Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 13th December 2017
Saturday 8th January 2011, 7:45am
Overcast and snowing
The snow is starting to ease in Minakami this morning and expected to give way to a mostly calm and cloudy day from mid morning. Tomorrow looks like much of the same with the snow coming in again from mid evening.
The current snow should settle down over the weekend to create a great base. The next cold air mass is expected to hit Japan on Monday which will bring more snow throughout next week. Read more ...
Saturday 8th January 2011, 8:11am
Clear blue sky and perfect visability with no wind.
There is clear blue sky above Madarao today. The snow has stopped completely leaving a good base and a bit of residual powder. So get out there and get amongst it. There is more snow predicted for tomorrow, so get out there and get a goggle tan, while you can!
The tree runs have been partially opened, but the powder is a little heavy, so you need to put some speed on to get through it. Madarao has some great trees to be explored, but you need to go as a group as there are still some areas you need to be careful of once you go off the main runs.
This morning around eleven lifts will be open and are expected to remain open through out the course of today. The fun for all kids park remains open, while the snowboard park will also be opening.
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 15 lift
Today is in direct contrast with yesterdays weather, with good visibility, no snow falling down and light winds.
The temperature is also a little warmer with a top of -2 degreees expected. However, the windchill is expected to drop to a low of -18 today.
In regards to the runs at Naeba, the Men's Slalom bahn, the Takenoyama Summit ski slope and the area that is to the lower east of Hiuchi #1 slope are closed. In addition, the Takenodaira Romance lift, the Takenokoyama Romance lift and the Prince Gondola lift are currently undergoing safety checks and will be opened when the checks are completed. All these lifts are expected to close around 3:30pm.
At Kagura, the Downhill Course in the Mitsumata Area, the Forestry Expert Course, and the Shirakaba and Intermediate Course in the Tashiro Area are all still closed.
It has been dumping consistently for 2 days and now the sun has come out for this morning.
It was getting deep yesterday and even heard the call from some people of there being too much snow! Tracks were getting filled quickly with the new snow falling and with no crowds it was a truly great powder day.
Today being Saturday and ideal conditions should see it pretty busy on the slopes and it is also the first day of a three day long weekend, with Monday being a national holiday in Japan.
But just standing on the top and checking out the views will be inspiring.
The forecast is for more of the same with a good dump tomorrow night followed by sunshine and another dump.
There is the Niko Niko Festival in Town tonight on Oyu Dori with some traditional drumming, parade and games should be a great vibe.
The happiness is big in Nozawa...
All except the following Kandahar Hachiman Uenotaira Half Pipe Karasawa Wave Park
This morning there are blue skiers on view behind the patchy cloud that remains in the sky but for the most part the snow has stopped coming down. But we have had another 20cm or so in town since last night which makes those snow depth numbers below slightly disappointing as I am sure there would be more. Don't worry though, there's a lot of fresh snow out there and some excellent conditions to enjoy this weekend. It seems that some resorts were struggling to cope with the amount of snow that had suddenly arrived in Yuzawa meaning some closed runs here and there. Things should be fullly open today though for the weekend.
Right now it is 0 degrees in Yuzawa town.
So, the sun is out, there's tons of deep fresh snow and so a top weekend to be out there.
The local forecast for tomorrow is a cloudy start followed by light snow.
Yesterday was for the most part a cold and snowy one, and while I have had to move 20+ cm of snow again there hasn't been much movement on those snow depth numbers.
So we have had some more fresh snow since yesterday but this morning it was just cloudy earlier on but things seem to be clearing up and there are blue skies opening up above many parts of the region, especially in the central area of Shiga Kogen.
Tomorrow may well see more light snow falling.
So it's good conditions for the weekend - and remember that Monday is also a national holiday in Japan.
Nighta this evening at the following resort areas:
- Sun Valley - Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond - Yakebitaiyama - Kumanoyu
Official resort snow depths as of 8th December 2011 AM:
This morning it is another very cold start to the day. In fact, I would say perhaps one of the coldest yet. Outside where I am now, the thermometer is telling me that it is -8 degrees. With another 10cm or so of snow since yesterday, weather conditions this morning are similar once again.... mainly cloudy, some light snow falling, decent visibility though the top of the mountain is covered in cloud as I write this.
Today is the first day of a three day weekend (Monday is a national holiday in Japan) and so it will likely be a busy weekend on the slopes. There are quite a few people out there now and this afternoon and tomorrow will be the peak in terms of numbers this weekend with the ropeways going up the mountain full and a bit of waiting time - probably best to get up the mountain using the lifts when possible.
The forecast has snow lined up on and off over the next week - nothing major though - and it doesn't look like we will see another bluebird day for a while.
When Springsteen wrote Glory Days he was obviously thinking of Niseko on days like today. The snow has just kept on falling and since last report we've had up around another 35-40cm with heavy snowfalls continuing all this morning and it is still snowing. The top lifts are still closed and some others are on reduced speed due to the wind but the snow is deep everywhere, no need to get up high in the wind at all. Snowfalls are expected to continue right through to next weekend so conditions are going to remain epic for awhile yet. Avi danger is extreme out there but they have opened gate 1 into Annupuri bowl and gate 6 at Moiwa. More gates will open once the avalanche danger subsides. I spent the morning at Hanazono and had fresh tracks in Bluberries and Strawberries every run. I think the higher lifts in Hirafu took awhile to get open and people couldn't get over to Hanazono until around 10:30 leaving these great little bowls untouched except by the lucky few of us who started the day there. Yep, glory days!!
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 290 Bottom - 160
Niseko Village: Top - 190 Bottom - 140
Annupuri: Top - 180 Bottom - 150
Annupuri 800m at 6am: -13℃ and 25cm of overnight snowfall. Strong west to northwesterly gusts (20+m/s) with heavy snowfall is persisting above 1000m. Unstable cornices are growing bigger in leeward ridgeline and snowdrifts have reached up to 2m in some steep slopes in the past 60 hours. Avalanche risk is extreme. Even if the weather calms down a bit today, extreme danger level will last all day in leeward steep slopes above 800m, such as upper-Mikaeri, Backbowl, SE face of Osawa and around cornices or Higashi-One. The risk is too high, do not duck ropes or nets and venture out. Carefully choose your route even in lower altitudes (<800m), it would be wiser to stay away from wide-open steep faces and cornice slopes. All gates will be kept closed except for gate 1 and 6, which opening will depend on lift operations and weather conditions. Ride safe!
It is a beautiful bluebird day on the slopes today bringing lots of smiles for the first day of the long weekend (Monday is a national holiday in Japan).
There have been a few lift lines at Happo and other resorts; this is always one of the few weekends we really see the mountain being used as it should be.
Clouds were sitting over the top of the alps this morning but burnt off early and we've had sunglasses weather all day.
240cm at the top of Goryu today, no snow overnight and the heavy dump from Wednesday night has had plenty of time to settle. Snow is still forecast for tomorrow so lets wait to see how much falls, though probably nothing major.
Good day to finish off by kicking back somewhere with a nice view of the mountains and enjoying the sunset as we may be back into cloudy weather from tomorrow.
Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 8th January PM:
Hakuba Goryu: Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. The Kids Area 'Family Land' in the Iimori area is open. Alps daira - 240cm; Toomi - 115cm; Iimori - 90cm
Hakuba 47: The resort and park at the resort are fully open. Snow depth (upper) - 165cm.
Happo-one: All of the Happo-one slopes are now open. Nakiyama nighta now operating. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 190cm; Shirakaba - 115cm Nakiyama - 115cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The Karamatsu nighta operations are now open. The Jib Park is now also fully open. Snow depth - 275cm Maruyama area - 120cm Champion - 150cm
Hakuba Iwatake: All of the Iwatake resort is now open. Upper - 120cm Lower - 80cm
Hakuba Cortina: All of the Cortina resort is also now open. Upper - 245cm Lower - 150cm
Hakuba Sanosaka: All lifts at Sanosaka are now operating. 90cm Read more ...
Saturday 8th January 2011, 18:31pm
Snow has been the word for the last week, and it looks like next week will bring us more of the same. The past few days have seen lots of heavy snows accumulating in the Furano area, so today's relatively light smattering of snow showers should seem like a welcome break for those of you tired of digging out your driveways. It's been cold all day with an afternoon high of -7, which means everything that's been falling is piling up in bunches. Winds have died down to an easily manageable 1 m/s, so at least we are getting a break from that bone-curdling windchill factor.
Today was an absolute beautiful day to be out on the mountain, with plenty of sunshine finding it's way through the clouds at surprising frequent intervals. Be prepared for the snow to kick back up at anytime, simply because it is that time of year here in Furano. If you have a few hours this evening, be sure to take advantage of the excellent night skiing offered at the ski resort. Read more ...
Saturday 8th January 2011, 20:14pm
It was a bluebird day today, following the great snow of the past few days.it was an outstanding day, and now we can look forward to days of solid snowfall—maybe even very heavy tomorrow.
Lots of good powder around the edges of the resort; a bit of sun crust on south facing slopes. That also means to be extra careful if your heading off into the hills with fresh snow building on top of a possible crust.
I did not get an offical report from the town today; the listings at the Tourist Office website have obviously not been all updated, so the numbers below are only where the amounts have increased.