It's another 10cm or so of snow to report this morning, though it is a relatively warm one - into the positives! - and so rather wet snow conditons to what we are used to.
It should be getting colder though as the day moves on today and from tomorrow too it should be a return to winter cold. So just a blip I think.
Just cloud here now but snow due over the coming days into the weekend so we should be getting regular refils.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: 0C, 5cm of wet crystal snow. Moiwa 800m: -3C, northerly breeze, 15cm of fresh. Annupuri 1150m: NW11m/s, -7C, 15m of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak 1308m: NW8.4m/s, -7C. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW11m/s, Kamui cape: N10m/s, 1.2m waves, 1013hPa.
Wet snowfall due to a low-pressure system inducing warm air inflow. The wind is calm and development of snowdrift is slim. A notable Jan 7th layer will form in the future snowpack due to change in temperature. Although the surface hasn’t been reset, the snow is generally in good condition. The overall avalanche risk is low, however large avalanche (120cm thick) from Jan 3rd layer triggered by humid surface slab slide is to be considered in south facing Haru no taki area. Do not enter those strictly off-limits areas. Gates are scheduled to open from the morning, please follow the ski patrol's instructions.
Many of the avalanche accidents occur in leeward slopes with heavy snowdrift deposit. Better not stimulate slopes with cornices or knoll terrain during of just after storms. They can let go very easily. Be aware that surface slabs formed due to sun-exposure (sun-crusts/film-crusts) can sometimes induce slides from deeper unstable layers. Prudence and vigilance will avoid accidents.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
Yesterday the sun was out the whole day with blue clear skies over Nozawa. A fine day indeed.
But where's the fresh snow? Well, forecast is still giving us snow later today and then over the next few days. Heavy snow tonight? That's what we ordered. It might start with rain and then sleet, but we should still be down for some good snow overnight. I look forward to my report tomorrow.
In the meantime, the sun is out again this morning though the skies aren't as blue and there's more thin cloud up there. It's fairly mild too and just a light wind.
A beautiful day yesterday right through until the lifts closed. Nice.
But come on let's have some new fresh now please. By the end of the day, that should be happening, though it may be raining before it is snowing - down at base level anyway. But I'm hopeful that I'll have something good to report tomorrow morning.
This morning it's cloudy, though decent visibility. Fairly mild too, overnight it got down to around -8 degrees but it will probably warm up to about +4 during the day.
Hearing of some stronger winds higher up - looks like the top quad at Happo and the Kurobishi No2 and No3 lifts are closed as of 9am because of the wind.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 8th January 2014):
Some not updated as resorts haven't updated yet
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 270cm Toomi - 170cm Iimori - 120cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 230cm Lower - 110cm
Happo-one: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Usagidaira - 225cm Nakiyama - 70cm Sakka - 90cm
Yesterday was one of those days when you just had to get out, if you were able to of course!
Clear blue skies, sun... magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.
The snow has been keeping fairly decent higher up especially as well, so it was a good day.
Though really we shouldn't even be talking about conditions keeping decent in the first part of January! Needless to stay we are still sitting here waiting for the huge snowfalls to arrive.
So let's take a look at the various forecasts.
The general consensus seems to be rain later on today, after the sunny but overcast start we have at the time of writing. It's due to warm up to around +5C this afternoon and as of 9am around +2C. Though by the end of the day it should be snowing as temps drop and then we will hopefully be into this few days of snowfall in the region. What we want is consistent heavy snow for at least a few days... whether that is what we will get or not is unclear. We'll just have to take it day by day and I'll bring you the latest tomorrow morning.
Photos today thanks to muikabochi. Taken from the Yuzawa Kogen resort yesterday afternoon.
After the sun and clear blue skies of yesterday - what a great day.
This morning lots more cloud and it's...... almost warm. Well not warm, but getting on for +2 degrees. It might rain later on. But don't worry, it's good after that as this forecast snow is still on the forecast and I am (quite) confident that tomorrow morning I'll be bringing news of snowfall. We should be having a few snowy days, so let's hope we get some good numbers.
A good new deep fresh layer would be just the ticket.
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