No new snow to report from the region this morning as we start the day with some blue sky + cloud up above. Lovely clear sky over Naeba, a bit more cloud up at Kagura and actually the forecast telling us to perhaps expect cloudy conditions later on in the day along with the chance of some snowfall. Can't expect much snow though, more a dusting probably.
It's -8C here in the Naeba base area this morning and the resort saying it's -10C up top. Cold, but hardly any wind at all.
Similar conditions forecast for tomorrow as well right now, perhaps without the clearer skies early on.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 150cm Kagura - 320cm Read more ...
Tuesday 8th January 2013, 8:32am
Clear and sunny
0cm of snow to report this morning and very fine clear skies over the mountain early on. There have been a fair few of these this season, and it sure is looking beautiful. Though personally, 50cm of fresh snow on the slopes is more beautiful, in a different kind of way of course!
-3 degrees and hardly any wind at all. Nice day to be out. Perhaps clouds will move in later on and there's a chance of a sprinkling of snow before the end of the day.
All of the resort should be open and it shouldn't be busy out there.
Lifts planned to be operating: Number 1 Number 2 Number 3 Super quad Number 5 Number 11 Number 12 Number 15 Kids Park --- FreeRide Park Powder Wave I Powder Wave II Usagi Riverline Powder Theater Adventure Read more ...
Tuesday 8th January 2013, 8:50am
Sunny, clouding over
Earlier on this morning the sun was out and lots of blue sky above Yuzawa but it has quickly been clouding over. It is looking very cloudy just to the north in Minamiuonuma.
For now though the sun is still out over Yuzawa as I type this but we seem destined to have a cloudy day and even some snow a bit later on, though if the forecast is correct it won't be much more than a light dusting.
Temperatures dropped to around -5C overnight and currently are at -1C in town.
A more promising snow event around Thursday but after that another clear and sunny weekend looks like it might be on the cards.
We have around 10cm of fresh snowfall to report this morning and a temperature of around -7C, and I don't expect that will budge much throughout the day today. It is snowing out there (for a change!) and while visibility is not the best, it generally looks decent enough.
Good news too - less wind means that the top lifts are operating from the get go this morning on all of the resorts on the mountain so there'll no doubt be a rush up to the top this morning to explore all the fun that can be found up there.
The forecast has us down for similar kind of conditions over the next few days.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 340cm Bottom - 165cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 310cm Bottom - 190cm
Niseko Village Top - 285cm Bottom - 190cm
Niseko base 6am: -10C, 10cm of new snowfall and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: NW8m/s, 20cm of windblown snowdrifts and -15C. Annupuri peak: NW10.3m/s, -17C. Coastal data: NW12m/s, 1.1m waves and 1016hPa.
The atmospheric pressure gradient is gentle, resulting in a calm weather at sea level as well as in the higher altitude. There are no notable developments of snowdrifts and the surface slabs in leeward slopes are mostly stable. The general avalanche risk is low today. Peak gates are scheduled to open as the top-lifts operate.
Although the hazard level is low, it is not zero. Caution is required at all time, especially in typical avalanche terrain. Do not traverse across open steep slopes such as the Osawa cornice slopes, Backbowl's high-walls or Higashione's cornice slopes. Ski/ride down along the fall-line, not across it. If you can't ski/ride the fall-line, then you're not ready to ski/ride that slope.
Some unstable slabs are still present in wind-exposed steep slopes. Stimulating those slabs could trigger a slide from deeper layers. A winter-mountain will never be 100% safe. One mistake can lead to serious consequences. Stay away from obvious danger signs: knolls, cornices and heavy snowdrifts deposit under ridgeline. Respect the Rules and have a great day. Read more ...
Tuesday 8th January 2013, 9:23am
Yesterday the skies went from blue to silver very quickly in the late morning. After that lovely clear start to the day, by lunchtime it was quite different and by mid afternoon it was hard to believe how the day started. Amazing how quickly it can change.
No new snowfall to report this morning though so the clouds didn't bring anything with them.
It is another clear and crisp start to the morning in the valley early this morning. -3 degrees and a slight wind. While we currently have lovely blue skies above the village there is some white cloud around upper peaks of the mountains. Perhaps it will end up being a similar pattern to yesterday as we do have cloud forecast and actually a chance of some possible snow showers in the afternoon. Don't expect anything major though.
Thursday aside, there isn't actually a whole lot of snow lined up on the weekly forecasts as they currently stand. More sun than snow. Those things can change of course. While we like the sun to visit us out from time to time, I think most of us would prefer regular top-ups of deep fresh snowfall on the mountains.
Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 8th January 2013 AM: Please note that resort lift operations are subject to change at any time.
Hakuba Goryu: No new snow reported at Hakuba Goryu this morning. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 260cm; Toomi - 125cm; Iimori - 100cm
Hakuba 47: No new snow reported by Hakuba 47 this morning. Official snow depth: Upper - 190cm Lower - 120cm
Good morning from Zao Onsen and it's a chilly and cloudy one. A few cm of snow since yesterday but not snowing at the moment. The clouds are sticking around the mountain, but decent visibility on the slopes... at the moment I can just about see the top of the mountain at times from base.
Oh an exciting event to tell you about --- "1000 People Bingo" on a special stage area up in the Paradise part of the resort at 11am, Saturday 12th. Prizes are to be won, if playing bingo with 999 other people isn't enough fun for you! Apparently, if I am reading this right, the first 1000 people to turn up will receive a special bingo card to play. What more encouragement do you need to start early? ;)
Snowfall is due later on tomorrow into Thursday. Lots, please.
More sunny and clear skies this morning over Shiga Kogen.
In the distance though I can see clouds gathering and indeed the forecast for today is actually cloud and some possible light snow showers later this afternoon and evening. After some snowfall due mid-week, it currently looks like the weekend is going to see more of the sun.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 8th January 2013 AM:
We woke to another clear blue day here in Nozawa Onsen. Again, the sunrise mountain alpenglow provided an impressive spectacle and cloud-free night ensured we have no new snow to speak of.
The groomed runs should be firm and fast today with cold overnight temperatures and it’s still possible to find fresh tracks off-piste with a bit of a search.
Yesterday was an extremely quiet day on the mountain and in the less frequented areas it was possible to have entire runs pretty much to yourself. Today looks like it will be another exceptionally quiet day with seemingly few day trippers making the journey up to Nozawa Onsen at the moment.
Its looks like a few clouds should gather around the area this afternoon and a few flurries are not out of the question. Tomorrow should see snow showers and cold temperatures to top up the cover.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating except: Yunomine Pair Mizunashi Triple Challenge Pair Utopia Pair Higake No2 Pair B line
Courses open: All courses open except: Kandahar West Kandahar East
There was a dusting of about 2cm overnight and the day started with low cloud, very flat light and cold temperatures. As the morning progressed the light improved to make those bumps and the ground in general more visible. At the smae time the snow started again and deposited about 4cm on the ground in just a couple of hours. The mountain had been extensively groomed but on the upper slopes had 7cm of fresh powder on top of the grooming and around 2cm on the lower slopes. The cold weather must have encouraged a lot of people to stay in bed this morning as there was hardly anyone out on the mountain during the first part of the morning. The forecast for the next couple of days looks to be very similar to today - more continuous light snow. Read more ...