Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 22nd January 2018
Sunday 8th March 2009, 7:56am
Yesterday we had some fairly strong winds and actually ended up getting a bit of snowfall on the mountains as well... for example, Iwappara reported a new 5cm on the mid-slopes of the resort.
This morning early on the winds have calmed down and it is just cloudy at the moment with the thermometer outside currently showing +1 degree. Fine weather is forecast for later on in the day with a forecast high of around 7 degrees.
Tomorrow it will likely be warmer still, with fine sunny weather forecast from early on.
Looking ahead it's not looking like we can expect any real snow (or even rain) in the coming week with a mix of cloud and fine weather forecast for the next 5 or 6 days.
Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa: Naeba Iwappara
It is another fairly cold start to the day this morning, though with finer weather likely after the cloudy weather we had yesterday. It is currently -6 degrees in the Maruike region of Shiga Kogen and there is only a slight breeze.
In the coming week we should see temperatures stay fairly low, though it isn't looking like we are going to be rewarded with much fresh snow at all. From tomorrow until Friday we have a fair few days of fine sunny weather lined up with a bit of cloud mixed in, so some good days to be out there enjoying some spring skiing/snowboarding.
The following resort plans to be open for nighta tonight: Ichinose Family
Blizzard conditions continued through much of yesterday though most of the new snow that fell has likely been blown right across the island into the Pacific. This morning it has cleared with only scattered clouds but the wind is still very strong and only lower lifts are currently operational. Australian visitors should feel right at home with a rock solid icy base and only a little spindrift snow scuttling across the slopes. Some protected gullies and lee slopes will have experienced some drifting but if you do manage to get off piste anywhere take care as the snow will be uneven and hard, unforgiving ice not far below the surface.
Today is expected to remain mostly fine but tomorrow will see the temperature soar to well over freezing as another low pressure system approaches from the west. The day will end with some rain at first which will turn back to snow on Tuesday.
Welcome to the March temperature roller coaster ride. The snow faded away by late morning yesterday and it was cloudy all afternoon. The slopes were crowded all day and by evening the snow was packed down pretty hard, but not yet icy. Fog rolled in toward evening, accompanied by a few flakes of snow, but there was no new accumulation overnight, when the temperature fell to -3º.
It's sunny this morning and already 4º, today's forecast high, at the base at around 9 a.m. (thanks to winds out of the south again). It looks like it's going to gradually cloud over, but visibility is excellent as of now. Wind conditions are calm. It's crowded again this morning so look forward to hard packed slopes until the warm temperatures soften the snow up later.
Speaking of soft pistes, Yahoo is forecasting more sun and a high of 7º tomorrow. Lower temperatures are supposed to return, with some snow, on Tuesday and more snow is forecast on Friday and Saturday.
The local roads are dry and traffic is moving smoothly on Route 18.
Akakan is hosting the All Kansai Intercollegiate Ski Games until the 11th and the Champion B course is closed to the public during the races.
It's a bit more colder today here in the valley leaving but with no recent snowfall. The runs may be quite slushy today, especially toward the bottom runs. It's quite cloudy and overcast today so it may not be the best photo-opt day, but it still makes a for a great day of runs.
The weekend crowds are starting to die down compared to what they used to be, leaving less congested runs and more wide-open spaces to explore. There is a light wind in the valley with a very overcast sky.
It's looking like the same type of day predicted for tomorrow with temperatures staying about the same,so they say....
Official resort snow depths on 8th Mar 09: Happo-one: 40cm (Shirakaba) 55cm (Sakka/Kitaone) 180cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira) Hakuba Goryu: 100cm (Iimori) 100cm (Toomi) 215cm (Alps daira) Hakuba 47: 145cm Tsugaike Kogen: 120cm (Kanenonaruoka) 120cm (Maruyama) 265cm (Tsuganomori) Hakuba Iwatake: 50cm (Shomen) 150cm (Sancho) Sun Alpina Sanosaka: 85cm Hakuba Minekata: 40cm Hakuba Highland: closed for the season Read more ...
Sunday 8th March 2009, 10:13am
A cloudy day in Minakami today with warm temperatures, currently sitting at 6 deg C with an expected high of 10 deg C. It looks like form Monday onwards temperatures will be in the high single digits with some days creeping into double digits. The snow is going to start melting fast! Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 8th March 2009, 10:47am
It was a crystal clear start to the morning here in Nozawa although there is now some cloud cover. Base depths unchanged from yesterday; 220cm at Yamabiko and 160cm at Uenotaira. Visibility is great and wind is very low at 5km/h from the north-west. Snow condition from Uenotaira up is still good. It will be icy lower down this morning but will loosen up later in the day with the warmer temperatures. Currently it is -7C at Yamabiko and -7C at Uenotaira and 0C at Nagasaka.
It will be warmer and mostly fine tomorrow with temperatures of up 2C at the summit. Winds will remain low. Snow showers and lower temperatures are expected for Tuesday and Wednesday
All courses are open except Challenge 39, Kurokura and Hachiman.
Things were pretty hard and busy out there yesterday. Busy on the slopes with regards to people hard on the slopes with regards to the hard pack snow. But this morning, yes things have softened up now and so there's not that cringing sound of snowboard on ice. Warm temperatures and no wind.
Lot's of people around again today - plenty of action at Asagai due to the snowboard camp and so the sponsors are flaunting their wares to the geared-up, go-hard snowboarding disciples of the industry.