thismorning we have awoken to a Blue skys. Unlike the past week, 20cm of fresh snow is predicted to fall before the end of the day. While over night the resort received 20cm of fresh coverage. Great way to start the week!
The temperature at the moment is sitting at a warmer -2.0 degrees in the villiage. This will vary between -4.0 and -2.0 degrees throughout the day. While visability conditions are currently poor in the villiage and on the mountain, as snow continues to fall through out the day.
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
Yesterday around 10cm fell at the valley level with up to 20cm up high but strong winds blew a lot of the new snow away in exposed areas. Today the sun is out once again with no wind at present and temperatures sitting around -3 deg C looking at an expected high of 4 deg C at the valley.
It looks like another cold air mass is on the way from Friday which should bring a good dump over the weekend however strong winds may close lifts at some resorts no Saturday (especially Yuzawa) so Houdaigi and White Valley will probably be the go. Read more ...
Tuesday 8th February 2011, 9:07am
It is another sunny morning in the valley early on.
There has been no new overnight snow on the ground and the nice and clear night continued to this morning. The temperature at the base is around -6c this morning. The forecast is telling us to expect things to warm up to around 5c this after noon and cool down to -6 or so tonight.
No snow I said but there has been a sprinkling on the hills and Cortina is reporting 15cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes and 10cm on the lower slopes, so perhaps pick of the day.
There's pretty much almost no wind here at base, NW 0.2m. Even at the 1400m level, SE 0.5m. SW at 4.5m at the 2100m level. Hope it will stay this calm all day.
The great news is that almost all the weather forecasts are calling snow for tonight starting sometime between 6pm to 8pm all the way to tomorrow afternoon. Moreover, they are still saying that there's a decent dump of snow due on Friday night too.
This up and down temperature can be a good recipe for slides in some spots, so there's a real need to be careful out there after the big dump.
Let's hope for great pow day tomorrow morning.
Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 8th February AM:
Hakuba Goryu Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 310cm; Toomi - 170cm; Iimori - 150cm.
Hakuba 47: Normal operations today. Snow depth (upper) - 197cm.
Strong winds have persisted over the last 24 hours making it hard to tell how much snow has fallen as there's been a lot of blowing as well as falling snow. Overall though there hasn't been that much fall, maybe up near 15cm at village level with more up high. The winds up high have caused a lot of drifting and scouring so expect some reasonably deep snow on lee slopes and sheet ice on exposed areas. The wind direction has meant the Annupuri and Niseko Village areas are somewhat protected by the peak and all lifts are running in these areas. In Hirafu and Hanazono the top lifts are quite exposed and probably won't run today. Temperatures are cold up there today being around -15 up high. Couple that with the windchill and you really want to rug up to avoid frostbite.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 390 Bottom - 200
Niseko Village: Top - 380 Bottom - 200
Annupuri: Top - 315 Bottom - 220
High wind is persisting, averaging 20m/s WNW to NW, with strong snowfall above 1000m elevation. The temperature has dropped as the wind picked up (-17℃ at the peak at 6am) and snowdrifts are developing fast in leeward slopes. These snowdrifts are covering thick crusty layer in south facing steep slopes. A thin weak-density layer is lying in between the crust and the newly developing snowdrifts, forming very weak and unstable conditions. Many instability signs are simultaneously present. The avalanche hazard is rising quickly and is at its highest especially during and just after storms. However, high risks persist a while after the storm has calmed down too. Rushing into hazardous terrains as soon as the gates open is not a wise decision. Peak gates 2 & 3 will be closed today. Other gates are yet to be decided, please respect the ski patrol’s decision. Read more ...
Tuesday 8th February 2011, 9:31am
Yesterday turned out to be really good with plenty of fresh new snow, up to 20cm in places, reasonable visibility and winds that didn't interfere too much with lift operations. During the day we received an additional 5cm of snow.
Today there are variable winds which are making people feel the chill. If you have a face mask or similar be sure to wear it. Most runs have been well groomed and are a carpet of fresh packed powder. Expect a dusting of fresh snow throughout the day. More snow is forecast over the next few days. Read more ...
Tuesday 8th February 2011, 9:50am
Sun, blue skies
Very soon after I posted the report yesterday it started snowing something like properly and by the time I had to use my car at around 4pm there was about 5cm of snow on there. So a nice surprise to get a bit of snow and it kept fairly cold for most of the day. Temperatures down to around -6 overnight, about -1 degree now and a high of around +3 forecast for today.
Some of the forecasts are saying cloud but a quick look outside and all I can see is blue skies and sunny conditions out there.
Potentially heavy snow still looks like it will be with us Friday night into Saturday, and before then a real mix of conditions by the looks.
Official snow depths @ Tuesday 8th February 2011 AM
There has just been a sprinkling of fresh snow since yesterday but this morning is noticeably colder than it has been and was -8 degrees out there just a short while ago. Up in the skies though there are some clouds but also patches of bright blue skies as well and the sun shining down. It could go either way today but looks like it will generally be a fine one - at best nice clear blue skies and at worst just a bright cloudy kind of scenario. A good day to be out on the slopes either way.
Light snow possible tomorrow and a cloudy day and then after fine weather on Friday we can look forward to some decent snowfall going into the weekend. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Tuesday 8th February 2011, 10:05am
Sun, clear skies
Once again it's all change. It was snowing for most of yesterday - it was snowing into the evening and has given us a nice new layer of snow, though nothing major in terms of new cm - but this morning the sun is out. The forecast is actually for cloud, so it may well be due to cloud over later on but for now it is bright and sunny and a fine morning to be out sliding on the snow. It is sunny but the day started off cold and more like normal for the time of the year with -9 on the thermometer outside in Maruike.
More chance of light snow, or just cloud, or sun tomorrow. So basically we don't know! And more of the same changeable conditions for Thursday. Going into the weekend though we do seem set to be on the receiving end of a moderate-heavy snowfall, so that will be a good primer for the weekend.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 8th February 2011 AM:
It was snowing after the lifts closed for a little while yesterday so there should be a nice dusting on offer this morning, nothing major. Along with the blue bird weather should make for a good day on the slopes.
Yesterday the snow just kept falling most of the day and there were some nice little powder sections to be had even though the visibility was not the best.
It should continue fine for the rest of the day them some snow again tomorrow. Friday and Saturday are still looking like a major dump so it should be a good long weekend in the Mountains.
All except the following Kandahar Hachiman Uenotaira Half Pipe Karasawa Wave Park
5-10cm of snow reported up at Kagura this morning since yesterday when it was snowing for most of the late morning and afternoon. Not as much down in the village perhaps 5cm or so, but good to see a new layer on top of the somewhat icy conditions in some places.
This morning the sun was out from early on and it has been a clear and sunny day and after a cold start to the day it has warmed up a bit and is fairly mild now. Not as mild as last week but still on the mild side of normal.
We can perhaps expcect some snow tonight and into tomorrow, though nothing heavy is forecast. After that perhaps Thursday and Friday morning especially bringing some fairer conditions and then heavy snow is still forecast for Friday night through Sunday so it looks like we will get a decent top up over the weekend.
Friday is a national holiday in Japan, so it is a 3 day weekend - and possibly the busiest of the season... certainly one of the peak weekends.
It was a lovely day in Myoko today—cold, sunny and the snow was great. Powdery on the slopes, real powder in the trees. Not a lot of fresh snow (hard to tell the total fall, due to all the wind yesterday), but it was nice.
Looks like there's a good chance of snow in the days ahead, so more good sliding ahead.
I had such a nice glide down through the trees (a long, mellow course of my acquaintance), I have nothing more to say today.